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Everything leaving World of Warcraft ahead of Shadowlands release date

Published: 29/Jul/2020 8:46

by Isaac McIntyre

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The next World of Warcraft expansion, Shadowlands, is just over the horizon, and with it is going to come a big shakeup of the MMORPG’s status quo. That includes quests and rewards that will never be available again ⁠— so here’s everything leaving Blizzard’s title after the Shadowlands release date.

Sylvanas Windrunner has ripped open the wall between the living world of Azeroth, and the mysterious Shadowlands. Or at least, she’s going to ⁠— Blizzard has yet to actually lock in an official Shadowlands release date, for the time being.

That gives World of Warcraft players a bit of time to get their affairs in order before the huge ninth expansion finally arrives. There’s quests that will never be available again, mounts fans will need to tame, and rare Battle for Azeroth rewards that have been handed an ever-ticking timer ahead of the 2020 expansion switchover.

Sylvanas has torn open a hole to the Shadowlands after her defeat in Battle for Azeroth.
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Sylvanas has torn open a hole to the Shadowlands after her defeat in Battle for Azeroth.

At a bit of a loss at what to do first? Well, let us help. We’ve put together everything ⁠— quests, rewards, and gear — that will leave when Shadowlands launches, as well as pre-patch events & features that won’t survive the update.

Everything leaving by Shadowlands release date

Battle for Azeroth was a mega-sized World of Warcraft expansion, and added plenty to the long-running MMORPG. Many of its key quests, including those tied to raid boss N’Zoth the Corruptor, will be removed when BfA ends.

These include the Uncorrupted Voidwing, which is earned by defeating N’Zoth the Corruptor in the Ny’alotha the Walking City raid, then finishing the “Lost Flight” quest, and the legendary Heart of Azeroth necklace given to all players.

The Heart of Azeroth necklace won’t technically be leaving the game, but its powers will be significantly reduced; it will now only work in zones introduced in the seventh expansion. It will still retain all powers in these areas, however.

Essence preferences will also be removed by the Shadowlands release date. If you’re trying to get your hands on the “Azeroth’s Champion” title, make sure you get your Essences up to Rank 4 before the end of the year, because that’s a key step.

World of Warcraft fans won't be able to rely on The Heart of Azeroth next expansion.
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World of Warcraft fans won’t be able to rely on The Heart of Azeroth next expansion.

Everything leaving in Shadowlands pre-patch

There is plenty headed out the door when the Shadowlands release date finally arrives, but there’s a few things set to change even earlier than that too. Achievements, mounts, quests, and more will also leave during the pre-patch.

The World of Warcraft story is headed for the underworld, and away from the evil corruption of the Old Gods. That means their powers will lessen immensely.

Corruption-tainted items will “shed away their dark power,” Blizzard confirmed in a recent dev blog. Corruption resistances on Essences, and on every players’ legendary clock, will also be removed in the 9.00 pre-patch.

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N’Zoth’s corruption has been lifted in World of Warcraft.

The current player-vs-player season will also end with the pre-patch. All players who finish in the top 0.1% of the 3v3 arena ladder at season-end will be rewarded with the rare Corrupted Gladiator title, Corrupted Gladiator’s Tabard, and the Corrupted Gladiator mount.

Finally, a number of mount rewards and possible achievements will also be unavailable once Shadowlands pre-patch 9.00 begins in November or December. There’s the full list:

Mounts

  • Awakened Mindborer mount (earned by completing all Battle for Azeroth Season Four dungeons at Mythic Level 15 or higher).
  • Mighty Caravan Brutosaur mount (currently available for purchase from shopkeepers Talutu or Tricky Nick).
The Mighty Caravan Brutosaur mount can currently be bought for 5 million in-game gold.
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The Mighty Caravan Brutosaur mount is set to go extinct after the Shadowlands release date. Sad.

Achievements

  • ‘Mad World’ achievement (earned for completing all Horrific Visions of Stormwind and Orgrimmar objectives in a single visit, alone).
  • ‘Ahead of the Curve’ achievement (earned for defeating N’Zoth the Corruptor on Heroic difficulty).
  • ‘Cutting Edge’ achievement (earned for defeating N’Zoth the Corruptor on Mythic difficulty).
  • ‘Hertz Locker’ achievement (earned for defeating all bosses in Operation: Mechagon without any player dying on Mythic difficulty).
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The “Hertz Locker” achievement is one of four to be leaving World of Warcraft at the end of BfA.

There will also be a few difficulty changes to older reward drops in Shadowlands. The main mounts affected by this are the Glacial Tidestorm and Ny’alotha Allseer. Both will decrease in regular drop-rate from two to one.

So, there you have it ⁠— all the quests, mounts, achievements, and mechanics that are set to leave World of Warcraft ahead of the Shadowlands release date. The expansion itself should be released in November or December.

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Top 5 best class and race combos in WoW Shadowlands

Published: 25/Nov/2020 10:03 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 14:33

by Ava Thompson-Powell

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WoW Shadowlands is lifting back the veil of the known world of Azeroth and giving players the chance to experience what lies beyond. With a new expansion comes players wanting to try out new characters. But what combinations of race and class work best? 

Choosing a class and a race to play, whether it’s your main toon or an alt can be an important choice in the MMORPG: making sure the character clicks with you and fits in with your personal fantasy.

While each race’s racial abilities can slightly improve your overall experience of the game, it’s not enough to necessarily push players into one race over the other. Often, it can come down to lore reasons and what looks coolest together.

Here, we’ve detailed our top five favorite class/race combinations for you to try out in the future in World of Warcraft.

Blood Elf Rogue

Blood Elf Rogue in Zandalar, crouching while in stealth
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Blood Elf females have objectively the best rogue animations.

Rogues are a great class to utilize in a PvE environment. With skills like Shadowstep, Stealth and Vanish allowing you to quickly hide from foes, or appear in a flash behind them, Rogues are fun to play. Blood Elves have a racial ability called ‘Arcane Torrent’ that when activated as a Rogue, restores 15 energy (the rogue equivalent of mana) to the player. This can be incredibly useful in a pinch and is a great addition to any Rogue’s toolkit in a PvE environment.

A 1% boost to critical chance through Arcane Acuity’s racial is also handy, Blood Elf female-presenting characters also have arguably the coolest stealth animations in-game, particularly the crouch, which puts the character into a stalking-like, ready to pounce animation.

Worgen Druid

Worgen Druid female and their cat and bear forms
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Worgen Druids are a fantastic choice, visually.

With Worgens already being a ‘shapeshifter’ to a degree, extending this further by playing a Druid is a great option. With grizzled bear and cat forms, the Werewolf theme is extended into both of these. Druids also have Travel forms, which differ depending upon what your traveling across, as well as a Flight Form to escape from danger in a pinch.

Worgen characters have the Running Wild racial which activates their ‘true form’, putting them on all fours and allowing them to zip across the map with a movement speed increase of 200%.

They also fit within lore, if that’s something you’re looking for, too. In Silverpine Forest, the Gilneas Liberation Front disguised themselves in their Bear Form to confuse the enemy. Following the bears being slain, they would leave behind a Worgen form. With their curse originating in the dream, too, it can be safe to say that Worgen are likely to have an affinity towards the class.

Pandaren Shaman

Pandaren Shaman with Totems in Zandalar
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Shamans’ totems are visually fantastic, too.

With a deep respect for their ancestors, Pandaren are a great choice for Shamans. Respecting and harnessing the elements and utilizing them to further their goal works wonderfully well. It’s a big part of the Shamanistic beliefs and is a great fit. The race has strong symbolic associations to it, too.

Pandaren Shamans casting animations are awesome. When casting their basic abilities like Lightning Bolt, wind flurries around the character’s hair swirling the magic with their hands as they cast. It looks absolutely fantastic.

Their totems are also great looking, too. Featuring a paw print on the center barrel and a thick red rope, these totems are some of the coolest looking in the game.

Night Elf Demon Hunter

Demon Hunter Night Elf in The Shattered Abyss
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Demon Hunters Night Elves look fantastic, especially alongside the new customization and hair options introduced with Shadowlands.

One of the least played classes in World of Warcraft, Night Elf Demon Hunters look incredible. Shadowlands’ extra customization options for races (including the Overwatch-inspired Sombra hair shown above) fits fantastically well with the Demon Hunter aesthetic.

Blood Elves, in comparison, often look too small and can be swamped against the giant Warglaive sizing – something that is mitigated slightly with a Nelf. They look powerful, agile and have fantastic animations compared to the Belf counterpart. Night Elves’ Silver trim armor looks great against the silver-based jewelry available for the race, too.

A bonus is their racial ability. Shadowmeld gives you the ability to “dodge” spells that don’t have an instant cast and are targeted to players, which can also come in very handy in a PvP situation. You can slip into the shadows with it, too, lasting until it’s canceled, or until movement begins.

Undead Mage

An Undead Mage in WoW casting a spell in Zandalar
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Undead mages are an obvious choice for caster classes.

Undead mages are the coolest classes to utilize in WoW. With the optional bone option for character customization, and an emphasis on grungy/rock-based hairstyles, Undead character looks fantastic. Their animations for casting are second to none, and they work fantastically well for the Venthyr or Necrolord Covenants in Shadowlands.

With great mana-restoring racials such as ‘Cannibalize’, and ‘Touch of The Grave’ giving a chance to drain the target and deal shadow damage, also healing you. It also provides indefinite underwater breathing, and with a mage’s sometimes long casting times, this can come at your aid in a pinch.

So, there you have it. Our top five recommendations for fantastic class and race combinations in World of Warcraft.