World of Warcraft: War of the Thorns Event Divides Fanbase

World of Warcraft's latest event has some fans worried about the Battle for Azeroth expansion.

A major event has shaken the World of Warcraft community ahead of the release of the Battle for Azeroth expansion. 

The War of the Thorns event saw the Horde and the Alliance clash once more. This time, though, famous Warcraft character Sylvanas Windrunner led the Horde into battle. For those who may have never heard of her, you just need to know that Sylvanas was once a high elf who became corrupted and went on to lead a faction of the undead. Now that she leads the horde, she’s taken the war to Northern Kalimdor, the land of the Night Elves. 

As you can see in the video above, Sylvanas and the Horde take no prisoners. In fact, they’ve even destroyed one of WoW‘s most iconic visuals, the fabled World Tree. Remarkably, this is just one of several such events that will happen before the release of the upcoming expansion.

It was a devastating moment that should have united WoW players everywhere as they prepare for Battle for Azeroth. However, the circumstances of this event have divided the game’s fanbase. 

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See, there are some players who aren’t happy with the way that this event was seemingly engineered entirely for shock value. Until this point, Sylvanas Windrunner has been more of an anti-hero who strode a thin moral line. This attack turns her – and the horde – into fairly basic villains. In fact, the situation is reminding many players of a dark time in Warcraft lore when the Horde was little more than a band of stock villains. 

While it’s tempting to call this a case of fandom and “M’ Lore!,” there’s actually more to it than that. Given that the Battle for Azeroth expansion is supposed to recapture the spirit of the Horde vs. Alliance conflict, Horde players are a bit upset that the fascinating and complex Horde vs. Alliance conflicts of the past have seemingly been watered down. 

We’ll see whether future events bring back some moral ambiguity. 

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