Why don't blizzard just go the whole hog and delete Orcs? Or do they want Siege of Crossroads to kill Thrall and stretch the shit-on-an-orc story for another expansion?
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It's just a change of Warchief, that is all.
Apparently Orc-pride cannot exist unless they provide the Warchief? Seems to me like the race has some other problems then.
...Since Trassk is one of the few people who isn't constantly using bad English/grammar I can actually read his posts.
Having said that, what little we know about the next expansion (whose name I assume will be announced at BlizzCon) is Alleria and Turalyon will return or at the very least be directly referenced. What Varian didn't say to Alliance Players after Garrosh is downed is what I find the most telling:
He took the other Horde capitals (TB, Echo Isle and Azshara) on Kalimdor off the table even though it's pretty obvious the Horde wouldn't have been able to put up much resistence after having thrown everything at removing Garrosh from power. Wrathion's reaction to Varian's decison to not escalate hostilities right then and there confirms Varian wanted to avoid a repeat of what Lordaron did with the Orcs after the Second War. Having been used as a Gladiator himself I don't see him as the kind of guy to do that to the Horde even though no one would blame him if he did.
Now, going back to the New Warchief, Gilneas and The Undercity/Lordaron:
If not for Godfrey's Treachery The Forsaken would've taken Gilneas. The Forsaken withdrew so Sylvanas could recover and to deal with Godfrey directly (I prefer to believe the Horde version of SFK is canon since the assassination attempt is more personal for the Horde than Bloodfang settling the score). After dealing with him The Forsaken shifted their focus to expanding their territory into the Former Plaguelands. Sylvanas was explicitly banned from using The New Plague (which didn't stop her from using it in Gilneas and Hillsbrad) so she used her other trump card--the Val'kyr--to win Andorhal for the Horde.
I doubt Darion Mograine and the Argent Crusade will stay neutral much longer, either. The Crusade has been busy mopping up what's left of the Scarlet Crusade and the Cult of the Damned/Scourge while the Ebon Blade would likely consider Kolitra a hostage and not an enemy combatant. Varian said the next move is containing the Forsaken (which you can be sure will make Genn a very happy Worgen King). He said contain, not defeat which means he at least knows Sylvanas has Val'kyr under her control.
Since Lordaeron and Gilneas will likely be the next big battlegrounds in the Alliance/Horde Conflict I'm expecting Genn to take point with support from the Night Elves and maybe the Wildhammer Dwarves (Aerie Peak is nearby). Stormwind would play a support role since the Gilneans know the area best. Sylvanas would take point for the Horde obviously with support from Silvermoon and maybe the Revantusk Tribe. Since Vol'Jin is the new Warchief he's kinda forced to stay in Durotar until things get organized though he'll definitely be involved somehow.
Thus, Genn v. Sylvanas Round 2 will soon begin.
As for how Vol'Jin as Warchief effects the Horde, I don't expect any objections from the other member races except maybe The Forsaken and the Orcs who sided with Garrosh (most of whom were wiped out during the Seige of Orgrimmar). Thrall is the "new" Warchief of the Orcs. Much doesn't need to be said in that regard in terms of his qualifications. He's probably the only one capable of rallying the Orcs post-Garrosh around the new Warchief, who for the first time is not an Orc himself. Thrall has his work cut out for him convincing the young and impressionable orcs who treated Garrosh like a rock star his way was not only wrong but the Orcs are better than that.
No different from when Thrall first became Warchief when you think about it.
Actually, nah, not worthy carrying on, your just some guy whos going to take everything said here and try to undermine it.
He'll be Warchief until the release of the 5.5 interim patch at which point he'll become corrupt by an Old God because, hey, why not.
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Second on topic of garrosh, i really think that its cringe worthy how they mishandled his character/story arc. There could be so many possible outcomes, clash of generations within the orc society, with thrall and older, more shamanistic part of orcs being put against more industrial, younger and progressive orc generation represented by garrosh. They could went with "horde teach garrosh, garrosh teach horde" approach and really made many cool things with his character.
With garrosh going "full retard" in MoP and all lore about him being forced as hell, it doesnt take orc fan to see that the story is bad. Its very obvious that him (and sadly with him like 90% of orc society with nazgrim and zaela on front) gets sacreficed for sake of.. what exactly ? So alliance can be happy about sieging horde city ? Read comments on these forums and you will see that it was huge failure, yet damage to story have been dealt. I don't mind garrosh being antagonized, or hell even *dying* if it makes sense and provides good story. What blizzard did in MoP isnt neither.
As for Vol'jin. There are many things I (and i guess many other people) value about characters. Personality, charisma, cool look/esthetics, interesting background story, and relevance to current plot. Vol'jin have nothing of that. He became leader of darkspears only because his father was one (on side note its funny how people point that thrall made garrosh warchief only because his father, while both baine and vol'jin and leaders only because of that, and hell noone even choose them), and was character with no importance to plot.
He changed rexxar to wyvern so he can protect his people while vol'jin does nothing. He gave you ONE quest in pre cata wchich would send you do desolace i think, and opened keg during brewfest. He was watching over sylvanas and thrall mounts during siege of UC (heroic it was !!!) and wasnt even able to defeat one deranged witch doctor without army of mercenaries and backup of loa of death.
Then he menaged to rant about garrosh (wchich gave him 95% of fans he have now) just to get told by thrall to calm the fuck down. He was able to tell other troll tribes to kiss his ass, and actively worked AGAINST them (what a man !!!). He was also bitching like a ex girlfriend in 5.1 questline, get stabbed, and rest i guess you guys are too familiar with. He also got pretty bad book.
So on finale, its doesnt take orc fan (or troll/horde hater) to see that vol'jin is bad and boring character undeserving position of faction leader. Also the moment in cinematic where thrall is buttering him, while other horde leaders bow to him, is fucking cringeworthy.
Where's the "I AM EXTREMELY INDIFFERENT" option? Honestly I don't care all that much. The Warchief position doesn't really increase how much screentime you get unless you're a villain.
Vol'jin's basically Thrall2.0 so who really cares? You've got Thrall except he has a funny accent, blue skin and back problems.
Last edited by LilSaihah; 2013-09-15 at 05:38 PM.
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To further help some other posters' case, I am not even an orc fan and I dislike Vol'jin as warchief. I don't believe that the Horde's warchief has to be an orc, and I still dislike Vol'jin as warchief.
At the end of the day, Alliance whine and Horde story gets shafted.
Last edited by Clone; 2013-09-15 at 09:32 PM.
You know I really didn't want it to come to this, because I'm not a big fan of hyperbole; but with all this talk about how Orcs should be the centerpiece of the Horde's story in WoW it would seem to imply a belief in some that Orcs are in some way a superior race in regards to the other Horde races.
Hmmmm Orcs as the most important race, smug sense of superiority, overwhelming pride blinding them to any other ideas. Where have I seen that before? Oh yeah. Garrosh.
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Besides, Orcs are one of the two core races of the franchise. How did they honestly think it would be a good idea to wipe out the majority of them? Killing Orgrimmar NPCs and such. It's quite a slap in the face if you're an Orc player imo. Everything you liked is taken from you.
This is just as horrible as when the Orc shoulderplates size was bugged. Many people I know just didn't like logging in their Orc characters anymore. I've actually seen raids cancelled because Orc players simply wouldn't log in. These things just alienate people.
Well, the bright side is that vol'jin doesn't have love for humans like thrall. Vol'jin knows who the enemy is, while thrall is bi-factual.
Yes I made that word up.
They're going to live, until they die.
Boy this didn't take long.
I agree it's a shake-up to have a non-Orc Warchief, but Trolls are probably the longest-running non-Orc member of the Horde (even had an equivalent in the Old Horde). They shared Orgrimmar as a capital until Cataclysm as well (a "companion race" like Dwarves and Gnomes used to be). Plus Vol'Jin is a founding member of the New Horde. So of all the non-Orc candidates I think this is the least controversial.
Also, I've really enjoyed the character they've finally given him, so I'm really happy for him.
Well he just speaks for the horde, he's not a real warchief.
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