WoW: Shadowlands

BRAVE THE BEYOND

The veil between life and death is no more.

With a single act of destruction, Sylvanas Windrunner has ripped open the way to the afterlife. Azeroth’s staunchest defenders have been dragged into all-consuming darkness. An ancient force of death threatens to break its bonds and unravel reality.

Hidden realms of wonder and horror await any who would pass to the other side. The Shadowlands is home to an entire realm of the departed; it is a world between worlds whose delicate balance preserves life and death itself.

As one of Azeroth’s greatest champions, you have been granted the power to cross over in body and soul. Now you must investigate a conspiracy to unmake the cosmos, and help Warcraft legends journey back… or fulfill their ultimate destiny.

Do you play World of Warcraft? I have been playing since 2006. At first it was just a fun video game (mmorpg) that I could run around in with friends and guild members – and loose hours of time. But as I continued to play and the mechanics became familiar to me, I began to pay attention to the story and the lore behind the game, and I became even more invested. The legendary characters fired my imagination, as did the backstory and pantheon of the Titans. The threats that face Azeroth (the world) are awesome, the Burning Legion, the Old Gods of the Void, the Naga who lurk beneath the waves. Even the tensions between the two factions that are made up of the playable races – the Horde and the Alliance – all work towards giving you something to truly invest in.

And I dove head first.

Now while I play a LOT of WoW, I am not a huge lore buff or geek – I know a lot of the basics and follow the story as it expands but much of the details are relegated to ‘assumed knowledge’ in my brain, where it’s familiar, makes sense but I’d have to dig up the specifics if I really wanted to.

Last year Blizzard (the game company responsible for WoW) announced the next expansion – Shadowlands (see above). And after having played Battle for Azeroth (the current expansion) I am so ready for this one.

I found that BFA – coming off Legion (my favorite expansion to date) to be quite a let down once I hit level 120. The story just kinda fizzled for me, and I lost interest quickly (although I am still playing).

We don’t have a release date yet for Shadowlands, but I am already excited. The alpha testing has started this weekend, alas I did not get an invite – maybe I will get into beta (fingers crossed). I did to play beta for BFA but I kept my game place down to a minimum as I didn’t want to spoil the live experience… in hindsight I shouldn’t have bothered, and if I get in this time then I am going to play it into the ground because I am gagging for new WoW.

And I pray that I will like this expansion as much as I did Legion.

Do you play WoW? What do you think of Shadowlands so far?

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