Do you think that orcs are being used as a distraction?
In an idea that is more tin foil hat than anything else I've come up with an interesting idea on where warlords is leading. We know that the black price had a hand in helping garrosh get away and he also has a major bug up his tiny dragon whelp butt for the burning legion so maybe this entire expansion is a test.
The iron horde threat doesn't really seem to be a threat at all. Not after all the things we, as the heroes of azeroth, have handled over the years. The iron horde is something better handled in a quest line or maybe a five man if need be. The iron horde is in no way worthy of their own expansion. These orcs are nothing special at all. The troll empire in ZA or ZG was more dangerous than the iron horde could ever dream to be based only on the fact they are on our world.
Maybe the black price knew where garrosh would be taken. Knew that he would stop his father and the orcs from drinking the blood. Knew that this would get the attention of the burning legion. Maybe he did this all in an attempt to draw them out, to draenor, so we could confront them on a planet that is not ours. A testing ground if you will.
The orcs are merely a means to and end. We are killing them not because they pose a treat to us, because as we have noticed they aren't, but because we are trying to draw the legion out so we can fight them in an area where if it gets destroyed it means nothing to us. It is not our world and it is not part of our reality.
Maybe the orcs are just a minor distraction to keep us busy while we are waiting for the real fight.
Where is Hemet?
We know there is a bonus objective quest in nagrand with hemet at the helm but he really is a no show this expansion, sort of like he never popped up his head in cataclysm. Am I the only one that misses his quest line?
Cataclysm saw hemet as a no show. He made a return in mists but many could have easily missed his quest line tucked out of the way in the valley of the four winds. It was not a major quest line like it had been in the original release and first two expansion. Now he gets a bonus objective to the area he is in but no actual quests.
I miss hemets quest line, do you?
And where the heck is hemet as a follower. You would think with many other reoccurring characters appearing as followers that hemet would have been a sure thing as a follower.
Are Hemet, Nat and Harrison the original lone wolves?
Everyone knows hemet is a great hunter, a hunter extraordinaire, the hunter all young hunters would love to be when they grow up. But hemet has no pet. Do you think he was using lone wolf before us heroes of azeroth even learned to be lone wolves?
So far this expansion we have found out that two other high profile reoccurring characters in the history of warcraft are hunters. Two people we might have never thought to be hunters. People we have a long and storied history with. People such as nat pagle and harrison jones.
Who would have thought they were hunters too? It does make sense however. Nat can be said to hunt fish and being a fisherman is not a huge difference from being a hunter. He is hunting fish so he makes sense. Harrison might be a little more of a stretch. Call him a relic hunter and everyone in the game will agree he is a hunter in that sense. But I guess his collection of adventuring skills had to come from somewhere and only a hunter could be as skilled at things like that, so he too makes sense. I guess I just never thought of them as hunters.
We have known both of these bit players in the warcraft universe for a long time. We have worked with nat on countless occasions and the same can be said for harrison. At least for me, I never once realized they were hunters until they joined me as followers and I looked at their resumes and saw that they were indeed hunters. That makes it even more of an honor to have them working with me, for me.
I do not recall ever seeing either of these fine men with pets. Are they like hemet and part of the original lone wolf club?
Trap launcher not a bug any more?
It might only be a little thing, an inconsequential one at that, but it was really bugging me that every time I changed a talent I needed to set my trap launcher again. With the amount of talent changes I use on a near daily basis this expansion that means I was always forgetting to reset the darn thing one time or another and not noticing it until I actually needed it, which of course was too late.
It was a general annoyance but one that since the patch doesn't seem to be happening. When I switch talents my trap launcher stays lit.
I figured I would mention it because I think it is a cool quality of life change and I do not recall ever seeing it mentioned anywhere in the patch notes for 6.1 or prior. Maybe I missed it, that is entirely possible, would not be the first time that has happened. But if I didn't I have to ask why does blizzard not mention good changes like this? You would think with all the bad press over 6.1 that mentioning even the little things that are good would or could help their image some.
This is one of those undocumented changes I am liking. Most undocumented changes suck, that is why they do not mention them, because they know people will complain about them. Who would have ever complained about this?
What to expect next?
Fun speculation time on where we are heading next. I know we have not finished this expansion yet, but it is fun to think about what the future brings and not just the near future of more orcs. Oh, surprise.
I think the leading candidates right now are, one, the naga expansion. One where when we manage to get back from what was possibly this one way trip queen azshara and the naga have made major advances in our home world while all the major heroes of azeroth were gone. It makes sense both from a story perspective and a lore perspective. She has been a looming big baddie for a very long time and this is one hell of an opportunity to step up being most of the people that could stand up against her were elsewhere dealing with other issues.
The second leading contender would be based off the first topic I mentioned here. A battle with the burning legion on argus, but the argus of the alternate universe. It is the next logical step. Something we should do next before we have to go back and deal with the issues of aszhara on azeroth.
The one thing backing up an idea like this would be the new store mount. Just like the enchanted fey dragon came in mists and we see them all over draenor, the mystic runesaber does seem to have an argus sort of feeling about it. More so than an aszhara one. If we use store mounts as a telling factor, and it could be, this could mean we are staying in the alternate time line for another expansion. The one thing going against that idea is that people are not liking this alternate timeless and blizzard might write off that idea because they could fear people dropping subs if they stick with a concept they do not embrace.
There are other options for what could come next and I have had different opinions over time, but right now these are my leading two, what about you? What do you think is coming next, and no, I do not more more orcs in 6.2.