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Spiritual Guidance: The Mists of Pandaria pre-beta shadow priest {WoW}

Feb 22nd 2012 2:48PM Well. I know *I'm* living in a Land of Confusion right now.

Lichborne: Divining the direction of death knight lore in Pandaria {WoW}

Feb 16th 2012 3:22AM Again, The Argent Crusade and Dalaran were both neutral and full of Horde NPCs, and in fact, the leaders of both organizations openly chided the Alliance for disliking the Horde on multiple occassions. That is not really Alliance-biased. If anything, it's discouraging to the Alliance because some of the greatest parts of our identity have been stripped away from us. Compare, again, to Thrall, who was "stripped" from the Horde, and yet still managed to kill Alliance players and had multiple inner and outer monologues in which he openly declare his love for the Horde and/or hidden Hatred for the Alliance.

The only way things would really be equal is if, say, Rhonin or Tirion joined us in defeating the Forsaken at Andorhal. That would be about equivalent, I'd say.

I'd also argue that the Saurfang/Garrosh dynamics and the Wrathgate, both of which were major Horde developments, have had far farther-reaching reprecussions than the Human/Dwarf/Gnome reveals, which lead exactly nowhere once Storm Peaks was over as a zone.

Lichborne: Divining the direction of death knight lore in Pandaria {WoW}

Feb 15th 2012 1:02AM I actually have read the story, multiple times! The point at the end isn't that she warms up and learns to love her subjects. It's that she learns they can be adequately used as shields against death for her, and thus she must use them more wisely than just throwing them blindly at her enemies. She still sees them as tools, just a different kind of tool.

Lichborne: Divining the direction of death knight lore in Pandaria {WoW}

Feb 15th 2012 1:00AM I honestly don't buy that Wrath was all that Alliance biased. Arguably, up until the mid-70s, The Horde had storylines that were just as dynamic, if not more so, from rescuing the Taunka, to Saurfang vs. Garrosh, to destroying the Alliance Navy and helping to create the Blight.

Sure, you get "traditionally Alliance" Dalaran and Paladins, but in both cases, they have been made neutral to the point of chiding the Alliance for defending themselves against the Horde. (Compare that to Thrall, who said multiple Pro-Horde things, killed Alliance soldiers, and threatened to destroy the Alliance completely while ostensibly neutral). Hell, even in Icecrown, the Alliance suffered defeat at the hands of the Horde.

So. Nah. I don't buy it, to be honest.

Lichborne: Useful consumables your death knight should stock {WoW}

Feb 7th 2012 4:28PM Yeah, I really should stop by the AV quest dude and upgrade.

Also, I am never throwing away the Archmage. You can't make me. >:|

The Queue: Short but sweet {WoW}

Jan 23rd 2012 2:07PM Horde vs. Alliance doesn't have to mean PvP. After all, the RTSes featured a lot of Horde vs. Alliance stuff that in was vs. Computer, and much of the new revamped leveling experience involved fighting the opposite faction via PvE quests. We also heard plans at BlizzCon for some of those new 2-3 person instanced Scenarios to include some vs. the other faction themed gameplay.

The Queue: The League {WoW}

Jan 7th 2012 12:29PM It is the exact same questline for the Alliance. In the interest of equality, the Red Dragonflight mistrusts the Alliance (The faction that saved Alexstraza from the Dragonmaw back in WCII) as much as they do the Horde.

Poll: What's the best-looking race in WoW? {WoW}

Jan 4th 2012 6:04PM I'm saying Blood Elf. They have a good mixture of aesthetic beauty and strength, no major problems with weird proportions like Male Night Elves or horrible facial flaws like Human Males, and no more than the standard amount of dumb clipping issues.

The Queue: Clearly, the correct answer is Tommy, the green Ranger {WoW}

Jan 3rd 2012 1:49PM Bastion. It has an awesome electrofolk vibe that meshes incredibly well with the game. Plus the spoken songs have some amazing, haunting lyrics that, again, mesh so very well with the places and themes in game, with undercurrents that dig deep into the motivations, hopes, and fears of the characters and the peoples of the game world in general.

Lichborne: 2011 in review for death knights {WoW}

Dec 27th 2011 4:24PM Djsuursoo,

Actually, It's been confirmed that that will just be a 5-second stun, not an actual CC. Still nice, but not what we wanted.

Sharky,

I have mentioned Control Undead in past columns, but I don't know if I consider that a proper CC, unless Pandaria has a mess of undead mobs scattered around that have yet to be revealed.