World of Warcraft: Legion beta starts this Thursday

    
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Say goodbye to World of Warcraft: Legion’s “alpha” phase, boys and girls. Blizzard announced today on a dev stream that the expansion’s beta testing is starting this week.

To be precise, the beta will kick off on Thursday, May 12th, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Invitations for the beta should start going out soon, and all participants — both previous alpha testers and new beta players — will have to start the expansion as a fresh level 100 due to an end-of-alpha wipe.

Originally Blizzard announced that Legion’s beta was scheduled for November 2015, but the studio later walked back the statement and changed the terminology to “alpha” instead.

In regard to the question of legacy servers, the devs said that the studio’s position hasn’t changed and that its current focus is on Legion. There was a lot of discussion on the stream about the idea of pristine servers, the desire for a vanilla experience, and how the pacing of the early game is off Blizzard’s standards.  “Heirlooms are a whole ‘nother level of degeneracy,” Ion Hazzikostas said, pointing to the current low-level game and how it’s a cakewalk for much of the population.

You can check out the dev stream discussion (and the crowd chanting “legacy!”) about the expansion after the break.

Source: Twitch via Blizzard Watch
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mourasaint
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Karl_Hungus mourasaint Tamanous Good effort, but doing all those things (clicking to equip them—really?) doesn’t constitute anywhere near the same effort that leveling without heirloom represents vs leveling with their aid. There is also the fact that Blizzard actively incentivizes Heirloom collection with rewards, including achievements and a much sought-after low level mount.

Finally, buying character boosts only constitutes as the path of least resistance if the player in question has the disposable income to expend, and it’s in Blizzard’s financial interest to remove the availability of in-game XP boosts if they want the character boosts to have significant value beyond the ones made freely available with each new expansion release.

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mourasaint Karl_Hungus Tamanous 
Then they don’t have a right to complain about it. First you have to buy them with gold, then upgrade them for more gold, and then upgrade them again for even more gold. Then they are stored in a separate tab not clearly indicated by the UI. You have to click on each one to fill your inventory with them. Then you have to click on them again to equip them. At every stage of the process, there is a choice the player makes. The onus is on them. I have every single heirloom in the game unlocked and fully upgraded. And yet I’ve consciously made the choice to level some characters without them and you know what? Leveling in WoW is still fast as shit even without them equipped. Oh, and if people always go for the path of least resistance as you say, then they would just buy character boosts and skip the leveling process altogether.

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rottenrotny DamnDirtyApe Karl_Hungus  My point of view may be a little distorted since I played on a PvP server so it was very rare for any shaman I knew to level as restoration since everyone wanted to run around WINDFURYing alliance all day long.  I know that shammies always struggled to find a place in PvE (I remember when one boss AE would kill all of their totems LOL), but I always appreciated having them around on dungeon runs as a DPS/emergency heals/rez support (I played a resto druid, mostly because every other druid spec was terrible and broken).

DPandaren
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Greaterdivinity Even without Heirlooms, the leveling curve is broke to the point that you’d still level like two maybe three times in a dungeon rather then four, or my most at five.

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Polyanna I think if you bought Legion you should already have access to it.

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Techbot Alpha I don’t know that anyone needs to tear you a new one, but I do sure wish that people like you would stop lumping everyone into your opinion. Just say that they’ve lost touch with what *you* want. They glory days of WoW are over for *you*. I personally still have a guild with a ton of folks playing, so obviously we still dig it. 

I would never deny that a lot of people has fallen out of love with WoW. I just really wish they would not assume that because they have, everyone has. That’s all.

Techbot Alpha
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And watch as everyone not still living in 2004 goes ‘screw this’ and walks.
Trying to keep up with ever raising level-cap and slow grind sounds like one version of hell for some people, myself included.

Tithian
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Tithian

Heirlooms or not, as a low level mage you still 2-shot everything. While I was leveling a paladin waaayyy back, even with only 3 heirloom pieces I could solo trash pulls in level 40(ish) 5-man dungeons (and yes, I was at the appropriate level).
Engaging gameplay, for sure.
People point to heirlooms for making the game ‘easy mode’, while at the same time completely disregard the loot bags from dungeon queues, that award level appropriate blue gear that can be even more powerful than even the end boss drops.

Techbot Alpha
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Techbot Alpha

The only thing that is ever going to kill WoW is it’s own inertia, like a charging bull that got shot in the head, but the brain didn’t get a chance to inform the body that the show was over.
Either that or people will eventually wake up to the fact that the ‘glory days’ of WoW, whatever they were, are long gone and the devs on Blizzards MMO division have so far lost touch with what players actually want and NEED that they leave in large enough numbers to bring the whole fetid engine grinding to a halt.
Which is sad. Because, realistically, while the multi-million pound figurehead is still trundling along, blinkered devs and publishers around the world will keep trying to emulate its earliest successes, in the false dream of hitting the Millionaire Button. In other words, while WoW sits like the Warhammer 40,000 Emperor, a rotting corpse on a golden throne, I don’t think the MMO industry is going to move the next step up the ladder, abandoning tired old shit (Trinity gameplay, gear grind, 3 mobs vs 1 player ‘balance’, rising level caps etc etc.) and embracing someone a bit more intuitive.
But hey, what do I know, right? Time for all the old guard to tear me a new one right about now, heh.

Sorenthaz
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Estranged Maybe a few diehard guilds do but most don’t seem to gloat like that.