We're Giving Away 500 World Of Warcraft: Battle For Azeroth Beta Keys

Keen to see what Battle For Azeroth has in store, but don't fancy your chances of winning the Blizzard lottery? Then never fear: we've got 500 beta keys to give away as well.

Battle for Azeroth officially drops on August 14, and refocuses the long-running MMO on the only conflict that matters: Horde vs Alliance. The level cap has been boosted to 120, after which point you can explore and conquer the opposing faction's zone if you so choose. Alliance players will start BoA off in Kul Tiras, home of Jaina and Katherine Proudmoore, while the Horde will start in Zandalar.

For a little primer, here's the opening cinematic:

BoA is adopting a new opt-in system for PvP, letting players choose how they want to get ganked - although you'll have to choose this setting in your capital city, so you won't be able to flip a switch if you change your mind and suddenly want to jump on an isolated enemy.

Here's the full feature list:

  • Explore Two Fabled Kingdoms: As a champion of the Horde, travel to the Zandalar empire to persuade the trolls to lend their naval might. As a defender of the Alliance, venture to the seafaring kingdom of Kul Tiras, home of Jaina Proudmoore, and rally its inhabitants to fight for your cause.
  • Recruit Allied Races: Take a new form for your adventures as several new playable Allied Races, each with unique racial abilities. Earn the favour of the Highmountain tauren, Void elves, Dark Iron dwarves, and others to create a new character of that race and add their strength to your faction.
  • Plunder the Islands of the Great Sea: Scour Azeroth's myriad uncharted Islands and conquer an ever-changing array of enemies, environments, and objectives. Battle in groups of three as you race against cunning rival intruders - or enemy players - to collect each island's resources and fuel the war effort.
  • Charge Into the Warfronts: Fight on the battlefields of a large-scale, 20-player cooperative Warfront to claim a key strategic location. Capture resources to build your faction's forces, lead the charge as your troops lay siege to objectives, and fight the enemy commander to claim victory in this new PvE mode inspired by classic Warcraft RTS battles.
  • Infuse Your Armour with Titanic Might: Seek out Azerite, an invaluable new resource that has emerged in the Legion's wake. Imbue the Heart of Azeroth — a legendary neck piece entrusted to each hero by Magni Bronzebeard - with Azerite to customise your armour with new powers and traits.
  • Battle to Level 120: Trace the corruption of the Blood God to the Underrot, unearth the secrets of a lost titan vault, escape from the Drust Realm of the Dead, and more as you quest through 10 new levels - then continue to grow in power through new World Quests, raids, dungeons, and more.
  • Instantly Boost to Level 110: Enter the raging conflict between the Horde and the Alliance prepared to survive on the front lines of a vicious new war.
  • Connect Through Communities: Join up with WoW® players who share common interests in persistent cross-realm Communities. Share strategies with members of your class, fraternize with auction house magnates, talk shop with fellow tailors, and expand your social circles.

Now, how do you grab one of those keys?

All you have to do is tell us in 75 words or less your favourite conflict in the entire Warcraft universe. Can be a Warcraft 3 fight that spilled over into World of Warcraft; it can be something from the lore; it can be something from the original RTS game. You have until Wednesday 10:29am AEST, June 27 to enter.

We'll select the winners over the next week, and Blizzard will email out the winners through the email attached to your account. So make sure you're commenting from a legitimate email, otherwise you'll miss out.

Terms and conditions can be found here.


    Does the battle for sweet loot count?

      The battle of whether vanilla WoW is as good as some people remember it to be probably trumps it.

    My favourite battle would be the one against Nefarian as at that moment we didn't know Deathwing's fate, but going agains Nefarian was like a prelude and and hint that Deathwing was still lurking around.

    Gotta be during the third war in Warcraft III, mostly for the nostalgia of being the first game I played in the Warcraft series. Uther and his inner conflict with what Arthus is what got me hooked. Uther hung in there for a while out of loyalty to his prince but ultimately sided against him after the corruption of the lich king. It was an intense moment in the games history.

    I feel like Thrall's internal conflict is my favourite. Despite being the leader of the Horde, who traditionally hate the Alliance/Humans, he has conflicting feelings toward his people's traditional enemies due to his upbringing.

      I disliked how blizz treated him after WoD though. He is basically a useless character now and kinda boring.

        That is probably more to do with Chris Metzen retiring though so they no doubt want to consider his story finished for now and bring other characters to the front.

          It was just dissapointing how his character was treated. He was built up to be this amazing powerful individual. And then just lost it all for no reason other than to allow us to weild his weapon in legion.

    I quite enjoyed the conflict between the Forsaken and the Gilnean. The Battle of Gilneas ended with the Forsaken pretty much decimating what the Gilneans had built. This holds dear to me because one of my first made characters was an Undead, and recently playing through the Worgen starting area made me appreciate both sides of this conflict.

    My favourite conflict was actually during an epic Tauren Mill vs Southshore battle in vanilla WoW. I was the first warlock on our server to hit 60 so I along with some friends we summoned a doomguard and took it to the front line (along with an infernal) which caused absolute havoc, particularly when none of us has seen one in action before. The horde players literally did a U-turn and ran for it.

    For me, anything related to Arthas.

    2004 and I'm duelling outside Scarlet Monastery on Blackrock US. My undead mage faces down Iced, a troll rogue later found to be a notorious ninja looter. My reputation matters and I get smashed by blinds and crits.

    I hand over 50 gold as agreed. Double or nothing now buddy! My pyroblast crits so hard he LOGS OFF. I rolled alliance and merciless ganked him for days. Vengeance never tasted so sweet!

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      I was UD mage on BR, what was your name? There werent so many of us back then, I was Luciferius (shit name).

    The conflict between Arthas and Muradin in the WC3 frozen throne was very well written. Both men believed they were doing the right thing and both points of view could have been the right decision at the time.

    +1 Tarren Mill vs Southshore back in Vanilla. Outside of raiding, there wasn't a great deal to do after hitting 60, so we made our own world PvP

    If I had to pick one conflict, the one that stands out most to me is Mankrik and his fight against the Quilboars, followed by the loss of his wife. The quest line was early in the game and showed that there were battles of all sizes happening everywhere. Was good to see him again later at Mount Hyjal

    I can personally not think of a better experience than beating Molten core for the first time, the practice for each of his lieutenants and then finally beating the big fiery elemental :)

    My favourite conflict is IceCrown itself. The story of the Horde and Alliance racing each other to see who can take out The Lich King first, has some of the best storytelling in WoW. Plus the section after defeating Deathbringer Saurfang where you see (from the Alliance side) the war get put on hold for a moment so a father can grieve for his dead son.

    The eternal conflict if I should buy the new expansion..I always do though

    I can still remember in my dream, the lich king back to life, we heroes, or champions they call us, have to defend Azeroth alongside with Tiron and Sylvanas.
    The frost dragon boss, the Icecrown raid, the tier gear, everything was so awesome.
    At the end the lich king is dead, a new one is crowned. Looking forward to the new story!

    As a new player who just hit lvl 110 the other day, my favourite is between the different Moonkin tribes when doing the night elf questing campaigns. Learning about the different tribes of Moonkin that wanted to kill each other was very enjoyable to me.

    Blizzard and Kotaku sitting in a tree...

    Bit of background first – I was part of a social guild (League of Oceania that later became Ascention) in vanilla running plenty of dungeons but never stepping up raiding. This didn’t stop us from trying in many cases as PUGs and most will know this is never going to end well.
    When Karazhan was first opened we decided to give it a good old try and the 10 man requirement meant we didn’t need to rely on outsiders for help.We spent what must have been months (Time means little in WoW) clearing our way through slowly progressing to Prince Malchezaar which was proving to be an impossible task. However each week we would clear again and retry getting closer and closer but never taking him down but then late one night it happened …
    The call of ‘one more try’ had been spoken several times over ‘vent’ and tempers had become tested. The battle began ok and we had some luck going our way with the placement of the infernals until the 3rd phase of the fight. An infernal dropped right in the middle of the group and in panic the raid split to different sides and taking out one of the healers. Many of the DPS was out of range of the boss and a wipe looked imminent but we kepts plugging along slowly losing more and more members but making progress. It was so close but when the last healer ran out of mana (Yes this used to happen) with only a few percent left we were doomed. Our warrior tank (Blacky) was left with me (a Warlock) who had done minimal damage being the likely reason I was left. I dotted the boss with a few curses and popped all cooldowns. Boss hit the 1% and I left out of range due to another infernal. Blacky was almost out and I was in a corner unable to do anything.
    20K health on the boss and the tank about to take the final hit and it happened …. My Curse of Doom went off (took 2 minutes to occur) and critted for 16K drawing aggro and putting him in the final blows. I got a few more dots on before he one shotted me and headed back across the room the tank who had enough time to recovery and deal the final blows.
    Vent was deafening.
    Soon after the guild began to split as many looked to join other raiding guilds but I still remember many of those present that night. Shout out if you are reading Zhan, Blacky, Pickpocket, Catstalker, Kiiara and McWarrior

      I have a similar memory of LK, down to the wire say 15% or so, defile wipes most of the raid and (because people dont like to move) its just me (Hunter) a Resto Druid and a Tank (DK).

      We just go ham popping every CD we have trying to eke out the last bit, I reset my Deterrence twice just trying to stay alive before I finally go down, 11% left, Resto is doin whatever he can to keep the tank up, DK pops his last CD... boom, both dead.

      Then good old Tirion showed up, vent was deafening.

      Pity a couple of members decided to release...
      Should've had more faith.

    Raiding Thrall in Orgrimmar during vanilla was the most epic battle I had, we cleared out his room then had a large horde guild show up during the fight and wipe us. My friend and I were both on rogues and we managed to vanish but were stuck hiding around Orgimmar trying to get back out of the city and just messing with horde by sapping and distracting them. Fun times. Close second was booty bay guards being drunk on new years, one year there was a massive continuous battle for the entire day.

    I really enjoyed the Mists of Pandaria especially the final battle with the corrupted dude!

    My favourite conflict & memory is my first Molten Core raid in vanilla. Turning up enter zone to be greeted by 2x Horde Guilds forming groups outside the instance. A massive fight ensued that lasted an hour or so.. it was very fun.
    I was also conflicted as by the time I zoned in I was nearly out of arrows in my quiver & bags to actually do the raid...

    My first time doing a run through Black temple and finally taking on Illidan stormrage.. It was a moment that has always stuck with me and still to date is one of hardest boss battle I personally have faced. Plus those warglaives were the coolest !!

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    My favourite memory (even though I've been playing since 2004 December) was that of in the last experience when my own guild was able to beat the first raid on Mythic before it came off ahead of the curve. A lot of wipes, patience and dedication went into that. Makes me look back at my early Vanilla days in disgust.

      Why disgust? Bear in mind the vanilla raids were basically mythic difficulty. Especially if you'd got as far as AQ40 or Naxx during vanilla.

        Disgust with how clueless and bad I was. I was literally a walking hunter meme. Had no idea how to play the class, pulling mobs without the tank getting aggro, pulling aggro off the tank then blaming the tank, pet running around pull mobs randomly, rolling on anything and screaming HUNTER GEAR + being up at 2 am in the morning to raid for 8 hours to get nothing for weeks on end.

        It's more disgust on how far I've come as a player. Sounds a bit sappy, but a a wow player of 14 years on and off again, whenever I log back in and leap effortless from fence to fence in a town area, it's like slipping into a familiar old pair of boots.

          Ahh fair enough. If it's any consolation I reckon 9 out of 10 hunters were like that in vanilla :)

    My greatest battle was getting my own raid team!!!!!!!!!!

    /r anyone seen damo? he is tanking tonight
    /g anyone seen damo?
    /o where the *$%^ is damo?
    /r fine solo tank it is
    [Damo has logged in]
    [Damo]: Ill be there in a sec just need to swap talents
    /r OK
    /o FFS WE START AT 9!!!
    [Damo]: $%$^ off Rivv lol
    /r K we good to go
    "Most of the raid": BIO, BRB Smoke ....
    /r FFS...

    I cant be the only RL that went through this every raid night.

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    Without a doubt the most epic battle in Warcraft history is the endless encroachment of the Quillboar in the Barrens. No battle has ever been as high stakes or as full of Chuck Norris jokes.

    Seeing that "Why is it called [Invincible] if I can see it" joke in General chat one more time.

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