WoW Archivist

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WoW Archivist: Classic’s Paladin mount quests Legion has brought back many of the class-specific content ideas that Blizzard implemented into classic WoW. Back then, these ideas were never fully fleshed out — they were given to some classes and not others. Both Paladins and Warlocks, for example, had quests to earn mounts during the classic era. They have since been removed,...

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WoW Archivist: Patch dungeons In many ways, Legion has been Blizzard’s most innovative expansion. World Quests and Artifacts have completely changed how we play WoW. Crafting and gathering professions have received a massive overhaul. Classes and specs have all been drastically redesigned to feel unique. The Suramar campaign gave us one of WoW‘s most compelling ongoing storylines and its...




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WoW Archivist: The Black Temple Ten years ago this month, Blizzard added one of its largest and most memorable patches. Patch 2.1 gave us so much that only a massive amount of bullet points can do it justice.

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WoW Archivist: Ten years of flight Just over ten years ago, Burning Crusade ushered in a brand new way to experience World of Warcraft that for better or worse would change the game irrevocably: flying. Flight paths had been all the rage when the game first launched, believe it or not. Players and reviewers alike ooh’ed and aah’ed at the experience, which...

WoW Archivist: The allure of classic-era WoW Earlier this year, the team behind the extralegal classic-era realm “Nostalrius” announced that they would make their source code and tools available to the public. They said that they were disappointed by Blizzard’s response to the issue of legacy realms, so they felt compelled to act. The new realm, run by legacy project Elysium, went...

WoW Archivist: Gadgetzan Blizzard began teasing Hearthstone players about Gadgetzan this fall. First we got a billboard/postcard-ish image that read “Greetings from Gadgetzan. It’s as clean as it is safe!” The design mirrors a famous billboard at the Atlantic City boardwalk in New Jersey. Given the New York/New Jersey accents and mobster motifs of the Goblin race, there’s no...




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WoW Archivist: More Champions from early WoW Legion‘s class champions are a diverse bunch, from a lightspawn to a ghost and even a Vrykul mead-brewer. Some are brand new to the game’s story. Others have been with us ever since the early years. In the last Archivist, we looked at the origins of three champions from early WoW: Duke Hydraxis, Marin Noggenfogger, and...

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WoW Archivist: Class Champions from early WoW Legion’s Class Halls offer a huge variety in Champions, from faerie dragons to titan watchers, a sludge belcher, a primate monarch, and even a giant talking, shambling rock. They span the entire history of the Warcraft universe, dating back to the RTS games of the 1990’s. Many have deep roots from the early days of World...



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WoW Archivist: Classic’s world bosses Legion‘s demon invasions have given us the most world bosses the game has ever seen. Not since the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj opened up have we fought so many powerful enemies in the open world. The demons under Sargeras are deadly and potent. Leveling up my Goblin Rogue, I’ve spent a lot of time staring at grayscale...

WoW Archivist: Systems patch controversies Six expansions, six system patches. Each and every one has seen its share of controversies. Legion‘s finally went live last week, providing a much-needed defibrillation to WoW‘s heartbeat. While the community has rejoiced at the release, not everyone is happy with some of the changes that 7.0 has wrought. Players have pushed back against the camera...

WoW Archivist: Classic’s Naxxramas and the Scourge event As Blizzard reminded us last week, June 20 marked the 10th anniversary of patch 1.11, Shadow of the Necropolis — the release that gave us WoW‘s first incarnation of Naxxramas. Almost no one playing the game at the time set foot in there. Only the hardcoriest of the hardcore raiding guilds had any business inside the...

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WoW Archivist: Dalaran In classic WoW, players exploring the Alterac Mountains encountered a massive purple dome clearly made out of some kind of magical energy. It was one of the most startling sights to explorers of Azeroth back in 2005, and it remained an enigma for three years. I remember standing there with friends, marveling at the size...

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WoW Archivist: C’Thun and the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj Tomorrow, every Hearthstone player who buys a pack of Whispers of the Old Gods will receive a free legendary: C’Thun. C’Thun is one of Azeroth’s four Old Gods, terrifying ancient beings from the Void who seek to twist and dominate all life on Azeroth. The four Old Gods have all been part of WoW‘s story...

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WoW Archivist: Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker Legion‘s artifact weapons have placed more emphasis than ever before on the tools we do battle with. They will give us spec-defining abilities and some even have their own spell animations. Given that these artifacts are supposed to represent the iconic weapons for each spec, it’s no surprise to see that one of the artifact...

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More iconic abilities returning in Legion Blizzard’s approach to class design in Legion centers around the “distinctive identity” of a class and its specializations. While past expansions have pruned abilities from classes, Legion looks to diversify a class’s specs with spec-unique skills and talent options. That has heralded the return of many iconic abilities, some of which are radically different from their original versions....

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WoW Archivist: Four iconic abilities returning in Legion The Legion alpha rolls onward, and we learn a little more about the expansion with each iteration. While nothing is guaranteed to make it live, it certainly looks like some of the iconic abilities that were pruned away during previous expansions, especially in Warlords of Draenor, will return. Some long gone abilities, like Detect Magic, have not been mourned...