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Four reasons World of Warcraft: Shadowlands could “save” the game

Published: 6/Nov/2019 22:52 Updated: 7/Nov/2019 4:50

by Scott Robertson

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Blizzard has been taking extensive notes on the success of WoW Classic, and are taking some of the best ideas, among others, and applying them to their next retail expansion. But will it bring subscribers back to the base game?

Blizzard announced Shadowlands during the opening ceremony of BlizzCon 2019, with an exciting trailer showing Sylvanas directly challenging the Lich King.

In their various panels throughout the weekend, they revealed plenty of features, changes, and new ideas coming in the next expansion. Let’s go through some of their excellent ideas.

Squishing the out of control level cap

BlizzardThe changes coming to leveling in Shadowlands

The numbers were just getting too high. Following the release of the Battle for Azeroth expansion, the level cap for World of Warcraft officially doubled what the original cap was, going from 60 to 120. 

Classic fans experienced the simplicity of a much more obtainable, less daunting cap, and now Blizzard is taking their digital index finger and thumb, and squishing the current cap.

Current level 120s will be squished to level 50, allowing them to grind up the new level 60 cap in Shadowlands. Rather than simply extend the cap to 130, Blizzard is opting to not continue to just spread out the leveling experience, and condense it into something more palpable and rewarding for current and potential returning players.

Players can also choose expansion story they want to experience during levels 1-50, and speaking of story…

A linear story-driven expansion

BlizzardThe Tower of the Damned within The Maw, the new endgame zone

One thing that’s always been a detriment to World of Warcraft is the lack of a proper linear narrative for the player to experience. Which is a shame given the immense amount of lore created for the game. In opening up the world for players to level in any zone they feel free to, that freedom has come at the expense of enjoying a proper campaign.

This is where Shadowlands comes in with new areas that you advance through in order, and with a story that goes along with it. Players will progress through different areas of the Shadowlands themselves before arriving at the endgame area known as The Maw and choosing a Covenant and can enjoy a full narrative campaign in the process.

Mass improvements to getting end-game gear

BlizzardSome examples of gear changes coming to Shadowlands

Your gear. It’s what you’re working towards when you log in day-after-day. In shifting to a greater focus on player agency, it appears that Blizzard is doing away with less randomly generated gear and are giving the players more options. This includes being able to forge more legendary items instead of getting them randomly in BFA.

In addition, Blizzard wants professions to be more useful in determining end-game gear, so now there’s an option to determine what stats your crafted item will have. Players will also have options in their weekly loot chest, instead of just being assigned a single item.

Any race can be a death knight

Any race!

Death Knights are also getting a new starting zone and will start at level one like the other classes. Finally, the Pandaren Death Knight will become a reality.

With all of these ideas coming, it looks like the main version of World of Warcraft is due for some rather large changes. If these changes can spur just a portion of the excitement that WoW Classic did, then the future of World of Warcraft is looking bright.

Cosplay

World of Warcraft cosplayer rules over Bastion as amazing Kyrestia

Published: 15/Jan/2021 13:01

by Lauren Bergin

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World of Warcraft has inspired a whole collection of amazing cosplays, but one cosplayer truly brings WoW into reality with her amazing Kyrestia cosplay. 

When it comes to Blizzard’s World of Warcraft universe, there are limitless possibilities to create amazing cosplays. The huge array of iconic characters, coupled with the impressive customization for your own hero or villain, makes the title perfect for passionate fans.

We recently saw cosplayer Cinderys create an amazing Sylvanas cosplay just in time for the release of Shadowlands, which in turn managed to score her Blizzard’s seal of approval.

This time around the subject of this amazing cosplay is Sylvanas’ polar opposite, Kyrestia the Firstborne, the ruler of Bastion.

WoW Kyrestia
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Kyrestia has become one of The Ascended’s most iconic faces.

Cosplayer ascends as Kyrestia

2021 has brought with it a lot of insane cosplays, but this one is certainly one of the most memorable so far.

Artist PlexiCosplay (Plexi) has outdone herself with this beautiful transformation. Having painted herself aqua from head to toe, she can be seen adorned in Kyrestia’s iconic white and gold outfit whilst channeling the Ascended queen’s angelic nature.

What your eyes are immediately drawn to are the wings though. Mirroring the sky blue of her skin, their construction is perfect. Tipped with gold trims that tie in with her vestments and stunning recreation of the warrior’s crown, Plexi literally is Kyrestia.

Join the ranks of the Ascended! Kyrestia cosplay by PlexiCosplay from r/wow

WoW fans are stunned

Considering the wings are, according the Plexi, “15 feet long,” it’s safe to say that fans can’t miss this cosplay.

It’s the wings that have really gotten attention. One fan’s hilarious comment simply wrote: “the wind: I’m about to end this woman’s whole career,” to which Plexi responded “YOU NAILED IT.”

Another respondent was equally as humorous, writing “Kyrestia flight 77 you are cleared for takeoff, proceed to runway 4.”

All of these comments though praised this amazing cosplay, with one comment summing it up: “This blew my mind!!! I thought someone cropped the Archon out and pasted her onto some road!”

It’s safe to say that Plexi has truly embodied the fan favorite Ascended. She’s not only radiant, but emits a ‘don’t mess with me’ aura. We can’t wait to see her next WoW cosplay, as if she keeps going like she’ll be the queen of not just Bastion, but the WoW cosplay scene in no time!