Finishing with 16% of the vote each, “Cataclysm” and “Mists of Pandaria” tied for the number one position in SVG’s poll for gamers’ least favorite “World of Warcraft” expansion. Seeing these two titles tie for the top spot might be a surprise, although it is worth remembering that, while both were ultimately well received by critics, they each caused a stir with the fan base when they launched.
For instance, the 2010 expansion “Cataclysm” holds an overwhelmingly positive score on Metacritic but was controversial as the first expansion that dramatically reshaped the world that players had grown accustomed to over six years. The main arc of “Cataclysm” was the return of the dragon Deathwing, who opens a dimensional barrier that reshapes Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms.
“Mists of Pandaria” released two years later, likewise to strong acclaim as recorded by Metacritic. However, instead of reshaping existing landscapes, it focused on introducing a new setting, the titular Pandaria, whose deep lore and detailed world was widely praised. However, one of the lasting controversies of that expansion existed around the new race, the Pandarians. This new player character option was ridiculed, via Reddit, since it was first introduced as an April Fools’ joke for “Warcraft 3” before that game’s release in 2002.