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    Quote Originally Posted by Local Panda Star Knight View Post
    Oh my god... they're skipping Shadowlands. From BFA to the Isles directly.

    That's telling.
    That is pretty interesting they just straight up removed it from the new player experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valysar View Post
    Why would they wait 9.2.5 to open up pre-orders when deluxe editions rewards are already IG ?
    Because an old leak that got everything right said there was an allied race coming with preorder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chickat View Post
    Jackie: Oh, so we’re keeping it. For the new player experience, new players specifically will be sent from Exile’s Reach to BFA, then onto Dragon Isles. More veteran players, people who have already leveled a character to max can choose like Chromie Time to go level in Draenor or Pandaria or Shadowlands. But for new players, it’s going to go: Exile’s Reach, BFA, Dragon Isles.
    So....they're decreasing the experience required to get to 60? Plus if they're adjusting Shadowlands to last from 10 to 60, that would also make Shadowlands the fastest place to level by a huge margin. That questline takes less than 4 hours. Besides going right from Exiles reach to Shadowlands busts the entire premise of the early Bastion quests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ersula View Post
    Your completely uncritical optimism is not an argument. Especially not towards the game's inability to innovate.
    Your completely overcritical pessimism is not an argument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GR8GODZILLAGOD View Post
    Why BFA still? just why?
    Shadowlands is so disconnected from everything else in the sense of story and world. Having it be the first levelling experience for new players would just feel wrong.

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    BFA ends with the dragons, not at all surprised to hear about the SL skip. On top of that it will probably address the sword at the end if the Azerite tease in the cinematic is any indication.

    SL is not a continuation of BFA: it’s the end of the War Campaign, and if you don’t care about Sylvanas it can be skipped entirely. The only things that matter are Anduin stepping down, Sylvanas being banished and Tyrande getting a new seed... and all of that can get explained in a few NPC conversations.

    I think endgame is going to be Exiles Reach - Revamped EK/Kalimdor, but for now, Exiles Reach - BFA - DF flows the best,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Atia View Post
    I'm quite sure we didn't got pre-orders yesterday because they don't want to commit to a release date again, just remember what happened with Shadowlands.
    Could be that too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Local Panda Star Knight View Post
    Oh my god... they're skipping Shadowlands. From BFA to the Isles directly.

    That's telling.
    Less of a hassle to a new player I'm assuming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ersula View Post
    If you're going to reply to all my posts from 12 hours ago can you consolidate them all into one post, please.

    They then also said only 4 were going to have a mythic difficulty: This tells me they're doing what FFXIV does & it uses the same dungeon for multiple instances. Really its not 8 dunegons; its just 2 slight variations of 4 dungeons. This sounds like how they intend to release it this year: A considerably smaller expansion, even smaller than Shadowlands.

    "90% of people are happy with this" lol maybe 90% of the people still playing this game, which at this point is about 30% of the people who were playing at the start of Shadowlands
    There are 8 dungeons, but only 4 will be M+ every estimated 3 months. Its not like the other 4 don't exist. Just not on M+ difficulty. I think its a weird decision too, but its not like the work for the other 4 isn't going to be done for launch. Its not laziness. I could see an argument for incompetence, but not laziness.

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    It's 31 class, 30 spec. Total is 61 or 1 per level starting at 10. You get 2-3 skills for free.
    Ah kk that makes sense then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ercarp View Post
    Alexstrasza has a staff in the key art. Could be a sign that the Evokers use staves.
    Well, staves seem like an obvious pick, since pretty much all casters use them (HPal is the only one that can't). Daggers too, probably. Hoping for Fist Weapons, that'd give us 4 casters with them (Druid, Shaman, Monk), and would fit their design well. Maybe 1h maces, since that seems to be the standard healer 1h.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GR8GODZILLAGOD View Post
    Why BFA still? just why?
    BFA leveling is a lot better for new players and they know it. Shadowlands would make no sense. It makes much more sense to do the island, then do bfa adventures and then dragon isles. The bfa zones don't really leave any major plotholes either except for the war mode stuff, but the acutral zone stories themselves are perfectly fine for leveling. I think its a good decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheezits View Post
    BFA ends with the dragons, not at all surprised to hear about the SL skip. On top of that it will probably address the sword at the end if the Azerite tease in the cinematic is any indication.

    SL is not a continuation of BFA: it’s the end of the War Campaign, and if you don’t care about Sylvanas it can be skipped entirely. The only things that matter are Anduin stepping down, Sylvanas being banished and Tyrande getting a new seed... and all of that can get explained in a few NPC conversations.

    I think endgame is going to be Exiles Reach - Revamped EK/Kalimdor, but for now, Exiles Reach - BFA - DF flows the best,
    But none of the major story plots happen during leveling. So the players wont know about those resolutions. I still agree however to keep it this way. Especially since BfA now has no borrowed power during leveling (like a different spell for each zone in SL)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Local Panda Star Knight View Post
    Oh my god... they're skipping Shadowlands. From BFA to the Isles directly.

    That's telling.
    Yep, thematically it makes more sense, but I think the BFA zones are 100% better for new players and leveling than the Shadowlands zones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheezits View Post
    BFA ends with the dragons, not at all surprised to hear about the SL skip. On top of that it will probably address the sword at the end if the Azerite tease in the cinematic is any indication.

    SL is not a continuation of BFA: it’s the end of the War Campaign, and if you don’t care about Sylvanas it can be skipped entirely. The only things that matter are Anduin stepping down, Sylvanas being banished and Tyrande getting a new seed... and all of that can get explained in a few NPC conversations.

    I think endgame is going to be Exiles Reach - Revamped EK/Kalimdor, but for now, Exiles Reach - BFA - DF flows the best,
    Yes, both continue from BfA story threads. SL follows on 8.2.5, while DF is kind of a lose continuation of 8.3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ersula View Post
    So....they're decreasing the experience required to get to 60? Plus if they're adjusting Shadowlands to last from 10 to 60, that would also make Shadowlands the fastest place to level by a huge margin. That questline takes less than 4 hours. Besides going right from Exiles reach to Shadowlands busts the entire premise of the early Bastion quests.
    Looks like it. Its a good idea IMO. Shadowlands would be confusing for new players to then go to dragons. BFA fits the theme a lot better.

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    Okay, Ions post on itemization through seasons makes me agree a bit more with the m+ split
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadochi View Post
    But none of the major story plots happen during leveling. So the players wont know about those resolutions. I still agree however to keep it this way. Especially since BfA now has no borrowed power during leveling (like a different spell for each zone in SL)
    They could make the 8.3 story mandatory for leveling, but they won’t.

    Even if new players don’t do the war campaign they’ll know the factions were at war, something happened, now they aren’t. I expect there to be a catch up conversation with the explorer team that explains what happened to Anduin and Sylv

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chickat View Post
    Blizzplanet: How is the level 70 cap going to work with Chromie Time? Will Chromie Time be stretched to cover level 50-60 as well? Or will we be forced to go to Shadowlands for level 50-60?


    Jackie: Oh, so we’re keeping it. For the new player experience, new players specifically will be sent from Exile’s Reach to BFA, then onto Dragon Isles. More veteran players, people who have already leveled a character to max can choose like Chromie Time to go level in Draenor or Pandaria or Shadowlands. But for new players, it’s going to go: Exile’s Reach, BFA, Dragon Isles.


    Also they are talking about letting you keep soulshapes in some capacity.
    The ability to bypass Shadowlands completely is kind of hilarious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chickat View Post
    Looks like it. Its a good idea IMO. Shadowlands would be confusing for new players to then go to dragons. BFA fits the theme a lot better.
    And on top of this, BfA has a lot more WC feel than SL (or Azerothian I guess). Exiles Reach to BfA was made to have a smooth transition, and BfA zones have their own storylines that get resolved as any most other zone storylines, while the SL ones have this huge overarching main drought/jailer plot with the zone stories being side ones
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emet-Selch View Post
    They said in one of the interviews they will be able to use the dragonriding systems (momentum and all that), not able to find it atm.
    Not the full system like the talent tree, just the basic system you get at level 60 when your first enter. I think it makes sense. Would be weird to have a Dragon riding talent tree for a class. Although, I hope they add a flight form in future expansions like druids. Imagine turning into a large whelping. Super cute.

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