BlizzCon 2013 started off on a high note with a Blizzard panel discussing the future of their prized MMO World of Warcraft.
The major highlight was of course the announcement of a new expansion pack for the game called Warlords of Draenor. Aside from that Blizzard touched upon various other aspects that would be improved in the days to come.
Garrosh Hellscream manages to successfully escape following his imprisonment at the end of Siege of Orgrimmar.
With the aid of a mysterious new ally that Blizzard would not reveal at this point, Garrosh travels back in time to a key moment in the Hordes history.
This is before the Legion invades Draenor and corrupts the Orc Horde. Here Garrosh plans on altering the timeline to what he sees as an ideal future for the Hordes.
For this purpose he and his new found ally will work together. Garrosh will unite the Orc Warchiefs into one mighty Iron Horde and his ally will then open the Black Gate once again, allowing his new Iron Horde to venture through into modern Azeroth and take over the world.
Players on both the Alliance and Horde are tasked with chasing Garrosh back in time and stopping him from altering the timeline.
There are a total of seven zones in Warlords of Draenor. You’ll be familiar with many of them, since this expansion happens before Draenor was torn apart and became the Outlands.
- Frostfire Ridge
- Tanaan Jungle
- Spires of Arak
- Shadowmoon Valley
Alliance players will start out in Shadowmoon Valley where they immediately will be tasked with aiding the Draenei to fend off the Iron Horde as they attack Karabor.
Karabor is a holy temple for the Draenei, which in the future becomes what we know as the Black Temple. This will also be your faction’s capital for the expansion.
Horde players will start out in Frostfire Ridge where they will be tasked with aiding the Frostwolf clan against the Thunderlord Ogres, as well as convincing them not to join the Iron Horde. While helping the Frostwolf clan you will capture the ogre stronghold of Bladespire Fortress, which will then become your factions capital city for the expansion.
Races and Inhabitants
The best part of the new expansion is that veteran players will be able to meet many of the historic Warchiefs and experience all of the main Orc clans which include Frostwolf clan, Shadowmoon clan, Shattered Hand clan, Blackrock clan, Warsong clan, and the Bleeding Hollow clan.
Putting aside the Orcs and Draenei, players will also get to meet new races like the Genisaurs, large chimeras that can serve as mounts.
Game Changes: Levels, Talents, and Inventory
While Warlords of Draenor will increase the level cap to 100, players will also have the option to either boost an existing character of any level to 90 or to create a brand new character of level 90.
The expansion will also bring forth a new tier of talents that will be available when players hit the 100 mark. According to Blizzard this talent/skills are powerful and will make your character beastly.
World of Warcraft is finally getting a cosmetic overhaul. All character models have now been upgraded and their quality improved. The new models contain better textures, movements, animations and look smoother as well compared to the more blocky forms of earlier.
As is the case with every expansion, there will be plenty of new Pets and Mounts to add to your ever growing collection.
Inventory has been improved to allow players to better catalog and search their bags for items. Each bag can now be assigned to hold different items. For example one bag can be assigned to hold consumables, while the other can hold other items of your choosing.
Additionally, new items will be highlighted in your inventory, and vendor trash items have a coin over them to show they can safely be sold.
New Additions: Garrisons and Dungeons
Players will be able to build their own Garrisons, allowing them then to recruit and manage their staff. Called Followers, they can then be sent on missions to improve the Garrison and earn loot. With the passage of time, Garrisons can be improved and upgraded in terms of size and design.
“Your Garrison will be woven deeply into the storyline of Warlords of Draenor, beginning when your faction leader commissions you to establish a beachhead on this alien world — but the ultimate fate of your personal fortress on Draenor is entirely up to you,” said Blizzard.
Warlords of Draenor is going to feature seven new dungeons, plus the classic ‘Upper Blackrock Spire’ dungeon that is being redone. There will be also two new raids called Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry.
Blizzard has revealed much regarding the new dungeons and raids. We’ve compiled all of that into one informative post here.