Legion Overview Panel Liveblog

We’ll bee liveblogging the Legion Overview here:

  • New features will be announced today!
  • On our Azeroth Gul’dan heard the voice of Kil’jaeden
    • He gave Gul’dan the near infinite knowledge of the burning legion
    • Gul’dan opened the portal at the Tomb of Sargeras
  • The cinematic shown today, ties directly into the main game.
  • The Broken Shore is ground zero for the legion invasion
    • A 40 person scenario for Horde and Alliance (20 horde, 20 alliance)
    • The story will be established here, starts right after the cinematic
  • Demon Hunter info:
    • The starting experience bridges the story from the burning crusade to legion
    • You invade a demon world, Mardum
    • It was a former prison world that Sargeras shattered
    • New demons:
      • The Imp Mother
      • Jailer
      • Inquisitor
      • More unnamed demons
    • You will steal abilities from powerful demons
    • You will get a special demon hunter mount: the Fel Saber
    • Mardum is only the first half of the intro experience
    • The second half is in the Vault of the Wardens
    • You will join a faction, establish the Order Hall and …
    • You get a quest for your Artifact Warglaives

  • Broken Isles Zones:
    • You need the pillars of creation, created by the titans, to close the demon portal
    • Val’sharah
      • A druidic paradise that the emerald nightmare is starting to invade
      • Malfurion first met Cenarius here and was trained as a druid
      • Shaladrassil, a former world tree that was once a portal to the emerald dream
      • Black Rook Hold, an elven fortress
      • You will meet 3 Arch Druids
      • The satyr sent by Xavius will be encountered here.
      • The zone has nightmare dragons, once green dragons now corrupted
      • The zone contains moonkins, which will also be the new model for the players!
      • Druids will also get a new model for the swimming form
    • Stormheim
      • The home of the Vrykul
      • You’ll compete agains The God King, Skovald
      • Discover the origins of the Kvaldir and Valkyr
      • New dragonflight: The storm dragons
    • Azsuna
      • The elven civilization was annihilated by Queen Azshara
  • In this expansion can you see 3x as far into the distance as before!
    • Azsuna (again)
      • The Blue Dragon flight will be seen in this zone
      • The Warden’s Isle is the home to the Vault of the Wardens
      • The people of Azsuna are cursed
      • The spectre, the male counterpart of the Banshee makes it’s debut
      • All Naga get new high res models
      • Queen Azshara has allied herself with a sea giant faction
      • A new sea monster called the Wrath of Azshara is shown, no story background
    • Highmountain
      • Home to one of the highest peaks in all of Azeroth
      • Home of 3 ancient Tauren clans
    • Suramar
      • Home of The Nightwell and The Nightborne
      • The queen has made a pact with Gul’dan and demons now inhabit the city
      • The entire city is explorable
      • The Nightborne use arcane, not nature energies
  • Systems and Gameplay
    • You can start in any zone, the zone and experience will scale to your level!
      • Suramar will be a level 110 zone.
      • You need to complete the other zones to do Suramar.
      • This means that as a level 102 and level 106 you can level together in a zone.
      • The world will be scaled to you.
      • Non-scaling foes await at max level
    • Endgame content:
      • A combination of MoP and WoD endgame: structure, but freedom and storytelling
      • The entire continent can be made use of for endgame content due to the dynamic scaling
      • A system of outdoor world quests will be available. You can choose which zone/quest you want to do.
      • The system reminds me of Adventure mode in Diablo.
      • There will always be something for you to do when you log in.
      • There will be garrison missions, for players.
        • Reputations
        • Pvp objectives
        • World raid bosses
        • Profession missions
        • Minigames
      • Factions will come to your class order hall.
        • For example a valkyr faction will give you a quest to do 5 valkyr related objectives
        • They’ll wait around a few days before leaving, so they’re not just dailies
    • Raids and Dungeons:
      • Emerald Nightmare
        • 7 boss raid
        • In Val’sharah
        • First raid
        • Emerald Dream, fallen into shadow
        • Raid bosses:
          • (1) a dragon, “Pestilence Wyrm”
          • (2) Cenarius
          • (7) Xavius
      • Suramar Palace
        • 10 boss raid
        • In Suramar
        • Gul’dan’s base of operations
        • An elven raid, not a demon raid
        • Home to the Eye of Aman’thul
        • Raid bosses:
          • A dreadlord embassador
          • An elf that has power over time
      • 10 dungeons in legion
      • 5 level-up dungeons
        • Eye of Azshara
        • Neltharion’s Lair
        • Halls of Valor
        • Darkheart Thicket
        • Violet Hold
        • They’re integrated in the story
        • They can be done in any order, just like the zones
      • 5 max-level dungeons
        • Vault of the Wardens
        • Black Rook Hold
        • Helheim
        • Suramar Noble District
        • Suramar Catacombs
      • Dungeons as endgame:
        • Dungeons need to remain relevant
        • Both in terms of difficulty and reward
        • Challenger’s Keystone
          • Points to a random Legion dungeon
          • Can be upgraded
          • Still have to beat a timer
          • The higher level the key is, the better the reward is
          • The higher level the key is, the higher level the difficulty of the dungeon is
          • It’s about gameplay, not about rushing
          • Every week the key has a modifier, changing the way mobs work
            • E.g. Enrage – all mobs enrage at 30% health
            • Or everyone constantly has a DoT on them
          • This is a genuine alternate path
  • The beta will come in the weeks following Blizzcon.

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