World of Warcraft players will likely spend the coming days and weeks racing towards the new level cap of 120. Once there, players then gear up and start preparing for Mythic Dungeons and Raids. Some fans say this is where the real game begins. The Battle for Azeroth pre-patch brought some serious changes to World of Warcraft’s classes that definitely threw the usual DPS rankings on their head. The changes have created a whole new meta game and players interested in staying at the top of the DPS charts might need to consider respec’ing or rerolling a new class entirely.Here’s a look at the current DPS rankings, courtesy of Noxxic, for both single and multi-target encounters…Single Target Three Targets If you see your spec of choice towards the bottom of the tables, don’t go deleting your character just yet, there’s a lot to keep in mind. First off, classes are constantly being tweaked, buffed, and nerfed. We’ll likely see this chart shake up a … [Read more...] about World of Warcraft: Which Level 120 Spec Has The Highest DPS?
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At BlizzCon 2017, guests and viewers were treated to an announcement of the next World of Warcraft expansion, along with the debut of the game’s launch cinematic. Battle for Azeroth got off to a strong start in terms of hype. Fans were curious to see what happened with the Burning of Teldrassil and the Siege of Lordaeron. Alliance players knew that their new High King, Anduin Wrynn, would be tested. Horde fans got to wonder whether Sylvanas Windrunner, their Warchief, would act in their best interests. Throughout it all was that fun thread of tension that makes up the core of Battle for Azeroth: Are you Horde or Alliance? I’ve known my answer for years. World of Warcraft launched in 2004; I had played the RTS games avidly, and had loved Sylvanas back in Warcraft 3, but ultimately I ended up choosing the Alliance as my faction. I rolled a human paladin, who I have continuously mained since her creation. (She’s old enough to be in high school at this point.) I’ve … [Read more...] about I’ve played Alliance for 10 years, and now Battle for Azeroth is making me fight for it
“You cannot kill hope.” The fateful final words of a dying night elf in Warbringers: Sylvanas, one of a series of shorts preluding World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth. But rather than act as a rallying cry, these four words instead provoked a devastating response from Sylvanas: the burning of Teldrassil, home of the night elves. This momentous event, which effectively makes the Horde complicit in genocide, is the latest blip in Warcraft’s long and storied history. Tensions have risen in similar forms before (every Horde player still carries the dark memories of Garrosh’s bombing of Theramore), but many fans have been devastated by Blizzard’s latest storyline. After all, while the Horde may be a collective of races typically portrayed as straight-up evil in other fantasy fiction, Blizzard has always emphasised that orcs, trolls, and the shuffling undead are no less legitimate than the Alliance they oppose. Still reeling from the actions of the … [Read more...] about By making Sylvanas the bad guy, Blizzard risks destroying the Horde’s most influential character
When “Old Soldier,” the cinematic featuring Saurfang from last week, arrived on the World of Warcraft scene, players immediately connected to the message. After the past several weeks of Horde players feelings of feeling disenfranchised, they’re ready to follow a Warchief that holds honor above all else. But some players are taking it a step further, displaying their support for a less violent Horde in-game. The cinematic shows a saddened and beaten-down Varok Saurfang, one of the Horde’s oldest and most honorable soldiers. He takes his famous pauldrons — massive shoulder pads — off and leaves them on the ground. But as he marches toward the enemy, alone and hoping for his death, a young troll reminds him what it means to be a member of the Horde. Since last week, Horde — and even some Alliance players — have hidden their shoulder armor in the menu or removed the pieces entirely. Since Warcraft is an MMO, this display of solidarity … [Read more...] about The No Honor No Pauldrons movement in World of Warcraft highlights what makes MMOs special
The new Warfront activity is one of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth’s most anticipated features. Not only does it highlight the theme by forcing Horde against Alliance in a large scale battle, but it also hearkens back to the good old days of Warcraft, the RTS series. In the beta, Warfronts are exciting and fun, but I have some concerns about if they can stay that way for more than a few play sessions. Battle for Azeroth will launch with only one Warfront, the battle for the Arathi Highlands in the Eastern Kingdoms. Once players are max level in the expansion, they’ll be able to contribute items, gold, and resources to their faction’s war effort. Once one faction reaches 100 percent, they’ll gain access to the Warfront, which they can then queue up for. While the Warfronts are strictly PvE, players will be going up against the opposing faction’s NPCs. After a week or so, the faction who launched the Warfront will automatically “win,” … [Read more...] about Battle for Azeroth’s Warfronts are epic, rewarding, and a little boring