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by Published on 2020-07-18 04:57 AM

Preach Interview with Ion Hazzikostas

How to sign up for Shadowlands Beta
With Shadowlands Beta going live this week, it's a good time to remind people how to sign up for the Shadowlands Beta. Simply go on the Shadowlands Website, log in into your account and click on the "Opt-In Now" button.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
To put your name into the pool of candidates interested in beta testing for Shadowlands, sign up on the Shadowlands home page using the Beta Opt-In link at the top of the page.

Signing up for beta does not guarantee you will be chosen to participate, but players who have not signed up to indicate interest cannot be chosen. Customer Support is not able to provide access to beta.

No Beta Keys Reminder
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As in previous expansion tests, Blizzard is not currently granting test access to the Shadowlands Beta via any sort of exchangeable key or code. At this time, do not trust any offer of Shadowlands Beta access that comes from any source other than Blizzard.

If you’d like to join us in testing Shadowlands, all you need to do is opt in to become a tester. Players who have opted-in can be selected to be a tester, and invitations will go out regularly throughout the test.

Addons Now Usable in Shadowlands Beta
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With the latest build of the Shadowlands Beta, addons are now enabled for use.

Beta testers who have been in-game will need to exit the game and update their client to the latest version (build 35213) in order to test addons.

Dark Legacy Comics #733
DLC #733 has been released.

by Published on 2020-07-18 01:32 AM

WoW Patch Hotfixes - July 17, 2020
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
WoW Classic

  • Casting animations should no longer break when briefly pausing in between spell casts.
  • Using Sap on Overlord Runthak, Major Mattingly, or Field Marshal Afrasiabi during their event dialogue no longer prevents the Rallying Cry of the Dragonslayer buff from being applied.
  • [With regional restarts] Resolved some issues that could prevent Tyrion from offering quests.
by Published on 2020-07-17 04:54 PM

Preach Interview with Ion Hazzikostas
Preach interviewed Ion Hazzikostas today! This interview was a good debate. Be sure to check out the full discussion for a lot of valid points about the Covenant system.

  • The reason the team decided for a permanent Covenant choice that can't be easily changed is because they want to give players a more "identity" choice over just "loadout" choices. This is a core mechanic of RPGs.
  • They want to make the Covenant choice a difficult, but informed, decision.
  • The consequence of the choice is much more drastic for players whose play style emphasizes player power. Ion mentions being open to having a scenario to test out the other covenant abilities be available to players even after committing to a covenant.
  • Ultimately the decision comes down to balance. Ion mentions committing to spec at the beginning of Legion was a more impactful decision than anything in Shadowlands as it determined your legendaries. There was problems with this, but it was way more weightier than the covenant decision.
  • The team wants to make sure the gaps between the abilities are never too large and there are scenarios where each one is useful. They want to give players more to differentiate themselves in content other than pressing their buttons harder than someone else of the same class.
  • Ion agrees that random procs are needed, but should not influence gameplay as much as they do now. They want you to feel like you influenced how well you did in an encounter. This is different from choices made before an encounter, however. The core of RPGs is about choices that make you unique from others of the same class.
  • The team has stripped away a lot of unique choices to differentiate each other from members of the same class, and this is them trying to bring some of that choice back.
  • Ion relates it to choices in previous expansions. A warrior that chose to make all of their choices around being a tank would probably take less damage, but they would be less versatile to the warrior who focused on also being able to fill an off-tank role.
  • Blizzard is giving these systems to players much earlier than azerite so that they can iterate on it now.
  • When a pug leaders asks if you are a certain spec over another, they can make associations about you as a player as that choice is easily changeable. Ion argues that when the choice is not easily changed, pug leaders can't necessarily judge your performance based on that choice.
  • Ion argues that having different solutions to problems is impactful. Strength and weaknesses should take into account more than just pure output.
  • It is the team's goal to make sure that your covenant choice isn't going to have a huge impact on interactions with other players and getting into groups. They want to get as much feedback during the beta as possible so they can iterate on the abilities and fix outliers and situations that could cause problems.
  • The team thinks the player power portion of the covenant choice is a meaningful decision. There is a fallback option to remove these restrictions and allow free change, but this is a last recourse.
  • Ion announced that destructible Conduits are a recipe for frustration. They are trying to think of some middle ground to make the decision of what ones to use semi-permanent and not have it be taxing to swap them out on each encounter. They will not be going live with the destructible conduits as they are now, but don't have a change to announce yet. It is still being discussed.
  • Every week until beta ends there will be additional beta invites.
Published on 2020-07-17 02:04 AM

Realm Connections During Next Maintenance
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
During our next scheduled maintenance period (currently planned for 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, July 21), the following realm connections will be made:

  • The Skywall realm will join the Silvermoon and Mok’Nathal realms.
  • The Perenolde realm will join the Blackmoore and Cenarius realms.

We are planning more realm connections for low-population realms, and we will post further notifications like this one in the coming weeks.

Thank you!
by Published on 2020-07-15 11:18 PM

Gladiator Mounts Account Wide in Shadowlands
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Greetings Gladiators!

Gladiator mounts have long served as one of the most prestigious rewards in all of World of Warcraft. This is due to the considerable time, effort, and skill required to earn one. In the past, we felt that prestige should be reserved to the character that earned a Gladiator mount, as this best demonstrated your expertise with that particular class.

Shadowlands Season 1 will be the 30th PvP season in World of Warcraft, and a lot has changed over that time. Not only has the game evolved with the introduction of new classes or changes to existing ones, but players’ preferences have often evolved with regard to the class they like to play most.

So, beginning in Shadowlands, all Gladiator mounts, including those from previous seasons, can be used by all characters across the account the mount was earned on.

Thank you for playing and we’ll see you in the Arena!

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