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  2. 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. Also, as noticed by twitter user @DoumStorm, also check your launcher first, as the mails tend to be slower than the invites themselves! Here are some of the responses to getting the key, with some interesting takes:
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  4. No Assassination changes this week either, as Outlaw gets the focus, with Blade Flurry buffs and more. September 30 (source) In this week’s build of the Shadowlands Beta, we have some notable changes for Outlaw Rogues. Since both Assassination and Subtlety can apply poisons in AoE relatively easily, we want Outlaw to have access to similar utility. As such, Blade Flurry hits can now apply poisons to any enemies hit. We’ve also changed the Between the Eyes debuff. It no longer gives you increased Critical Hit Damage against the target; it now gives you increased Critical Strike Chance against the target. This allows Blade Flurry to spread the damage bonus of this debuff to secondary target. Thanks again for your testing and feedback!
  5. Bombsader is thorns. Definitely would want the Nervold's Fervor set, which also got buffed. Another option is the classic blockbardment Invoker(2-4) Akkhan6 With Nervold's Fervor. This was my go to for solo while bombsader was still popular. Justice Lantern is required. Here's a link to my old build: https://www.diablofans.com/builds/98677-akkhan-blockbardment-crusader-gr95 4th slot will depend on whether or not we choose to run Akkhan's talisman. After all, Endless Time set and Hellfire Amulet are also powerful here (If using Lord Commander, Heavenly Strength, Iron Maiden, Finery, then Hold Your Ground for Blockbardment), I can see Pylon being the 4th option, Blood Brother for Blockbardment.
  6. Hopefully It will take only 2 weeks, I mean, pre-patches are boring
  7. i think i will go with guardian druid it looks very nice and combined with the very nice fary tree love covenant every thing looks perfect for me
  8. 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. September 30 (source) In this week’s new build of the Shadowlands Beta, we’ve updated two covenant abilities, Abomination Limb and Shackle the Unworthy. Abomination Limb has been target capped at 5, and its damage has increased by 15%. The grip has also been updated so it may only pull the same target every 4 seconds. This change was made to prevent it from encouraging the Death Knight to repeatedly walk out of range and then pull the same target. We’ve also added a new functionality to the ability that grants Bone Shield charges, Rime, or Runic Corruption (based on spec) the first time the Limb pulls an enemy (this only occurs once). We hope this change will broaden the usage of the ability outside of PvP. Shackle the Unworthy has had its damage increased by 15%, but no longer has its cooldown reduced when spending runes. Instead of the cooldown reduction, it now works as follows: “While Shackle the Unworthy is active on an enemy, your direct-damage attacks that spend runes have a 50% chance to spread Shackle the Unworthy to a nearby enemy”. We hope this change gives the ability a more active playstyle and creates more situations where it might be more useful than its previous iteration. Thanks for the continued feedback, and we look forward to your thoughts on these recent changes.
  9. 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. September 30 (source) Hello. In this week’s build of the Shadowlands Beta, the Misshapen Mirror legendary has been changed. It now increases Spell Reflect duration by 60% and only affects your nearest ally. Previously, this legendary was proving to be stronger than intended. Thank you very much for your feedback.
  10. Well, I think i will roll a warrior, it seems promising, the dot aspect seems more maintainable, since the dot lasts for 12 seconds and the ability has a 6 second cooldown.
  11. yeah i think its based on war mode so if you dont want to cuddel the slime ghuls you dont have to and i hope this is true cause man i realy want to enjoy my time trying out witch class i want to main for sl and maybe even lvl a new toon and i dont want to be hit by theses guys left and right
  12. Rofl yea, any time gating would be gg. Just have it require a solid amount of effort, maybe even a unique activity to gain a respec.
  13. The learning curve is suppose to be a fun experience, which is a matter of opinion in regards the strategy or the sharing of ideas, some prefer being straightforward play by play. Some prefer taking advantage of niche situations others may overlook. There's always going to be a scripted, by the book argument to make things easier for everyone. Just like how there will always be recommended rotations, gear etc...No matter how many options are provided. Diversifying the platform between classes, can be beneficial in more ways than one. These things take time to digest, develop and to unfold onto a landscape consisting of many dimensions and play styles. A snapshot in time a mere glimpse into the past cannot be a reliable source of the present or future. Strategies have changed, pace has changed, people also. Taking these things into account it is only right to offer a viable platform that can adjust with the times and supplications that are not just common but sometimes prevalent perhaps, ever changing however broad or superfluous it may seem compared to monkey see-monkey do mentalities. We should strive to work together as one, just as we should also be capable of stepping out of the shadows.
  14. I can understand people wanting to take out Blightcaller, but the main thing i hate is the walking dead event, i heard that they made them only attack those that are flagged or something..
  15. Well, with the new leveling process, you can actually choose the expansion you want to level in.......everyone will have their preferences, which is fine, i am just glad you can choose the 10-50 experience, instead of having to do specific content to level up.
  16. Did you just register here to say this? Or are you Yolo under a different account? You just wasted your time nonetheless. I don't care about you or your opinion. And I don't understand why do you care so much about mine? You seem way more compelled than me. Did I insult you or something? Excuse me, mr. snowflake!
  17. Let's just pray they don't have in mind any weekly quests that allow you to reset your talents.
  18. Decided to level my Holy Priest in Outlands, since its been so long. ooooooooooooof.... Mistakes were made.
  19. Maybe it could have. But all this is arguing from my position is that Wrath should have been more strict, which is what the weekly lockout is intending to do.
  20. 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. The PTR Release Candidate and the Patch Pre-load The PTR was re-labeled as a "Release" candidate yesterday, after a number of days of being reverted back to a regular "Test" build. The importance of this is along the same lines as the fact that the patch is available for download on the Battle.net app, it's definitely a positive development, but doesn't mean much in regards to a specific release date or window. Many players were very excited when the patch was first made available for pre-load 2 weeks ago (September 16th), assuming that the pre-patch would be coming int he following week. The first "Release" candidate appeared on the PTR a week ago (September 23rd) and was changed back to "Test" 2 days later. So basically, both of the above factors aren't very important or indicative of a release timing. The following one might be, however. The PTR Stress Test The bigger news this week is the stress test happening today, where Blizzard asked everyone to come and smash the servers after they implemented some improvements presumably aimed at realm stability. This is a much stronger indication of progress towards a pre-patch release, as Blizzard might (rightfully) be expecting some big crowds to show up when the pre-patch hits - or it might just be testing for the actual Shadowlands launch. In any case, this also doesn't give us any definitive information, but does at least somewhat point to next week as the release date. The Two Week Warning (or Was It?) We've already discussed this, but it bears repeating as it's becoming much more relevant this week. In the big official post detailing everything that's coming with the pre-patch, released on September 21st, nestled and almost hidden in the tail end of it was a section on the end of BfA Season 4: BfA Season End Warning (source) BATTLE FOR AZEROTH PVP SEASON 4 ENDS AND THE POST-SEASON BEGINS The gates will soon close on Battle for Azeroth PvP Season 4 with the release of the Shadowlands pre-expansion patch. Don’t worry though, you’ll still be able to take part in competitive PvP in a special post-season, which will end with the launch of the expansion. The new Shadowlands Season 1 will then go live shortly after the launch of Shadowlands. If you participated in Season 4, to ensure you receive the rewards that you’re due, please keep the following in mind: Refrain from transferring your character(s) to another realm or faction until after Battle for Azeroth Season 4 has ended. Battle for Azeroth Season 4 titles and mounts will be awarded approximately two weeks after the season ends. Facion-Based Rewards Don’t forget—end-of-season rewards are based on your faction. If you transfer your character to the other faction, you must have 50 wins after your transfer to receive the reward and 150 wins after your transfer to earn Gladiator and Corrupted Gladiator. Jump Into Post-Season Once the pre-expansion patch is live, we’ll be kicking off a special post-season that last until the launch of Shadowlands. While placement on the season ladder is locked for any end-of-season rewards such as the Gladiator mount or title, players will be able to continue to earn Conquest towards the Conquest Schedule, gain random PvP loot, and collect catch-up gear rewarded from strongboxes. Players will also be able to purchase Corrupted Aspirant gear from vendors located in Stormwind and Ogrimmar. So if we were to take this as a "regular" season end warning timing, aka 2 weeks, the pre-patch should hit next week, despite the post actually coming out on a Monday. As we discussed before, a very similar post was written for the Legion pre-patch, with the 2 week warning being in place there, but that post got its own news and blue posts, as it was singled out as being important, while this one was tucked in with some bigger announcements, which might indicate it wasn't really intended the same way. The Pre-patch Events Themselves and Their Duration While you've probably already heard that the pre-patch only has "2 weeks worth" of events, that only relates to the changing and added activities during it. Week 1 starts the story off and week 2 adds more to it, but there's no "end" there, the event can continue for as many weeks as necessary with those activities already added in those 2 weeks. However, now that we're only 4+ weeks out from Shadowlands launch with no stated release date of the pre-patch, it is looking more likely that the 2 weeks of planned events and activities were very purposeful and that might truly be all we'll be getting of the pre-expansion event and patch. Why Is This So Important to People? This particular pre-patch, unlike many others, has many players hyped up and very much anxiously expecting it. The reasons are pretty clear as well, as in addition to the usual pre-patch stuff like the big class changes and reworks and the event itself, Shadowlands brings very many things people are excited for. The improved and new customization options are a big part of it, the removal of exalted requirements making Allied Races more accessible and many smaller additions besides, the major one is probably the biggest reason for the hype. The level squish, new starting experience and new level progression system via Chromie time, with it's significantly faster and better leveling is possibly the major selling point of the pre-patch. Getting more alts prepared for Shadowlands, especially with the concerns over Covenants and their restrictiveness is what has so many players waiting for the patch so intensely, not to mention the many new players that have been told the pre-patch is the best time to start their WoW journey. Conclusion: So When's the Pre-patch? Well you've made it this far in the article so we'll just let you in on the secret exact release date of the patch that we know and were told by Blizzard a looong time ago. Or, wait, that's not a real thing. Well, you'll just have to settle for our opinion instead then. Many of the factors stated above do influence ours and everyone's thoughts on the release date, with varying degrees of importance. But the only thing we know for sure is that Blizzard still haven't announced an actual date, despite clearly seeing the fervor, excitement and, perhaps most importantly, frustration their community is showing at not knowing when it's coming. There may not have been specific release dates announced for previous expansions, but there certainly were more explicit pointers to it, but that doesn't mean that there should have been/still should be one for this one, considering the intense anticipation for it. Currently the best bet going completely objectively is that the "everything coming in the pre-patch" pseudo-hidden BfA season warning ending section was indeed a two-week warning and Blizzard either thought that was very clear (despite no mention of a timeframe in there other than "soon") or knew it was vague but are sticking to their weird/unexplainable "no pre-patch release date announcements ever" policy. In either case the best bet for the pre-patch is still next week, October 6th/7th, but the closer we get to it the less likely it seems. If we do get a 2 week only pre-patch, many players would be very disappointed, as the possibly most anticipated pre-patch would be getting an extremely short duration.
  21. You know you could just go to the cave on Timeless Isle and skip the whole Draenor intro scenario, right?
  22. Many people would have before the nerfs, when you're leveling your like 3rd 4th 5th alt you just want to be done asap. They might after the nerfs too as I think it's still the fastest expansion.
  23. Treasures are still untouched and really good XP in WoD, dunno about MoP.
  24. The content is bad, but picking up the bonus XP from world objectives with addon help was a no-brainer route. It was technically solo powerleveling.
  25. I haven’t been following this closely, but I’m assuming from the way folks are talking about the new leveling stuff that the Draenor treasures (and presumably the Pandaria treasures, too) have been nerfed for experience? That’s how I leveled the majority of my alts through WoD 😆 (other than having to repeat the opening questline to get to the garrison. every. single. time.)
  26. I'm with you on this thinking, but knowing that most people will just go to the past of least resistance in all things, there would have definitely been more people in WoD zones than any other region. Especially true with Draenor flying being made accessible without Pathfinder. I might have even gone there (and may still) only because I didn't play Tanaan Jungle enough to fully explore when it was current.
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