▷ WoW Shadowlands: Syvanas and Blizzard’s intentions

With the launch of WoW: Shadowlands just around the corner, in this video David Caballero, editor-in-chief of Gamereactor Spain, interviews Patrick Dawson, Production Manager, and Sarah Verrall, Senior Level Designer, about the many new features of the MMORPG eternal. Here is the full transcript of the conversation.

★ Gamereactor: Today we will talk about one of the most important launches of the Christmas campaign for PC that is already around the corner, and I am referring to Shadowlands, obviously, the new Blizzard expansion for World of Warcraft that comes to the market on November 24, after having suffered a slight delay. Many thanks to both Patrick and Sara for being here today; our first question is for you, Patrick: Since you’ve had a little more time due to the delay, what can players expect? Have you been finishing it up or fixing some last minute bugs?

Patrick: Yeah sure, let’s talk about it. You already know that delaying a title is not an easy decision to make, we always like that players can enjoy new content as soon as possible. However, when we tested the final version and after having listened to the opinions of the community we realized that there were a few things that were not exactly as we wanted, and it is very important that we solve this issue, because in the case of the Pacts , for example, these are very important decisions and we want to make sure that the four options are well balanced and that they end up rewarding you and putting you fully into the game so that nobody will think that we have not made an effort to they. We have been working very hard in these Pacts and also in the Maw area so that it is dangerous but also attracts attention so that the players jump to conquer it. We have also been working hard on the new areas for the final version of the title, and I think that when you can enjoy the new stories from November 24, you will have no doubt that the wait will be worth it.

★ You mentioned a couple of things that we also wanted to ask you about, the Pacts and the feedback you have received from the community to date. With Patch 9.0 you completely redesigned the level system of the title, how did players take this change?

Patrick: The level system issue is something that we already had in mind, especially so that new players would not be overwhelmed by seeing that there are 120 levels added to the 16 years that the title has been on the market, so we wanted to give them For these players, a different and new experience, the End of Exile, where you learn the basic mechanics of World of Warcraft and, at the end of it, instead of having to play small pieces of all the expansions, we wanted them to only focus on one, in Battle for Azeroth, in which they will go up to level 50. Also, having fewer levels to play makes them more marked, and so they can also discover more about the classes and how they work in order to be prepared for launch from Shadowlands on the 24th.

★ And what can you tell us about the Pacts? Maybe Sarah can tell us more in depth about how they will work.

Sarah: The Pacts are basically a representation of the four cultures of the Shadowlands, so we have the Kyrian, who are the citizens of Bastion, then the Venthyr of Revendreth, the Pact of Maldraxxus and finally the Pact of Ardenweald. Each of them is part of the plot and you learn more about them as you visit their areas, you also discover what is cooked in these places and who are the members of each of the Pacts, and in the process you are shown the skills that you offer each of the four by choosing one to join. So, finally, you will have to choose which Pact you join, and it is a choice that we want players to think well, since it is something that you are a part of and that identifies your character, and this choice will be based on what that you learn about the area and its culture, the skills that you have been testing, the modifications of pieces of each Pact, also the plots for the maximum level players who want to know more about the Pacts or the individuals with whom you come across by the path that will help you improve your character. There are also very cool events in each of the four elections, for example, if you choose Ardenweald you can work at the Queen’s Conservatory and grow your own plants, they are little things of this style. On the other hand, if you choose the one in Venthyr, you can throw a party and immerse yourself in that gothic and romantic world so typical of vampires and invite other characters from this culture to the party. I think players are going to really enjoy the experience as it is very broad and allows them to make a lot of important decisions that are different from anyone else.

★ It seems something very broad, yes. Since you have talked about the plot and the universe of the saga, let’s talk a little about Sylvanas. Are we at the end of his narrative arc? Who are your allies?

Sarah: Sylvanas is a character that some people like more and others less, she has that gray tone that divides people’s opinions, and everyone is impatient to see what happens to her. What do you expect? Why have you made some decisions and not others? Who are your allies? Finding out what plot in Shadowlands and how their decisions influence the title is an adventure in which we are looking forward to embarking with the players, and the truth is that I am biting my nails to see what the reaction of the community will be when they discover everything.

★ If it turns bad it would be a terrible thing, go. Do you think we can see the Alliance being the bad guys in the story not long from now?

Patrick: Are you sure it gets bad? Or is it that it has been from the beginning? What motivates you or what are your reasons for doing what you do? It’s hard to answer all of this without knowing what’s on your mind, but we’ll find out in Shadowlands. What Sylvanas has done is bring us to this area that, although it is a sinister place that we do not know, also gives us the opportunity to explore it and meet other characters and their stories to discover what it is that it intends and who are the good guys and the bad. But things do not have to be so polarized, maybe there is a space in the middle of both ends, that gray hue that we talk about, and we may see more on this topic throughout history.

★ What kinds of objects will players be able to find while exploring this new world? Will there be new legendary items just like in the other expansions?

Sarah: Yes, of course. One of the most important novelties is Torghast, the new experience that maximum level players can enjoy as many times as they want alone or in a group of five, and, while they are inside the tower, they will find materials that will allow them to make their own own legendary items. This is where the mysterious figure of the Rune Engraver appears, to which if you bring pieces created by the players themselves, such as armor or jewelry, it gives you the option to choose the kind of legendary object you want to make through what it discovers about your shares in Torghast. I think the players will love this, because it will be something very personal to each one, plus they will be able to enjoy Torghast as they explore it from top to bottom and find these materials that will make the experience of each one different from each other. In the end, they will leave the area with items that will improve their gaming experience in raids, in pvp, etc.

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★ You mentioned the raids, so I have to ask you about Nathria Castle. What kinds of challenges will players face in it?

Patrick: Nathria Castle is an incursion that, personally, makes me very excited, since I really like the Gothic world, its art and that atmosphere typical of castles, in addition to the fact that the history of the incursion will allow us to discover what Sire Denathrius intends and why we have to fight him and the minions that protect him. There are many more things about the raid that we have been testing in the Public Test Realm, such as destroyed areas or battles that start in one area and end in another, we have tried to add very new things so that players feel that when it comes to raiding These are very varied and different from each other. The truth is that we are hoping that everyone can see it once the season begins.

★ Many thanks to both of you for the interview, we can’t wait to enjoy Shadowlands from November 24th. All good!

Patrick & Sarah: anyway! Thanks to you too!


Turkey’s parliament approves sending troops to Azerbaijan – ANHA | HAWARNEWS

The Turkish parliament approved tonight to send military forces to Azerbaijan to work in the joint Turkish-Russian center to monitor the ceasefire in the Karabakh region.

Turkey tried to circumvent a ceasefire agreement, which stipulates the entry of Russian peacekeepers into Karabakh, and Turkey promoted its forces to participate in this mission, and this was denied by Russia.

Today, France and the United States asked Russia for clarification on Turkey’s role in the Karabakh Agreement.



Erdogan: A painful fate awaits Turkey’s enemies

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatens Turkey’s enemies with a “painful fate” if they dare to approach their country’s soldiers.

“Whoever is trying to undermine our homeland, our flag, (…) must realize that a painful fate awaits him in the hands of our forces”Erdogan has indicated in a speech given this Friday during a military ceremony.

The Turkish leader praised the level of awareness and combat readiness of the Turkish Army commandos, then underlined that “the flag of any Turkish Army unit will not fall, unless the last soldier dies.”

These Erdogan statements come at a time of high tension in the region due to the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh, where on September 27 the confrontations between Armenia and Azerbaijan resumed.

Both parties have been at odds since the beginning of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict in 1988, when this enclave, with the support of the Government of Armenia, decided to become independent from the then Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic.

In 1994, a ceasefire put an end to the conflict between these countries – with a death toll of 30,000 – but it did not solve the problem, so skirmishes have been frequent on the border since then.

Both parties signed a “total ceasefire” agreement last Tuesday to end the war in the disputed area. Turkey has been the only country to openly express its support for Azerbaijan since the start of hostilities in the region.

Ankara accused Yerevan of occupying Azerbaijani lands and promised “full solidarity” with Baku. In addition, there were reports of the transfer of terrorists through Ankara to Nagorno Karabakh, which could lead the region into a “full-scale war”, according to experts.

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They ask the US to condemn attacks by Azerbaijan and Turkey against Armenia

An ecumenical group of lawyers defending persecuted Christians asked the United States to condemn the aggressions of Turkey and Azerbaijan against Armenians, in a conflict over a disputed area in the Caucasus mountains that has led to the death of more than a thousand Armenians. in recent months.

In the letter from The Philos Project, a group that defends religious pluralism in the Middle East, more than 40 signatories blamed Turkey for its “incredibly aggressive and anti-American foreign policy” and its support for Azerbaijan’s aggressions against Armenians.

“Turkey and Azerbaijan, with a combined population of 100 million people, are working with mercenary terrorists to attack Armenia, which has a population of three million, in a century-long effort to destroy a locked-in, blockaded and party state that it is full of survivors of the genocide, ”the letter states.

“What’s worse is that they are using US-made jets and US taxpayer dollars for their genocidal policies. Azerbaijan is even using cluster bombs to attack residential areas, a war crime documented by Amnesty International, ”the letter continues.

The signatories called on the United States to suspend arms sales to Turkey and Azerbaijan until the conflict ends. They also requested that the North American country send aid to Armenia and make the necessary diplomatic efforts to resolve the disputed status of the region.

Signatories include Toufic Baaklini, chairman of the Christian Defense Board, and Bishop Gregory Mansour of the Eparchy of San Maron in Brooklyn.

In the Armenian genocide perpetrated by the Turkish Ottoman Empire between 1894 and 1924, around 1.5 million Armenians were killed.

“The world ignored Turkey’s genocide against Armenians and other Christians a century ago. It would be a tragic mistake to ignore it again, ”said Robert Nicholson, author of the letter and president of The Philos Project.

More than 1,300 soldiers have died on the Armenian side since last September 27, when Azerbaijan launched an offensive to retake the territory of Nagorno Karabakh, the New York Times reported.

Turkey supports Azerbaijan in what humanitarian and Christian organizations consider to be a campaign of violence against Armenian Christians in the territory. Turkey’s military exports to Azerbaijan, which include drones, ammunition and other weapons, have increased six-fold this year, Reuters reported last month.

Nagorno Karabakh is an area recognized by the United Nations as part of Azerbaijan, a Muslim country, but it is administered by Armenians who belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church, one of the six Christian churches that belong to the Eastern Orthodox communion.

Armenia is the first nation to adopt Christianity as a state religion, a decision made in 301.

The disputed territory, which recognizes itself as the Republic of Artsakh, has had an Armenian identity for a millennium, and thus a rich Christian history.

On October 8, militants attacked the cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church in the disputed territory, destroying part of the roof and damaging the walls at Shusha Cathedral. The Armenians denounced that Azerbaijani forces, reinforced by Turkey, were behind the attack.

The dispute over the territory dates back to the collapse of the Soviet Union, with a war that occurred between 1988 and 1994. In 2016 there was a four-day conflict with many casualties. In the current confrontation, there have already been several unsuccessful ceasefire attempts. Russia sells arms to both sides of the conflict.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has positioned himself in recent years as a leader of the Sunni Muslim world. In July, he turned the historic Cathedral or Hagia Sofia into a mosque, a move that various religious freedom analysts have said could have serious religious and geopolitical consequences.

US relations with NATO member Turkey have been especially strained following Turkey’s decision to purchase a Russian air defense system in July 2019. Since then, various members of the US Congress are believed to have blocked the sale. arms from the United States to Turkey, although the Trump Administration lifted sanctions against the Turkish regime in October last year.

The Commission on International Religious Freedom of the United States indicated in October that it “regretted knowing” of the damage to the cathedral and asked “to ensure the places of worship and religious services.

Translated and adapted by Walter Sánchez Silva. Originally posted on CNA


Erdogan: Turkey will monitor truce in Nagorno Karabakh

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces that his country will participate in the supervision of the truce achieved in the disputed region of Nagorno Karabakh.

The presidents of Russia and Azerbaijan, Vladimir Putin and Ilham Aliev, respectively, as well as the Prime Minister of Armenia, Nikol Pashinyan, signed an agreement of “total ceasefire” to end the war in the disputed Nagorno Karabakh from Tuesday .

Through a statement, the Turkish Presidency reported that Erdogan, in a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart, declared that Ankara will control, together with Moscow, the ceasefire in the disputed area between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

“Erdogan declared that Turkey will carry out together with Russia the control and supervision of the ceasefire on the platform of a joint center to be created (…) in the territory liberated from the Armenian occupation”, it reads in the text.

According to the note, Erdogan also emphasized that “a correct step” had been taken towards the solution of the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh, where on September 27 the fighting resumed.

It is important, according to the Turkish leader, that the Azerbaijanis return to Nagorno Karabakh and that a corridor be opened between Azerbaijan and the Autonomous Republic of Nakhichevan.

Turkey, which has been the only country to openly express its support for Azerbaijan, since the beginning of hostilities in the region accused Armenia of “occupying” Azerbaijani land and promised “full solidarity” with Baku. Furthermore, there were reports of the transfer of terrorists through Ankara to Nagorno Karabakh.

Azerbaijan and Armenia have been at odds since the beginning of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict in 1991, when this enclave, with the support of the Government of Armenia, became independent from the then Azerbaijani Soviet Socialist Republic. In 1994, a ceasefire ended the war between these countries, but did not solve the problem, so skirmishes have been frequent on the border since then.



Johnson and Von der Leyen agree to “redouble efforts” toward a post-Brexit deal

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, they agreed ‘Redouble efforts’ towards a post-Brexit deal in a telephone conversation held this Saturday, a British government spokesman said.

The source noted that during the call, planned to Taking stock of the negotiationsJohnson noted that, while progress has been made, “significant differences persist in several areas” of common concern, including competition and fisheries.

The two leaders agreed that their respective teams will continue negotiations next Monday in London in order to “Redouble efforts to reach an agreement”, which would enter into force at the end, on December 31, of the post-Brexit transition period, which was formally executed on January 31.

For their part, Johnson and Von der Leyen “will remain in contact,” the spokesman said. If they fail to negotiate a bilateral pact, as of January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) will start trading based on the generic, less beneficial regulations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).


▷ Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections

Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections.


In these last American electionss  Meghan Markle has been encouraged to vote in its public comments. ‘Page Six’ has been confirmed by sources close to the Sussex that the Duchess voted days before by post, and they go further by adding that she would also have exercised her right as an American citizen if she continued to live in the United Kingdom.


▷ The new virtual BlizzCon will be free for everyone: Blizzard says goodbye to the classic ticket in this edition

BlizzConline will be the event to learn more about Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and other games.

Blizzard It has been holding a face-to-face event for 15 years where it announces news for its video games, and where fans can meet to participate in all kinds of activities related to their favorite titles. As we already knew, the 2020 pandemic has caused this BlizzCon to become “BlizzConline“an exclusively digital edition destined to maintain tradition from a safer perspective. And with this new format, they also arrive monetization changes.

In a video reviewing Blizzard-related news, products and services, President J. Allen Brack announces that BlizzConline, dated to February 19 and 20, will be free for all viewers. This is, in part, a first for the event: although the opening ceremony has always been free to watch, the rest of the tournaments, contests and collectibles were part of a virtual ticket of 40 dollars / euros.

In spite of everything, a good part of the activities which WoW parents are accustomed to, including competitions, cosplay contests or the fun march of the murlocs, where fans interpret these tribal fish with greater or lesser visual fidelity. Of course, we will also have ads.

In this edition, we will have to closely track Overwatch 2 Y Diablo IV, among other novelties. The former will add campaign heroes and PvE content to Blizzard’s cooperative shooter, while the latter will take a more sinister and traditional approach to the loot progression-based RPG series. Neither has a release date for now.

More about: Blizzard, BlizzConline, BlizzCon 2020, Diablo IV Y Overwatch 2.


An actor from ‘La Casa de Papel’ has to go to the theater with an escort for his defense of the Armenian people

Hovik Keuchkerian is one of the most popular actors of the moment thanks to one of his last performances on the small screen, ‘The Paper House’, although the recognition comes from afar. When he was 26 years old he was a professional boxing heavyweight, where he got 16 victories in 17 fights. He was twice champion of Spain.

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The IARA convened the second caravan for peace in Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh

The Armenian Institutions of the Argentine Republic (IARA) called this afternoon the second massive caravan to ask for peace in Armenia and the region of Arts/Nagorno Karabaj.

Unlike the previous one, which took place on October 8 until the Obelisk, this mobilization in vehicles had a South American character since it was carried out simultaneously with the cities of Montevideo, Santiago de Chile, Sao Paulo, and the Argentines Cordoba, Rosario, La Plata, Mar del Plata, Rio Gallegos, Bariloche and Neuquen.

The caravan in the Buenos aires city had as its starting point Airpark Jorge Newbery to finish in the Plaza Armenia on Avenida Figueroa Alcorta where the closing ceremony took place that coincided with the other marches in Latin America.

The Armenian community as a whole, with Armenian immigrants, Argentine descendants and friends of other nationalities, mobilized to ask for a ceasefire on the attacks on Armenia and the Nagorno Karabakh region by Azerbaijan helped by Turkey. In addition, to repudiate the actions of the President of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev, and the first Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Protesters expressing their position with posters

“The Armenian community will say NO to a new genocide, which is being perpetrated 105 years after the Armenian Genocide carried out by the Turkish-Ottoman Empire in which a million and a half Armenians were assassinated, “the proclamation of the convocation asserted.

Another reason for the caravan the repudiation of the violation of Human Rights, to war crimes and to “ethnic cleansing“by Turkey together with”ISIS mercenaries“contractor for them.

Along these lines, they will ask for the “real” cessation of attacks (Azerbaijan has already violated three humanitarian ceasefires) and the lasting restoration of peace, plus a diplomatic solution with the intervention of central countries that guarantee that peace.

The preparations

Starting at four in the afternoon, families began to arrive in front of Aeroparque on Avenida Costanera in their cars listening to typical Armenian music and waving their flags. Conversations between older people take place in that typical language that mixes Armenian with “porteño”. Concern and hope are two sides of the same coin in this march.

The caravan also shows diversity. The immigrants, called hayastanziThey brought their customs, closer to the oriental, and here they mixed with people of different ages, the majority born in Argentina, with local customs. “We are diverse and we are one”, repeated those present.

The Hayastanzi are also saddened by the fact that they have direct relatives fighting and dying. Meanwhile, there is music, music that is usually used for festivities, here it helps to exorcise the pain.