Can someone please give me a good reason why we can't have High Elves? I haven't found a single good counter argument.
Gotta love how Blizzard dev says openly "just go play horde already", can't hide your true sympathies, eh? Anyway the biggest problem with void elf portrayal is that not only they were blood elves, they were power hungry people that dabbled in powers beyond their comprehension and bitten more than they could chew, that's completely opposite to what high elves' attitude was who abstained from fel and other dangerous types of magic (and void is even more volatile and dangerous). If void elves were like worgen - cursed, transformed without them asking for it, that would be different. But they willingly dug into the void and the void gazed back into them. If you don't mind edgy and slightly evil race of misfits and outcasts, fine, they'll be right up your alley. But if you want the classic elf type, even night elves are closer to it, over the years they seem to have lost most of their savagery and xenophobia (comparing pre-wow night elves lore wise to how they currently stand).
Look, here's why we're not getting alliance high elves, the real reason.The only "near mandatory" archetypical hole that still exists in the Alliance's traditional fantasy slant are Elven Paladins. High Elves WOULD have served this, but I'd bet a considerable amount of money that Nightelves are being positioned for this slot. Blizzard, still being in a position to trade the most popular character models of each side, went with the "sexiness" of the other direction and gave us (the alliance) Void elves: the dark choice. Speaking as someone who now has three void elves because they *are* my aesthetic, but also as someone that desperately wants my paladin to be an elf, I'm happy to have Void elves... and am willing to wait for Nightelf Paladins.Until we get nightelf paladins or some form of faction softening allowing blood elves to play with alliance characters, I'll carry a rental torch and pitchfork with team highelf. I will literally abandon all faction divide and highelf debates as soon as we have nightelf paladins though. Furthermore, once again, I think it's insultingly tone deaf of Ion and Blizzard to throw out "the horde is there for you" while the faction divide seperates real life friends and gaming contacts, much like he did at Blizzcon with that guy asking about the Zandalari whom Ion advised to "look inside yourself." I want to hope he's only being this callous because some form of compromise is coming regarding the faction divide, but I'm not holding my breath.
If you want to play as a high elf create a blood elf (which is the same thing) and that's it. The fact that this discussion that makes 0 sense has been taken so far is stupid. The only way in which adding high elves to the game would make sense is as a blood elf customization option. High elves lore,culture and history are the same as blood elves because THEY ARE THE SAME RACE. The only difference that there was between them, the one that separated them, has allready dissapeared. Turning them into an allied race would be stupid and a mistake
If you don't like the current high elf population estimate, you can always use fan fiction to spike it up by millions and millions. This also protects the estimate of other elf types, gang. Imagination is key.
You want high elves, play horde.
While I can see appeal to "there are/aren't enough of them", population can't really be a concern in terms of allowing a race to be playable. You could make convincing arguments that Gnomes, Draenei, Worgen, Trolls, and Blood Elves all have far too limited populations to support player characters. Part of the backstory of the Undead and Sylvanas is that the limitations they face in maintaining their population. In some cases (Death Knights and Demon Hunters) this even applies to classes. Player populations just aren't considered cannon in this way.Lots of dredged up the Panda post-mortem, and I think that highly informs why High Elves are unlikely to join the Alliance – they aren't differentiable enough from Blood Elves without making huge changes to the race. I think if you look at Nightfallen and Void Elves you see the closest that Blizzard is willing to go here. As long as it is pretty difficult to mistake a Night Elf for a Nightfallen, or a Blood Elf for a Void Elf, they can be on opposite sides of the faction divide. You can't say the same for if Lightforged Draenei and Highmountain Tauren were Horde and Alliance respectively – as they are configured they are very similar overall to their parent races. I can't imagine that they can make enough changes to High Elves to make them distinct from Blood Elves in the same way that won't result in something similar to Void Elves.
I don't understand the vitriol people are throwing at the pro-highelf people. I don't recall all this when people were calling for upright/brown orcs.
I just want better customizations for current blood elves...even with the update we look dated...
I don't know, anymore. I would say just add High Elves so people can be happy, but the fact Blood Elves and High Elves are the same is just so glaring. I bet Blizzard wishes they had never changed their name to Blood Elf, because then this would not be an issue. High Elves severed ties with the Alliance a very long time ago for good reasons. The Night Elves don't like the High Elves, and don't even allow them in their lands. The High Elves constantly marry humans and having a bunch of Half Elf kids, which would be an interesting AR choice. I see no reason why "High Elf" culture would be any different than it was 15 years ago. Culture isn't cultivated in a few short years, and yes they could give them hairstyles and scars, as is constantly suggested, but the Blood Elves would/should also have those because they're doing the same things High Elves are. The only realistic difference between them would be blue eyes and it really would not be easy to differentiate the two enough in a way that makes any sense. It would be easier just to give blue eyes to Blood Elves, and maybe change their name back to be done with it.The blur the lines between the two factions thing is kind of weird, though because of the Panda's. So..Yeah. ForsenY
Don't really see why a not having a distinct appearance is an issue, that's what nameplates are for.
High Elves are turncoats! They refused to get on board and save Silvermoon after the Sunwell's destruction. I don't get why anyone would want to play a race that refused to honor their fallen brethren.