So, what do you guys think of emerald nightmare?
As a raid I thought the design was great and the fights fairly unique and engaging enough. As a huge warcraft lore nerd though I hated this. It felt to me either lazy or just defeatist from a story telling perspective to just say "oh by the way this elder god and this brood mother dragon deeply engrossed in the canon are now bad so you should go in and just kill them for a shiny new pair of gloves." Maybe I missed something and need to go back and read the war of the ancients, but last I checked, Cenarius and Ysera mopped the floor during the initial legion invasion, not sure how some blighted toothpick in her side was enough turn her evil and not even merit so much as a followup or post battle cinematic. The emerald nightmare raid was one that most of us have anticipated since the corrupted world dragons launched in vanilla, this just feels so anti-climatic a way to end these pivotal characters to the saga, especially after having waiting for so long a time to step into the emerald dream.
While disappointing Lore wise. I think they are laying the ground work for something bigger....larger....Research what Illygoth whispers to players. (and to that end research what the Shadow Priests Artifact Weapon whispers to the player.) There is more to it than just a casual meaningless wrap up. (I have to admit that it is a quick and poorly done wrap up)
For the first time in a long time I finally feel that the "story" is progressing. There are a ton of little 'hints' all around. There is one in particular that stands out, when you do the Fallen star quest. Once you complete and you start to hearth, you'll see some people run up. Cancel the hearth quickly and read what is being said. Velen says they are leaving Azeroth. By ship! This points toward Argus.
On the flip side old gods have been twisting and weaving in and out in Legion. Remember there is a whole other side to Azeroth we have yet to see. A vast sea on the other side of the map and is noted in the globes in Ulduar.
there are questions abound with clues:
Is Khadgar corrupted?
Is the boy king being played by an old god?
Did an old god have something to do with Magni being returned from diamond to being mortal?
Where is Wrathion??? We now know he has a brother whom is alive in Highmountain....what does he have to do with the overall story??
It certainly is an interesting time lore wise.