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World of Warcraft: The Worldsoul Saga was formally introduced at this yr’s BlizzCon, together with the trilogy of expansions that can be contained inside it. And whereas I’ve restricted curiosity within the underworld promised in The Warfare Inside, or the return of the Titans within the appropriately named The Final Titan, I’m overjoyed on the prospect of returning to Quel’Thalas in WoW: Midnight. 

It is no secret that I really like blood elves. I’ve tried all of the races that WoW affords over time however I in some way all the time discover myself again taking part in one. The blood elf beginning zone is the one which holds probably the most nostalgia for me: it is where I began my journey on my very first character, a hunter, manner again in Cataclysm, after I had completely no clue what I used to be doing, and it took me roughly three months to get to stage 80. 

So you’ll be able to think about my pleasure after I heard that the Midnight growth would happen in Quel’Thalas, the house of the elves, nestled within the northernmost a part of the Eastern Kingdoms. After all, we’ll must cope with the Void invading and attempting to deprave the Sunwell, however that is a small value to pay for attending to revisit the world. 

The Tomb of Sargaras on the Damaged Isles. (Picture credit score: Blizzard)

I am a sucker for lore-heavy storylines or areas, particularly when it touches on issues from the distant previous of Warcraft’s historical past. I adored the Legion growth, for instance, as a result of it took us to the Tomb of Sargaras, a spot where Aegwynn, an outdated Guardian of Tirisfal, buried the corrupted Titan’s physique. That growth additionally linked again to many different issues too, such because the Corrupted Ashbringer, which was an unlockable look for the paladin artifact weapon. And do not even get me began on the Damaged Isles zone, Suramar, and the way that hyperlinks again even additional, to the Sundering.

Legion wasn’t the one growth to excavate Warcraft’s historical past—Warlords of Draenor was steeped in it, although the timey-wimey storyline wasn’t to everybody’s style and skewed a few of the historical past in that timeline. Regardless of how we acquired there although, the growth was filled with lore-rich environments we might by no means seen earlier than, giving us an entire new perspective on the land that will turn out to be Outland if it had by no means been corrupted by the Burning Legion and subsequently destroyed.

I spent an embarrassing period of time poring over maps of each Outland and Draenor and matching them as much as see which areas nonetheless existed in each, and whether or not or not I might discover to identify the variations—or similarities—between the 2. I spent hours, pointlessly flying round Blade’s Edge Mountains, attempting to pinpoint where the Horde garrison might need stood had it been in Outland or on the lookout for clues of different recognisable options of the Draenor timeline.

The Ghostlands is a zone in Quel’Thalas. (Picture credit score: Blizzard)

So far as Quel’Thalas goes, the place is clearly in-game and visitable straight away. But it surely’s a area that is been largely uncared for over time. It actually solely served as a prologue for brand spanking new blood elf gamers, and for the reason that modifications to the beginning expertise not even does that.

It is too early to say how a lot the dominion of Quel’Thalas will change with the Midnight growth, however we do know that we’ll be capable of fly for the primary time in these zones. Presumably, your entire space will get a facelift, as one of many causes cited up to now for not including flying there’s as a result of your entire place was by no means meant to be seen from wherever however the floor, although that has but to be confirmed. 

It is also unclear whether or not the Midnight-specific zones can be phased, much like different growth story beats that return to older areas. One factor I can let you know, although, is that if Silvermoon Metropolis turns into the principle hub for the Midnight growth, I feel I would truly burst.

I do not know precisely what we’ll be doing in WoW: Midnight, however I am excited to see where it leads us. If I can also recommend, an growth happening within the residence of the blood elves, with Silvermoon Metropolis as a possible central hub, does appear to be a wonderful cause to name again a sure Ranger-Basic from her exile in The Maw, does not it? However whether or not or not Sylvanas returns for World of Warcraft: Midnight, I am completely right here for it.