Amirdrassil has left the Emerald Dream to be replanted in Azeroth, but how do we feel about the new location?
The final chapter of Guardians of the Dream became available to players who have killed Fyrakk this week. Having saved Amirdrassil from Fyrakk's assault, the World Tree has finally grown large enough to be replanted in Azeroth, revealing a whole new continent in the Dragon Isles! West of the Ohn'ahran Plains, the continent of Amirdrassil is similar to the same location in the Emerald Dream, but there are important differences that suggest this zone is meant to be more than just a fun novelty tied to an expansion's end.
In the current game, Amirdrassil is still largely unpopulated — but we already know that will change as early as 10.2.5. Most Night Elves who survived Teldrassil have already relocated to this new World Trer — this is the kaldorei's new home — bringing up the question: is the Dragon Isles the right place for this?
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The first elephant in the room we really have to mention is the nature of the Burning of Teldrassil. The War of Thorns was an extremely dark time in both Azeroth's history and the history of World of Warcraft. Canonically, the Night Elves went through genocide, specifically as the Horde were making attempts to wipe them out of Kalimdor. Though the Alliance is said to have won the Fourth War, it has to be said that the Night Elves' removal from an entire zone feels very… effective. Even if they do have a new home and a new World Tree, the Night Elves can't help but feel displaced. They haven't just lost Teldrassil, they've lost Kalimdor.
There is also the issue that the Dragon Isles are an expansion zone. Traditionally, we only spend time in a zone during