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12-28-2011 @ 2:29PM
I couldn't take Deathwing seriously, for the simple reason that he had no master plan besides torching the ever-loving stuffing out of everything in sight, and he was pretty bad at it. Madness can be a compelling character trait, but it has to be handled exceedingly carefully, and I don't know that Deathwing received that kind of treatment in Cata. If he was so committed to destruction, why didn't he just level Stormwind when he landed on it and blew the crap out of the nelf park? It made sense for Arthas to let us live, to allow us to ascend to the top of ICC and duke it out with him, insofar as it was consistent with his ulterior motives -- the breaking of heroes, and the raising of undead champions to fight at his side. Deathwing had no such motive. Deathwing was a caricature of a death god (you, sir, are neither Thanos nor Darkseid, so stop pretending that you are), a personality cult without the personality, a villain who existed to make things go boom, no more, no less. He was the WoW version of a Michael Bay blockbuster, with all the depth that entails.
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