Over The Years, There Have Been Many Changes, Hotfixes, Patches, Realm Restarts.
Since the first expansion of the Burning Crusade, there have been many changes to our beloved MMO. However, not all of these changes were for the best. Many Vanilla players just can’t pass up an opportunity to tell others how great WoW used to be.
Changes in Burning Crusade:
Blizzard introduced two new playable races, Draenei for the Alliance and Blood Elves for the Horde. Along with the new races came Outland. Outland was the first new continent on the map with seven new zones, eleven Raids, and sixteen dungeons. That was an insane amount of content. However, Blizzard wasn’t done there. They also added flying and three Arenas.
Along came Arthas and the Wrath of the Lich King:
The first ever champion class, Death Knights were born. This also brought dual specialization. Phasing came into play and finding groups to do dungeons and raids with became easier with the birth of Group Finder. Blizzard finally merged WoW and BattleNet accounts which enabled cross-realm and cross-game chat.
Cataclysm and Deathwing brought even more changes, both good, and, ‘meh.’
The map had been changed with a deep scar running through Azeroth where Deathwing escaped Deepholm. Topography and the overall aesthetic look to zones that had been around from the beginning had dramatically changed. Along with the landscape change came transmogrification. I personally think this is one of the best features in the game. Just because the armor is BiS doesn’t mean it has to look awful. Blizzard had finally given us new playable races, Worgen for the Alliance and Goblins for the Horde.
Jade Serpent Guide You.
Mists of Pandaria brought a slew of new things to the game including a new playable, bi-factional race: the Pandaren. Also, new and very versatile Monk class, and the whole new continent of Pandaria, which is nestled on the back of a giant tortoise. Also introduced were 3-player scenarios and the Pet Battling System where the pets finally had a function instead of being used for the cosmetic appeal.
Do We Have to talk about this one? Unfortunately, yes.
Garrisons, yes those were a thing. I suppose they weren’t all bad, they did allow easy access to do your professions in peace. But I vividly remember logging in and seeing almost everyone on Battle.net in their Garrison.
The Master Returns and Brings Friends Along for the Ride.
Another hero class, the coveted Demon Hunter. There were Demon Hunters everywhere, but not everyone stuck with it. We were also given and then stripped of our Artifact Weapons. Collecting the artifact appearances were fun, but getting the challenge mode skins from the Mage Tower was most satisfying.
Last, but definitely not least: Battle for Azeroth.
Am I a little biased? Probably. This is my article and I’ll support the young lion if I want to.
Blizzard went all out with the latest expansion with a slew of new playable races like Lightforged Draenei, Void Elves, Dark Iron Dwarves, and Kul-Tiran Humans for the Alliance, and the Nightborne, Highmountain Tauren, Zandalari Trolls, and Mag’har Orcs. There is speculation that the Vulpera and Sethrak will also be allied races, but Blizzard has yet to say anything about that. We will be getting two new continents, Kul-Tiras and Zandalar, as well as 3-Player Island Expeditions. Lastly, we will be getting 20 Player PvP Warfronts.
Geez, those are a lot of changes and additions. Did I miss any changes from Vanilla until Battle for Azeroth? Will you be playing any of the many allied races in the coming expansion? Share and comment below!