Meznir here – Telwyn’s hubby. I’m hijacking his blog again for some World of Warcraft speculation.
In Part 1 and Part 2 I suggested iconic locations where the class halls for eight of the twelve WoW classes could be (or could have been, for those that have already been announced). Today I’ll propose some guesses / desires for the final four: Warlocks, Warriors, Hunters and Demon Hunters.
At Gamescon it was said that the Warlocks’ class hall would be in a “Legion Portal”. That’s actually pretty vague and could be a couple of different places: Xoroth, Xandros, Xerrath (Warlocks obviously like X’s) or somewhere completely new. Of those, Xoroth is the most well known, so possibly the more likely – but we’ll have to wait and see.
When I was levelling my first character in WoW (back in 2007) I was always intrigued by the Altar of Storms in Burning Steppes, that the Stormwind to Ironforge flight points would take you over. It used to be one of the places that the old Warlock quest chain for the Dreadsteed used to go to and is now a quest area since Cata. It’s probably a little small for the class hall, but could easily be expanded. BTW, there’s also a second Altar of Storms in Blasted Lands.
I think any class halls being on alternate universe Draenor is extremely unlikely, but we have to throw in super warlock Gul’dan’s pad just for fun. Though by the time Legion comes out, I think we’ll all be sick to death of Hellfire Citadel!
One place that immediately springs to mind for Warriors, is the Brawlers Guild. The current locations are faction specific, but a new location based upon the theme of the Fight Club would be perfect.
The Stormstout Brewery doesn’t really have the feel of a Warrior hall, but I’m using it to illustrate an idea – some sort of large Inn / Pub. If there’s one thing Warriors may love more than fighting – it would be drinking 🙂
To go off stereotype for a moment (and not because I’m trying to get at least one class hall in Gilneas!) how about we go a bit classy and move the Warrior class hall into Greymane Manor? Genn has got to be one of the class leaders of the Warrior hall, so I’m sure he wouldn’t mind us moving in. We can promise not to smash anything! (This may be a lie…) It also has a nice Inn-like feel to it, which I already mentioned above as suitable.
It was mentioned in an interview that Hunters will be residing in a Hunting Lodge in the peaks of the new zone Highmountain. Someone proposed it might be the structure shown in the top left of the image above – though I would guess that that’s just a Highmountain Tauren village. A hunting lodge sounds absolutely perfect though and the zone seems very appropriate with all its wild beasts.
If it wasn’t to be in Highmountain, then I would have voted for Outlands Nagrand, maybe on top of one of the floating rocks. This area feels so Huntery after spending so long doing Hemet Nesingwary’s quests here. Similarly, Stranglethorn Vale would also have been a great location or Grizzly Hills.
Partially an excuse to not miss out on using a beautiful building somewhere – Gundrak is currently gathering snow out in Zul’drak. With its animal themes throughout in both architecture and denizens, a troll hunter would feel especially at home here.
Although we don’t know yet where the Demon Hunter class hall will be, one obvious location is the Vault of Wardens – where the DH starting experience will be. As the other Hero Class, Death Knights’ halls will likely be in the location where they had their starting experience, this seems highly likely. That said though, as this place will also be used as a dungeon in Legion, maybe that rules it out as the class hall?
In a similar vein, another part of the DH starting zones will be Maardun. Blizzardwatch describes this as:
“Shattered, demonic prison world” in which part of the Demon Hunter starting experience takes place. This is where Sargeras imprisoned demons when he was a good Titan. When he went corrupt, he shattered this world and set the demons free, leading to the formation of the Legion.
It looks amazing – it would be a waste not to go back, right? And the building above looks suspicious to me. I guess there’s a chance though that this building may actually BE the Vault of the Wardens.
I know I’ve already mentioned it, but seeing as The Black Temple is also synonymous with Demon Hunters and is crawling with them as well as Illidian, this has to be on their list of possible locations too.
So that’s it. All twelve wow class halls speculated on. What do you think? Where would you like them to be? I’ll leave you with one final gorgeous location that I didn’t manage to shoehorn into a hall – Heart of Fear. Boy that place looked amazing.