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The Battle for Darkshore is the Next Warfront in Battle for Azeroth
18.09.2018 в 15:15
The Battle for Darkshore will be the second Warfront in Battle for Azeroth, revisiting the conflict between the Night Elves and the Forsaken. This event should make the Warfronts cycle feel busier, as well as revisit the Burning of Teldrassil narrative from the pre-patch many players feared was sidelined.
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Warfronts Cycle and Content
Battle for Azeroth AMA
, Ion addressed concerns that the timing of Warfronts felt too sparse, hinting at more to come:
We also do intend to add additional Warfronts over time, so that these cycles will be interwoven in a way that hopefully makes it feel like there's more to do, more often.
With the addition of the Darkshore Warfront, hopefully this will make the Warfronts schedule more interesting, with new World Bosses, outdoor content, rares, and battles to complete around the world more frequently.
We wonder if Darkshore will be getting a visual revamp, in addition to the new max-level rares, since the terrain is a bit difficult to navigate and it would be a good opportunity to show how the zone started to heal since the impact of Cataclysm. Will the sky burn forever? Will Auberdine always be a ruin? Will the destroyed Darkshore roads from a decade ago always be broken?
Progressing the Story
One disappointment of the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch was the unfolding of the Burning of Teldrassil narrative. Much of the story took place out-of-game, confusing players who wondered why Tyrande was absent or why the Night Elves had a poor defense. Major story moments, such as Tyrande gaining the upper hand to kill Saurfang if she so desired, were not clearly depicted in-game. The pre-patch cinematics, while epic, also focused on the Horde's POV to show why Sylvanas burned the tree and Saurfang grew conflicted with the Horde. The Alliance POV was missing.
You can compare the narrative told in-game vs the one told in the supplementary novellas "Elegy" and "A Good War" with our summaries of the
Burning of Teldrassil
event and our
summary and analysis of the novellas
With the new Warfront in Darkshore and the
Tides of Vengeance reveal
stating that Tyrande would be the focus of an upcoming narrative, we hope to learn more on how the Night Elves are reacting to their loss and rebuilding their culture. There were many fears that the pre-patch story had been forgotten about, as Battle for Azeroth launch dove straight in to the Kul Tiras narrative, but the Warfront should offer opportunities for the story to return and address the unpleasant truths of the pre-patch.
New Warfronts Armor?
Tides of Vengeance reveal
, Ion shared a slide about Warfronts with a picture of a Forsaken.
This Forsaken character was wearing two armor variants, one more elaborate than the other. Based on the
Arathi Warfront Transmog Visuals
, in which each tier of armor has more details, we think this could be an early look at the Horde Warfront armor from Darkshore.
What could the Alliance Warfront armor be? Well, it's convenient the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch added new NPCs wearing the iconic armor from the original
cinematic. Perhaps a variant of this could be used for the Alliance armor?
We can't totally picture a Gnome in this armor, so perhaps this skimpy version would eventually be used for Night Elf heritage armor. However, we know Blizzard has recently given thought to elven armor with these NPCs, and could see some similar armor details in the Warfronts armor.
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