Gaming Steve

December 28, 2005

Computer Gaming Magazine Confirms Draenei as New Alliance Race?

Draenei thew new Alliance race?According to Computer Games Magazine February 2006 Issue the Draenei have been confirmed as the new Alliance race. There are some scans of the magazine (here and here) but they are a bit hard to read. For those without 20/10 vision here is the text from the article:

World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade

Developer/Publisher Blizzard Entertainment
Release Date Summer

*You've hit that wall known as Level 60, at least once if not multiple times, as WoW has been voted "Easiest MMO to Cap Out Ever"; Blizzard's new level cap of 70 will at least give you something higher to shoot for.

*They're not just upgrading spells and skills (like Conjure Water rank 32, or Kidney Shot rank 19); they're adding brand-new ones, as well as additional tiers in the talent trees.

*The socketed item phenomenon that was sort of "coined" by Diablo will be implemented and Jewelcrafting added to the tradesperson skill set.

*Alliance players will enjoy playing as Draenei, and the new Blood Elf race gives the Horde faction its first exercise in what humans perceive as sex appeal (even though those Troll females are pretty cute).

*If you're bored with the same old continents and dungeons -- which you probably are -- Burning Crusade adds the planet of Outland, formerly Draenor, around which Level 70 characters can fly on Nether Dragon mounts.

*You can't fight on your Nether Dragon, nor use it outside of Outland, and it's slower than the current flying contingent of Griffons and Bats.

*They're not planning to add new classes at this juncture, nor will the "hero class" be ready to launch.

*Those of you who've spent the last several hundred game hours getting those epic armor sets and Arathi stuff might be disappointed that they won't be the end-all and be-all anymore.

*And will the current zones all of a sudden become deserted when people flock to the new areas? (Have you been to the n00b zones in EverQuest in the past thousand years? The NPCs are there, but they're awfully lonely.)

Of course I have saying for quite some time that the Draenei are most likely the new Alliance race, so this adds just one more log to the rumor fire. Thanks to Fozzle for this information.

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Posted by Deep Lee at December 28, 2005 06:33 PM

Sad... Me want Pandaren.

Posted by nipples mcfadden at December 28, 2005 06:46 PM

Just letting you know you've been dugg (

Posted by Chris at December 28, 2005 07:27 PM

They did not release any info regarding the new race to this magazine. So nope, more baseless guesstimating. I thought you had a bunch of friends at Blizz Steve? Just ask them already.

Posted by J at December 28, 2005 07:37 PM

Well, Blizzard's expansion packs are mostly a singleplayer campaign and a handful of new units. But, I really don't expect this expansion pack to blow anyone's mind -- because it's almost the same kind of expansion -- without the singleplayer campaign even.

What is this talk about a "hero class"? Any ideas?

Posted by Jecrell at December 28, 2005 07:41 PM

HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAH blue posted here....that's beautiful

should've...sent....a poet

Posted by Sami at December 28, 2005 09:16 PM

man, i wanted to be a pandaren, PANDAZ PWN!!!

Posted by RowdyHouse at December 28, 2005 09:51 PM

This was to be expected. I rejoined WoW based on the Pandaren myth, but once I did some research this seemed the most obvious outcome. Ogres would have been neater though.

Posted by Kael 32 at December 28, 2005 11:52 PM

At least Final Fantasy VII had socketed items long long before Diablo.

Posted by testboy at December 29, 2005 04:30 AM

You know you can buy World of Warcraft Gold at

Posted by Jim Jones at December 29, 2005 05:03 AM

buy gold = banned for life. blizzard will catch you can kick you out forever - or until you buy another copy of the game. Jim reporting you and your corrupting website!

Posted by poo at December 29, 2005 05:27 AM

Even EQ has socketed items, called Augments, so that's nothing new.

I like EQ1 better than WoW, but i agree about the fact on "Deserted zones". The problem with deserted zones in EQ is that SOE (Sony Online Entertainment) can't balance the game. When a new expansion is released, the're ditching and nerfing the previous expansion and therefore making it NOT attractive anymore for lots of peeps.

Blizzard on the other hand, has made good fame about balancing when you look at Diablo 2 for instance. ;)

Posted by Keitosha at December 29, 2005 05:29 AM

Haha, SOE's game-design-after-release-of-origenal-game department is jsut a joke. I bet they have a couple of monkeys with hammers working there.

Posted by P4p3Rc1iP at December 29, 2005 09:26 AM

Yea... EQ is pretty horrible when compared to WoW.

At any rate, Blizz hasn't denied that the new races won't be Draenei. So, to all the naysayers: Please tell us more about how the Blood Elf screenshots now in the official Burning Crusade website where photoshop. I love to hear all about fuzzy edges and splicing and whatnot.

Posted by sandwiches at December 29, 2005 09:30 AM

man i want the bloodelf so i can PWN up on the alliance!!!

Posted by dragan at December 29, 2005 12:01 PM

Better choice the Teenaged-mutant-beer-swilling-samurai-teddies, IMO.

If this turns out to be true, maybe, just maybe I'll check out the Expansion, I mean this train wreck can't get much worse....can it?

Go on no, tell me what makes it so great...

Posted by Bobo at December 29, 2005 12:57 PM

You don't need to be told what's so great about it. You'll buy it anyway.

Posted by sandwiches at December 29, 2005 03:56 PM

Bloodelves are gonna OWN the Alliance. ;)


Posted by NeuroMan42 at December 29, 2005 03:59 PM

You dont have to be a graphics expert to see that the pics are FAKE.
Im just ok at graphics and I could do a more believable job...


Posted by Rak at December 29, 2005 05:49 PM

hahaha,,,Draenei!!!!enjoy as a Draenei~~~

Posted by vanne at December 29, 2005 11:22 PM

Blizzard has a post denying they let any info out to ANY magazine, site, whatever. This could easily be faked, for one, why are there no pictures of Draenei?

Posted by Scipion at December 29, 2005 11:52 PM

A new Wow race is coming
Oh what will it be?
The world is in turmoil
But we're all gonna see.

Posted by FTH at December 30, 2005 04:58 AM

Yea.... Sure they're faked. You guys said the same thing whenever the BE screenshots were shown in the Italian magazine.

Posted by sandwiches at December 30, 2005 08:17 AM

fantastic point, sandwiches ...

Posted by pauly at December 30, 2005 11:24 AM

im using a palm pilot for this so no dice on comments, i never read into the myth and lore involved but apparently there is an imbalance in favor of the alliance ? in which case to counter the awesomeness that is gnomes you need a pull for horde, ie bloodelves. elves suck but others like them so it works, so no matter what the alliance must be short changed to secure the pull factor, Dreinai arent exactly appealing so they do work in securing a pull to horde. I would say this may not be reliable but it is grounded on a justifiable cause. Pandaren are sadly out of the picture, no one straight would choose some elf over the option of a panda. Yes it would be satisfyingly sadistic to play pandas but you lose the pull if you do. To solve this problem, gnomes should get priests....because i say so and it too makes sense. give a healing class to the only race without to create balance. Blizzard tries to make balanced gaming in wow.... emphasis on don't be surprised if this is to be true.
Vaya conDios.

Posted by The Spaniard at December 30, 2005 02:08 PM

Anyone have a mirror of those two supposed scans linked up top? Bandwidth exceeded 4tl =/

Posted by Huntari at January 1, 2006 07:54 PM

The scan links have been fixed, they work now.

Posted by Gaming Steve at January 1, 2006 08:39 PM

The true reason why pandaren are out of the picture is that the killing of pandas is illegal in China the Chinese government would ban the game and blizzard thus loses tons of customers.

Posted by Wowguru at January 1, 2006 10:31 PM

I was in China last week, killed a dozen pandas, and I had chop suey with Bruce Lee and a policeman. They didn't seem to mind.

Posted by pandaman at January 3, 2006 09:33 AM

That's funny. I hear the US is going to ban WoW, because in the US it's illegal to kill humans.

Oh noes!

Posted by commonsense at January 3, 2006 09:37 AM

Duhh, it's more important not to kill pandas in china because there's only about 1,000 pandas left, but there's too many freaking people. I vote panda's over ppl any day!

Posted by Wahh at January 3, 2006 09:20 PM

Yeah, virtual pandas in video games are totally endangered!

Posted by duh at January 5, 2006 03:00 PM

If it is not legal to kill panda in China why did they used pendaren is WC3 TFT!?! As i remember i killed those pandaren many time and i loved it!

I want Murloc for new race!!!

Posted by DuDe at January 16, 2006 09:24 PM

I hope those drenai aren't as ugly as they originally are, maybe Blizz will make the drenai much more cooler.

Posted by Aiden at January 19, 2006 06:00 AM

I wanted pandaren
i was gonna bling out my panda with katanas and all that good shit
what a crock of bull.

Posted by ramzy at January 23, 2006 11:17 PM

whats this supposed to mean.........................

Posted by ramzy at January 23, 2006 11:23 PM

WTF plz im begging dont make it Dreinai it will reck it plz im begging make a new alliance male an underwater alliance like NAGA naga are better than Drienai well if u wanna do it just plz put Naga in it plz if u dont im telling all ma m8s and heck i got loads and if u dont put Naga in uve just lost like 300 pounds a month here

Posted by Eoin Ferguson at January 29, 2006 10:53 AM

I really hope it will be the pandaren race over the dranae, because it would be so cool that a panda beats a bull :p on the other hand dranae would be cool too if they wheren't so damn ugly. If blizzard makes them a wee bit smoother it'll be ok.

Posted by Belgian Frie at February 13, 2006 03:32 PM

Woo hoo! I got hired at blizz!

Posted by BlizzNub at February 14, 2006 06:08 PM

No, Ironic...Horde gets a "Pretty" Race..And the Alliance gets a Hideous race.

Posted by Falian at February 18, 2006 04:15 PM

Man, Krazy Pandas with sharp katanas pawn the draenei completely. If the pandaren becomes a playable race, i will buy and play the expansion, if not, it is not worth my money, because, it sucks being a lvl 60 and having nothing else to do after getting the epics..... Oh great, the level cap will be increased to 70!!!! And then... when i reach 70 and get the new epics, there wont be anything else to do either! Ah, flying mounts! why spending tons of gold with them if they will be even slower than griphons! Hero classes and new talents, cool, but do you expect me to pvp and repeat instances 24/7? it gets awfuly boring too. This expansion brings very few inovations and the only thing that i put my faith on are the new playable races. The Blood Elves are ok, but the pandaren are cooler than any other race, in my opinion. So, while the world holds it's breath with expactation, i wait to see that brand new race.

Posted by Jecht at February 18, 2006 05:40 PM

Gief Tauren!!!....oh wait...

Posted by Pie-man at February 21, 2006 04:24 PM

Hmmz , i must admit .. i woudnt think twice about wanting to bea pandares as i like ninja style stuff anyway and i must admit there cuteness with there ninjaness is just so irresistable, it would create serios imbalance tho i would think to the game as im possitive too many people would play them and then teh games gonna get fucked with seas of pandas and no alliance and horde has a hard enogth time as it is lol , to make a character thats ugly would seem logical in responce to the bloodelf , and the dranei do have a histery with hating the orcs massivly,blzzard said the new race is gonna be awesome .. so .. what powers will dreanai have that gives them and edge over other races as each race has it own edge for certain abilities what will blood elfs have im assuming a nack for using magic? *shrugs* and gnomes have that edge for alliance to what will dranaie have as i know from talking to some npcs they seem to have a nack for time travel .. not sure how that works out int eh game but we shall see i guess

Posted by Stonewise at March 1, 2006 05:09 PM

I think that the point about the dren. being the new race so that the ally get an ugly race tand the hord a beautiful is both amusing and valid. Personally though if i could choose any it would be MURLOCKS THOUGH ,(THEY`RE KINDA UNGLY) (:

Posted by bodrogo at March 2, 2006 01:07 AM


Posted by mamma pappa at March 8, 2006 08:47 AM

I really wonder what the Draenei dance will be....

Posted by okeydokey at March 11, 2006 07:49 PM

It explains everything:

Posted by Éjtündi at March 16, 2006 10:09 PM

especially with this in mind:

Posted by Éjtündi at March 16, 2006 10:12 PM

Ah please let this picture not be a photoshop creation! Murlocs would be so cool and...well darn cool, what else can I say about them?

Posted by Katuro at March 29, 2006 04:01 PM

It's not going to be Draenei. It wouldn't make sense.

...If I recall, they had an alliance with Blood Elves, did they not?

Posted by Someone at April 2, 2006 09:16 PM

All this talk about Draenei is silly, if anybody follows the Warcraft storyline, they would shoot that down in a heartbeat. If they were to ally with anybody, it would be Horde (But Horde already have the Blood Elves) get that thought out of your head. As for Naga's? Are you insane?? Naga's are night elves that worship the Naga queen and turned evil....right, like they are just gonna say sorry and make up. Murlocs would be cool, but would be annoying to hear them make their sounds all day long.

Did anybody ever think of Furbolgs? That's a viable option, the Timbermaw are already a race that you can get reputation with, why not add in a Furbolg clan that you can play. They currently have no allegiance with either side...which is the only thing slowing the idea down.

Posted by Greg at April 4, 2006 01:00 PM

Has anyone ever tought about elementals as the new race remember Firelord from Frozen Throne

Posted by some guy at April 6, 2006 12:29 AM

I agree completely, the warcraft lore totally makes the draenei (and naga) not a viable race for the expansion. And as much as I would like to see the pandaren or the murlocs as the new race it's not gonna happen, so I'm gonna have to go with furbolgs as the new race. The aren't as ugly as draeni, but not as cool as murlocs (and kinda the same as pandaren), but not as good.

Posted by Tyranius at April 8, 2006 02:16 PM

Do you know how easy this is to fake?

If I wanted to, I could print out a page of writing that looks like a magazine, and just take a digital photo.

Even thought this most likely is Faked, It may be true.
Dranei have alot of connections to the game and Other Warcraft games.

Posted by Tom at April 15, 2006 12:07 PM

Hi, guys this is Tharanios of the Malygos Realm, I thank you for scrolling down this far, i have read every single website i could find talking about the new races and i have decided that it will be the Draenei, this is because, Horde needs more players and Bloodevles are a cool race- making more ppl play horde for PVP reasons, but Draenei will b the new alliance race because they arnt exactly the most popular guys, but they are not all over the game attacking things like the Furbolg or the Murlocs, besides all the alliance races have human characteristics and the Draenei have many things in common with humans, all of the horde races are pretty different, having horns, tusks, large teath, and so on.. my second thing i think it could b is the Pandarian because the horde has an animal type race called Tauren, and Pandarian also have Human Characteristics and have always one previouse games WC1, WC2, and WC3 been alliance friendly and there are none of them in WOW as of now, it might not b Draenei because they are already in Swamp of Sorrows attacking all races that cross theyre paths, but the Bloodelve wer in a previouse game but not in WOW, so are the Pandarian, and there u have it, the new race will b Pandarian, they are human like, they are somewhat like Tauren and maby about the same size, they will fit on mounts, and i know they have paws that would look wierd with gloves, but the Tauren have hooves, and they look normal. if u want to dissagree with me, get on the Malygos server and tell me what u think….. Tharanios Rules join

Posted by Tharanios at April 16, 2006 10:56 PM

The New Race is Forest trolls
Say hello to my little friend?+ Absolutely Hate Blood elves.
+ Had their former home stolen by the blood elves.
+ Blood elves and Forest trolls waged war, perhaps blood elves and horde alliance will make the Trolls seek alliance with the alliance.
+ They helped the alliance at mount hyjal. (Technically incorrect, it was actually Dark Trolls who helped the Alliance. The Dark Trolls of Kalimdor are a different tribe then the Forest Trolls of Lordaeron)
+ Like Blood Elves, they are a slightly different version of an established playable race.
+ Once allies to the horde, were betrayed by the orcs and now harbour a grudge.
+ The Horde getting Elves, maybe the Alliance would get trolls.
+ If you look at the Burning crusade site where it lists the new races you see a picture of blood elves, and then a question mark. Look beyond the question mark and look at the terrain.
+ Quote Thrall: "Forest Trolls. It shames me to think they were ever a part of the Horde."
+ Forest Troll page..
? Humans where involved with defeating the forest trolls with the high elves. But only one hundred humans were involved.
- No obvious connection to the Outland.
- Forest Trolls live in the southeast region of Quel'Thalas, just below where Eversong Forest (the Blood Elf starting zone) will be. It is highly unlikely Blizzard would place both new races and starting zones right next to each other.

Posted by Tharanios at April 17, 2006 04:38 PM

damn ppl why dont we just forget about it we gona see it in like a few months anywayse ( just think of it like that) so really there isnt no point in the debating if its comin to us soon i really do think that the last guys post was true why post there starter points right next to each other kinda pointless but still pandarians rock yes my fav race but really now i dont think blizzard can do the hole divide into three thing i mean nun of these characters are goan have the awsome abilitys they had in wc3 so why does it matter its just gona be a dif module with the same stuff over and over and over again

Posted by joseph at April 21, 2006 11:27 PM

Me want Draenai. They will make a good race for the alliance. I say Pandaren would be better for an Ocean Realted Expansion, where all the races find their empire, and pull them into the war... That would make a nice race to counter a Naga race for the Horde...

Plus, I want to see a Draenai's unmutated form...


Posted by Seros at April 23, 2006 12:50 PM

draenei wont b new race i read in new beastiry update at the WoW homepage

Posted by bigolfatty at April 29, 2006 07:22 PM

you all talk so highly about this balance well says how the draenei are shamanistic, woudnt you think that it would add balance if the ally's had shamans? maybe the BE's have some sort of talent that is equal to the human/dwarf paladin skills that are the main separations between the factions.

Donovich 57paladin (eldre' thalas) Corrado 10warrior (eldre' thalas).... currently

Posted by Corrado at May 2, 2006 02:47 PM

think DRAENARS wil NOT be in expanson, as a playable race!?


blood elves saved Draenars! would u join alliance , so u can go kill blood elves, if u ware a draenar!? no !

Besides... Pandas toaly love Dwarfs, and Night elves. But they hate Blood Elves (magic addiction) and Taurens (cus they ware in war a long time ago)

AND ! there IS a connection between Outlands and pandas!! As we all know, they live on an island!! Murlocks/nagas are attacking all the coasts across Azeroth... and nagas are connected with Outlands.. SO, pandas will ned help from alliance!!

BLizz said, there gonna make a ''cool lookin'' race! those damn potatoes AIN'T COOL! ... +, it makes no sense ...

... if we GET draenars, then i'm gonna reroll Horde, and make some chruncy chips from tthem >:D (they look like potatoes)

Posted by Gorth at May 2, 2006 03:58 PM

blizzard did say that there are going to be major changes in raid encounter... theres also been rumours going on about "all 9 classes will be available for both faction" that would mean that bloodelves are able to roll as paladins and alliance rolling as shamans... (totems and blessing ftw <3)

I'm guessing it will be a different kind of orcs (since trolls have icetroll, forestroll, etc) but thats just my theory :D

Posted by Oe at May 8, 2006 08:33 AM

ALL i got to say is now that the horde are getting a elf race....just means we have to deal with all the whinning kids also. It is the only reason i rolled horde before bcz so many kids wanted to be alliance"meaning a server bed time". but After rolling horde seems that is were all the mature adult players were"meaning no server bed time".......Comments?

P.S.-Maybe there is no alliance race!?!?!.....i mean i role horde but they"alliance" get nerfed so much, i wouldn't be surprised.

Posted by Solotus at May 8, 2006 11:17 AM

I heard from an information leak (although I dont believe it...much) that the new alliance race will be be Mok'nathill(sp?)

Posted by Franzz at May 8, 2006 09:40 PM

Months before word of the burning crusade had even been spoken, I was in Ashenvale and it was the very first time I ever saw the Furbolg. I had mentioned in general chat how cool they were and how they'd make a GREAT playable charactor. I said I wish I was a furbolg! I got a whisper from a person whom EVERYONE on at the time was claiming to be a GM, and he said to me. "some day you will be, but you never heard that from me!" and this confused me for a long, long time. Now I don't know how it works for the GM's and I thought a GM can't tell you they're even a GM in the first place...but I have a very good feeling about the new race being furbolgs. and maybe they'd even have panda skin as an option? ;)

and that whole thing about not making the Pandaren because it's illegal to kill pandas..I mean we could get into it with the Tauren too..there ARE people in this world that consider the cow to be sacred. Yes?

Posted by net at May 10, 2006 08:10 AM

Well, it was finally confirmed at E3 that the new race will be Draenei. This was confirmed this morning, and it is fast spreading.

Posted by Draffut at May 10, 2006 03:10 PM

Sure is. I don't really mind it being Draenei, I'm just dissapointed at how little there seemed to be to choose from. I'd rant about unrealistic Races, cough cough Murlocs, but there's no time for that now. It's on the WoW Main Page, and I'm sure it'll be in every gaming magazine before the end of the month, so there's no stopping it now. This was definitely good idea for Blizz, cause it will help even out the Horde/Alliance ratio. Think of it as shortening the BG wait-times...crazy PvP people...

Anyway, somewhat of a ponder, but BE's seeemed to be more of a Magical Race, in that their Racial abilities looked like they gave some über benefits to having Mana. Perhaps Draenei will be an über fighting Race?

Posted by Wong of Kalecgos at May 12, 2006 11:20 AM

Come on people.... DRAENEI ARE THE NEW RACE!!!! Okay... deep breath.... Now... ITS OVER PEOPLE!!!! Wong is right its gonna be everywhere by what the 20th??? If Blizzard changes it now its *You've got Hate Mail!* Blizzard would be a wreck if they change it if they revealed it at E3 then its all true i mean E3 was on like every channel and at the announcement it showed Blizzard Announcing the Draenei!! Think about it here people!!! Draenei and BE's are the new races!!! As well as plenty of questions about "Hero classes" I havent heard anything about that I watch everything on WoW! Yes it is most likely true of a new class though.. Spellbreakers and so far all signs point to a yes as yesterday if you were watching G4 Blizzard Has announced a new class as well so there!!! ITS OVER PEOPLE NOW JUST TAKE A BREATHER AND WAIT FOR THE EXPANSION!

Posted by Nicholas at May 14, 2006 09:26 PM