World of Warcraft – The Horde Will Get Away With Genocide, As Blizzard Moves to Erase Past Transgressions in Shadowlands

Ian Bates, better known as Red Shirt Guy for his heroic lines of questions during BlizzCon panels, recently tweeted that references to the War of the Thorns, the Battle of Lordaeron, and azerite in general is being removed for both Horde and Alliance in the new leveling format. Massive, enormously consequential storylines are being ignored and are not considered essential for new or leveling players.

Moreover, the Forsaken intro quests define them as “tirelessly striving to protect the living”, in stark contrast to their entire existence in the story from Vanilla to where we are now.

Spoilers ahead.

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Switching Mains in Shadowlands – Shaman Class Changes

Shamans have suffered through World of Warcraft’s seventh expansion Battle for Azeroth, with all three specializations experiencing hardships at one point or another. Blizzard developers have been criticized left and right for not understanding players’ grievances, but the Shadowlands alpha testing has revealed some pretty promising changes.

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WoW: Shadowlands – Torghast, Warcraft’s Roguelike Adventure

Each new expansion for World of Warcraft brings with it new activities and gameplay experiences to enjoy, some of them winners and some of them not. Blizzard’s upcoming expansion Shadowlands is building on popular roguelike elements to challenge players with Torghast, Tower of the Damned – an ever-changing prison filled with levels, loot, and undead lackies.

So will it be a winner, or not?

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World of Warcraft: Shadowlands – Global Cooldown Changes Not Reverted, Despite Player Feedback

Following a successful expansion in Legion almost four years ago, Blizzard developers surprised players by announcing a tentative change on the then-latest alpha build which would add certain cooldown abilities onto the global cooldown – the 1.5 second base period between casting or using abilities in-game.

With Shadowlands fast approaching towards the end of the year, it seems as though the global cooldown will remain on those same abilities – and that’s a mistake.

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A Trip to Barovia – Part I

The cawing echoes of vultures sweeps across the dusty plains like a wave, mimicking the breeze as it ripples across the grass. Little disturbs the wildlife in these parts, but a crackling fire illuminates the dusk – revealing four adventurers, cloaked in linens and relishing the warmth of the humble campfire.

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Dungeons and Dragons 5e – New Elf Subraces for Unearthed Arcana

Variant Elves. Velves?

Following the release of the Tiefling subraces – both in the 2015 Unearthed Arcana material and the more recent preview from last month – Wizards of the Coast have decided to add a little more variance to the traditional elf archetypes: High Elves, Wood Elves and Drow will be joined by the Avariel, the Grugach, Sea Elves and the Shadar-kai.

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Praedyth – Part 1

The screams were deafening. Despite the stoic resolve of the Wardens, Praedyth watched – paralyzed by his own horror – as his town burned. The stalwart nature of both he and his kinsmen was shattered, replaced by terror and inaction. Swirling fires engulfed all that there was to see. The cinders danced melodically, almost shuddering by themselves as the shrieks of those trapped inside the buildings pierced the low rumble of embers. The buildings which, to Praedyth’s utter despair, would soon become their tombs.

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Enter the Gungeon – The 10 Best Weapons to Look Out For

Enter the Gungeon is a fantastic rogue-like dungeon crawler with guns, bullets, firearms and weaponry. In the relatively short time it’s been out, plenty of progress has been made throughout the Gungeon as players have unlocked a dizzying plethora of weapons, charmed extra NPCs and fostered a fantastic and helpful Reddit community.

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Dungeons & Dragons – Infallible Imbeciles Anonymous – Part #1

Ceaselessly exhuding steam and malcontent, the black Dragonkin’s face is torrid with an unnatural fury and unease at the shackles which bind her wrists in-front of her. Restless, the towering figure of obsidian scales paces, scratching her claws along the cave floor as she does so. The acidic venom which froths from her mouth leaks it’s scalding ferocity into the beast’s very vernacular as she spits her words at the figure unfortunate enough to be shackled beside her.

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A Tribute to Starman – Kojima’s Muse

A matter of days after the release of legend David Bowie’s new album Blackstar, the world has been shocked at the news that he has passed away after an 18 month battle with cancer. It’s one of those surreal historical moments – one of those still frames in your mind that you’ll recall when people ask you where were you when David Bowie died? 

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