Of the two important articles linked here... the following I believe is the most important paragraph:This isn't really about keeping the score. It doesn't matter who has more wins or losses. What matters is that one faction gets to act and the other does not. When the Alliance does act first, that story is either told to the Horde players instead of the Alliance players, or we get to witness ourselves losing.
It's not reflect in-game, but the Horde has been completely pushed out of Ashenvale. The Alliance are basically on Orgrimmars doorstep already.
I have said it before, and I will say it again.
Just as Trekkies and Star Wars nerds often claim:If it isn't on screen, it never happened!
I have read some of the WoW novels. Most of one author's works (I think we know which) is terrible, and I tend to disregard anything written by this schmuck outright. Though, I will admit that Wolfheart was mostly well done (got a bit too Mary-Sue at the end, ignoring most of the rest of what should have been the 'main cast'), and Golden's Tides of War was a great book... or would have been, if the Alliance got to see or know about anything contained therein IN THE GAME. The garbage that was the Alliance side of the Theramore scenario made that impossible. A massive missed-chance blunder on CDev's part.
This is supposed to be World of WAR
craft, yet as far as most of us Alliance are aware: WHAT WAR?!
Granted, most of the problems we have stem back to the travesty that was Cataclysm, but they carried right on into Mists of Pandaria.
Jade Forest started off promising, but as the article author noted, we get chastised by Taran Zhu for it all. That fat Dooking Panda can go ook himself.
Then we're off to find the young Prince. When we DO find the little brat, he lectures us, and runs away! A complete waste of multiple quest line stories right there.
Then there's the last (so far?) solo scenario on the Isle of Thunder: The Fall of Shan Bu. Jaina Proudmoore and Vereesa Windrunner finally face off with the douche who, if not caused then certainly aided and abetted, both of their life's greatest heartaches, only to ONCE MORE get lectured by the pompous Fat Dooking Panda!
See, now I'm starting to feel like a lot of the anti-Pandaren crowd did after MoP's announcement. I'm wishing these damned lard-balls had never been added to the game (no offense to Pandaren players). I should not be lectured and chastised for participating in the game we are paying to play.
Get to it, CDev. You kids have a LOT of work to do before 5.4!