World of Warcraft Classic is a refreshing return to form for many players. But while most of us are killing kobolds and crafting potions, streamers and pro players are racing for World First. Jokerd is the first play to reach level 60, a feat which drew a sizable audience on Twitch. Jokerd pulled off the achievement by spamming area of effect attacks on mobs, a technique that has been improved over World of Warcraft’s vanilla release due to new server architecture. Method, the world’s top raiding guild, has been hosting streams based around the race to 60 in a partnership with the World Showdown of Esports. Next up, players will begin to play through dungeons and raids. Players will be looking to take down Onyxia and Ragnaros, the toughest bosses currently in the game. For now, Jokerd has claimed his crown by playing a frost mage, a class capable of controlling massive crowds of mobs and whittling them down over time. World Second and Third are still up for grabs, and … [Read more...] about The first player has hit level 60 in World of Warcraft Classic
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The problem with revisiting somewhere familiar after a long absence, is that your memory has become crystalised. To you, this place will always look like it did in the final moments you spent there, sealed off from the passage of time. The fading paint, the creaky chair, the doors unlocked, the garden landscaped. This was a valid concern for those returning to the vanilla World of Warcraft presented in WoW: Classic. Azeroth has been through cataclysm and upheaval since its inception. To revisit it in its earliest days risks making the colourful ever-changing world feel like an interactive museum exhibit. But Blizzard are taking care to replicate the patch-by-patch experience of what it was like to live through the highs and lows of the genre’s monolith. Speaking with Eurogamer recently, lead software engineer Ryan Birmingham was asked about the four phases of content planned for Classic’s release. “I’m glad you asked,” he responded. “It is no longer … [Read more...] about World Of Warcraft Classic is more than just a phase
Last week, Blizzard warned players that certain World of Warcraft Classic realms could reach login queues of over 10,000 players. With World of Warcraft Classic’s official North American launch on Monday evening, thousands of players proved Blizzard right. As Blizzard said in their original warning, the Classic servers hold thousands more players than original Vanilla World of Warcraft servers ever did. Now, nearly every World of Warcraft Classic server has a login queue of several thousand. A few hours prior to launch, nearly all of Classic’s servers were full — which comes with a warning that players will encounter a lengthy queue. Blizzard has added a few new servers over the past week, ensuring an even spread of players. Despite the massive interest, Blizzard is apprehensive to add too many new servers before launch. “Our top priority in planning for WoW Classic’s launch has been ensuring that we are laying the groundwork for strong realm … [Read more...] about World of Warcraft Classic players are stuck in hours-long queues
Other MMOs often excel at just one or two things, but World of Warcraft is a jack of all trades. Its raids are gruelling, quests are varied and exciting, and each expansion, like the recently released Battle for Azeroth, brings whole new systems that really shake up the core formula. After years of additions and so much history, it's no surprise getting into World of Warcraft can be tough, even if you played years and years ago. This guide will help you take your first steps.There's a lot to consider as you fully immerse yourself in WoW, but not all of it has to be tackled right away. Take your time and enjoy the process. Unlike other games, World of Warcraft isn't just about the destination. It's a hobby that, if you really enjoy it, you may well end up returning to for hundreds of hours over the course of years. So don't rush.Before you begin, there's a couple of ways you can jump into World of Warcraft that each have their own drawbacks. First, if you're brand-spanking-new, you … [Read more...] about How to get into World of Warcraft and WoW Classic
In a world where countless free-to-play games and games as a service compete for attention, World of Warcraft remains one of the most fascinating titles on the market. It’s a 15-year-old game that dominated a genre and inspired so many competitors who would ultimately fall short of WoW’s dizzying heights. The game’s previous expansion, Legion, was seen as a return to form. Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard’s current expansion, has been far messier. The antidote to many of the problems plaguing Battle for Azeroth was administered in the most recent content patch, Rise of Azshara. Patch 8.2, the midpoint in an expansion’s lifespan, bolsters Battle for Azeroth and is worth a return to the game for longtime WoW fans ... but it also reveals many of the structural weaknesses showing up in World of Warcraft as a whole. Let’s talk content One of the biggest complaints about the first third of Battle for Azeroth has been a lack of content — or rather, a … [Read more...] about Did Patch 8.2 solve World of Warcraft’s expansion woes?