Mar 20th 2008 12:40AM I've never understood all the Stranglethorn hate. Aside from the fact that it's hardly the only place to quest in your 30s and 40s, as some have claimed (um, hello Arathi Highlands, Desolace, Hinterlands, Feralas, and Dustwallow Marsh, especially with the latter's new quest hub), I actually genuinely love the place. It's visually lush and gorgeous, has a feeling of ancient mystery and omnipresent menace, and (especially for a Darkspear Troll like me) a lot of lore resonance. Plus -- pirates! I did literally every quest there even when I didn't need to simply out of sheer enjoyment.
To each his or her own, I happily acknowledge, but I really dig SV.
Mar 19th 2008 7:49PM As much as I love my Troll main, Durotar isn't my favorite starting zone. That would be a tie between Teldrassil and Mulgore, both of which are beautiful and have an organic feeling of wholeness to them. I also like the narrative flow of the Blood Elf starting zones, though I'm not as crazy about the race itself.
Durotar does have some things going for it, though -- I love Sen'Jin (Witch Doctor Bombay!) and the Zalazane quests. And the aesthetics of the place definitely give a sense of the harshness of the Orcs' and Trolls' new home. Finally, I may be one of the few people out there who really enjoy questing in the Barrens; once you filter out all the inane Chuck Norris chat, it's a zone with a real flavor of tribal life out in the grasslands -- like being a Masai warrior. Overall, the Orc and Troll starting areas complement the values and visuals of the races that begin there, and that's plenty good enough for me -- even if Mulgore and Teldrassil are prettier.
Mar 19th 2008 7:18PM More trolls! I want to see some Darkspears shivering in a snowsquall, or fighting their northern Ice Troll cousins.
Jul 31st 2007 8:22AM The Nerubis models all sort of creep me out visually, but aurally the Silithids win hands-down. The models aren't so bad, but the ambient sounds of any silithid area make me squirm, especially when I'm wearing headphones.
Jul 26th 2007 5:56AM *big troll fingers crossed*
Jul 5th 2007 8:40PM Of course, you might also be able to tell the message is fake by the fact that -- one hopes -- the real Blizzard would never use such horrible English as "If you wish to not get your account suspended you should immediately verify your account." *English-teacher shudder*
Jun 27th 2007 9:50AM @46 I *hate* the Silithids; they don't kill me nearly as often as, say, the Son of Arugal used to, but they freak me right the hell out. The buzzing, the scuttling, the tendency of hive drones to summon friends...and that says nothing of the horripilating Silithid lair environments with their pulsing pupal sacs, or whatever they are. In a word: gah!
Jun 24th 2007 1:02AM My first character was a druid, and I loved him -- metaphorically, it was like playing with a really cool Transformer.
My second heavily-played character, and current main, is a shaman, and I love him even more. He's less like a Transformer (can only do one cool thing at a time) and more like a Swiss Army knife -- he can do just about everything, and all of it simultaneously.
Pluswhich, I agree with those who say shaman lore rocks, Horde-side at least. The totem quests, the sense of responsibility to a greater order, and the general tribal flavor really ground (no pun intended) shamans in the setting. For roleplaying, you can't beat that.
Feb 22nd 2007 10:19AM I don't know that druids are the easiest class to solo, but they sure are a hell of a lot of fun: you've got so many options, from bear form slogging to rogue-style DPS to nuking your way through difficulties to flat-out stealthing past fights altogether. I've found most other classes boring to solo precisely because they don't afford me as much versatility as the druid does.