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How to play World of Warcraft Shadowlands beta: release date, more

Published: 10/Jul/2020 4:40

by Isaac McIntyre


Blizzard has officially confirmed the World of Warcraft Shadowlands beta will be available to play starting from “next week.” Here’s how to get one of the rare early-access codes so you can begin exploring the eighth expansion.

WoW developers Ion Hazzikostas and John Hight hosted their delayed livestream earlier this week, unveiling more juicy Shadowlands details. One included the fact the eighth expansion’s long-awaited beta would go live next week.

Beta testers should get a pretty good feel for the expansion too. The devs confirmed players would be getting a “max level” experience spike. That means they can give Torghast a crack straight away, and grind Covenants with ease.

Shadowlands is expected to bring a host of new content to the World of Warcraft universe.
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Shadowlands is expected to bring a host of new content to the World of Warcraft universe.

That all sounds like a fair bit of fun, right? Of course it does, it’s brand-new World of Warcraft content! If you’re excited, that means you’ll need a rare access key ⁠— here’s how to get your hands on one ahead of the beta release next week.

How to sign up for Shadowlands beta

Shadowlands beta access will be an invitation-only preview to World of Warcraft’s bumper eighth expansion. If you want a chance to try out the new release early, head to and find your “account management” tab.

Once there, all you have to do is change your settings to accept all beta invites. Then, you wait. If you’re lucky enough to get one of the beta access keys, Blizzard will contact you with details on downloading the new client.

Blizzard has not yet confirmed how long the beta testing period for Shadowlands will be, but the early-access realm should be available until the expansion’s official release. As for when that may be, there are a few theories.

Blizzard may have also just locked in the Shadowlands release date ahead of the expansion beta.
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Blizzard may have also just locked in the Shadowlands release date ahead of the expansion beta.

Shadowlands release date

World of Warcraft players can be pretty assured of one thing: Shadowlands will be coming out in 2020. That was the first promise game director Ion Hazzikostas made during the dev livestream earlier this week.

Dexerto can also confirm there’s an even narrower window it could come out. It was reported earlier this year the Shadowlands release date was the 2020 holidays. Add to that the fact Blizzard has penned in Q4 as a drop date, and that leaves us looking at a November or December launch date.

There is a chance that can be narrowed down more too. Battle for Azeroth and Legion both enjoyed a three month and three weeks beta period. If that same timespan applies this time around, players could have their hands on Shadowlands as early as Friday, November 6.

If all this speculation fails too, there’s always the Shadowlands pre-purchase fine-print to go off too. The expansion has been available to buy early since 2019. It’s message states that players will get their game “no later than December 31.”

Shadowlands - and its cataclysmic Sylvanas-led storyline - isn't far off now.
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Shadowlands and its cataclysmic Sylvanas-led storyline isn’t far off now.

Those dates may not be exactly correct, but there is one thing we know for sure; the new Shadowlands beta will definitely begin next week. Make sure you’ve got your permissions set up correctly, and get ready to dive right in!

Not going to give the beta a go just yet, but want to know everything that’s coming to World of Warcraft when Shadowlands releases later this year? Here’s everything we know about the MMORPG’s huge eighth expansion so far.

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OfflineTV’s WoW Shadowlands dungeon skip ends up a hilarious disaster

Published: 28/Nov/2020 22:16

by Bill Cooney


The folks of the OfflineTV collective have found out the hard way why trying to dungeon skip in World of Warcraft can take longer than just doing it as Blizzard intended.

Everyone in the WoW community, and then some, are currently grinding their way through the MMO’s newest expansion Shadowlands including Scarra and Toast of OfflineTV.

As most longtime players know, leveling up a new toon can be a serious slog, but by Dungeon skipping you can make the process a bit easier. However, this doesn’t come without its risks.

Dungeon skipping doesn’t mean you skip the instance entirely (how else are you going to get all of that sweet, sweet loot?) but instead take shortcuts inside to cut down on the number of regular (trash) enemies you have to fight and get to bosses quicker.

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Shadowlands brings plenty of new dungeons and raids for players to (ideally) fight their way through.

There are several reasons why you’d want to do this. Even though trash mobs can drop loot of their own and offer XP, a lot of players choose to skip them to save time and reach the guaranteed rare items dropped by bosses quicker.

This was the situation Scarra, Toast, and their group found themselves in while running through the new Shadowlands dungeon ‘Mists of Tirna Scithe.’ Instead of continuing on the obvious path, the group decided to have Scarra’s priest levitate them over a chasm of certain death.

It was a confusing choice as the little maneuver wouldn’t have even saved them that much time, because they were only skipping three enemies in total. Instead of shortening the run though, it ended up making things take way longer since they completely failed and almost everyone fell to their death.

Scarra went on to joke on Twitter that this crack group was actually “practicing” for the Mythic Dungeon Invitational. All we can say based on this snippet is that he might want to work on his cast timing if that is the case.

At least everyone managed to have a good time and laugh it off while plummeting to their doom, and in the end, isn’t having a good time with your friends, even if you’re failing miserably, what WoW is all about?