The rivalry between the Alliance and Horde factions is a fundamental part of World of Warcraft. Not only does it provide material for heated PvP battles, it also allows players to explore different sides of Azeroth. In the future, however, Blizzard could turn the system upside down.
WoW: Is Blizzard breaking an old tradition?
At BlizzConline 2021, Game Director Ion Hazzikostas will speak about the perpetual dispute between the Alliance and the Horde and the impact that both factions have on the number of players in World of Warcraft. It is true that the rivalry between the Alliance and the Horde is maintained a vital part the attractiveness of WoW, but one day concessions could be made to enable players from different factions to participate in cooperative group activities such as raids or dungeons.
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WoW: Why is Blizzard thinking about breaking tradition?
Although both factions have their own charm, the main imbalance is the number of hardcore players – there are more Horde than Alliance players. But why is that so?
Game Director Ion Hazzikostas explained that it has to do with the fact that at the time around the "Mists of Pandaria" expansion, Horde peoples such as Orcs and Trolls had a superior racial ability compared to Alliance peoples. Since competitive raid guilds were always looking for it, many players began to to switch to the Horde. This created a kind of vicious circle in which players were increasingly forced to give up their Alliance characters.
“It's something we talk about a lot. We know there is a very real problem, especially at the high end of the Raid and Mythic scene ”- Ion Hazzikostas
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The Game Director added that he does not believe that anything can be done about the imbalance in the short term, but that "a top priority" is to address the problem long term without losing the feeling that the factions are actually still enemies are. "If we lose that, then we have lost something very valuable," says Hazzikostas.