The Battle for Lordaeron

Spoilers for this week’s WoW quest and scenario. You’ve been warned.Jaina_ship1Well, I enjoyed it in spite of myself. Sylvanas is back to her calculating, strategic self. The battle was suitably epic. And Jaina swoops in on a freaking flying ghost ship. Seriously, this game is trying really really hard to get me to like Jaina. Between her Warbringers cinematic and this, I almost don’t hate her. Almost.

I ran through once on my forsaken priest, and once on my dwarf monk so I could see both sides. You can clearly see how this expansion is definitely sparking some feelings among the playerbase. In both scenarios I had a complete mix of opinions. Sylvanas loyalists (hi, hello, guilty!), honorable horde, alliance in it for vengeance for Teldrassil, alliance players who were unhappy with the story in general, and faction traitors playing tourist to see both perspectives (me again) were all represented. More amazingly, people said their piece but didn’t get rude or rowdy. I actually had a nice time.

As a proud hordie, I liked the fact that even though Undercity was lost, the Alliance couldn’t claim it either. Although I do think it is silly that the undead folks don’t just move back in, blight and all. I am hoping both the forsaken and the night elves get a chance to rebuild sooner than later. I don’t want a repeat of what happened to the Vale in MoP. Both sides deserve a chance to reclaim our homes or build new ones.

Overall I’m not thrilled with this story and the direction the game is heading, but at least it has redeemed itself slightly after the mess they made last week. I am ready to go hang out with the Zandalari and forget about the faction war for a while.

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30 thoughts on “The Battle for Lordaeron

  1. I don’t care about it anymore. It’s sad. I had one hope in the game. One thing that kept me going till this week; seeing Tyrande or Malfurion in this. They didnt have to be in the battle. But at least some way of interacting with them.

    It makes no sense for them to just stand in the keep in Stormwind. At least have them aid the survivors in the Cathedral, speak with them, join them. They just stand there, in the Keep. This is the biggest let down of it all to me, to a point where I – someone who has avoided spoilers as best as I could for months and months, just watch the cinematics on wowhead without logging into the game.

    I don’t even know where to go from here. The whole thing seems to so released-unfinished, and as if the Burning of Teldrassil was only done to develop Anduin and Jaina. How hard would it have been to place Tyrande near the survivors of the Kaldorei in Stormwind?

    Glad to hear you had a nice time though πŸ™‚ Very neat picture there too πŸ™‚

    • I am so sorry you are feeling this way. That’s about where I was last week too. I almost didn’t log in to do this week’s quests because I was so unhappy. I’m glad I did though, especially since some of this stuff will be disappearing next week.

      I definitely agree that it is hugely disappointing that we didn’t get any more about the nelf leaders and what is happening to their people. I hope they get some closure soon.

      • Thank. I am somehow glad to hear I am not alone in being passionate about this. I feel the same way. I have not really played at all.

        How do you feel about Undercity?

        Do you know if the quest of this week is the start of BfA? As in, will it be available later on? I have no interest in doing it, but I am not sure if it’s a “this ends next week” kind of thing, like the Burning of Teldrassil quests.

      • I think the scenario of Lordaeron will still be around, and just the Darkshore parts will disappear. I’m not 100% sure though.

        I am very sad about losing Undercity. It is my favorite horde city and my “home” in the game for my forsaken priest main. But at least it never actually fell to the alliance. Once the plague gets cleaned up I hope we can move back in. Having Teldrassil burned to the ground seems much much worse. 😦

      • Ah ok, I see.

        I can relate. Undercity is the one Horde town where I have gotten lost the most, so I admire your ability to find your way around it! All the different levels and up and down and right and left, gosh, I have gotten lost there every single time I tried!

      • Yeah, perhaps you will get it back one day, if it still “stands” πŸ™‚ I could not make that much out of the cinematic, but I read that the “land” around it is still intact, and you still have the levelling zone etc.

    • At a certain point you should just ask yourself if it really is that important to have them placed like cardboard figures near the survivors.

      Malfurion and Tyrande were borderline useless during Legion.
      Also. Where was Malfurion after Xavius was killed? Not cleansing the Nightmare. He was chilling out in town.

      And you are judging the scenario from watching cinematics, which makes you miss important details. I did it with both Horde and Alliance, and the moment of the druids of the claw meant a hell of a lot more to me than having two placeholder figures.

      I would like to interact more with other faction leaders, true. I would actually love it.
      But allowing myself to get sad and bored to the point of not logging in because I couldnt? Nope.

      It is evident that clearly you have a big bond with Teldrassil, and that is what makes you sad.
      But Alu, think about this. There might be a fear of change mixed in there.

      • I am not sure if fear of change is mixed in here. But thank you for trying to analyze and help πŸ™‚ I have thought about it though! But then I think back to Cataclysm, and if something brought change, it sure was that expansion. Yet it was fine to me then. So why not now?

        But you are right, maybe it’s time to take a step back, not get my hopes up and forget ideas about how I want the story to go, and just come back later on.

        The Druids of the Claw you describe; I watched a play through on YouTube and yes, I admit that moment I missed out on entirely; maybe voices drowned it out. It was the Battle for Lordaeron you are referring to, yes? πŸ™‚

      • Well, I recall one time (I’m not being a smartass, I just have good memory- yes you can ask Princess how annoying it is xD) when you said that Cataclysm was actually the first expansion where you started feeling less will to continue playing and lost some interest.

        Things dont always go how we want. Both in life and in movies/games/books. I felt horrible when Arthas first succumbed to Frostmourne’s curse and left Muradin to die.
        And about Arthas: I spent years telling people about the sword’s curse, and that there was still one sliver of good left in him. And WoTLK proved me right, with the Halls of Reflection Uther dialogue, and some items that drop from Arthas in Icecrown.

        In WoD we went to another world to basically conquer it. Did that premise sit well with the peace loving druid Alunaria? (And mind this, I only started liking Draenor when I bothered to do it all. And I admit, I was so wrong to not like it. Too bad players and their orc fatigue got important lore and character development removed).
        Or in Mists, when the Alliance tricks pandaren into basically doing slave labor for them right on the Jade Forest?

        At this point you can stop playing at all because you don’t like part of the story, or you focus on doing your thing. Kul’Tiras has amazing mysteries only a druid can help solve, and loads of places to explore πŸ™‚
        You can go play around on the isles, explore, collect stuff, and completely IGNORE the war part. I think doing your own thing is much more fun πŸ˜ƒ

        (Yes, the Druids moment is in the Fall of Lordaeron scenario.)

      • You are not a smartass for paying attention, reading what people write, and not just belonging to the “scroll scroll scroll-like-move on- Facebook” generation πŸ™‚ There should be more people like you, that take their time.

        No doubt, Cataclysm and the changes to the community was not an improvement for me at all. If I could change one thing in the game, it would be cross servers (to know how serious I am, I rather see cross servers dissapear, than the burning of Teldrassil to be over- I believe a huge part of the community was lost with Cataclysm/ End of WotlK)

        I can relate to what you describe about Arthas. Halls of Reflection is a fantastic Dungeon, despite the story we cannot change, I do cherish things about Arthas, Uther and the inner turmoil.

        You are spot on; nor Mist of Pandaria or Draenor appealed to me, story wise. Actually, both hubby and I thought the reveal about Pandaren was an Aprils Fool from Blizzard (it got released around April 1.) I can easily understand why people love them and the chinese settings! Just, not for me.

        Draenor was a mess, story wise too, and I did not find it very captivating at all, it seemed to lack a way to tie it all up, but maybe that was because of what you said earlier – Blizzard cutting down on content to please the “now now now” players. I did like Shadowmoon Valley and Yrel a lot though. But WoD is when I began RPing actually, at the start of it πŸ™‚ I found a great guild, located in Darnassus, and almost did nothing but RP there, I didn’t even level or got flying or anything, hah.

        So you might be right. Maybe I have been “spoiled” during Legion, where I cherished the story so much. And now that I no longer do that, quite the opposite, and finding so many flaws in it, I am losing interest entirely. None of the new factions captivate me either, but perhaps I have missed some, as my digging through spoilers for BfA has only just begun.

        (I see, okay, thanks for clarifying πŸ™‚ )

      • Ooh, okay rhanks for clarifying πŸ™‚ So ALL of it ends on Monday? (For the US you mean?) Tuesday for us or? I thought this was the “kick off” to the Expansion, so anyone who comes back to it, will play through the battle for Lordaeron?

      • The War of Thorns is on the in game calendar with the ending marked next Monday.
        Im still looking if Fall of Lordaeron will be playable, as sources are diverging, but to be on the safe side, try to get it done before.

      • Oh, and I just thought of something else, thanks for being the catalyst – (Right expression?) I should stop RPing. Ever since this, it has been frustrating to do, because it is all so grim and dark. I used to RP in Darnassus, not like every day but you know, just the casual “swing by” RP for half an hour to relax after work, when I didn’t have time for much else. But now the Kaldorei RP is completely scattered and not as adventurous, because everyone are trying to accomodate (right expression?) the RP to fit the ongoing events. So yeah, out with that too πŸ™‚

      • Alu you can still RP. The war was already on its way, with the Silithus assassinations and azerite and the Sword etc, and guess what: I had zero interactions about it on Argent Dawn.

        You should try making a low level char there, and just do that half an hour RP to relax. I’ve spent a couple of hours on a dwarf character talking about traveling in Azeroth over a pint of ale with a friendly Pandaren.

        There’s a monthly Market Event (We have screens of this, its a post we’ll publish in September) where you can do amazing RP.

      • This is fantastic! I have alliance toons on Argent Dawn but haven’t tried to RP in ages. Maybe I should dip my toes back in if there are spaces to be relaxed and not caught up in “current events”.

      • Princess and I made characters there two months ago to try out RP.

        On the site argentarchives you can find the next big rp events, which is so awesome. The Uldum Market had hundreds of people there, just chatting and shopping. Not a single person was talking about Legion defeat, Azerite or Sargeras.

        Taverns and pubs have the most random interactions unrelated to any larger scale events, you should definitely check it out πŸ™‚

      • I know, I can easily just create any char and RP anywhere. But after RPing almost exclusively in Darnassus since I began on RP, it’s just not what I want to do. But thank you anyway πŸ™‚

        Yeah I heard Argent Dawn is super active today too, I love the look of their website πŸ™‚

    • Our leaders were not there which is sad but I trust they are doing everything they feel right to help us. It was amazing to see how many Night elves where there for the battle and I definately felt represented.

      The loss of Teldrassil was a huge blow for sure and in many ways I can understand how it may feel like a final one after all the destruction of Ashenvale and Darkshore. I do however feel the Kaldorei story is not done and hopefully Blizz won’t leave us languishing long as refugees but it may take sometime. *hug*

      Till then, Tor ilisar’thera’nal!

  2. Glad to hear you have gotten back some interest for BfA. I go now to play on my Hordies and hope to feel a bit better about my Darkspear Druids place in this Horde. πŸ™‚

  3. Sorry Gracie, by the way, for being so…Is the term emo – overly emotional when one does not need to be? All over your blog πŸ˜›

    I’M FINE!

    (Fun if you’ve been a fan of Friends. I’m a woman IRL, but I just thought of Ross and his “I’m fine!” remark, hah.)

    • The gif worked! And you are totally allowed to be emotional here if you need to be! We love this game and are trying to figure out how to cope as it keeps changing around us. I am glad to have such thoughtful folks here to talk about it with! ❀

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