But, really, nothing changed.
The Forsaken are not good people. They were never good people. At the start of WoW, they were literally bad people who tricked the Horde (especially the Tauren - and even then, it was hinted that it's less Tauren gullibility, and more an underground alliance with Magatha) into thinking they weren't.
That was the plot. "Man, the Horde are suckers, they don't notice how we constantly keep talking about killing all life, including them!"
If anything, Modern Forsaken are slightly less bad than the original ones. Even with the Val'kyr. There was always the undertone that, yes, the Forsaken were playing the Horde for fools and intend to destroy all the living. Eventually, it came out that only some of the Forsaken feel that way, the faction splintered off, rebelled against Sylvanas, and left us with Forsaken that, at least, are honestly not planning to kill their allies.
That's as good as they get, guys.
They are, in essence, Playable Scourge. They were changed slightly, appearance-wise and plot-wise to make sense, and, of course, the Scourge Proper were their enemy. That does not change that they were meant to appeal to the WCIII Scourge players. The whole point of WoW, especially in the early days, was to bring the RTS game to a new format.
I guess the only thing that changed is that people are keen to pull another Garrosh.
Except Garrosh is a divisive figure pulling the Horde back to its dark days - and was introduced in the first Expansion, slowly made more relevant, and built up to this. Sylvanas is a founding member. The Forsaken never had any not-dark days.
The Forsaken have no "Thrall", keen to teach them to be nice and loving and caring - nor do they need one pulled out of a hat. There are the bad Forsaken, who distrust the living and are willing to do whatever it takes to kill all who threaten them (even remotely) - and then there are the worse Forsaken, who loathe the living, and want to destroy them all. The Forsaken who are simply bad manage to keep the worse ones in check.
Sylvanas still belongs to the first half of that. Her focus is on securing her territory and replenishing the numbers they lost in their various conflicts - and no, she has no moral scruples to that end. The worse Forsaken are the ones who bombed the lot of us at the Wrathgate. The bad Forsaken fight against them.
It's a consistent dynamic.
The not-very-evil Forsaken are almost exclusively members of neutral groups.
The Forsaken are doing what the Forsaken do. The race is following their original concept. It's a bit late to be wagging your finger at them, or claiming they're too evil to be a playable race. If you wanted to do that, well, you should've done it before WoW launched.
And dumping it all on Sylvanas is just plain ridiculous. The best examples we have of how the Forsaken would act if she wasn't in charge are Putress and Warden Stillwater. The woman is not a mad dictator twisting the Forsaken to bad ends. She is the Cold, Calculating, Vicious, Evil Leader of a Cold, Calculating, Vicious, Evil Race, who would be Psycho-Pants-On-Head KILL THEM ALL EVIL without her.
Edited by Sylassanna on 6/28/2013 6:47 PM PDT