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6-28-2009 @ 9:50PM
I still don't see why people think the maelstorm is more likely than the emerald dream. Prior to the expansions we tend to see hints here and there and I feel there has been far more hints towards the emerald dream. For example in one of the icecrown quests we are taken to the emerald dream. And I personally think that this conversation is further proof of the likelyness of the emerald dream being the next expansion.
6-28-2009 @ 10:23PM
Because the Emerald Dream doesn't seem "meaty", broad and exciting enough to carry an expansion on it's own. Maelstroem just seems way more of a complete setting for a full expansion. As others have pointed out here already, ED doesn't seem, as far as we know, a suitable capital city, nor to have a wide variety of "local civilizations" (and accompanying factions), not an obvious broad range of side plots like Outland and Northrend have. It's basically just one plot, but an expansion needs a handful of strong major plots, plus small subplots for various quests. For this reason, I do not think ED will ever become an expansion of it's own. it would make a lot more sense to add it (as a side-plot, similar to the "titans" side plot, or Vrykyl sideplot, in Northrend) to a Maelstrom expansion. There will thus be a major ED raid, probably similar to Ulduar in timing and size, one or two 5-mans, and of course a persistent presence of the ED theme in quests, and perhaps also a zone or two.
6-29-2009 @ 4:33AM
@KironeyaBah people don't know what the hell they are talking about. The Emerald Dream isn't just some zone with a bunch of lazy green dragons it is a shadow version of the entirety of Azeroth (and possibly other worlds). It was originally supposed to be a place where many of the sapient races of Azeroth had never existed and life had taken an alternative path (without titan interference?)In terms of scope for an expansion the Maelstrom offers much less (under water ruins and a lot of naga, yah). Personally I think they will probably do both at once and tie it all into a final battle between the Old Gods and Titans, and put WoW on life support before the realease of their next MMO. I really don't see where they can take WoW that is any good after the next expansion as we pretty much only have Titan level lore characters left to kill, the power creep is too high to make us go back to killing rats again.
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