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We've already seen both 30 tanks and 30 Warriors clear Heroic Ny'alotha, and even 20 tanks clear 7/12 Mythic, but here comes another great WoW feat to beat them all, as 20 Korean tanks have cleared all the bosses in Mythic Ny'alotha except for Il'gynoth! The clear was (obviously) brought to you by Twilight Devastation , as it accounted for around 50% of the raid's DPS. Carapace and N'Zoth himself took the longest, 7:23 and 12:35, respectively, and Il'gynoth just wasn't/isn't possibly with only melees, as regular raid compositions avoid them on kills as well, so you can imagine what 20 tanks would look like.
As usual, the entire raid stacked stamina buffs, with the big one being the Strength of the Warden essence, increasing all tanks' HP by 3%, stacking, which not only massively increases survivability, but also makes Twilight Dev that much more powerful. Unfortunately there's no video, but there are plenty of stats over on Warcraft Logs, including the raid composition:
6 Paladins 4 Death Knights 4 Demon Hunters 3 Warriors 2 Druids 1 Monk
Huge congrats to the team, and we hope to see amazing and weird stuff like this even more as we reach the end of the expansion!
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It's been a while since we heard from Hurricane and his Black Temple cinematic, which has been in the works for around 9 months now, and we have finally got a date for it! With Hurricane's incredible talent and this much work put into it, it's really going to be something amazing, and apparently we're getting "a whole new adventure" on August 8th, as the project has expanded.
Hurricane's cinematics are legendary and among the best fan-made WoW content out there, and as he's stated in the past, the Black Temple one is way more ambitious than any he's done before. Let's also take a look at the original Black Temple cinematic announcement one more time:
We've previously spoken to Hurricane after his also amazing Naxxramas cinematic, so if you're interested in his process and how and why he got started, including his work for private servers, check that one out as well.
There are many more awesome Hurricane related videos to check out as well:
WoW Classic Cinematic
Burning Crusade Cinematic
Journey to Gilneas Machinima (Inspired/mentored by Hurrcane)
Some players who pre-ordered Shadows Rising got their hands on the novel well ahead of the July 14 release date, and Blizzard made one of the most fan-requested pairings reality. This article contains spoilers.
Blizzard Watch confirmed that Master Matthias Shaw, Leader of SI:7, and Flynn Fairwind end up together and start a relationship in the novel.
Alliance players very well know both characters. Shaw leads SI:7 in Stormwind, and you encounter him during the BfA War Campaign on multiple occasions.
Flynn Fairwind's storyline occurs in Tiragarde Sound, and based on the dialogue; the vast majority thought he had a secret crush on Taelia Fordragon.
However, the developer who designed Flynn confirmed that this was mostly done to give the character more depth and that Flynn was indeed bisexual.
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The postponed Shadowlands event stream is coming tomorrow and a lot of us have been speculating about what exactly we can expect from it. Seemingly we've heard all the big hitters of the expansion since it was announced, from the story elements, Torghast as the new big activity, level squish, class changes, etc, so what else is there that Blizzard can wow us with tomorrow?
What we probably won't be seeing
First off let's eliminate one big possibility, post-release content details. Due to the nature of the Shadowlands story and narrative it seems very unlikely we get any sort of info on patches 9.1 and on, as we still don't really know the actual plot of the main Shadowlands experience, and a lot of effort has gone into making it interesting and mysterious. Finding out how the Jailer/Sylvanas/Arbiter/souls narrative will continue into later patches during the event would be a pretty anti-climactic thing to do and would definitely annoy a lot of players, so it's very unlikely that it'll happen.
The minor things we definitely will be seeing
You can be sure to expect developer explanations on some of the choices made throughout Alpha, the changes that have been implemented, basically a recap of all the bigger news we've already heard about from the Alpha itself, with a lot of behind the scenes details on why things were done the way they were. We might also get a deeper dive into the class balancing that's been going on.
The release date
This one's pretty straight forward, we get the exact release date for Shadowlands, and maybe it's earlier than expected. At the moment, with all the pandemic issues, the release date would most likely be expected around November, but we might get a surprise announcement for August or similar.
The Beta is announced/big Beta news
This one seems extremely likely, as it's a big hype moment and doesn't really require a lot of additional work. There are plenty of variations and extensions to this, with the hypest of things being "and it's starting tomorrow!", and that one might actually happen and is my No.2 pick for what's actually going to happen. The other big beta-related move would be "and everyone's invited!" aka it's an Open beta right off the bat. The end of expansion period is always long and pretty boring, and with Shadowlands still being quite a ways off, especially with the possible extension related to the pandemic, any additional content is a plus, which leads me directly to my No.1 pick and the thing I'm actually really excited for.
A Massive Pre-expansion Event
This is the one I'm personally pulling for: a big event following or preceeding the Shadowlands intro cinematic that has us dealing with the repercussions of the shattering of the helm/the gate to the Maw being opened or with events preceding the cinematic, more related to BfA, as an epilogue. We know there will be an event already, and we're assuming it will be of comparable scale to the other pre-expansion events, but what I feel would be a great move is the announcement of the event actually being basically half a patch sized. Blizzard previously announced we wouldn't be getting a patch 8.3.5 and Shadowlands is still a long way away, so this would be the perfect time to introduce a major event, with quests, dailies, invasions and perhaps even a raid? Now what exactly the event is is a little unclear, but whatever the theme might be, it could be a bigger chunk of content than we've ever gotten for the pre-event, and that would certainly be reason enough for a big stream reveal event like this.
There is a pretty logical and great setup for the event already, basically WotLK 2.0, as the Scourge become leaderless after the helm shatters (and we know Arthas, and Bolvar after him, have been keeping the legions of undead in check), but that might not be what we get. The Shadowlands intro event seems to pick up quite soon after the events of the cinematic, with Bolvar "having recovered" from the confrontation with Sylvanas and is getting us ready to go into the Shadowlands. However, there might still be a period of time in-between the cinematic's end and the start experience, with Bolvar incapacitated/recovering and needing our help with the unleashed Scourge, which would be a great setup for invasions, world quests and even (wait for it) Naxxramas 3.0! Obviously it wouldn't be Kel'thuzad in charge of it, but some other random lich taking control of a bunch of undead (who suspiciously look like and have the same mechanics of all the Naxxramas bosses) and deciding to invade Azeroth, which would be a nice re-vamp of the original WotLK event.
Obviously what the event specifically is isn't really relevant, but getting the news that it will be a much bigger one than usual and that there's a lot more content coming before Shadowlands (perhaps even the level squish and some other Shadowlands features) would be huge, so let's hope! There's also the same hyper-hype factor as for beta, as the stream could end with a big "and it's coming tomorrow!" closing.
In the end, it seems there should be some big announcement coming with the stream, but with so much of the Shadowlands content already covered in the Alpha, hopefully it won't be underwhelming. We don't have to wait long to find out, as the stream starts tomorrow, July 8th at 6 PM CEST!
Last time we checked it we were almost certain that damn garrison drop would happen, but it took another few days instead and now we're here! DesMephisto has gathered all available plate transmog in the game! Congratulations!
It's been a long journey, helped by the 40+ plate classes he could run to get some of the rare pieces like the Argus chest and this final garrison one. And so the Formidable Leggings were the final item acquired, so surely they should get some sort of notice from Blizzard, maybe an achievement or similar? Let's take a look at the exact moment and massive amounts of hype when it happened:
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