‘Legion’ Alpha Back Online With New ‘World Of Warcraft’ Zones, Halls Of Valor Dungeon Explorable

Legion alpha testing is once again available for players invited to the testing process. The content tested in the alpha has been expanded to include two new World of Warcraft zones and the upcoming dungeon, Halls of Valor, according to the official site. Players invited to the test can create high-level characters from the template service; however, the Shaman class is currently disabled.

The Legion alpha is currently underway with no non-disclosure agreement giving World of Warcraft players that are not invited to the testing process a chance to see what is in store for the game. The latest build may have unlocked two new zones and a dungeon to explore, but datamining sites are also previewing the class order halls.

World of Warcraft Stormheim in the Legion expansion [Image via Blizzard Entertainment]Stormheim will introduce a new host of dragonflight, the Stormdragons, as well as Vrykul architecture and the available Halls of Valor dungeon. Highmountain, on the other hand, is home to a number of Tauren, new moose mobs, and much more. These zones, like all of the leveling zones in the next World of Warcraft expansion, will use a new leveling scaling system for players. It will not matter what level a character is in the leveling zones because these zones will scale to the player. Players of different levels can even play together since the world scales to each player individually in Legion. Players with alpha access can preview these two zones now so more beautiful screenshots and features will likely appear over the coming weeks.

Also in Legion, each World of Warcraft class will have a class hall that players can travel to via abilities in the spellbook. For example, Hunters will know the Call Eagle Spirit ability that will transport the Hunter to the Trueshot Lodge located in Highmountain while Rogues will use Extraction Point to return to the Hall of Shadows located beneath Dalaran. MMO-Champion delivers several screenshots of each class hall including the two previously mentioned, as well as class halls for the 10 other classes. Be sure to check out the Paladin class hall Sanctum of Light located underneath the Light’s Hope Chapel in the Eastern Plaguelands.

World of Warcraft A screenshot of the Paladin class hall in World of Warcraft [Image via MMO-Champion]The latest update to the alpha test for Legion also updates a number of spells and effects that are still in the process of being determined. WoWhead has a lengthy summary on the changes including an updated talent calculator for Legion talents, statistics on many Artifact weapons for most classes, and many new client strings.

Legion will also introduce new Artifact weapons for all the game’s classes and specializations. In fact, the new weapons will greatly alter the way each specialization performs. For example, just equipping the Apocalypse two-handed sword as an Unholy Death Knight will give the player a chance to summon an undead ally from their Army of the Dead spell on any hit.

As the Inquisitr reported, spending Artifact power to level up an Artifact weapon will unlock special traits like the Destruction Warlock’s trait that make Rain of Fire also summon Infernals. Although many previews of the new Artifacts are live now, all things are subject to change before the release of Legion. The content is, after all, currently in an alpha state.

The sixth World of Warcraft expansion is expected to launch in the summer of 2016. Players can pre-purchase it now from Battle.net to immediately receive the included level 100 boost and ensure early access to the Demon Hunter hero class. Buying the Digital Deluxe edition grants additional goodies for both World of Warcraft and other Blizzard games like Heroes of the Storm, Diablo 3, and StarCraft 2. The World of Warcraft mount and pet that the Digital Deluxe edition includes will be available immediately upon purchase.

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