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How the Storytelling of WoW Keeps Evolving

For over 14 years now, World of Warcraft has remained to only be active, but relevant as a whole in the gaming community. While it did not define the massively-multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) genre that we have today, it continues to be a part of it. More importantly, it continues to evolve with it. With the release of its seventh expansion, Battle for Azeroth, WoW boasts a thriving fanbase, along with tons of third-party marketplaces selling WoW accounts, WoW Gold and boosting services. However, there’s one thing that the players all agree on—the storytelling of the lore has definitely improved.

Storytelling in WoW: Then & Now

Game storytelling doesn’t get much more epic than the Warcraft universe. With the franchise turning 25 years old soon and having released the seventh expansion, World of Warcraft stories have been told as a fantasy world set in conflict. Epic struggles, each with grand heroes and vicious villains push players into the spotlight while these wars raged, with the players protecting the safety of the virtual lands they live on. And since then, players have been held in captive awe as to how Blizzard has told its stories since the early days. Mind you that they’ve managed to evolve their stories to keep up with the changing tastes and technologies of the time and to keep the players immersed and entertained.

How Battle of Azeroth Keeps Things Entertaining

Back when World of Warcraft launched Facebook, Youtube, or smartphones weren’t even in existence. WoW was the first MMORPG to have a social network, with the millions of players playing the game.  Since then, the newest expansion, Battle for Azeroth, has taken place in the shadow of the opening act for World of Warcraft, the War of the Thorns. In this event, both Horde and Alliance players head to the Night Elf territory of Darkshore to take part in the battle. Eventually, the Alliance falls back and the Horde claims Darnassus, the capital city of the Night Elves. Sylvanas Wind runner, the Horde Warchief, then makes the decision to burn Darnassus down while still full of civilians in an unprecedented act of genocide. Whether you choose to be a member of the Alliance of the Horde is up to you.

Blizzard decided to mix things up on patch 8.1, Tides of Vengeance. A quest line called the Fate of Saurfangwill now have a rare player choice inside it. When players meet up with Zekhan, they’ll now have an option to either accept his quest or reject it. Accepting the quest will have it play out like normal, but a rejection leads players down a darker, more loyal path. Upon rejecting Zekhan, loyal Horde players will be given a quest to return to Sylvanas and tell her of this treachery. Sylvanas then reveals that she has “special plans” for Zekhan, which doesn’t sound particularly good for anyone.

Wrap Up

While World of Warcraft has offered light choices like this in the past, these quests usually revolve around the character (or an NPC) killing someone. The choice with Zekhan is far more involved than most other World of Warcraft choices, especially since it has the potential to drastically impact the narrative.

Ultimately, the ability for characters to choose which sides to serve, Saurfang or Sylvanas, is fantastic. It’s exciting, new, and may lead to a whole new avenue that’ll eventually open up WoW to more people. The question is what comes next? How will this new method of storytelling be used for both sides? One thing’s for sure, it’s going to take more than a branching story to create a satisfying ending for those who are hyped for the new expansion.

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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.

Boost Your WoW Gold Profits with Microfinances

Boost Your WoW Gold Profits with Microfinances

Use microfinances to boost your profits. More profits mean more WoW gold. Don’t know what microfinances are? That’s okay, this article will explain them.

Tired of Grinding for WoW Gold? Is your stuff in the Auction House not selling? Getting frustrated with the completely unfair economy? We feel you.

Worry no more, though, because this article will help you find a niche to dominate in the economy through microfinance—they’re your one-way ticket to getting rich.

Microfinances in a Nutshell

Economies have an 80/20 (sometimes 80/19/1) rule. It’s short for ‘20% of a population hold 80% of its wealth’. For the alternate, an internet example: 80% lurk, 19% are active, but only 1% are creators. Back to the Pareto Principle (80/20), the richest players on a World of Warcraft server actually use it. 80% of their profit comes from the top 20% of items.

The top seller gets the best of it, while the next best get something much less. When you’re at the bottom, you’re left with nothing but the crumbs, so to speak. That’s where microfinances come in. They’re the cheap but still-needed items. They’re easily ignored but can be bought in bulk, and that last part is where they have a distinct advantage.

Look at it this way. Let’s say you’re selling something that costs 25 gold. If you’ve sold 40 pieces of it, you get 1000 gold. Selling a hundred nets 2500 gold. With a constant demand, you can sell that amount and more within a given day. Isn’t that better than hedging your bets on selling a single expensive thing when you’re not even sure if someone will buy your offer or not? It’s easier to accept that you didn’t sell a majority of your cheap stuff. On the flipside, you’ll feel frustrated when you see your expensive item still up for grabs.

Is It Better than the Other Way?

No, not really. Except that someone else may already be dominating the other way, so you have to diversify. You actually need both sides to balance. It’s more of bolstering profits with microfinances than relying on selling expensive items only.

Take Advantage of Microfinances!

Other than being cheap, they’re also quite easy to collect and farm. It’s easy to maintain bulk offers in the AH for an almost constant supply for the demand. The trick is figuring out which items are in demand. That would take careful and dedicated observation of the market. It would also need practice to easily see the gaps in supply and fill it in. Starting out will be rough, but it’ll get easier in time.

There’s no easy way to profit if that’s what you’re looking for. Any guide you’ll find will require effort on your part. Of course, there are other ways to get gold when you’re desperate. However, don’t you think that getting something through your own efforts is more rewarding?

Whether you agree or not, it’s a fact. Nothing will ever happen if you just sit or stand around in-game. It also applies to real life. So go out there and profit with microfinances!

Looking Forward to World of Warcraft Events

Events add a new layer to gameplay, giving players a much-needed break from grinding. Some even give event exclusive items that become more valuable as time passes. Events also increase interest for World of Warcraft (WoW), attracting amateur and veteran players. Keep in mind that events can be weekly, monthly, or even holidays. Blizzard planned an event-packed month for May, where citizens of Azeroth celebrate.

5 World of Warcraft Events in May

  1. Children’s Week: a Battleground bonus event where players receive Honor at an increased rate.

  1. PVP Brawl: capture the flag at Warsong Gulch.

  1. Darkmoon Faire: showing sights from all around Azeroth and beyond, as well as games that test the mind and courage of players.

  1. Legion Dungeon: final bosses drop an extra item upon defeat.

  1. Spring Balloon Festival: a three-day mini holiday was active.

The 2 Ongoing Events

The two current events are the Pet Battle, and the PVP Brawl: Deepwind Dunk.

  1. Pet Battle: triples the experience for gaining pets, so go out and battle (same applies to the PVP Brawl in Pandaria).

  1. PVP Brawl: Deepwind Dunk: players must grab a ball from either the center, northern, or southern areas of the map, and then go to the enemy base. From there, players can attempt either a long-range shot or go for the dunk, while trying to avoid enemies from killing them. These two events end on May 23, so take the chance now before it’s too late.

Upcoming Events

As May is coming to an end, Cataclysm dungeons will be open every three weeks for the Timewalking event. Players can revisit the dungeons from the Cataclysm expansion, and gain loot from those dungeons scaled to the character’s natural level. The event will be open for characters level 86 and above. Time walking is an excellent opportunity to gather World of Warcraft Gold since these items cannot be obtained anywhere else.

On the 27th of May, the Glowcap Festival will take place in Zagarmarsh. Help the sporelings keep the great Fshoo alive. You never know, they might reward you with amazing things. Lastly, there’s an Arena Skirmish Event that will roll over to June. While the event is active, players earn Honor faster through Arena Skirmishes.

Is there Anything Else?

Weekly events rotate every week, and the dungeons for another expansion will be available for Timewalking in another three weeks. PVP Brawls rotate roughly every two weeks. Besides, there are several micro-holidays throughout those periods where players won’t run out of things to do. It gives them something else to break the grind of leveling up and gathering WoW Gold. Expect more events to come this year. Happy adventuring!