Oct 7th 2011 10:59AM AutumnBringer is making a Predator joke.
Sep 21st 2011 10:51AM No, there was an Alliance army that was pushing through the lower glaciers of Icecrown, fighting pushing the Scourge deeper into the zone. The Horde saw this and their commander took it as an opportunity to cause casualties to their enemy. They descended upon the Alliance forces, catching their flank while they were already hard fighting the Scourge.
The move completely decimated the Alliance forces, but also gave the Scourge time to regroup and subsequently crush the Horde forces, as well.
Jul 12th 2011 11:29PM @Kylene
I bought The Shattering the day it released and read through it three times. Anduin has promise, but he is no where near ready to lead the Alliance. He is not ready to take over in a time of war. Varian saw the Horde invade Azeroth, he saw his father die, he survived and learned and became a far greater ruler than his father. He has the kind of wisdom that only comes from experience. He is the only Human suitable of leading the Alliance.
In time, his son will be a great leader - probably far greater than any Human king in history. However, a child in unsuited to lead a war against a man like Garrosh. It would lead the Alliance to ruin.
Jul 12th 2011 5:57AM The idea of Anduin taking over for Varian is asinine to me. He's too naive and too young to lead in a world like Azeroth. Varian is a warrior who has seen the best and worst the world has to offer. He has experience, honor, and he cares for the well being of the entire Alliance.
Jul 12th 2011 5:54AM I do not care for Knaak's writing. There is an... adolescent pandering to his novels that I can not get over. In comparison to Golden's writing, his just can't stand up. If this novel is, indeed, entirely devoted to Thrall and the Horde, I'll be terribly disappointed. The Shattering was so well executed - balancing the Horde and Alliance with equal quality. I cared just as much about the story of Garrosh as I did the story of King Magni - and I'm a Dwarf fanboy. Hell, Baine was my favourite character in the novel.
It seems a waste to devote that kind of skill to such a boring character as Thrall. Granted, that's just my opinion, and I'm sure others will like it. I know quite a few Horde fans that didn't like Arthas for being too Alliance centric. Who knows, Twilight of the Aspects might even surprise me. Golden made me care about Garrosh, after all.
Jul 11th 2011 9:48PM Will there continue to be Alliance content in this series of Cataclysm novels? Because I'll pass if not. Golden is a fantastic author, and Arthas was a great read, but I don't care about Thrall. At all.
Jan 11th 2011 10:11AM It's hard to put my feelings about Cataclysm into definite words.
On the one hand, the leveling experience is great. I enjoyed leveling my characters both from 1-58 and from 80-85. All of the new quests are excellent and I felt very immersed and I recaptured that "Just one more quest! Just one more level!" mentality I used to have back in vanilla. However, the 58-80 content just feels... painful, now. I can't enjoy it at all and it detracts from my fun.
Not to mention, there's a definite feeling of weakness in my characters now. Let me explain: I'm a roleplayer. Ever since I started playing this game, I've had a definite goal and, last expansion, I reached it. Daestrum's entire existance in WoW has been a build up to killing Arthas, and when I finally got there and saw that cinematic, it felt warranted. He felt like he was powerful enough to have contributed to the slaying of the mightiest villain in all of Azeroth.
I walked away from Icecrown Citadel feeling like a hero on par with Muradin Bronzebeard or Uther the Lightbringer.
This expansion... I don't have that anymore. From the moment I sunk into the depths of Vashj'ir, I had a sensation of being but a lowly footsoldier again. I fought alongside the Ashen Verdict. I am a Kingslayer. I'm not an errand boy, and I shouldn't have trouble killing Naga after witnessing the horrors Northrend had to offer.
That's the inherent problem with being a roleplayer, though. My enjoyment in game is derived from my immersion. However, even outside of that, I find my experience in end game painful. The community seems to have degraded on its journey through the Cataclysmic world and running dungeons has become akin to raiding more than a fun side-venture for casual players.
Yes, I killed Arthas, I worked hard for that because it was a culmination of everything I wanted for my character. I shouldn't have to work that hard to kill the Orc/Dragon boss in Grim Batol (Titans forbid the end boss).
I don't like the difficulty Blizzard has forced on us. I'm by no means advocating casualization of the game. We do not need to be handed epics like in Wrath. The path the game has shifted onto, however, is not the answer. In my circle of friends, at least, the stress of randoms has caused them to either quit or go on hiatus - myself included in the latter category.
There are other complaints I could make - the difficulty of leveling enchanting, the numerous immersion breaking quests (which WoWInsider has already done an article on), or I could just ramble on about the already well discussed Worgen issues - but those aren't nearly as game breaking as the two I went into depth on.
I don't hate this expansion, but I don't love it, either. Wrath felt better to me, and it always did. It felt better gameplay wise, and lore wise. This expansion... rings hollow for me so far. We'll see how it plays out, though.
I've devoted a lot of time and effort to the Warcraft universe, so I won't be driven off so easily.
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