Mar 23rd 2012 4:59PM Well, Jaq, the thing is that if the raid on Garrosh turns out like this, then yes, Alliance is only there to advance the Horde's story:
We see THRALL, standing before a determined looking group of Tauren Braves, Troll headhunters and Orcen Blademasters. The demonic fires of Orgrimmar, a city corrupted by the newly ascended Dread Lord GARROSH HELLSCREAM, smoulder in the distance. Small bolts of lightning crack through the air around the DOOMHAMMER as THRALL begins to speak:
THRALL: Today, every Tauren, every Troll, every Elf, every Goblin and every Orc stands united against demonic corruption. Against the mistakes that darkened our past. Today we take back our city! Reclaim our destiny! Restore honour and pride to the Horde!
For a brighter future, warriors of the Horde! Loktar Ogar!
Lots of banging of weapons against shields, we see Orcs next to Elves, Tauren next Trolls, a united Horde.
In the meanwhile, THRALL wanders off to the side and the camera pans over to a group of Alliance soldiers, battle-ready, assembled behind HIGH KING VARIAN.
THRALL, in a conversational tone: Also Varian, we're going to need you to create diversion. Why don't you go over there and bang at the front gate? Okay? That'd be great. Thanks!
If it turns out anything like this (and right now, I can't see any reason, why the Alliance would help to install Thrall, or any other warchief that is not a patsy for the Alliance), then that means that the Alliance is only a tool, and in the end a dispensable tool, needed to propel the Horde storyline forward.
You can complain about 'QQ' all you want, but don't act like there isn't a legitimate point to be made, relating to to the way Blizzard has handled Alliance story advancement so far.
Mar 23rd 2012 11:42AM Why would the Alliance help Thrall back on the throne?
There should be conditions to their help. After all, if they could remove Garrosh without Alliance support, they would do so.
So, at the very least, the Alliance should demand drastic demilitarization, withdrawal from occupied territory and reparations. The Horde should consider themselves lucky, they next guy in charge in Orgrimmar is Thrall and not Lord High Protector Gelbin Mekkatorque.
On second thoughts, screw that. The Alliance should install Mekkatorque as Lord Lieutenant in Durotar after their victory.
Everything is better with gnomes.
Mar 20th 2012 2:02PM Horde players get there as part of a huge invasion fleet, with Warchief Garrosh himself at the helm.
Alliance players are flown there on a scrappy rocket by some random dwarf.
Mar 20th 2012 12:24PM I'm very curious as to what role Alliance will play in that siege.
The way I see it, it's easy for Alliance to either feel like the third wheel (being asked to "help" by Thrall) or wonder why on Azeroth they're not taking over the whole show and eliminate the Horde threat once and for all if they can manage to waltz into Orgrimmar just like that.
Mar 15th 2012 11:45AM I also enjoy vanilla ice cream, the New York Yankees, Volvos and I prefer Goliath over David.
I really don't like surprises.
Mar 15th 2012 11:31AM I find surprises to be mostly exhausting. In general, I don't enjoy them.
Mar 1st 2012 2:10PM Not really. I mean, I still have no idea whether Gryan Stoutmantle is alive, whether the town was saved or rebuilt ...
Mar 1st 2012 1:27PM Great post.
I just think it's hard to bring back the feeling of the first Warcraft game after they've added so much lore (and retconned even more).
Mar 1st 2012 1:25PM Q:
Will Cataclysm revamped stories be followed up on in Mists of Pandaria, such as the fate of Ashenvale, Feralas and its army, and many other points?
No. The timeline of level 1-60 zones will stay in the time of Cataclysm. And when you enter the zones that require higher than 85, Deathwing is already dead in their time. The story of Mists of Pandaria will set roughly 1 year after Cataclysm.
It's sad that we won't get to see what happened to those zones after we've played through them, especially the ones that basically ended in cliffhangers (Hi there, revamped Westfall), but I guess this was to be expected.
Mar 1st 2012 1:20PM @ Mathew:
Casting shows would have you believe that gay men are EXACTLY the right group to judge female beauty.