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Nobody does CGI quite like the masterminds over at Blizzard, and today’s debut of the Warlords of Draenor expansion trailer does nothing but prove my point. Fair warning though, if you don’t follow the lore of Warcraft, it’ll make very little sense; but still be a feast for your eyes.

In the trailer we see the Orc Warlock Gul’dan offering up a hot cup of demon blood to Grommash Hellscream. It was this pivotal moment in time where Grommash drank the blood and doomed the Orcs to a life of slavery under the Burning Legion.

Fast forward to the end of the current expansion, Mists of Pandaria, and Grommash’s son Garrosh is the current Warchief of the Horde. Fueled by power and the drive to make Orcs the dominant race on Azeroth, Garrosh turns his back on the “old Horde”, and without going in to too much detail, bad stuff happens and Garrosh is the final boss of the expansion.

Once defeated, the Troll Vol’jin is promoted to Warchief and Garrosh is lead out in chains to be sentenced for his crimes. This is where the Warlords of Draenor expansion begins. Garrosh is freed from his chains by a new buddy with the ability to travel through time, and using his new power he goes back in time to stop the event in the trailer –his father drinking the demon blood– thus preventing the Orcs from ever becoming slaves in the first place. Rather he’ll lead this new “Iron Horde” to conquer present day Azeroth instead.

Those familiar with World of Warcraft will instantly recognize Mannoroth, the massive Pit Lord who’s blood Grommash was about to pound at the Orc frat party. The same Mannoroth who took Gorehowl to the forehead. The same Gorehowl axe that you can obtain from the final boss in the Karazhan raid.

Also released today was a video showing some of the new leveling zones, dungeons, and raids in Warlords of Draenor. Have a look!

I’m rambling on, but it’s purely due to excitement. Warlords of Draenor will officially release the Thursday after Blizzcon on November 13, 2014. Three more months to get your legendary cloak out of the way, level professions, decide who to level first, and do what it is we WoW players do pre-expansion.

And now we wait for patch 6.0 to bring in the new changes.

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Bradley Keene is the Executive Editor here at What’s Your Tag?, generally handling reviews, public relations, and our social media communications. He’s an aspiring video game journalist, Baltimore native, and on again/off again WoW player that favors roguelikes, horror games, and point-and-click adventures. His favorite console is the Dreamcast, favorite game is the original Metroid, and he could watch The Goonies for the rest of his life. Contact him by e-mail at the address above, or follow his insanity on Twitter.

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11 comments

  1. I was not disappointed at all by yesterday. however, I was concerned that new players would have no idea what was going on in that Cinematic because they never played Warcraft 3.

    -Kaxzc

    1. I think every cinematic aside from the original vanilla trailer would confuse someone not familiar with the lore of Warcraft, really. And Blizzard is generally good about explaining the goings on in the lore, so hopefully anyone just not becoming interested in the game will visit their website and read in to it a bit more.

      I noticed a lot of Alliance complaining that there were no Draenei in the trailer, and “oh great, the last boss is just another Orc” talk. As a long time fan of the lore, I loved the trailer. Gul’dan is my absolute favorite character of all time, so there was nothing disappointing about it to me.

      The way I see it is that the Alliance now have their true enemy back in the war hungry, primative Orcs of old. But I guess if I *only* played Alliance, I’d be a bit ticked that my entire faction was just ignored. Still, showing Orcs and Garrosh doesn’t mean they showed “Horde”, they just showed our mutual enemy.

      1. For the Alliance!
        I honestly don’t mind that it’s about Orcs. In fact, I want more!
        Plus, Blizz did hint that Varian might die within the next few expansions. So I don’t know why they are complaining.

        – Kaxzc

      2. I always play both factions to see how the stories roll out from each end. I typically play my Undead Shadowpriest over on Zul’jin, and then my Night Elf Moonkin over on Stormrage.

        I like that the trailer focused on a mutual enemy, kind of like how Mists of Pandaria’s trailer was about both the Alliance and the Horde being introduced to the Pandaren by getting their asses beat by the Shadopan.

  2. The Blizzard Cinematics are always top notch. If only WoW wasn’t like crack to me 😦 I can’t afford to subscribe to such a massive life suck lol. Kid’s have to eat apparently. Who knew?

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