I prefer alliance honestly I love Draenei, but my friends all played Horde back in the day so I changed. Now I have 10 85+ lvl characters all on Horde, It is just too costly at this point to faction/ Server change as Alliance is dead on Runetotem-us.
The Alliance were the only faction with paladins and I loved paladins since D&D and WC3.
I never forgave Blizzard for giving the Horde better paladins in TBC after the hell we went through in vanilla and after Blizz gave the Horde all the best PVP racials. Seeing saps and stuns fail to land on orcs several times in a row made me stop playing a rogue. Horde rogues never had that problem + they could break fears.
We had a joke in vanilla: The Alliance are mobs for the Horde. It's funny how true it was.
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The thing is... quite many of you have misread the title. It's "why don't you play alliance?", not "why do you play alliance?". In my case, I just like orcs, I always did. Never liked humans in any games, they just feel weak compared to anything else - the only time I played a human in a game that allows race selection was Nord in skyrim, but then, it fits the game.
I play both factions but for the sake of argument:
The Alliance seems like a generic high fantasy matrix acting as a foil for the Horde, which is really the only thing separating WoW from the likes of Lord of the Rings/D&D/etc etc. They are basically a popular but tired convention of the genre.
Because Horde got Undead, Bloodelves and Goblins.
More like why dont I play Horde....
I think because they are all hideous to look upon.
Yes even the blood elves.
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Leveling doesn't even matter anymore, Horde players were the ones stuck with atrocious zones that lacked depth, back when you spent a good deal of time leveling a character. Nowadays, one could argue, one faction having a slightly "Lacking" experience when compared to the other (Please note, I'm not agreeing with this statement, just playing by your rules) it matters considerably less, than it did PreWotLK, or even PreBC.
As far as the racial Argument goes, when exactly did EMFH get "Fixed"? Right, the Horde may have had better PvE Racials, but yours was reigning supreme for quite some time.
In regards to the story, here's a newsflash, most players don't really care about the story, they just want bosses to kill or a faction to fight, the "why" doesn't matter for most.
Not to mention, the Alliance sure did play the setpiece for us, you know, considering they got to win Garrosh's War, AND get to go on to the next expansion with their faction stronger than ever, while we hobble along, obviously crippled from the civil war. That's not even taking into account that Varian is now a relatively well-rounded and liked character, while the Horde has been forced with a Warchief we didn't want, to fight a war that we didn't want to fight, all while being lied to about "our Warchief coming back" (Paraphrasing Metzen)...Yeah, you guys SURE DID GET THE SHORT END OF THE STICK THERE.
But as a Alliance player, I'm sure you will regale me with how the Alliance gets shafted in every facet of the game. Maybe cry about 5.3 I'm guessing.
I see you also ignored my point about racials entirely.
Because of the alliance races, only night elf is interesting to me. And the horde has many races I like, more specifically the forsaken.
I belive Horde were more succesful in raids from the early days which made fan boys also play it and then it has just continued on when Faction Change was introduced. Ive been thinking about playing Alliance for quite some years and for a while in Wotlk I also had a high end char as alliance but srsly, there was no good pugs at all. Even guild runs were retarded compared to what u could find on Horde side. Now Tmorph exist so there isnt really any reason at all to change.
I liked the Horde races a lot more when I started playing and stuck with them. All my friends were eventually on the Horde side so it kept me occupied on that side. I've also played as Alliance but mainly to level up with a friend of mine. Got nothing against Alliance but I just prefer Horde.
I don't because all my characters are horde and even tho I actually prefer Alliance atm or at least like it just as much as Horde, I won't pay hundreds of dollars for the race changes, nor will I start a new character, because at this point leveling simply disgusts me, I'd buy instant 90 the moment blizzard offered such a service.
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I was playing horde most of the time, but alliance cities, races, and quests are just cooler than horde !
(but racials are better on horde side... but who cares for casual raiding !)