In a new blog on the World of Warcraft website, Warcraft GM John Hight explains the franchise’s plans for 2022, information on this year’s Esports events, a preview of the upcoming expansion, and more. You can visit the blog here or read more below:
For nearly 28 years, the Warcraft Universe has ignited imaginations across the globe with rich storytelling and expansive worlds. He laid the very foundations of World of Warcraft and Foyerproviding entertainment, community and competition to millions of people around the world.
This year, we have lots of exciting news in store for the heroes of Azeroth and Hearthstone Tavern patrons.
Play your hand in Hearthstone
To kick off the first of our announcements, on March 15, the Hearthstone dev team will share details for the first of three expansions this year. Shortly after, they’ll give a more in-depth look at Hearthstone’s plans for 2022, including annual changes to the base set.
Until then, you’ll want to cozy up by the fire for the first season of Hearthstone Grand Masters now in progress. Exclusive to YouTube, you can win Fractured in Alterac Valley drops while watching the best players in the world compete for their chance at the playoffs, a share of the $250,000 (USD) prize pool and regional invitations to the 2022 World Championship.
Don’t forget to tune in on April 2 and 3 for Lobby Legends: Raid Leaders, Hearthstone Esports’ first Battlegrounds event of the year. It’s an exciting time for Hearthstone and you won’t want to miss a moment at the Tavern.
The worlds of World of Warcraft
On April 19, the World of Warcraft development team will unveil the next expansion. We’re excited to show you what we’ve been working on and where your adventures in Azeroth will unfold next.
In the meantime, we hope you enjoy Eternity’s End, the latest content update and final chapter in the Shadowlands saga. The heroes of Azeroth have been called to this intriguing new land of Zereth Mortis to thwart the efforts of the Jailer and stop him from rewriting reality as we know it. Last week we saw brave adventurers fight their way through the Sepulcher of the First raid zone on normal and heroic difficulty, and this week they will finally come face to face with the Jailer himself as the difficulties Raid Finder and Mythic become available. . I can’t wait to see who will direct the world premiere!
In WoW Classic, players have gathered their most powerful allies to step through the gates of the ancient troll city of Zul’Gurub, face the blood god Hakkar, and reap the rewards of Season of Mastery. Players also completed the Burning Crusade Classic Phase 3 challenges as they headed to the Black Temple to confront Illidan in his fortress, engage in the Battle of Mount Hyjal to preserve history, and much more.
The competition is fierce as WoW Esports celebrates 15 years old this April with more seasons of epic competition to come. For those looking to compete against the best players in the world, the Arena World Championship and International Mythic Dungeon prepare for faster action. For dungeon runners, players who register before March 28 and complete the MDI Time Trials have a chance to earn the Encrypted In-Game Banner of Opportunity. Registrations for the MDI time trials are open now on GameBattles. We wish good luck to all competitors. May your cooldowns be with you and may your buffs be strong.
In bloom for May
Beyond World of Warcraft and Hearthstone, we’re getting ready to bring the first game in the Warcraft universe made for mobile into your hands. We’ll tell you more in May.
The future of Warcraft is bright. On behalf of all of us at Blizzard who work to bring you even more exciting Warcraft experiences, we thank you for being part of the community. We are excited for the journey ahead of us and grateful that you are joining us on this.
Thanks for playing, and see you in Azeroth, at the Tavern and beyond!
—John Hight, Warcraft General Manager
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