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WoW Shadowlands expansion details revealed: new Raids, Covenants & more

Published: 8/Jul/2020 21:30 Updated: 9/Jul/2020 12:02

by Bill Cooney

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Blizzard devs officially announced when we could expect to see a beta for the WoW Shadowlands expansion, and went into new details about the upcoming content, mechanics, dungeons, raids and more that will be included.

World of Warcraft players finally got another developer update from Blizzard on the game’s upcoming Shadowlands expansion during an hour-long live stream on July 8, which was originally scheduled for a month earlier, but was pushed back due to current events.

Arguably the biggest news of the live stream was the announcement of when Shadowlands would be entering open beta, allowing WoW players who have beta testing enabled to try out parts of the new expansion for themselves.

John Hight, WoW’s executive producer, informed us during the July 8 stream that beta would begin “sometime next week,” which most likely means it will go live on Tuesday, July 14, since Tuesday is the most common day for WoW and Blizzard games in general to see updates.

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Night Fae are one of the four Covenants that will be available to players in Shadowlands.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get an exact release date for Shadowlands during the stream – but in classic Blizzard fashion, Hight assured us that “WoW Shadowlands will be releasing sometime this fall, even if we have to ship it from home.”

In addition to the beta details and release date tease, we also got a zeppelin-load of information about the expansion’s new Covenant system from WoW game director Ion Hazzikostas. Covenants are the four powerful factions that rule over the Shadowlands, and players will have to choose one to side with once they hit the max level cap and reach the endgame. These are the Kyrian, Venthyr, Necrolords and Night Fae.

Each Covenant will provide their respective players with a ton of exclusive content and gameplay options, including Soulbinds, which are basically additional, highly customizable talent trees players can switch up fairly easily and cheaply. As you gain power in your Covenant, you’ll work your way through and unlock other soulbinds that fit your playstyle, giving you access to special abilities, utilities, passives and more.

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Kyrian is another of the four Covenants that will be available in Shadowlands.

The stream likewise shared a wealth of in-depth information about how Covenants will work, and how Shadowlands is shaping up to be the most ambitious and customizable WoW expansion in recent years.

Unfortunately, we don’t have room to cover every single detail that was discussed, but if you want to learn more about how Shadowlands will work, we definitely recommend checking out the full Twitch VOD.

One last important note – if you want a chance at participating in the beta next week, you need to sign up. All you have to do is log into Battle.net, and head to the Shadowlands site and click the “opt-in” button at top. After that, it’s a matter of waiting for that magical email telling you you’re in.

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World of Warcraft 22 October patch notes: Mage Nerfs & Demon Hunter fixes

Published: 23/Oct/2020 13:11

by Lauren Bergin

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The World of Warcraft 22 October Hotfixes sees some major changes to some of the game’s most popular classes alongside a host of other changes.

In the run-up to the highly anticipated release of the Shadowlands expansion, Blizzard have made several key updates to WoW Classic, as well as the Battle for Azaroth.

Between 14-22 October, there has been a range of different updates to the game, but some of the most important have been rolled out after 19 October. These changes include a whole host of alterations to some of the game’s most popular classes, items, quests, and bug fixes.

Blizzard EntertainmentNew adjustments have been made to several of the game’s most dominant classes.

Class Changes

Some of the main changes these Hotfixes will implement apply to the games major classes.

The healing classes of the the game have been given significant buffs, specifically the changes made to the Priest’s ‘Atonement’ to increase the healing lower level characters receive from the spell.Also, taking the Priest with you on “Blade of Twilight” lets the player return to Whispering Woods using the Tirisfal Camp Scroll.

Healers aren’t the only ones who have seen some positive changes. The Demon Hunter has also seen a revision of a bug which decreased armor when using Demon Spikes while buffed.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Mage class has seen significant nerfs, with “Arcane Pummelling” losing 40% of its damage per wave and Vision of Perfection no longer proccing Rune of Power.

Headgun Changes

Another significant change in this hotfix appears on the Tactical and Blink-Trigger Headguns, whose cooldown on-use effects have been increased significantly from 30 seconds to 5 minutes. This makes firing those bullets a lot harder, and you’ll have to use them much more sparingly.

Trick or Treat?

As Hallow’s End dominates the game, players will be pleased to hear that the Hallow’s End Candy Bucket in The Veiled Stair now appears in all phases, offering treats to any passers by whenever they need them!

All this and more has changed in the World of Warcraft universe, so take a look below for more details.


Other Notable Hotfixes:

Achievements

  • The Will of the Emperor encounter special ability, Opportunistic Strike, is obtainable once again for completing the achievement Show Me Your Moves!

Characters

  • The Character Transfer gold limit for characters level 40-49 has increased to 250,000 gold.

Class Changes

  • Death Knight
    • Unholy
      • The additional Shadow damage from Soul Reaper’s (Talent) explosion is now correctly affected by Mastery.
  • Druid
    • Balance
      • Damage caused by Starfall will break the caster out of stealth.
  • Priest
    • Shadow
      • Spiteful Apparitions (Azerite Trait) damage reduced by 34%.
      • Whispers of the Damned (Azerite Trait) Insanity generation reduced by 50%.
  • Warlock
    • General
        • Unstable Affliction’s damage dealt when it is dispelled has been reduced by 35%.

Dungeons and Raids

  • Ny’alotha, the Waking City
    • N’Zoth the Corruptor
      • Fixed an issue where Basher Tentacles would cast Void Lash more frequently on all difficulties.
    • Vexiona
      • Fixed an issue that occasionally caused Vexiona to not follow her target.
  • Utgarde Pinnacle
    • King Ymiron
      • Dark Slash now deals appropriate damage on Normal difficulty.

Items and Rewards

  • Many Burning Crusade gems have had their stats updated to the correct numbers.

Island Expeditions

  • Resolved an issue that prevented Azerite Extractors from functioning correctly.

Pet Battles

  • The Sun Darter Hatchling is obtainable once again. Happy hunting!

Player versus Player

  • Fixed an issue where some Gladiator mounts were not accessible across the account.
  • The Conquest limit has been increased and players can once again progress on their Weekly Conquest reward.

Quests

  • After completing “An End to Beginnings”, the instructions have been clarified on how to unlock the Timewalking Campaign for players that have already leveled a character before.
  • Players who are eligible to visit Nazjatar will no longer be prompted upon log in to start the quests, “The Warchief’s Order” or “The Wolf’s Offensive”. Instead, players can begin their journey to Nazjatar by starting the quest, “Send the Fleet”, by speaking to Nathanos or Genn Greymane.
  • Players who have started the Battle for Azeroth introduction are now able to complete “The Legion Returns” and any remaining Legion introduction content.
  • Nathanos is visible once again for Horde players to turn in “The Battle for Lordaeron”.
  • Fixed an issue where Alliance players were unable to pick up “Tides of War” from Hero’s Herald.
  • Reduced the difficulty of the enemies in the Alliance quest “Fairwind’s “Friends”’.
  • Sylvanas Windrunner should now be present in Grommash Hold if you have quests to turn in to her while you’re also in the middle of the Vulpera Allied Race questline. Shhh… Don’t tell Tyrande.
  • You’ll now be ported back onto the ship if you accidentally fall off during the Horde quest “Paint it Red” and Alliance quest “Unleash Hell”.