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How to sign up for the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands beta

Published: 21/Feb/2020 12:12

by Joe O'Brien

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World of Warcraft players can now sign up for the beta for Shadowlands, the next expansion coming to the retail edition of the game.

The current expansion, Battle for Azeroth, has seen its last major content patch in 8.3, which introduced the final raid of the expansion, Ny’alotha. It is set to be followed by Shadowlands, which was unveiled at BlizzCon 2019.

The cinematic trailer for expansion saw Sylvannas take the Lich King’s crown and destroy it, tearing apart the veil between life and death and opening a path to the Shadowlands.

While Shadowlands doesn’t yet have a release date, it likely won’t launch until much later in 2020. Some time before then, however, there’ll be a beta testing period in which some players will get the chance to try out the expansion early.

When is the Shadowlands beta?

Unfortunately, Blizzard haven’t yet announced exactly when players will be able to jump into the Shadowlands beta.

It’s also fairly hard to predict exactly when the beta might arrive, as Blizzard haven’t historically had a consistent period of time between the announcement of a new expansion and the arrival of the beta, with the gap varying anywhere between five and nine months.

With Shadowlands having been revealed at BlizzCon in November 2019, this means that the beta isn’t likely to arrive until May at the earliest, but it could also be quite a long wait after that.

How to sign up for the Shadowlands beta

Signing up for the Shadowlands beta is a simple process – all you need to do is go to the WoW Shadowlands website, sign in with your Blizzard account and hit the opt-in button.

Not every player who opts in is guaranteed to get a place, but if you don’t opt-in you cannot be chosen. Blizzard also haven’t stated exactly what criteria is used to determine invites – it’s very possible that it’s random, but there’s certainly no harm in opting in as soon as possible in case there’s a first come, first served aspect.

Beta invites will often go out in waves, so don’t be too disheartened if you don’t have a spot when the beta first launches, as you may get in a little later.

Signing up for the beta will also mean you get emailed Shadowlands updates, so regardless of how long it is until the beta actually arrives you should be aware whenever Blizzard make an announcement.

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World of Warcraft cosplayer rules over Bastion as amazing Kyrestia

Published: 15/Jan/2021 13:01

by Lauren Bergin

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World of Warcraft has inspired a whole collection of amazing cosplays, but one cosplayer truly brings WoW into reality with her amazing Kyrestia cosplay. 

When it comes to Blizzard’s World of Warcraft universe, there are limitless possibilities to create amazing cosplays. The huge array of iconic characters, coupled with the impressive customization for your own hero or villain, makes the title perfect for passionate fans.

We recently saw cosplayer Cinderys create an amazing Sylvanas cosplay just in time for the release of Shadowlands, which in turn managed to score her Blizzard’s seal of approval.

This time around the subject of this amazing cosplay is Sylvanas’ polar opposite, Kyrestia the Firstborne, the ruler of Bastion.

WoW Kyrestia
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Kyrestia has become one of The Ascended’s most iconic faces.

Cosplayer ascends as Kyrestia

2021 has brought with it a lot of insane cosplays, but this one is certainly one of the most memorable so far.

Artist PlexiCosplay (Plexi) has outdone herself with this beautiful transformation. Having painted herself aqua from head to toe, she can be seen adorned in Kyrestia’s iconic white and gold outfit whilst channeling the Ascended queen’s angelic nature.

What your eyes are immediately drawn to are the wings though. Mirroring the sky blue of her skin, their construction is perfect. Tipped with gold trims that tie in with her vestments and stunning recreation of the warrior’s crown, Plexi literally is Kyrestia.

Join the ranks of the Ascended! Kyrestia cosplay by PlexiCosplay from r/wow

WoW fans are stunned

Considering the wings are, according the Plexi, “15 feet long,” it’s safe to say that fans can’t miss this cosplay.

It’s the wings that have really gotten attention. One fan’s hilarious comment simply wrote: “the wind: I’m about to end this woman’s whole career,” to which Plexi responded “YOU NAILED IT.”

Another respondent was equally as humorous, writing “Kyrestia flight 77 you are cleared for takeoff, proceed to runway 4.”

All of these comments though praised this amazing cosplay, with one comment summing it up: “This blew my mind!!! I thought someone cropped the Archon out and pasted her onto some road!”

It’s safe to say that Plexi has truly embodied the fan favorite Ascended. She’s not only radiant, but emits a ‘don’t mess with me’ aura. We can’t wait to see her next WoW cosplay, as if she keeps going like she’ll be the queen of not just Bastion, but the WoW cosplay scene in no time!