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New World of Warcraft patch adds Heritage armor for two old races

Dwarves and Blood Elves will look fresh in 8.1

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In a recent Blizzard livestream, World of Warcraft game director Ion Hazzikostas revealed the future of Battle for Azeroth. Patch 8.1, titled Tides of Vengeance, will likely release later this year. While there are plenty of new changes headed to the game, the most exciting additions are the two new Heritage armor sets for old races.

At the start of the presentation, Hazzikostas revealed that old races will be able to earn Heritage armor sets starting in 8.1. While this will only start with Dwarves and Blood Elves, all old races should eventually get an armor set that truly expresses their race’s identity.

However, unlike the Heritage armor sets currently in the game for Allied Races, players won’t need to level a new Dwarf or Blood Elf all the way from level one to 100 to earn it. Instead, there will be a short quest line centered around the race, and players will simply need to be exalted with their racial city to unlock it.

Once players have completed the new questline and learned a thing or two about the race they play in game, they’ll earn the new armor for themselves. Each set is purely cosmetic, and doesn’t actually offer any power increase. However, it can be transmogged — replacing the look of a current piece of gear while retaining all of it’s power.

Patch 8.1, Tides of Vengeance, is expected to hit live servers later this year, likely at some point in November or early December.