Horde

Know Your Lore: Kul Tiras There were once seven nations of Humankind in the Eastern Kingdoms. All descended from the proud Arathi people and the first Empire of Strom, but they followed many different paths. The people of Strom turned insular and became Stromgarde, a walled fortress that held the history of their first nation. Mighty Lordaeron rose to dominate...

The Queue: Puppies and Burning Crusade hijinx

I have no idea what this is or why my wife and I made it. It’s not even accurate in its own panels! The Human says they found him two panels ago but clearly it’s just one panel ago!

Also, I hope you like pictures of a puppy. You made her sad, you monsters.





Know Your Lore: Garrosh Hellscream Garrosh Hellscream is headed to the Nexus — perhaps an appropriate epilogue for a story that swept through five expansions before its explosive finale. As a fairly straightforward hero brawler title, Heroes of the Storm doesn’t exactly have a lot of lore behind it. But the Nexus supposedly exists for one reason — testing heroes...

Could defectors work in WoW? Back in the day, EverQuest had defectors, people who left a faction to join another. World of Warcraft allowed faction transfer back a few years ago, but the way faction transfer works, your character essentially changes to one of the approved races for a faction — so if you go from Alliance to Horde, your...

Know Your Lore: Why Warcraft needs factions Some of us (okay, me) spend a lot of time decrying the effect of the Horde vs. Alliance factionalism in World of Warcraft. And as a player, there are quite a few negatives. If you were assembling a pros and cons list, cons would include that it divides friends and keeps them from playing together,...

Is it time to end the faction divide? I am done with the Horde/Alliance divide. Done. I’m not foolish enough to think we’ll ever see an end to it, but man, I would love to see some new perspectives. Something beyond “A horrible threat emerges and we reluctantly work together to stop it,” or “A horrible threat emerges and we utterly fail to...




Know Your Lore: Rise of the Banshee Queen What do you do when you’ve lost everything? It’s a question Sylvanas Windrunner likely asks herself every single day. At first, the answer was easy: Exact vengeance upon the Lich King. In Wrath of the Lich King, Sylvanas accomplished exactly that, and later returned to Icecrown to find another Lich King sitting on the Frozen...

Know Your Lore: The Horde at the beginning of World of Warcraft When last I wrote a KYL for you all, I talked about the state of affairs on Azeroth at the start of World of Warcraft. Four years had passed since the mortal races banded together to stop the Burning Legion atop Mount Hyjal. We saw how the Alliance formed, how each race — Humans, Night...



Know Your Lore: Underutilized Warcraft characters World of Warcraft has a host of characters, some with massive importance to the story of the game, like King Varian Wrynn or Sylvanas Windrunner, Banshee Queen of the Forsaken. But it also has characters who appear for a brief time and then seemingly vanish or end up forgotten in the vast spectacle of the...

Breakfast Topic: World at war Imagine: The Horde and Alliance have fallen apart. Azeroth breaks down into a free-for-all. Dwarves are fighting Gnomes. Orcs are brawling with the Tauren. Night Elves versus Gilneans. It’s a bloodbath out there. Who do you think comes out on top? Which faction leader becomes ruler of the world?

Role Play: Choosing a faction — Horde Last week, we discussed the basics of the Alliance faction — which races are available to play, and the kind of plot points you can expect to see with each race. The Alliance are often touted as the “good guys” of the Warcraft universe, the golden heroes who are always pitted against the forces of...

Breakfast Topic: Please stop with Alliance vs. Horde I get it. It’s World of Warcraft. War is right in the name, so conflict has to be a major element of gameplay. As we level from 1 to 100, we kill hundreds, thousands of creatures across Azeroth — and when we reach end-game, our goal is to kill even more. And why not? The world...

Breakfast Topic: My friends vs my faction Lately I’ve been thinking about going Horde so I can play a Tauren. The problem is, everyone I know who plays WoW nowadays is Alliance. My wife, my friends in game, they’re all Alliance players. So not only would I be starting over in a new faction, I’d be playing in a faction where I...

Breakfast Topic: My shifting moods Aside from maining a Warrior I’ve changed roles, guilds, races, and even factions over the years. I went Alliance, rolled Horde alts, raided Alliance, switch to raid Horde, and then went Alliance again. I’ve play Human, Tauren, Draenei, Night Elf, Tauren again, Orc, back to Tauren, Pandaren and Draenei again.

The Queue: At least we’ll both be numb

Yes, occasionally I like a nice pop song. I started writing this Queue on my birthday, but it’ll go live the day after, so you don’t have to get me a present. Of course, if you chose to do me a solid anyway, I wouldn’t say no.

Let’s talk about those Blizzard games, shall we? As always, we’ll likely end up talking about Legion so there will be spoilers. I’ll try to keep that to a minimum, but it is a site covering Blizzard games and we have to talk about it somewhat.


Role Play: Plot points headed into Legion This expansion has been just a little strange for roleplayers — not in the sense of roleplay opportunities, there’s certainly been plenty of that, but in terms of plot points — where the story is leading. It’s not immediately obvious, and given that we’ve spent all our time this expansion on Draenor, there hasn’t been...