Nov 28th 2010 6:45PM Correction: From what I recall, the comic actually shows the reverse of the duel between Thrall and Garrosh, with Thrall basically almost winning and not Garrosh.
Oct 31st 2010 9:44PM I agree with Blizzard's decision not to make Silverpine and Hillsbrad contested. That would basically steal those zones from the Horde. Making Silverpine the only 10-20 contested zone would be absurd. And as it stands now, Hillsbrad is the ONLY non-contested 20-25 zone the Horde has, compared with the Alliance who already has two (Wetlands, Duskwood). This is why I think that the best options would be for Ruins of Gilneas 11-20 or altering Darkshore to be more worgen-inclusive.
Though when I first saw the worgen introduced, I did assume they would level in Kalimdor due to the Cataclysm trailer's emphasis on the night elves bringing the worgen into the Alliance.
Oct 31st 2010 9:06PM Mind if I post my tinfoil hat explanation for human druids? Druidic vrykul of Freya.
We know from Blizzard that early humans retained oral traditions from their vrykul heritage. Both Tyr's Hand and Knights of the Silver Hand attest to memory of Tyr the Watcher. Most of the watchers have titan-made servitors. Loken and Thorim both have vrykul servants, and it is likely that Freya and Tyr both had vrykul servants as well. What if there is a separate druidic tradition vis-à-vis titans that is distinct from the druidic tradition of the night elves (i.e., the ancients)? There may very well have been vrykul of Freya, much like the avatar of Freya that appears in Sholozar Basin. Human druids would have continued this titan form of druidism. So why did human druids disappear? Because humans encountered something "better" than druidic magic. The high elves taught them the addictive and powerful arts of arcane magic. We know high elves first taught them arcane magic, but that does not exclude humans from already knowing druidic magic. From this point on, the druidic order of humans is pushed to the fringes of society. Arcane magic represents urbanity, elegance, and civilization, whereas druidic magic represents rural, primitiveness, and paganism. The human order of druids was only able to barely survive in the most "culturally backwater" of the human lands, Gilneas, where their order met in secret in the Blackwald around the sacred druidic tree of Tal'doren.
Oct 31st 2010 8:24PM Blizzard could turn the Ruins of Gilneas into a 11-20 zone for worgen, and many of the lore developments seen in Silverpine (e.g. formation of the Gilneas Liberation Front, arrival of the 7th Legion, worgen blood pact, pushing the Forsaken out of Gilneas) could happen then. And like how Silverpine has some quests in Gilneas, worgen could have a few quests in Silverpine for key lore quests. Another option I've heard mentioned is for Blizzard to better integrate worgen better into Darkshore.
But the podcast is correct. Blizzard failed with worgen world presence and their racial story line.
Feb 8th 2010 6:42PM In addition to vampires, faeries, and demons, there is another cliche that really needs to be addressed: people roleplaying dragons. It needs to stop.
Nov 29th 2009 3:48PM If the design of the starting zones affects race choice, then hopefully Cataclysm will rectify the imbalance through redesigning a number of the old starting zones from levels 1-20 to be more on par with the Burning Crusade + Cataclysm ones.
Sep 5th 2009 2:26AM Sideswipe: What you described is not a "TOTAL BADASS." That is a Gary Stu.
Aug 7th 2009 3:30PM Patch 3.3 Prediction ("You heard it hear first, folks!")
Tirion Fordring builds a coffee house (let's face it; it's probably a Starbucks) near Icecrown to host an Argent Crusade poetry slam. Arthas remains in Icecrown. He does nothing about the invaders on his doorstep but brood menacingly.
Jul 27th 2009 3:47PM If you want to start comparing what Alliance has versus what the Horde has, then I would be more than happy to oblige. Say it with me now "Another crummy zeppelin tower or STORMWIND HARBOR!?" You think Orgrimmar would be rebuilding its navy right beside of its oceanfront capital, but no.
Jul 27th 2009 3:44PM Med'an is actually a contraction for the the Orcish word(s) meaning "Crippling Time-Changing Club" (if we take translate the phrase literally), but it is probably best translated in a closer meaning as "Lame Retcon Bat."