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A Simple Guide to WoW Classic’s Blackwing Lair Raid

A Simple Guide to WoW Classic’s Blackwing Lair Raid

Simple doesn’t mean short, though

WoW Classic Blackwing Lair Raid

WoW Classic’s The Blackwing Lair has eight bosses your group will have to defeat. Each of them has mechanics and attacks to keep track of and have coinciding measures against. There’s also the ‘Suppression Room’ which was the first raid gauntlet in the history of World of Warcraft. Everything you need to do in the raid is a delicate balance requiring teamwork, coordination, and communication to get through.

The rewards are numerous, from awesome pieces of gear to some amount of WoW Classic gold. There’s also the resulting camaraderie and undeniable feeling of accomplishment in completing such a difficult raid. Without further ado, here are the bosses, and how you can deal with them.

Razorgore the Untamed

The first hurdle of the raid isn’t too hard to defeat, as long as you know what you’re doing. What your group needs to do in order is:

  • Take control of the orb on the left side of the room
  • Use mind-controlled Razorgore to destroy eggs
  • Then defeat him

Of course, it isn’t that simple in practice. Rush to the Orb of Domination and nuke its guardian, making it available to use. Minions appear as you try to destroy eggs, requiring the rest of the group to split into four to cover more ground. Each group must have a good distribution of off-tanks, DPS, and healers. Then, when it’s time to defeat him, ranged attackers should run and hide behind a pillar near the mind-controlled orb. That way, they get to avoid the damage from his Fireball Volley, while still staying in range.

Melee attackers and tanks need a Free Action Potion, as Razorgore will stomp and disorient players in range. If you want to keep the damage up, the potion is necessary to continue the onslaught.

It is necessary to have your main tank take control of Razorgore, as once he breaks free of the mind control, he will target whoever controlled him last. Also, have at least two tanks with the most threats on him, since he is immune to taunts. Have them build up aggro, so he won’t go out of control once a Conflagration happens.

Vaelastrasz the Corrupt

You’ll want to defeat him as fast as you possibly can. The group will not survive a war of attrition against him. It’s a good thing a buff called ‘Essence of the Red’ applies to everybody in the room once the fight starts. The benefit it gives is unlimited resources. Spam all of your max level spell and abilities to defeat him as fast as possible.

The reason for that is the other buff that will apply to only one character, Burning Adrenaline. While it doubles the damage dealt and negates cast time, it reduces health every second until death. Upon death, they explode, dealing massive damage to whoever’s nearby. Anyone who gets it should still deal as much damage (or healing) as they can while moving away from the others. If you take too long, your main tank will get it, and they will die no matter what.

Since the boss is also immune to taunts, you need an off-tank to keep control of him. Fury WarriorsHeroic Strike is good for this if they’re the off-tank. Others with the same class should use Cleave instead to keep their threat down. At any rate, if the whole group has high enough DPS, Vaelastrasz should go down pretty quickly.

Broodlord Lashlayer

Broodlord Lashlayer waits at the end of the Suppression Room, which you’ll have to get through to fight him. Getting through the room is a dance of kiting and defeating Hatchers and Taskmasters, disabling pylons, and running to the next safe spot. It’s more complicated than that, but it’ll take too long to describe here.

Fighting the boss, everybody should be positioned with their backs against the wall, even the boss. That way, when he uses Blast Wave, nobody gets flying back into the Suppression Room. The other mechanic to watch out for is Knock Away, which targets your tank and reduces their threat by half. Again, off-tanks should have the second or third most threat. Keep the tanks alive and threatening, sustain the DPS, and you should have no trouble defeating him.

Firemaw, Ebonroc, and Flamegor

These three drakes have similar mechanics, though they have a different third mechanic. All three of them can cast Shadowflame, so an Onyxia Scale Cloak is required for these bosses. They also have the Wing Buffet ability, which reduces threat on your tanks.

Firemaw has the Flame Buffet ability, which casts a stacking debuff on whoever gets hit. Ebonroc gets the Shadow of Ebonroc ability that casts a rather un-dispellable debuff on your tank. The debuff heals him for 25,000 points for every melee hit. Flamegor has the Fire Nova ability, which can be interrupted by a hunter’s Tranquilizing Shot.

So, the scale cloak counters Shadowflame and having tanks time their taunts counters Wing Buffet. For Flame Buffet, have two cycling groups for everybody. As one group hides to wait out the debuff, the other goes in range to fight or heal. The drakes are taunt-able, so you can have your main tank hide to wait out the debuff while an off-tank taunts him.

The strategy for Ebonroc’s unique ability is to have an off-tank taunt him if the debuff lands on the main tank. The main can then taunt him back if the off gets it. The tactic for Flamegor is to have hunters interrupt his Fire Novas.

There is a position that lets healers be in the line of sight of the tanks yet hidden to avoid getting Flame Buffet stacks. If your group finds it, healers don’t have to move to do their job.

Chromaggus

As befitting the second to the last boss of the raid, Chromaggus has many mechanics your group has to manage and counter. First are his breath attacks. He has five, though he can only use two breaths for every instance of the raid.

They are:

  • Incinerate: deals high fire damage in a cone in front of him
  • Corrosive acid: inflicts a damage over time debuff and reduces armor for its duration
  • Frost Burn: deals low frost damage and reduces attack speed for a short time
  • Ignite Flesh: similar to Incinerate, but has lower damage that can stack
  • Time Lapse: Stuns targets for 6 seconds, leaving half their health and reducing threat permanently

They’re also color-coded as red, green, blue, black, and bronze in the same order. He’ll let out a breath every 30 seconds, so with about 5 to 10 seconds left of the cast, everyone should run and hide. The main tank should backpedal to keep aggro yet avoid the breath, and healers should keep healing them.

When you read through these breaths, you’ll notice that the last one is something you don’t want to get as a mechanic in your raid. Have potentially four back-up tanks to keep the aggro off of the squishier characters if you ever get it. Switch up the tanks and carefully manage threat so everyone can do their jobs.

The second mechanic to look out for is his debuffs. There are also five and they’re color-coded as well.

  • Brood Affliction Red deals fire damage every 3 seconds and heals Chromaggus if the character dies from it
  • Brood Affliction Green reduces healing by half and deals nature damage every 5 seconds
  • Brood Affliction Blue slows movement and casting speed, and drains health and mana
  • Brood Affliction Black doubles fire damage received
  • Brood Affliction Bronze stuns the afflicted every 4 seconds and can only be removed by using Hourglass Sand

Dispel the afflictions constantly. Since the debuffs are all different types, any class with a dispelling ability should use whatever they have. Anyone who gets all five gets morphed into a hostile Drakonid that can wipe the whole party. The morphed character can be killed, but the act will also heal the boss.

The next mechanic is frenzy. Emotes alert you of when he’ll start it, which is when hunters should use Tranquilizing Shot to stop. Have 3 or 4 hunters on that duty, as the bronze affliction’s stun might take effect at that moment.

The last is Chromaggus’ magic vulnerability. Throughout the fight, he’ll shimmer, and the chat would say “Chromaggus flinches as its skin shimmers”. After the emote, he’ll become intensely vulnerable to a certain school of magic. Magic classes should find out what it is, and use that school of magic for their next spells. Because of the vulnerability, even weaker spells deal good enough damage. In a situation where they don’t have that kind of spell, a wand that deals that kind of damage will do.

Keep all of these in mind while dealing damage, and defeat Chromaggus!

Nefarian, the Lord of Blackwing Lair

Now, you’re up against the final boss of the raid. Before you’re able to, you’ll have to defeat his minions first. They’ll come from two sides, and you can split your group to deal with them both. Mages can make up one group, as one side will have frost resistant dragon and worm kin. Have the rest of the DPS handle those, and have the mages handle the other side.

At some point, Nefarian will come down in his human form and cast Shadow Volleys. Drink a Shadow Protection Potion to counter those, and continue defeating the minions.

Soon, he’ll turn into his dragon form and the real fight begins. Wearing the Onyxia Scale Cloak will take care of the brunt of his version of Shadow Flame. Again, tanks have to keep aggro and keep to his sides. Position him facing the far end of the balcony. He inflicts a debuff on whoever’s closest which reduces healing. Dispel it immediately if on the tank. He can also cast fear in a circle around him, so Fearwards, Tremor Totems, or changing stances are important in the fight.

His most annoying ability is the Class Call. It has different effects depending on which class is called, and everybody must be prepared to deal with them when they come.

Here are the actions classes should do when their call arrives:

  • Druids should stay back
  • Hunters should switch or unequip their weapons
  • Mages can cast Ice Block, or Priests and Paladins have to be on the ball to dispel polymorphed allies
  • For Paladins’ call, everybody should stop attacks, as no threat will be generated at the time. If it is well established, cast Judgement of Wisdom on him and magic users can attack him with wands
  • Priests must stop healing with direct spells. They may use Renew and Power Word: Shield.
  • As for Rogues’ call, tanks should carefully reposition the boss to avoid the annihilation of the group’s Rogues
  • When Shamans’ call comes, have all DPS be on totem killing duty. Shamans should wait until the call ends to regenerate mana
  • Kill the Corrupted Infernals that will appear during Warlocks’ call
  • Everybody should watch their threat and healers intensify their healing on the tanks for the Warrior Call. When it’s over Warriors can go back to the stance they want

At 20% health, Nefarian will raise the minions you defeated at the beginning as Bone Constructs. Defeat them while managing the calls and debuffs. Alliance groups will have a bit of advantage as the constructs are considered undead. They’ll go down easily with enough preparation. When they’re done, everybody can go back for one final push to defeating Nefarian!

With that, your group has finished the raid. Enjoy the sweet loot and WoW Classic gold as rewards. Preparation is key, so make sure you know what you’re supposed to be doing. Don’t forget to have fun while doing the raid!

Top 5 Best Items in WoW Classic

WoW Classic Items

The best items in World of Warcraft Classic usually go for a lot of WoW Classic gold. Despite all that, the unusual and yet positively unique items that you find as you explore the game are part of what makes the experience of playing this MMORPG so special. Since WoW Classic has also brought back past items that didn’t make it to the WoW Vanilla version, it means that this also marks the return of WoW Classic items that aren’t exactly usable in raid or PvP situations. To help you determine which items to seek out, we’ve listed down the top 5 best items in WoW Classic guide! If you want to know more, then read on!

  1. Atiesh, The Greatest Staff of All Time

If you’re a Priest, Druid, Mage, or even a Warlock, chances are you’ve heard of the Atiesh. This staff is considered to be one of the rarest legendary weapons to ever exist in the realms of World of Warcraft. Only a small number of players have successfully completed the 40-player raids in Naxxramas, making the staff difficult to obtain. If you didn’t know, this specific raid requires you to defeat multiple bosses such as Kel’Thuzad and the demon Atiesh in one sitting!

  1. Hook of the Master Angler

This little trinket not only makes for a great piece to show off to your friends, but it’s incredibly easy to obtain. Not all great items have to be hard to get after all. To acquire the Hook of the Master Angler, all you have to do is win the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza event that’s held once per week for all of the servers in World of Warcraft Classic. When you use this item, you’ll be turned into a fish! That’s right. You can use this to travel the world via the ocean waters! What’s more, you’ll have a faster movement speed compared to just walking. This WoW Classic item is extremely useful since you can use it to run away from your enemies by simply jumping in a lake and wiggling your fins away from trouble.

  1. Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros

Sulfuras is the weapon of choice of Ragnaros, the Firelord. Compared to most of the weapons in WoW Classic, this item has a very low drop rate of 3%. As such, most people just opt to create it themselves along with a blacksmith that has at least a skill of 300. If you are a Paladin, Druid, Warrior, or Shaman, this weapon is the holy grail of all weapons. To create this item, you’ll have to purchase the blueprint or Plans from LokhtosDarkbargainer in exchange for some Sulfuron Ingot which can be found in the Incinerator from a Golemagg.  You’ll also need the Eye of Sulfuras, which is dropped by Ragnaros once you’ve defeated. Combine these two items and you’ve got yourself a legendary mace.

  1. Barov Peasant Caller

The Barov Peasant Caller is a unique item that lets you call three servants from House Barov. If you ever need a hand, this WoW Classic item can help you out. Once the servants are summoned, you can let them fight alongside you for a few minutes. Take note that the servants you’ll be summoning with this trinket are all randomly generated races, so don’t expect to see the same face twice.

  1. Skull of Impending Doom

The Skull of Impending Doom off-hand is an item that has immense usability (especially for Warlocks) in certain PvP situations thanks to its great movement speed bonus. More specifically, it increases your movement speed by 60%, but it also deals 100-500 damage and drains your mana for about 100-500 every 2 seconds that the item is activated. Despite the fact that the item drains your mana and health, many players use this to avoid crowd control moves.

Those are the five WoW Classic items that we think are the best that WoW Classic has to offer! Some of the items listed here won’t break the bank or cost too much WoW Classic gold or (WoW gold). We made sure that everyone is sure to have a great item regardless of your level. So which item is your favorite? Leave a comment down below and tell us all about it!

The Differences between WoW Classic and Original

wow classic vs wow original

WoW Classic has been out for some time now, but how well does it stack up when put next to the Vanilla version? The original vanilla WoW came out such a long time ago. At this point, it’s been almost 16 years since its release. Since not a lot of people talk about the differences between World of Warcraft Classic and WoW Original, we’re here to do just that. We’ve already had an ample amount of time exploring WoW Classic, so we can really see stark contrasts between the two versions of the game such as how easy it is to farm WoW Classic gold, hence we’ll be talking about the major differences between the two giants—or at least the ones that stick out the most!

The Economy

If you’ve ever played on a private server in the Original World of Warcraft, chances are you’ve already noticed something about the economy. The economy moves at a relatively slow pace and doesn’t just fluctuate around like an ocean during high tide. While in Classic WoW, the economy moved rather rapidly—to the point that the inflation rate of gold is much higher compared to that of WoW Vanilla. Although essential items like general materials and items used for leveling professions are still cheap, players in WoW Classic can easily accumulate tons of gold. This is thanks to the introduction of many efficient ways of farming gold.

Raid Prep

Raids have become more accessible for players in Classic WoW compared to Original. In Original, it was rare to see players have full buffs and every type of potion in their arsenal. But now, people just easily charge through this aspect of the game while having every consumable potion that you can imagine. It’s not because the game is easier, but it’s more thanks to the fact that players, especially the ones that have played Original World of Warcraft before, know what’s coming. Since everything has been data mined, players know what they’re getting into—making them more efficient and effective. There aren’t any surprises anymore, since every patch that’s going to be released for WoW Classic is almost the same as the ones back then for Original WoW.

The Trending Profession

Back in the original WoW version, professions weren’t really all that important. In fact, some of the top-ranked players never really had a goal and skipped them entirely; either that or they opted for something else. Today in Classic WoW, whether it’s for PvE or PvP players—hardcore or not—there is one prominent profession: Engineering. This profession has become a hit thanks to being a great help in dungeons and raids. It’s also the only profession that lets you have a companion pet. Despite these great things, what made Engineering so fun is the simple fact that it’s a fun skill to get in on. The gadgets that you get to tinker with are all unique and combo-ing with this skill is super satisfying.

Playability

The progress in Original WoW is absurdly slow. Granted the game is almost 16 years old, but it always felt like the endgame was miles away. While this hasn’t changed that much in WoW Classic, there have been some new additions that were made to liven up the snail’s pace. One of the highlights includes the revamped AddOns system. In a nutshell, AddOns are used for players to customize the user interface to their liking. They’re so popular to the point that there are lists of the best AddOns that you can use depending on what you’re going for. For instance, if you want an interface that prioritizes how much WoW Classic gold you’ve accumulated, you can easily download one.  AddOns systems are a huge help if you don’t want any clutter in your interface.

And that’s about it for the differences of the OG WoW and WoW Classic! Since the release of Classic, World of Warcraft has been such a hit, to the point that guides like on how to farm WoW Classic Items and gold pop up almost every day.. Are there any differences that you can find between the two versions of World of Warcraft that we didn’t discuss? Let us know by leaving a comment or two down below!

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Revealed at Blizzcon

World of Warcraft Shadowlands

The recent Blizzcon 2019 event saw the announcement of a brand new expansion for World of Warcraft, titled Shadowlands. The new expansion is set for release next year, and sees newly converted-antagonist Sylvanas Windrunner showcasing his power across the whole of Azeroth. The next entry will have players setting aside their WoW Classic Gold from a brand new extension, as a follow-up to the Battle of Azeroth edges ever closer.

A new campaign in the afterlife

Blizzard took to the main stage of BlizzCon to show off a brand new cinematic trailer for the upcoming title, in wish we see Lich King Bolvar Fordragon, who you may remember from previous WoW expansion Wrath of the Lich King. The King is thwarted by Sylvanas in Icecrown, and what happens next seems to set the foundations of what fans can expect from Shadowlands. The aspect of the afterlife will play a key role in the expansion, which is caused by the destruction of the Lich King’s crown.

As for the Shadowlands itself, it is revealed to be an infinite realm where players will have to align themselves with Shephards of the Dead, which will serve as the covenants in the game. The full covenant campaign will take you across new zones known as Bastion, Maldraxxus, Ardenweald, Revendreth, and the Maw, and players will be offered new abilities that can be earned via leveling. These will be determined by the class that you choose, which offers bonuses depending on which ones that you choose.

Tower of the Damned

One of the most enticing aspects of the Shadowlands is the Tower of the Damned. Within the ghastly Maw, players will come across Torghast, Tower of the Damned, which provides one of the most re-playable segments of the entire expansion. The cursed prison is inhabited with unspeakable evil, in which rooms will chop and change to make a fresh experience. Awaiting the victor is the spoils of treasure after setting the spirits within free.

New Leveling System

What fans will be interested to know is that Shadowlands will bring in a brand new leveling system. If you are already at the max-level available, then you will begin the expansion at level 50, with a new level cap of 60. You will be able to use this new system to your advantage, as you take on the Army of the Dead into a brand new experience. The idea of the level cap being altered in such has way has been rumored for some time now and is something that fans had expected to happen at some point within the last few expansions. This system will be familiar to players who have been running through World of Warcraft Classic, so if you have managed to reach level 120, you will be scaled down to level 50 when Shadowlands releases next year.

As far as your character goes, there is a variety of new customization options at your disposal, regardless of what race you choose. So if you are looking to mix up your appearance, then this feature is definitely worth looking forward to. If you are looking at how alts will work, which are characters made by existing players who already have a character already, then these will have the option to level up as they would previously from the beginning or start completely anew. Past expansions will also be available to players, so you have the choice of doing so in Classic WoW, The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria, Warlords of Draenor or Legion. Whichever you choose, the content will scale to a point where the leveling process works to cater to which expansion you select.

So, those who are enjoying spending their hard-earned WoW Classic Gold in the Vanilla WoW title of the game, prepare to take on a brand new expansion next year when the follow up to the critically acclaimed Battle of Azeroth lands. World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is set for release in 2020!

Top 10 Powerful Abilities from Vanilla WoW Classic

Vanilla WOW Classic Abilities

Unlike now, Vanilla WoW isn’t exactly known for being completely balanced. With how good the devs have become when it comes to walking the tightrope, it’s worth looking back on the infamously overpowered abilities that defined the Vanilla WoW metagame. Because if you’re complaining how unfair certain skills are, then imagine how mad you’d with these.

Thankfully, you won’t find them in today’s WoW Classic private server.

WoW Classic

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Divine Shield

In Vanilla WoW, this ability, which grants the Paladin invulnerability from all sources, lasts for 12 seconds. Aside from being used to tank, some Paladins can also use it to escape by casting it and then using a hearthstone, which is only worth a few WoW Classic gold, afterward. And because this was a time before skills like Mass Dispel and Shattering Throw, there was really nothing you could do if the Paladin was intent on getting away.

Frost Shock

In World of Warcraft, there’s the diminishing returns mechanic, which means the duration of an offensive spell’s particular effect gets halved the next time it is cast on the same target and then reduced to 25% before the target becomes fully immune.

The game didn’t have this at the time of Frost Shock’s heyday, a spell whose cooldown is shorter than its slow effect duration of 8 seconds. As if that’s not bad enough, Frost Shock also deals a good deal of damage.

Fear

More of a status ailment mechanic that could be exploited than skill, the issue with Fear in WoW Vanilla is that the damage threshold needed to break it isn’t a certain amount of cumulative damage, but a certain amount of damage in one sitting. Players then used damage-over-time spells so as not to break Fear.

On top of that, while there are lots of classes with access to this status ailment, the Warlocks that inflict it have no cooldown. What a horror!

Cheap Shot + Kidney Shot

This Rogue combo gave the class the ability to stun a player for a total of 10 seconds – a timeframe long enough to kill an enemy player. While it consumes a considerable amount of combo points, rogues can always drink thistle tea to pull this combo off.

Blind + Preparation

In some ways, it’s similar to the previous Rogue combo, but this is deadlier. This is done this way:

  • Cheap Shot (Vanish) twice
  • Blind
  • Wait for the duration and leave combat and re-stealth
  • Sap – this removes Diminishing Returns
  • Wait for the duration, restealth, use Preparation, which resets skill cooldowns
  • Rinse and repeat

With this combo, rogues can take out all sorts of enemies, especially players(gamer to gamer).

Curse of Elements or Shadow

These skills were considered overpowered because in-game mechanics allowed gamers or players to suffer negative resistances instead of them just dropping to zero. This means more damage dealt with by a particular elemental source. Thankfully, however, this has been changed.

Mortal Strike

A skill that scaled with weapon damage but had a much shorter cooldown that ignored weapon attack speed, Mortal Strike became a lethal skill when paired with the Arcanite Reaper, a massively powerful yet extremely slow axe. All of this, however, was fixed after weapon attack normalization, which means skills now have to follow weapon attack speeds.

Windfury

This is a shaman weapon enchantment that gives the target a 20% chance to attack two extra attacks on hit. Those chances didn’t have an internal cooldown, so the effect being triggered can also cause the skill to trigger the effect again and again within itself. On top of that, this was before weapon attack normalization was implemented!

To further kill the skill off, it was given a 3-second internal cooldown. However, somebody discovered that a different rank of Windfury stacks with another Windfury of a different rank, and the two buffs of the same spell didn’t have the same internal cooldown. This, however, has since been fixed in Burning Crusade.

Will of the Forsaken

In the beta of World of Warcraft classic, this made Undead players immune to charm, sleep, and fear. But come the actual release, Undead players were re-classed to humanoid. To make sure Undead players still had watered-down access to that legacy trait, Blizzard Entertainment gave them the racial trait called Will of the Forsaken, which cured and made them immune charm, sleep, and fear for 20 seconds. Obviously, it was too long and gave them an unfair advantage, so it was eventually cut down to 5.

Pyroblast

This is a spell that can literally be a one-shot spell if you use Presence of Mind, which removes the cooldown of the next spell, Arcane Power, which boosts spell damage at the cost of more mana, and trinkets, which increases magic damage even further.

World of Warcraft is still not perfect today, but it sure is much fairer now than it used to be. Heck, even in WoW Classic, they wouldn’t bring this back. Now, aren’t you glad that’s the case? Unless you want to try these overpowered exploits yourself.

 

Side to Side: Which Faction Should You Be in WoW: Battle for Azeroth

Those who have been playing World of Warcraft for quite some time now don’t find it difficult to choose between Alliance and Horde. In World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth, however, the choice between the two is going to be tougher. This is all thanks to the changes this expansion has made to both factions. So if you can’t decide, here’s a look at the key differences between the two to help you out.

WoW Azeroth or WoW Horde

A Matter of Morality

The storyline comes first and most important for the lore-invested WoW player. The Alliance is still these goody-two-shoes whose plan is to reclaim the lands and honor (not to mention the WoWc gold) they lost to their rivals. On the other side of the pond, the Horde is having quite a bit of an identity crisis. With Sylvanas at the helm committing all sorts of unsavory acts, this group of maligned but proud and honorable races must examine what it truly means to be a noble Horde, and defend itself from an untrusting and altogether angry Alliance.

If you want to play it safe, stick with the Alliance. If you want a side that wants to do good but also has a good deal of internal issues, then you’d be better off going with the Horde.

Strategic Location

Locations, and in turn, quests, play a big role in World of Warcraft. So if you think a faction’s territory is not something to consider when deciding one’s faction, maybe Battle for Azeroth will change your mind. Because aside from the fact that many new locations for this patch are faction-exclusive, they’re also quite the sight to behold.

For the Alliance, there’s KulTiras, the thalassocratic home of the Proudmoores. Isolated ever since the fall of the Alliance of Lordaeron, the island is finally returning to prominence once more, as the current Alliance is now in need of ships that they can supply.

KulTiras is divided into three zones: Tiragarde Sound, the main city that is under the control of the Proudmoorehouse; Stormsong Valley, where ships are sent to be blessed by priests; and Drustvar, a mountainous region that was once inhabited by a druidic race called Drust.

As for the Horde, they get Zandalar, the homeland of the Zandalari trolls and the birthplace of all troll civilizations in Azeroth. While the Alliance is trying to get the Proudmoores back into their fold, the Horde is trying to recruit the Zandalari trolls.

The three zones in Zandalari are Zuldazar, the most ancient city in all of Azeroth; Nazmir, which was the center of troll civilization before it was reclaimed by swampland; and the hostile deserts of Vol’dun.

Racial Arms Race

Last but definitely not least would be Allied Races. Heck, if there’s something that can convince a player to join a particular faction, it’d be this!

Allied Races are new races for each faction. To unlock hem, you’ll have to finish certain series of quests. For the Alliance, it’s Dark Iron Dwarves, Void Elves, and LightforgedDraenei; and for the Horde, it’s Nightborne (Elves), Mag’HarOrc, and the HighmountainTauren.

As you can see, they’re not completely new races; more like variations of pre-existing races. Nevertheless, they’re very much worth trying out because of their unique abilities. For example, Void Elves have Spatial Rift, which allows them to create rifts in time and space and teleport through it. Cool, isn’t it?

It’s never easy to choose a side, especially when both of them have something equally good to offer that the other side does not have. Still, you have to, because this is a war, and to participate, you have to pledge allegiance to one team.

So what will it be: Azeroth or Horde?

World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth Rise of Azshara Heart Essences

RISE OF AZSHARA HEART ESSENCES

The newest update patch for Battle for Azeroth introduces two new areas, as well as everything that comes along whenever one opens up. That means new characters, quests, stories, mounts, pets, dungeons, and even a new raid! WoW Classic is still a month or so away, so this patch provides a good way to spend your time while as await the release of Classic.

Now, one of the more important features it brings are the Heart of Azeroth Essences. Here’s all you need to know about these items, from where to get them to how to use them.

All About Heart of Azeroth Essences

Essences are a new item category that will strengthen your character. Up to three of them will fit into your Heart of Azeroth. They have a Major as well as a Minor effect. The former is an active skill, while the latter is a passive skill. Depending on the slot you place them in, either both effects or only the minor one will be active. You can only equip unique essences, that is, you can’t have two of the same essence equipped.

Try out combinations and figure out what’s best for you!

How to Unlock Heart of Azeroth Essences

Once you’ve achieved building the hub in Nazjatar, MagniBronzebeard will give you a quest called Essential Empowerment. Finishing the questline will let you unlock the Essence Forge and earn an achievement as well as your first essence. It also serves as a sort of tutorial for the system, so be sure to take note of the explanations!

Doing the quests will also unlock the slots for your Heart of Azeroth. The first one will unlock both Major (active) and Minor (passive) skills for an essence, provided the Heart is at an appropriate level. Further levels will unlock two slots that will allow you to use only the Minor effect alternating with stamina boosts. Your character must be level 120 to unlock your HoA’s first slot.

To learn a new one, you have to return to the Forge. However, they can be swapped out anywhere you may swap talents. You may also use a Tome of the Quiet Mind or similar items for the same effect.

Where to Get Heart Essences

Many activities give these Heart Essences. PvP, raid bosses, quests, Mythic+ dungeons, reputation rewards, and more will reward you with essences. Each one would fit certain roles in a party (tank, DPS, healer), but there are some characters in any role that can use.

Furthermore, you may upgrade them to improve the skills they provide. At the highest rank, there’s a cosmetic effect that will set you apart from the crowd. You may rank up essences to rank 3 without having to learn them. However, getting from 3 to 4 requires it.

You may also buy them from the Auction House with WoW gold. That’s a convenient way to find a specific essence. Of course, you might also find someone who’s selling a maxed out essence. You can just buy it from them so you won’t have to go through the process of ranking it up yourself.

And that’s all for the topic of this article. The new features and areas are sure to be a breeze with the right essences. Remember to have fun with the Rise of Azshara update!

Enjoy World of Warcraft!

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BACK TO THE START: REASONS TO PLAY WORLD OF WARCRAFT CLASSIC

WORLD OF WARCRAFT CLASSIC

Nostalgia is one hell of a drug. And in the case of World of Warcraft, that drug is so potent that the fan clamor for a WoW Classic was big enough to convince Blizzard to release one. Now, if you’re not one of those who weren’t lucky enough to experience the early days of what’s arguably the most influential MMORPG, there’s a question to be settled: Is it worth the trip back in time?

The short answer is a resounding yes—and for a wide variety of reasons which we’ll now discuss.

Experiencing What the Old Times Were Like

If you’re a fan of a particular game franchise but didn’t start at the first-ever game, it’s only natural to be curious about how the title that began. That’s kind of the same thing if you didn’t land in Azeroth during its Vanilla days; the only difference is the same game engine. But before you think that there’s very little difference because it’s technically still the 2004 MMO people came to love, you should remember that Blizzard has made a lot of changes to the game since then.

Surely, you’re wondering what it was like without its many additional locations (and many Quality of Life improvements), so you might as well experience what it’s like. The only thing you’ll lose is your cluelessness.

Enjoying the Old Way

Speaking of quality-of-life changes, they were introduced to the game in a gradual manner. The same is true with the graphical improvements. That’s why outside of the expansion-related content and changes, not a lot of people noticed the subtle updates. Trust us; what didn’t seem like much to the unobservant eye is going to feel like a world of difference once it’s gone.

And who knows? You might actually find those missing QoL features–for combat, WoW gold farming, and many other things–as a good thing. For example, without the Quest Tracker, you’ll have to actually read the quest log in order to know where you should go or who you should talk to next. It may be a bit of a slog to some, and understandably so, considering how a lot of gamers have grown up and are now constantly busy professionals. However, for more traditional and more dedicated roleplayers, this is going to be something they’ll want. No UI; like a true adventurer in Azeroth, you open what is the equivalent of your journal, actually read it, and locate objectives on your own.

Going Back to the Past… and the Future

It has become undeniable that technology shapes society. The same is undoubtedly true in Azeroth. Surely, the many changes implemented by Blizzard have affected overall WoW community behavior, so imagine removing all the things that have shaped the population into what it is today. It’s still going to be nothing like how the original playerbase was back in the early days since the Classic’s player base has already been exposed to more recent content, but the loss of many QoL features, gear, and items is going to make things feel like a blast from the past. Even if it’s something you didn’t experience firsthand, at least you’ll have a glimpse of it!

Last but not least, playing WoW Classic can give you a newfound appreciation for the mainline WoW. Finally seeing an older, smaller Azeroth can help you see the newer, bigger one in a different light. You might even start to realize that for all of the faults you can find in the game today, it’s now far better than it used to.

World of Warcraft is more than a decade old, so it’s about time the more dedicated players either return to its roots—or go there for the first time ever. Regardless of which of the two you are, you should definitely try it out. Who knows? You might actually have fun in old Azeroth!

 

PICK THE BEST MMO FOR YOU!

BEST MMO FOR YOU

The Elder Scrolls Online, World of Warcraft, and Final Fantasy XIV are currently among the most popular MMOs out there right now. With so many top-tier games to choose from, how do you pick which one to play? Do you want a good storyline? Do you look for the best combat system? What about content?

There are so many things to consider, but fortunately, we’re going to make it a little easier for you. We’ll be focusing more on the content and gameplay, so there’s no talking about the currencies (FFXIV Gil, ESO and WoW’s gold), nor any leveling up or farming guides. Each of us has different preferences, so we’ll just explore the games’ strengths and weaknesses and let you choose for yourself.

World of Warcraft

By virtue of being the “senior” among the three, we’ll go with World of Warcraft first. WoW boasts massive content, a huge world to explore, and hours upon hours of gameplay.

Strengths:

  • Has the most content
  • Good combat system
  • Class customization (to an extent)

Weaknesses:

  • No benefit to exploration
  • Raids are a little daunting for beginners
  • Content updates usually rehash old content in new environments

WoW has been going on for fifteen years. It’s has had seven expansions, bringing the level cap higher and higher to its current total of 120. Each expansion also added quests and additional activities to do. However, fatigue may be setting in, as some players have noted that new content updates are getting a little lackluster. Progression also gets slow at a certain point, and leveling becomes a sluggish, slog to 120. After that, there’s not much to do afterward, especially if you don’t like raiding and dungeoneering.

World of Warcraft is for those who won’t mind rather repetitive content and quests. Those who love raiding with others or with a guild will also enjoy this game. It is not for those who like good stories (though some zone questlines may tickle your fancy), nor those looking for varied content.

Final Fantasy XIV

FFXIV is the middle child who suffered a life-threatening accident only to be revived three years later, bigger and better than ever before. In other words, it shut down soon after its first launch due to a slew of negative reviews. In 2013, it got re-released with the subtitle A Realm Reborn, which players received more favorably. Now, it’s enjoying a sizable number of consistent subscribers who enjoy the game.

Strengths:

  • Good storyline
  • Varied quests
  • Many, many activities are available for players

Weaknesses:

  • No class customization
  • Combat is slower compared to the other two

For the record, progression is tied to the main quest. While those who like good storylines won’t mind, those who do not could end up quitting before getting to the better content. It’s neither strength nor weakness, as you can decide whether it’s something you want to sit through or not. Anyway, since the story is an important part of the game, it kind of makes or breaks the FFXIV. It has a trial version, so you may see if you can sit through the story or not. If you can, great! If not, that’s fine, you can try the other games on this list instead.

Elder Scrolls Online

Hailing from the acclaimed makers of the Elder Scrolls series, the youngest entry of the three featured games is as good as it gets. It has solid gameplay, and while it doesn’t have the scope of content that the other two have, it more than makes up for it in other ways. Like FFXIV, it had a troubled first release but was better received the second time around.

Strengths:

  • Solid combat system
  • Good progression system
  • Class customization

Weaknesses:

  • Non-linear gameplay
  • Works better as a single-player game

The game’s non-linear gameplay allows players to go wherever they want. Enemies they encounter will have levels scaled to the player’s level. It also has a different combat system than the other two, being more action-based. The two other games have tab-targeting systems, which could be something that you don’t like.

Additional Notes

World of Warcraft doesn’t have a player housing feature. It’s something to consider, especially if you like that kind of feature. ESO may be more appealing to fans of the series, similar to Final Fantasy XIV. There’s also the graphics, and whether you prefer the cartoony look (WoW), the anime look (FFXIV), or the realistic look (ESO).

Then there are the subscriptions to figure out. WoW is on a subscription basis, while the other two are free to play with limitations. You can subscribe for access to more content, as well as receive other advantages. Otherwise, you may try them out for a bit to see if they fit your preferences.

If in-game economics is your thing, doing some research on that topic would definitely help. FFXIV currency can be farmed without even fighting once. You can just focus all your time in leveling your professions and crafting things to sell. In ESO, you’re more likely to use your crafted items as there is no auction house. Player-owned shops are tied to guilds. WoW’s crafting system is abysmally bad and not even worth mentioning.

At any rate, go and pick the one that tickles your fancy the most! Sometimes, you really need to try it out for yourself to make a decision. Just make sure to enjoy the game!

Gnomeregan Pet Battle Dungeon Guide

Once again, it’s to put your best battle pets to the test with the halls of Gnomeregan! The all-new Pet Dungeon will make you want to hop on the ongoing story with your battle pets. This mini-game of sorts has become quite a huge hit to the World of Warcraft audience. This turn-based strategy game was born out of the idea of capturing monsters and subsequently training them. The rewards are a great source of WoW gold, so don’t miss this chance.

Here, we’re going to take an in-depth look at this dungeon and guide you through until the very end.

How Do I Get to Gnomeregan?

To get started on your journey, you’ll first need to earn the achievement “All Growns Up!” which requires you to raise a pet to level 25. From there, a new quest should appear to you from RadekFuselockwho is located near the pet battle trainers in Dazar’alor. If you’re from the Alliance, you can talk to Tizzy Gearjoly who is located just outside of Dana Pull’s shop near Hook Point in Boralus. From there, they’ll both send you to Micro Zoox who is just outside the instance portal forGnomeregan. Once you reach that point, your quest will promptly begin.

Do I Need to Complete the Other Battle Dungeons First?

No. Luckily, you won’t need to complete the other dungeons like Wailing Caverns or Deadmines pet battle dungeons to gain access. Plus, with the release of the Tides of Vengeance update, you can play the three pet battle dungeons in any order that you prefer!

Are There Any Different Difficulties?

There are two separate difficulties in pet battle dungeons in general: Normal and Challenge mode. In the normal difficulty setting, when faced with a monster, you can heal or revive your pets any time and have at least one pet leveled at 25 for you to start the dungeon. In Challenge mode, however, it’s much more difficult. You cannot heal or revive your pets with Battle Pet Bandage or Revive Battle Pets at any time, and you must have at least 15 pets leveled up to 25 for you to unlock this mode. Furthermore, you need to complete the Normal mode of this dungeon for you to gain access to Challenge mode. But the great thing about Challenge mode is you can do it weekly and it will give you a reward upon completion, unlike in the Normal mode where you won’t gain additional rewards once you’ve finished it.

A quick tip for players who are looking to get into the Challenge mode is that if your pets die and you have no replacement pets, you can remedy this logging onto a different character in WoW and use Battle Pet Bandage or Revive Battle Pets. You can then log back in with you still in the dungeon and your pets healed.

What Quest Rewards Do I Get?

If you complete the dungeon in Normal mode for the first time, you’ll be getting an Ultimate Battle-Training Stone. In addition to that, you’ll also be receiving the Manapool’s aid at any time to teleport directly to the Gnomeregan’s dungeon entrance. However, there won’t be any rewards unlike the first time if you try to complete the dungeon once more in Normal mode,.

If you complete the dungeon in Challenge mode for the first time, you will be rewarded with the “Pet Battle Challenge: Gnomeregan” achievement and the Mini Spider Tank. And if you complete the Challenge mode once per week, you’ll be rewarded Pristine Gizmos which can be exchanged for items from Micro Zoox.