The announcement earlier today about the new Instance Cluster caused quite a bit of confusion amongst many, and I’ll admit I’m still not 100% sure I see how this will work out.  However, I will give them a little wiggle room here, but I’m still getting a shameless Hobbit plug vibe here and not something that moves our story forward.  Anyway, the details Rowan revealed today are that:

  •  The instances happen during our current timeline, no time-travel necessary
  • The 12-mans are more or less connected into something similar to wings of the same instance
  • We’re not fighting Smaug, but something else they have up their sleeve
  • No new landscapes, just the instance areas will be added

I’m still not totally sold on the idea, but at least this makes a little more sense.