Season 2 of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is now live! The faction war is reaching new heights as the Alliance strike at the very heart of Zandalari power in the Battle of Dazar’alor. Although the first major content patch of Battle for Azeroth, Tides of Vengeance, went live in December, the second season was delayed in order to avoid the winter holidays. Many of the patch changes are already in place, but players can now access a new raid, earn new player-versus-player rewards, and gather more powerful equipment as they fight for the glory of the Alliance or honor of the Horde.
What’s Going on in Battle for Azeroth Season 2?
The faction War Campaigns continue to escalate as both sides prepare for all-out war. Sylvanas Windrunner, the ruthless Warchief of the Horde, orders attacks across Kul Tiras; Rexxar invades the Norwington estate and secures a large cache of Azerite weaponry in the process, before teaming up with Arcanist Valtrois to retrieve the Alliance’s newest enemy, Lady Ashvane, from the island prison of Tol Dagor. Meanwhile, Trade Prince Gallywix goes head-to-head with High Tinker Mekkatorque in a battle of wits and engineering prowess in Drustvar. While he comes up short in that encounter, the Goblin mastermind is determined to see the end of his gnomish counterpart.
On the other side of the battle lines, Lady Jaina Proudmoore, newly named Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras, consolidates her power. And Alliance heroes undertake a daring mission to infiltrate the Zandalari Treasury to retrieve the Abyssal Scepter that was stolen from them previously. They use this scepter to create a feint in Nazmir — tricking their enemy into moving their defenses northward, while the Kul Tiran fleet sails into the lightly defended southern harbor of Dazar’alor. As Horde and Zandalari forces rush back to defend the capital, they find a city in chaos, beset by Dark Iron mole machines, Alliance tanks, and a massive gorilla, Grong the Jungle Lord, “embiggified” and enraged, rampaging through the streets. The Battle for Dazar’alor has begun!
Increasing Difficulty and Rewards
Season 2 introduces a new raid tier, new challenges, and new rewards. Virtually all activities are made more difficult, but also give better gear in order to keep players on track with the Battle of Dazar’alor.
- The new Titanforging cap is item level 425, with 415 base from Mythic Dazar’alor, 400 from Mythic +10 dungeons, and 410 from the weekly Mythic+ dungeon cache.
- Item level 385+ Azerite gear now contains a Fifth Ring of class-specific bonuses.
- The Darkshore Warfront quest and world boss now reward item level 400 gear.
- World Quest Emissary rewards now scale up to 385, while Faction Assaults rewards cap at 370.
- Heroic and Mythic Dungeons difficulty increased by 30 percent and rewards increased by 30 item levels across the board (340/355/370 on Normal/Heroic/Mythic).
- Mythic+ keystones have a new level 10 seasonal affix, Reaping, to replace Infested.
- PvP Rewards increased by 30 item levels across the board, and a new rotating schedule for Conquest rewards.
- Titan Residuum can now be exchanged for item level 385, 400, and 415 Azerite gear.
- Artifact Knowledge resumed on Jan. 22 and will continue weekly until March 26, with the Heart of Azeroth itself capping at level 50 until the next major patch (8.2).
The Battle of Dazar’alor and the Race for World First
Unlike previous raids, which were faction agnostic, this instance contains unique story elements for both the Alliance and the Horde. The Battle for Dazar’alor begins in the city streets, with both factions fighting an opposing Champion of the Light, the massive gorilla Grong, and the Jadefire Masters.
The battle then moves inside the city. Horde players are faction-changed into Alliance characters in order to experience their story, as they loot the Zandalari treasury, fight Opulence, the Conclave of the Chosen, and assassinate King Rastakhan himself. The raid finally culminates with Alliance players faction-changing to Horde characters to face High Tinker Mekkatorque, the Stormwall Blockade, and Lady Jaina Proudmoore.
While a departure from the traditional instance experience, this way both factions get to encounter all the same bosses and live each other’s stories without breaking the narrative.
Siege of Dazar’alor / Defense of Dazar’alor
|Champions of the Light||Grong||Jadefire Masters|
Empire’s Fall / Death’s Bargain
Might of the Alliance / Victory or Death
Just before the close of the first week of Mythic Dazar’alor, fans around the world watched as Team Method livestreamed their World First defeat of Lady Jaina Proudmoore. Limit managed to claim the world second soon after the weekly reset. If you missed the race, you can catch up with one of Wowhead’s numerous recaps, jump straight to their victorious nerd screams, or check out the post-raid interview for some insights and commentary on their race through the instance.
Wowhead has strategy guides for all Battle of Dazar’alor bosses, too — as well as class-specific tips for all bosses!
Keeping Up With the Game
With a game as constantly in motion as World of Warcraft, it’s hard to keep up with what you should be doing, gear you should be wearing, talents you should be using, and abilities you should be pressing! Luckily, the good people at Wowhead put a lot of work into maintaining guides for each and every class and specialization in the game. Covering everything from basic introductions, to builds, gearing, rotations, and boss tips, these handy guides will keep up with the changes while you sit back and enjoy the game!
What’s Coming Next?
In the near future, patch 8.1.5 will finally bring Kul Tiran Humans into the Alliance and Zandalari Trolls to the Horde. This will allow players to access those Allied Races. Around the same time, the Crucible of Storms will release as a two-boss raid which bridges the story between the faction war and the next major patch — 8.2: Rise of Azshara.
It’s a bit further off, but that patch promises a large amount of new content, including Nazjatar (a new zone to explore with its own evolving story), Mechagon (another mega-dungeon reminiscent of Legion’s Karazhan), and Azshara’s Eternal Palace (a new raid which will bring players face to face with Queen Azshara herself). Stay tuned for more details as they develop!
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