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World Of Warcraft's 'Legion' Expansion Arrives August 30

Last August, Blizzard Entertainment announced Legion, the latest expansion to World of Warcraft. One year after the announcement, fans will be able to play Legion when it comes out on August 30.

In addition to an increased level cap, which puts the maximum level at 110, players can also explore a new area called The Broken Isles. The developers also added a new class — the Demon Hunter — that can be played as a tank or melee fighter. It also has the ability to double jump and glide from higher places to get the drop on enemies.

In terms of combat, the expansion introduces 36 Artifact Weapons, which will have unique characteristics based on your gameplay style, and you can also further upgrade its power by completing quests to gain artifact power. In order to upgrade these special weapons, you’ll need to go to the new Class Hall. This area is a gathering place for you and other players who share the same character class. From this place, you can also take on class-specific missions to advance the game’s story.

For player versus player (PvP) combat, Blizzard is implementing a new “Honor” system. As you level up in PvP, you gain Honor points. Earn enough of these points, and you gain an Honor Level as well as some gold, artifact power and PvP-specific Honor Talents. If you make it to Honor Level 50, you can continue to fight with the Talents available or take the Prestige option to start the Honor Levels all over again, but for better rewards.

But perhaps the biggest PvP change is the overall impact of your gear. Unlike previous expansions, Legion will provide a more fair combat experience, nullifying the stats on your gear and disabling any of its special effects. In other words, players will have to rely more on their character’s skills than the armor they’re wearing to have an edge in battle.

There are four months between now and the launch of Legion, which should give you adequate time to catch up and reach the current level cap of 100. However, if you don’t want to put in the time before launch, you can receive an immediate level boost to 100 if you pre-order the expansion. The pre-order also guarantees early access to the Demon Hunter class.

The basic version of Legionwill cost you $49.99. There’s also the Deluxe Edition ($69.99), which includes in-game bonuses for some of Blizzard’s titles such as an Illidari Felstalker mount and pet for World of Warcraft and new portraits for Starcraft II. For the die-hard fans, there’s the Collector’s Edition, which features all of the contents of the Deluxe Edition as well as a hardcover art book, a two-disc Blu-ray/DVD set showcasing behind-the-scenes content, the game’s soundtrack on CD, and a Legion-themed mouse pad. It will cost you $89.99.

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  • memadmax
    Sounds like pvp just took a nosedive.

    Glad I stopped playing this game long ago...
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  • Jrood1989
    As a player that got grand marshal, pvp took a nose dive after vanilla
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  • Achaios
    Hey Blizzard, give us Vanilla servers. We don't want to play current WoW since you have butchered it so much so as to bear no resemblance to original WoW.
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  • memadmax
    Hey Blizzard, give us Vanilla servers. We don't want to play current WoW since you have butchered it so much so as to bear no resemblance to original WoW.

    I predict a private server in your future.

    ^.^
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  • Quixit
    Yeah, WoW already jumped the panda long ago.
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  • jaber2
    You either love WoW or Hate WoW, I love WoW, I have been playing since original beta , I was recently invited to Legion alpha, I love everything about it so far, I just added another WoW account to my battle.net account so I can move some of my toons over and make room on my main account for the new class Demon Hunter. so all you hater can now down vote now.
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  • spartanmk2
    World of Warcraft: Command Table 2.0
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  • xaephod
    I miss WoW. Spent years raiding and PvPing...I don't know..the game has to progress or it gets stale, but its so far from what it was, I barely recognize it. If you want PvP, go play Planetside 2, its free and amazing.
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  • hellwig
    However, if you don’t want to put in the time before launch, you can receive an immediate level boost to 100 if you pre-order the expansion.

    What? I've never played WoW, but I did play EQ. Wouldn't jumping a significant number of levels without play put you at a severe disadvantage? Do you not have to research new skills or grind for new equipment? Wouldn't running around as a lvl 100 with your lvl 90 equipment and skills be pretty much worthless? Or do skills just come with lvl, and no-drop isn't a concept in this game?
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  • InvalidError
    I played WoW from late-BC to Cataclysm. The most fun I had along the way was the first three months of Cataclysm. I really liked the first weeks of doing Heroic dungeons where everything was new to everyone and it was mainly hardcore players in there not afraid of spending hours hammering heroics before the first nerf patches and quitters/crybabies flood in LFG. It felt almost like doing 5-man raids. Being early with decent gear also made getting spots in decent guilds much easier with many of them having progression on hold until after New Year.

    I quit playing shortly after the guild I was in imploded due to the GL repeatedly borrowing players from the two 10-man hardcore groups for the main 25-man team progression. I took a few months break after that and when I got a reminder of how brutal re-gearing and getting raid invites could be when you come back from a break was, I decided that I was done with WoW.

    One of my friends wanted to hire someone to level his characters through MoP and I volunteered for the job to have a look. I did not like it anywhere near as much as Cataclysm. Jumping in mid-expansion where most other people already know everything did not help that impression either.
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