World of Warcraft: 2011 Predictions and Expectations

It is hard to believe but 2010 is almost over and soon we will be ringing in a new year hopefully surrounded by friends and family either in game or out. Big things have happened in World of Warcraft in 2010, the 12 million subscriber mark was reached, the Lich King was defeated only to have another take his place, and finally the biggest happening so far this year came most recently with the release of possibly the most anticipated expansion ever; World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.

2010 has certainly been a great year, at least in World of Warcraft and we as players can only hope that 2011 will be just as fun filled and exciting. But there is always the chance (albeit a slim one) that things might start a downward spiral of doom. You just never know what will happen until the time comes, but it sure is a lot of fun to make some guesses about the future, no matter how outlandish they may be.

So without further adieu here are some of my personal predictions for World of Warcraft in 2011:

  • With Cataclysm’s popularity not only will it bring back old players to the game, but also imitate new players into World of Warcraft enabling Blizzard to reach the mega milestone of 15 million subscribers by the end of 2011.
  • Deathwing will be released as an official boss and will like the Lich King before him cause the downfall of more guilds than can be counted causing Blizzard to eventually nerf the encounter until it becomes so easy it’s almost silly.
  • Very close to the end of 2011 Blizzard will officially announce that a new expansion pack for World of Warcraft is in the works due to be released sometime in 2013.

  • Malfurion Stormrage’s arms will finally get tired and the vortex in Darkshore will be unleashed, further ripping apart the already brutalized zone.
  • Blizzard will finally recognize the sheer awesomeness that is me and name an item after me in game. Not just any item mind you, but something super amazing like the Sword of a Thousand Truths.
  • Blizzard will continue to pretend that Blood Elves never happened leaving Ghostlands and other zones associated with them to rot.
  • Over half the character population in World of Warcraft will be playing either a Goblin or Worgen.
  • At least 1,000 new Night Elf Hunters will be created with the name Legolas or some variant of the name. The players who created these characters will think they are being “original” and “creative”.
  • Having been parodied on both the Simpsons and South Park World of Warcraft’s next TV appearance will be the popular adult cartoon Family Guy.
  • After the initial excitement of Cataclysm wears off and players begin to seriously raid or PvP much QQing will take place on the forums leading Blizzard to buff most if not all classes. Everyone will then of course decide that every other class but their own is simply overpowered leading to more QQing than before and everyone will get hit with a giant nerf stick leaving things looking much like they did in the first place, but giving everyone the impression that something has actually changed.
  • Garrosh Hellscream will be taken out Julius Caesar style by the leaders of the various Horde factions in one of the last major content patches of the year. His final words will be “Et tu, Thrall?”.

  • Archbishop Benedictus will be thrown out of Stormwind, not for conspiring with the Twilight’s Hammer, but for being a little too friendly with young Alliance boys.
  • Baine Bloodhoof will have a sordid affair with an unknown Worgen, and will unknowingly create a new super race of Worgen/Tauren hybrids.
  • Bolvar Fordragon will begin to lose his grasp on reality, the evil that are the powers of the Lich King will corrupt his mind and once again the undead armies of the Lich King will march possibly joining forces with the dragon Deathwing.
  • Blizzard will continue to incorporate new functions into their standard U.I. bringing the need for outside mods (aside from Playscore!) to an all time low.
  • By the time you finish reading this, you will have bookmarked as your favorite World of Warcraft community site
Will any of the above predictions come true? Maybe or maybe not. All we can really do is wait and see what 2011 will bring. Regardless of if any of these predictions turn out to be true, I have confidence that the journey to find out will be a great expereince either way. In closing we here at Ten Ton Hammer hope that your New Years clebrations are safe and turn out to be truly epic!

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