World of Warcraft is gradually laying the groundwork for the Worldsoul Saga, and the completion of Tyr’s questline seems to hint at what lies ahead for the Paladins of Azeroth. While the focus of the narrative has primarily been on the Dragon Isles, there’s been a noticeable infusion of Legion references within the Dragonflight story. Characters like Ebonhorn and Odyn have reappeared, adding depth and continuity to the evolving narrative. Legion, celebrated as one of the best expansions in World of Warcraft, is cherished for its compelling storyline and emphasis on class identity. From Order Halls to Artifact Weapons, Legion provided substantial lore development for each class, notably featuring an unforgettable questline for Death Knights.
Although Dragonflight predominantly showcased the capabilities of the new Evokers, Tyr has always shared a profound connection with Paladins. The questline to revive him has finally culminated in Patch 10.2 after the events of the latest World of Warcraft megadungeon in Patch 10.1.5. The rejuvenated Tyr’s Hand teamed up with Chromie and Eternus to retrieve the disc containing Tyr’s memories, featuring cameos from several beloved Legion characters.
With Tyr resurrected and Fyrakk vanquished in Amirdrassil, players assumed the questline had reached its conclusion, awarding them the Silver Scales dragonriding customization option, initially bugged at launch. However, the discovery of a datamined Tyr’s Guard tabard led fans to speculate that the story might not be fully resolved. This speculation gained momentum when Portergauge unearthed a new quest on the PTR servers, not only providing the missing tabard reward but also hinting at intriguing story implications for Paladins in World of Warcraft.
*Slight spoilers for the epilogue of Tyr’s Questline ahead.*
World of Warcraft could potentially be laying the groundwork for new race combinations for Paladins. Initially used to link Protection Paladins with the Silver Hand, their Artifact Weapon in Legion, Tyr’s Guard seems to be positioned as the primary Paladin faction moving forward. While the announcement of World of Warcraft: The War Within didn’t overtly showcase any new class combinations beyond the new Earthen Allied Race, Tyr’s Guard might serve as a solid foundation to introduce Night Elf and Kul’Tiran Paladins in the future.
Considering the significant evolution of Azeroth’s lore since its inception in 1994, many World of Warcraft players believe it might be time to expand once faction-exclusive classes like Paladins and Shamans to more races. While Tyr’s involvement in Dragonflight might not have been substantial, his resurrection is likely to have repercussions in The Last Titan, the final chapter of the Worldsoul Saga revealed at BlizzCon 2023. This anticipated conclusion could bring forth further changes and developments in the Paladin narrative, expanding the horizon for their presence among various races in the Warcraft universe.