Chris Metzen

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"Metzen" redirects here. For the Feast of Winter Veil NPC, see Metzen the Reindeer.

Chris Metzen is the Senior Vice President of Story & Franchise Development at Blizzard Entertainment.[1][2][3]


Artistic representation.

Metzen began his career in Blizzard Entertainment as an artist[4] in 1994, at the age of 19.[5] Storyline was left to Allen Adham and Ron Millar.[6] In Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness he took a bigger role as the designer of the story, but also made artwork and voice acting.[7] In Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal Blizzard Entertainment outsourced Cyberlore Studios to do the game and Metzen was in charge of storyline consultation and editions.[6] he came up with the concept of "strike teams" that were not assigned with any of Blizzard's numerically-designated development teams, in order to provide feedback and keep the company's culture intact.[5]

Metzen works with Blizzard's cinematic team, and gives feedback on its storyboards.[8]

His style characterized the earlier Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo series and he eventually became art director.[2] Eventually his position in creative development has given him the reins over lore and storylines created for the games of the Blizzard franchise, the foundations of which were laid by previous designers.[6]

Chris Metzen is part of Team Alliance on Azeroth Choppers, along with Monte Krol and Terran Gregory.[9]

Voice acting


He is believed to be the voice of Nefarian,[10] and has confirmed he voiced Ragnaros,[11] and a number of unspecified bosses in World of Warcraft.[11] Also he is the voice of Thrall in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, The Frozen Throne and World of Warcraft[12][13][11] and the voice of Rexxar in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.[12][14] In World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, he furthermore voiced King Varian Wrynn [11], Bronjahm in Forge of Souls and Deathbringer Saurfang / Dranosh Saurfang. In Cataclysm, he revisited his roles as Nefarian, Hakkar and Ragnaros. In World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, he voices Arcanital Mara'kah during A [90] The Assault on Shaol'mara / H [90] The Assault on Zeb'tula, Captain Halu'kal during A [90] A Bold Idea / H [90] Decisive Action, War-God Jalak in Throne of Thunder and Nalak as a world boss in Isle of Thunder.

In Starcraft, he voiced the Terran Marine, Terran Battlecruiser and the original Ghost.[11]

Other works


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  • He has voiced numerous characters in the Warcraft and StarCraft games.[11]
  • In World of Warcraft, his responsibility extends into coordinating with artists to create environments that give players a sense of continuity and cohesiveness.[2]
  • Metzen has used the alias "Thundergod" in multiple online venues, and also self-styles himself as "The Bourbon Cowboy".
  • Metzen's favorite hero in Warcraft lore is Malfurion Stormrage.[15]
  • In an attempt to calm down the disappointed Horde audience at Blizzcon after it was announced that the Warcraft movie would focus on the Alliance perspective, he said that "His heart lies with the Horde" but "a blockbuster movie its a little rough to try and tell it from the perspective of this green looking dude." [16]. The former line has since been highly exaggerated by the Warcraft fan base.
  • His World of Warcraft characters are a human paladin[17] and a Horde druid with an unknown race.[18]

Personal touches

  • The Feast of Winter Veil features a quest to rescue Metzen the Reindeer from kidnappers. Doing so rewards players with the ability to transform their mount into a similar-looking reindeer.
  • Additionally, there is an officer of the Argent Dawn (and later Crusade), Avenger Metz, who bears a strong resemblance to Metzen's avatar on Sons of the Storm.
  • In StarCraft II, the pilot of Thor looks very much like Metzen and says "I, AM A THUNDERGOD!" after being clicked several times.

See also


  1. ^ Blizzard on Social Media. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2014-05-20.
  2. ^ a b c Karune. BlizzCast Episode 2. Retrieved on 2009-12-29.
  3. ^ Chris Metzen | Linkedin. Retrieved on 2011-10-06.
  4. ^ Warcraft: Orcs & Humans Human manual, pg. 35
  5. ^ a b Phillip Kolar. The Three Lives of Blizzard Entertainment. Polygon. Retrieved on 2014-10-04.
  6. ^ a b c Karune. BlizzCast Episode 12. BlizzCast. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2009-12-29.
  7. ^ Warcraft II: Edition manual, pg. 94
  8. ^ 2015-05-27, BlizzCon 2014 – Overwatch Origins Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet, retrieved on 2015-05-31
  9. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2014-04-10. Official: Azeroth Choppers.
  10. ^ Seth Schiesel 2006-05-06. Interview: Jeff Kaplan on World of Warcraft Expansion. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2009-12-29. “
    Q. So is that you talking on the Nefarian class calls?
    A. No that's not me. I think that might actually be Chris Metzen.”
  11. ^ a b c d e f Chris Metzen (2009). Blizzcon Panel. BlizzCon 2009. YouTube. Retrieved on 2009-12-29.
  12. ^ a b Chris Metzen. IMDB. Retrieved on 2009-12-29.
  13. ^ BlizzCon '08 - Day 1 Friday Oct 10. Retrieved on 2009-12-29. “...although Chris Metzen still retains his role as Thrall...”
  14. ^ Talking To Himself. Retrieved on 2009-04-14. “Chris Metzen, best known as a story-writer, also voice acts two characters in Warcraft III. These characters, Thrall and Rexxar, happen to get a lot of dialogue in the expansion pack orc campaign.”
  15. ^ Medievaldragon. Chris Metzen & Micky Neilson Pocket Star Books Lore Q&A Video Interview. BlizzPlanet. Retrieved on 2009-04-14. “I mean Malfurion's always been, personally, my favorite Warcraft hero...”
  16. ^!286074/warcraft-movie-details-revealed-at-blizzcon
  17. ^ World of Warcraft: Looking for Group
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