Shadowlands Conduits Update

Shadowlands Beta Character Wipe This Week
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Later this week when we take the Shadowlands Beta offline for its weekly update, all test characters will be removed from the Shadowlands Beta realms. Over recent weeks, many of the bug reports we’ve received are related to player-characters getting into a broken state due to changes in questlines or Covenant flow. These are not bugs that could occur in a live environment, and they often mask other issues that we still need to identify and fix. When the Shadowlands Beta resumes public availability, testers will want to copy or create new characters in order to resume testing.

Thereafter, on test realms you’ll find that Renown with all Covenants will be set back to its initial, Week 1 state. Please note that there will be two options for template test characters: On the Maw and Oribos realms, you’ll find character copy and Level 50 templates for testing the initial experience. On the Torghast realm, there will be Level 60 character templates and vendors that support PvP, dungeon, and raid testing. This will skip the Shadowlands level-up content and put the test character right before their Covenant choice.

As in previous weeks, we’re targeting late Wednesday morning (PDT) for the time when we’ll take the Beta realms offline and do maintenance, remove all characters, and update the build.

Thank you to all Beta testers for your continued testing and feedback!

Some Warlords Crafted Armor Sets and Weapons Unobtainable in Shadowlands
Several appearances locked behind upgrade items will be temporarily unobtainable in Shadowlands and will return in a future patch. Thanks to Alayea for the list!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Due to the profession revamp and level squish coming in Shadowlands, some WoD crafted armor may no longer be obtainable. This must be a bug, right? Removing old gear stuff that is locked behind daily CDs with this short notice is beyond cruel.

Yes, this is a side effect of Shadowlands development.

We already have plans to reintroduce all of the transmogs in a future patch. So they’ll only be unobtainable temporarily.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Shadowlands Beta Character Wipe This Week, Warlords Armor Transmog in Shadowlands started by Stoy View original post
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  1. Sorrior's Avatar
    Honestly they should either push back release or extend pre patch to go past release..maybe be like invasions but only for level 80s and keep the icecrown parts around
  1. Violent's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sorrior View Post
    Honestly they should either push back release or extend pre patch to go past release..maybe be like invasions but only for level 80s and keep the icecrown parts around
    Agreed. /10chr
  1. Doffen's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Violent View Post
    You can't get cancer like that either.. Covid > Cancer? I think not.
    True, cancer isn't contagious either. Well done sir.

    Looking forward to Shadowlands.

    (had to add something relevant)
  1. Enan1981's Avatar
    So open beta then? LoL.
  1. Esper's Avatar
    They can't delay the expac launch. I already got time off work. Time for 24/7 crunch.
  1. Gorsameth's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Protean View Post
    We literally have a world health crisis and you expect their plans to remain on schedule without any problems?
    Considering they announced the release date in August of this year? Yes I would expect Blizzard to have calculated Covid into their schedule.
  1. Segus1992's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lyphe View Post
    Angry little cabbage aren't you?
    And no, your assumptions are quite incorrect, and I'd correct you on how if you mattered more.
    I guess I stepped on sore toes. Apologies for hurting your feelings.
  1. Protean's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gorsameth View Post
    Considering they announced the release date in August of this year? Yes I would expect Blizzard to have calculated Covid into their schedule.
    Quote Originally Posted by Violent View Post
    Oh stop it. Developing a game isn't being a Doctor. You don't have to make house calls, you're not touching people..
    You do know 98% of their work they can do from home, (and now is), right?

    "world health crisis" is that so many of you people believe that's what's really happening.
    It's like flat-earth almost, shit just keeps spreading, and its absolutely false.
    In august US had a confirmed 2.5m cases and now they're over 7 million.

    Deaths gone from 128k to 205k in the same timespan.


    Whatever predictions were made in August, situations change. Expecting employees at a game company to risk everything to hit some arbitrary deadline for a, and I cannot stress this enough, VIDEO GAME, is insanity.

    Beta has been hands down the most buggy experience of all the Blizzard betas I have been in. It most definitely does not feel like the usual Blizzard product considering we're a month from launch.

    Working from home does not mean working 100% efficiently. It means work hasn't grinded to a halt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuskSP View Post
    Diabetes is much much much more deadly.
    Go be alt-right elsewhere.
  1. Gorsameth's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Protean View Post
    In august US had a confirmed 2.5m cases and now they're over 7 million.

    Deaths gone from 128k to 205k in the same timespan.


    Whatever predictions were made in August, situations change. Expecting employees at a game company to risk everything to hit some arbitrary deadline for a, and I cannot stress this enough, VIDEO GAME, is insanity.

    Beta has been hands down the most buggy experience of all the Blizzard betas I have been in. It most definitely does not feel like the usual Blizzard product considering we're a month from launch.

    Working from home does not mean working 100% efficiently. It means work hasn't grinded to a halt.
    where on earth am I saying devs are expected to risk anything?

    In August companies, including Blizzard, had already switched to working from home.
    Not working at 100% isn't relevant when you know your not working at 100% because you've already been working from home for some time.

    They knew the situation in August and they knew the measures. If you announce a date while at reduced efficiency I assume the date to take that reduced efficiency into account.

    Is Shadowlands delayed compared to what Blizzard excepted back in 2019? Absolutely, how could it not. But do not pretend that they could not account for Covid when announcing a date a month ago.
  1. Onikaroshi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gorsameth View Post
    Is Shadowlands delayed compared to what Blizzard excepted back in 2019? Absolutely, how could it not. But do not pretend that they could not account for Covid when announcing a date a month ago.
    Can't be THAT delayed as they were shooting for q4 before covid was even a thing.
  1. Protean's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gorsameth View Post
    where on earth am I saying devs are expected to risk anything?

    In August companies, including Blizzard, had already switched to working from home.
    Not working at 100% isn't relevant when you know your not working at 100% because you've already been working from home for some time.

    They knew the situation in August and they knew the measures. If you announce a date while at reduced efficiency I assume the date to take that reduced efficiency into account.


    Is Shadowlands delayed compared to what Blizzard excepted back in 2019? Absolutely, how could it not. But do not pretend that they could not account for Covid when announcing a date a month ago.
    And.. Where pray tell are they going to get the data for how working from home will mount out? It's a fact that they had no idea how long-term WFH would pan out.

    I'm not saying we'll definitely see a delayed launch. But the state of the game currently is a direct result of their expectations for efficiency not matching reality as it turned out.
  1. Gorsameth's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Protean View Post
    And.. Where pray tell are they going to get the data for how working from home will mount out? It's a fact that they had no idea how long-term WFH would pan out.

    I'm not saying we'll definitely see a delayed launch. But the state of the game currently is a direct result of their expectations for efficiency not matching reality as it turned out.
    5 seconds on google gave me this https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/...of_COVID19.php
    Which has a tweet of Blizzard moving to working from home in March.
    I expect them to have a clue about how working from home impacts efficiency 6 months down the line when they announced the Shadowlands release date.
  1. DuskSP's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Protean View Post

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    Go be alt-right elsewhere.
    hey now. XD
  1. terminaltrip421's Avatar
    "We already have plans to reintroduce all of the transmogs in a future patch. So they’ll only be unobtainable temporarily." and it will only take ~a month to craft each a la the removed blacksmithing specialization recipes added back during mop.

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