Blizzard might have just pulled the ace out of its sleeve with the announcement of the new World of Warcraft: Legion expansion. The excitement at Gamescom 2015 just got real when the developer revealed the expansion’s trailer and wallpaper.
Now why do we think that Blizz might pull off something spectacular? It’s simply because of the resemblance to Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos’s storyline. The Burning Legion is back and it is going to avenge its fallen leader, lord Archimonde.
While the demon was initially defeated at the cost of the Kaldorei’s immortality, completely destroying the Legion and stopping the invasion, the story in the previous expansion left us with a few possible plotlines in our minds.
First of all, Archimonde called upon the warlock Gul’Dan before his demise: “Gul’Dan! You made a pact!” After these words, the demon banished Gul’Dan into the portal from which he came. This is an indicator that Gul’Dan is not dead and that he is part of a greater plan. Will he be the new leader of the Legion and Archimonde’s replacement? It remains to be seen.
At the same time, a World of Warcraft teaser showed Gul’Dan finding a green crystal within a dark cavern. After touching the crystal, it turned green revealing a dark silhouette inside. In case you haven’t seen it, you might be in for a blast: the silhouette resembles none other than Illidan Stormrage, the Betrayer.
Illidan is also depicted on the expansion’s wallpaper, a feature that drew a lot of excitement from the fans. Illidan’s story ended about 8 years ago with The Burning Crusade expansion, when he was set as the final boss in the game, but during the 2011 Blizzcon Metzen asked the crowd if they wanted the demon hunter back in the game. After a wildly positive response, he said he would be working on it.
However, Illidan’s story in this expansion is expected to be a tricky one. The only way Gul’Dan can summon the first Illidan is from the twisting nether. Since Illidan has become half demon, he cannot completely die. His soul remains in the twisting nether until he is reborn and this is where it seems that Gul’Dan comes in.
The complexity of the storyline seems like a good way for Blizz to get their subscribers back, but it’s not just that. A new continent, the new Demon Hunter class and the return of weapons such as Ashbringer or Doomhammer also give players a lot to think about in this next expansion. We should be looking forward to it, especially after the disappointment we felt after patch 6.2.
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