The Lost Effect In WoW? (Click here to read the post)
Feel free to go and read the article. A couple things that I completely disagree with is that Arthas was the one and only bad guy! The writer referenced to the fact that they had been playing since Warcraft III! One question I had was that if the writer had bothered to play Warcraft or Warcraft II. If they had, then they would know that there are other bad guys out there. I also have to question if the writer has read any of the books that have been written. The lore in the game is much deeper and richer than just Arthas Menethil. For instance, if you are contributing to Arthas being the only bad guy and that killing Deathwing is just going and killing another Dragon, then I would dare say you need to go and read the series of "War of the Ancients" as you see Deathwing has a much deeper and more lore driven story of any other character in this series. Who is the one who made it possible for the corrupted Horde to use Red Drakes to fly? Who took over an entire kingdom in the guise of an advisor in Alterac. I would dare say that anyone who would claim that the game is over and there is no more tales to be told or true villains to be known has not truly immersed theirself in all of the lore and should go out and spend some quality time reading these fine novels which enhances the lore of Warcraft and not just read the quests in the games.
The thing I do agree with is that I hope that Blizzard continues to be creative with the story of the heroes we have come to know and love. I think Blizzard did a good job in this expansion for writing the lore into the actual quests. You just didn't get the "go and kill 50 of this" type of quests. Instead you had quests that were all part of a larger story. I must admit that I hate that we had the Nexxus War, an old god, and the Lich King all crammed into one expansion, but if you spend the time to read the quests then you will see that Blizzard did a great job of making sure to interweave the lore into the game. They gave you a reason as to why you were going out and killing Malygos (who by the way was driven to madness and almost had his flight wiped out by Deathwing). That type of storytelling was not present in the Burning Crusade expansion, but Blizzard came back strong in Wrath of the Lich King to give a fitting end to Arthas and prepare the world for the next major shift in power.
Taking Credit For Doing What Was Intended (Click here to read the post)
So typically I read Gevlon's blog and laugh to myself and move on. Sometimes I may make an off-handed remark referring to the little green fellow, but I feel I need to speak up and say that he is completely full of horseshit when he makes comments like:
"At first, despite what naysayers said, we managed to cause impact. A single guild turned the balance of a server upside down for a week, forcing several guilds to do a coordinated response.See the trick with Gevlon is that he weaves the truth in with his own narrow-minded view point and then labels anyone who opposes his view as a "social" or "M&S" and then proceeds to insult them and find ways to discredit them. We have seen such behavior in history from similar type personalities and I will leave your mind to figure out who I may/may not be referencing. I want to go back to my thought though before I lose it. Gevlon actually described his own WG in his second paragraph. You see he went in there with his team and had a game plan. Seeings as his side is much smaller, it is much easier to coordinate and organize an offensive or counteroffensive. As the Alliance have been losing so long, they are quick to respond when they see something working. I suppose one could say that he went in with a premade team, just like in battlegrounds. The Horde on the other side is not organized and even though he may see a few people speaking in trade chat, I doubt very seriously that those individuals would represent a very large percentage of the population of the Horde server. I suppose that here we could describe the Horde as a bunch of random people or PuGs. So based upon that information, he is competing in exactly what he used to discredit battlegrounds for being the first true form of large scale PVP. So while I applaud Gevlon for an attempt to change the tides on a lop-sided server, I do not agree with his assumption that he has created the first true large scale PVP. He is just looking at it through rose colored glasses and maybe some day he will see that he is just competing in another WG that is no different than any other WG on any other server on any other given day.
Secondly, it created the first competitive large-group PvP in WoW. PvP was always a sideline in WoW, despite for a skilled player PvP is the only way to be sure he is not eating something nerfed. You can't nerf other players. With arenas, competitive PvP became available in WoW, but only in very small scale. The largest group available is 5-man strong, there is no way to conduct epic-scale strategic battles. While battlegrounds had the potential, the ability to "farm" honor via chain-losing changed them into a stupid zergfest. Theoretically you can play in battlegrounds with an organized team, but that's not competitive. A premade easily smash any PuG. Also, Blizzard has disabled queuing up as raid to the random and weekend BGs, allowing honor and arena point rewards to only those who queue up into a zergfest and lucky enough to get less brain-dead than the other team."