WoW! Thoughts! — On Wishing (Most) Everyone a Happy 2013

Thoughts on what I'd like to see for Warcraft's main characters in 2013.


With 2013 upon us, I thought now would be a good time to think about I’d like to see for some of our more famous characters to help them in the new year.

For Garrosh Hellscream, I wish him peace.  His anger runs deep; almost as if he may be influenced by outside forces…  His dabbling with Sha magic won’t have good results, and while we know that he’s going to lose his title of Warchief, it’s possible that we might find Garrosh’s hatred made him ripe for Sha manipulation.  If there’s one person I wished had stayed in mainland Azeroth this expansion, it’s him.  This year, I would like to grant him clarity and peace that would allow him to accept the Horde place in the world without feeling a need to dominate it.  Hopefully, he will come to this reckoning rather than pay the ultimate penalty.

For Prince Anduin Wrynn, I wish him a future.  I haven’t had the opportunity to play through the Alliance Operation: Shieldwall quests, but he wasn’t doing too well at the end of the Dominance Offensive storyline.  I can’t imagine him dying, but we’ll see what befalls him.  If there’s a second person I wish had stayed in old world Azeroth, it’s Anduin.

For King Varian Wrynn, I wish him success.  Not that I want the Alliance to defeat the Horde, but Varian seems to be developing a rational worldview that might allow him to begin to forge cross-faction alliances.  He’s already reached out to the Blood Elves in an attempt to bring them back into a fold that they haven’t been a part of since Warcraft II.  Despite those negotiations being rebuffed, we know he’s going to continue to have friends in the Horde as long as Garrosh keeps making enemies of everyone.

For Vol’jin, Baine Bloodhoof, and Lor’themar Theron, I wish them a Warchief they can be proud of. Perhaps it will be one of them, perhaps not, but I want them to have a Horde leader that they don’t have to delicately question out of concerns of being accused a traitor.  They have tried to serve their races nobly, and they deserve someone who will treat them with the respect they deserve.

For Malkorok, I wish a long, painful death.  I was excited to see him at Garrosh’s side in the Shrine of the Two Moons, if only because it means this grey bastard is likely to be one of the raid bosses featured in the Seige of Orgimmar.  He’s helping Garrosh run the Horde through fear and violence, not honor and respect. And while Garrosh tends to be a hothead, Malkorok is just a pure unmitigated asshole.  He blew up the Razor Hill inn!!!  His forces are directly responsible for Vol’jin’s poisoning.  He’s been abducting anyone who has questioned Garrosh, and either killed them, or at least pummeled them into submission.

Malkorok is everything that was wrong with the old Horde, and just like players have had the opportunity to deal with members like Teron Gorefiend and Zul’jin during the Burning Crusade, we are going to face down this newest incarnation of evil.  A swift, honorable death – a good death – is not in the cards for him.   I want Malkorok to have to watch the Alliance and Horde make peace, and then, once he’s realized that the purpose he’s fought for is lost, then he can die.  This may seem vindictive, but if there’s one asshole that deserves it, it’s him.

For Jaina Proudmoore, I wish her the same peace I wish for Garrosh.  After losing Theramore and (nearly?) losing Anduin, she’s clearly approaching the end of her rope. While’s she’s long been a moderate, and at this point, is well within her right to turn the Kirin Tor into an Alliance organization, she’s starting to act irrationally, already costing Varian his courtship of the Blood Elves.  I understand this is a painful time for her, and she needs to heal and move on.

For Thrall/Go’el, I wish him the opportunity to raise his family in peace.  It seems he’s been getting this since Cataclysm, but being called in to service as interim head of the Darkspear may indicate an end to that.  While it was nice to fight alongside him for old times’ sake, he needs to spend his time with Aggra and their child.

For Sunwalker Dezco, I wish him two happy and healthy children.  He’s had a tough time these last few months on Pandaria, which is a shame because he’s one of the more level-headed Horde figures.


For everyone else, I wish them a happy and healthy 2013.  The world didn’t end in 2012, so we might as well make the most of it!

Happy New Year!!!

WoW! Blurb!

Patch 5.2 is about to hit the PTR.  New Dailies!  New Raid! DINOMANCERS!!!  2013 IS GONNA BE AWESOME!!!



Nick Zielenkievicz
Nick Zielenkievicz
Nick Zielenkievicz

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Host of WoW! Talk! and The Tauren & The Goblin. Sometimes known as the Video Games Public Defender. Wants to play more Destiny and Marvel Heroes but WoW is all-consuming. Decent F2P Hearthstone player. Sad that he lost the Wii that had Wrecking Crew on it. Would be happy if the only game ever made was M.U.L.E. Gragtharr on Skywall-US. Garresque on Ravencrest-US.

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