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This Genderbend Illidan Cosplay from World of Warcraft Is Stunningly Detailed

Kinda want to see more of this, Illidan is the real G.
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Illidan Stormrage, or as you may know him as The Betrayer,’ first made his character debut in the Warcraft universe in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos but he had a major role in the previous World of Warcraft expansion ‘Legion.’ A former Night Elf, this demon is huge and now one talented cosplayer has re-imagined the iconic Demon Hunter as a woman – and it works perfectly.

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The cosplayer goes by Willow Creative and she is massively creative! From Metroid to World of Warcraft, her fandom knows no limits. As a huge Illidan fan myself, I was absolutely blown away by the detailing in this cosplay, including the blades, which brought me immense joy and I hope it gives you a little joy as well! 

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Some truly radiating photos of my Demon hunter made by @azproductioncosp at Pixelmania last year! This year I won’t be at either Pixelmania or Volta in Cosplay so I’ll be looking into some private photoshoots for costumes I’m working on at the moment (Mewtwo, Leona and Warframe) especially now I have my own car and I can travel around more easily! There’s so many events cancelled and so I hope I can look into some new exciting events I’ve never been before, such as Dokomi in Germany in May. I also plan to attend Animecon classic in June, and now Dutch Comic Con is moved to July! See my progress for my Demon hunter costume in the photo highlight on my profile or previous wip posts! The twinblades were completely 3d printed on my Anycubic Predator and light up fully with leds. #cosplay #cosplaywip #cosplayprogress #3dprinting #cosplayersofinstagram #cosplayersofig #cosplaylife #cosplaygirl #craftyourfandom #dutchcosplay #foamsmith #cosplaylover #illidan #demonhuntercosplay #demonhunter #warcraftcosplay #warcraft #wow #worldofwarcraft #wowcosplay #warcraft3 #warcraft3reforged #blizzcon #pixelmania #pm2k19 #lubomierz @warcraft

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Need a little refresher on who The Betrayer even is? We gotchu! According to Blizzard, “The night elf Illidan Stormrage was born before the War of the Ancients, a conflict that erupted over 10,000 years prior to the Third War, when the chaotic Burning Legion invaded Azeroth. Driven by jealous over his brother’s budding relationship with Tyrande Whisperwind), Illidan feigned allegiance to the Burning Legion and Sargeras, seemingly offering his aid while secretly plotting to destroy the Legion from within.

“Eventually, Illidan, Tyrande, Malfurion, and the Night Elves repelled the Legion invasion, causing the Well of Eternity to implode – but not before Illidan drew several vials of its water to create new fonts of power. When the Night Elves reached Kalimdor and saw Illidan had used the vials to create a new Well of Eternity, they were furious – they saw one of their own covered in demonic tattoos and with his amber eyes burned out – they did not know he helped to defeat the Legion and though he sought to bring them back to Azeroth once again. Malfurion admonished Illidan for his irresponsible use of magic and when Illidan would not give up his power, he was imprisoned far beneath the surface of the land by his brother and Cenarius.”

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Liana Ruppert
With an arguably unhealthy obsession with Dragon Age and Mass Effect, Liana is wildly passionate about all things in the gaming community. From shooters, to RPGs, if it's out - she's playing it. A medically retired US Sailor and now full-time hoarder of gaming collectibles, Liana's passion for everything in the gaming industry is palpable. Also, if you lose her in a crowd, just casually mention any BioWare game and the crazy pterodactyl screech will without a doubt follow. You can follow her on Twitter @DirtyEffinHippy or email her for editorial inquiries at [email protected]!