World of Warcraft is an expansive universe. You're playing the game, you're fighting the bosses, you know the how -- but do you know the why? Each week, Matthew Rossi and Anne Stickney make sure you Know Your Lore by covering the history of the story behind
World of Warcraft.
A little over two years ago, Mists of Pandaria
was officially announced as the next expansion at BlizzCon to the puzzlement of many players. The idea of an expansion built around the pandaren race was a polarizing one -- some people loved the idea, and some were less than enthused. Although the pandaren were included in game lore as early as Warcraft III
, there were those that scoffed at the idea of an expansion built around a race of giant talking bears, saying that they had no place in Warcraft
at all. A year later, Mists
was officially launched, and a little over a year after that, the events of Mists of Pandaria
are wrapping up in a suitably dramatic conclusion.
And to the delight of many, myself included, this expansion has been anything but
lighthearted and silly. Mists of Pandaria
wasn't just a random expansion about giant talking bears, it was a revolution in the way that story and gameplay intertwine. While it may have had its faltering moments -- the inclusion of enough daily quests to make players dizzy among them -- the story took a life of its own, and the tale it told has definitely left its mark on future lore to come. Let's be clear, here: For a continent left cloaked in Mists
for thousands of years, Pandaria has managed to work its way into the face of Warcraft
lore in a manner that won't be forgotten, and has given us enough material to spur the story of the game for quite some time.
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