World of Warcraft gives us a comic-based tour of the Windrunner family reunion

Sometimes it’s debatable whether or not World of Warcraft needs more of its lore in-game. Obviously, the newest Battle for Azeroth lead-up comic focused on the reunion between the Windrunner sisters is relevant lore; the return of Alleria and dealing with that particular tangle is important. But it’d be hard to really have it in quest format. “A journey and reunion between three sisters… oh, and this Tauren Sylvanas really likes. That’s not awkward at all.”

Of course the comic is already filled with plenty of awkwardness, seeing as how Sylvanas is the Warchief of the Horde, Alleria is filled with the Void, and Vereesa is as sad about the death of Rhonin as most players aren’t. So you can imagine that the comic doesn’t end with a feel-good message of togetherness. Still, if you’d like to see how the reunion goes down, you can read the full thing on the official site.

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Dobablo

“…and Vereesa is as sad about the death of Rhonin as most players aren’t.”
I lol’ed

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Grimmtooth

And yet, the biggest buzz (or whine, if you’re so inclined, and I won’t say which I am) is about the art style. /wrist

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Cosmic Cleric

And yet, the biggest buzz (or whine, if you’re so inclined, and I won’t say which I am) is about the art style. /wrist

It’s really good, but it has these jarring, very bad, moments, worthy of comment. /shrug

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Sally Bowls

One can’t really go wrong with a T&E video (unless you are Bill Cosby.) And they seemed prescient about Calia a year before that became a thing. So their death prediction seems so credible. And what other review would have “Christie Golden does Canterbury Tales?”

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Cosmic Cleric

So their death prediction seems so credible.

Definitely surpassing plaid, straight to ‘red shirt’ possibilities.

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Bruno Brito

Sigh.

Ok, artwise: It’s…contradictory, is what i can say. Hlizzard already had a visual identity on their comics. This is pretty changing and i’m not sure i’m completely comfy with it. That being said…the colors were great. The storytelling is “good”, if you can say anything related to WoW these days is good storytelling, but it is what it is. The faces are…they’re a realistic attempt in a comic, but they ended up lacking personality.

But, and i can’t believe this is still a thing: Why is it that a crapload of the game’s most important moments are being told OUTSIDE IT?! My god.

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thirtymil

And why are most of the rest of the important moments being told in raids, which many players don’t see?

If you look at the ‘Ahead of the curve’ achievements, which are for completing raids ‘on time’ (i.e. before the next tier releases) it’s below 10% for many of them (e.g. Garrosh Hellscream 25-player is at 8.6%). Certainly some players will pick it up later but so few of the players have the major plot points of the story on time strikes me as poor storytelling.

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Tim Johnson

Ahead of the curve isn’t a good indicator, more modern raid only give it for the harder difficulties even though they don’t add anything really extra to the lore. The LFR mode allows you to see the raid at a reduced difficulty but it doesn’t give the AOTC achievement.

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thirtymil

Yeah, it’s not a brilliant indicator but the last official raid figures from Blizzard are so old that it’s the best I could find. The point I’m making really is that Blizzard know raid figures are fairly low, but their solution was to add LFR, rather than making the story accessible outside of raid. It doesn’t strike me as the best solution. /shrug

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Dobablo

Except for the hardest difficulty where they add major lore characters doing new story to the bonus phase of some of the fights. I’ll give them some credit because I don’t think they did that on any Legion fights.

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Tim Johnson

I skipped raids in WoD when they did that heavily to be honest, but WoD in general was a clusterfutz at end game so I didn’t wanna do anything w/ that. Pandaria had some stuff but it was usually extra bosses that didn’t change the over all story of the raid. Legion i think stayed away from hard mode changing the story vs. what you can see in lfr (other then lfr doing bosses in a different order).

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Sally Bowls

The players who are going to pick AOTC up later need to hurry since it is not available with the new release. Although, to quote the Ruttles song “all you need is cash” – a bit of gold will get you AOTC and the mount from any number of people advertising in chat.

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Bruno Brito

There’s a statue of Tyrion in the middle of Dalaran. Click it and watch the cinematic, or go to Youtube. I’m not Blizzard. THEY choose to tie their story to raids, you have LFR.

I’m just saying that having a story being told OUTSIDE THE GAME is a bad idea. If you think raids are bad, what do you think THIS is?

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Cosmic Cleric

And why are most of the rest of the important moments being told in raids, which many players don’t see?

Yeah, I really hate the raid(pay)-wall too.

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Cosmic Cleric

if you can say anything related to WoW these days is good storytelling

As someone who just unlocked the Nightborne allied race, the story reason as to why they didn’t join the Alliance, contradicts that statement, greatly.

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Zora

Hmmm I know they love to hire from the fandom but this truly looked more like an amateur effort from a young still training talent rather than what a company of their size could afford to to promote their commercial products.

On the bright side we get spared the burden to witness this ingame, the finesse required for such an intimate reunion might elude a team used more to flashy endeavours.

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Sariel

Those faces, they uh… they do not look good. Plenty of panels don’t look very well-done, and instead of lady elves the Windrunner sisters kind of look like human men with thick jawlines. o_O

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Utakata

…the look pretty cis female to me. o.O

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Tim Johnson

I’d argue this is a story that works better out of the game. It’s a private moment between the sisters that none of them are likely to share w/ that great hero of the alliance/horde who happens to be in the area. It’s a good idea for a story and deserves to be told, but in game wouldn’t be the best medium.

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Bruno Brito

Make a cinematic. Same happened with Bolvar and Tyrion.

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Gordi_the_mighti

The difference is that the players where there

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Bruno Brito

No, they weren’t. If you see the last cinematic, only Tyrion, Terenas, Arthas and Bolvar are on the top of the Throne. The heroes and everyone else already went down.