Sunday, 30 August 2015

Goodbye Hannibal, It was Great Knowing You! :'(

Hannibal said its goodbye with a fantastic finale that left me quite satisfied unlike most series. While the open-ended ambigious finale can leave something to be desired for certain people, it also leaves the possibility open for a season 4 if the show is to be revived in the coming years.

There are tons of different theories about the very final scene with Bedelia and all these various opinions are amazing. I love it when finales are left open ended like that so people will believe what they want to believe based on what they have seen in the scenes and how they interpreted them.


Spoiler... Earlier in the episode Bedelia tells Will when he asks if Hannibal is in love with him; "Can't live with him, can't live without him". Will, aware of this fact, decides that he might as well stop living altogether. In an oddly romantic scene (I am disappointed that there wasn't a kiss! :P), Will embraces Hannibal and jumps off the cliff to certain death, holding Hannibal with him. I say certain death because this is my interpretation. 

Spoiler... I am of the opinion that the very last scene after the credits with Bedelia's leg on the menu took place before the fight between Dolarhyde, Hannibal and Will. So in my theory, Hannibal and Will consumed Bedelia and then the fight happened leading to the ending I mentioned above that I found very poetic.

Spoiler... Other theories include Hannibal and Will surviving the fall and consuming Bedelia after all these events took place or Bedelia going crazy and deciding to prepare herself for supper as she knew Hannibal would do it eventually. Realistically, I can't think of a way for Hannibal and Will to survive. I guess the water would be deep enough for them to survive the fall from the cliff but they were quite wounded to begin with from the fight with Dolarhyde. But a lot of characters survived from some pretty insane wounds in the past so I guess you can never be truly certain when it comes to Hannibal.

Anyway, enough theorising about the finale as it can be endless. I just wanted to pay tribute to this wonderful series that made the last 3 years similar to what Bedelia says to Will. "Can't live with it", because waiting for episodes to air is suffocating, "Can't live without it", because TV is already filled with so much garbage that without Hannibal, we will be lost. My emotions about Hannibal cancellation remains the same. 

So, especially for us Fannibals; the challenge is on: It is time to find the next gem!

However, I didn't believe that I could find my new show to be obsessed about, especially in such a short time but I found it! Mr. Robot! I will write an introductory post about Mr. Robot, its story and why I find it so exciting in the coming days. Until then, be sure to check out its magnificent pilot, I'm sure it will leave you wanting more so much that you will possibly end up binge watching the whole season until this slacker, yours truly, writes the damn post :P


Friday, 28 August 2015

Quick Thoughts on "So You Think You Can Dance Season 12 Top 8 Perform"

This post won't be a full recap of the episode similar to what I've written in the past especially about season 10. However, I just wanted to write my thoughts and emotions on the last episode of So You Think You Can Dance as it made me have a lot of mixed emotions that I wanted to get out of my chest.


First and foremost, RICKY UBEDA is back!!! I always wanted to see him as an Allstar because obviously he is one, and a magnificent one at that too! I've been totally obsessed with him ever since last year and it was amazing to see him again on SYTCYD stage, doing a Broadway out of all the other genres too. This gave us a broad glimpse at Ricky and how he grew and changed in a wonderful way after his Broadway experience on "On the Town" as a part of his prize for winning Season 11. I really enjoyed how he portrayed his character; his mimics and facial expressions were fantastic. That is Broadway experience for you! I can't wait to see him more, I honestly hope he will make more appearances if he finds time from Broadway that is. He performed with JaJa who happens to be my favourite dancer in Team Street but come on, if there is Ricky I just won't look at anything or anyone else so I have no idea how JaJa did. I tried rewatching the performance again to look at her but my gaze shifted towards Ricky again so it was fruitless. Sorry JaJa! Ricky is just magical... I can't help it. Here is the video of the performance:


Secondly, I wanted to say how wonderful it is to see Robert again. I developed somewhat of a crush on him (My crush on Ricky is of course unbeatable). It is just fantastic to see him do these amazing movements even after his accident and you can clearly see the joy and life in his eyes that he is able to dance. I love that we see Robert quite often on the show. He is just amazing and he keeps getting better and better. I really enjoyed Mandy Moore's Contemporary routine for Gaby and Robert as well. We haven't seen many breathtaking choreographies so far this season except only a few so I felt so happy to see Mandy Moore back! To me, the performance was a bit overshadowed by Ricky and JaJa Broadway performance because of... well Ricky but if it weren't for him, this one would easily be the very best performance of the episode for me. Here is the video of the performance:


Now there is a complaint incoming. I want judges to leave Jim alone. Jim is my favourite dancer on the show and he is by far THE BEST dancer in this season, possibly among the very best on the whole show across all seasons for sure. He is on a whole other level of greatness, surprassing the other dancers by a significant margin. However, I don't understand why street dancers are always given credit for hard work after a bad performance and judges say how proud they are for their progress, but when Jim can't do Hip hop they just unload a lot on him. There is clear double standard here and it's really pissing me off. Leave Jim alone! You don't say anything to street dancers when they can't successfully pull off Jazz or Contemporary but Jim is to blame when he can't do Hip hop? I hope you win this Jim, you really deserve it! What a magnificent solo too. Here are the two performances of Jim:


Jim Solo Performance:



Another complaint of mine is about the judging panel. Paula Abdul can at least add substantial criticsm for the dancers provided she stops stuttering from time to time; however, what exactly is Jason Derulo doing? What does he know about Paso Doble so much to act like he is the expert? What kind of concrete criticism can we really except from someone who wrote a song about "Wiggling" and all he does is wiggle his arse with a bunch of girls and call it "dance"? How can someone like that judge "professional" dancers? I know I know, he is there for the ratings as the show is struggling quite a lot in that department... That is a whole new low for the show. I really liked the past formats where there would be a different "choreographer" acting as a guest judge every week. Why can't we have that? Or can't we have the other amazing guest judges like Christina Applegate or Jesse Tyler Ferguson? Don't they have one evening free in their schedules? Just one! I really can't tolerate Jason anymore, he needs to go! I really hope he will leave the show if SYTYCD is renewed for the 13th season. He is really sucking the joy and entertainment or even the life out of the show for me.


My last criticsm will not be about the format, I already hate the format but I don't find the use of talking about it as everyone else is basically saying the same thing over and over again. However, I wanna know what the use of Twitch is as team captain. I totally understand Travis as he is an Emmy nominated choreographer and he can actually help dancers grow but what is Twitch doing exactly? Besides having a smirk on his face when he hears that Team Street pulled higher votes than Team Stage of course...Again another low for the show as they are trying to get ratings but making very bad decisions in the process. We all know how beloved Twitch is (I am indifferent to him...) so the show is most likely trying to get some of his fanbase back to watching to show.

Twitch (left), Travis (right)





Nonetheless, despite all these criticism; as long as I get Ricky, Robert, Jim dance and Travis' breathtaking choreographies I'll keep watching the show anyway... You are lucky So You Think You Can Dance.... You are lucky cause I am hooked on your dancers. Not on your show!


Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Goodbye My Epic Slapathur Moments :'( Heroes of the Storm Replays Need Backward Compatibility!

I am writing this post in regard to being unable to watch replays of old versions in Heroes of the Storm and how I couldn't record videos of some of my most epic moments playing the game, especially as Abathur. This post will include detailed descriptions of these moments as I will want to remember them in the future and reflect on those moments with a broad smile on my face. This post will also include a response from Blizzard support about the current situation.

I hadn't known before that we are unable to watch replays of older versions after the game client is updated to the latest version when a patch or a hotfix is implemented. Yesterday Heroes of the Storm received a very minor hotfix that didn't even add anything to the gameplay, heroes, skills, or talents. However, this updated the client version which in turn rendered every single one of my replays totally useless and unwatchable. 

The hotfix was applied to Heroes of the Storm at approximately 8 am. The two Slapathur games I will be talking about in this post were played at around 3-4 am. If I had a heads up about a hotfix coming, I would have found a way to record these moments in the 4 hour time frame I had instead of sleeping but there was no news of an upcoming hotfix so I was totally caught unguard.

This doesn't count as a real Slapathur!! Even though I got the Core kill by the time my Allies reached the core :P

We all know how almost impossible these legit Slapathur moments are to come by. I have some other moments of slapping but they were on enemy Core, so the two replays I can't watch anymore had significant value and importance for me because I never thought I would actually get to have these moments that I could only witness on Youtube.

The last Abathur post I made was back when I was just starting to play him for the first time and I only played him against AI, but now I'm sticking to QM or even HL with my Abathur and I raised my skill pretty high. I'm also possibly one of the most aggressive Abathurs you can ever witness in the game. Sometimes I am being punished for it as I push into the enemy base quite often to summon my locusts and then HS back to base immediately which makes is easy to get caught if I am not careful enough with the whereabouts of my enemies (I usually am but sometimes mistakes are made :P)

I know I know, I'm way too naughty! :P

My very first legit Slapathur moment happened when I was caught like I mentioned above by the enemy player JAINA out of all heroes too and it was such a legendary moment for me. I was playing my cutey Pajamathur in Garden of Terror. That game was possibly my longest game in a QM so far with a 35.53-minute runtime. We had a lot of feeders in our group and our enemy also played a lot better and had much more control of the battleground overall. My team would just feed or lane during night phase when we needed to collect seeds. It was me who basically split push the entire time and paid the price with a whopping 4 deaths as an Abathur. (I will posts scores so you can see for yourself) 

Close to 33 minute mark I wanted to spawn a group of locusts in bottom lane. Their keeps and forts were destroyed so their core was unprotected. My group also got a Siege camp so my initial strategy was to slither my way over there and spawn the locusts to help the minion wave, siege giants and the catapults so we would force them to defend the bottom lane so we could go for seeds meanwhile. The strategy was successful as both their Nova and Jaina came to defend but their Jaina found me trying to HS in the bushes. Jaina was already at around 40% health when she found me and I had already laid 3 mines around me before I started HSing. She used Frostbolt and Cone of Cold on me which weren't enough to kill me but left me with a very very low health pool, she had her Blizzard on cooldown as she used it on the minion wave before coming for me. When Jaina stepped on my mines she lost more health and I started slapping her. When her health got even lower she panicked and used Ice Block!!! I used the renewed charges on my Toxic Nests immediately as their cooldowns were ready. The mines were armed by the time her Ice Block expired and they exploded leaving her at even a lower health than me and two more slaps finished the job. Of course I was later sniped by the silly Nova who couldn't let me have that victory I deserved so much for myself.

Anyway; this one had the potential to be one of the best Slapathur moments in the history of Heroes of the Storm and it was definitely worthy of being put on Youtube. A Jaina using Ice Block to protect herself from an Abathur and not being able to kill him? That has to be epic!

Here are the stats of that particular game: I would like to note that I've never taken a single Terror and all those XP and Siege contributions are solely done by me and me alone. I'm sure you can understand from Siege Damage on Nova that it was her who used the Garden Terror but we got like 2 Garden Terror only in the entire game anyway...


My second Slapathur moment wasn't as legendary as the one I explained above but it was just as epic. We were in Dragon Shire and Dragon Shire is among my favourite maps (not my very favourite one though) to play as Abathur as I can be an annoying little bastard by taking their Shrines when they have a 5 player rotation on the other shrine, or by burrowing to the Dragon Knight almost immediately to steal it away when we have control on both shrines. 

Around the 21 minute mark I noticed the enemy Abathur hiding in the bottom lane near the Bruiser Camp or in the bushes around the Shrine by keeping tabs on his incoming locusts. Well, you know me; as an aggressive Abathur I was not gonna let him go! So I started laying out mines around that area to do some scouting to find his exact hiding spot. I had extra charges and more damage on my Toxic Nests as I picked those talents so I could easily scout and find him hiding in the bushes to the left side of the Bruiser Camp. I immediately burrowed there but he made the mistake of staying there a little longer, possibly not expecting someone to come as all my team mates were in the top lane trying to capture the shrine in a 4v4 teamfight. Once he saw me suddenly emerging in front of him he started running. He already took damage from at least 2 mines with the extra 75% damage for 3 seconds thanks to my level 1 talent, so he was already down to about 20% health if I am not mistaken. I just started slapping him. He stopped running and started slapping me too but I obviously had the upper hand as he was already low on health thanks to my Toxic Nests. He tried to escape again but one last slap was enough to take him down; during which our Valla and Kharazim, played by my close friends, even stopped fighting in the top lane to watch what happened and then subsequently died. Some pretty funny exchanges happened on Skype as well as our Allied chat as a result :) 

Here are the stats for that match, the only death of their Abathur was at the hands of me and me alone and that feels bloody brilliant!!! I am also angry at their Azmodan for surpassing me! :@


The fact that we can't watch the replays of games with older versions upset me so much that I decided to make a ticket to Blizzard to ask about the possibility of a backward compatilibilty for these replays in the future. This is the response I received:

"Hi there Merve! 

Thank you for contacting us about the replays for older versions of heroes of the storm.

We're looking into ways to make this possible but at the moment all we can do is keep a hold of those for now. And have faith. We're working on it. :) 

Thank you for your time Merve, have an epic time in Azeroth!"

I am still pessimistic and of the opinion that those replays are forever gone. Even if such a feature is implemented, it will most likely affect the replays that are saved after that feature is released. I just don't think such a feature would also cover the replays of much earlier versions.

Well, while this response from Blizzard support gave me a very small flicker of hope, I already said goodbye to these fantastic moments forever. I really hope I will be proven wrong in the coming months, though. No  matter what, I described these fantastic moments on my blog and thus documented them! I sadly don't have anything to show for it but I will always read this entry and remember those moments with a loud chuckle!


Saturday, 15 August 2015

Heroes of the Storm August 18, 2015 Weekly Sale Will Make Me Broke!

Damn it Blizzard. Here I was thinking to myself that I wouldn't be spending any money on Heroes of the Storm this month until I saw what they had in store for me in the upcoming weekly sale and every single item is something that I really want to have :/ So all my money saving plans are down the drain :(

Azmodan

Azmodan, Azgul'dan Azmodan skin and Demonic Tyrael skin.... This is just too much. All 3 items I've wanted to own for quite a while have been put together on sale for one week only. Yes, I can potentially buy Azmodan with in-game gold but saving 10.000 gold can be a tedious process, not to mention there are tons of other heroes to consider. So with this sale, I'll finally get to own my already-level-9 Azmodan :p

Azgul'dan Azmodan Skin

Azgul'dan and Demonic Tyrael are also fantastic looking skins. Of course we don't know how the new Demonic Tyrael skin looks like as it was pulled from the shop to get some rework done a couple of months ago. But I'm pretty positive that it will look even better than its current form!

Demonic Tyrael Skin

Damn it Blizzard!! Let me save up some money for that World of Warcraft: Legion Collector's Edition! Why do they have to do this to me? Why did it have to be 3 of my most coveted items all together in one week? Goodbye my weekly paycheck!! :P I better hope the next weekly sale after this one won't include aything I am interested in :/ Ouch!


Sunday, 9 August 2015

Starcraft's Medic is Coming to Heroes of the Storm!

As Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void release date nears, we will surely see more and more Starcraft influece in the Nexus. One of it will be the Medic, a Terran support unit with heal abilities from Starcraft. Medic has been confirmed as the next playable hero at Gamescom and she is set to be a very powerful support with some amazing tactical abilities. 


Medic abilities involve a strong solo heal, shield and a grenade to disrupt enemies. But the most exciting feature of the Medic is one of her heroic abilities (the other one wasn't revealed). Medic will be able to call down a Medivac Dropship, another Terran support unit from Starcraft that would heal and carry friendly troops across the battlefield. Medivac will act the same in Heroes of the Storm and it will be able to carry and fly the team across the map. Think about winning a crucial teamfight but doubting that you do not have enough time to go for boss. Medic will ensure that you get to that boss in 2-3 seconds even if it's very far away from you!

Here is the Medic gameplay video revealed at Gamescom:


Looks pretty exciting eh? ;)


Friday, 7 August 2015

World of Warcraft: Legion Unveiled. ILLIDAN IS BACK!! Demon Hunter Class, Artifacts, New PvP System, Tomb of Sargeras and Many More!

Ok, let's get serious now. After my over-hyped state yesterday with spamming "Illidan is back", I need to start writing about this wonderful expansion that we have all been waiting for. Before I start, I need to admit that I will possibly keep on spamming Illidan is back from time to time but I'll try to keep the fangirling in check as much as humanly possible.


World of Warcraft: Legion will be bringing tons of new content and some amazing features. Finally we get an expansion that really does feel like an EXPANSION rather than a pre-expansion like Warlords of Draenor.

Before we get deep into the details and the features of the upcoming Legion expansion, let's first take a look at the amazing World of Warcraft Legion Cinematic Teaser, which totally made me scream at the top of my lung the second I saw those horns!!!!!! I actually screamed so much that my dad had to check up on me to see if I am alive and well :P


Here is the World of Warcraft: Legion Announcement Trailer:


World of Warcraft: Legion Cinematic Trailer will be available at a later date. I'll be sure to share it as soon as it is released! Now, it's time to talk about these wonderful features that Legion expansion will be bringing forward.

DEMON HUNTERS

First and foremost (apart from ILLIDAN IS BACK), we finally get my highly coveted class DEMON HUNTERS! Demon Hunters have been unveiled as the new playable hero class at Gamescom 2015 and they are MOUTH WATERING (not as much as Illidan himself obviously)!


Demon Hunters will bring mobility to the game. I was honestly sick of standing still and attacking and only moving away when there is something to avoid on the ground. But Demon Hunters will be quite agile and mobile, moving around on the battlefield, jumping, diving, flying. Demon Hunters will also be the first class in WoW that can double jump! I can't wait to find how this will affect the gameplay (apart from finally successfully jumping over that huge green pool in Naxxramas Construct Quarter!)


Only the Night Elves and Blood Elves can pick the Demon Hunter class and I'm pretty happy they kept it this way. I hope they won't expand this in the future releases. Demon Hunter character creation also looks fantastic, we'll be able to choose our horns (or lack of them but why would anyone do that?), tattooes and even eye patches! It was also started by the Blizzard team that the way Demon Hunter armours are designed will allow us to showcase our muscles and tattooes at all times! So all these customization will not end up being hidden under some bulky armour!!!

Demon Hunters will have two specialisations. One is Havoc for DPS and the other one is Vengeance for Tanking. Metamorphosis forms will look different in both of these specs.

Demon Hunters have some pretty amazing abilities. We were shown a video showcasing some of the abilities of the Demon Hunter. We will basically be using Fel Rush and attack in order to generate Fury and then we will be able to use our other abilities, depleting the Fury we gained. So in terms of gameplay, Demon Hunter resembles the Warrior. Let's take a look at Demon Hunter abilities and gameplay video:



Unrivaled Mobility: Demon Hunters can double jump, vault in and out of combat, and even unfold their monstrous wings to perform gliding descents and surprise enemies from above.

Metamorphosis: Demon Hunters transform into hellish forms, enhancing their chosen role: damage-focused Illidari can teleport into combat, while those who prize defense can grant powerful supportive Auras.

Melee Damage: The chaotic energy that flows within Demon Hunters empowers their physical and magical strikes to devastating effect.

Spectral Sight: The Demon Hunters’ apparent blindness belies their true powers of perception. They rely on magically augmented sight to detect enemies, even those that hide behind obstacles.

The abilities and features of the Demon Hunters will make them especially powerful in a PvP environment and I'm sure they will be pretty annoying to deal with :) They will be a joy to play with both in PvE and PvP so I honestly can't wait!!

THE BROKEN ISLES

After introducing the new Demon Hunter class, let's take look at our new continent, The Broken Isles. The Broken Isles will introduce us with a totally new Elf race we haven't seen before. The continent will be filled with beautiful Elven and Kvaldir architecture and is particularly rich in Elven lore and it contains many zones we have read in Warcraft novels but yet to have seen. Thus Warcraft lore addicts, especially Elven lore, will be quite happy in The Broken Isles. The level cap is also raised to 110.


The latest past expansions like Mists of Pandaria and Warlords of Draenor were isolating the community with faction based cities or keeping us all by ourselves inside the comfort and warmth of our Garrisons. This will change with Legion because our beloved Dalaran as the neutral sanctuary is back!

We will also learn lot more information about the Kirin Tor that is currrently led by Khadgar within Dalaran. To be perfectly honest; all of these features make me hope for a Kael'thas! :P Jaina's current whereabouts are unknown but I'm sure we'll find her somewhere! As upset as she was when she left Dalaran, she is a softie and will end up helping us defeat the demons once and for all! :P

I am pretty excited about The Broken Isles because we will finally get to see some very lore-rich zones that we heard so much about in the novels such as Tomb of Sargeras and Emerald Nightmare, a corruped area within the Emerald Dream. I'm particularly excited about Tomb of Sargeras. I am looking very forward to uncovering its mysterious secrets!

The Legion is at the peak of their strength so we will be seeking the help from some incredibly powerful characters such as Ysera, Cenarius and TITANS themselves. Yes, the Titans who created the world itself will be helping us in our quest to defeat The Burning Legion!


And ILLIDAN!!!. Even though it was said during the announcement that he would be up to no good, Chris Metzen's statement years ago about Illidan having a story that would redeem him and the wallpaper at Gamescom on which Illidan was fighting Gul'dan and the new class Illidari Demon Hunters' requiring their leader give very positive hints that Illidan will end up fighting by my side. Yea he will fight by MY side, not yours. He is mine!!!!! ILLIDAN IS BACK AND HE IS MINE!!!

ZONES

Apart from Dalaran, Broken Islands will give us some amazing zones with great lore.

Val'sharah is where Malfurion become druid under the guidance of Cenarius and is very rich in Night Elven lore.


Stormheim will let us uncover fate of Vry'kul that left Northrend many many years ago in search of Holy Land. We will fight Vry'kul's God King that became a pawn of Burning Legion.


Azsuna will most likely be one of the most exciting zones in The Broken Isles, giving us a chance to find the remnants of Blue Dragonflight and most importantly face QUEEN AZSHARA!!!!!


Highmountain is a home to a tribe of Tauren.


Suramar will involve a new race of elves who succumbed to the power of the Legion. We will have to defeat them in order to receive the last relic that is required for us to forge our Artifact!


Alleria Windrunner and Turalyon were also announced to make an appearance in the Legion expansion. This is pretty exciting as I really enjoyed reading about their crazy love story in the novels.

ARTIFACTS

World of Warcraft: Legion will make our beloved Legendary weapons "obtainable" by EVERYONE. Artifacts involve 35 weapons from Ashbringer to Doomhammer, from Kael'thas's Felo'melorn to Frostmourne. All of these weapons are shattered and at the beginning of the expansion our classes based on their specialisations will be prompted to find the shards and remains of these legendary weapons to forge them and wield them against the most powerful Burning Legion forces we have ever seen.


These Artifacts will earn new powers as you level up and advance through the game. You will be able to customize these powers according to your spec and the way you want to play the game. These talents will boost your abilities and spells.

UPDATE 1: These artifacts will have sockets. Bosses you kill in raids will drop relics that you will be able to use to socket your Artifact. These relics will increase the damage output as well as the stats of your Artifact. The relics dropped from Mythic bosses will of course increase your Artifact's power a lot more than relics that drop from LFR. In short, upgrading your Artifact's power seems to be unlimited.

UPDATE 2: You will be able to own more than 1 Artifact. Especially triple specced classes such as Druids, Paladins and Monks will be able to collect 3 Artifacts if they decide to go for it. Blizzard is trying to think of a way to shorten the upgrade time of the 2nd or 3rd Artifact after you progress with your very first one. However, you will still need to farm for relics from raid bosses in order to upgrade your multiple Artifacts. So it sounds like the Artifact Power and trait progress will also be transferred to your other artifact (with different traits of course due to different spec) but the relic bonusses won't be transferred. So if you decide to change specs, you will need to farm for those relics once again.

Artifacts will have different skins and colour variations that will be unlocked by earning achievements in the game. For example some incredible looking skins will be unlocked when you reach the highest rank in the new PvP system (I'll be talking about that as well). So each Artifact will have around 4-5 different skins, all of which having 4-5 different colour variations so players will be able to personalise their artifacts accordingly.


The concept sounds amazing but I have questions and doubts... These artifacts are supposed to be the ultimate weapon in the game, so will the weapons that drop in this expansion from dungeons/raids be purely for cosmetic/transmografication purposes only? Also, I am still ambivalent about the Artifacts as I just don't want to see millions of Ashbringer on every single Paladin. I think the uniqeueness and the legendary status of these weapons will be lost. Frostmourne as well as any other legendary weapons will not be as special as they were before. But the notion of being able to wield these weapons is definitely exciting!

NEW PVP SYSTEM

I'm pretty hyped about this new PvP system. The system is designed to eradicate the balance issues between casual and hardcore PvPers while also rewarding both of them.

The new PvP system will involve Prestige Points. As you gain Honour Points, you will raise your prestige points to unlock new Talents. These talents will not have any impact on the PvE aspect of the game. When you unlock all talents, there will be two options: You either rank up and completely reset your talents to start from the beginning, or keep your talents and well, keep playing the game.


I love this system because the casual gamer won't have to grind endless and endless hours of farming to try and buy the latest PvP gears to be effective against the hardcore one who has the ultimate PvP equipment. With a moderate amount of time, you will be able to unlock your talents and keep playing if you aren't interested in ranking up which would reward you with cosmetic goodies. Casual PvPer will be happy,

Hardcore one will be happy as well because as you rank up and reset your talents, you will earn cosmetic rewards for every rank you achieve. These rewards involve portrait badges, pretty awesome looking mounts and the most ultimate cosmetic reward of them all, a fantastic skin for your Artifact!



CLASS ORDERS AND FOLLOWERS

Do not forget that you are wielding weapons with immense power. This time it will be YOU who will lead the charge against the Burning Legion forces. Each class will have specific order halls where they can recruit followers/champions/adepts/minions (depending on your class).

These order halls will be accessable by your class only and every class will have their halls at separate locations. In these halls you will be able to recruit followers. This will not be similar to Garrisons in any way.

Your followers will not passively do things for you as it was the case in Warlords of Draenor. But in the Legion expansion, your followers will "enable" YOU to do things instead of doing them for you!

You will be able to send out a follower to scout an area and when he/she reports you will find new places to discover for yourself. You will be able to earn bonuses while doing quests in a zone you sent your follower early on. Another great aspect with the followers is that having high number of followers won't necessarily mean victory. Small numbers can be affective too if your followers are particularly powerful and strong! Don't forget: Quality over quantity!

DUNGEONS AND RAIDS

Dungeons

Dungeons in Legion expansion will have high replayability unlike the rest of the expansions as we need to achieve Artifact Points in order to make our Artifacts more powerful. Legion is set to boast a lot more dungeons than Warlords of Draenor! Let's take a brief look at some of them.

Halls of Valor


Black Rook Hold

Vault of the Wardens: This is where Gul'dan finds Illidan in the Cinematic Teaser, This will be the starting area for Demon Hunters.

Eye of Azshara: This is one of the dungeons I'm looking forward to as we will face Queen Azshara!

Darkheart Thicket: This is the base of the world tree and the heart of the Nightmare Corruption. We will be rescuing Malfurion from corruption.

Neltharion's Lair: This is the cavern where the Earthwarden lived long before he was known as Deathwing.

Violet Hold: Violet Hold is the dungeon that is within the city of Dalaran. This dungeon is supposed to shows origins of Dalaran and world itself.

Raids

Emerald Nightmare

We will seek out Ysera and Cenarius to help us remove the corruption within the Emerald Dream that we read so much about in the novels. Being able to glimpse into the Emerald Dream will be a "dream" coming true! Emerald Dream will contain 7 Bosses one of which being Xavius himself!

Suramar Palace

Suramar Palace will contain 10 bosses, the ultimate last boss being Gul'dan himself. So the hunt for Gul'dan ends with Suramar Palace.

Concept Art for Suramar Palace!
So this was my in-depth look at the upcoming expansion World of Warcraft: Legion. There are tons of features to be quite hyped about. I am positive that Blizzard will get back many of their subscribers (me being among them) who stopped playing due to lack of content or a number of other problems.

Blizzard is definitely bringing everything we wanted from them with the Legion expansion so I'm sold completely. I'll even wait to get a physical Collector's Edition this time as I usually prepurchase digital standard copies and end up with nothing concrete that I can touch :P But Legion is definitely worth it to get in Collector's Edition. Why? Hmm, I thought I already said this! ILLIDAN IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3<3<3<3

Black Temple was merely a setback....

ILLIDAN RETURNS!! ARE YOU PREPARED?? World of Warcraft: Legion is Announced at Gamescom

ILLIDAN IS BACK BABY!!!!!! <3 <3 <3 I will finish this post with lots of hearts and "Illidan is back baby" spams with tons of exclamation marks tomorrow while trying to give information about the upcoming World of Warcraft Legion expansion that was announced at Gamescom this evening.

UPDATE 10.08.2015: Wow, I was so drunk on Illidan when I wrote this that this post really does look like it was written by a drunk even though I wasn't drinking at the time. I should have been prepared and had a couple of pints of Guinness stocked but one is simply not prepared for Illidan, especially not the weak little heart of this Illidan fangirl! :P

I will "try" to talk about the upcoming Artifacts, Dungeons and Raids, changes to the PvP system to the best of my ability when I try to tackle this post tomorrow but my fangirl persona will take over the writing process and spam this post as she has already done so :P


I just don't think how much I can be useful with this post as there is only one thing I want to keep saying about this expansion: ILLIDAN IS BACK BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This post will most likely end up being useless but I want to share my excitement with the world and with my blog that is supposed to be about how I feel about games and other media related content! So if I feel like spamming one thing only about this World of Warcraft expansion, then spamming I shall do! ILLIDAN IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<3<3<3

YES!!! It is right, ILLIDAN IS BACK!!! As a huge Illidan lover and possibly the number 1 Illidan fangirl on this pathetic planet, this expansion feels like it's tailor fit for me.

We get Demon Hunter as a playable class, something I have been waiting forever since Burning Crusade and the best thing is WE GET ILLIDAN BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3


Yea this post will be filled with caps on Illidan and lots of hearts so most likely it will be a pretty useless post and end up being a spam but I don't care because ILLIDAN IS BACK BABY!!! MY BEAUTIFUL LOVE IS BACK!!!!!!!!!

I don't know how I'll focus on writing this post tomorrow because I'm over hyped about this and I can't find words to say as there is only one thing and one thing only inside my mind and that is ILLIDAN IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3<3<3 ILLIDAN <3<3<3

Thank you Blizzard for making this Illidan fangirl the happiest girl in the world!!!!!!!!!!!

I am prepared for you Illidan, I AM PREPARED!!!!!!!!!!! <3<3<3 faints...