World of Warcraft concludes war campaign with Reckoning cinematic, Aron Eisenberg memorial event is planned

    
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Sure, this is fine, why not.

It was pretty clear that all of the threads in World of Warcraft’s war campaign for Battle for Azeroth would come together in a face-off against Sylvanas. You can’t spend this much time building up the conflict between the factions and not expect faction leaders clashing, after all. But her opponent may or may not be who you expect… and the outcome, as detailed in the latest cinematic, which launched alongside the 8.2.5 patch yesterday, may also not be what you expect.

Of course, we can’t say more than that, because it would be incredibly huge spoilers right in the preamble. But if you don’t care about the spoilers, jump on down and watch the full cinematic below to see how the campaign wraps up (although there are further epilogues in-game). Players also put together a war campaign wrap-up bingo, and there are already threads conveying… let’s say something less than total satisfaction with how events played out.

In other WoW news, it seems Aron Eisenberg is being memorialized not just in Star Trek Online but in World of Warcraft. Eisenberg’s son revealed on Reddit that both he and his father played WoW together, and so his family will be hosting a memorial in-game this weekend.

“What I wanted to share was if ANY of you play World of Warcraft, i’m hosting a memorial this sunday for his wife Malissa (shes going to make a character!) to honor him. It’s going to be on the server Area 52 (retail wow, not classic), this sunday 9/29 at 7-8pm PST. I want to invite ALL of you there to gather in game and honor him with me, the friends HE had in wow, Malissa, and my mom. My dad played horde ONLY for 15 years, so make sure you dirty alliance players make a level 1 undead on the server at the time ;).”

Source: YouTube, Reddit (1, 2)
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Loopy

As always, top notch cinematic fidelity coming out of Blizzard. The animations of Saurfang and Thrall were on par with Warcraft movie CGI/Real Actors hybrid.

The story itself on the other hand .. meh. The dialogue was laughably cheesy, but then majority of time this is par for the course for WoW, so i can’t fault them for that.

I have a bigger problem with Sylvanas’ motivations and overall direction. Are we gonna end up with yet another “the old gods did it” type mechanism? Are there any other motivations in the world of Azeroth other than “kill everyone because”? How many leaders need to fall from grace due to some misguided hidden agendas? And also how many times are Alliance and Horde gonna be on-again-off-again together? It’s starting to play out like a stereotypical teenager romcom.

Anyways, that’s my 2c. I really wish that the writers change direction going forward and give us some engaging and original storylines for next expansion.

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hurbster

Just confirms that Sylvanus is so much clevererer than anyone else on Azeroth.

So clever…

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Bruno Brito

“You cannot kill hope.”

11/10 writing.

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Sorenthaz

So at this point if co-faction isn’t a thing that happens then I don’t know what Blizzard is doing anymore. Sylvanas was hard-shoved into the villain role, and unless they do a pre-expansion book from her perspective of events, its’ hard to really feel any interest in that character anymore. The Horde and Alliance obviously are uniting at this point, especially as the Horde are once again absent of a leader with the only realistic candidate being Baine unless Thrall takes Saurfang’s words to heart. They’re trying to actually ‘break the cycle’ so hopefully we get to actually see that.

Overall though this is the mess they set themselves up for when they had Sylvanas grow progressively more Lich King-esque with each expansion. Co-faction should’ve happened sooner imo, but the two big factors blocking full cooperation was Garrosh and then Sylvanas.

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Utakata

“…they set themselves up for when they had Sylvanas grow progressively more Lich King-esque with each expansion.”

I think that was the point.

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…at lest she excused herself from her role peacefully in the end. As opposed to digging in until something comes along and impeaches her sorry ass. >.<

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Sorenthaz

Yeah but most of the time it was just done in the shadows/etc. After she became Warchief she obviously couldn’t hide, but she was still doing shady stuff. Then after her chance at infinite Valkyr (so infinite life for herself and the Forsaken) was lost, she grew super paranoid and focused on self-survival to where she manipulated the Horde to try and hoard the azerite for themselves and took stupidly drastic measures (burning Teldrassil, starting the War of Thorns in general) to try and keep the Alliance away from Silithus.

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Utakata

I think she would of made an exceptional leader…if it wasn’t the for fact that she was using her position for her own personal all too consuming vendetta. Just like that roid rage of a buffoon Hellscream Jr., before her. Power gains, power corrupts. Etc…

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If Saurfang had been wearing his shoulder armor he’d have probably had enough resistance to survive that final attack.

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Paragon Lost

lol! Nice.

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Sorenthaz

In an alternate timeline Saurfang’s Cleave tore through Sylvanas’s blast, killing Sylvanas and tearing open a hole through time/space.

The special guest has arrived from wow

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Utakata

Err…

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…he took in full in the chest. As a caster, I can attest that no shoulder armor would protect from that. Although the shoulder armor itself may survive intact…along with the boots. o.O

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Paragon Lost

Saurfang basically did the equivalent of suicide by police maneuver. Ugh. Dude, if you felt dishonored you should have just fallen on your sword and been done with it. Also, I am still not happy with the direction that they took Sylvanas. It feels like a sudden one dimensional character direction change to move the story. Over all the whole expansion has left a bad taste in my mouth.

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cursedseishi

Someone mentioned it on the youtube comments for the linked video, and I can’t help but laugh at how… weirdly appropriate it is.

But it’s less “suicide” than it is “I’ll make the big bad admit a bad thing”. The Warcraft movie had literally this same exact scene in it. Durotan confrontrs Gul’dan by challenging him to trial by combat, Gul’dan refuses at first but relents after Durotan prods him into it. Durotan gets into a pretty much one-sided stomp (which doesn’t make sense in the film), enduring it just to make Gul’dan admit that he isn’t actually interested in the Horde. Then Durotan dies as Gul’dan is forced to flee.

And what do we have here? Sylvanas challenged, but refuses until she’s goaded. It’s pretty much a one-sided fight (even if it doesn’t make sense), but it doesn’t matter because Saurfang is enduring it just to make Sylvanas admit that she isn’t actually interested in the Horde. Then Saurfang dies as Sylvanas is forced to flee.

The Warcraft movie is pretty much crap that looks awfully pretty with its CG stuff, and the game itself has been stalling and trying to overcorrect as it has gone to crap–but looks awfully pretty in its CG stuff.

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Paragon Lost

Oh heck, I had completely forgotten about the whole Durotan vs Gul’dan scene, yeah same damn scene. lol.

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Danny Smith

So ‘Morally Gray’ culminates in the direct equivalent of the jock bully in every 80’s kids movie accidentally letting slip he hates his friends, gets abandoned and then runs home?

Stellar. Truly Blizzard writing is at its apex.

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Jaymes Buckman

Saurfang’s the bully?

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Jeremy Barnes

Sylvannas

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I was pleasantly surprised by the story in 8.2.5. So far, they’re not doing some outright forgiveness/redemption for Sylvanas, though there’s still a chance for that down the line depending on what her yet to be fully revealed plans are. It feels like they’re setting her up to be a big bad, possibly expansion-level bad, but we’ll see.

I got really excited with the whole “breaking the cycle” bit in the other cinematic, and I can only hope Blizzard is smart enough to at least ease up on some of the cross-faction restrictions. They’ve made it clear things won’t magically resolve between the factions with a bunch of ambient dialogue, but I hope that doesn’t mean we’ll go back to fighting each other.

And of course, this cinematic is yet another one to highly impress with its high quality. The look the female Forsaken, affectionately named “Bannerbae,” gives Sylvanas along with the ending of the tapping of the banners are such strong moments. I rewatched both cinematics multiple times and have been checking out others’ reactions to them.

Now to see if we get any 8.3 information before Blizzcon or not.

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Utakata

I hope they do with Sylvanas what they did with Jinsoyun in Blade & Soul…

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…somehow make her come back as a little kid that follows you around so you can set her on a better path. <3

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Randy Savage

The cinematics always make me want to come back to the game. The actual game itself prevents that though.

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Vincent Clark

I was just thinking the same thing

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K38FishTacos

Imagine if they built an open world RPG. I’m sure some people would buy it.

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Greaterdivinity

I’ve been enjoying all the jokes about the story events so far. Man do I hope they’re aiming to finally remove factions, even if they’re potentially going about it in a dumb way.

Also, god damn can Blizzard just do cinematics for everything? Why didn’t they just have their team do a CGI Warcraft movie, the visuals always look so damn good >.<