Friday, August 03, 2007

Wrath of the Lich King - World of Warcraft

Blizzard hasn't 'officially' announced it yet, expect that in a few hours, but at Blizzcon information about the next World of Warcraft expansion is available Wrath of the Lich King.

- New dungeons
- New battlegrounds
- New zones
- Level 80!
- New HERO class - Deathknight

Houston, we have a problem.

First let me tackle level 80. We already saw from level 60 to 70 several RAID level dungeons die out. Zul'Gurrob, Molten Core, Blackwing Lair, An'Qiraj(20 and 40), and Nax. Nobody goes there anymore. Then you also have the 5 mans that are mostly ghost towns. 5 man dungeons are different though, people are taking to soloing them for fun. You cannot solo a raid dungeon. Level 60 raid dungeons will stand empty. Now Blizzard is going to do the same with level 70 to 80. Level 70 raid dungeons will stand empty and unused.

Next Hero class. What about the hero classes for the others. Having a single hero class will effectively turn WoW into Pre-NGE Star Wars Galaxies. Once people start unlocking Death Knight it will become the alpha-class...or Blizzard will have to nerf the crap out of it to keep it fair. We already saw this in SWG. Blizzard MUST get hero classes for all done before release.

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