Datamining generates World of Warcraft expansion rumors

Players have datamined a bit out of World of Warcraft’s most recent test realm patch that hints at the destination of the next expansion, with what appear to be pieces of leveling gear and even some voice lines. These could, of course, be red herrings, but there’s also the possibility that we’ll be heading off to the long-rumored south seas and confronting the Old Gods at long last; considering the thrust of Legion, it would make a certain amount of sense.

In other WoW news, if you weren’t around during the time of the Black Temple raid – and probably even if you were – you missed out on a set of encounters that many raiders cite as some of the most memorable in the game’s long history. The dungeon is coming back as part of the next Timewalking event, and a new article on the official site walks through the process of initially making the Black Temple as well as how it got updated for players to explore once again.

Source: Official Site via Icy Veins, Wowhead; thanks to Josh for the tip!
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Sorenthaz

I’ve been hoping on a South Seas expansion for like 7ish years now. Player-run ships and with NPC crews would fit PERFECTLY with the things they’ve done with Garrisons and Order Halls, except make them MOBILE. There’s a LOT they could do with such a thing and it would be so cool to see.

But knowing Blizzard even if they were doing something like that, they’d cut down to the bare bones of it and wouldn’t go that deeply into it to the point where it’s just a lot of wasted potential.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Voidlord Jaina.

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Dug From The Earth

Before Legion was announced, many rumors were that the expansion (legions) was going to be heavily Troll themed, pirates, south seas, and broken shores. Along with that, players would get their own Sailing ship (their new order hall).

Turned out that it was more about the burning legion, despite being on the broken shores, which wasnt very “Arrrr matey” themed at all. Maybe, we got only half of what has been planned for a long time? Maybe blizzard liked the rumors and decided to run with it? Who knows.

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Sorenthaz

It wasn’t really rumors, just wishful thinking. Because ships and crews would be a perfect evolution for the Garrison/Order Hall systems while offering a lot of interesting new gameplay options.

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Daniel Reasor

It’d be funny if this stuff is just for Patch 7.4: The Wrath of Jaina.

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Minimalistway

So pirates? please let it be, all kind of side stories for pirates, old factions like Bloodsail and Blackwater Raiders can play role, Blizz can make up new factions too, i guess if they are working on an expansion they already planned this out .. i just wish for more pirates, and goblins too.

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Sorenthaz

I’ve been wanting a South Seas expansion for ages with a Bloodsail Hold vs Undermine element. And player-run ships ofc. Hell NPC crews would be a perfect way to tie in the followers system from Legion/Draenor into it; just now your garrson/order hall would be mobile and possibly capable of doing crazy stuff based on your professions/class.

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Oleg Chebeneev

me too!

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Danny Smith

Honestly i skipped Legion because it felt like “when in sub freefall break glass” fanservice but if they could finally pull off a south seas expansion that might get me interested in playing again.

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Nater

My fear is that it’s going to be nothing more than a Steamweedle barge in the form of a garrison.

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Lethality

If this finally brings open ocean, boats, ships and other water vessels, naval combat and crafting to the game… I’m back. :)

Tamanous
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Tamanous

Crafting needs a player economy to exist. Wow once had that but now it’s tied entirely to real money transactions. Any crafting that melds with the current system would either be a strictly solo experience or tied into a cash shop model. Not sure either is what most actually want.

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