Island Expeditions were designed as randomly generated maps where players compete against each other in the race to collect a certain amount of Azerite. It is up to the adventurers to decide what approach this goal they will take to achieve it before others do. Understanding how Island Expeditions work and what benefits players can gain from specific ways of playing will be crucial to success.
What do you need to win
After arrival at the island, you will start on the pirates’ ship, where you will be given 45 seconds of queue time. Use that time to prepare for your journey – eat food, drink flasks, and buff your team up. If you have any time left, make sure to check the map and plan the route which you will be trying to take. There you will be able to see some Azerite nodes that you could acquire. You can also speak to the NPC found on the ship to spend Seafarer Dubloon, which you have earned on your trips before, in exchange for some of the items.
Once the timer hits 0, the gate will unlock, allowing players to leave the ship. Now is the time to take a glance at the map once again since all Azerite sources, bonus objectives, and rares that inhabit the island will be revealed to both your and enemy team. Both teams also will be able to see the progress bars that show how much more Azerite that show how much more Azerite will be needed for a victory. This bar gets filled by a bit every time a team collects some of the Azerite, whether it is by Killing a Creature, Opening Chest, Mining Azerite, Completing Bonus Objectives, or by Killing the Other Faction representatives. There will also be a message in chat stating how much Azerite was collected from any source.
It is worth noting that stronger enemies will give better rewards. It applies not only to creatures that inhabit the island but also to other players. The longer your enemy stays alive, the more Azerite you will get for killing him. If you want to determine how much you can earn by a particular kill, you can see that on the enemy debuff bar. The maximum amount you can get is 250 Azerite, and it is awarded for killing players that have been alive for a longer than 8 minutes and 20 seconds.