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New World of Warcraft Expansion: Worgen, Goblins and the Maelstrom?

In Gaming, MMO, RPG on July 18, 2009 at 4:16 pm

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Whilst I slumbered new events have been shaping  the World… of Warcraft. Evidence has come to light concering possibly two new races that MAY join the ranks of the Horde and the Alliance.

Yes, this world. I don't mean the real one.

Yes, this world. I don't mean the real one.

Good news for all those ardent (addicted?) World of Warcraft players. Yup! A few diligent members in the online gaming community have managed to data mine the PTR (Public Test Realm) game files and uncover evidence of Goblin and Worgen masks for the upcoming Hallow’s End event (WoW’s equivalent of Halloween).

Goblin and Worgen Masks

Goblin and Worgen Masks: This one is courtesy of 'handclaw' on the scrollsoflore forums.

As anyone who’s lived through a WoW-style halloween will know, there are Hallow’s End masks of the various races in the game so, say, a Human could disguise himself as an Orc, or a Tauren a Gnome. The introduction of these new Goblin and Worgen masks strongly indicates that these races are set to appear in the next expansion as playable races. There has been strong speculation within the community that the new expansion is likely the Maelstrom – as you may know, the giant whirling mass of destruction at the centre of the map of Azeroth.

Know or Prince that under the Maelstrom, lie the shining cities of the Naga and the Makrura

Know, O Prince, that between the years when the Maelstrom drank the islands and the gleaming cities of the Naga and Makrura, there was an Age undreamed of, when shining kingdoms lay sprawled across Azeroth... Oops! Wait, wrong MMO!

Those who have played the early Warcraft strategy games may recall the Goblins who made their debut in Warcraft II, and were experts in blowing stuff up. The Worgen made their appearance much later in the game and are littered throughout the game world. There is even a cursed town in Silverpine Forest on the outskirts of Shadowfang Keep whose inhabitants by day the are human, and they will receive and greet you well. However when night falls they turn into vicious Worgen that hunt, maim and kill. TIP: If you plan to pay a visit do it by day.

So who gets whom? The Goblins seem the best fit for the Alliance race, as there is some semblance of humanity in them, regardless of their earlier allegiances. So then, it is probable that the horde will get the Worgen. This should be extremely interesting! Enthralled by the idea of the Goblin Squig Herder I tried Warhammer Online for two weeks and I really REALLY wanted to like this game, but I left it disillusioned and disgusted. There I said it! I know many among you loved WAR, but I found insipid shallowness of the classes too much to take, and I left it as quickly as I had joined without even using up my full free month. If blizzard were to add something like the Squig Herder to WoW, I might even consider giving it another shot – for a month at least. 🙂 Either way, the goblin race added to the Alliance should give it some much needed colour. The horde has always had the coolest races, and to make matters worse the first expansion (The Burning Crusade) saw the alliance get the shaft in the form of that ‘failboat’ we call the Draenei — an enormous let down and an affront to the original theme that was Warcraft: Orcs & Humans in 1994.

Dare I hope for a Goblin Squig Herder-style class in WoW? ... I suppose it's a stretch. New races AND a new class are very unlikely.

Dare I hope for a Goblin Squig Herder-style class in WoW? ... I suppose it's a stretch. New races AND a new class is very unlikely.

Blizzard did promise fans one expansion an year after their Wrath of the Lich King (holy cow! Talk about cash cow!), but it’s quite late into 2009 and it certainly looks like there will be no expansion this year. With Wrath of the Lich King going 11 million subscribers strong, my guess is there won’t be an expansion till late 2010, with summer being the season for their friends and family alpha test. Let’s hope there’ll be a new maelstromwiki like we had last year, to reveal all to us sooner than Blizzard would like.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – these are still unconfirmed reports and while the evidence is telling, it remains to be seen how things shape up. It may well be that these races are faction-independent like the Death Knight class, and perhaps they will have the option of choosing which faction they belong to after some quest chain or after finishing the starting area. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see, but when the time comes what race will you pick?

Until then, have a good one and Zil’nok everybody.

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  1. Any expansion is good but if they rais the level cap again, I will delete and uninstall that game!

  2. I think raising the level cap will be kinda the idea: so you would have a concrete reason to go to the new areas and explore them, quest there, follow the stories, and learn new spells and talents. 🙂

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  4. Man i had so called Worgs way before Wrath of the Lich King came out.

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