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Blizzard announces new World of Warcraft expansion and more at BlizzCon 2013

Hayden Dingman and Alex Wawro | Nov. 11, 2013
Diablo III gets an expansion, Heroes of the Storm gets an open beta, and Blizzard gets Blink-182. This is BlizzCon 2013.

World of Warcraft now goes to 100
As you might expect, the biggest news out of the BlizzCon keynote was kept for last: World of Warcraft is getting a new expansion that raises the level cap to 100. It's called Warlords of Draenor, and while Metzen didn't bother to announce an actual release date he did take time to point out that this expansion introduces a new world to explore, new character models, and a new garrison system that lets players build their own strongholds on Draenor and recruit NPCs to hang out inside. You'll be able to accept missions based on your stronghold, and you customize what bonuses the stronghold affords you based on the buildings you construct.

If you're a former World of Warcraft player, don't worry; Blizzard wants you back, and they're willing to let you promote one character to level 90 right away via the "Call to Arms" feature so you have a reason to pick up the expansion.

Between nixing the Diablo III Auction House, making Hearthstone free-to-play and handing out one "get-out-of-grinding free" option with every purchase of Warlords of Draenor, it's clear that Blizzard remains focused on sucking lapsed players back into their games.

 

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