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A Really Costly Treasure Hunt: Top Rarest World of Warcraft Items

rarest WoW items

Beyond saving Azeroth and getting into the seemingly never-ending loop of finishing raids for better gear in order to accomplish even more difficult raids, what do World of Warcraft players do? Collect rare items! It’s not for everybody, as quite a lot of them are worth hundreds of thousands of WoW gold. Not to mention impractical, as a lot of them don’t offer utility, have any combat applications, or increase your attributes anyhow. Still, it doesn’t matter. The fact that they’re hard to find is what makes them worth going after.

Here’s a look at the rarest World of Warcraft items.

Brawler’s Harness

A great number of rare items have no practical use. On top that, many of them are merely common items that are devoid of value until the item has been discontinued or the means to obtain it no longer exists, making the old copies of the item suddenly pricey. The Brawler’s Harness is a good example of this. It is a gear Horde players receive upon character creation, making it essentially worthless. That was until Cataclysm came along and the item was finally phased out. Now, it goes for 100,000 gold a piece! If you’re a Horde player, you hopefully didn’t chuck it out.

Chromatic Sword

Another item that became valuable after being phased out in Cataclysm is the Chromatic Sword. Although unlike the Brawler’s Harness, this one’s an accidental case. It’s a low-level item, but it’s pricey not only because of its post-expansion rarity, but also because it’s a popular transmog item due to its beauty. Limited supply, high demand – you do the math and you’ll get why it’s steeply priced at a whopping 500,000 gold.

XorothianFirestick

On the other hand, if you’re a hunter – especially a Dwarven one – then you might want to go for the XorothianFirestick. This cool, classy, and classic-looking gun used to be obtainable through a now-gone long quest chain. The said quest is only available to Warlocks, who will then have the exclusive ability to summon a boss at Dire Maul as it is part of a quest.

The only way to obtain the item now is by finding a Warlock that took on that quest and make him or her summon the boss that drops the gun. Unfortunately, Warlocks that still have access to that content have become few and far in between.

Fluorescent Green Mechanostrider

This is one of the rarest of the rare items, if not the most, as there was only one of it, and now it’s gone. A green robot bird mount, it’s a mere palette swap of a mechanostrider that was given by a GM to Neshe, a player that accidentally deleted the mount on his backpack. But despite being just a change in color, it’s actually an item that GM’s shouldn’t have given to an ordinary player in the first place.

However, during the Warlords of Draenor cycle, Neshe was caught selling the item that was never meant to be in player’s hands in the first place for a huge amount of gold. For doing so, Blizzard gave his WoW account the banhammer and deleted the rare item.

Big Love Rocket

Event items are also a popular kind of rare items, and one of those is the Love Rocket. It’s exactly as the name suggests, and it’s fittingly only obtainable through the Love is in the Air during the Valentine season. To make the rocket tougher to get, only one person in the entire player base can loot it once per day, and its chance of dropping is one out of 3,330. No surprise it’s rare.

Collecting rare items is just as much of an adventure in Azeroth as taking down the Burning Legion or fighting the opposing faction. So why not try to get your hands on them? We’re sure it will be a long, exciting, and rewarding quest.

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Not Taking Sides: Why Play as Alliance and Horde in WoW: Battle for Azeroth

In World of WarCraft: Battle for Azeroth, the latest expansion of Blizzard’s long-running MMO, players are given the incentive to not just stick to their chosen faction, but to also experience what it’s like to be on the opposing one.

Horde vs Alliance

World of WarCraft has been running for more than ten years now, so anyone who’s stuck to one faction for years won’t likely change sides just because of a new expansion. However, for World of WarCraft: Battle for Azeroth, they should. If you happen to be one of those faction loyalists who still aren’t convinced, here are the reasons, aside from the exclusive WoW mount, to check out the other side of the battlefield. We bet our bottom WoW gold that you’ll agree with us by the end of this article.

A Decade of Changes

The first reason would be because the Alliance and the Horde have changed—a lot. After a long, long time, there is a huge lore-related distinction between Alliance and Horde once again, all thanks to Battle for Azeroth. This time, it’s no longer just about the Alliance being this incorrigible bulwark of defense against threats to their kingdoms and the world.

As for the Horde, it’s an understatement to say that they’ve come so far from being this belligerent orc-exclusive race. In time, they’ve become a rag-tag band of oppressed and misunderstood races that don’t fit anywhere else but in the faction, looking for their place in the planet whose sensibilities are founded on Alliance values.

If you stayed loyal to one faction for quite some time, especially since the beginning, you wouldn’t notice these changes, be it your own or the opposing one. In Battle for Azeroth, however, these changes have reached a culmination point. Thus, now, while the war-focused expansion is still the zeitgeist of World of WarCraft, there’s no better time to see how much the factions have changed.

Nothing Like What They Are Today

But despite all the growing up both of Azeroth’s factions have made, deep down there is still that pettiness between the two, thus the reason why we have Battle for Azeroth right now. This brings us to the second reason for you to scope out the opposition: a chance to be in the other faction’s shoes while the conflict is at its peak and before they change—for better or worse.

To be fair, calling the reasons the Alliance and Hordeback at each other’s throats after their uneasy unity in Legion petty is a hyperbole. However, no matter how big—or valid—the whys of this war being reignited are, there is still a much bigger threat ahead: The Void. The worst part is that it’s an existential one, so cooperation from both sides is going to be necessary.

With a danger like that looming on the horizon, this might be the last time a war between Alliance and Horde would be this hot. Not to mention the fact that this kind of danger will undoubtedly change the face of the two factions. So while both the Alliance and Horde are very much like how we’ve known them for quite some time now, doing what we’ve known them to, better play them now.

The Other Campaign Trail

One more thing worth noting is the huge difference in the campaigns of the two factions, as well as the new allied races. For this expansion, Alliance and Horde campaigns greatly differ from one another. The objectives and locations are nothing like the ones you can experience on the other side. So to truly appreciate Battle for Azeroth and experience everything has to offer, you’ll have to check out both factions.

Lastly, there are the allied races. The Alliance has Dark Iron Dwarves, Void Elves, and LightforgedDraenei, while the Horde has Nightborne (Elves), Mag’HarOrc, and the HighmountainTauren. These new classes have their own unique looks, traits, and abilities, making them worth the try.

Battle for Azeroth is going to be unlike any other expansion; that’s why it deserves to be seen from more than one perspective. And the best way to do that would be to see how things are on the other side is, well, by being there.

The Ever-Changing Conflict: New Features of Battle for Azeroth

Blizzard usually releases an expansion once every two years. That is, up until Battle for Azeroth was announced, which is slated to be launched in November of this year, while they just released Legion a few months ago. Despite the short time between the two, it seems like it was enough for Blizzard to plan and create enough content in order to ensure that the going on fifteen-year-old MMO remains fresh, enjoyable, and relevant.

Old War, New Front

New things for every expansion, including WoW Mounts, however, depends on the direction of the game’s story and its core theme. For the Battle of Azeroth, the conflict is at the heart of everything and is the very heart itself. After years of factions being reduced to a mere lore-related player detail that’s determined by race, it is going to once again become an important determinant of one’s fate in Azeroth, as Blizzard will be fanning the flames of war once more between the Alliance and the Horde. It is a brilliant move, as it propels the game forward, while at the same time taking it back to its roots, perhaps even further than Legion did.

The best new feature that represents Battle for Azeroth would be the Warfront Mode. Warfronts are 20-player PVE missions that look and feel like a real-time strategy game, just like the original Warcraft games, except that this time, you are the heroes leading the charge and turning the tides of war to your advantage on the ground rather than giving orders from a birds-eye view.

Everybody Wins

Aside from the fact that it will be very reminiscent of the old Warcraft games, Warfronts will be rotating between the two factions. For example, Alliance players would first hold Stormgarde Keep, and after that, the Horde, after gaining enough resources, will lay siege on it. Stormgarde Keep, an old vanilla WoW zone, brings out the feeling of the old times even more.

Going back to the Warfronts mechanics, the opposing faction, after the victory of the other, can launch a counter. It is an eternal back-and-forth battle, and the good part is that if you are not the competitive type, it is PVE and not PVP, so launching a Warfront is a guaranteed victory. That means nobody loses, everybody wins, everybody gets rewards, and nobody will be angry about the other faction.

Do know, however, that a lot is not yet known about Warfronts. Since we are still a few months away from launch, a lot of the mechanics and small details can still change, so be ready.

World at War

Aside from a new PVE mode, PVP will also be seeing a change, as the World PVP will be replaced by War Mode. That means that the old mechanics of players being able to attack other players in servers that have their World PVP will be phased out for the new one. This time around, World PVP will be turned off by default. So, in order for players to participate in this version of World PVP, they will have to go to the capital city of their respective factions, and choose to turn War Mode on or off.

If you turn it on and go to the open world, you will be able to attack players from other factions and vice versa. It is not required to try your hand at War Mode, but those who successfully make kills will receive extra experience and Azerite Power.

Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is not just about reigniting the strife between Azeroth’s two halves, but about changing how the two wage war against one another. Hopefully, both the Alliance and the Horde are ready for these new stages of combat.