I am retiring this belf toon. It's back to a blue tabard and corpse-camping those knuckle-dragging, child-murdering, devil-worshiping filthy mutants until the people who play them, who find playing evil a more escapist experience than playing good precisely because of how sheltered they are, depart in frustration.
Golly gosh. That sounds a lot like the opinions I've been hearing from a lot of Alliance NPCs lately. It's almost like the recent highly-aggressive tactics by the Horde have steeled the Alliance into a sudden and violent faction pride, causing them to want to fight for their place on Azeroth.
Look. I get the whole "Horde Bias" thing; I played Alliance up until halfway through Cata, and going through the same level zones as my orc and seeing the love and care put into a lot of the Horde areas that I never saw in the Alliance areas was very revealing. When WoW began, the Horde got Thrall, arguably the most popular hero of War3; the Alliance got a little boy. That sucks on toast. There were a lot of things like that, some subtle, some not-so-subtle, that showed that Blizzard definitely had more love for the Horde.
But here's my thing; they get it now. They're trying to do better. When people complain about Southshore and Theramore being this huge "Horde bias" issue, I have to roll my eyes - because Theramore and Southshore are about the Alliance.
The Alliance has always been, and will always be, the goody good guys; it's their identity. If the Horde is a sword, the Alliance is a shield; they have no desire to conquer, they just want to protect their homes, their families, their people. So what does it take for the Blues to take up arms - to say enough is enough? Well...eviscerating two of their cities is a good start.
Jaina is the brilliantly-selected avatar for this. She wanted peace and harmony between the Horde and Alliance for a long time; it took Garrosh turning her home into a crater for her to say "No more. I want peace, but I will not stand idly by and allow you to butcher innocents. I will stand up for what's right." Southshore and Theramore exist to put the fighting spirit into Alliance players and to resolve faction hatred on both sides. As evidenced in the statement quoted above, the blues are ready for a fight, and they're the underdog. People root for the underdog.
I guess what I'm saying is Blizzard is trying; I'm fine with criticism if it seems like they have no idea what's going on, but by now they know, and from what I've seen, they're trying to fix it. It's not there yet, but they're making their way there.
If it's any consolation, I've been going through Pandaria as my orc and my draenei, and on the Horde side I feel...bad. I feel like my warrior should be in a big black cloak and a mustache, tying people to railroad tracks. On the Alliance side? Taran Zhu is judgmental, but he at least talks to you. On the Horde, all of his lines involve him not wanting you there. One of them is, literally, "Leave." The worst thing I've seen the Alliance do so far(MOP spoilers incoming) is keep some Pandaren as indentured servants, and this is mostly because the Ally leader is infested with Sha. The Horde offers trade with a city, and when they refuse, the Horde kidnaps their children and says "Soooo....we're keeping them until you trade with us." The scary thing is, that doesn't even seem out of character for the Horde nowadays. It's like Garrosh took a dump on the floor, and now Blizzard is sticking Horde players' noses in it. Feels bad, man.
I'm not trying to say "wah wah, pity the Horde!" at all, as I said, we've had it good for a while. I'm saying that I think they're trying to make the Blues the heroes of this expansion, and heroes need something big and mean to overcome to have an interesting arc. In the past expansions, it's been Illidan, Arthas, Deathwing...in this expansion, I think it's the Horde.