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Asmongold warns WoW Classic’s Burning Crusade update may “alienate” fans

Published: 31/Mar/2020 7:23 Updated: 31/Mar/2020 11:23

by Isaac McIntyre

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Asmongold has warned Blizzard their move to upgrade World of Warcraft Classic to The Burning Crusade expansion may “alienate” dedicated fans, and suggested they be “very careful” about how they approach the release.

The re-release of World of Warcraft Classic in May last year was one of the biggest gaming drops in modern memory. On launch day, the servers hit their cap. 1.1 million more fans sat watching on Twitch as players battled log-in issues.

While main-franchise expansion Shadowlands is expected any day now ⁠— Asmongold even admitted he’d end his Twitch hiatus early if the alpha goes live ⁠— it looks like Blizzard hasn’t forgotten their Classic fan base either.

The first sniff the game’s original expansion The Burning Crusade could be on its way came in the form of small email surveys sent to WoW Classic players. It looks like Blizzard are set to reveal how they’ll manage Classic’s next era.

The developers have to be “very careful” with how they approach this follow-up nostalgic release though, Asmongold warned. Make one mistake in regards to the new launch, and they may “lose Classic fans forever.”

A survey sent out by Blizzard has tipped off WoW players that The Burning Crusade re-release is on the horizon.
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A survey sent out by Blizzard has tipped off WoW players that The Burning Crusade re-release is on the horizon.

Asmongold dismisses Blizzard’s survey-teased plans

“Ever since the release of WoW Classic, and how well it did ⁠— I think Blizzard even said it more than doubled their subscriber numbers ⁠— it comes as no surprise to me that they’re going to want to continue that success,” Asmongold said.

“Giving fans the opportunity to play the expansion again, and go through the Dark Portal for the first time is great… I myself can’t f**king wait. It’s like going from Dark Souls 1 to 3, it’s an improvement. They [Blizzard] have to be careful though.

“The first option Blizzard gave out [in the surveys] was to upgrade all the Classic servers into Burning Crusade servers. Do not do this. There’s a reason people are playing Classic, moving them on from that will alienate them all.

Asmon added this would be a “big mistake,” as would Blizzard’s second choice: a full reset. A level reset would be “the most authentic,” he admitted, but disagreed it was the way forward. He dismissed the survey’s third and fourth options too.

World of Warcraft players could be returning to original battle against the Burning Legion for the first time since 2007.
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World of Warcraft players could be returning to original battle against the Burning Legion for the first time since 2007.

How should Blizzard approach The Burning Crusade re-release?

According to the Twitch streamer, the best way forward for The Burning Crusade re-release would be to “make a 2.0 server” that everyone can transfer over to with their level 60 ‘toon.’ The kicker? They bring none of their gold or items.

“Have everyone transfer over to that server with no gold and no items, and then in two months, have the dark portal open, and have The Burning Crusade officially begin. That’s what I want to see Blizzard do with this release,” Asmongold said.

For players moving to the Crusade servers, they will have something to work towards, and a time period to do it ⁠— the two-month gap before the link between Azeroth and Draenor warps open. They won’t, however, be left with nothing.

The streamer added Blizzard can’t expect to please everyone. Citing his experience across “every expansion since vanilla World of Warcraft,” Asmongold stated the game “loses players in translation. That’s just what happens, it’s unavoidable.”

Therefore, he continued, they should focus on “making sure it’s the best experience for the players that remain.” Basically, Blizzard should aim for quality over quantity when they return WoW’s faithful to the war against the Burning Legion.

When will ‘Classic’ The Burning Crusade be released?

At the moment, nothing official has been released from the World of Warcraft creators apart from the player survey. It stands to reason though, if they’re asking their player base about how to release the expansion, it’s close.

The main-franchise expansion Shadowlands will have its beta drop very soon, ahead of a late 2020 release. Blizzard wouldn’t want to have their two big WoW expansions ⁠— both classic & modern ⁠— compete against each other.

That means we can either expect to see Burning Crusade explode onto the scene quite soon ⁠— just like its story, ironically ⁠— or potentially drop in early 2021. For WoW diehards eager to jump back into the expansion, let’s hope it’s soon. 

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WoW cosplayer’s impressive Sylvanas gets Blizzard’s seal of approval

Published: 27/Nov/2020 17:58

by Lauren Bergin

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One of the most iconic characters of the World of Warcraft franchise is Sylvanas Windrunner, the main antagonist of WoW Shadowlands. A cosplay by Cinderys injects some new life into the Banshee Queen.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands has become the biggest event in this year’s Warcraft calendar. Breaking Blizzard’s pre-sale records for the franchise’s expansion packs, it’s safe to say that fans and onlookers alike are excited about this newest chapter in the Warcraft story.

The events of Shadowlands take place after the Battle for Azaroth, and see players travel deep into the Shadowlands to thwart their undead nemesis; fan-favorite archer turned Banshee Queen Sylvanas Windrunner. The Shadowlands themselves have come to represent the game’s equivalent of the afterlife, and while intriguing, are clearly home to a plethora of new, dangerous enemies.

However, Parisian cosplayer Cinderys (Sonia Grillet) has helped to blur the veil between the real world and the WoW universe by creating a stunning cosplay rendition of the Shadowlands antagonist.

Becoming the Banshee Queen

At first glance, Cinderys could easily be Sylvanas – or at least an illustration of her. Framed against the murky background of the Shadowlands, Cinderys is adorned in corrupted high eleven armor sporting Sylvanas’ masterfully crafted longbow. Ash blond hair cascades down her shoulders, providing some welcome respite to the dark, shadowy surroundings. However, getting to this point clearly wasn’t easy.

In a series of WIP photos, Cinderys shows the step by step process that led to the creation of the iconic Dark Lady, with one image showing the incomplete bust piece that lies at the center of Sylvanas’ armor.

A second photograph shows some of the behind the scenes work that went into the iconic longbow. With the finalized product sitting next to a blueprint of how to build it, it’s proof of just how much work has gone into the creation of the famous weapon.

With 3,000 likes on the image alone, Cinderys cosplay certainly attracted attention. The cosplay queen shared a post on Twitter showing the Blizzard liked the Tweet of Cinderys as Sylvanas. Cinderys’ excitement is infectious; seeing Blizzard respond to her cosplays caused a wave of appreciative fan comments and support.

Blizzard pick up Cinderys as their official WoW cosplayer

That’s not the only thing though. Upon Shadowlands’ release Blizzard allowed Cinderys to literally become the undead archer by making her the expansion’s official Sylvanas cosplayer. Featured alongside HartiganCosplay, Cinderys literally has become Sylvanas.

It’s amazing to see the transition that Cinderys has made in such a short space of time. From being an amazing instagram cosplayer to now being a part of Blizzard’s official marketing campaign for Shadowlands, she’s an inspiration to cosplayers everywhere. Push hard enough, and maybe one day you’ll also get to be a terrifying banshee too!