Know Your Lore: The true end boss of Mists of Pandaria?

The World of Warcraft is an expansive universe. You’re playing the game, you’re fighting the bosses, you know the how — but do you know the why? Each week, Matthew Rossi and Anne Stickney make sure you Know Your Lore by covering the history of the story behind World of Warcraft.

There will be spoilers for Mists of Pandaria in this post. Also, it’s a Tinfoil Hat post, so I’m making stuff up in it — do not mistake the conclusions of this post for what Blizzard will actually do.

We’re used to how expansions work. From The Burning Crusade‘s focus on Illidan (only to pull a switcheroo at the end and toss Kil’Jaeden at us) to Wrath of the Lich King’s use of Arthas, and of course Cataclysm and our old friend Deathwing, we have an idea of how expansions build up through their life cycle with dungeons and raids. Sometimes these dungeons and raids are side trips or tangentially related to the final end boss of the expansion as a while. (Ulduar was related to ICC and Arthas in that the end boss of the instance, Yogg-Saron, was a rival to Arthas’ status as a “death god,” and the old god’s blood was being mined from the earth and used as Saronite by the Scourge forces, as an example.) But overall, the expansion aims you squarely at the final confrontation.

With Mists of Pandaria, we’re heading in a new way of handling the story of an expansion. Rather than each patch serving as a chapter in an overarching story ending in a confrontation with the big bad of the expansion, Mists is aiming for a more episodic feeling, similar to how the story of classic World of Warcraft played out. Each patch of the expansion will seem more sequential, as if the game in patch 5.0 were a movie and then subsequent major content patches its sequels. By comparison, Cataclysm is more like a story with several chapters, a TV show with several episodes, or a comic book miniseries with several issues.

All of this has me thinking. We’ve been told that Garrosh Hellscream’s removal as warchief is the big climax of Mists of Pandaria, and then we’ve been told that not all is what it seems on that score. What if Garrosh is a smokescreen? What if his removal or lack thereof is not, in fact, even the middle of Mists of Pandaria‘s story?

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