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12-31-2009 @ 2:03PM
Even if Varian isn't the "official" leader of the Alliance, he remains the de facto leader simply because as the king of Stormwind, the most powerful nation currently on Azeroth, in addition to the commander of the Alliances military, he holds the most clout in the Alliance.Pretty much every other member of the Alliance would fall, except possibly Ironforge, if they got on Stormwind's bad side.On a more practical note, it's because the Alliance had no clear leader to rally behind since Terenas bit it in WC3. The Horde had Thrall, who's arguable a "big green Jesus" to rally behind, while the Alliance had nobody. This leads to an immense amount of Horde pride and next to zero Alliance pride.Varian's job was to rally the Alliance, and muster up some Alliance pride, and I think he's done a great job of that so far. At Blizzcon this year, I think it was the first Blizzcon I'd seen where the Alliance was showing Alliance pride, and responding to Horde cheers with their own.All hail King Wrynn!
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