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Varok Saurfang's story continues in Patch 8.1. Check out what awaits the High Overlord in Tides of Vengeance! This article contains spoilers.

Foreword

Blizzard released a cinematic titled "Old Soldier", where the High Overlord reacts to the Burning of Teldrassil. He's not content with Sylvanas' decisions and does not like where the Horde is heading.

Saurfang becomes fed up with the events of the Battle for Lordaeron and is taken to the Stockades by Anduin. Later in the Stormwind Extraction Scenario, you find him locked up in a cell, but he does not want to return to Orgrimmar.

If you missed our first installment of Saurfang's story in Battle for Azeroth, you can check it out here.

Saurfang's Story in Patch 8.1

Blizzard added a new NPC called Varok Saurfang in Tides of Vengeance and the Orc received a new skin as well. He's no longer referred to as "High Overlord" and does not wear his usual armor.

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Saurfang escaped the Stockades and Horde players are sent to investigate what happened to him. Sylvanas does not want him to fall into the hands of the Alliance and demands you to take him back to Orgrimmar. Our favorite Zappyboi makes an appearance at the end of the questline, joining him in battle.

Varok Saurfang Questline in Patch 8.1

The 8.1 questline starts with Dark Ranger Alina and "The Dark Lady Calls" quest aboard the Bahsee Wall and Sylvanas requests your audience in Orgrimmar.

The Dark Lady Calls

Champion, the Dark Lady has need of you. We cannot speak more of this here. Make haste to Orgrimmar at once. Best not to keep her waiting.

An Abomination Guard is guarding the door in Grommash Hold to ensure that your meeting with Sylvanas stays private.

The High Overlord

I have asked you here to discuss a matter of great improtance to the Horde. Varok Saurfang is no longer present in Stormwind. Let us discuss this turn of events.

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Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: Thank you for coming so quickly, <player name>. This is a matter I could entrust only to you.

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: My spies report that Varok Saurfang has escaped Alliance custody. He'd been held in the Stormwind Stockades since the assault on Lordaeron.

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: Should the boy-king's forces locate Saurfang, no doubt they will kill him on sight.

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: While some within our ranks have questioned the High Overlord's loyalties, we cannot allow him to fall back into enemy hands.

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: I expect you to find him before they do.

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: Dark Ranger Lyana is an exceptional tracker. She will assist you on this assignment.

Sylvanas wants you to locate Saurfang, because the Alliance would surely kill him on sight. Some members of the Horde question his loyalty and consider him a traitor for his willing surrender at the Battle for Lordaeron.

A Way Out

My spies report that our High Overlord did not leave the way he entered, not any other way we know of. No signs were seen at any of the known exits to the Stockades or sewers. He simply was in his cell one moment, and not the next. Begin your investigation around the city of Stormwind. There must be another way out that we do not know of. Dark Ranger Lyana will meet you there, her tracking skills are second to none. Do not fail me, my champion.

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Dark Ranger Lyana: We will rendezvous just outside Stormwind's walls. Keep to the shadows.

Now, you must reach Elwynn Forest to continue the questline. The easiest way was to teleport to Dalaran, use the portal to Karazhan and fly there.

On Track

Keep your head down, we don't want to be seen out here. Our spies keep watching over Stormwind day and night, and saw no signs of Saurfang. Not did we notice any oddly-oversized carts or strange ships in the night, if that was what you were thinking. How then, did he make his escape? Let's look around.

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Dark Ranger Lyana: Let's keep moving. Be on the lookout for anything suspicious.

You're going to find a sewer exit outside the city.

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Dark Ranger Lyana: A sewer exit. Outside the city, away from prying eyes. Let's take a look at that lock.

Clicking the Old Lock will make the following text appear:

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This lock is old and heavily rusted. Scrape marks and flecks of loose rust are present around the keyhole and moving parts. It has been recently used.

Now that you've found Saurfang's escape route, the search continues...

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Dark Ranger Lyana: Seems we have found his escape route. Hmm, there is mud around the lake. We should check for tracks.

Dark Ranger Lyana: The mud has been disturbed. Someone tried to disguise their route amongst the reeds. Let's keep moving.

Dark Ranger Lyana: Heavy footprints. Too large for a human. It has to be Saurfang. His trail leads east...

You will be attacked by SI:7 Agents and the quest is complete when you defeat all three.

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SI:7 Agent: Well, well... what do we have here?

SI:7 Agent: Seems a couple of Hordies got lost. VERY lost.

SI:7 Agent: Does this area look brown and filthy to you, Hordies?

SI:7 Agent: Sure seems green to me. Not like Horde lands at all.

SI:7 Agent: Let's send them back on their way then, shall we?

SI:7 Agent: My daggers can point 'em in the right direction!

You need to keep moving, because SI:7 Agents are probably looking for Saurfang as well.

Eastern Escape

It's not unusual to see SI:7 spies lurking around the city, but still, something about this doesn't feel right. We need to find where Saurfang's trail picks up. The last tracks were heading east, towards Redridge. At the entrance to Redridge is Three Corners, one of the more well-defended towers the Alliance has. I have an idea, meet me there.

The search for Saurfang continues in Redridge Mountains.

Corner Crossing

If Saurfang was headed in this direction, it would have been difficult for him to avoid the Three Corners watchpost. We could simply walk in there and demand information, but I have a feeling that they would not part with it willingly. So we will take another approach. I have procured this potion from our alchemists. It will turn us into--ugh-- humans for a while. We can then question the guards, perhaps someone saw something.

Use the Humanizing PotionHumanizing Potion to turn yourself into a Human for 10 minutes and ask guards for information. After you taken on the appearance of a Human, Lyana tells you:

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Dark Ranger Lyana: Look at you... how sickeningly sweet. It's perfect.

You're going to approach guards and tell them you've lost a puppy. Dark Ranger Lyana goes by the name "Marion Sutton" when transformed.

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Marion Sutton: Won't you please help us?

Marion Sutton: My poor sweet daughter lost her puppy!

Marion Sutton: It ran away last night. Did you see it?

Redridge Garrison Watchman: Last night? Don't much remember about last night, do we? Hah!

Redridge Garrison Watchman: Come on! No need to tell 'em about that!

Redridge Garrison Watchman: It's fine! Why, Mr. Shaw himself paid us a visit! It's not every day the leader of SI:7 gives you the night off.

Redridge Garrison Watchman: Truth be told, it wasn't so much the night off as it was a full bottle of very fine rum... and a lack of orders that we shouldn't drink it all in one sittin'.

Redridge Garrison Watchman: Next thing you know, this one's so deep in his cups that he can't hardly stand.

Redridge Garrison Watchman: They don't need to hear any more about that...

Redridge Garrison Watchman: Decides that he's gonna inform Miss Darcy Parker that he's gone and caught feelings for her.

Redridge Garrison Watchman: My heart couldn't take it n'more! A man ain't got no defenses when he's down in his bottles.

Redridge Garrison Watchman: He takes one look at the franks 'n beans she's got boilin' in the pot, and before ya know it, his lunch makes a repeat appearance.

Redridge Garrison Watchman: Had the poached fish and taters. Not a meal I'll soon forget.

Redridge Garrison Watchman: Instead of the wooin' ofa lifetime, poor Darcy had to put a sick man to bed and scrub the floor.

Redridge Garrison Watchman: Let me tell you, nobody knows how to tuck in a man the way she does.

Redridge Garrison Watchman: Don't be givin' up on her, now! You got a big heart, and that counts for somethin'.

Redridge Garrison Watchman: So's to answer your question quick as I can, I don't think we saw any dogs last night. Least not that I can recall.

The guards were super drunk last night and they do not recall anything. It must have been fairly easy for Saurfang to pass by the Three Corner watchpost unnoticed. Now you question Darcy Parker about what happened last night.

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Darcy Parker: Oh sweet thing, nothing to worry about. Were you scared? One of the guards just had a little too much fun and he needed to lie down and take a nap. I put him right to bed in the inn, don't you worry.

The search continues in Lakeshire at Inkeeper Brianna. She informs you that guards are staying upstairs at the Lakeshire Inn. After searching the room for clues, you find an Official-Looking Note from Shaw:

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<A hastly-scribbled note. It appears to have been intended for the captain of the guards.>

Our spies report the possibility of an attack.

Double the patrols between here and Burning Steppes tonight, pull your guards from other duties if you must.

- Shaw

Signs of Saurfang

With the guards drunk at their posts, Saurfang would have had little trouble passing Three Corners undetected. The path splits up ahead. The back roads of Redridge are poorly-patrolled and infested with gnolls and spiders. In other words, a perfect path for an orc trying to not to be noticed. His most likely path is Lakeridge Highway, we should continue our investigation there.

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Dark Ranger Lyana: These back roads would make an ideal route for someone trying to avoid attention. Let's look around. 

You'll find ripped webbing, ichor, and plenty of killed spiders in Lakeridge Highway.

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Dark Ranger Lyana: Ripped webbing. Someone definitely passed through here--and it wasn't a gnoll.

Dark Ranger Lyana: They're dead. Based on the print pattern, I'd say it was only a minor scuffle.

Dark Ranger Lyana: That's a lot of ichor. More than I'd expect rom one of these young tarantulas.

Dark Ranger Lyana: Which means that our quarry must have also encountered...

Dark Ranger Lyana: ...their mother.

Defeat the Injured Bristlequeen to complete the quest.

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Dark Ranger Lyana: Such a shame. I quite like spiders.

Ever Eastward

All signs point to our quarry heading farther east. To what end, Im an not sure, but I have my suspicions. I am going to scout the area from the air, let's meet up at Redridge Pass.

Tracking Tipoff

Look there, down the hill, one of the Alliance hunters that roams the area. No one knows these pathways like them. If our quarry passed through this area, they would certainly have seen the tracks. Their dogs may even have noticed. Here is another dose of the potion. Let us question this one while he is alone.

It's time to drink  Humanizing PotionHumanizing Potion again and question Hunter McAlister who is later killed, because his dogs notice you're not actual humans.

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Marion Sutton: My good sir, can you help us?

Marion Sutton: A filthy orc raided our farm in the night. He stole a priceless family heirloom!

Marion Sutton: Have you seen any signs of such a monstrous brute travelling over the pass?

Hunter McAlister: Found some hug tracks just this mornin'. They led over the mountains pass and into the swamp.

Franklin: Grrr...

Hunter McAlister: if that was your orc, he's a big one. Best watch yourselves.

Danger: Rrrrr... rouf!

Hunter McAlister: Must've been your orc that got my dogs all riled up last night.

Drooble: Ar-oof!

Hunter McAlister: They were barkin' and growlin' up a storm. They do that whenever one of those Horde scoundrels comes around.

Franklin: GRRRR...

Wallaby: Rrrrr...

Hunter McAlister: Come to think of it, sorta like they're doing right now...

Danger: ROUF!

Bernard: Bark!

Hunter McAlister: Hey! You're Horde, ain't ya!? Get 'em, boys!

Killing Hunter McAlister and his dogs makes Zappyboi appear! Zekhan offers the next quest while Lyana informs you she must return to the Warchief.

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Dark Ranger Lyana: I must report back to the warchief. You are to take no further action until you hear from me again. Understood?

Zekhan tells you that Saurfang's hiding at a nearby farm.

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Zekhan: Ey mon, over here! I be needin' your help!

Zekhan: Saurfang's hidin' out at a small farm nearby. We best be gettin' dere before dey do!

Grim Tidings

Ey mon, dat dark ranger, she lied to ya'! Saurfang knew they'd be comin' for him. He sent me to watch the pass, see who his assassins were, try to warn him if I could. She's not reportin' back nothin', she's goin' to kill him. Probably got a whole group of deathguards just waiting for her to give the signal. We gotta stop dem! You with me?

Dark Ranger Lyana lied to you and she wants to kill him. Better hurry and inform Saurfang who's located in the Swamp of Sorrows.

A Warrior's Death

She gonna try an' take him in, and then no one ever gonna see Varok Saurfang again. Dis was never a rescue mission, dis was about power, an' control, an' Sylvanas think she be holdin' all the cards. But she didn't count on us! Let's go.

Turns out Sylvanas actually tricked you and wants Saurfang dead.

Completing the quest rewards a fun cloak toy - Worn CloakWorn Cloak. A scripted event will begin as soon as you accept the quest and you must defend Saurfang.

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Dark Ranger Lyana: Varok Saurfang! You are guilty of treason against the Dark Lady. Exit the hut or I will burn it down... like that tree your Alliance friends loved so dearly.

Zekhan: Ya ain't got a shred of honor between ya! How ya gonna turn ya backs on Saurfang, after all he's done for da Horde?

Dark Ranger Lyana: Champion, you and that troll need to stay out of this. My orders come from the warchief herself!

Varok Saurfang: And what orders might those be?

Dark Ranger Lyana: You turned your back on your duty to the Horde, Saurfang.

Dark Ranger Lyana: And worse, after you abandoned your people, you conspired with humans against your warchief.

Dark Ranger Lyana: You will throw down your weapon at once and come with us.

Dark Ranger Lyana: Or you will die here, in the swamp, alone.

Zekhan: Not alone!

Varok Saurfang: I see you still have not learned to fear the impossible odds, my young friend. It is an honor to stand at your side.

Varok Saurfang: Enough of your prattling, dark ranger! If you came seeking a fight, you shall have it!

Varok Saurfang: For the honor of the Horde! Lok-tar ogar!

Dark Ranger Lyana: Kill the traitor--and all who stand with him!

Zekhan: Ey! We did it, mon! What a battle! You see all dem sparks I be shootin'?

Dark Ranger Lyana and her crew die, but now you must come up with something to fool Sylvanas.

Queen's Favor

I have two things to ask of you, and I do not ask them lightly. First, I need you to retain the favor of the warchief. She will undoubtedly have questions, and seeds of distrust may begin to grow, but she cannot lose you as an ally, not now. She would not so willingly part with one of her greatest champions. In order to do so, it will have to look like you faced me in combat, and lost. I trust you can take a hit. Second, I ask you not to follow me further. I must make this journey alone.

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Varok Saurfang: If you are to remain in the Banshee's favor, she needs to believe that I defeated you. But it has to look like you put up a good fight.

Varok Saurfang: Ready? Take a deep breath. I fear I lack practice in pulling my punches.

Talk to Saurfang and tell him to punch you. The screen turns black for a second and you will be afflicted with the "Convincing Blow" debuff for 10 minutes.

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Varok Saurfang: Ah, good. You are still alive. Bruised... but alive.

Varok Saurfang: Return to the Banshee Queen. Tell her that I will be no one's pawn.

Varok Saurfang: Zekhan, I need you to remain in Orgrimmar. Let those who wish to restore the honor of the Horde know that they must not give up hope.

Zekhan: No way, mon. I'm comin' with ya! Where da high overlord go, I go.

Varok Saurfang: Not today, my friend. This path I must travel alone.

Varok Saurfang: Go with honor. You will see me again.

Zekhan: We betta'. We be countin' on ya.

Finally, go to Orgrimmar and talk to Sylvanas in Grommash Hold to complete the Queen's Favor quest that rewards Artifact Power.

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Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: Let me see if I have this right... Saurfang single-handedly slew my elite forces and a veteran dark ranger?

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: How fortunate that you escaped with little more than a bruise. Fortunate... but disappointing.

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: Let me be perfectly clear. You will find the traitor Saurfang. You will deliver him to me. And you will not fail me again.

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner: now go. Remember your duty to the Horde. We have a war to win.

The story ends here. Sylvanas doesn't know you defeated the dark ranger and her forces along with Saurfang and Zekhan. Let's see what the future holds for Varok. Let us know what you think about his story so far and Sylvanas wanting him dead.

Characters Involved in the Questline

Dark Ranger Lyana

Veteran Dark Ranger appointed by Sylvanas to help you track down Saurfang. In the beginning, it all looks like a rescue mission, but further down the questline you learn that she was deceiving you all along. She's later killed by the player, Saurfang, and Zekhan.

Varok Saurfang

Saurfang escaped the Stockades and you find him hiding at a farm in the swamps with simple armor and without the "High Overlord" title, indicating his discontent with Sylvanas' Horde. He probably works with Matthias Shaw who gave guards booze allowing Saurfang to pass by the watchpost unnoticed. You confront Dark Ranger Lyana and her forces as you uncover her vile intentions and learn that the rescue mission was actually a lie and Sylvanas wants him dead. He doesn't want you or Zekhan to follow him, because he clearly states that he must travel the path alone. The character of Saurfang remains the embodiment of the Horde's long-lost honor.

Zekhan

Zappyboi makes an appearance during the questline and fights alongside Saurfang. Blizzard did a really great job at portraying him loyal to Varok at times of need as we saw in the Old Soldier cinematic.

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner

Another lie has been told by the Warchief. First, she makes you believe it's of utmost importance to track down Saurfang, who recently escaped the Stockades, so that the Alliance does not kill him. Later, she accuses Varok of treason against the Horde and wants him dead. After you kill Lyana and her forces, you fool her into believing that Saurfang did all that. Blizzard confirmed in an interview that Sylvanas will not be Garrosh 2.0 in Battle for Azeroth.

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But I'm sure Sylvannas fans will insist she's misunderstood and morally grey.    Saurfang had it coming, or something.

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In every patch someone escapes Stormwind Stockades - shouldn't the Alliance hire better guards? Unless they let Garrosh free on purpose, knowing he can split the Horde and may drive the faction into a civil war, whilst Anduin & friends can collect all the Azerite on the planet. Divide et impera!

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Man... this is super disappointing... she shouldve actually gone to save him. Then had a big argument in orgrimmar. Now this is exactly like panda... she sends an assassin and voljin pretends to die then saurfang leads a rebellion and sylv and sacrificed... this just sucks

 

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Sylv did nothing wrong, Forsaken moto is "trust nobody", and Alliance needed Horde only when world was at stake, or their blue a$$... 

I hope she wins over this rebel thing, I don't expect her to remain as leader of Horde, but F* Blizz if they keep on killing warchiefs... 

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On 10/13/2018 at 9:07 PM, Migol said:

But I'm sure Sylvannas fans will insist she's misunderstood and morally grey.    Saurfang had it coming, or something.

"Lok'tar ogar" - I guess that counts for nothing when you just submit to be taken into the Stockades. 

 

Regardless of Sylvanas' little schemes, any Orc would still stand up for their own brothers and sisters. Many died for the Horde, not for Sylvanas, yet he just submits defeat. And then whines about not getting an honorable death. What better way to overthrow a warchief than by showing you can do it better yourself?

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14 hours ago, Xhopeon said:

Sylv did nothing wrong, Forsaken moto is "trust nobody", and Alliance needed Horde only when world was at stake, or their blue a$$... 

I hope she wins over this rebel thing, I don't expect her to remain as leader of Horde, but F* Blizz if they keep on killing warchiefs... 

Thats exactly the text, i was waiting for. Finally someone with a clear mind, who is laughing about this "We are cool revolutionary Rebels, lets make some action and play bad/good superheroes" .. i guess some people are really lucky in their marriage - No Loyality. Besides this, they support an old, lonely and embittered Orc, who is still crying after his Son. "Honor", when Sylvanas sacrificed some of her Soldiers, the hypocrites where yelling "MoRaLlY GrEy", "GaRrOSH 2.0r1!1" but if an Old Orc, like i already wrote, kills some Guards of the Warchief (Siege of Orgrimmar Like) then its "COOOOOL!! LoKTaR OgaR!!"

 

In the end, the true Horde will win. Blizzard will not tear my beloved Horde apart.

 

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19 hours ago, Yridaa said:

"Lok'tar ogar" - I guess that counts for nothing when you just submit to be taken into the Stockades. 

 

Regardless of Sylvanas' little schemes, any Orc would still stand up for their own brothers and sisters. Many died for the Horde, not for Sylvanas, yet he just submits defeat. And then whines about not getting an honorable death. What better way to overthrow a warchief than by showing you can do it better yourself?

If I remember correctly, he had just fought and was basically on his last legs facing the alliance invasion alone, begging Anduin to finish him off as his "warrior's death".    Anduin refused and took him into custody.     That's hardly submitting, that's being overpowered by superior numbers

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2 hours ago, Migol said:

If I remember correctly, he had just fought and was basically on his last legs facing the alliance invasion alone, begging Anduin to finish him off as his "warrior's death".    Anduin refused and took him into custody.     That's hardly submitting, that's being overpowered by superior numbers

Agreed. He begged to fight and die against an army. But Anduin saw it for what it would have been, a slaughter without honor. That's far from blaming Saurfang for "quitting".

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14 hours ago, Nusra said:

In the end, the true Horde will win. Blizzard will not tear my beloved Horde apart.

Sylvanas is the greatest enemy of the Horde right now.  She is enemy to all.  Nothing gray about it.  All of the Horde who follow her are fools, and most are being played for fools.  "The Horde" is only a means to an end for her and she is the one who is the betrayer to "The Horde" and to The Forsaken.

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23 hours ago, Nusra said:

Thats exactly the text, i was waiting for. Finally someone with a clear mind, who is laughing about this "We are cool revolutionary Rebels, lets make some action and play bad/good superheroes" .. i guess some people are really lucky in their marriage - No Loyality. Besides this, they support an old, lonely and embittered Orc, who is still crying after his Son. "Honor", when Sylvanas sacrificed some of her Soldiers, the hypocrites where yelling "MoRaLlY GrEy", "GaRrOSH 2.0r1!1" but if an Old Orc, like i already wrote, kills some Guards of the Warchief (Siege of Orgrimmar Like) then its "COOOOOL!! LoKTaR OgaR!!"

 

In the end, the true Horde will win. Blizzard will not tear my beloved Horde apart.

 

Dark Lady watch over you.

 

I'm with her.

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So Shaw told the guards to double their efforts and then gave them spirits as High Overlord Saurfang passed by ? And we didn't figure that the Alliance is helping High Overlord Saurfang ? If we aren't the dumbest heroes then I don't know what to say(plus we do whatever we are told to, it is like we don't have a free will ).

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9 hours ago, Ancalagon said:

Dark Lady watch over you.

The irony of using this phrase in a pro-Sylvanas way is thermonuclear.  

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On 10/15/2018 at 2:45 AM, Nusra said:

"We are cool revolutionary Rebels, lets make some action and play bad/good superheroes"

You mean just like the entire end of the Panda expansion where basically the entirety of the horde fought their own revolution?  

On 10/15/2018 at 2:45 AM, Nusra said:

Besides this, they support an old, lonely and embittered Orc, who is still crying after his Son.

poor old guy, watched his son frickin die only to be resurrected in service of the the lich king as a mindless drone bent on his own father's (and the world's) destruction or submission?  

Man... what a whiner! amirite

On 10/15/2018 at 2:45 AM, Nusra said:

the hypocrites where yelling "MoRaLlY GrEy", "GaRrOSH 2.0r1!1" but if an Old Orc, like i already wrote, kills some Guards of the Warchief (Siege of Orgrimmar Like) then its "COOOOOL!! LoKTaR OgaR!!"

"some guards of the warchief" who had just literally made attempts on his life for doing the less than the same thing Sylvanas herself did with Garrosh...? 

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Sylvanas had no problems dropping plague to kill and resurrect her own troops as undead in a battle she set up as a trap. Sylvanas does not care about honor or the living. Saurfang saw the truth. The horde is nothing to Sylvanas but a tool for her own agenda. The horde leadership were fools to accept a delirious Vol'jin's decree at the cusp of death, and now they have Arthas 2.0 as warchief. I just don't know how this all goes down without another bloody coup in Orgrimmar.

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On 10/18/2018 at 10:57 AM, Durf24 said:

I still think it's rather stupid that Forsaken players side with Saurfang over Sylvanas.

yea, free will is pretty stupid.  Much more effective if they default to her no matter what. 

Not unlike the "lich queen" comments i hear made sometimes.

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Will his story be available for both factions? I don't like it when the main story is split between Horde and Alliance. Like what happened with Uldir when as Alliance I had no idea why I was there till I leveled my Horde warrior. At least make a short questline that explains what the other faction did or something. Is not that hard. :)

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    • By Stan
      The WoW Engineering Team is celebrating a special milestone today, as they committed the millionth change to the World of Warcraft code repository!
      (Source)
      Hello!
      The WoW Engineering Team would like to celebrate a special milestone with you.
      First, here’s some quick background. Whenever we want to make a change, implement a feature, or fix a bug in the World of Warcraft code, we author the change on our local computer, have it reviewed by our peers, then commit the change to the World of Warcraft code repository. Each commit is given a sequential and unique ID, which allows it to be referenced and tracked as it works its way into an expansion, patch, or hotfix. These IDs have been increasing, from the number 1, since the moment the very first lines of code were committed to the fledgling game project that would eventually become World of Warcraft.
      We are excited to share that we recently committed the 1,000,000th change to the WoW codebase! In addition to being an awesome decimal landmark, this puts us within striking distance (only 48,576 commits away) of being able to report WoW’s total code changes in mega-commits *.
      (* This is almost certainly a made-up measurement that no one uses for source code repositories.)
      As we celebrate our millionth commit, we can’t help but reflect a bit. For all of us, being an engineer on World of Warcraft is the best job on Earth. It combines the challenges of a massive, highly complex, and ever evolving software project with the creativity, whimsy, and magic that is bringing a world to life.
      It’s because of you that we’ve had the privilege of calling Azeroth home for over 473 billion milliseconds. We are honored and humbled by your support, your stories, and your feedback, and we can’t wait to see what the next million commits have in store for us.
      For Azeroth!
    • By Starym
      Blizzard are finally detailing the new heirloom bonuses! We have rested XP bonuses, out of combat regeneration bonuses and level up bonuses! They're also retiring Elixir of the Rapid Mind, and Excess Potion of Accelerated Learning, making them grey items, while the Draught of Ten Lands will still work to level 50. One other thing to note is that, regardless of the quality and helpfulness of these new bonuses, the heirloom items themselves are still very useful and wanted, since they're constantly upgraded as you level, providing level-appropriate stats the whole way through.

      This all comes due to the much faster leveling to the new cap, as we saw is very fast with DesMephisto's recent 4 hour run to level 50 (current 120).
      Heirlooms (source)
      Leading into Shadowlands, the leveling experience will undertake a complete rehaul – the current max level 120 will be squished down to level 50, a new introductory excursion that will teach you the fundamentals of the new character that you created, and a new starting experience that will allow you to select an expansion to level through and experience its full story.
      Heirlooms and other experience gained bonuses were originally introduced as a quick fix for alts to not have to spend over 100 hours leveling. With the revamped leveling experience, you can look forward to reaching the new max level more than twice as fast than before. With the quicker leveling experience, the fundamental problem to the long leveling process has been solved and we found that the experience bonuses that come from Heirlooms were no longer necessary and instead, made the new leveling experience feel very awkward with the extra leveling speed.
      We want to ensure that players’ investment in these Heirlooms continues to offer unique benefits while leveling, so we’re planning to replace the experience bonus on Heirlooms with unique Heirloom set bonuses.
      (2) Set: Rested experience consumed is reduced by 30%. (3) Set: Increases your out-of-combat regeneration in the outdoors, normal dungeons and battlegrounds. (4) Set: Gaining a level triggers Burst of Knowledge, dealing Holy damage to nearby enemies and granting you 40% primary stat for 2 minutes. Defeating additional enemies extends this effect, up to 2 additional minutes. (6) Set: Rested experience consumed is reduced by an additional 30%. The new set bonus can be obtained from all Heirloom pieces except weapons and trinkets. Please keep in mind that the new Heirloom set bonuses are a work in progress and may have additional changes during the course of development and testing.
      There are a few other experience bonus items that will also see changes due to the new leveling experience. Monks Peak of Serenity Enlightenment buff will be changed to granting rested experience and Elixir of Ancient Knowledge , Elixir of the Rapid Mind , and Excess Potion of Accelerated Learning will become Poor quality and no longer usable. The Draught of Ten Lands will still retain the 10% experience bonus but will now be capped at level 50.
      We hope that you look forward to the new leveling changes that introduces a faster and more flexible leveling experience than ever before.
    • By Stan
      Following in the footsteps of good old Doubleagent, who was the first Neutral character without a faction to reached Level 120 with just Herbalism and Mining, here's Pandémia who has reached Level 85 so far. Congratulations!
      Being neutral requires you to remain in the Pandaren starting area without picking a faction and gain Experience by looting herbs and mining nodes, which is extremely slow and time-consuming.
    • By Starym
      Update: Blizzard have added a new hotfix, as the issue with C'Thun's eye beam, which we mentioned earlier today, has been resolved as well.

      Today's hotfixes bring up the Brawl changeup in retail, as well as the scepter shards becoming epic quality in Classic.
      August 4 (source)
      Player versus Player
      This week’s Comp Stomp Brawl has been replaced with Temple of Hotmogu. Developers’ note: We’ve identified some issues with Comp Stomp and have removed it from the rotation. Comp Stomp will return to the rotation in Shadowlands. WoW Classic
      The Blue Scepter Shard, Green Scepter Shard, and Red Scepter Shard quest items are now Epic quality. Developers’ note: We're changing the item quality on the Scepter Shard quest items to Epic (purple) so that they'll be easier to distribute to the correct person in raids using Group Loot or Master Looter. Fixed an issue that caused C’Thun within Temple of Ahn’Qiraj to incorrectly delay casting Eye Beam when engaging in combat.
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