Draenor

Know Your Lore, Tinfoil Hat edition: The true “curse” of flesh We’ve seen evidence of the Curse of Flesh everywhere. Humanity is a result of it. But it’s not irreversible – which makes one wonder…if the Tribunal of Ages is a lie, is it possible there’s no “curse” of flesh at all?

Know Your Lore: Draenor’s universal influence Draenor was never really meant to be a “unique” world. Had it been left to its own devices, the planet would’ve eventually died out. The Sporemounds were well on their way to devouring the planet whole when Aggramar first arrived. With nothing left to devour, Draenor’s plant life would have eventually turned on itself, until...




Know Your Lore: Fall of the Gorian Empire The original Horde wasn’t the first time the Orc clans of Draenor united – it was simply the one that stuck. With the defeat of the ogron and the rise of the Gorian Empire, there was little reason for the Orcs to remain in hiding. They emerged from their established underground settlements into a world...

Know Your Lore: What Azeroth Knows By What Azeroth Knows, I don’t mean the planet itself. We’ve recently seen that Azeroth is a nascent Titan, and it seems to know quite a bit, going as far as to speak through former king Magni Bronzebeard in his diamond form. But that’s an example of something the average Azerothian wouldn’t know. Right now, Magni...

Know Your Lore: Glory of the Gorian Empire The Apexis empire collapsed in one violent, earth-shattering moment with the detonation of the Breath of Rukhmar. The great spire that once pierced the skies of Arak had been splintered into pieces by the force of the explosion. In the centuries that followed, survivors of the horrific civil war traveled across the land, taking the...

Know Your Lore: The Flight From Argus There were once a people called the Eredar, a people with unparalleled mastery of the arcane. Gifted, intelligent, physically powerful, they created a near utopia on the planet Argus. Over twenty five thousand years ago, they ceased to exist. In their place were two divided factions. Most of the Eredar became Man’ari, the “Unnatural Ones”...




Know Your Lore: Rise of the Apexis Rukhmar created the Arakkoa both in memory of and as a tribute to Anzu’s sacrifice – but she never really discovered what happened to him after Sethe’s defeat. She led her children from Gorgrond back to Arak, where they were destined to thrive. But immediately after their arrival, Rukhmar perished, her body devoured by flame....

Know Your Lore: Dawn of the Arakkoa When the last of the Sporemounds was defeated, spores teeming with the Spirit of Life seeped into the rest of Draenor. This eventually resulted in new species of Breakers, and new species of Primals. But it also meant that Draenor’s animal life received a boost as well. Initially the Sporemounds and Evergrowth pretty much overtook...



Know Your Lore: Children of the Breakers Last week we discussed the evolution of Draenor – the unique circumstances that led to a world in a constant state of conflict.  The Evergrowth, a vast, sentient network of behemoth plants called Sporemounds, threatened to overwhelm the world. Due to the timely intervention of the Titan Aggramar and his creation, Grond, the Evergrowth was...

Know Your Lore: The evolution of Draenor World of Warcraft Chronicle: Volume 2 caught us up on events leading to and including the First and Second wars on Azeroth. But in addition to that, we got our first real look at the evolution of life on Draenor – how everything on the planet came to be. Unlike Azeroth, Draenor’s history was a...

World of Warcraft: Chronicle Vol. 2 is another must-read When the first volume of Blizzard’s World of Warcraft: Chronicle series hit the shelves last year, it managed to clarify thousands of years of not just Azeroth’s history, but the entire Warcraft universe. Released earlier this week, the second volume of the collection picks up right where the first book left off. But it also...

Does WoW need to take a breath? Let’s face it, Azeroth has never been a safe place. But since Wrath of the Lich King it’s reeled from one disaster to the next like an out of control bumper car in a classy antique shop. The Scourge and the Lich King were defeated, only for Deathwing to rise and threaten the entire world....

Breakfast Topic: Draenor wasn’t all bad I think I’m the guy who defended Cataclysm during its life cycle. I’m not arguing it didn’t have problems, but there was a lot to like in that expansion. And honestly, there was a lot to like about Warlords of Draenor, problems aside. For one thing, I don’t think we’d be getting half of the...

Know Your Lore, Tinfoil Hat Edition: The plot behind Gul’dan’s rise to power On the Lore Watch podcast recently, the discussion fell to Gul’dan in Harbingers and how and why the Legion reached out to him. In the classic timeline, Gul’dan was Ner’zhul’s apprentice. After his mentor rejected the Legion, Gul’dan went to Kil’jaeden and said, essentially, I’ll be your big bad evil guy. This laid the path for the...

Breakfast Topic: A look back at Draenor Ah, Draenor. You were our home for two years. There was a lot to like about Draenor — a superlative leveling experience, excellent voice acting, cool as heck cinematics to cap off several of its zones, some pretty fun dungeons. And there was a lot to dislike about the experience — inconsistent and unclear decisions...

Breakfast Topic: I don’t care about followers anymore We do a weekly leveling stream here, which I encourage you to watch because it’s a heady mix of cynicism, snark, affection, and Mitch. Honestly, I’m not 100% sure what Mitch brings. But anyway, as a result of doing it I’ve discovered something — I’m beyond done with followers. Alex, bless his meticulous heart, is...