Yesterday, Shizukera (from the Earthern Ring (us) Server) and I had a discussion on “who won Wrathgate,” specifically the Battle for Undercity. Shizukera said, over twitter, “We lost Bolvar and got to watch Varian mouth off. That’s about it. Horde? Rebels gone, they’re stronger.”
I am hesitant to say that one particular faction won or lost a particular event. The brief Forsaken Civil war was ended in no small part by the Alliance’s invasion and subsequent killing of Putress. The Horde did get to put down Varimathras and eliminated a significant chunk of the traitors members of the Royal Apothecary. On the Alliance side, we get to how blood thirsty Wrynn is after his stint as a slave-gladiator; Horde wise we see how an insurgency grew underneath Thrall’s nose. This is not an ideal situation for a warchief. But did the Horde really emerge stronger?
I don’t think they did. True, the Alliance lost Bolvar and according to my horde sources, the Forsaken were not blamed for Putress’ insurgency; however, the horde has taken a hit in terms of their Apothecary and it has show how Thrall and Sylvannus were duped. This event provides more evidence for Garrosh’s rise to power within the Horde–an event that may end up fracturing the horde if certain rumors are true. While the Horde reclaimed the Undercity, it was the Alliance who got to kill Putress. And the Horde have to address the fact that one of their capitals was retaken due to Alliance “help.”
I would say the event was a wash. Neither side won or lost. In fact, what we witnessed was some fracturing among the horde races. This fracturing may continue in Cataclysm. Please share your opinions with us! Who “won” Wrathgate/Undercity?