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Well, here we are on October 26th, the big day of the once-Shadowlands release, as the expansion was set to come out today at midnight CET 4PM PDT, and we'd only be 5-ish hours away from the afterlife!
But, fortunately or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, the expansion was delayed and we now have a 2-week old pre-patch which still hasn't even started the actual pre-expansion event, although we did get a datamined cinematic from said event:
There's till no word at all on the actual event start date, and while many players have already gotten their Collector's edition boxes, we're still no closer to getting any word or indication on when Shadowlands will be released! The only thing we do know for certain is that the expansion is at least 2 weeks away, since the event hasn't started yet, but it might tomorrow!
We don't have the pre-expansion Scourge invasion event yet, but there have been weird things happening in the pre-patch with the undead, and we take a look at some fond memories from the crazyness of the PTR as well:
Mini-Scourge Invasion Event: Less Squished Undead Overrun Guards in Town, Kill NPCs
More Scourge Zombies Showing Up, But It's Still Not the Pre-patch Event
Shadowlands Pre-Patch Event Guide
The Zombie Infestation Is Out of Hand on the PTR and It's Amazing!
PTR Scourge Zombie Invasion Situation and Summary
Delaying the expansion was definitely a good decision, with the global pandemic having affected the development and Blizzard actually starting to address many of the issues beta players have been pointing out (although not the famed ripcord/Covenant ability exclusivity). The pre-patch has had a pretty rough launch, with many issues especially with the scaling, so it's probably a very good thing that the devs have more time with it before the expansion arrives.
While the Shadowlands release date is still a mystery, we're hoping Blizzard take as much time as they need to deliver a solid experience, and we're currently betting/hoping for a December 8th date, which would almost certainly mean the raid gets delayed into January, but that's worth it if you ask us.
We are celebrating the Shadowlands Pre-Patch with 3 weeks of giveaways with myself and Nova Boosting Community! To find out everything you need to know for a chance to win, check out this post.
As many of you may already know, Nova is one of the largest boosting communities on the EU servers and, with new efforts on their part, they are aiming to grow on the US side too. This is great news for all of our US readers as, unlike in our previous giveaways these past weeks, you will have a chance to win some prizes too!
We have partnered up with them to put out 3 separate giveaways over the next 3 weeks, each with a load of prizes for both US and EU players to win.
Currently, the schedule of giveaways is as follows.
The first week's giveaway has ended and all winners have been contacted on Twitter.
This section will have more information added on 26/10/2020, when the second giveaway starts.
Placeholder for tweet 1320769524459884545 The prizes for Week 2 include 2 Ny'alotha Allseer, the mount from Mythic N'Zoth, 6 Glacial Tidestorm, from Mythic Jaina, all of which are for EU players to win, and another 2 Glacial Tidestorm for US players.
This section will have more information added on 02/11/2020, when the third giveaway starts.
Information for Winners
You will be contacted directly on Twitter if you have won, stating which prize you have won. If you already have the mount that you have won, you can give it to someone else, either another contestant or a friend, but only one of you may receive the prize. All of the mounts won will be given to winners via a boost of that respective boss, conducted by the team at Nova and their community. All of the runs have either been paid for by myself or the leadership at Nova with in-game gold or they have been generously gifted by the numerous guilds that make up Nova's community. Both we at Icy Veins and the management team at Nova actively condemn the exchange of real money for services in-game, and have ensured that all of the items in the giveaway, when paid for, are purely offered in exchange for payment with in-game gold. Winners will be selected after each week of the giveaway, to ensure that there is enough time for everyone to be scheduled for their runs. We cannot guarantee any loot beyond the mounts from each boss on your runs with Nova; it is at the discretion of Nova and how the runs are organised as to how normal loot will be distributed. We wish you all the best of luck should you enter, and, if you don't manage to win this time, we'll have plenty more giveaways running after Shadowlands releases!
The latest round of Rogue class changes includes Covenant ability updates, Legendary power tuning and Soulbind Conduit adjustments.
Shadowstrike - Requires 25 yd Melee range. Covenant Abilities
Echoing Reprimand - Deal [ 135% [ 110% of Attack Power ] Arcane damage to an enemy, extracting their anima to Animacharge a combo point for 45 sec. Damaging finishing moves that consume the same number of combo points as your Animacharge function as if they consumed 7 combo points. Awards 3 2 combo points. Flagellation - Lash the target 3 times, dealing [ 5% [ 6% of Attack Power ] Shadow damage and adding a stack of Flagellation for each lash. The target remains tormented for 45 20 sec, causing receiving an additional lash for each Combo Point spent. combo point you spend. Reactivating Flagellation cleanses their torment, increasing your Haste by 0.5% per stack stack, up to a maximum of 20% 15% Haste for 25 20 sec. 5 sec 1.5 min cooldown. Sepsis - Infect the target's blood, dealing [ 162.89% of Attack Power ] Nature damage over 10 sec. If the target survives its full duration, they suffer an additional [ 77.57% of Attack Power ] damage and you Vanish from sight gain 1 use of any Stealth ability for 5 sec. Cooldown reduced by 60 30 sec if Sepsis does not last its full duration. Awards 1 combo points. Legendary Powers
Essence of Bloodfang (General) - Your combo point generating abilities have a chance to infect the target with Bloodfang, causing [ 570% 57% of Attack Power ] Bleed damage over 6 sec, and healing you for 50% of the damage dealt. Soulbind Conduits
Sleight of Hand - Roll the Bones has a 7.0% increased chance of instantly resetting its cooldown granting additional matches. Deeper Daggers - Eviscerate and Shadow Vault Black Powder increase your Shadow damage dealt by 30.0% for 5 8 sec. Perforated Veins Shadowstrike Normal: Shadowstrike increases the damage of your next Backstab by 30%, stacking up to 3 6 times. Gloomblade: Shadowstrike increases the damage of your next Gloomblade by 30%, stacking up to 6 times. Poisoned Katar - Fan of Knives's damage is increased by 8% 7%, and it has a 8% 5% increased poison application critical strike chance. Lashing Scars - Flagellation lashes 1 2 additional time times initially and deals 12% increased damage. Well-Placed Steel - Shiv's Shiv increases your Nature damage is increased by 100% on bleeding targets, and it extends done against the duration of your Envenom target by an additional 1.0 sec 1.0%.
Did you know you can pick up a copy of a book and have the author sign it in Boralus?
You can obtain A Steamy Romance Novel: Stormy Seas by bringing an unsigned copy of A Steamy Romance Novel: Stormy Seas to its author, Laurence E. Craft, located outside Scribes and Nobbles (a reference to Barnes & Noble) in Hook Point (Boralus).
A fun fact about the novel is that an unsigned copy (A Steamy Romance Novel: Stormy Seas) is worth 67 Copper, and a signed copy (A Steamy Romance Novel: Stormy Seas) is worth double (1 Silver and 34 Copper).
Shadow Priests have been recently nerfed on the Beta and here's our recap of the latest Priest changes.
Our guide writer Publik also shared his thoughts on the nerfs on both live and Beta here.
Mind Blast - Generates 7 8 Insanity. Psychic Scream (Rank 2) added. Psychic Scream can withstand 20% more damage before breaking. Discipline
Mind Sear - Corrosive shadow energy radiates from the target, dealing [ 88.9% [ 75.6% of Spell Power ] Shadow damage over 4.5 sec to all enemies within 10 yards of the target. Shadow
Mind Flay - Assaults the target's mind with Shadow energy, causing [ 151.44% [ 128.4% of Spell Power ] Shadow damage over 4.5 sec and slowing their movement speed by 50%. Mastery: Shadow Weaving - Your damage is increased by 4.0% for each of Shadow Word: Pain, Vampiric Touch and Devouring Plague on the target. During Void Form, Voidform, all targets receive the maximum effect. Mind Sear - Corrosive shadow energy radiates from the target, dealing [ 88.9% [ 75.6% of Spell Power ] Shadow damage over 4.5 sec to all enemies within 10 yards of the target. Devouring Plague - Afflicts the target with a disease that instantly causes [ 76.5% [ 65% of Spell Power ] Shadow damage plus an additional [ 122.4% [ 108% of Spell Power ] Shadow damage over 6 sec. Heals you for 50% of damage dealt. Can be cast in Requires Shadowform. Searing Nightmare (Level 30 Talent) - Can be cast in Requires Shadowform. Auspicious Spirits (Level 40 Talent) - Your Shadowy Apparitions now deal 30% 15% increased damage and generate 1 2 Insanity. Legendary Powers
Painbreaker Psalm (Shadow) - Shadow Word: Death consumes 6 8 sec of Shadow Word: Pain and Vampiric Touch, instantly dealing that damage to the target and generating up to 15 20 Insanity. PvP Talents
Miracle Worker - Holy Word: Serenity now has 25 Charges and a 25% reduced cooldown.