This is it. After fleeing from their home world thousands, hundreds or dozens of years ago (depending on lore revisions), World of Warcraft's Draenei are ready to take back Argus from the Burning Legion, with the heroes of Azeroth by their side. Kind of beefy for a post-Legion expansion update, isn't it?
Update 7.3, Shadows of Argus, sees players journeying through space on a Draenei-built starship to the planet of Argus, recently seen pulling a Cybertron in the sky over Azeroth's capital cities. The end of the Burning Legion, the demonic army that's been causing trouble in the World of Warcraft forever, is right around the corner. All it's going to take is a herculean effort by the combined forces of the Horde and Alliance on a planet that's been in the hands of the enemy for who knows how long.
In the video atop this post we walk through the opening moments of Shadows of Argus from the Alliance side, because it is the best side.
Level 110 Alliance players entering the game are urged to Stormwind Harbour, where a boat is waiting to take them to the Azerothian Draenei capital. It turns out the Draenei, whose city is literally a crashed spaceship, have built a new spaceship and want the player to hop on board. Were I on a role-playing server, this is where I would have quietly wandered off.
WARP SPEED MR. SULU
But no, I got on the ship and travelled to Argus at warp 5.5. Luckily there was an in-flight movie.
We arrive on Argus just in time to see the legendary band of lost warriors known as the Army of Light appear out of thin air. Hooray! The battle is joined! Oh wait, they have been shot down. I guess we'd better hit the surface and save them.
Blizzard has really gotten its money's worth with the Legion expansion's black and green colour scheme. Here's an entire planet of black and green. I'm surprised there's any black or green left for everybody else.
Once planetside, players go about the business of getting killed by a bunch of demons because they have not played in several months and aren't geared for this sort of thing. Maybe that's just me. I'm sure the regular players are just fine.
Can our heroes liberate Argus from the demonic grip of the Burning Legion? Will the Draenei left behind when the Azerothian contingent fled the planet many years ago still be happy to see us? Did the Army of Light survive?
Probably, sure and yes. It's all in the update survival guide video Blizzard posted a little while ago. World of Warcraft characters are incredibly long-lived and resilient, unless the plot calls for it.
I know Blizzard wants to put the demon storyline to rest with the Legion expansion and its subsequent updates, maybe get back to the whole Horde versus Alliance thing, but damn this feels fast. We go from "We're going to Argus!" to "We're on Argus!" to lying dead on Argus because I seriously need to gear up in 15 minutes. This is a brand-new planet we're exploring. It's being treated like Warlords of Draenor's Tanaan Jungle, an extra bit at the end.
Once I get suitably geared, I'll be back on Argus to do my part. Let's get this green and black over with so we can move on to brilliant new colour combinations.