Lagg dosen't exist. Only bad Internetz...
Paladins isent OP Blizz just made all ohter classes weaker.
I've never seen someone polymorph a person in real life either, just sayin'
If magic were real anything would be possible.
Guns in WarCraft were established as alternate weapons that are on par with the damaging power of bows and crossbows, and technology has been established as "on-par" with some things magic already does. There is nothing in WarCraft that has ever implied guns are more powerful then bows. You are basing that only on how the real world works, thus why people have to point out to you and others that Azeroth is not the real world.
Swords are still relevant because players still like to use them in their fantasy world and they look cool. If you can't shoot it, might as well hack it to death.
As has been pointed out, technology is not an "on/off" switch. Gunpowder weapons have been used in warfare in Europe since the 15th century, yet in the 20th century, bayonets and sabres still saw use in the trenches. Why? Because in many situations, they were still the superior weapons. Tanks and bayonets still coexist today. Having one doesn't mean you can't put the other to good use.
Bows were not replaced by muskets because the muskets were better; in fact, the bow was a far superior weapon with better range, penetration, and rate of fire. The catch was that using a bow well is hard while using a musket decently is really easy. So if you could use a bow, that was far superior. If you couldn't, you'd get by okay with a gunpowder weapon (or crossbow). It wasn't until the 19th century that firearms actually became better than bows, and that's more than 400 years after gunpowder weapons first appeared on battlefields.
The same goes for pretty much any other technology - steam locomotives and horse-drawn carriages coexisted. Many ships would have both sails and steam propellers. There are plenty of examples of things like fire engines where the pump was steam powered, but that pump was placed on a horse-drawn carriage. Because the steam engine was great for pumping water, but horses were cheaper and faster for transporting the engine around. The cheapness is especially relevant - just because there exists a machine that can do something better, that doesn't mean that the machine is the better option.
Diplomacy is just war by other means.
There's something wrong when you go from iconic battles like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrEfMI6uSJc
to battles with a massive ship and jet airplanes with radios n shit, don't forget the heat seeking missles and automatic weapons that every foot soldier seems to hold these days. I think tech and steampunk is alright when it's not widespread like the gnome submarine, i dig that stuff.
I have no real issue with the technology in WoW, but I do think in some ways they've gone a little overboard. I mean, airships and bombs I can understand - the former are a classic fantasy trope and all - but computers and holograms (at least the non-magical variety) are just a little out of place if you ask me.
think of it like fullmetal alchemist which takes place around the same timephrame as world war 2
"I was a normal baby for 30 seconds, then ninjas stole my mamma" - Deadpool
"so what do we do?" "well jack, you stand there and say 'gee rocket raccoon I'm so glad you brought that Unfeasibly large cannon with you..' and i go like this BRAKKA BRAKKA BRAKKA" - Rocket Raccoon
WoW isn't steampunk, not by definition. True steampunk is actually a form of science fiction.
Part of why I love WoW is its steampunk-ish vibe. I think too many people are heavily accustomed to the typical LOtR kind of fantasy and have narrow views of the genre. Fantasy is such an expansive genre. You always see people arguing how unrealistic the protection of chainmail bikinis are yet seem to forget that shooting fireballs out of ones hand, dragons and shapeshifting is just as absurd really. (and yet more absurd, how MoP's east-asian influences are unrealistic and out of place in a game with walking cows and purple elves)
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That said, it's all handwaved by the high fantasy setting anyway and not supposed to make perfect sense. I just feel that it makes a little more sense than you credit it for.
PvE:er to the bone. Plays a druid. Also plays DotA and a whole bunch of other stuff. Listens to mostly everything.
"We actually contracted out the creation of the equally-epic-yet-non-loot-dropping-non-boss mobs in Throne of Thunder to a giant snail. I think he did a pretty good job."
- Blue Q&A
GNOMES ARE NOT A EXUSE TO HAVE SUPER TECH./end quick rage moment.
But seriously there is a lot over the top tech. I was ok with the tech when it was to a point steampunkish but apparently they have gone to cyberpunk(wtf is that anyway) which is kinda getting out of hand.
If a video game developer removed tumors from players, they'd whine about nerfing their loss in weight and access to radiation powers. -Cracked.com