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We have some extremely fast Castle Nathria Mythic clears coming out of the Raid Masters speedrun tournament that's being held over the weekend, with the current fastest clear coming in at only 1 hour and 15 minutes!
The event's finals are coming up today at 20:00 CEST, but the World record was set back during the qualifiers, as xD just burned through and took down all the bosses:
There may be more records coming our way today as Pieces, xD, Sloth, SPEL, endeavør, Pescorus, Pepelands, Intrepid Fox Imminent and FlashPoint KTB compete for the $10,000 prize pool! Not all the top guild participated in the event, as most notably Complexity-Limit and Echo were a little too busy with the Race to World First preparations, as the big Sanctum of Domination progress race is coming on July 14th!
And here's the tournament's trailer to see us out:
Carbot has been a very reliable source of some truly very funny videos on pretty much everything Blizzard-related, with his unique style and a clear reverence and knowledge of the content parodied. He even made Blizzard a 30th anniversary video for this year's BlizzConline!
Well, today we have a very different video on our hands, as he tries to show the evolution of WoW throughout the ages, at least from his perspective. It's... a painful one to watch, and in my opinion a little too pessimistic, but you can't deny the talent at play here as it will almost certainly tug at your heartstrings:
While there definitely have been many changes to WoW over the years, and even the ones depicted towards the end of the video aren't that far from the truth, the nostalgic and pretty emotional feelings I get from the video are more about the players leaving, which I would argue is more a factor of, well, time. As old-school, original players (or ones from any period in the game really) change, grow and evolve, it's natural they will move away from the game and come back for shorter stints and so on, which isn't necessarily a factor of the game's state, and so I can't really agree with the ending section there (although I'm not exactly a fan of what's been happening with the monetization aspects either). The fanbase definitely isn't exactly at its most fan-like at the moment, but hopefully that can change, and we can stem the tide of toxicity that's been pretty heavily pushing in on WoW on all fronts.
As for Carbot's video specifically, while I may not agree with the general message, this departure from his normal videos really is a great one, and you have to respect when funny, cartoony figures can pack such a major emotional punch, as regardless of how you may feel about WoW, you will most likely have felt something watching that video.
The video also created a very large redit thread, with players expressing their reaction to it, which you can check out here.
Blizzard released the first 9.1 Release Candidate on the PTR yesterday, and with it, came some last-minute class changes. Check them out!
Flanking Strike (Level 45 Talent) - You and your pet leap to the target and strike it as one, dealing a total of [ 135% of Attack Power + 117% 135% of Attack Power ] Physical damage. Rogue
Shiv Assassination: Attack with your your poisoned blades, dealing [ 50% of Attack Power ] Physical damage, dispelling all enrage effects and applying a concentrated form of your Crippling Poison, reducing movement speed by 70% for 5 sec. Your Nature damage done against the target is increased by 20% for 9 sec. Outlaw, Subtlety:Attack with your off-hand, dealing [ 50% of Attack Power ] Physical damage, dispelling all enrage effects and applying a concentrated form of your Crippling Poison, reducing movement speed by 70% for 5 sec. Legendary Powers
Guile Charm - Take advantage of the natural ebb and flow of combat, causing your Sinister Strike to gradually increase your damage dealt by up to 15%. This maximum effect will last for 10 12 sec before fading and beginning the cycle anew.
3 encrypted Patch 9.1 cinematics are currently present in the game files. These usually contain spoilers, so we will need to wait until June 29 to watch them.
All combined, the cinematics have 7.46 minutes.
interface/cinematics/shadowlands_910_950and952_1920.avi is 2 minutes and 25 seconds long and has 69.09 MB. interface/cinematics/shadowlands_910_951_1920.avi is 3 minutes and 7 seconds long and has 88.32 MBs. interface/cinematics/shadowlands_910_953_1920.avi has 1 minute and 56 seconds and 54.67 MBs. There are also lower-resolution versions of the same cinematics present in the game files (1080p / 640p). What do you hope to see there?
Blizzard added Hall of Fame and Mythic titles for defeating Sylvanas Windrunner to the game in the first 9.1 Release Candidate.
If you're among the first 100 Alliance / Horde guilds to down the final boss of the new raid, you will be granted the "Famed Bane of the Banshee Queen" title.
Hall of Fame: Sylvanas (Alliance) - Among the first one hundred Alliance guilds worldwide to defeat Sylvanas Windrunner on Mythic difficulty. Hall of Fame: Sylvanas (Horde) - Among the first one hundred Horde guilds worldwide to defeat Sylvanas Windrunner on Mythic difficulty. Title Reward: Famed Bane of the Banshee Queen
When you defeat her on Mythic difficulty, you will receive the "Breaker of Chains" title.
Mythic: Sylvanas Windrunner - Defeat Sylvanas Windrunner in the Sanctum of Domination on Mythic difficulty. Title Reward: Breaker of Chains