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The latest Alpha build has brought updated models for the amphibious denizens of Azeroth, the Naga. Speaking of updated models, CM Nethaera gave her opinion on the Legion model of Sylvanas Windrunner.

 

With the possible return of Azshara, the Naga's role in Legion isn't going to be insignificant at all. After the Murlocs, it's time for the Naga to have their models remade. Their fins are now bigger and they look overall better. The female Naga is significantly taller. In my opinion, the male Naga model looked more threatening before, with its teeth showing, compared to how it looks now. Here are three videos with the new Naga models and a comparison with the older ones by PyP Gamers Network.

 

New male Naga model

 

 

New female Naga model

 

 

Comparison of old and new models

 

 

Since it's all about models in this article, if you have visited Legion's official website, you may have noticed Sylvanas' new model. She will be wearing more armor than in the past and a lot of people dislike that.

 

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Sylvanas' Legion model

 

A few days ago, Community Manager Nethaera popped in a thread, where a heated debate on Sylvanas' new model was taking place, and offered her point of view. Her posts also touched some female gamer issues. The thread was closed afterwards, but you can still see the blue posts:

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I think you're misusing the word "Censored" here for one. For another, I personally love her look. I like knowing she has on armor that may actually protect her from the battle she's digging herself into. She's a strong character (to me) no matter what she wears. I'd think if I were her, I'd want a change of outfit now and then too.

Characters evolve and change. Their armor and outfits are going to change. Thrall is just one example of how what he wore was a reflection of the changes he went through. Other characters are bound to see evolutions and changes as they make sense both in their visual representation and in their stories.

These types of discussions while generally welcome when kept clean, are often just minefields for some inappropriate discussions. I'd like to please caution everyone to not get into the quagmire that results in personal attacks or mud slinging. Art is subjective and what one person interprets something to mean or be may not be what someone else interprets something to be. What one person likes, may not be what someone else likes. That's OK. Just remember that there's no place here for venom toward anyone for those likes or dislikes.

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I think people have a stilted point of view on what they see as "pressure". Things change. Times change. The balance between male and female players in WoW is actually much closer than you think and has been for a long while. The topic of what women like or don't like, or play, or have done in the past isn't cut and dry either. I've been playing games (and liking "geek" things) since I first played the Atari as a little girl. I like PvP and blowing things up. Other women may not. Some women like their character to look 'practical'. Others have a different 'fantasy' of what their character should be like. I would never claim to represent "all women" that would be preposterous.

The same can be said for men. You can't paint everyone with the same brush. It just doesn't work. This is a more complex issue than what should be on these forums. We're getting into dangerous territory here and I've already had to remove some pretty disparaging remarks aimed at others. This community is smarter than that.

Perceptions of what is and isn't over the years have always baffled me. It seems to go in waves. Each new generation believes fervently that it is or was different for them or has changed 'over the years'. Perception is an amazing thing. It's your perception that this and all other related changes are because of 'x'. Could that be a part of it? Sure. Nothing is being taken away from you or the character with this change. If this was an awards show, you'd be asking her who she's wearing rather than, what she plans to do when she faces the Legion with her people. wink.png I have a feeling she plans to lay some smack down.

*I'd like to advise people not to give 'parenting advice' here for Mr. Metzen or anyone else. Again, this isn't appropriate.

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As a female gamer, I personally liked Sylvanas' previous model better. I don't have any issue with good-looking female characters in games and for an undead character, Sylvanas looked amazing. Plus, the additional armor on her new model doesn't match the colour of the rest of her armor - that's a fashion crime!

 

What's your opinion? And do you like the new Naga models?

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So we get model updates for everything, but playable worgens. Thank you, Blizzard!

I'm so happy with my worgen spitting hair while jumping and stuff like that. <3

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      Once you’ve proven your worth, you’ll unlock the ability to Soulbind with one of several select characters in the Covenant, who will share their distinctive powers with you in the form of a variety of traits and bonuses.
      The cunning night fae you befriended in Ardenweald will form a special bond with you if you join their Covenant. Below are descriptions of each along with a few example powers they bestow upon you.
      Niya is a sylvar who was tasked with guarding and caring for the wildseeds in her grove, whom you met in a time of tragedy as her grove was left to wither so that its anima could be reclaimed. As she journeyed with you, Niya learned the hard truths of survival admidst the drought. An expert hunter and tracker, her skills will aid resolving the drought, and the other threats to Ardenweald.
      Sylvari Mantle: When Soulshape ends, you are concealed until you move.
      Grove Invigoration: When you use your Night Fae class ability or spell, gain a moderate amount of Mastery, slowly fading over a few minutes.
      Dreamweaver is a calm and serene faerie who’s adept at peering into the dreams of nature spirits who slumber within the forest’s wildseeds as they await their rebirth. Dreamweaver helped you form a bond with one particular wildseed whose sleeping spirit reached out. His healing powers provide support as Ardenweald is besieged by outside forces.
      Field of Blossoms: When Soulshape ends, you increase the movement speed of nearby allies for a moderate amount of time.
      Podtender: When you would take damage that would kill you, instead rejuvenate within a wildseed, regaining a moderate amount of your maximum health over a few seconds. If the pod takes more than a certain amount of damage during this time, you die. This effect may only occur once every several minutes.
      Korayn, a huntress of the Wild Hunt, is a strong-willed leader and ferocious fighter. Tasked with protecting the forest from the most dangerous and elusive threats, she will not rest until her quarry is slain and Ardenweald’s safety is secured. When Hibernal Hollow came under attack, it is Korayn’s leadership and resolve that helped win the day.
      Wild Hunt’s Charge: While out of combat, your Soulshape’s teleport becomes a charge, stunning your target for a few seconds and ending your Soulshape.
      Final Moments: Your healing and damage to targets below at low health is slightly increased. When an ally dies, this benefit is significantly increased for a moderate amount of time. This enhancement may only occur once every few minutes.
      Power of the Night Fae
      When you join the Night Fae Covenant, you’ll gain two new unique abilities—one signature ability and one class ability.
      Signature abilities are available to all Covenant members regardless of class, race, or specialization.
      Soulshape
      Turn into a Vulpin, increasing movement speed. You may reactivate Soulshape to teleport a short distance forward.
      Additional cosmetic forms can be earned and collected through a variety of gameplay. While out in the world, this effect has a short duration before it wears off, but lasts indefinitely while in a rest area.
      Unleash your Soulshape
      As you grow in power and help your night fae friends, you’ll unlock new Soulshape forms that you can transform into at any time.
      Covenant Class Abilities provide additional combat-oriented gameplay options that are tailored to the theme of that Covenant.
      Covenant Class Abilities We look forward to sharing more information as development continues, and we hope this preview gives you a taste of what the Night Fae Covenant has to offer. Learn more about Ardenweald in our previously published article.
      Rewards, mechanics, and abilities are still in development and subject to change, so be sure to check back for periodic updates on worldofwarcraft.com as we approach the release of Shadowlands.
       
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