In the wake of the success of World of Warcraft's previous expansion, The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King follows with the promise of even better gameplays, striking visuals, and new and improved characters and environments. One of the most talked about features of the new expansion is the introduction of the Death Knights as a Hero Class. Although they have been used in WoW since Warcraft II and III, their roles were merely secondary. But not in the new expansion. The possibility of being able to play a Death Knight in the new expansion will have any gamer clamoring to get to level 55 so that he can create one. But before you get ahead of yourself, it is best if you know what you're getting into. There are actually two types, and knowing about them will gain you a unique insight to this game's most buzzed about addition.
As I mentioned above, the Death Knights of WoW have been used since Warcraft II in 1995. However, those Death Knights were actually more similar to Lich creatures who had horse mounts. The true Death Knights only emerged during Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. These Death Knights were more true to the fantasy lore surrounding them, their character design, and their general characteristics.
These new Death Knights can be divided into two Generations:
First Generation Death Knights - Death Knights of the Old Horde
The types belonging to this generation are those who were once orc warlocks or necrolytes whose soul, memory, knowledge, and personality have been transferred to that of a dead Knight of Stormwind. These Death Knights have the advantage of still keeping their own will. Thus, they can do as they wish. Most of them died during the Second War.
Second Generation Death Knights - Death Knights of the Scourge
The first of these was Prince Arthas himself. When he became the Lich King, he drew other paladins and heroes into Northrend and convinced them to turn their backs from the Light, promising them power and immortality in return. Thus, the main difference between the first generation and second generation is that the second generation Death Knights chose to become what they are and serve the Lich King. These types of Death Knights have also lost their sense of self and more like pawns or puppets of the Lich King. However, there have been some who turned their backs from the Lich King and formed a faction to fights against him, known as the Knights of the Ebon Blade.
There's a lot more interesting facts to know about the Death Knights. They definitely are one of the best character types in the World of Warcraft because they are mysterious, dark, and compelling. I know you're as excited as I am to play one, but until November 13, all we can do is wait. It's worth it, though.
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