Ah, World of Warcraft; the one game everyone loves to hate on- yes, including those who play it.
As one such player, who has also been infuriated with many decisions that Blizzard (or Activision, I’m not sure which) have made, I can understand why many people have left the game. In fact, there have been times where I’ve not been motivated to renew my subcription, just because I don’t believe that the content that they have been putting out has been worth the money that I am paying directly to them.
However, what I can’t understand is that people absolutely, flat-our refuse to ever sign into the game ever again.
I get it. You don’t like where the game has gone story-wise. You think it’s too easy. I do completely get that. However, how will you know that they’ve rectified that in future patches or expansions? Let’s face it, it’s not at the point where World of Warcraft is going to be beaten to the best selling MMO… ESO,Guild Wars 2, Rift and others have already tried that, and although the subscription numbers are dropping drastically on WoW, it’s still going strong.
So, with the release of the Legion expansion this year, I’m going to give you 3 good reasons why you should let go of whatever hatred you have for the game, and give the next expansion a chance! Who knows, it may be the best expansion yet!
We Have a New Class
Don’t lie to me and tell me that you have never wanted to be Illidan Stormrage. Hell, the Warglaives are one of the most sought after legendary weapons and I still see people showing them off when waiting in Orgrimmar for my group to form.
In Legion, we are given the chance to play the newest Hero class, the Demon Hunter. Yep, you can make your very own Illidan and play the game your way. Of course, there are some limitations; Blood Elves and Night Elves are the only races in the game that can be Demon Hunters at present- we all know that many race-only classes eventually allow other races. In fact, I believe Warcraft lore states that any race can become a Demon Hunter.
Just like when the Death Knights were introduced, this hero class will start at a higher level (98 I believe) so that players can jump right in and get on with brand new content as soon as possible. Although this did annoy me initially when DK’s became a thing in Wrath of the Lich King due to the sheer volume of players playing them, I do think it’s a good way to get people playing a new class.
Let’s face it, I’m pretty sure you’d want to get stuck into being a bad ass, winged nightmare class as soon as you possibly could. Remove the 1-100 grind in one quick flap of your wings and you’re there!
The Story Actually Sounds Interesting
I’ll readily admit that the past two expansions haven’t really interested me when they have initially been announced. At first, I was a bit skpetical that my excitement for Legion was mainly based off the fact that I had felt so disappointed in them.
However, the more I look into what the trailer depicted and the information that the Devs have given us, I am starting to realise that I am actually interested in this story. For the purpose of my reasoning, here’s what we know so far:
- We’re back in the current- day Azeroth. Yay! I’d started to worry about the state of present day!
Gul’dan goes and frees Illidan from his prison in the Vault of the Wardens.
According to the lore, Highbourne Night Elves built the Temple of Elune over the Pillar of Creation around 12,000 years previously to seal a wound in the earth. The time has now come that the wound has now been opened…and an army of Demons is unleashed.
Players will have to traverse the Broken Isles to find the Pillars of Creation.
Karazhan was shown heavily in the trailer, although the Devs haven’t mentioned any more about the significance (too excited about new Kara Runs!)
Apparently Khadgar is now the leader of the Kirin Tor faction. Again, not much information from the trailer of the Devs on this one… but apparently Jaina isn’t best pleased…
A huge event pre-release will introduce the player to The Legion which will see them invade the entirety of Azeroth, not just the Broken Isles. I absolutely LOVE huge release events like this!
And currently, that’s all we know story-wise. It’s not really much right now, but I think you’ll agree… it definitely sounds much better than the previous story arcs of the last few expansions!
We Get Some Pretty Awesome Weapons
Since transmogrification became a *thing*, people are forever on the search for the perfect weapon for their character.
However, we are currently unable to transmogrify our dull, boring weapons to the sparkly wonderfulness that is legendary weapons. This is about to change. Well, sort of.
With Legion comes the introduction of Artifact Weapons; speciality weapons that differ for each class, and more importantly, each specialisation too. As specialisations are at the forefront of this next expansion, I’m loving that they’ve gone even more personal, meaning my Marksman Hunter will be able to have a completely different weapon to another hunter who is, say, Survival spec.
I really am hoping that Legion is the expansion that shows the true potential that World of Warcraft still has. Come on, Blizzard! Show us what you are made of! I will definitely be playing on launch and I can’t wait to find out what Illidan has in store for us! Probably much death and destruction… but y’know what? I AM PREPARED!
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