Do you log on to the live servers every evening and see dry tufts of grass blowing through the wind? In Orgrimmar are the auctioneers leaning bored at the counter and trying to suppress a yawn? No wonder, because every man, his dog, his close relatives and probably also his dentist and his three-year-old are currently playing Classic-WoW. Of course, that's not bad, on the contrary! Everything that fills our favorite hobby with new life is fantastic news … But you still miss a bit of the hustle and bustle that still filled the capitals a few months ago. Patch 8.3 is excellent news and attracts players back to the "real" servers, but until then you wait with your best-in-slot character in an empty tavern. And your thoughts wander to the experiences that led you to this little section in Azeroth's story. You remember the Valley of Eternal Flowers, Tiefenheim and the promontory of Hillsbrad. The impressive storm peaks and the pleasant autumn storm home. You have experienced things that would make your classic heroes pale in terror, crossed other worlds and traversed areas that were incomparable in their beauty. You decide to put down your beer mug, strip off your glowing armor-the-glittering-boredom and put on a sturdy parka instead. Your boots are laced, your satchel packed – the big wide world is waiting for you!
(buy now for € 39.99) Not unlike a theme park, the zones have been set up to entertain, enchant and remember you. And we remember very well. In addition, you have to pass the time a little until you can put N'Zoth on the tentacle and not everyone likes Classic-WoW. Seriously: letting Defias bandits bully you for hours at a time, only to be stabbed in a dark cave afterwards, is not everyone's idea of good game design. Some of you just want to quest relaxed and enjoy the beautiful world that Blizzard created. And just to avoid getting bad letters (we're still heating up with the last load): Classic-WoW is pounding. We like Classic WoW very, very much. From time to time, even we don't feel like the old Azeroth and long for the beauties of the live server. There are no world firsts anyway, all of your buddies get murdered by Hogger and you've achieved what there is to achieve. So press the go button, put on one of our music recommendations and relax. You deserve it!Admit it, even if you like to play Classic WoW, you miss a little the well-designed zones of the live servers. Even if the current opinion tends towards Classic-WoW doing everything better than the modern version, you cannot deny that the developers have created a lot of epic and simply beautiful zones. Precisely because the modern WoW
Over the hills and far away
As a soldier in the service of the Alliance or the Horde, you have certainly already seen a lot of the beautiful Azeroth. The war is over, but, as is customary, you did two things above all: you waited and you marched, interrupted by brief periods of sheer horror. Now that the powder vapor has cleared and you are leafing through your photo album, you visit the locations of past wars and the places that have been forgotten by time. We especially selected the areas that can be crossed on foot and offer you a lot of attractions. The slow pace gives you the opportunity to see places that you would otherwise simply ignore – accordingly, we also draw your attention to small scenes and interesting spots that you will encounter during your hike. We deliberately decided against choosing a single gigantic hiking route and instead offer you many smaller paths – this way you can take the booklet from time to time and do one of the small hikes when you have nothing else to do , Dragging yourself along a gigantic WoW Jakobsweg can also be a nice challenge, but above all we want to offer you the opportunity to relax. Even if the Blizzard composers do an excellent job, each of our hiking trails is provided with a music recommendation, which should emphasize the mood of the area and provide additional relaxation. We hope you enjoy hiking!
The Jade Forest in Pandaria: Take a deep breath
The perfect soundtrack: that Album "Dragon" by Two Steps from Hell
Follow the path south and then turn east at the next intersection. After the gloomy heart of the forest you will now cross the silk forest inhabited by spiders. Don't let the crawlers deter you and follow the path to the southeast – until the trees suddenly give way to a phenomenal view of the valley of the Jade Serpent. Marvel at the gates of the impressive Jade Temple and then stroll further southeast along the path. Visit the believers and stonemasons at the foot of the snake heart and exchange a few words with them. Then sit down on one of the benches for a while and let your feet dangle a little, because the silent shrine between the orange trees and waterfalls is one of our favorite places in Azeroth. When you have rested long enough, you walk south-east over the small bridge and cross the tranquil fox forest and the shade branch with its mauve pond roses. Take a deep breath on your way south, open the windows of your study and let your lungs work: You rarely get that much relaxation in modern WoW times. Turn southwest at the signpost towards the village of Pel'zin and run across the meadow to the back of the shrine of remembrance: Here Allianz and Horde will find an idyllic little mill pond, where you can rest your tired feet and end your hike. If you want to log out particularly relaxed, fish a few minutes in the pond beforehand, without any disturbing teammates. Feel the clear air of Pandaria pouring into your lungs and your limbs relaxing.
The Grizzly hills in WoW: Cold air and robust nature
The perfect soundtrack: that Album "Fridr" by Danheim
The second hiking route of our choice is a winding path that leads through the entire natural spectacle that the grizzly hills have to offer: from cold coasts to dense forests to snow-covered peaks and old fortresses. We start shortly before the Venture Bay in the extreme southwest of the map at coordinates 16/77 – turn north-east and follow the path from the coast into the forest, because you don't want to have anything to do with the beating in the bay. At the crossroads, turn east, so that the huge Siegeswall castle is on your left. You will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the bay littered with ice floes, which is occasionally lined with giant giant sequoias. Stroll further east and you will be greeted by an impressive sight behind the next bend: The Ammertannhütte is perched high up on a cliff, while you can admire the village of Voldrune to your right. The path leads you over an idyllic tree trunk bridge overgrown with moss and lichen – almost a little kitsch in its beauty! Your hiking trail winds through the undergrowth and through one of the sequoias. Remington Brode says hello, if you meet him, the lumberjack has a whole conversation tree and will even give you a music role for your garrison. After your conversation you follow the path to the intersection in front of you and turn north there – don't forget to let your gaze wander to the right, because there you can see the foggy forest at the foot of a snow-covered mountain range. When you see the flag of the alliance, you turn to the northwest and pay a visit to the Ammertannhütte. Alliance members settle briefly in the hut, while Hordler enjoy the phenomenal view of the Siegeswall fortress.
Now hike the path north-east and take a look around during your walk: The rustic forest of the grizzly hills is one of the best designed places in Azeroth. Under a large wooden arch from the barge of Vordrassils, a path leads towards Grauschlund. Follow the path further northeast so that the colossal world tree is on your right and take a few screenshots for your photo album. The Wanderer of the World visits the giant stairway to Zul'drak from afar and then turns east toward the Westfall Brigade camp. The path leads you past a rough rock cliff in the north, through moss-covered tree tunnels and finally to a sunlit clearing on which herds of wild highland mustangs frolic. Find a warm rock and watch the horses a little. Your path then leads you across the clearing so that the brigade camp is on your left. As soon as you come across the iron path, turn east at the signpost towards Dun Argol. As soon as you turn the corner, you will already see a gently downhill path that leads along the east wind coast. The once so powerful rune-inscribed giants, gigantic and covered with spruce trees, now serve as another landscape feature. Accompanied by the lazy rumbling footsteps of the giants, you breathe deeply in the fresh sea breeze and marvel at the shadow-catching tower far away. Hike south along the iron path until you come across the first snow. Here you leave the path and head along the east wind coast, so that the mountains are on the right and the small alliance camp on your left. Your goal is the extreme tip of the cliffs in front of you. If you have reached the rockfall, you are absolutely right. Now turn around and raise your jaw again. Over time, the visibility in WoW has been increased and only a few players have ever visited the old areas with the new opportunities – only now you can fully see how well the zones of Azeroth were designed, because the view, the now presents itself to you, seek its peers.
Uldum: Heaven, Earth and Palm Trees – the WoW Idyll
The ideal background music? The Album "Le Serpent Rouge" by Arcana
The last thing we do is to put on a very special piece of jewelry: In Uldum you can choose your paths almost freely, as we only give you a few striking landscape features that you can use as a guide. The zone has only a few fixed paths and was insulted in Cataclysm as unfinished and silly – but the design and feeling of the zone are incomparable. We start our hike in front of the ruins of Ammon at coordinates 33/62. The desert of Uldum spreads out in front of you, so apply sunscreen and walk towards the two pyramids on the horizon. As soon as you have arrived in Orsis, take out your camera and visit the ruins like a typical tourist before you make your way towards the grand stairs in front of the oasis in the northeast. Briefly say hello to Prince Nadun and then enter the Vir'naaloase. Here you stroll along the cobbled path and enjoy the coolness under the palm trees after the blazing desert sun. Visiting the village of Mar'at: We particularly recommend a visit to the local market square, which exudes a very special charm with its statuettes, precious towels and baskets. Follow the path until you arrive at a round pavilion and cross the Vir'naaldamm. Take a look to the right during your trip and enjoy the view of the green fields below and the titanic jams above you. Bravo Blizzard, that's how a landscape has to be designed – epic, but understandable and logically structured!
When you arrive at the second round pavilion, you turn north and cross the date plantations of the Tahretgrund. Have a little fun with the local pygmy thieves and follow the rough earth path behind Tahret until you see the dune again. In the valley in front of you is the palm-lined Nahom outpost in the southeast. Enjoy your last little stretch of road until you finally arrive at the settlement and find not only palm trees, dates and shadows, but also a small private pond where you can get your fishing rod out and spend a few nice minutes before you log out. Good luck with your desert hike!
The nice thing about pressing the go button is that everything is inevitably a little slower. For long stretches you can even activate the automatic running and lean back in front of the monitor or visit the landscape with the mouse while your character is enjoying himself. Azeroth goes down early enough – until that happens, just drop all WoW obligations and all the raid stress and switch your status to "I'll be gone". We look forward to experiencing your favorite hiking trails. But don't forget: Sturdy footwear is BiS.
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