I love this kind of stuff! Thanks for a great post! <3
In most lore circles I’m in, the Mission Tables are viewed less as lore and more as speculative flavor text. Sometimes even treated as another example of Blizzard not knowing their own lore.1. They often contradict each other. The Horde and Alliance versions of the same mission can often be unreconcilable.2. They bring up NPCs who are already dead, or grossly misportray them. Stillwater being a Horde character in charge of the Sludge Fields being a big one.All of this is super old and has already been discussed/criticized to death though. I don’t know why it’s being posted without discussing the nuances, it reads as outdated.
Honestly the Old Gods story is cool but the Faction War one is such a horribly written drivel that it spoils everything. It's just been written in such a lazy, amateurish way everything in it is disappointing.
Reading those in-game and now here... how I wish all of this was an actual content that I can explore and experience with my character and see in zones in-game. It feels like at least half of Horde vs Alliance experience is a mission table and not in the game itself.Great read! Thank you Wowhead!
Wish there were events like the legion invasions or faction incursions where these battles were going on, rather than just within Zuldazar and Kul Tiras. Blizzard should make better use of their huge open world, and having these conflicts outside of just the mission table would be a good start...
Was Ambermill mentioned at all in any of the missions? If not, why is it blue? During Cataclysm, the Horde questing in Silverpine leads the player in a bit to have the Forsaken forces completely overrun Ambermill and slaughter -All- remaining human there, subsequently raising them into powerful undead mages.
I liked the mission table in legion solely because it gave me something to do during my lunchbreak. Got me thinking about WoW when I couldn’t play the game. Plus it tied rather well with the order hall campaigns and the Argus questline. The bfa table not so much. I would forget to use it for several days at a time. And in its current state I would rather see that it was removed. Additionally throughout 8.0, the old version of the mobile app (when it was the legion companion app) was still capable of connecting with the wow api. Even though the treasure missions were gone (and then turned into resource missions for the pre-patch period only), I found myself still logging in every other day checking on my missions. Sure I had done the order hall (7.0 and 7.2) and Argus follower questline on all 12 classes, I still found it enjoyable. Even though I had almost 11 characters that were exalted with all factions, all but one paragon mount, and legendaries (I had about 2/3rds) would no longer be functional at 116+; I still found myself doing wakening essence and rep missions. All to try and finish out the last bits of legion content that I enjoyed.But sadly with patch 8.1 and the update to the api. The last version of the legion app before it was rebranded into the bfa companion app was broken. I updated to the bfa app but given how lackluster the whole thing was I just don’t care to log in. I know that plenty of people hate phone games. I do too. I was putting F’s in the chat when Diablo immortal came out, cause mobile games are terrible. But something about the legion companion app scratched that itch for me. It wasn’t a mobile game, it was a mobile supplement (like a second screen, for any of you that ever played MGSV). It got me to care about my character’s progress throughout the day and when I was traveling. What blizzard is offering now doesn’t inspire me to care about the game. Heck it doesn’t even have working aspects to it that blizzard wanted (calendar). That’s just sad. Like they just gave up. And I second the many sentiments that the rather “epic” war of bfa has no presence in the world besides the warfronts zones. Only one off quest npcs even talk about azerite. Just sad over all.Good read though, enjoyed it from beginning to end.
If you visit Gilneas, there appear to be number of new alliance encampments and banners placed around the center of the city, specifically around the center church which the Night Elves did not visit. As the Alliance were never present during the Worgen starting quests (except for the Night Elf forces), those structures are likely placeholders for some future Alliance presence.