As Blizzard officially launched pre-orders for both the digital versions and the physical Collector’s Edition of the World of Warcraft expansion Dragonflight on Tuesday, June 21, players finally have access to the Holy Grail. In this summer period, the American publisher has officially announced the opening date of the Alpha of Dragonflight, and this one begins from this Thursday, July 14, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. (Paris time) !
Dragonflight Alpha Content as of July 14, 2022
The Alpha (and later Beta) content deployment process is unlike anything we’ve experienced in WoW in recent years. Thus, all of the content offered by the upcoming expansion is not available from the outset and will be rolled out bit by bit week after week. Tina Wang and Morgan Day, however, recently revealed to us that all the content would be deployed much more aggressively than before, and that very regular updates will take place on this test version.
This first test phase will therefore focus on certain elements that players will encounter during their journey on the equally mysterious and majestic Dragon Islands, from one of the new zones to dragon riding, naturally passing through a version highly anticipated improvements and changes made to certain classes. Of course, and not least, the new association of race and class, the Evocative Dracthyris also accessible!
Here is what is currently testable:
- Players can progress from level 65 to 68
- The entire Travée d’Azur area
- Some of the changes to professions
- the Evocative Dracthyrthe new race and class association
- A first glimpse of the new features brought by the extension to some of the classes, including the new talent trees. Are concerned the Death Knightthe Hunterthe Druidthe Priest and the Thief.
Take the time to discover all this content if you have the desire (and the chance to have been selected), remember to report even the most minor bugs that you encounter thanks to the suggestion tool available as soon as you arrive in game in the middle of your screen (it can be moved).
Evoker Drachtyrs, all new class talents in WoW Dragonflight
Introducing the Dracthyr Evoker Talent Trees in WoW Dragonflight
Evokers are a class of casters who use a resource called essence as well as mana to cast spells. Additionally, some of their spells are empowered, which means they can intentionally channel longer to modify their effects.
Dracthyrs have 2 specializations: Preservation and Devastation. We’ll start by showing you each talent tree quickly and then go into detail, introducing you to each node.
The first talent tree, above, is the general talent tree for the evoker class. It features a very diverse set of defensive skills, controls, original utility, and healing.
The left part of the tree is rather offensive, directed towards spells and control effects, additional damage.
The central part of the tree is more directed towards defensive and mobility options. The first spell in this column is the Dracthyr’s most important defensive spell.
The right side is focused on healing, giving hybrid options to devastation evokers or emphasizing the healing ability of preservation evokers.
WoW: Dragonflight’s New Dracthyr Race May Support More Classes In The Future, Blizzard Says
In a conversation about the dragon-themed Dracthyr’s unique racial abilities – which include the ability to soar through the sky, knock enemies back with gusts of wind from their wings, and whip enemies’ tails into the air – Day said while Blizzard was focused on making the Dracthyr abilities work well with the Evoker, they also needed to work in tandem with other classes if Blizzard ever decided that the Dracthyr could become additional classes in the future.
“Future Us might decide, ‘What if the Dracthyr can be other classes, too?'” Day said. “Right now it doesn’t make much sense for them to be able to start another class because they’re waking up and finding out who they are and what their innate abilities are. As they interact with the world and learn more about Azeroth and the different races and cultures of Azeroth, maybe they will learn some of these other skills. But that’s a Future Us thing.”
Ever since the reveal of the Dracthyr and Evoker, a number of fans have dared to hope that the new race could eventually evolve to include melee-focused classes like warriors or rogues. While the Evoker are magic users who call upon the various powers of the mighty dragonflights of the WoW universe, the idea of playing as an axe-wielding Dracthyr warrior on the frontlines or even another class using the magic is a powerful fantasy for many players.
There is also a precedent. In recent years, Blizzard has loosened many of the game’s long-established class and race restrictions. Dragonflight, for example, will allow the game’s cow-like Tauren race to become thieves for the first time. With that in mind, it would make sense for new classes to eventually become available for the Dracthyr, though it might take a while for that dream to come true.
Blizzard has officially announced that we don’t expect Dragonflight until 2023
The ninth expansion for the MMO World of Warcraft, Dragonflight, will be released later this year and is available for pre-order now.
In Dragonflight we have to visit the mysterious Dragon Islands. Players will learn a lot about the history of ancient dragons and their kingdom, understand what happened to dragons over the past 10,000 years, and finally try to make alliances with them to face new threats.
In terms of gameplay, Dragonflight will feature four additional locations – the Awakening Shores, Verdant Plains of On’Aran, Vast Azure Gorge, and Resplendent Taldrasus – with a new sky locomotion system called Dragonriding.
There will also be a new playable race called Draktir and a level cap raised to 70. There will also be a “massive overhaul” to the WoW talent system, updates to in-game professions, and changes to the HUD and the user interface.
Executive Producer Holly Longdale commented, “We are thrilled to announce that we will be bringing an expansion to players later this year.