Revenge of the Nerds: BlizzCon Red Shirt Guy Defeats Alex Afrasiabi in His Own Dojo

There is nothing better in this world than seeing poetic justice come true. At BlizzCon this past weekend during the WoW Quest Question and Answer Panel an avid WoW and lore aficionado now known as “The Red Shirt Guy” exposed an embarrassing error of omission in WoW: Cataclysm.

For me, this will go down as one of the greatest moments in MMO history up there with the in-game killing of Lord British in Ultima Online.

Here’s how it all went down…

After reading the Christie Golden book The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm he pointed out that Falstad one of the main dwarf leaders of Azeroth was missing in action from the Cataclysm beta:

Red Shirt Guy: Hello… I just finished reading The Shattering yesterday and I noticed something. It said that Falstad Wildhammer was going to be on the Council of Three Hammers, but in the beta it’s Kurdran Wildhammer, and Falstad is not in the game at all. What happened to him?

Chris Metzen: Isn’t Falstad dead? From the Day of the Dragon? No?

Red Shirt Guy: He survived and in fact and he was the leader of Aerie Peak in vanilla WoW and through Wrath of the Lich King.

Chris Metzen: Yeah, Alex…what’s up with that?

This question stumped both Chris Metzen and Alex “Furor” Afrasiabi. Eventually, Alex admitted he screwed up and to his credit said he’d fix the problem.

Here’s the video of the exchange which has gone viral on the Internet:

The Red Shirt guy is the hero of BlizzCon. It’s nice to see a lore nerd defeat the almighty Furor in his own dojo.

Blizzard should put the Red Shirt guy into the MMO somehow. Better yet, Blizzard should hire him!


Here’s a picture of High Thane Falstad Wildhammer currently residing in Aerie Peak in the Hinterlands:

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