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11-26-2008 @ 10:03AM
The fact is that if the Alliance and the Horde don't ally on even some very minor level, Arthas will plow them without difficulty.Didn't anyone see Wrathgate beyond Putress being an evil son of a bitch? The factions were united, fighting together against Arthas' threat, and they were still about to get completely wiped because they had underestimated their enemy. Putress came in before we could see the wipe happen, it's true, but Arthas isn't intimidated by the forces before him in the least. He has an army of undead at his back. Why should he fear the living?So, when Putress and Varimathras stage their coup, and Varian Wrynn is -- at first -- understandably upset about losing one of his closest comrades as well as some of his best forces, he, instead of taking Jaina's word that it was a betrayal from within, decides to seek vengeance.The Alliance has bigger fish to fry than the Horde. The Horde has bigger fish to fry than the Alliance. The fact that Thrall and Sylvanas, of all people, could see this fact while the king of Stormwind couldn't speaks ill of him. Sylvanas and her people have an inexplicable grudge against humans, who have associated them with the very Scourge they hate, but most of them -- besides, of course, the Royal Apothecary Society and its ilk -- have been able to set this aside in the hopes of taking down Arthas first.Jaina has been in this game for longer than Varian has. He's plowing ahead without even knowing the real rules, and instead of taking a minute to calm down and recognize that Arthas' team is the real problem, he's started attacking the team members who just happened to come from different ends of the league.It took the Alliance and Horde uniting, in the form of the Shattered Sun Offensive, to bring down Kael'thas and by extension Kil'Jaeden. It's going to take the same teamwork now. That Varian Wrynn would rather take out "green skinned aberrations" than the undead that threaten the world at large ... well.And as for the people saying "Oh no, people are complaining about war in World of Warcraft!", it's always been about war. There's always been some basic level of war between the Alliance and Horde. That's why there's battlegrounds and PVP servers. The fact of the matter is that it's more about war with the forces that seek to destroy the world or otherwise -- the Burning Legion, the Scourge, etc. WOW has always been about war -- perhaps just not the version of war you're thinking of.
11-26-2008 @ 3:40PM
Also, how is it no one has mentioned the tactical stupidity of what happened at the battle for Uncercity? You kill the guy behind the blight only after a massive struggle, which presumably beats up you and many of your allies, and then the instant you hear an orc (I doubt humans are that adept at telling orc voices apart, honestly) yelling in the ruins, you go storming off in presumption that it's Thrall and you'll be able to kill him.People are making the argument for the fourth wall, here, but it has to carry both ways. Sure, Varian doesn't know Thrall's end of the story, but how did he know it was Thrall yelling and not just Random Orc NPC? And why on earth would a king lead his forces to an unnecessary battle when they hadn't even recovered from the one they'd just fought?Besides being shortsighted and stubborn, and valuing his own goals over those of his people, I mean.
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