Arthas father was Yogg-SaronYogg-Saron said of Arthas- "HE WILL LEARN; NO KING RULES FOREVER! ONLY DEATH IS ETERNAL!" When Arthas is defeated, he asks the ghost of his father "Is it over?", to which his father, in an Ironic Echo at the very least, "At long last. No King rules forever, my son. And since Yogg-Saron is the God of Death and has been watching and implicitly manipulating Arthas, it isn't a stretch to imagine that he was posing as the dead king the whole time.
Highlord Bolvar isn't actually dead.Or at the very least, died and came back. At the battle of the Wrathgate, we are led to believe that there were absolutely no survivors, due to the Undead's "New Plague," which brings "Death to the Scourge! And death to the living!" However, after the battle when Alexstraza and Korialstraz are talking, Alexstraza says "Ashj zila gul kirasath lok ante il lok buras danashj Gul gul." Using the in-game translations, this translates to "They must not discover the fate of the young paladin. Not yet." Knowing this, and the quest chain that follows (which implies he's at least dead enough not to need his shield,) we can infer that Bolvar is Undead now. Furthermore, given the proximity to Icecrown Citadel, it's possible, even likely, that he's been made into a Deathknight by Arthas.
Variation - Next races, if included will be Ogres (Horde) and Red Drakonid (Alliance)Check out Dustwallow Marsh in the game. The Ogres are seeking refuge with the Horde from aggression from the Red Dragon Flight. The Ogres are all also now the size of Tauren and are pretty much running this Horde village. The Red Dragonflight is known for it's eniminity with the Horde, and now against Ogres. To make things more blatant, Drakonid's were openly discussed by Blizzard as consideration for a playable race.
The Curse of Flesh corrupted more than just the residents of AzerothThe Curse of Flesh was created by the Old Gods to "facilitate assimilation" of the Titans' new world, and turned most of the Earthen and Mechagnomes into their current states (as dwarves and gnomes). However, when the Titans tried to remove the curse, they found that doing so would destroy Azeroth (thus forcing the Titans to contain the Old Gods using Azeroth as the prison, C'thun in the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj and Yogg-Saron inside Ulduar). However, if the curse only affected the races of Azeroth, why would it's removal destroy the planet? Simple: the Curse of Flesh infected Azeroth itself. However, it did more than just corrupt the planet. Bear in mind that the Old Gods have been based on the Cthulhu Mythos: C'thun is named similarly to Cthulhu, and Yogg-Saron matches up with Yogg-Shoggoth. Cthulhu and Yogg-Shoggoth are 2 of the most well known Old Gods from the Cthulhu Mythos, along with The King in Yellow (aka Hastur), Nyarlathotep, and Azathoth. Assuming Blizzard is naming their Old Gods based on H.P. Lovecraft's, then Azathoth should become something like... Azeroth. The Curse of Flesh made the entire planet into an Old God.
Arthas wants us to get to Icecrown.
Garrosh is setting up a Thanatos Gambit in an attempt to live up to his father.
The holy Light is a force of universal balance.
Arthas has good reason to let the heroes live.
Garrosh, and possibly Varian, are being driven crazy by the effects of Saronite.
Garrosh's term as Warchief will be short.It will essentially last long enough for him to utterly destroy relations with the Alliance and have the Horde teetering on the brink of destruction as a result of his crazy policies, when Thrall returns in a He's Back moment and puts Garrosh in his place.
An Old God has parasitically fused to Deathwing.Consider: when Deathwing originally revealed himself as psychopathically evil, the other Dragonflights teamed up with him and took him and his down. Now, however, according to Word of God, nothing matches up to him alone, with, likely, the sole exception of the Titans, who are nowhere to be found. Luckily. We know that the two Old Gods encountered before were well on their way to unsealing themselves; Yogg-Saron's seal was so poor it was practically leaking on its own, before he got to working on it. Deathwing's been hiding in the depths of the planet... where the three remaining Old Gods are kept. What are the chances at least one decided to take the Curse of Flesh a little further, if it meant freedom and a bit of temporary power loss?
World of Warcraft is hypnotic!Why has nobody mentioned this yet? How else can this game be so addictive, so time-consuming, and not to mentioned it has ruined people's lives? Be very careful when playing this game!
Every player character is a Time Lord.Sure, why not?
World of Warcraft is an alternate universe, and the inhabitants are being helplessly manipulated against their will...
Terenas Menethil II is the Lich KingAfter his soul was taken by Frostmourne he took control and he consumed Arthas and Ner'zhul.
The Lich King ISN'T the result of Arthas and Ner'zhul merging togetherBecause since when do villains actually merge together into one more powerful villain? It's unheard of! Either both of them are sharing a body (Ner'zhul in the armour, Arthas wearing the armour) or one has absorbed the other so that they can become more powerful (the various plot points seem to imply that Ner'zhul absorbed Arthas, however the backstory suggests that Arthas has the willpower and drive to actually overpower Ner'zhul and take his power for his own).
No character is actually deadEveryone that is dead just can't find their corpse and doesn't want to take 25% damage on all their gear.
The mastermind behind everything is...Jaina Proudmoore!◊Yes.
Kel'Thuzad will return again at some point.We didn't get his phylactery in the second coming of Naxxramas, so we can't be sure that he's been defeated for good.
Kael'thas isn't gone.We never fought Kael'thas. The one we killed was a shapeshifting demon sent by Kil'jaeden to lead the blood elves to their doom. Kael'thas was being held captive but escaped during the events of Sunwell Plateau. Knowing his people would never trust them again, he vowed to help them discreetly. He donned a mask and became Aethas Sunreaver. (someone told me this was a good idea so I'm posting it here, also ib4 setback)
Turalyon and Alleria are fighting demons on Argus.There are multiple dimensional gateways akin to the Dark Portal scattered throughout Outland even now. Many of them are even functional. And even if we presume that those are the only dimensional gateways that still exist, they canonically lead to other worlds. Seeing as the Burning Legion had a hand in the creation of those gateways, who's to say that one (or more) didn't lead to Argus (usually theorized to now be a major Legion base)? And a paladin and a paranoid, edgy elven ranger, working together, would have at least something of a chance of surviving against all of those demons. Especially if they somehow managed to bring reinforcements. It also might explain what happened to Nemuraan. Because the alternative is that he was Random Anonymous Auchenai Anchorite #9999 that we killed in the Crypts, and that'd just be pathetic.
Players are actually a Titan defense mechanism.Throughout the game there are various Titan strongholds and other bases of operations, all used to store and contain the Old Gods. However, all of these places have one thing in common, their security is a joke. Titan equipment gets corrupted all the time and is often used to aid the very forces they are meant to "contain". None of this makes sense, as the Titans are frequently described as being some of, if not the most powerful beings in all of Warcraft. The reason? Because their main security is in fact the players. World of Warcraft players were created by the Titans in order to defeat the various monsters that live on Azeroth. As every player is in fact, Titan blessed, that explains how groups of 25 unimportant lore outsiders are able to take down some of the heaviest canon hitters with relative ease.
All of those seemingly useless items Griftah sells in Shattrath DO work.Except they only work for NPCs.
Kil'jaeden possessed Velen at the end of the SWP raid.Come on, listen to Velen's voice in his speech at the end! It sounds nothing like him! Kil'jaeden is just biding his time, waiting for a suitable distraction (such as draenei getting to actually do something in Cata). Then Blizz will introduce draenei warlocks with the justification of "Velen said it's ok!" and then when everyone else is busy with whatever terrible evil that manifests itself in the fourth expansion pack, they'll strike. With man'ari!Velen as their leader. We're screwed.
Arthas isn't Dead.Ok, ignoring that blatent use of Dues Ex Machina in the final battle against the Lich King, there is one thing that has always bothered me... where the hell did his father and the other spirits get the strength to do that. But I won't go into that... The main point of this WMG is quite simple... Arthas isn't dead... and my reasoning for this is quite simple. It wasn't the father who appeared when the sword was broken... it was one of the Old Gods, or at least a represnetive. The reasoning behind this (besides the spooky back tone in his voice when they needed a new Lich king), comes from a number of things. First of all, the Line 'No King Rules forever', was also used by one of the older gods during your raid fight against them. Also, when Arthas asks about it being over, it looks his father is shaking his head. The reason why Arthas isn't dead, is because his soul was snatched up by one of the old gods, and the darkness that he sees before him isn't death, but instead a time of servitude and mind control. Eventually he will return, as a future raid boss/enemy. Plus, Warcraft 3/World of Warcraft can be seen in some ways as 'his' story, in a similar manner to how the 6 Star wars movies were Anakins story. Unlike Anakin however, Arthas hasn't pulled off a heroic redeeming sacrifice... Assuming anything I said actually made sense to you.
The Mortal Races of Azeroth Will Succeed the DragonsOf the five Dragonflights the Titans appointed, two (possibly three) have gone insane and turned evil. Who are the ones who've had to thwart these dragons? The mortal champions of the Alliance and the Horde. Given this, and the fact that even the Titan Pantheons aren't what they once were, it may eventually become up to Azeroth's mortals to keep their own house. Should the Titans ever return in full, they may even appoint which races do what as they did with the Dragons, since the Alliance and the Horde are proving themselves to be the strongest forces on the planet at the moment, just as it was with the Dragons at their time.
Garrosh is such a hyper-aggressive Jerk Ass because there's a shard of Saronite lodged in his brain.This may sound like a really out-there theory, but think about it. What does exposure to saronite do, considering it's the hardened blood of an Old God? It causes aggression; the unwavering desire to fight and kill. Something Garrosh's no stranger to. And seeing as Garrosh loves to fight- when he gets the opportunity- it's possible that on a battlefield somewhere, a saronite arrow or blade got stuck in Garrosh's skull. He had the wound healed and taken care of discreetly so as not to look 'weak', but the healer could have made a mistake, as this IS a medieval-ish setting, and the wound never fully healed. Maybe a piece of saronite got stuck in his skull, and that much exposure to saronite on a regular basis is literally warping Garrosh's brain and actions. It explains everything.
Being a Defias is the national hobby of StormwindJust saying. It seems everyone except PCs belongs to this secret society. It's something they do in the weekends. Grabbing a red bandanna and hiding behind an apple tree is the local equivalent of morris dancing. And because it's a secret society no-one is sure who everyone else is.
Tseric committed suicideBlizzard didn't say anything since they didn't want the public to know that forum trolls led a community manager to suicide.
The parents of the Children's Week orphans didn't just die, they were stupid.So stupid they couldn't find their way back to their body from the graveyard after dying.
The Draenei and the Blood Elves will replace the Bronze Dragonflight as Guardians of Time.
The optional final boss of the Bastion of Twilight will be C'thun resurrected at full power and the horrifying secret will be The Old Gods playing a role in the creation of the Twilight Dragonflight.The Twilight Bastion is said to include "a sixth Algalon-style optional, ultra-hard boss," and a "horrifying secret" in a room full of black dragon eggs. Considering that Cho'Gall is the last required boss of the raid, and he works for C'Thun, it would be reasonable to have to fight C'Thun after the raid falls into the pit. As for the eggs, it's possible that the Old Gods are linked to the Twilight Dragonflight, and are manipulating the creation of the Twilight Dragonflight so that they can put them under their control and destroy the Black Dragonflight when it is no longer useful, similar to how Gul'Dan made the first Death Knights, but made them loyal to him rather than Doomhammer.
Azeroth is a Spiral world.Either that or Algalon is the closest thing that the Warcraft universe has to Anti-Spiral. Loken, the one entrusted with the Titans, was corrupted, and certain events (his death) sent a signal that the world had become too corrupt, and it could be said that the world was doomed if the players hadn't intervened. Oh, and the battle takes place in space, with Algalon possessing an attack called Big Bang. This quote helps seal the deal that Azeroth and its beings possess Spiral Power:
Algalon: Perhaps it is your imperfection that which grants you free will. That allows you to persevere against cosmically calculated odds. You prevailed where the Titans' own perfect creations have failed.
Hogger is a shaman.Explains him coming back stronger in Cataclysm.
Only mortals can kill the Old GodsThe Titans originally could not kill the Old Gods without risking the destruction of Azeroth. However, their deaths at the hands of player characters have not caused such havoc. It could just be that their imprisonment has weakened them. Or perhaps because they've been taken one at a time instead of at once. But it could also be that only mortals, beings linked, if not necessarily native, to Azeroth itself are able to harm the Old Gods without risking untold damage to their world.
The Infinite Dragonflight are trying to prevent the death of NozdormuNozdormu was informed by the Titans themselves of when and how he would die. This was done to keep him thinking he didn't answer to anyone. Eventually, Nozdormu's death happened as planned, but his Dragonflight couldn't handle it. They began to plan ways to alter history so as to prevent Nozdormu's death and bring him back, and corrupted into the Infinite Dragonflight as a result.
Gallywix is left in charge of the Bilgewater Cartel to keep Garrosh in line.I've seen noted the odd detail that Gallywix is retained as Trade Prince of the Bilgewater goblin cartel despite the fact he's an out and out traitor and his own people seem to hate him. However, Thrall's intentions may be more far sighted than we realize. Thrall knows perfectly well that Garrosh is not fully up to leading yet, and is counting on the other Horde leaders to keep him in check until he grows into his role. The goblins are a potential spanner in the works, though. If Thrall had a new leader appointed in Gallywix's place, the odds are high that new leader is someone who would feel grateful to the Horde for its aid. Grateful enough, perhaps, to not question Garrosh or work against him if need be. Nor can Thrall tell his new member nation "Welcome to the Horde, don't turn your back on the guy in charge." But with Gallywix, Thrall has someone who will do exactly that without Thrall having do anything to ensure it. Gallywix can keep Garrosh on his toes in a way no other Horde leader except maybe Sylvanas could, but with the goblins as a whole being a lesser risk than the Forsaken.
Darion Morgraine is the Lich King in disguise.We haven't seen his face since he supposedly became a death knight, have we? He is actually the Lich King, the Knights of the Ebon Blade never broke away from the Scourge, and the person who we killed at the end of Wo LK was just a fake. And someday, when we least expect it, the death knights whom the Alliance and Horde trusted will kill the leaders and take over both factions, enslaving the armies to the Lich King's rule...
The Faction Champs and priest mobs didn't die in the ToC raid/dungeon.Come on. There's no way they would throw their lives away in the name of "training." The corpses are just there for gameplay's sake.
When Blizz need to get the Horde-Alliance tension but again, it'll involve Anduin Wrynn.Partly because the kid is quite honestly shaping up to be the best damn potential faction leader there is. He' all pro-peace so he's gonna either die or be corrupted since that would get rid of someone who would have a chance to bring peace AND provide Varian with his latest reason to hate the Horde, since if something does do Anduin in it will be done to frame the Horde. Seriously, Anduin is like a giant red button saying "WARNING! WARNING!" for Varian. Nothing enrages him like a threat to his son. That, or....
A bad guy will attempt to kill Anduin.An enemy that is too strong for both factions to defeat will, for whatever reason, attempt to kill Anduin, maybe not even intentionally. For extra goodness a memeber of the Horde or even Thrall himself will save everyone's favourite prince. A supposed, distant Old God might not motivate Varian to team up with the Horde, but someone else gunning for his son? Plus, if Garrosh cools down and becomes half-way more reasonable who here can't say that despite personal dislike of Varian & Garrosh if the two of them actually worked together they'd kickass halfway to Outland & back?
Expansions will follow a linear pattern of "two new races, hero class, two new races, hero class, etc.It just seems right.
Kobolds will be a playable race for the Horde.Firstly, there's a quest in the Stonetalon Mountains in which you press some nearby Kobolds into fighting Alliance soldiers. The quest-giver seems very interested to learn that this is possible. Secondly, the Alliance kills Kobolds much more often than Horde. Thirdly, I want to hear male Kobolds using /flirt or /silly and making innuendo about their iconic candles. If they're deemed insufficiently intelligent, the Goblins could lend them some Kaja'Mite. The Alliance in turn might get Furbolgs, Murlocs, Centaurs, Dryads... I don't really have any great ideas for them.
Kaja'mite is the blood of an old god.Just like Saronite, Kaja'mite is a by-product of an old god who lives deep beneath the south seas. However, unlike Saronite which just makes you crazy, those who mite Kaja'mite for long periods of time makes you intelligent....and greedy. That's right. Every time you drink kaja'cola, you're really DRINKING THE BLOOD OF A FREAKING OLD GOD!!! Anyway, it's possible that the old god in question desires the goblins as servants. This could also explain the goblins' love of explosions; their creator smiles upon them unmaking the titans' world bit by bit, boom by boom.
The Qiraji and silithids will be a future Big Bad.It'd be easy to do- have silithid hives creep north through Kalimdor with each expansion. There are already hives in Silithus, Un'goro Crater, Tanaris, and the cataclysm unearthed (and submerged) one in the Thousand Needles, they'd just have to add a hive or an entrance to the hive caverns in a new zone or two for another couple expansions until it got to the Cenarion Circle in Desolace. Ahn'Qiraj is now shown on the Kalimdor map as a zone, but has no NPCs, quests, or monsters, and neither of the raids were updated, so there's room for Blizzard to do something with the zone and raids in a later expansion. The kingdom also still has deep ties to the Old Gods through C'Thun, so a resurgence isn't impossible. (Heck, maybe even Qiraji defectors could become a playable race?)
The Titans are a bunch of idiots who pussied out of doing the job properly.Name me ONE place where the titans did something that some evil dude didn't fuck up big time much later? Aren't the titans almighty gods for crying out loud!?
Thrall isn't coming back.Despite claims that Garrosh's position is temporary, Thrall will not be reclaiming the title any time soon. Why did Blizzard introduce Garrosh in the first place? Because they wanted conflict between the factions, and the Horde needed a more aggressive leader for that to happen. So as long as they want the Alliance and the Horde at war (which will probably be the for the rest of World of Warcraft), Garrosh is likely to stay Warchief. Near the end of Cataclysm, Thrall will either be killed off or suffer a fate similar to Bolvar Fordragon's (Metzen even hinted at Blizzcon 2010 that Thrall could act as a replacement for Neltharion), rendering him unable to return and leaving Garrosh as Warchief.
"Fel Corruption" is a popular Blizzard tool for a reason.
Blood Elves and Draenei will be back in the spotlight in a future raid patch.Ever since the release of Wrath of the Lich King, the two BC races have just been sitting around in their respective capitol cities, twiddling their thumbs. Sure, you saw more then a few Draenei and Blood Elves fighting scourge in Northrend, but on the whole, their presence in the overall story of Wrath was nowhere NEAR as big as it was in Burning Crusades. Granted, Wrath wasn't really SUPPOSED to be about them, but still, it feels like they've just been tucked into a corner and forgotten about. Sadly, these two races are still being ignored in Cataclysm... at least, so far. Now that the Alliance and Horde are gearing up for another all-out war, everyone in their respective factions will be expected to do their part, including these two. Now that Garrosh Hellscream is Warchief, he may get well and truly tired of the Blood Elves' recent lack of presence in the Horde's various theaters of war. That, combined with the fact that it was the Draenei that restored the sunwell and saved their people, Garrosh may feel it necessary to remind the Blood Elves of just where exactly their loyalties are SUPPOSED to lie. Lor'themar Theron may not be too happy with any radical actions Garrosh will no doubt take, and this IS Garrosh we're talking about afterall. He's not going to go up to the Lor'themar and ask nicely for more support. Meanwhile, on the Alliance side of things, Varian Wrynn may be similarly dissatisfied with a lack of major Draenei presence on Alliance fronts and may have a bone or two to pick with Prophet Velen regarding the matter. While Varian would not be as harsh toward the Draenei as Garrosh would be toward the Blood Elves, you can bet that Varian will want to do something to remind Velen of the commitments he and his people swore to the Alliance years ago. Not to mention that Varian might not be all that happy that Velen reignited the sunwell for the Blood Elves, curing them of their crippling fel addiction and giving them, and by proxy the Horde, an advantage. In both cases, the Sunwell will be a major point of contention and the name of the raid patch could be "Return to the Sunwell" in which Alliance players will try to take the Isle of Quel'Danas by force and Horde players will try to repel them (not an actual battleground, mind you. More like Alliance players fighting Horde NPC's and vice versa, kinda like the gunship battle in Icecrown Citadel).
The Val'kyr were sent to Sylvanas by Ner'zhul.While the Lich King was a merge of both Arthas and Ner'zhul, Arthas was clearly the dominant spirit (at least during Wot LK). Because of this, the last shred of Arthas' humanity held the Scourge back and kept them from annihilating the Alliance and the Horde. Ner'zhul was not happy with this and desired a new host, so he arranged for us to kill Arthas and replace him with Bolvar. This plan backfired, however, as Bolvar proved incorruptable, and the Lich King went dormant entirely. Ner'zhul, more powerless than ever, once again desired a new host. Sylvanas is an ideal target. She's rash, ruthless, and possibly even insane. She cares more about results than methods, and with the Forsaken's numbers diminished from war with the Alliance and the Scourge, is desperately in need of more troops. So Ner'zhul sends her his Val'kyr, who offer their services while wanting seemingly nothing in return. In actuality, the Val'kyr have been spent to begin working Sylvanas into a host for Ner'zhul.
The next Dragon Aspect of Earth will be...Since Deathwing's the Big Bad of Cataclysm, it's pretty much a given that he's going down, leaving the Black Dragonflight without a leader. Somebody's going to have to step up and take his place. Possible candidates-
One of the new expansions will see us returning to Outland.Burning Crusade was the first major expansion for World of Warcraft, and as such it lacked a lot of the refinement that later expansions would bring in. With Cataclysm, Blizzard has brought the Classic zones up to the new standard set by Wrath Of The Lich King. This leaves Outland as the odd one out among the regions, giving Blizzard good reason to go back and improve it. Because Outland is just a load of islands floating in the middle of nowhere, it wouldn't take much effort to add some new zones. Or we could use Ner'zhul's old portal network to visit new worlds; perhaps the homeworld of the Ethereals, or a fully fel-corrupted outpost of the legion. Plus, Blizzard could use this opportunity to fix some of the Egregious issues with the principal villains-
Cho'gall doesn't die at the end of the Bastion of Twilight.Cho'gall has twice so far shown a talent for surviving despite having been said to have died. It happened first when he was thought dead by Rend and Maim after they had droven their axe into his chest. The second time it happened it was when Med'an kamehameha'd Cho'gall, who then had broken ruins fall on top of him. He might just prove his toughness once again. As well as that, Cho'gall is THE leader of the Twilight's Hammer, which is the major enemy of the expansion, alongside the Black and Twilight dragons. He's far too iconic as the cult's leader to die in the first raid.
The Time Warp from The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be the dance of a future playable race.Why? Because it would be awesome.
The Frostmane trolls are paying for the Drakkari's betrayalAfter the Cataclysm, the Frostmane trolls in Dun Morogh are acting strange; one quest has new Dwarf players sneaking around their camps, and overhearing that the spirits (Loa) have abandoned them. In Wrath of the Lich King when the scourge invades Zul'Drak, the Drakkari trolls turn on their Loa and take their power for themselves, as a last ditch effort to fight the scourge. The Frostmane trolls are an offshoot of the Drakkari, and likely worship the same Loa, but after what the Drakkari did, the Loa abandon the Frostmane as well.
Cenarius will eventually = bad news for the Horde in Ashenvale... unless he gets killed fighting against RagnarosCenarius is back and alive and kicking, helping fight against Ragnaros's forces at Hyjal. After he's finished, he'll go fight against the Horde in Ashenvale. I really don't think just sit idly by while the Horde cuts down Ashenvale's forests. He didn't do so when Grom Hellscream's forces came to Ashenvale. If so, things won't look too good for the Horde there. And Garrosh, the son of the person who previously killed him, won't help matters.
Illidan saw the Draenei as demons because of their connection to the Eredar.Illidan betraying the Broken and attacking Shattrath in Burning Crusade made no sense and seemed like Card Carrying Villainy. However, there's one other group that he was that outright antagonistic toward - demons. As a demon hunter, Illidan saw demons as pure evil and was willing to manipulate, use, and enslave them for his own purposes. Being familiar with the Burning Legion, he had doubtlessly seen plenty of Eredar, and upon learning that Draenei and Eredar are two factions of the same race he likely decided that Draenei are basically demons, and therefore must be either controlled or destroyed.
Alextrasza is out to kill us all.She seems relatively unphased by the execution of her brother, Malygos, and seems quite willing to do the same to Neltharion. Who's next? Nozdormu will be taken out for collaboration with the Infinite Dragonflight, Ysera will turn out to be still affected by the Nightmare, and then, when all the dust clears and we're left with four Dragonflights headed by puppets of the so-called 'Lifebinder,' only then will we see that we have played right into her hands. It will turn out that she was driven mad during her captivity with the Dragonmaw, and now she's out to destroy all mortal life. Or enslave it. One or the other.
The final major content patch of Cataclysm (when we fight Deathwing) will be called The Hour of Twilight"Hour of Twilight" Has been a recurring phrase throughout the expansion, spoken by Deathwing, Fandral, and Ragnaros. In the novel Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects we learn through Ysera's prophecies that it's the event in which the Old Gods will claim their final victory and exterminate all life on Azeroth. Sounds like the perfect setting for an all-or-nothing battle.
How the problems with the Horde leadership will be resolved.Given all the troubles with Garrosh and Sylvanas, it seems as if the Horde is on the verge of splintering apart, which is the last thing they need given their reignited conflict with the Alliance. Once the problems on the elemental plane are solved, Thrall will return to the Horde and relieve Garrosh of his title as Warchief (hopefully remonstrating him for causing so much tension amongst the Horde while he does it). Meanwhile, in the Eastern Kingdoms, Lor'themar will finally grow a pair, step up to the plate and do something by trying to reason with Sylvanas, and hopefully convince her to take whatever she's planning down a few notches. After all, the Forsaken and blood elves are outcasts even among the Horde, so it makes sense that they're more closely allied with one another. And finally, the goblins will become completely fed up with Gallywix's shenanigans, overthrow him, and replace him with Boss Mida.
The residents of Rustberg Village are being exterminated by both Horde and Alliance in a genocide.(The one in the Tol Barad Daily "Not The Friendliest Town".) The village is actually a peaceful utopia. The residents are of all the races that make up the Horde and the Alliance. It would hurt the cause of both the Horde and the Alliance to have it proven that the races can all live together in peace, so the factions are systematically slaughtering them.
Deathwing will go One-Winged Angel for the final fight.We have already seen some tentacles on him during the Alexstrasza questline. If the first phase of Deathwing's encounter is breaking off his adamantium plating, then there's nothing holding him in dragon form. Maybe he'll even rant about becoming 'a New God' before mutating into some un-dragony ''thing''. Confirmed. The Madness of Deathwing encounter has tentacles as part of his boss fight. The tentacles are COMING OUT OF HIS UNARMORED BODY meaning that the Old Gods definitely are "inside" Deathwing. So he's definitely going One-Winged Angel on us in the final fight.
Thrall is secretly getting sick of both the Horde and the Alliance ruining his efforts for peace, and the hiatus to save the world from the Cataclysm is one way of getting away from itIn The Shattering Prelude to Cataclysm, Thrall laments that Varian doesn't trust him and the younger generation of the Horde (not just Garrosh) is more warlike as a result of having gotten used to fighting undead, and presumably also due to the idea of atoning for the Old Horde's atrocities being lost on those who didn't live through them. Eitrigg, hearing this, notes that Thrall seems soul sick, and suggests getting a mate and children to ensure that he will have an heir should he pass on. The Desire part of the Elemental Bonds quest indicates that Thrall wants, more than anything, to give up being Warchief and raise a family. It's thus possible that he won't return to being Warchief, especially if there are ways he can help all of Azeroth rather than just the Horde.
End Time is not the last we will see of Murozond.The Murozond that the players encounter in End Time is merely one of the multiple possibilities of what Nozdormu could become as a result of being corrupted by the Old Gods. If the timeline in which Deathwing is slaughtered by the heroes of Azeroth prevails, perhaps the Old Gods will have a slightly different agenda for Nozdormu, one that could twist him into an even more powerful Lord of the Infinite.
Velen is doing nothing because he is literally building his power for a single spell.The reason Velen has been doing bugger all despite being both the most powerful priest on Azeroth and possibly one of the most powerful mages (remember, Velen was one of their leaders when the Draenei were the Eredar, whose power stemmed entirely from the arcane, not the Light, and he was one of the most powerful) is because he literally gathering power. The purpose? To wound or weaken the Dark Titan himself so the heroes can strike Sargeras down, or at least distract him enough that the Titans can get around to cleaning up their mess.
Stormwind is in the grip of an orwellian dictatorshipOkay, let's look at the facts here. Stormwind has a population size that is simply impossible (due to having suffered catastropic losses during the first and second wars, which were only about twenty years before Vanilla) if the state does not employ people breeding farms, magical aging or simply lies about its population. The government expected a guild of stonemasons to rebuild the largest city in the world for free, something which only a totalitarian state would expect. Anyone who commits a crime is put indefinitely into one of the two city prisons, with mundane prisoners being locked in the stockades. And, despite the fact that the stockades have been overrun by criminals for years now, the guard keeps putting in new prisoners as if nothing was happening. The various counties that are traditionally under protection from stormwind have received no extra troops for more than a dozen years, despite stormwind supposedly having troops to spare (another lie to make the government look strong? Or do they need the soldiers to curtail thoughtcrime within the city?). SI:7, the stormwind guild of spies and assassins, is manned completely with former criminals, more than 3000 men suddenly having becoming utterly loyal to the alliance, a feat impossible without the use of manipulating minds. The nobles, which form the ruling party, are absolutely unassailable and the king never takes public action against them. Whenever a noble actually does something that is not acceptable to the ruling party, he doesn't get a trial, he just gets an assassin. In all honesty, the more you think about it, the more it makes sense. The guilds, the church, even crime in the city is regulated by the government.
The Titans and the Old Gods are two different factions of Xel'Naga.Titans seed worlds right? Except these guys made the races of Azeroth and the Outland rather than Protoss and Zerg. This can also tie-in with the WMG above regarding player races as Titan Security Systems™. Stretch it a bit further and the Old Gods can be the Dark Hybrids introduced in Starcraft II.
Gilneas will become a majority of Civilised WorgenIt's already halfway there as soon as you're past the beginning-game. Soon enough, instead of it just being a handful of NPCs who are 'turned', thanks to all these Player Characters coming in and the mass invasion of the original Worgen, the Civilised Worgen will pretty much replace true humans. While there is no cure, there are clearly ways to stay sane, you can change forms at will after a few levels, and the country will become a population center for Worgen, in the same way Mulgore is a population center for Tauren and Dun Morogh is the population center for Dwarves.
A fifth (or tenth) expansion will feature a gateway into SanctuaryThe humans have had their power restraints removed in the end of Diablo II; in Diablo III we saw what this unrestrained power does to a godlike Superprime... with a few more decades of experience and refining, Sanctuary should be just about the proper place for a level 150 World of Warcraft player.
The movie will flopNot that I want it to, but while Warcraft is very popular, it's a lot less popular than World of Warcraft. If you base it on Humans as the heroes, with the rest of the Alliance as backup, and the Horde as villains, you're going to jack off at least 50% of the fanbase. It's never going to be as good as the game.
Bosses apart from Garrosh in Siege of OrgrimmarList any ones you think might appear below
Alterac Valley is going to switch sidesAlterac is currently being fought over by the Alliance Stormpike Guard and the Horde's Frostwolf Clan, but the Forsaken expansion into Hillsbrad is going to change all that. In Cataclysm, the Forsaken are fighting the Stormpike forces in Hillsbrad, and ask for help from the Frostwolf to finish them off; Drek'thar is disgusted by the Forsaken and their tactics and refuses to help. Warlord Cromush goes ahead with the attack on the Stormpike and wipes out their Hillsbrad troops, forcing them back to Alterac, and will report back to Garrosh Hellscream on the Frostwolf clan's treason for not helping them. Eventually, the Forsaken will attack Alterac to finish off the Stormpike and claim Dun Balder for the Horde, only to encounter the Frostwolf clan has joined the Alliance to fight back against the Forsaken.
Milhouse Manastorm didn't have a Face-Heel TurnThat's because he was always bad. Why else would he be imprisoned in the Arcatraz, which was originally being run by the naaru?
The Song of the Vale
"Here the Sacred Pools spring pure
Here, seek any who desire cure
Holy, nature, powers divine
Turn death to life, death to life."Turn death to life. The Sacred Pools are the cure to the plague of undeath.
The Reason the Alliance and Horde can kill the ShaBecause having spent roughly a decade at war with someone (often each other) has strengthened them beyond what the Sha can deal with. Pandarens couldn't truly become strong enough because their negative emotions would strengthen the Sha. Alliance and Horde however had plenty of time to hone their skills without having to worry about merely making their enemy stronger. So while their arrival in Pandaria caused (according to the Shado-pan) the worst manifestation of the Sha ever seen, it also allowed them to finally be slain.
By the end of two expansions later, every, or almost every, classic dungeon or raid instance will be updated in some wayI suspect at least one of the following will likely happen to the dungeons that have not been changed so far.
Jaina Proudmoore will become an antagonist as the series progresses.Think about it. She has lost essentially everything she's ever cared about; her family, her lover; her city-state, her people, her sense of idealism. Mount Hyjal was her last real success; since then, all her initiatives, all her ideas and all her efforts have been for naught, consumed by this pointless war. All of her diplomatic and peaceful means for enacting change have failed, and it seems like the Horde and the Alliance are only interested in war, so why not give them what they want? This troper could definitely see Jaina going full-ou Well-Intentioned Extremist and try to bring about peace and stability in Azeroth by crushing the Horde and the Alliance beneath her heel, in the vein of Qin Shi Huang or the Empire in [[Skyrim]]. It would also be cool to have an antagonist who hasn't gone crazy/been fel-corrupted/worships the Old Gods/etc, and actually has a valid reasoning and motivation for doing what they do. Besides, turning Dalaran into a magical Death Star would be cool to see.
As an alternative to the above, Jaina does take command of a third faction fighting both the Alliance and the Horde... and you get the option to change your character alignment and join her.A sub-plot running throughout some of the more recent expansions has been the increasing polarization and extremism of the Horde and the Alliance (particularly the Horde under Garrosh), and it's not unreasonable to suggest that some might be looking for something better. Jaina has shown increasing distaste for the Horde recently, but perhaps she might still to willing to accept those amongst the Horde who outright defect and join her in making a better world. It would definitely shake up PvP a bit, and give the opportunity for cross-species team ups not currently possible. In terms of the setting, it was also offer some good story and gameplay possibilities if entire factions start aligning with Jaina's cause. Hypothetical scenario: Baine decides that the tauren have paid too high a price in joining the Horde, and elects to defect and assist Jaina. This could lead into quests where you have those tauren loyal to Jaina and those loyal to the Horde fighting it out over tauren-centric zones, and in which players could assist.
Similar to the above two guesses, Jaina will grow increasingly unhinged as the series progresses, and will end up paying for it.As we've seen in the latest content in Mists of Pandaria, Jaina is taking much more drastic measures to destroying the Horde, as seen in her purging Dalaran of the Blood Elf Sunreavers. Not only that, but King Varian, who is in the middle of Character Development, chews out Jaina for screwing up his plans to reintroduce the Blood Elves to the Alliance, but Jaina doesn't seem to fazed by this, calling him soft and weak. I wouldn't be too surprised to see the king call Jaina a loose cannon and, if worse comes to the worse, kick her out of the Alliance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHLEo3ctVdg&t=4m20s Wrathion sounds like he becomes possessed by something in patch 5.2, and in a different voice proclaims "We have fallen. We must rebuild the final Titan." Something happened to the Pantheon.
Garrosh will call on the power of the Sha in the final battle, possibly going One-Winged Angel in the processAt the end of the Operation Shieldwall/Dominance Offensive questline, you fight against Ishi, a Magh'ar orc blademaster who's infused with the power of the Sha. Even though he's killed and the bell is destroyed, Garrosh takes it in stride, vowing to find other ways of winning against the Alliance, particularly finding a way to master the Sha. While he, as a warrior, doesn't have much in the way of special abilities, the Sha energy could give him special powers, such as debuffs, summoning adds and so forth, to make it a more complex encounter.
The old Gods are not as powerful as they are portrayedThis seems like a contradiction of the lore, but consider most of their tactics involve indirect conflict, C'thun was probably the strongest of the lot considering that he had of direct attacks, yet even after his seal was weakening he still preferred Yog was a tougher fight than the Lich King, but he used alot of Summons and Indirect attacks, Nzoth hasn't been shown in game as of yet but his biggest play was using Deathwing as a pawn. I propose that The Old Gods are not actually all powerful which is why in a direct conflict they are beatable and in addition the "Tied to Azeroth" thing is just another misdirection that Yasharg used to trick the Titans into sealing them away instead of killing them.
The Silver Covenant is going to betray the Alliance eventuallyThink about it. The Silver Covenant was two steps away from outright rebelling against Dalaran when Rhonin merely considered letting the Blood Elves back into the Kirin Tor, and in 5.2, Vareesa is furious over Jaina not only agreeing to stand down when Lor'themar confronts her, but the fact that the two seem to part on amicable terms. If her sister is anything to go by, I don't think she'll take this lying down, and she and her Covenant may very well take their "campaign" against the Blood Elves into their own hands...
In Patch 5.4, Garrosh will make a Heroic SacrificeIn game and story wise, it seems to be logical. Quite a few heroic mode raids have secret bosses after the supposed final boss (Algalon in Ulduar, Sinestra in Bastion of Twilight, and Ra Den in Throne of Thunder). It wouldn't be too far-fetched to include a secret boss after Garrosh. The secret boss would probably be Malkorok, as it has been theorized before, and as seen in the Dark Heart of Panderia scenario, where he and the Kor'kron have taken Y'Shaarj's essence, and probably using it to fulfill some nefarious deed. Garrosh, who before had wanted to emulate his Father, Grom Hellscream, will sacrifice his life to stop whatever the Kor'kron are up to.
Onyxia isn't actually deadInstead, someone died in her place. As Katrana Prestor, Onyxia was a convincing woman who could flawlessly execute the en masse manipulation of groups with words, gold, and non-obvious spells. The "Onyxia" in the comics? She had all the subtly of a rampaging bull, was so obvious with her ensorcellment of Varian that anyone with half a brain could deduce something was up (and couldn't even keep him under control when the time came), and, instead of killing one of the Varians with the spell "she'd" intended to use on Alcaz (Which, given the unusual nature of it, was something she likely would've created herself), fused them into one. Not to mention she's lacking the jaw/horn frills on the side of her face that are present on Onyxia in-game.
The next class to be introduced (if they introduce one) will have mail as their main armor.As of Mist of Pandaria, there are 3 cloth-wearer classes (Mage, Priest, and Warlock), 3 leather-wearer classes (Druid, Monk, and Rogue), 3 plate-wearer classes (Death Knight, Paladin, and Warrior), and only 2 mail-wearer classes (Hunter, and Shaman). It would be logical to have 3 classes that can wear all four types of gear. Also, it is most likely that the next expansion will deal with the Burning Legion, and it's rumored that Illidan Stormrage returns. With that in mind, Demon Hunters could be a possible candidate for a new class, and be able to wear mail-armor.
Next Expansion will have humans being assholesThe Horde has been very jerkass lately, especially the Orcs and especially Garrosh. The grey area is getting pretty thin on the ground. To even this out Alliance are going to be real jerks and start getting genocidal when they think they're getting ahead.
The Mantid will stay with the HordeThe Paragons of the Klaxxi already have joined Garrosh's Horde (A la Patch 5.4). It would make sense if a large portion of the Mantid, with the new Empress and the Klaxxi's blessing, join the Horde And abuse them just as the Forsaken do; Simply waiting for the right time to strike out of the group. Now, a lot of people will ask "How will the Mantid fight the Old Gods? Don't they worship them?" Well, they do; but they only Worship one, Y'Shaarj. Who's to say they are against killing C'Thun or Yogg-Saron? And odds are, the new Empress might be willing to declare the other Old Gods illegitimate or dangerous to Mantid Society (Just as the Sha, extensions of Y'Shaarj, were).
Thrall Dies to Garrosh HellscreamIf this Video is any indication, Thrall might actually be killed by Garrosh before the player arrives and stops it. If Gamon can be killed fighting General Nazgrim, then So can Thrall to Garrosh. And if Thrall dies (Officially), it will be a very sad day for the Horde to loose 2 war chiefs...
Ny'alotha is near or is Elwynn ForestBased off of the Scary Children in Goldshire/Elwynn Forest, it is very possible that Ny'alotha, the ones all the Old Gods have recently been referring to, is near or is actually Elwynn Forest.
High Warlord Cromush will replace Rend as the leader of the Dark HordeBlizzard is going too revamped to UBRS for “Warlords of Draenor” and since Rend is officially death they need a new leader. Cromush is an established character and a supporter of Garrosh. Perhaps he and some other Garrosh loyalists refused to surrender to the Alliance and joined the Dark Horde to continue the fight.
Kairozdormu's motivation for sending Garrosh back in time is motivated by For Science!Remember that speech he gave about how amazing the Timeless Isle was? Witnessing the Isle likely caused him to send Garrosh back in time to see if it would cause any alternate timelines, to sate his curiosity. I predict that the players will have to defeat him in a raid before he is able to create even more alternate timelines or even destroy time itself.
Related to above: Kairozdormu motivation to helping Garrosh escape is motivated by a You Can't Fight Fate scenario... and as a member of the Bronze Dragonflight, he must ensure that the visions of the Timeless Isle MUST happen at any cost to prevent potential paradoxes.
The Burning Legion will be the final villains, or at least major players, of Warlords.Everyone and their grandmothers in Mists is talking about how darkness is coming and how the world is heading into chaos and so on. It seems like too much emphasis to just be about Garrosh going nuts with the Heart of Y'shaaj. Warlords is taking place in Draenor, which used to be demon central and one of the main characters is Gul'dan, who is a solid contender for strongest warlock ever. Not to mention the fact that time travel shenanigans could possibly bring in already dead demons for us to fight too, like Archimonde, which could be the real reason we need to stop the time traveling, to prevent long dead demon lords from killing everything.
Illidan is coming back.Tying into the above WMG, Devs have talked about how they liked Illidan and wanted to do more with him. Time travel seems a way for him to escape death, and if demons are the main enemy of the expansion, then that gives him a shot at redemption by fighting them. He is a demon hunter and all.
Kil'jaeden will be on the players' side in Warlord of Draenor because...Ner'zhul kills Velen. Kil'jaeden spent TWENTY THOUSAND YEARS planning to kill Velen, and Ner'zhul just does it, albeit via making Velen commit Heroic Sacrifice but still. After NOT being able to do it after twenty-thousand years, odds are KJ really doesn't want his brother dead anyway, just wants to get him back on his side. Velen being dead will prevent that and REALLY REALLY cause KJ to become so angry at the Iron Horde that he joins the player races to avenge his brother. Kil'jaeden will be pissed and the draenei will finally get warlocks and/or get to choose Eredar skins in the character select screen.
Zaela will appear in Warlords of Draenor....as Garrosh's wifeIt's no secret that when Zaela first joined the Horde in Cataclysm, she was relatively fascinated by him. By Mists of Pandaria, she had inexplicably become so loyal to him that she whole-heartedly fights for him in the Siege of Orgrimmar. And now it's been confirmed that she's going to help bust Garrosh out in the upcoming novel War Crimes. She's a pretty staunch believer in Garrosh's vision and, as Warlord of one of the strongest orc clans still loyal to Hellscream, she's still a critical political ally to him. Who's to say that a romance won't develop by Wo D's release?
In Warlords of Draenor, there will be a recurring Doctor Who Expy NPC.It's an expansion about time travel. If ever there was a time in World of Warcraft for Doctor Who references out the butt, this will be it. The NPC will obviously be affiliated with the Bronze Dragonflight in some way (possibly a bronze dragon in disguise, or at least a dragonsworn), will speak with a British accent (described in-game as a Gilnean accent), and will at some point explain to the player or perhaps a major lore figure about how time isn't a linear progression of cause and effect and is more a big ball of.....wibbly-wobbly......timey-wimey.......stuff.
The Zandalari will join the HordeWith Zandalar Isle sunk and the Thunder King dead, there's only one place left for the Zandalari to turn in their mission to restore the glory of the troll race and bring it back from the brink of extinction; the Horde. By the beginning of Wo D, they probably will have heard that Vol'jin is the new Warchief of the Horde, the first troll to ever hold the title, and will send emissaries to Orgrimmar to negotiate a possible membership. Additionally, it's rumored that the new character model revamps coming in Wo D will come with alternative race skin options, such as Mag'har for the orcs and Dark Irons for the dwarves. If the Zandalari DO join the Horde, they will become a skin option for troll players.
Back in 2009, a Blizzard developer was taking a vacation in the Bahamas and went scuba diving.....And then they were bitten by an eel. Not only that, but the bite got infected and so they had to spend a few weeks in the hospital, effectively ruining their vacation. And that is why this quest exists.
In Warlords of Draenor, Broxigar the Red and Varok Saurfang's (whom are also brothers) alternate timeline versions will be a Dual Boss in a raidBecause that would probably be the coolest thing to happen. If this does happen, it would probably happen in a later patch in the expansion.
In Warlords of Draenor, Grom Hellscream will fight against his sonThe words "You disappoint me, Garrosh. You are not worthy of your father's legacy" were the worst Reason You Suck Speech ever delivered to Garrosh, and that was when Thrall was saying them. How much worse would it be for him, for the first four words to come out of his father's mouth, probably bellowed for all to hear?