So a few hours ago WorldofRaids.com posted an article speculating who the next “Lich King” would be.
As it currently stands, the “Lich King” is entirely Arthas with the Ner’zhul half either dead or completely dominated by Arthas.
Suffice to say, we believe Ner’zhul still exists and will be freed when the Arthas half of the “Lich King” is killed.
So the heart of the question is, “Who will Ner’zhul pick next?”
The article on WorldofRaids discusses who Ner’zhul could target next.
What surprised us about the WorldofRaids article, was neither of our two picks made their list.
WorldofRaids suggests characters such as Tirion Fordring, Saurfang, or even Muradin Bronzebeard could be next.
None of these, however, just feel… right. Nor do any of their other suggestions.
Look at Arthas, the original host. He was ambitious and ruthless to a fault. But, most importantly, he believed to his core that no matter how his actions may appear to others, they were always what was best for his people (regardless of whether or not his closest allies agree with him).
This infallible, selfless self-confidence is the key element to look for.
So who fits the bill?
Garrosh, and Varian Wrynn.
This is not meant as criticism either of these great, controversial characters. Love or hate them, the simple fact is that both Garrosh and Varian Wrynn unquestioningly believe that what they do is what’s best for their people. In this way, they are both incredibly similar to Arthas.
This is why we believe one of these two will be the next Lich King.
So which one?
Varian Wrynn. And we have a practical reason for believing this.
Ner’zhul is/was an orc. If Garrosh were to become the next Lich King, then the “Lich King” would simply be two orcs. He’d be an entirely Horde villain.
With Varian Wrynn as the next Lich King, then the “Lich King” continues to be a boss straddling both factions, which is much more immersive for *all* players.
So there it is, Varian Wrynn: The Next Lich King.
And at the very least, we know he’ll look good in the armor.