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3-20-2012 @ 12:04PM
Seems to me the issue would be that once again, the story is Horde centered, with the Alliance thrown in as the tools to boot Garrosh and then just turning it back over to the orcs.I mean the theory sounds good -- that we have a war with a victor and the Horde aggressors becomes the defeated -- but any more when Blizzard has a "good idea" I start to cringe: Vehicle quests, Paladin Holy Bar, revamped questing (on the rails), emphasize the capital cities... they all sounded good, but ultimately were botched in execution.As for all the "Kill Varian" comments, I really don't see it. When he was brought back, Blizzard utterly botched it. **BINK** I'm back -- and I really hate orcs! ARRGH BLARGH! He had no character development in game. He was simply a 1 dimensional figure.In contrast, Garrosh did at least have an established character from TBC on. I don't know if it was intentional, but watching the TBC questline, I was struck by the impression that Garrosh suffered the same affliction as his father, but suppressed it. Then once Thrall told him, "Your dad was really good" he seemed to be willing to unleash that madness. In Northrend he struck me as a popular leader because he appealed to the savagery of the orcs (which concerned Varok Saurfang). He then gets appointed to Warchief by Thrall... which is the prime evidence that Thrall is an idiot ;)Unfortunately, Blizz wanted the idea of a war between Horde and Alliance, so we had Garrosh vs. Varian, while downplaying (Jaina, Vol'jin) or getting rid of leaders (Cairne, Magni) who might actually object reasonably to the war. Garrosh gets appointed by idiot Thrall which has no reasonable basis except for Metzen to avoid having Thrall be responsible for the conflict.IMO, Blizz utterly botched this war. Really now. Jaina goes /AFK for the entire damn expansion? Does she show up at the destruction of Theramore going, "Sorry, Bio break... what did I miss?"So really, the whole story doesn't give us a real reason to hate Varian. It's really superficial. "We need a reason for the Horde not to look like the villains... hmm, lets make Varian into a frothing racist!"To sum up this overlong and rambling comment, I guess I would say while the idea for the raid on Ogrimmar sounds interesting, Blizz does not have a good track record in turning good ideas into good stories.
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