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WoW Classic players angry with “broken” trolling tactic

Published: 11/Sep/2019 10:43 Updated: 11/Sep/2019 11:15

by Joe O'Brien

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World of Warcraft Classic players have discovered a potential bug that prevents Warlocks using a classic trolling technique.

At level 50, Warlocks can learn Inferno, which summons an Infernal demon to fight for the player for a limited period of time.

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Unlike most Warlock minions, however, the Infernal can be released, and in original ‘vanilla’ WoW, would then become an aggressive monster that could attack nearby players. As a result, Warlocks could use the ability to wreak havoc, deliberately summoning and releasing an Infernal on unsuspecting characters.

In WoW Classic, however, it appears that this is no longer possible, with Warlock players reporting that when they release their Infernal it will only attack the Warlock themselves – if the player runs out of range, the Infernal will not attack other nearby targets before despawning.

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It’s not entirely clear, however, whether this is in fact a bug or a deliberate decision by Blizzard. Given that it’s essentially a griefing mechanic, it’s possible that the developers have chosen to change it, and this wouldn’t be the only change Blizzard have made to prevent players from using monsters to cause disruption.

World boss Kazzak – who is due to be added to WoW Classic in Phase 2 – originally had an infinite aggro range, meaning players could pull him into major cities and other populated locations to cause havoc. Blizzard have already stated, however, that this will be changed for WoW Classic.

While the response to the Kazzak change has generally been positive, due to the extremity of the disruption he could otherwise cause, many feel that the more limited scale of Warlocks’ Infernals makes them very much part of the Classic experience.

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There may not be too much need for panic just yet, however. Blizzard have largely remained faithful to World of Warcraft’s original state with WoW Classic, going so far as deliberately restoring some inconsistencies and bugs to maintain the experience, so it’s possible that this is a bug that will be fixed – especially as the beta tests only ran to level 40, and so higher-level content hasn’t been tested to the same degree.

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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.