official World of Warcraft
blog updated this week with a preview of Shadowmoon Valley
. No, not Outland's Shadowmoon Valley from The Burning Crusade
; this is the version of Shadowmoon Valley you'll be time-traveling to in Warlords of Draenor
, or rather, you will if you're playing Alliance, since it's that faction's entry point for the expansion lands.
Senior Designer Helen Cheng
explains the zone's setting as "one of the most beautiful places on Draenor." She writes, "The valley is tranquil and serene. Rolling green hills give way to lush, violet forests. Draenei temples stand proudly beneath a star-studded sky. Here, the draenei have built wonders of their civilization-the town of Elodor with its majestic Altar of Sha'tar serves as the proud home of the great Exarchs, while the shining Temple of Karabor acts as the font of all holy learning. Under Prophet Velen and Exarch Akama's watch, all is well."
Read more about the zone's backstory on the official site