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Old 04-23-2018, 11:32 PM
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Default Your top 5 Warcraft characters?

Inspired on a Reddit submission.
  • Ner'zhul
Warchief of the Horde of Draenor.

The original Lich King.

Ner'zhul's presence in Warcraft III made the game feel truly alive. Very few Warcraft characters are as multi-layered as Ner'zhul.

Despite falling prey to Kil'Jaeden's machinations, Ner'zhul had the best interests of his people at heart. He fell many times, and rose back again as much as many. A powerful shaman. The most powerful necromancer, and then, the most powerful death knight.

It's a shame his whole character and portrayal were both ruined in Rise of the Lich King, because in comparison to him, Arthas' stratagems and maneuvers were petty at best.
  • Darion Mograine

The second wielder of Ashbringer.

Son of Alexandros Mograine, Highlord of the Silver Hand and Uther's successor, also leader of the Four Horsemen.

Once the Master of Acherus and head of the Ashen Verdict, now leader of the Four Horsemen.

Darion Mograine saw the death of his entire family and the demise of his entire kingdom by the hands of the Lich King. And then, in undeath, Darion served the one who destroyed everything he loved, and was very competent at that.

Until Tirion Fordring and the Holy Light broke him free from the Lich King's shackles.

Then Darion proceeded on his march of success, leading an elite force of death knights throughout a successful campaign across Northrend, one that, alongside the Argent Crusade, rivals in both effort and results the campaigns of both Alliance and Horde.

Darion Mograine is arguably the most interesting, multi-layered and successful WoW-exclusive character. His second death in Legion, now binding him to serve Bolvar, raises expectancy for upcoming promising portrayals.
  • Kael'thas Sunstrider

Kael's rebellious personality clashed with his responsible decisions, as leader of the Blood Elves during The Frozen Throne.

Every single scene that portrays Kael riles the audience up with excitement, with anticipation over how he's going to act.

It's unfortunate that he was reduced to generic villainy in World of Warcraft.
  • Maiev Shadowsong

Maiev is another multi-layered character. Her desire for vengeance towards Illidan made her stand out during Warcraft III, and the reports of her supposed unstable mental condition only make her more interesting when portrayed as - even if barely - reasonable.

Maiev drifts away from standard Night Elven culture and even usual mannerisms, marking her presence as a rebel, but one that had thousands of years of reasons to be so.

Maiev makes me wish that we had more elven characters on the same vein, preferably on leadership positions.
  • Vol'jin

That is, World of Warcraft Vol'jin. Mighty amongst all trolls, close to the Loa and even having Pandaren combat training.

The Shadow Hunter Vol'jin appears in World of Warcraft in a handful of opportunities, most of them leading small armies against the Zandalari, and then against Garrosh. Thanks to him, the Darkspear Rebellion was a success and he was the one who voiced the ideals to restore the Horde, to being a honorable family again.

However, one thing that bothers me is that World of Warcraft Vol'jin is essentially Warcraft III Rokhan. In Warcraft III, Vol'jin was merely a witch doctor, and didn't have such immense combat prowess we are able to see in WoW.

In the end, we lose by having Vol'jin take Rokhan's persona and role, because once he died, Rokhan was now empty and devoid of characterization.

Because of that, Rokhan ended up as a shallow character who could've had so much better.

Having both of them following separate roles, Vol'jin the witch doctor, and Rokhan the shadow hunter, would have avoided that and made for a more rich and diverse universe.

Bonus: Chief Telemancer Oculeth.

Oculeth is a master of teleportation and portalcraft. This is a very unique trait and you can even see him using such knowledge in combat. Oculeth is a character with a distinct personality, one that the player learns to grow fond with, because in key moments of the *artifact wielder*'s journey, Oculeth made himself present by being immensely useful. Expertise with portals was once a key trait of Jaina Proudmoore, and it's very refreshing to see a millennia-old elf showcasing the potential of the abilities one can attain through countless years of practice and research in such an exquisite field.

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