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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Opens Its Dark Gates

Warlords of Draenor (WoD) will be released worldwide on 13 November 2014  as announced by Blizzard Entertainment at Gamescom 2014 today. WoD will be the fifth expansion of Blizzard’s popular Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG). The expansion is set to breathe new life into the game which has been dropping in subscription numbers rapidly over the past few years.

Warlords of Draenor details

“Players will encounter an epic cast of legendary characters and a huge amount of content to explore in  Warlords of  Draenor,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “The countdown to the arrival of one of the greatest threats in  Warcraft history has begun. We can’t wait to send everyone through the Dark Portal this November.”

Warlords of Draenor adds a world’s worth of exciting new content for  World of Warcraft players to discover. As Azeroth’s displaced heroes venture across Draenor, they’ll build and manage a mighty Garrison, a customizable fortress that grows with them on their journey; delve into otherworldly draenei temples and clash in the heart of hostile orc clans’ territory; fight the opposing faction for control of Ashran, a huge and dynamic PvP zone featuring a variety of personal and cooperative objectives; and take on a wide array of Dungeons, Raids, Battlegrounds, Challenge Modes, and more. No matter what kind of content you enjoy, your legend is waiting to be forged on Draenor.

Warlords of Draenor is available for pre-purchase now at Those who pre-purchase either the digital Standard Edition (SRP: £34.99) or Digital Deluxe Edition (SRP: £49.99) will be able to immediately† boost one character to level 90, allowing them to experience the latest World of Warcraft content alongside their friends.††

Warlords of Draenor will also be available in a retail-exclusive Collector’s Edition (SRP: £64.99), which comes equipped with the digital bonus items from the Digital Deluxe Edition as well as a full-color hardcover art book, a behind-the-scenes two-disc Blu-ray/DVD set, a CD soundtrack, and a Warlords of Draenor mouse pad. Players should check their local retailer for details and availability and be sure to lock in their preorder, as supplies are limited.

WoD exciting new features:

  • Explore a Savage World: Explore the hostile world of Draenor, home of the orc and draenei races, as it once existed, and adventure in all-new zones alongside characters central to Warcraft history.
  • Build Your Garrison: Construct, command, and expand your own customizable stronghold on Draenor, and gather NPC followers to collect resources and embark on missions on your orders.
  • Instantly Upgrade to Level 90: Boost one character of your choosing to be ready to adventure on Draenor, making it easier than ever to enjoy the latest content alongside your friends.
  • New Player Character Art: Character models and animations for many of World of Warcraft's existing playable races are being fully revamped in keeping with the game's iconically epic style.
  • Adventure to Level 100: Reach new heights of power and unlock bonuses to further enhance your abilities on your way to the new level cap of 100.
  • Take on a wide array of Dungeons, Raids, Scenarios, Battlegrounds, Challenge Modes, and more—no matter what kind of content you enjoy, new adventures await.

The level 90 character boost is still a worrying aspect for me, as we will see players with no idea how to play their class and thereby ruining the fun for everything involved, especially in group content that you can queue for.

Expansion pricing details

WoD will come in a Standard Edition and a Digital Deluxe Edition for players to choose from. Let us take a look at what you will get when purchasing one of these two options.

Standard Edition:

  • Price - $49,99
  • Comes in both physical and digital versions
  • One free character boost to level 90

Digital Deluxe Edition:

  • Price - $69,99
  • Comes in digital version only
  • One free character boost to level 90
  • World of Warcraft - Dread Raven Mount and Dread Hatchling Pet
  • StarCraft II - Warchief Portraits
  • Diablo III - Warsong Pennant

These added bonuses in the Digital Deluxe Edition do not seem like much, so it is up to the player to decide if paying $20 extra for a few in game items is worth it. Fortunately, you do not have to decide right now, as you can always upgrade your Standard Edition to the Digital Deluxe Edition later on.  

Closing Thoughts

The expansion looks exciting, so much so that I am even willing to start feeding my WoW addiction again when it is released. Hopefully Blizzard will win back fans with a world class expansion and build upon the content with more regular updates. The worrying part, which is the free level 90 character boost, might be bad for WoD, yet it could also turn out to be a wonderful addition for old and new players.

Will you be buying the Standard or Digital Deluxe Edition of the expansion? Which class do you plan on leveling up first? Do you still play WoW? Will WoD be enough to help WoW maintain its spot as the king of MMOs or will the game continue to bleed players after the expansion is released? Let us know what you think in the comment section below!

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