Battle for Azeroth is released since a few days and has caused many players of World of Warcraft and back again. Also I have played quite quickly through the Story and can now compare the two sides, Horde and Alliance, with each other. And as hard as it is to me, I need to say: The Alliance performs in terms of Story better.
As it is the Story of both factions, there are of course some small spoilers. You have been warned.
Two different conflicts
Two stories are, for the parties: In the Battle for Azeroth be told for a long time, for the first Time, but two stories – one for Alliance and one for Horde. Both factions try to gain the trust of a new party. The Horde wants the support of the Zandalari, and the Alliance wants to know Kul Tiras back into their ranks.
At first glance, cool, and equal – but it is not. The story about BfA Jaina Proudmoore with the emotional Finale is storytelling on a whole other Level than anything that gets to see the Horde so far.
The old Jaina against the new Talanji
No loyalty for the Horde: Bwonsamdi, Talanji and Rastakhan on the side of the Horde are all pretty cool characters who have, in any case, your raise.
But it’s the emotional bond and the many years of character-building, for example, has a Jaina already missing. As a result, the whole Story of the Horde feels more like an action movie that only relies on bombastic Special Effects.
Little development in the case of the Zandalari: It’s cool and exciting to watch, but unsatisfied. I am happy when I listen to a voice line of Bwonsamdi, but the characters seem to be all like “cool Sidekick” of the main character that is somehow missing. The Horde has in the Zandalar campaign simply no character that has a similar scope as Jaina. It is likable that you root missing plain and simple. Jaina, however, has Warcraft 20 years-Lore on the hump, is a character I’ve known for a long time, and I am pleased. A worthy counterpart would have been Sylvanas that has similar popularity – but would not be suitable for a dramatic “mother-daughter Story.
Alone in the Cinematic, Jaina and her mother play a large role, is more Emotion than in all the Quests of the Horde. This is not the Story of the Horde “bad”, but just not as important as the Alliance, since it triggers no emotions in the player.
The Alliance wins the Story-trophy – for the time being, unknown story developments possible: however.
One must keep in mind that some of the Quest lines have not yet been unlocked. A few missions are tied to reputation requirements, such as in the war campaign. It would be quite possible that Blizzard conjures here are a few secrets out of the hat.
In my basic opinion for the most part, the “Level of Content” is going to change that but probably nothing more. Here is the Alliance simply has the more emotional, better story, The Horde may have won with the destruction of Teldrassil and the end of the battle of the undercity though the first steps of the war, the story is lagging behind technically but clearly.
Basically, I have to say that to me the principle of a different story-line. It is a beautiful experience, and experience on the part of the Horde of other action on the part of the Alliance – even if you play emotionally on different levels. How did you like the Story of the Battle for Azeroth?