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Mists of Pandaria Beta: Beware of Darkmoon Rabbits {WoW}

Apr 3rd 2012 2:02AM I have a rabbit, I know they're not rodents. The rabbit in the header picture is my rabbit Grimalkin.

However, lagomorph-shaped just doesn't scan.

Know Your Lore: The curious dissonance of Alliance leveling {WoW}

Apr 1st 2012 9:48PM The Horde shouldn't feel like villains because they took more territory.

The Horde should feel like villains because you attack without provocation, murder civilians, use chemical and biological weapons, torture helpless prisoners, and otherwise make every effort to commit every atrocity imaginable, including desecrating the enemy dead, kidnapping family members to extort the enemy, and turning people into ooze.

We firebomb children to death.

The Horde should feel like villains because the Horde does nothing but villainous things. As someone who plays a tauren I have given up on RPing him, because there's no way to justify my actions. Azeroth would be greatly improved if the Horde was destroyed.

The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Fury in Mists of Pandaria {WoW}

Mar 31st 2012 5:19PM It's basically the same as it always has been, hit it, after BT if possible (as in, if BT has less than a GCD to cool down) - with BT being a chunk of your rage gen, it becomes very necessary to keep hitting it as fast as possible, but with the six second cooldown you have time.

However, I did find myself not enraging as much as I was used to.

Know Your Lore: The hour of the king {WoW}

Mar 28th 2012 4:33PM @mason.jdouglas

"Just to modify that a bit. It's more like the States finding out that Japan had American citizen's being tortured in a lab, and blamed Russia for allowing Japan (their allies) to do it. "

The next time Russia can order Japan to attack another nation in order to provide the Russian/Japanese alliance with a port for further invasion, I'll accept your argument. The second Russian soldiers are seen throughout Japan, serving as police and army, this argument makes sense.

The Horde is not ALLIED to the Forsaken. The Forsaken are IN THE HORDE. No matter what we think about Sylvanas' actions, from Varian's perspective, any action taken by the Forsaken is supported by the Horde, including the orcs who are clearly the dominant faction in said Horde.

"Remember that Undercity is FAR from Orgrimmar, and if you argue that Varian can't know the difference between forsaken and scourge, you logistically ought to concede that Orgrimmar can't fully know or control what the forsaken are up to. Thus, the orcs can't be responsible for what happens in Lordaeron."

That's a specious argument. Varian doesn't have any reason to distinguish between the Forsaken and the Scourge, but the Forsaken are in the Horde, and Horde troops (including orcs) were present for the action in Gilneas. Varian knows this, because his Seventh Legion fought them and would have sent reports back. Varian knows the orcs DO know what happens in Lordaeron. If the orcs send Warlords to take part in the invasion of Gilneas how can they then be claimed to be innocent of knowing what's transpiring in Lordaeron? IVarian SAW Thrall and orcish troops in Lordaeron. How can the orcs claim not to have an awareness of what's taking place there?

You're trying hard to use your knowledge of the game world to justify your argument, not what Varian would know or infer. Furthermore, you're assuming the orcs aren't in any way responsible for what's happening in Lordaeron, but they are. There are orc soldiers in Undercity right now. Are they stopping the Royal Apothecary Society from torturing prisoners of war or experimenting on them? Are they preventing the use of the Plague in Gilneas? Are they taking any action at all?

Even from a metagame perspective, much less one of a leader at a time of war, the orcs DO bear responsibility. Varian saw Undercity and was horrified. Thrall saw it, and did nothing. Garrosh, his successor, supports the Forsaken invasion of Gilneas with troops. What is Varian supposed to believe here, that the orcs are innocent of all this while they take part in it?

Know Your Lore: The hour of the king {WoW}

Mar 28th 2012 3:27PM @Nagaina

That's one perspective, yes. But it's not the only one. Varian grew up in Lordaeron, as did many people who currently live in Stormwind, who fled the demons of the Burning Legion who made the Lich King and who were once served by the orcs. To many humans (and there are as many survivors of Lordaeron living outside of it now as there are Forsaken in it) the Forsaken are monsters mocking their loved ones and squatting in the ruins of their homeland, and worse, spreading out from Lordaeron to attack Gilneas, Alterac, and Arathi, which were never part of Lordaeron. The Forsaken, to those people, are a threat to all life who must be stopped.

You see it from the Forsaken side, because you're a player and you have that ability. Varian does not. Alliance figures, including the many survivors of Arthas' rampage across Lordaeron, do not. Imagine it this way: if your home city was turned into a ravening ruin infested by zombies, and you escaped, would you care that among the zombies were your parents? Especially when the zombies want to kill everyone with a disease and make more zombies out of them? That's the Forsaken as seen by outsiders.

You have to try and remember, people inside a fiction don't see everything you, as someone experiencing the fiction, sees. Their viewpoints can be consistent even if they don't match your own. Varian and the others of the Alliance haven't played Warcraft III or WoW.

Know Your Lore: The hour of the king {WoW}

Mar 28th 2012 3:09PM @Nagaina

Arthas is dead. Varian knows exactly what Arthas did, but Arthas isn't the one currently inventing plagues and unleashing them on anyone who gets in his way. Varian knows about what Arthas did, but he also knows that Sylvanas is the one currently acting just like Arthas used to, and with Horde support, as far as he can tell.

There's a reason Seventh Legion shows up in the Silverpine quests. Varian knows Sylvanas used the exact same plague (at least as far as he can tell) that the Scourge used, the same plague Putress used at the Wrathgate, on the people of Gilneas.

Know Your Lore: The hour of the king {WoW}

Mar 28th 2012 3:01PM The article is written with actual events, but it points out Varian's perspective. Varian doesn't KNOW everything you do as a player, he only knows what he has seen and experienced and been informed about. He knows that Sylvanas is the ruler of the Undercity, that she's a part of the Horde, and that she's torturing and murdering Alliance citizens. He's seen them in cages when he invaded Undercity to kill Putress after he and Varimathras (a demon of the Burning Legion who supposedly served Sylvanas) usurped the city.

So from Varian's perspective, there's no real difference between the Forsaken and the Scourge. Why would he believe otherwise? What has he seen to make him think otherwise? He's seen Lordaeron when he lived there, and he's seen what it is now, and he knows Sylvanas reports back to the Warchief of the Horde. That's his perspective.

Know Your Lore: The hour of the king {WoW}

Mar 28th 2012 2:32PM From Varian's perspective, yes, the orcs are to blame for allowing it to occur. Sylvanas is part of the Horde, is she not? If the United States had found American citizens being tortured and experimented on in a lab in any part of the former USSR, they would have blamed the Russians.

Mists of Pandaria Beta: Livestreaming the Wandering Isle {WoW}

Mar 23rd 2012 9:12PM The title of the post is Mists of Pandaria Beta: Livestreaming the Wandering Isle

What possible purpose would a spoiler tag serve? Absolutely every post about the beta is going to tell you things about the beta, that's the purpose of a post about the beta.

The Queue: The sins of the father {WoW}

Mar 21st 2012 12:10PM It takes a raid of heroes to take on Garrosh right now.