Greetings everyone !
Ever since Battle for Azeroth some of you have been voicing their concern about faction balancing, and the fact that as an Alliance player it was quite difficult to find progress guilds or people to group with.
For 9.2.5 Blizzard announced that they would finally enable cross-faction despite the war between Horde and Alliance being a central element in WoW's lore: this is something we've done on all of our older expansions here at Firestorm for quite a while, and we thus figured we could anticipate a bit and enable it on Oribos on Monday February 21st. That way we get the best of 2 worlds: reducing the faction balancing problems and staying blizzlike !
Here is a list of the specifics:
- Guilds can now contain players from both factions. That doesn't mean you have to invite everyone, but at least now you can !
- You can now group in raids and dungeons with people from both factions, meaning it will be easier and faster to gather the needed amount of characters ! This also applies to LFG filtering.
- PvP still remains Horde vs Alliance as the system doesn't easily allow for a change. You can still obviously chose to enter mercenary mode if needed !
- World Channels will be fused so Horde and Alliance players can now talk together. Since they will be able to join hands in several activities now, it didn't make much sense to keep them separated.
We'd understand if some of you felt like this isn't something needed, but try to see it that way: this doesn't revoke any rights (if you want to keep your guild all-horde you can), it only adds new opportunities ! A new player asking questions in world chat will have more people available to help him, and you will find groups faster for any non-PvP activity.
We hope that this new addition will have the positive impact we want, and we'll keep an eye out to see if everything goes according to plan !
See you soon,
The Firestorm Team