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Season 22 PTR Phase 1 Details Season 22 PTR Phase 1 Details The Season 22 PTR starts tomorrow and Blizzard have given us a little detail on what the focus will be for phase 1 of the testing, aka the first week. Sets and items will be on the menu for this first week, presumably with the seasonal power (which seems to be a relatively complex one this season) planned for the next. Diablo III D3 Today at 00:25 by Starym
New Round of Beta Invites Has Gone Out (Presumably Large) New Round of Beta Invites Has Gone Out (Presumably Large) It seems a new round of beta invites has arrived, or Blizzard has amped up the intensity of the handing out of access, as many players have noticed and encouraged other to check their inboxes on reddit! The number of players reporting getting an invite indicates this is a particularly large wave. In case you also just got into the beta, you can check out our Shadowlands guides to get a better grip on all the content available. World of Warcraft WoW Today at 00:16 by Starym
Rogue Shadowlands Class Changes for September 30th Rogue Shadowlands Class Changes for September 30th No Assassination changes this week either, as Outlaw gets the focus, with Blade Flurry buffs and more. World of Warcraft WoW 1 comment Yesterday at 23:52 by Starym
Covenant Tuning Is Underway on the Beta Covenant Tuning Is Underway on the Beta Blizzard have posted that Covenant tuning is currently underway on the Shadowlands beta, to inform players that there may be some big number changes coming to being certain abilities closer to their counterparts. World of Warcraft WoW 2 comments Yesterday at 23:48 by Starym
Death Knight Shadowlands Class Changes for September 30th Death Knight Shadowlands Class Changes for September 30th Death Knights get two Covenant abilities changes this week on the Beta, as Abomination Limb and Shackle the Unworthy get target caps, buffs and more. World of Warcraft WoW 2 comments Yesterday at 23:43 by Starym
Warrior Class Changes on the Shadowlands Beta for September 30th Warrior Class Changes on the Shadowlands Beta for September 30th This week's beta class changes appear to be starting and Warriors get a change to a powerful legendary item, as the Mishapen Mirror gets nerfed. We recently talked about this legendary in particular in out Protection Warrior spec highlights, and it's was one of two top pics for the spec. World of Warcraft WoW Yesterday at 23:37 by Starym
Official Response to Feedback Regarding the Diablo 4 Skill Tree Official Response to Feedback Regarding the Diablo 4 Skill Tree While the new skill and talent tree was mostly received very positively, it seems players have been having some concerns over the readability and specific skill layout. Community managed PezRadar has responded to these concerns, commenting that the tree is very much work in progress and the main goal of the presentation was to make its intentions clear. Diablo IV D4 Yesterday at 23:32 by Starym
Will the Shadowlands Pre-patch Only Last 2 Weeks? Could Ocober 13th Be the Release Date? Will the Shadowlands Pre-patch Only Last 2 Weeks? Could Ocober 13th Be the Release Date? Bolvar is also exhausted by all this waiting. Another Tuesday has passed without any official word on the pre-patch release date and everyone is asking themselves what exactly is going on. We've asked ourselves the same question and one worrying thought keeps popping up: what if the Shadowlands pre-expansion patch only lasts 2 weeks. That would mean next week's October 6th/7th release date is missed and we get the pre-patch on the 13th/14th. So let's get into it, starting with the most recent news related to the pre-patch. World of Warcraft WoW 6 comments Yesterday at 19:44 by Starym
Diablo 3 Autumn Sale: Up to 50% Off Diablo 3 Autumn Sale: Up to 50% Off With the new season announced and it being a pretty damn exciting one, now would be a good time to get yourself or a friend Diablo 3 if you don't already have it, as Blizzard have announced the start of the Autumn sale! The sale ends on October 12th. Diablo III D3 Yesterday at 18:19 by Starym
How You Can Help More During the Stress Test How You Can Help More During the Stress Test The PTR stress test starts in under an hour and Blizzard have added further instructions on how to help out if you're headed to the test realm!  World of Warcraft WoW Yesterday at 18:12 by BluePosts
Week 1 Analysis of the Heist League from The Chaos Report Week 1 Analysis of the Heist League from The Chaos Report As the League is now fully underway, those of you that are PoE veterans are likely already knee-deep in the new Heist mechanics and builds. If you're struggling to get going with understanding the new League's economy, make sure to check out the first week of analysis from The Chaos Report. Icy Veins Icy Veins Yesterday at 18:05 by Blainie
Unique Class Mechanics for All Classes in Diablo 4 Unique Class Mechanics for All Classes in Diablo 4 One of Diablo 3's best features was definitely the different resource pools for each class - and while some of them were just different colored globes you need to fill to use spenders, the concept of very different class mechanics is a great one. Luckily for us, the Diablo 4 developers have realized this and we will be getting unique class mechanics for each class in the fourth installment of the franchise, which is amazing news! Diablo IV D4 Yesterday at 16:47 by Starym
Shadowlands WoD Leveling Speed Nerfed, 1-50 Leveling Will Take Significantly Longer Shadowlands WoD Leveling Speed Nerfed, 1-50 Leveling Will Take Significantly Longer DesMephisto is constantly speed leveling, and so we get some timely updates with any changes regarding the flow of XP on the beta, and today we have some bad news. Warlords of Draenor has long been the king of speed leveling on the beta, since the level squish, as we recently saw in MRGMs overview as well and, unfortunately, Blizzard have taken notice. World of Warcraft WoW 12 comments Yesterday at 15:52 by Starym
Player Reaches Max-Level With 38 Characters Player Reaches Max-Level With 38 Characters Reddit user Maezriel has reached Level 120 with 38 characters, so he leveled up one character of each specialization and the whole process took 3 months. World of Warcraft WoW 5 comments Yesterday at 14:44 by Stan
Best WoW Addon Managers in 2020 for Shadowlands Best WoW Addon Managers in 2020 for Shadowlands With the Shadowlands pre-patch hitting live servers soon, you may be looking for convenient ways of keeping your addons up to date, so here are two addon managers that you may like. World of Warcraft WoW 7 comments Yesterday at 11:30 by Stan
Heart of Darkness Azerite Power Provides a Flat Secondary-Stat Increase in Shadowlands Heart of Darkness Azerite Power Provides a Flat Secondary-Stat Increase in Shadowlands We thought the Heart of Darkness Azerite trait would be useless with the removal of the Corruption system in the Shadowlands pre-patch, but Blizzard changed the trait to provide a flat secondary-stat increase in the latest PTR build. World of Warcraft WoW 3 comments Yesterday at 10:22 by Stan
All Beta Testers Now Have Access to All 3 Shadowlands Realms All Beta Testers Now Have Access to All 3 Shadowlands Realms Players who have recently acquired Beta could only access Torghast, the max-level realm, which was not intended, and Blizzard has fixed the problem, so you should see all 3 realms now. World of Warcraft WoW Yesterday at 08:52 by Stan
Assassination Rogue in the Shadowlands: Some Very Problematic Spec Highlights Assassination Rogue in the Shadowlands: Some Very Problematic Spec Highlights We have a very different entry in our Shadowlands spec highlights series today, as Seliathan takes us on a trip down Assassination lane and explains the problems the spec has, and might have for a long time in the new expansion. The spec has gotten probably the least updates of all on the beta, being basically ignored, and so we take a look at what can and should be done, some history of the spec and how it works, the massive number of bugs present with it, as well as the usual changes, Covenants, legendaries, conduits and other highlights. Also, there's a surprise happy ending, so if you don't have time to read it all, definitely hop in to the last 2 chapters!
 
World of Warcraft WoW 5 comments Yesterday at 04:00 by Starym
Shadowlands PTR Changed Back to Release Candidate + a Pre-patch Meme Shadowlands PTR Changed Back to Release Candidate + a Pre-patch Meme We're back with another update on the cat in the box that is the Shadowlands pre-patch, as the PTR has flipped back to Release candidate once more! Somewhat shockingly, however, we did not get a release date for the patch today, bringing even next week's fairly late pre-patch launch date somewhat into question. World of Warcraft WoW 2 comments Sep 29, 2020 at 23:29 by Starym
War Mode Bonuses Are Here to Stay in Shadowlands War Mode Bonuses Are Here to Stay in Shadowlands War Mode bonuses are not going anywhere and the automatic bonus scaling will continue to work as it does in Battle for Azeroth. World of Warcraft WoW 3 comments Sep 29, 2020 at 22:40 by BluePosts
The New Skill and Talent Trees in Diablo 4 The New Skill and Talent Trees in Diablo 4 Much has been said about the previously announced Diablo 4 skill system, and not much of it good. Luckily for us, the D4 team has been very consistent in their listening to the community and have taken steps to significantly improve the situation. Diablo IV D4 5 comments Sep 29, 2020 at 20:15 by Starym
Shadowlands PTR Stress Test Shadowlands PTR Stress Test There's a stress test coming to the Shadowlands PTR tomorrow, and Blizzard need your help to see how some server updates worked out! Hopefully these issues are key to speeding up the arrival of the pre-patch, which we still hope is coming next week. World of Warcraft WoW 6 comments Sep 29, 2020 at 19:04 by BluePosts
Diablo 4 Q3 2020 Development Update Diablo 4 Q3 2020 Development Update The third quarterly update for Diablo 4 is here, and Lead Systems Designer, David Kim, talks about the new Skills and Talent systems of the game! Diablo IV D4 1 comment Sep 29, 2020 at 18:04 by BluePosts
Custom Premade Group Finder Available to Characters Level 50 or Higher in Shadowlands Custom Premade Group Finder Available to Characters Level 50 or Higher in Shadowlands MrGM discovered that the custom Premade Group Finder is only available on the Beta to characters Level 50 or higher. Blizzard maybe did this to stop low-level boosters from advertising their services. World of Warcraft WoW 2 comments Sep 29, 2020 at 14:24 by Stan
Shadowlands Beta Class Changes 9.0.2. Build 35978 Recap Shadowlands Beta Class Changes 9.0.2. Build 35978 Recap In case you've missed it, here is a complete recap of all class changes from Shadowlands Beta Build 35978. World of Warcraft WoW 1 comment Sep 29, 2020 at 14:16 by Stan
Corridor Creeper Mount Can Be Used in the Maw Corridor Creeper Mount Can Be Used in the Maw Most mounts won't work in the Maw, but you can earn Corridor Creeper from Torghast that works in the new endgame zone of Shadowlands. World of Warcraft WoW 9 comments Sep 29, 2020 at 10:25 by Stan
The Harvest Festival Has Begun (September 29th - October 6th) The Harvest Festival Has Begun (September 29th - October 6th) The Harvest Festival in WoW starts today, but there are no permanent rewards that come from the event, and it is not required for What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been meta-achievement either. World of Warcraft WoW Sep 29, 2020 at 09:14 by Stan
Shadowlands Beta Wipe Coming this Week Shadowlands Beta Wipe Coming this Week There's a beta wipe coming this week, most likely late on Wednesday, mostly to address issues players are having with quest flow. There will also be 2 new options after the wipe for character copy, with level 50 and 60 options available.

Whether this indicates anything about much awaited pre-patch arrival date is hard to say, but it seems pretty definitive that we won't be seeing it pop up tomorrow. In fact, with still no news from Blizzard, even next week, the long-presumed October 6th/7th release date, is starting to not look so hot.
World of Warcraft WoW 3 comments Sep 29, 2020 at 01:17 by Starym
Official Conduit Details: Item Levels above 210, Drop Locations and Loot Type, Multiple Sources and More Official Conduit Details: Item Levels above 210, Drop Locations and Loot Type, Multiple Sources and More We have some official clarification from Blizzard on how exactly aspects of Conduits work, from item levels, drop locations, loot type and a lot more! It seems the item levels will go above 210, as an example of a Mythic raid drop is mentioned to be 213, unlike what we previously assumed. The good news is there will be multiple sources for Conduits, from vendors and drops, and they're always Personal loot and class-specific, and drop in addition to other loot from a source.

The other bigger piece of news is that Stygia is going to be more rare, as the repeatable reward from Torghast is being removed.
World of Warcraft WoW 4 comments Sep 29, 2020 at 00:26 by Starym
WoD Appearances Will Only Be Gone Temporarily WoD Appearances Will Only Be Gone Temporarily We recently noticed that some Warlords of Draenor item appearances will become unobtainable starting with the Shadowlands pre-patch, specifically rank 2 and 3 crafted items. However, we now found out that that was an unintended consequence of SL development and that we will be getting the appearances back in a later patch! World of Warcraft WoW Sep 28, 2020 at 23:18 by BluePosts
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