FINALLY! Battle for Azeroth has its release date, August 14. As exciting as that is, that’s only four months away! That’s four months to complete everything that is going to be going away for good at that time. Luckily for you, we will be going over all the things to do before Battle for Azeroth launches, today. Surprisingly there isn’t too much that is going away for good, but the things that are going away will possibly take a bit of time if you are a more casual player. Enough small talk let’s jump into this week’s WoW Wednesday!
Ahead of the Curve
For those that don’t know, Ahead of the Curve is an achievement for defeating Argus the Unmaker in Antorus, the Burning Throne, on Heroic difficulty or higher, before the opening of the next raid tier. Of course, this is a given for a lot of players, but there are surprisingly a few that don’t know about this achievement. This achievement will most likely be going away in the BFA pre-patch. Besides just gaining an achievement for killing Argus the Unmaker on Heroic difficulty you will also receive a mount, the Violet Spellwing. This mount is similar to the Grove Warden mount from the previous expansion.
This is one of those things that I mentioned earlier that might take a bit more time to complete if you’re more of a casual player, but have no fear, I might be able to help you with that with a few links. For those of you that don’t have a guild to raid with, can’t seem to get into any pugs, or are just too afraid to even try and get into any pugs here are two links that may help you out. The first is for the Friendship Birb community. The second is for the Perky Pugs community. Both of these communities are filled with amazing people that help others get their Heroic Argus kills, allowing them to obtain their Violet Spellwing mount. These players have gotten thousands of other players their mounts, so have no fear about joining a failing group.
Artifact Appearances / Achievements
When Battle for Azeroth launches we will, of course, be retiring our Artifacts for new weapons, but that doesn’t mean all of those appearances just go away. In BFA you will be able to transmog every appearance you have unlocked. Most Artifact appearances aren’t going away for good, but a few are. Mage Tower appearances will most definitely be going away with the launch of BFA, along with the Mythic +15 Artifact appearance colors.
The Mage Tower appearances have gotten much simpler due to the amount of gear that we can obtain now, but a few still remain slightly challenging. Here you will find detailed guides for every class and spec. If you’re like me and you tend to swap classes a lot, you’re going to want to make sure to get as many Mage Tower challenges done before they’re gone for good. I personally had to make sure to get the Prot Warrior and Prot Paladin Artifact appearances, but I haven’t stopped there, I hope to complete all 36 challenges, but we will see.
For the Mythic +15 appearance color all you have to do is well… complete a Mythic Keystone Dungeon with a +15 keystone. Doing a +15 keystone isn’t that hard with the gear we have now, but for those players that can’t do it, or just can’t be bothered gearing and forming a group, you can pay carry groups to run you through it, just make sure to only pay with gold, using RL currency can get you banned. Remember, I am saying only obtaining this color variation is going away, not the appearance itself. You will still be able to get the Artifact appearance by doing the Balance of Power questline. While on the topic of the Balance of Power questline I would make sure to try and do this before BFA launches. The appearance won’t be going away, but the questline forces you to do all different current raids in Legion which a lot fewer people will be doing next expansion, so do them while they are being blown through in pugs weekly.
First Aid / Field Medic
I know most of you won’t care, but First Aid is going away in Battle for Azeroth, so let’s talk about achievements. In BFA, First Aid will be dropped forcing their recipes into other professions, and because it is going away, all of the First Aid achievements will be turning into legacy/Feat of Strength achievements. One of the First Aid achievements that might stick out to a few of you, especially those title hunters is the Field Medic achievement. The Field Medic achievement will require a lot of work requiring you to aid wounded travelers across the Broken Isles, but thanks to chalon9 on Wowhead there is a detailed guide on everything you will need to get the “Field Medic” title.
The Chosen Title
Another title that will be going away in BFA is “the Chosen”. To obtain this title you will have to defeat every boss in the Trial of Valor on Mythic difficulty without dying. This is the Legion version of the Immortal title from back in Wrath of the Lich King, but instead of it being a raid-wide title it’s a player-wide one. So if another player dies, but you don’t you can still get the title as long as you don’t die. When you enter the Trial of Valor on Mythic difficulty you will get a buff on you called Test of the Chosen, if you lose this buff at any point, you can no longer obtain the title that week.
Now, this fishing pole isn’t going away in BFA, but I thought I should mention it. For those that don’t know, this is the only Artifact confirmed to be usable in BFA, so if you go into the next expansion with this Artifact maxed out, you will be far better off than those without it. Just think about all the gold you could make at the start of the expansion with this fishing pole. A lot of players will need fish for their food buffs. Those of you that don’t have it yet can follow a guide I wrote a little while back right here.
You have four months before Battle for Azeroth is released and most of these things are gone for good. Don’t be one of those players that regret not taking the time to obtain these things, especially those Artifact appearances. Hopefully, this WoW Wednesday helped you in some way! If you have any questions on any of these topics please ask in the comments below.Related: Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard Entertainment, Column, MMORPG, World of Warcraft, WoW Wednesday