World of Warcraft's newest cinematic is a narrative disaster, and players hate it
Sylvanas's controversial story has received a new twist after months of waiting.
Slyvanas Windrunner is the most controversial character in World of Warcraft's history. The Banshee queen has been the main antagonist in two expansions of Warcraft's pantheons of wizards and warriors. She rose to the position of warchief of Horde in Legion. It's clear why so many players dislike her. Sylvanas is so muddled and unclear in her motives that it feels contrived and inconsistent. While Sylvanas says one thing and does the opposite the next, Blizzard assures skeptical players that everything is in line with a master plan.
However, after World of Warcraft's most recent major cinematic, it seems that our worst fears have been confirmed: Sylvanas is just plain sucks.
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands received last week its first major update since November's launch. The patch was called Chains of Domination and featured a new 10-boss raid. This culminated in Sylvanas' final showdown. For players who have fought for years to uncover the evil plans of the Banshee Queen, this battle promised answers. The cinematic that followed her fight seemed to have mostly pissed off everyone, rather than catharsis.
The official YouTube video of this cinematic has received over 10,000 downvotes and 4,000 upvotes. Meanwhile, the WoW subreddit hosts a lot of threads mocking the film and World of Warcraft’s obsession with the character widely considered to be one of the worst. This post is about Sylvanas ruining the story. The main thread for the cinematic, however, has almost 3,624 comments. Most of these comments say, "Now, I know why Illidan dipped after the end of Legion... He wanted to be galaxies from this shit."
To see the reason players are upset, you can watch the above cutscene. The gist is that Sylvanas has spent three years doing unimaginable evil because she believed that you needed to crack eggs to make an egg omelette. She then loses her conviction for no apparent reason. The Jailer, an enigmatic archvillain from Shadowlands, then stubbornly refuses to kill the only people who are capable of stopping him even though they are at his mercy. Even though Sylvanas has just shot an arrow at him, he decides that he will give his soul back to her before disappearing through a portal into an unknown location. This will likely remain a mystery until the next major update. After much waiting, hoping for answers, Blizzard pulled another Dragon Ball Z and asked us to tune in next week. It is easy to see why this has upset more than just a few players.