Apr 26th 2009 7:41PM While you do raise several good points, the underlying thesis seems to be that fighting fire with fire is a good idea.
Thrall understands that it is not, and while his efforts to control the Horde are often too little and too late (owing mostly to his naive trust of his lieutenants, not malicious intent), he strives very hard to avoid the path to war.
You allude to the continued embracing of historic cultural leaders such as Orgrim Doomhammer and Grom Hellscream. Hellscream, while he may have been a merciless warrior, also ultimately released the orcs from their demonic shackles. While that certainly does not justify or erase his previous short comings, it certainly does make the near worship for him more understandable, particularly when juxtaposed into a war-based society. Doomhammer, on the other hand, is as guilty of murder as a soldier in a war. He was fighting for his life as much as Lothar was. Varian being upset about this is understandable, but it does not degrade Doomhammer in any way. Doomhammer was a pawn, and he knew it.
Also worth noting is the similarities of the corruption of the orcs with the repeated infiltration of the alliance by the black dragonflight. Now, the obvious counter argument to this is "But wait! The Horde were enslaved for a long period of time - the Alliance was only temporarily infiltrated." This is all true. However, the Horde was corrupted by an infinitely more powerful and sinister an organization, and were not given the liberty of being saved by 4 of the 5 Dragon aspects.
Both sides have had their rough patches in history. The alliance has simply been much luckier than the Horde.
Varian's personal dislike is certainly justified. His reckless steering of his faction is akin to a helmsman steering for a hurricane in order to prove something to himself. He is being exceedingly selfish, and while Thrall's failing is perhaps being too unwilling to exercise his power in order to temper the Horde into the noble and pure faction that he envisions it, Varian's is undoubtedly over-exerting that same power to remold the alliance into a juggernaut with which to exact his personal vendetta against the Horde.
I am sure someone will drag me over the coals for this, but what Varian has done to the Alliance is very similar to Hitler's remodelling of Germany in the 30s. He has focused their hatred into a tool, promised them greatness and success, re-invigorated a devastated and splintering faction, his intent (it seemed to me, anyhow) to not relinquish the Undercity reeks of the infamous "Anschluss" or perhaps even more fittingly, of the retaking of the Rhineland.
My point is, Thrall is from a new generation of thinking, Varian a regression to an older one. His zealous and fanatic hatred for the Horde borders on obsession, and he oft reminds me of the same behavior of the old horde. He and Garrosh will most certainly come to blows, and my prediction is that Varian will win, and that Thrall will utterly humiliate him afterwards, but leave him alive. The alternative is that Thrall dies and Garrosh kills Varian. The latter is much more likely to result in utter annihilation for both sides.
Oct 30th 2008 7:58AM Just because you "Don't like the sound of" Necropoli doesn't make it wrong, it just means you don't like the sound of it.
In an opinion column, it would be best not to make your own whims and opinions seem like such concrete fact...
Jul 28th 2008 2:52PM "we were immediately distracted by, well, we'd tell you, but it would be a huge spoiler"
Jul 8th 2008 10:20AM "She wasn't crying about it, she was talking about it. I want you to take a knife, and cut your fingers off. I don't want to see you type idiocy ever again."
Congratulations, mouth breather, you completely missed my point. She definitely was crying about it, the title was even "Yup, still broken". EVEN THE TITLE IS A MASSIVE QQ, IDIOT.
Jul 8th 2008 12:27AM I could write it about R/R/D or W/R/D or whatever the hell else I wanted to. My point wasn't about RMP, I just remember her crying about that setup months ago, and it pissed me off to see an equally overused setup being portrayed as amazing and not unfair or anything else.
Jul 7th 2008 10:19PM I'm pretty sure she does, although I may be thinking of someone else. Regardless of whether or not she has a Hunter, I could write this but from the PoV of a RMP team and make it sound like the most skill dependent team ever.
Doesn't make it true.
You're an idiot. And gl getting your Arena shoulders this season, maybe you'll have better luck with it than last time.
Jul 7th 2008 9:35PM So Amanada, all of a sudden, one "cheap" compo is fine, because your hunter can run on it, but RMP isn't? You're just another QQer assuming your compo is the only one that takes skill, and anything that beats you is OP.
Shut up and L2P
Jul 6th 2008 8:28PM So.... OH NOES I NEED TO SPEND HALF OF THE MONEY I EARNED DOING DAILIES A COUPLE TIMES A WEEK TO DO ARENA, LET'S GO QQ...
If you don't like it, just suck during your 10 games. I'm sure you do anyways.
Jul 6th 2008 8:24PM It wasn't a troll, It was my opinion on this epic rant about "WAAAH WAAAAH MY CLASS IZ BROKE".
Clearly Blizzard disagrees. Mages are usable in quite a few excellent Arena compos, and it's not like Mages aren't being taken to raids.
QQ, L2P etc.