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A new wave of Beta invitations went out for EU players. Check out your launchers! Classic WoW sub reached 100K subscribers, and Stoneskin Totem is currently bugged on Beta.
Beta Invitations Went Out!
A new wave of invites went out a few hours ago and many EU players are reporting they got in, according to redditor Pixelswtf. Apparently, no US invites have been confirmed in this wave, as this appears to only apply to EU. Check your launcher if you were invited to the testing, because mails regarding Beta are delayed by at least one day.
Classic WoW Reddit Sub Reached 100K Subs
The Classic hype train is real and r/classicwow has reached 100,000 subscribers. Congratulations!
Stoneskin Totem Bug
Blizzard confirmed a bug related to Stoneskin Totem on Beta. The totem isn't correctly removing its melee damage reduction when it expires and the bug will be fixed in an upcoming Classic Beta build.
We've figured out that there is an issue with Stoneskin Totem. Basically, it isn't correctly removing its melee damage reduction when it expires. We've seen in examples given where the player had previously grouped with a Shaman, and carried forward the effects of the totem.
We're fixing this, and the fix will be in the next build of WoW Classic. We'll put it into our Known Issues list until then.
We have a stress test scheduled for tomorrow on WoW Classic Beta and this post highlights some addons which have been found working with the Classic version of the game right now.
Popular Resources for Classic Addons
The sites listed below contain a list of addons working with Classic Beta.
Spreadsheet with Working Classic Addons -- periodically updated with new addons as they become available. Will It Classic? -- another great site with updated information regarding Classic Addons. Questie SVN (GitHub) -- a popular addon for Questing still in Alpha/Beta. WoWInterface -- Classic section of the popular site for addons. Recommended Addons
Even though the stress test is limited to level 5, you may want to install at least some addons to help you during that time. The addons we're using currently on Beta include:
Map Coords Classic - Adds coordinates to the minimap and the world map, vital for navigating quest objectives. Dominos Classic - A main actionbar replacement. Alternatively, you can use TukUI, which has been ported to Classic. Vendor Price - Displays the vendor price of items. Questie v4 Alpha - A standalone Classic QuestHelper. While the addon is still early in development and some features may not work as intended, the latest version comes with objectives tracking, for some quests at least! How to Install Addons for Classic
Download the addon you want to install. Navigate to your WoW installation folder, extract the addon and move it to the Interface/Addons folder. Start the game and on the bottom left, make sure that your addons are enabled.
Questie is a little different. You must first visit GitHub, and click on the green "Clone or download" button. Extract the folder, rename "QuestieDev-QuestieClassic" to just "Questie" and move it to Interface/Addons.
Powers on Azerite Armor will unlock instantly and progression is moving to Essences in Patch 8.2. Here's a preview of the new intro questline which involves MOTHER, Magni, and Spiritwalker Ebonhorn. This article contains spoilers.
The intro quest becomes available right after you establish your foothold in Nazjatar. Magni informs you that MOTHER has apparently found a way to heal Azeroth.
1. Essential Empowerment
You learn that the Chamber of Heart has been repaired in your absence.
2. MOTHER Knows Best
MOTHER finished her awesome calculations and Magni tells you to talk to her. A not yet implemented cutscene begins to play and MOTHER introduces Essences.
3. A Disturbance Beneath the Earth
MOTHER sends you to Highmountain to recover a dragon essence from Neltharion's Lair. By combining dragon essence with sufficient quantities of Azerite within Heart Forge will cause previously undiscovered abilities to manifest within the Heart of Azeroth.
You'll find Navvarogg and Spiritwalker Ebonhorn at Snowblind Messa.
Ebonhorn discovered some sort of disturbance and you must investigate its source.
4. Take My Hand
The essence discovered by MOTHER may be an echo of power of the dragonflights. You must act fast before the essence falls into the wrong hands. Talk to Navvarogg to get teleported to the area.
5. Calming the Spine
The power of the black dragonflight echoes around you, and the earth is reeling in response. You must seal the Azerite Fissures in the Dragon's Spine. You find out about the presence of a stone lord from Deepholm.
Once you close all fissures and complete the quest, it's time to confront the stone lord. He won't give up the essence without a fight.
6. Dominating the Indomitable
You then loot Petrified Ebony Scale. This will be your first essence and serves as an introduction to the new system in Rise of Azshara.
7. A Friendly Face
You must now bring the dragon essence to Magni and MOTHER. Navvarogg has prepared an exit for you, but near the entrance, you'll notice a Blacktalon Watcher in stealth spying on you. We covered the presence of Wrathion's Agents in Rise of Azshara in this post.
Upon arriving at the Chamber of Heart, Ebonhorn is ready to meet Magni and MOTHER.
8. The Heart Forge
The final quest is offered by MOTHER and you must use your Heart of Azeroth to activate the Heart Forge. You will receive rank 1 Petrified Ebony Scale and The Heart Forge achievement.
Don't forget to check out our Patch 8.2 hub for more details about Heart of Azeroth changes coming in Rise of Azshara.
Essences Intro Playthrough
MOTHER finished her calculations and the Heart of Azeroth questline continues in Patch 8.2.
We're back with another mount preview and this one really stands out from the crowd as possibly the best mount added in Patch 8.2 yet. It's the one Blizzard has been teasing since last BlizzCon, a crab that walks sideways!
Source of the mount remains unknown for now as the item associated with it has not been added to the game yet.
Animations (Run / Mount Special)
Update: Added another "not a bug" issue relating ti Polymorph below.
It seems there's more confusing/unexpected stuff in the Classic beta players can't really believe is intended, as mob aggro seemed "off" to some, but this time around it's in the "this used to be harder" category.
We also had another issue mentioned related to Polymorphing:
Not a bug (source)
I’ve added this to the OP:
You are unable to Polymorph enemy targets that are tapped by players with whom you are not grouped.
Not a Bug (source)
We saw many similar reports in the first few days of the WoW Classic Beta Test.
As a result, we ran a multitude of comparisons with our 1.12 reference client. In doing so, we varied the player levels and enemy levels. In conclusion, we didn’t see any discrepancies with aggro radius.
I’m adding this to our not-a-bug list / forum post.
Thank you for the feedback!