"As the aftershocks from the Well's implosion rattled the bones of the world, the seas rushed in to fill the gaping wound left in the earth. Nearly eighty percent of Kalimdor's landmass had been blasted apart, leaving only a handful of separate continents surrounding the new, raging sea. At the center of the new sea, where the Well of Eternity once stood, was a tumultuous storm of tidal fury and chaotic energies. This terrible scar, known as the Maelstrom, would never cease its furious spinning. It would remain a constant reminder of the terrible catastrophe and the utopian era that had been lost forever..."
Additionally, during the Third War, Thrall's fleet crashed and they made an emergency landing on an island near the Maelstrom, where they found a group of jungle trolls fighting desperately against human colonists and murloc invaders. The island was destroyed by Zar'jira, with Thrall and his allies barely escaping.
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Map of Outland and Azeroth.
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The Maelstrom on an Azeroth globe in Ulduar.
The Maelstrom as seen in World of Warcraft.
Complete view from an earlier build.
Thrall maintaining the rift.
Muln Earthfury maintaining the rift.
Farseer Nobundo maintaining the rift.
Entering the Maelstrom.
Flying into Deepholm from the Maelstrom.
With the disastrous results of the Battle for Broken Shore against the Burning Legion, the elders of the Earthen Ring called an emergency council at the Maelstrom.While there, the Earthen Ring and a shaman adventurer pushed back an attack led by the fel lord Geth'xun. After the shaman adventurer reclaimed an artifact, a Class Hall was established at the Heart of Azeroth.
Just northeast of the Maelstrom, a titan vault known as The Primordial Observatory can be found.
The Maelstrom's location in World of Warcraft.
Lands of Mystery map.
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Underneath The Eye.
- The shark-dinosaur-Forsaken Epicus Maximus appeared in the Maelstrom during Cataclysm beta due to player complaints that the area didn't feel "epic" enough.
- Foreman Dampwick in Bilgewater Port threatens to dump troll slaves into the Maelstrom.