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World of Warcraft – Dragonflight

The day has arrived! World of Warcraft announces the next expansion – Dragonflight!

World of Warcraft – Next Expansion

Save the Date, as they say. April 19th, 2022 is the day flagged for the announcement of the next World of Warcraft Expansion!

On April 19, the World of Warcraft development team will reveal the next expansion.  We’re excited to show you what we’ve been working on and where your adventures in Azeroth will go next.

I’m not sure how much this will affect me. Apparently, there are a few more zones that have been added to Shadowlands since 9.0 went live. I’m still running dailies for gold in the main hub. Haven’t been motivated, storyline or otherwise, to go much further.

Still, April 19 may be a bigger date than just an expansion announcement. BlizzConline was put on hold back in October 2021. Since then, Blizzard has been dealing with “issues” of its own. But with a new expansion coming and some other titles showing movement on the development front… maybe, just maybe, we might hear something about Blizzcon 2022.

Enter the Shadowlands


I have seen beyond the bounds of infinity and drawn down daemons from the stars. . . . I have harnessed the shadows that stride from world to world to sow death and madness. . . .

(H.P. Lovecraft, “From Beyond”, 16 November 1920)

This year at Blizzcon 2019, Blizzard announced the next expansion for World of Warcraft – Shadowlands, coming sometime in 2020. Given the number of features they’re still working on, estimating a release date of December 2020 is not out of the realm of possibilities.

After watching the cinematic, I bought the preorder. Yes, it was that good.


Is Eye Of Azshara The Next Expansion

Brace yourself. Blizzard has recently trademarked “Eye of Azshara”.

Yeah, I know. That could mean damn near anything. Is it a WoW property, Hearthstone, or something else entirely? Could this be something that will be announced at Blizzcon 2014? According to a Reddit poster who knows a guy, that is a definite maybe.

  • Eye of Azshara is the next expansion to World of Warcraft and is planned to launch Q1 2016. Blizzard is intentionally breaking their mold and announcing this expansion at this year’s Blizzcon for a few reasons. First, there’s about to be a big company-wide push to bring the Warcraft franchise into the next decade with Hearthstone, WoW, and a PVP Battleground themed console game that will also be briefly teased at Blizzcon. Second, the loss of subscriptions at the end of MoP was a big blow to morale as they went into the expansion planning regular content patches – they want to prove to the gaming community that WoW is going to be around for awhile, and won’t go stagnant at the end of the next expansion (the last patch of WoD is tentatively planned 4 to 6 months prior to the launch of EoA)
  • Eye of Azshara will be the ‘South Seas’ expansion players have hoped for. Nazjatar will rise from the ocean and Queen Azshara will begin an assault on Azeroth. New zones will include Nazjatar, Zandalar, the Rift of Aln, and Kul’Tiras. The Alliance will ally with a faction of uncorrupted highborne seeking to usurp their former leader, the Horde with a disgruntled Naga tribe. (These are not playable races, but NPC factions)
  • Azshara is working closely with Sargeras and this expansion will be the second ‘pseudo’ Burning Legion expansion – heavily legion influenced without the Legion as a central theme. They’re building the Legion up big time.
  • EoA will be introduced at Blizzcon during a video celebrating the next 10 years of Warcraft. Also in the video are clips of the Deathknight class for Hearthstone and an alpha gameplay clip of the console battlegrounds game. The video is narrated by Martin Sheen, in character as Nozdormu, and is a ‘glimpse into the future’. Cheeky.
  • The big focus of Blizzcon, as far as Warcraft goes, will be the content patches of WoD. One of the Tanaan Jungle raids will be previewed (Hellscream’s Ascent), but the big news is that Illidan is coming back. When the Legion begins to invade Dreanor in 6.1, Khadgar believes it’s time to fight fire with fire and, with the help of Chromie, sends the players back in time on Azeroth to free Illidan from his prison. Illidan comes in as a ‘wild card’, leading a faction of Demon Hunters against the Legion and Gul’dan. My friend says she doesn’t know for sure, but it sounds like Demon Hunters as a playable class is being set up.
  • Blizzcon just keeps getting more and more interesting.

    Very, very intersting

    Not to mention easy on the eyes.

    One Week of Cataclysm

    On December 7th, World of Warcraft released their latest expansion:  Cataclysm.  In one day, Cata sold 3.3 million copies and became the fastest selling PC game in history.  I was one of those people who bought the game.  That means I helped make history.  Therefore, I am awesome.

    I am not so awesome as to take time off to play a video game, if such behavior would be considered awesome.  Mostly because I have been taking a course for the past month and could not take the time off for any reason, except possibly for death.  Even then, my next of kin would have received a strongly worded letter of reprimand about me missing a day.

    One week later, between days in class and studying for tests every other night, I have managed to get some hours in-game.  This is how I spent my time.

    – I braced myself for server crashes that never came. This has to be Blizzard’s most seamless expansion release.  Seamless, aside from the level 80’s not getting XP for the first 30 minutes or so after the release.  Not a big deal, unless you were one of those folks who handed in 25 daily quests during that time and received zero XP for their efforts.

    – I didn’t even try to log on with my Earthen Ring characters. It’s a “Server Population:  High” situation on the best of days, which meant queues.  During the first few weeks of Wrath, waits of 15 – 45 minutes were not uncommon.  Screw that, said I.  On top of that, ER is Horde-heavy (hi AIE). I’d still be fighting Horde folk for quest mobs and the like.

    – Option B: Different server, different faction. Herc the Big Blue DK got called up to the Majors. The server he was on has a lower pop (no queue at all), and a higher Horde pop. This means less aggrivation and headache for an Alliance character, leaving only the aggrivation and headache of actually being an Alliance character.

    – Also, he was the only 80 that had a gathering profession. I knew people would be rushing to get world or realm firsts so I started mining and putting stacks of ore up on the AH. In one week, spending about 30 minutes a day doing mining, Big Blue had netted almost ten grand. This was AFTER spending 4k on 310 flying, and 250g on Old World flying.

    – Herc the Blue hit the new content HARD. How hard? Not only did he ding 85 on Sunday, but along the way he picked up the Achievements Coming Down the Mountain, Deep into Deepholm, and Unearthing Uldum. If I was so inclined, it wouldn’t take much more effort for him to finish off Loremaster of Cataclysm.

    – The Uldum questline rocked. Harrison Jones is the Man. Nuff said.

    – Big Blue has maxed his Mining profession and had started work on Blacksmithing, Cooking, and Fishing. There’s money there too if you look for it.

    – I haven’t done a single dungeon run yet. I’m going to finish the Twilight Highlands questline, then go back and pick up rep gear to fill in any spots I might be able to upgrade. At that point, I’ll be ready for the repeated sodomization that is Cataclysm dungeons.

    That’s my time in a nutshell. How have YOU spent your week? What have you liked or disliked about the expansion so far?