Activision Blizzard Shows Off WOW Dungeon Run on Twitch

Activision Blizzard recently showed off on Twitch a dungeon run for Alpha of their new World of Warcraft expansion called ‘Legion’. Legion is the sixth expansion of the most popular MMORPG in North America and it will follow the footsteps of controversial expansion Warlords of Draenor.

According to Battle Net two teams of WOW streamers composed of top players and YouTubers ran two dungeons of the Legion Alpha. The dungeons were Maw of Souls and Halls of Valor. The official Warcraft Twitch channel has a recording of the February 11 exhibition Dungeon Race between Europe and North America. Europe is composed of Fat Boss TV’s Treckie, Bellular, Qelric, Loz, and Alex. While Towelliee, Killars, Monkioh, Tattva, and Tov of Line of Sight Gaming composed North America.

Towelliee of North America showcased the new Vengeance Demon Hunter. The Dungeon run is under the World of Warcraft Legion Alpha to help showcase the game itself and the skills of participants.

The streamers who raced through it during the live Twitch session showed the bosses and the tactics that can be used against them. The stream ended with the defeat of the tentacled female final boss. The team from Europe emerged as the victor with a time of 17:22:06.

The World of Warcraft Legion expansion is expected to come out on or before September 21st, 2016 and will cost $49.99. The expansion will include pre-purchase bonuses from level boosts to early access for new classes.

WoW: Latest Dungeon Puts Players on A Ghost Ship

World of Warcraft: Legion, the upcoming expansion is currently in the alpha testing phase. New content is added to the alpha all the time for players to dive in and try out.

It’s called Maw of Souls, and it takes place on a massive ship that is navigating the Vyrkul afterlife. Players start on land before being transported to the hull of the Vyrkul ship known as the Naglfar. It’s filled with all the typical World of Warcraft goodness: there are numerous boss battles, plenty of trash mobs and loot to be had.

However, the final boss isn’t something you see every day. Once players reach the end, a massive kraken woman appears and starts destroying the ship with her tentacles. It’s a drawn-out fight and a hectic-looking one at that, but it sure does look cool.

Although the dungeon only went live on the game’s alpha build last night, more than a few players have already completed it and uploaded videos for all to see.

Of course, the entire dungeon is subject to change in the upcoming months as Blizzard prepares Legion for release. The expansion doesn’t yet have a release date, but it is expected to launch sometime in the summer of 2016.

Blizzard Looks to Increase the Number of Expansions They Release

With the upcoming release of the first ever Warcraft film this June and the release of Legion, the next World of Warcraft (WOW) expansion, shortly afterwards in September, fans of Blizzard’s flagship series have a lot to look forward to this year.

After its inception in 2004, WOW became almost synonymous with the term “Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game” (MMORPG). The game had over 12 million subscribers at its peak in 2010 (the year of its third expansion, Cataclysm), and became almost definitive of the genre and online gaming in general.

However, since that peak in 2010, WOW’s popularity has steadily declined. Gamespot reports that, in November, Blizzard said that they had 5.5 million subscribers. This was a loss of 100,000 since the previous report three months prior, and Gamespot reports that the company now stands at a nine-year low for subscribers.

5.5 million is definitely not a bad number, but it is a substantial drop from the 12 million of WOW’s prime, and suggests a substantial shift in the current MMORPG market. Blizzard also claims that this will be the last time they provide subscriber numbers, and that this information will no longer be divulged in the future, as they look to other forms of data to understand their success.

One of the major changes introduced in response to this drop in subscribers was the company’s decision to increase the number of expansions they release. Gamerant reports that Blizzard has announced intentions to release one expansion per year, which is a substantially more frequent rate than their previous expansions (the game currently has six expansions, and has been out for 12 years, for an average rate of one game every two years).wow gold

What is ahead for World of Warcraft in 2016

Buy cheap wow gold  A New Year often brings thoughts of new beginnings, glimmers of hope that the future will be bright. As we begin 2016, Blizzard Entertainment’s “Warcraft” franchise looks like it might have its biggest year in a long while.

Big budget movies featuring characters and worlds that just a few years ago would have been impossible to feature on the big screen have proven to be box office juggernauts over the last few years. Viewers are now accustomed to seeing gods and superheroes battle it out on the big screen. In June, the denizens of Azeroth will get their turn to be exposed to a wider audience than ever before as “Warcraft” hits theaters.

Directed by Duncan Jones and starring Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Rob Kazinsky, and Daniel Wu, “Warcraft” tells the story of the first interactions between the Orcs, as they flee their dying world, and the humans of Azeroth. The movie is sure to rekindle interest in former “World of Warcraft” players, as well as bring in some new ones.

The other big happening for “World of Warcraft” in 2016 is the launch of the game’s sixth expansion. “Legion” is expected to be released sometime in or before September, and brings with it an all-new “hero class.” Players will be able to create Demon Hunters, which will have several special abilities. “Legion” will also introduce Artifacts to the game, powerful weapons based on weapons used by legendary characters in the game’s history.

“Legion” will also bring many changes to currently existing characters and game mechanics. There are going to be balance changes to each class, and the PvP system is getting an overhaul. Gear won’t matter nearly as much in “Legion” PvP, where characters will be able to advance through an honor leveling system to gain PvP-only talents.

“Legion” will also introduce Gnome Hunters to the game, along with the Mechanical pet family for Hunters. Gnome and Goblin Hunters will be able to tame Mechanical pets from the outset, and other Hunters will be able to tame them via a device made by Engineers.

Stay tuned for more “World of Warcraft” news as the release dates for the “Warcraft” movie and the “Legion” expansion draw near.

Ronda Rousey is a new character in World of Warcraft

Ronda Rousey’s appreciation of nerd culture is well documented. She was a stalwart moderator on a Pokemon message board, she loves Dragon Ball Z and now she has a new feather in her geek cap-an NPC in World of Warcraft.

The next expansion “Legion” will feature “Rhonda,” who is a “Master of San Soo,” according to her title. San Soo is a form of kung fu, and her character can be seen practicing with a polearm against a dummy in the Monk’s class hall. Blizzplanet released video this week showing Rousey, along with several other homages to famous people as Easter Eggs.

Rousey is a World of Warcraft player, so it will be surreal for her to come face-to-face with her digital self.    Buy cheap wow gold

Bot Software Is Killing PvP in World of Warcraft

For more than 10 years fans of World of Warcraft have been divided between those who prefer PvE progression, and those who prefer the competitiveness of PvP. Although Blizzard has made an effort to introduce content and rewards for both sides of the game, there’s always been a sense that PvP has been a second-rate option; classes are primarily balanced around PvE, many PvP gear models are recolors of older gear, and thoughtful new ways to enjoy PvP are infrequently encountered.

More recently, Blizzard’s lackadaisical attitude about the growing number of cheaters in PvP has put a frown on the face of anyone who enjoys arena or battlegrounds.

Cheating in PvP has become a serious issue in the competitive scene of WoW. Bots are easier than ever to find on the internet, allowing thousands of players to become introduced to the world of botting after just a few button clicks. Equally as important, the bots are more sophisticated than ever, capable of interrupting spell casts and more resulting in high win rates. This has particularly affected high rating play, where it’s common to face bots on a frequent basis. Consequently, many cheaters have been able to walk away with highly elusive gladiator titles and rare gear for Warlords of Draenor’s PvP Season 2, including a few popular Twitch streamers.

Botting is similarly prevalent in battlegrounds, where auto-follow bots result in teams having less than a full team to play with. This has been particularly frustrating for players who are trying to gear up as winning is the only reliable means of earning high honor reward.

If Blizzard were to respect PvP to any reasonable degree, it would likely have fewer issues with retaining subscribers. Its subscriber count is somewhere around 5 million to 5.3 million right now, which is a historic low since Vanilla. Things aren’t getting better, either. The recent “major” patch didn’t usher much in the way of new content to the game, and it’s going to be anywhere up to nine more months before Legion arrives, which thankfully will include a PvP system revamp.

If there’s a way to cheat, some players are going to use it. Ultimately, it’s up to Blizzard to make sure that when someone considers cheating, they know that they are taking a huge risk. Until that happens, the quality of life of WoW’s PvP systems will continue to dwindle.   Buy cheap wow gold

World Of Warcraft Gnomes Can Finally Be Hunters

Earlier this month, World of Warcraft developers revealed that the Gnome race in the game will finally have the option to be Hunters when Legion releases. The Hunter class is available to all the other races in the game currently leaving Gnomes as the only race without the option. Luckily, the pint-sized people will be able to tame the beasts of Azeroth very soon, and they are bringing a whole new pet type with them.

The highly requested new race and class combination was rather unceremoniously announced by the World of Warcraft creative director on his personal Twitter account. The screenshot of a Gnome Hunter also included what seemed to be, at the time, the race’s starter pet; a mechanical chicken. Of course, plenty of Gnomes rejoiced in their new class option, but several Hunters were pleased to see the mechanical pet standing next to the Gnome. Perhaps, mechanical pets were being added to list of creatures that Hunters could tame.

Today, Blizzard Entertainment again confirmed the upcoming option to create Gnome Hunters, and the developer divulged details on the new pet family Gnomes will bring along with them when they can be Hunters. The new Mechanical family of pets includes rare, “hard-to-find” pets that players will have to tame in interesting ways. According to the post on the official World of Warcraft website, Gnomes and Goblins will be able to innately tame Mechanical pets; however, any Hunter can tame them after using an Engineering device.

The pets from this new World of Warcraft pet family are said to require some special effort on the Hunter’s part in order to tame. Blizzard developers detail one such pet located in Gnomeregan. Inside, a rare mechanostrider awaits brave Hunters willing to locate it and solve the puzzle to “overload its circuits” letting the player tame the pet. The announcement also included new information on the Gnome Hunters starter pet.

Since Legion content is now in an alpha state, many sites have been busying datamining the upcoming content. Players got their first hint of mechanical pets from those files. For instance, there is a Wowhead entry for the Mecha-Mind Synchronization Fluid, the item likely responsible for other Hunters’ ability to tame the new Mechanical pets.    Buy cheap wow gold

World Of Warcraft Class Previews Cover Warlock

Buy cheap wow gold  Blizzard developers continue their coverage of upcoming class changes in World of Warcraft when the sixth expansion launches. The brief previews include a look at each class specialization and a few of their important abilities. Each specialization’s overview also includes an example of a talent specific to each specialization giving a little more insight on what is in store for each specialization in World of Warcraft.

The first class previewed on Tuesday is the demon summoning spellcasters Warlocks. Warlocks of all three specializations in Legion will utilize mana and soul shards. For instance, Destruction Warlocks will no longer manage Burning Embers in favor of keeping the Warlock uniform across all three specializations. Affliction Warlocks will focus on damage-over-time abilities, while Demonology returns to a demon-summoning mastermind rather than a specialization focused on transforming the Warlock itself.

Demonology Warlocks in Legion will be able to summon new Dreadstalkers, call in a number of Wild Imps when using Hand of Gul’dan, and buff their pets often offering them additional haste and health. Knowing when to buff your demon army is paramount, too. Demonic Empowerment will choose to buff the strongest demons first, and the ability makes them stronger for 12 seconds with a 12-second cooldown.

The summoning and shadow damage does not end with the Warlock changes. The World of Warcraft Death Knight is also spreading diseases and summoning ghouls in Legion with a few changes making them a little easier to manage while keeping true to their Lich King origins. Runes will no longer be divided into multiple types and instead Death Knights will manage six identical runes for their abilities.

Finally, the iconic Shaman class is undergoing a number of improvements in Legion. Elemental and Enhancement Shamans will no use Maelstrom as a resource, while the Restoration Shaman will continue to use mana. Multiple Totems from the same nature type can be put down in Legion, elementals summoned from Totems can now follow the Shaman, and Totems will have health based on a percentage of the Shaman’s health. Each of the Shaman’s specializations are detailed briefly in the preview.

ASTA Wants To Be The Asian Version Of World Of Warcraft

After five years of development, the open beta for ASTA-The War of Tears of Winds opens up on November 3rd.

You can sign-up to be part of the beta over on the game’s website. The beta test will last for about a month and once it’s finished all characters and progress will be wiped.

Back in 2013, when ASTA was first entering beta testing, it was being published by NHN rather than Webzen. At the time, NHN touted the game as the “Asian version of World of Warcraft.” It’s not a terrible summation of the game.

Essentially, it’s an MMORPG in a fantasy land inspired by Asian myths and legends. It has everything you’d expect from a classic MMO experience, including customizable attributes and talent trees, which Webzen says “allows players to have more freedom within the game and to create their perfect character.” The publisher adds that there’s also a Divine Spirit System and jewellery crafting for further fine-tuning.

ASTA will also have a dungeon and raid finder for easy co-op group play, as well as PvP battlegrounds, arenas, and guild battles for more competitive play.   Buy cheap wow gold

World of Warcraft Might Finally Come Back

Buy cheap wow gold   Blizzard is on the verge of redeeming its most famous title, World of Warcraft, with the newest expansion that is going to hit Battle.net in November this year. While many of the game’s features have already been released and discussed, there are still secrets that Blizzard have preferred to share during BlizzCon this year, for obvious reasons. World of Warcraft might finally come back.

The game’s fate has been discussed for many years, especially after the Wrath of The Lich King. Things never felt the same after Arthas was defeated and the game took a rather unexpected turn. Even if Blizzard was able to make a lot of money out of the game, the number of subscribers has gone down, from a maximum of 14 million subscribers registered at the same time, to 5 million subscribers registered this summer.

The release of Warlords of Draenor seemed to bring the game back to life, but only for a short period of time. The lack of an immersive storyline, the decreased value of dungeons and the endless grind have made the game a poor experience for many of its former players, so people left, little by little, until the game remained with a portion of its initial community.

But Legion bring something new to the table, something that can actually help the game bring back and maintain its players. With Legion, World of Warcraft might finally come back. It is not necessarily about the dungeons, which Blizzard promised to make more important, but it might actually be because of the story and its power to keep a player focused and determined.

Ever since Arthas was defeated, people did not feel the same level of “familiar” that they felt in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and Frozen Throne. Those two games set a specific atmosphere that people loved. They cherished the characters, the fact that they could empathize with them and that you felt like home in those games. With the Wrath of the Lich King, all of that disappeared.