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New WoW Classic raid and much more coming with April 15 update

Published: 7/Apr/2020 22:48

by Bill Cooney

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The next WoW Classic content unlock will happen on April 15, and players will finally be able to venture into the Zul’Gurub raid, take advantage of new world buffs, and more.

Located in the northeastern corner of Stranglethorn Vale, Zul’Gurub is Classic’s first 20-man raid, compared to Molten Core, Blackrock Spire, and Onyxia, which each allow for up to 40.

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A new raid means new loot for guilds and groups to fight for, but some of the most difficult bosses in WoW Classic up to this point will be standing in the way.

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Players will need to head to Booty Bay (or Grom’Gol Basecamp) in Stranglethorn Vale before making their way up to Zul’Gurub.

The items available on the ZG loot table are worth a few wipes, though, because like the bosses, they’re also some of the strongest added so far.

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One of the rarest items in all of WoW actually drops in this dungeon. Called the Swift Zulian Tiger, it looks like a Bengal version of the Night Elf epic cat mount, and is sure to tear at least one guild apart when it eventually drops.

The mount is a 0.8% drop off of High Priest Thekal, which means it has a 1/125 chance of appearing on the boss after you defeat him. 

Divide that by the 20 people in your raid who will definitely be rolling on it, thanks in part to the smash Netflix series Tiger King, and your chances of actually getting the mount go down to 1/2500.

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A mount that looks this good has to be worth all that trouble, right?

Like BWL and Onyxia, players will also be able to apply a world buff called Spirit of Zandalar after clearing the dungeon and handing in the Heard of Hakkar in Booty Bay. As with the other buffs, any player in the city at the time the heart is turned in will get the buff.

One of the biggest competitions in WoW is finally returning as well, the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza. Players will have a set amount of time to catch and turn in as many fish as they can, with the winner taking home a super-rare fishing pole, gold, and other exclusive loot.

If you want to level up an alt’s fishing skill to compete or just get to 300 before the competition begins, be sure to check out our guide to the best fishing spots in WoW Classic.

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If you don’t think a World of Warcraft fishing contest sounds intense, try doing it on a PvP server.

More than a half a year following release, WoW Classic is still plenty popular, with some servers still experiencing wait times to login with more people than normal stuck at home.

The added content will definitely be welcomed by players and guilds who have already run through WoW Classic’s currently available raids, and are itching more to do.

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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.