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Get to know World of Warcraft's Demon Hunters, and all of the powerful things they can do

Pre-purchasers can play the class in WoW beginning Aug. 9

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The Demon Hunter is World of Warcraft's second "hero class" since the first was introduced eight years ago in Wrath of the Lich KingIt's playable on Tuesday for those who have preordered the next expansion, Legion. Blizzard fired out this developer preview of the class today to give players an idea of what the Demon Hunter can do.

The class is based on Illidan Stormrage, the main antagonist of 2007's Burning Crusade. (A comprehensive video about the lore supporting the Demon Hunter class can be viewed here.) In the preview, designers Eric Maloof and Graham Berger say that Illidan's return gives them an opportunity to expand on the events of Burning Crusade and the fate of Illidan and his demon hunters.

The remainder of the video explains the two specializations and skills of the class and the narrative basis for these abilities. Legion launches on Aug. 30.