Should the Faction Divide be Eliminated?

Every now and again I hear people talking about how the factions should be eliminated from World of Warcraft to facilitate easier game play.  That the model of dual factions is outdated and we should all be able to group with whomever we want.

I do understand the mechanics behind such a request.  When someone has friends that have mains in the opposite faction it can be a hassle.  Faction swap might be an option if you have some friends over here and some friends over there.

Generally the rebuttals to this are something along the lines of, “But it’s World of WARcraft.” and “The factions can’t put aside their long histories.

But what if instead of merging the existing factions they disintegrated completely.  In Mists we saw the horde rip itself in two.  It easily could have been a wound that the faction failed to recover from.  Ironforge is in a similar position with trying to keep all the dwarf clans living in peace under one roof.  The reintroduction of the Highborn to Darnassus, and there has been strife in the Exodar over acceptance of the broken draenei.  All that is just in the Alliance.  If these cities go to war with themselves, then they can’t support the large group they are supposed to be a part of.

If this were to happen it would increase the amount of conflict and war in the setting, so that’s a plus, and the “but it’s World of WARcraft” argument doesn’t work.  Dissolving the factions also undermines the historical animosities, because those organizations that were involved wouldn’t exist in the same capacity.

Ather argument that I’ve heard is, “It wouldn’t make sense to have Orcs running around Stormwind.”  To that I say, it could be that each race has one or two other capital cities that they are still always considered at war with, no orcs in Stormwind, no worgen in the Undercity, etc.

What do you think?  Faction Pride or Factions Outdated?

TL;DR Ironforge should destroy itself in civil war and Gnomeregan should replace it as a capital city.  It’s in a much better location because it could have a submarine port on the coast.



Recognition at last!

I received this letter over the weekend.  It is about time.

“To the King of Gnomes, Mekgineer Thermaplugg,

It has come to our attention that you are smarter and cooler than the current High Tinker of the Gnomes.  We would like to offer you a place in the Alliance.  Mekkatorque is boring, we like you a lot.  If you accept, please repair the tram that runs from the entrance of Gnomeregan to the Tinkers court.  We have a large number of Ambassadors that we wish to send for you to meet, and they would like to by-pass the trogg filled tunnels and security systems you have put in place.

Looking forward to meeting you,


King Varian Wrynn, Council of Three Hammers, Tyrande Whisperwind, Malfurion Stormrage, Prophet Velen, Genn Greymane, Aysa Cloudsinger, Jaina Proudmoore, Anduin Wrynn, Master Mathias Shaw, Danath Trollbane, Grand Admiral Jes-Tereth, Halford Wyrmbane, Vanndar Stormpike, Lord Darius Crowley, Vereesa Windrunner, Shandris Feathermoon, Mordent Evenshade, Broll Bearmantle, Muninn Magellas, Brann Bronzebeard, Kurdran Wildhammer, Velog Icebellow, Nobundo, Jarod Shadowsong, Arechron, Ivar Bloodfang, and Elder Lusshan”

I accept.  I need to get the trains running on time down here anyway!