As the New Year rolls in, we have plenty to look forward to in 2007. I would like to recap some of the highs of World of Warcraft in 2006.
The beginning of 2006, brought the first world event, The Gates of Ahn’Qiraj…which Blizzard made both horde and alliance to work together to collect materials from all around Azeroth to support the war efforts in Silithus. It also introduced the long awaited final graphics for the Tier 2 Armor sets, which replaced the horrible placeholder armor look.
In March, Blizzard introduced weather effects such as snow, rain, and sandstorms. They also put into the game, the Tier 0.5 set which allowed players to quest and raid for certain items to upgrade their dungeon set found in places like Upper Black Rock Spire, and Stratholme. Finally, Blizzard showed some sight to the non-hardcore end game player, showing that the game is for both casual and hardcore fans of any MMORPG.
On the 19th of June, Blizzard implemented one of their biggest patches to date named “The Shadow of the Necropolis”, which not only added a new 40-man raid dungeon, but a new Legendary item Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian, as well as, New Tier 3 raid armor for every class. This was a very exciting patch as there was much to do and many things to accomplish. Kel’Thuzad, a famous name from the Warcraft lore, was named to be the final boss of Naxxramas, which proved to be a challenge for all guilds that faced him.
As the year started to wind down, and as Blizzard started to frantically work on and finish The Burning Crusade, they added things such as Cross-Realm Battlegrounds to alleviate queue times, and spread out competition within the world of pvp. They also featured the new 41 point talent trees for all classes, such as the mage's new water elemental or the shaman’s new totem of wrath. As 2006 ended many things were eminent that The Burning Crusade, only 4 days from launch as I write this, was getting close. I look into 2007 with good hope, knowing that Blizzard will always be looking for new ways to improve one of the most successful games in PC history.