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It seems Rextroy and his 19 Paladin buddies did a lot more than just protect as they continue their travels in Uldir. This time around we get to see their fight with Heroic Mythrax and the group actually had to reduce their number as they couldn't spread properly with 30 Palas.
It's always great to see this type of thing, showing that there's a lot more to WoW than just chasing item levels and Azerite traits (and then complaining about it endlessly). There are plenty of fun and creative things to do in the game, even when/if the game itself isn't in the best of places in general, it just requires removing oneself from the grind mentality and taking a look at what else there is to do in Azeroth.
Blizzard shared some details about what to expect from the WoW Classic Demo that will be available to BlizzCon attendees and Virtual Ticket holders in November.
WoW Classic Demo will be available to BlizzCon attendees as well as Virtual Ticket holders. You can get your Virtual Ticket here. All players will start at level 15 and two zones will be available for testing: Barrens for the Horde and Westfall for the Alliance. The legendary Barrens chat is back and players will be able to search for Mankrik's wife. The Deadmines & Wailing Caverns will not be open for testing. The only PvP available will be dueling. Given the time constraints of a BlizzCon demo, they want you to explore and experiment with core systems which is why characters won't start at level 1. Character level is capped at 19. You'll be able to download the demo through the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app. Support of 32-bit clients has been removed. Don't worry if you can't play WoW Classic Demo on November 2-3, servers will remain up even after BlizzCon.
Hello World of Warcraft community! With BlizzCon 2018 getting closer every day, we wanted to give you an update on what you’ll be experiencing at BlizzCon around WoW Classic. We’ve been hard at work on bringing the original Azeroth back to life, and we’re excited that you’ll be able to get your hands on the demo we’re creating for the show—both at BlizzCon and at home with the Virtual Ticket.
WHAT TO EXPECT
From the beginning of this project, the team’s mission has been to be as faithful as possible to World of Warcraft as it existed back in 2005 and 2006, before Cataclysm altered the world as we knew it—and we wanted to make sure the demo we built for the show was a clear reflection of that. The focus of the demo is on outdoor questing, and we’ve selected two iconic zones that most original WoW players will no doubt be familiar with—Barrens for the Horde and Westfall for the Alliance—so you can step back in time and experience these zones as they were originally designed. You’ll be able to search for Mankrik’s wife, curse at Ornery Plainstriders for not having beaks, and make a group to kill Defias Pillagers in Moonbrook. You might even get to improvise a new rotation against the Harvest Golems in Farmer Saldean’s farm, since in this era, mechanical creatures may be immune to some of your abilities. We brought all of that back, and we’re as excited about it as you are.
Because it’s a demo, there’ll will be some limitations on the content: the Deadmines and Wailing Caverns dungeons won’t be available, the only PvP will be dueling, and you won’t be able to visit zones other than Westfall and the Barrens. We also typically limit the time our BlizzCon attendees can play a demo, and that will be the case for BlizzCon WoW Classic Demo players at home. In order to maximize the number of people who can try out the demo, initially you’ll be logged off after playing for a certain amount of time to give somebody else a turn. We haven’t determined exactly how long this time limit will be yet, but we’re also planning some flexibility, so if we’re able to relax the restriction and still give everyone who wants to play a great experience, then we’ll do that. If you do find your session has ended before you’ve done everything you wanted to, don’t worry—your character will be there when you get back in for your next session, and all your progress will be saved.
You’ll start the demo at level 15. While we know that starting at level 1 holds a lot of nostalgia, you’re also limited in what you can do when you’re first starting out. Given the time constraints of a BlizzCon demo, we wanted to give players some freedom to explore and experiment with core systems like talents or professions, which are unavailable at level 1. We also wanted you to be able to get a good sense of the original class played. At Level 15, warriors have Defensive Stance, priests have Psychic Scream, hunters have their pet, and so on—so at this level you really start to feel like your class has some of the key tools that make the class distinct. Additionally, all characters will be capped at Level 19. But you can create multiple characters, so you can try out as many different classes and races as you’d like!
As we mentioned in our original Dev Watercooler blog we posted in June, we’re building WoW Classic on the foundation of our modern code base. That means you’ll be able to download the demo through the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app and use Battle.net chat integration in-game to ask your friend to come check out the Barrens with you. You’ll also find there’s improved support for widescreen monitors—so instead of the world looking stretched and distorted in widescreen, it’ll look like it did on your old 4:3 monitor. Only bigger!
All of the current game’s tools that help ensure World of Warcraft is a welcoming and fair environment, such as right-click player reporting, will also be in the BlizzCon WoW Classic Demo. Cheats, bots, and other exploitive behavior will also not be allowed, and the modern engine no longer permits some behaviors that could be used to get out of bounds. Support for 32-bit clients has also been removed. One of our core values is “Play nice; play fair,” and we want to do everything we can to ensure a few bad apples don’t ruin the experience for others.
You’ll also find that post-launch accessibility options such as colorblind mode are in the demo—though as we were working on it, we realized some words and images used in the current Accessibility panel come from the modern game. So we replaced the modern icons with some classic icons, and removed the term “Heirloom” since it doesn’t appear anywhere else in WoW Classic. It’s important to us that in situations like this we blend the old and the new in such a way that it still looks and feels like the game you remember.
SEE YOU IN NOVEMBER!
We’re really excited about the BlizzCon WoW Classic Demo, and hope you are too! But we definitely don’t want to send the message that we’re done, because we’re not. There’s still lots of work left do, and the BlizzCon demo is an important step in the process of bringing the original WoW back to life as authentically as we can. This is a great chance for you to see the direction we’re heading and give us some early feedback, so be sure to leave your thoughts in the Classic section of the WoW forums.
Thanks for playing, and we’ll see you in Azeroth!
Game Director Ion Hazzikostas confirmed in the latest Q&A that they're going to increase the amount of reputation gained from Legion world quests to make unlocking Allied Races easier in Patch 8.1. We went to the Broken Isles and Argus to check this out and report back with our findings.
Legion Allied Races Unlock Requirements
Legion Allied Races include Highmountain Tauren, Lightforged Draenei, Nightborne, and Void Elves. The unlock requirements remain relatively unchanged. You need to be Exalted with four Legion factions and complete their story that's tied to a specific zone. For example, Lightforged Draenei and Void Elves are tied to Argus, Highmountain Tauren to Highmountain, and Nightborne to Suramar.
Allied Race Requirements Highmountain Tauren Ain't No Mountain High Enough + Exalted with Highmountain Tribe Lightforged Draenei You Are Now Prepared! + Exalted with Army of the Light Nightborne Insurrection + Exalted with the Nightfallen Void Elf You Are Now Prepared! + Exalted with Argussian Reach The amount of reputation from Legion world quests will be doubled in Patch 8.1.
If you played in Legion, chances are you've unlocked them all and the catchup is mostly for new players that have to complete outdated content in order to unlock them.
As of 8.1 Build 28151, Blizzard only doubled the reputation gains from world quests on Argus, which means that unlocking Lightforged Draenei and Void Elves is going to take less time.
We went to Argus and can confirm that world quests, which previously rewarded 75 reputation, now give 150 reputation with Argus factions.
We can't, however, confirm this to be the case for world quests in Highmountain or Suramar. Currently, they award the same amount of reputation as on live servers.
WANTED: Oreth the Vile in Suramar rewarded 150 reputation with The Wardens & The Nightfallen.
In the Thick of It world quest rewarded 250 reputation with The Nightfallen and the world quest at Tel'anor just 75 reputation.
We believe this is intended, because you already receive a lot of rep with The Nightfallen by completing their questline and from various world quests in Suramar.
They didn't increase rep gains from world quests in Highmountain either. We completed Return to the River and Stonebinder Bounty. Both quests awarded 75 reputation each with Highmountain Tribe.
Ion said that they're going to double the amount of reputation gained from Legion world quests. As of 8.1 PTR Build 28151, only Argussian Reach & Army of the Light world quests give double reputation. We don't know if it's intended to increase rep gains from Broken Isles world quests in future 8.1 PTR builds, because you gain plenty of reputation with the factions just by completing their questlines. For the latest Patch 8.1 information, check out our Tides of Vengeance hub!
We've joined forces with exceL Esports to support their first WoW team!
With the MDI All-Stars event at Blizzcon just around the corner, we felt this was the perfect time to announce our partnership with exceL Esports and their Mythic+ team, exceL's Angels, the 2018 MDI winners!
exceL Esports has been a core part of the scene built around multiple games since 2014, fielding teams in League of Legends, Street Fighter V, and more. With the presence of their organisation continuing to grow, exceL picked up Kjell's Angels after they won the MDI back in June, making their first move into the World of Warcraft competitive scene.
The Managing Director of exceL Esports, Kieran Holmes-Darby, had this to say on the partnership, as well as the first goal for exceL's Angels:
Below, you can find the announcement video that exceL posted to their YouTube channel:
At the time of their acquisition and still to this day, the Mythic+ team consists of Divinefield, Cirra, Ashine, Dorullkjell and Herudra. With their stellar performance that led them to a win at the last event, we felt that the Angels would be a perfect match to bring new content to Icy Veins, in the form of Mythic+ guides.
Their strategies are no doubt effective and, after being tested at the top Mythic+ stage this Blizzcon, we will be working with the team to translate their efficiency and precision into guides that can help players of all levels to complete their Mythic+ dungeons and push to achieve the highest keys possible for their group.
In the run-up to the event in November, you can stay up-to-date on all things exceL by following them on their social media accounts, all of which are linked below:
Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / YouTube / Twitch / Website
Alongisde Icy Veins, exceL has also formed a partnership for their WoW team with Enthusiast Gaming, one of the top events, content and advertising companies in the gaming industry and the company behind the largest games expo in Canada, the Enthusiast Gaming Live Expo. You can find out more about them at their website link below or on any of their social media accounts.
Website / Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / YouTube
You can also keep on top of everything Angels-related by checking out the players themselves on Twitter and Twitch:
Divinefield (Tank): Twitch / Twitter
Cirra (Healer): Twitch / Twitter
Ashine (DPS): Twitch / Twitter
Herudra (DPS): Twitch / Twitter
Dorullkjell (DPS): Twitch / Twitter
Looking to the future, we hope that you will all join us in cheering for exceL's Angels at the All-Stars event next month and cannot wait to showcase the new guides we will be working on together!
Tides of Vengeance is available for playtesting and our hub contains all the latest information!
Welcome to our Tides of Vengeance hub. Here, you'll find all the latest information about Battle for Azeroth's first content patch 8.1. We will keep the hub updated throughout PTR testing with the latest coverage.
Patch 8.1 called Tides of Vengeance was pushed to PTR on September 21. Players are still unable to log in to the game right now (September 26). The patch will be released later this year.
This section contains contains the most recent coverage. Whenever there's a new PTR build, we'll move the previous builds down to the "Datamining Archive [PH]" section.
Patch 8.1 Build #28151
Patch 8.1 Build 28151: Overview Patch 8.1 Build 28151: Blood Elf Heritage Armor Patch 8.1 Build 28151: Marksmanship Hunter Changes Patch 8.1 Build 28151: Restoration Shaman Changes Patch 8.1 Build 28151: Marsh Hopper Mounts The Story of Varok Saurfang in Patch 8.1 Orc Running Animation Updated Patch 8.1 Content
Blizzard recently announced improvements to Azerite Armor acquisition from Mythic+. You can find more details here. Heritage Armor will be added for non-Allied Races; Blood Elves & Dwarves are first on the list. There's no reputation grind behind this. If you're at max level and Exalted with Ironforge/Blood Elves, you can start the quest and complete a scenario to get your Heritage Armor. Reputation Paragon for BfA factions is coming. Champions of Azeroth reputation will be made account-wide. Incursions are a new feature similar to Legion assaults. Darkshore Warfront (Night Elves vs Forsaken theme) The outdoor zone will be updated just like Arathi Highlands with new quests, rares, etc. War Campaign continues with the Alliance leading a direct strike at the Zandalari Fleet. We can expect two new raids in 8.1: Siege of Zuldazar is a nine-boss raid where the foe is the opposing faction. Alliance players will join Jaina and her forces to fight their way up to the pyramid to confront Rastakhan. Horde players will try to defend the pyramid, fighting Jaina in the High Seas as the final boss. Crucible of Storms is a two-boss raid located under Shrine of the Storm that hints at Queen Azshara. It's Battle for Azeroth's "Trial of Valor" raid. Allied Races: Kul Tirans and Zandalari Trolls will become available for gameplay after the Siege of Zuldazar raid. You can find more details about how to unlock them here. Two New Islands: Jorundall (Vrykul-themed Island) & Havenswood (Gilnean-themed Island) Gnomeregan Pet Battle Dungeon Profession Changes New Scenarios Tyrande's Ascension - players will unlok new Night Elf Warrior customization options with dark eyes. Cooking Scenario with Nomi Unknown Tol Dagor Scenario Heritage Armor Scenarios Vol'jin's Story Continues - The Shadow Hunter is looking for answers s in 8.1 as he tries to figure out why he appointed Sylvanas for Warchief. Allied Races
You will be able to unlock Legion Allied Races faster in Patch 8.1.
Multiple Classes are subject to changes in Patch 8.1. These include Elemental Shamans, Shadow Priests, and Protection Warriors. So far, Blizzard outlined plans for Elemental Shamans. They haven't decided what to do with Protection Warriors just yet.
Elemental Shaman Changes Model Updates
Draenei totems received new models with a higher polygon count in 8.1.
Draenei Shaman Totems Model Update Interviews/Livestreams
Game Director Ion Hazzikostas unveiled Patch 8.1 on September 18.
Tides of Vengeance Livestream with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas Tides of Vengeance Live Developer Q&A with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas Datamining Archive [PH]
As with previous patches, there's going to be a new PTR build every week and to keep things organized, we're going to post build overviews below.
Patch 8.1 Build #28048
Patch 8.1 Build 28048 Overview Patch 8.1 Build #27985
Patch 8.1 Build 27985 Overview Patch 8.1 Build 27985: New Creature Models Patch 8.1 Build 27985: New Paladin Animations Patch 8.1 Build 27985: Solo Queue for Legion Raids Enabled Patch 8.1 Build 27985: Dwarf Heritage Armor Preview Patch 8.1 Build 27985: Siege of Zuldazar Weapons Patch 8.1 Build #27826
Patch 8.1 Build 27826 Overview (Datamined Broadcast Text, Zones, Strings, Scenarios) *Spoilers* Patch 8.1 Build 27286: Vol'jin's Story Continues (Datamined Broadcast Text Analysis) *Spoilers* Patch 8.1 Build 27826: New Creature Models Patch 8.1 Build 27286: New Night Elf Warrior Customization Options Patch 8.1 Build 27286: New Druid Forms (Highmountain Tauren/Kul Tiran Moonkin Forms, Zandalari Aquatic Form) Patch 8.1 Build 27286: Kul Tiran Horse Racial Mount Patch 8.1 Build 27286: Nightsaber Mounts Patch 8.1 Build 27286: The Hivemind Mount Returns Patch 8.1 Build 27286: Vicious PvP Mounts Tides of Vengeance is Battle for Azeroth's first major content patch and we created a hub to keep track of everything.