The lights are on
The latest World of Warcraft patch (5.4) adds a host of new content to the game.
The patch went live today, many fans are excited by the 14-boss Siege of Orgrimmar raid, which will send you deep into Horde country to overtake the orc capital city. Here's the backstory, according to the official site:
"The tensions stoked by Garrosh Hellscream's arrogance have reached a boiling point with the devastation unleashed upon the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Now it's time for leaders of the Alliance and Horde to lay siege to Hellscream's capital and topple the ruthless Warchief once and for all!
The new Siege of Orgrimmar Raid takes place within two different settings. First, players will need to deal with the aftermath of Garrosh's foul machinations within the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. His poisoning of the Pools of Power with the Heart of Y'shaarj has led to some truly harrowing consequences for the land and the people who have long defended it."
After the aftermath of the events in the Vale has been dealt with, members of the Horde and Alliance take the war directly to Garrosh's doorstep in Orgrimmar. They must push past his outer defenses first before they can even hope to get to the orc at the center of it all, and that will prove to be more than they bargained for."
Poisoning of the Pools of Power with the Heart of Y'shaarj? Not on my watch, pal!
Here are some of the other features and content being added in WoW Patch 5.4:
Our Take:In recent years, I've seen a lot of stories like this one, detailing falling World of Warcraft subscriber numbers. On the one hand, you could say, "World of Warcraft has fallen to 7.7 million subscribers...that's rough." On the other hand, I'd argue that 9 years (!!) after its release there is still the population of a huge city willing to spend money each month on WoW. That's incredible. According to some of my more WoW-knowledgable colleagues, the chance to raid Orgrimmar should be something special.
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