World of Warcraft datamining hints at Death Knight additions as Blizzard postpones anniversary in Taiwan

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Oh dear.

It’s been a rough week for fans of World of Warcraft as Blizzard has continued to be mired knee-deep in a problem of its own creation, so it’s understandable if you managed to miss that some information about the next expansion might have been mined out. It turns out that there are some new NPC skins in the latest patch files that point to Death Knight textures for Pandaren and the various allied races, implying that some or all of these races might be able to become Death Knights… which would be a big deal, since thus far the hard cutoff point had been Worgen and Goblins, on account of the Lich King no longer making Death Knights.

Essentially, these races are all ones that would not have been running around while Arthas was still active (aside from Dark Iron Dwarves, but let’s overlook that), but having new NPC skins for these races implies that there will at least be non-player characters running around with distorted voices and significantly less heartbeat than usual. Of course, the last time something similar was found it presaged the addition of allied races in the Battle for Azeroth pre-patch, so who knows what happens next? Regardless, it certainly seems to hint at some antics relating to Northrend for the next expansion.

All of this is datamined information rather than actual announcements, however, which means that the announcements have to go right back to reminding people of what an imbroglio Blizzard has made for itself. The 15th anniversary celebration event planned for Taiwan has officially been cancelled postponed for reasons that should be immediately obvious with a moment’s thought while still being a disappointing move for the company. We can only assume that the business office in Irvine, CA is busy praying for metaphorical rain on November 1st. [Update: Apparently, either Reddit or Facebook or both mistranslated this; the current version on Facebook seems to suggest the current event has been canceled but will be rescheduled at some point. “We would like to inform you that we have extended the 15th anniversary celebration party of the world of Warcraft, which was scheduled for October 18th (Fri) to 20th (Fri). We know that many players are looking forward to this event as much as we do. We are considering different options and will announce new event dates in the future.”]

Last but not least, it appears that the game’s German community manager is departing the company. No specific reason is cited in the farewell message, just a general statement that it’s time to return to Germany (the corporate headquarters is in France), but players can feel free to develop their own absurd theories about the motivation at play.

Actually, let’s not end on that note; let’s watch a Vulpera assembling a campsite as a racial ability. That’s more uplifting, isn’t it?

Source: Wowhead, Facebook, Official Forums via Reddit (1, 2, 3)
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Bryan Correll

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain

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Mordyjuice

Guess my original comment must have been offensive in some way, I guess it was either mentioning I learned about this days ago, or mentioning the name Accolonn perhaps ( the guy can be abrasive, and I don’t agree with some of his politics, how ever his speculation videos are fun rabbit holes to get lost in).

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

they cancelled the overwatch nintendo nyc store event too. i hope they hemorrhage cash for the forseeable future just like the NBA is for similar reasons.

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zeko_rena

If they “hemorrhage” cash it is the staff that will end up suffering, artists, programmers, support staff etc, but fuck them too I guess.

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Mordyjuice

No one cared about the civilian contractors that built and maintained the 2 Death Stars in the original Star Wars Trilogy, they chose to work for the company.

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GKMoggle Mog

They haven’t quit so they are just as guilty.

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Bruno Brito

So, the Vulpera have a campfire racial with a glorified heartstone.

15 years later, even Rift had housing.

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Bannex

I am always willing to admit when I am wrong. You were absolutely correct about blizzard.

Truth be told I don’t remember everything we argued about but they’re def not a company worth hypothetically defending.

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Bruno Brito

Not a problem. I think most of my pet peeves with Blizzard, and i’m not talking about the latest incidents, is how their games nowadays is stuffed with QoL, but nothing worthy of the good modernization came.

WoW has 15 years into it’s belt. It has no housing. It still has no dancing studio. The transmogrification system is weak, limited, and yet it was a contentious update ( really, what kind of community makes a fashion system something polemic? How the hell we even arrived there? ), Garrisons were basically the potential, since i always imagined WoW housing a base of operations of sorts, yet it was, as they keep doing, locked to an expansion.

I loved WoW, and i don’t regret my time there, but it’ll always be a mediocre game. Fooling myself won’t take me anywhere.

I miss Wildstar. It wasn’t the best, but some of the systems were way better than most of what we have nowadays.

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Mordyjuice

But what about Garrisons and Class Halls :D

I’m being sarcastic by the way.

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Bruno Brito

I’m aware.

I know this will sound unbelievable, but i liked my Garrison. I just found it limited, and i do think it should be the cornerstone of a housing system in the game, which wouldn’t be hard to implement, you just need to make like Rift, and put instanced housing in.

15 years.

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zeko_rena

Hah, just last night I was looking at the character creation on Allied races thinking “I wonder why some of these don’t have Death Knights as they would have been around during the Lich King”

Also that Vulpera racial is amazing lol, I have been playing as Alliance during BFA but have been working on an old 110 Undead Lock to unlock Nightborne and then might roll and level a Nightborn Mage or something to unlock the new Orcs and these little guys.

Just have Kul Tiran to unlock on Alliance but honestly not that bothered about unlocking them lol

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Dakota Royal

The title is misleading. Updated Reddit link.

((Please review the commenting code. Corrections should be made to tips. -Mods))

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Hirku

To be fair, the OP in your link says they mistranslated “postponed” as “cancelled” when they first posted.

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Utakata

…but when one is in a rush to “show them” at MOP in the commentary, they forget to read the article. o.O

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agemyth 😩

Yes. The time for Pandaren Death Knights is now. A few years ago I probably wouldn’t have liked the idea, but if Pandas wanna serve Bolvar (or whatever lore reasons they make up for new DKs being a thing) Blizzard must honor their first “core value” of Gameplay First if they want to work on rebuilding our trust.

Some of their other core values may need to be drilled into the skulls of their leadership as well :)

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Bannex

Now that they have classic they should just blow the doors off retail and cut it out with this “doesn’t fit the lore” nonsense.

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Bruno Brito

Every class being every race should be a staple already. Orcs and Undead paladins would be a plus in my book.