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Blizzard stalls WoW World First after Complexity discovers N’Zoth glitch

Published: 3/Feb/2020 6:57 Updated: 3/Feb/2020 7:01

by Isaac McIntyre

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World of Warcraft players across North America were forced to reset progress with Ny’alotha’s final boss, N’Zoth, during the ongoing Race for World’s First, after the Complexity Limit guild discovered a glitch in the final challenge.

The race to become the first guild to slay N’Zoth the Corruptor, and complete the fifth Battle for Azeroth raid is coming to a head after six days of grinding for the most dedicated World of Warcraft warbands across the world.

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Any North American groups battling deep into the evening may have suffered a major hiccup in the last few hours, after leading guild Limit accidentally glitched the final boss room, and forced Blizzard to reset the entire server to fix the issue.

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Limit, Method, and other WoW guilds have been preparing for the Ny’alotha raid for a while, but no one could prepare for this glitch.

Complexity Limit has had a steady lead in the World First race over the past week, with usual contenders Method close behind as they battled towards the Chamber of Heart, where the Ny’alotha raid can finally be completed.

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Once there, however, Limit realized just how difficult N’Zoth was going to be, and set about trying to figure out “limit testing” options for how to defeat the Corruptor.

The guild reached the secret phase of the Mythic fight just fine. As per usual, they killed a Faceless One add near the end of the challenge, and return to the boss room. Once there, they decided to pull off a different strategy—ignore the portal, and just gun for N’Zoth’s massive health bar while he had no Psychic Shell.

While everything seemed to be going okay to start with, and the guild slicing his health down from 70% to under 25%, things soon went a little wrong. Limit cleared the rest of the Thought Harvesters, and quickly killed the Voidspawn Annihilator.

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Once they defeated that major boss, they returned to N’Zoth’s room, only to discover the menacing last enemy had disappeared.

According to Limit, Blizzard had been forced to despawn N’Zoth—not just for their instance, but for the entire North American server—because they had “tainted” their World’s First, and would have been banned if they had killed the final boss.

While it was probably pretty amusing for most of the Complexity squad, who just went back to their grind, Limit officer and dedicated mage Preheat made sure to jump on Twitter and apologize to anyone else who had been affected by the reset.

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“I’d love to see the face of whoever just pulled the N’Zoth plug for all of NA,” Preheat said on February 2. “On behalf of Limit, I’d like to apologize to everyone on NA servers who was having a good pull on N’Zoth just now. Our bad!”

Luckily, the server changes seemed only temporary, as everyone could jump back into their next pull and keep trying for the Ny’alotha crown.

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Limit were the first to arrive at the final challenges again too, and discovered what Blizzard had changed: when they battled the Eternal Torment, who hadn’t given them too much trouble, they realized it was now dealing mega-damage.

While the server reset may have ruined some team’s runs, it’s probably better this way—if Complexity had finished the final 25% of N’Zoth’s health and ‘completed’ the raid with their bug, Blizzard likely would have stripped the title and banned them.

For now, the crown still remains to be claimed. With Method still very much in the hunt, and Limit testing the very edges of the fight, it seems like it could come down to one of the two massive World of Warcraft guilds for the title belt.

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Everything you need to know about WoW covenants for Shadowlands pre-patch

Published: 13/Oct/2020 7:47 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 7:51

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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The World of Warcraft Shadowlands pre-patch is happening any day now, and that means the new covenants are one step closer. Here’s everything you’ll need to know about them.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands was supposed to release later this month. Unfortunately, it has been delayed until later this year, but we still have something to look forward to in the meantime, including covenants.

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The pre-patch is happening later today, and Blizzard has revealed even more details on the covenants included in Shadowlands. We’ve already covered the basics, but now we know more about what rewards you can expect from them.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands – Kyrian Covenant

Cosmetic and Armor Rewards

The Kyrian Covenant will reward you with cosmetics, including back attachments that look a lot like Kyrian Wings.

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You’ll also have access to nifty armour sets for each armour type.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

Power of the Kyrian

Joining the Kyrian Covenant will give you access to a summonable personal steward. 

Not only can they fight, but they can also which can bring you a Phial of Serenity to restore some health and remove all effects. 

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You can choose from Pico, Farra, and Bumos, who all have a unique look and personality. 

Kyrian Covenant Soulbinds

You’ll also be able to soulbind with one of several characters in the covenant, granting you some excellent traits and bonuses. 

Pelagos will give you Bond of Friendship and Combat Meditation, which will reduce cooldowns on the steward and temporarily increase your mastery.

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Kleia will give you Ascendant Phial and Valiant strikes, which will make you immune to adverse effects and add Valiant Strikes stacks to you and your allies when you land critical strikes.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

Forgelite Prime Mikanikos will give you Charged Additive and Bron’s Call to Action, which will knock nearby enemies away and have a chance to summon Bron himself after you’ve used lots of spells.

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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands – Necrolord Covenant

Cosmetic and Armor Rewards

The Necrolord Covenant will reward you with a unique pet, mount, and back attachments.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

It will also let you wear Necrolord-themed armour for each armour type.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

Might of the Necrolords

Joining the Necrolord Covenant will let you use the Fleshcraft ability, which allows you to prevent damage equal to a portion of your maximum health.

What’s more, the closer you stand to a corpse when casting the ability, the more effective it will be.

Necrolord Covenant Soulbinds

Like the other covenants, you’ll be able to soulbind with one of several characters in the covenant.

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Plague Deviser Marileth will give you Travel with Bloop and Ultimate Form, which will let you increase your movement speed after standing still and makes you immune to crowd-control.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

Emeni the Slaughter Daughter will give you Emeni’s Magnificent Skin and Runescribed Bone, which will let you gain stacks what will increase your maximum health when using the Necrolord class ability, and reduce magic damage intake every time you kill an enemy.

Bonesmith Heirmir will give you Resourceful Fleshcrafting and Forgeborne Reveries, which will reduce Fleshcraft’s cooldown and make your armour live on and fight for a short while after you die.

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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands – Night Fae Covenant

Cosmetic and Armor Rewards

The Night Fae Covenant will let access some cool cosmetics and back attachments.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

It will also let you wear some unique armour sets for each armour type.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

Power of the Night Fae

Joining the Night Fae covenant will let you use Soulshape, which will turn you into a Vulpin and increase your movement speed and teleport a short distance. It will also allow you to unlock new Soulshape forms.

Night Fae Covenant Soulbinds

Like the other covenants, you’ll be able to soulbind with one of several characters in the covenant.

Niya will give you  Sylvari Mantle and Grove Invigoration, which makes Soulshape conceal you when it runs out and temporarily increases your mastery when using a Night Fae class ability or spell.

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Dreamweaver will give you Field of Blossoms and Podtender, which increases the movement speed of nearby allies when Soulshape ends and prevent you from dying by healing you with a targetable wild seed pod for several seconds. But if an enemy kills it, you will die.

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Korayn will give you Wild Hunt’s Charge and Final Moments. The former makes your Soulshape teleport turn into a charge with a stun, and the latter increases your healing and damage output to targets at a critical level. The effect also temporarily increases when an ally dies.

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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands – Venthyr Covenant

Cosmetic and Armor Rewards

The Venthyr Covenant will give you access to a unique pet, mount, and back attachments.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

It will also let you wear some Venthyr-themed armour sets.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

Sharing In The Wealth

Joining the Venthyr Covenant will let you use Door of Shadows, which allows you to “wend” through the shadows and teleport to a targeted location.

Venthyr Covenant Soulbinds

Nadjia the Mistbladewill give you Agent of Chaos and Thrill Seeker. The former makes Door of Shadows temporarily disorientate all nearby enemies at your target location. The latter makes you gain stacks when in combat that can be consumed to increase movement speed.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

General Draven will give you Enduring Gloom and Call to Action. The former makes Door of Shadows give you a shield that absorbs 15% of your maximum health for eight seconds. The latter makes Venthyr abilities and spells temporarily improve versatility on yourself and allies.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

Theotar the Mad Duke will give you Watch the Shoes! and Soothing Shade, which makes Door of Shadows free you from roots and snares and gives your spells and abilities a chance to summon Tubbins and Gubbins for a little while.

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That’s everything you’ll need to know about the covenants ahead of the World of Warcraft Shadowlands pre-patch. But if you want to dive a little deeper, you can check out all the details here.