My Favourite Locations in World of Warcraft

My Favourite World of Warcraft Locations

There are two things that always draw me back to World of Warcraft and that is the storylines (coming tomorrow!) and the gorgeous and interesting locations. The locations over the years have changed, grown and become so much more impressive and yet even the original ones still have a timeless beauty for me. There’s always at least one zone per expansion which I lose myself in, and could take screenshots of for hours and hours. Currently, it’s Suramar and most of them are on this list too! Read on to learn about my top 10!

 

World of Warcraft: Ashenvale

Ashenvale

Classic

 

I think this was probably my very first zone obsession/love in the game. My first character was a night elf druid and I just fell in love with the dramatic and graceful scenes of forest, dark green and purple.

 

 

World of Warcraft: Crystalsong Forest

Crystalsong Forest

Wrath of the Lich King

The much under-used, and occasionally blinding zone beneath the floating city of Dalaran when it was in Northrend, Crystong Forest was simply stunning. It was so many different shades of purple all in one place! I recently did the balloon micro-holiday tours and got some fantastic screenshots of the area.

 

 

 

World of Warcraft: The Dreamgrove

The Dreamgrove

Legion

The entire Dreamgrove, the Druid Class Hall, is a night elf and druid heaven. It is absolutely gorgeous and then I found THIS. A big moonkin teaching little baby moonkins! Oh my goodness, I sat there watching them for so long! There’s so many awesome little fun things in each order hall, and the Dreamgrove is massive – and ok, you might get a bit lost from time to time. But at least your surrounded by pretty stuff, right? 😉

 

 

World of Warcraft: Eversong Woods

 

Eversong Woods

The Burning Crusade

The colours, the autumn hues and the extraordinary elf style and I fell in love with this place. It’s the one time I wish I played a horde more so that I could visit it more often! There’s something so wonderfully regal and historical about Eversong Woods, especially in the places untouched by scourge and it makes the darker places much harder to see.

 

 

 

World of Warcraft: Mount Hyjal

Mount Hyjal

Cataclysm

Not only is this area important for lore, the zone itself is gorgeous and filled with lots of Druid stuff! We learned so much about the druids and the Ancients from this zone, and the regrown tree Nordrassil is a poignant and stunning part of the landscape.

 

 

 

World of Warcraft: Nagrand

 

Nagrand

The Burning Crusade

Nagrand is all about the skies. I have so many screenshot of the skies at night, daytime, and sunset. More of the sky than anything else, and is it any wonder? It’s incredible!

 

 

 

World of Warcraft: Suramar

Suramar

Legion

Oh Suramar, you have so many hidden wonders like this; is it any wonder that I can’t visit you without taking a screenshot? You’re my biggest time waster, and yet I can’t stop myself. Blizzard really upped their game with their designs in Legion, and Suramar leaves me wordless at times. It’s the hub of ancient elf architecture and it feels like the designers went all out. This is probably my favourite zone of all.

 

 

 

World of Warcraft: Vale of Eternal Blossoms

The Vale of Eternal Blossoms

Mists of Pandaria

Mists of Pandaria had a very distinct oriental style, and what I liked about it was that they did it right. Just things like the style of buildings and gates, as well as the little things like the table settings and small kettles you’d find around. It was an expansion that was dredged in oriental cultures and mythology, and I feel that people didn’t appreciate it at all because it was so alien to them. My dad is very into Japanese culture, and so I’d spot things in the storylines or around the zones that would remind me of things he’d told me about. The Vale of Eternal Blossoms is a glorious splash of colour, kept hidden and locked away for thousands of years and you can see why. I almost wept when Garrosh unleashed the sha on it and destroyed it, tainting this celestial place forever 🙁

 

 

 

World of Warcraft: Val 'Sharah

Val’Sharah

Legion

 

Another druid and night elf zone (see a pattern here? 😉 ), Val’Sharah is nature personified. It is glorious and lush forests filled with detailed plants and creatures. It truly is magical and it’s heartbreaking to see the nightmare taking over, spreading further and further. Not to mention the heartbreaking events of some of the storylines. The beauty is juxtaposed against the darkness and it has a staggering effect.

 

 

World of Warcraft: Vortex Pinnacle

Vortex Pinnacle / Throne of the Four Winds

Cataclysm

This isn’t a zone, but rather a raid and dungeon instance in the zone of Uldum. It is a heavenly floating area filled with opalescent jewels and hues alongside white marble. It’s breathtaking and I wish it wasn’t confined just to the instances. A whole city or zone would be amazing and possibly rival my love for Suramar.

 


 

How about you; what are your favourites? Do you find yourself attracted to a particular style or feature? I have a thing for nature, and elvish architecture. Let me know in the comments!

If you liked the screenshots and would like to see more then take a peek at my Screenshot Gallery for more!

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5 Favorite Sequels [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - Favourite Sequels

In preparation for this post I was running through movie sequels in my head, and then it occurred to me to wonder whether sequel refers to movies only. It doesn’t…..

 

A sequel is a narrative, documental, or other work of literature, film, theatre, television, music, or video game that continues the story of, or expands upon, some earlier work. ((Wikipedia))

 

Oh balls. I considered just sticking to movies, but then the video games and the books kept poking me. They wanted to be heard too. Crud. I chose to exclude TV because to me, TV is an ongoing sequel. Until the final season every episode, every season, is a sequel. That narrowed it down a little. After much deliberation, here are my favourite sequels! [Please note this post contains affiliate links.]

 

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dragon Age: Inquisition

I absolutely loved the original Dragon Age and subsequent games in the series, however, it was the most recent that caught my attention. The storylines were great, the music beautiful and the art was just phenomenal. There was so much to do and see, and there’s DLCs as well to continue on the fun. I can totally see myself replaying this in the future to choose different paths. ((Image Credits – Dragon Age Wiki))

 

Lethal Weapon 4

Lethal Weapon 4

I’ve always enjoyed these movies and the final one was no exception. I absolutely love the dynamic between Lorna (Rene Russo) and Riggs, and so the film that introduced her (#3) is pretty high on my list too. However, there’s multiple different parts of this film that just hits the mark and makes it so awesome. You’ve got Jet Li as the bad guy, Uncle Benny, Chris Rock as a new young cop, the secret of Murtagh’s fortune is finally revealed and there’s two very interesting pregnancies. The boys are older, a bit slower and get in deep trouble (as usual) and it’s just such a great film with so many classic moments. ((Image Credits – IMP Awards Poster Gallery))

 

 

The Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce

The Woman Who Rides Like a Man

I’ve lost count of the many times I’ve mentioned my love for Tamora Pierce’s books, so here’s a little insight into what makes them so special. This is book 4 of her first series set in the lands of Tortall. By this point Alanna has become a knight and has left court after a showdown with the big bad. She sets out of her own, leaving her lover behind and this book is about her finding who she is. She’s not sure if she’s meant to be someone’s wife, she’s largely ignored her magic, and she’s pretty sure that the darkest part of her life is over. Nope, not even quite and she finds that she’s still very much in the hands of the Goddess. ((Image Credits – Tamora Pierce Wiki))

 

 

Wrath of the Lich King

Wrath of the Lich King

There have now been six World of Warcraft expansions, and it is the second expansion Wrath of the Lich King which wins my favourite sequel. When trying to work out why this one always wins, I had one immediate answer: DRAGONS! I absolutely love the Dragons, the characters and the lore regarding the Dragonflights and this was the big ‘here be dragons!’ expansion. There was a lot of other lore and history flying about, and this expansion had some of my favourite raids too. Overall it was an enjoyable experience and one that holds fond memories. Legion may take over Wrath’s spot, however, I feel that it’s still too ‘new’ to be chosen just yet. ((Image Credits – WoW Wiki))

 

 

Return of the Jedi

Return of the Jedi

Did you think there wouldn’t be anything Star Wars on this list? Really? 😉 This is my favourite Star Wars film of all, and one of my favourite films ever. I have probably watched this film more than anything else in my life. I could quite happily sit and watch it all day, and have done so before 😛 There’s just so many different elements that make this the one for me. I love the start of the film and the whole rescue in Jabba’s Palace. I get shivers just thinking about the way Artoo shoots Luke his lightsaber, and Luke catches it, jumping into action. Luke is finally a Jedi Knight and the change between the Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi is immediately noticeable. This isn’t some farm boy any more, this is a guy who knows who he is, what he is and what he needs to do. There’s so much more, I could go on and on. I’ll just say one last thing; Ewoks. Enough said.

 

How about you; are any of these your favourite sequels? What are your favourites?

 

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