This week’s World of Warcraft Throwback Thursday is all about Arthas, and The Wrath of the Lich King expansion. On November 13, 2008, Blizzard released World of Warcraft’s second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King. The expansion came at the perfect time, as many players had begun to unsubscribe, due to the game’s first expansion, The Burning Crusade, becoming stale.
By far, my favorite cinematic intro for WoW
The entire premise of WotLK was the re-emergence of Arthas, the Lich King, who raised an army of Undead Scourge to once again spread over the peoples of the Horde and Alliance. The expansion took place almost entirely on the continent of Northrend. Each faction’s players could reach Northrend through separate landing points.
Wrath of the Lich King introduced WoW’s very first hero class, the Death Knight. In order to play a Death Knight, you had to have a level 55 character on any realm. Death Knights also started in a completely different phased zone, where the player had to do a series of quests to break free from the Lich King’s influence. Death Knights are still my absolute favorite class to play.
Wrath quickly became very popular with players, as the expansion introduced entirely new questing storylines that the game had yet to see. One such quest line ended with a cut scene with the Alliance and the Horde assaulting the Wrathgate. Little did players know, that the Wrathgate quest line was the beginning of a story arc that ended with the death of Arthas, and a new soul, taking the crown of the Lich King.
In my opinion, WotLK was by far, the best expansion to date for Blizzard and World of Warcraft. Do you agree with me? What is your favorite expansion so far? Let me know in the comments below, and while you’re there, let me know what you would like to see as the next World of Warcraft Throwback Thursday.
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