Oct 24th 2011 6:30PM "When you want to tell an emotional story, you HAVE to poke the readers'/watchers' gut at a deep level."
Yep, couldn't agree more. But after Soutshore, Ashenvale, Stonetalon, Gilneas and Hillsbrad - it would be nice if the Horde was the one who got poked in the gut once in a while.
Oct 24th 2011 5:07PM "Some people are complaining that Horde is being favored with the story, but do you really think the Horde players are all that happy with where the story has been taking their faction either? Seriously, their Warchief has left them, his successor killed one of their beloved leaders, and their undead allies have harbored betrayal and fostered discontent. The current warchief is a total D-bag and idiot"
Well, to be fair the Alliance head is a D-bag and idiot also. But look at all those stories - Garrosh and the Tauren, Garrosh and Vol'jin, the storylines about Sylvanas and the Forsaken. All new storylines added in Catalclysm. There's no Alliance equivalent - they haven't created any new stories involving the Alliance. The closest would be the story involving Ironforge and the Council of Three Hammers: which was all told outside of the game, and has had absolutely no in-game followup.
Oct 24th 2011 5:02PM "But how do you know that? wouldn't you treat the burning of Theramore as an act of war? if either faction aren't going to do something first to start a war, what are we supposed in Warcraft? sit around and smile at each other? Here, it looks to me like Garrosh is making the first move. Instead of treating that as in-game call for war, you go and whine to the Blizz Developer instead. "
We know that because that's how they've treated the Alliance so far.
Conquering Theramore isn't the first move. Conquering Soutshore was the first move. Attacking Astraanaar was the second move. Bombing Stonetalon was the third move. Need I go on? When does the Alliance get to make a move?
And that's not even including Wrathgate.
I'd really like it if Blizzard treated it as an in-game call for war for both factions, but they haven't done that yet.
Oct 24th 2011 4:56PM "I think a lot of people are missing the point.
The next expansion is going to be about faction war"
Which is exactly what people said at the start of Cataclysm when people complained about the Horde victories in Ashenvale, Stonetalon, Southshore, etc.
"and the Horde just crushed the home of the most influential Horde sympathizer the Alliance has. This essentially makes it the Alliance's story from there on out"
The Horde has already crushed the Alliance almost everywhere. And Cataclysm has still mostly been a Horde story.
Oct 24th 2011 4:51PM If this was just by itself, I'd agree with you.
"I like the idea that places are unraveling and new conflicts are rising out of it....Finally, we're starting to feel that anything can happen and anytime and Horde/Alliance war is escalating beyond our control....WE ARE IN A TIME OF WAR"
You know, when Catalclysm was launched we noticed that the Horde was rolling through Ashenvale, Stonetalon, Southshore, etc. A lot of zones that were primarily Alliance zones got turned into ones with a bigger Horde presence. There were some legitimate gameplay reasons for this (to even out the leveling experience), but regardless some Alliance fans were upset. The response from Blizzard and elsewhere was basically the same as what you said. "Let's see how it plays out! It's only the first chapter of the story!"
So here we are, about 2/3 of the way through the story, and so far the story has consisted of the Horde being on the offensive almost everywher, while the Alliance stands around going "wha?"
So this expansion seems to be starting off the same as the last one, when it comes to the Horde vs. Alliance storyline. People aren't pissed that the Horde is sacking Theramore. They're pissed because it's the latest chapter in story that has consisted of the Horde smacking the Alliance around for several years now.
I don't really think that Blizzard is openly biased in favor of the Horde - but it seems clear that the guys writing the storylines are much, much more intersted in writing stories around Horde characters. Which is why Cataclsym added in game dialogue and quests that expand on the relationship between Garrosh and Vol'jin or Garosh and Sylvanas. And why there has been absolutely no followup on the story involving Magni and the Council of Three Hammers ruling Ironforge. Shouldn't there be tension between them? If Moira is part of the Alliance and a co-ruler of Ironforge, why are we still running around the Eastern Kingdoms fighting the Dark Irons everywhere? Shouldn't that warrant some sort of explanation? Why didn't they bother to add in-game events to further that storyline along, like they did with all the stories involving the Horde leaders?
Oct 18th 2011 12:58PM I also dislike the idea of basing an expansion off of a silly joke character from Warcraft 3 (and not even from the main storyline of WC3).
"Mists of Pandaren" seems like a horrible idea, and I really hope there's more to the expansion than that. I'd reluctantly be ok with the expansion including some side-stories based around Pardaren (kind of like how Rise of the Zandalar was a side-story in Cataclysm). But an entire expansion based off of it? Blech.
Sep 10th 2011 12:37PM I've long suspected that AQ was in lines for a revamp, although I wouldn't go base that on the fact that the warlock gear is based on Vezax (the Old Gods are everywhere). But rather, Silithus was the only zone left completely untouched (perhaps they're saving that for later) and the fact they added a map for AQ similar to ZG. Plus the comics resurrected C'Thun - he's still around and up to no good (he's the one who turned Cho'gall into the bizaare creature full of eyeballs that showed up in Cata). Of course, given how awful those comics were, maybe Blizzard is pretending they didn't exist. I wouldn't blame them.
Mar 13th 2011 12:50PM I'm sure Deathwing will be the main boss of the expansion. If there's another boss after him it will be a small thing like Ruby Sanctum (where Halion was still a half-tier or whatever below Arthas in terms of difficulty and loot).
I think Blizzard has said they made a mistake in how they arranged patches in BC, and that Illidan should have been a bigger focus.
Mar 4th 2011 12:32PM On the EU forum, Blizzard said that ZA and ZG will have new wands, guns and possibly bracers.
"New wands and guns will feature in Zul'Aman and Zul'Gurub. Now I know this thread is about Justice Points but still, the topic came up here and we wanted to keep you updated.
We've listened carefully to the feedback that not all slots were well covered, and that some were seemingly not covered at all with items of high enough ilvl. So we've looked into addressing this with the two new heroics in particular, and we'll be adding in not just guns and wands, but also more bracers, shoulder items and helms too."
Mar 1st 2011 1:23PM Yep, that's what will happen.
It's really the same system as existed in Wrath, just cleaned up so they don't have to come up with a new currency every patch.