So a few days ago there was an apparent leak at Blizzard as a server called “Maelstrom 3 Test” appeared on the test-server tab for a few moments.
You can read more about it here.
While this may seem inconsequential, remember that the initial WotLK leak was a “Northrend” directory (containing a few Howling Fjord trees) that was accidentally included within a Burning Crusade PTR installation.
So what’s the consensus now? Emerald Dream? Maelstrom?
With Emerald Dream, I think our most compelling evidence is the “Malfurion” novel due in 2010.
With Maelstrom, the most compelling evidence is this recent leak.
They’re both compelling, but I think that no matter what the next expansion is, that “Malfurion” novel is all but proof that Malfurion Stormrage is about to take a much more active role in WoW lore.
So we’re left with three options.
– Malfurion Stormrage is going to help us kill Azshara.
– The next expansion is Emerald Dream.
– Emerald Dream and Maelstrom will be combined into one Expansion.
I think they’re all valid. We could choose to be frustrated over this, but I think we need to focus on the one, very cool, definite: Malfurion is coming.
UPDATE 7/4/09: One of our readers, Kyle, sent us a recording he made of the test server leak. You can check it out here. Thanks Kyle!