What is Cube World? Everything you need to know about 'the next Minecraft' - Dexerto
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What is Cube World? Everything you need to know about ‘the next Minecraft’

Published: 9/Sep/2019 10:10 Updated: 9/Sep/2019 10:45

by Connor Bennett

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After six years of development and being left in a paid Alpha, Cube World is finally launching to the public. Here’s what you need to know about the game that’s being labeled as the ‘new Minecraft.’

When it comes to picking up a video game, you could easily jump into something with a vast landscape and incredible story like Grand Theft Auto, or even test your FPS skills in either CS:GO or Call of Duty.

However, sometimes it’s just better to take a load off and relax with a game that doesn’t quite have an end goal, but will also leave you wondering where the hours went as you play. We’ve already seen that phenomenon with the mega-popular Minecraft, but there’s a new challenger to the throne – and it comes in the form of Cube World.

PicromaCube World has begun gaining popularity ahead of a full release.

What is Cube World?

Cube World is described by its developer Picroma as a “Voxel-Based Exploration RPG Back to top.” The voxel element of the title gives it a unique art style and similar layout to Minecraft, but with fewer square blocks.

Players take on the role of a character – either a warrior, rogue, ranger, or mage – and are dropped into a fresh world. These classes all involve their own armor, weapons, and abilities – meaning that your experience will change depending on which role you select. 

It is then up to you to decide what you want to do. You can go on quests and missions, defeat enemies in spawned castles and dungeons, or just even walk around a virtually infinite world.

PicoramaPlayers can explore vast, virtually infinite worlds in Cube World

Cube World gameplay

While the game has been in development since 2013, getting to witness in-game videos or screenshots has been sporadic, with the developer’s only releasing one update following its alpha release.

However, after revealing a number of things players can expect in future updates, including new food recipes, improved dungeons, and travel systems, Picroma dropped a 16-minute long gameplay video of a Mage character so you can take a look at what you might be getting into.

Is Cube World a multiplayer game?

According to it’s new Steam listing, the game comes in two forms. There’s single-player and online multiplayer co-op.

However, it has not yet been confirmed if – like Minecraft – players will be able to launch their own servers to play alongside friends, or if they’ll be dropped into a vast public lobby and experience wait times like World of Warcraft.

Where to download Cube World

While the game is surging in players following updates from its developer, they are early adopters who bought into the paid alpha back in 2013.

However, Picroma has revealed that the title will be launching on Steam “around the end of September/October 2019,” so you’ll be able to find it there. At the time of writing, there is no price for the game on its page, but it can be added to your Steam wishlist if you would like to do that.

So, there you have it, everything you need to know about the exciting and highly-anticipated Cube World from Picroma! 

We’ll continue to update this post as new information comes around, especially as excitement builds to that all-important release date finally being revealed!

World of Warcraft

Best class for each Covenant in WoW Shadowlands

Published: 3/Dec/2020 13:09

by Ava Thompson-Powell

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When you reach level 60 in WoW Shadowlands, you’ll be invited to pledge your allegiance to one of the four zones. With this pledge comes access to a whole slew of benefits. From mounts and armor, all the way through to special, unique abilities, the decision is not one to take lightly.

Of course, World of Warcraft is an RPG, and there’s fun in creating the character that fits your personal fantasy. When choosing a Covenant for the first time, try not to rely so much on a particular class’ meta. Go with something you’ll enjoy – something that speaks to you.

In Shadowlands, upon leveling one character to 60, future alts are given a boost. So, it’s easy to have different characters for each of the four available options. Any alts you’ve created to hit level 50 have the option to skip the main campaign.

From here, you’re able to enter them straight into a Covenant and proceed with the leveling process through the end-game content. But which ones work best, thematically?

Skills, skills for all

WoW's Soulshape ability, showing a Vulpin form
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The Night Fae signature skill turns you into a celestial animal.

One feature you’ll want to consider when picking a Covenant is the signature abilities. These are abilities that everybody receives, regardless of class. Each Covenant has two abilities that you’ll be utilizing for play. As you level through the campaign and move into each zone, you’ll have the chance to test these abilities. When coming to the choice of which Covenant to stand with, you’ll also have the option to test them out again on combat dummies.

We’ve detailed each Covenant’s signature abilities below:

Kyrian

  • Summon Steward: Call your steward to bring you a Phial of Serenity that can be consumed to restore 20% of your health and remove all Curse, Disease, Poison, and Bleed Effects. Your Steward additionally offers access to a selection of useful amenities for 4 min. Instant cast, 5 min cooldown.

Necrolord

  • Fleshcraft: Form a shield of flesh and bone over 4 sec that prevents damage equal to 20% of your maximum health. Channeling near a corpse claims their essence to grow the shield, up to 50% of your maximum health. This is most effective against powerful enemies.10 yd range, 4-sec channel, 2 min cooldown.

Nightfae

  • Soulshape: Turn into a Vulpin, teleporting 15 yds forward and increasing your movement speed by 50%. You may reactivate Soulshape every few sec to teleport again. Lasts 12-sec, or indefinitely while in a rest area. Instant cast, 1.5 min cooldown.

Venthyr

  • Door of Shadows: Wend through the shadows, appearing at the targeted location.35 yd range, 1.5-sec cast, 1 Charge, 1 min recharge

Class-specific skills really come into play with areas like Mythic+ dungeons and PvP, so it’s something you’ll need to carefully consider if you’re looking to go with the meta. If you’re a casual player, pick what sounds the most fun, or speaks to your character fantasy.

Onwards into the fray

Revendreth Door of Shadows teleporting skill showcase
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Venthyr’s Door of Shadows is a great class for a Warlock, Undead character, or Rogue.

People have their own opinions about what classes work with each Covenant, and for many, it comes down to stats and skills. Here, we’ve instead listed what we personally believe works best for each Covenant thematically, also considering that class’s particular ability.

Kyrian – Human Paladin

WoW Human Paladin in the customization screen
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The Human Paladin is a great choice for the Kyrian Covenant.

Reminiscent of Ancient Greek mythology with gigantic, winged beings and beautiful locales, these righteous crusaders are an ideal choice here.

The Tome of Divinity in WoW’s lore states that “in all things, Paladins must reflect the Light, which supplements our strength. To strive to be divine for one of our kind does not mean we strive for godhood–we strive to be good in all actions.” The lore gels incredibly well with the Kyrian ethos, which sees angelic, winged beings vow to protect and guide souls as they pass into the Shadowlands from their realm.

As protectors and guides, the Kyrian class ability for Paladins makes it a perfect choice, sending out replications of your own skills to other players and targets:

  • Divine Toll: Instantly cast Holy Shock, Avenger’s Shield, or Judgment on up to 5 targets within 30 yds (based on your current specialization).

Necrolord – Orc Warrior

Orc warrior in the WoW customization screen
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The heroic Orc is a sound choice for a Maldraxxus Covenant member.

The battle-hardened and often misunderstood Orcs of Orgrimmar (and Mag’har Orcs, too!) are fantastic choices for the Necrolord Covenant.

Maldraxxus’ Covenant consists of war-like heroes and villains that forge undead hordes to defend the Shadowlands against potential outside threats. An army of sorts, this warlike band is an ideal choice for the honorable Orcs. Valuing the art of battle, along with the pride, and honor that comes with it, pairing an Orc with a warrior when aligning with Necrolord will serve you well.

As glorious, battle-hardened heroes that relish the art of war, the class-specific skill is:

  • Conqueror’s Banner: Plant the Conqueror’s Banner in the ground, granting 20% maximum health and 10% critical strike chance to you and 2 allies within 15 yds of the banner for 20 sec. Rage and killing enemies grants you Glory. Glory increases your critical strike damage by 1% per stack, up to 30%, for 30 sec.

Night Fae – Night Elves

Night Elf Druid in the WoW character customization screen
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Thematically, and from a lore standpoint, Night Elves are a perfect coupling for Night Fae.

Night Elves are an obvious choice for the Night Fae of Ardenweald. Both are heavily rooted in nature, spirits, and the soul of the land.

The overseers of Ardenweald bring those that pass into the Shadowlands who have a deep rooting in the protection of the earth. The Night Fae oversee that passing over and eventual rebirth into the plane.

As a druid, this is a perfect fit alongside Night Elves. Druids and Night Elves’ connection to the Emerald Dream, along with their healing abilities and shapeshifting work hand in hand.

Depending on your specialization, the Druid ability skill sees the player connect and invoke the Night Fae:

  • Convoke the Spirits: Call upon the Night Fae for an eruption of energy, channeling a rapid flurry of 12 Druid spells and abilities over 4 sec.

Venthyr – Blood Elf Rogue

Blood Elf standing on the landing character creation screen in Shadowlands
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As Blood Elves, an obvious link towards Venthyr is apparent.

With Blood Elves’ prior addiction to arcane magics that were sated through drinking from the Sunwell, there’s an obvious connection to the beings of Venthyr. Tall, vampiric, and gothic, the creatures there sate themselves with red anima energy, drawing it out of those lost souls who live there as a form of penance.

The elven race of the Horde is often seen as stuck up, beautiful and a stark contrast to many of the other Horde races. Beings that roam around Revendreth have a similar air and grace to them, what with their carrying of parasols and hosting of elaborate, lavish parties.

The Rogue skill for Venthyr is also a no-brainer when pairing it up against the signature ability that allows the player to slip into the shadows and teleport away from their current location:

  • Flagellation: Lash the target 3 times, dealing (6% of Attack power) Shadow damage and adding a stack of Flagellation for each lash. The target remains tormented for 20 sec, receiving an additional lash for each combo point you spend. Reactivating Flagellation cleanses their torment, increasing your Haste by 0.5% per stack, up to a maximum of 15% Haste for 20 sec.

After all is said and done, it comes down to the personal preference of whether you’re looking to go with a character fantasy, or if you’re trying to focus on the current meta. These, though, are our recommendations in what works alongside one another.