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Blizzard Fesses Up to Problems with World of Warcraft's Azerite Gear

Posted by Suzie Ford on Oct 04, 2018  | Comments

Blizzard Fesses Up to Problems with World of Warcraft's Azerite Gear - MMORPG.com

The Blizzard team has acknowledged that there are issues with the current iteration of Azerite gear in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth. Azerite armor fits into three available slots (head, shoulder, chest) and contains a number of mostly passive traits that can enhance a variety of abilities for players. However, the community has generally had a number of issues with the system. Blizzard has now admitted that there are three key areas where improvements are needed.

The post begins with a discussion of three issues Blizzard believes are central to the general dislike players have for the Azerite system: 

  • availability - while there is lots available, most is sub-340 iLevel even when participating in endgame content
  • lack of agency - choices aren't having a meaningful impact on how the character is played
  • trait depth 

Going forward, the team will be implementing several changes designed to address each of the points above including:

  • making gear more available, including Emissary quests that may drop iLevel 370  and making sure that getting Azerite Armor is a higher priority
  • adding another outer ring to gear pieces to provide two spec-specific traits to provide more options ("and thus, we hope, create more interesting decisions")
  • continued iteration on individual traits including the addition of new traits

Some of those changes won’t be coming until Tides of Vengeance (and you’ll see them on the PTR soon), but the overall availability of Azerite Armor is a much more pressing concern, so we’re investigating ways of hotfixing that directly into the live game. I don’t have a solid timeline on when that might be yet, but we’ll definitely have more information to share as soon as we can confirm when that can happen.

Check out the full post and the community reaction on the World of Warcraft site.

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom
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