Cataclysm

What do previous expansions tell us about Legion’s future? We’re in that part of Legion‘s life cycle when we begin speculating on what’s next, and more importantly, when we’ll find out. Patch 7.3 is progressing nicely on the PTR, and the latest PVP season will be ending soon. This seems to strongly hint that the patch will be out soon as well. But that...

Catch up on lore with our guide to Warcraft in print Since the release of Warcraft: Orcs & Humans back in 1994, Blizzard has been building a massive universe around the world of Azeroth. That’s 22 years of story to catch up on — and 22 years worth of novels, short stories, comics, and other reading material. Where exactly do you begin, if you want to...




Legion and the iteration of design One of the things that hits me every time I accidentally use my Garrison Hearthstone (or deliberately — it’s an easy way to get to the portals in Stormshield) is that my Garrison is basically my Order Hall, but a more primitive version of it. The Order Hall works better because there are more variety...

Could a Cataclysm-style expansion work? One of the things players really seem to love in expansions is that they be self contained. One of the big complaints about Cataclysm was that it wasn’t — you went from zone to zone without any cohesion. There wasn’t a big new ‘place’ to explore like Northrend, Pandaria or Draenor. Everything was kind of...

Know Your Lore: Azeroth shattered The Sundering ripped the world of Azeroth apart, splitting the united continent of Kalimdor into pieces. It also tore apart the Well of Eternity, leaving only the Maelstrom in its stead. What effect this had on Azeroth’s world-soul hasn’t really been explored. But given that the Well of Eternity itself was a bleeding wound, one...

netherwing over hellfire
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...




Warcraft in Print
Catch up on lore with our guide to Warcraft in print Since the release of Warcraft: Orcs & Humans back in 1994, Blizzard has been building a massive universe around the world of Azeroth. That’s 22 years of story to catch up on — and 22 years worth of novels, short stories, comics, and other reading material. Where exactly do you begin, if you want to...

Blood Pact: Meaningful Warlock talent choices Although I’ve been severely delayed to level 110 by various bugged quests and server instability, I’m catching up to progress again on the Warlock class order campaign. Recently, Celestalon posted on the forums on overall class talent design in Legion, and for Destruction there was a talent swap between two tiers that represents some cool interaction between...



Going down?
Totem Talk: Enhancement Shaman before Legion and previous expansions Well, it’s happened now — Legion has been dated and we know exactly when we’re going to be getting our Burning Legion invasion. This is kind of a good thing, since it means a bit less speculating, but it also means that we’re pretty well settled on the near-final version of Enhancement Shaman. Things are...

Breakfast Topic: Is it time for another Cataclysm? I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how mature WoW is, and how the game effectively pressed the reset button with Cataclysm to bring in a new audience and update the world to a more modern state (while moving the story along, of course). What struck me, in particular, was how much time had actually passed since...

Breakfast Topic: Is it time for Azeroth to rebuild? After multiple decades of constant threats to Azeroth’s very existence, I think there comes a point its denizens — Horde and Alliance — must realize they’re fighting for ruins. With every major threat, the state of Azeroth gets a little worse. Even in Mists of Pandaria, the expansion which was supposed to be our vacation...

Know Your Lore: Darius Crowley, Lorna Crowley, and Gilneas Lord Darius Crowley likely never meant to be a hero. If he’d had his way, he probably would have preferred a world in which he lived out his life on the lands he claimed as his own, caring for his people and his daughter Lorna. But the world had different plans for Darius Crowley, and...

Know Your Lore: The Infinite dragonflight In an Azeroth where dragons have seemingly expended the last of their powers, there’s one flight that doesn’t appear to have been affected by the events of Cataclysm at all. Although we defeated Murozond in End Time, the Infinite dragonflight returned in the novel War Crimes, which takes place after Mists of Pandaria — indicating,...

Breakfast Topic: A constantly updating world It occurred to me the other day that I literally can’t go back to the first zone I played in on my main, because in Cataclysm they utterly changed it, changed it so completely that it doesn’t even resemble the place I remember. For one thing, when I leveled there (I’m talking about Northshire Abbey)...

Cataclysm Timewalking dungeons and you Tuesday’s Patch 6.2.3 brought Timewalking to various Cataclysm dungeons, as well as reintroducing Valor to World of Warcraft. The currency can be earned and used to upgrade current Hellfire Citadel gear, Tanaan Jungle Baleful gear, Mythic dungeon drops, and crafted Epic gear from professions. With this week being a Cataclysm Timewalking week (from November 18th...

WoW Patch 6.2.3 is live and with it comes the return of Valor The servers are back up and patch 6.2.3 is live with assorted features. New Cataclysm Timewalking dungeons are being introduced, Valor is back as an item upgrade path, Warlords Season 3 PvP kicks off, and the Grove Warden mount is now attainable from a quest that starts with defeating Archimonde on Heroic. Don’t have a...