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Legion

World of Warcraft: Legion

World of Warcraft‘s Legion expansion is a bit of a blast from the past that reminds us a lot of WoW‘s very first expansion, The Burning Crusade. Let’s start with a run-down what’s headed our way in Legion:

  • New continent: The Broken Isles
  • New class: Demon Hunter
  • Artifacts: customizable weapons that grow in power as you do
  • Class-specific Order Halls and followers
  • Level cap raised to 110
  • Revamped PVP progression system
  • Improved transmogrification system
  • Character Boost — immediately raise one character to level 100
  • Increased system requirements — check out our guide on upgrading your PC if you don’t meet the system specs

The Legion will be arriving in Azeroth on August 30. Mark your calendars!

Table of Contents

Zones, dungeons, and raids

Legion’s new zones, dungeons, and raids

The expansion experience will begin at The Broken Shore and the Tomb of Sargeras, where an endless gateway of demons pours out into our world — this is the biggest demonic invasion of Azeroth ever, larger than even the War of the Ancients and we need to stop it. But that’s just part of the introductory experience. There are a lot of new zones coming — all centered around the new continent: The Broken Isles.

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Zone Preview: Stormheim


Zone Preview: Val’sharah


Dungeon Preview: Violet Hold


Dungeon Preview: Eye of Azshara


Dungeon Preview: The Arcway


Dungeon Preview: Maw of Souls


Dungeon Preview: Vault of the Wardens


Dungeon Preview: Neltharion’s Lair


Dungeon Preview: Darkheart Thicket


Dungeon Preview: Black Rook Hold


Dungeon Preview: Halls of Valor


All Broken Isles zones scale to your level

Demon Hunters

Spectral Insight: Havoc and Vengeance Demon Hunter Artifact quests

Hello current and future Demon Hunters! Last time we took a brief detour from the story to talk about our two different playstyles. Today, we’re continuing where we left off with the Demon Hunter story: after our dramatic escape from the Vault of the Wardens, we jump directly into our Artifact weapon quest.

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Spectral Insight: Demon Hunters from Mardum to the Broken Isles

Demon Hunters have a pretty high bar to clear. Not only do they have to follow in Death Knights’ cold footsteps with their own, class-specific starting experience, they also have to live up to the stellar starting experiences for the game’s numerous added races. Today, we’re taking a look at Demon Hunters from A to B-roken Isles and just how their story shapes up heading into the main Legion conflict.

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Spectral Insight: Havoc and Vengeance Demon Hunter playstyle overview

Not sure what you're getting into with the Demon Hunter? We'll walk you through just what their playstyle is like.

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Legion: Demon Hunter character options

Now that the Legion alpha is here and freshly downloaded, we had a chance to page through all the different choices you could make for your new baby Demon Hunter during character creation.

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Classes

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While we have the basics on Legion changes below, for more analysis on your class of choice, check our sections on Death Knights, Druids, Hunters, Mages, Monks, Paladins, Priests, Rogues, Shaman, Warlocks, and Warriors.

Gnome Hunters, but no additional class/race combinations coming for Legion

With the announcement of Gnome Hunters coming in Legion, many players began to hope their personal favorite might make it into the game. Draenei Warlocks? Tauren Rogues? Could it be!? Sorry, no — a tweet from the @WarcraftDevs account has just crushed your hopes and dreams.

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No more reagents to swap talents in Legion

Tomes of the Clear Mind? GONE! Yes, it’s an old and hoary joke. But it’s still true — we’re no longer going to have to carry around a pile of those things to switch around our talents in Legion.

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Artifact weapons

Legion Artifact weapons for all classes

Curious about your class artifact weapons? Be curious no longer! Below, you’ll find images of all the upcoming class artifacts. Remember, each artifact will have multiple variants, so the selection below is just a quick preview at what your own personal artifact may end up looking like. Full class pages for each artifact — including other variants — can be found here.

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Second artifact in Legion will be obtained early on

When we first heard about artifacts we were thrilled to have such powerful weapons coming our way and even more thrilled to hear that we would be able to obtain them so early in the Legion expansion. Then the devs talked about making it easier to switch between specs, but why would you do that if you didn’t have an artifact to back up your secondary spec?

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Class Halls

Class uniqueness restored with Class Halls

Reminiscent of the guild halls the community has been clamoring for, Class Order Halls are heavily tied to class identity and will be unique to each class, offering a place to retreat to and customize artifacts as well as access special quests and missions.

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A first look at Class Order Hall Missions

In the Legion alpha, we will still have a few scrappy individuals following us around. Some classes have already met the first of theirs in the process of getting their Artifact weapon. Now we get to see the first iteration of the interface they’ll use while completing missions for you, and to no one’s surprise, it’s both familiar and unfinished.

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Shaman class hall preview


Priest class hall preview


Warlock class hall preview


Rogue class hall preview


Paladin class hall preview

Professions

Datamined professions data reveals new raw materials and recipes

Wowhead dropped a metric ton of raw data from the Legion beta files tonight. Among the infodump was a lot of information about professions. Read on for spoilery goodness.

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New crafting UI and big profession changes in Legion

At BlizzCon, developers unleashed a hailstorm of big reveals. Among them, Blizzard showed off a new crafting interface. It’s much wider and has side-by-side panels, with recipes on one side and descriptions on the other. You will be able to “level up” your recipes with up to three ranks, shown as stars in the UI. Each rank requires fewer materials and has a shorter cooldown. It’s not clear yet how the ranks will be earned, but Blizzard also talked about profession-based quests

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The lore of Legion

 

We know Legion brings a lot of classic Warcraft lore into play — so if you’re looking on a refresher on some of the expansion’s associated history, heroes, and villains, this is where you should start.

Know Your Lore: Illidan Stormrage


Know Your Lore: Maiev Shadowsong


Know Your Lore: Queen Azshara


Know Your Lore: The fall of Sargeras


Know Your Lore: The Legion and the War of the Ancients


Know Your Lore: Archimonde and the Twisting Nether


Know Your Lore: Xavius, The Nightmare Lord


Know Your Lore, TFH Edition: Wrathion and Legion


Know Your Lore: Genn Greymane


Know Your Lore: The future of the Forsaken


Know Your Lore: Gul’dan and the Burning Legion

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