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We’re close to patch 8.1, and with less content to grind, I decided to dust off my Horde Alt. Mortenebra is her name, she’s a Blood Elf Survival Hunter on Draenor-EU and she has given me a lot of insight in the Horde storyline in Battle for Azeroth.

But … Why?

Why a Horde alt? Simple, so I could level up another character without having to do the same story line all over again. Battle for Azeroth has two uniquely different story lines for Horde and Alliance.
Not just story lines, but also zones. Sure, as Alliance we spend some time in Zandalar, but not as much as a Horde player would. The two different factions also have access to different areas of those zones.
Battle for Azeroth promises to be one of the most story-driven expansions of World of Warcraft, so having a character on both sides opens a lot of extra content to stream and to blog about!

Why another Hunter? Honestly, stick to what you know. To an extent at least. I made it a point to level and do Mythic+ Dungeons with my Horde Alt as Survival. I made a whole blog post about going Survival on my main hunter. In that post I went over some hurdles, especially with reforging Azerite Traits.
So it seemed a good idea to scratch that Survival itch on another hunter that only does LFR and low Mythic+.

Why a Blood Elf? Come on … seriously? Just look at her! That’s at level 110 by the way. I was seriously surprised to find out I could transmog my main hunter Mythic Uldir gear onto a level 110 character. I know there’s better racials, like Orc or Troll, but … They’re not as pretty. Since I’m not doing any min/maxing on this character, I figured I would go for cosmetics.

Tell Me a Story …

Like I mentioned earlier, one of the main reasons to play a Horde Alt is to experience the story of Battle for Azeroth from the other side as well. We all know Sylvanas and Saurfang are on a collision course and I don’t want to have to read about it or watch it on Youtube. I want to experience it!
It also gives me a whole new source of content for my stream and my blog. I love the story content in World of Warcraft, always have. I’m one of those people who always reads the quest dialog. For me, it just doesn’t make sense to have all that content available and not play through it. That’s what put me off my Rogue Alt, I was basically doing the exact same thing as on my Hunter, just with daggers instead of a bow.

Paint Me a Picture …

Another big reason to have a Horde Alt is the fact that you get to visit locations you would otherwise glance over or simply not have access to. Take the screenshot below for example. It’s The Frogmarch, home of Krag’wa the Huge, the Frog Loa. This place is not hostile to Alliance players, so you can go there if you want to. There’s just no reason to, other than the gorgeous scenery. There’s no quests there for the Alliance. If it weren’t for my Horde Alt doing quests there for Krag’wa, I would have never known this place even existed.

Exploring the world is a big thing for me. Especially now, when we don’t have flying yet, I find it exciting to climb everything I can and take pretty screenshots of the gorgeous vistas. The thought of missing out on some of those sights is unbearable!

Expect to be hearing a lot more about Mortenebra and Mortemis as their adventures unfold in Patch 8.1 and beyond. You will be able to read all about it in upcoming issues of the Battle for Azeroth Bulletin!