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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Henry Cavill as Arthas in Warcraft 2 makes perfect sense: here’s why

Published: 7/Oct/2020 4:11 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 5:03

by Isaac McIntyre

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Okay World of Warcraft fans, it’s time to go all-in… Henry Cavill would make a perfect Arthas in Blizzard’s newly rumored Warcraft 2 revival, especially after proving he’s got the fantasy chops as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher.

The original Warcraft movie came out back in 2016, and landed with mixed reviews. World of Warcraft fans loved it, of course; seeing characters like Anduin, Medivh, Gul’dan, and Durotan brought to life on the big screen was a dream come true.

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Critics and general audiences were less convinced. Duncan Jones’ high-fantasy romp in the world of Azeroth was dubbed a failure. A sequel was stamped ‘highly unlikely’ after the box office flop. 

Except, just four years later, the Warcraft rumor mill has thundered back to life. Legendary Entertainment has already green-lit a sequel, according to insider Daniel Ritchman, with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson involved.

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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the United States, but made $391.7m overseas.
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Warcraft raked in just $47.4 million in the States, but made $391.7m overseas.

And so, with Warcraft 2 reportedly in development, that leaves us with the biggest question for the sequel; what will the story be? Will the franchise take it step by step, and tell the story of “Tides of Darkness,” or head for a better-selling sequel?

In our opinion, Blizzard’s best bet for the sequel is to skip straight to “Reign of Chaos” and it’s genre-defining expansion “The Frozen Throne.” The third game’s storyline has plenty of ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ elements.

Enter fantasy’s man of the hour, Henry Cavill.

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Arthas Menethil is key to Warcraft 3, and Cavill is a perfect pick to play him. The prince’s path to the throne is littered with huge battles, dastardly schemes, and of course, the biggest twist Blizzard’s Warcraft franchise has ever offered up.

Reason number one: I mean, look at Henry Cavill. That speaks for itself.

Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Arthas Menethil.
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Henry Cavill in a fan-mockup depicting him as Warcraft’s Arthas Menethil.

There are other reasons too though. One is that Cavill is a big World of Warcraft fan himself, meaning he’d likely be eager to sign on. I mean come on, the guy missed the news he had been cast as Superman because he was deep in a WoW raid.

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Former Blizzard figurehead Chris Metzen and Rise of the Lich King writer Christie Golden have both given Cavill’s fan-casting their tick of approval too; the Warcraft duo are well and truly “on the [Cavill as] Arthas train.”

Finally, Warcraft 2 will need ticket-selling star power. The first 2016 flick did have plenty of big names ⁠— Vikings lead Travis Fimmell was among them, as was Marvel’s Dominic Cooper ⁠— but none command the same household stardom as Henry Cavill.

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Cavill, 37, is a little old for Arthas in “Reign of Chaos” and “The Frozen Throne,” but if Legendary and Blizzard plan out a trilogy leading into “Wrath of the Lich King” ⁠— which they absolutely should ⁠— the British star will fit perfectly for Menethil’s final Warcraft hurrah.

Heck, cast a younger actor for the opening stage of the prince’s life, then bring Cavill in with a narrative time-jump in the third or fourth Warcraft movie.

Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.
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Arthas Menethil and his path to the throne should be front and center in future Warcraft sequels.

The Superman star isn’t the only name being linked to Warcraft 2 either. Fimmel is expected to return as Anduin in the sequel, as is Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar. Paula Patton has also said she’d “love” to return for another Warcraft outing.

The same insider reports that suggested Warcraft 2 is now in the works also tipped Jurassic World lead Chris Pratt as another star who has already been tabled a multi-movie deal.

Duncan Jones, who directed the 2016 release, also said he would happily return as long as there are “less cooks in the kitchen.” Blizzard has yet to officially respond to the reported new sequel, so take everything with a pinch of salt… for now.