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[Update]: My Shadowlands review is now live, and I'm happy to say things are looking pretty good for WoW!

In order to pave the way for the upcoming expansion, World of Warcraft has recently introduced the Shadowlands pre-patch. It brought with it a whole assortment of cosmetic customization, a massively revamped leveling system along with a level squish from 120 to 50, as well as ton of balance changes and class tweaks.

Naturally, whenever there is a large influx of new changes, chances are there are going to be some really broken things slipping through the cracks. While the Shadowlands pre-patch was not spared this fate, I do have some good news to offer as Blizzard has just released a sizable hotfix in order to sort out most of the major problems.

The most important of these tweaks is the buff to the passive threat generation for all tank specializations. With a bit of luck this should prevent DPS players from getting annihilated by enemies in any sort of high pressure situation, though I would still advise caution in the first few seconds of an encounter as tanks tend to have way less burst damage than most DPS classes.

In terms of balance changes, the update has buffed feral Druids, nerfed Hunter's volley talent, as well as brought in a whole bunch of tweaks for Mages, Paladins and Warriors. The list of changes is far too numbers-focused to easily summarize, so if you're curious about all of the details, you can find what you seek in the patch notes.

Have fun with the new event, and don't forget that the Shadowlands expansion is launching this November 23rd!