Dec 14th 2011 10:54PM @Tachyonic Cargo Gingers are antagonists, you can defeat them with the power of the sun.
Dec 1st 2011 1:52AM What would've been wrong with a good ol' 30-second scene of Deathwing's form writhing in pain and dying, followed by a simple "Now we can rebuild" or somesuch from Thrall, he and Aggra look out over the Maelstrom towards the rising sun. If there was one thing I expected from the deathwing death scene it was to, well, see Deathwing Die.
Dec 1st 2011 1:50AM I'm completely okay with them ripping off Babylon 5 if it means they start to do something with Velen again, they really went on the nose with the whole Draenei = Minbari thing. Space station just plain showing up in the hour of your greatest need, carrying a mysterious prophet named Valen/Velen.
Dec 1st 2011 1:47AM Seriously, she sounds like she's been drugged to the eyeballs with thorazine.
Nov 30th 2011 10:12PM Esarus thar no darador appeals to the linguist in me, and as far as I know actually was the primary salutation and battlecry of the Alliance of Lordaeron. Translated it means "By blood and honor we serve" which sums things up nicely and has always appealed to me. Problem is, it isn't short and easily spammed in a battleground, and even on WoW sites I usually have to explain it.
A lot of it has to do with fragmented identity, people who play Horde tend to view all horde races (well, maybe not blood elves) as a far less important or significant choice than allegiance to the Horde itself. You roll with the Horde because you want to roll with Thrall. Different things attract people to the Alliance races, and there can be a bit more racial identity I think, whereas orcish culture is utterly dominant in the Horde.
For instance, I play Draenei because I genuinely like the idea of the Draenei. Advanced technology and architecture via high magics, strong in mind and body, innately gifted in the arcane as well as the light, and they're aliens. Plus, cool titles for their government and military. The Triumvirate of the Hand, Hand of Argus, Vindicators, Exarchs, Anchorites, the Shields of Velen, their generals are called Harbingers, even.
Nov 30th 2011 1:57PM Just as an addendum Thrall is confirmed as the new Earth-Warder in this tooltip, an ability he casts on the tanks in the Ultraxion fight: http://www.wowhead.com/spell=106218
Worth noting that Ultraxion is the first boss after re-empowering the Dragon Soul at the Eye of Eternity, so that's probably where Thrall is chosen.
Nov 30th 2011 1:50PM *coughBolvarFordragoncough*
I think Thrall will definitely remain a neutral character from here on out, he seems to be chosen by the rest of the Aspects to do the job Neltharion failed at and be the guardian of the earth. Thrall isn't an aspect but he is the effective replacement for one, he's the new Earth-Warder.
Even if he wanted to go kick Garrosh's ass out, which I'm sure he does to a degree, his new responsibilities will prevent him from doing that.
Oct 30th 2011 11:22PM The Alliance needs a leader capable of leading all the races if they're going to salvage that storyline, and I think they're setting up for one of their old tricks. Remember in the first war, it was Anduin Lothar's exodus to Lordaeron with refugees from Stormwind that led to the creation of the Alliance. Granted, that iteration of the Alliance is long dead, as is the Grand Alliance that defeated the Legion on Hyjal. So, the orcs sack a city, killing hundreds, driving humans into exile. A leader from that city goes on to command a military with not only the forces but the loyalty of seven kingdoms, the High Elves, the Dwarves and Gnomes.
Isn't Blizz planning to destroy a rather prominent human city with a rather prominent human leader in it? Personally I'm all for the idea of Jaina transitioning into the next Lothar figure, because to unify the Alliance in war you can't just have the most powerful kingdom, you need someone to hold the political reins and someone to lead the armies.
I'd like Varian to be a strong king who commands the loyalty of all the races of the Alliance, and I think he could do it (even though this Draenei isn't all that enthused about being squire to a human lord that wasn't even around when my people showed up), but the true leader of the Alliance should be Highlady Jaina Proudmoore. The only other human I could think of as being a unifying figure that not just a nation but an army could rally behind would be General Turalyon, and he's still floating in the Nether.
Oct 26th 2011 9:56AM As an Alliance player: Fact, but not because Blizzard inherently likes the Horde more.
Simply put, they can't write the Alliance well and haven't been able to since Warcraft 2. We need another Lothar and while Metzen is very good at creating Thrall-type characters, the Alliance needs someone to bind them and rally them the same way that Thrall established the Horde identity so far ahead of the game's release even. When you look at the best "Alliance" characters Metzen and company have written, they are villains. Arthas and Kael'thas were arguably the best, and Muradin had to be retconned back to life.
What the Alliance needs is a leader, not necessarily a faction leader, after all Anduin Lothar was a great general, but Terenas Menethil was the political head of the Alliance of Lordaeron. In Varian we see Metzen's attempt to create a human Thrall, using story cheats and shortcuts to make their backstories similar to the point of self-parody. So who can write Alliance? Christie Golden. Look at what she did with Anduin Wrynn, Blizzard never would've included his questline in the game had Golden not made him an actual character. He's not what we need, though. We need a leader who inspires loyalty and respect among his/her allies, and commands equal fear and respect in his/her enemies. Varian's damaged goods. His character remains tarnished by Thrallification, he's not going to be the next Lothar.
Its not like there aren't any human characters who've done this either, or Alliance-race characters in general, they just all are neutral in game. Bolvar Fordragon got a tremendous story arc that is only diminished by how long it took to build to conclusion. Tirion Fordring is a legitimate badass. Muradin has way more potential than has been explored, Jarod Shadowsong is a legendary character that they've done slightly less than dick with since bringing him back with no fanfare whatsoever. Darius Crowley is a fist-cleaving shitwrecker of legend fighting a guerilla war with almost no support. Thassarian is a Death Knight with Titan's Grip, need I say more?
Personally I think its time Jaina took a level in badass and steps up to the plate as a leader of armies in the wake of Theramore's destruction. She's already got the backstory to support a dramatic shift in personality, heartbreak and betrayal, which will only be compounded by the loss of her home and her people. She is respected by Horde leaders from her prowess in the Third War, same goes for the Night Elves. It remains to be seen if Blizzard is brave enough to let the character grow up into the Lioness of Azeroth she has the potential to be, as opposed to the girl who just wants to study and has consistently horrible judgement in romantic matters.