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9-19-2011 @ 12:46PM
http://media.mmo-champion.com/images/news/2011/september/patch43_4.jpgIllidan 1http://media.mmo-champion.com/images/news/2011/september/patch43_5.jpgIllidan 2Funny how Malfurion is such an old model.
9-19-2011 @ 1:13PM
Is there a reason is he has clawed feet? I thought the demonic stuff happened when he sucked up the skull juice in WC3,
9-19-2011 @ 1:46PM
Yes, lore wise in the D20 campaign books early demon hunters start exhibiting clawed feet and hands, as well as smoking eye sockets,....but even mundane night elves already have clawed feet and hands in some of Samwise' older concept art. Demon Hunters in Warcraft3 are sort of a "chicken and the egg thing", there were hero class individuals besides Illidan who were bound with the energies of chaos, it's hard to say if Samwise originally wanted all Nightelves to have those claws, or if only demon hunters have those claws now. Or if Illidan was thought of before the WC3 hero class or if they created the lore to fit their ideas of hero classes. Since the WoW nelf models lack them, you could just use it as a retcon or finalized design. But one thing is for certain, all demon hunters have claws like that, and I really hope if they introduce them as a hero class in an expansion we will have the claws seen in this early demon hunter concept art. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v84/evilknick/WoW/Illidanthebetraver.jpg
9-19-2011 @ 1:51PM
Demon Hunters tend to have their features changed over time as they manipulate the dark energies, transforming slowly into something very demonicm From wowpedia and the RPG book (Guess Blizz confirms the RPG book information on this matter with that picture):"As a demon hunter grows in power, they undergo a gradual evolution, becoming more and more demonic in appearance. The changes are cosmetic and can take many different forms, from burning eyes to black blood. By the time the demon hunter reaches the pinnacle of his development, he is a twisted and dark version of his former self - though the chaotic energy in his body does not affect his personality and allegiance (or so the demon hunters claim), it wreaks great changes on his physical form. The demon hunter’s gradual evolution achieves its pinnacle as they become a demonic entity. Their appearance has changed to something frightening: The exact changes vary, but can include glowing red eyes; horns; clawed feet and hands; nonfunctioning wings; cloven hooves; a spiked tail; dark skin; a deep, rumbling voice; and similar cosmetic changes. The demon hunter becomes an outsider."
9-19-2011 @ 1:53PM
Here is an early Night Elf druid with similar claws from Samwise' concept art:http://www.sonsofthestorm.com/viewer.php?artist=samwise&cat=warcraft&art=139But normal demon hunters like Illidan who have their eyes burned/cut out have been infused with chaos/demonic energy, and have always had claws in the lore. The skull of Guldan made him ten feet tall and have horns and wings, he already had claws of a sort. Hope this helps answer your question.
9-19-2011 @ 2:04PM
"Here is an early Night Elf druid with similar claws from Samwise' concept art:http://www.sonsofthestorm.com/viewer.php?artist=samwise&cat=warcraft&art=139"That's a druid of the talon.
9-19-2011 @ 2:32PM
The claws make more sense then.
9-19-2011 @ 3:11PM
"Funny how Malfurion is such an old model. "Well, it IS an old version of Malfurion...at the time he was far from a master of Druidic arts, being just a student of Cenarius'
9-19-2011 @ 3:17PM
True, I just think it's odd they made a modified new model for a younger Illidan but not a younger Malfurion. Perhaps this is yet another hint at demon hunter content coming in the future! But then I am hopelessly biased.
9-19-2011 @ 5:51PM
Nelf Illidan looks like the Agent Smith o_0
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