Game director Ion Hazzikostas announced the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Alpha will begin this week. He did not provide a specific date, but this could easily be guess-timated between the March 7-10 range.
Please, follow @blizzplanetcom for a multitude of updates: such as gameplay videos and screenshots.
Take in mind that Alpha is by no means what you will experience in the shipped product.
The latest Warcraft III: Reforged hotfix (220.127.116.1183) addresses 2 issues with custom maps and one with melee maps. The patch is about 1.2GB in size.
This is a fairly big patch for a small hotfix, which makes me wonder if some data has been dumped in this build in preparation for some of the missing features that weren’t available at launch — later in an upcoming patch. Time will tell.
Some of the missing features, but not all: Clans, Ladder, and Cross-region play.
This is what Blizzard said a few weeks ago:
“As with Remastered, leaderboards, clans, and other features will be included in a major patch for Reforged, which will also address the issue for players of the original game. We’ll share release plans as work progresses in the coming weeks-please be assured that the team is hard at work on standing these features up.”
Fixed an issue with customized spells that was crashing some popular custom maps.
Resolved an issue with Banewood Bog and Banewood Bog_LV that caused the wrong melee data to be used in gameplay.
Banewood Bog_LV is added back to the 4v4 Versus map pool.
Fixed an issue with item stacking that impacted some popular custom maps.
Community manager Kaivax posted the latest Warcraft III: Reforged patch notes which addresses a wide range of issues.
Just a quick note to let everyone know that we have a dedicated team here focused on Warcraft III. Alongside our continued efforts to bring monthly patches with bug fixes and quality of life changes, the team is prioritizing delivering features like Ranked Ladders, Profiles, Clans, and Custom Campaigns. We’ll continue to share more details as those features are nearing release, but know we’re here and hard at work on the game.
We play games several hours a day, escaping reality to have fun immersing ourselves into Azeroth, Sanctuary, the Kropulu Sector, the Nexus, the Cow level, or any other universes out there in the Blizzard library of games, or beyond Blizzard.
But if something can do a reality check on us, a pandemic can. The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has hit our world pretty hard in many fronts. The most important one: life. The loss of family. The loss of friends. The loss of fellow human beings who would have had longer lives otherwise.
Brandon Routh was interviewed by the Inside of You podcast to discuss his career setbacks after Superman Returns. He embraced World of Warcraft at a time when his film was not well received by the audience (only $52.5 million domestic) for a 270m budget film, and a sequel was obviously not in the horizon.
Muradin Bronzebeard: You lied to your men and betrayed the mercenaries who fought for you. What’s happening to you, Arthas? Is vengeance all that’s important to you?
Arthas: Spare me, Muradin. You weren’t there to see what Mal’Ganis did to my homeland.
Mal’Ganis: The Dark Lord said you would come. This is where your journey ends, boy. Trapped and freezing at the roof of the world, with only death to sing the tale of your doom.
Muradin: This looks bad. We’re completely surrounded.
Arthas: There’s still one chance. Help me claim Frostmourne! If it’s as powerful as you said, it might tilt the scales in our favor!
Muradin: I have a bad feeling about this, lad. But I promised I’d see this through.
Arthas: Captain, I’ll leave you to organize our defense. Let’s move out.
Arthas must survive
Muradin must survive
During the first part of this mission, your new units can’t assist Arthas and Muradin. You must continue to build new units and buildings as needed to defend the main base from the Undead Scourge attacks that come from the north and the east.
In the meantime, Arthas and Muradin start at this location high in the mountains to the west of the main base.
NEW UNIT AVAILABLE – Gryphon Ryder – You may now build Gryphon Riders from the Gryphon Aviary. They are powerful flying creatures, mounted by Dwarven hammer-throwers.
Follow the path north. You will find three wolves: Dire Frost Wolf level 6 and two Giant Frost Wolf level 4.
North of that pack is a single Frost Wolf level 2.
Around the corner, there are two couples of wolves. All of them aggro. Those packs contains a Dire Frost Wolf level 6, Giant Frost Wolf level 4 (2), and a Frost Wolf level 2. One drops Periapt of Vitality: Increases the hit points of the Hero by 150 when worn.
To the right there is a Fountain of Mana.
Not far from the Fountain of Mana you will encounter a pack of Yeti and Frost Wolf pets: Elder Wendigo level 6, Wendigo Shaman level 7, Wendigo level 4, and 2 Frost Wolf level 2. The shaman drops Tome of Agility: Permanently increases Agility by 1; and Potion of Greater Mana: Restores 300 mana when used.
Further north, as soon as you get near a bunch of graveyards, the following undead units spawn: Wraith level 6. Ghost level 3. Skeletal Marksman level 3 (2). Skeleton Archer level 1 (4). Use Muradin’s Thunderclap on them: Slams the ground, damaging nearby enemy units. Units are also slowed.
Now you reach the end of the path to complete the search for Frostmourne. You will encounter The Guardian level 10, two Frost Revenant level 4, and 2 Skeletal Marksman level 3.
The screen goes black to play a cutscene.
Guardian: Turn back, mortals. Death and darkness are all that await you in this forsaken vault.
Arthas: I doubt there’s anything down here more terrifying than what we’ve faced already.
Guardian: Believe what you will, boy. You shall not pass.
The two Frost Revenants cast Blizzard on your team. Focus down the Guardian. Use Muradin’s Avatar, Thunderclap and Storm Bolt. Once the Guardian dies, the other units stop attacking.
Guardian: Turn away… before it’s… too late.
Arthas: Still trying to protect the sword, are you?
Muradin: Hold, lad. There’s an inscription on the dais. It’s a warning. It says, “Whomsoever takes up this blade shall wield power eternal. Just as the blade rends flesh, so must power scar the spirit.” Oh, I should’ve known. The blade is cursed! Let’s get the hell out of here!
Arthas: I would gladly bear any curse to save my homeland.
Muradin: Leave it be, Arthas. Forget this business and lead your men home.
Arthas: Damn the men! Nothing shall prevent me from having my revenge, old friend. Not even you. Now, I call out to the spirits of this place. I will give anything or pay any price, if only you will help me save my people.
Captain: Prince Arthas! Where is Muradin? We can’t hold out for much longer!
Muradin: Muradin is dead. But take heart, Captain. The enemy will not stand long against the might of Frostmourne!
MAIN QUEST COMPLETED
Destroy Mal’Ganis’ Base
Note: All the items in Muradin’s inventory can now be found on the ground at the main base as treasure chests.
Select the Workshop. Research Flying Machine Bombs (B): Allows Flying Machines to attack land units.
Select the Workshop. Research Flare (R): Provides Mortar Teams with the Flare ability. Flares can be used to reveal any area of the map. Can see invisible units.
Select the Arcane Sanctum. Build a Priest (P).
Select the Blacksmith. Upgrade to Black Gunpowder (G): Increases the ranged attack damage of Riflemen, Mortar Teams, Siege Engines and Flying Machines.
Build 4 Peasants (P) to harvest wood.
Build 2 Knights (K).
Build 2 Riflemen (R).
Build a Priest.
Select the Arcane Sanctum. Research Sorceress Adept Training (O): Increases Sorceresses’ mana capacity, mana regeneration rate, hit points, and gives them the ability to cast Invisibility.
Select the Arcane Sanctum. Research Priest Adept Training (T): Increases Priests’ mana capacity, mana regeneration rate, hit points, and gives them the ability to cast Dispel.
Build 2 Peasants (P) to harvest wood.
Select the Lumber Mill. Research Improved Lumber Harvesting (L): Increases the amount of lumber that Peasants can carry by 5.
Build 3 Peasants (P) to harvest wood.
There are three exits in your main base: north, northeast, and east. Send all your troops northeast to creep. This is the exit straight east of the Arcane Sanctum. It goes up diagonally.
Select the Barracks. Upgrade to Long Rifles (L): Increases the range of Riflemen attacks.
Attack this group tagged as “Servants of Loken.” — obvious reference to World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King’s Loken from Ulduar.
This pack consists of a Granite Golem level 9, 2 Rock Golem level 2, and 2 Faceless One Trickster level 6. They are guarding a gold mine. The Granite Golem drops Claws of Attack +15: Increases the damage of the Hero by 15 when worn.
Select the Arcane Sanctum. Research Sorceress Master Training (O): Increases Sorceresses’ mana capacity, mana regeneration rate, hit points, and gives them the ability to cast Polymorph.
Build a Priest (P).
Now go down the ramp below the rock golems and head north. There is a hidden pack of Ice Trolls here: Ice Troll Berserker level 4, Ice Troll Priest level 2, and 2 Ice Troll level 2.
Now head south. There is a Mercenary Camp in this location where you can hire the following units (only 1 of each until after a long cooldown):
Nerubian Warrior (W): Light melee unit that carries its young into battle. Attacks land units. Costs 170 gold and 2 food.
Ice Troll Berserker (B): Medium range unit. Attacks land and air units. Costs 195 gold, 30 wood and 3 food.
Nerubian Webspinner (N): Light ranged unit that can Web and Raise Dead. Attacks land units. Costs 140 gold, 25 wood and 2 food. Web (W): Binds a target enemy air unit in webbing, forcing it to the ground. Webbed units can be hit as though they were land units. Lasts 12 sec. Raise Dead (R): Raises 2 skeletons from a corpse.
Frost Revenant (F): Medium melee unit that can cast Blizzard: Calls down 6 freezing ice shard waves; each wave deals 15 damage to units in a small area. Attacks land units. Costs 205 gold, 30 wood and 3 food.
TIP: The Webspinner is the best choice. You might need it for the Frost Wyrm at the main Scourge base. Its Web ability has no mana cost, and it is set to auto-cast (with a slight cooldown). So it will do well against the Gargoyles too.
Optional: There is a Goblin Merchant at this location.
At the Goblin Merchant you can purchase any of these items:
Scroll of Protection (R): Increases the armor of all friendly units in an area around your Hero by 2 for 30 sec. Costs 150g.
Potion of Healing (P): Heals 250 hit points when used. Costs 150g.
Potion of Mana (M): Restores 150 mana when used. Costs 200g.
Scroll of Town Portal (T): Teleports the Hero and any of its nearby troops to a target friendly town hall. Costs 350g.
Wand of Negation (N): Dispels all magical effects in a target area. Contains 3 charges. Deals 200 damage to summoned units. Costs 200g.
Scroll of Healing (H): Heals 150 hit points to all friendly non-mechanical units around the Hero when used.
Grab all newest troops from your base and join them with your main forces. Attack the Undead Scourge base east of your main base (bottom-right corner of the map). That base is guarded by 2 Abominations, 3 Crypt Fiends, and 1 Ghoul. Destroy the base, and claim a third gold mine.
Send the newest troops to join your main forces.
Send a Peasant to the recently destroyed Undead Scourge base to build a Town Hall at the gold mine.
Select the Arcane Sanctum. Research Priest Master Training (T): Increases Priests’ mana capacity, mana regeneration rate, hit points, and gives them the ability to cast Inner Fire.
Build at least 5 Peasants to harvest gold from the third gold mine.
Head north of the Scourge base just destroyed until you find this Troll camp with an Ice Troll Warlord level 6, Ice Troll High Priest level 4, Ice Troll Priest level 2, and Ice Troll Berserker level 4 (2). The Warlord drops a Health Stone: Increases the life regeneration rate of the Hero by 1 hit point per sec when worn. Can be consumed for 500 health.
Send all your troops to attack the Scourge Base marked in the map (top-right corner of the map). Destroy all buildings to complete the mission.
MAIN QUEST COMPLETED
Mal’Ganis: So, you’ve taken up Frostmourne at the expense of your comrades’ lives, just as the Dark Lord said you would. You’re stronger than I thought.
Arthas: You waste your breath, Mal’Ganis. I heed only the voice of Frostmourne now.
Mal’Ganis: You hear the voice of the Dark Lord. He whispers to you through the blade you wield. What does he say, young human? What does the Dark Lord of the Dead tell you now?
Arthas: He tells me that the time for my vengeance has come.
Mal’Ganis: What? He can’t possibly mean to–
Arthas: It is finished.
After taking his vengeance upon Mal’Ganis, Prince Arthas wandered off into the frozen wastelands of Northrend.
Tormented by Frostmourne’s maddening voice, Arthas lost the last vestiges of his sanity.
Now, driven by the sword’s dark will, Arthas plans to return home to Lordaeron and claim his just reward…
(Cinematic: Arthas’ Betrayal plays onscreen)
Dire Frost Wolf level 6. Giant Frost Wolf level 4 (2). Drops Ring of Protection +3: Increases the armor of the Hero by 3 when worn.
Frost Wolf level 2.
Giant Frost Wolf level 4. Frost Wolf level 2.
Giant Frost Wolf level 6. Frost Wolf level 2. Drops Periapt of Vitality: Increases the hit points of the Hero by 150 when worn.
Elder Wendigo level 6. Wendigo Shaman level 7. Wendigo level 4. Frost Wolf level 2 (2). Drops Tome of Agility: Permanently increases Agility by 1; and Potion of Greater Mana: Restores 300 mana when used.
As soon as you get near this graveyard, the following enemy units spawn: Wraith level 6. Ghost level 3. Skeletal Marksman level 3 (2). Skeleton Archer level 1 (4).
The Guardian level 10, two Frost Revenant level 4, and 2 Skeletal Marksman level 3.
Granite Golem level 9, 2 Rock Golem level 2, and 2 Faceless One Trickster level 6. The Granite Golem drops Claws of Attack +15: Increases the damage of the Hero by 15 when worn. Gold mine.
Ice Troll Berserker level 4, Ice Troll Priest level 2, and 2 Ice Troll level 2. One drops Potion of Greater Healing: Heals 500 hit points when used.
Abomination (2), Crypt Fiend (3), Ghoul (2).
Ice Troll Warlord level 6. Ice Troll High Priest level 4. Ice Troll Priest level 2. Ice Troll Berserker level 4 (2). drops a Health Stone: Increases the life regeneration rate of the Hero by 1 hit point per sec when worn. Can be consumed for 500 health.
From time to time, I write articles about computers. This seems like a real good timing to bring this to your attention.
These computer issues might happen to some people, and not others. I have noticed one in particular happening to me, but I wasn’t even sure it was a real issue until I read about it.
Some of the images I have been uploading for the Warcraft III: Reforged article have been disappearing from my hard drive. I know because they are auto-saved in a particular serial number pattern using VLC Player. Next day, when I take more screenshots in VLC, and I search for the new image to upload, the image isn’t saved in the normal pattern. It is because some images have disappeared or been deleted, and VLC fills in the missing image numbers.
It was a very specific task I have been doing the past 4-5 days. People like you might not even notice an automated file deletion until it is too late. Imagine playing a game, and a file is deleted? Or writing a document or drawing something — and that file is deleted next day. So the Windows 10 update responsible for this massive issue is KB4532693.
Another update gone wrong is the KB4524244. Some people have crash and freeze issues with this update. My sister called me to complain about her laptop crashing often. That’s the source of the issue. Each computer behaves differently to these two updates, but why run the risk?
Below you can read how to uninstall these two bad updates.