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Legacy of the Aspects
|Release date(s)||NA/EU - 16 January N/A|
|Platforms||Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X|
World of Warcraft: Legacy of the Aspects (akaLotA). The main features include an increase of the level cap to 90, the introduction of monk and minstrel classes, a new hero race - the Dragonspawn, and the addition of the zones such as The Wandering Islands (Tel'Abim, Kir'abim, Skene) along with many dungeons, items, quests, and monsters.
The quests in LotA begin with
New races Edit
The Burning Crusadecontains two new playable races:
- Blood elf— A faction of formerAlliancemembers join theHordein the expansion. They are led by Regent LordLor'themar Theron. The blood elf capital isSilvermoon City. Their racial mount is the bird-likehawkstriderand their Native language isThalassian.
- Draenei— A faction of uncorruptederedarjoin theAlliance. They are led by their prophet,Velen. The draenei capital city isthe Exodar. Their racial mount is the elephant-likeelekkand their language isDraenei.
New mounts Edit
Each new race received its own new mount:
- Blood elf — Ahawkstrider(originally called acockatrice). These mounts can be found outside the entrance to Silvermoon City. Blood elfpaladinmounts, are the same as Alliance though they are red instead of the Alliance blue.
- Draenei — Anelekk. These mounts can be found outside The Exodar.
New mounts are also available via drop from high-end instances such as Karazhan.
Flying mounts Edit
- Main article: Flying Mount
In addition there are rare mounts such as thenetherdrakeand theswift Nether Drake.An armored nether drake can be obtained by ranking in the top 0.5% at the end of an Arena season, and the unarmored netherdrake can be obtained through a series of quests. There are alsoNether Rays.
Normal flying mount training costs225 and the mount costs50. Training for flying mounts requires a skill of 150 (epic mount) and brings it up to 225. The epic version of the flying mount cost5,000 for the training and100 to buy. Training for epic flying mounts requires 225 riding skill and upgrades it to 300. Faction reputation discounts apply to the prices.
Druids receiveFlight Format level 60 that offers the ability to fly and has a speed equivalent to a normal flying mount.Druids may obtain a quest at level 70 to obtain an epic flight formor wait until level 71 to train it without doing the quest chain. Purchasing riding skill 300 is a requirement for the quest.
Character changes Edit
New spells and talents Edit
In the expansion, Blizzard added five to six new spells for the 60-70 level range to each class in order to round out the classes better. The talent trees were also greatly expanded and revised. All classes have additional talents leading up to a 41 talent point ability.Players gain new spells at every level from 60-70 instead of every two levels.
Since thePaladinandShamanclasses are no longer unique to either faction, Blizzard added new abilities to each class to make them what they truly feel they should be:Paladins received a long-awaited spell,Righteous Defense(a long-range, mass taunt-like ability, like theDeath Knight'sDark Command); and Shamans received the spellBloodlust(a long-cooldown, powerful buff) to complement their DPS and utility roles.
See eachclass's respective page for more specific information regarding new spells and talents.
Combat rating system Edit
- Main article: Combat rating system
With the release ofThe Burning Crusade, critical strike, defense, hit rate, spell critical, and dodge stats as well as a new stat,resilience, changed from being absolute percentages to ratings, with each player level requiring more rating points to achieve the same absolute percentage.
New zones Edit
New starting areas Edit
The blood elves have two new starting areas located in the Eastern Kingdom:
Similarly, the draenei have two starting zones off the west coast of Kalimdor:
New continent Edit
The expansion heralds the addition ofOutland, an entirely new continent/world, reachable through theDark Portalin theBlasted Landsand portals in several major cities. Interactive maps and otherwise detailed maps are available for use.
Outland contains the following zones:
- Hellfire Peninsula—Level 58-63
- Zangarmarsh—Level 60-64
- Terokkar Forest—Level 62-65
- Nagrand—Level 64-67
- Blade's Edge Mountains—Level 65-68
- Netherstorm—Level 67-70
- Shadowmoon Valley—Level 67-70
New high-level dungeons Edit
The expansion has added several dungeons, most with separate wings to make runs faster, including some in both in Outland and Azeroth. The dungeons contain a plethora of new equipment includingTier 4,Tier 5andTier 6armor pieces.
- KarazhaninDeadwind Pass
- Caverns of TimeinTanaris
- Zul'AmaninGhostlands(added inpatch 2.3)
- Isle of Quel'DanasinQuel'Thalas(added inpatch 2.4)
- Hellfire Citadel, located on theHellfire Peninsula
- Coilfang Reservoirin theZangarmarsh
- Auchindounin theTerokkar Forest
- Tempest KeepoutsideNetherstorm
- Gruul's Lairin theBlade's Edge Mountains
- Black Templein theShadowmoon Valley
Raid and instance changes Edit
All future raids will now have caps not exceeding 25 players (older raids will remain at a 40 player cap, at least for now). This was done to allow a greater number of players to participate in epic raids, and to allow more flexibility in the design of encounters.
In addition, high level instances have a feature allowing players to have the option to run the instances at two different difficulty levels: Normal and Heroic. This would turn normal level 60-70 instances into much harder level 70 instances with better loot. The final boss of every hard mode instance will drop epic items, and every boss in hard mode instances will drop tokens to get special gear available in Shattrath. These instances will be marked with a purple portal.
Profession changes Edit
Jewelcrafting and socketed items Edit
New specializations and profession abilities Edit
For professions, the expansion adds a new level past Artisan (300) called Master (375). This can be maxed to 390 for gnomish engineers, draenei jewelcrafters, tauren herbalists, and blood elf enchanters.
Characters are also able to take advantage of new specializations within each profession as well as many new recipes, enchantments, patterns and schematics.
New PvP features Edit
Eye of the Storm Edit
A new battleground calledEye of the Stormis based in Outland. The battleground features a mix of holding territory and capture the flag styles of gameplay. Each team has 15 members ranging from levels 61-69, and 70 in it's own bracket.
Team PvP Arena Edit
- Main article: Arena PvP System
Following the introduction of Arena PvP, level 70 players are able to win prizes in these matches. The rewards for the arena are on par with even the most powerful PvE rewards. There are currently three Arenas: TheRing of TrialsinNagrand, theCircle of BloodinBlade's Edge Mountains, and theRuins of Lordaeron, aboveUndercity.