As the alpha for the sixth World of Warcraft expansion continues, those with access to the test carry on with regular updates. Story spoilers came early in the datamining process, but the alpha persists with new information being trickled to players. Now that the alpha is open past the Demon Hunter starter area, many new UI elements are being showcased while other new features are also being detailed.
With major changes occurring to the transmogrification system and most of the professions in Legion, a new UI was to be expected. WoWhead previewed both new user interface elements noting specific details like filter options, overall progress, and more. Since transmogrification is moving away from the retention of all transmogrification pieces in order to use them in favor of a collection system, the UI is extremely important.
The new Wardrobe interface in World of Warcraft displays several pages worth of all the items that can be used for transmogrification. Players can sort by item slot and preview each item easily with a large thumbnail. Hovering over the thumbnail provides information on where the item comes from and lists items with the same look. As players learned at BlizzCon 2015, the new transmogrification and Wardrobe system will include shirts, tabards, and illusions.
The popular database site also covered the upcoming changes to the professions in World of Warcraft. The UI for professions is completely different in Legion. It is larger and boasts two large windows for viewing all necessary information. On the left, players will find their list of recipes for the profession separated into two tabs for learned recipes and unlearned recipes. On the right, players will see the selected recipe’s required ingredients without having to scroll down.
In the Cooking example, players will find new filters for recipes that will level the skill, special categories, slots, and sources. Moreover, a few Legion recipe categories are included in the preview. Players that enjoy cooking will find a number of food categories in the expansion. For example, new snacks, delicacies, feasts, light meals, and large meals are all present in the alpha. Of course, these details and UI previews could change before the release of Legion. Everything is subject to change in the testing period.
User interface changes that accompany remodeled systems in the game are just the beginning, too. As MMO-Champion relayed, new treasure demons will spawn in the expansion. Like the treasure goblins in Diablo 3, these mobs will start to flee as soon as they are spotted. Defeating one before it can escape will reward the player with Sanctuary Coins. In the example image, the treasure demon dropped 74 coins that each sell for 25 gold making one treasure demon defeat worth over 1,800 gold to the player.
Legion, the upcoming expansion for World of Warcraft, is expected to launch during the summer of 2016. Beside the new Demon Hunter hero class, transmogrification changes, and revamped professions, the expansion will also increase the level cap 110, introduce new Artifact weapons for all the game’s specializations, and let players manage class halls.
Players that have yet to try World of Warcraft can right now for a very small price. The base game, World of Warcraft, and its first four expansions are just $4.99. The current expansion, Warlords of Draenor, is just $12.49, and that expansion comes with a character boost to level 90. According to the official website, this sale will last until January 4.
Many pets and mounts available in the Battle.net store are also on sale during the holiday season. Pets that can participate in special pet battles all across Azeroth are just $5 instead of $10. Mounts that scale to the riding level of each character are just $12.50 instead of $25. The new Brightpaw pet and the Mystic Runesaber mount are not included in the sale. Not to mention, as the Inquisitr reported, both pets and mounts are unlocked for all characters on a World of Warcraft license.
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