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WoW Classic players caught match-fixing in $50K league

Published: 23/Oct/2019 16:15 Updated: 23/Oct/2019 16:39

by Kamil Malinowski

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Two World of Warcraft Classic players were caught match-fixing in the Classic Dueler’s League – the game’s first tournament, featuring an impressive $50,000 prize pool.

Twitch streamer tipsoutbaby announced the Classic Dueler’s League on October 1, allowing any player on the Faerlina server to compete for a spot in the $50,000 main event.

The league has proved successful so far, drawing in over 20,000 viewers during regular qualifiers with some of the game’s best players competing.

Blizzard EntertainmentWoW Classic instantly became a hit.

The rules of the event are fairly straightforward, players are put into groups and battle it out in 1v1 duels, with the players that have the best win/loss ratio advancing on.

Everything seemed to be going smoothly until October 22, when tipsout posted a lengthy Twitter message, informing fans that there had been an “incident” involving two players – Tmugsy and Boomerr.

“About 30 minutes into Group 5’s duels, what the CDL oversight committee has determined to be a clear display of match-fixing took place” he said, before describing how the two aforementioned players were discovered to be cheating and showing a few examples. 

Match fixing is generally taken as a serious offence in Esports and players often face bans for the offence, with this case not being much different. 

The examples seemed to show pretty damning evidence, with suspicious play in the two players match as well as a Twitch clip showing the two players talking to each other during their duel.

BlizzardMany WoW Classic players duke it out to see who is the game’s best dueler.

Tipsout then confirmed that one player, Tmugsy was banned from competing as he was guilty of attempting to throw his match. Meanwhile, Boomerr was allowed to continue playing, but would have to face another opponent instead. Some fans claim that the players got off easy, as game’s like Starcraft and CS:GO have seen players receive indefinite bans for a similar offence. 

It is unclear if Boomerr will face any punishment as the league organizers simply found there to be “insufficient evidence” to punish the player for match-fixing, but they will undoubtedly be keeping a close eye on all of the competitors to ensure something like this doesn’t happen again. 

Blizzard entertainmentEvery WoW Classic class has a chance to prove they’re the best.

The rest of the Classic Dueler’s League qualifiers will continue on October 23 with a few tie-breaker matches, before taking a short break and relaunching at the start of November for season one.

A full schedule is not yet confirmed, but the organizers have stated it is planned to last until the end of December when one player will be crowned WoW Classic’s best dueler.

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How to level up fast in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

Published: 23/Nov/2020 16:27

by Ava Thompson-Powell

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With World of Warcraft Shadowland’s release finally here, players are going to want to level up new toons fast to experience the content Blizzard has in store.

With WoW’s recent pre-patch level squish, the time it takes to progress through the game’s 50 (and with Shadowlands’ release, 60) levels have effectively slashed in half reaching the endgame.

As well as that, though, there are some extra features that can be utilized to further your fast leveling experience.

There’s bound to be a huge race online to reach the level cap first, so being prepared and ensuring you’re using all tools made available to you is important.

Exile’s Reach

A photo of different races in the Exile's Reach dungeon, Darkmaul Citadel
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Exile’s Reach will teach you the core meat of what you need to know.

Exile’s Reach provides new and returning players a fantastic way to experience the world and lore of WoW. It’s also a handy way to level 1-10 in a breeze.

Teaching the class fundamentals by slowly awarding early rotation skills, you’ll come out of the experience feeling primed and ready to take on whatever expansion it is that you’re venturing into.

It’ll also culminate in a dungeon experience, Darkmaul Citadel, too. This will get you ready for the many dungeons you’ll experience down the road.

Warlords of Draenor

If you’re a new player, you’ll be experiencing the prior expansion, Battle for Azeroth, as the first expansion you experience. This is fine, and you’re able to reach level 50 before finishing the complete story, easily.

But for those that are rolling a new character, Warlords of Draenor is a great choice. With the zones in this expansion all containing Bonus Objectives, it provides a fantastic boost to your level experience. BfA also has these, too, but to a lesser extent than WoD does.

Rested Experience

This is a system that many MMORPGs utilize, and is a fantastic way of allowing you to play catch-up after time away from the game. Logging out in a Capital city or inn will put you into rested mode (you’ll notice your experience bar turn blue from purple).

For every eight hours spent away from the game, you’ll earn a bar of that current level. It’ll cap out at one and a half levels, though, so it isn’t something that can be continually utilized.

Pandaren

Pandaren’s racial ability ‘Inner Peace’ gains them rested experience twice as fast, stacking up to 300%. As well as having fantastic animations, a deep, rich lore and being absolutely adorable, this is a fantastic reason to take advantage of this race when trying to blast through leveling.

A bonus tip, too, that can stop you from accidentally falling to your death: Pandaren’s racial ‘Bouncy’ means that they take less damage. Stacking that alongside rogues that take less fall damage means that with this class/race combo, you’re further cushioning yourself against accidental deaths even further than rogues of other races!

Classes

Demon Hunter Night Elf in the character select screen
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Demon Hunter’s Soul Cleave provides fantastic healing.

Races don’t just come into play when choosing how to zip through content: classes can also come into play. There are three classes that we particularly recommend utilizing:

Druid

With DOTs (damage over time) and instant-cast abilities, alongside a way to root targets to the ground AND heal, they’re a no brainer for a comfy experience.

Flight Form is an instant-cast spell, too, allowing you to get out of tricky situations in a pinch. Travel form is also great, allowing you to move faster depending upon the environment.

Demon Hunter

With incredible mobility and AoE (area of effect) damage skills, Demon Hunters are also a top choice.

They’re also able to heal to a degree, providing fantastic survivability. The passive skills allows healing through Soul Cleave, which damages all enemies hit, providing a healing percentage of the damage dealt.

Hunter

Though this class to some can seem boring and slow, Hunter is still a viable choice for those that want an experience that doesn’t really require too much thought to excel at.

Their pets provide a way for you to stay far away from attackers and have them tank for you, and also means that you can often defeat enemies recommended for multiple players.

Again, the prior two classes may  be preferable over this as a fast leveling experience, but it is definitely an option should you choose to take it.

War Mode

An image showing War Mode in World of Warcraft in the Talents panel
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Turning War Mode on in the capital city will boost your experience rate by 10%.

Our final top tip for fast-leveling is War Mode. This is basically the world’s PvP mode outside of Arena. As well as providing players with extra skills as a reward for having War Mode on (which we recommend you do at all times), it also provides you with the ‘Enlisted’ buff, awarding an extra 10% to your experience gained at all times.

This mode can only be turned on in your faction’s home city (Stormwind or Orgimmar, respectively) and is something you don’t want to miss out on.

So, there you have it. Our top tips for a fast, streamlined experience through World of Warcraft and Shadowlands. We’ll see you out there!