Wrath Of The Lich King

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...




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...

A brief history of Valeera Sanguinar With her introduction in Heroes of the Storm, Valeera Sanguinar has now appeared in three Blizzard games: World of Warcraft, Hearthstone and now Heroes. What you may not know about the Blood Elf Rogue is that she’s got a long history — her first lore appearance was in World of Warcraft: The Comic Book issue...

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...

Know Your Lore: Tirion Fordring and the fall of the Lich King Tirion Fordring had risen from a mere hermit living in the outskirts of the Plaguelands to the leader of the assault against the Lich King. It wasn’t out of any quest for eternal glory or wish to be a man of legend. He was simply carrying out the vow he made to his son: that he...




dalaran from above
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...

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...



Through the ghosts.
Totem Talk: Latest Enhancement Shaman changes and Old Enhancement The Legion alpha is rolling along, and the good news is that the changes to Enhancement Shaman seem to be just a wee bit less severe than they were the last time around. This is a good thing insofar as it means that we’re getting closer to what the spec is probably going to look...

Breakfast Topic: The best Blizzard cinematics One of the coolest aspects of Blizzard games are the cinematics. From the original World of Warcraft cinematic that introduced you to the breadth and scope of Azeroth to the Reign of Chaos scene that showed Orc and Human at war in the Arathi Highlands, from original StarCraft to Diablo II‘s amazing scene of the...

Breakfast Topic: What’s your favorite bonus weekend event? It appears that we’ve come full circle around the entirety of what the new bonus event weekends, introduced in patch 6.2, have to offer. This weekend is the second Burning Crusade Timewalking weekend, and I’m pretty excited about that. Burning Crusade was one of my favorite expansions, and I love that I can dust off...

What to expect from a WoW expansion announcement With the next World of Warcraft expansion being announced soon, it felt like a good time to take a look back at previous expansion announcements so we can know what to expect. However, this will be the first expansion that hasn’t been announced at BlizzCon, so things might go a little differently than they have...

Breakfast Topic: Create a bonus event It’s not really a secret that I love the Timewalking bonus weekends.  As someone who’s been playing since vanilla (cue “thanks for the reminder” groans), any chance I have to take a trip down Nostalgia Lane makes me very happy.  Outside of the nostalgia factor, though, I like the idea of rotating events to help...

Arcane Sanctum: Timewalking dungeons for Mages I’d planned to write about Timewalking before I’d even had a chance to try it. I love the idea of using scaling technology to revisit instances that have become part of the distant past. Heroic Burning Crusade dungeons in particular are some of the first challenging group content I ever did. Plus, it’s a sensible...

The Nexus
WoW Archivist: Timewalking dungeons of Wrath of the Lich King Timewalking returns this weekend. Last time we revisited the dungeons of The Burning Crusade. Now we’ll be walking back through time to the reign of the Lich King. Wrath of the Lich King revolutionized the way that players ran dungeons in patch 3.3. We no longer had to sit in cities, using chat to find other players on...

Rogue leveling
Encrypted Text: Rogue leveling vs. raiding Recently, some asked me a question that drove directly to one of the key aspects of playing a rogue that I've long found dissonant: That leveling a rogue feels completely different than raiding as one.