Blizzcon 2013 brought along some wonderful announcements, like new information on Diablo 3′s expansion, some stuff about Hearthstone, and the news that World of Warcraft’s new expansion will be Warlords of Draenor. Warlords of Draenor (WoD) will introduce a bunch of fascinating features as well as take us all to a Draenor that’s not smashed to hell. Our characters will finally get updated models, we’ll get something similar to player housing, and questing will be changed to a degree. Let’s get into the important bits!
In the wake of Garrosh’s arrest and imprisonment, just as he’s about to go to trial, he escapes and travels back in time to prevent the Orcs from drinking the blood of Mannoroth and to build a new Horde that’s in line with what he likes. This creates a secondary timeline with a Draenor that didn’t explode, and a portal that connects that Draenor to Azeroth’s current timeline, in preparation for an Orcish invasion from a new world. As the Iron Horde grows in power, it’s up to us to stop it. Can we, or will the world as we know it be changed forever?
Upgrade to Level 90
One character on each account can take an instant upgrade to level 90. If there’s a class you’ve been wanting to try out at high levels, or something you just haven’t had the attention span to level from scratch, now’s your chance to create it and be ready for WoD. Don’t worry, you won’t have to gear that toon up, either — the gear will be supplied.
I still have no idea which character(s) are going to take that upgrade, considering the new expansion is at least a year away. Most of the characters that I’d want at 90 will be there by then, so it would be an extra of any given class.
Your Own Garrison
If you’re familiar with city-building games on Facebook or in general, like Age of Empires, even, you might have an idea of what Garrisons may be like. Build a fort, recruit NPCs, send those NPCs out to gather materials and/or treasure or assign them to other tasks — like quests. You can earn XP and loot without actually going and doing the fighting yourself. Every WoD player will get access to their own Garrison, and it seems like this will be WoW’s answer to the request for player housing.
Yep, the level cap will go up to 100 in WoD. This isn’t unexpected or anything — though some were looking at 90-95 instead.
UPDATED CHARACTER MODELS!
After nearly a decade, Warcraft’s character models are finally getting a desperately-needed overhaul. The Forsaken lady model still isn’t on the main site yet, but I am hoping that eventually we’ll get to see what all of the new models will look like — I’m especially excited to see the Troll models and finished Tauren.
Draenor: A Familiar New World
Warlords of Draenor will also — as mentioned before — have us seeing the planet when it was still whole. Familiar landscapes will be rendered in their pre-destruction glory, revealing places we’ve never seen before, and others that are as they were meant to be. I’m looking forward to seeing the new zones as well as the ones that made me curse and swear in frustration — see what I mean by looking at the map of the new-old Draenor.
Draenei and Orc Lore
For the first time since Burning Crusade, Draenei are getting some focus and development, possibly, plus at least one new hero. It’s about freaking time that Draenei got some love, honestly. I guess I should also mention that you’ll be seeing and running into some of Orc-kind’s most famous and infamous leaders, but, they’re orcs, so they don’t matter nearly as much. So there.
It’s a Sausage Fest
Warlords of Draenor should have been called Beefcake of Draenor since it’s a massively testosterone-driven expansion full of beefy dudes with big muscles doing things beefy dudes with big muscles tend to be doing in power fantasies, and I’m sincerely hoping we finally get some important women. You know, that don’t get their characterization butchered, or whose characterization doesn’t depend on their connection to males, or, or, or.
This is Blizzard we’re talking about, though, so we’ll have to make up these characters ourselves and fill in the blanks on our own. Keep yelling for what we’re after, too, ’cause that’s the only way they’ll hear.
I am looking forward to Warlords of Draenor, even with my ambivalence toward Blizzard for their treatment of women characters (and their lack thereof, as well). The features look like they’re going to be pretty cool, at least, and I’m excited to see my characters with a more modern look to them.
Are you looking forward to the new expansion? What features really jump out at you, why? Share!
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