World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is pretty much ready to go now

    
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We are just about two weeks away from World of Warcraft’s latest expansion launch, but if the test servers are any indication, this sucker is pretty much ready to release now. The folks over at Wowhead noted that the latest Shadowlands build on the PTR is a release — rather than a beta — candidate for Update 9.0.2.

Of course, Blizzard’s not going to shift from its November 23rd release date, especially considering that Shadowlands recently was delayed a month for more work to be done on the pack. There’s also the pre-expansion event that should be kicking off any day now for a two-week run.

And for those who are frantically trying to level up alts during this lead-up period, you have a new number to beat: Three hours and thirty-three minutes. That’s how long it took for speedrunner DesMephisto to bring an Alliance Death Knight from level 10 to 50 (Death Knights start at level 10 with the new leveling scheme).

Source: Wowhead, PC Gamer
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Glich

The monk community would greatly disagree.. To quote babs..
Our bug list has 93 bugs that we’ve been tracking for all Monks, and its likely there are more that we’ve missed. There are 36 that affect Windwalkers, 9 of them marked as Critical, and 4 of the 9 have to do with Storm Earth and Fire.
7 weeks since and that came 28 days after being told we’d hear more “next week”. The only thing we can hope for is that Windwalker damage is so strong, that its worth ignoring the bugs, which is not great to hope for as Windwalker languishes at the bottom of raid charts on WCL

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Bruno Brito

I spent the last 3 days getting Mag’har and Zandalari races.

It was the worst decision i’ve made in a while. I can’t even look at this game anymore because of how much i played.

Also, maybe this is just me but i’m hating rotations for solo PvE. My DK’s rotations for every situation feel way more tailored for controled raiding than anything else, which is a problem i’ve been saying all the time: Blizzard makes content outside raiding irrelevant, and design/balance the entire game around raiding. I don’t like it.

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Bannex

I main a DK as well and I totally agree although frost can be tolerable when specced specifically. I think the one class I’ve found over the years to be solo fun is windwalker monk, I just wish the tank spec was less harsh to play at lower gear levels.

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Hurbster

I’m really enjoying retail. Didn’t think I would, not played since Cata, having a blast going through WoD on my og Pally. Yes, I know all about WoD’s failings but what content is there is great.

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Armsman

And the real honest question here:

“Does anybody really care?”

(And no I’m not trying to be facetious here.)

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Bannex

Just because it’s honest doesn’t mean it’s not dumb.

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Ironwu

I really doubt it is ready in any sense of the word. If we have learned anything in the last 16 years, it is that test servers to not reflect the reality of live servers. Not to mention that they are still making changes to class and systems designs.

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Bannex

I’d go with the blizzard sense of the word. “We’re ready to make money on it despite the fact that it’s a WIP like this game has been since launch.”

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latorn

Are they sure this time? Because I’m willing to be this doesn’t go down as the best expansion in WoW’s history. Lol

Then again, I might be biased for trying FFXIV after classic and never looking back hahaha.

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Celestia

I hope this expansion provides copious amounts of joy and fun for all the WoW players.

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Danny Smith

Its so odd. This is the first time nobody i know. Not even the few with world of warcraft tattoos are touching this one. 10 years ago this was the mmo everyone i knew family, friends, schoolmates, people at work including my boss all played and got excited for. Now absolutely none of them are playing it. The game still exists but its like how everyone watches streaming but bbc 2 is still running day in day out only none of us watch it or can tell you whats going on without looking when time was that was the channel everyone went to for stuff like Buffy and TNG. Times change and people move on sure but i honestly can’t tell if its too much goodwill has been burn off and theres no trust left or World of Warcraft simply got aged out and joined Everquest in the “exclusively for the ’till the ship sinks’ absolute lifers” camp anymore.

Its not a case of “LOL WOWS DEAD BECAUSE I’M NOT PLAYING” and instead “WoW is chugging along but i don’t know anyone that cares anymore” and to be fair if you told me i could basically say the same about Star Wars for a lot of people nowadays only 10 years ago i would call you a liar. But still its a strange “the lights are on but nobodies home” feeling when its been so completely abandoned.

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Loopy

It’s a weird feeling for sure. I can’t remember the last time i DIDN’T talk to my friends about the new expansion features, or try to figure out with them what our mains will be. Only one person i know is going into the expansion – everyone else has either quit or is hanging out in Classic.

I get an itch to pick up the expansion at least once a week, but then i remember the absolute bloat of systems and i just give up.

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Cymek

Funny you should say that. I have friends who came back for Classic and are sticking around for Shadowlands. One friend hasn’t played since Wrath.

Also, record pre-orders.

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Vinnie travi

Thats me. I came back for Classic and once I heard about the level squish, I figured I would give retail a shot and now I am hooked. Can’t wait for SL.

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Bannex

THAT DOESN’T FIT THEIR NARRATIVE!!!!

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TomTurtle

I’m worried about the rampant bugs and technical issues that have plagued the beta for a while making their way to launch.

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Jeremy Barnes

lol