World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

Its very well obvious of the immense success wow had on the world and on the mmo community and online gaming industry, and they are now on the verge of launching a new add-on for the game, entitled Wrath of the Lich King. We can only guess that this will be the last add-on since are slowly but sure running out of enemies that are in the base storyline of warcraft, we killed Kel’Thuzad in wow, we killed Illidan and Kil’Jadden in TBC, and now the final boss encounter will be probably the lich king himself, and thus ending the warcraft storyline (or they will bring a new twist and prolong the storyline). Now let’s see what WotlK has to offer and what it brings new to the game.

Boss Fight in a 5 man instance

Boss Fight in a 5 man instance


Well like all the major add-ons from Blizzard, yet again we have the level bracket going up from level 70 to level 80 and this change will bring about a series of other implementations in the game, as you already would have guessed there will be some new lands, Northrend is the whole new lands called and it consists of several smaller portions of land like: Borean Tundra, Dalaran, Dragonblight, Icecrown Glacier and a lot more.

Borean Land

Borean Land

Borean Extended

Borean Extended

Dalaran is promised to be the next multicultural city for both horde and alliance, and a impressive sight to look at since it’s a big city floating in the air.

Strand of the Ancients

Strand of the Ancients

These immense new lands will offer a variety of new things to do from world pvp to instances, but let’s see now some of the new dungeons blizzard has installed for us: COT (caverns of time) Stratholme – where you pick up the story before the city of stratholme is ravaged by the legions of undead it will be a 5 man instance doable only when you are level 80

Caverns of Time - Stratholme

Caverns of Time - Stratholme

Caverns of Time - Wyrmrest Temple

Caverns of Time - Wyrmrest Temple

, Azjol-Nerub, also known as the Spider Kingdom is the underground home to the arachnid like Nerubian’s wich is a 5 man instance doable when you are leveling your way to 80

Azjol-Nerub

Azjol-Nerub

, Halls of Stone 5 man instance, The Nexus

The Nexus

The Nexus

, Utgarde Keep and many more to come. Also another major change is how blizzard perceives now the gear race, this change is that now all the 25 man player instances are doable in 10 man also, with a twist, you can change the player setting from 10 to 25 bracket, the difficulty will be raised or lowered according to you chosen setting and also the loot in 10 man will be inferior from the one you would get in 25.

Mobs in Ahn'Kahet

Mobs in Ahn'Kahet

Naxxramas 10 Man Version

Naxxramas 10 Man Version

Naxxramas 25 man Version

Naxxramas 25 man Version

Blizzard assures us that the 10 man versions will have all the 25 man events and they won’t be as easy as you might think, it will still require a lot of skill to pull them off. All of the new instances will drop on heroic mode or in the 10 and 25 versions new badges that can be turned in for epic loot and they made quite a few of those, new models have been added and the focus switched and the difference in stamina level won’t be some big like the ones from WOW to TBC, instead they will focus now on Mana Regeneration (loads of spirit) or Critical (Loads of Intellect for casters or Agility for Melee) also stats like Dodge, Parry and Defense Rating will get very buffed with items level 80. There are still a lot of mysteries with certain dungeons and raids since the beta testers didn’t had time to view all and furthermore there are still a lot of levels without design since they haven’t been finished, it will ultimately be a race to finish this game and hopefully we won’t have to suffer for it.

Gundrak - Den of Sseratus

Gundrak - Den of Sseratus

Other changes are the immense variety of land and flying mounts, now as always we have another twist with the flying mounts, in the way that you will not be able to use them until you reach level 78 and only in some lands of The Northrend you will be able to take you new dragon and fly it. I do not know what would be a strong reason for this but blizzard didn’t offer too many explanations about this matter. We also have a lot of “funny” mounts, for me they represent a downfall to the game since it is really out of the ordinary to have a land mount motorcycle in the land of orcs and elfes. Anyway they are struggling to keep the audiences up since the world of online mmo is becoming more and more competitive.

Land mount - Bear

Land mount - Bear

Flying mount - Black Drake

Flying mount - Red Drake

Flying mount - FrostWyrm

Flying mount - FrostWyrm

Ground mount - Mamooth

Ground mount - Mamooth

Flying mount - Magic Carpet

Flying mount - Magic Carpet

Ground mount - Motorcycle

Ground mount - Motorcycle

Flying mount- Proto Drake

Flying mount- Proto Drake

We have a new Profession also, called Inscription, we don’t have so many data about this matter since it is not so clearly now but this new profession deals with the creation of scrolls and buffs called Glyphs that give a permanent buff per player affecting different things like: Glyph – Regrowth Increases the amount of your initial Regrowth heal by 50% if your Regrowth effect is still active on the target or Glyph – Rebirth Increases the amount of health on a character brought back to life via Rebirth by 100%. More details are fuzzy since not a single player has managed to skill this profession to the maximum level.

Achievements – This is probably a new idea in world of warcraft and I can tell you it’s a perfect one for stimulating players to play even more. It is basically a reward system for different things you do that don’t necessarily have a quest involving it or anything “special”. For example I can get a achievement by being the first on my server who killed a certain monster, or another witch is a favorite Soloing Onixya or having the best Agility and a whole new and wacky achievement that blizzard thought of. This is great because it now rewards players for previously silly reasons that no one had the intention of doing, thus promoting things like world pvp and other actions that on some servers died out a long time ago.

Items – besides all the new items , epic and non-epic that look now very nice, and you can see a lot of work was put into making new designs to fit the new land, we also have a special category of weapons called Bind-on-Account items which you can purchase with badge items and they will basically be for leveling help, since they will level with you, so if you have a level 1 staff with 1 spell power at level 20 it will have different stats and 15 or 20 spell power. These it will be allowed to be traded among your alts so it will favor very much the leveling of new heroes and also help by reliving the need to get items and focus on your character getting to level 80 as quick as possible.
Also Tabards will play now a role and when you reach Honored with a faction and you buy their Tabard and wear it, you will gain + reputation with that faction when killing mobs, also a shoulder item will grant +5% experience from killing mobs, yet again helping further in the leveling process.

New Weapon Designs

New Weapon Designs

New Swords Design

New Swords Design

Another major aspect is the PvP new system.
The PvP system underwent a major change both in battle groups and also in Arenas. The whole concept of Arenas change in the meaning that now you will not be able to “kite” a player until he dies from curses around a pillar, because that pillar will move at a certain time, go up and down and also you will always need to be on the run and be careful where you sit since fires might come out of the ground or spikes or another of deadly traps made for leveling the chances whatever the situation is. With these new changes the arena will be bound to be more exciting and not get so boring and favoring a certain class.

New Arena from Ogrimar

New Arena from Ogrimar

WinterGrasp New Battlefield Artilery

WinterGrasp New Battlefield Artilery

Wintergrasp Destructable Buildings

Wintergrasp Destructable Buildings

The battleground also are now not only new in design but also have destructible items, rams, catapults and also flying war machines so they will definitely be interesting to play and experience a new king of battleground. We have some pictures available but still many concepts are still under development.

Now the most awaited change is the new class The Death Knight:

Tauren Death Knight

Tauren Death Knight

NightElf - Death Knight

NightElf - Death Knight

This is the new class which is a hybrid between several classes, and when I say several I really mean all of them. Essentially you are a melee class able to dual wield 1 hand weapons or 2 hander weapons but that won’t be all your arsenal since you have the possibility of casting a whole arsenal of curses and diseases on one or several targets. And yes you can also tank with him in a non-traditional kind of way we will be able to tank with 2 weapons in his hands without a shield I may add. Also healing is another aspect since he can heal himself throws the curses and diseases and also throws direct spells. As if that wasn’t enough the Death Knight can also summon, control and manipulate undead creatures that he can rise or take control from the outside world. Considering the magnitude of this class blizzard will no doubt undergo a lot of patches with changes to this class so nothing is certain now all the spells and talents have already been modified more than once and are still under development. But you can be sure of one thing that you will always find a spot in a raid as a Death Knight due to his multifunctional role and the de-buffs he applies to the NPC and also being able to AOE tank.

Sindragosa - The Lich Kings Personal Pet

Sindragosa - The Lich Kings Personal Pet

Wrath of the Lich King is a promising title and as you briefly saw it brings quite a few changes to the game some that are real innovative and some that we are already used to. Now all what is left is to see for ourselves how this game will turn out to be and if it lives to the expectations of 10 million subscribers.

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