Did Blizzard Accidentally Leak the Next World of Warcraft Expansion?
With the reveal of Blizzard’s new Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion for Hearthstone one can’t help but wonder what lies ahead for the next World of Warcraft expansion. If you listened closely to the Jaina’s monologue throughout the cinematic trailer she goes on to describe how “Power is a double edge blade. One side light, the other dark… They have no vision. Power alone is not to be feared. Fear instead, those who wield it”! This could be the precursor to Jaina Proud Moore finally giving up on the world.
Throughout WoW’s history, Jaina has been one of the most powerful mages the Kirin Tor has ever known, maybe even second to Khadgar. She’s seen the death of friends and family, witnessed good men turn evil, and betrayal from both enemies and allies. Her views on Horde and Alliance relations at the end of the events of Cataclysm have us wondering if Jaina is really all there.
After defeating Garrosh in the Siege of Orgrimmar, she deliberately eggs on Varian to attack the Horde’s forces to take Garrosh prisoner, after Vol’jin is named Chieftain. There’s also the matter of her hair, slowly changing color over the course of these years, which is now almost all white. Is Jaina being corrupted by power? Has she lost her faith in the chances of both the Alliance and Horde ever working together? Perhaps a demon taken hold of her, much like Medivh who fell under Sargeras’ grasp?
All of this is speculation, however Jaina’s actions and personality have greatly shifted over these last few World of Warcraft expansions. Will she take matters into her own hands? Is the Kirin Tor about to enforce their own version of order upon the world? This is again backed up by Hearthstone developer Ben Broud who goes on the say “…We’re not going to Dalaran, we are going to Northrend” Again hinting that the Warcraft universe will see a Dalaran-based expansion if not in Hearthstone, maybe in the World of Warcraft. Only time will tell.