I’ve been playing WoW for just about four years now. I’ve never switched servers, never switched my main toon or done a name change. I’ve never even switched guilds.
And I’ve never played horde.
I have three alliance toons at max level and two others that are in the process of being leveled. All alliance. Why is that?
First, I definitely feel like I connect more with alliance. In all of my RPG experiences I have played human or elf characters. I prefer my characters to look older and wise. My rogue looks more stately and noble than sneaky and devious. I’m not sure that you can really get a noble look from a troll or undead.
While the alliance vs horde is not really a “good vs evil” comparison, alliance definitely seems more like the “right” side in the world of Azeroth. Again, that connects with me.
Most importantly, though, is the social aspect. I have been in my guild with many of the same people for a long, long time. When I log into the game, I look forward to the chat and conversation. I know nobody on the horde side, so playing there would not have the same social aspect that I have come to enjoy.
Now Cataclysm is coming, and the entire old world is being changed. Should I take the time to level a horde toon and see what I’ve missed? I’m not talking about game mechanics reasons like racial abilities or the differences in trade chat. I’m talking about the difference in zones, NPCs, and backstory.
Is the flavor of the horde side game – storylines and play experience – sufficiently different from alliance to make it worth my time?
If so, which horde race has the most interesting and rich lore and storylines?