Ok this is going to be a short, sweet rant. I love you Blizzard, I think you make a great game and have some wonderful ideas. But for the love of Alexstrasza, will you please quit it with the purple dragons!
Above we have Exhibit A: a picture of the new boss for the upcoming Ruby Sanctum raid, Halion the Destroyer (image from mmo-champion.com). On first seeing it I didn’t know whether to laugh or to collapse into a purple-induced epileptic fit. That guy is not destroyer of anything! I mean cmon, he’s essentially Barney with wings! I have been super-psyched about Cataclysm ever since I heard it was coming out, but this is the first time my enthusiasm for the expansion has been diminished. If we’re going to fight the Twilight Dragonflight on a regular basis, can we please please please have some models that don’t remind me of a bowl of petunias?
This is not a one-off however. Someone at Blizzard seems to have a hard-on for all things violet when it comes to dragon-kind. Not only were we presented with gruelling dailies in The Burning Crusade to earn an ugly purple shark-with-wings (aka a Nether Drake), but in Wrath we have the monstrosity that is the Violet Proto-Drake as a reward for the achievement ‘What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been‘. Thats right, one of the most impressive meta-acheivements in the game, requiring you to complete all achievements from all of the yearly in-game holidays, involving hundreds of hours of work, rewards you with a big purple monstrosity that looks like it escaped from a Ribena commercial.
Seriously Blizzard, lets leave purple as the colour for epic loot…. and nothing else. Ever. Ok?