Feb 26th 2010 10:04PM Well... if you think about it, someone playing the game from scratch technically didn't get to the point where the Lich King was defeated. You still would have to do the Lich King related quests in Icecrown, most of which would not make sense story wise if he was already dead.
EPL is a 50s level zone... so I would assume they would want to keep a little scourge there for story purposes. Not to mention the DK area and opening storyline, which happens over there.
They could phase it after the Icecrown content, but there wouldn't be much to do there unless they opened up an upper level quest hub in the zone.
My theory would be that they're giving WPL an overhaul due to the similarity of those two zones, looks wise.