We recently commiserated over the storylines that sent you spinning into a rage. Now it's time to look back at the storylines that left you slack-jawed with shock, rubbing your forehead and mumbling "Wait -- what just happened here?"
Some fuel for your fires:
Michael Gray: The death of Ol' Blanchy. I was stunned. (Just another example of Blizzard taking away our favorite Alliance heroes.)
Anne Stickney: Let's see: the end of The Burning Crusade was a shocker, mostly because of circumstance more than anything else. At that point, I wasn't really doing PTR testing or looking for spoilers, so when Kael'thas popped up (again), I was baffled.
And when I watched that first cinematic in Magister's Terrace and saw Anveena, I was really surprised. I didn't expect her to pop up in game. Of course, then I had to spend the next hour or so explaining who Anveena was to my curious guild, but that was fun in and of itself.
Right along up there with that is the Wrathgate cinematic. I figured Putress would be up to no good just given his sudden appearance at the end of TBC, but I didn't expect Bolvar's death. Some of my fondest memories of vanilla involved Bolvar kicking butt in Stormwind's throne room, so to see him up and die was kind of heartbreaking, to say the least. What happened next, with the Battle for the Undercity, was equally as shocking, because I really wasn't expecting Varimathras to up and chuck Sylvanas out. Honestly, that whole chain from beginning to end, both Alliance and Horde, was beautifully told.
More thoughts on WoW storyline shockers, after the break.