We all know that Vanilla Wow, the base game was pretty epic. That’s why Blizzard are developing dedicated Classic servers! But which expansions are the best & why? Here’s me list…
I’ve still not got round to buying or playing Battle for Azeroth (BfA), so I can’t really comment on the expansion, which is why I have not included it in my list.
#1 - The Burning Crusade (TBC)
^^ This expansion got almost everything right. Basically it just built & improved upon what had already been tried & tested in Vanilla. Great lore & atmosphere throughout. Loads of excellent 5 man dungeons, 15 at launch if I am not mistaken & well as introducing heroic versions of 5 mans.
#2 - Cataclysm (Cata)
^^ This expansion is a unique beast. It did some things fantastically well & then other things really badly. If I just take into account the end game content, I had an absolute blast playing. I’m a Dungeoneer & would consider the Cataclysm 5 man dungeons/heroics the best Blizzard have ever produced… Raid style, challenging content in 5 mans. This expansions contains some of my favourite zones & questing experiences with Uldum, Deepholm & Mount Hyjal. If it wasn’t for the horrific changes that Cataclysm did to the old world (1 to 60 content) as well the crappy ending with the Dragon Soul patch, Cataclysm expansion would take #1 spot.
#3 - Wrath of the Lich King (WotLK)
^^ The expansion started off quite nicely, though tad on the easy side & somewhat under-tuned. Then came Ulduar which was epic, I still consider it one of the best raids ever. Sadly Blizzard would follow up 5 months later by releasing one of the worst raids ever as well as some pretty bad sweeping changes.
#4 - Mists of Pandaria (MoP)
^^ As previously stated, I’m a dungeoneer, so I love my 5 man dungeons. Mist of Pandaria dungeons were awful! Some of the worst, nay, the worst dungeons in the game in my opinion. The lore & story was pretty good though & I did like Throne of Thunder patch.
#5 - Legion
^^ Pretty much on par with Mists of Pandaria, though I preferred MoP slightly mroe. Over all Legion was a good expansion. Middle of the road for me. I liked the questing experience & the way I could choose which order to complete each zone in.
#6 - Warlords of Draenor (WoD)
^^ Huge disappointment! Lack-luster content, zones delayed like Tanaan Jungle or scrapped entirely like Farahlon as well as mysterious island in south west of beta map. Also some of the most mind numbing questing in the whole game to date.
Edit: typos & put list in correct order - originally listed from worst to best
*** After seeing other people’s lists & reading what they had to say about MoP, I feel as though I may have been a bit harsh. I’ve decided to shift MoP up a rank & Legion down one. The more I thought about it, I realised I had an active subscription for the best part of 9 or 10 months of MoP… Where as with Legion I only had an active subscription for 3 maybe 4 months. ***