The Draenei are my favourite race in World of Warcraft and, not surprisingly, my Warrior is one and I’ve also just rolled a couple of Draenei alts – a Priest and a Paladin. I was toying with the idea of making Blood Elves (they are probably my second favourite race) but I decided to keep all of my characters on the Alliance side so I can stay in contact with people I know.
I like the Draenei race for a variety of reasons, not least because they actually look cool and unique and are very well rendered in the game. Along with the Blood Elves I think they are the best looking player models and don’t suffer from hideous ‘gangly limb’ syndrome like the Night Elves or Trolls and don’t have any severely debilitating posture problems like the Humans and Orcs. Request to Blizzard: you added barber shops, now add chiropractors.
I don’t like small races (being tall in real life has made me unable to play anything that might be considered a midget) so the Draenei immediately appealed to me. They also look unlike any race I’ve seen before in other MMOs – score one for Blizzard being original. Probably the best thing about the Draenei though is their lore and background. Blizzard did an amazing job of giving them an interesting history and creating a truly deep, original, and involving storyline which ties in nicely with everything else that’s going on.
I won’t recite the whole history of the race – you can read about that on WoWWiki here – but I’ll summarise it briefly: they are aliens! Awesome! They were originally from a planet called Krypton Argus which was overtaken by what would be become the Burning Legion and, after doing a ton of interstellar running around for thousands of years, they eventually settled down on a nice looking fun planet. They called it Draenor. Alas, the Burning Legion eventually found them and all heck broke loose. Long story short, they tried to escape again in their spaceship, the Exodar, but those pesky Blood Elves sabotaged it and they crashed on Kalimdor, Azeroth. Whew.
Typical Blizzard style is there actually a ton more stuff to it than that but this gives you a brief round-up of their history and a flavour of their race. I have to take my hat off to Blizzard for managing to successfully create and blend in a sci-fi-esque race with the standard fantasy universe of Warcraft. It’s also great to see Blizzard try something a little different and branch out into new territory. Hats off to them for the Draenei.