Limit slams Blizzard as WoW devs change N'Zoth raid mid-World First race - Dexerto
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Limit slams Blizzard as WoW devs change N’Zoth raid mid-World First race

Published: 6/Feb/2020 4:56

by Isaac McIntyre

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World of Warcraft guild Limit may be on the verge of their maiden Battle of Azeroth World First, but their rapid-fire progress in the Ny’alotha raid has been overshadowed by Blizzard repetitively “meddling” in the challenge.

Complexity-Limit is on the verge of making history by being the first guild to defeat N’Zoth the Corruptor, having mastered 11 of the 12 sections in the Ny’alotha raid. Most recently, they burned the Old God down to under 25% health.

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Once there, they activated a second secret chamber — the same as the first which takes you to a different room to defeat mini-bosses — and re-built their strategy around what appeared to be the final hurdle to earn the crown.

Except, unfortunately for them, Blizzard sent them an email soon after revealing the second secret phase was a mistake. Instead, guilds complete the end of the N’Zoth battle by burning him down as quickly as possible, all while black ichor pools spread across the cavern where the Old God appears. Basically, it’s a race to the finish.

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Limit thought they had solved the final N’Zoth puzzle, but it seems like Blizzard changed the rules on them.

Limit left stunned after Blizzard’s email

After 200 or more pulls on the Ny’alotha boss, Limit’s raid leader Max was less than pleased to hear from Blizzard, and accused them of “changing their minds” about how the encounter worked midway through the race.

“So turns out the past few days when the boss put up a shield at 25.5% and opened a gateway again, that was all a ruse, and now it’s just you burn the boss to zero LMAO,” the disgruntled raid leader posted on Twitter after hearing the news.

“If they want the fight to be like that, you know they changed it from what it was right?” he continued on Twitch, trying to keep it cool while the group continued their DPS. “They changed the f**king boss… you were just supposed to kill him.”

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Some of his guildmates were left confused, and he was forced to deliver the news again: “That’s what [Blizzard] said. What we did for the first 200 pulls, they just changed their mind. It’s been bad before. This is just a completely different level.”

Plenty of issues for Limit in their World First quest

The potential change to the final encounter wasn’t the only thing Limit has had to contend with on their way to a maiden Battle for Azeroth title either, after Blizzard announced they would be delivering Echoing Void a huge 50% nerf.

Limit, and everyone else in the Race for World First, were left stunned the developers were planning to drop a hefty set of balance changes—which also included tweaks to Void Rituals, Surging Vitality, and Avoidant—mid-race.

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After a number of guilds begged the devs to hold off, however, Blizzard relented and confirmed they would wait a week. They also admitted they hadn’t thought about the “impact on [player’s] gear selection,” and agreed delaying “made more sense.”

Max’s tirade comes just days after Limit tripped a bug in the final boss which forced Blizzard to reset the entire NA server. Between that, the potential tweaks, and swapped rules, it seems like Limit may be reaching breaking point.

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Limit may claim their first BFA title in the Ny’alotha raid, but bugs and glitches have slowed their progress.

So who claims the Ny’alotha World First belt?

For the moment, however, the race continues. Limit is still in the lead, having clocked up more than 220 N’Zoth pulls since their adventure first began. Behind them are current title holders Method, who are also battling N’Zoth.

It looks like Complexity-Limit may be finally set to lift the World First belt, considering they’ve burned N’Zoth down as low as 18% health compared to Method’s 48%, but it won’t all be over until it’s over — there’s still plenty to go.

Keep track of the race-to-the-finish duel between Limit and Method in the final raid tier in the Battle for Azeroth expansion, Ny’alotha, with Dexerto’s dedicated coverage hub, which includes streams, details, and the eventual winners.

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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.