Ian Bates, better known as Red Shirt Guy for his heroic lines of questions during BlizzCon panels, recently tweeted that references to the War of the Thorns, the Battle of Lordaeron, and azerite in general is being removed for both Horde and Alliance in the new leveling format. Massive, enormously consequential storylines are being ignored and are not considered essential for new or leveling players.
Moreover, the Forsaken intro quests define them as “tirelessly striving to protect the living”, in stark contrast to their entire existence in the story from Vanilla to where we are now.
Shamans have suffered through World of Warcraft’s seventh expansion Battle for Azeroth, with all three specializations experiencing hardships at one point or another. Blizzard developers have been criticized left and right for not understanding players’ grievances, but the Shadowlands alpha testing has revealed some pretty promising changes.
Each new expansion for World of Warcraft brings with it new activities and gameplay experiences to enjoy, some of them winners and some of them not. Blizzard’s upcoming expansion Shadowlands is building on popular roguelike elements to challenge players with Torghast, Tower of the Damned – an ever-changing prison filled with levels, loot, and undead lackies.
So will it be a winner, or not?
Following a successful expansion in Legion almost four years ago, Blizzard developers surprised players by announcing a tentative change on the then-latest alpha build which would add certain cooldown abilities onto the global cooldown – the 1.5 second base period between casting or using abilities in-game.
With Shadowlands fast approaching towards the end of the year, it seems as though the global cooldown will remain on those same abilities – and that’s a mistake.
World of Warcraft has been my vice for the past six years, and has commanded a lot of my time. Once I shook off the totally legitimate preconception that buying the game would be problematic for my teenage education, I dived in head first. And I loved it.