Announcing Battlegrounds Season 5!

Announcing Battlegrounds Season 5!

Battlegrounds Season 5 is almost here and the champions of Azeroth are gathering for a massive gladiatorial contest over who can win favor with the Titans and their Keepers on Azeroth. Starting with Patch 27.2, Battlegrounds is becoming a battle arena fit for the gods... but it seems a bit of chaos has somehow made it into the competition with the all-new Anomalies system! Is this just another test for Azeroth’s greatest champions, or is something more sinister brewing under the surface?

New Gameplay System-Anomalies

Anomalies are new custom game rules that affect your entire lobby throughout the game.* There will be over 20 Anomalies at launch. After the initial launch, more anomalies will be added each week (with increased appearance rates for that week) until there are over 50!

These powerful rules adjustments shape the course of the game from the outset, making each game play out completely differently. The weekly Anomalies updates will keep the meta fresh all season long! All Patch 27.2 Anomalies, plus more details, will be revealed soon, but we have three to share with you today:

Wait... Tier 7?!

* Anomalies are determined at the start of the game, before the hero select. The same Anomaly applies to all players in that lobby. The chosen Anomaly is public while hero selections are being made. Certain minions, minion types, and heroes are banned with certain Anomalies, to avoid unwanted interactions.

New Tier 7 Minions

This Season we’ve unlocked another level of Battlegrounds combat! Tier 7 will be accessible to all players in games when the Secrets of Norgannon Anomaly is active. In those games when Tier 7 is active, it is accessed just like any other tier (upgrading the Tavern, getting triples, Patient Scout, etc.). Tier 7 minions are even more powerful than the powerful Tier 6 minions we’re used to. Some of them are familiar faces and some are all-new!

In total, there will be 14 different Tier 7 minions, the rest of which will be revealed in the 27.2 Patch Notes. The Secrets of Norgannon Anomaly appears 5x more frequently than average, so you’ll have plenty of chances to explore this new Tier!

New Hero - Thorim, Stormlord

Golganneth’s Keeper loves a good contest, so he’s entering the fray himself and giving his chosen champion a little extra help. At the start of the game, choose a promising Tier 7 minion as your champion. After a few rounds, the chosen champion is given the honor of joining your warband. Imagine what you can accomplish with an ally who’s a tier above the competition!

If the Secrets of Norgannon Anomaly is not active, then Tier 7 is not accessible—it can’t be tripled into or otherwise generated—except for specifically Thorim, who gets the one Tier 7 minion from his Hero Power.

Major Minion Mix-Up

Aside from adding the new Tier 7 minions, we’re also making big changes to Tiers 1-6. 49 Minions have been removed from the minion pool, 32 new minions have been added to the minion pool, and 11 *12 older minions will be returning to the minion pool! These new minions will be revealed over the next few days.

* Corrected from prior version, which said 12.
* We found the 12th minion.

  • August 15, 12:00 p.m. PTRDU reveals Neutrals, Beasts, Mechs, and Elementals
  • August 15, 3:00 p.m. PTSlysssa reveals Dragons, Undead, Naga, Quilboar, and Murlocs
  • August 16, 10:00 a.m. PTHearthstone reveals Dual Type minions
  • August 16, 11:00 a.m. PTHearthstone reveals Tier 7 minions
  • August 17—27.2 Patch Notes go live
  • August 22—27.2 Patch goes live

Battlegrounds Track Refresh

On August 22, Battlegrounds Season 4 will end and Season 5 will begin. At that point, players will switch over to begin earning awards on the new Battlegrounds Season 5 Rewards Track. Any rewards that were already earned on the Season 4 Rewards Track, but not yet claimed, will be automatically claimed for you.

The Season 5 Battlegrounds Track includes gladiatorial cosmetics. Pick up the Season Pass to instantly get +2 Hero options at the start of each game. Then progress through the track to earn the Clash of Thunder Legendary Strike, 18 additional Hero Skins, a new Bartender, and more!

Level XP to level Cumulative XP Free Reward With Season Pass
1 0 0 2 Hero Slots
2 20 20 Trapper Maiev (Epic Hero Skin)
3 20 40 Noble Faelin (Rare Emote)
4 20 60 Gladiator Saurfang (Rare Hero Skin))
5 30 90 Gladi-o-Mechano (Rare Hero Skin)
6 30 120 Gorgon Vashj (Epic Emote)
7 30 150 Bookie Barov (Rare Hero Skin)
8 30 180 Custodian Mutanus (Legendary Hero Skin)
9 40 220 Spectator A.F.Kay (Rare Hero Skin)
10 40 260 Gladiator Saurfang (Rare Emote)
11 40 300 Liontamer Brann (Rare Hero Skin)
12 50 350 Ferryman Teron (Legendary Hero Skin)
13 50 400 Challenger Drek'Thar (Rare Hero Skin)
14 50 450 Spectator A. F. Kay (Rare Emote)
15 50 500 Ferryman Teron (Rare Emote)
16 60 560 Ini Stormsuit (Epic Hero Skin)
17 60 620 Bookie Barov (Rare Emote)
18 60 680 Scalper Tickatus (Epic Hero Skin)
19 60 740 Naval Battle Ozumat (Rare Emote)
20 60 800 Announcer Gimblo (Epic Bartender)
21 60 860 Sneed, Chariot Racer (Epic Hero Skin)
22 60 920 Night Warrior Tyrande (Rare Emote)
23 60 980 Val'kyr Varden (Epic Hero Skin)
24 60 1040 Arena Champion Rokara (Epic Hero Skin)
25 60 1100 Scalper Tickatus (Epic Emote)
26 60 1160 Hydra Shudderwock (Epic Hero Skin)
27 60 1220 Sideshow Deryl (Epic Emote)
28 60 1280 Noble Faelin (Legendary Hero Skin)
29 60 1340 Philosopher Holmes (Epic Hero Skin)
30 60 1400 Gladi-O-Mechano (Epic Emote)
31 60 1460 Sneed Chariot Racer (Rare Emote)
32 60 1520 Sideshow Deryl (Epic Hero Skin)
33 60 1580 Naval Battle Ozumat (Epic Hero Skin)
34 60 1640 Custodian Mutanus (Epic Emote)
35 60 1700 Yogg-Saron, Imprisoned (Epic Hero Skin)
36 60 1760 Gorgon Vashj (Legendary Hero Skin)
37 60 1820 Arena Lord Thorim (Epic Emote)
38 60 1880 Chariot Driver Denathrius (Epic Hero Skin)
39 60 1940 Emperor Thorim (Legendary Hero Skin)
40 60 2000 Thorim's Thunder (Legendary Strike)

Battlegrounds Preview Event

On August 21, the day before the patch goes live, players from around the world will be participating in a special preview stream event, playing the new Battlegrounds Season 5 content. Participating players will be streaming to their own channels and will have Season Pass giveaways for their viewers, so make sure you check it out! The participating players are:

NA (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (PT))

LATAM (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (PT))

EU (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (PT))

KR (2:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (PT))

JP (2:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. (PT))

That’s all for now, but stay tuned for reveals and full patch notes this week. We can’t wait to see you in the Tavern!

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