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When is WoW patch 9.0.1? Everything we know about the Shadowlands update

Published: 25/Sep/2020 7:17 Updated: 25/Sep/2020 7:23

by Isaac McIntyre

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Blizzard has finally unveiled the new World of Warcraft expansion’s release date, and that means the long-awaited Shadowlands pre-patch is likely just over the horizon. Here’s everything we know about patch 9.0.1 so far.

The Shadowlands pre-patch details have been released early, and that means the next World of Warcraft expansion isn’t too far away. In fact, you can already download the Shadowlands preview update ready for 9.0.1’s long-awaited arrival.

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There’s plenty to sink your teeth into ahead of the proper Shadowlands release as well. The pre-expansion update will add a pile of level, item, and stat changes, the new “Exile’s Reach” starting area, and reworked Timewalking campaigns.

Here’s everything we know about the Shadowlands pre-expansion patch, update 9.0.1, so far, starting with when we expect it to go live on global servers.

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When will Shadowlands patch 9.0.1 go live?

Blizzard has yet to reveal exactly when pre-patch 9.0.1 will go live, but we can certainly have a pretty good guess at its release date. Shadowlands has been penned in for an October 26 premiere, which is basically exactly a month away.

If history is anything to go off, Blizzard usually gives World of Warcraft players three or four weeks to muck around in the pre-patch. That means the Shadowlands update should deploy sometime in the next week, at the very latest.

Keep your eyes peeled for Blizzard’s official confirmation @Warcraft.

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Shadowlands is set to turn World of Warcraft on its head all over again.
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Shadowlands is set to turn World of Warcraft on its head all over again.

WoW Shadowlands update 9.0.1 early pre-patch notes

Pre-Patch will host Scourge Event

The main event during the Shadowlands pre-patch will be the Scourge Event. This event will include a new questline, which ties into the Shadowlands narrative, as well as a huge zombie invasion, the return of bosses in Icetown, and Nathanos Blightcaller.

There will be two weeks of challenges within the event. Completing all the daily challenges will give players event-based rewards ahead of Shadowlands.

Nathanos Blightcaller serves as the weekly World Boss. He will spawn at his family home in the Eastern Plaguelands. He drops level 100 items, including weapons.

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Hordes of zombies will invade World of Warcraft during the Shadowlands pre-patch.
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Hordes of zombies will invade World of Warcraft during the Shadowlands pre-patch.

Shadowlands class changes

Shadowlands will be tweaking classes again slightly. The main changes will be coming for Shadow Priests, who are getting a hefty revamp, but all classes will have different “flavor and utility” added to their class in 9.0.1 and beyond.

Fury Warriors, Frost Death Knights, and Monks will now be able to choose between dual-wielding and two-handed weapons again.

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The much-maligned Corruption system has also been removed in Shadowlands. Legion legendaries have similarly been disabled. These changes mean some classes “may feel incomplete” in the pre-patch, Blizzard warned on Sep. 23.

Blizzard will be changing Shadow Priests all over again in the pre-patch 9.0.1 update.
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Blizzard will be changing Shadow Priests all over again in the pre-patch 9.0.1 update.

Leveling revamp

As many players were already aware, Shadowlands is going to be “squishing” levels in World of Warcraft. Starting in the pre-patch update, levels, items, and stats will be adjusted to “make reaching a new level more meaningful.”

Characters who are currently level 120 will be dropped to level 50 after 9.0.1.

Level 120 will no longer be the World of Warcraft max cap. Instead, players will only be able to reach level 60.
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Level 120 will no longer be the World of Warcraft max cap. Instead, players will only be able to reach level 60.

Character customization will be overhauled

Shadowlands will also be bringing a huge overhaul to player character customization. This will include new race options, and brand-new UI for the creation screen, and more.

The biggest change is the new haul of appearance changes you can make to your character. Allied Races, including Void Elves, can all use these new changes too.

New customization options

  • Night Elves have the “Teldrassil” burn option.
  • Undead can now pick pink hair, and hide bones.
  • Orcs have new scars, tattoos, and war paint.
  • Draenei can change their tail lengths, and jewelry colors.
  • Worgen can customize their human form.
  • Void Elves can access blue eyes, and all Blood Elves skin tones.
  • Dwarves have new tattoo options.
  • Tauren can wear flowers in new hairstyles.
  • Most races now have a bald option.
  • Humans have even more facial features and more variety options “to represent the diversity in the real world.”
Sahdowlands is overhauling the World of Warcraft character creation screen.
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Shadowlands is overhauling the World of Warcraft character creation screen.

Accessibility and interface changes

Finally, the new Shadowlands pre-expansion update will be adding a host of accessibility and interface improvements.

These include gamepad support, which allows players to change key binds on all console controllers. Camera shake controls can also be adjusted, to help with motion sickness.

Ray Tracing Support is also coming for higher shadow quality.

Apex Legends

Apex Legends Evo shields are being nerfed again in Season 7

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:12 Updated: 8/Oct/2020 1:28

by Alan Bernal

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The Evo Shields in Apex Legends are set for another balance update that could come in Season 7, as Respawn are still fine-tuning how the armor upgrades to its max level.

Respawn brought the Evo Shields in the System Override patch in March, then made them a staple in the battle royale later on. Ever since then, the studio has been trying to find the right balance with the armor and its scaling defense as the game continues.

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As for the studio, the hunt for that equilibrium to the item will continue as Respawn Game Designer Daniel Z. Klein indicated that players could have an increased damage threshold to hit before getting a fully evolved shield.

This change is still in the implementation phases, however, since Respawn need to tinker with the game’s networking to actually bring in the patch.

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The Evo Armor values for max level will change, most likely in Season 7.

“We have a change planned for red Evo Shields for patch 7.0, but it required a little networking work (don’t ask; game dev is dumb) so we couldn’t ship it in 6.1,” Klein responded to a player who noticed there weren’t any changes to the shields in the Aftermarket update. “The plan is to increase the damage required to go to Red.”

At the time of writing, the Evo Shields need 500 damage inflicted to reach max level. That requirement is going to change, although the developer gave no indication for how much.

Complaints about the gear stem from how many people seem to have a fully upgraded Evo early in games.

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Though this could be attributed to the typical gunfight fiestas that happen at any major POI after dropping into the Arena, the problem is going to get a closer look within the studio.

There’s no word if there will also be a change to the armor max Evo Shields provide, but it’s not likely since Respawn tuned that not too long ago when Season 6 started.

In any case, the company is hoping the next round of changes will leave Apex Legends in a healthier state as it concerns the popular Evo Shields in the game.

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