Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft is about to begin its 7th expansion. “WoW killers” came and went, and while it’s numbers aren’t what they once were, Warcraft remains the top MMORPG, with millions subscribed monthly. While you can now purchase game time with (hundreds of thousands) of in-game gold, most still opt to pay their monthly fee. So what does the near future hold for the game? How is Blizzard gearing players up during War of Thorns, their pre-patch event?
The original World of Warcraft released in 2004 and nerds the world over have been hooked ever since. In 2015, Blizzard gave a final subscriptions report of 5.5 million, with a peak of 12 million in 2010. Since it’s release we’ve had seven expansions with varying degrees of popularity. A quick way to start an argument on any nerd forum is to proclaim one expansion the best over the others. Or commit the cardinal sin of suggesting any of them were better than the original, vanilla WoW.
As Blizzard moves into the new expansion, players have become accustomed to going through pre-launch events. 2008’s Wrath of the Lich King pre-launch event even caught the attention of the CDC. And with the new expansion, Battle for Azeroth, players expect something epic with War of Thorns. A two-week long event that promises to change things the players have known since the beginning.
War of Thorns marks the burning of the world tree, Teldrassil, which also serves as the Alliance capital city of the Night Elves. Week one, the players play through a small quest line as Horde Warchief Sylvanas enacts her plans to take the zone of Ashenvale, ransacking Night Elf towns. The questline stops short of Sylvanas reaching her goal, Night Elf Druid leader Malfurion Stormrage holding her off as he waits for reinforcements. In the meantime, players unlock world quests along the Darkshore shoreline that drops various armor and weapons to help players gear up for the expansion release.
The event marks some other changes as well, item level shrinking, talent resets, and artifact weapon removal. So while the first week may seem a bit lack-luster for active players, there’s a lot for returning players to get used to as the expansion looms ever closer.
The new expansion brings lots of content, reigniting the faction war after the defeat of the Burning Legion, new Allied Races, and current race customization, level cap raise, new zones, new community features, with lots more and even the promise of the return of Classic Warcraft sometime in the future.
The second week is rumored to begin July 31st, which makes sense with Blizzard’s timeline. The event ends with mount rewards for each faction. You can find everything you need to complete the pre-launch event and ready yourself for the Battle for Azeroth over at WoWHead. You still have plenty of time to jump into things and get re-acquainted with the game.
Do you still play World of Warcraft? Thinking of returning? Allied Races got you excited for the expansion? Are you looking forward to the return of Classic WoW? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Facebook!