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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor catapults all players to level 90, features Outland pre-fiery death

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Gosh, Warlords of Draenor looks exciting. It’s got a wonderfully bonkers story that draws on the rich history of the Horde and Alliance war, player housing, prettier graphics, and will make all players level 90 from the get go. If you don’t want to play Warlord of Draenor now, you probably haven’t read enough about it. Let us elaborate on what’s new for Blizzard’s MMO behemoth.

Warlords of Draenor sees infamous Orc Garrosh escaping from jail and diving back in time to an Outland pre-fiery explosion and death. He’s determined to alter history to prevent the Orcs oppression at the hands of the Alliance and the weight of other races holding them down. He’ll do this by preventing the corruption of the Orcs at its original starting point (some dude drank some blood, it was all pretty nasty). Thanks to a pal who can open Dark Portals, Garrosh will lead the Iron Horde to victory and make the Orcs a force to be reckoned with.

Tp stop Garrosh and his Iron Horde you’ll need to be pretty damn powerful. Thankfully Blizzard have realised that this expansion is likely to draw in some Warcrafters who left the cause years ago, and also a fair load of newbies. Thankfully the answer to this conundrum is the ultimate power fantasy: Blizzard will level everyone to 90. According to the Warlords of Draenor website “Even if you’re new or returning to the game, Warlords empowers you to immediately upgrade one of your characters to level 90 and master new abilities at the gateway to Draenor, so that you can charge into grand combat right away. Play the races and classes you’ve always wanted to try, wage war alongside your friends, and take your place among Warcraft’s finest.”

In this new world, you’ll probably want somewhere to rest your head too. No longer will that place be a tavern or noisy capital city. Warlords of Draenor introduces player housing to Warcraft. “To clash with the greatest army Draenor has ever known, you’ll need your own forces and your own fortress. Construct a mighty garrison: an enduring home base integrated seamlessly with the world, not a hiding spot far from the action. Customize it with specialized structures like farms, stables, armories, workshops and more.” Woo hoo!

Other additions include establishing trade routes to your stronghold, which will help unlock new quests, gear and pets to support the war for Draenor. You’ll also be able to recruit followers to man your base, and send them to loot dungeons, fulfill missions, and craft items, even if you’re offline.

The new Draenor continent will feature seven zones and a PvP zone, with six new dungeons and two new raids. There will also be Heroic versions of two classic dungeons from previous expansions. This new world sadly won’t be populated by any new races or character classes, but plenty of new class talents and abilities will be included. Your characters will be able to level up to 100, and compete in new Battlegrounds and Challenge modes against new World Bosses.

Stand by for more information on Warlord of Draenor as BlizzCon 2013 continues through the weekend. For now, check out the Warlords of Draenor website for all the nitty gritty details of Blizzard’s most ambitious World of Warcraft expansion yet.