Apr 3rd 2012 10:41PM I wonder if it feels strange to be a Death Knight in Pandaria.
I feel like they're the most strongly themed of all the classes, and though they felt a bit out of place in locations like Outland, at least there was a history of Orcish death knights - distant cousins to our actual death knights, but still.
It'd be nice if Blizzard went a bit out of their way to weave the Death Knight into Pandaria a little better.
Maybe I should post this on the next queue!
Apr 1st 2012 6:47PM The new 1-60 experience introduced in Cataclysm seems to have had a goal in mind. In Vanilla, the Alliance controlled a lot of territory compared to the Horde. When the game first came out, the Alliance was on top and the Horde was the underdog. Still, no one complained, because that was all they had ever known. It even felt sort of right that the Horde was the underdog, and as time went on, the Horde grew more and more popular. On the eve of the Shattering, it didn't seem like the Horde needed help.
Then the Shattering occurred. The new Horde leveling experience took players through a campaign in which they took new territory, gained (or destroyed) Alliance holdings, and defended pretty much all of their old haunts. They even gained a prominent new race that integrated flawlessly into their faction. Even though the goblins lost their homeland to a non-Alliance enemy (Deathwing), they made an entire zone their own and set up many new towns all over the world, where they form an important part of the Horde by being experts in invention and blowing stuff up.
The Alliance, on the other hand, lost a ton of territory during the leveling experience. On a couple of occasions, they managed to fight the Horde hard enough to reach an inconclusive draw! Their new Cataclysm, the Worgen, lost their homeland like the Goblins - but to the Horde, not to Deathwing. They have seemingly not expanded and populated parts of Azeroth like the goblins have, and so far the closest thing to a new home they have is a hollow tree in Darnassus. A dozen or so of their people are scattered around the world, though almost always as a druid.
I play both factions, and I like them both, so I'm a little different from most players. Dedicated Alliance players want to see the Alliance trounce the Horde. Horde players, vice-versa. I, on the other hand, like seeing both factions in a deadlock. Sure, I like a victory every now and again, but I like keeping things fair. WoW, to me, is about two evenly-matched factions exchanging heavy blows. It's never been about wanting one of them to gain an incredible upper hand.
It's always felt to me like the Horde has been given the spotlight in pushing the story forward most of the time, save for the very beginning of Vanilla. Wrath of the Lich King is the sole anomaly, but seemingly only because Blizzard couldn't find a way to spin the Lich King and Scourge in a way that wouldn't seem Alliance-y. Burning Crusade, Cataclysm, and now Mists of Pandaria are heavily driven by Horde story developments.
A lot of people are saying that Alliance is going to feel like the winners of the expansion because we're going to go in and defeat Garrosh Hellscream. To me that seems like more of a Horde victory. The Horde is always going to be The Horde to the Alliance, no matter who the leader is. We won't be personally invested in Garrosh's downfall. The Horde is the faction that will reap the most significance from the raid on Garrosh's Orgrimmar.
Apologies for the long rant. I love WoW's lore, I just wish the Alliance were less defensive and reactionary. While the Horde runs about taking the initiative, the Alliance seems to be content to defend against the occasional attack and watch internal Horde intrigue unfold from afar.
Oct 23rd 2011 11:08AM I'm glad a question from someone underwhelmed by Mist of Pandaria got into the queue! Just about every comment posted in the last two days that hasn't been praising it unconditionally has been voted down into oblivion, making it difficult for a rational and mature dialogue about the strengths and weaknesses of the expansion to take place.
Oct 21st 2011 5:26PM I certainly fell for Cataclysm, but at least I was interested in it for a couple months.
I have no idea what people are seeing in these bland environments. We went from an alien world, to the frozen Scourge strongholds, to the ravages of a Cataclysm, only to end up in the fields and bamboo forests of panda-people? There's no excitement at all involved.
Oct 21st 2011 2:56PM The difference between blood elves/draenei and pandaren is that blood elves and draenei are interesting, and they were interesting before they ever made it into WoW.
Five/six zones taking place in a WoW version of China? That sounds really boring to me.
Oct 21st 2011 2:48PM Unfortunately not, we're getting a Kung-Fu Panda expansion. :(
Sep 29th 2011 10:19PM I was hoping the Raid Finder would include all of the Cata raids, at the very least. I know we'll probably be able to get good enough gear through the new 5-mans, but I kind of wanted to see Bastion of Twilight, Firelands, etc. before I jumped right into Dragon Soul. :(
Sep 24th 2011 9:44PM Seems to me like 4.3 is designed to fend off The Old Republic, and the next expansion will be timed to combat Guild Wars 2.
Sep 1st 2011 8:17PM Varian spun around and suddenly found himself face-to-face with a vicious and hostile orc.
"Hyeh!" he said, aggroing the orc.
Aug 28th 2011 8:58PM Back during the Cata beta, I voiced concerns that the Worgen story was forgotten after level 20. People assured me Blizzard hadn't forgotten about the Worgen.
But they have. :(