Blizzard recently unveiled WoW Classic’s next expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, due out later this year, and WoW’s next retail expansion called Dragonflight. As the name suggests, it will be mainly about dragons. But of course there is also a lot going on in terms of content.
As we move into the next phase of the still popular MMO, the concrete information on Dragonflight continues to grow. For example, World of Warcraft content creator ‘MrGM’ was recently allowed exclusive interview with WoW lead combat designer Brian Holinka. He revealed that patch 10.0, i.e. the “pre-patch” for the Dragonflight expansion, will have eight new combinations of races and classes that cannot yet be combined with each other.
Before we get into the full list of all the new class and race combinations, let’s just say that you’ll soon be able to sneak around Azeroth as an “Invisibull.” Yes, tauren can become villains in WoW patch 10.0 and later. But of course it goes further.
To put it more precisely, Holinka revealed in the interview that Blizzard intends to be as open as possible in the future when it comes to possible combinations of race and class. One wants to get away from the idea that the choice of race is also a directional decision in relation to playful possibilities.
A first step in this direction will be patch 10.0, in which all races in the game you will be able to choose rogue, mage and priest as a class. Although these classes can already be combined in many different ways, in the future there will no longer be any restrictions when considering which race your next villain, wizard or priest should belong to.
This ad results in the following new possible combinations:
- Draenei Rogue
- Lightforged Draenei Rogue
- Tauren Rogue
- Highmountain Tauren Rogue
- orc priest
- Highmountain Tauren Priest
- Tauren Mage
- Highmountain Tauren Mage
In addition to this exciting reveal, ‘MrGM’ asked in the interview about new openings for race and class combinations in World of Warcraft Dragonflight. For example, Paladin fans have long wanted more variety in their class options. Gnomes or night elves would be ideal here, for example.
However, there are two key factors to consider here. On the one hand, as Holinka also points out, the timing has to be right and at least a bit of background needs to be created so that new combinations don’t appear “out of nowhere” and suddenly move into the game. . It should at least partially fit into the tradition. On the other hand, regarding certain classes, it is of course a lot of work to adapt their characteristics to other races. For example, think of druid forms, totem skins, or class-specific mounts.
So it’s very possible, and even very likely, that we’ll see even more ways to combine our favorite race with new classes in the foreseeable future. For the reasons mentioned, the exact date has not yet been determined. After all: with patch 10.0 you can get very creative when naming, especially with regards to very big villains.
WoW Developer Interview with Brian Holinka
See MrGM’s full interview with Lead Combat Designer Brian Holinka here. In addition to this topic, it also deals with the completely new race and class “Dracthyr Caller”.
For more information on the content changes in World of Warcraft Dragonflight, such as revamped professions, new skill trees, and more, click here:
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