Since World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth launched in August, discontent has been mounting over its unrewarding loot system and disappointing new features. We don’t have figures on the overall health of the expansion, but it’s clear that players are mad at Blizzard right now. Hopefully that will change next week.
Called Tides of Vengeance, this update marks the second chapter in the ongoing story of Battle for Azeroth by adding a host of new missions and activities. More critically, Tides of Vengeance also hopes to fix much of what people currently hate about World of Warcraft.
New features and activities
Tides of Vengeance
When players first log in after the launch of Tides of Vengeance, they will have their fair share of story missions to go through that will finally pick up narrative threads that have been ignored since the contentious pre-launch event of Battle for Azeroth.
Players of the Alliance will be able to see what Tyrande and Malfurion have been up to since the capital of the night elves, Darnassus, was burned down. In addition, the Horde will embark on a new mission to locate Saurfang, the orc warlord whose motivations caused much controversy in August.
Both factions will also have new war campaign missions that will also take players into enemy territory. However, completing all of that shouldn’t take long, so most players will be spending the next few months playing the two new Island Expeditions and the Darkshore Warfront. That’s good news, because now there are some great rewards that you can buy with the currency you get from completing expeditions.
The new Darkshore Warfront is similar to the first Warfront in Arathi Highlands. It’s a new build with some fun twists on the formula, like the Altar of Storms that now transforms you into monstrous creatures with powerful abilities instead of just giving you a nice damage buff. Along with Faction Assaults, which mimic the Legion’s demonic invasions, there will be a good amount to explore right away.
Corrections to existing systems
Rebalance Classes – For many players, the biggest changes aren’t that big and flashy. Tides of Vengeance attempts to rebalance various classes, such as Feral Druids, while completely ignoring others. YouTuber BellularGaming has a great summary of each change along with their own opinions on whether they go far enough.
If you’re not into WoW very much, just know that this incredibly unpopular change slowed down the pace of combat and people hated it. Tides of Vengeance will see Blizzard capitulate and reverse those changes.