Has World of Warcraft Lost Its "Wow" Factor?

Has World of Warcraft Lost Its "Wow" Factor?

After playing World of Warcraft for 14 years, Battle for Azeroth is the first expansion where I took a break from the game for more than two weeks. Did “Battle for Azeroth” kill World of Warcraft?

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Pop Quiz: How Well Do You Know World of Warcraft?

Pop Quiz: How Well Do You Know World of Warcraft?

World of Warcraft is one of those games that just immerses you into a beautiful fantasy world of magic and mayhem.

WoW is not your typical MMORPG. The lore that was created to build the world…of Warcraft is incredibly detailed and vibrant. And almost everyone who plays WoW thinks they know everything about the game. Do you? Test your might!

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is All About Girl Power

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is All About Girl Power

Regardless of which Warbringers' episode was your favorite, there's one thing that's certain: Battle for Azeroth is about powerful women.

World of Warcraft's in-game lore has focused primarily on Azeroth's kings and male leaders with female protagonists being side quests and intermissions. But Legion began focusing more on its female leaders. From the Loa telling Warchief Vol'jin to choose Sylvanas "The Banshee Queen" Windrunner as his predecessor to her sister Alleria Windrunner harnessing The Void, Legion set the stage for Azeroth's female leaders to be at the forefront.

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#WorldofWarcraft Are You Ready for Battle for Azeroth Release Day on August 14, 2018?

Guides? CHECK! Snacks? CHECK!

Tensions between Horde and Alliance have intensified since both factions worked together and effectively destroyed The Legion in Antoras. We can argue all day and night about whether or not Sylvanas was justified in her burning down of Teldrassil (*cough she was cough*). With the Battle for Azeroth expansion quickly approaching, there are more important matters to discuss: the best guides for your class and dungeons, what are you going to snack and how many days off from work are you going to take for the expansion release.

Casual or hardcore, there's little excuse for not knowing how to play your class. We all have lives outside of Azeroth and the WoW community knows it. That's why there are so many guides available to help you be the best you can be at playing your class.

There are several places to go for guidance. Icy Veins and WoWhead are classic go-to guide sites for class specialization, talents, gear and best in slot items (BiS).  And my favorite place to go to for all things priest is Warcraft Priests. The website formerly known as HowToPriest is now Warcraft Priests. They've been the best place to go for guides, getting started and macros for playing all three specializations: Holy, Discipline and Shadow. Warcraft Priests' Discord is very active, friendly and helpful.

For raid and dungeon fights, go to Fatboss TV to watch and study boss fights. Don't forget to check out the commentary from some amazing WoW players via their Twitch channels as well. For example, Midnah is arguably one of the best druid healers around. She's a small time streamer but incredibly knowledgeable about Restoration Druids.

Like most WoW players eagerly anticipating Battle for Azeroth, you'll likely be sitting for hours at a time leveling. You're looking over your guides and you're ready to jump into action. You're gonna need sustenance. By sustenance, we mean food--keyboard-safe snacks like:

  • Nuts, if you're not allergic to them.

  • Fruit. Bananas, berries, already chopped melon and pineapple, sliced apples

  • Celery with your favorite dip.

  • Dry cereal. Frosted Flakes and Captain Crunch Crunch Berries or whatever you prefer.

  • Popcorn.

WoW isn't one of those games you can just pause. You have to get to a safe spot before going AFK. Sometimes, that can take a while, especially if you've already been going at questing and running dungeons or raiding for hours already. Don't forget to stretch, walk around for a few minutes. Hell, if you're worried about your weight, do 10 squats every hour or 10 push-up or 10 crunches. Set an alarm or timer to remind you that you need to get up and get your blood circulating.

Share with us how you get ready for WoW expansions.

 

Know Your Warcraft Lore (Possible Spoilers)

Cover Photography by Arwen
Cosplay: Sylvanas Windrunner: Narga-Lifestream | Lady Jaina Proudmoore: Ver1sa

Do you know your lore? You can get started here!

With Battle for Azeroth just around the corner, Warcraft addicts new and old, are becoming more and more intrigued about how Horde and Alliance came to be such fierce enemies. Blizzard Entertainment began releasing Warbringer videos, creating excitement, wonderment and faction loyalty. 

Jaina Proudmoore's haunting song sent chills down the spines of virtually Azerothian. Warchief Sylvanas's Warbringer only confirmed most people's suspicions, but it also offered possible insight into Sylvanas' motives as well as a certain scene that takes place during the battle between herself and newly crowned King Anduin.

Many players are rightfully still pissed off that Sylvanas was chosen to take Vol'jin's place as Warchief of the Horde. But there has to be a reason that the Loa revealed to Vol'jin that Sylvanas was to be his successor. We know from Sylvanas's Warbringer episode that life and hope have become her enemy. Perhaps she sees life as a weakness, hope is useless. But in the Battle for Azeroth trailer, we see something a little different--we see Sylvanas BECOMING the hope of the Horde. She's watched the people she was supposed to protect die once before when The Lich King came with his undead Scourge. 

Sylvanas sees that death and loss of hope, again, in the people she's supposed to be leading. We know that one of Sylvanas' plans was to create an undead army of her own. And maybe leading her soldiers to their deaths was, somehow a part of that. That would certainly contribute to the distrust that other Horde leaders and fans of Warcraft lore have toward her. But perhaps, during this battle, she realizes that her hatred for the living was turning her into The Lich King. Maybe some of our answers are forged in the lore already and we just have to find it. 

So, if you want to catch up on the lore, or want to begin reading the lore, Ge'NeL has created a page of PDF Warcraft books compiled from online sources to help you get started.

Battle for Azeroth to Be Released Mid-August

This is not a drill, Azerothians!

Thursday morning, Blizzard Entertainment announced the release date of the highly anticipated sixth expansion to World of Warcraft. Originally estimated to be released between the end of August and early September 2018, Battle for Azeroth will be released August 14.

Select players are currently alpha testing BFA, working out as many bugs as possible while getting a sneak peak at new and possible races, lands and raids. Pre-purchase of BFA is open through Blizzard's shop

Have you pre-purchased BFA? Testing alpha? Which faction do you pledge your allegiance to? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook.

Zandalari Troll Paladins and Kul'Tiran Human Druids?

It's definitely looking like it.

Preordering Battle for Azeroth allowed WoW players to unlock four allied races: Void Elves and Lightforged Draenei for the Alliance and The Nightborne and Highmountain Tauren for the Horde. Now, there is another alliance race in Alpha gameplay--Kul'tiran Humans. While we are unsure whether or not Kul'tiran Humans will be the next playable Allied Race, we do have insight into what they look like. Can you say "Human Druids"?

Ge'NeL tried to get some answers from game developer Ion Hazzikostas during their live Q&A on Twitch May 15. While he was unable to get to Ge'NeL's questions, he answered other questions that gave fans and players some possible spoilers.

One of the cool things we may have learned is the very real possibility of Zandalari Troll Paladins--well into BfA, though. In the Alpha, Zandalari Prelate of Rezan are the highest order of troll who wield the light to serve Loa. Until now, players endured an emotional rollercoaster of of being excited about the prospect of Zandalari Troll Paladins because the new NPCs in Throne of Thunder, the Prelate of Rezan. But, upon completing the Zuldazar questline, though, it is revealed that they lose their their connection to Rezan. Then a player asked Hazzikostas this:

 
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Hazzikostas' response made it seem like it was definitely possible.

"Once they've come close to harnessing--wielding-- those powers, maybe they could learn to do so again in a more structured way. We will have to see down the line when the Zandalari do become fully available as a playable, allied race. It's not going to be right at the start. That's something a bit further down the road...as that's a part of the first chapter. We're going off to the new world to seek the aid of the Zandalari Trolls and Kul'tiras Humans on our respective factional sides. But getting them to formally join our cause that's kind of more of an end point than a starting point..."

And then there were human druids--maybe? We know that the Zandalari will be playable but not immediately after the release of Battle for Azeroth. That means Kul'tiran Humans will also be introduced at the same time. And if it's possible that Zandalari could become paladins, say, by learning to harness the light with the aid of Lady Liadrin's Blood Knights, then there is a very strong possibility that Kul'trias Humans will, not only be playable, but be druids.

Polygon gives us a peek at some of the human forms.

 
 

Wowhead also gives us a look at possible druid forms. 

 
 

The Kul'tiras, the home of Jaina Proudmoore, is one of the areas Alliance players will quest to level in an attempt to woo them to join the Alliance. The Kul'tiran will be the quest givers, obviously. Included are nature quests--druidic. There are also many "wicker" creatures in the zone. Whether or not these "wicker" druids will be playable is unknown just yet. But the datamined pics make it feel like it's oh so real!

 
Source: Blizzard Entertainment via Wowhead

Source: Blizzard Entertainment via Wowhead

 

There are also many "wicker" creatures in the zone. Reddit user Caaethil created a graphic detailing how a Kul'tiran druids could possibly work.

 
 

Speculative, though this may be, it does not mean that it is impossible. Do you think there is something to these speculations? Which would you like to level first IF these speculations turn out to be true?