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It seems Shadowlands Alpha has been delayed due to the coronavirus lockdown and the work-from-home policies implemented by Blizzard. Towelliee recently teased on his stream that a dataminable Alpha client could become available as early as next week around Monday/Tuesday. Blizzard also increased the frequency of new builds, hinting they might want to have a playable Alpha up soon.
Encrypted Shadowlands Alpha Builds
All Shadowlands Alpha builds are currently encrypted, meaning we aren't able to datamine them at this time. The work-from-home policies were implemented on March 14 and Blizzard released the first Shadowlands Alpha build after that on March 17. Below, you can see a list of the most recent builds (taken from wow.tools). The last two builds (33874 and 33915) were released just two days apart, suggesting Blizzard might want to have a playable Alpha up soon.
March 17 - 9.0.1 Build 33644 > 9.0.1 Build 33710 March 25 - 9.0.1 Build 33710 > 9.0.1 Build 33819 March 31 - 9.0.1 Build 33819 > 9.0.1 Build 33874 April 2 - 9.0.1 Build 33874 > 9.0.1 Build 33915 Dataminable Alpha Next Week?
Towelliee said on his stream that we can expect a dataminable Alpha build early next week (April 6/7). The actual Alpha should become available a few days or a week later.
On the MMO-Champ forums, he said Alpha has been pushed back numerous times and that Battle for Azeroth F&F Alpha started five days after the first client was pushed decrypted.
Obviously, nothing has been confirmed yet and we'll need to wait until next week to figure it out!
Xirev from Vashj (EU) has earned all 3,927 achievements that are currently available in the game. Congratulations!
Xirev from the <Colour> guild managed to complete all achievements in World of Warcraft that have been added so far which must have taken a lot of dedication. He currently owns 484 out of 555 mounts and all battle pets.
On reddit he joked that now he can finally play the game. Congrats!
Blizzard added new 6'' Jaina and Sylvanas statues to the Blizzard Gear Store and they cost $36.99 each along with Anduin & Sylvanas framed photographs for $69.99.
New Jaina & Sylvanas Statues
New 6'' statues are available for purchase on the Blizzard Gear Store. The smaller Jaina statue looks so much better than the 18'' statue which sells for $369 and has a somewhat weird face that did not reflect her in-game appearance. For comparison, here's the 18'' statue and below you will find the new updated 6'' version.
Jaina World of Warcraft D-Stage Battle for Azeroth 6'' Statue
Lady Jaina Proudmoore is considered one of the most powerful mages in all of Azeroth, and more importantly the strongest human sorceress alive! This stunning World Of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth 6'' statue features Jaina: the Water Mage, a strong and resilient sorceresses ready for the ultimate showdown with demons of the Burning Legion. With a focus on fine details, the character is filled with determination and the will for success! Every part of Jaina's costume is delicately recreated, and the main water elemental is summoned right behind her with a translucent blue layer effect. Whether you're a Blizzard fan or a loyal World of Warcraft player, this Beast Kingdom piece is sure to be a hit.
This is a special event item. Orders containing this product will be shipped separately. This item will ship no later than Friday, August 28th. Details
Product ID: 3893864 Material: 100% PVC Highly detailed finish Measures approx. 6'' tall Painted graphics Officially licensed Imported Brand: Beast Kingdom Buy Jaina Statue Description
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner aka: The Dark Lady, was a respected, high elf ranger-general before she was murdered by the Arthas Menethil. Reborn through pain and anguish, Sylvanas was transformed into a banshee, the newest agent of the mighty Lich King. Mixing a sense of power and beauty, this stunning World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth 6'' statue features Sylvanas, with a classic pose depicting her strength and determination. With an assortment of her famous weapons, black smoke effects and title on the base, as well as translucent effects in certain parts of the diorama, this figure is a must for any gamer! Whether you're a Blizzard fan or a loyal World of Warcraft player, this Beast Kingdom piece is sure to be a hit. Sylvanas World of Warcraft D-Stage Battle for Azeroth 6'' Statue Details Product ID: 3893865 Material: 100% PVC Highly detailed finish Measures approx. 6'' tall Painted graphics Officially licensed Imported Brand: Beast Kingdom Buy Sylvanas Statue Sylvanas Windrunner & Anduin Wrynn World of Warcraft 20'' x 30'' Stretched Canvas Bundle
This one is manufactured directly by Blizzard and costs $249.99. You can purchase it here.
Now is your chance to bring home reprints of classic and iconic images from Blizzard's game library. Commemorate your love for the World of Warcraft franchise with this stretched canvas bundle of the Dark Lady Sylvanas Windrunner and the High King Anduin Wrynn. Each canvas measures 20" x 30" and comes ready to hang. Shipping
THIS IS A MANUFACTURER DIRECT ITEM. THIS ITEM SHIPS ON OR BEFORE Tuesday, April 7th. Details
Product ID: 3892695 Officially licensed Made in the USA Brand: Blizzard Anduin & Sylvanas World of Warcraft Framed 9.5'' x 14'' Photographs
Alternatively, you can buy framed photographs of Anduin Wrynn and Sylvanas Windrunner. They are also manufactured by Blizzard and cost $69.99 each.
Anduin Framed Photograph
Sylvanas Framed Photograph
We've already seen Blizzard's official April Fools, uh, I mean patch 8.8.8 notes, so now it's time to take a look at what the community has created for this special day. Let's start off with the WoW reddit itself, as it got slightly reforged, with the header being distorted (and asking you to activate Windows), and the font changed to comic sans.
Then it's on to fan creations, with two solid videos, starting with an epic Shadowlands login screen presentation.
(Source 1, source 2)
This next one is a weird one, but let's not think about it too much and just enjoy Sarguini:
Method actually had one of the best entries today, as their "joke" actually sounds not only plausible, but is seemingly inevitable at some point in the future:
That one actually scares me as I seriously think it's going to happen. I suppose I'd better get ready for Method 2 get the World First, as Limit 5 are 10% away from a kill, just ahead of Methods 1 and 3 and Limits 2 and 58.
And we'll finish with the biggest one, which was done by WoWhead, who had some detailed info from the "8.3.5 PTR".
They also had some cosmetics related to the Gift of N'Zoth, including Pepe and a whole bunch of tentacles, but the big one was the summer mounts!
And as a bonus, here are some Overwatch in-game googly eyes!
I probably/definitely missed a bunch, so post your favorites in the comments, they don't even have to be WoW related!
Here come the traditional April Fools patch notes! This time it's patch 8.8.8, so Ion was correct in that we won't have 8.3.5 and are jumping a bit ahead! There's a whole lot new coming... some day... as we get Terrific Visions, new allied races in Mechatauren, High Dwarves and Kul Tiran Worgen, new M+ affixes, essences, micro-holidays, new flavors of Classic and a whole lot of (very serious) class changes!
Patch notes (source)
World of Warcraft Patch 8.8.8 Build 88888 WORK IN PROGRESS
April 1, 2020
Tech writer note – looking for edits from all producers and team leads here. Please get back to us by EOD tomorrow, and please don’t leak this doc like one of you leaked all the new professions. Oof.
Now that N’Zoth is vanquished and all of Azeroth’s problems are solved forever, players will delve into future-looking scenarios that offer a new way of helping Azeroth’s champions see past the old god. With LACEC (Light Assisted Corruption Eradication Conversion), you’ll use Titan technology to step into a look at what the future might hold after everyone stops fighting.
In Terrific Visions, you’ll keep an eye on your Vanity meter while enjoying all that life has to offer. If your Vanity runs out, you’ll be forced to read Torn Pages from N’Zoth’s Diary. For example:
I am an Old God in this lonely city.
I think about sad things; no one calls me pretty.
“My name is N’Zoth” I scrawled over there.
I never meant for ME to feel this despair.
NEW ALLIED RACES
The long wait is finally over, and the much-requested High Dwarves are finally coming to Azeroth. There’s not really more to say about the glory of the High Dwarves that hasn’t already been said in the General Discussion forum.
Moooove over, all you Horde races who are cursed with flesh. We’re about to raise the steaks on the udderly fantastic notion of Tauren+mechanical bioengineering. Don’t worry, we wouldn’t steer you wrong.
KUL TIRAN WORGEN
NEW MYTHIC KEYSTONE DUNGEON AFFIXES
New affix: Legit Questioning – Within 3-5 minutes of each boss kill, 30 to 50 feral hogs run into your dungeon. How do you kill them?
New affix: Tub Thumping – With each pull, you get knocked down. But don’t worry—you’ll get up again. We’re never gonna keep you down.
Now, the most-accomplished and powerful players – those who do a significant amount of pet battling every single day for many consecutive days – can obtain Vision of Furrpection .
Major Power – Reflects all incoming damage. This effect scales with the number of max-level battle pets you have in your collection, to a maximum duration of 30 seconds, with a 60 second cooldown.
Minor Power– You enter stealth after standing still for 2 seconds. Thereafter, moving does not break stealth.
Developers’ note: We haven’t yet completed our tuning pass on this Essence, but we wanted to get it into players’ hands as soon as possible. We’re really looking forward to seeing if players find a use for it.
NEW MICRO-HOLIDAY: MOTHER’S DAY
She’s cared for you through so many difficulties. Now, it’s your turn to show your appreciation for her. Please make a note on the in-game calendar and actually show up for this easy quest chain. You only have to do it once per year, and it means so much to MOTHER.
NEW MICRO-HOLIDAY: MAGNI-FICENT TRAVELS
For one day only, Magni is just going to go wherever he wants and it’s up to you to find your own way there. Magni might lead you to visit your bodyguard in Nazjatar who’s kind of lonely now. He might want to go pull some pranks. When you finally get to him, have fun! Set the Stormwind Park back on fire or something.
Infinite Stars has to be renamed, because every time we reduce Infinite Stars by 20%, we’re left with Infinite Stars. Even just pondering it gives us headaches. How about “Many Countable Stars”?
Echoing Void no longer sounds like a car alarm between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. when people are trying to sleep over here!
Ineffable Truth can’t be changed.
Twisted Appendage has been given an additional twin tentacle: Twisted Sister.
Gushing Wound has been reduced to gush 20% less than it gushed before.
Worldvein Resonance now hurts your ears 20% less.
Memory of Lucid Dreams is now 10% more memorable.
Conflict and Strife is now only obtainable through Fishing.
Vitality Conduit now yells at you in the voice of Shia LaBeouf to “Just Duit!!”
Vision of Furrpection has been renamed and is now called Furrification Protocollar.
After receiving a great amount of negative sentiment having something to do with the Big Love Rocket mount, we’ve decided to make the Big Love Rocket mount 50% larger, and give it a 200% speed boost. Thank you for your feedback.
Tortollan scribes are so very tired of watching you stumble around, that their standards have been lowered by 90%. Draw whatever shape you want. Go nuts. Just finish and get out of here.
All bells have been removed from the game. We’re not sure why, but some raccoon showed up, said something about a house, and ran off with them.
Essence of Fire, Essence of Water, Essence of Earth, and Essence of Undeath are no longer account-wide.
Death Grip never really did what it says and cause death, rather than mere inconvenience to the target, so Death Grip has been renamed Tug Throat.
Now that everyone is a Death Knight, we’ve added a new Death Knight ability: Directory – activate to hold up a chart that you can compare other players to, in order to figure out what race they are.
New ranged DPS spec: Tizzy. With a Tizzy DH, you’ll still jump around and make funny noises like there’s a bee on you, but you’ll do it from 40 yards away.
Eye Beam has been given those new high-intensity bulbs, and now blinds everyone in front of you for miles.
Added a new Druid ability: White Claw – disorients you and frustrates your enemies. It shows up everywhere, even though you’ve never once heard anyone say that they like it.
Shaking a Druid while in Tree of Life form now has a chance to spawn a swarm of angry wasps.
Beast Mastery Hunters whose pets do 70% or more of the player’s total damage are now given a comfy bench to sit on during fights.
Freezing Trap is now 30% less effective on targets who keep a sweater at the office.
Mages who say in voices comms that they’re putting down a portal to Boralus, but then it’s actually a portal to Dalaran Crater, are awarded the Achievement “Why Do They Fall For This Every Time?”.
Blink distance reduced by 50%. You guys really need to tone it down with the Blinking. It’s gotten out of hand. Don’t make us turn this Blink around and go right back where we came from! Stop Blinking! I’ll give you something to Blink about!!
Ironskin Brew and Purifying Brew are now noticeably less hoppy than they were a few years ago during the hops craze.
New Mastery: Savasana. All Monks have transcended to an elevated state of being, where the answers to all problems are beyond the need for violence. Monk characters are prevented from casting any damage-dealing abilities or using any attacks whatsoever. Namaste.
Lay on Hands no longer causes your hands to get all tingly and numb and then you wake up and shake them and they feel so weird.
Divine Steed updated to look less like you’re just running away from a fight, except when followed by the use of Divine Shield and Hearthstone.
Xal’atath, Blade of the Black Empire voicelines updated in the hopes that you’ll start using it again. You used to be so close and nowadays you barely even see each other. Baby please come back.
Corrected an issue that would occasionally cause Holy Word: Serenity to take the sky from you.
Rogues who save their Sap can now make it into a nice syrup.
Rogues who use Cloak of Shadows, Vanish, and Shadowstep in rapid succession now disappear from the game altogether.
No adjustments needed. Warlock
Seed of Corruption must now be planted in the correct time of year and moisture, or else it will become Flowerpot of Disappointment.
Doom duration increased to be a really long time, but not so long that you’d call it eternal.
Heroic Leap now occasionally ends in a pirouette.
Pummel now looks even more misspelled if you stare at it.
Following a tremendous amount of feedback, we’re happy to announce that WoW Classic now comes in three new old flavors:
WoW ORANGE VANILLA
CHERRY WoW CLASSIC
DIET DR. CLASSIC
There are no changes to WoW Classic in this patch.
Here come the April Fools official patch notes!