Dec 5th 2010 11:03AM I was really surprised that Basil didn't mention it, but Orgrimmar / Stormwind has new Fishing and Cooking Dailies to do in order to get new recipes / bags of shiny trinkets. More interestingly, however, is that these dailies also offer 1 to 2 skill-up points upon completion. My guess would be that Fishing is so hard to level up now to force you to rely a little more on the daily quest as an easy skill up each day.
Nov 10th 2010 2:22PM No Rernz, you're the only person in the world who still gets critically hit :).
Apr 21st 2010 7:56PM You forgot to mention Ghostcrawler's comment about Blessing of Sanctuary. It may either get tied into Kings as a Protection Talent or just be a static effect like Icy Talons is now (with Mana Back for the Paladin only).
Nov 3rd 2009 9:45AM No one's commented on Insane in the Membrane, which is possibly the hardest Achievement to Earn.
That's a Feat of Strength that shows a lot of hard work and dedicarion.
Another one is the Feat of Strength for reaching Exalted with both the Scryers and the Aldor at two separate points in time.
Oct 30th 2009 4:21PM Quel'Delar was a symbol of what the Blood Queen once was and what she had become. That sword reminded her of her hatred of Arthas, who was now her master. More likely then not, she destroyed the blade to destroy the conflicting emotions inside her head.
Oct 28th 2009 11:53AM A Horde character who changes to or from Forsaken isn't necessarily retconning their history; they could be expanding it :).
Likewise, in Cataclysm, a character who changes from human to worgen or vise versa (Why?) could also be expanding their history.
Sep 24th 2009 10:00AM I just got mine like, five minutes ago, and as one of my guildmates said,
"Wow, Rhoz. All your nerd achievements finally paid off!"
It's deliciously gorgeous.
Sep 16th 2009 4:05PM Energy, power, my people are addicted to it.
A dependence made manifest after the Sunwell was destroyed.
Welcome to the future. A pity you're too late to stop it.
No one can stop me now!
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. . . .
Don't look so smug. I know what you're thinking, but Tempest
Keep was merely a setback!
Did you honestly believe I would trust the future to some blind, half-
night elf mongrel?
Oh no, no, no.
He was merely an instrument. A stepping stone to a much longer plan.
It has all lead to this.
And this time, you will not interfere.
Jul 14th 2009 10:55AM I think we should turn our eyes to the Citadel instead of the Maelstrom personally.
Apr 27th 2009 9:38PM I agree with most of your points, that Varian has a damn good reason to be furious with the Horde. However, there are some points that I think need to be made, since this article is purposefully written with a huge bias towards the Alliance.
#1 - Mu'ru
I think one of the biggest mistakes that this article made was blaming Mu'ru's imprisonment on Thrall. To be honest, the entire ordeal was rather sketchy at best. We don't really know how many people knew of Mu'ru's Imprisonment before Kael'thas assaulted Silvermoon (a scene that, Imo, needs to be made into a comic or book :3 ). We also don't have reason to believe that Thrall has even visited Silvermoon, considering that it was apparently a huge hassle for him to leave Orgrimmar in order to visit Nagrand (Entrigg states that Thrall's enemies, probably the Alliance and Twilight's Hammer Cult, would use his absence to their advantage). This is probably why we see Ambassadors running around Silvermoon.
However, I will play your side of the coin and say that Thrall and the rest of the Horde knew about Mu'ru. The fact remains that a being of "pure Light" probably means as much to the Trolls, Tauren, and Orcs as a Celestial boar. The three core races of the Horde don't believe in the Light predominantly; they're races of the Elementals and Animal Gods (for the Trolls). It's more likely that Trolls receive their divine magic from their Gods, rather then the Light. To this regard, I think you can only hold the Forsaken and Sin'dorei responsible for Mu'ru's torture.
#2 - Heavy Alliance Basis
I believe there is a heavy bias to the Alliance within this article. While I agree with most of your points, I think it's also fair to point out that the Alliance can't be completely excused from their share of wrong doings.
You completely neglected Alterac Valley. Of all the classic Battlegrounds, Alterac Valley is the only one where the Horde is technically on the defensive. The Dwarves have decided that Alterac Valley belongs to them in their search to uncover the past, and that the Frostwolf Orcs are to be disposed of. While the Frostwolf clan has only existed in Alterac Valley for several decades, this is the one faction of Orcs that willingly removed themselves from fighting with the Alliance. They're the ones that said "This is wrong, let's stop and make a new life for ourselves". And this is the group that the Dwarves are trying to remove from their homes. I'm not saying that the Frostwolves have no warcrimes, that would be lying, but they're the group that knew when to "quit it". Since this is the Warchief's clan, an unprovoked attack such as this is probably why many Orcs who may not have agreed with the plan to attack Ashenvale now support it.
Also, it's completely fair to say that the humans deserve the treatment they're getting from the Blood Elves. The entire Alliance turned their backs to the sin'dorei for using demonic magics to survive; no one offered to help them with their addictions, instead for condoning them for fighting to stay alive. Perhaps this is a result of the High Elves who did not take up this practice, but no one offered the Blood Elves help. Their reaction is quite predictable.
Instead, it's Thrall who sees the Blood Elves' addiction to demonic magic similar to the aliment of his own people and Slyvannas, whose last fragments of a heart are sympathetic to her former people, who offer support to the Blood Elves. As I said in the first point, we don't really know who knew what about the Blood Elves. Did Thrall know about Mu'ru? Did Thrall know about the Leper Gnome legion being used to produce cloth goods at a low cost? Who knows.