Warlords Of Draenor

What mechanics would you like to see in the next WoW expansion? Warlords had the garrison, Legion had the Order Hall and the Artifacts. What would you like to see as the new mechanic integrated into World of Warcraft: The Next Expansion? (It will almost certainly  not be named that.) Would you like to see a continuation of the Artifact, or are you looking forward to weapon...

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...




Is it time for more character model revamps? There’s no good way to say this so I’ll say it badly. The Worgen lady model is terribad. It’s just awful. I get that Worgen aren’t exactly werewolves — they’re cursed to shapeshift via Druid magic, Goldrinn’s essence was poisoned by the Burning Legion during the War of the Ancients, I know. But still, no...

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...

Would you accept a complete departure in WoW? Warlords of Draenor had several problems — a lack of endgame content, a truncated storyline and a dearth of development where more than a year passed between the Hellfire raid and the next patch. This all left players feeling bored and unhappy. There was also a severe feeling of U-Turn with the Iron Horde suddenly...




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...

Archimonde casts Nether Tear
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...



Black Dragonflight
Know Your Lore: Remnants of the Black Dragonflight Wrathion has been mysteriously absent. For a dragon so utterly concerned with the Burning Legion’s return in Mists of Pandaria, this is more than a little suspect. At the same time, one has to wonder what the apparent last known survivor of the Black Dragonflight has been up to while we’ve been off on Draenor....

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...

Breakfast Topic: How are you spending your last week of Draenor? So this is it, my friends. The last week of the Warlords of Draenor expansion. On Tuesday, the Burning Legion invades the Broken Shores and we will be called to stop them. Um, right after we stop them from currently invading Azeroth every two hours. And also their invasion of Draenor. These guys really get...

Gul'dan
Know Your Lore: Gul’dan and Warlords of Draenor We knew Gul’dan was evil — he was responsible for the Shadow Council, the first Horde, the original invasion of Azeroth, and the corruption of the Orcs. He was in fact so evil that even after death, a twisted remnant of his soul haunted his skull, speaking to those who wielded it. There was nothing...

Khadgar
Harbingers: Khadgar makes its debut The second Legion animated short, Harbingers: Khadgar, has arrived. Khadgar has had a pretty rough journey, and the end of Warlords didn’t go the way he would have liked to see. Not only did Gul’dan escape, but the Burning Legion is on its way to Azeroth for another invasion. Seeking some kind of weapon or...

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...

Gul'dan
Harbingers: Gul’dan debuts as first Legion animated short The first Legion animated short, Harbingers: Gul’dan has made its debut, telling the never-before seen story of Gul’dan’s origins. To be clear, we’re not talking about the Gul’dan who died from our universe — we’re talking the Gul’dan we inadvertently invited to our world from Warlords of Draenor. With absolutely stunning art, voice work and...

Breakfast Topic: Are you still keeping up with your garrison? When garrisons first arrived on the scene, they seemed like an exciting new aspect of the game. While leveling up to 100, I diligently collected ore and herbs, I fished and recruited Nat Pagle (and then fished even more), I amassed an army of followers (and leveled them and equipped them). Every time I logged...