The Tauren & The Goblin #51: On the Horde Intro to Zandalar
Nick and Katie are back but life is busy and they’ve both only had time to really play through one zone in the new expansion. After giving their initial impressions and talking about Blizzard’s development history of making awesome leveling zones (they disagree about whether the last bad zone was in MoP or Cataclysm), they start with the quest to get the Heart of Azeroth from Magni. Of note, they point out the pun about the room being a Heart Chamber, and they talk about the Titan Keeper that references all the Titan facilities that start with Uld, including some we don’t know about.
The duo then starts to talk about sneaking into Stormwind and encountering Saurfang, and try to discern his purposes. Nick asks if he is going to be the next warchief, and Katie laments that the warchief title has moved around too much lately. They then talk about the various warchiefs and how their role was dictated by the expansion they served during, and Katie is sad when talking about Vol’jin’s all too short reign.
They get back to the task at hand and focus on the next characters encountered: Talanji and Zul. They consider Zul’s historical significance to the game, as a figure behind the resurrection of the Thunder King in Pandaria, with references to him and Rastakhan on Thunder Isle, but yet has never actually encountered us before. They talk about fleeing the Stockades and evading Jaina in a manner similar to the Halls of Reflection with Arthas, and evaluate the flammability of Stormwind.
Then the pair discuss the intro cinematic for Zandalar, featuring Rezan’s introduction as the Loa of Kings and Queens. They focus on Talanji’s importance to the Zandalari, and look at other female leaders within the Horde. They compare the basic structure of Zandalar with the Highmountain zone.
Finally, they discuss Dazar’Alor, the Zandalari capital. They talk about how massive it is and the different tiers and the assortment of characters that can be found there, and compare it to the Shrines in Mists of Pandaria and other capital cities.
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