Everything you need to know about World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

We collected all of the data from Blizzcon and distilled the good parts for you to read.

Between the hour and a half long panel at BlizzCon 2013 and the massive FAQ on Blizzard’s site, there’s a lot of new information to read through about Blizzard’s next World of Warcraft expansion.

If you’re just looking for a quick overview, we’ve laid out some of the most important points right here. And if you have any additional questions, add them in the comments below and we’ll see if we can get answers during our interviews with Blizzard developers during the show.

1) Are there any new classes?

None were announced during the show, and Blizzard stated that “there are no new hero classes planned for this expansion.” While Blizzard was very clear to add the “hero” modifier to this statement, that at least limits the number of possibilities.

2) Is this the last expansion for Warcraft?

This is not the final expansion. The ending content of Warlords of Draenor will spill over into the next World of Warcraft expansion. The team has a lot a lot more content to share.

3) Where does the expansion take place?

You can see the map of the Orc’s homeworld, Dreanor, in the map above. The zones in this expansion have been rebuilt from scratch, since you’re traveling back in time to Warcraft’s roots.

In a future patch, you’ll be able to explore Netherstorm, but that area will not be available at the game’s launch.

4) What does the level-90 boost include?

You can choose one character per account to boost up to 90 once you get the expansion. They can be level one, and you don’t have decide which character to upgrade immediately. According to Blizzard, “New and returning players will have an opportunity to get up to speed on the game before diving into their faction’s starting zone content -- similar to the Death Knight starting experience in Wrath of the Lich King. And you don’t have to worry about starting from square one, Blizzard promises: “a level-appropriate set of gear (along with some other assistance)” that will be revealed later.

If you’re worried about players coming into 90 and having no idea how to play thier class (or maybe it’s been a while since the last time you played), Blizzard says the recent Proving Grounds features “help players learn how to tank, heal, and deal damage in dungeons in a solo ‘teaching’ environment, to help ease the learning curve and prepare players for battle as quickly, efficiently, and enjoyably as possible.”

5) What do I get for hitting the new level-100 cap?

Blizzard says, “At every level from 91 to 100, characters will earn a major permanent boost to one of their their key spells and abilities (e.g. a Fire Mage might earn a +50% damage boost to Pyroblast or +30% boost to Scorch). Players will also unlock a new talent tier once they’ve achieved level 100, rewarding each class with three potent new abilities to choose from.

6) What’s with the different look of the characters?

You can check out the revamped gnome model above, but Blizzard says, “We’re still in the process of determining which races will be available upon the expansion’s release, but our goal is to update all eight of the original World of Warcraft playable races, along with the Draenei and Blood Elves, over the course of the expansion launch and subsequent content updates.”

7) What is the the Garrison?

The Garrison is your own personal fortress where you can customize the layout, appearance, and gameplay effects. Same-faction friends in your party can visit your base to check it out and trade resources, and it’s a non-instanced area, so you’ll be able to see it in the distance as you fly around Draenor.

The biggest addition to the Garrison are followers: You’ll be able to collect followers, and “You can also allocate them to complete tasks -- things like crafting or gathering resources, which they’ll do whether you’re online or offline.

“The resources you’ll acquire during missions include both existing crafting reagents and Garrison-specific materials. For example, if you assign a follower to a mining mission, you could receive ore, but you might also unearth stone, a new kind of resource used to construct and upgrade buildings.”

If you want it relocate to a new location at some point, you’ll be able to move your Garrison, and there three tiers to level-up your structure. You can read even more in-depth information about the Garrison on Blizzard’s website.

8) What are the inventory changes about?

Similar to the collected mounts and pets in current WoW, you’ll soon have a separate menu dedicated to toys, heirlooms, and (possibly) Tabards, thus removing them from your inventory. All of these items will become account-wide rather than character-specific, and quest items will also not take up bag space! You’ll be able to use quest specific items from your quest tracker.

In addition, the expansion will introduce auto-sortable bags, in case you want to automatically fill a bag with only one specific type of item. Any items added to your inventory since the last time you opened up your bag will be highlighted in white, and there’ll be an icon to clearly indicate vendor trash. Stack sizes will increase for some items and you’ll have the ability to craft directly from your bank.

9) What’s new in Dungeons and Raids?

The game will add seven new dungeons at launch, with a mix of choices for leveling up as well as “new, unexplored Dungeons to delve into at max level,” including the return of Upper Blackrock Spire (UBRS) as both a Heroic and Leveling dungeon

There’ll be two new raids released around launch, and flex scaling has been revamped. Blizzard introduced a new Mythic difficulty as well, which is even harder than heroic with a fixed 20-player size.

10) And what about PvP?

Draenor will introduce a world PvP Zone, which will operate more like a persistent sandbox than an instance with a clear beginning and end. Cross-realm technology will be used to balance out the pairing of Horde and Alliance factions, and UI improvements will introduce an objective tracker and capture stats. In addition, flags will fill with color as they’re captured to make your current progress even clearer.

New Battlground scores will give you a better idea of how you’re doing, and those scores will be based on doing damage, healing, capturing, and objectives. And at the end of Battlegrounds you may get lucky and win an item in advance such as, rather than waiting to trade in honor. Those items may include : bonus armor, bind-on-equip gear, or consumables

11) More WoW is nice, but what about Blizzard’s other MMO, Titan?

Blizzard’s super secret project will remain under wraps for this show. After going through an internal revamp, there’s nothing new to announce at this time.

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abcdefgabcdefgz
abcdefgabcdefgz

People talk trash about wow, but there are some good reasons so many people still play it after all these years. Blizzard makes some good games with a few recent exceptions D3 cough.

flexy456
flexy456

I am not surprised that the people who STILL play WoW are also those who say it's (still) good "because it's fun". This is exactly the attitude I'd expect from those players :)

noandno
noandno

Blizzard. Please

Warcraft 4

Iddhi
Iddhi

They can keep bring out all the new content they like, but they killed the heart and soul of this game a looong time ago.

Culling the many low-pop realms, opening new realms, getting rid of x-realming and allowing free character transfers MIGHT arouse some interest from me.

trillaw
trillaw

For those of you making comments like " I can't believe anyone still plays this", the reason is that it's FUN.  Fun and funny- none of the other MMOs I've played has any sense of humor at all.  SWTOR, Rift, Guild Wars, all BORING, not funny, not engaging, not interesting, too serious, etc.   The guys at WoW write a GREAT script (Yes, this horse IS made of stars!), make up crazy quests (Tiny Bags of PooP?) and tuck weird, unexpected content into corners of the game (vicious little battling rodents, Plants v. Zombies mini-game).  They don't take things too seriously- that's why I  (and millions of other people) love WoW and will keep playing.  There just isn't anything else out there - and believe me, I've looked.

Cozm1kaos
Cozm1kaos

I think they are going to keep going, I also think Titan will collide with wow.

gamer6130
gamer6130

Cataclysm was great, mists was alright, as for this the only thing im exited about it instant level to 90 that's it .

CatAtomic999
CatAtomic999

If I have to watch that "it's such a perfect day" commercial again, I may have to do something terrible to someone.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Oh damn, and here I was predicting that any expansion that raises the level cap to 100 will be the final expansion.

GT_APE
GT_APE

Major graphics enhacement (and I mean MAJOR) or I will never go back to WoW. I was tired of the shitty antiquated graphics back in 2004 before it even came out.

Shame on you Blizzard. You can at least give high end graphics as an option for those not playing on a 1980's calculator.

yxw
yxw

A step in the right direction!

Uangry
Uangry

Oh cool another World of Warcrack expansion.

WithoutGraceXII
WithoutGraceXII

Already more excited for this than I ever was for MoP. I'm a huge TBC fan, so anything that deals more with the lore in that corner of the WoW universe is fine with me.

korvus
korvus

Some of these changes have been needed for years...a few years to late for me but I'm sure people who still play it will appreciate it. Seems like Blizzard has been looking at other MMO's ideas and realised 90% of other MMO's did most of this already and it was time to try and stay current. Good for them.

argotto
argotto

Eh, played the game for 6 years, and couldn't respark my interest after seeing how they kept making the game require less and less thought (less challenge).  It can still be a fun game, but if there is nothing stimulating to do other than spend 2-4 hours a day and 2-5 days a week raiding, then it becomes very stale.  MoP showed how they truly stopped caring about 5 man content and decided to completely abandon what made the game so successful. 


Raids were the goal, but the pass time were the 5 mans, and if you no longer have a good pass time, then people will start to leave.  Shame they don't put much thought into dungeons anymore.

drodriguesaar
drodriguesaar

good for those who still play the game. I just wonder why blizzard made the game so easy ultimately.

quaker04
quaker04

WoW is an amazing game, but its graphic made it poor along the years, in my opinion. Surely a redone version of it would be awesome but I think this is kind of impossible and since we're talking about Blizzard, this would take centuries. Looking forward to this expansion for sure.

Yosh_24
Yosh_24

I was kinda hoping for at least a cool CGI movie like they usually do for their expansions haha


Dirk_McHardpeck
Dirk_McHardpeck

So how do the garrisons work if they're not instances? Doesn't that mean they're viewable to everyone else in the game? So what happens if everyone builds a garrison? You're gonna run out of available land pretty quick aren't you?

Starshine_M2A2
Starshine_M2A2

So Blizzard FINALLY got around to adding player housing (of sorts) to this game. I'm sold, even if it did take the EIGHT years.

CiTizenMaSSaKre
CiTizenMaSSaKre

I can't believe people actually still play this ollllld ass game, religiously at that. Seriously, I mean nothing ever has really changed, the combat the looting system, its all the same outdated crap. Why do people play this? You loot loot loot and 85 percent of the time you get shit, the gameplay is NOT good for this day an age, and lets be real, who honestly gives a shit about the story? It never made much sense. I can see a game like Elder Scrolls Online lasting a long time because that takes place in a world were there is over 3 thousand years of lore, and if you played all teh single player games you know all about it and the story is great. The combat that I played during the stress test was AMAZING, it is voice acted, the NPC's interact with the world instead of just walking around like drones. I mean seriously, the only reason why ESO wouldn't kill this outdated fossil of a game is because of stubborn WoW fanboys who just want to hate every game that isn't WoW. Guild Wars 2 COULD of killed this game if they would of done a few things a little better but im not gonna get into that. I must admit though, I did not get into this game right when it first came out, I didn't even start playing this game until 2010 so maybe it's different, but I DID have a good time playing this game for about 3 months but then I just got bored.

Swedish_Chef
Swedish_Chef

UBRS was pretty good, and they've done good revamps of the other low level dungeons, so they probably won't screw that one up.  A revamp of LBRS would be appreciated too though, that place has always sucked. 

CiTizenMaSSaKre
CiTizenMaSSaKre

Fuck this, Elder Scrolls Online is gonna kill this old crap

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@flexy456 Shouldn't be to harsh on gamers that truly enjoy their game, I first cut my teeth on a MMO way back in 2002 on a beta Everquest online adventure for the ps2. It was never that great of a mmo and got worse as it aged, now since dead after pet glitching and game was shutdown more then 4 years now. Still though after all these years, and after playing much better mmos I would love to revisit Tunaria and Surefall Glade. I would pay 5 times the subscription fee just run through the fields again with my bard and I am sure there are many people who feel the same way about that certain first mmo who popped their cherry. 


So really it is like those people who love league of legends or play browser based pirates of the Caribbean - I may not get it and really would love it if they would try bioshock infinite or LOTRO- but who am I to hate on what game that really makes other so happy. Hey I played wow for 3 80's and heroic lich king kills - I have since moved on but still feel that for 15$ a month wow is about the best mmorpg for the money you can get if that is your thing. No one is wasting their money unless they are truly unhappy- then why are they still paying money for it.   But if they are having fun more power to em. 

D4rkey
D4rkey

@trillaw I think you haven't looked enough then, check out Wildstar devspeak on youtube, or everquest next, wow has lost its soul.

I remember playing trough Warcraft 3 and the expansion, and then  enter world of warcraft and hear references to WC3. meet thrall upfront etc, it was so cool. They should have kept the main story in another warcraft strategy game, since stortytelling isnt easy in mmo's. :(

BuBsay
BuBsay

@gamer6130 ...Cataclysm, great?


I'm not entirely sure if you started with it but for me it was far and away the most disappointing of the expansions, in terms of raid content they've gradually gotten worse and worse, but everything outside of raids in Cata was just a plethora of daily quests and nothing more.

DawnBlue
DawnBlue

@GT_APE Nope, fuck graphics. Gameplay all the way. Also, how good the game actually looks is not about the amount of pixels visible.

Kinguard73
Kinguard73

@GT_APE  Hmm so what you are saying is alienating 1000s if not millions of subs for your lone sub simplistic demands? Um get bent? Keep your 15 while they all laugh at you =)

normanislost
normanislost

Yeah because graphics make a game awesome look at how much better FF13 is compared to all the other ps1 games..... Oh wait its the worst game SE has ever made graphics do not make a game good

normanislost
normanislost

Half the community bitched its to easy the other half bitch its to hard (or time consuming)

So they add hard stuff and easy stuff heroic raiders then complain that people can get similar looking but ultimately less powerfull gear easily

And the others complain that they can't get heroic gear because its to hard or to much effort

Its a lose lose situation people bitched that they wanted to be able to fly from the start of cataclysm thus blizz wasted months of development time designing areas meant to be accessed by road and no one bothered because they could fly

telaros
telaros

@quaker04 I was fine with graphics. What killed my interests was the lack of innovation in raids, refusal to add more 5 mans, item inflation, gimmicky bosses in raids with no real sense of *fun*, but most of all was how you were forced to play the game their way on their time or fall behind.

It was fun leveling up for once, but raising more than one character things got stale really quick and the nerf on currency to limit you from getting decent upgrades within a reasonable amount of time to get into the starter raids.

The whole thing felt like a 9-5 job at the worst job imaginable where you're treated like any average Joe whose sole purpose was to work the fields in hopes you get all those rep factions that matters for your class down, barely able to even cap the week's daily quota with how little returns you got for your forced efforts.

WoW is a deathtrap. It isn't about fun, it's about lining Blizzard's pockets. They stop caring when they felt they got "Too Big to Fail" and are only now thinking they can win people back. MMOs are dead, and WoW was the cause.

Starshine_M2A2
Starshine_M2A2

@Yosh_24 Won't get one of those until much closer to launch. It's usually the final trailer before release.

Starshine_M2A2
Starshine_M2A2

@Dirk_McHardpeck  They'll be phased areas. One player won't be able to see another's garrison if they're in the same place. Similar to the farm in MoP. Everything that happens on your Garrison's plot will be relevant only to you.

hitmanxmk
hitmanxmk

@CiTizenMaSSaKre Pretty much true, everything is the same, 1 new pvp zone, few new dungeons, some few more bosses and new level cap...and all the goes into circles and absolutely nothing happens, except the game became so dumb and easy that probably now is full with 10y old kids..community became real nasty crap.....so there is nothing more to say except: Nothing to do here.


Only wow vanilla (and maybe the 1st expansion) were OK

eaterofsouls2
eaterofsouls2

@CiTizenMaSSaKre If you don't like the game MOVE ON dude.  Let those of us that still enjoy it and have fun with it have fun.  Don't bother wasting our time with a page length description of why the game sucks, and/or why we should stop playing


Just move on man.

SoulxReaperx366
SoulxReaperx366

@CiTizenMaSSaKre Have you considered the possibility of people playing wow because it's a fun game? Playing a game doesn't make you a stubborn fanboy. If anything, it's that you have an unreasonable amount of contempt towards this game,  enough so that you'd take the time out of your day to go onto an article about it and complain about it.

Tak666
Tak666

@CiTizenMaSSaKre 


Blablabla no one cares dude, if someone wants to play WoW they will do it. If you didn't like it don't bitch about it.

brunorr
brunorr

@CiTizenMaSSaKre "insert newest mmo here" is gonna kill this crap.

I've been hearing this for almost ten years.

lionheart1981oz
lionheart1981oz

@CiTizenMaSSaKre 

Yeh thats what people said about SWTOR......and look at it now......MAJOR FAIL AND MAJOR CRAP.

I like Elder Scrolls but they should stick to and focus on single player content. Some games are best left at single player and really no point to go online if not necessary.

KelpsterD
KelpsterD

@jenovaschilld@flexy456 

I thought that was well said @jenovaschilld 

In regards to money, if you think about it, console gamers spend $60 for a brand new game. I'd say the general amount of games purchased would be 1-2 a month? disregarding some that's way more than just a $15 dollar per month sub.

 

GT_APE
GT_APE

@DawnBlue @GT_APE Says the person without a high-end system. Fuck graphics? I almost didn't reply due to the stupidity of your post. NO. I will hold game developers to standards of excellence in graphics, sound effects, music, voice acting, atmosphere and everything else that creates better IMMERSION. So going by your [extremely flawed] logic, the sound can be shitty, the voice acting can be terrible, the controls can suck, etc. as long as the game play is fun? What do you think defines game play??? All of the above merits I took the time to list for someone who prolly kant reed gud anyway.

GT_APE
GT_APE

@Kinguard73 @GT_APE Go fan boi goo. Anywho, they're off by five million subscribers since I was playing. Stop making excuses for lame efforts graphics-wise. They have enough money to modernize the game, believe it or not.

GT_APE
GT_APE

@normanislost No cretin, graphics AND gameplay make a game. Gameplay and 1980's Atari graphics feels rather lazy after a while (it IS 2013 and technology exists). 

Starshine_M2A2
Starshine_M2A2

@Dirk_McHardpeck @Starshine_M2A2  Was never really bothered by that. In fact, I dislike Blizzard's attempts to modernise the visuals of the game altogether. It tears the world between different eras depending on which continent you're on.

Besides, as games go, I think WoW has aged extremely gracefully.

lionheart1981oz
lionheart1981oz

@Tak666 @CiTizenMaSSaKre 

Yeh I agree - I can't stand people that say I CANT BELIEVE YOU STILL PLAY WOW......then they end up back in the game and playing it themselves. Fucking Hypocrites......most the haters end up playing it anyway lol.....i know that for a fact because my mates still play and log on from time to time.

Such bullshit - just admit you like the game and its fun and who cares what other people think.

As long as your having fun. 

If you are having fun screwing a $2 dolla hooker are you going to give a shit what other people think despite they might think your a lowlife, scumbang bla bla bla ??? No, my thoughts exaclty, it is your pleasures over theirs...

Anyway that was a weird analogy but you get my point XD.......

CiTizenMaSSaKre
CiTizenMaSSaKre

@lionheart1981oz @CiTizenMaSSaKre Have any of you idiots ever played the game? PRobably not, I played for 4 hours during the stress test, the STRESS TEST, which means they forcefully crashed it and plagued it with bugs and THAT was still better then WoW. The world itself is a Elder Scrolls game, you barely even realist you are playing with other people because everything about it is Elder Scrolls, more then it is a MMO game, you can interact with everythingin the world and talk to every NPC. It is just all out better technology then WoW.