What do the titles "Harbingers", "Lords of War", "Warbringers" and "The Burdens of Shaohao" have in common? All animated short films are mini-series that are supposed to bring you closer to the world of World of Warcraft; either before an expansion is released or before a major patch is released. This is the aim of the four-part animation series "Nachleben", which the people of Blizzard will publish in advance of WoW: Shadowlands. It is now a tradition that the WoW creators publish an animated short film series for each expansion. It started with the six-part series The Burden of Shaohao on Mists of Pandaria, which tells of the life of the last emperor of the pandaren.

In the series you can follow how Shaohao overcame his fear, his doubts and his despair as well as his anger and goes in search of the heart of Pandaria, just as the jade serpent advised him. But Shaohao is not really sure where to find the heart – and time is of the essence! The Burning Legion is already invading Azeroth and the smashing of the continent of Kalimdor is imminent. In Pandaria itself, the emperor's subjects seek refuge in the Valley of Eternal Blossoms, but unlike Shaohao, the pandaren have not yet faced their "burdens". Shaohao sees fear, doubt and anger on the faces of his followers. The emperor realizes that the pandaren need time to learn what Shaohao learned on his journey through the land. And he makes a grave decision to give his people this time.

WoW short film series "The Burdens of Shaohao" Episode 1: the vision

WoW short film series "The Burdens of Shaohao" Episode 2: Doubt (German)

WoW short film series "The Burdens of Shaohao" Episode 3: Despair (German)

WoW short film series "The Burdens of Shaohao" Episode 4: Fear (German)

WoW short film series "The Burdens of Shaohao" Episode 5: Zorn (German)

WoW short film series "The Burdens of Shaohao" Episode 6: The Smashing (German)

With Warlords of Draenor the five-part series The Lords of War was published, which should bring you closer to the Draenor parallel universe versions of well-known orcs. The first four episodes were dedicated to Kargath Messerfaust, Grommash Höllschrei, Durotan and Kilrogg Totauge, before the view changed in the fifth episode. The final part tells the story of Defender Maraad, the hammer of light, who saw the first horde attack the city of Shattrath.

WoW Miniseries: The Lords of War – Kargath (Part 1)

Warlords of Draenor: Lords of War – Grommash

WoW Warlords of Draenor: The Lords of War – Durotan in part 3 of the video series

WoW Warlords of Draenor: The Lords of War Part 4 – Kilrogg

WoW Warlords of Draenor: The Lords of War – Part 5

As part of the three-part harbinger series for the imminent release of WoW: Legion, the history books were rolled over again – and the current living conditions of the characters were also discussed. Khadgar, for example, returned to Dalaran to stand by Azeroth during the darkest hours, while in Illidan's episode you chase a young Illidari recruit and Illidan's elite unit of demon hunters when they first encounter the Burning Legion. In Gul'dan's episode, however, you will learn more about the sinister past of the power-hungry warlock.

WoW: First episode of the Legion short film series Harbingers – Gul'dan

WoW: Khadgar – second animated heraldic short film for Legion released

WoW: Illidan – third, atmospheric animated short film released

To the fans for World of Warcraft (buy now for 14.54 €): To heat up Battle for Azeroth, the three-part series Warbringers was finally published, which primarily focuses on female characters from the Warcraft universe – learn the tragic stories and above all the inhuman doubts of Sylvanas, Jainas and Azsharas.

WoW: Jaina – First part of the animated short film series Warbringers

WoW: Sylvanas – Second part of the animated short film series Warbringers

WoW: Azshara – Third part of the animated short film series Warbringers

WoW: Shadowlands is now accompanied by the four-part series Nachleben, which puts the four pacts of the Kyrians, Venthyr, Nekrolords and Nachtfae in the right light, because for a Shadowlands noob these communities are a book with seven seals!

Here is the teaser for now

WoW: Teaser for Nachleben, the Shadowlands short film series

Which animated series did you like the most? And do you think it's good that the developers at Blizzard are expanding the universe in this way?

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