Theorycrafting: Dragon Allied Race

At the end of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, the Dragon Aspects expended their “Aspect” powers in order to defeat Deathwing with the help of Thrall and the raid heroes. At that moment, Alexstrasza proclaimed the “Dawn of the Age of Mortals” had begun.

An age where there are no longer aspects to protect Azeroth from evil forces from beyond and below.

Ever since, the dragonflights have disbanded and gone their separate ways roaming the world. Except there is a problem… Blizzard hasn’t capitulated on this through three expansions. Sure we have seen individual dragons go solo on quests like Kairoz machinating how to change the timeline by using Garrosh. We have seen Chromie do her thing. We have seen at least one red dragon in Battle for Azeroth in Drustvar. But there is no much to account for dragons mingling in the Dawn of the Age of Mortals after Deathwing’s defeat.

Dragon Allied Race


The Dreadwake Mount

While my Launcher was up, out of the blue I got a notification that a Gift had been credited to my account. After clicking the Gift icon on the top-right of the Launcher, I was greeted with the following message:


Renewing your World of Warcraft subscription for 180 days (6-Months) any time until April 30, 2019 will grant you The Dreadwake mount as a gift.

**I didn’t purchase it, however. Unless it is a bug or intended, the gift was retroactive for me. I had auto-renewed the 180-days game time a few months ago.

Just in time for International Talk Like a Pirate Day, we’re celebrating all things pirate with a special limited-time offer*. Purchase 180 Days Game Time in the Shop, and you’ll also receive the epic new Dreadwake mount free! The Dreadwake mount will then arrive as a stand-alone mount in the Blizzard Shop and in-game shop sometime in 2019.

True to nautical tradition, the Dreadwake pirate ship mount has a unique figurehead inspired by an unknown kraken-faced god of the deeps.

Once you’ve purchased the 180 Days Game Time product in the Shop, the Dreadwake mount will be automatically added to your in-game collection. It’s the perfect way to cruise through Azeroth in true buccaneering style.

Players on an existing recurring subscription plan who purchase 180 Days Game Time will have their next billing date automatically adjusted to align with the addition of this time. Players who already have game time on their account will have the 180 days added to their current total. By purchasing 180 Days Game Time, you’ll also save up to $24 per year.

In addition, WoW players who have purchased the 180 Days Game Time service in the Shop within the past 30 days** or who are currently on a 6-month recurring subscription will receive the Dreadwake mount at no additional charge. Look for the gift icon in your Blizzard desktop app to claim yours.***


New Pet Available: Adopt Cap’n Crackers!

Fresh off the high seas, Cap’n Crackers is available to adopt now from the Blizzard Shop and in-game shop.


This plucky feathered friend is just the companion you need on your swashbuckling adventures through Kul Tiras, Zandalar, and beyond. Adopt yours today!

*Offer available from September 19 through October 21, 2018
**Must have purchased current 180 Days Game Time service on or before 12:01 a.m. PDT on September 19, 2018.
***Mount must be claimed in Blizzard desktop app prior to April 30, 2019.


Warcraft: Day of the Dragon (Reprint) Pre-orders Begin

A new reprint of Warcraft: Day of the Dragon by New York Times Bestselling Author Richard A. Knaak is slated to ship on March 19, 2019 under the Blizzard Legends publishing label. Pre-orders are now open for $14.95.

Based on the 1997 video game: Warcraft II. Back then, only Deathwing and Alexstrasza existed in the canon.

Originally published in 2001, this is the novel that introduced the dragon aspects for the first time, as well as Rhonin and Krasus (consort of the Dragon Queen Alexstrasza). This is the story of the battle for Grim Batol where Rhonin and Vereesa Windrunner infiltrated the fortress to free Alexstrasza from the clutch of the Dragonmaw Clan. Other characters included: Deathwing, King Terenas, Lord Perenolde of Alterac, Lord Genn Greymane, Nekros Skullcrusher, Falstad, Malygos, Nozdormu, Ysera, Modera, Daelin Proudmoore, Thoras Trollbane, Zuluhed, and Calia Menethil.



In the mist-shrouded haze of the past, the world of Azeroth teemed with wondrous creatures of every kind. Mysterious Elves and hardy Dwarves walked among tribes of man in relative peace and harmony — until the arrival of the demonic army known as Burning Legion shattered the world’s tranquility forever. Now Orcs, Dragons, Goblins, and Trolls all vie for supremacy over the scattered, warring kingdoms — part of a grand, malevolent scheme that will determine the fate of the world of Azeroth.

Series: Warcraft: Blizzard Legends
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment (February 28, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1945683465
ISBN-13: 978-1945683466

Diablo Books

All Diablo Books and novels to expand your lore knowledge. Some of these have been re-launched under the Blizzard Legends Publishing label. Click the Order buttons and then add your choice to the shopping cart.

Pax West 2018 Battle for Azeroth: A Competitor’s History of WoW

On Monday, Sept 3 — Anthony R. Palumbi (Chicago Review Press writer/historian) held a panel titled Battle for Azeroth: A Competitor’s History of Wow. Our PAX West 2018 correspondent Ben Lehman was there to record the panel. Anthony is the author of Blood Plagues and Endless Raids: A Hundred Million Lives in the World of Warcraft.

Anthony R. Palumbi

PAX West 2018 Storytime Session Keynote with Ion Hazzikostas

Ion Hazzikostas opened PAX West 2018 with his Storytime Session keynote on Fri, August 31 at 10:30am PDT. This keynote was not about World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, or its upcoming content. Instead, his keynote explored the early days of Ion as a kid, and embarks the listener into a journey of his life as he grew older and the myriad of experiences that lead him to become a Blizzard Entertainment developer.

Warbringers Azshara Released

The Warbringers Azshara animated short was released today at GamesCom 2018. As I expected, it delve in the moment Queen Azshara held a protective magic shield to prevent her people drowning as the waters rushed upon Zin-Azshari after the Well of Eternity became unstable.

However, this was no flashback as I speculated. The Animated short only covered that epic moment when N’zoth offered a deal to Azshara, and transformed them into the Naga. There was no flashback in the sense that the animated short never showed present time Azshara to have a blast-from-the-past moment before giving the marching orders in the present to assault Kul Tiras.

No. That did not happen. As a fan, I loved Warbringers: Azshara. However, I need to be honest and crude here. In a IRL that has become a reality show where truth is not truth, and gaslighting rules supreme, getting the same treatment in the universe I immerse by choice, leaves me with a uncomfortable taste.

Not a single verbatim word from Richard A. Knaak’s War of the Ancients novel is used in Warbringers: Azshara. Sink that in for the next two minutes.

Richard A. Knaak’s legacy has been silently stripped from Warcraft for reasons I still can’t fathom. Rhonin and Krasus were killed within months. The dragon aspects were depowered and haven’t been seen since Cataclysm, to my knowledge. Now the words Queen Azshara and N’zoth uttered in the novel, were not the words they uttered. Retcon.

Then there is no direct connection to the present Azshara to initiate the march against Kul Tiras’s fleet to connect why old players may wish to get back to World of Warcraft for Battle for Azeroth.

I did like the animated short, but I wish the narrative had used verbatim dialogue from the novel in respect to the old school lore fans and Richard A. Knaak’s legacy.

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