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Blizzard announces when Ahn’Qiraj will open in WoW Classic

Published: 29/Jun/2020 22:39

by Bill Cooney

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Blizzard has officially announced the start date for the new dungeons in WoW Classic, which will take players deep in the desert of Silithus to Ahn’Qiraj.

Ahn’Qiraj, or AQ as it’s more commonly known, originally came out in January 2006, and actually contains two different dungeon areas; the 20-person Ruins, and the full, 40-person Temple, both of which will be unlocked after players open the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj on their server.

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To unlock the Gates of AQ and open up both areas, there will be a server-wide world event that will begin on July 28 and go through three different phases. Every player can (and should!) participate in gathering war supplies whether they’re on the Alliance or Horde, and there are also Epic and Hardcore quest chains for the top guilds on the server to complete in order to open the gates.

Alliance players will need to turn in supplies to the Military Ward in Ironforge, while Horde players will need to take theirs to The Valley of Spirits in Ogrimmar. The full total of what each faction, on each server needs to collect to advance is as follows:

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Finally, once both of those are done and Alliance/Horde war supplies are transferred down to Silithus (which usually takes about 5 days), there will be a large, 10-hour battle starting as the gates open. Players will have to defeat powerful enemies and bosses before guilds and groups can start running the 20 and 40-person raids.

Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj (AKA AQ20) is the 20-person raid, and it uses a similar loot system to Zul’Gurub, in the form of tokens dropped from bosses and mobs that can be used to complete quests for item rewards. Like ZG, the quests and items from Ruins are class-specific.

For AQ Temple (AKA AQ40), it is highly recommended you come equipped with gear that can resist nature damage if you want to make a clean run. The first few bosses are on par with the hardest in Molten Core, while the second half is tougher than anything Classic players have faced so far, minus World Bosses.

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The Gates of Ahn’Qiraj is often referenced as one of the best world events to happen in WoW.

There is a ton of good loot to find as you descend into the instance and work your way towards the final battle with C’Thun. AQ40 is one of the first raids where Blizzard actually gave items the correct stats for the classes that would be using them. For example, useless modifiers like strength or defense won’t be found on healing items from the instance; instead, items will actually be tailored for use by specific classes.

The Ahn’Qiraj world event and instances are fondly remembered by players who were around when it first came out on January 3, 2006. Back then, the first server to open the Gates was Medivh, on January 23, 2006, so it will be interesting to see if over a decade of experience will have it open sooner – and which realm will take the bragging rights this time around.

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Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.