The next expansion is supposed to instill in us, the heroes of Azeroth, a overwhelming feeling of dread. We are to feel covered in a cloud of doom and gloom because at any given moment our world as we know it could be over.
We do not only fight the forces of the legion once again but we do so on our very doorstep. Not only do we have to face them but we face them while they have control of territory on our very planet. An entire area is under their control. They are bringing in forces, building armies, in their stronghold having taken over a piece of land on our very world.
We face them not trying to stop a summoning, not trying to repel an invasion, not trying to disrupt them. They have already been summoned, they already have a sizable and seemingly insurmountable invasion force, and we are not on the offense to disrupt them, we are on the defense to keep them from taking even more control of our world.
The expansion most definitely is set up with that doom and gloom feeling that this is it, we have met our match. This is the last battle we will ever have, the demons of the legion have control of part of our world and are pressing for more and we can not advance on them as we are too busy trying to make sure we do not lose any more real estate to them. We have to stop the advance, we can not let them have more land to build more portals, to summon more demons. There is no going and closing what they already have when we are too busy trying to keep them from building more.
The set up is perfect. For the first time ever we, the heroes of Azeroth, are on the losing end. This is not the burning crusade were we took the fight to them and we overwhelmed them. This is not wrath where the lich king made the error of toying with us instead of killing us and allowed us to eventually beat him. This is not cataclysm were there was some corrupted dragon that seemed no different than the dozens of other dragons we killed before. This is not mists were we created the threat by bring war to the shores of pandaira and then squashed the threat we created, or when we allowed a tyrannical warmonger to take a seat of power and removed him from it, with ease. This is not warlords were everyone we faced from the iron horde and their associates we could have, lets be honest here, been able taken out solo, any single one of us heroes. Even when warlords ended we faced a bunch of threats that seemed non-menacing, or were threats we had beaten before many years ago with much less experience and not as the heroes we are now, so they were never any real threat.
Legion bring about something no expansion ever brought with it. A feeling a dread, an air of doom and gloom, knowing that this could very well be it. The end, the last battle, or at least our biggest one to date.
Perhaps for older players looking at it as it really is, which should be something to be feared, greatly, we don't get that feeling that this treat is any different from all the others we have faced from beating a horrible godzilla knockoff in deathwing to beating, again, archimonde whom we had already beaten when he was stronger (as in didn't just rematerialize) and we were much less experienced and presumably weaker but for a new player this is an excellent jump in point where they get to feel read dread and feel the stifling pressure of the doom and gloom of the situation.
As I see it, this is the first expansion were we are not on the offense. That alone makes the presentation different, in my opinion at least. We are fighting for our lives, we are on defense, we are in a position we have never had to be in before.
Do you feel it, the dread, the doom, the gloom, of the coming legion invasion on our very own soil? Do you think this is the best representation of a real threat that blizzard has offered us thus far, at least what we know of it? How do you think the send up seems compared to others?