In case you’re living under a rock or have been doing your best to ignore it, but last weekend, Blizzard announced World of Warcraft‘s fifth expansion Warlords of Draenor at Blizzcon. And unless you’re just not involved with the MMORPG community, you will probably have an opinion about this. Everyone and their mom are writing about it, so it can’t hurt to join the conversation. So, what do I think about the announcement?
And that’s coming from a guy who reacted to the previous two expansion announcements with one word: “meh”. I’m actually amazed that the announcement of Warlords got me so hyped, so in order to put some rationality behind the irrational fanboy raging inside of me, here’s my top three reasons why I’m looking forward to Warlords of Draenor.
Number 3 – I get to be a mayor!
Since the launch of WoW, I’ve been waiting for housing of some sort. The farm from Mists of Pandaria was a nice yet boring start, but it looks like Blizzard is giving us something more in the form of the Garrison system. Simply put, your Garrison is your own little town, which you get to upgrade and take care of. Henchmen will be drawn to it, and you can put those allies to work. The details are still somewhat vague, but if Blizzard gives us some nice customization options (racial buildings would be awesome), I think that this will be a nice little feature of the upcoming expansion.
Number 2 – exploring Draenor
Ever since The Burning Crusade allowed us to enter Outland, I’ve been asking myself how awesome it would be to see this place in its old glory. You know, before it was torn apart and ravaged. When the Caverns of Time were announced, I was hoping for an instance taking us back to the past of Outland, allowing us to see Draenor in its glory days. Sadly, Blizzard never made such an instance, but that’s okay considering they are now dedicating a whole expansion to it.
What fascinates me about the Draenor of the past is the past of the Orcs. Lore-wise, Orcs seemed always more interesting than many other races (except for Trolls. Gotta stay true to my tusk-touting people). Heck, everything regarding the Horde is more interesting than many other parts of WoW’s background, but we can blame the lore authors’ bias for that. However, our little jaunt back in time will give me the chance to see a world I wanted to explore for years, while standing side by side with some Orcish icons.
Number 1 – level boost equals more people to play with
The sad truth about my old group of WoW players is that most of them quit a few months into Cataclysm. None of them have had any urge to return during Mist of Pandaria, and I doubt they are interested in leveling through the content. Even worse, I doubt they are interested in leveling at all, and that will make it really hard for me to sell them a copy of Warlords. Yes, I can tell them there’s new content, but they have to make it to level 90 before starting to experience that.
Luckily, Blizzard is making my life easier here. Every account that registers a copy of Warlords gets to boost one character straight to level 90. Doesn’t matter if you just made a new toon or want to bring your Cataclysm-era main up to speed, the level boost allows you to dive right into the new content. Though we don’t know for sure yet, chances are that Blizzard will offer additional level boosts for a few dollars. While I can understand the outrage about it, I feel that this, being the fifth expansion, is necessary. By now, there’s so much content to plow through to catch up, so Blizzard is just giving you a way of getting up to speed without working through content you have seen too often. I don’t know about you, but it will surely help me to get back a few ex-WoW’ers.
Of course, I don’t like everything about the new expansion. I don’t know how to feel about the time-travelling stuff and the fact Garrosh will get another chance at being the villain, but overall, this expansion offers enough to see me return to WoW. Now, all that’s left to do is getting a new main character up to speed.
Brb, speed-levelling Troll Monk!