Dragonflight Expansion Leaks, Rumors, and Speculation
With only a few days left until
Blizzard's official announcement
of the next World of Warcraft expansion, we're taking another look at the leaks and rumors, to see how closely they match up with what gets revealed next Tuesday.
Warning: leaks, rumors, speculation, and what may not be real spoilers abound!
Official Website Leak
all but confirmed that the next expansion would be World of Warcraft Dragonflight, its public source code leaking both the name and the currently inaccessible
. Newly registered web certifications backed this up, alongside
unused back pieces
which seem to reinforce the concept.
The February Speculation
It's long been rumored that the expansion would have something to do with dragons and there's never any lack of wild rumor and speculation in the months leading up to a new reveal. While normally, we wouldn't pay them any mind,
a post on the MMO-Champion forums
stands out, due to getting the name right two whole months before Blizzard's own leak.
Of course, this doesn't mean any of the information is true. "Dragonflight" is hardly the most unique name, so it could have just been a lucky guess or perhaps built upon a partial leak - learning about the name through some other source and adding speculation to back it up. Either way,
none of this is confirmed
, and is in fact most likely false, but it may be fun to see whether any of it matches up with Blizzard's own reveal on April 18th.
Chromatus, via MMO-Champion
Main enemy is Chromatus, though lots of minor stories all about.
6 disconnected zones (2 of them being revamps).
4 new micro classes (1 spec each) instead of one full new class.
Class ‘skins’ for some preexisting classes.
Carpenter and Logger professions.
Dalaran capitol city.
No level cap increase.
Rewards from Shadowlands just get scaled down. Everything in 10.0 is max level content (level 60) with no level squish, so there is no need to level if you already have max level characters. Progression is just endgame progression.
Dragon Isles. Technically its own continent though it’s just one zone split into multiple maps. Floating islands between the Broken Isles and Northrend.
Lordaeron. Revamped Tirisfal/Plaguelands. Scarlet/Light focus.
Quel’thalas. Revamped Eversong/Ghostlands. Silvermoon is a hostile city like Suramar.
Undermine. City-zone beneath Kezan. Criminals and Uncrowned story. Fully underground.
Balor. Halfling race dealing with primordial fel enemies (think proto-demons, like what the Shadowlands creatures are to undead).
Uldaz. Second fully underground zone ever on Azeroth. Titan/Elune story here.
Dragon Knight. Only one tank spec. Uses two-handed weapons, fire, plate armor and shouts.
Tinker class. Only one damage-dealer spec. Uses guns, mail armor, gadgets and mech suits.
Minstrel class. Only one healer spec. Uses leather, lutes, violins and panflutes.
Chronomancer class. Only one healer spec. Uses cloth, time magic, and sand magic.
Dark Ranger skin for Hunters. Dark spell effects. Tames undead instead of animals.
Necromancer skin for Warlocks. Plagues instead of curses. Summons undead instead of demons.
Nightmare skin for Druids. Corrupted spell effects and animal forms. Can unlock wildly different forms (that play the same as normal druids) like snakes and spiders.
Dragonsworn skin for Shamans. Draconic spell effects and forms.
Warden skin for Demon Hunters. Uses arcane and holy magic instead of fel.
Continued Order Hall stories, though only a select few and you pick them like Covenants. There are no gameplay differences between them, just different campaigns, mounts, mogs and companions. The Silver Hand, Uncrowned, Kirin Tor, Valarjar, and Black Harvest. You are not considered the leader of the order.
Expansion announcement February 28th. Announcement for the announcement planned for the 18th. Goal is to release Q1 2023.
Right off the bat, we know some of this didn't happen, as there was no February announcement, and other pieces simply sound outlandish as well. The idea of not just one class, but four new "mini-classes" with one specialization each is certainly unique, but seems unlikely due to the balancing issues from adding just one class at a time - ignoring that there's not really much basis for a "Minstrel" class in WoW either.
That said, other pieces sound familiar. Patch 9.2.5 features a
special Blood Elf questline
in the Ghostlands, and we recently found an
encrypted map of Tirisfal Glades
hinting at a potential partial revamp on the Patch 9.2.5 PTR, although it looks pretty similar to its current state and still features a massive blighted scar bisecting the zone. These could also just be coincidence, as it makes sense that Tirisfal would be revisited at some point after the events of
Battle for Azeroth
and the Blood Elf questline could be a one off reminding players about the now-leaderless scourge in Azeroth, but they're interesting similarities nonetheless.
The other major features are the same greatest hits we've seen in virtually every popular leak. Tinkers and player housing have been the subject of
April Fool's jokes
for years now, while "class skins" that adjust appearance and theme without impacting performance are
. So, although some pieces may ring true, the majority of the information in this leak seems unlikely. As with most unsourced information posted around the web prior to big announcements, it more represents fan ideas of what could be done in an expansion rather than what really will.
Supposed Key Art
Another piece of "major" evidence conveniently showed up the same day the name was revealed on Blizzard's website. Originally shared in now deleted tweets and instagram posts, it appears to be key art for the expansion, depicting an oddly purple-looking Alexstrasza in both her humanoid and dragon forms. This makes sense, as Alexstrasza would likely be a major player in an expansion centered on the dragon of Azeroth, but that doesn't necessarily make the image real.
Although it appears similar to actual Blizzard art, the fuzzy quality and seemingly inconsistent colors don't add a lot of credibility. Skeptics were quick to point out that the
color registration doesn't include any yellow
, despite being prominently used. With longstanding rumors that the next WoW expansion would involve dragons, it seems more likely that someone mocked this image up themselves, possibly changing the name once the Dragonflight name was discovered on Blizzard's website.
While the name Dragonflight seems all but confirmed, many if not most of the other information in these leaks is probably not real, but it's been a lot of fun to speculate and let our imaginations run wild over these past few weeks. With only a few days to go, however, we're looking forward to Blizzard's actual reveal of the next World of Warcraft expansion this coming
Tuesday, April 19th
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