Is it me or is Prince Renathal an abysmal leader?
In his first attempt at a rebellion, he got his entire army turned to stone. Now the details of this are a bit murky, but he must have made a serious error for this to happen. Either he underestimated his foes (who he’d been working with for millennia) or walked into a trap. Not a great record thus far.
It gets worse on his second attempt. After we bail him out, you’d think he’d learn his lesson. With his vastly reduced forces a direct confrontation would be suicide. Perhaps he could try sabotaging them, maybe releasing devourers into Castle Nathria. No, with a grand force of five people he tries to take over a plane of existence. He empowers his tiny band with anima to try and make up for it, but this ignores the fact that his enemies have had access to much larger stores of anima for far longer. It’s essentially him and the boys getting coked up on anima and trying to overthrow a dictator.
Predictably, his force is ignominiously defeated. His followers are dispatched by gargoyles (fat lot of good that anima did them). He charges Denathrius and is taken out before he can throw a single attack. He tries to pull a Taran Zhu and gets shushed by Denathrius. This moment is supposed to make Denathrius look good but Renathal’s record is so bad that it’s not much of an accomplishment to thrash him.
What inspired me to make this post is his conduct during the 9.1 campaign. He manages to let Denathrius get rescued by sending all his guards to attack Mal’Ganis. Why was he kept on a pillar in the middle of nowhere rather than, say, Sinfall? To add insult to injury, Mal’Ganis himself escapes soon after. I guess the guards were busy chasing a stray cat or something.
Blizzard seems to be acknowledging Renathal’s inability with how they portrayed him in this recent campaign. He is humiliatingly interrupted by the Stonewright in his attempt to parlay, who reveals that his closest guard was a dreadlord the whole time. The Stonewright and Vashj then take the lead in removing dreadlords from his stronghold. Is this leading into something or do you think it’s an accident that Renathal has been portrayed so ineptly?