What the heck you guys. So not only is Aaron Phillips excellent at delivering the snarky voice of Wrathion and reading fake menus, he was also in Batboy: The Musical in the title role. And has a mean set of pipes. Which leads me to wonder exactly why our legendary quest chain didn't include a musical number or two.
Look, it would've been better than the PvP requirements is all I'm saying here.
So, the Orcs are being welded into a vast and terrifying war machine with no demonic corruption and the Draenei are apparently being battle hardened into a force of their own instead of taken by surprise and exterminated. What are the chances this whole thing wasn't Garrosh's idea in the first place and someone's just using him as a patsy while trying to do a Wrathion and build an army against the Legion by pitting them against each other on a more even footing?
That's not a bad idea. Maybe the naaru? I don't think they'd be too keen on people pummeling the heck out of each other, though. On the other hand, the Burning Legion kind of loves that whole chaos of war sort of thing -- while I don't think the Legion would be happy with the orcs refusing to drink the Blood of Mannoroth, I can't imagine they'd be entirely displeased with all-out war on Draenor.
So if Maarad is going to become more vicious and battle hardened...does that mean the that the Vindicator page from the RPG's are now canon? Since it spoke of them being the battle hardened Draenei forces, who fight against the evil with the same vicious streak as their enemies.
Nothing in the Warcraft RPG guides is canon unless a CDev specifically says it's canon. However, there are overlapping things that are true in both the RPG modules and Azeroth's history. You'd be safest just ignoring the RPG books altogether, and just focusing on the story being told in canon material instead.
I have to say, is anyone else really facepalming when people ask dumb questions about the time travel/alternate Draenor stuff?
Not at all! Time-travel and timelines are some of the trickiest, most difficult things to wrap one's brain around, and it's not just in Warcraft. This is all new information, so there really aren't any "dumb" questions -- it's just people trying to understand what's going on.
Were there native dragons on Draenor, or did they all come over from Azeroth?
They all came from Azeroth. Deathwing went through the Dark Portal after the Second War, and took a whole mess of black dragon eggs with him. When Draenor ripped apart, the energies of the Twisting Nether infused the eggs and created the Netherwing dragons we see in Outland. This, of course, makes the Dragonmaw clan a little weird, because they were named after creatures that didn't really exist -- but the CDevs mentioned that strange little quibble during BlizzCon. It's not likely we'll see the Dragonmaw really mentioned at all during Warlords, aside from Zaela following Garrosh.
Q4tQ regarding BoAs truly becoming BoA: I have 2 accounts, connected and on the same email. BoAs have been purchased on #1, not on #2. But of course I play on the same servers on both, so I've been sending BoAs to Account#2 from Account#1. Will I need to purchase BoAs again on Acct.#2 to make them appear in the BoA UI pane, so I can use them on any character? Or will simply having some BoAs unlock them on Acct.#2 also? Or...will I have to take BoAs out of the UI pane on Acct.#1 and then mail them to toons on Acct.#2?
I believe the system is going to work much the same way as the pets and mounts do. I have two accounts under one email address, and I can access all my mounts and pets on both accounts. Heirlooms, toys and tabards should work just the same way, I think. We'll know for sure once we see beta! Whenever that is.
Q4tQ regarding character models:Don't know if this has been stated clearly anywhere,but do draenei and blood elves get new models as the 8 original races?
They have mentioned that they'd like to do both draenei and blood elves, but the vanilla races are currently taking priority. So we'll have to wait and see on that one. I doubt we'll see them done at launch.
Are max level characters able to enter Vanilla raids without a raid group?
Yep! You can enter any pre-Mists raid without being in a raid group. You don't even need to be max-level -- just the appropriate level for the zone.
What books and in what order should I read them to get the most lore about Warlords?
For background on the characters we'll be seeing in Warlords, you'll want to pick up Rise of the Horde, then Tides of Darkness and Beyond the Dark Portal. You can get more information on Garona and Khadgar in The Last Guardian as well.
Keep in mind that while these novels will give you most of the background information on these characters, the characters themselves will be changing with Warlords, because of Garrosh's influence. It's useful to read them just so you have an idea of who those characters are -- but we'll be seeing an alternate kind of history with Warlords.
With the stat squish, will i no longer be able to solo previous raids as I can now?I only ask because if the difference in numbers is closer, one would think that it would cease to be as easy.
You'll be able to solo everything exactly the same. This isn't anything that's going to effect how you play the game currently -- it's just that the numbers are changing so they aren't quite so gigantic and huge. You'll still be killing things just as easily as you are today.
QftQ: Is there a list somewhere of all the servers that have been connected so far?
This is the latest list they have. Every time they add more new realms, they usually do either a forum or a blog post that lists all current connected realms, just to keep people up to date.
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