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In the wake of today's reveal of World of Warcraft: Legion, we look back at the features and content of the previous expansions to provide some backdrop and framework for the ongoing discussions players and fans are having regarding what to expect from the upcoming expansion.

 

Legion will be the sixth expansion to World of Warcraft, a game that will have over 11 years of history before this next expansion releases. Each expansion has had different thematic core content and feature focuses, and a review of what each expansion added to the game can help us understand what we now know - and what we still don't! - about Legion.

 

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The Burning Crusade

 

WoW's first expansion, The Burning Crusade, highlighted the following:

  • Two new races: Blood Elves and Draenei
  • Flying Mounts
  • The addition of the Arena system and Honor system changes
  • New profession: Jewelcrafting

 

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Wrath of the Lich King

 

In Wrath of the Lich King, the major features were:

  • New class: Death Knight
  • New profession: Inscription
  • Dual talent specialization system
  • Heirloom items

 

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Cataclysm

 

Cataclysm saw a return to a shattered Azeroth, along with new content:

  • New races: Worgen and Goblins
  • Reforging introduced
  • New secondary profession: Archaeology
  • New race/class combinations

 

 

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Mists of Pandaria

 

With Mists of Pandaria, the new continent of Pandaria emerged and brought us:

  • New class: Monk
  • New race: Pandaren
  • Stat changes and talent system revamp ("Talents 2.0")
  • Scenarios
  • Challenge Modes
  • Pet Battles

 

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Warlords of Draenor

 

That leads us to the present expansion, Warlords of Draenor:

  • Character boost
  • Updated player character models
  • Garrisons
  • Account-wide mounts, toy box, and heirlooms

 

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Legion

 

So, what DO we know about Legion?

  • New class: Demon Hunter
  • New item level: Artifacts
  • Honor system revamp ("Version 3"), with PvP-specific talents
  • Improved transmogrification system

All of that leaves us with a few important questions we hope to see answered soon about Legion:

  1. No mention of any changes to the stat system in Legion. Is Blizzard satisfied with the current stat system?
  2. Stat squish. We've been through this in Warlords, and numbers are already reaching into the millions again - will Legion do it again?
  3. What is happening to Legendary items in light of the addition of Artifacts? Will Legion simply not have Legendaries?
  4. No mention of professions today. What does Legion have in store for the profession system?
  5. Flying - with the about-face in Warlords, what will we see for flying in Legion?
  6. Are further improvements to account-wide features coming in Legion?
  7. Will Legion have Challenge Modes?
  8. Has the Scenario system been abandoned after its introduction in Mists and subsequent lack of additional content in Warlords?
  9. What is happening to our Garrisons in Legion? Will they still be usable?
  10. Are any class changes - new spells, talent tiers, rebalancing, etc. - coming in Legion?

Thoughts on these - or other - things you want to know about Legion? Let us know in the comments. Also, be sure to tune in to the follow-up live stream on Sunday for even more Legion information!

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Questions i have regarding expansion,

 - What will the new level cap be, 105/110?

 - Will there be a new "hero" class like the dk? ie. will the Demon hunter be able to start from level 90/80 etc?

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To answer your question(s), Setlex, The new level cap will be 110, as stated by the feature video (Adventure to level 110).

From what I know, Demon Hunters will begin at level 100, but I'm not entirely sure.

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Thanks, I was going to say "ignore that last" because i actually found the video haha. (being in australia sucks sometimes)

but yeah, it does say the demon hunter is a hero class, so i would assume they start at 100 (we are going to have SO many demon hunters - lol)

and yeah the video also confirms the 110 level cap.

I am curious to know about the "artifact" weapons, and what that means to legendaries. i'm still lobbying for bliz to implement a Legendary upgrade system (similar to that of the heirlooms) where a legendary players spent months farming (cloak, weapons etc) can then be upgraded to a current respectable iLvL. I would love to wield my shadowmourne again.

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From the hints they have given previously you could assume flying with be "a la Pathfinder" achievement but available from launch I assume.

 

I hope thats what it is anyway.

 

Really hope they revamp professions.  They suffered greatly in WoD in my opinion.

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From the hints they have given previously you could assume flying with be "a la Pathfinder" achievement but available from launch I assume.

 

I hope thats what it is anyway.

 

Really hope they revamp professions.  They suffered greatly in WoD in my opinion.

 

I would tend to agree, but it's a lot of these 'nuts and bolts' types of items that I think people need the answers to in order to assuage whatever concerns they might have about the upcoming expansion.

 

Personally, the content/concept look really thrilling - I'm just hopeful we'll see a lot more details, and soon!

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Few things I look forward too now are:

With the demon hunter as a class what will happen to the demo locks?

When I first saw the artifacts I thaught they would be used as transmogs untill I saw the "artifact talent tree" but my second question is then will there even drop weapons in this expsansion? because I saw the frost DKs would get 2 1handers but the enhanc shammiess only get 1 doomhammer. will there be weapons this expansion or not ??

Will the weapon chance with you when you respec or activate your off-spec??

And last what will happen too Jaina?

regarding my last question got some stuff too speculate with you guys and girls.

I think she goes from bad too worse aka joining the LegIon. Cus if I am not mistaken the Island where she is from is also somewhere around that place (Kul Tirias I believe) where is killed her own father with Thrall and Rexxar (WC3 frozen throne bonus objective) I am sure Gul'dan visted that place. 

 

So here is some stuff too think about will really look forward too this expsanion even if this one is maby the last one?????? or is it smile.png

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I am very amped up on this expansion. Blizzard is making each class unique with the artifact weapons and Class Orders/Halls.
I was rolling on the floor laughing  when they showed the Druid artifact smile.png

 

Demon hunter should be starting between level 85-100, seeing as Death Knights started at level 55 when the level cap was 80 (WotlK). I'm not bothered with the clash between Demon Hunter and Demonology Warlocks. (See Chapter 11 of the Lord of the Clans Book)

Eye Beam . . . seriously? Was expecting something like a linear fell blast or explosion like Demonology Warlock to be used instead.

They can mostly replicate Illidan from Heroes of the Storm.

 

Few questions I have:

The PvP Talent system looks to be what Lore suggested a while back, finally happy to see it implemented. What is going to happen to the Human and undead CC-break racial if the first pvp talent unlocked is the CC-break trinket. Also what about the actual items themselves? 

 

From what I hear, you get your artifacts at the beginning of the expansion, will no weapons upgrades be dropped? or will they drop Artifact Power instead?

 

Sneak preview Level 110 Talents?

 

Flying questions already mentioned . . .

 

I'm kinda annoyed that the Lore Legendary weapons (Ashbringer. Doomhammer and Frostmourne (shards)) gets handed to specific classes, but the other classes gets newly introduced weapons. An Spear for Hunters? Sounds like Troll Headhunters from War3.

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Few things I look forward too now are:

With the demon hunter as a class what will happen to the demo locks?

 

I really respect their design choice of giving the demon hunter only 2 specs. Fits pretty well into the overall picture. Like a mage(ranged) gone rogue and becoming a warlock, the demonhunter seems like a rogue(melee) going even further than rogue ;)

I don´t believe they will retcon anything about demo locks or change that much. Demon hunter and demo locks are pretty much 2 sides of the same coin.

 

because I saw the frost DKs would get 2 1handers but the enhanc shammiess only get 1 doomhammer. will there be weapons this expansion or not ??

 

I believe, it was said that enhancement shamans would dualwield doomhammer, 1 real version and one mirrored spectral version so you only need one artifact weapon.

BTW:Anyone else that feels reminded by frostmourne getting reused for 2 frost death knight blades to Eddard Stark´s sword Ice from asoiaf? 

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@Grimscreamo Celestalon  Ion/Watcher mentioned that Doomhammer would also come with 'a ball of pure energy' for your off hand.

 

edit: wrong dev credited.

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I still feel meta will be gone as a demo lock, I kinda get the feeling they will go more of a BM kinda route now with warlock, with focusing much more on strengthing your demon minion, and giving you a skill like kill command that BM hunters now got.

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BTW:Anyone else that feels reminded by frostmourne getting reused for 2 frost death knight blades to Eddard Stark´s sword Ice from asoiaf? 

 

Can't believe someone else also saw this smile.png

Making lots of references between WoW and other medias.

 

 

More questions:

Will Blizzard be revamping racials?

Increase characters per realm cap to 12 (from 11) since new class.

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      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Abundance Prosperity Cenarion Ward 30 Tiger Dash Renewal Wild Charge 45 Balance Affinity Feral Affinity Guardian Affinity 60 Mighty Bash Mass Entanglement Typhoon 75 Soul of the Forest Cultivation Incarnation: Tree of Life 90 Inner Peace Stonebark Spring Blossoms 100 Moment of Clarity Germination Flourish Hunter [Return to Top]
      Beast Mastery
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Killer Instinct *new* Animal Companion [NYI] Dire Beast 30 Dire Stable One with the Pack Chimaera Shot 45 Trailblazer Natural Mending *new* Camouflage *new* 60 Venomous Bite *new* Thrill of the Hunt *new* A Murder of Crows 75 Born To Be Wild *new* Posthaste Binding Shot 90 Stomp Barrage Stampede 100 Aspect of the Beast Killer Cobra Spitting Cobra Marksmanship
      Lone Wolf is now baseline for Marksmanship Hunters Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15  Master Marksman Serrated Shots *new* A Murder of Crows 30 Careful Aim *new* Volley *new* Explosive Shot 45 Trailblazer Natural Mending *new* Camouflage 60 Steady Focus Streamline *new* Hunter's Mark *new* 75 Born To Be Wild *new* Posthaste Binding Shot 90 Lethal Shots *new* Barrage Double Tap *new* 100 Calling the Shots *new* Lock and Load Piercing Shot Survival
      New Mastery
      Mastery: Spirit Bond Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Viper's Venom *new* Terms of Engagement *new* Alpha Predator *new* 30 Guerrilla Tactics *new* Hydra's Bite *new* Butchery 45 Trailblazer Natural Mending *new* Camouflage 60 Bloodseeker *new* Steel Trap A Murder of Crows 75 Born to Be Wild *new* Posthaste Binding Shot *new* 90 Tip of the Spear *new* Mongoose Bite *new* Flanking Strike *new* 100 Birds of Prey *new* Wildfire Infusion *new* Chakrams *new* Mage [Return to Top]
      Arcane Intellect raid buff is back. Arcane
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Rule of Threes *new* Mana Adept *new* Arcane Familiar 30 Mana Shield Shimmer Slipstream 45 Incanter's Flow Mirror Image Rune of Power 60 Resonance Charged Up Supernova 75 Chrono Shift Ice Ward Ring of Frost 90 Erosion Unstable Magic Nether Tempest 100 Overpowered Temporal Flux Arcane Orb Fire
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Firestarter Pyromaniac Searing Touch *new* 30 Blazing Soul Shimmer Blast Wave 45 Incanter's Flow Mirror Image Rune of Power 60 Flame On Alexstrasza's Fury Phoenix Flames *new* 75 Frenetic Speed Ice Ward Ring of Frost 90 Flame Patch Unstable Magic Living Bomb 100 Kindling Pyroclasm *new* Meteor Frost
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Bone Chilling Lonely Winter Ice Nova 30 Glacial Insulation Shimmer Ice Floes 45 Incanter's Flow Mirror Image Rune of Power 60 Frozen Touch Coming Soon Ebonbolt *new* 75 Frigid Winds Ice Ward Ring of Frost 90 Freezing Rain *new* Splitting Ice Comet Storm 100 Thermal Void Ray of Frost Glacial Spike Monk [Return to Top]
      Leg Sweep is now baseline available at level 60 Brewmaster
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Eye of the Tiger Chi Wave Chi Burst 30 Celerity Chi Torpedo Tiger's Lust 45 Black Ox Brew Gift of the Mists Light Brewing 60 Ring of Peace Summon Black Ox Statue Tiger Tail Sweep *new* 75 Healing Elixir Mystic Vitality Dampen Harm 90 Special Delivery Rushing Jade Wind Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox 100 Elusive Dance Blackout Combo High Tolerance Mistweaver
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Zen Pulse Chi Wave Chi Burst 30 Celerity Chi Torpedo Tiger's Lust 45 Spirit of the Crane Mist Wrap Lifecycles 60 Ring of Peace Song of Chi-Ji Tiger Tail Sweep *new* 75 Healing Elixir Diffuse Magic Dampen Harm 90 Summon Jade Serpent Statue Refreshing Jade Wind Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane 100 Mana Tea Focused Thunder Rising Thunder Windwalker
      Ring of Peace is available at level 60. Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Eye of the Tiger Chi Wave Chi Burst 30 Celerity Healing Elixir Tiger's Lust 45 Ascension Power Strikes Energizing Elixir 60 Tornado Kicks *new* Combo Breaker *new* Fist of the White Tiger *new*
      75 Inner Strength *new* Chi Torpedo Diffuse Magic 90 Hit Combo Rushing Jade Wind *new* Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger 100 Wind Strikes *new* Whirling Dragon Punch Serenity Paladin  [Return to Top]
      Holy
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Crusader's Might Bestow Faith Light's Hammer 30 Cavalier Unbreakable Spirit Rule of Law 45 Fist of Justice Repentance Blinding Light 60 Devotion Aura Aura of Sacrifice Aura of Mercy 75 Judgment of Light  Holy Avenger Holy Prism 90 Sanctified Wrath Avenging Crusader *new* Awakening *new* 100 Divine Purpose Beacon of Faith Beacon of Virtue Protection
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Holy Shield Consecrated Hammer Blessed Hammer 30 Crusader's Judgment First Avenger Bastion of Light 45 Fist of Justice Repentance Blinding Light 60 Retribution Aura Cavalier Blessing of Spellwarding 75 Final Stand Unbreakable Spirit *new* Hand of the Protector 90 Judgment of Light Consecrated Ground Aegis of Light 100 Last Defender Righteous Protector Seraphim Retribution
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Zeal *new* Righteous Verdict *new* Execution Sentence 30 Fires of Justice Blade of Wrath Hammer of Wrath *new* 45 Fist of Justice Repentance Blinding Light 60 Divine Judgment *new* Consecration Wake of Ashes *new* 75 Cavalier Unbreakable Spirit Eye for an Eye 90 Selfless Healer Justicar's Vengeance Word of Glory 100 Divine Purpose Crusade Inquisition *new* Priest [Return to Top]
      Power Word: Fortitude raid buff is back. Discipline
      New Mastery: Mastery: Reverence
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Castigation Twist of Fate Schism 30 Angelic Feather Body and Soul Masochism 45 Power Word: Solace Shield Discipline Mindbender 60 Psychic Voice Shining Force Dominant Mind 75 Lenience *new* Orison *new* Contrition *new* 90 Purge the Wicked Divine Star Halo 100 Luminous Barrier *new* Grace Evangelism Holy
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Enlightenment Trail of Light Enduring Renewal 30 Angelic Feather Body and Mind Perseverance 45 Light of the Naaru Guardian Angel Afterlife 60 Psychic Voice *new* Shining Force Censure 75 Surge of Light Binding Heal Circle of Healing 90 Benediction Divine Star Halo 100 Cosmic Ripple *new* Apotheosis Holy Word: Salvation *new* Shadow
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Fortress of the Mind Shadowy Insight Shadow Word: Void 30 Mania Body and Soul San'layn 45 Twist of Fate Misery Dark Void *new* 60 Last Word *new* Mind Bomb Psychic Horror 75 Auspicious Spirits Shadow Word: Death Shadow Crash 90 Lingering Insanity Mindbender Power Infusion 100 Legacy of the Void Void Torrent *new* Surrender to Madness Rogue [Return to Top]
      Assassination
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Master Poisoner Elaborate Planning Dispatch 30 Nightstalker Subterfuge Master Assassin *new* 45 Vigor Deeper Stratagem Marked for Death 60 Leeching Poison Elusiveness Cheat Death 75 Internal Bleeding Iron Wire Prey on the Weak 90 Venom Rush Toxic Blade Exsanguinate 100 Poison Bomb *new* Hidden Blades *new* Crimson Tempest Outlaw
      Grappling Hook is now an ability that does not have a level requirement listed. Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Swordmaster Quick Draw Ghostly Strike 30 Acrobatic Strikes Retractable Hook *new* Hit and Run 45 Vigor Deeper Stratagem Marked for Death 60 Iron Stomach Elusiveness Cheat Death 75 Dirty Tricks Blinding Powder *new* Prey on the Weak 90 Loaded Dice *new* Alacrity Slice and Dice 100 Dancing Steel *new* Blade Rush *new* Killing Spree Subtlety
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Weaponmaster Find Weakness Gloomblade 30 Nightstalker Subterfuge Shadow Focus 45 Vigor Deeper Stratagem Marked for Death 60 Soothing Darkness Elusiveness Cheat Death 75 Shot in the Dark *new* Strike from the Shadows Prey on the Weak 90 Dark Shadow Alacrity Enveloping Shadows 100 Master of Shadows N/A Death from Above Shaman [Return to Top]
      Tremor Totem is baseline at level 58 Capacitor Totem is baseline at level 44 Elemental
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Exposed Elements *new* Echo of the Elements *new* Elemental Blast *new* 30 Aftershock Master of the Elements Totem Mastery 45 Spirit Wolf *new* Earth Shield Static Charge *new* 60 High Voltage *new* Storm Elemental Liquid Magma Totem 75 Nature's Guardian Ancestral Guidance Wind Rush Totem *new* 90 Earthen Rage Primal Elementalist Icefury *new* 100 Unlimited Power *new* Stormkeeper Ascendance Enhancement
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Boulderfist Hot Hand Lightning Shield 30 Landslide Forceful Winds *new* Totem Mastery *new* 45 Spirit Wolf *new* Earth Shield Static Charge *new* 60 Searing Assault Hailstorm Overcharge 75 Nature's Guardian *new* Feral Lunge Wind Rush Totem 90 Crashing Storm Fury of Air Sundering 100 Elemental Spirits *new* Earthen Spike Ascendance Restoration
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Torrent Undulation Unleash Life 30 Crashing Waves Deluge Earth Shield 45 Spirit Wolf *new* Earthgrab Totem Static Charge *new* 60 Ancestral Vigor Earthen Wall Totem Ancestral Protection Totem 75 Nature's Guardian *new* Graceful Spirit Wind Rush Totem 90 Bottomless Depths Echo of the Elements Cloudburst Totem 100 High Tide Wellspring Ascendance Warlock [Return to Top]
      Affliction
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Shadow Embrace *new* Haunt Deathbolt *new* 30 Writhe in Agony Absolute Corruption Death's Embrace 45 Demon Skin Burning Rush Dark Pact 60 Sow the Seeds Phantom Singularity Soul Harvest 75 Darkfury *new* Mortal Coil Demonic Circle 90 Nightfall Coming Soon Grimoire of Sacrifice 100 Soul Conduit Creeping Death *new* Siphon Life Demonology
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Dreadlash *new* Demonic Strength *new* Biliescourge Bombers *new* 30 Demonic Calling Power Siphon *new* Doom *new* 45 Demon Skin Burning Rush Dark Pact 60 From the Shadows *new* Soul Strike *new* Summon Vilefiend *new* 75 Darkfury *new* Mortal Coil Demonic Circle 90 Inner Demons *new* Soul Conduit Grimoire of Service 100 Sacrificed Souls Demonic Consumption *new* Nether Portal *new* Destruction
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Flashover *new* Eradication Soul Fire 30 Reverse Entropy *new* Internal Combustion Shadowburn 45 Demon Skin Burning Rush Dark Pact 60 Inferno *new* Fire and Brimstone Cataclysm 75 Darkfury *new* Mortal Coil Demonic Circle 90 Roaring Blaze Grimoire of Supremacy Grimoire of Sacrifice 100 Soul Conduit Channel Demonfire Dark Soul *new* Warrior [Return to Top]
      Battle Shout (raid buff) is back. Arms
      New Abilities
      Sweeping Strikes New Mastery
      Mastery: Deep Wounds (Deep Wounds) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 War Machine *new* Sudden Death Skullsplitter *new* 30 Double Time Impending Victory *new* Storm Bolt 45 Trauma Rend Avatar 60 Second Wind Bounding Stride Defensive Stance 75 Collateral Damage  *new* Warbreaker *new* Cleave 90 In For The Kill *new* Fervor of Battle Deadly Calm *new* 100 Anger Management Dreadnaught *new* Ravager Fury
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 War Machine Endless Rage Fresh Meat 30 Double Time Impending Victory *new Storm Bolt 45 Wrecking Ball Outburst Avatar 60 Furious Charge Bounding Stride Warpaint 75 Carnage Massacre Frothing Berserker 90 Frenzy Inner Rage Bloodbath 100 Reckless Abandon Dragon Roar Bladestorm Protection
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Shockwave Storm Bolt Warbringer 30 Safeguard Coming Soon Impending Victory 45 Coming Soon Best Served Cold Avatar 60 Warlord's Challenge Bounding Stride Crackling Thunder 75 Indomitable Devastator Coming Soon 90 Into the Fray Booming Voice Vengeance 100 Anger Management Heavy Repercussions Ravager