hmmm odd, I hope this does not go through as a double post, I tried posting this question just before but got some message after submitting the question that it needed to be approved.
New Sharandar (blog post from January 12):
These new zones requires an item level of 40,000 to start their campaigns. However, there will be an event running for the first two weeks from launch that turns this requirement off, and as long as you complete the intro mission during that time you will not only retain access to the content if below 40,000 Item Level, but you will also be scaled up to 40,000 Item Level when in those zones. So make sure to check it out when it goes live!
1. I wanted to confirm that the introductory quest/mission is the "Return to Sharandar" which involves getting through the fey crossing to New Sharandar? Once you are there, that unlocks 40k IL (for New Sharandar zone) for that character?
The campaign keys for Malabog’s Castle and Master of the Hunt have moved to the Wondrous Bazaar for 2,500 AD and remain once a day purchases.
regarding the mention of the Master of the Hunt - does that mean that the Master of the Hunt skirmish will be playable and continue to exist after today's New Sharandar update? or was this just a notice that the key was moved to the Wondrous Bazaar just for the interim period before the update, and the Master of the Hunt is no longer playable? I no longer see the Master of the Hunt as one of the available skirmishes in the random queue.