The Alliance neutralizes Stonard and claims the Swamp of Sorrows.
I love how you keep using this as one of your examples when it's entirely false. Seriously, do the quests on both sides.
At any rate I'm not here to argue how wrong and biased you are when trying to objectively say anything about the Alliance and Horde conflict.
The facts are you can make up all the excuses, justifications and throw all your exasperated talk at the Alliance side of this debate all you like, it doesn't change what the current state in WoW is.
It doesn't matter if the Alliance is winning, it doesn't matter if the Alliance isn't simply a big plot device for the Horde story.
What matters is how the Alliance player base feels and how it feels to be a hardcore Alliance fan in Warcraft.
That is what the joystick articles were getting at and that is the problem.
We as players don't even know about half our victories. They either happen in material outside of the game entirely or they're shown to the Horde player only.
For the past two expansion at least we have always been the afterthought. Where the Horde side gets fleshed out and thought provoking experiences weaved into the game we get whatever there is time for.
Why isn't Ashenvale phased to show that we control it? Why isn't Gilneas full of Gilneans holding the line against the Forsaken?
Why is the Alliance always where the corners are cut? Why do we always get the "Sorry we didn't have enough time." excuse? Why in the hell do I need to read a book or play a Horde character to know what is happening with my faction?
Why is our content always cut? Why was our Twilight Highlands intro cut out among other things? Why is the Horde content the first thing completed before the Alliance content gets touched?
It's to the point that they just copy and paste Horde dialogue onto Alliance NPC's. It's lazy and it's disrespectful to half your player base.
Why are we spending more time working with Horde faction leaders then with our own damn faction? Why aren't we conducting our own operations? Why aren't our leaders out there in the field?
Why the hell am I getting a pep talk in the freaking mail from Varian while I play champion to a freaking Horde rebellion to help them solve their problems?
This is not about Alliance destroying or "beating" the Horde, this is not about the other side having shinier toys.
It's about the Alliance having nothing of their own. I'm tired of riding in the wake of Horde story lines, I'm tired of being the Hordes side kick.
I want to be the Alliance and I want the developers to treat my faction with the same respect and give it the same effort that they do the Horde.
And they don't.
5.3 like the rest of Mists is a Horde story when the Alliance was promised their moment in the sun. The Horde is going through a grand and dynamic change, they are defining what they are and what they will be in the future.
The Alliance are doing nothing, they're just being tacked on for the Hordes ride.
I really do envy the Horde fan and often wish I could be one myself.