Shadowlands Beta email invitations have officially gone out yesterday. I have been playing Shadowlands Alpha since the beginning, and got an email invitation for Beta.

You don’t need to wait for the email, however. It is faster to check your Blizzard Launcher’s World of Warcraft dropdown. I got access to Beta 2-3 days ago. That much it took the email queue to reach me.

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Blizzard Entertainment has not officially announced participation in the gamescom 2020 event which is this year going to be held as an online event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, on July 13, gamescom organizers posted new participants to the event which include… Activision Blizzard.

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Around 3:45pm EST, Blizzard Entertainment switched the Shadowlands Alpha text from the dropdown menu to Shadowlands Beta. Three minutes after I noticed, build 35167 began to be auto-downloaded.

This means closed beta invites might be rolling out shortly. The best way to find out if you have access is checking the World of Warcraft dropdown tab above the PLAY button in the Blizzard Launcher.

The email invitation can arrive within minutes up to 8 hours later depending how far in the mass-email queue you are. So it is faster to check the Blizzard Launcher. Do not click any links in any email. Even if the sender says @blizzard.com — this can be spoofed by phishing scammers.

To join closed beta click the opt-in button here. You must login to your account first.

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As a separate article from my recent Shadows Rising review, I wanted to focus more on the relationships highlighted in the novel. Please, do not read further if you are sensitive to spoilers. There are heavy spoilers ahead and explanations. You are warned.

As mentioned earlier, there is a lesbian marriage in this novel between two Zandalari female trolls. Queen Talanji gave her blessing approving the marriage, and attended the ceremony.

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Shadowlands Alpha build 35078 is actually the Beta build that fansites and streamers were invited by Blizzard Entertainment to play around July 8-9.

In this build, level 59 players who have gone through the core questline of the 4 zones are greeted with a quest in Oribos by Bolvar Fordragon.

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Players who recently purchased the World of Warcraft 6-Month Subscription can now open the Blizzard Launcher to claim a free Shadowlands Steamscale Incinerator mount.

Make sure to click the Gift icon next to the Lightbulb icon to the left of your account name (located near the top-right corner of the Blizzard Launcher), then click CLAIM.

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Alongside my coverage of the Shadowlands event server, I was able to take part in a group interview with Ion Hazzikostas about the expansion and WoW in general. The interview went, round robin style, from one person to the next until we ran out of time. I ended up being able to ask three questions. While there was some very juicy information revealed from others’ questions, I don’t want to steal anyone’s thunder. I’ll let those parties share those answers on their own time.

Here are the transcripts for the three questions I asked Ion and his answers.

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Yesterday, I had the chance to play on an event server for the initial build of the the upcoming Shadowlands beta, featuring The Maw and the venthyr covenant. I’ve decided to split up the many pictures I took into multiple articles based on theme. Here are some random other updates to be found on the event build.

Oribos received a few cosmetic updates. There are now tons of broker camps surrounding the city, but they lack NPCs. Sometimes guards walk past and stare at the empty camps for a moment, then resume their patrol.

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