Pop Culture Flavor Text References in Legion Legendaries
At the recent
Class Design Reddit AMA
, we finally learned the
secret of Sephuz
. In his reply, Seph explained the secret and talked about how fun flavor text is...so we rounded up all the pop culture references from Legion legendaries in this article! If this is popular, we may do another post highlighting the Warcraft-specific references too.
Sephuz's Secret is kind of a reference to a scene in Kung Fu Hustle, where The Beast (the bad ass bad guy) shoots a gun at his own head point-blank and catches the bullet with his fingers, then says something like "In the world of kung fu, speed determines the winner." I always thought that was really bad ass, and Sephuz's Secret is a speed-themed item (movement speed, haste) so there it is.
I've always loved flavor text (probably stemming from my MTG days) and love adding references to names/flavor text of things. I could probably do an entire writeup just on references in the names and flavor text of legendary items. Many of them players have figured out (e.g. Tak'theritrix's Shoulderpads) and it definitely makes me really happy to see when people get it.
is named after Skullflower, a Death Knight theorycrafter who now works at Blizzard. It resembles the Death Knight tier shoulders
is a reference to the Key and Peele sketch
East/West College Bowl
: References a
branch of mathematics
; chaotic behavior can be easily seen in systems like traffic and weather.
is a reference to the
Dragon of the Darkness Flame
from YuYu Hakusho.
is a reference to the song "
" and artist Kaskade
references Illidan’s dialogue during the
Burning Crusade Cinematic
which references the Hearthstone card of the same name which has two effects.
: Quote from
Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 5
: Flavor text is from the lyrics to "
" by Porter Robinson.
: Quote from
A Separate Peace
by John Knowles
has flavor text which references the Priest
are likely related to a pair of players, as they reference each other in the flavor text.
: Flavor text mirrors
in the Valley of Heroes.
: References the
from Harry Potter, fitting as the effect modifies Cobra Shot.
: Reference to the iconic
references the song "
" by Tyven.
has flavor text that references the
Magic Card Sizzle
"Of course you can fight fire with fire. You can fight everything with fire."
: Flavor text references the Robert Frost poem “
The Road Not Taken
: References Chen Stormstout’s dialogue from the
Mists of Pandaria Cinematic Trailer
is a reference to Rin from
is a tribute to Paul Walker from the Fast and Furious series; his
appears to be a tribute to the
Firestone Walker Brewing Company
frequented by Blizzard staff.
is a summary of Porter Robinson’s album “
Art of War
reference. "If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles."
A limited edition beer
sold by Bottle Logic, a microbrewery near Blizzard.
The Lost Abbey
is a brewery with beers named
Gift of the Magi
: Reference to the
Helm of Inmost Light
: The flavor text parallels the famous line “In the room the women come and go / Talking of Michelangelo.” from "
The Love Song of Alfred J Prufrock
resembles the unique Firelands shoulders
and the flavor text references the nursery rhyme Ring Around the Rosie.
: References the Vindicator Saruan whose trials can be read about in
: References Maraad’s heroic actions in the
is a reference to the Game Master of
Sword Art Online
: The flavor text is taken from William Blake’s poem “
has flavor text that references
"You think I'm scared of death? I've done it a million times. I'm great at it. How many times have you died?"
: Rammal is a character from
Warcraft RPG: Magic and Mayhem
. The flavor text references how Verius, a demon, tried to infiltrate the Silver Hand, and Rammal, a blood elf disguised as a priest, defeated him.
references the clumsy shadow priest Anund, who stood in front of a dragon and died in
references the song "
" by Nero.
: Iridi is a character from
Night of the Dragon
: References the trance music group
: Dejahna was the high priestess of Elune in Suramar and instructed Tyrande Whisperwind. You can read more about Dejahna in the short story
Seeds of Faith
is the weapon wielded by Auriel, Angel of Hope, in
: Flavor text spoken by Tyrion Lannister in
Game of Thrones
family of assassins
in “Hunter x Hunter”
is a tribute to
Akainu from One Piece
is a subtle tribute to the (now defunct) Elitist Jerks theorycrafting forum.
: Reference to the common saying “Reap what you sow.”
resembles the Cataclysm PvP shoulders
and contains a reference to
"The increase of chaos is what distinguishes the past from the future, giving a direction to time. -Hawking, Scholar of Space-Time"
: named after the trifling gnome who met his end by
on the day he did *not* have his legendary equipped. This is a fan-favorite character who has also made an appearance in the
card, which was turned into the
: The music artist Flume, or Harley Streten, created an album called "
: Named after the Warrior
from Blood Legion.
Quote by Francis Alys
references the legendary
Diablo belt of the same name
: named after Hearthstone Game Designer
and the priest legendary
are also named after two players from the guild JUICE.
takes its name from the
Diablo Barbarian Item
: Flavor text references the
Team Rocket motto
: References the iconic
of Star Trek: Next Generation.
: The pronunciation of this item sounds like the Gaelic phrase for ‘head to head’ in Gaelic, fitting for the flavor text.
: References a scene in
Kung Fu Hustle
: References the album
by Eric Prydz.
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