Expansions

Do you want a new expansion yet? I am probably pretty unusual in this because I really don’t want anything like a new expansion announced at Gamescom. I’m not even sure about BlizzCon this year. Do we need a new WoW expansion? I mean, logically yes, we will need a new one. We can’t be in Legion forever. But maybe this is...

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...




Would you like to see more World Quests? World Quests are something I do a lot in World of Warcraft, and as such, they’re something I think about a lot. With patch 7.3 fast approaching, I’m very curious about whether or not the ones we have will remain viable as content or if we’ll all switch over to the new Argus zones and...

Are you excited for what comes next in WoW? Sometimes I get fired up thinking about what we’re going to get to do and see after Legion. Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally down with murdering demons and all, but sometimes I miss the pure variety of bad guys we’ve seen in the past. As much as every raid so far this expansion has...

Would you play WoW without expansions? Let’s try an experiment. Imagine if, after patch 7.3, there was a patch 7.4 where we fought (just for sake of the example) the Old Gods. Then a 7.5 where we fought Queen Azshara and explored the South Seas. Then a patch 7.6, a 7.7, and so on… and you eventually found yourself in 2020...

What could Blizzard do with the Diablo franchise? Since we’ve heard nothing about a new Diablo 3 expansion (and the Necromancer is clearly not tied to any new expansion) I’ve found myself musing a lot about what I’d do next if I was in charge of Diablo as a property. Of course, no one’s surprised that I want a sandbox RPG out of...




What’s going to replace Artifacts? I know we’re not even half done with Legion yet, but one of the things that keeps popping up in my head every time I see a Hunter with Hati or use Strom’kar’s Warbreaker ability is this notion of just how much time and investment we put into these Artifacts. Yes, they’re weapons, but they’re...

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...



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Will WoW ever have another new class? Post Legion, I’m really wondering about how much room the game have for future expansion, specifically when it comes to classes. Legion in particular has set a unique design limitation for any new class. It’s unlikely we’ll ever see a non-Hero class again. In Mists of Pandaria we saw the Monk come in as a...

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Expansions, cycles, and player interest in WoW There are players out there right now who are done playing Legion. There are people who will be done with it in less than a month. And there are people who stopped playing World of Warcraft because of it. They took a look at the changes coming, said “This expansion isn’t for me,” and unsubscribed...

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Breakfast Topic: A world without expansions What if WoW just stopped having expansions? At least, expansions as we know them. I’ll explain: Recently, we were told World of Warcraft will be pursing a slower expansion cycle with more patches (theoretically, more content) between expansions. This got me thinking about whether or not we actually need more expansions. Obviously from the standard...

Totem Talk: What we’ll have as Enhancement Shaman in Legion One of the responses that I saw from the last column was a question about what in the world Enhancement Shaman is going to look like post-Legion. I can understand it, too; while I’m really excited about the new direction for the spec, a lot of stuff is being changed, altered, reworked, or just straight-up...

How to avoid content droughts in WoW I’ve been thinking about this one a lot, ever since the end of Wrath of the Lich King. Why? Well, the Fall of the Lich King — patch 3.3 — was released on December 9, 2009 and Cataclysm was released on December 7, 2010. Yes, there was the Ruby Sanctum released in the middle of that...

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Totem Talk: Losing Multistrike as Enhancement I have an interesting relationship with Multistrike. On the one hand, I like what it does for Enhancement, but on the other hand, I’ve been doing the same thing with Enhancement about as long as I’ve been playing the spec, and it sure as heck isn’t adding much new. For those who missed it, a...

Breakfast Topic: Does Blizzard need better PR? One of the debates about Warlords of Draenor comes down to the idea that this expansion, Blizzard has really slowed its communication with its players. I find myself wondering if we’ve finally come to see the real benefit that Ghostcrawler provided the community — when he was at Blizzard, there was always someone deeply involved...

Breakfast Topic: What’s your favourite WoW expansion feature? With all the discussion and debate among the community about the removal of flight from future World of Warcraft content, it occurs to me that this also marks an opportunity for us to reflect on features that have been introduced to the game over the course of various expansions. Recall, for instance, that flying itself was originally...