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11-07-2011 @ 6:07PM
@Dan: Yeah, that was my major problem with Illidan's portrayal in BC. It really seemed like all of the nuance and shades of grey he had in WC3 were just chucked out the window because they needed a raid boss; he was always more Chaotic Neutral to me than a mustache-twirling bad guy, which is what made him so interesting to me. Illidan was never evil, per se, he was just really fucking reckless and desperate for approval. BC was just such a blatant "we need bosses!" move on their part, with the Illidari. WC3 was my favorite of the RTS games because that's when the series started to move away from the black hat vs. white hat stuff from the previous games and BC seemed like a huge step backwards, in how Illidan was portrayed (and later, Kael).The Feronas Sindweller quest chain in revamped Felwood is a huge step in the right direction to me, as far as remedying that, and I'm glad Metzen's been talking about redeeming Illidan and/or bringing him back. It's just bittersweet to me, because if it happens it's going to be without Kael and Vashj, and I loved the dynamic they all had in TFT and think the latter two deserve some rehabbing too. I would have loved to have seen Vashj break away from Azshara in favor of Illidan and play a role in the inevitable Nazjatar expansion. I kind of wish we could get a reboot of BC at this point, because there were some interesting plot elements in it despite the fail. :\
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