I am Mike, the humble human warlock. For years I have logged into the world of Azeroth whenever my free time permitted it. I have shared many awesome adventures with great friends. There is a constant stream of speculation and opinion in my playgroup that until now has been little more than a whisper. I am delighted to say that by the good graces of Word of the Nerd we will be sharing these delightful ideas with you! Not just the arguments over whether or not Sylvanas is controlled by an Old God, but news as well. So sit back, buff and get ready for your first raid with WoW of the Nerd in Battle for Azeroth.
The Battle for Azeroth Lies Ahead
It is now only a couple of days until the brand new Battle for Azeroth expansion lands here in the US. Like most people who are awaiting a new opportunity to enter the world of Azeroth, you may not be prepared. Yet, you can be, in a few simple steps. Simple as in a-few-weeks-of-constant-grinding simple. Yes, it’s back to the grind as the new expansion approaches, and I couldn’t love it more. For me, the rewarding feeling of being “maxed out” in all aspects of the last expansion is unbeatable. Now that feeling is being rewarded in ways I had never thought possible until the release of the new Allied Races. The races each require exalted status with a certain faction to unlock. This was great news for ‘completionists’ like myself, but for someone new to the game this can be a nightmare.
And It’s Back To the Daily Grind…
Since catch-up mechanics for Legion reputation are limited you may find yourself traversing the Broken Isles or Argus a bit more than you’d like in Battle for Azeroth. Currently, for factions such as the Argussian Reach only world quests and a handful of direct quests offer rep. This means if you want to create a new Allied Race toon, you will be stuck in the same rut for a bit: logging in, riding the Darkmoon carousel if you can, then completing world quests. For some Allied Races, it is definitely going to take time out of playing the new expansion. What a bummer, because the less time I get to spend hopping islands and killing pirates on Kul Tiras the sadder I become.
Introducing Old Gods and New Foes
Our first raid in the new expansion will be Uldir, a Titan research facility filled with all sorts of flavorful baddies for our fighting pleasure. This time, a familiar name comes up again. One that we have seen time and time again in expansions past: the Old God N’Zoth. Zek’voz, Herald of N’Zoth, came to the shores of Zandalar eager to recruit its people into the ranks of the Old God himself. Instead of doing so, he stumbled upon Uldir and was captured by its defenses. This begs the question, though: were N’Zoth’s other heralds successful? We know for certain N’Zoth is responsible for corruptions such as the Emerald Nightmare, Deathwing, and Queen Azshara. What else has his corruption reached?
The Dark Ranger Returns
Sylvanas has cast aside all mercy in an attempt to end the Alliance once and for all. Innocents have perished; she has killed her own men; Horde leaders such as Saurfang have despised her dishonorable routes to victory. Is this what Vol’jin intended when he declared Sylvanas to be Warchief? For his own people to be killed by a noxious cloud of death, and for war to sweep through Azeroth like a plague? Certainly not, and even with the introduction of Azerite adding fuel to an extinguished fire it doesn’t seem right for the Horde to turn their back so quickly after Legion. Don’t get me wrong—it has happened before. The Horde and Alliance were at odds again right after the events of Wrath. Something is different, though, now; a little less honorable and a little more like an insatiable bloodlust.
Be sure to stick with us as Battle for Azeroth releases for updates on the story, as well as some more juicy speculation! Also, follow Word of the Nerd for updates on all things gaming!