During their scheduled announcement at Gamescom today, Blizzard developers revealed the next World of Warcraft expansion. The sixth expansion is entitled Legion, and it takes players to the Broken Isles, where they can level up to 110, find new dungeons, and complete new raids. Legion also adds the Demon Hunter as a playable class, new artifact weapons, and redesigns the Honor system in World of Warcraft.
“The Tomb of Sargeras has been reopened, and the demons of the Burning Legion pour into our world. Their full, terrifying might is fixed on summoning the Dark Titan to Azeroth—and they’ve already located the key to his return. With the Alliance and Horde devastated, only you can take up Warcraft’s most legendary artifacts, scour the ancient Broken Isles for relics of the Titans, and challenge the Legion before Azeroth’s last hope dies.”
The highlight of Legion for many players will be the addition of the new hero class, the Demon Hunter. The new class is an icon in the World of Warcraft universe. The Demon Hunter will definitely have a tank and DPS role when it releases, with a focus on metamorphosis and mobility. Demon Hunters can double jump and even use their wings to glide a short time to attack enemies from higher ground. The new Demon Hunter feature page indicates that the class will only be available to Alliance Night Elves and Horde Blood Elves.
The origin of the Demon Hunter as a playable class is rooted deeply in the lore of World of Warcraft and the Legion expansion. With the Legion an imminent threat, players will need to pick up the lore’s most legendary items in order to succeed. In fact, the new artifact weapons are available to all specializations. There is a weapon for each specialization, and players will start on their journey early in the expansion to build their perfect weapon. These weapons level up, and the player will spend artifact power to unlock traits on the weapon for additional benefits.
In addition to these unique artifact weapons, each class will also be responsible for a class order. In Legion, classes are bonding together to get the job done. To meet, members of your class will travel to a class Order Hall, a public area that only members of your class can visit. For example, the Shaman Order Halls overlooks the Maelstrom. The Order Hall also includes an improved garrison-like feature, but There are fewer Champions to direct. However, they are more customizable and impactful. It was said in the stream today that players will work alongside them versus them working passively.
Other features of Legion include a new way for players to collect skins for transmogrification without using up bag space, and a new social system to aid in finding other like-minded players to complete certain goals. According to the official website for Legion, the expansion will include a character boost to the current level cap of 100. There is, however, no price point listed on the site quite yet.
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