History YMMV / WorldOfWarcraft

22nd Jun '17 8:44:06 PM Chubzhac
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** Illidan. Many people feel his imprisonment after creating the second Well of Eternity was unjustified because he was right that the Well would be needed to defeat the Burning Legion again. However, most people, including Blizzard, have seemingly forgotten that Illidan wasn't imprisoned just for creating a new Well, but also because he pettily murdered several night elves and nearly killed Jarod Shadowsong, which is why Maiev hates him. Likewise, in ''Legion'', the story tries to paint Illidan as a hero and accuses the player of being wrong for killing him in the ''Burning Crusade'' expansion, ignoring the fact the Illidan was an insane tyrant who had committed multiple atrocities while ruling Outland.
21st Jun '17 10:00:06 AM shatterstar
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** If only looking at fan art, you'd be forgiven to think that Sally Whitemane is a main character and not just a raid boss. Her distinct costume and fantastic quest made her a fan favorite, so much that [[spoiler:she was resurrected as a Horseman for ''Legion'']].
17th Jun '17 11:18:10 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* WeWantOurJerkBack: Varian and Garrosh brought on intense feelings of this among both their own fans and much of the rest of the fandom after ''Mists of Pandaria''. [[spoiler:The fact both of them are dead now haven't really stopped this, though calls for this happening to Varian has since died down ever since his HeroicSacrifice in ''Legion'']].

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Varian and Garrosh brought on intense feelings of this among both their own fans and much of the rest of the fandom after ''Mists of Pandaria''. [[spoiler:The fact both of them are dead now haven't really stopped this, though calls for this happening to Varian has since died down ever since his HeroicSacrifice in ''Legion'']].


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* WordOfGod: Blizzard has had two 'Ask the Creative Development Team' threads, in which they answer questions regarding the game's lore. A number of answers have debunked speculation, cleared up ambiguous plot points and even offered new insights that weren't being sought after, but are interesting none the less. And then there are some which are met with a dismissive ShrugOfGod.
17th Jun '17 11:11:56 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* SpoiledByTheFormat:
** The names of quest rewards (which are visible as soon as you accept the quest) often give away what happens during the quest. If one of the quests involves a battle and one of the rewards is called "Cowl of the Grieving Friend," you can probably guess it doesn't turn out well for you.
** Early versions of quests generally didn't bother to hide what happens in the quest objectives, and some still don't. The game has gotten better about it since ''Cataclysm'', though.
** There have been some quests wherein the quest-giver will say something like "Let's go fight off the bad guys and save my sister" and your objectives are "Watch sister die 0/1. Flee horde of bad guys 0/1."
16th Jun '17 3:32:31 PM Steam_Lord
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** Enemy pet battlers have a tendency to make some very stupid moves.

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** Enemy pet battlers have a tendency to make some very [[ArtificialStupidity stupid moves.moves]].
16th Jun '17 3:13:16 PM Jokubas
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** Imperator Mar'gok got this reaction after ''Code of Rule'', a short story largely told from the perspective of the ogre emperor, showing a very [[DeliberateValuesDissonance different outlook]] on things, but also both a strength and a cleverness that had traditionally been beyond the ogres. There was only one problem. This story came out ''after'' his canonical death. Further, the second Chronicle established that the main timeline Mar'gok died long ago, because Cho'gall was after him regardless of player intervention, so there's no hope of seeing that characterization matter.
16th Jun '17 2:39:12 AM Jokubas
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** Vol'jin got hit by this hard. The troll racial leader since Warcraft III, he hadn't done a lot, but he was a moderately popular character. During Mists of Pandaria, they started to really build up his character, centering the rebellion against Garrosh around him and even giving him his own novel. He quickly became a fan favorite to the point that, when Garrosh was deposed, Blizzard chose Vol'jin to replace him due to his popularity. After an expansion he barely makes a cameo in because we were on another world, we return to Azeroth only for him to be immediately killed by a demon {{Mook}}. While his connection to a death god means that while he may be dead, he may not necessarily be gone, we have yet to hear from him. Regardless, his time as a Warchief was so completely wasted that there's been HypeBacklash from those who assume he canonically wasted that time since we never saw any of it.
16th Jun '17 2:29:14 AM Jokubas
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** Apparently, Ner'zhul has never lived down the portion of his existence he spent as the Lich King, given that his shtick in ''Warlords of Draenor'' is shadow-based necromancy and his Shadowmoon Clan are a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for the Cult of The Damned/the Scourge.

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** Apparently, Ner'zhul has never lived down the portion of his existence he spent as the Lich King, given that his shtick in ''Warlords of Draenor'' is shadow-based necromancy and his Shadowmoon Clan are a SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute for the Cult of The Damned/the Scourge. It was to the point that many fans were upset at how [[AnticlimaxBoss easily he went down]] because of how big of a deal it was to take down the Lich King, despite him mostly still being a normal orc during Warlords of Draenor.
16th Jun '17 2:02:52 AM Jokubas
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** The World of Warcraft Chronicles. After years of the constant retcons being the butt of many Warcraft jokes, Blizzard stepped back and made books retelling the history of the Warcraft universe from the beginning of time. These books have provided a definitive version of many events that were left in an ambiguous state, and smoothed over retcons large and small. The best part is that while it technically provides its own retcons, most of these manage to keep the story as close as possible to the original lore while staying consistent with newer lore. It remains to be seen if this will continue going forward, however (the relation between Odyn, Helya, and the creation of the val'kyr has seemingly been contradicted already).
16th Jun '17 1:57:42 AM Jokubas
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** Illidan's return has ended up creating a bit of a BrokenBase. On the one hand, they addressed the issues and out of character moments in Burning Crusade extremely well in a smooth saving throw, by revealing that the horrible things he was doing were the high cost to setting up a desperate plan to lop off the head of the Legion once and for all, and us killing him was actually part of ''Kil'jaeden's'' plot to get us to deal with the Legion's Illidan problem for them. However, many have found this good will to have been squandered by Xe'ra, the character pushing us to bring Illidan back. Xe'ra's dialogue [[NiceJobBreakingItHero guilt trips the player]] and [[CharacterShilling shills]] Illidan like crazy, despite the story having recently admitted that Illidan really did do some horrible things (even if for the greater good) and Xe'ra's own allies encouraging us to do what we did. Many assume an ulterior motive from Xe'ra due to the blatant contradictions on hand.
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