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Race to World First World of Warcraft raids cost $40,000 to prepare for

Published: 31/Jan/2020 19:33

by Scott Robertson

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In the midst of Method’s multi-day Race to World First event, one of the casters revealed the amount of in-game gold, and its real-life cash equivalent, it costs to get a high-level World of Warcraft guild ready for the new raid tier.

A new Mythic difficulty tier for World of Warcraft means a new race to be the first to bring down the most challenging bosses in the game.

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The fifth raid of the Battle for Azeroth expansion was released in late January, titled Ny’alotha, The Waking City. The normal and Heroic difficult versions were released on January 21 and 22 for North American and European servers respectively, but the all-important Mythic difficulty Ny’alotha came out on January 28 and 29.

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Entrance to Ny’alotha, the Waking City.

With that, another race between the MMO’s most illustrious guilds in the world kicked off, spearheaded by two of the most iconic in Method (EU) and Complexity Limit (NA). But to face the most challenging raids in the game requires a lot of prep, as well as a lot of gold to cover gearing up.

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Rich Campbell, a beloved member of the WoW and Blizzard communities, joined the cast on Day 2 of the Method event, and explained how much gold a guild needs to prepare for a new Mythic raid, and what the real-world equivalent would be.

Campbell gives a wide estimate of roughly 100-300 million gold as being necessary to prepare for a raid of this caliber. 300 million gold, he says, translates to somewhere around $40,000. This number comes from the Token Price rate.

WoW tokens are worth 30 days of in-game or $15 of Battle.net balance. As such, they go for thousands in the auction house. These tokens can be bought for $20 from the Blizzard store, and then sold on the auction house for in-game gold.

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As of writing this article, January 31, according to the WoW Token Price tracker, tokens sell for roughly 160,000 gold in North American auction houses. At $20 a piece, it would cost around $37,000 to get 300 million gold from selling them in North America, but that’s assuming your guild is starting at zero.

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January 31 prices for WoW Tokens in gold at Auction Houses.

In Europe, tokens cost €20, but they sell for closer to 207,000 gold on European auction houses, meaning it would cost around €29,000. They sell for the highest gold value on Taiwanese servers, where they go for 309,000.

But as another member of the broadcast team explained, that’s not how Method makes its money. Months have past since the fourth raid, Azshara’s Eternal Palace, was released, giving the guild ample time to replay Mythic runs and sell their spoils on the auction house.

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Rather than spend money on gold, Method spent it on hosting their RWF event and raising money for the Save The Children foundation. They’ve raised over $12,000 so far, and you can still donate to send the players a heartfelt message on stream.

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Everything you need to know about WoW covenants for Shadowlands pre-patch

Published: 13/Oct/2020 7:47 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 7:51

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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The World of Warcraft Shadowlands pre-patch is happening any day now, and that means the new covenants are one step closer. Here’s everything you’ll need to know about them.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands was supposed to release later this month. Unfortunately, it has been delayed until later this year, but we still have something to look forward to in the meantime, including covenants.

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The pre-patch is happening later today, and Blizzard has revealed even more details on the covenants included in Shadowlands. We’ve already covered the basics, but now we know more about what rewards you can expect from them.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands – Kyrian Covenant

Cosmetic and Armor Rewards

The Kyrian Covenant will reward you with cosmetics, including back attachments that look a lot like Kyrian Wings.

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World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

You’ll also have access to nifty armour sets for each armour type.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

Power of the Kyrian

Joining the Kyrian Covenant will give you access to a summonable personal steward. 

Not only can they fight, but they can also which can bring you a Phial of Serenity to restore some health and remove all effects. 

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You can choose from Pico, Farra, and Bumos, who all have a unique look and personality. 

Kyrian Covenant Soulbinds

You’ll also be able to soulbind with one of several characters in the covenant, granting you some excellent traits and bonuses. 

Pelagos will give you Bond of Friendship and Combat Meditation, which will reduce cooldowns on the steward and temporarily increase your mastery.

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World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

Kleia will give you Ascendant Phial and Valiant strikes, which will make you immune to adverse effects and add Valiant Strikes stacks to you and your allies when you land critical strikes.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

Forgelite Prime Mikanikos will give you Charged Additive and Bron’s Call to Action, which will knock nearby enemies away and have a chance to summon Bron himself after you’ve used lots of spells.

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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands – Necrolord Covenant

Cosmetic and Armor Rewards

The Necrolord Covenant will reward you with a unique pet, mount, and back attachments.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

It will also let you wear Necrolord-themed armour for each armour type.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

Might of the Necrolords

Joining the Necrolord Covenant will let you use the Fleshcraft ability, which allows you to prevent damage equal to a portion of your maximum health.

What’s more, the closer you stand to a corpse when casting the ability, the more effective it will be.

Necrolord Covenant Soulbinds

Like the other covenants, you’ll be able to soulbind with one of several characters in the covenant.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

Plague Deviser Marileth will give you Travel with Bloop and Ultimate Form, which will let you increase your movement speed after standing still and makes you immune to crowd-control.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

Emeni the Slaughter Daughter will give you Emeni’s Magnificent Skin and Runescribed Bone, which will let you gain stacks what will increase your maximum health when using the Necrolord class ability, and reduce magic damage intake every time you kill an enemy.

Bonesmith Heirmir will give you Resourceful Fleshcrafting and Forgeborne Reveries, which will reduce Fleshcraft’s cooldown and make your armour live on and fight for a short while after you die.

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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands – Night Fae Covenant

Cosmetic and Armor Rewards

The Night Fae Covenant will let access some cool cosmetics and back attachments.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

It will also let you wear some unique armour sets for each armour type.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

Power of the Night Fae

Joining the Night Fae covenant will let you use Soulshape, which will turn you into a Vulpin and increase your movement speed and teleport a short distance. It will also allow you to unlock new Soulshape forms.

Night Fae Covenant Soulbinds

Like the other covenants, you’ll be able to soulbind with one of several characters in the covenant.

Niya will give you  Sylvari Mantle and Grove Invigoration, which makes Soulshape conceal you when it runs out and temporarily increases your mastery when using a Night Fae class ability or spell.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

Dreamweaver will give you Field of Blossoms and Podtender, which increases the movement speed of nearby allies when Soulshape ends and prevent you from dying by healing you with a targetable wild seed pod for several seconds. But if an enemy kills it, you will die.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

Korayn will give you Wild Hunt’s Charge and Final Moments. The former makes your Soulshape teleport turn into a charge with a stun, and the latter increases your healing and damage output to targets at a critical level. The effect also temporarily increases when an ally dies.

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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands – Venthyr Covenant

Cosmetic and Armor Rewards

The Venthyr Covenant will give you access to a unique pet, mount, and back attachments.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

It will also let you wear some Venthyr-themed armour sets.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

Sharing In The Wealth

Joining the Venthyr Covenant will let you use Door of Shadows, which allows you to “wend” through the shadows and teleport to a targeted location.

Venthyr Covenant Soulbinds

Nadjia the Mistbladewill give you Agent of Chaos and Thrill Seeker. The former makes Door of Shadows temporarily disorientate all nearby enemies at your target location. The latter makes you gain stacks when in combat that can be consumed to increase movement speed.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

General Draven will give you Enduring Gloom and Call to Action. The former makes Door of Shadows give you a shield that absorbs 15% of your maximum health for eight seconds. The latter makes Venthyr abilities and spells temporarily improve versatility on yourself and allies.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

Theotar the Mad Duke will give you Watch the Shoes! and Soothing Shade, which makes Door of Shadows free you from roots and snares and gives your spells and abilities a chance to summon Tubbins and Gubbins for a little while.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands Covenants

That’s everything you’ll need to know about the covenants ahead of the World of Warcraft Shadowlands pre-patch. But if you want to dive a little deeper, you can check out all the details here.