I am not very shy about my dislike for Azerite Armor, but that being said, I'm trying diligently to separate my feelings from my analysis about how Azerite Armor will work in patch 8.3.
Sometimes, when I write one of these editorial essays, I look at the headline and I think about the questions my brain poses in response to it.
Azerite has been a major focus and main power system in Battle for Azeroth, but it hasn't fared well.
Patch 8.2 is right around the corner, and it's packed with so much content that it's kind of hard to keep up.
Patch 8.2 includes big changes to Azerite, with armor slots automatically unlocked and a talent system for the Heart of Azeroth
The Azerite armor system has been a hotly contested since day one of Battle for Azeroth.
We will likely be getting the patch 8.2 PTR soon (patent pending) according to a new interview PC Gamer just published with Ion Hazzikostas, the game director of World of Warcraft. That's big enough on its own, but the interview covers a lot of ground: also Ion talks about lessons learned from Battle for Azeroth, how the Heart of Azeroth will change in patch 8.2, how Blizzard designs big open world content zones in the wake of the Timeless Isle and Argus, and a lot more.
So, season 2 of Battle for Azeroth opens on Tuesday alongside Battle of Dazar'alor, and with it comes many of the Azerite changes from patch 8.1.
One of the side effects that came with the new Titan Residuum system in patch 8.1 last month was that it could be acquired from any piece of gear, including that not of your own armor type.
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Battle for Azeroth's patch 8.1 Tides of Vengeance and the updates to the Azerite systems that we'll see from it are almost here.