Monthly Archives: November 2015

An Early Look At World of Warcraft

We already knew WoW’s transmogrification system-a feature that allows players to alter the appearance of their gear-would get a complete revamp in Legion and now, that selected players can access the very early alpha of the expansion, we also have an idea of how it’ll look.

So instead of keeping cosmetic gear in a Void Storage or simply in our bags, Legion’s patch 7.0 will introduce a wardrobe tab, similar to the Toy Box and Heirloom Items (or even Diablo III’s transmog system). It’s basically a huge new collection tab where we can track all the items we looted during our journey, whether it’s cosmetic or something low-level.

This is the very first public build and it’s a long way to go until the release, so things will change a lot, but knowing the number of items in WoW, if you want to collect everything, you’re in for a ride.

Other than that it looks like a nice new feature and it certainly will keep players busy for a while.   buy cheap wow gold

Guild Wars 2 Spirit Vale raid is live

The “initial wing” of the first Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns raid is up and running. It’s a ten-player adventure called Spirit Vale that has you chasing a missing Pact squad in the north of the new jungle area of Maguuma. There will be “dark secrets” and “strange magic” and, if I had to guess, an enormous tree monster boss or two .

It’s a chance for Guild Wars 2 players to judge Arenanet’s new squad UI, and there are legendary rewards to be won, eventually. Successful raids will “start you down the path to gathering the components you’ll need to build legendary armour”. Legendary items are hard to get in Guild Wars 2. The expansion has reshaped progression to incorporate top-tier guild crafting into the Mastery system. The Scholar of Secrets mastery is needed before you can start working towards the new legendary axe, pistol and staff.

A big patch accompanies the release of the raid which details the properties of the new enhanced squad UI, as well as bug and balance fixes. You can find the patch notes on the Guild Wars 2 forums.

My Asura necromancer is too busy getting crushed by the denizens of the Tangled Depths to even consider the raid just yet. It’s a good expansion, though, as Phil noted in our Heart of Thorns review.

World Of Warcraft: Next Major Patch Launches This Week

World of Warcraft players running out of things to do in Warlords of Draenor will get some relief this week. Patch 6.2.3 will introduce several new activities to the game on November 17th.

During the Cataclysm Timewalking event, a vendor near the Cataclysm portals in Orgrimmar and Stormwind will sell modernized versions of the gear from that expansion. They’ll also offer an assortment of toys. Furthermore, all Timewalking bosses will now have a chance to drop a flying dragon mount called the Infinite Timereaver.

Solo and five-man rewards have been boosted in quality so they’ll be more desirable. Baleful items found in Tanaan Jungle now have a chance to give you random gear ranging between item level 655 and 695. Mythic Dungeons will drop loot that ranges between item level 685 and 725. Bosses in Mythic Dungeons also have a chance to drop heirloom trinkets that will scale up to level 110. This means you’ll be using the item while leveling in upcoming expansion Legion.

There’s reason to keep raiding Hellfire Citadel, too. Beating Archimonde on Heroic or Mythic difficulty will earn you a quest item that can be exchanged for a new Grove Warden mount. Blizzard has also introduced cross-realm Mythic raiding so you can find a group to tackle the Citadel while it’s still relevant.

Some time after Patch 6.2.3, Blizzard will also transition to the third PvP season for Warlords of Draenor. Players will be able to earn Warmongering Aspirant gear that scales to PvP item level 715, Warmongering Combatant gear that scales to 730, and Warmongering Gladiator gear that scales to 740.

Blizzard announced last week that Legion will be available by September 2016. They haven’t announced any new content past Patch 6.2.3 just yet but I hope they’ve got something else planned to keep players occupied until the new expansion arrives.

How Blizzard Is Changing World Of Warcraft Combat

World of Warcraft’s been around for more than a decade. Combat is one of its cornerstones, but also, perhaps, a bit of a relic. In light of recent MMO evolutions like Destiny, I asked Blizzard how far they’re willing to push WoW’s combat.

Over the years Blizzard has, of course, added all sorts of new classes and skills to WoW while also doing things like revamping the game’s entire talent system. Combat is, in some ways, a far cry from what is was back in old vanilla days, but other MMOs have taken the auto-attack + abilities formula further-or ditched it altogether. Tera, Wildstar, Guild Wars 2, etc. Meanwhile on console, Destiny offers combat so weighty and satisfying that players were willing to fight a veritable rogue’s gallery of formidable foes-a bland story, repetitive mission structure, poor decision-making on Bungie’s part-for a year before the game actually got, you know, good.

Blizzard does want to make WoW’s combat feel better. They’ve just got to balance that with expectations of a millions-strong player base that ranges in age from 0.3 years old to Your Great Grandma On Your Mom’s Side Who’s Even Cooler Than You. Blizzard’s compromise? Overhauling melee animations.  buy cheap wow gold

Chronicle: RuneScape Legends Accepting 2nd Closed Beta Sign-ups

RuneScape gold   Played out within the pages of a living book Chronicle: RuneScape Legends is a collectible card game that focuses on quest building, allowing players to craft their own miniature RPGs against enemies, including classic RuneScape boss monsters, before entering into PvP combat.

In Chronicle: RuneScape Legends, players build their own card-based adventures as they quest towards an ultimate showdown against a world of rivals.

Set within the pages of a magical book where the world of Gielinor unfolds before your eyes, Chronicle: RuneScape Legends offers a unique strategic twist on card games. Craft your quest with a deck of cards, battle enemies for gold and bonuses, and then face the final challenge of player vs. player combat.

The PC closed beta for Jagex Games Studio’s upcoming online strategy card game will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and is now accepting registrations.

“Following the fantastic reception Chronicle received at RuneFest-from both RuneScape fans and games press-it’s great to reveal that the game will begin its closed beta on PC in just a few short weeks,” said James Sweatman, lead designer for Chronicle: RuneScape Legends. “This is our chance to get solid feedback from our would be player-base for the very first time, which will help further develop and refine Chronicle ahead of next year’s launch.”