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3-25-2012 @ 8:01PM
Keep in mind that the majority of the Horde's citizens didn't actually go to Northrend, though, and even amongst those that did, Saurfang's leadership was considerably more understated (by his own wishes), and most of the Horde, the orcs especially, saw Garrosh as the real leader there.Yes, we as players saw what really went on, but by and large, we're the exception, not the rule. Even on that end, we weren't with Garrosh 24/7 in Wrath, and so we can't speak to everything he did do while we were out and about in Northrend. For all we know, he could have been doing some very effective commanding and strategizing while we weren't there to see it. Everything in the books and the game itself seems to portray Garrosh's leadership in Northrend as a mixed bag of very good management of a war machine combined with blunders as a result of poor judgement, which seems very much in character for Garrosh. He doesn't deserve all of the credit for the Horde's successes in Northrend, but saying he didn't do anything there isn't fair either.At least as of the beginning of Cataclysm, story-wise, Garrosh is extremely popular amongst at least a sizable portion of the orcs. The rest of the Horde is another story, but unless I'm mistaken (which is totally possible, so feel free to correct me on this point) lore-wise the orcs are the most plentiful race in the Horde and have the most influence within it by far. Obviously something is going to happen during MoP to change how the orcs view him, but Garrosh as a leader has had a pretty big following, at least initially, by the orcs as a race. He wouldn't have accomplished nearly as much as he did in Kalimdor if the entirety of the Horde thought his leadership was a mistake and half-heartedly followed along with his rule.
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