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There are a whole lot of DPS specs to cover, so we've separated our guide writers opinions on their performance in the Shadowlands from our usual pre-patch DPS rankings, as there was just too much to cover in one place. Each of our writers will go over the general situation for their respective spec or specs in the Shadowlands, to give you a better idea of what the changes might do to them, so let's get started.
SL Tank Specs Overview SL Healer Specs Overview Pre-patch DPS Raid Rankings Or you can just head to the Shadowlands class guides themselves for a more comprehensive look!
Unholy and Frost Death Knight by Abyssalwave:
Havoc Demon Hunter by Wordup:
Feral Druid by Wordup:
Balance Druid by Bora:
Marksmanship Hunter by Azortharion:
Beast Master Hunter by Azortharion:
Survival Hunter by Azortharion:
Arcane Mage by Dutchmagoz:
Fire Mage by Dutchmagoz:
Frost Mage by Kuni:
Windwalker Monk by Babylonius:
Retribution Paladin by Urthearso
Shadow Priest by Publik:
Subtlety Rogue by Seliathan
Outlaw Rogue by Seliathan
Assassination Rogue by Seliathan
Enhancement Shaman by Wordup:
Elemental Shaman by Stormy:
Affliction Warlock by Motoko:
Demonology and Destruction Warlocks by Motoko:
Fury Warrior by Archimitros:
Arms Warrior by Archimitros:
So there you have it, the overall state of the specs going into Shadowlands. You can read a lot more about all the changes and how each plays, as our guides have all been updated! As a very general recommendation we'd still say just play the spec you're most comfortable/have the most fun with, as tuning will affect things many times throughout the expansion.
You can also check out tank and healer spec overviews here and here and the final pre-patch DPS rankings.
There's been a lot to talk about for the Shadowlands launch, with the server instabilities, black screen and similar, but this one is a pretty positive consequence of the new expansion coming out.
It's always a struggle deciding whether to play through the night at an expansion launch, and while it's a great experience you at least partially regret it the next day(s). Well, the appropriately named F33LGOODiNC had none of those regrets, as playing Shadowlands late into the night/morning actually saved their apartment!
Not only that, but the whole family was coming to that apartment for the holidays so WoW also saved a big family event! It's always great to see personal moments like this from palyers, where WoW actually affects our lives in a specific out-of-game way. Also, to draw you back in to the relatively negative side of reddit and internet posts in general , unsurprisingly the bulk of the comments in the thread are about the Macbook being used to play the game and whether/how that sucks.
Also, the post already spawned a meme response!
Simple Tome of Bone-Binding that teaches Hunters how to tame Undead beasts has been found!
The item has a small chance to drop from mobs in Maldraxxus and the Plaguefall dungeon. Undead players can tame Undead beasts by default as mentioned in the official patch notes.
Undead beasts include Skeletal and mummy devilsaurs, raptors, eagles, zombie dogs, wind serpents, and hell hounds.
A neat detail was spotted on live servers. Darion Mograine refers to Death Knight players as "Deathlords" instead of the usual "Champion."
Reddit user LordDShadowy53 spotted the little detail, and it's a nice one since most of the NPCs in the game constantly call us "Hero" or "Champion," and some players even feel shut off when Jaina calls them like that in a casual conversation.
Would you like to go back to being a nobody in the game or do you enjoy when everyone calls you Hero/Champion?
Many players keep asking whether it's currently possible to skip the Maw introductory questline, and the short answer is no.
You must complete the same Shadowlands intro questline on all characters before heading to Oribos, which obviously isn't a big problem now that the expansion is just a few hours old, but it may get tiresome for sure in the future.
While you do not need to follow Shadowlands' linear narrative on your second character, there will still be no dialogue option to skip the Maw intro. Blizzard hasn't yet responded to this, and we do not know if they even plan to make it skippable at some point.