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Hands on with WoW: The Burning Crusade

Jennie Lees

We've played the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion -- World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade -- exploring both Draenei and Blood Elf starting areas. Anticipation is running high at the show, with many gamers flocking to the Vivendi stand as soon as the show opened.

The expansion was running smoothly on a Mac, with no visual UI changes, though there is the new Outland area to explore.

Hellfire Peninsula:

Draenei dancing:

Azuremyst Isle (Draenei starting area):

Draenei racials:

The racials for the new Draenei race are:

  • Blessing of the Naaru - heals the target of 50 damage over 15 sec
  • Gemcutting - Jewelcrafting skill increased by 15
  • Inspiring Presence - Increases chance to hit with spells by 1% for all party members within 30 yards
  • Shadow Resistance - increased by 10
Blood Elf dancing:


Blood Elf racials:

The Blood Elf racials (as announced at Blizzcon) are:
  • Arcane Affinity - Enchanting increased by 15
  • Arcane Torrent - Silence all enemies within 8 yards for 2 sec. In addition, you gain 20 Energy, Mana or Rage for each Mana Tap charge currently affecting you.
  • Magic Resistance - All resistances increased by 5
  • Mana Tap - Drains 50 mana from your target and charges you with Arcane energy until cancelled. This effect stacks up to 3 times.
Tranquillien and Silvermoon City reputations:

Newly created Blood Elf on Sunstrider Isle:

Finally, a still from the teaser video, which describes "hundreds of epic quests", "uncharted dungeons", flying mounts, jewelcrafting, socketed items, a level cap of 70 and new spells and abilities:

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