With the Eternal Palace defeated, Blizzard Entertainment has made public the Raid’s Finale Cinematic. Azshara lays on the ground as Lor’Themar and Jaina close in for the kill, but Azshara expires with a I-Can’t-Believe-They-Have-Defeated-Me face.
At that moment, a mechanism falls into place, completing the circle circuit. A blast of light explodes outwards, shaking the ground, and the chains that held N’zoth imprisoned are shattered.
A huge eye is seen at the bottom of the prison, and after a flash of light, shadowy tendrils of “smoke?” dart out of the prison, slithering its way toward the platform to grab Queen Azshara’s corpse.
Azshara suddenly comes to life in horror, with a big surprised eyes. Azshara disappears out of view, engulfed by the shadows.
N’zoth proclaims: “All Eyes Shall Be Opened.” Read some points of views about what might come next for Battle for Azeroth, after the break.
The last official patch for the original World of Warcraft Vanilla was patch 1.12.1 in North America on September 26, 2006. At least the last one before The Burning Crusade — with the exception of Europe only (which got 1.12.2) and the Traditional Chinese localization only (Patch 1.12.3).
The Burning Crusade expansion was launched in the United States on January 16, 2007.
At that point in time, the Warcraft lore was in flux. Between Vanilla’s end with Drums of War (1.12) and the launch of World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade expansion, new lore had been brewed by the Creative Team.
Wildstorm Comics (later under the DC Comics label) launched the World of Warcraft comics series issue #1 on November 2007. Written by Walter Simonson (Known for his Thor, X-Men, X-Factor, Fantastic Four, and other works).
For the lore in the Comics to have been published on November 2007, that means the lore had been in development for at least a year — which coincides, precisely, more or less with Patch 1.12 (Drums of War).
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.
Battle for Azeroth is officially live! While we explore Kul Tiras and Zandalar, further the war campaign, and recruit new allied races, the question of what fate has in store for the Horde’s Warchief hangs in the air. After how the Burning of Teldrassil turned out, the discussion over Sylvanas and what’s become of the Horde under her rule has been, to pardon the pun, heated. I won’t dwell on the controversy much because the discussion quickly became vitriolic towards Blizzard’s writers (especially Christie Golden) in a way that was far too similar to the worst portions of the Star Wars fandom. Instead let’s look at the story itself and where I think it might be taking Sylvanas.
The Allied Races feature is cool and innovative in World of Warcraft as a concept. The Alliance finally has High Elves. We now have moose horns, freaking Nightborne, and cool-looking Draenei. Better yet, each one has 5 racials that offer some commodity or advantages to professions, or make us do more damage, or be more resilient.
The World of Warcraft team has said to us and other websites via interviews the Allied Race system was made from the ground up to be expandable. Meaning more Allied Races will come out in the future. That opens the possibility for Ogres, Centaurs, Naga, Quillboars, Gilgoblin, Wildhammer, Tuskarr, Taunka, Furbolgs, Vrykul, Ethereals, and many other races and ethnic groups to be a playable Allied Race.
I’m super-hyped for Battle for Azeroth. Just from the short demo of Nazmir at BlizzCon, I can see that Zandalar is everything I’d ever hoped it would be. Add on finally getting to visit Kul Tiras, the allied races, more story and development for faction leaders like Jaina, Saurfang, Baine, and Genn, and more old world updates (though it sounds like they’ll just be phased scenery like Theramore, but still I like seeing the world change and evolve) and this is looking like a pretty great expansion. So why I am so worried that it won’t be?
I’m back from BlizzCon, and what a BlizzCon it was. While I have some serious worries about the expansion, worries I detail in a future article, Battle for Azeroth in terms of what content it’s offering is shaping up to be my favorite expansion ever. I’ve wanted Zandalar as a continent for a long time… (far longer than when I wrote that article, even)
However we’re not here to talk about Zandalar or Kul Tiras today. As I’ve mentioned on twitter, the BlizzCon demo for Battle for Azeroth also hid some very surprising updates to Stormwind and Orgrimmar. Each city has had a new district added, with some very surprising lore developments included within. It goes without saying that this post includes heavy spoilers for Battle for Azeroth. So read on at your own risk.
We’d previously talked about the strange additions to the “chrraces” file in WBDX that could be evidence of four subraces coming to World of WarCraft in the next expansion. Thanks to the crafty people in the MMO-Champion hype thread, and WoWhead, even more details on these strange entries has been uncovered. Already it was getting to be too much to keep updating the original article, and then another bombshell dropped. Christie Golden’s next World of WarCraft novel has a title and description that might shed further light on the upcoming expansion. I’ve decided to the combine the two into a single, pre-BlizzCon speculation extravaganza.
REMINDER: I’ve seen some confusion over this on places like Twitter and Reddit; nothing in this or the previous article is confirmed. While the file evidence is real, we can only make educated guesses as to what the details mean.
Happy two weeks until BlizzCon, everyone! I’ve covered severalpreviousdatamining clues towards expansion seven in these past few months, and unless something huge happens, this should be the last one. On MMO-Champion’s “Official Patch 8.0 Speculation thread,” a list from the game database was uncovered that could point towards four new (sub)races being added in. What are these potential subraces? What is the evidence for them? Find out after the jump!
Update: A new piece of information has surfaced, as well as a look back at an interesting quote from a Gamescom interview. Check them out at the bottom of the page.
Blizzard Entertainment’s twitter account has been releasing portions of the key art for BlizzCon 2017. So far they’ve released the DiabloandWorld of WarCraftkey art, with the latter having some very interesting implications for what will be announced this year. Previously datamined armor sets suggest that Kul Tiras might be the setting of the next expansion. Now World of WarCraft is being represented by Jaina Proudmoore this year, and if past BlizzCon key art has anything to say, then its even further evidence that the long requested island kingdom is finally making its way into WoW.