There’s a lot of speculation regarding who it is that’ll rise and become the next Warchief, but who do you want it to be? We know Garrosh is getting deposed – we don’t yet know if he’s going to die – and someone will have to take his place. So who should it be? The obvious choice is one of the racial leaders, though exactly which one is up for debate. I thought it would be fun to analyze some of the potential candidates and tease out what might make them a reasonable choice of warchief both inside and outside the story. Let’s start with some of the easily dismissible.
Snowballs in Hades : Let’s be honest, I don’t think these guys have any chance at all, but for the sake of being complete, here they are.
Ji Firepaw : We can scrap this guy right off the bat. He’s the pandaren representative to the Horde, but he really doesn’t have any reason to care much about the Horde’s internal politics at this point. No warchief, this one.
Jastor Gallywix : Another easily discarded candidate. Though the scenarios in 5.3 do provide some motivation and context for the goblins ultimately joining the rebellion, their representative is literally no where to be found. He doesn’t even have a model in the game after the goblin starting zone. Unless Blizzard is a preparing for some grand plot twist involving Gallywix somewhere in patch 5.3 or 5.4 (not impossible, but doubtful), I think we can safely drop him.
Sylvanas Windrunner: Sylvanas has been a popular and contentious figure in the Warcraft universe since her introduction in Warcraft III. But none of them actually like her. Not to put too fine a point on it, but Sylvanas is terrifying. She is ruthless, brutal, and has proven herself willing to use the very same tactics that were used against her to bolster her undead army – the forced reanimation of dead bodies. She claims that, unlike Arthas, she leaves her citizens with their free will intact. For these reasons, I think it highly unlikely that Sylvanas will become the next warchief.
These are the folks that, given things in WoW as they currently stand, I believe have the best chance at becoming the next warchief.
Lor’themar Theron: Lor’themar does have some attractive skills here that are worth considering. He is, or was, a military commander first and foremost. As Sylvanas’ second-in-command prior to and during the Third War, he has experience leading armies through combat, and that kind of martial prowess is clearly an important component of Horde leadership. Furthermore, like Baine, Lor’themar also possesses some appealing diplomatic abilities that would be an excellent asset to a Horde looking to move in a truly new direction.
Vol’jin: The more information we see coming out of patch 5.3, the more my money is sliding toward Vol’jin as the next warchief. Despite Lor’themar being the one to take the first concrete steps toward open rebellion against Garrosh, Vol’jin is the one taking the rebellion’s reigns on its home turf. For an even further meta-analysis, Vol’jin is also the subject of the latest WoW novel, and if that isn’t a big flashing sign that he’s about to be a Very Important Character.
I’m sure there’s already a thread about that lots of possibilities and glad to guess at how it is develop. I’m excited to see who will be the next warchief of Warcraft.If you are looking for a full guide on all professions and a complete leveling guide forWOW then check out