Tomas Hernandez is owner of Blizzplanet.com since 2003. I post news about World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Careers, and the Warcraft film.
Blizzplanet is a leading fansite covering news about upcoming Blizzard Entertainment licensed products. I also post previews and reviews. I have interviewed book writers and Blizzard game developers.
I was previously an employee of the OGaming Network (2003), and IncGamers (2008-2010). I was a guest newsposter for GosuGamers (World of Warcraft) a few years ago and for Diablofans.com (formerly Diablo3.com)
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Blizzard Entertainment deployed Shadowlands Alpha build 34821. Over 2.5GB in size.
This build doesn’t introduce access to The Maw. In fact, the level cap remains at level 59.
There is no character wipe, but there is a bug that causes a sort of soft character wipe. Basically, the game no longer recognizes your progress. This is problematic, because if you completed Ardenweald quests up to the point where you meet the Winter Queen and get access to the Heart of the Forest — this build no longer allows you to enter the Heart of the Forest.
If you were in Maldraxxus and completed all the quests up to the point where you were granted access to the Seat of the Primus… this build doesn’t recognize that progress. The door is locked and you can’t enter the Seat of the Primus.
In short, you need to create a new character and start from scratch.
The World of Warcraft Classic Summer Bowl is about to get underway! Are you ready for the WoW Classic action as teams battle in Warsong Gulch, putting their combat skills and flag capturing abilities to the test? The time for waiting is over, the WoW Classic Summer Bowl starts this weekend. Watch live on YouTube.com/Warcraft and Twitch.tv/Warcraft beginning Saturday, June 20 at 10:00 am PDT.
The latest Shadowlands Alpha build 34714 has introduced the new zone: Maldraxxus.
ORIBOS WORMHOLE TRAVEL
The most exciting thing ever to happen in World of Warcraft is wormhole travel from Oribos to the Shadowlands zones. At the moment: Ardenweald, Bastion, and Revendreth.
The mystery of the Shadowlands sandbox verticality is now revealed. Blizzard has introduced wormhole travel between the zones.
I had a feeling (several weeks ago) that Blizzard had arranged the zones at different vertical locations for something unique. This is it. You can’t see it while in the wormhole, but during the walking-on-air bug I could see Bastion is at the top of the vertical coordinates, followed by Oribos, then Ardenweald, Maldraxxus, Revendreth, and the Maw at the bottom.
Difficult to explain without a proper 3D perspective representation. Maybe this 2D image can help you visualize what I saw during the bug that allowed alpha testers to walk in the air from Bastion to Oribos and beyond in the sandbox. The bug didn’t allow me to walk up or down. South of Oribos, I could see the silhouette of Ardenweald several hundred yards below. When I went northeast of Oribos, I could see the Maldraxxus’ silhouette even further below.
Summer Games Fest updated the schedule in the evening to add World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Update. The livestream will start on June 9 at 12 ET / 9am PT. (source)
This is just conjecture: Some of the content not yet available for testing in Shadowlands Alpha — which might be the focus of this livestream:
Castle Nathria (Raid)
June 24 marks the day 76 since Shadowlands Alpha started. It took Battle for Azeroth Alpha 76 days to switch to Beta. It is highly possible we might hear about Closed Beta invitations date or approximate date range. Stay tuned. Follow @blizzplanetcom for more updates as I continue to monitor the Summer Game Fest and IGN Summer of Gaming events’ schedule for any changes.