World of Warcraft previews the foreboding land of Drustvar

The header image may have clued you in to the idea that Drustvar is not the most welcoming spot in Azeroth. Once you head there in World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, you won’t be exploring the brightest portions of Kul Tiras. But you can get some sense of what the zone will feel like with the latest preview on the official site, showing you exactly what’s to be found within these darkened reaches of the Kul Tiran forests.

There’s witchcraft afoot in the whole zone, and from the moment you land you’ll be surrounded not just by the naval culture of Kul Tiras but also by suspicion and dark magics. Work your way along cobbled paths and into darker woods as you head west to the snow-covered mountains, which stretch all the way to Iceveil Glacier in the south. It’s not quite the full foot tour you can get in the game, but it should give you some sense of how the zone will feel.

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Danny Smith

Easily my favourite zone. A lot of people complain its ‘just a side story unrelated to the faction conflict’ and thats why i like it. Its Duskwood on steroids. Blending New Tristram, Fable and the Witcher Together. Just like back in vanilla you are an alliance adventurer -not a champion, commander, god king or whatever ego stroking bunkum they call you to make your dick feel good- just an adventurer who rides a regular row boat down a coastline to a autumnal woodland where you stumble upon a pig farm and its very clear some old school witchery is a doin’s and thats great. It is a vacation away from the ‘EVERYTHING MUST BE A EPIC DRAGONFORCE ALBUM COVER’ fedoracore stuff for just a simple rpg story about a town in trouble and thats what sold me on WoW back in the day and i dont see why one of those zones every few expansions is such a bad thing.

Take this screenshot for example. This sold me a lot more than some tease of another raid gear treadmill i can tell you that for nothing.

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TomTurtle

It’s something I’d have to see in-game for myself. The tour description did not sell it for me one bit. I’m not sure why either, but it fell flat, almost like Blizzard was struggling to find enough words to fill an article to describe it.

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Bannex

Even though there is a ton of negativity surrounding bfa like wtf are they doing to the classes!? I’m in the beta and the zones are easily some of the best I’ve seen in this game.

They also really breathed new life into the towns as far as them feeling like actual fantasy towns with some incredible details but unfortunately that will be lost on the vast majority of WoW players.

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Oleg Chebeneev

Is it NPC animations that give more life to towns or other things too? Which ones exactly?

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Weilan

What about old towns like Goldshire and Crossroads? Did they breathe new life into them too? I hate how Blizzard forget where they came from and make sure people skim or skip the old content and get to the new one as fast as possible. Are they ashamed of it? They should have done a better job in Cataclysm for the old parts of the world. They changed the tress in Elwynn Forest… boo hoo… if they changed the ground texture too, it would have looked so much better, because eventually all players’ cameras eventually end up pointing downwards a bit so you see the ground more than anything else.

For me WoW was this old content, not this new mumbo-jumbo that they came up with only to keep spewing expansions. And for this I feel betrayed, because I related with those places Blizzard don’t seem to care about them at all.

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Daniel Solorzano

I have been trying hard to get into WoW but there is something about the game that is just not clicking with me. I don’t know what it is.

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borghive

Do you feel isolated when you play? Do the mechanics of most the classes feel too simplistic? Do you feel like most of the world content feels very on rails and very curated to people with short attention spans? Those are just of the things that have been turning me off to modern WoW. Oh and that toxic behavior pretty much goes unchecked as well.

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Daniel Solorzano

I haven’t seen any toxic behavior yet. I do think it is the quest design though. Plus, I think it holds your hand too much and choices don’t matter. The fact that I can change my spec at any time really bothers me. I like to choose what path I want to go down and have to live with the consequences.

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Roger Melly

You must have been very lucky then but maybe you didn’t get to the higher levels where it seems to be worse . I did try and go back for a month to see what it was like after a recent patch which scaled the game . It is certainly more challenging than it was prior to it but I too thought it lacked something but I might have stayed longer if it wasn’t for how toxic the community is now .