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Old 06-24-2015, 10:18 PM
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What is your favorite race and why? Title says it all.
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Old 06-24-2015, 10:48 PM
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Naga.

I was first introduced to the Warcraft franchise through Reign of Chaos and deeply enjoyed the setting. Though most of its elements are borrowed from older fantasy sources, the particular amalgamation of standard tropes was meshed together in an interesting way; for me, it was the first time I had ever seen monsters in a fictional setting be something besides monstrous. Orcs are the most obvious example, but the same can be said of Tauren and even Trolls, as many of their more unsavory habits were glossed over.

None of the races really clicked with me though. I wasn't particularly fond of Orcs, Tauren, Trolls, or the Scourge. Humans were just plain boring, Dwarves were exceedingly one-dimensional, and elves, while different, failed to spark any real interest. Then Frozen Throne came out and suddenly these scaly, serpent-like sea monsters were wrecking up the place.

The Naga were something I had never seen before, and I was absolutely fascinated by their design. Then came the reveal they had actually been elves, the elegant, immortal beings of ancient power; I was floored. I thought it was completely awesome that elves had been cursed into these monstrous creatures and seemed to actually embrace their transformation.

Their customs and disposition contrasted beautifully with the Night elves, who seek to understand and cooperate with the world, whereas Naga seemed to actively dominate it. With their employment of nature magic through unnatural means and outright enslaving Murlocs marked them as a pragmatic, if morally dubious, faction. They weren't out fighting for world peace or new allies, but for their own glory.

If Night elves were the Greeks of ancient Azeroth then the Naga are the Roman Empire, which in my mind is the coolest thing.

Also, I love the sea, so the Naga are essentially all of my favorite things wrapped up into one cool race.
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Old 06-24-2015, 11:01 PM
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Dwarves I guess.

Only race that Blizzard hasn't taken a gigantic monkey shit on.

Humans and Blood Elves come as a second.

As far as NPC races go I like Furbolg.

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Old 06-24-2015, 11:07 PM
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Naga.

I was first introduced to the Warcraft franchise through Reign of Chaos and deeply enjoyed the setting. Though most of its elements are borrowed from older fantasy sources, the particular amalgamation of standard tropes was meshed together in an interesting way; for me, it was the first time I had ever seen monsters in a fictional setting be something besides monstrous. Orcs are the most obvious example, but the same can be said of Tauren and even Trolls, as many of their more unsavory habits were glossed over.

None of the races really clicked with me though. I wasn't particularly fond of Orcs, Tauren, Trolls, or the Scourge. Humans were just plain boring, Dwarves were exceedingly one-dimensional, and elves, while different, failed to spark any real interest. Then Frozen Throne came out and suddenly these scaly, serpent-like sea monsters were wrecking up the place.

The Naga were something I had never seen before, and I was absolutely fascinated by their design. Then came the reveal they had actually been elves, the elegant, immortal beings of ancient power; I was floored. I thought it was completely awesome that elves had been cursed into these monstrous creatures and seemed to actually embrace their transformation.

Their customs and disposition contrasted beautifully with the Night elves, who seek to understand and cooperate with the world, whereas Naga seemed to actively dominate it. With their employment of nature magic through unnatural means and outright enslaving Murlocs marked them as a pragmatic, if morally dubious, faction. They weren't out fighting for world peace or new allies, but for their own glory.

If Night elves were the Greeks of ancient Azeroth then the Naga are the Roman Empire, which in my mind is the coolest thing.

Also, I love the sea, so the Naga are essentially all of my favorite things wrapped up into one cool race.
Good post.

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Old 06-24-2015, 11:26 PM
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I'll go into more detail.

I love Dwarves because they feel so unique in Warcraft from Dwarves in other fantasy settings. Even the Bronzebeard Dwarves have some traits that I personally think are pretty unique to them. I like that they have so many specialties without seeming overpowered as a race. They're very good industrialists, hardened powerful warriors, archaeologists, Dark Irons give them a strong magical bent, Wildhammers connect them more with nature and savagery, and their Titan origins are just metal as fuck. The first character I ever rolled in vanilla Warcraft and leveled to max was a Dwarf Warrior and I currently play 4 Dwarf characters right now. (Warrior, Warlock, Hunter, and Shaman.)

Ironforge is my favorite capital city and I still remember being awestruck when I first saw that giant statue of High King Modimus Anvilmar. It probably helps that I first played Warcraft when it was still Winter Veil, a Dwarven historical holiday. I generally highly enjoyed questing in all of the Dwarf lands even though vanilla questing was all over the place during that time.

Dwarves also just boast the most likable characters to me. I love Muradin, and I remember how cool I thought Mountain Kings looked when I decided to play WC3. I also really like Kurdran and Falstad, I like Moira, I like Brann, and I even lament Magni's death to this day. I sometimes wish for there to be an expansion where Dwarves are the central focus but at the same time I'm very happy with where they are right now.

So overall, as far as races go Dwarves have been the most consistently enjoyable to me.
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Old 06-25-2015, 10:01 AM
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Orcs because they are pretty much the batman of warcraft
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Old 06-25-2015, 10:28 AM
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I can't really say that I have a favourite race. I got into Warcraft with Warcraft III and the Alliance, Night Elf and Naga factions were my favourites, so I'm slightly Alliance leaning, despite mostly playing Horde characters, but if I have to compare races instead of factions, I can't really pick a (permanent) favourite. Whether I like a race more than others mostly depends on the architecture*, looks and, most of all, on the current patch and my mood. That's also why my main always changes race for race-centric patches, if I don't have another character of that race.

*Trolls and Forsaken are getting architecture points, and night elves and naga are losing them. Pandaren and Gilneans got a fantastic start, and the old Alliance races (including blood elves) have always been in a good place.
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Old 06-25-2015, 10:36 AM
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I'll go into more detail.

I love Dwarves because they feel so unique in Warcraft from Dwarves in other fantasy settings. Even the Bronzebeard Dwarves have some traits that I personally think are pretty unique to them. I like that they have so many specialties without seeming overpowered as a race. They're very good industrialists, hardened powerful warriors, archaeologists, Dark Irons give them a strong magical bent, Wildhammers connect them more with nature and savagery, and their Titan origins are just metal as fuck. The first character I ever rolled in vanilla Warcraft and leveled to max was a Dwarf Warrior and I currently play 4 Dwarf characters right now. (Warrior, Warlock, Hunter, and Shaman.)

Ironforge is my favorite capital city and I still remember being awestruck when I first saw that giant statue of High King Modimus Anvilmar. It probably helps that I first played Warcraft when it was still Winter Veil, a Dwarven historical holiday. I generally highly enjoyed questing in all of the Dwarf lands even though vanilla questing was all over the place during that time.

Dwarves also just boast the most likable characters to me. I love Muradin, and I remember how cool I thought Mountain Kings looked when I decided to play WC3. I also really like Kurdran and Falstad, I like Moira, I like Brann, and I even lament Magni's death to this day. I sometimes wish for there to be an expansion where Dwarves are the central focus but at the same time I'm very happy with where they are right now.

So overall, as far as races go Dwarves have been the most consistently enjoyable to me.
While I do agree with pretty much all of that, and WarCraft Dwarves are certainly one of my favourite Fantasy Races, I'll actually have to say mine is probably the Tauren, just edging the Trolls.

Other Fantasy settings/IPs have done Minotaurs, some better than others, but the Tauren are (to my knowledge) a pretty unique take on the classic Minotaur. I love the look of the Race and their culture, the Native-American-esque culture works really well with these giant, and yet ultimately gentle, creatures.

Once, Trolls would of been my number one choice but I really lost a lot of my passion for their Lore with Shadows of the Horde. Meh.
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Old 06-26-2015, 09:09 PM
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So overall, as far as races go Dwarves have been the most consistently enjoyable to me.
Dwarves are pretty awesome, and they received some nice additions to lore post Reign of Chaos that pushed them away from the typical beer-guzzling, hammer-toting, Scottish-spewing, murder-barrels (though they still have those things). Personally, I find the War of Three Hammers more interesting than any historical event, primarily because it was a dwarf conflict fought by dwarves in dwarven territory whose effects linger to the present day.

For the most part, dwarves follow the standard tropes set forth by mythology and emphasized by Tolkien, but deviate enough to stand apart from a race of stereotypes.

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*Trolls and Forsaken are getting architecture points, and night elves and naga are losing them. Pandaren and Gilneans got a fantastic start, and the old Alliance races (including blood elves) have always been in a good place.
Night elves have been rather shafted in the architecture department, mostly because they lack any coherent style. But if naga follow the Roman/Atlantean vibe they give off, imagine if they received the same level of attention draenei did in Warlords of Draenor. I want to see a naga Ara Pacis, Pantheon, and Roman Forum.
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