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The Reason New Players Are Dying In World Of Warcraft

What in Azeroth is going on? World of Warcraft's latest expansion, Shadowlands, is bringing players a fresh and new starting zone for new characters. Exile's Reach is the latest alternative starting zone. It is a 1-10 leveling zone that is specifically designed to aid new players in learning the fundamental mechanics of the game, use in-game commands, and ultimately, develop their class of choice. This is meant to help players ease their way into the game, fixing a long-standing issue with the MMO. Unfortunately, another new addition to the game is making it difficult for players to get too far into playing before meeting an untimely end.


Blizzard recently launched the highly controversial "Death Rising," which is the pre-patch event for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. This invasion event takes place in the capital cities, with zombies running wild, infecting players and NPC's alike. In this case, zombies are infected players, and they spread the infection by attacking other players.

The World of Warcraft traditional starting zones have no immediate immunity from the infection. This is where the biggest problem is. New players, who may be unfamiliar with past Scourge events, are succumbing to infection and dying through introductory cut scenes. Imagine dying before you even have had a chance to play the game. This event mechanic can be frustrating for new players. Even veteran players are dissatisfied with the chaos and disruption that is caused by the event. This comes right after longtime players celebrated the delay of Shadowlands, hoping it would give the developer time to work out the kinks.


According to Game Rant, Blizzard does offer some form of protection against the plague. New players are directed to begin their journey in Exile's Reach, where they can level their characters undisrupted until level ten. The zone will be a safe haven that will protect newcomers against the spread of the infectious Scourge. Seasoned players beginning new characters in more traditional starting zones should be aware of the Scourge event detail — especially if they have been playing since vanilla or Wrath of the Lich King. Unfortunately, Exile's Reach will only protect new players until level ten — you will be on your own after that. 

Luckily for players who are intimidated by this zombie-filled event, the Shadowlands pre-patch event started on November 10th, 2020, and will be ending on November 23rd. Players will be able to resume normal exploration across all the Horde and Alliance territories.