Datamined voice lines from upcoming World of Warcraft expansion Battle for Azeroth have revealed some story details. While none of this is live, and therefore not guaranteed to happen, it’s safe to assume that this article will potentially hold some significant spoilers for the next expansion, so read on at your own risk.
Here’s what we know about World of Warcraft’s Battle for Azeroth expansion so far.
A few paragraphs-worth of voice lines seem to suggest that Sylvanas, leader of the Horde, orders the capture of Teldrassil, in Kalimdor, homeland of the Night Elves and an Alliance stronghold. If that’s what the Horde are up to, it’s a reasonably safe bet that there’ll be an Alliance mission against the Horde as well, although that doesn’t feature in the datamine.
Another set of lines come from the Alliance, in the wake of whatever happens at Teldrassil. They say that “we stand as one to fight for those who were lost at the battle for Teldrassil,” which doesn’t answer many questions about what happened there, but does help pin down some of the chronology of the expansion. The Alliance member describes the attack as a “despicably cowardly act of war,” which sounds like the Horde launched a surprise attack, and now the Alliance are fighting back.
The datamine also discusses a conflict of interests between Sylvanas and Saurfang, as well as a mention of an Azerite war machine, and a swarm of void elves which seem to sway the battle in favour of the Alliance. To be honest though, I’m missing what I think is about 20 years worth of lore knowledge here, so you’re better off checking the whole datamine out for yourself, courtesy of Wowhead. If you’ve got this far, I imagine you’re not too concerned about spoilers, but just to re-issue the warning, there are plenty of them in that link.