Comparing Dalaran: Legion Alpha

One point of contention I’ve seen in discussion on the Legion Alpha is the state of the updated Dalaran. Many have questioned whether or not the city has truly been “updated” aside from the additional of a couple new doodads. In my personal experience, I’ve found the most of the original textures to have been replaced, and many objects given brand new models. As I did with the Hall of Shadows previously, I’ve decided to put the issue to rest by providing another side-by-side comparison of Dalaran on alpha and on live.

Comparing the Hall of Shadows: Legion Alpha

Since it was first announced that the rogue class hall would be located in the Dalaran sewers, there has been much debate over whether its an appropriate or “cool” setting for them. That I can understand, but many people have been claiming that, besides a few new rooms, it is completely copy-pasted from Wrath of the Lich King’s Dalaran. This can hardly be farther from the truth. Everything in the Hall of Shadows was remade from scratch, and so I’ve made a series of screenshots comparing the Hall of Shadows as it currently exists in the Legion Alpha, to the corresponding section of the Underbelly on live servers. Now you can decided for yourself how “recycled” the rogue class hall may be.

Screenshots from Stormheim: Legion Alpha

While Stormheim and Highmountain are technically open for testing on the Legion Alpha servers, a glitch has made accessing them via quests, or doing any of the main quests in the zones, impossible at the moment. However, by water walking there I was able to reach Stormheim and take a few screenshots before the game crashed.

Unfortunately I don’t have much time for discussion, so there won’t be anything beyond the pictures and a short description below.

Five Predictions for World of WarCraft: Legion

wow-legion-box-art-2Yesterday, World of WarCraft: Legion was announced at Gamescom, and I am hyped! I’m much more cautious than I’ve been with any other expansion announcement, after what happened with Warlords of Draenor. Yet I still can’t help but be really excited. With only two announcement trailers and a single panel, we don’t have too much to go on about Legion‘s storyline and overall path so far. In this absence of information, I’ve taken what we do know to make five predictions on what will happen in the expansion, and where it will lead us to in the future. Find out what these predictions are behind the read-more!

Age of Azshara: Zone Outline (Fan Expansion Concept, part 2)

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Well, the imminent Gamescom expansion announcement has blown the wind of out of my sails (pun not intended). I was 90% certain we’d see the reveal at BlizzCon, and thought I’d have several months to outline Age of Azshara before the real expansion was announced. I guess we’ll see what the expansion is, and if its similar enough to this I might as well stop. Until then, though, here’s a list of the zones in Age of Azshara and their backgrounds.

World of Warcraft: Age of Azshara, a fan-expansion concept by the Red Shirt Guy (Part 1)

We’re in that unfortunate period of time where all the major story patches for the current expansion have been released, and the next one is still months away from being announced. With little to report on, my thoughts have turned to what said next expansion might be. So for the next few weeks, I will be doing a series of articles detailing the expansion concept I’ve created. We’ll talk about major features, zones, dungeons and raids, storyline and more! This first article will be a general outline of the expansion concept.

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-Title card courtesy of fellow Blizzplanet contributor Benjamin Vogt.

Archimonde and the Infinite Legion, a Potential Lore Revelation

A conversation between @1990Sanji and World of WarCraft creative director Alex Afrasiabi has revealed a pretty shocking piece of information about how the alternate Draenor we’ve spent the past several months on works. Namely, the Burning Legion there is the same Legion we’ve been facing back on Azeroth and Outland. Even more shocking, the Archimonde and Mannoroth we’ll be fighting in patch 6.2 are the same ones from WarCraft III! The implications behind this are staggering. Read on after the jump to see the full conversation and find out more.

Archimonde and the Infinite Legion, a Potential Lore Revelation

Patch 6.2. Second Look: Ashran Excavation

Following the newest build of the patch 6.2. PTR, I returned to Ashran to see if any new lore about the artifact had been added. There hasn’t been, but the new Ashran Excavation area has been heavily modified and looks much better than during our last look at it.

Read on for the full preview.

PTR 6.2 First Look: Tanaan Jungle

Hi everyone, it’s the Red Shirt Guy here with some screenshots of the new areas added in patch 6.2.’s first PTR build. We’ll be looking at Tanaan Jungle, and a change to the Alliance garrison.

Pictures after the jump…

Tanaan Intro quest:

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