Legion Alpha: the Beast Mastery Hunter and its flawed new fantasy

Change is good, they say. And hard. And even harder when it doesn’t feel nearly as appealing as it did back in August, when Legion and its inherent changes to WoW were firstly discussed. Undoubtedly, there’s been a growing number of concerns about the Hunter class changes both in terms of mechanics and aesthetics. I believe that most Hunter players currently agree that a good portion of the tentative changes seem way too drastic, making the Hunter feel like a totally different class than the one we know and love so much. Today, however, I will be talking about a very specific concern which, honestly, has been stirring in my head ever since before Beast Mastery became available for testing in the Alpha. Remember that poll before I wrote about Dark Rangers in Legion?

In the end, I hadn’t wrote about this topic earlier not only because it didn’t seem to be a topic of interest to my followers, but also because I’d decided to wait for the spec to be unlocked for testing and see what it brought to the table by then. It’s difficult to write about Legion Alpha when you don’t have Alpha access, and after I learned that my current laptop doesn’t even meet the mininum system requirements for the new expansion, all of my hopes for Alpha or Beta access have instantly died. But I love this game so I’ll keep the feedback coming in any way I can. And since I am unable to test things myself, I’ll keep focusing on the more aesthetic aspects of the game (such as ‘fantasy’, if you’d like).

But yes, Beast Mastery Hunters.

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New Hunter Pet Families and Models in Legion – Mechanicals, Scalehide, Oxen and more

Exciting times for all Hunter pet collectors! New tameable creature families have been added to the Legion Alpha last Friday, which include long time wishes such as kodos, stegodons and shoveltusks. While there still seem to be a few issues with some of these models, most of them have already been confirmed by Alpha testers to be indeed tameable.

Please bear in mind that I don’t have Alpha access, so this post is based on information I’ve been reading on many other sources. This is most probably why this post comes a little late, even though I have also been busy IRL, but thought I’d make a little compilation anyway!

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Is Thal’dranath really Farahlon 2.0?

((Featured image source: Hayven Games – see video below.))

Disclaimer: this post contains spoilers for the next World of Warcraft expansion, Legion. Proceed at your own risk.

Today, we are taking a little break from Hunter themes to focus on a different subject.

From what I’ve seen from the Legion Alpha, the Broken Isles are looking amazing. I think it’s even safe to assume that we might be about to get the most beautiful WoW expansion ever in terms of scenery. But while all of the zones in the main land of the Broken Isles are starting to look quite polished, there is one zone which doesn’t, at all. And this has been troubling the WoW community for months now.

Thal’dranath was first announced during the Blizzcon 2015 ‘Legion World and Content’ panel as a zone which will become available a bit later in the expansion, located in the southeastern end of the Broken Isles. No more information about this island has been provided by the devs for now. There is absolutely no idea of what exactly is going on there in terms of concept and lore, as this is the first time we hear the name ‘Thal’dranath’ in the history of Warcraft.

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