Ex-World of Warcraft Lead Chris Metzen urges fans ‘don’t panic’ over the current storyline

    
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It’s been a fun week watching the World of Warcraft community freak, rage, and despair over the latest chapter of the Battle for Azeroth prologue. It’s even stirred up Chris Metzen in his retirement, who showed up on Twitter to encourage fans to stick it out.

“My counsel is that everyone take a deep breath and enjoy the ride,” the former World of Warcraft lead said. “I will! You haven’t seen the whole form of the wave yet. As Douglas Adams would tell you — don’t panic!”

At the very least, the new story chapter is useful for its rewards. In this case, players can earn a Horde and an Alliance mount that can only be obtained for a limited time.

Perhaps it would help rankled fans to look forward to the expansion proper? Blizzard posted a new zone preview on Wednesday showing off the stark beauty of Tiragarde Sound. “Nearly bisected by the capital city of Boralus, the land is rich with wildlife in the hills and mountains to the north and south, and its people enjoy the bounty of the oceans to the south, east, and west,” said Blizzard. “It is a realm of people in touch with both the land and the sea.”

Source: Twitter, World of Warcraft, #2. Thanks, Serrenity!
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Sorenthaz

Too late, all the armchair story writers have already made up their minds.

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Rottenrotny

Let’s write a new post on WoW.
Ok what should we post about?
Well, duh, Sylvanas and how we hate the story! That’ll get lots of clicks, comments and memes from the WoW hate circlejerkers!
Great idea!

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Greaterdivinity

Friends actively playing have been linking jokes about this story all week, so I’ll drop in one of the more recent ones that gave me a bit of a giggle –

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Bruno Brito

I’m highly sure Arthas was Unholy. ( Considering he was a unholy pain in the ass all through War3 )

Also, even Nathanos can’t believe that the best Ranger did something stupid like that. You’re not a Survival Hunter, Sylvanas.

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Sorenthaz

WoW subreddit in general is posting some pretty good memes among discussions.

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Arcanum Zero

I don’t have a dog in this fight over the story — I was never going to buy BfA for the simple reason that an expansion based on the faction conflict was never going to be my bag, regardless of the circumstances.

But I just love this so much. Thank you for reposting it; you made my evening.

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McGuffn

Regarding the cycling of Warcraft Characters/Horde Warchiefs, do we know if his retirement is the impetus behind that at all? I’m asking specifically because he voiced so many of the characters, so if he isn’t available or less available to do the voices they either have to kill them off, work around it or recast.

Voljin still got screwed though.

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Minimalistway

For many the real content is still to come and that’s what make them stay, there will be new zones to explore, new quest lines, new dungeons and raids, right now the game is in-between expansions, BFA didn’t really start, when the new content open most will be happy to put this patch behind them and enjoy the new content.

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Dantos

I’m really surprised that the horde hasn’t splintered into a Garosh/Sylvanis ‘kill em all’ Faction and a Thrall/Vol’Jin follower ‘maybe not so much’ Faction.

But I guess it can’t because that would ruin the game.

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Minimalistway

The game is designed so a player can choose the train but not the track, there is little freedom in the train and that’s it, no one will accuse WoW with complexity and deep systems.

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Bruno Brito

Wait…Did we just create 3-faction war?!

NICE!

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Arcanum Zero

I’m contractually obligated to point this out whenever it comes up even tangentially in a discussion:

A third naga/blood elf/Forsaken faction at launch would have averted this problem. Just sayin’.

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Theryl

This would be easier to believe if Blizzard had a track record of good, consistent storytelling.

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Zora

Point in case, Metzen was the hand behind a good share of atrocious plotlines of yore and he conceived them hand-in-hand with the very same people (Afrasiabi chiefly among them) that are currently leading the circus, so…

I’d dare say circumstances being what they are, his reassurances might not carry the weight he thinks they do :P

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Andrew Ross

Maybe among the core fanbase, but not those who basically play for friends/mechanics. Admittedly when I saw “Metzen” and “reassurance,” I thought, “gas to flame.” He seems like a nice guy, but WoW (and, to an extent, Warcraft) lore was never anything more than a flimsy excuse to support mechanics.

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Grimalkin

Oh my, I’d gladly have Metzen and Afrasiabi instead of the clowns who currently run this freak show.

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traja

I’m not at all a lore guy but this storyline is the first one in a long while that I find interesting. The usual story of Horde and Alliance uniting against some existential threat is so boring to me. But a war with the accompanying atrocities that take place in wars is far more compelling. It is more immersive because similar things happen in real life.

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Eboni

Same. I can’t get into the actual WoW game, but I find bits of the lore and and some of the characters pretty cool. I read a few books after the movie came out, too.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Eliot Lefebvre

Hmm.

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John Kiser

Well I’m sure that guy in the GIF would know about bad writing. Tim and Eric is one of the worst things ever put on television though not as bad as eric andre or mostly 4 millenials (also made by eric andre). I don’t know why adult swim keeps throwing money at these clowns to make shows that are so just awful that they aren’t even kinda funny.

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Emperor Caligula

Honestly, didn’t she always want to destroy all life? If the Alliance would be defeated, she would just continue to destroy all living beings, former Horde friends included? I know “the story has to go on”, but this senseless endless destruction of the known, loved world is what drove me away from the game some time ago.

Time to take off the gloves. I say nuke Orgrimmar to a crater. >:(

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John Kiser

It’s not so simplistic really. Sylvanas in general knows that the afterlife for her is going to be filled with eternal torment and darkness and is essentially trying to create something where she controls everything and there is no one out there that can “cut her down” sort of scenario. She isn’t wanting to destroy all life per say just life that might attempt to kill her or her Val’kyr (which is how she is staying alive at this point).

She feels strongly at this point that the horde has gotten weak by sharing the world as well and the alliance is constantly sort of poking at the horde with ranged assaults even after shaky alliances and the like. If anything the alliance are constantly being aggressive to some extent and while many innocents died in the tree it is also a place of power for the night elves to continue to fight back particularly with Malfurion out there.

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Bruno Brito

Not really. She was more into her own survival and keeping stuff tame. Sylvanas made herself by being a necessary evil, and a underhanded leader, but not pure evil. She wasn’t as bad as the Lich King.

Case in point, she’s pretty much Brood War Kerrigan now. “Queen bitch of the universe”.

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Eliot Lefebvre

Except that Kerrigan had reasons and motivations when she did things, and by the time she was up to making naked power grabs she’d let her enemies exhaust themselves.

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Bruno Brito

Yes. And she pretty much got the Illidan treatment on SC2. She was still relentless and quite bloodthirsty when she got reborn as the new Queen, but she was also merciful and caring, specially with Raynor. I really liked how everything ended in SC2. A lot of people don’t, but like a friend of mine said: “It’s the kind of ending that shows who you are as a human being. I’ve been following this franchise for decades, and i’m quite satisfied.”

Same with Illidan in Legion. I liked the overall ending of his character, i think it’s a good way of redemption. What didn’t make sense was his insanity on BC, really.

With Sylvanas? Ugh. I’ve seen more tactical prowess from a scythe rural fight.

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Dave Ward

Except she just killed thousands of noncombatants including children. That puts her in the ‘Pure Evil’ category to me as well as ‘Killing Her is the Only Option’ category. And with any other faction leader that would be what is done, she would be killed off. Now she’ll have been controlled by an Old One or some stupid thing and we’ll all forgive her.

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Bruno Brito

Except she just killed thousands of noncombatants including children.

Yeah, because Blizzard wanted so. Again, she wasn’t supposed to be like that.

That puts her in the ‘Pure Evil’ category to me as well as ‘Killing Her is the Only Option’ category.

Garrosh 2.0.

And with any other faction leader that would be what is done, she would be killed off.

Agreed. Again, Garrosh 2.0.

Now she’ll have been controlled by an Old One or some stupid thing and we’ll all forgive her.

I can forgive Sylvanas. She’s a victim of bad writing.

I won’t forgive Blizzard’s writing, tho.