WoW: Has Blizzard released the first real leak about the next WoW expansion?

While the season of leaks continues to be in full swing, we explained to you a few weeks ago why the first one was a massive hoax, news as interesting as it was disastrous, came on the night of April 2-3, 2022: The World’s Ninth Expansion Warcraft will be about dragons. A source ? The official Blizzard website…

Spoilers!

This article contains possibly major spoilers not only for the 9.2.5 update, but also possibly for the next World of Warcraft expansion. Go your own way if you want to keep the appearance of surprise for the content of these two content updates.

World of Warcraft: Dragonflight: what do we know

It was in the publicly available source code of the official Battle.net website that information was discovered most recently: The ninth expansion of World of Warcraft will be called Dragonflight.. Of course, at this point we don’t know anything else, other than what the theme of the expansion will be, surprise, surprise: dragonflights, you know, dragons.

So this same source code revealed that World of Warcraft: Dragonflight pre-orders will offer Basic, Deluxe, and Epic versions, and that a new URL will be rolled out to celebrate this new expansion: Dragonflight.blizzard.com.

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This news, of course, echoes a few pieces of information that have aroused the enthusiasm of many players not so long ago, in which we found the code name of the alleged “Emerald Dragon” mount, dedicated to the Collector’s Edition of the upcoming expansion. Although at “the time” it was still very early to give any final opinion and get excited, with this new supposed revelation, the connection between the two seems clear. We also checked ourselves: this data really exists in the public domain today.

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User Wowhead also commented on this thread that URL certificates were released on March 29th for dragonflight.blizzard.com. All of them are searchable here.

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Finally, a curious image was to be unveiled at the same time, showing what appears to be a promotional image dedicated to World of Warcraft: Dragonflight. It features what appears to be a workstation and portraits of Alexstrasza the Life-Binder, Aspect of the Red Dragons, next to what appears to be the logo of this supposed expansion.

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Serious leak from Blizzard or another big joke?

If we think of dragons in World of Warcraft, we can’t help but think of the five main Aspects, as well as their flights. As a rule, one goes without the other, but the intended name of the extension seems to indicate one kind of dragon, since “flight of dragons” is in the singular. Why not mention the “Dragonflights” if we are talking about these powerful “families”?
History will no doubt explain this to us if this name is confirmed, perhaps a story focused mainly on one of the flights, for example, on the Green, which, according to the latest news, is in the grip of serious problems, although we know that the Red also endangered, including.

Recent items from patch 9.2.5, the few we have, seem to indicate a resurgence of the Scourge in the northern part of the Eastern Kingdoms. We know by definition that the Dragon Isles, the absolute sanctuary of all dragonflights, will eventually be located off the coast west of Quel’Thalas and north of Tirisfal Glades, exactly in the regions affected by patch 9.2.5.

Last Known Location of the Dragon Isles - World of Warcraft
Last known location of the Dragon Isles

If we stick to what little we know so far, it won’t be too surprising if we find ourselves asking for help from the dragons to defeat the last Scourge forces in this region… Or that they themselves will intervene to help us, before demanding our help due to a threat that has arisen on their legendary island. Anyway, that’s what seems most plausible at the moment given what little we have, and it’s quite a bit short of a handful of blood elf and Dark Iron dwarf special quests, as well as a proposed overhaul of Tirisfal Glades. ..

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On the other hand, the period in which this alleged leak occurs looks very doubtful, let’s not hide it. Two days have passed since April 1st, the official day of more or less funny jokes, and while Blizzard offered their fake patch notes Update 9.4: Beyond Infinity, the appearance of the alleged “real leak” in less than two days seems very suspicious. Especially since the expansion is due to be announced in about two weeks… Maybe it’s a late-discovered self-imposed fake leak that we should have taken as a joke?

So suspicious, by the way, that we can’t help but recall that the Shadowlands expansion was “leaked” as crudely as “Dragonflight,” the name of the proposed next expansion, a few days before its official announcement, three days before BlizzCon. 2019. Can Blizzard make the same big mistake twice? Probably not, although a human factor cannot be ruled out. But mostly we are leaning towards a deliberate pseudo-bug aimed at increasing the excitement among the players. One cannot exclude the possibility of a partially false trail aimed at increasing the hype for the final disclosure of a similar topic, but not entirely focused exclusively on dragons. Once it leaves, twice it still gets big!

Remember, this great leak that at first glance seemed ridiculous!  -World of Warcraft
Remember, this great leak that at first glance seemed ridiculous!

Some will object that “Though it’s a lot of cluesand that we have to face the facts. But let’s not forget that none of this is completely official at the moment and must be taken with huge tweezers until the official announcement, scheduled for Tuesday, April 19, 2022, has happened.

Our advice: Let’s assume Dragonflight isn’t the next expansion. If so, you’ll be glad to hear it. If not, then you’ll be happy to know who this new addition is, and you won’t have to face the disappointment of not having to meet a whole bunch of dragons in the next few months!

A suspected Emerald Drake mount has been discovered in the files for Update 9.2: End of Eternity for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. So, a hint for patch 10.0 and the next WoW expansion, or just a creature? We sum up!

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