Blog Azeroth – Shared Topic for the week of March 21st, 2011
Shared Topic Idea: Horde Conquering Azeroth
What Deathwing may have caused the Cataclysm, but the leaders of the Horde have been quick to take advantage of the chaos. The lands north of the Thandol Span now almost entirely belong to the Forsaken. The Alliance have been expelled from Azshara and the Stonetalon Mountains. Only in the Southern Barrens are the Horde losing any ground. Is the war between the Alliance and the Horde close to an end, with a Horde victory? Are Sylvanas and Garrosh close to conquering the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor between them? What, if anything, can stop the Horde warmachine?
– Ringo Flinthammer
Not too long ago I wrote about the Horde and whether they represent a rising tide of evil or not. My conclusion was that while the Horde has some vile components, the alliance as a whole is not one of pure malice. The strength of the Horde in general is on the rise though.
As the topic indicates, the Horde is pushing the Alliance out of major regions of Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms without suffering much in return. Much of central Kalimdor has been locked up by the Orcs, Trolls, and Tauren, while the Blood Elves and Forsaken stand strong in the north half o the Eastern Kingdoms.
But does this imply that the Horde war machine will soon roll over all Azeroth? Hardly. Let me break it down by continent.
First off, Kalimdor. The Horde are “controlling” upwards of 5 or 6 of the 22 zones with a strong presence in 4 or so more. The Alliance controls about 4 with a strong presence in say 2. By those numbers alone, the Alliance is at a disadvantage. However, 6 zones are neutral or evenly matched between the two so Kalimdor is essentially split along thirds (one-third Horde, one-third Alliance, one-third neutral/evenly contested).
Moving to the Eastern Kingdoms, a similar trend is found. The Horde is favored in about 9 zones to the Alliance’s 7 while 15 remain contested. Neither side has a huge advantage and the neutral middle is fairly wide. (Just to note, my numbers are very off-the-cuff and are reliant upon my general knowledge from before Cataclysm and some indications I have gotten from others… I have not been through most of these zones since the change, although it is on my list of to-dos.)
Thinking back just a bit, pre-Cataclysm the Horde had a couple fewer in both continents, so this “dominance” of the Horde is a relatively new thing.
Thirdly, I would like to point out that Northrend (which is definitely a significant component of Azeroth in both size and available resources) is almost right down the middle on Horde v. Alliance, and Outland, although dated content, is another significant chuck of space and resources that remains hotly (and fairly evenly) contested.
Lastly, the Horde, although pushing outward aggressively, still has some serious command issues under Garrosh’s new regime. The Trolls and Orcs seem to be at odds most of the time and the Tauren just lost one of their most beloved and iconic leaders. The Blood Elves have retreated to the Sunwell (restored with significant help from some Alliance higher-ups) and the Forsaken are off building an empire. This isn’t a cohesive unit boldly plotting world domination.. This is a blob of groups, each pulling in a different direction with widely ranging motivations and goals.
Just as the name Horde suggests.