Pissing in Tom Chilton’s Cheerios

A while back, almost 2 months ago in fact, there was this little article from MMOGames that may have gotten overlooked with all the Legion news and shinies. Moreover, the first part of the article that got my attention way back then and I honestly couldn’t make it through the rest of the article because I was in fucking disbelief of the arrogant disregard of Mr. Tom Chilton.

Allow me to share the part of the interview:

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Pump the brakes, Tom. Let’s talk about some things.

“I’m not sure that I agree [with the question] on a fundamental level. It’s the assumption of a statement of fact that there is less story in Draenor than there is previous expansions.”

First, obviously you have a narrative to address here as you completely take this question in a different direction. You want to address how We, the players, feel about the storyline of Warlords by telling us we are wrong. I don’t take kindly to someone trying to force feed me my opinion.

Here is the deal, Tom. You miss the ENTIRE point of what we are saying. Once the expansion drops, the clock is started and that is when the expansion is judged on In Game Content. That is what was paid for and that is what all the hype is built up to. You have to understand this key point before you progress any further in attempting to understand what we are talking about. Everything before an expansion is just the amp up and pregame or filler if you are in MoP waiting for 14 months for new content. I don’t give 3 shits about the dancing around and jazz before the football game. I attend a football game for the actual game, damn it.

Warlords was a HUGE let down in lore and story. Period.  Why?  Because of the expectations. Yes, Tom, there were a lot of expectations. Why were there a lot of expectations? We all know how pivotal these characters are in the Warcraft universe and the expectation was that we were going to learn more about these characters. That’s what we were excited  about. We wanted to know these characters as well as we have gotten to know Thrall. We wanted to see why Kargath was a badass. We wanted to see Thrall’s reaction to meeting his father. We wanted to see what Nerzhul was like before he was the Lich King. These relationships are what we wanted out of this expansion. Did we get that?

Short answer, No.

Long answer: Below is how I score the storyline of the characters in game. Of course this is from the Horde perspective.

A = Awesome; B = Pretty good; C = Average; D = Missed the Mark; F = Are you FUCKING kidding me

  • Nerzhul = F
  • Ogrim = F-
  • Blackhand = A
  • Grommash = B
  • Kilrogg = C
  • Durotan = A
  • Kargath = F
  • Guldan = C

Other characters

  • Drekthar = B
  • Lantresor = C
  • Terongore = D
  • Garona = B

 

“If you take that and combine it with the Lords of War series that we did, you know things that led up to the expansion and all that kind of stuff…“

Second, the Lords of War series was absolutely awesome, but it wasn’t Warlords content, man. You gotta let that go. It was the pregame, it wasn’t what people came to the stadium for, and it was outside of the game. Players judge and expansion on what is inside the game. The series did highlight a major plot hole with Kargath once we got into  the Highmaul Raid though. Yeah…

Third, there was really fuck all leading up to the expansion In Game. The Iron Horde coming through the Dark Portal was less than stellar. We never really did anything except skirt the outsides taking care of some odds and ends. It was a pretty dull l pre-expansion event.

 

The Positives

The leveling story content was fucking spot on. The best, probably.

But, bro, when we got to max level there were only 2 main storyline progressions, the Legendary Quest and the Random Weekly Quest. They did little to further the interaction with the warlord figures themselves. In fact, the two were so disjointed that we did not feel connected to the story in the least bit. It was a big let down to go from this great leveling experience where we saw how much story there was, and was yet to be told, to then be put into a holding pattern that felt empty. This…this is among the biggest failures of Warlords.

I heart you Tom, but I had to give you some tough love. First beer is on me at the Hilton this year.

-Knuttgaard

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