Plot and setting
Doom comes for the Alliance and the Horde as a great burning shadow falls over Azeroth. In this dire new chapter of the Warcraft saga, the demonic Burning Legion has returned, seeking to call forth their fallen leader — the dark titan Sargeras, Ravager of Worlds. As destruction rains across Azeroth, its heroes must seek salvation among the ruins of the Broken Isles, doomed center of ancient night elf civilization and birthplace of myths dating back to the world’s creation. In the face of hopeless odds, they must learn to master mighty Artifacts — legendary weapons that hold the potential to bring down the corrupted armies of the Legion — and strike an infernal pact with the dread Demon Hunters of the Illidari ... accursed followers of the infamous Illidan the Betrayer.
The expansion is set after the events of Warlords of Draenor and returns to the prime universe where heroes brace to defend Azeroth from a second invasion of the Burning Legion. To prevent a successful attempt to bring Sargeras back into Azeroth, heroes must retrace the steps of Maiev Shadowsong to the Broken Isles as she chased Illidan to the Tomb of Sargeras in hopes of finding some forgotten tools in their new fight, including the Pillars of Creation. They also need to find the new portal where the Gul'dan, who came from the alternate-timeline universe of Draenor, appeared to be somewhere in the mysterious island chain. Players must be careful as Gul'dan may know more about the region than potentially anyone who was still alive.
At the end of Warlords of Draenor, the combined Alliance-Horde forces believe they have stopped Gul'dan from completing the full return of the Burning Legion in the alternate timeline. Khadgar fortells that Gul'dan was not destroyed during the assault on Hellfire Citadel, and was sent to Azeroth in the original timeline, and has found a way to bring the original Burning Legion to attack Azeroth once again and ultimately summon Sargeras, the Legion's creator. Due to its remote location, the Burning Legion had waited patiently to invade Azeroth the second time in the original timeline, and has managed to grow larger and stronger than any in the history of Azeroth.
- Level cap raised to 110
- Additional character slot added.
- To help the heroes of Azeroth prepare for the coming invasion, World of Warcraft: Legion will allow players to boost one character to level 100, including a newly created character, quickly getting them primed and ready to battle the Burning Legion alongside their friends.
- Honor System: Fight for fame, glory, and a range of new PvP-specific powers as you face the opposing faction in Arenas and Battlegrounds.
- Class Orders, Order Halls and followers: Whether you’re paladin or warlock, unite fellow NPC members of your class’s order to carry out missions at your command.
- New hero class — Demon Hunter: Unleash the demon within as an all-new melee hero class gifted with preternatural mobility—and the ability to metamorphose into hellish new forms.
- New continent - Broken Isles: Discover the fate of a lost night elf civilization, confront twisted fragments of the Emerald Nightmare, and hunt agents of the Legion in all-new zones.
- New worlds - Mar'dun: Created by Sargeras before his fall to capture demons and part of the demon hunter starting experience
- New world bosses
- Artifacts (36 to encompass all specializations): Smite the Legion with legendary weapons of lore. Earn Artifact power to unlock abilities and traits, and customize your weapon to suit your needs.
- Trees for further spell/ability customization
- Appearance customization
- Artifact forms for Feral Druids
- Improved transmogrification system
- Improved social features
Major characters and mobs
- Main characters
- - Legendary Watcher
- - Vicious satyr Nightmare Lord
- - Heir to Stormwind
- - Naga commander
- - Ruler of Gilneas
- - Highmountain ruler of the hostile drogbar
- - Archmagi of The Kirin Tor
- - Chieftain of the Stormreaver clan
- - Dark Lady of the Forsaken
- - Future and past lord of Outland
- Boss mobs
- of the vrykul
- From Gamescom 2015
- From Gamescom 2015
- Dalaran will be moving to the Broken Isles similar to when it moved to Crystalsong Forest for Wrath of the Lich King, but will remain largely unchanged except for likely changes to the Underbelly. Northrend will still have Dalaran for those leveling around there.