Here is a link with all the bogus docs.
The point here is that maybe the whole "The Dark Below" trademark app is legit or maybe it isn't. The doubt is reasonable enough to go either way since the "Corgis Unleashed" app pretty much showed how documents can be faked and cast doubt on the authenticity of the first announcement but the possibility remains that this could be a red herring thrown out for damage control. Nobody will know for sure until Blizzard decides to make an announcement on it.
This entire thing really does feel a LOT like what happened with the Worgen/Goblin masks and subsequent cover-up attempts.
So while it certainly could easily be a hoax, for now I'm going to stick with the probably real side.
The Dark Below is a very, very solid name for an Expansion, unlike the majority of fan suggestions which are usually generic and obvious like "Rise of the Legion" (no offense Ro9ue)
The Abbot at first tried to console Pai Mei, only to find Pai Mei was... inconsolable.
A true hoax IMO is something that your victims completely buy into, hook line and sinker. Look how many people are buying into that obviously fake Skysunder logo. That's a hoax for you, because its simple, and easily recognizable.
1. Wrathion's 5.4 dialogue states that the Alliance would have about a year to crush the rest of the Horde after Siege of Orgrimmar takes place. This leads me to believe that we have to have something else to do in that time. Blizzard has never done a timeskip in WoW's lore between expansions, and I don't foresee them starting now.
2. Azshara and N'zoth aren't going to sit idly by much longer. Azshara has had almost 2 years now to bend Neptulon and the Trident of the Tides to her will (on top of whatever else she's been planning since the Sundering). N'zoth has had almost as long to recover from Deathwing's failure. If they don't do something in a year of relative peacetime, something is wrong (not to mention the Old Gods' typically have plans within plans within plans within plans, so they don't tend to be set far back).
3. MMO-Champion and other sites have datamined secretive stuff before, and received, "WTF bro?" letters from WoW, leading to subsequent cover-up attempts. This Corgi fiasco strongly sounds like one to me, as is Boub's "probably rampant speculation on our part."
If the Dark Below isn't something for WoW, I will be very surprised.
"But the real thing about Draenor is that it's a very kind of savage place, it's kind of like Australia where 11/10 things will kill you, giants and poisonous plants and everything. I think it's going to be really cool." Ray Cobo
Its also a solid hoax because you're defending it, even though the very premise of it is absolutely absurd.
Ren of <Haven>, US Proudmoore
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