World of Warcraft drops another Afterlives video, this one on Draka and Maldraxxus

    
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Last week, Blizzard posted the first of its Afterlives videos for its World of Warcraft Shadowlands hype ramp-up – that one covered Uther and the Bastion realm in the expansion. Today’s focuses on the Frostwolf orc Draka and her life-after-life path through the Necrolord Covenant-governed Maldraxxus.

“Draka, orc of the Frostwolf Clan, was not a warrior born, but a warrior made. In the fires of battle that forge the armies of the Maldraxxus, Draka must learn that nothing and no one – not even she – is what they seem.”

Nerf rogues. *vanish*

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Sarah Cushaway

Honestly, they’ve both been “meh” so far. The only part I liked was the Arthas bit in the first one.

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rosieposie

Are you feeling nostalgic enough yet, or do we have to dig out another beloved character from the corpse pile?

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angrakhan

Well… The series is called “Afterlives”. That name somewhat dictates all the characters are going to be pulled off one corpse pile or another, doesn’t it?

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miol

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Who are these enemies of the Shadowlands they are protecting from? The old ones before this Arbiter went dormant by the Legion?

Necromancers, who constantly kidnap souls from that realm to become their servants, don’t need armies to invade it! They only cast a spell!

Whose map/plans did she stole? Legion?

But now there is a new more “lethal” enemy, who already got rid of 2 of 5 houses? What happens to those who die twice? How do you kill a ghost with a knife? A ghost knife?

Sure Warcraft lore never made sense, but this time it takes the cake, after Legion’s retcons of course!

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Malcolm Swoboda

I don’t see the need for your confusion at this point. Of course its deliberately vague – Shadowlands is attempting the biggest expansion of lore since Pandaria.

When you are destroyed in the Shadowlands, without something to compensate (as for the player characters, who will be getting a new reason for it), you disperse into anima. The Shadowlands just has the consistency for spirits to exist as more than they would in other realms.

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Bruno Brito

I feel like every trailer after Uther’s one will just be weaker because his trailer was godlike. This one was weak even by a standalone standard.

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Josh

Honestly? I kind of disagree.

Personally I’ve never loved the bastion/halls of valor/Odyn etc. aesthetic. Not saying it’s bad but just not my thing.

As for the content yes Bastion had Uther and Arthas and some major huge implications. However theres a very quick easy to miss scene in the one just released.

Draka stealths passed the very same demons killed by the Demon Hunters in the Illidan cinematic and steals a map. Its certainly not as in your face as Uther dropping Arthas into the Maw but it’s still got some pretty massive implications.

Aside from the lore impact of this animation I cant help but love how the denizens of Maldraxxus look like vintage scourge yet the ones that have speaking lines here seem your dictionary definition of noble warrior. It’s an interesting clash of aesthetic that weirdly works quite well

All in all this got me interested in Maldraxxus far more than the other got me interested in Bastion.

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Bruno Brito

This trailer is basically her narrating who she was and doing cool stuff. It’s pretty mundane.

Uther’s trailer was showing a loved lore-character consequences after him being fed snippets of limelight for years. It’s also showcasing the only major character that Blizzard didn’t ruin: Arthas.

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Sarah Cushaway

The only major character that Blizzard didn’t ruin -yet- :p because I’m pretty sure by the end of SL, Arthas is also going to be retconned and so poorly-written the old fans weep bitter tears.

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Ben Stone

I actually preferred this one.