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Warmane Outland Gold Review

We are huge fans of older games, especially when it comes to Legacy World of Warcraft servers. However, Blizzard does not support older versions on their official US/EU servers, so we, like the most of the legacy fans, turn to Private Servers like Warmane WoW to experience the older versions of the game.

Even though we reviewed Vanilla WoW under Elysium here, this time we are turning on the first expansion of WoW – the popular Burning Crusade released back in 2007. There are no shortages of realms for TBC: Archangel, Excalibur, Hellground, Wargate, Vengeance, Hellfire… you have plethora to pick from, but the latest news are coming from Warmane: month ago, they released Outland TBC and Medivh one week later. Both Azeroth’s and Draenor’s zones are swamped with players, Outland has some 13000 players active during peak times, whereas the number on Medivh is around 4500 players – Medivh has x1 rates though.

It seems like all TBC lovers are on those two realms these days, so we bought the idea. We created our characters on Outland, but we had a hard time to keep up with the training costs for spells and abilities. Soon we realized the dreaded problem – gold is in shortage, so we had to turn to private gold sellers. You can find a wide range of them actually, some sell on forums, chinese farmers are there as usual, and there were some professional sites that quickly catched the attention. These go by the names of Gold4Outland, Gold4Icecrown and Gold4Lordaeron – there were some additional called like MMO Lord or something, but they seemed like cheap copy-variants of the same. We checked Youtube as well and found this ad:

So our final decision fell to buy some Warmane Outland TBC gold from Gold4Outland.com. Because we are 5 teammates, we purchased the largest 3000g package to split the gold between us. 15 minutes after our purchase, we had the gold in our mailbox with some small bonus added as well to wish us welcome. 10 days after, we realized that there weren’t any issues with them – we were afraid to buy some of the cheaper gold elsewhere due to risk of bans, the least we would like to see is our characters gone because someone was looking to make a quick buck from us. Our satisfaction with the services led us to purchase some accounts and powerleveling for our team, which were all together provided without an issue as well.

Medivh Warmane TBC x1 blizzlike realm - MedivhGold.com

Medivh, The Blizzlike TBC x1 Server

Later on, we started getting more curious about Medivh. It had 1/3 of Outland’s population, but the x1 rates were tempting to us. Same route as the previous realm, however things were even harder here. Luckily, we found the very same services sites being connected with some gaming network, and they had an additional site for this server as well, called: Warmane Medivh Gold. Well… this leveling and gold services really made our gameplay more enjoyable. If you are curious about using the same services, just contact us and we will get you in touch with the guys.

Elysium WoW Project

The Future of Vanilla Legacy WoW: Nostalrius, Elysium & Crestfall

There is an on-going debate regarding the future of Legacy WoW servers, the original Vanilla Classic 1.12 version of the game in particular.

Vanilla Legacy WoW servers have been in existence since 2011, namely the VanillaGaming server, Feenix’s Warsong & Emerald Dream and The Rebirth WoW (which was closed today).

Nostalrius Begins was released in February 2015 which made a realm boom on the Vanilla WoW scene. Kronos was released one month after Nostalrius, but it couldn’t catch up with the popularity of it’s counterpart.

There were approximately 800000 registered accounts before the thriving Nostalrius was shut down by Blizzard in April, a year later, starting a real outrage among the Classic WoW player base. Some of the population disappeared, while some moved to Kronos and it’s new Kronos 2 realm.

Things almost came to conclusion when the team behind Nostalrius announced that it will be handling it’s database to Valkyrie – a Russian private server who allegedly had the same core values. Valkyrie initially released Elysium, a Vanilla server in the summer, and with their Nostalrius partnership, hoped to re-establish the closed servers with their brand new Elysium.

The dream almost came true, only to be torn apart a month later with the apparent Elysium gold drama coming from it’s highest ranking Game Masters and some gold selling websites from China. A big chunk of the population fled again, some coming back to the now merged Kronos 1 and Kronos 2.

However, all hope is not lost – Crestfall WoW, a former partner of the Legacy Gaming Network, dissociated all ties with Elysium after the drama outbreak, and is steadily preparing a launch of it’s Kirin Tor and Kul Tiras realms which are in closed beta testing.

Will Crestfall be able to finally replace Nostalrius and Elysium as the main, uncorrupted Legacy Vanilla Server? Only time will tell.

Galaxy S8: Release Dates, Leaks & What Should You Know About It

The official release date is set to: 29 March 2017.

That day can’t come soon enough for the troubled company, which has endured a series of public relations fiascos over the past year. Samsung’s de facto leader, Jay Y. Lee, is currently standing trial on charges of embezzlement and of bribing South Korea’s embattled president. And, of course, there was the company’s exploding Galaxy Note 7 scandal — one of 2016’s biggest tech stories. Given all of this, it’s difficult to overstate the importance of the followup to its flagship Galaxy S7, released last March.

What should  you know about it?

The headline features point towards a larger 5.8-inch display with an elongated 18.5:9 aspect ratio, but with a similar body size to the S7 with Samsung opting to reduce the bezels above and below the screen.

The new Galaxy S8 may even pack an iris scanner, providing another secure way of unlocking the handset and potentially authorizing payments – we fear it won’t be as speedy or user friendly as the trusty digit reader though.

  • A much narrower bezel and bigger, dual-curved display
  • Ultra-high-def 4K resolution
  • A revamped home button that’s virtual or located on the rear of the phone
  • Facial recognition and/or iris scanning
  • A Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 9 processor (depending on the region)
  • Dual rear cameras
  • Headphone jack
  • USB-C port
  • SIM card or microSD slot
  • Color options including black, white, blue, gold and silver