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Monday, January 30, 2012
Mists of Panandara - Scenario: Alcaz Island?
I was burning down some old podcasts from last summer and one of them mentioned Scenario: Alcaz Island. Now at that point we knew nothing about Pandaren or Pokemon battles. But we have the gift of hindsight and thus we can see this might be one of the Scenarios promised at the 2011 Blizzcon as part of Mists of Panandara. If there was going to be a Scenario here there is a history of Alcaz Island being used for events. Back in the bad old days following patch 1.9 the Scepter of the Shifting Sands questline required people to come to this island and retrieve part of the scepter. Before that Varian Wrynn was first put into the game on Alcaz Island. No doubt at that point it was meant to end the missing diplomat storyline that Blizzard never really finished in game but did finish in the Warcraft Comics.
The other possibility is that this might play some role in the Theramore destruction story promised to ignite the war between the Alliance and Horde. I don't have the answers we can only really look at what the island is being use for now which is nothing and see if we can figure out what it might be used for in the future. With all things I'm sure time will tell.
I leave you with Bebe thoughts when this was first published on July 3, 2011.
"It looks like the zone will be instanced at some point, and available as a "Scenario". I couldn't find anything else on "scenario" in the game files but it's very unusual to have an additional information such as this one in the name of the Map. The only exception is "Transport:" maps and we could potentially be looking at a new type of instance here.
The "Expansion" field of the Map.dbc is set to "3" and seems to point to Cataclysm content but there's also the slight possibility that it's early data from the next expansion that got mislabeled."