A video from 2018 still shows me today why I love Blizzard for storytelling in WoW
World of Warcraft has had some difficult years and Battle for Azeroth is considered one of the MMORPG’s low points. MeinMMO editor Benedict Grothaus played back then and only a few really good memories. But a short film made especially for the expansion hasn’t let him go to this day.
what is this video At that time, Blizzard released the short film series “Warbringers” for Battle for Azeroth. The series should provide background to the story of BfA and well-known characters in Warcraft history.
Part of the series was the famous attack on the night elf capital, where Sylvanas Windrunner burned Teldrassil. The videos caused a lot of emotions at the time, including some pretty bad ones, unfortunately.
Since then, however, one of the short films has stuck in my mind: Daughter of the Sea, which tells the story of Jaina Proudmoore, who is now the Lord Admiral of Kul Tiras.
What makes the video so great? Warbringers: Jaina comes to terms with Jaina’s past. At that time she accompanied her father Daelin Proudmoore to Kalimdor in the war against the orcs – but left him. Jaina always sought peace back then and refused to fight the orcs.
Her father died in the war, the fleet sank and has since been considered lost. Jaina became a curse for Kul Tiras, the dangerous “Daughter of the Sea”. After Jaina had to accept several strokes of fate, she regrets her actions at the time.
The video is accompanied by a first-class shanty, as one would expect from a sailor. It’s the song, combined with Jaina’s singing, story and visuals that make the video so terrific. Just the passages: “I’m listening now, Father” and: “Beware, beware of me” give me a lump in my throat every time.
You can find the full story of Jaina Proudmoore on MeinMMO. We have included the video for you here:
Daughter of the Sea – So good there are umpteen versions
Blizzard proved with Warbringers: Jaina that they are quite simply the kings when it comes to video storytelling. The short film and especially the song it contains are so good that many artists were inspired to create a cover.
As you may know from my recent report on Kalle Koschinsky and Electric Callboy, I love listening to Metal. I was accordingly surprised when a metal cover of Skar’s “Daughter of the Sea” was flushed into my Spotify playlist.
That was about two years ago. Since then I’ve been listening to both the version of Skar and the original version over and over again – even if I just watch the Warbringers video on YouTube in between, for the pictures. You can also find the version of Skar on Youtube.
Although the video only consists of individual images and is not one of the famous cinematics, it still conveys an oppressive atmosphere. But Blizzard keeps adding to this, for example with the latest cinematic for Dragonflight:
There are other versions of “Daugher of the Sea”, including in Russian and with other female voices. For me, the original in English will always have the top spot in the ranking.
As much as I grumbled about Battle for Azeroth, without the expansion these shorts probably never would have existed. For that alone I am grateful. And Blizzard has apparently learned from the mistakes, because the current course is really good:
WoW has been dying for 12 years, but now Blizzard is doing (almost) everything right again