I have finally come home after being gone for who-knows-how long. My living room floors are renovated and my fingers are itching for some writing. Blizzcon was the past weekend and the new WoW expansion has finally been announced! Here are some of my thoughts about the new expansion.
Quick Recap of Battle for Azeroth
After the events of Legion, the two factions will once again take up arms against each other. The rivalry and conflict of the factions will be the focal point in Battle of Azeroth. Here are a few of the new features:
- Level cap increased to 120.
- Two new continents available:
- Kul Tiras for Alliance.
- Zandalar for Horde.
- 10 new dungeons.
- New raids: first one called Uldir, Halls of Control.
- Island Exploration: new 3-man scenarios.
- Warfronts: new 20-man events.
- 6 new allied races:
- Horde: Nightborne, Highmountain Tauren, Zandalari Trolls.
- Alliance: Void Elves, Lightforged Draenei, Dark Iron Dwarves.
- New artifact: Heart of Azeroth.
Opinions and Tea Talk
While I wasn’t as excited for the announcement for this expansion as I was for Legion, I’m mostly positive for the reveal. It seemed to me to be a little PvP-heavy with the faction conflicts and there wasn’t much indication of where the lore was heading. But then Queen Azshara was announced as a raid boss, which makes me think that Old Gods will have a play in this expansion.
Think about it. Queen Azshara was cast down in the sea, and an unnamed entity turned her and her people into the naga. It is speculated that this entity was N’Zoth (who was also responsible for the corruption of Deathwing), who we know is imprisoned at the bottom of the sea somewhere. From the Puzzle Box of Yogg’saron we learn the following:
In the sunken city, he lays dreaming.
The drowned god’s heart is black ice.
At the bottom of the ocean even light must die.
In the land of Ny’alotha there is only sleep.
Ny’alotha is a city of old, terrible, unnumbered crimes.
In the sleeping city of Ny’alotha walk only mad things.
The stars sweep chill currents that make men shiver in the dark…
The fish know all the secrets. They know the cold. They know the dark.
The drowned god is possibly N’Zoth, and there are strong indication that he is the creator of the naga. In other words: N’Zoth might be the one that is pulling the strings behind the curtain. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if he was the driving force behind the re-ignition of the faction conflict.
And also – will we ever see Nazjatar, the naga capital? Hmm…
The lore could go in all possible directions so we will just have to wait and see. As for what we do know, the new continents and everything, it looks absolutely amazing. Just look at the art!
Concept Art – Environment
And the zones!
I’m glad Horde got a nice place to live in this expansion. I don’t want to see another spike ever again to be honest. Frostwall was a dismal place to live in for almost two years. But Aztec jungle? Count me in!
Allied races is an exciting addition as well. I might even consider race changing to Nightborne for a while to see what it’s like (though Pandarens are still in my heart). Zandalar trolls also looked very exciting, and this is just the start. They’re planning to add several more races, and personally I’m hoping for the Vulpera race. It. is. a. fox. race. That is the epitome of epicness!
Then there’s the slightly-less-fun, but-still-understandable artifact system that is returning, in a slightly different reincarnation. This time around there is only one artifact, a neck piece called the Heart of Azeroth. It will be the same progression for all specs and the artifact will soak up the new artifact currency – azurite – automatically.
The artifact will empower azurite armor, which currently is only in three slots. There you will have a sort of talent tree where you can choose different traits to empower your armor with.
It’s a bit mysterious of exactly how the tree works, but I’m sure it’ll become apparent once you try it out on the beta.
All in all, I’m optimistic but not overwhelmed about this expansion. I’m really curious to try it out on beta (if I get beta that is) and look forward to more details. For now, I’m just happy to see an end in sight of the fel theme (NO MORE FEL GREEN PLEASE) and to see some change. I get so bored without change!