Another heated topic among WoW players. “Only kids plays Alliance”, “All the Horde races are fugly” (Yes, that’s about the worst I’ve heard being said about the Horde.) and so and so forth. There are a lot of people who only have played on one side and would never consider rolling a character on the opposite faction. I’m not one of those. Despite the fact that I probably have the most time played on the Horde, I do actually have more Ally characters. Being somewhat neutral, I thought I’d have a look at the opinions and stereotypes of the Horde and Alliance. Since my four year old WoW-career have only been played on Argent Dawn-EU these opinions and observations might not be true for all servers, but I believe it’s at least close to what you can find on other servers of the same age.
The Alliance have always been looked at as those “annoying 14-year olds who always go “brb, mom says I gotta eat dinner” during instance runs. This might be a stereotype, but I think it’s one with some truth to it. I’ve been playing a Gnome Mage lately, he is currently lvl 74. Being somewhat of an instance whore, and not a part of a leveling guild, I’ve had to resort a lot to PUG-ing instances. These groups have been of very varying quality. Of course, while leveling up I don’t expect players too know every nook and cranny of the game, but when you’ve reached lvl 70 everyone should know that letting the tank pull and letting your healer regen some mana between fights is mandatory. Especially when it comes to players with one or more lvl 80 characters (atleast they claim to have so them selves).
Of course, this kind of behavior occurs on both sides. And I’m not saying Horde are vastly superior players to Alliance ones. Rather, it’s how players react to these sort of situations that make me believe the general Alliance player is, not necessarily younger, but more immature than the Horde one. I’m aware I’m stepping on a lot of peoples toes saying this, and it might not be true for your server. But I’ve never witnessed so much stupid bickering, name calling and general idiocy while leveling on the Horde side, as the Alliance side. I’ve been told by nelfer DKs that I’m “having a go at them” for asking for a corner pull after consecutive wipes, I’ve spent countless hours arguing about who is gonna come with me to the summoning stone. If I got lucky there were at least one normal person in the group (the healer or tank if I got extra lucky), other times the group either never ended up going at all since no one could decide who would summon the rest, or the tank or healer would have to leave half way through the run due to dinner or bed time. Yes, I guess I’m generalizing even though I said I wouldn’t, but I honestly believe I would have spent much more time on the Ally side if it hadn’t been for this type of incidents.
Since I’m on a roll, I’m gonna keep stepping on toes and generalizing. My experience is that the average Horde player is more skilled than the general Alliance player. I’m not saying this is because all the Allies are dumb and the Horde older and more intelligent, or anything like that. Like a lot of Horde players I played Ally before Horde, perhaps they looked “prettier” and perhaps a bit more like the good guys, and as many others I got tired of the type of situations mentioned above and re rolled to see if the grass really was greener on the other side. However, with these kind of players other problems emerge. After spending a lot of time playing with either new people, or people simply not as skilled as your self (trying not to brag here), it’s easy to believe that you are better than everyone else. This is perhaps the most frequent problem I run into while PUG-ing on the Horde. Everyone thinks they know best, especially if they have a certain guild tag underneath their names. And instead of working together, the group ends up pulling in opposite directions. This usually ends with runs taking a lot longer than they have to, or not finishing at all because of arguments about how to do stuff that really isn’t that hard.
After hearing me bashing the Alliance to such a degree you might be wondering why in the world I got more Alliance characters than Horde ones? But still have more time played on the Horde? The answer is quite simple. I’ve always prefered the Horde races. Of all the Ally ones Dwarves are the only ones I really liked. The human models are badly made, I’ve never liked the “Oh we are so superior” attitude of the nelfers, gnomes are a bit silly, but still better than the somewhat half finished (it sort of looks like Blizz gave up designing them half way through the process) squid face men.
However, I’ve always prefered the Alliance areas (with the Troll and Tauren ones as exceptions, these unfortunately being few and far between in both Outland and Northrend) which is why the Alliance is where I go to play alts and do quests, while the Horde is where I go to do heroics and raids. It all comes down to the people playing the game. I’ve never quite found an Alliance guild that fits me, and I believe this might be a large part of why I’ve never liked the Alliance quite as good as the Horde. I guess the best you can do is try to surround your self with like minded players, both play style-wise and mentally.
This post turned out to be less neutral and unbiased than I planned, but atleast I got to vent some thoughts, views and experiences. There are probably a lot of people with completely different opinions and experiences than my own, so please share them and prove me wrong!