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Blizzard Explains The Firelands
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment recently released a new Ask the Devs Q&A. The developers answered questions about the Firelands, explaining the reason the Abyssal Maw dungeon did not show up in patch 4.2 as well as detailing specifics about items and healing mechanics.

What happened with the Abyssal Maw dungeon that was supposed to come with Firelands?

Blizzard: Our initial plan for this raid tier was to have fewer bosses in Firelands and a small number of bosses in the Abyssal Maw. As we looked more closely at Firelands, though, we realized that it deserved more bosses. We also got excited about designing item art (and set bonuses!) that were very fiery in nature, and the Molten Front questing area was turning out to be really cool, so we ended up piling more resources into Firelands. That led to the decision to focus on one strong theme (fire), rather than a more diluted fire-and-water theme.

The case for Abyssal Maw pitch was that we could reuse a lot of existing assets (the fights were to take place in a giant shelled demigod like Nespirah), and while we are willing to do that, we thought Abyssal Maw would just pale in comparison to the magnificence of the Firelands. So, we put all of our eggs into that one basket. We’ve decided for now that the Vashj’ir quest line along with the Throne of the Tides dungeon does a pretty good job of finishing the Neptulon story

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