With Dragonflight, World of Warcraft will introduce shared mob tagging between factions. This is the latest in a series of changes that have, and look to continue, letting players in different factions share more experiences.
Shared mob tagging will debut with the Dragonflight pre-patch, and there won’t be any lifts on the cap. There will still be five max tags before a mob grays out, but this could still potentially help with completion since some of the same mobs can be used to complete objectives no matter which side you represent. This should come in particularly handy if you’re trying to battle bosses.
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However, it will not apply to War Mode, so if you’re using that then the restrictions will remain in place. However, for everyone else, this will open things up a bit, leading some to probably complete some objectives faster. Yet, this also means increased competition too, because if everyone could potentially fill one of those five tag spots, then landing a first pull won’t matter as much since you aren’t claiming it for your faction anymore.
These changes should get some more clarification as to how they work in practice once more players have a chance to work with them. The Dragonflight beta is still happening, so this naturally means more data.
Blizzard makes this change after introducing cross-faction grouping as an option for players, and after WoW game director Ion Hazzikostas mentioned in a recent interview that he’d like to see cross-faction guilds sometime in the future (potentially in the next expansion after Dragonflight). While some might feel that this blurs the distinctions, others will counter that some of these removals of barriers give more ways to play (and even to roleplay).
Of course, when it comes to shared mob tagging, this isn’t so much a function to unite anyone, but it may help both completion and competition.