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Two factions : Joint support?

One thing that has NEVER played well with me in Warcraft is the notion of having to pick sides. In any two sided battle my default state, like it or not, ends up being somewhere in the middle. My brain refuses to fall one way or another, even after I’ve heard all the arguments and weighed up all the possibilities. I do not understand why it isn’t possible to play for both teams without recrimination.

For a long time however I was embarrassed to admit I wanted to do this in game, I sense in part because the Alliance/Horde ‘dispute’ is one now so deeply ingrained into the lore. I’d love the opportunity to dungeon with Horde players, or fight joint foes, because I’m betting that there are people just like me who have chosen their camps but secretly wish there were more flexibility inside the mechanics. I sense Blizzard have begun to realise this too, and giving us one new race who go off on two different paths, both of whom come to their factions to learn and assist as primary functions. I’m considering a Panda on both sides, just to see how they are treated in their journey’s to 90.

However, Pandaria does finally begin to concede to those of us who play both sides: there is an achievement for having a max level toon on both factions, for instance. Your Horde and Alliance players will also both share the same achievements, mounts and pets. the last one of these is one that is making me particularly excited, especially from a speed of gathering/variety of pets viewpoint. I fully intend to level both Horde and Alliance trainers ‘in tandem’ which should give them access to a far larger range of pets as they start their journey, and means I can level two ‘teams’ simultaneously but with different quests to accompany the journey.

The possibilities for utilising both factions has not been lost to many gold makers either: there is often a large disparity in market values across the factions, and faction-specific items are always a great way to pull in some extra cash. I’m always hoping that when I log in my L1 neutral AH alt in Booty Bay I’ll see someone else there but more often than not I’m alone: I suspect that will change with Pet Battles, especially with rarer pets. I have to say I’m excited about this more than I have been for a while, mostly because I think the potential in Pet Battles is something that Blizzard really have only scratched the surface with as yet. Add to this potential market opportunities with the Tillers Farm (which Blizzard seem to be keeping fairly close to their chests right now) and whatever rare goodies the Black Market Auction House might bring…

I’d like to think that being on both sides of the fence won’t give me a disadvantage. In fact, with what we’ve got to look forward to in the months to come, I could do with some more able bodies to bring to the fight…

One thought on “Supporting Everyone

  1. That graphic is awesome! The Horde symbol makes a great helm/mask for the Alliance lion :D

    “I'd love the opportunity to dungeon with Horde players, or fight joint foes, because I'm betting that there are people just like me who have chosen their camps but secretly wish there were more flexibility inside the mechanics.”
    Oh, that is so me. I am totally with you on the playing both sides of the faction fence thing — I do play mainly Horde (mostly because I just love the Tauren liek woah), but I also would like to be able to play with my friends who play mainly Alliance.

    I, too, am planning to have both a Horde Pandaren and an Alliance Pandaren — and it will be interesting to see how their experiences differ.

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