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The Next Expansion Is....LEGION

Posted by Suzie Ford on Aug 06, 2015  | Comments

The Next Expansion Is....LEGION - World of Warcraft - MMORPG.com

1:18 Beta to begin later this year.

1:16 Prestige Ranks - You can reset your honor level and start over for cosmetic rewards like portrait badges, unique mounts, and unique PvP artifact variants

1: 08 New PvP Honor System - Version 3 - A PvP Talent System - You progress through honor ranks 1-50 and earn perks/bonuses. You unlock talents as you go. These abilities will only work in PvP and gives differentiation between PvP and PvE. We want distinction in all the PvP classes and specs.

12:59 Demon Hunters - character creation - different horns types, sizes or none at all; tattoos; skin variations; different eyewear. They have a unique starting experience similar to how DKs did in Lich King. Havoc and Vengeance specs - Havoc is DPS, Vengeance is tank. Only two specs for Demon Hunters.

12:53 - Raids - The Emerald Nightmare will feature 7 bosses, Emerald Dream, twisted and shadowed, pursue Cenarius, face Xavius; Suramar Palace - 10 bosses, home to the Nightwell, center of Suramar's power, face off against Gul'dan

12:52 Dungeons - Eye of Azshara, Darkheart Thicket, Neltharion's Lair, Helheim, Suramar City, Violet Hold

12:47 Dungeons & Raids - Dungeons are the heart of what the MMO experience is. There will be more dungeons, more replayability and more of a long-term reason to keep coming back. Halls of Valor - in the clouds above Stormheim.

12:46 Champions will have more customization, more import in the world. They will enable the player to do greater deeds in the world. You'll work alongside and with them. They won't compete for rewards.

12:42 Class Orders - Players become the leader of your character's Class Order. Focus is on identity. They are working together as a class to fight the evil. The central theme of Legion is a heavy focus on class. We want you to feel different from other classes. A base of operations for your class. It's not personal, but is a private space for members of your class and will be thematically appropriate. It's where you go to make upgrades to your Artifact. You will have champions, an evolution of the Draenor system. Fewer followers, more meaningful. Think Knights of the Round Table. More world integration/interaction.

12:34 Each weapon has a UI interface that gives players choices to travel the path along the tree  they wish. For instance, Raise Ally for a Frost DK can raise and ally to full health/mana or resurrect themselves. Players can unlock different looks for weapons.

12:31 Artifacts and Class Orders - Artifacts will feature 26 artifacts, one for each specialization. For instance, Frost Death Knights will seek out the remains of Frostmourne to create a pair of rune blades. Weapon's power is an extension of your own. Earn Artifact Powers as you adventure to unlock traits that empower your weapon and your character. Visual customizations can be added. Choose your path to greatness.


12:30 p.m. What about Valeria and Turelyon - Their time is here!

12:24 p.m. Val'Sharah, a forgotten druid location and face off against those wishing to unleash the Emerald Dream. We will go into the Emerald Nightmare and dispense some justice. In Stormheim, we'll learn the origins of the Val'Kyr. In Azsuna, the bones of the Night Elf civilization. You'll instantly see that this was once somewhere very special. Introduced to the Nightfallen. We'll be racing Queen Azshara to find a pillar in the area. Highmountain is the highest point in the Broken Isles, home of the Mountain Tauren. While here, we may run into Nesingwary (LOL!). Suramar will lead to a new race of elves. These elves have lived here for 10,000 years. They are pawns of the Burning Legion and they have the last relic we need.

12:22 p.m.  We will turn to the Titans and the Pillars of Creation. Dalaran and the Mages of the Kirin Tor, led by Khadgar, will return and it will become a major hub for players.

12:20 p.m. We will see, through Illidan's eyes, the plight of the Demon Hunters, the Illidari. We will go into their past and experience what the Demon Hunters went through and then forge their future.

12:18 p.m. When the prelude ends, we'll wake to a world on fire. We will wield the fabled artifacts of those we've lost and for those who have lost hope. We will attempt to restore peace. We'll form class orders. Become a Demon Hunter!

12:17 p.m. This is the biggest demonic invasion of Azeroth ever, bigger than the War of the Ancients. This all begins before the expansion launches.

12:15 p.m. Story & Setting - The Broken Isles - Highmountain, Val'sharah, Stormheim, Suramar, Azsuna, Dalaran, Broken Shores, Thal'Dranath are the featured locations. It is a graveyard of sorts. The Tomb of Sargeras lies here.

12:11 p.m. The Burning Legion has returned! World of Warcraft - LEGION

12:09 p.m. Burning Legion takes the stage - Broken Isle continent, Adventure to level 110, harpies, new dungeons & raids, new Honor System, Artifact Weapons, class order halls, NEW HERO CLASS - DEMON HUNTER

12:08 p.m. Another video - the actual announcement trailer with features & concepts

12:07 p.m. Guldan walking through a cave, places fel-green hand on a doorway, perhaps ice? ILLIDAN!

12:07 p.m. A video to connect WoD to the next expac

12:06 p.m. It's gratifying for us to finally share it now.

12:05 p.m.  Tom Chilton takes the stage

12:05 p.m. Where do we go next?

12:02 p.m. Video: The Story so far, a recap of Warlords

12:00 p.m. It begins!

11:15 a.m. EDT - We'll be live blogging the Blizzard World of Warcraft expansion announcement right here in this very spot. Keep your eyes on the site to find out as it is announced at the top of the hour. You can also watch the live stream below.

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Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom