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Top Five Reasons the Draenei Are the Best "WoW" Race

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As an avid gamer and player of nearly everything under the sun, Maddy's passion for video games—and all things nerdy—knows no bounds.

At the time of this writing, Blizzard's famous MMORPG, World of Warcraft, features a grand total of 13 races. Six stand with the noble Alliance, and the other half fight for the mighty Horde (with the lovely Pandaren being neutral, of course). Every fan has their own opinion about who's the best, but one thing's for sure—the majestic Draenei are awesome. Let's run through the reasons why Prophet Velen and his people are arguably the best around.

Why the Draenei Rule

  1. Aesthetically, They're Amazing
  2. Their Culture Is One of the Friendliest Around
  3. Their Lore Is Absolutely Fascinating
  4. The Draenei Racial Mount Is Too Cute
  5. They're Silly ('Nuff Said)
Draenei have horns and glowing eyes.

Draenei have horns and glowing eyes.

1. Aesthetically, They're Amazing

WoW features a very colorful cast of characters in its world. From the furry tauren to the purple-skinned night elves, no two races are similar in appearance. The Draenei, however, really stand out in terms of their looks.

Their skin ranges from a light blue to dusky violet, and their hair, while usually white or blue, can have more “natural” colors like brown or red. Every Draenei has a magnificent set of horns that, unlike the bullish tauren, give them a sleek yet otherworldly look. Their eyes most resemble the pupilless, glowing orbs of the night elves, giving them each a piercing gaze. Hooves for feet, tentacle beards, and tails also add to their strange yet alluring physique.

2. Their Culture Is One of the Friendliest Around

One simply has to speak to a Draenei to understand the emphasis they place on kindness, as their common greetings include phrases like “Archenon poros” (good fortune) and "Blessings upon your family." Guided by the benevolent naaru, the Draenei seek to bring an end to the evil of the Burning Legion and live peacefully in harmony with those around them.

Through quests and other lore, the Draenei are presented as being open-minded and willing to help anyone in need. Overall, they make fantastic allies and bring (the) light to any situation.

Vindicator Maraad, a famous Draenei Paladin.

Vindicator Maraad, a famous Draenei Paladin.

3. Their Lore Is Absolutely Fascinating

No other race (save perhaps the orcs) has as much of a history with the Burning Legion as the Draenei do. Their very name, Draenei, means “exiled ones”, and comes from the fact that the Draenei of Azeroth are the last uncorrupted beings of Argus, their lost homeworld.

Originally known as the Eredar, the Draenei were likely the first of the known races to encounter Sargeras and his demonic horde. The demon contacted their leaders—Kil'jaeden, Archimonde, and Velen—and offered them power in exchange for their servitude. Of the three, only Velen refused the offer and led his people to safety, taking them first to Draenor and then to Azeroth on the mystical ship called the Exodar.

4. The Draenei Racial Mount Is Too Cute

Ever ridden an elekk before? For those unfamiliar with them, elekks are elephant-like creatures from the plains of Nagrand on Draenor. These tusked beasts make for some majestic (and cute!) mounts. Any elephant lover will agree that the elekk rock, and even if you don't like the Draenei, it's worth levelling one a bit to pick up a set of their mounts. Don't want to grind faction rep or make an alt? Fear not, as some elekk are offered as PvP mount rewards.

5. They're Silly ('Nuff Said.)

  • "What do you mean 'there's an octopus on my face'?"
  • "I love this planet! I come here; I see cow and chicken and ride little horsies. THIS PLANET HAS EVERYTHING!"
  • "You know, our tails add to our natural balance and agility, ha!" *Loud noise of metal crashing to the floor*
  • "We have it all figured out. Step One: We land the Exodar. Step Three: We defeat Legion and go home . . . there is only one detail missing."
  • "We did not realize, but in Naaru language 'Exodar' means 'defective elekk turd'."

Are You a Draenei Fan?

Whether you love 'em or not, most of us can probably agree that the Draenei are pretty awesome. What do you think? Are you convinced, too much in love with the night elves, or are you just a stalwart Horde fan? Talk it up in the comments or cast your vote in the poll below!

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Annoymous on September 13, 2016:

Lok'tar. Hall and Lok.

Ced Yong from Asia on August 21, 2016:

Archenon poros.