Blizzard is mean to the night elves in World of Warcraft and it stays that way in Dragonflight. Many fans are now asking for mercy.
There are some races in World of Warcraft who have endured more than others. The most prominent example is currently the night elves, who had to suffer a lot with Battle for Azeroth and never really got their revenge for it.
Some leaks from the alpha of the next expansion, Dragonflight, now suggest that fate will continue to be harsh on the Kaldorei – and fans are pleading: “Stop being so mean to the night elves, Blizzard!”
Spoiler alert: The article covers story topics from the upcoming WoW expansion Dragonflight. If you don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading here.
What about the night elves in Dragonflight? Even if much of the Dragonflight story is not yet known and entire quest series will probably remain more or less hidden until the release, there is already a lot of data mining. The dialogue text of an in-game cinematic reveals that the night elves will probably lose their druidic leader Malfurion Stormrage – whether temporarily or permanently, that’s not entirely clear.
In order for the Green Dragon Aspect Ysera to be brought back from the Shadowlands, Malfurion must stay behind and, it is believed, work alongside the Winter Queen to restore the Ardenweald. We’ve broken down the whole dialogue in this article.
What bothers the fans about it? Many long-time night elf fans are longing for their beloved elves to get back on their feet. With the Teldrassil destroyed and nearly 90% of the Kaldorei people slain, much of the night elf community wants some rest, time to rest, and good news. It bothers her that Malfurion and Tyrande are torn apart again and that one piece of news seems to be followed by the next bad one.
Community Shows How Much They Love Night Elves: The whole issue has led to many Night Elf fans posting numerous fan art and cosplay images on Twitter under the hashtag #MightOfNightElves (“Might of the Night Elves”).
For many players, night elves, their history and the whole mysticism of the people were why they found World of Warcraft in the first place.
Cosplayer Narga wrote on Twitter, “Night elves are the reason I started World of Warcraft in the first place.” Later, in a second tweet, she added, “And I think it’s pretty obvious why I don’t now more games.”
In an interview with the Magazine polygon reveals the artist Lemongrace:
Shadowlands ended on a feeling of renewal and I expected the story to evolve that way – a time for peace and rest for the night elves. Instead, we’re almost being taunted with more casualties. Legion was when night elf content was at its peak for me, and while some of the decisions there were discussed at length in the night elf community, I still think it was pretty cool to play as a night elf. To say it was all downhill from there is an understatement.
Is there any good news? Basically yes. After all, at the end of Shadowlands, Tyrande received a special Winterqueen Seed, which in all likelihood will grow into a new World Tree, which in turn could become a new home for the kaldorei. There is already a suitable place for this tree in the Dragonflight Alpha, because a little off the main island there is a quite large, round recess with smaller islands around it – very similar to what was the case with the original Teldrassil.
Ultimately, however, night elf fans will probably just have to be patient and wait until the full story of Dragonflight is revealed. Only then should it be clear whether Blizzard is really that “mean” to their people.