Battle for Azeroth is officially live in the Americas

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It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: World of Warcraft’s latest expansion, Battle for Azeroth, is officially live in the Americas, as of 5pm CT today.

You know what that means. It’s time to dust off your main and head into battle for the Alliance or the Horde in the first fully-focused faction combat expansion in the game’s history. It’s possible that the story evolves into a larger war against Azshara or the Old Gods at some point, but for now, we’re going to have fun beating the hell out of one another. You know, like we’ve wanted to all along.

The road leading up to this expansion has been hyped up by Blizzard more than we ever expected. For lore nerds like us, it’s felt like Christmas for the past few weeks. First, the War of Thorns event started, pitting the Horde against the Alliance for the first time post-Legion. In that event, Sylvanas’ forces lead a surprise attack on Teldrassil, the sacred home of the Night Elves. The goal was originally just to drive them off of Kalimdor, but soon, the tree of life was up in flames.

Soon after, Kind Anduin Wrynn and the Alliance were marching on Lordaeron. Little did he know, Sylvanas had cooked up a trap to lure him and all of the Alliance leaders to their deaths. She would have done it, too, but a surprise appearance from Jaina Proudmoore turned the tides in the Alliance’s favor. Both the Horde and the Alliance escaped the blight-filled city, and the war had officially kicked off.

Today, both factions will travel to their new leveling zones for the expansion, and the race for legendaries, Mythics, raids, and more will finally be underway.