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How to install addons for WoW Classic

Published: 28/Aug/2019 10:44 Updated: 28/Aug/2019 11:26

by Joe O'Brien

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As tens of thousands of players jump into World of Warcraft Classic, one of the first priorities for many players will be to customize the game to their liking with addons.

Addons have always been a part of WoW, becoming increasingly common over the years since the game’s release, and allow players to do everything from customizing their UI and calculating their DPS to using complicated systems for maximizing their trading efficiency on the auction house.

While long-time World of Warcraft players will undoubtedly be familiar with the process of installing addons, for those who are trying out WoW for the first time with Classic, or are returning to the game after an extended absence, it might not be so obvious.

Here’s everything you need to know about how to install addons for WoW Classic.

Blizzard EntertainmentWoW Classic has been immensely popular following its August 26 launch.

Using the Twitch app

Twitch might primarily be a broadcasting platform, but it does offer some other services thanks to the company’s acquisition of Curse, and for World of Warcraft players that means having access to a one-stop shop for all your addon needs.

Gone are the days of having to find add-ons and mess around with folders yourself. In modern World of Warcraft, players can simply use the Twitch app to install and manage add-ons, and this is a convenience that extends to Classic.

To get add-ons through Twitch, you’ll first need to install the Twitch client if you haven’t already, which can be done via the Twitch website.

Once you have the app installed, you’ll need to navigate to the mods tab and select World of Warcraft, which will let you search for specific addons, as well as browsing the most popular or newest releases.

To access addons for WoW Classic, you’ll need to select the Classic folder from the drop-down menu on the top right-hand side, which by default will be set to the “retail” version of the game.

Step-by-step for installing addons through Twitch:

  1. Install the Twitch app
  2. Open the Mods tab and select World of Warcraft
  3. Select your Classic folder from the drop-down menu
  4. Browse or search for the addons you want and click install

Make sure you select the right folder to get add-ons for WoW Classic.

Doing it the old-fashioned way

If you really want the full Classic experience, or for whatever reason want to install an addon that you can’t find on Twitch, it’s still possible to install them manually.

After downloading the addon in the form of a ZIP file from a site like WoWInterface or WillitClassic, the file must be extracted and placed in your addons folder for Classic WoW.

Find where your World of Warcraft is installed – by default in Program Files, but if you can’t find it you can navigate to it directly through Battle.net via  “Show in Explorer” in the Options drop-down in the World of Warcraft tab – and select the _classic_ folder, then Interface, then AddOns. This is where you need to place the files for the addons you want.

Step-by-step for installing addons manually:

  1. Download the addon you want from a host site
  2. Extract the files and place them in your WoW Classic AddOns folder: World of Warcraft>_classic_>Interface>AddOns

Blizzard EntertainmentAddons are a must for most raiders to help keep track of crucial information.

Using addons in-game

Once you’ve got addons installed, you’ll see an “AddOns” button appear in the lower left-hand corner of the character select screen when you log in. This will open a menu that allows you to enable or disable your addons and, in some cases, their constituent parts.

Add-on settings can also be found in the settings menu while you’re in the game itself, although some changes might require you to re-log in to take effect. Some addons also come with their own menus and settings.

Sometimes you might find your addons become out of date and no longer function correctly, or at all. Assuming the creator is keeping them updated, you can easily download any available updates through the Twitch app if you’re using it, or if you’re not you may need to install a more up-to-date version manually.

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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!