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Asmongold calls WoW Shadowlands & Naxxramas release dates “huge mistake”

Published: 31/Oct/2020 21:02

by Bill Cooney

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Asmongold is one of the most popular World of Warcraft streamers on Twitch and while he’s looking forward to Shadowlands and Naxxramas, having them both come out within a few weeks of each other is a “huge mistake.”

Shadowlands is the newest expansion for Blizzard’s world-famous MMO, and we finally know now that Blizzard has it set to come out on November 23.

The Naxxramas raid is the latest content being added to WoW Classic on December 3, and it might be the most highly anticipated of all the reboot’s patches since the area has been unavailable following its destruction in the main game during the Wrath of the Lich King expansion in 2008.

While we’re definitely looking forward to both, the release dates are less than two weeks apart, which could end up killing the hype for the return of the classic content, according to Asmon.

Not only are they both coming out around the same time but the first raid for Shadowlands, called Castle Nathria, will go live on December 8, just five days after Naxx opens up.

“If Naxxramas is released in the middle of Shadowlands and the raid for Shadowlands, I’m worried the excitement is going to be buried in a way that it shouldn’t be,” the streamer explained. “It’s something people have been looking forward to for a long time.”

Instead, Asmon suggested Blizzard “leapfrog” Classic and Retail content to have updates for one happen during the other’s lull period, after everyone’s already experienced the new dungeons, got new gear, and all of that good stuff.

“I think that would give enough time for the Shadowlands content to run its course,” he suggested. “For the most part at about a month after Shadowlands, most people are going to put the expansion on maintenance mode and they’ll be looking forward to the next new thing, and why can’t that next new thing be Naxxramas?”

WoW Classic Naxxramas Patch Notes
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Kel’Thuzad was the final boss in the original Naxxramas raid.

While a lot of players prefer either Retail or Classic there are plenty that like to play both as well, and having the releases so close together makes it so they’ll have to choose one or the other.

“I don’t really see the purpose and I don’t see the benefit of making them choose, why make them choose between getting excited over one game or another?” Asmon pointed out. “Why not spread out that excitement people are going to have for the game and make people excited for Retail, then make them excited for Classic, rather than make your own two hype periods compete with each other?”

As of yet, Blizzard still seems set on the announced release dates but they have listened to the streamer’s suggestions on Shadowlands earlier in the summer when changes he brought forward actually made it into an update for the Torghast dungeon.

Whether or not devs will listen this time around remains to be seen, but having both games work together instead of competing for attention does seem like it could make both much more successful.

Call of Duty

Black Ops Cold War player hits first prestige without a single kill

Published: 19/Jan/2021 2:20

by Brad Norton

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An extremely patient Call of Duty player has just reached first prestige in Black Ops Cold War, without ever dealing damage to their opponents.

The name of the game with Call of Duty has always been simple. Kill your opponents before they kill you. It’s the core principle for which every other system in the franchise has been built around.

While a majority of players stick to fundamentals and play the game as intended, there’s always some that veer from the path. As gamers are sinking their teeth into Black Ops Cold War, many have reached new heights with the innovative prestige system. Though one player has taken their time in reaching the very first prestige.

They’re not worrying about their KD. They don’t care for weapon camos or powerful attachments. They’re never trying to top the leaderboards. All this player cares about is ending each match with zero kills to their name.

Black Ops Cold War combat record
Reddit: Pilgore1
This player reached first prestige in Black Ops Cold War without a single kill to their name.

It took a full 37 hours of game time for Reddit user ‘Pilgore1’ to accomplish their goal. Without ever killing another player, they reached the first prestige over the course of 200 games.

Their highest killstreak throughout this effort was a whopping zero. This player literally never acquired a single-elimination, not even accidentally. Instead, they spent their time focusing on other aspects of the game.

Playing the objective and “clearing the sky,” were the key factors that gained this player XP over time. It clearly took longer than the typical prestige, but they still managed to make it happen.

Surprisingly, their overall record was positive despite the lack of slaying power. 102 wins to 83 losses was the final tally. They even had a career-best winning streak of seven games in a row, according to the player.

They used “all three LMGs” with a heavy focus on “vehicle damage” attachments. Moreover, the Engineer perk came in handy as did Cold Blooded. When the skies were clear of enemy streaks and it came time to focus on the objective, however, they simply “[threw their] body on there.”

There’s no telling what drove them to play Call of Duty in such a unique way. Though they still managed to enjoy the process. “I just find doing it fun,” they explained. “I also have a lot, maybe too much, patience, so that helps.”