World of Warcraft lets slip the Tides of Vengeance today

    
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Druids, pirates, and trolls, oh my! It’s patch day over at World of Warcraft, and even if this isn’t one of the major ones, there’s still enough in this “halfway” patch to keep players busy for at least the next 36 hours or so (we jest).

Patch 8.1.5: Tides of Vengeance finally allows players to unlock and access the Kul Tiran and Zandalari allied races (along with their wicked awesome Druid forms), as well as progress further in the war campaign, advance through profession quests, go on Naga and Tortollan world quests, and raid up the Crucible of Storms (when it unlocks on April 16th, that is).

There’s a bunch of other random activities tossed into this update, such as the return of the Brawler’s Guild, Warlords of Draenor timewalking dungeons, and an overhaul of the Arathi Basin and Warsong Gulch battlegrounds. You’re probably going to watch to read the full patch notes and watch all three (!) survival guide videos below to get a full grasp on this patch’s potential.

Source: Patch notes
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Kevin McCaughey

I came back after over 10 years away and found the whole thing overwhelming until I settled on doing BFA. At the end of BFA content you just have crappy dailies to do – what’s the point in playing? I couldn’t get in a raiding guild so I just quit. So I never got to raid in WoW – sniff :( Doomhammer server.

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Danny Smith

This is the first time in the games history that not one of my mmo playing friends are playing. Even with the ability to play using gold rather than a sub fee not one of them has come back, including myself. Its strange to see a large update and across all our varied tastes and why we played WoW in the past the reaction is a metaphorical shoulder shrug and a feeling that its just not worth the time as theres no fun to get out of it.

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Koshelkin

Not enough, imo, to justify a subscription.

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Eliandal

Don’t sub then, use gold. Although the price did spike a bit today, it’ll settle back to under 110K soon enough.

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TheDonDude

Pretty good patch, actually. Lots of swanky stuff.

Course, some of that swank shoulda been in at launch, but hey.

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Sally Bowls

TL;DR: these are not “promised when announced races” there is one announced at BlizzCon and one added after the announcement.

I am not a big fan of Ion and/or BfA, but in the January Dev Q&A (about 17:30 into the video) Ion explained the dates. There was a “story” component (get them to ally after we prove ourselves) but the practical one was the development issue.

At Blizzcon, the expected and announced by Blizzard Allied races were Zanalari and Dark Iron Dwarves. KT Humans were not mentioned or promised. Devs said they wanted KT race but decided they were too expensive. By design, Allied races reuse a lot from an existing race. KT can’t do that and the KT race took more dev time than the rest of the allied races combined. Thus, at the Blizzcon announcement, this feature(KTH) did not make the cut. Subsequently, they decided they could do KTH but not in time for launch. Once, post announcement, KTH was added they felt it made sense to pair it with Zand Trolls.

So, after Blizzcon, there was feature creep (adding a new race, KTH) at the cost of a delay to ZT.

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Pepperzine

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silverlock

So witch of the three videos covers unlocking the races?

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camren_rooke

Is it ghost trolls?

Looks like ghost trolls.

Not troll ghosts. That’s a different thing altogether.

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Sarah Cushaway

Meh. More mindless grinding to unlock races that were a “feature” of an expansion? I’ll pass. I miss the days you got new races when you forked over that 60 bucks. I hate mindless rep grinds and daily chores, and that’s all WoW is now. Sadly. So sadly.

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Utakata

…well to be upfront, most of us have likely already grinded out the the pre-req’s. And have been sitting with our thumbs up it while waiting till this patch dropped, so we can do the final storyline for the unlock. Go us!

But yeah, originally…we where to get one of these races at the beginning with the only pre-req of purchasing the expansion. #BaitAndSwitch >.<

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Eliandal

Just to clarify, it’s actually little grinding, and more just playing. This was nothing like ‘grinds’ in the past, but, have to give people something to hate WOW for, wouldn’t be cool without that ;)!

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Sarah Cushaway

The difference was in Vanilla grinding gated rep just to finish a zone story wasn’t necessary ;) There was a choice to do it or not do it. Now? You’d better do it if you want to even finish the zone story. Or get a race that was a “feature” of the expac. Yeah, so…it’s definitely different now, kids.

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Utakata

I remain entirely unconvinced of that assertion. Not to mention, it’s still grind however you slice it. As well, it should be understood by now, that I suffer fools who roll out apologetics very little. Just saying.

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Venomlicious

WoW has been mindless grinds from day 1. Hell the worst grinds in WoW history were in Vanilla and it was fun then. It’s just everyone wants everything now and could care less if there is anything to do after they hand everything out in a week. Gamers today just love to watch reviews online and let them make up you mind for you. I will play WoW till my last days if all that comes out are these shit Korean cash shops with a open world lobby.

I remember Death Knights needed a level 60 to make one so that’s a grind on release. I remember you needed a level 70 to make a Demon Hunter so even more grind.

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Eliandal

If you wanted any of the other racial mounts in Vanilla, that was a huge grind, but of course, we all did it anyways ;)!

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Sarah Cushaway

No ;) not all of us did. In fact, most people didn’t bother. And it’s one thing with a mount– it’s quite another with a race that’s toted as a “NOW PLAY X RACE IF YOU BUY BFA!!!” only to find out you’d better grind some boring-ass world quests over and over and over for that race. You can white knight it all you want, but there’s a reason why BFA is a sinking ship.

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Bruno Brito

55 for DKs, it wasn’t hard since Wrath had a huge xp nerf for Vanilla and TBC.

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Pepperzine

The DK and Demon Hunter leave requirement makes sense because of the level they start at. You don’t want someone completely new to the game starting at 55, it could be very jarring. Reputation requirements to start at level 1 are simply a time sink.

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Bruno Brito

It’s easier to get lvl 80 on a wrath server than 60 on a vanilla server, simply because how awful the gearing process and leveling trees are for some classes.

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DG

let me queue the crickets