Prominent MMO blogger Ravious has passed away


It’s with a sad heart that we report that one of the most prominent and prolific MMO bloggers in the community passed away on Monday. Zach “Ravious” Best was diagnosed with stage four esophageal cancer back in 2016, after which he vowed to “take [his] pills, meditate, remove all bad foods, eat tons of leafy greens, live, laugh, and love.” He was 36 and is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Ravious was well-known among bloggers for his frequent and informative writing, particularly on the popular Kill Ten Rats. He initially came on the scene in 2008, saying that games such as A Tale in the Desert and Guild Wars ushered him into the realm of MMOs. Massively OP repeatedly featured his clever pieces in our Global Chat column, quoting him on topics such as Crowfall’s business model and his first impressions of SkySaga.

The family has asked that instead of sending flowers, friends can donate to the Child’s Play charity on Zach’s behalf. Massively OP sends our love and care to Zach’s family and friends during this difficult time.

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Oh, no :(. I remember reading his announcement with a heavy heart, and a fierce hope. I’m so sorry for his family’s loss.


Condolences to his family and friends. That’s so young. I can’t imagine what they’re going though! Ugh. Sad sad.

Bruno Brito

Rest in peace, friend.

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Very sad news and at such a young age; I always enjoyed his blog posts :-/

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36, so young, that is scary :(

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36! geez that is no age to be passing.. condolences to his family :(

Bhagpuss Bhagpuss

So Sad. It was Ravious’ enthusiastic coverage at KTR that really brought GW2 to my attention well before it launched. He was a great ambassador for the game and for the hobby in general.

Condolences to his family and friends.


Condolences to those who knew and loved him. I enjoyed reading his columns.


My condolences. I lost a loved one to the same type of cancer and it infuriates me to think of young children going through that hell. Fuck cancer and the horse it rode in on.

P.S. – If you smoke, stop. It’s not worth it.


36 is way too young. Can’t imagine what his poor wife is going through right now. This is just awful news.