In this post we are highlighting changes and new content in the week of August 28th. This includes, but is not limited to Azerite Armor trading, Artifact Knowledge, changes to the Auction House Deposits and new Island Expeditions!

Azerite Armor Tradeable

Azerite Armor is now tradeable following personal loot rules. You should be able to trade any piece of azerite armor if it’s not an item level upgrade.

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Artifact Knowledge Live

  • The amount of artifact power required per level for your https://www.wowhead.com/item=158075/heart-of-azeroth has decreased, and will continue to do so every week.

  • Both your current amount of azerite power and the total required to level up the artifact has been reduced by about 23% if you had 10 or more levels on it.

  • The percentage that you were before this change stays the same, you do not lose any artifact power even if it seems like it.

Auction House Deposit Changes

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)To address some issues related to the Auction House, we’re reconsidering how deposits-the refundable fees you pay to list your auctions-are calculated. This fee is based on the item’s vendor price, and for profession materials in particular, vendors offer very low prices, so these mats have a low deposit cost. Deposits are substantial on items such as BoE uncommon gear, gems, and so forth, but not trade skill materials (trade goods such as cloth, ore, leather, etc.).

One thing we’ve identified as particularly troublesome is a large volume of trade skill materials being auctioned off in stacks of 1. Some addons make posting quantities of this size trivial to do, resulting in dozens, if not hundreds, of pages of auctions for a single item. As we looked at ways to change this behavior and improve the overall Auction House experience, we found that we prefer to avoid inflexible solutions such as caps on the number of listings a player can make, or increased minimum stack counts, which might interfere with many players’ common gameplay habits.

Our current plan is to increase the deposit cost of some profession materials on a per-stack basis, which should provide incentive for players to post items in larger stacks.

Here’s an example:

  • Let’s say that a player is trying to sell 200 Tidespray Linen for 10g (gold) each. Today, each item has the normal deposit cost of 1c (copper), with a 1s (silver) minimum deposit, so 1 auction of 200 linen requires a deposit of 1s, and 200 auctions of 1 linen each adds up to a total deposit of 2g.

  • Now imagine an additional 20% deposit added to the listing fee per auction. With an asking price of 10g each, that raises the deposit by 2g per stack. In the case of 1 stack of 200 linen, the total buyout price is 2000g, and the new deposit is 2g1s. In the case of 200 individual stacks, the new deposit of an additional 2g per stack brings the total deposit up to 402g.

In either case, the deposit is returned to the seller if the item sells. Successful auctions aren’t affected by this change.

Our goal is to give players some forewarning on this change, and to gather feedback. We’re putting together a list of the items that would be affected by this deposit change, which we expect to be limited to high-quantity trade goods. Furthermore, we’re deploying the change to the PTR first, so that addon authors can work through the change while we test it thoroughly.

This change will likely be a temporary measure, as we’re also working to broadly improve the default Auction House in the future. It’s clear to us that many players use addons because they find the default Auction House interface inadequate. A temporary change to deposit fees will help with this in the short term, and we’ll continue to work on overall improvements to the Auction House for a future patch.

New Island Expeditions

The three new island expeditions for this week are Molten Cay, Un’gol Ruins and Skittering Hollow.

Collecting 40,000 Azerite from these islands will reward you with 2,500 Azerite for your https://www.wowhead.com/item=158075/heart-of-azeroth, and completing the https://www.wowhead.com/achievement=13134/expedition-leader achievement will reward you with the Expedition Leader title for all your characters.

Dark Iron Dwarves Allied Race

The Dark Iron Dwarves are a new Alliance Allied Race in Battle for Azeroth, their counterpart being the Mag’har Orcs which we have highlighted yesterday. Although up to now they’ve been unplayable, more and more alliance players have reached exalted with the 7th Legion, and unlocked the Dark Iron Dwarves Allied Race.

Unlock Requirements

Namely, like the previous Allied Races that we’ve encountered in Legion, the Dark Iron Dwarves also have requirements that need to be fulfilled in order to create a character of this race:

After you meet these two requirements, the Recruitment Scenario for the Dark Iron Dwarves becomes available in the Stormwind Embassy.

Classes

The Dark Iron Dwarves can be the following classes:

  • Hunters

  • Mages

  • Monks

  • Paladin

  • Priests

  • Rogues

  • Shamans

  • Warlock

  • Warriors

Racial Spells

You can learn more about the https://www.wowhead.com/spell=265225/mole-machine racial spell in our article: Mole Machine Secret Locations.

Rewards

Upon completing the Recruitment Scenario, like previous Allied Races, you will be awarded with the https://www.wowhead.com/item=161331/dark-iron-core-hound mount.


If you successfully level a Dark Iron Dwarf to level 110 without using a character boost, you will be rewarded with the https://www.wowhead.com/achievement=13076/heritage-of-the-dark-iron Feat of Strength achievement, which in turn awards a Heritage Armor cosmetic transmog set.

Lore

Known for their fiery tempers and fierce determination, Dark Iron dwarves have a turbulent history with the other clans. A failed coup in Ironforge ignited the War of the Three Hammers, and many of the Dark Iron once fought in the service of Ragnaros the Firelord. Though one faction is pledged to Queen-Regent Moira Thaurissan, others refuse to stand alongside their kin. The Alliance seeks a united Dark Iron clan to harness the power of Azerite and aid their struggle against the Horde.

You can learn more about the Dark Iron Dwarves in Blizzard’s previous released stories:

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The Mag’har Orcs are a new Horde Allied Race in Battle for Azeroth. Although up to now they’ve been unplayable, more and more people have reached exalted with The Honorbound, and unlocked the Mag’har Orcs Allied Race.

Unlock Requirements

Namely, like the previous Allied Races that we’ve encountered in Legion, the Mag’har Orcs also have requirements that need to be fulfilled in order to create a character of this race:

After you meet these two requirements, the Recruitment Scenario for the Mag’har Orcs becomes available in the Orgrimmar Embassy.

Classes

The Mag’har Orcs can be the following classes:

  • Hunters

  • Mages

  • Monks

  • Priests

  • Rogues

  • Shamans

  • Warriors

Racial Spells

Rewards

Upon completing the Recruitment Scenario, like previous Allied Races, you will be awarded with the https://www.wowhead.com/item=161330 mount.


If you successfully level a Mag’har Orc to level 110 without using a character boost, you will be rewarded with the https://www.wowhead.com/achievement=13077/heritage-of-the-maghar Feat of Strength achievement, which in turn awards a Heritage Armor cosmetic transmog set. However, it’s notable to mention that there are three separate Heritage Armor sets for Mag’har Orcs that represent their respective clans: Warsong, Blackrock and Frostwolf.

Lore

For untold generations, the orc clans of Draenor battled one another in endless war. But when Gul’dan offered them the blood of his demonic masters, the disparate tribes of Mag’har—the orcish word for “uncorrupted”—refused the dark bargain and banded together to drive out the Burning Legion. United under the leadership of Grommash Hellscream, the Mag’har pledged to one day repay Azeroth’s heroes for aiding their cause. As war against the Alliance intensifies, the Horde must call upon the might of the Mag’har to seize victory.

You can learn more about the Mag’har Orcs in Blizzard’s previous released videos:

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Warbringers: Azshara

The Warbringers short for Azshara was shown at Gamescom. This is the final story in the Warbringers short series, focusing on Queen Azshara.


Previous shorts in the Warbringers series include Jaina and Sylvanas:

Live Developer Q&A August 23

A live developer Q&A was held on the 23rd of August. In the Q&A, Game Director Ion Hazzikostas and Community Manager Lore answer many player submitted questions.

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Undocumented Hotfixes

A recent round of hotfixes were posted, you can find them here: https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/news/21973195/hotfixes-august-24-2018

In an undocumented change, https://www.wowhead.com/item=153023/lightforged-augment-rune was stealth hotfixed not to work at level 120, but other consumables from past expansions still work like https://www.wowhead.com/item=147707/repurposed-fel-focuser and https://www.wowhead.com/item=118922/oralius-whispering-crystal.

BFA Fastest-Selling Expansion Ever

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Source)When the Battle for Azeroth erupted worldwide last week, champions of the Alliance and the Horde around the globe were called upon to fight for their faction. Heroes everywhere turned out in force, and Blizzard Entertainment today announced that as of Battle for Azeroth’s first full day of launch on August 14, more than 3.4 million units of the latest World of Warcraft® expansion had sold through worldwide—setting a new day-one sales record for the franchise and making it one of the fastest-selling PC games of all-time.

The Waist of Time, a secret vanity item has been discovered by the WoW Secret Finding Discord, after they have been hard at work looking for clues. In order to get the https://www.wowhead.com/item=162690/waist-of-time, you will first have to get Baa’l, a secret pet that resembles a demonic goat.

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