Warlords of Draenor – Expendables Style

Last Thursday we had the big reveal.  Blizzard had an event where they talked about various aspects of the Warlords of Draenor expansion and gave us the big news that we had all been waiting for, the launch date.

And they also showed us the big cinematic trailer.  This focuses on the change in lore.  This time around the orc chieftains reject Gul’dan and his offer.  It isn’t exactly clear why they do this.  Did somebody come back in time and warn them?  Were they that much on the edge last time around that it could have gone either way?  Did Gul’dan blow it with his choice of stemware?

Whatever it was, there won’t be any fel orcs or like abominations.  But the orcs are still building that protal and they are still coming to Azeroth.

And that’s is all you really need to know, that they are coming… on or about November 13th of this year.

But if you are a bit of a lore noob (Liore noob?) you might be wondering about the cast of characters.  I ran through the quest line in Felwood just about a month back, which included a whole “Previously in Azeroth” quest segment that played out the high points of the story behind The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King, but I still can’t name the 47 7 orc chieftain without peeking.

Chieftain Cheat Sheet

Chieftain Cheat Sheet

Blizzard is trying to solve this with their own Lords of War video series.  But maybe you want something a little more straight forward.  If so, I offer this:

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Pity about the heavy use of ads at both ends, but it does show you some of the in-game versions of the actual Warlords of Draenor.

And if you want to see all the WoW cinematic trailers, Shintar has them all queued up in a single post.

6 thoughts on “Warlords of Draenor – Expendables Style

  1. The Alien

    Remember when they insist on leaving Garrosh alive at the end of SoO? Right, so of course he escapes and travels back in time(dang Nozdormu, you had ONE JOB) and across dimensions to warn people not to get their demon taint on and oh, by the way, have some technology.

    This creates some kind of alternate dimension, because the past of Warcraft doesn’t change. Only now we’re doing Doctor Who, as a new version of an extradimensional menace we already fought once is showing up in the modern day.

    So there you go. Garrosh tried to mess with history, created an alternate dimension instead and now that dimension is invading us. What does that mean to you? It means someone really wanted our initials to spell SHIELD.


  2. Bob

    I’m really glad I didn’t buy the ex pack. I thought the cinematic was outstanding and had that old school bloody feel to it, but the way they’re showing off the orc chieftains is just, well, gay. These guys were badass bloodily warlords who killed people at a whim and destroyed entire people for fun. Sign.


  3. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Werit – Yeah, I did not explicitly say that, but mostly because I thought it was obvious after I contrasted it with Blizzard’s own Lords of War videos in the post.


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