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7-17-2011 @ 6:28PM
Another major change in recent Blood Elf history was a shift of focus from magic, mana based roles to more natural non-magical roles. Before Blood Elves could not be warriors. Some say this was an oversight but it can be explained by the lore. When the blood elves were first introduced they were still new with magic addiction and were struggling with it. Melee fighters would become paladins instead of warriors because they still needed something to sustain them. But as time went on blood elf fighters learned how to cope without magic and learn how to fight as a non-magical warrior. Also look at the resource change to hunters. Before they used mana but now they are mana free, instead using intense focus. What I'm trying to get at is that blood elves have begun to place more emphasis on non-magical classes in their society due to their struggles with the sunwell. This opens up opportunities for all blood elf roleplayers. If your a magic using blood elf, how do you feel about all these new 'unsophisticated' classes and how do you feel about a non-mage as your leader? Vice-Versa, if you're on of the newly risen blood elf warriors how do you fit into blood elf society? Do you feel like an outcast or are you glad that you are not reliant on magic? Great article as always
7-17-2011 @ 6:40PM
I hadn't quite thought of it that way, yet. Thanks for the insight =).
7-17-2011 @ 9:44PM
That's a good angle on why there were no warriors too. I personally always thought that the ranks of the Sunguard (the npc guards around) were the warriors, and their ranks were decimated when the Scourge came through, and all new recruits went to fueling their numbers. But now that they've had a chance to stabilize, and things aren't in such chaotic state that they used to be in, they can train warriors and afford to send them afield again.
7-18-2011 @ 12:39AM
Blood elf warriors were actually going to be playable in Burning Crusade (and were in the original demo version) up until they decided to go cross-faction with shaman and paladins. Blizzard felt that in order to give blood elves access to paladins they needed to remove one of the other classes, feeling that they already had too many available. The decision came down to dropping either warrior, rogue, or hunter -- and considering that they were elves, the answer should be obvious.Lorewise, every race has always had warriors, along with a wide variety of other classes not available to players.All blood elves are also affected by the Sunwell and its magical energies, regardless of class. Even blood elf warriors have to use Arcane Torrent to unleash the latent magical energies that build up in their bodies in order to prevent addiction.
7-18-2011 @ 3:10AM
I was thinking about this earlier - what if belfs hadn't had rogues in BC? It'd mean that *all* their classes used mana (since hunters at the time were a mana class), thus cementing them as a magical race. Too much to change now, of course (if it even should be), but I would have enjoyed the thematic coherence.
7-22-2011 @ 4:31PM
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