SAGamer Bastion Zone Lore Interview
SAGamer recently talked to senior game designer Johnny Cash about the zone of Bastion. Here are the highlights. Check out the full interview by clicking the banner below.

  • Creating a zone that is very pretty and for the most part fine was a unique challenge for the design team.
  • The team was inspired by a lot of past WoW villains when creating the Forsworn. They wanted to show that they were not inherently evil, just having less than ideay ways to solve problems.
  • Newly arrived souls partake in rituals to shed their mortal wants, desires, and burdens.
  • Those who succeed will eventually become a Kyrian and continue aiming to ascend as an aspirant and be granted wings.
  • If you fail to let go of your past life you are eventually sent to a different afterlife.
  • Paragons act as the overseers of the aspirants.
  • Some Ascended become Watchers who look at the mortal realm and determine whether a soul on the brink of death is ready to cross over. We know these as spirit healers in Azeroth.
  • We will get to see how going down this path affected Uther.
  • A lot of thought went into the bells of the zone. As you venture deeper into the story, the calming chimes will become discordant.
  • The ambience of the zone was designed differently from other zones. Bastion was created with calming and peaceful ambience not rooted in realism.
  • They tried to design things to not look too coventional, so even the bells were made to look unique.
  • The heart of Bastion has a massive statue with clouds and mist surrounding the column to symbolize ascension and inspiration.
  • It was fun to design a fictional written language with the Kyrian runes and scrolls.
  • Stewards (the owl people) aid the Kyrains with their crafting and scholarly pursuits.
  • Automatons, anima-fueled constructs, help build the structures of Bastion.
  • Magic functions as technology in this world.
  • The foliage and colors of the zone were also designed to be whimsical and calming.
  • The team also took inspiration from the Valajar and the Val'kyr.
  • Anima used to flow freely in the realms of the Shadowlands and so was incorporated into their very existence. The drought has overwhelmed the Kyrians.
  • When the initial story of Shadowlands concludes you will be able to pick which Covenant you want to join and see a unique narrative of that Covenant at max level.
  • Having a narrative that is told in zone order allows the team to focus on developing characters, both heroes and villains.
  • As you meet these characters you will not only learn about them through story, but also through gameplay in the form of soulbinding.




40 Shaman Classic Molten Core Clear
Twitch user streetx_Hasu recently streamed an entire Molten Core clear in Classic WoW with a raid composed of entirely shamans. Check it out below!



WoW Esports Event Teaser
The Official WoW Esports Twitter recently posted a tweet that seems to hint at a WoW Classic Esport event coming up soon!


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  1. Unholyground's Avatar
    Haha, told people you could tank Molten Core as a Shaman.
  1. Onikaroshi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unholyground View Post
    Haha, told people you could tank Molten Core as a Shaman.
    It's not easy and you have to build your raid around it, but someone tanked every boss in vanilla as a shaman lol.
  1. qwikz's Avatar
    Wow and Esports, two words together that excite absolutely nobody
  1. Unholyground's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Onikaroshi View Post
    It's not easy and you have to build your raid around it, but someone tanked every boss in vanilla as a shaman lol.
    Exactly, I tanked all the level 60 dungeons and it was no problem, Shaman actually can get more passive mitigation than all the other tanks too which is amazing and people seem to gloss over that fact.
  1. Easo's Avatar
    The Bastion feels a bit like brainwashing. So, good souls get there, right? Then this:

    If you fail to let go of your past life you are eventually sent to a different afterlife.
    means if you, the good soul, do not accept what you are told, you get punished for it. Welcome Maldraxus because of that? Nice afterlife we got there...
  1. lollerlaban's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unholyground View Post
    Haha, told people you could tank Molten Core as a Shaman.
    You can also tank as a paladin, but you're still crippling your raid.
  1. Onikaroshi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by qwikz View Post
    Wow and Esports, two words together that excite absolutely nobody
    Not nobody, I enjoy watching the MDI, arena's are boring though, just a bunch of pillar humping.
  1. Unholyground's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lollerlaban View Post
    You can also tank as a paladin, but you're still crippling your raid.
    Eh, not really. Paladin is great to have as your trash tank, same with Shaman in a regular raid. If you want to be an elitist prick that doesn't like having fun sure I guess.
  1. lollerlaban's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unholyground View Post
    Eh, not really. Paladin is great to have as your trash tank, same with Shaman in a regular raid. If you want to be an elitist prick that doesn't like having fun sure I guess.
    You're still crippling your raid, simple as that
  1. Kolvarg's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lollerlaban View Post
    You're still crippling your raid, simple as that
    If we're going with such a loose definition of "crippling", technically if you aren't one of the top 40 raiders in the world, you are crippling your raid.
  1. Unholyground's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lollerlaban View Post
    You're still crippling your raid, simple as that
    I mean not really since you can literally out DPS pretty much every boss mechanic in classic so technically even a Warlock could tank, you just need to hold aggro for like 60 seconds until the boss is dead.
  1. Bumbac's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Onikaroshi View Post
    Not nobody, I enjoy watching the MDI, arena's are boring though, just a bunch of pillar humping.
    Hi nobody.
  1. Sinyc's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lollerlaban View Post
    You're still crippling your raid, simple as that
    This is 15 year old content that literally anyone can clear on Day 1. Stop trying to be an elitist (jerk) about a game you weren't a top tier raider in during its heyday. It's embarrasing. Paladins are good off tanks, and if you out-gear the content (hint almost everyone does because of the itemization Blizzard chose to use in Classic) you can have a Hunter pet tank and still clear it and get your farm loot.
  1. avahle's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Easo View Post
    The Bastion feels a bit like brainwashing. So, good souls get there, right? Then this:



    means if you, the good soul, do not accept what you are told, you get punished for it. Welcome Maldraxus because of that? Nice afterlife we got there...
    This world is a prison - and I will set us all free.
  1. lollerlaban's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unholyground View Post
    I mean not really since you can literally out DPS pretty much every boss mechanic in classic so technically even a Warlock could tank, you just need to hold aggro for like 60 seconds until the boss is dead.
    It cripples the raid, so yes really

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinyc View Post
    This is 15 year old content that literally anyone can clear on Day 1. Stop trying to be an elitist (jerk) about a game you weren't a top tier raider in during its heyday. It's embarrasing. Paladins are good off tanks, and if you out-gear the content (hint almost everyone does because of the itemization Blizzard chose to use in Classic) you can have a Hunter pet tank and still clear it and get your farm loot.
    Nice meme. I'd be ecstatic to have a shaman tank (not)
  1. Sinyc's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lollerlaban View Post
    Nice meme. I'd be ecstatic to have a shaman tank (not)
    Doesn't matter if you would be or not, it can work. And it gets you your farm loot every week. Not seeing the problem.
  1. Bwonsamdi the Dead's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by avahle View Post
    This world is a prison - and I will set us all free.
    Well there was a thread about Bastion being like 'Hell' right?
  1. lollerlaban's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sinyc View Post
    Doesn't matter if you would be or not, it can work. And it gets you your farm loot every week. Not seeing the problem.
    Nothing more thrilling to having to hold back damage because someone wants to meme, yikes.
  1. Hyral's Avatar
    I remember Shaman tanking was possible from pre BC all the way to ICC. I'm pretty sure Cata killed it but don't recall how or why.
  1. lolcats121's Avatar
    They tried to design things to not look too coventional, so even the bells were made to look unique.

    New zone looks new. I'd sure hope so, especially after the asset flip that Nazjatar was.

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