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The Battle for Lordaeron Released Mordoth the Hunter

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It seems this might just be a glitch in phasing, as the seal is also broken at the beginning and end of the Warrior and Priest artifact quests as well, so it might not have been changed specifically after the Battle for Lordaeron. Or, alternatively maybe the Holy Paladin ending (where it is in fact sealed at the end) isn't "canon" anymore. Or any number of other bugs/glitches.

It still seems likely Blizzard will do something with Mordoth, especially with the (eventual) Void theme for BfA. Some players saw the sealed version before the event and now see the destroyed one, while others saw the destroyed one all along. It's also unclear what the status is for non Holy Palas and if that's relevant, so we'll just have to wait and see. Personally, I hope this is in fact a deliberate change made by Blizzard and that we'll be seeing more of Mordoth soon.

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The Battle for Lordaeron, featured in the Battle for Azeroth opening cinematic, being the intro scenario to the new expansion and featuring several cutscenes dedicated to it is like the poster child for this latest WoW version. It clearly stokes the faction war fires and sets the stage and theme of BfA, but it seems that's not the only reason it might be very relevant to the overarching storyline.

Redditor Return-Of-Anubis noticed some changes to Tirisfal Glades (aside from the obvious ones) and brought up a very good point about a new threat rising from beneath. In the Holy Paladin, Shadow Priest and Arms Warrior artifact quest lines we visit Tyr's tomb, built where the Watcher died to a C'Thraxxi general (a powerful minion of the Old Gods) and later also served as a prison for Mordoth the Hunter, who is released during the Paladin quest, but then quickly re-sealed as the player escapes the crumbling temple.

Well, it seems that in the aftermath of the Battle for Lordaeron, the seal that was used by the Paladins to keep Mordoth buried has been destroyed:

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The seal pre-Battle for Lordaeron

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The seal today.

It seems you can also actually go inside the structure through the broken seal, but you constantly keep getting disconnected, as Return-Of-Anubis found out.

So what does this mean and just who exactly is Mordoth the Hunter? After his appearance in Legion he has actually received a new(ish) model, again very much confirming his void related origin.

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There's long been talk of an Old God being buried under Tirisfal Glades and Legion showed us it was actually a minion of theirs, aka Mordoth, and since it's painfully obvious the Void Lords will have a big presence in Battle for Azeroth he's likely to play a big part in it, perhaps setting some of them free. In any case it's a very interesting find, so thanks to Return-Of-Anubis for the spot!

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Interesting, I doubt Blizzard would make an effort to make a broken seal unless they planned to use it. Or maybe they just want us to think that way!

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Having done all three of said Artifact Quests, I'm pretty sure neither warriors nor shadow priests actually had to break the seal. IIRC, it was already opened by the Twilight Cultists that were in the area. I'm like 90% sure also that neither of those two specs even ran into Morgoth. Also, I'm 100% certain that graphically, the "new" broken seal is identical to how it looked in those quests, so it's definitely a re-used asset. However, I do believe they have intent on using it again, especially with the updated Morgoth model. 

(Not like I need to say this on the internet, but feel free to correct me if I'm wrong!)

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11 minutes ago, ORCSMASH said:

Having done all three of said Artifact Quests, I'm pretty sure neither warriors nor shadow priests actually had to break the seal. IIRC, it was already opened by the Twilight Cultists that were in the area. I'm like 90% sure also that neither of those two specs even ran into Morgoth. Also, I'm 100% certain that graphically, the "new" broken seal is identical to how it looked in those quests, so it's definitely a re-used asset. However, I do believe they have intent on using it again, especially with the updated Morgoth model. 

(Not like I need to say this on the internet, but feel free to correct me if I'm wrong!)

Yep, it was only re-sealed in the Paladin quest, which is what the redditor was talking about. And since the pala one is chonologically the last it SHOULD still be sealed unless it got re-re-broken. Or it's just a phasing bug 😄

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I managed to get into the cave today with my Demon Hunter after doing the Lordaeron scenario. I went to the end of the cave which looked like the one you can see while doing the Shadow Priest Artifact Weapon quest. Nothing special to see there, the cave was empty.

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On 8/8/2018 at 3:44 AM, Starym said:

Yep, it was only re-sealed in the Paladin quest, which is what the redditor was talking about. And since the pala one is chonologically the last it SHOULD still be sealed unless it got re-re-broken. Or it's just a phasing bug 😄

Absolutely, no argument there. What I was referring to was the first paragraph under the UPDATE, where it says "as the seal is also broken at the beginning and end of the Warrior and Priest artifact quests as well". Reading this now, a few days later, it seems it's just awkward phrasing which led me to misinterpret what the author was trying to get across. In my original reading of that, I thought they were implying that the seal was supposed to NOT be broken at the beginning of the priest and warrior artifact lines. However, when I read it back now after your comment, I understand they were actually just stating that as a baseline of how it's supposed to look. Thanks for the conversation!

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I just tried going in the tomb of Tyr now that BFA has launched and I can get inside.  It goes into a chamber called the Tomb of Tyr and then opens into another area called the Grave-Prison of Zakajz.

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Thought you might want to update it!

 

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