The stakes have never been greater for the next expansion of World of Warcraft

It’s no secret that World of Warcraft has had two difficult years. Shadowlands initially showed a lot of promise: Torghast looked interesting and fun, new areas were colorful and fresh, and Azeroth’s afterlife contained many possibilities to meet ancient heroes and villains.

But Shadowlands’ brilliance faded quickly, perhaps more so than any previous expansion. This sets a lot of eyes on Blizzard as it prepares to officially announce the upcoming WoW expansion on April 19. And now, more than ever, Blizzard really needs to learn from the mistakes of the past and solve some of the biggest problems that have plagued Shadowlands.