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Patch 4.2: Elemental Bonds Quest Preview
2011/05/22 at 11:16 AM
The Elemental Bonds questline is finally up on the PTR and we've taken the liberty of doing it all so you can spoil yourselves silly. As a point of note, this questline is the main lore point behind 4.2 and it features both the villains as well as the heroes of .
As the Blizzard preview teased, this quest chain focuses on Aggra and Thrall both as lovers and heroes trying to save the world. Having seen it in-depth, we can confirm that it focuses on both traditional and nontraditional enemies; as much of the questline is Thrall overcoming his fears and desires as a mortal being with limited time on Azeroth as it is fighting elementals.
To help showcase this truly epic quest, we've compiled a YouTube video of all the scenes from start to finish and we also wrote up more in-depth guide. You can find both in this post.
However, if you don't want to be spoiled, close this page
. Even the comments will probably be rife with debate or speculation on this quest chain and its implementation, outcome, and so on. In short, it's not our fault if you spoil yourselves. We've warned you
Patch 4.2 Preview: Thrall's Return, World Tree Restoration
2011/04/29 at 11:21 AM
Thrall's back in this new 4.2 teaser released by Blizzard today. However, freeing him won't be easy; you'll have to face elementals as well as Thrall's own past. It's interesting that they chose to bring him back by tying him so closely to the World Tree's restoration, hinging its fate largely on freeing him from his elemental bonds.
It should be exciting to see how it plays out. Personally, we're wondering if this quest will have any room for choices. Blizzard has been alluding to the possibility that phasing in 4.2's new areas will be based on a player's choices, ultimately aiming to make Firelands a very personal experience for players. It would be quite compelling if Thrall were linked to the personalized outcome that they desire, especially given his rich history as a prominent Warcraft lore figure.
Don't forget to check out yesterday's exciting previews:
Patch 4.2: Regrowth & Molten Front Preview
Patch 4.2: Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest Preview
News Roundup: Undocumented Changes, 4.2 Preview, Conquest Points and more!
2011/04/27 at 9:36 PM
Patch 4.1 has been on the servers for barely 48 hours now and we're already getting previews of upcoming 4.2 content! Are you guys ready? Blizzard CMs have been actively posting on the forums, handling the always expected barrage of unnecessary 4.1 backlash as well as addressing issues that players are having. Today's topics include:
Assorted Undocumented Changes
Patch 4.2 Previews Coming Soon!
Reasoning Behind Changes to Conquest Points
Legendary Staff to Feature Glitter and Puffy Paint
New Lore: Vol'jin Story Available!
Upcoming Bugfixes: Horse Animation, Spell Pushback
Assorted Undocumented Changes
Portals have been added to
allowing players easier access to
Many previously faction-specific
recipes (such as
Kaldorei Spider Kabob
) which were removed with Cataclysm are now trainable from both Horde and Alliance Cooking trainers!
Argent Dawn reputation quest items such as [item
2010/12/29 at 2:57 PM
How's the Cataclysm been treating you guys so far? The expansion added a ton of new things to do, including new dungeons to run, quests to complete, raid encounters to defeat, items to craft and otherwise acquire. Despite all of those substantially more "important" things, a new secondary profession was added, available to players who have purchased the expansion.
lures players to spend the substantial amount of time grinding out digsites and completing artifacts with promises of odd, quirky and even downright amazing blue and epic quality items. Other secondary professions offer an expected, substantial benefit, such as the valuable food buffs obtained by
, and who doesn't love being able to bandage? But
is a bit different.
Read on for Archaeology information, including lists of all of the rare artifacts, and my own personal impressions of the profession!
Character Transformation: Thrall, Then and Now
2010/12/28 at 5:29 PM
Blizzard has just posted the first in a series of blogs about the transformations key characters have undergone over the past few years, especially the most recent changes with the Cataclysm. This first blog looks at the orc hero Thrall, former Warchief of the Horde.
We will see more articles in the future about other key characters' transformations, including Garrosh, Anduin Wrynn, and Magni Bronzebeard and possibly others. Check out the full post about Thrall's amazing metamorphosis from noble war hero to shamanistic savior of our kind after the break!
Creative Development Team Answers Your Questions
2010/07/01 at 1:20 PM
A few weeks ago Blizzard asked for questions you'd like answered by the
Creative Development Team
in their very own
. Now the reply back from developers is here with some juicy lore tasty bits like whatever happened to Frostmourne after it was shattered. They also explain how the "Light" works and how the Forsaken manage to wield it.
for the heads up on this!
There are a lot of other questions answered as well , which you can read after the break!
Spoiler: Lore Behind Troll Druids
2010/05/27 at 9:10 PM
With the release of
on the PTR we have finally found out some interesting information on where
s actually are from and how they are connected lore-wise.
if you don't like spoilers I suggest you skip this blog, but if you're curious read on after the break.
ZAM Interview with Richard Knaak
2010/04/21 at 7:18 PM
Cody Bye, the Director of Content of ZAM, has just interviewed
, one of the most famous writers of novels and short stories for not only World of Warcraft, but a number of other fictional worlds. Knaak's "Blizzard" bibliography includes novels like
(the latest official Warcraft novel on the market), 3 standalone Diablo novels,
The Sin War
War of the Ancients
trilogy, as well as 2 standalone novels other than
. In addition to those, he has an impressive number of Dragonlance, Dragonrealm, Conan, individual novels... not to mention his short fiction pieces and the manga.
Sadly, this interview didn't quench my thirst for lore (could anything?), but it was an interesting read nonetheless. The interview is after the break!
Giants of Lore: Anduin Lothar
2010/03/30 at 6:06 PM
Welcome back once again to our next installment of Giants of Lore! In this session, we'll be taking a look at the man, the myth, the legend - Anduin Lothar, the Lion of Azeroth.
Blizzard Introduces the Story Forum
2010/03/30 at 3:44 PM
Blizzard yesterday introduced a new board on the World of Warcraft official forums, aptly named the
. In it players are urged to discuss storylines from throughout the Warcraft universe, including the ones told in game as well as through the novels, manga, comics and short stories that Blizzard publishes.
The most interesting portion about the new Story Forum is Blizzard plans on using it as a way to let users
the stories they will publish. With this Blizzard hopes to give us a direct line to story developers, so they can get specific examples of what we like and don't like to make the story better for us all.
You can read the original announcements after the break, or check out the official forum
Algalon vs. Arthas?
2009/12/18 at 7:32 PM
You know, I've long since glossed over the concerns of various power levels of bosses in WoW. The fact that
somebody caught in the hills of Northrend can kick the butt of
stopped bothering me a long time ago, so I don't think that's the problem I have with the placement of the
So, with the fight with Arthas finally on the horizon, I've been thinking a lot about the road leading up to it: specifically Ulduar, and the fight with Algalon the Observer, and something about it just rings false with me.
The Story of the Ashbringer
2009/12/06 at 2:16 PM
If there is one thing that really defines me as a WoW player, it's my admiration for the paladins and forces of the Light. This being said, I can't go away without mentioning one very special name: Alexandros Mograine, the
. I should probably toss Tirion Fordring in there too, but Mograine is the one I wanted to talk about today.
If you browse online WoW comics, there is one particular comic you might have noticed lately -
. It's a relatively new comic that I really enjoy - it's very entertaining, and the quality of the art is better than what you normally see in online comics. It's not updated as much as I would want, but I think it's normal to keep you wanting more and more of something you enjoy a lot. After all,
Looking for Group
is merely updated twice a week, and I think that's not often enough either ;)
Now, you're probably wondering how I am going to tie the Ashbringer and a young WoW comic. Rather simply: I am going to forward to you a blog entry fro
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