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wow Legion Alpha: New Naga Models & Blue Posts on Sylvanas' Model

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The latest Alpha build has brought updated models for the amphibious denizens of Azeroth, the Naga. Speaking of updated models, CM Nethaera gave her opinion on the Legion model of Sylvanas Windrunner.


With the possible return of Azshara, the Naga's role in Legion isn't going to be insignificant at all. After the Murlocs, it's time for the Naga to have their models remade. Their fins are now bigger and they look overall better. The female Naga is significantly taller. In my opinion, the male Naga model looked more threatening before, with its teeth showing, compared to how it looks now. Here are three videos with the new Naga models and a comparison with the older ones by PyP Gamers Network.


New male Naga model



New female Naga model



Comparison of old and new models



Since it's all about models in this article, if you have visited Legion's official website, you may have noticed Sylvanas' new model. She will be wearing more armor than in the past and a lot of people dislike that.



Sylvanas' Legion model


A few days ago, Community Manager Nethaera popped in a thread, where a heated debate on Sylvanas' new model was taking place, and offered her point of view. Her posts also touched some female gamer issues. The thread was closed afterwards, but you can still see the blue posts:

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I think you're misusing the word "Censored" here for one. For another, I personally love her look. I like knowing she has on armor that may actually protect her from the battle she's digging herself into. She's a strong character (to me) no matter what she wears. I'd think if I were her, I'd want a change of outfit now and then too.

Characters evolve and change. Their armor and outfits are going to change. Thrall is just one example of how what he wore was a reflection of the changes he went through. Other characters are bound to see evolutions and changes as they make sense both in their visual representation and in their stories.

These types of discussions while generally welcome when kept clean, are often just minefields for some inappropriate discussions. I'd like to please caution everyone to not get into the quagmire that results in personal attacks or mud slinging. Art is subjective and what one person interprets something to mean or be may not be what someone else interprets something to be. What one person likes, may not be what someone else likes. That's OK. Just remember that there's no place here for venom toward anyone for those likes or dislikes.


I think people have a stilted point of view on what they see as "pressure". Things change. Times change. The balance between male and female players in WoW is actually much closer than you think and has been for a long while. The topic of what women like or don't like, or play, or have done in the past isn't cut and dry either. I've been playing games (and liking "geek" things) since I first played the Atari as a little girl. I like PvP and blowing things up. Other women may not. Some women like their character to look 'practical'. Others have a different 'fantasy' of what their character should be like. I would never claim to represent "all women" that would be preposterous.

The same can be said for men. You can't paint everyone with the same brush. It just doesn't work. This is a more complex issue than what should be on these forums. We're getting into dangerous territory here and I've already had to remove some pretty disparaging remarks aimed at others. This community is smarter than that.

Perceptions of what is and isn't over the years have always baffled me. It seems to go in waves. Each new generation believes fervently that it is or was different for them or has changed 'over the years'. Perception is an amazing thing. It's your perception that this and all other related changes are because of 'x'. Could that be a part of it? Sure. Nothing is being taken away from you or the character with this change. If this was an awards show, you'd be asking her who she's wearing rather than, what she plans to do when she faces the Legion with her people. wink.png I have a feeling she plans to lay some smack down.

*I'd like to advise people not to give 'parenting advice' here for Mr. Metzen or anyone else. Again, this isn't appropriate.



As a female gamer, I personally liked Sylvanas' previous model better. I don't have any issue with good-looking female characters in games and for an undead character, Sylvanas looked amazing. Plus, the additional armor on her new model doesn't match the colour of the rest of her armor - that's a fashion crime!


What's your opinion? And do you like the new Naga models?

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So we get model updates for everything, but playable worgens. Thank you, Blizzard!

I'm so happy with my worgen spitting hair while jumping and stuff like that. <3

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