I’m sure it’s obnoxious that with all the leaks floating around about test server names and Halloween masks, the one we keep prattling on about here at Loregy is the Malfurion novel that was announced a few months ago.
Sure it’s only a lore leak, but let’s face it… the lore told us years ago that expansion #3 would be either Maelstrom or Emerald Dream. As we keep preaching to the “lorelol” crowd, it’s a fallacy to ignore this “lore dork” stuff when you want to answer the age old question, “What happens next?”
Well as was said earlier today, in patch 3.3 we’re going to kill Arthas.
But what about after that? What happens next?
Remember, whereas Wrath of the Lich King has the Lich King, The Burning Crusade had Illidan. And yet, what happened after Illidan was killed? Was that it? Did the expansion end? You might already see where I’m going… We, of course, had Sunwell Plateau.
So is that it? Am I inferring that we’ll have another raid after Icecrown? No. I think we would have heard something by now. Metzen and crew had been inferring for awhile that something big was coming after Illidan died, and that this “big something” would tie up all of The Burning Crusade’s loose ends.
So what then? Well… what happened after Sunwell? That’s right, the zombie infestation. *That’s* what I’m referring to. Not a literal zombie infestation, but a global world event that heralds in the next expansion.
When will this happen? Next year, right before Maelstrom comes out. And what else is happening right around that time? You got it, the Malfurion novel is being released.
Consider this as well. Malfurion Stormrage’s return to Azeroth’s lore is a big deal. He is not just going to be someone you happen upon at the top of a temple in Maelstrom. His return is an event, and this is the perfect place for it.
So there it is; I’m fairly certain that Wrath of Lich King’s global event heralding in the next expansion will centralize around Malfurion Stormrage returning from the Emerald Dream in some way or another. And obviously, the reason he’s come back is to help Azeroth with whatever new “Cataclysm” it’s now facing.
So rejoice, we won’t have to wait until Maelstrom to see Malfurion. He’s be showing up in the expansion we’re already playing.
And on a personal note, I must say… It’s about friggin’ time.