Best of Blizzcon 2018 – Top 20

This post contains a few small spoilers for the story going forward in World of Warcraft.


 

This magical time of the year; Blizzcon 2018, has now come and gone.

 

Here is my top 20 πŸ™‚

 

1. Maryann Strossner – voice actor of Scrollsage Nola

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I always love watching and hearing these actors bring the characters to life.

In particular, this year, seeing Maryann Strossner, the crowd reaction as well as the people on stage – just pure joy and smile and warmth as she said

“A turtle has made it to the water”

She is truly something. I wish the video from Blizzcon was up for all to see, I can almost guarantee, that you will smile widely.

Here is a video of her from not long ago too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edit: If you missed it from Blizzcon, it’s actually here:

 

 

 


 

2. The Terror of Darkshore cinematic

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Even though I know this cinematic does not reflect the quests on 8.1, I just have to cling on to this one and hope that perhaps in 8.3 an onwards we might see a victory for the Night Elves. I can do nothing but hope. Until then, I shall rewatch this over, and over, and over.


 

3. How about that Terror of Darkshore cinematic?!

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That moment, when Malfurion noticed the Troll behind him and the music caught on. So nicely made and what a build up.


 

4. Mike Morhaime on stage

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It was great to see him again, and even though not a technical tribute, the way he spoke and then introduced J. Allen Brack as the new President…I am pretty sure, I even saw someone cry in the audience.

Oh, and that joke he made was brilliant, that one about J. Allen Brack “You may think you know J. but you don’t”, hah.

If you are unaware Brack became infamous for that saying, when someone asked forΒ  Classic servers way back, when he said something along the lines of “You think you want that, but you don’t”


 

6. The Terror of Darkshore cinematic

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Did I mention this one already? How about that moment, when Malfurion shifted and stepped into the character true to the Night Elves?


 

7. Mike and J. Allen Brack together

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These two looked so moved by the whole “ritual”. J. Allen Brack being introduced as the new President, him saying to Mike “You made this”, as they looked over the audience. What an accomplishment.

I cannot imagine, how anyone can be overly and only critical of World of Warcraft, when they see the real people behind it, and realize, what kind of passion fuels it.


 

8. The Terror of Darkshore cinematic

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That intense moment where the troll feared for his life, and Night Elves, if only for this second at least, no longer was the punching bag of the Horde.


 

9. A new Brawler’s Guild

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Even though I cannot do it for a long while as a Healer, it is my hope I can make an attempt once the next expansion is close, and my gear is up to date, just like I did before. Managing it as a healer was a lot of fun and quite the challenge.


 

10. Playing Vanilla

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I had a lot of fun playing the demo of Vanilla. The need for eating, drinking, buffing, grouping.

It was everything, I hoped it would be.


 

11. New Worgen and Goblin models

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I do not play these, but on behalf on all of those who do, and seeing all the details on so many new Allied Races, this one certainly was due. I am happy for the Worgens, they sure waited long for this.


 

12. The Terror of Darkshore cinematic

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The way the owl squints at Nathanos. Great detail. “We are coming”.


 

13. A Unicorn that swims?

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A horse, that is also a unicorn that also is able to swim? Yes, please πŸ™‚


 

14. The Terror of Darkshore cinematic

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The way “Nightsong” started playing, as the camera flew with the owl to reveal Tyrande as the Night Warrior. I know this is just a leadup to the Warfront, that will not result in a victory for the Night Elves, but this is all I have!


 

15. PvP AI

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As much as I am against AI on many other levels, they are so welcome for me in Island Expeditions. They give faster queues, and it somehow takes off the pressure too. To see them in PvP would be great for someone like me. And as Blizzard do say themselves “You’re welcome, Alliance”. Despite the Horde bias getting old, I agree.


 

16.Β  A Baby Naga

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Finally!


 

17. The Terror of Darkshore cinematic

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The look in Tyrande’s whole posture, with Malfurion behind her…Thank you.


 

18. Mechagon

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Where I am not fond of Gnomes or anything gnome related techy techy, I think this race really deserves some spotlight. And it seems Blizzard was aware of that too. I can be happy for the Gnomes.


 

19. Tauren Heritage Armor

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Similar to that, I am also happy for the Taurens. They are left out in the cold, more or less, too, with all their frustration at Baine not acting as they wanted him to. I’m happy to see, they are next in line for Heritage Armor.


 

20. The Terror of Darkshore cinematic

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The best of all of it, is what I end with. Despite that this cinematic is just for the Warfront and does not reflect the gameplay or the results of the quests of 8.1, it is my fragile hope, that we might see a victory for the Night Elves later on in the expansion, at least.

I will hold on to this cinematic.


 

I wanted to see more of Blizzcon, but for some reasons, the stream lagged terribly, and I didn’t have time yet.

But I really looked forward to see things such as the “Immersive Sounds of Azeroth”.

Did any one you catch that? I heard they would go into details with Drustvar.


 

How about you? πŸ™‚

The posts on Blizzcon this year from the blogging community have been far less over the weekend than last time, but I guess a new expansion announcement always bring in far more. In general, actually, the blogging community seems to have been a lot less active compared to before Battle for Azeroth.

I hope to see more from you guys soon!


 

My wish list for Blizzcon 2018

Just in time, not a moment too early, I want to make an attempt of a wish list for Blizzcon 2018, just like I did last year. It’s shaping up to be completely different than most, I imagine. But hey πŸ™‚

For fun, I tried to revisit the wish list from 2017, and see what came true, if not out of Blizzcon, but in Battle for Azeroth.

Wishes that came true since last Blizzcon 2017

A stat squish

Garrison/ Class Hall/ Missions removed

Bigger and less crowded zones

 

That is something πŸ™‚

A stat squish we got. It needs polishing, but it’s there.

Sure we did not get the whole Mission table removal, but this time around, it’s not involved in questing at all, it’s there, if you want it, but you are not pressured into doing it. Which actually rings true for many of the systems in World of Warcraft right now, and that is something I like, even though, I can relate to the enormous player crowd, who wish there was more ‘reason’ to do them.

The zones of Battle for Azeroth on their own feel bigger and less crowded, I think. Sure, not everywhere, some places are packed with mobs still, but there are times, where I can ride and enjoy the scenery. I love, how I can climb almost every mountain to the top!

 


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This time around though, as far as a wishlist for Blizzcon is concerned, I struggle.

 

“I struggle to stay positive about the game in Battle for Azeroth, but I make a very strong attempt to do so.”

– Alunaria

 

This wish list is so different than last year.

I actually enjoy Island Expeditions and Warfronts and what not, and I am hardly affected by the whole Azerite system at all.Β The Dungeon and Raid encounters are engaging and new; I am amazed, at how they can keep coming up with new things. The zones of Kul Tiras are, on their own, magnificient; the art team has outdone themselves.

So my wish list is actually centered around a single thing;

the story and the telling of the story. Because I play first and foremost, for the story and lore of the game. It branches into different aspects of it.

Let’s see what I’d love to get out of Blizzcon…

 


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Blizzcon 2018 Wish List

 

I’d love to see an Alliance cinematic, like Old Soldier, involving Night Elves. I think the time has come. Any cinematic will do, I’m not asking for a high-quality one even.

I’d love for the quests in the new patch to leave us with a sense of accomplishment, a step forward, and not another brutal defeat or “fake victory, which essentially is a loss”. A clear victory for Night Elves. Not “For the Alliance as in Anduin and his human crew”.

I’d love to see more story told inside the game, instead of outside of it. At least when it comes to crucial character development

I’d love to see, that the “GOTCHA”-moment is finally up; we will have revealed, why the actions of many characters are so inconsistent, based on the last many years of lore.

I’d love to see, that we will have revealed, that it has not been for nothing; it has not been done for the shock effect alone.

I read an interview, where a Blizzard developer said:

 

β€œThe goal is to watch people have a visceral reaction, and care about what happen, and even argue with each other.”

– Blizzard, september 2018

 

I obviously disagree, and I find it so wrong, especially in 2018, to make this the goal of your storytelling.

I do not need this in my game.

 

“I am not asking for Unicorns and Rainbows. But I much rather fight a dragon, than have this kind of “our leader is insane, I hate all of you for following him/her, much rage, much hate, much seperation, death to all of you, ongoing meaningless war (but we have no choice)” – emotion to creep into the game, I play to have fun in.”

– Alunaria

 

It’s just not for me.

I realize, I am the minority with these thoughts, possibly, and that’s okay. But I need to get it out there. There’s no need to convince me; I realize this probably comes from playing nothing but a Night Elf for 14 years ( which more or less is my entire adult life), and always being more fond of that race and their zones, than any other race in the game.

I should have juggled all possible races instead; thatmight have made this kind of expansion a lot more “digestible”

It is my hope, and I make a choice to believe in this;

that at Blizzcon 2018 things will make sense soon, and we will come out of Battle for Azeroth with a feeling, that it worked out well, not just at the very end, not just on the last page of the book, but before that, too.

I want to be entertained without being clueless during the telling of the story too. Not just at the end of it.

I think that the overall story of Battle for Azeroth looks great on paper. But having it play out in the game, in forced chapters, with the abrupt ‘endings’, that is nessesary because of time gating, but then not executed with dedication, makes it appear worse.

I’d also, obviously love to see a rebuild of Teldrassil. Perhaps not now. But we did see the burning of it at Blizzcon 2017, teased many months before it actually happened.

 

Essentially…

 

“I’d love to see a glimmer of hope for the Night Elves.”

– Alunaria

 

I’d love to see changes to the Darnassian Refugees in Stormwind.

And Mia Greymane, did you notice her health is jumping up and down in the Cathedral?Β  Last I checked, she was at 60%. She has been at 70% and 80% too. Perhaps there is a reason?

 


 

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I’d also really love to see a Mike Morhaime tribute up on screen. Unlike my other wishes, this one, I am almost sure we will get.

I never did get around to make a post about him stepping down.

 

The way, Mike Morhaime has helped shape the genre worldwide, the gaming, how he and the team has provided us with such a magical world to immerse ourselves in, to bond long lasting friendships in…To find our spouse in!

We owe him so much gratitude.

I hope he knows that.

– Alunaria

 

J. Allen Brack has large shoes to fill as the new President of Blizzard Entertainment, and I wish him the best of luck. πŸ™‚

 


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I’d also love to see the WoW Classic experience going well, of course. But I do notice, how this part of all the wishes actually came last. Those who know me know, I am so hyped for Classic WoW, more than anything else. But that obviously does not mean, that I do not care what happens to the story in the current version of the game.

 


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I could go into more detail and expand and easily come up with more wishes, but it genuinely was not my intention to be negative in this post.

I think it’s just a reflection of the inner conflict as of late.

And I do not think that is positive, despite what Blizzard claims with their goal of having us feel this like this; their goal to have us argue with each other.

Even though I just play a few times a week now, I really want World of Warcraft to succeed.

 

“I want to want to log in, as often as I did in Legion.”

– Alunaria

 

So here’s to a fantastic Blizzcon, that will blow us all away!

 

See you on Monday, where we all will say “They did it, I can’t wait!” πŸ™‚