Beginning May 15, select WoW players will be invited to participate in a small-scale, focused closed beta test. Players will also get a chance to help put our servers and technology through their paces in a series of stress tests running from May through July—you can opt in now through Account Management and select the WoW Classic beta. Subsequent stress tests will extend the opportunity to even more players. Level caps will also be in place to ensure we’re emphasizing the “stress” in “stress test”
I'm happy to see them really committing to this. I didn't think I would be all that interested, but I will sure give it a go. Personally I wouldn't mind quality of life improvements and most of my friend don't really care for a 100% authentic vanilla experience but they want the old zones and world, a game world pre-Cataclysm but have no requirement for it being "authentic" to World of Warcraft Patch 1.12.2. 

26 ADP, The Fall of the Black Temple: most of the demon hunters are dispatched to Marduun, leaving behind very few, including Vandel. Vandel fights with Maeiv, trying to appeal to her reason and is left for dead. In the end, Illidan is defeated as we see in the Black Temple, and in the wake of Illidan’s defeat, Vandel hears his voice call out to him, urging him to be prepared.

Along with revealing the WoW Classic release date, Blizzard also listed plans for both a beta and stress test of the game. Players who opt-in for the testing on their account manager page and have an active subscription will be randomly selected for the beta starting May 15. Then the developer will have three stress tests where players can log in to play the game for a short period of time on the following dates:
The World of Warcraft is going back to its roots with WoW Classic. Giving players the chance to return to the game as it was around the time of its launch, WoW Classic is set to launch worldwide on August 27. However, ahead of its imminent release, the team at Blizzard are offering a closed beta test for WoW Classic, and we’ve got all the details players need to jump in on the action.
In regards to the Night Elven demon hunters, where did your character stumble upon the necessary mentor to become a demon hunter? What made your character want to walk the path of becoming a demon hunter? What did your character do prior to becoming a demon hunter? How long has your character been a demon hunter? What adverse effects has your character endured because of their being a demon hunter for (blank amount of time)?
We’re still looking at how we can best deliver an authentic Classic experience at launch, and in the weeks and months that follow - both in terms of gameplay and community. You won’t see phasing (which is tied to specific quests that don't exist in Classic) or cross-realm zones (which combine multiple realms together) in Classic. However, realm sharding is one of the best tools we have to keep realms stable when hundreds of players are swarming the same initial few zones and killing the same few mobs (like they will be at the launch of Classic). To that end, we do believe that some form of sharding may be helpful, especially in those early days. But we recognize that a cohesive world is critical to WoW Classic and are committed to bringing that to you. Layering in Classic WoW
Analogy: think back on riding the swings in kindergarten. Was it fun? Now, imagine going back to those swings exactly as they were, and sitting in them now, as an adult. They're too small. They don't fit. Your feet drag on the ground because they're so low to the ground. The bar over your head is low enough that you can reach out and touch it, and even at the highest the swing will go, it's only about chest high when you're standing up. It's exactly the same swing, but riding on it now is a very different experience, yes?
Within the context of Classic, the method most frequently proposed is to re-tune bosses to make them harder. Rather than copying the numbers, re-create the relative difficulty. Kind of like, when you first start working out, you use small weights. When you get stronger, you lift bigger weights. The WoW community is more knowledgeable, more experienced, has better hardware, etc. We're "stronger." So give us tougher bosses. There are a lot of forms that could take. Bosses were constantly re-tuned during vanilla anyway, so if Ragnaros does 10% more damage or something, is that really a problem? I don't think it is. What about resistance gear? back in the day, collecting resist gear was a thing people did. But the numbers and strategies are so well known today that only the tank really needs it anymore. Bosses could be re-tuned with more resistible elemental damage so that's important for entire raids to gear appropriately. That would be entirely keeping with the spirit of vanilla even if the actually numbers sitting in a database somewhere were different than they were ~13 years ago. If you want to go a little farther, a few people have proposed adding new abilities to old bosses, adjusting their timing, etc.
When it comes time that the body and mind have been prepared for the ultimate task, the potential demon hunter enters into a summoning circle surrounded by a binding rune. In the middle of this summoning circle, a single demon is called forward and the potential demon hunter is forced to fight for their lives without any help from the outside. The demon in question that is summoned is not influenced by the summoner, but the potential demon hunter within the circle might influence the demon that is summoned by a particular hatred or wish for vengeance upon a certain type of demon. If the potential demon hunter is successful in killing the summoned demon, they must then devour the heart of the creature as well as drink its blood. The binding of the demon’s soul to the demon hunter is extremely powerful, one in five surviving the ritual. As well, the demon’s flesh is extremely difficult to keep down, as if it tries to sear the inside of the body and crawl its way back up the throat of the potential demon hunter. After devouring the heart of the demon slain, each demon hunter is given a vision of the Burning Legion, witnessing the horrors of their enemy for themselves, ending with all potential demon hunters gouge out their own eyes. In the wake of the ritual, almost all successful demon hunters pass out either due to sickness, shock, exhaustion, or overwhelming fatigue.
Unlike their night elven brothers-in-arms, the blood elven demon hunters have only one true avenue to their becoming what they are: the Sunfury. What this means for the character is that they were part of the coalition of elves to follow Kael’thas Sunstrider away from Quel’thalas in the wake of the Sunwell’s destruction. These same elves were present (and survived) the attacks on Northrend by Illidan Stormrage, Kael’thas, and Lady Vashj as well as the conquering of Outland through shackling Magtheridon. The Sunfury elves who had either proven themselves capable enough, sworn vendetta against the Burning Legion, and remained loyal to the Illidari in the wake of Kael’thas’ betrayal would prove capable of becoming demon hunters in the footsteps of Varedis Felsoul, the first blood elven demon hunter.
Blizzard also announced a boxed Collector's Edition for World of Warcraft to ring in the game's 15th anniversary. It includes a Onyxia pin, map of Azeroth mouse pad, art prints, special anniversary mounts, and a large black-and-gold statue of Ragnaros the Firelord. It will release on October 8 for $100, and you can pre-purchase from the Blizzard store.

Unlike their night elven brothers-in-arms, the blood elven demon hunters have only one true avenue to their becoming what they are: the Sunfury. What this means for the character is that they were part of the coalition of elves to follow Kael’thas Sunstrider away from Quel’thalas in the wake of the Sunwell’s destruction. These same elves were present (and survived) the attacks on Northrend by Illidan Stormrage, Kael’thas, and Lady Vashj as well as the conquering of Outland through shackling Magtheridon. The Sunfury elves who had either proven themselves capable enough, sworn vendetta against the Burning Legion, and remained loyal to the Illidari in the wake of Kael’thas’ betrayal would prove capable of becoming demon hunters in the footsteps of Varedis Felsoul, the first blood elven demon hunter.


3. Your DH wants to make sure they're in on any information about the Legion that anyone else may have, and this would include the occasional visit to cities, where information flows densely and freely, and it's easier than trying to weasel your way into military meetings with military units that might not really trust your fel-infused butt. But if Mr General is having an ale at the bar, you can probably get him to blab at least something he might know that hasn't been shared yet, especially if you've provoked him into ranting at you just with your mere presence.
Blizzard said it will choose players who have active subscriptions to the regular game based on a variety of factors to help them test the beta. It could be based on your PC, your commitment to the game, or just your luck. If you get in, you’ll likely receive an email, but if not, you can check your launcher. And remember: as with any beta, your progress will not be saved for when the game launches later this year.
To get back to Classic for a bit, this is what I think is happening. Players who prefer the old ways (and full disclosure, I'd count myself among them, but to a smaller degree than most) complain/talk about the negative sides of modern WoW and Battle for Azeroth in general. While they do this they also talk about how things were better before and often mention Vanilla as a reference point. People who enjoy BfA now feel attacked by this and so they retaliate. Hence, liking Classic means you either have nostalgia goggles on or have no idea what you're talking about and will hate the same things you say you want 2 weeks after you start playing it. It's an amazing thing, where literally each side is doing to the other what they feel is being (wrongly) done to them. I feel like writing this is the most redundant thing I've ever done, and yet I also feel that it needs to be said, because it seems some people just don't get what they're doing, or at least I hope they don't (some do and are doing it on purpose but there's trolls everywhere so there's no point in even discussing them).
With the Classic beta now out it seems every related article somehow manages to spark the eternal war of "Vanilla was the best WoW sucks now" and "lol nostalgia goggles, Vanilla sucked, enjoy your two weeks of Classic". I have to say, even though I understand the principles behind the battle and the reasons people behave and talk this way... I actually REALLY don't get it on a deeper level.
Thanks so much for the replies. I think I am somewhat of a collector/roster builder. I go around doing the dailies but I also like buying pets just for their looks. I watched hazelnutty on youtube last night. I think I will focus on doing the expeditions when I have time to get all the pets that come from that. Then I will go back and do old raids like Eekwibble suggested.
3. Your DH wants to make sure they're in on any information about the Legion that anyone else may have, and this would include the occasional visit to cities, where information flows densely and freely, and it's easier than trying to weasel your way into military meetings with military units that might not really trust your fel-infused butt. But if Mr General is having an ale at the bar, you can probably get him to blab at least something he might know that hasn't been shared yet, especially if you've provoked him into ranting at you just with your mere presence.
“To fill our pool of beta and stress test participants, we’ll be choosing dedicated players who meet select criteria from both the WoW Classic beta opt-in and the standard Warcraft beta opt-in. Participants will also need to have an active subscription or active game time on their Battle.net Account. While opting-in to the beta is the primary way to make sure you’re in the running to join the test it doesn’t guarantee an invitation to the closed beta test. We may also consider additional factors such as how long a player has been subscribed to the game so that we have the right mix of players to ensure great feedback toward making WoW Classic the very best experience for the community.”

Analogy: think back on riding the swings in kindergarten. Was it fun? Now, imagine going back to those swings exactly as they were, and sitting in them now, as an adult. They're too small. They don't fit. Your feet drag on the ground because they're so low to the ground. The bar over your head is low enough that you can reach out and touch it, and even at the highest the swing will go, it's only about chest high when you're standing up. It's exactly the same swing, but riding on it now is a very different experience, yes?


One thing they told me when I dabbled into computer science back at university was that 80% of the bugs only take 20% of your time to fix. That's why sometimes you see issues persisting for very long times, not because the devs are lazy or incompetent, but because there is usually a priority list of problems, with the severe-but-easy-to-fix ones always taking precedent and the not-game-breaking-but-difficult-to-solve problems being last line.
I have tried it a few times. It's good if you're new to the game. Otherwise not so much. I found I leveled slower by using it, as it's suggesting to take the longest possible route usually. Basically following roads everytime, when you could take an easy shortcut. Especially if the shortcut involves a bit of fall damage, it's out of question. The "go here" spots don't also update if you take a shortcut, and then the waypoint arrow points to wrong direction. But perhaps it has been updated since then.

2. Your DH needs supplies on a regular basis. They can only carry so much food, clean drink, medical potions and whatever else they want/need at a time. It's pretty realistic that they would need to visit a market every so often, and large faction markets will have the most variety and types of items to choose from. (My DH has been a recluse in the wild for some time, and she is stinky, dirty and has eaten some questionable stuff. This isn't really ideal and a Dalaran doughnut would be pretty flippin nice.)
The first demon hunters, whether enthralled by the sight of Illidan Stormrage cutting down swaths of demons during the War of the Ancients, stumbling upon a rogue demon hunter in their eternal quest to slaughter the Burning Legion, somehow forcing themselves into the destroyed realm of Outland, or by secret scrolls that have been found in night elven lands, the Night Elf demon hunter has more avenues than Blood Elves to become the predator of demons. Most, if not all Player Character Night Elf demon hunters, are going to be shackled to the fact that they became demon hunters sometime after the War of the Ancients. This is ambiguous due to the information received in World of Warcraft: Legion by the character Illysanna Ravencrest in her Dungeon Journal entry, “The daughter of Lord Ravencrest, imprisoned for millennia in the Vault of the Wardens shortly after the War of Ancients, found herself free after Maiev released the demon hunters from their prison. Returning to her ancestral home, she has sacrificed everything - including her very soul - to defend what she could not during the War of the Ancients,” being taken by some people as evidence of her being a demon hunter either during the War of the Ancients. 

26 ADP, The Fall of the Black Temple: most of the demon hunters are dispatched to Marduun, leaving behind very few, including Vandel. Vandel fights with Maeiv, trying to appeal to her reason and is left for dead. In the end, Illidan is defeated as we see in the Black Temple, and in the wake of Illidan’s defeat, Vandel hears his voice call out to him, urging him to be prepared.

No he's just not paying attention. The wanted quests are built into both the leveling guides and the "Zandalar Forever" achievement guide. They aren't in the rep guide because they are not repeatable and by the time you hit max level they should be done. You'll also notice the rep guide doesn't contain every single possible completable quest that rewards rep. It is designed to focus on repeatable objectives, world quests, large quest lines, and missions.


Regardless of the brotherhood shared by the Illidari in their single-minded mission, there is a level of disconnect between Lord Illidan’s demon hunters and the rest of his forces. While this is by no means enforced, it is basically self-imposed by the demon hunters themselves, as the blood elves inhabiting the Grand Promenade had no issue to Vandel spending some of his free time there with their denizens. Furthermore, the bond of brotherhood is not as strong as one might expect between two demon hunters, as during their training and sparring sessions, there is nothing that stops one party from killing another so long as they maintain control of their inner-demons. Just the same, there are those within Illidan’s forces that zealously believe and follow his teachings, mentality, and machinations without question but it is not wholly uncommon for some demon hunters to either question, doubt, or even outright disagree with their lord’s ideals and methods.
All of this is keeping with the spirit of vanilla, which I think is more important than that a specific number be 11 instead of 12. And it would help to "resize the swing" by making the game harder to the more experienced community, and forcing people to re-discover the game rather than simply looking up whatever they want to know on a spreadsheet somewhere.
Blizzard said it will choose players who have active subscriptions to the regular game based on a variety of factors to help them test the beta. It could be based on your PC, your commitment to the game, or just your luck. If you get in, you’ll likely receive an email, but if not, you can check your launcher. And remember: as with any beta, your progress will not be saved for when the game launches later this year.
Instead of sharding the zones, their plan is to shard the entire continent at launch. In Classic WoW, there are no dynamic spawns and questing in starting zones would quickly become annoying, so it's understandable that the game is all but fun when there are no mobs to kill, but layering will also cause you to see new players, every time you sign in to the game, which is a clear downside of the tech. 
Each pet has 3 abilities it can use during a battle, but a total of 6 to choose from. They will also have a total of 3 active spell slots that show which abilities can be used during a Pet Battle. The first spell slot will already be unlocked, but the second and third will only become available once the companion has reached a certain level. Other spells will also unlock after reaching higher levels.
Question: for the demons listed, I'm particularly curious about Nathrezim or the new 'Inquisitors'. Basically because I want a very cunning, manipulative demon and strategist that my guy absorbs. However I am unsure if this is feasible, as I don't know their status and although my Demon Hunter is a proven warrior... well, he wasn't one who stood too much above the others. (Working on the backstory, but one thing I am fairly certain of though may change is he pleaded to be allowed to take the trial to become a demon hunter with the next group Prince Kael was sending to Illidan.) So although he might get lucky, I can't see him overpowering someone who is as powerful as some others.
Each battle that you win will yield experience for each pet that participated. However, deceased companions will not receive any experience (so make an effort to keep them alive by swaping in a different pet). Experience gains are based on your pet's level compared to the wild pet. Defeating a higher level opponent will grant more experience than a much lower level one, but be ready for a tough fight!

Unlike many other classes, writing a demon hunter carries with it a necessity for a call to action for the character in question. For those writing a night elven demon hunter, this call to action is wildly different and varies heavily from each individual whereas those who are writing blood elven demon hunters have only one true avenue for their path: those sent to Illidan Stormrage by Kael’thas Sunstrider to train to become demon hunters.
Shivarra: (Caution) While the succubi serve the Legion in ways of mystique and gaining from the pleasure of mortals, Shivarra act as the bishops on the chessboard to Sargeras’ near-immortal army. Charismatic, seductive, coy, and brutal, the Shivarra are not to be trifled with: just the same as Illidan employed them for the same purposes as the Burning Legion themselves did. To the demon hunters who find themselves staring down one of these towering, six-armed figures in their binding ritual, perhaps they stand to become some of the greatest battlefield assets in the Illidari’s army, capable of inspiring and slaughtering demons with unfaltering speed and a provocative grace.
Analogy: think back on riding the swings in kindergarten. Was it fun? Now, imagine going back to those swings exactly as they were, and sitting in them now, as an adult. They're too small. They don't fit. Your feet drag on the ground because they're so low to the ground. The bar over your head is low enough that you can reach out and touch it, and even at the highest the swing will go, it's only about chest high when you're standing up. It's exactly the same swing, but riding on it now is a very different experience, yes?
Things like Tauren melee reach being bigger, which is something I experienced going away live during Black Temple Illidan progression (at least for that particular encounter), is confusing to players as it's a significant advantage over other races in some instances. No quest tracking is another apparently confusing issue, as many Mankirk's WIfe seekers well know, and there's a whole lot more where that came from:
One thing they told me when I dabbled into computer science back at university was that 80% of the bugs only take 20% of your time to fix. That's why sometimes you see issues persisting for very long times, not because the devs are lazy or incompetent, but because there is usually a priority list of problems, with the severe-but-easy-to-fix ones always taking precedent and the not-game-breaking-but-difficult-to-solve problems being last line.
I consider myself a purist in that I would prefer classic to be released as close as possible to the original. Where that is on the spectrum of patch content will be up to blizz. I'm also not vane enough to believe that any single state of the game is the "Ideal" location we should be aiming for. There is common ground that we can agree on, and I would welcome more than a few changes as long as they are made in the spirit of keeping classic on the vanilla rails.

When it comes to Classic, Blizzard's goal is to provide an authentic Vanilla experience, but they also needed to come up with technology to handle many players at launch, which is similar to sharding. While the use of this technology will be limited to the first month following launch, many players are questioning this decision and wouldn't like to see layering in the game at all.
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