The Daily Grind: What was the best new zone added to an MMO in 2017?

    
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Last year, MOP reader Agemyth suggested we debate the best new MMORPG zone added in 2016, so it seemed only fitting to bring the topic back for another go now that another year is mostly behind us. And it’s even harder to answer this year than then, thanks to the plethora of expansions the MMO genre saw this year.

My vote would be torn. I was inclined to grant it to Elder Scrolls Online’s Morrowind – Vivec, specifically – but then I remembered all the jaw-dropping moments my husband and I had wandering around the Crystal Desert in Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire. “Spectacular” doesn’t even begin to describe it, and that’s before you’ve even left Amnoon.

I’m sure you can think of others. What would you argue was the best new zone or area added to an MMORPG in 2017?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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All of Othard in FFXIV.

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Melissa McDonald

Mordor, of course.

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Ernost

Plains of Eidolon in Warframe. That zone is radically different from anything in the game previously.

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Jason Clearwater

The Barovia wilderness explorer area in Dungeons and Dragons Online’s Ravenloft expansion.

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Gristoi Zir

I would also give my vote to Morrowind. I had great expectations having devoted so many hours to the original and this expansion was everything that I had hoped for (minus the wizard falling from the sky when you arrive to the island).

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hurbster

dadadah dadada dadadadadada

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matt gourley

Black desert online’s Kamasylvania is head down one of the best areas ive seen in any game.

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rafael12104

BnS just added a new continent, Solak, to discover as part of the xpac that just dropped. And there are several zones within, I suppose. If I have to pick from them, I would probably choose Valindria.

Valindria, ancestral home of the Yun, is mysterious, eerie, and beautiful. And as Yun are a female only race, it is a bit like Steve Trevor finding the Amazons when you get there. Lol.

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Utakata

I haven’t said anything about that, because I have yet to experience it. That’s why I mentioned Argus below instead…because I more than experienced that. :(

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rafael12104

No worries. You will be there soon enough. You still have to work through Silverfrost, but at your pace, it won’t much of a hassle.

Taking your time to smell the flowers is worth it in BnS.

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Alex Willis

Awesome year for expansions! Kept me very busy. Honestly, if Path of Fire (GW2), Morrowind (TESO), or Plains of Eidolon (Warframe) won, I’d be happy.

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Tandor

Time was when my answer would unhesitatingly have been whatever new zone EQ2 had added, but these days I don’t even know what new zone(s) EQ2 has added!

Therefore, and equally unhesitatingly, my answer this year is ESO: Morrowind. Top quality, although I am currently running through ESO’s Clockwork City which may also turn out to be a contender.