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Test Patch, Soundtrack and Battlegrounds

Posted by Jon Wood on Aug 26, 2005  | Comments

Test Patch, Soundtrack and Battlegrounds -

A new patch for the Test Realm that we've been talking about so often here lately is now available. Blizzard hopes to alleviate some of the crash issues that players have been having. They are careful not to say that it will fix all crashes, however, as this is still a testing area and almost anything could happen.

WoW has also released a soundtrack with 30 tracks from the game.  Visit their online store for ordering information.

Finally, Blizzard dedicates a section of their website to their new Battleground area, Arathi Basin. The area is currently populated with test players, but will soon be opening to the general public.

Arathi Basin, located in Arathi Highlands, is a fast and exciting Battleground. The Basin itself is rich with resources and coveted by both the Horde and the Alliance. The Forsaken Defilers and the League of Arathor have arrived at Arathi Basin to wage war over these natural resources and claim them on behalf of their respective sides.

    Style: Occupy resource nodes to accumulate resources.
    Location: Eastern Kingdoms (Arathi Highlands)
    Limits: Level 21-60 players (level range breakup: 20-29, 30-    39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60)
    Maximum players per team: 15 Horde/15 Alliance
    Win Conditions: Accumulate 2000 resources

General Info

    * Both sides of up to 15 players each compete to occupy the five resource nodes spread throughout Arathi Basin.
    * Each claimed node generates resources for the owning team. The more nodes your team controls, the quicker you gain natural resources. The first team that gains 2,000 resources wins.
    * Both the winning and losing team earn honor after completing an Arathi Basin Battleground, as accumulated resources translate directly into bonus honor for players. Even if you don't win the Battleground, you walk away with honor.
    * As players compete, they will improve their reputation with the Defilers or League of Arathor, thereby earning many new and powerful rewards.
    * Arathi Basin is banded by level. The minimum level to join is 20, and different instances will spawn for players between levels 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and 60.

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