Apr 4th 2012 3:06PM Ner'zhul was a Shaman, but that was over a very long time before he became the Lich King. All the Northrend portal opening has nothing to do with shamanism. For Arthas to say "I was once a Shaman" implies a single, continuous identity back to the days on Draenor before the Dark Portal was first opened.
Apr 4th 2012 3:00PM Alliance is mourning their dead because Bolvar was an old, dear friend of Varian Wrynn (and most of the other faction leaders). Dranosh Saurfang is mostly missed by his father - Garrosh & co. never count the cost of victory.
Apr 4th 2012 2:29PM My money would have been on a new 'leggy' form of Naga being introduced - but the new fish guys from MoP would seem to be that exact thing.
Apr 4th 2012 2:25PM Hey, one out of three ain't ba... Well, it's not fantastic.
As others have said, Mass of McGowan is your best dps bet. Monks don't learn to use swords until level 10 - and even then, the Thrash Blade is a lousy off-hand for obvious reasons.
Apr 4th 2012 2:17PM "While a part of my soul lives, the Lich King can never die! And I've hidden it where you fools will never find it - inside the guy you had to kill just after you stepped in the front door. ...Oh."
More likely "I see only darkness" is simply a repeated motif in the dialogue. As is "No King rules forever", Arthas's death scene, Yogg Saron's brain - and spoken by the voiceover in WotLK's trailer.
Apr 4th 2012 2:10PM I'd respectfully disagree. If they wanted to cleanly end the Lich King's story, they could have finished it with Tirion slicing his head off. The whole "there must always be a Lich King" business means they absolutely intend to revisit the Scourge at some point in the future. Perhaps when we need a new major villain (or hero).
Apr 4th 2012 2:04PM Sylvanas was there quite a while after the dust had settled (which is a bit of a shame).
Canonically, I'd guess that the Alliance defeated LK. The Alliance cutscene from the Airship battle has slightly more character development, suggesting they made it there first and that the Horde commander retreated to bury his son. It also makes for more resonant storytelling if Bolvar gets to perform one last service for his Alliance compatriots.
Apr 4th 2012 1:59PM A leader whose only policy platform is the planned extinction of my entire race? That sounds like someone I can get behind.
Apr 4th 2012 1:57PM Really interesting article. It would be crass to simply resurrect Arthas, but there are definitely some things to ponder on the future of Sylvanas Windrunner, if that really *is* who's leading the Forsaken now...
Apr 4th 2012 1:31PM The 'no legs issue' is not so much limited to whether pieces of armour would show. It would also involve revisiting every mount in the game. Naga on a kodo? Hard to visualise that working well.