He made a tournament, yes. I’m sure his efforts were great, and did wonderful things. However, the experience of the tournament was not exactly a great deal of fun. Too many things that were horrible to deal with. (Bosses that didn’t die in the first battle in the 5 man, the PvP encounter while playing a character in cloth armor who just got slammed, dailies forever to get stuff… and with things that needed all factions done to get.) There were a few memorable moments… but for the most part it felt like the entire thing was done in hurry mode and what should have been fun became annoying quickly.
I actually begged my guild to let me get on a non-clothy for the dumb pvp encounter before it was tuned down. Getting 2 shot was… no fun.
I bet. My latest alt just went through Grizzly Hills and even that was pretty deserted.
On a side note, playing through Grizzly Hills as a worgen is reeaally awkward:
NPC: “Curse those filthy worgen! Go kill them like the dogs they are!”
Me: “Um, I’m standing right here. Do you even see who you’re talking to? Hello?”
Maybe that’s why I never liked Icecrown, since I’ve never been interested in WoW as storytelling. But that’s one of the great things about the game: you get choices about what to do, so you can do the things that you enjoy and skip the things you don’t. Whatever it is you don’t like about the game, you can be sure that there are plenty of people who love it, and that’s good design.