World of Warcraft’s spoilery raid cinematic sets the scene for Battle for Azeroth

    
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Just fight the thing.

Beware, gentle reader, for World of Warcraft story spoilers lurk after the break!

With the rollout of the Antorus raid over the next few weeks, World of Warcraft fans are finally being treated to the conclusion of the main Legion storyline. The Antorus cinematic, which is shown following a successful raid run, is loaded with powerful story elements that sets the scene for next year’s Battle for Azeroth expansion.

We won’t spoil it for you if you want to experience it in-game, but if you’re not a raider or you’re not patient, the full three-minute cinematic lurks below. One thing is for certain: It’s giving fans a lot to talk and speculate about for the upcoming expansion pack!

If you’re already spoiled, you might as well dive into fan commentary about the cinematic and what it means for the future with Taliesin and Evitel:

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Bruno Brito

Gotta say, i’m hyped. Having Illidan as a live character in the backpocket seems like a good idea.

And BfA sounds good when you realize both leaders are completely disconnected from their factions. Anduin is too young, and too peaceful/diplomati. He’ll be hard tested.

Sylvanas made the Forsaken a weaponry. And now she has to carry the entire Horde in her back. With all it’s beliefs. Sylvanas isn’t one of the Horde leaders to carry the idea of “family” that Vol’jin, Thrall and Cairne carried. So, in this specific matter, she’ll also be hard tested.

Overall, while i wouldn’t give Blizzard any best seller prizes, i would say they have a good penchant for concluding shit and opening other shit. Garrosh was a bad evolution, but he ended up a good villain. Vol’jin was completely useless and a bad move all around, but he may end up having a huge spot on this xpac, since Loa and everything.

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Jeff

I miss when wow wasn’t all about space gods and pop culture memes.

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Knox Harrington

The pop culture references have always been a part of WoW.

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Arktouros

Pop culture was always there, but agreed never been a fan of the space ship stuff.

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Nathan Aldana

Look on the bright side. next expansion is all about a pointless, senseless ground war where nobody wins and lots of innocent lives are lost, just like classic wow.

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Andy McAdams

I mean, before space gods we had cthulu gods (which I guess can kinda be space gods … )

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Aldristavan

When we look back on this, we’ll say this is the moment they stabbed the planet, uhh I mean jumped the shark.

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Utakata

Okays…that sword scene was..err, over the top, *inconvenient and just plain silly.

*Note: I think that’s Mr. Eliot’s new word for immersion killing. o.O

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Sorenthaz

Cataclysm 2.0 here we come.

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Bryan Turner

So in other words Illidan Prime saved us from Sargeracron with the Matrix of Leadership?

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thirtymil

And I thought it wasn’t possible for WoW bosses to get any bigger.

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Zora

“It’s fine Steve, Asura’s Wrath came out years ago and barely anybody played it… they won’t remember”

Were sargeras and illidan playing peek-a-boo inside the clouds?

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Danny Smith

That image perfectly sums up the ridiculous power creep in lore that puts Dragonball to shame.

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Dug From The Earth

2 years between expansions vs 2 years to power up a spirit bomb

Yup, Dragonball analogy is pretty accurate.

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NeoWolf

The only thing I took from that cinematic is that Illidan should NEVER smile, its creepy as fu** lol