The main reason "World of Warcraft" has been popular since the launch of its base game is its regular expansion.
These expansions expanded the player’s upper limit, reshaped the world of Azeroth through destructive events, and told an epic story of an unmatched range. Starting from 2007's "Burning Crusade", fans generally receive a new title every two years, most of which increase the level cap by 10 levels, until finally reaching level 120 in "Battle for Azeroth" . Although all this new content is great for veterans of the series, it is an obstacle for new players, who may need more than 100 hours of game time to pass the expansion.
Fortunately, the expansion pack "Shadowlands" released in 2020 will lower the level limit to 60 and add an option for players to choose which expansion pack to start when upgrading a new character. This means that almost all eras of World of Warcraft are more accessible than ever, which prompted SVG to conduct a poll to find out which expansion packs fans are least likely to revisit. After asking 618 people which extension was their least favorite content, several headlines appeared, but the poll ended with an interesting split.
Here are the ones that fans of the "World of Warcraft" expansion think they can't use.
Players cannot decide whether they prefer to watch "Cataclysm" or "Mists of Pandaria"
"Cataclysm" and "Mists of Pandaria" each received 16% of the votes, and tied for first place in SVG's poll of gamers' least favorite "World of Warcraft" expansion pack. It may be a surprise to see these two games tied for the top spot, although it is worth remembering that although both were eventually praised by critics, they both caused a sensation in the fan base when they were launched.
For example, the 2010 expansion "Cataclysm" received an overwhelming positive score on Metacritic, but it caused controversy as the first expansion to dramatically reshape the world that players have been used to for more than six years. The main line of "Cataclysm" is the return of the Dragon Deathwing. He opened a dimensional barrier and reshaped Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms.
"Mists of Pandaria", released two years later, also received praise from Metacritic. However, instead of reshaping the existing landscape, it focuses on introducing a new scene, a veritable Pandaria, widely praised for its deep knowledge and detailed world. However, one of the persistent controversies about this expansion exists around the new race of Pandaria. This new player character option was ridiculed by Reddit because it was first introduced as an April Fools joke to "Warcraft 3" before the game's release in 2002.
Fans have put a lot of other World of Warcraft expansions in their sights
The "World of Warcraft" expansion that fans dislike the most is "Wrath of the Lich King". Although revered as the last chapter of the legend of Prince Alsace who became the Lich King, today’s expansion shows its age, and players may not be as invested as they see the end of the story. As a result, 14% of respondents ranked it as their least favorite.
Tied for fourth place are the two most recent extensions, each with 13% of the votes. The 2018 expansion "Battle for Azeroth" split the community when Blizzard decided to make the tribe a more aggressive faction. "Shadowlands" released in 2020 is a fundamental change to the entire world, providing an upgraded experience for both old and new players, but for a game that has been around for nearly 20 years, large-scale changes often cause vigilance.
The last game officially selected in the SVG voting was "Burning Crusade", which was the first expansion pack released for "World of Warcraft" and received 10% of the votes. Some fans even wrote their choices in their least favorite "World of Warcraft" expansion, which added "King of Draenor" to the list. This makes the 2016 expansion pack "Revised Legion" the only game no one has chosen as the least favorite game.