Re: Mezzo Plays Warcraft III: Reforged
6-5: Gates of the Abyss
Now that Illidan has been rescued, Kael'thas finally has an opportunity to speak with him.
Kil'jaeden is apparently the brother of Archimonde. His title of "the Deceiver" reflects how he's much more into manipulating others to do his will as opposed to Archimonde "the Defiler"'s brute force approach.
And as previously mentioned, he is the original creator of the Lich King and the Undead Scourge. So that's why this expansion is called The Frozen Throne.
This leads us to our next task.
Illidan steps into the circle and begins sealing the first gate.
We need to defend Illidan for 3 minutes as he works his spell. He can't be controlled during this time.
Demons will start pouring through the gate as Illidan focuses. We'll need to use our army to defend him.
There are now many more types of demon units than the three found in Reign of Chaos. New types include Felguards, Voidwalkers, Succubi, and Nether Dragons among others, in a variety of power levels.
While we're dealing with that we can also work on our base. We have both Naga and Blood Elf technologies available to us, and the two factions work well at filling in each other's weaknesses.
Couatl: A winged serpent that serves as the only Naga flying unit. Can learn Abolish Magic as Dryads.
We've seen these guys in a lot of prior missions, but this is the first one where we actually get to use them.
As the gate comes closer to being sealed, more powerful demons will start rushing out of it. Keeping our guard up is important.
One down, three to go. We'll have to search the map for the others.
We can also find a secondary objective.
So. The Draenei. Sigh. I've been dreading this moment ever since starting this, because now I have to explain them. If you've played World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, or basically any Warcraft game past this one, you'll likely notice that their Draenei are very different from these ones. The WoW Draenei are the original, uncorrupted form of the Eredar, the species Archimonde and Kil'jaeden belong to. Their home planet (which is not Draenor, despite what the name might make you think) was invaded by the Legion long ago, and many Eredar were brought into their ranks. The Warcraft III Draenei are apparently a further corrupted form of the Eredar known as "Outcast Draenei" or "Lost Ones". I have no idea why this was made so complicated, but it was.
Anyway, we can find the orange Fel Orc base near theirs. Taking it out should get them to join us.
The Fel Orcs are the same as the ones we saw back in the Orc campaign. They can be pretty difficult to deal with, but I managed to bring this base down.
Akama is now allied to us and will send out attacks against the other Fel Orc bases in the region. We can also hire a few Draenei of our own from mercenary camps.
We'll have to deal with a few Fel Orc attacks on our base too.
To the north, it looks like we'll have to break through this purple base to reach one of the gates. Those dragons look pretty intimidating.
Yeah, this didn't go too well. I built up my forces more and tried again.
It turns out I didn't actually need to wreck this base, but it's good to have it out of the way regardless. Now we won't have to worry about any dragon attacks while trying to close the gates.
Let's get started on sealing the second gate.
This one's defenders were a little stronger than the last.
And the second gate is closed.
Looks like Akama could use some help dealing with this last Fel Orc base. I sent my troops down as soon as I finished closing the gate.
It put up some heavy resistance, but was brought down. With all the Fel Orc bases gone, now all we need to worry about is closing the remaining dimensional gates.
Let's get to work on gate three.
I just parked a whole bunch of units in front of this one and let them deal with everything that popped out. Magtheridon's forces didn't stand a chance.
Once we're done with that, we can move straight to the last one.
This one has the strongest defenders.
But I held the line.
I'm a little concerned with how eager Kael is to call Illidan "master".
Next time, we launch the assault on Magtheridon's Black Citadel.