After spending the last few years within World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, it is time for adventurers to head off on a new journey. Blizzard Entertainment’s MMORPG (Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) World of Warcraft is heading into its ninth expansion. We’ve explored worlds on different planets, new zones within Azeroth, watched our beloved zones torn apart and rebuilt and even dived into the world of death to stop the Jailer. The new adventure takes heroes back to Azeroth to explore the long-hidden Dragon Isles in World of Warcraft: Dragonflight.

The opening cinematic introduces the idea that the Dragon Isle was kept hidden from the rest of the world, but now that Azeroth is healing and needs new protectors, the Dragons are being summoned back. Like all World of Warcraft cinematics, the announcement one hits hard. It gives us a peek into this world and pulls at your heartstrings as the last remaining titan watcher scales a dangerous tower to reawaken the Isles before falling off the edge. Thankfully before he hits the ground, the dragons return and we watch as the world comes back to life.

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After the cinematic, Ion Hazzikostas opened up about changes coming to the new expansion, including the new class, the Envoker, locked to the brand new race, Dracthyr. We will also see changes to talents and features along with an overhaul and update to the standard UI. The new expansion will introduce five new zones designed around the different dragonflights. One zone is a leveling zone for the new race/class, while the other four are for leveling. Hazzikostas ended the reveal by introducing the Dragon Riding ability that players will be able to upgrade throughout.

World of Warcraft: Dragonflight will allow players to climb to level 70 through quests and dive into new dungeons and an eventual opening raid. This announcement reveal has given us the bare bones, but they didn’t make us wait long. The deep dive with Terran Gregory and Steven Danuser came following the announcement, where they broke down the Dragon Isles and the story. Players will be venturing to the Dragon Isles to help reclaim the lands that awakened. We will see the return of some of our favorite characters, including Wraithon and explore if he is ready to take up his father’s mantle as the Aspect for the Black Dragonflight.

There is a lot of excitement heading into the new expansion but tons of questions. World of Warcraft: Dragonflight is a breath of fresh air for those waiting to finally leave the Shadowlands in the past. Hopefully, we will learn the release date for the alpha, which will give us a better idea of when the expansion will drop. We’ve shared the new announcement trailer down below! We highly suggest checking out the deep dive for a closer look at what you can expect when the expansion drops. What do you think of the reveal? Let us know in the comments below and on social media!

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