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10-24-2011 @ 2:14PM
My only argument with #1, is that I *liked* knowing where I was going. I like having a villain that I know I must ultimately face and defeat.BC: If you played a blood elf, you wanted to see it end. If you were a night elf, you knew that Illidan had to pay. There was a "we are moving towards this definite goal" feeling that every battle was preparing you for the showdown.From the moment you saw the cinematic of WotLK, you knew where you were going to end up. When you got into Dragonblight, the spires of Icecrown were there waiting for you. Arthas showed up to taunt us, goad us, and eventually reveal his plans to convert only the best of us. Cataclysm has Deathwing not only destroying iconic places that have sentimental value to long-term players. He destroyed places where I'd spent hours (and likely days) of time and then taunted the Alliance by landing on Stormwind itself. I still want my payback to that big lizard.However... panda bears, island turtles, and a question mark just isn't what's going to sell me on this. (and it certainly won't be Pokemon battles) I hope they can pull off an Ulduar (or a Karazhan) and bring in something out of left field that might not fit in with the overall theme, but be self-contained and engaging.
10-24-2011 @ 2:32PM
My problem with having a Big Bad Boss in every expansion is that it starts to mirror Dragon Ball Z. The story appears formulaic, and thus dull and uninteresting.
10-24-2011 @ 3:22PM
DBZ was exactly what I was thinking, we keep having to go super-saiyan level N+1 for every expac. I can see them say patch 5.2, old god Ah-ah-achun upset by Deathwing's failure, makes an appearance. Raiders to the ready!A big baddie will show up, but like Aqir...we won't know till we know.RS
10-24-2011 @ 5:00PM
There will be an overarching story, it just won't be of the "Azeroth's effed up the bum" variety. We saved the world. Let us enjoy it for once.That said, Ulduar's story really DID tie into the Lich King's story. It's easy to miss the tie-in to the Lich King because it's hidden away in Yogg-Saron's fight, which was all kinds of hard back in the day. In the fight, you could see one of three visions (Garona murdering Llane, the creation of the Demon Soul, and the Lich King breaking an immolated champion.) The last threw speculation into overdrive. Who was this guy? Was it Bolvar? He's alive? He's being broken by the Lich King? Will he be a raid boss? Most chilling, though, was that it was Yogg-Saron's vision, and so it was clear that he had a hand in it.The Twilight of the Aspects book also expounds on this: every single atrocity, perhaps all of history in Azeroth, has been one long and giant conspiracy by some invisible hand. Old Gods have been running history, and Ulduar's purpose was to put perspective to the Lich King's threat. He is a pawn, an insect compared to this horrible looming threat that has been manipulating all of the races of Azeroth for millenia. Ulduar's purpose was to show that the Lich King (and Deathwing) was merely an instrument, a stepping stone to a much larger plan. It will all lead to this epic confrontation. And next time, we will not interfere! (That's what they're planning at least.)
10-25-2011 @ 12:32AM
I have to disagree with you regarding Deathwing, but an excellent post all the same, in the end I felt like Cho'gall and the various Twilight characters were more visible and interesting.
10-25-2011 @ 3:09PM
There is no announced boss for one reason only.When Bliz fail to deliver, they cant be held to account.Abysal Maw raid I'm looking at you.
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