World of Warcraft’s long and storied history has always had at its heart the struggle between the Alliance and the Horde, with last year’s events in the mostly excellent Legion storyline intensifying that conflict. The Battle for Azeroth expansion, which launches today, takes that existing hatred between the factions and ramps it up even more. Here’s what I think of it so far, based the past couple of weeks playing the beta.
Battle for Azeroth picks right up after the compelling and satisfying events of Legion, which saw the Titan Sargeras imprisoned – but not before he plunged a sword into Azeroth itself. The resulting wound causes Azeroth to start bleeding it’s “life-blood”, also known as Azerite. This surprisingly plentiful substance can enhance the desires and abilities of those who possess it, making it a valuable resource in the war between the factions. However, the stakes rise higher as you realize that Azeroth is dying thanks to the giant blade sticking out of Silithus.