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Fans interrupt BlizzCon 2019 WoW Q&A with Hong Kong protest

Published: 2/Nov/2019 22:52 Updated: 3/Nov/2019 4:06

by Michael Gwilliam

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Some fans disrupted a World of Warcraft Shadowlands question and answer panel at BlizzCon 2019 to voice their support of Hong Kong.

After appearing to have his question answered by the game’s developers, the BlizzCon attendee proceede to say, “Free Hong Kong, the revolution of our times”. 

The phrase has been used by Hong Kong protesters and, most notably, by Hearthstone pro Wai Chung ‘blitzchung’ Ng. Blitzchung received international media attention after he was suspended for one year for wearing a gas mask and saying the phrase on-stream.

Immediately after the fan’s remarks at Blizzcon, before the very next person could even ask their question, another young fan, identified as Matan Evenoff, started chanting “Free Hong Kong” and marched towards the camera.

Matan Evenoff notably tricked the NBA into showing his pro-Hong Kong message on camera at basketball game in October. 

In a surprise twist, the host proceeded to let the young fan have the microphone and skipped over the fan who was trying to get a word in. “You have a question, mate?” the host asked the child. 

“Yeah, free Hong Kong,” he said while the cameras remained locked on the developers.

Blizzard was met with a heavy backlash for deciding to suspend Bliztchung after saying the divisive phrase of “Liberate Hong Kong”. They later ended up reducing the suspension to six months and awarding him his prize money. 

Blitzchung wore a gas mask during his post-game interview in support of the Hong Kong protesters.

To begin BlizzCon 2019, Blizzard President J. Allen Brack addressed the scandal and explained that the company “moved too quickly” with their punishments for the player. 

Despite Blizzard trying to right the scandal, many, still see Blizzard’s initial reaction as them siding with communist China instead of the people of Hong Kong.

Protesters have also been handing out pro-Hong Kong pamphlets outside of the entrance to BlizzCon detailing information about why the protests are happening and Blizzard’s perceived censorship. 

Deciding not to show the youngster who interrupted the panel is nothing new. In live sports, for instance, the camera will cut away if a fan runs onto the field. This is done to discourage copycats and to avoid giving streakers a platform. 

Still, letting the kid have the microphone to voice his support of Hong Kong was an interesting touch. It’s unclear if Blizzard employees were trained to act in this manner in the event of pro-Hong Kong demonstrations at the event.

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WoW Classic Naxxramas raid and Phase 6 patch start dates revealed

Published: 3/Dec/2020 16:40 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 16:41

by Bill Cooney

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Blizzard has officially announced when WoW Classic Phase 6 will launch, bringing with it the Scourge Invasion and the highly-anticipated Naxxramas raid.

The news that Naxx is coming is not new to anyone who plays WoW Classic. But, a start date before the new year is big news indeed for players still running their way through Ahn-Qiraj.

Dexerto actually reported on a leak that claimed Phase 6 was coming our way in “early December,” and when Blizzard confirmed the Phase 6 prepatch dropping on December 1, this was spot on.

The citadel of Naxxramas won’t be open for raiding until Dec. 3 at 5pm EST following the “Scourge Invasion” world event. This sees various undead mobs invading high-level zones like Searing Gorge and Eastern Plaguelands.

Naxxramus is back!

Arguably the hardest raid ever released, Naxx marks the end of an incredibly fantastic journey in WoW Classic’s planned current content. Also reintroducing the first legendary weapon for caster classes, we’ll see Atiesh, Greatstaff of The Guardian back once more.

An extremely powerful item in WoW, Classic is set to be buzzing with excitement as players work towards this insane legendary.

WoW Classic Naxxramas start date

“The Naxxramaas raid and Scourge Invasion content will unlock at the same time for all realms in the world on December 3,” devs wrote on the official Blizzard forums. “With the content unlock, players can become attuned to Naxxramas by fulfilling Archmage Angela Dosantos’s requirements in Light’s Hope Chapel.”

That’s right, in order to get into the Naxxramas raid you’ll have to get attuned, again! The quest Angela gives you is pretty simple, and you can get all the Argent Dawn rep you need during the Scourge Invasion by clearing out mobs with your friends.

If you haven’t had much of a chance to run Stratholme or Scholomance to grind out rep, don’t worry. There will be plenty of people grouping up for runs to get attuned as quickly as possible to get into the raid.

WoW Classic Naxxramas Patch Notes
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Kel’Thuzad was the final boss in the original Naxxramas.

The raid itself is absolutely huge, featuring 15 bosses that are spread out over four zones.

  • Anub’Rekhan
  • Heigan the Unclean
  • Gluth
  • Gothik the Harvester
  • Grand Widow Faerlina
  • Grobbulus
  • Instructor Razuvious
  • Kel’Thuzad
  • Loatheb
  • Maexxna
  • Noth the Plaguebringer
  • Patchwerk
  • The Four Horseman
  • Thaddius
  • Sapphiron

Additional content

Alongside the fantastic raid and the insane amount of fighting to be done inside, there’s also a vast array of content arriving to keep players busy in other aspects of the update. We’ve detailed the important ones here

  • Players who become exalted with Warsong Gulch can now receive an epic-quality leg-piece.
  • Cenarion Circle reputation can be used to craft equipment with nature resist.
  • Zul’Gurub can now drop nature resits enchants for leg and headgear.
  • Players can obtain new skill books for new skill ranks. This includes Frost Ward, Shadow Ward, Flame Shock, Conjure Food, Eviscerate, and Ferocious Bite.
  • Silithus and Eastern Plaguelands will now have PvP objectives.
  • Players can acquire an epic ring with nature resistance from a quest to kill an Elemental Lord in Cenarion Hold.
  • Players can use trade-in components and earn gear using Argent Dawn Tokens at Light’s Hope Chapel.

The return of Naxxramas marks the beginning of the end of the WoW Classic run, with the Burning Crusade next up on the list. It’s been an absolute blast up until now. With even more bosses and loot than AQ, players will be plenty busy for a long time getting everything they want out of Phase 6.