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Blizzard announce release date for new WoW Classic raid and world event

Published: 10/Jan/2020 12:53 Updated: 10/Jan/2020 13:41

by Joe O'Brien

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Blizzard have announced the next major content release for WoW Classic, with Blackwing Lair, the Darkmoon Faire, and more on its way.

Original pre-expansion World of Warcraft – commonly referred to as ‘vanilla’ WoW – didn’t remain in a single state throughout its lifespan. Like every expansion since, the game received a variety of updates as the game progressed, introducing new content and features, as well as advancing the story in the world.

In order to preserve the feel of the original game, Blizzard are taking a similar approach with WoW Classic. The game launched in roughly the same state as vanilla WoW was following its own release, and they’ll be rolling out extra content in various stages, following more or less the same order as the original so as to preserve the intended progression.

Blizzard EntertainmentWoW Classic players will soon be facing Nefarian in Blackwing Lair.

The game has recently entered Phase 3 of that plan, with the first Battlegrounds – Warsong Gulch and Alterac Valley – having been released in December. On the PvE side of things, Phase 3 also promised the release of the Blackwing Lair raid, as well as the arrival of the Darkmoon Faire, and Blizzard have now announced when these can be expected.

The Blackwing Lair attunement quest, which players will have to complete in order to enter the raid, will arrive on January 10. The raid itself is set to be released on February 12, going live simultaneously for all realms at 3 PM PST / 6 PM EST / 11 PM GMT.

This represents a break from tradition for Blizzard, who in the retail game have always unlocked new raids at different times for North America, Europe, and Asia. This has long been a point of contention for those who participate in or follow the race for the world first completion in a new raid, but for Blackwing Lair it seems everyone will start on a level footing. Whether Blizzard might consider making the same change for retail in the future remains to be seen.

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The other big news is the arrival of the Darkmoon Faire, which is a world event offering games, loot, and more – including the much sought-after Darkmoon Decks. The Faire will set up in Mulgore and Elwyn Forest, with the festivities opening on February 10.

Meanwhile, Blizzard have also introduced level 50 class quests, which offer a choice of powerful rare items when completed, while various faction vendors will now offer the reputation rewards that were introduced in vanilla WoW’s patches 1.6 and 1.7. Duke Hydraxis will also now offer Eternal Quintessence to players who have completed “Hands of the Enemy” and reached Revered status with Hydraxian Waterlords.

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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!