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15th anniversary WoW content revealed: Raids, battlegrounds, rewards

Published: 5/Nov/2019 13:27 Updated: 5/Nov/2019 14:49

by Kamil Malinowski

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World of Warcraft has reached an impressive 15th anniversary and Blizzard are pulling out all the stops in celebration, including a new set of raids, a new battleground, and many amazing rewards. 

The hit MMORPG World of Warcraft has hit its 15th birthday and creators Blizzard are celebrating with players through a variety of new and exciting in-game content.

Players of the game can earn a new mount and pet by celebrating the times with some throw-back raids and battlegrounds, including fan favorites like Alterac Valley and Wrath of the Lich King content.

Blizzard EntertainmentWorld of Warcraft has stood the test of time.

The biggest feature of the anniversary event is no doubt the new raids, dubbed as “Memories of Azeroth”, three custom versions of vintage raids will allow players to once again take on some of the most iconic bosses of previous expansions.

These raids will each feature three bosses from Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, and Cataclysm with the likes of Kael’thas, Illidan, and the Lich King himself making a short return.

BlizzardWoW’s Lich King will be making a return for the games anniversary.

How to play the Memories of Azeroth World of Warcraft raids

If you want to attempt to take on the Memories of Azeroth raids then all you need to do is log into the game when the event is live, open the Raid Finder, and queue up for whichever raid you choose.

However, you will need to have an item level of at least 380, as this will be no easy task. These enemies were all some of the most powerful characters in the game after all.

BlizzardPlayers will receive a new WoW pet just for logging into the game.

Players that are able to defeat all three bosses will be rewarded with a brand new flying mount, a black dragon inspired by Cataclysm’s final boss, Deathwing.

Also, everyone that logs in during the celebrations will receive a care package in the mail, which includes a tiny black dragon pet in the theme of Nefarian, increased experience and reputation, fireworks, and more.

BlizzardWoW players can earn a Deathwing themed mount.

To top it all off, players will also be able to battle it out in a vintage version of the Alterac Valley battleground, with long-gone mechanics such as summoning reinforcements and bosses making a return.

Completing the Alterac Valley of Olde achievement in-game will grant yet another reward, a Stormpike Battle Ram for Alliance and a Frostwolf Snarler for the Horde.

The event will last for two months and is expected to end at the beginning of January 2020 depending on your regions reset day, so you have plenty of time to enjoy the celebrations and grab all of the rewards.

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Top 5 best class and race combos in WoW Shadowlands

Published: 25/Nov/2020 10:03 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 14:33

by Ava Thompson-Powell

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WoW Shadowlands is lifting back the veil of the known world of Azeroth and giving players the chance to experience what lies beyond. With a new expansion comes players wanting to try out new characters. But what combinations of race and class work best? 

Choosing a class and a race to play, whether it’s your main toon or an alt can be an important choice in the MMORPG: making sure the character clicks with you and fits in with your personal fantasy.

While each race’s racial abilities can slightly improve your overall experience of the game, it’s not enough to necessarily push players into one race over the other. Often, it can come down to lore reasons and what looks coolest together.

Here, we’ve detailed our top five favorite class/race combinations for you to try out in the future in World of Warcraft.

Blood Elf Rogue

Blood Elf Rogue in Zandalar, crouching while in stealth
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Blood Elf females have objectively the best rogue animations.

Rogues are a great class to utilize in a PvE environment. With skills like Shadowstep, Stealth and Vanish allowing you to quickly hide from foes, or appear in a flash behind them, Rogues are fun to play. Blood Elves have a racial ability called ‘Arcane Torrent’ that when activated as a Rogue, restores 15 energy (the rogue equivalent of mana) to the player. This can be incredibly useful in a pinch and is a great addition to any Rogue’s toolkit in a PvE environment.

A 1% boost to critical chance through Arcane Acuity’s racial is also handy, Blood Elf female-presenting characters also have arguably the coolest stealth animations in-game, particularly the crouch, which puts the character into a stalking-like, ready to pounce animation.

Worgen Druid

Worgen Druid female and their cat and bear forms
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Worgen Druids are a fantastic choice, visually.

With Worgens already being a ‘shapeshifter’ to a degree, extending this further by playing a Druid is a great option. With grizzled bear and cat forms, the Werewolf theme is extended into both of these. Druids also have Travel forms, which differ depending upon what your traveling across, as well as a Flight Form to escape from danger in a pinch.

Worgen characters have the Running Wild racial which activates their ‘true form’, putting them on all fours and allowing them to zip across the map with a movement speed increase of 200%.

They also fit within lore, if that’s something you’re looking for, too. In Silverpine Forest, the Gilneas Liberation Front disguised themselves in their Bear Form to confuse the enemy. Following the bears being slain, they would leave behind a Worgen form. With their curse originating in the dream, too, it can be safe to say that Worgen are likely to have an affinity towards the class.

Pandaren Shaman

Pandaren Shaman with Totems in Zandalar
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Shamans’ totems are visually fantastic, too.

With a deep respect for their ancestors, Pandaren are a great choice for Shamans. Respecting and harnessing the elements and utilizing them to further their goal works wonderfully well. It’s a big part of the Shamanistic beliefs and is a great fit. The race has strong symbolic associations to it, too.

Pandaren Shamans casting animations are awesome. When casting their basic abilities like Lightning Bolt, wind flurries around the character’s hair swirling the magic with their hands as they cast. It looks absolutely fantastic.

Their totems are also great looking, too. Featuring a paw print on the center barrel and a thick red rope, these totems are some of the coolest looking in the game.

Night Elf Demon Hunter

Demon Hunter Night Elf in The Shattered Abyss
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Demon Hunters Night Elves look fantastic, especially alongside the new customization and hair options introduced with Shadowlands.

One of the least played classes in World of Warcraft, Night Elf Demon Hunters look incredible. Shadowlands’ extra customization options for races (including the Overwatch-inspired Sombra hair shown above) fits fantastically well with the Demon Hunter aesthetic.

Blood Elves, in comparison, often look too small and can be swamped against the giant Warglaive sizing – something that is mitigated slightly with a Nelf. They look powerful, agile and have fantastic animations compared to the Belf counterpart. Night Elves’ Silver trim armor looks great against the silver-based jewelry available for the race, too.

A bonus is their racial ability. Shadowmeld gives you the ability to “dodge” spells that don’t have an instant cast and are targeted to players, which can also come in very handy in a PvP situation. You can slip into the shadows with it, too, lasting until it’s canceled, or until movement begins.

Undead Mage

An Undead Mage in WoW casting a spell in Zandalar
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Undead mages are an obvious choice for caster classes.

Undead mages are the coolest classes to utilize in WoW. With the optional bone option for character customization, and an emphasis on grungy/rock-based hairstyles, Undead character looks fantastic. Their animations for casting are second to none, and they work fantastically well for the Venthyr or Necrolord Covenants in Shadowlands.

With great mana-restoring racials such as ‘Cannibalize’, and ‘Touch of The Grave’ giving a chance to drain the target and deal shadow damage, also healing you. It also provides indefinite underwater breathing, and with a mage’s sometimes long casting times, this can come at your aid in a pinch.

So, there you have it. Our top five recommendations for fantastic class and race combinations in World of Warcraft.