Showing posts with label Real-Time Strategy. Show all posts
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Monday, August 6, 2018

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Novella is Free Now

Blizzard offers tales of two factions in "A Good War" and "Elegy" novella from World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth.

Away from only a week to release on August 14, 2018, Blizzard Entertainment has been arranging for fans and newcomers to catch on to their massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft and its seventh expansion pack Battle for Azeroth. There is a hardcover novella within the collector’s edition of the pack that centers on the story of Alliance and Horde, leading towards the event. Today, Blizzard has announced that digital versions of the tales are free now.

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Novella is Free Now

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Ordering collector's edition of the expansion pack only gets you the physical form of the novella. The developer/publisher however is being generous enough to offer free copies now on their official site. The two stories "Elegy" is focused on the Alliance faction of war, written by Christie Golden and "A Good War" is by Robert Brooks, explores the Horde. Both of these narratives represent the different perspective of the two respective parties involved and how they see things going.

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Novella – "A Good War"

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It all begin following the burning of Teldrassil shown in a previous animated short, which of course have caused countless death of innocents and the decision of Banshee Queen has affected each parties including her own, also shown in "Old Soldier" cinematic where legendary warrior Varok Saurfang deems it as an action without honor. Although, none of these storylines will move the actual plot any further, it sure adds pieces of information on reactions of characters involved.

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Novella – "Elegy"

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Set after the events of Legion, sixth expansion set of the popular MMORPG game, World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is arriving in seven days on Mac and PC. It is focused on Sylvanas Windrunner, Horde Warchief trying to establish an uprising of their power on Kalimdor and eventually ended up colliding with The Alliance in doing so. Blizzard will let you download these two books worth around 90 pages in PDF format to help you get a head start before you enter the battle.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

World of Warcraft: Old Soldier – Cinematic

World of Warcraft releases a new cinematic trailer on one of Horde’s oldest soldiers, Varok Saurfang.

We are nearing very close to the release of the seventh expansion pack Battle for Azeroth for World of Warcraft, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game from developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment and they too are launching related tutorial guides and animated shorts to help us catch on to it. The latest in the line is a cinematic featuring one of the legendary Horde warrior Varok Saurfang, following the release animated clip on Sylvanas Windrunner a few days ago.

World of Warcraft: Old Soldier – Cinematic

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Titled "Old Soldier", this new cinematic clip has moved from the hand-drawn look to a completely rendered cinematic while focusing on Saurfang.




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Awaiting dawn, when an imminent battle awaits at Horde's doorstep, Varok Saurfang recalls events of the death of his son, Dranosh, where his son was granted a warrior's death instead of him. He looked over the approaching Alliance to exact vengeance on them for burning down the World Tree, Teldrassil. He was strongly opposed to Sylvanas’ decision as there was no glory in it. While still battling with his inner conflicts, he attempts to remove his heavy armor and then a young troll Zekhan came by.

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Apparently, Zekhan has heard a lot about Saurfang from his father Hekazi and considers him as a legend. To his comment of falling in honor and glory in coming war, Varok simply grunts and clarified that there won't be any honor except pain. When the orc starts to advance toward the Alliance army to face them and finally die, Zekhan tags along trying to convince him that for many like him, the Horde is all they have and thus, commander Varok returns toward the walls of Lordearon.

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Blizzard is slowly connecting all strands of these World of Warcraft short videos to the upcoming Battle for Azeroth and how each of these pivotal characters are being focused before entire community is joining the battle this August 14 on Mac and PC. Since Horde Warchief is so concerned with his honor, players on WoW subreddit are trying to start a movement by removing or hiding their shoulder armor to show solidarity towards him.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

World of Warcraft: Warbringers: Sylvanas

Blizzard releases the second animated short from World of Warcraft: Warbringers series featuring Sylvanas Windrunner.

Keeping the release of Battle for Azeroth in mind, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment has been trying their best for both newcomer and veteran fans to catch up the lore of their insanely popular MMORPG. Last week, they started a series of animated short focusing on renowned characters from the series and the first one was featuring Archmage Jaina Proudmoore. This week, they decided to shed light on the bloody history of Lady Sylvanas Windrunner, warchief of the Horde.

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World of Warcraft: Warbringers: Sylvanas

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Below is the newest release from Blizzard's World of Warcraft: Warbringers series focused on The Banshee Queen, Sylvanas Windrunner.




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During the events of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, high elf ranger-general of Silvermoon, Sylvanas and her fellow rangers were trying to oppose an invasion of the undead Scourge. When marched into Quel'Thalas the raiding necromantic forces were countered by and she took down many enemies on her own until she came across death knight Prince Arthas Menethil. He killed her only to raise her as a Banshee and making her a slave for unwittingly interfering in his affairs.

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Now, a leader of her Forsaken army and a successor to former Warchief Vol'jin, Sylvanas Windrunner sets her sight to the World Tree, Teldrassil with an intention of conquering it. Then a dying young ranger asks her of her true motives for invading it as there are only innocents living there. She responds saying, this is war but the ranger points it out to be hatred. She recalls back to her past events, when she used to be a fearless defender for her people and bravely fought to death.

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The World Tree Burns

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Of course, death has changed her and the journey of pain she did only made her cruel to reality. Seeing the dying woman shedding a drop of tear, Sylvanas tell her not to grieve as she will join her loved once soon but she responds by saying that, she grieves for Windrunner because she has made life an enemy for her and that is a battle she cannot win. Saying she can kill them but not their hope, the ranger provoked her into making a choice that is going to change the history on Azeroth.

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Battle for Azeroth, upcoming seventh expansion for massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft is currently scheduled to release on August 14, 2018 for Mac and PC. Blizzard also launched a tutorial guide series on YouTube, hosted by renowned personality over the platform for players to get into WoW. With already taking a peek at past events from the life of Jaina Proudmoore and Sylvanas Windrunner, Queen Azshara is up next to featured in Warbringers series.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Blizzard Responds to World of Warcraft Leveling Experience

Blizzard's Battle for Azeroth pre-patch is causing serious leveling problems for players in World of Warcraft.

In anticipation for the upcoming release of Battle For Azeroth, seventh expansion pack for massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment released a pre-patch earlier this month to remove some old content and update the classes while also adding new quests for players to enjoy. Even though patch 8.0 was meant to improve the experience for better, it unfortunately turned out to be a trouble-maker for all instead.

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Blizzard Responds to World of Warcraft Leveling Experience

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Blizzard immediately got on board with bringing some changes and revamping the level scaling system as soon as Battle for Azeroth got announced at BlizzCon 2017. When they lowered the overall numbers recently to provide clarity, it actually sparked some serious in-game issues for gamers that led to daily released patch hotfixes, simply to tend to matters at hand that they forgot to look over before deploying the pre-patch and they still are unsure about what do about it right now.

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On their forums, game director Ion Hazzikostas admitted that currently leveling curve is taking for each player 15% longer to go from 60-80 and the journey to 110 is a whole another story. In theory, 15 percent may not seem like that much but over the course of progressing through 20 levels, it can become a pain in the back. Despite their tireless attempt to get rid of these issues, he also apologized to the community for such setbacks, because this was never Blizzard’s battle plan with pre-patch.

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These problems could have arisen because they have reduced the number too much or probably messed up other combat calculations. However, instead of taking a quick action and unknowingly cover up real source of the problem, which could become an even bigger issue after the launch of Battle for Azeroth, developers have decided to keep investigating to apply a permanent solution. Because, this degraded experience for all WoW players is not what they had in mind and it should be fixed.

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After World of Warcraft has recently changed their pricing model to active monthly Subscription-only, the developers also made all previous expansions available to members along with the original base game. Whatever neutral field patch 8.0 was designed for to achieve, it ended up squishing player stats and item levels, resulting huge fan disappointment. Hazzikostas promises further updates from their team to take care of whatever mess the pre-patch has made.

Monday, July 23, 2018

World of Warcraft: Warbringers: Jaina

Blizzard debuts the first animated short from World of Warcraft: Warbringers series with Jaina Proudmoore.

In spirit of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth’s release on August 14, 2018 as forthcoming seventh expansion for massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft, developer/publisher Blizzard Entertainment decided to hype up the intensity of battle in advance with a series of animated short focusing on various characters from the franchise. Titled Warbringers, the very first video sets sail with Archmage Jaina Proudmoore in a journey to her past.

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World of Warcraft: Warbringers: Jaina

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After the neutral city-state of Theramore is destroyed by the Horde, her allegiance has shifted and the following is an animated clip featuring Lady Jaina, showcasing the buildup of her story and her motivations for this war.




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Archmage of Kul Tiran is returning to her homeland while still carrying guilt over the death of her father, Lord Admiral Daelin Proudmoore and also the ruler of Kul Tiras. When his son and her brother Derek were killed by Orcs during Second War, Daelin swore an oath to destroy all Orcs and carried his hatred towards the new Horde as well. Since she had a good relationship with many of them and notably with Warchief of the Horde, Thrall, she had to side against her stern father.

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She and Thrall tried their best to convince Daelin that this is not the Horde he knew of and they have changed but blinded by hatred, he refused to listen and continued fighting. He eventually dies proudly in battle as his daughter watched. Her people cuts tie with the Alliance and Kul Tiras harbored hatred against her for betraying her family. She later came back singing "Daughter of the Sea" to pay her respects to the fallen, she goes to the graveyard of swords in Theramore.

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Daughter of The Sea

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There, she took a silver Kul Tiran pendant hanging from one, which she then handed over to a hooded ferryman at docs as fare. As they were sailing though a canal full of corpses and ship wreckage, Jaina was recalling the past events that shattered her life. Upon raising a sunken Kul Tiran ship from the bottom of the ocean, Lady Jaina states that she has finally returned to avenge her father, referring to the ferryman who is then revealed to be spirit of Daelin as he fades away.

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Despite dedicated fans already figuring out many major parts of the story on Battle for Azeroth, there are so many gaps to fill. Warbringers series will focus on chronicles of three iconic female leaders from the franchise, who will become one of the major characters of this expansion. With one of them kick-starting the series, Blizzard will focus on Queen Azshara and Sylvanas Windrunner next. World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is currently available for pre-order now on Mac and PC as it is coming up next month.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

World of Warcraft Subscription Includes All Pre-Released Content

Blizzard is giving up all current World of Warcraft expansions in exchange for a monthly Subscription.

Fans of massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft from Blizzard Entertainment are getting ready for the forthcoming seventh expansion of the game titled Battle for Azeroth on August 14, 2018. Developer/publisher Blizzard already released a pre-expansion patch 8.0 to introduce some changes by removing few contents and updating some classes. Most recently, they have decided to change their price model into a subscription-only system permanently.

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World of Warcraft Subscription Includes All Content

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Starting from now on, the base WoW game and previously released expansion contents up until Legion are all available under their monthly subscription fee of $14.99 only. With that new regulation under implement, Battle Chest has already been removed from Blizzard’s online shop, which used to provide the same to players before. For better or worse, this change was announced following the pre-patch release for Battle for Azeroth expansion, awaiting release soon on August 14.

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Signing up for a subscription will let you play the original and all six expansions to prep up until the seventh arrives and now that players don't have to buy the base game, the barrier of entrance to world's biggest MMORPG title is lowered to a level where many can participate. Without having to buy anything additional, you can keep playing all the way through level 110 as long as you continue a monthly subscription. Battle for Azeroth however, will cost you only $49.99 as one-time fee.

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World of Warcraft Pre-Released Expansions

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On hindsight, an ongoing subscription will cost you $179.88 a year and this significant change will essentially makes you spend more bucks than it would cost for you to buy all of those if you keep it up for a few years in a row. Although having no longer needed to pay for each WoW expansions separately is a great idea but removing them overall from online storefront actually forces you to sign up whether you like it or not, because there are no other option for choosing anything individually.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Pre-Patch Release Date

Before Alliance and Horde collides in Battle for Azeroth, a Pre-Patch for World of Warcraft is arriving on July.

As the date August 14 is coming closer, hardcore MMOs fans are tipping over the edge of their seats in excitement because massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft is going to change with the arrival of Battle for Azeroth expansion pack and the reign of Legion will be over. Next week, pre-expansion patch will be released which will bring some changes like removing some content and updating the classes while adding new quests to enjoy for players.

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Battle for Azeroth Pre-Patch Release Date

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To get better acquainted with the upcoming update, Blizzard Entertainment has released a "Survival Guide" clip to better explain what is ahead of everyone.




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Starting from July 17, Blizzard will deploy the pre-patch, which will overhaul the game and bring balance to their live server. For example, developers have reduced stats for players from both sides and NPCs, just like they did in Warlords of Draenor expansion. Health, damage and stat numbers are scaled down for everyone but still it somehow stays stable in overall. However, that doesn't necessarily makes the game is easier or harder at all. If anything, it has become more reasonable.

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Legion Artifact weapon traits will no longer be available and people are going to end up with a normal stat-stick to strike at or spell casting. Whatever existing or unlocked traits you had are no longer there but are included in your class. Players are still allowed to transmog any weapon at their disposal if they belong to the same standard though. Open World PvP is returning with War Mode in Patch 8.0, which can be turned on and off as long as you are in capital city of Stormwind or Orgrimmar.

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World of Warcraft Patch 8.0 is coming to Mac and PC on July 17, only a couple of weeks prior to the launch of Battle for Azeroth expansion pack. Blizzard announced the seventh expansion of WoW at BlizzCon 2017 and it hyped up every fan out there in excitement as Alliance and Horde are about to collide anew with four allied races added to each side. Upcoming weeks will see tensions rise among player as a major wave of change hits them to warm up before Battle for Azeroth comes out.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Release Date

Battle for Azeroth expansion for popular multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft comes this August, announced by Blizzard.

The seventh expansion pack of world's most popular multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft was announced in November 3, 2017 much to the excitement of their massive fan base worldwide. Everyone was waiting for a release date and then it became available for pre-order from January 30. Today, Blizzard has announced that "Battle for Azeroth" will arrive in a few months and the date is August 14.

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World of Warcraft – Battle for Azeroth Release Date

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As the Alliance and Horde prepares themselves for one of the biggest fight in their circle of hate, another short trailer for the latest World of Warcraft expansion is dropped.




Looks like early Warcraft games have been a great influence to the development of Battle for Azeroth. Alliance vs. Horde war takes a new height in this expansion and new quests added to the story are a well evidence for that. Players will explore new areas in the island of Kul Tiras for Alliance and Zandalar, belonging to Horde for resources. New Raid zones and 10 dungeons have made it to the expansion.

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Warfronts is a 20-player multiplayer mode that brings back the flavor of classic Real-Time Strategy games. You will build forces and then lead attack on enemy objectives. Level cap can be increased to 120 for a character. There was an offer of a level 110 boost with Battle for Azeroth pre-order and many players jumped in for that. Plus, Alliance will get two new races; Lightforged Draenei and Void Elves, whereas Highmountain Tauren and Nightborne are for Horde.

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Battle for Azeroth Collector’s Edition

According to Blizzard, there is a Battle for Azeroth Collector’s Edition, which is a physical copy of the game. There is a hardcover novella featuring the story of Alliance and Horde that led to the events of WoW: Battle for Azeroth. You will be able to finds out more about it but this novella that comes with Collector's edition is the only physical form for this tales. Plus, a digital soundtrack full of music from expansion, a collectible coin as well as few other goodies from Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch and StarCraft II franchise.

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth already have the dedicated fans hyped enough that they literally broke the World of Warcraft servers while trying to pre-order the expansion. Standard Edition of Battle for Azeroth will cost you $49.99 and if you are going for Digital Deluxe Edition, then you have to spend $69.99 only. Price for Collector’s Edition is still undisclosed and some features from World of Warcraft: Legion will be brought back.