I want Arakkoa for the simple fact (besides being awesome) that no other game really has bird-folk other than dice games (D&D 1e had Aarakocra- the inspiration for the Arakkoa). They don't even have to have many feathers besides on their head really, and maybe a few on the body so you can change their skin color/feather color.
Ogres would be great for the Horde. Mok'nathal are cool and all, but we already have Orcs on Horde side.
EDIT: Would also be awesome to see Druids be able to get this for their cat form. 8D
Blood elves didn't betray anyone and were just betrayed by the Alliance for simply trying to survive.
For the love of god, no. I would seriously much rather the Alliance just get shortchanged than see the Arakkoa as a playable race. I do not want to see half-assed, shambling, Skeksis ripoffs lurching their way through Stormwind's streets.
Some fun thoughts for the racials:
Big Muscle: +15 to your mining skill and faster mining.
Don't Feel Nothin': Your characters takes 2% less durability loss when dying (PvE only).
Burp: You belch a horrendous odor from the bottom of your belly, turning your foes in the other direction Useable on up to 3 enemies. 1.5 sec cast aoe fear. Melee range only. 3min CD.
Me Help!: Your undying loyalty must be proven on the battlefield! Gain 1% Haste during the daytime, gain 1% crit at night.
Birds of a Feather: While in a group, you give your allies 1% Haste/Crit/Mastery. (Disabled in Arenas.)
Featherlight: Being a bird has it's advantages. You gain 5% running speed boost at all times.
Early Bird Gets The...: +15 Herbalism boost and faster herb gathering.
Songbird: You let out a mighty CAW that increases your Melee, Ranged, and Spell haste by 15% for 10sec. 3min CD.
If we have to get a new race so that Horde can get their Ogres, for balance issues or any other reason, anything would be preferential to Arakkoa. I'd take gnolls, for god's sake.
By the way, Arakkoa aren't "Skekiss ripoffs". They are an combination of different fantasy bird races mixed together. Skekiss, Aarakocra (D&D 1e), Kenkus (Japanese folklore and tabletop games), Kig-yar (Halo's Jackals) and so on.
Granted it's not fair to blame the Alliance for not helping when Quel'thelas was invaded because they'd just gotten their own teeth kicked in by the Scourge, and Terenas had been killed and Lordaeron in chaos, but that doesn't excuse Garithos. That combined with alliance spying and sabotage in Quel'thelas in BC and the purge of dalaran there's plenty of lore reason for the elves to not like the alliance.
I'd love high elves too. Lore wise they're my # 1 pick for a new alliance race and the one I'd love to see, instead of another curveball race like draenei/worgen were, but it's just not going to happen. Sure, they could make the HE models distinct from BE to an extent but they're the same base race beyond skin tone and eye color and there's only so much wiggle room there, and blizzard would just be giving the Alliance a tuned up horde race.
That's why it won't happen, to blizz gameplay > lore and so because a nearly identical race is already on the horde they're not going to cave to our vocal minority and give us high elves for the alliance. Sure, the population argument is bogus considering a handful of Pandaren in a hot air balloon was considered enough to populate a player race and they've then proceded to fuck all with the huojin and tushui beyond some token npcs on the timeless isle. (The Pandaria Pandaren and the pandaren still on the turtle aren't part of either faction and are thus irrelevant) but a high elf model is only going to be an updated pale blood elf model even if they take the specifics in a different angle like making them a bit more masculine or something. It wouldn't be an exciting addition for 95% of the alliance playerbase and would cause an outcry, a justified one, from the horde at their most played race being spruced up and given to the Alliance.
"If you have to believe it on faith, you have no reason to believe it at all.” Aron Ra
Who were the trolls in Burning Crusade? Trolls
Who were the trolls in The Lich King? Trolls
Who were the trolls in Cataclysm? Trolls
Who were the trolls in Mist of Pandaria? TROLLS!
at least we changed XD
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