I really like that Saurfang is still maintaining some sense of honor here, gives horde players something to grasp while Sylvanas is going on her killing spree.As for burning the tree my bet is some third party (old god awakening, Wrathion, whatever) that turns out so the Horde looks like they did it.Sylvanas has no benefit from it, why would you burn the land you just conquered? Genn is also out of the picture, he might be reckless but he tends to only endanger himself, sacrificing Teldrassil and countless lives to give the middle finger is not like him.
I've said that it must be someone Alliance side that burns the tree. It's the only thing moral Horde players have left to hope for. The possibility that there's one awful thing they haven't done. Something like Mathias Shaw secretly ordering a strike team to burn it and blame the Horde, giving the Alliance a made-up justification to attack Lordaeron. (Well, assuming the attack on Darkshore wasn't enough to convince Anduin to strike back.)But, regardless, it will definitely be another case of, "Yeah, the Horde attacked first, and committed what are basically war crimes, but you can't call them the bad guys because..."
At this point, the answer to the question who burned the tree cannot possibly absolve the Horde. But it can potentially bring an inner Alliance conflict in case it was somebody from the Alliance. Because the act not just endangered countless of lives, but destroyed the ancient home of the oldest Azeroth based Alliance civilization. If somebody from the Alliance decided to do that, it would create a severe mistrust or hatred inside of the Alliance.Which is I think a very good reason why nobody from the Alliance did it. As the WoW writing goes, Alliance are good guys and they never have any conflicts between them, except the most superficial and trivial ones. This would be so much unlike anything that ever happened, and it would have a potential to create critical tensions. So it didn't happen. My bet is on the Horde causing it by accident, or on a third party.
Yes, yes, Teldrassil was burned by monstrous Genn, by crazed night elves, by suddenly appeared Wrathion, by still powerful Twilight Hammer — by everybody, but not by Saint Sylvanas. Of course, she couldn't doom all Darnassians, she didn't deceive Magni about healing of Azeroth, she didn't throw azerite bombs on this tree, she just walked near. Put off your foil caps, end conspiracy theories and realize the easiest explanation.
Thinking about how the tree gets burned some more. I'm not 100% on the revealed lore, but I follow it pretty closely.Reasons against it being an Alliance member
you killed me ;-D
I really hate it when they destroy beautiful places in the game... For the Alliance! :(
Hey, maybe the Horde will use that giant cannon sitting pretty in Bilgewater Harbor. It's done nothing but gather dust since it was created. I could believe that an azerite cannon/rocket/missile shot out of that thing would cause Teldrassil to catch fire instantly. Considering the size, I'd think the cannon is also close enough to hit it. I think it's a safe bet people who come here don't mind spoilers, so also bear in mind that Gallywix, who lives near said cannon was very interested in making some azerite weapons himself. Whose to say he didn't commission some azerite ammo for his baby death star? I DON'T think that's what's gonna cause it though. But, you know. "What if".