There are two things that always draw me back to World of Warcraft and that is the storylines (coming tomorrow!) and the gorgeous and interesting locations. The locations over the years have changed, grown and become so much more impressive and yet even the original ones still have a timeless beauty for me. There’s always at least one zone per expansion which I lose myself in, and could take screenshots of for hours and hours. Currently, it’s Suramar and most of them are on this list too! Read on to learn about my top 10!
I think this was probably my very first zone obsession/love in the game. My first character was a night elf druid and I just fell in love with the dramatic and graceful scenes of forest, dark green and purple.
Wrath of the Lich King
The much under-used, and occasionally blinding zone beneath the floating city of Dalaran when it was in Northrend, Crystong Forest was simply stunning. It was so many different shades of purple all in one place! I recently did the balloon micro-holiday tours and got some fantastic screenshots of the area.
The entire Dreamgrove, the Druid Class Hall, is a night elf and druid heaven. It is absolutely gorgeous and then I found THIS. A big moonkin teaching little baby moonkins! Oh my goodness, I sat there watching them for so long! There’s so many awesome little fun things in each order hall, and the Dreamgrove is massive – and ok, you might get a bit lost from time to time. But at least your surrounded by pretty stuff, right? 😉
The Burning Crusade
The colours, the autumn hues and the extraordinary elf style and I fell in love with this place. It’s the one time I wish I played a horde more so that I could visit it more often! There’s something so wonderfully regal and historical about Eversong Woods, especially in the places untouched by scourge and it makes the darker places much harder to see.
Not only is this area important for lore, the zone itself is gorgeous and filled with lots of Druid stuff! We learned so much about the druids and the Ancients from this zone, and the regrown tree Nordrassil is a poignant and stunning part of the landscape.
The Burning Crusade
Nagrand is all about the skies. I have so many screenshot of the skies at night, daytime, and sunset. More of the sky than anything else, and is it any wonder? It’s incredible!
Oh Suramar, you have so many hidden wonders like this; is it any wonder that I can’t visit you without taking a screenshot? You’re my biggest time waster, and yet I can’t stop myself. Blizzard really upped their game with their designs in Legion, and Suramar leaves me wordless at times. It’s the hub of ancient elf architecture and it feels like the designers went all out. This is probably my favourite zone of all.
The Vale of Eternal Blossoms
Mists of Pandaria
Mists of Pandaria had a very distinct oriental style, and what I liked about it was that they did it right. Just things like the style of buildings and gates, as well as the little things like the table settings and small kettles you’d find around. It was an expansion that was dredged in oriental cultures and mythology, and I feel that people didn’t appreciate it at all because it was so alien to them. My dad is very into Japanese culture, and so I’d spot things in the storylines or around the zones that would remind me of things he’d told me about. The Vale of Eternal Blossoms is a glorious splash of colour, kept hidden and locked away for thousands of years and you can see why. I almost wept when Garrosh unleashed the sha on it and destroyed it, tainting this celestial place forever 🙁
Another druid and night elf zone (see a pattern here? 😉 ), Val’Sharah is nature personified. It is glorious and lush forests filled with detailed plants and creatures. It truly is magical and it’s heartbreaking to see the nightmare taking over, spreading further and further. Not to mention the heartbreaking events of some of the storylines. The beauty is juxtaposed against the darkness and it has a staggering effect.
Vortex Pinnacle / Throne of the Four Winds
This isn’t a zone, but rather a raid and dungeon instance in the zone of Uldum. It is a heavenly floating area filled with opalescent jewels and hues alongside white marble. It’s breathtaking and I wish it wasn’t confined just to the instances. A whole city or zone would be amazing and possibly rival my love for Suramar.
Over to you
How about you; what are your favourites? Do you find yourself attracted to a particular style or feature? I have a thing for nature, and elvish architecture. Let me know in the comments!
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