World of Warcraft is one of the premier subscription MMORPGs, and has helped spread the entire genre into mass markets across the globe. Players enter the world of Azeroth, a fantasy realm of swords and sorcery, exotic races, mystical creatures, world turmoil, high adventure, and war. Created by Blizzard Entertainment, and based on the Warcraft series of RTS games first released in the mid 1990s, WoW expanded on the early Warcraft single player franchise and is now a vibrant multiplayer world, where players may engage in roleplaying, PvE, PvP, dungeon instances, battlegrounds, arenas, and raids. WoW has received five different expansions so far, including The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, and Mists of Pandaria, and Warlords of Draenor, with Legion expected out in late 2016.
World of Warcraft's next expansion, Legion, sees the return of the Burning Legion and a one-time foe, Illidan Stormrage.
The Tomb of Sargeras has been reopened, and the demons of the Burning Legion pour into our world. Their full, terrifying might is fixed on summoning the Dark Titan to Azeroth—and they’ve already located the key to his return.
With the Alliance and Horde devastated, only you can take up Warcraft’s most legendary artifacts, scour the ancient Broken Isles for relics of the Titans, and challenge the Legion before Azeroth’s last hope dies.
Steel yourself, champion. Extinction is imminent.
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Nostalrius, the pirate World of Warcraft server, will be making a return on December 17th, reborn as Elysium. The original Nostalrius server was shut down by Blizzard, but the WoW team met with server 'owners' earlier this summer in a cooperative effort to define the issue. After a few months of what was perceived to be inaction on Blizzard's part, the Nost team threatened to release its source code if the issue was ignored during Blizzcon 2016. It was and the code was subsequently released.
Blizzard has announced that the World of Warcraft charity pet, Mischief the Fel Kitten, is now on sale in the Blizzard Store. Both a virtual battle pet and a real-world plushie featuring Mischief are available. 100% of the $10 purchase price of the virtual pet through the end of December will go to the Make-A-Wish foundation while the plushie is $25.00 with $14.00 going to Make-A-Wish.
World of Warcraft's latest expansion, Legion, has changed the game a lot and one of the most visible systems to have been altered is the acquisition of legendary items. We take a look at how Legion's legendary system has altered the landscape for players and the issues that have risen around it.
World of Warcraft: Legion is considered by many as one of the best expansions in the game's history. It is not, however, without criticism from several corners, most particularly from players who believe that Blizzard is ignoring class and spec feedback. Warlock YouTuber Pyromancer has taken to the airwaves in what he says is the "Final Stand of Warlocks" to attempt to compile feedback in the hopes that Blizzard developers will lend an ear to make changes.
World of Warcraft Lead Quest Designer David Kosak has announced via his personal Twitter account that he has moved from WoW to Hearthstone. What his duties there will be remains to be seen but Kosak marks another long-time WoW team member to depart over the past year.