De-Elfing the Horde

For the Horde. “What can you do?” asks Skirmish, our Warrior. “You either roll Alliance and have Night Elves or Horde and get Blood Elves. Where can a man go and smash faces without having to tolerate that bouncy crap around?”

Skirmish and others might get help from an unexpected angle. As far as I know, about 60 to 80 Horde players on varying realms have purchased new accounts and silently re-rolled Alliance. The one and only goal? To eradicate all Blood Elf spawns on Day One. Rogues, Warlocks, and Priests seem to be the popular choices, classes ranging from Gnomes to Dwarves, few humans, and – of course – no Night Elves.

The “Bloody Elves? Not in my Horde!” bumper sticker sold over 800 times since its announcement on the forums, guild petitions to not admit any BEs into established groups, and personal pledges to “neither group with, help, or otherwise further” the “worst case of landmass infestation since the Scourge”.

I, for one, just got my Gnome to 48. That should be enough to stealth in, kick some Mushroom Vendor butt, and Vanish out. But just in case, I’ll add some more levels.

14 Comments so far

  1. Cyprias (unregistered) on May 30th, 2006 @ 7:30 pm

    I find the fears that the Horde shows towards the Blood Elves laughable. People express that an influx of immature, annoying players will reroll over to their side from the Alliance, as if these people were’nt already there.

    Aparently the thought that they’ll naming themselves after Legolas insteady of bonedaddy or gankmeister is the final straw.

    Though the Blood Elves are seen as effeminate sissy boys. (Well, they are elves…) They’re hardly treehuggers, bearing more of a resemblance to Saruman, Blofeld or Moriarty than any pretty boy. Along with the Forsaken, they’re the prominent anti-heroes of Warcraft. As misanthropic megolomaniacs, they’re the perfect fit for my next Warlock.

  2. Michael (unregistered) on May 30th, 2006 @ 7:42 pm

    This kind of act is the very definition of anti-social grief playing.

    OMGWTFBBQ, your avatar texture displeases my asthetic, I will ruin your play experience!!!11!!!

    Explain again how the Horde is the truly honorable faction…

  3. James Foreman (unregistered) on May 30th, 2006 @ 8:22 pm

    There are jerks on both sides.

  4. Chris Hanel (unregistered) on May 30th, 2006 @ 8:42 pm

    If you have a problem with Blood Elves, take it up with Blizzard, don’t screw with new players and try and ruin the game for them.

    I hope Anyone found to be griefing the starting zones because they don’t like the race gets a swift kick out of my guild, post haste.

  5. Jonas M Luster (unregistered) on May 30th, 2006 @ 8:43 pm

    Honor doesn’t stop on the doorstep. Not letting addicts and traitors in, is the logical consequence. I can’t fight Night Elves (who, of all three Elvish descendants at least had the balls to fight the evils they unleashed) and tolerate Blood Elves in my midst, who would, today, hug Sargeras and give him a beer if he promised some more magic to flow from his fingertips.

    And if you want the definition of anti-social player griefing, read WoW’s ToS. Angwe, Franky, Booms, are icons for being good Role Players and some still conmsider them griefers. Eyonix doesn’t seem to, and so I don’t.

    I kill Argent Dawn with the same passion (Naxx will have to happen without me, I am afraid, I am hated with them), and I decimated a good number of Ratchet drones (back to neutral, though) in my days. Call it griefing, I call it warfare. If Blizzard doesn’t want me to kill something, they can make it unattackable. Half of the Alliance starting chars are (and the Trolls in Durotar).

    “Anti-Social Grief Playing”. Spending hours in Barrens chat calling everyone and everything gay, that’s anti-social. Using game mechanics to further the Horde’s glory by decimating those who betrayed Azeroth and the Horde once, isn’t griefing, it’s war. And this is war. Simple.

  6. Kayl (unregistered) on May 30th, 2006 @ 8:43 pm

    /emote shakes his head in shame

  7. Jonas M Luster (unregistered) on May 30th, 2006 @ 8:52 pm

    > I hope Anyone found to be griefing the starting zones because they don’t like the race gets a swift kick out of my guild, post haste.

    You have a chance to retaliate. Demon Soul is one of the servers a huge number of Daggerspine Horde re-rolled on, to exact justice. Get a horde up there, and face the Daggerspine Militia’s Alliance toons if they invade.

    Griefing, ganking, camping are never a problem with “the other faction”, it’s always one with yours. If you can get 40 60s up there, nothing will happen. If you can’t, things will. That’s why people get ganked on the ship to Menethil, that’s why Angwe sits there, and that’s why Franky murders Cenarion Hold members. If your own faction doesn’t care enough, why cry?

  8. Michael (unregistered) on May 30th, 2006 @ 10:38 pm

    People used to rationalize griefing as ‘roleplay’ back in the Ultima Online days too. It’s still a crappy arguement.

    Taking high level characters to low level areas to kill NPCs for no other reason that to aggravate other people is childish and immature.

    PvP between relative equals or in contested zones is a whole ‘nother matter.

    But to somehow excuse intentionally fucking with players trying to start new characters as some sort of roleplay or OK because it’s “within the game mechanics” is truly pitiful.

    Just admit you’re being assholes because you get off on the power trip.

  9. Digable (unregistered) on May 30th, 2006 @ 11:08 pm


  10. Jonas M Luster (unregistered) on May 31st, 2006 @ 12:02 am

    Oh, I am an asshole, no denying it. It provides me with hours of joy to see novices expel more tears. “Omg, you griefer” is a personal favorite of mine.

    Power trip, no. Seeing you (as in “y’alls”) cry, yes. Well, maybe that’s a power trip. It for sure makes good entertainment, to me at least. I’m easily entertained. I also grief and camp lowbies in STV and Thousand Needles. And I kill Wind Riders and quest givers. My personal goal? 1337 DKs. Sixtyseven more to go. Game mechanics. Just because you have to sit in a corner and make bandages for 35 seconds until the NPC respawns (which is about the time it takes to), you cry? Notice these assualts only happen on PvP servers, and if you can’t stand waiting 35 seconds, wait until you corpse walk back for hours on a 5 min quest.

  11. The Dane (unregistered) on May 31st, 2006 @ 8:26 am

    I find it fascinating how WoW really taps into the latent racist tendancies in its players. The simplicity of the good guy/bad guy dynamic is, in many ways, awestriking. A guy who who looks like a minotaur should necessarily be at odds with any guy who looks like Legolas? Based on nothing more than phenotype? Sure there’s cross-racial factions like Booty Bay, but players can’t really experience that dynamic themselves. Stuff like this Blood Elf hate is really nothing more than not-so-thinly-veiled racism. Not real racism, of course. Just role-played racism.

  12. pierce1215 (unregistered) on May 31st, 2006 @ 8:38 am

    if you’re on a roleplaying server the argument about the history of the world might make sense. might.

    in reality, this is a dip-shit stupid plan. people can’t bitch about A v H imbalance then declare that the new horde race should be wiped out. i’m not saying anyone on this blog has directly complained about there being more A on their server, but we all know that the imbalance is there. this is a 50 DKP minus in my book. how hard is it to not be a dick while playing this game?

  13. phoenix (unregistered) on May 31st, 2006 @ 9:21 am

    Wow…that’s…just totally lame. All around.

    Sheesh. Don’t like elves? Don’t play them. End of story. Wow.

  14. Madjack (unregistered) on May 31st, 2006 @ 9:41 am

    While I’m mainly a Hordie (Tauren Druid is my main), I do have a NE hunter on another server that I play regularly. Ganking enemy factions is what the game’s about, but to target a player because of his or her choice of race is wrong, even if you don’t think that race should be added. Moreover, it won’t actually hurt Blizzard, it will probably help them. It’s their intention and design to create a game where conflict exists between players. If you gank the lowlies, it won’t cause Bliz to drop BEs, but instead, the high-level Hordies who didn’t jump over will show up to fight against the invasion, no different than if you were attacking The Den or Deathknell. With all that being said, I’m also against the inclusion of Blood Elves as the new Horde race, also based on aesthetics. The Horde is made up of monsters, who look like monsters. Orcs, Trolls, Taurens, and Undead, none of them are particularly pretty. Blood Elves may have a bit of the vampire look to them, but other than that, they’re pretty people who belong with the other pretty people, the Alliance. I’d rather have a faction of Goblins. With the addition of the Draenei, they finally have a race that’s as big as the Tauren (at least they look that way). We need a race that’s little and hard to click on, like the gnomes, but without the cutesy looks and pleasant disposition. I think an offshoot group of Goblins would fit that role.

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