WoW’s Next Expansion: Maelstrom or Emerald Dream?




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[October 2011 Update: For our latest speculation regarding WoW's Next Expansion you should check out our newer post: Future Expansions for WoW - Redux.]

So… we’ve got two opposing camps right now debating what will be World of Warcraft’s next expansion:  Maelstrom?  Or Emerald Dream?  Obviously in my “Future Expansions for WoW” post, I suggested the next expansion would be Emerald Dream.  Here’s why…


There’s little doubt that the final expansion will be the fifth one, taking us to Sargeras’s homeworld.  From a lore standpoint (since we are after all lore-dorks around here), ask yourself this question, “Which expansion would flow better toward Sargeras’s homeworld?  Emerald Dream or Maelstrom?”  I think Maelstrom completely trumps the Emerald Dream in that regard.  The final boss of Maelstrom will obviously be Azshara, who is the closest thing we have in WoW’s lore to a female/mate counterpart to Sargeras.  If you read the War of the Ancients trilogy you’ll find the Azshara desperately wished to be Sargeras’s consort.  He was the only being she felt was worthy of her.

This gives us  an organic (there’s a writing buzzword for you) progression of end bosses.

From Nightmare, to Sargeras’s Consort, to Sargeras himself.

There’s also the setting to take into account.  Blizzard Entertainment has admitted to being surprised by how… odd it felt being in Outland in The Burning Crusade.  It’s hard to describe, but Blizzard mentioned this odd underlying feeling several times along with a number of game critics.  When one leaves Azeroth in WoW, there’s almost a “side mission” feel to it.  For better or worse, part of you wants to get back to the “real action” on Azeroth, which is a shame since Outland is part of the real action.

My point is, whether a designer or player, you don’t want to leave Azeroth for too long.

If Maelstrom were the next expansion we’d have this situation:

Maelstrom, Azeroth –> Emerald Dream, Outside Azeroth –> Sargeras’s Homeworld, Outside Azeroth.

After Maelstrom (expansion #3), we’d be outside Azeroth for the remaining history of the entire game.  If Emerald Dream were next it would alternate perfectly, even when including “Vanilla WoW”.

Vanilla WoW, Azeroth –> Outland, Outside Azeroth –> Northrend, Azeroth –> Emerald Dream, Outside Azeroth –> Maelstrom, Azeroth –> Sargeras’s Homeworld, Outside Azeroth.

You leave and come back, leave and come back.  You’re never away from Azeroth for too long, but you still get to see the outside realms.

All this aside though, here’s my favorite reason:  The journey from Maelstrom to Sargeras’s homeworld is smoother.  What’s beneath the Maelstrom?  The collapsed portal Brox went through, which is the only known portal to Sargeras’s homeworld on Azeroth.  What does the Emerald Dream have to do with Sargeras’s Homeworld?  Nothing!

Now sure they could retcon it all.  But as it stands right now, the coolest way for us to enter Sargeras’s homeworld is to follow in the foot-steps of Brox through a re-ignited Maelstrom portal at the end of expansion #4.

Emerald Dream should be the next expansion, not because it necessarily makes for a great #3, but because Maelstrom is already such a strong, perfect candidate for #4.

So why all the debate about Maelstrom vs. Emerald Dream?  Mostly because of this document that’s been floating around for the past several years:

- Draenor Set

Azuremyst Isle – 1 to 10
Bloodmyrk Isle – 10 to 20

Eversong Forest – 1 to 10
Quel’thalas – 10 to 20
Hellfire Peninsula – 58 to 62
Zangarmarsh – 60 to 64
Terokkar Forest – 61 to 65
The Deadlands – 63 to 67
Nagrand – 64 to 68
Blade’s Edge Mountains – 66 to 70
Netherstorm – 67 to 70
Shadowmoon Valley – 69 to 70

- Northrend Set

Borean Tundra – 67 to 70
Howling Fjord – 67 to 70
Dragonblight – 69 to 72
Grizzly Hills – 70 to 73
Crystalsong Forest – 72 to 75
Zul’drak – 73 to 76
Sholazar Basin – 75 to 79
Storm Peaks – 76 to 80
Icecrown Glacier – 78 to 80


- Maelstrom Set

Gilneas – 77 to 80
Grim Batol – 78 to 81
Kul Tiras – 79 to 82
Kezan – 81 to 86
Tel Abim – 83 to 85
Zandalar – 84 to 87
Plunder Isle – 86 to 88
The Broken Isles – 87 to 90
The Maelstrom – 89 to 90

- Plane Set

Pandaria – 1 to 10
Hiji – 10 to 20

Wolfenhold – 1 to 10
Xorothian Plains – 10 to 20

The Green Lands – 88 to 91
The Dying Paradise – 91 to 94
The Emerald Nightmare – 94 to 97
The Eye of Ysera – 97 to 100

Deephome – 88 to 91
Skywall – 91 to 94
The Abyssal Maw – 94 to 97
The Firelands – 97 to 100

- Legion Set

K’aresh – 96 to 99
Argus Meadowlands – 97 to 100
Mac’Aree – 99 to 100
Maw of Oblivion – 100+

I agree with several things on this list.  Obviously I agree about Sargeras’s homeworld being the final expansion, but I also agree that the Emerald Dream expansion will probably include the Elemental Plains, which is where beings such as Ragnaros came from.

I do not agree, however, that Gilneas is a 77-80 zone (more on that later).  And the Pandaria/Wolfenhold portion just reeks too much of “fanboy”.

Either way, I feel confident enough the logic here to say that if Blizzard does make Maelstrom the next expansion it will have been the wrong decision.

Blizzard recently acknowledged that the next expansion is already under way, so perhaps we’ll learn what it is by the end of the year.

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Thurokiir February - 2009 at 3:28 am

Well, I agree partially on your reasoning on not wanting to leave the world of azeroth very much by my hinge on that was this: I played pretty hard in TBC and always tried to quantify WHY WoW was so bland and the feeling of me drifting away from caring about OL. To me, that was the insane high fantacy you had to experience. The earth is broken, random shit is floating around, THERE IS NO SKY CEPT IN NAGRAND. Which consequently became everyone’s favorite zone.

To me the moment you start going nigh sci fi with your fantacy *ie floating islands for no good reason* you lose the atmosphere that makes wow, wow.

Yes it’s a cartoony game but the lore that we loved in war 3/tft was REAL almost visceral, the atmosphere in TBC took that Cartoony and ran with it to an extreme where it hurt immersion for me, just running around and seeing floating lights and orbs my head kind went “C’mon, this is just silly, we can use a torch”

TLDR: It’s not WoW. No fact that we are separated from our “home” its that our new home for a time was rather bizzare and we didn’t like it.

So for emerald dream as long as Blizzard doesn’t stretch druid lore to make totally insane creations in terms of buildings and surroundings, I think we’re going to be ok. As for Sargeron…well its all up in the air, though to me the fortress draconis series is a cool idea for a real “Base” for the times of fantasy and insane magic.

2 Dangablad February - 2009 at 6:06 am

After seeing Sunwell Plateau, another idea has come to mind.

The last content patch of LK? ~ Emerald Dream

Next (and last) expansion ~ Maelstrom

Last content patch of Maelstrom? ~ Sargeras homeworld.

After Sunwell Plateau, it came to me that both the dream and Sargeras’ homeworld could probably be done as well as they needed to be in a large one zone content patch. Keep in mind that Sillithus and Sunwell brought great raid dungeons, with massive end bosses, alive without an entire expansion. We could see what could have been 3 whole expansions (and a push to 110) turn into just one and WoW ending at 90.

3 fritzl February - 2009 at 1:39 am

man i hope they make RFC an end game raid

4 care February - 2009 at 2:00 pm

i just want to have more druid lore fun stuff to play with.

5 Tharion Greyseer February - 2009 at 4:56 pm

By Sargeras’s homeworld, I’m assuming you’re referring to the eredar homeworld of Argus? I ask because it’s important to differentiate. I have no doubt that we’ll eventually travel to Argus, as it is said to be the primary HQ for Burning Legion activity. However, I do not believe we’ll face off with Sargeras in a “beat-all, end-all” fashion. Sargy is a bit too powerful and pivotal to the Warcraft history as a whole. We’ll more than likely end up facing Kil’jaeden once again, since ol’ K’J's not yet dead and he still stands between us and the dark titan. He’s a bit more expendable as a villain than his currently missing master.

Also, Sargeras is a titan (granted, a fallen titan), and thus we have no idea where his true homeworld is, nor that of any of the other titans. Heck, we I don’t even think we know exactly where the titans are at the moment. The closest thing we currently have is Loken, and he’s … well … his loyalties are suspect.

Secondly, the Azshara connection is weak at this current point in lore. Certainly, I believe she’s the next “big bad,” but her loyalties are no longer to the Burning Legion, but to the Old Gods of Azeroth now. It was an Old God who kept her surviving, and it is most likely an Old God whom she serves now. Indeed, the H.P. Lovecraft influence found in the Old God designs (C’thun, Yogg-Saron, Faceless Ones, etc) leads to the idea that this next Old God will be a variation on Dagon (the Great Old One of the sea in the Lovecraftian mythos). Afterall, murlocs are really just Azeroth’s version of Deep Ones.

And we know that there will be a reckoning with the Old Gods in the future. There’s too much movement, too many events in which they keep their tentacles… My personal speculation is that we’ll see a “re-shaping” story arc in which the titans return to Azeroth to smack down the Old Gods and reshape the world once again, fixing all that which was falling apart over the millenia. Part of me believes this is the perfect content for an “end of WoW” expansion or patch.

Imagine it for a moment: The last of the Old Gods breaks free and rises to the surface, the Burning Legion breaks through with one final push, Sargeras at their head, and the titans return to wipe the slate clean once and for all. Either way, the end of the world is upon us all…

Concerning the alternating “On Azeroth, Off Azeroth” theory, it should also be important to note that the Emerald Dream is still on Azeroth. In fact, various bits of lore state that the dream is Azeroth in its various stages of “shaping.” So it’s Azeroth, but seen through different lenses. If it’s given a full expansion, I fully expect to see zones that mirror and warp areas with which we’re familiar right now. How about Desolace before the Sundering blasted it into a wasteland? Or how about the Maelstrom … before it was the Maelstrom? Before, even, the Palace of Zin’Azshari were there? Regardless, the Emerald Dream will still be an Azeroth-based location just because that’s what the Emerald Dream is.

Like a previous commenter, I personally see the Emerald Dream being a content patch to an existing expansion, or a zone that shares expansion credit with something else (much like Quel’thalas shared Burning Crusade expansion credit).

The Nightmare, on the other hand…

In closing, we won’t truly know the next expansion’s content until Blizzard announces it (with Blizzard’s withdrawal from this year’s E3, perhaps we’ll see a BlizzCon 2009 with a new expansion announcement… the timing’s right). Maelstrom or Emerald Dream, it doesn’t matter much until THIS storyline (the Lich King arc) is completed.

But yeah, it’s definitely fun to speculate, isn’t it?

6 Cocles February - 2009 at 7:12 pm

@Tharion – When I refer to “Sargeras’s Homeworld” I’m referring to the unnamed world where Brox fought his final battle. You’re right in that it was probably Argus. In the War of the Ancients though (as far as I can remember, correct me if I’m wrong) they only refer to it as the Burning Legion’s “Homeworld”.

As for Sargeras, remember that Blizzard has set up plenty of precedent for NPC’s helping us out to “even the odds” (Illidan, Malygos, etc.), so the “he’s too powerful argument” doesn’t really work anymore. You’re right that it would completely turn Warcraft on its head to kill him, but if he’s the LAST boss in WoW we’re safe to do that. I’d also be shocked if WoW didn’t end with some sort of Titanic smack down. I’d be doubly shocked though if we weren’t directly involved in the actual final bout.

I think you’re right about Azshara. The Naga as a race were created by the old gods, so it’d just be… lame(?) to not have them heavily entrenched with the old gods. Who know what Blizzard will do with Azshara herself, but the “Servant of the old Gods who both hates and loves Sargeras (like any good spurned lover should)” seems the most likely angle. –It’s nice to see someone else catch the Lovecraft. It’s so blatantly obvious, yet I guess virtually no one these days knows where Cthulu and the other old gods come from. To everyone else, Read your H.P. Lovecraft! It’s where Metzen’s getting all of his “Old God” mumbo-jumbo.

I concur that the Emerald Dream is part of Azeroth, my point though is that regardless of where it may be lore-wise, it still would feel like “off Azeroth” experience like Outland. I’m VERY curious as to what they’ll specifically do, since the Emerald Dream’s land mass is Azeroth before the “Well of Eternity” imploded… so… it’s… well… huge. It makes it really hard to speculate as what we’ll see. Some are obvious like the “Eye of Ysera”, but yeesh. Makes it even stranger then to consider that everyone (including myself) figures it’ll be coupled with something else in some way. Elemental Plains or something else entirely…

7 Izzie February - 2009 at 11:02 am

I’m a bit confused, where did that “document” come from and how long has it been circulating? I’d never seen it before, but I just recently got into lore, so that could be why.

Either way, to add to your “on Azeroth, off Azeroth” idea, I was toying with what races / classes will play an important role for the next few expansions. Kinda like, TBC, Belves and Dreanei, with Orc stuff thrown in (Shamans?). LK is about the DK’s, mages, humans, and undead.

Emerald dream would obviously center around the Druids, Nelves, and Tauren (likely see some remodeling of Tyrande). I’m not sure what the elemental plains refer too, though, I’m going out on a limb and say that might be a shaman thing again =P

Maelstrom, no idea. Could possibly be about the Nevles again. I feel bad for all the other races though (Trolls get no love! Gnomes and Dwarves seem pretty lackluster too.)

Ideas?

8 Izzie February - 2009 at 11:17 am

Oh, as an addition, according to an interview from NY Comic-Con, an upcoming novel (Stormrage) is all about the Emerald Nightmare. Metzen/Neilson mention that it’s going to explain pretty much everything about what’s going on there, what’s happening with Malfurioin and how the Nightmare is spreading to Azeroth:

http://www.blizzplanet.com/blog/comments/chris_metzen_micky_neilson_pocket_star_books_lore_qa_video_interview/

I’m not sure if is a good or bad thing. Having all the “questions answered” in a book kinda doesn’t bode well for an entire expansion…then again, the Kalec/Anveena storyline was out in manga-form before Sunwell was released…(I think? Yeah.)

9 Cocles February - 2009 at 3:59 pm

@Izzie, the “document” is rumored to have been copied from a blue post made on the original Vanilla WoW Beta Forums. Whether or not this is true is anyone’s guess.

As for your questions, Elemental Plains would be all over the Shamans the way the Emerald Dream is all over the Druids.

Maelstrom will obviously involve all of the island/ocean races. So Goblins, Naga, and don’t forget… the trolls of the Horde are Island Trolls. You will definitely see a whole lot of Troll love in the Maelstrom.

As for that interview, I’m going to make a post about it right now.

10 james February - 2009 at 12:54 pm

i agree with this whole page because leaving azeroth and coming back is ok because you dont always want to be on azeroth

11 Tharion Greyseer February - 2009 at 1:33 pm

Just a clarification to some of the recent comments. The “Elemental Plane” is essentially the plane of reality in which the elemental lords are currently trapped. They were banished there during the big ol’ war between the Titans and the Old Gods before Azeroth was anything like we know it.

Ragnaros was summoned from the Elemental Plane by the Dark Irons. The explosion was so massive that it blew apart a chunk of the Redridge Mountains and turned that part into what we know today as the Burning Steppes and Searing Gorge. Also, the volcano created by said explosion is Blackrock Mountain.

This WoWWiki article highlights some of the info from the tabletop supplement:

http://www.wowwiki.com/Elemental_plane

12 Treesdeil February - 2009 at 7:59 pm

The one rumor you’re forgetting is an entire CoT expansion…

13 Cingy February - 2009 at 2:23 am

Great discussion. Based on the “document” which I first encountered about a year ago, I had always assumed that the next expansion would be Maelstrom. You make some powerfull arguments for this not being the case. I would like to make some comments to counter yours:

The element of gameplay basically screams for a next playable race, and next playable classes. Looking and the open area’s on the map, the available lore and the names of the starter zones in the ‘document’, the most likely candidates are Pandaren and Worgen, with a third more remote possibility being redeamed dreadlords (Xorothian is a reference to Dreadlords and Demonic origins).

All of these possibilities would be well possitioned for the most logical next playable class, monk / unarmed combat, the only mayor white spot WoW has compared to other mmorpgs. This could be nicely mixed with some rune magic and a healer branch for 3 talent trees.

This would give a progression of expansions:
Playable races (BC) / Playable Class (WotLK) / Playable Races (Maelstrom) / Playable Class (Planes & Argus)

From a commercial point of view, I would say 4 total expansion is now more likely then 5, as everything got kind of delayed. I would put my money on Emerald Dream being a content patch leading up to the next expansion. Maybe we will find that there is some connection between the nightmare and the old gods.

14 juju April - 2009 at 2:09 am

i reckon the emerald dream will be the next expansion
but i doubt that bliz will put sageras in any expansion they might put a sort of shade of him but not the full form of him
i also like the idea of maelstrom…mabye there should be water mounts in it?even though in th ulduar patch mounts can swim :P
or another continent could be added in the south perhaps?
pesonaly i’d like a “sageras’s tomb” dungeon/raid under the ocean with gul’dan’s ghost at the end ;)

15 Balaar April - 2009 at 7:41 am

Hmmm… Very interesting thoughts and as much as i’d love to agree with most of them, i still have to put my money on the “Emerald Dream patch leading up to the Maelstrom expansion” version.
Logically, Maelstrom has to come last before Sargeras’ homeworld, but with the novel approaching and WotLK quests including entry into the Emerald Dream pretty much predate that kind of content being on the way.
But wait. Anyone notice the Goblin on Borean Tundra ranting on about how he should just pack up and leave for Undermine for good?
I think we will see clearer in a couple of weeks, when they’ve announced and described patch 3.2 in detail. (new 5-man instance incoming, new raid (possibily Grim Batol…?))
Or we won’t know a thing until the 22nd of August.

16 dave April - 2009 at 6:27 am

well seing as blizz have said they want to make another warcraft sargress may survive wow also a CoT expansion is very likely and theres already 1 raid gaurentied outside of wotlk uldum the emerald dream is like azeroth however maybe we could go in hyjal and the other realms we have blocked off thats were the nightmare is also kil’jaden is not dead remember

17 KirbyMST3K June - 2009 at 6:49 am

Did anyone besides me not even finish BC and all it;s instances?

a third expansion ALREADY? I’m getting the idea that this is kinda rushed…

I mean, it;s hard enough to get a group together to run Vaults, but this is getting crazy.

18 Ancolon June - 2009 at 2:15 am

Well i dont actually think that Emerald dreams would be a Patch only cuz its 2 god damn big, the emerald dream realm is going 2 be if it comes out gonan be 2 big for a simple patch. if its going 2 be patch theres gonna be months of prepatching with huge content within it.
even though i like the idea with the whole Maelstorm/sargeras thing and would actually like an Raid in Sargeras tomb were you would encounter sargeras Past kinda like a rewind or something on what really happend inside

19 Benjamin June - 2009 at 12:47 pm

After doing some research into the general topic of future WoW expansions. After playing (lore-wise) completely through 3.2 content and brushing up on all the old lore that’s become a bit hazy in my memory (I’ve always been a bit of a Warcraft lore nerd), and then reading every blue post, rumor and fansite suggestion Google could give me, I’ve got to side with the OP on this one.
Here’s how I see the overall arc of the WoW storyline:
Post-TFC WoW — Legion invasion repelled, LK established, Illidan at large, Old Gods introduced again
Post-Vanilla WoW — Legion, LK and Old Gods all on the move…thus, Blizz can choose to start either with Legion of LK, since Old God lore not sufficiently developed yet
Post-TBC WoW — Illidan dead, Legion crippled for the time, Old Gods silent…thus, LK is predominant threat
Post-WotLK WoW — LK defeated, Old Gods’ corruption in the Emerald Dream on the rise (see Icecrown Argent Crusade quest, for example), and Old God/Titan lore heavily developed…thus, Emerald Nightmare and Old God behind it is predominant threat
Post-Emerald Nightmare WoW — Yet another Old God down (4 down, at least 1 more to go [see WowWiki for more detailed explanation of why 5-Old God minimum]), New races likely added (candidates include Pandaren and/or Furbolg [NOT Worgen...see WotLK Bloodmoon Isle questline and read general lore concerning Worgen on WowWiki.com]), possible encounter with Neltharion to finish up major dragon questline (this could also appear with equal or greater likelihood in Maelstrom expansion…depends how Blizz wants to spin it)…thus, easy to transition with a spike in Naga threat (Naga invasion reminiscent of Scourge invasion pre-WotLK)…off to Maelstrom
Post-Maelstrom WoW — Azshara and Naga defeated, along with final Old God (I say final because we need to keep in mind that WoW has a life expectancy of about a decade – 12 years, so adding more than the minimum Old Gods would be unwise from a business perspective on Blizz’s part…assuming they want to finish the overall Warcraft universe story arc as it stands, tying all apparent loose ends up), undersea portals/raids include ventures into the Elemental plane as part of raid progression (imagine a CoT-like instance hub, but leading into another dimension rather than another time), Maelstrom portal discovered, perhaps a new Legion invasion into Azeroth (a real invasion, not the pre-TBC mini-event…something that could constitute a full war), arrival and aid of the Naaru and Titans to push them back…Enter the demon worlds…
Post-WoW — Legion obliterated, loose demons still abound, conflict between Alliance and Horde still stands, Azeroth by no means a safe place (2 dragon aspects missing, lordless hordes of undead, elementals that answer to no one, etc etc etc)…thus, next Warcraft RTS Warcraft 4 (or whatever game genre they decide to take Warcraft universe in next), still remains viable, perhaps even more fresh, since a whole new host of enemies, allies and whatnot can be introduced, and a reshuffling of existing alliances and hatreds can be written into final WoW lore

The reason I see this to the path we can expect (lore continuity aside…after all, Blizz has no problem retconning to make lore fit expansion rather than the inverse) is because of many arguments already presented, including:
Need to return to Azeroth base at least every other expansion
Need to finish up (in some way) the full story arc of WoW (and Warcraft in general) by approximately Q4 of 2014
Opportunities to introduce new races/classes presented ideally in these three expansions (personally, I’m seeing: (maybe) two new faction-specific races in the Emerald Nightmare [Furbolgs for Alliance and Ogre {expanded Stonemaul faction} for Horde] along with Beastmaster hero class; neutral Goblin and Pandaren factions that choose allegiance to either Horde or Alliance after level 10 and a Geomancer hero class for Maelstrom; and Demon Hunter hero class for final expansion…if you want to know why these speculations, feel free to ask me at bcis0723@hotmail.com)
I’ve read pretty much every lore source concerning Warcraft that has been published to date (as far as I and WowWiki know), and I have to admit my favorite part of the lore is not what’s been given already, but the opportunities and doors it opens for this kind of creative speculation for the future :)

20 CSS Gallery July - 2009 at 2:33 am

Today one of polish’s games portals published info about Blizzard registering new name: Cataclysm. Cataclysm is the name of explosion, that destroyed Wall of Eternity, originally located near Night Elf’s city Zin-Azshari, which means Azshara and Maelstrom!!

People from the portal doesn’t know, that this is probably wow next episode. They think this is Blizz’s whole new game. Dumbass’

21 Cocles July - 2009 at 3:03 am

Indeed. Plus it looks like Blizzard snagged wowcataclysm.com from a guy in Australia on the same day. This is what my next post will be about.

22 Paul July - 2009 at 11:36 pm

Ummmm in case you haven’t noticed
[YOUTUBE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-pqbWY5Pro&feature=PlayList&p=EF22D815D3B17DF4&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=36[/YOUTUBE]
Emerald dream is officially the new expansion!

23 Paul July - 2009 at 11:38 pm
24 bob August - 2009 at 2:18 pm

NERDS!!!

25 dwarf-dude July - 2010 at 1:18 am

WoW Cataclysm is the next expansion! Release date is probably sometime this fall. Can’t wait to explore new stuff once again :D

26 Wolfehart January - 2011 at 3:38 pm

Since cataclysm is out as the 3rd expansion now, and im hearing more about the 6th xpac being the last i believe it will go this way, 4th xpac=Emerald dream. 5th Xpac=The rest of draenor returns to outlands. 6th AND FINAL xpac=battle against the old gods/titans

27 Mmhhmmm February - 2011 at 5:55 pm

The next expansion will be the assault of the burning murlocs. Murlocs will come from unknown lands and attack azeroth

28 lolwut April - 2011 at 3:36 pm

to be quite honest, Emerald Dream sounds like you’d incorporate more night elf stuff in it, like maybe different types of lore besides the dragons. In that case i vote for Emerald Dream. Also you could stress the return and importance of world dragons as raid bosses (but in the sense that their still world dragons, so they only appear in the raids once a week). It would probably go farther than Maelstorm.

29 shane June - 2011 at 9:12 pm

U GUYS R SUCH NERDS MAN BUT UR GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

30 me September - 2011 at 4:52 pm

The next expac will probably be neither. And the fifth is not going to be the final. this is stupid. Blizzard said they will always. (That means the opposite of never) stop making new expacs untill wow shuts down.

Deal with my spelling.

31 Cocles September - 2011 at 8:43 pm

I’ll deal with it, but I think you missed the link at the beginning of the post.

http://www.loregy.com/world-of-warcraft/future-expansions-wow-redux/

Enjoy!

32 ddt September - 2011 at 10:53 pm

the next exp. – WoW : The path of the Damned

33 Travolts October - 2011 at 4:38 pm

Next expansion – World of Warcraft: The Rise of Gamon

34 Bad News Bears October - 2011 at 9:39 am

So much for Pandaria being a level 1-10 starting area. Level 85-90, TROLOLOLOLOL.

I’m officially quitting WoW.

35 Wilfred March - 2013 at 8:21 am

Eee… but were is The Burning Legion?? :D

36 Anonymous April - 2013 at 7:36 am

I think that the new World of warcraft expasion’s world will be argus the homeworld of the dranei.

37 Konador May - 2013 at 5:33 am

I hate how people are leaving wow just because they are following what other people think about pandas so they join in but whatever let us, the true fans stay and laugh when the expansions get better n better

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