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Why Warlords of Draenor will be a Success

The latest World of Warcraft, Warlords of Draenor, comes on the heels of a major drop-off of WoW subscribers, with about 1 million people ending their subscriptions last year.  Warlords of Draenor is expected by some to reignite excitement in the game, with a new storyline, features, and updates that will polish up the game in interesting ways.  Previous expansions have revitalized the game, and there’s no reason to expect this one to be any different.

Warlords of Draenor Features and Updates

Warlords of Draenor includes an entire new continent for players to explore, the Orc native land of Draenor.  Draenor is home to 8 main zones:

  • Karabor, the capital city for the Alliance, located in Shadowmoon Valley.
  • Bladespire Citadel, the capital city for the Horde, located in Frostfire Ridge.
  • Shadowmoon Valley, an Outland zone and home of the Shadowmoon orc clan.
  • Frostfire Ridge, home to the Frostfire and Thunderlord orc clans.  Also ogres.
  • Gorgrond, populated by the Blackhand and Blackroc orcs.  They are the smiths of the Horde.
  • Spires of Arak, home to the Shattered Hand orcs and ruled by Kargath Bladefist. The uncorrupted bird-like Arrakoa also live here.
  • Talador, a draenei zone with an autumn theme.  Shattrath City and the Auchindoun dungeon are found here.
  • Nagrand, home to the Warsong orcs and the wolves they ride on.

The WoD storyline takes place in the past, as Garrosh Hellscream escapes his destruction by traveling to a past version of Draenor.  He arrives there with plans to alter the timeline, trying to form the Iron Horde and return to Azeroth a conquerer.

Warlords of Draenor Landcape Trees with RiverIn WoD the level cap has been raised again, so players will be able to level their characters all the way up to 100.  The expansion also features 6 new dungeons and the return of a classic, Upper Blackrock Spire.  The dungeons will include max-level “Normal” options to help players level-up.  3 new raids are included.

When it comes to PvP, the new Arena system Trial of the Gladiator will not be included in WoD.  It would have been a type of gameplay that was only available during certain hours and would only let characters wear a certain set of gear, but it was cancelled due to a number of complaints from players who didn’t like it.

The Skirmishes feature, a non-ranked type of Arena, will be making a comeback.  Players can join 2v2 or 3v3 battles, and will be rewarded with Honor and an additional random bonus.

A brand new feature, the Spectator Invite System, will let players watch other players during their Arena battles.  A match organizer will invite 2 teams to play, and then when the match starts any character in the organizer’s party will be able to watch the teams fight.

Blizzard has provided a big incentive for players to pre-order the game – as soon as someone pre-orders either the standard or deluxe version, they can immediately boost one of their characters to level 90, giving them time to get accustomed to the new levels before the expansion is actually released.  Players who buy the deluxe edition also get a free mount and a pet to play with.

Warlords of Draenor is expected to be released in the fall of 2014.  You can pre-purchase the game and start counting down the days now.  The Standard Edition costs $49.99, or you can spring for the Digital Deluxe Edition for $69.99 which comes with some nice perks.

Last Updated: April, 9th 2014

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