Find a WoW player and get them to tell you about the Maelstrom. It’s got big, scary monsters or some-such-thing.
As it their way, Blizzard has been tinkering with things as they gear up to release their latest expansion.
This prompted yet another discussion on the forums. Ako brought up this point;
What I meant was, I thought Deathwing was supposed to have bursted through the crust on Eastern Kingdoms. Then it turns out he came out through the Maelstrom?
I would expect the Maelstrom to be a far more epic place than it is currently, at the very least significantly larger than what it is. I mean–you have to consider it’s large enough to score its own spot on every map of Azeroth….
Not to mention…flying into the Maelstrom…really?…..I mean…….
Perhaps it was the facepalm. Perhaps it was the challenge. Whichever the case, Ako caught the attention of Alex Afrasiabi – Lead World Designer. He agreed. He responded.
Maybe I missed the memo on levels of “epicosity” or something, but I’m pretty sure the Maelstrom is a CLASS 10 epic zone. Though I guess it is missing sharks with laser beams patrolling the waters and Arthur Fonzarelli jumping across it with water skis. And dinosaurs.
Then he came back. He announced;
After reading this post I called for a meeting with TOP TOP MEN (that’s two tops) in order to figure out a solution to the problem at hand. Frankly, I think we hit a home run. The next 4.0 build (or the one after) should have a Maelstrom that’s between 10 – 50x more epic than what currently exists.
Buckle yourselves into your computer chairs or face being blown away!
We have a result. Blizzard has added more epic to WoW.
The latest beta build now has sharks that shoot frickin’ laser beams. Oh, well, nearly. It has Epicus Maximus (Paragon of Epicosity), a level 90 elite shark, who is being ridden by an elite rare deilsaur called (And a Dinosaur), riding a rocket and weilding a laser beam, while being ridden by an undead mage playing a guitar called (Rock On).
Epic enough, do you think?