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Today in Pandaria: Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 -- Zarhym uses Gandalf. Zarhym wins.

Adam Holisky

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Gandalf invades the Theramore/favoritism debate

It would be nice if a blue would reply and post point by point how we are wrong about the favoritism. Going "No there isn't!" and then ignoring the thread doesn't really help the situation. :-\

Yea, I'm not going to spoil where the story is going to try and make you feel better. :)

I'm not ignoring the thread either. I've had several conversations with Lead Quest Designer Dave Kosak about threads like this one, what will happen with Theramore, as well as where things will go from there. But there's very little else I can say in this thread that I haven't already to ease your mind. We have a story to tell, know how we want to tell it, and have a clear direction we're going. Many people in this thread have already accused me of making false promises in the past, or saying my words here are empty, so my feeling is you'll just have to see what happens.

I'd never monitor a thread like this and respond as much as I have here just to be deceitful or disingenuous, by the way. It's not how I roll and is why I'm fortunate to work for a pretty face-value, honest company. No puppeteer's hand is in my rear right now.


Were you unaware of the feeling that Alliance got hosed in this expansion? I don't think you were. Why, then, would the single tidbit of information released be the (possible?) destruction of Theramore? It fuels the fires you already know are burning. Exceedingly poor choice to release this scrap of information instead of something showing how the Alliance gains something at last.

Because chronology matters? Other than stating that Mists of Pandaria will focus much more on the fight between the Horde and the Alliance, we haven't detailed any specific story elements of that fight. The attack on Theramore is an event which will take place prior to the release of the new expansion to aggressively advance the war between the factions following Deathwing's death, further highlighting what Garrosh's motivations are in contrast to Varian's.

Garrosh wants the Horde to control all of Kalimdor. His attacks thus far have been toward that end, but Theramore remains a major port town and supply line for the Alliance. It's an obvious strategic move for a power-hungry and prideful ruler such as Garrosh to seize Theramore. If you don't think there will be repercussions for that in an expansion largely based on the fight between the Horde and Alliance in post-Cataclysm Azeroth, you're probably focusing way too much on being unable to draw direct and equivalent plays for dominance and time in the limelight between the Horde and Alliance -- and calling "foul" on our part for not making sure every release under the Warcraft name has linear, equal advancement for two vastly different factions.

This is honestly an odd and difficult conversation to have about Theramore right now. It'd be like reading Lord of the Rings up to the point where Gandalf gets trapped atop Orthanc, stopping there, hearing from someone that he later falls to his death fighting a balrog, then complaining that his character could've been developed so much better before the story ended.

Yea, I went there. I really, truly need a weekend, 'cause I didn't get one last week.

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