World of Warcraft posts Update 9.1 notes and raid test schedule

    
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The patch notes for Update 9.1 are up in anticipation of the test realm opening its doors, and you can hear the collective sigh of World of Warcraft’s community: “Finally.”

The long-overdue post-expansion content release is called Chains of Domination and include a whole lot of class changes, additional covenant campaign chapters, new soulbind tiers, and a new zone in the Maw called Korthia. Of course, dataminers are already hard at work extracting all of the goodies, including the new mounts, separate shoulder transmogs, additional legendary powers, and the return of Garrosh Hellscream.

Also coming with this initial round of testing is the game’s newest raid, Sanctum of Domination. Blizzard is planning to test this on Friday the 16th for a short period of time, so if you want to get a first look, you’re going to need to be punctual.

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Sorenthaz

Yeesh. It’s coming up on 5 months since Shadowlands’ launch. Hope that 9.1 patch is oozing with content, or else this really isn’t a good look for what is still Blizzard’s flagship game despite their attempts to bring Overwatch at the forefront.

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Dug From The Earth

I dont expect it to be oozing with any more content than 7.1 or 8.1 had.

Blizzard is just following the same process they have been for a few years now.

Eventually months down the road 9.3 will come with all the great “catch up” mechanics that people will say “Why wasnt this in the game from the start?!?!?”

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Sarah Cushaway

Y’know, I sh*t on this game a lot, and definitely -despise (!!)- the modern Blizzard corporate soullessness (thanks Activision) and greed, but I’ll always be so goddamned SAD that a game I had so many fond memories of in its earlier years became the dumpster fire it is today.

The lack of effort, the lack of give-a-damn, the lack of understanding the core base of WoW players and what they want vs. the garbage they get… it’s miserable thinking of what WoW -COULD- have been in 2021… and then comparing it to the reality of the pseudo-mobile lobby grinder we have today.

Just… why.

Also Ion needs to go. FFS this guy… just get rid of him.

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Sorenthaz

Just… why.

Because the creative heads that knew what they wanted for an MMO and had a better understanding of what their playerbase wanted jumped ship mid-WotLK and were shuffled to other games. Ion’s basically the robotic spreadsheet data reader who just goes off of what their statistics show drives player retention rates.

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Sarah Cushaway

Oh, I know. It’s a rhetorical question. I knew things were going in the wrong direction once Cata hit, and while it was still tolerable, things were definitely getting stale and when new “innovations” are introduced these days, they’re just bowered power and gated grinds–not innovations at all.

I really dislike how expansions just don’t flow into each other. Any system or story or class mechanic from one expansion is gone the next. It fucking sucks.

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Utakata

Garrosh Hellscream, in all that was done to remove that horror from the accesses of power…and much like *rump after him, he never really goes away. /sigh

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Dug From The Earth

yeah

At this point its clear that Blizzard is pretty much just putting their foot on the boat from the shore and kicking it down stream with no engine, paddle, or sail.

Sure, they will make sure to stop every few miles down stream to give it another swift kick… but thats about it.

The only real value WoW has at this point is the month of content from a new expansion, and maybe those looking to revisit past experiences with friends in Classic (where it wasnt up to blizzard to patch the fun into the game, because the game was already fun)

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Sorenthaz

The only real value WoW has at this point is the month of content from a new expansion, and maybe those looking to revisit past experiences with friends in Classic (where it wasnt up to blizzard to patch the fun into the game, because the game was already fun)

Pretty much. I tend to just check out WoW some months before an expansion drops so I don’t just hit a wall where I wait for the next update. TBC Classic though is something I’m really looking forward to checking out.

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Danny Smith

Man, you know how often you heard “yeah the story and expansion gimmicks are bad but boy the art carries it” in previous expansions? This feels like the first time that doesn’t happen. Imagine the Maw, a collective hell for every world and culture in all of reality and its just a more boring reaper of souls aesthetic.

Like i don’t know about you but when i think of a hell made of the melting pot of EVERYTHING a monotone grey edgy -literally- one note look is so boring. Its just the scourge but worse. I mean even Twilights Hammer has more variance and they are literal crazy people in rags.

If not even the music or art is propping the expansion up this time and the story i worse than its ever been, including alternate reality past time travel timey wimey horseshit, what is the big appeal to shadowlands?

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Dug From The Earth

You can REALLY feel the lack of effort and talent that went into this expansion.

The one thing blizzard has always done well is the zone visuals and design. The 4 new zones in this expansion dont really let down from a visual perspective, but the Maw is just an atrocity to mmorpg zones. Its a failure from an artistic and gameplay stand point.

But despite the brilliant colors and designs, its not even close to enough (as you stated) to keep this expansion afloat.

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Giggilybits

I honestly think COVID was a huge culprit here. Yeah you can work from home but that human interaction which probably fosters alot of creativity is missing.

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Dug From The Earth

Covid certainly had an effect on the number of bugs and “incomplete” aspects of the expansion…

However… I blame Activision more.

Their goal is to continue to make money but at the same time reduce the amount of money they are spending to do so. Which means cutting back on resources.

I think Activision realizes WoW is old and tired, and is no where near the money making gold mine that their CoD franchise is. While it can still make decent money, I think they feel it doesnt warrant over spending to get it to pump out 10% more profit. I think their analysts have shown that MORE money can be made by not spending it while trying to keep it in its current profitability state. (spend less to make the same).

I really dont think we will see anything new from WoW again at this point.

Expansion after expansion has shown us this, and their refusal to keep any new “expansion specific mechanic” beyond the expansion itself, has hurt the game more than it has helped.

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Igelhaar666

The idea that Blizzard are some good guys and Activision are the bad ones are absurd. The Blizzard youre looking for is long gone.

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Dug From The Earth

Best not to make assumptions for things not specifically said.

I blame activision because they control blizzard. That doesnt make blizzard the good guys. They are, after all, the ones who sold out to them.

And the bonuses the upper blizzard management gets from activision, basically might as well mean they ARE activision, not blizzard.

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Bannex

100%
Shadowlands is a massive failure with so much inconsequential shit to do I actually think I’m finally done with the game.

Unless there is a major shakeup in both leadership and how they approach expansion content I think it’s safe for me to say adieu.

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Sorenthaz

Shadowlands is basically the product of what happens when a studio becomes creatively bankrupt and ran out of pre-existing lore to pull from (N’Zoth and Queen Azshara were the last two big threats/plot points that needed closure after dealing with the Burning Legion). The only one that really remained was wtf to do about Sylvanas who’s been dancing between becoming a big bad villain and attempting to be a faction leader, and the new writing team has handled Sylvanas’s character with about as much grace as a block of cement.

This is like Warlords of Draenor but worse, because at least with Warlords of Draenor you got to see interesting what-if angles on various characters. In Shadowlands it’s more like you see boring “wtf happened to this character” moments where they pull out a long dead character and go “hey, remember this guy? well they don’t remember anything about you or Azeroth and they’re barely like their old selves so there’s really no point to care about them now… but we want you to care about them, so please do”.

Like despite what they claimed about Arthas not having much of any role in Shadowlands, I bet they’re going to resort to breaking the glass on the “In case of emergency, bring back Arthas” button. They might wait until the last major patch to do it, but they’re going to fall back on using him or some other big character.