Blizzard has excited many of Hearthstone‘s fans by announcing that its next expansion, Knights of the Frozen Throne, will take players to Icecrown Citadel. But if you’re one of the digital card game’s many players who doesn’t have much Warcraft knowledge, you might be wondering what the fuss is about.
Icecrown Citadel is the final raid (large dungeons that require many players to beat) in the hit massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft’s second expansion, 2008’s Wrath of the Lich King. The Frozen Throne, where the Lich King controls an undead army, sits at its peak.
But Icecrown Citadel isn’t just a memorable piece of MMO content. It represents a culmination of a story that started in Blizzard’s last fantasy strategy game, Warcraft III. And for many, it’s a fond reminder of World of Warcraft back when it was at the height of its popularity.
To understand why people care about the Frozen Throne, we have to go back to Warcraft III. It’s hard to remember these days, with the successes of World of Warcraft and Hearthstone, but the franchise was once all about real-time strategy gaming. Warcraft III was a huge hit when it came out in 2002. It introduced hero units, an idea that custom map-creators would use to create the MOBA genre.
But Warcraft III also expanded the franchise’s lore, introducing new characters like Illidan the demon hunter and the human mage Jaina Proudmore. And it also introduced us to Arthas.
Arthas was a human prince and paladin. Much of the plot in Warcraft III revolves around his initial quest to save his kingdom from a plague of undeath, a quest that would eventually lead to him taking up the cursed blade Frostmourne and turning into a death knight commander for that same undead army.
His story continued in Warcraft III’s only expansion, 2003’s The Frozen Throne.Read More...
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