The Argent Tournament is an event added in Patch 3.1 with the promise of mounted combat.
The Argent Tournament is located in the far Northeast of Icecrown (directly North of Sindragosa's Fall). As the name suggests, there is a strong Argent Crusade presence at the tournament site. The Dalaran factions of The Sunreavers and The Silver Covenant also make a new appearance here along with The Ebon Blade.
From a gameplay point of view, the Argent Tournament is a hub for daily quests where a lot of max level players will spend their time trying to earn more gold and reputation. It is Wrath of the Lich King's version of the Isle of Quel'Danas.
This area is flagged as a Sanctuary
Enrolling in the Tournament is done by initially talking with Justicar Mariel Trueheart inside the Argent Crusade tent. She will give you the The Argent Tournament quest. Head to your faction tent and talk to the person in there to register (rewards: 1g 32s at 80. +10 Reputation for The Sunreavers/Silver Covenant).
Once you are enrolled, you will need to go through a handful of easy quests which are designed to teach you how to use the Argent Tournament Mounts:
Once you are done with those, you will be considered an Aspirant.
If you are Horde, Magister Edien Sunhollow will give you the quest Up to the Challenge. If you are Alliance than it will be Arcanist Taelis who gives you Up to the Challenge. The quests are obviously the same and require you to earn 15 Aspirant's Seals. You can earn those seals by doing daily quests that are now available. You can get up to 5 per day, so the fastest you can complete this quest is in 3 days.
The daily quests are given by Edien/Taelis themselves and the two npcs standing beside them, they are the same for both faction.
Edian/Taelis will give you one of those 3 quests (randomly) every day:
The two other quests from the two other npcs are the following:
Upon turning in Up to the Challenge, you will be able to complete The Aspirant's Challenge. You will then receive another quest, A Valiant of X (Where X is the name of your capital city) and need to turn this in to the representative of your home city. Upon doing so you will be considered a valiant for your home city and will no longer be able to complete quests for Edien/Taelis and will now need to move on to the next tier.
Upon becoming a Valiant, you will receive The Valiant's Charge from the head representant of your capital city. This is a similar quest to Up to the Challenge, except you must now gather 25 Valiant's Seals. You can still only get 5 per day, so this part of the grind will take you at least 5 days.
Daily Quests previously from Magister Edien Sunhollow & Arcanist Taelis above are now given by the Grand Champion for the particular race. The rewards grant Valiant's Seals rather than the Aspirant's Seals granted previously as well as +250 reputation for the particular city on top of The Sunreaver/The Silver Covenant reputation.
The Master of Arms (name varies based on faction) will give you A Valiant's Field Training - Kill 10 scourge in Icecrown. Rewards: 13g 23s, Valiant's Seal x2, +250 The Sunreavers/The Silver Covenant reputation, +250 home city reputation.
Once you have all 25 seal and turn them in, you will get to complete The Valiant's Challenge, which will make you face a Champion in a jousting match. After turning this quest in, you will become a Champion, which changes quite a few things.
The first thing that happens when you become a Champion is that you earn an achievement. You'll then notice that you can no longer complete Valiant quest for your own faction but that the representant of all the other factions want to speak to you - you can now become a Valiant and champion for the other faction. This will lead to you eventually being a Champion for all 5 faction (which is another achievement).
You'll have some brand new Champion dailies available.
Those daily quests will grant you Champion's Seal which can be used to purchase rewards. You will also get to choose between a Champion's Writ which can be cashed in for reputation or a Champion's Purse which gives extra gold and a chance a more seals.
The next step from there on is all about reputation - you'll want to become Exalted with all 5 faction on top of being a champion with them. Over the course of championing all five faction's cities you can expect to gain 11,250 reputation with each capital city. If this isn't enough to get you to exalted you will need to either use Champion's Writ or grind reputation some other way in order to get there.
Upon earning Exalted Status with all 5 faction, becoming their champion and earning Exalted status with the Argent Crusade, you will earn the achievement and title Crusader. This will also unlock some dailies for you, which also earn you Champion's Seal, allowing you to buy the Rewards faster if you so wish.
The two new npc quest givers give one quest per day, randomly.
The quest line involving the Black Knight doesn't have to do with the tournament dailies, although they do connect at some points. The Black Knight quest line essentially advances the lore of the tournament.
While reputation, gold and achievements are plenty of reason for people to do the daily quests of the tournament, Blizzard has also thrown in several reward that can be bought once certain pre-requisite are met.
Those rewards will become available from your faction Quatermaster once you become a champion with them. They cost Champion Seal's and sometime some gold.
All Factions have their unique items (mainly vanity items) and also all sell weapons and armors that they all share.
You may also purchase the Argent Hippogryph for 150 seals from those vendors.
|Race||City||50 Tabard||15 Banner||500G 5 Mount||100 Mount||40 Companion|
|Draenei||Exodar||Exodar Tabard||Exodar Banner||Great Red Elekk||Exodar Elekk||Ammen Vale Lashling|
|Humans||Stormwind||Stormwind Tabard||Stormwind Banner||Swift Gray Steed||Stormwind Steed||Elwynn Lamb|
|Dwarves||Ironforge||Ironforge Tabard||Ironforge Banner||Swift Violet Ram||Ironforge Ram||Dun Morogh Cub|
|Gnomes||Gnomeregan Exiles||Gnomeregan Tabard||Gnomeregan Banner||Turbostrider||Gnomeregan Mechanostrider||Mechanopeep|
|Night Elf||Darnassus||Darnassus Tabard||Darnassus Banner||Swift Moonsaber||Darnassian Nightsaber||Teldrassil Sproutling|
|Orcs||Orgrimmar||Orgrimmar Tabard||Orgrimmar Banner||Swift Burgundy Wolf||Orgrimmar Wolf||Durotar Scorpion|
|Trolls||Darkspear Trolls||Sen'jin Tabard||Sen'jin Banner||Swift Purple Raptor||Darkspear Raptor||Sen'jin Fetish|
|Taurens||Thunder Bluff||Thunder Bluff Tabard||Thunder Bluff Banner||Great Golden Kodo||Thunder Bluff Kodo||Mulgore Hatchling|
|Undeads||Undercity||Undercity Tabard||Undercity Banner||White Skeletal Warhorse||Forsaken Warhorse||Tirisfal Batling|
|Blood Elf||Silvermoon City||Silvermoon City Tabard||Silvermoon City Banner||Swift Red Hawkstrider||Silvermoon Hawkstrider||Enchanted Broom|
The following items can be bought from any and all Quartermaster, all you need is to be a Champion with a least one faction and of course, have enough Seals. The weapons can be obtained without raiding and are better than what can be found in instances, making them a very good first goal for a newly minted level 80. Epic quality item are worth 25 seals, while their Superior counterpart are worth 10.
|Sen'jin Beakblade Longrifle||Blunderbuss of Khaz Modan||Ranged (Gun)||25|
|Greatsword of the Sin'dorei||Claymore of the Prophet||Two-Handed Weapon (Sword)||25|
|Staff of Feral Furies||Silvery Sylvan Stave||Two-Handed Weapon (Staff)||25|
|Scalpel of the Royal Apothecary||Dagger of Lunar Purity||Main Handed Weapon (Dagger)||25|
|Spinal Destroyer||Dagger of the Rising Moon||One-Hand Weapon (Dagger)||25|
|Blade of the Keening Banshee||Gnomeregan Bonechopper||Main-Hand Weapon (Sword)||25|
|Grimhorn Crusher||Ironforge Smasher||One-Hand Weapon (Mace)||25|
|Axe of the Sen'jin Protector||Teldrassil Protector||One-Hand WEapon (Axe)||25|
|Jouster's Fury||Jouster's Fury||Trinket||10|
|Necklace of Stolen Skulls||Choker of Spiral Focus||Neck||10|
|Pendant of Emerald Crusader||Necklace of Valiant Blood||Neck||10|
|Choker of Feral Fury||Susurrating Shell Necklace||Neck||10|
|Gauntlets of Mending Touch||Gauntlets of Shattered Pride||Hand (Plate)||10|
|Clinch of Savage Fury||Girdle of Valorous Defeat||Waist (Plate)||10|
|Blood-Caked Stompers||Stanchions of Unseatable Furor||Feet (Plate)||10|
|Links of Unquenched Savagery||Cinch of Bonded Servitude||Waist (Chain)||10|
|Treads of Whispering Dreams||Treads of the Glorious Spirit||Feet (Chain)||10|
|Treads of the Earnest Squire||Treads of Nimble Evasion||Feet (Leather)||10|
|Waistguard of Equine Fury||Wrap of the Everliving Tree||Waist (Leather)||10|
|Sash of Trumpted Pride||Sash of Shattering Hearts||Waist (Cloth)||10|
Once you are able to complete those daily quests, you will also be able to purchase the following items.
|Sunreaver Tabard||Silver Covenant Tabard||Tabard||50|
|Sunreaver Hawkstrider||Quel'dorei Steed||Mount||100|
|Sunreaver Dragonhawk||Silver Covenant Hippogryph||Flying Mount||150|
|Shimmering Wyrmling||Shimmering Wyrmling||Companion||40|
hoese rewards also become purchasable once you earn the Crusader title.
You'll notice that this quartermaster also allows you to buy Heirloom items with your seals.
|Argent Crusader's Banner||Banner||15|
|Argent Crusader's Tabard||Tabard||50|
|Argent Pony Bridle||Companion Enhacement||150|
|Argent Charger||Mount (Paladin only)||100|
|Polished Breastplate of Valor||Plate Chest||60|
|Polished Spaulders of Valor||Plate Shoulder||60|
|Champion Herod's Shoulder||Mail Chest||60|
|Champion's Deathdealer Breastplate||Mail Chest||60|
|Preened Ironfeather Breastplate||Leather Chest||60|
|Preened Ironfeather Shoulders||Leather Shoulder||60|
|Stained Shadowcraft Spaulders||Leather Shoulder||60|
|Stained Shadowcraft Tunic||Leather Chest||60|
|Tattered Dreadmist Mantle||Cloth Shoulder||60|
|Tattered Dreadmist Robe||Cloth Chest||60|
|Balanced Heartseeker||One-Handed Dagger||60|
|Bloodied Arcanite Reaper||Two-Hand Axe||95|
|Charmed Ancient Bone Bow||Bow||95|
|Devout Aurastone Hammer||Main Hand Mace||75|
|Dignified Headmaster's Charge||Staff||95|
|Repurposed Lava Dredger||Two-Handed Mace||95|
|Venerable Dal'Rend's Sacred Charge||Main Hand Sword||60|
|Venerable Mass of McGowan||One Handed Mace||75|
|Discerning Eye of the Beast||Trinket||75|
|Swift Hand of Justice||Trinket||75|