Nope, because that’s where they belong…
Respectfully disagree. The High Elves (or whatever we choose to call their race in general) have fought alongside humans for thousands of years, usually against the types of creatures you’d find on the Horde, such as orcs, trolls and the undead. They joined the Horde in a moment of extreme desperation because a temporary leader of the shattered Alliance was a xenophobe who treated them very poorly. I can understand that choice, sort of. I mean, 20 years prior their homeland was under threat from extinction by the orcs, so it’s a little weird. But I get that desperate times call for desperate measures.
That’s where it ends, though. The Blood Elves are culturally very different from the other races on the Horde, except for the recently recruited Nightborne. On top of that, the Horde has behaved very, very badly over the last decade. From Garrosh to Sylvanas, they are doing pretty much the exact opposite of what you’d expect a High Elf to do.
It gets worse when Blizzard intentionally has to change the Blood Elves in a sort of contrived way, by giving them mean and wicked characters who are incredibly arrogant and verging on genuine evil. It doesn’t suit them, and whenever you see them depicted in normal lore situations, for example the High Elf mother who is trying to escape Arthas holding her child in the Sylvanas Warbringers cinematic, this is just more evident. She looks like a perfectly healthy, decent, lovely person who just wants to live and prosper in a nice, orderly, civilised society. Pretty much like the Humans of Stormwind. But then you go in-game and you see these Blood Elves fighting side by side with walking corpses in gas masks, polluting the ground beneath their feet with the plague and torturing people on these bizarre devices… no. It’s a very forced and very strange change from the elves we got to know in the RTS games.
Ahh, this old chestnut. “They did a poll in the Asian market and people liked them so therefore that’s why we have Blood Elves in the Horde” Fascinating, you are aware the Asian version of WoW is a franchise, and what happens in their game, does not often come over here, in fact most things don’t. Where are my payment options that they get and I don’t, Why am I paying more for my Sub than they are? How come their Forsaken models have elbows and knees? How come they turn into a gravestone upon death and not a skeleton? (I know the cultural reason) My point is, a poll involving the Asian market has Jack All to do with changes to the Oceanic realms.
I never mentioned the Asian market, and I didn’t have any such poll in mind. It’s just common sense. I played during Vanilla, and it’s true that the Horde only had these large, brutish races while the Alliance had Night Elves dancing atop mail boxes everywhere. I understand why Blizzard wanted to even things out, although I disagree with them for giving Blood Elves to the Horde.
With the exception of Demon Hunters, which are specifically either Sin’dorei or Kaldorei, the only class that was added was ‘Warrior’. You seriously trying to tell me that doesn’t make sense? Every race should have Warriors, to think otherwise is ridiculous.
I’m not saying Blood Elves shouldn’t be a thrifty, agile, resourceful race that is able to roll different classes. That’s fine by me. But it is a stark contrast to the Void Elves who feel like their lame cousins.
They’re getting one. one customisation feature. Golden eyes. A feature nobody even wanted!, One feature unasked for is not a ‘bunch’
Well, given how they also have Death Knights and Demon Hunters, that adds a whole ton of potential to create diverse characters. Sure, it binds you to a specific class but regardless it means that there is greater potential for customisation for the Blood Elves. I’m pretty sure they’ve had some hairstyles added as well by the way, such as the pigtails.
That is because they are not addicted to Fel. That was -never- their thing. They have a Mana Addiction, which all Thalassians share. Know what a High Elf who spends too long around Fel energies looks like? Yep. A Blood Elf. Blizz confirmed that the High Elves of the Allerian Expedition in lore have fel green eyes, just as a Blood Elf who lived in Dalaran whilst the Fel crystals were there, will have blue eyes. Blood Elves were -not- huffing Fel. The Fel crystals were there to keep the magical buildings of the city intact. We know what a Thalassian Elf who -does- drain Fel looks like: Selin Fireheart, first boss in Magister’s Terrace. Looks nothing like a Blood Elf or High Elf…
It very much was their thing back when they were introduced. They were “High Elves but with a twist”. They were given to the Horde, but they were made to appear like a sort of “fallen” people, beautiful on the outside but dark and vengeful on the inside. That was their pitch.
and why shouldn’t they? I mean the Gnomes got an awesome set too, I don’t begrudge them that.
I’m not saying they shouldn’t. But they have it, and it’s another reason why Blood Elves as a playable race have been treated very well by Blizzard, and why the Void Elf compromise given to the Alliance feels rather lacklustre by comparison.
But I must say, you seem very defensive about the Blood Elves. Which is what I suspect is the reason behind why many players oppose High Elves as an allied race. You are probably a little afraid that your awesome and unique races will be out-awesomed by another type of elf.
Now there you have piqued my interest, people have wanted a revamp for more than a decade now, what is the source for this? as I really hope there is talk of a revamp…
Sorry to get your hopes up, but I was referring mostly to player-to-player discussions on forums and such. The world is slowly being revamped (WSG, AB, Arathi, Darkshore, Silithus, etc.) and capital cities are being destroyed and what-not. So it’s not unthinkable that some of the worst offenders (if not all) among the capital cities would receive major updates soon.
Have you rolled a Nightborne? They don’t -get- Suramar. They get someone’s back garden with no buildings at all. Amusingly, they get less than the Void Elves. The rest of Suramar is still just as hostile to them, as to anyone else…
It’s still in or around Suramar, isn’t it? The Void Elves get a floating purple rock with three tents.