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The Queue: Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! {WoW}

Jan 25th 2009 8:50PM Yeah...

The Scourge also helped to undermine and defeat the Burning Legion in Warcraft III.

Doesn't make them good guys.

The Scarlet Crusade were also racist before they went crazy. Many of their founders were basically human supremacists who refused to consider the possibility of allying with the other Alliance races of Azeroth against the Scourge because they think nonhumans are unclean and unworthy of serving the Light.

The Queue: Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! {WoW}

Jan 25th 2009 8:41PM Despite its new location, the forces in Stratholme still technically answer to Kel'thuzad. Even before Naxxramas appeared in the Eastern Plaguelands, the Scourge armies in the city and throughout the Plaguelands were considered to be under Kel'thuzad's ultimate control, even though the Lich himself wasn't physically present to command them.

So really, the Eyes of Naxxramas could still just be seen as a means for Kel'thuzad to "keep an eye on things" (heh) in Stratholme from afar, albeit from farther away than before.

Ask a Lore Nerd: Hail to the king {WoW}

Jan 18th 2009 7:30PM Illidan would have probably known of the Lich King's dual nature, and through him possibly Vasj and Kael'thas, so there's no telling how many of the Illidari ended up knowing. Plus obviously there could always be some shamans or other beings in contact with Azeroth's spirits of various kinds who might know by proxy of the Lich King's "multiple personalities". Generally though, it probably isn't common knowledge throughout Azeroth that the master of the Scourge's soul is actually made up of Arthas and an orc, much less the same orc who basically ruled the Horde on Draenor at one time. Ner'zhul himself never actually set foot on Azeroth while alive, so most people there probably only learned about him from the Alliance Expedition forces in Outland when the Dark Portal reopened during Burning Crusade, and even the Expedition had no reason to really think he had survived Draenor's destruction.

The Scourge's Acolyte NPC's declare "My life for Ner'zhul!" as one of their action-based emotes in WCIII, so some argue that such a thing might have spread the knowledge of the Lich King's original name, but the viability of click-emotes as literal lore is source iffy, since they aren't really part of the actual narrative withn the game.

The Care and Feeding of Warriors: The Year 2008 {WoW}

Jan 2nd 2009 1:36PM DPS going crazy and assuming you can handle it isn't a result of the retuning of warrior tanking being underpowered or "broken"; it's a symptom of some DPS (by no means is it all, not even most) still having their heads back in pre-expansion 3.0.2 and not in WotLK.

In my experience, the patch's initial, TBC phase resulted in an upswing in reckless DPS behavior in some quarters due to DPS interacting with some tanks having high-powered gear coupled with abilities that, when it comes down to it, were tuned for the new Wrath content and leveling curve. For a short while there, we were all at least a little overpowered as we were handed fancy new skills that we'd be eventually using to hit level 80 dungeons. We warriors can hold onto multiple mob aggro just fine these days, but it seemed insanely easy between the patch release and expansion's release. As a result, it wasn't uncommon to see DPS classes who had no business pulling doing so and paying little heed to their aggro bars because it was more than feasible during that short period for the warriors to grab all those angry mobs right off of them with their lvl 71-80 tuned tanking abilities and damage output.

Warriors with more-than-decent AOE tanking capabilities are no excuse for DPS to get sloppy and assume they can go crazy with no regard for drawing aggro; even if the best of tanks can still overcome it, they shouldn't have to if its only purpose is to allow for carelessness on someone else's part.

This is, of course, not a blanket accusation of the DPS players out there. Plenty of the fine DPS folks play the game like nothing has changed, insofar as they still pay attention and don't assume that one can crash thoughtlessly through instances without acknowledging their part in the group and balancing their behavior with everyone else's. However, it does only take one in a group to give a bad impression of any number of aspects of the classes present, and unless someone is going over damage charts and threat meters with a fine-toothed comb after the fact, it can sometimes make it seem like the tank wasn't holding his weight when in truth there was an overzealous nuker assuming that the tank could cope with anything, and no tanking class can cope with absolutely everything under any circumstances.