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World of Warcraft updates its quest icons, director Ion Hazzikostas talks big changes

The floating "!" has become such an iconic part of World of Warcraft's interface that it's hard to imagine it ever going away... and...

World of Warcraft: Classic is now inviting players into Blackwing Lair for the next phase of content

It's time to raid Blackwing Lair in World of Warcraft: Classic all over again. Of course, people have a slightly better idea of what to...
Cargo cult.

Blizzard is not planning World of Warcraft 8.3.5, so N’Zoth is the last big thing until Shadowlands

If you had been hoping for more heritage armor, system expansion, or anything else in World of Warcraft ahead of Shadowlands... well, your hopes appear to...

BlizzCon 2019: World of Warcraft Shadowlands’ Covenants explained

World of Warcraft's Shadowlands expansion might not have been a total surprise when it was announced, but some of its features (as listed in...

Developers from World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2, and Final Fantasy XIV talk about raid design

Raids. You either find them to be the apex of MMORPG content and challenge, or liken them as the source of community gatekeeping and...
We're fine.

World of Warcraft will be locking down corruption values on the test server

The new Corrupted item system being tested for World of Warcraft has already received a fair amount of feedback, generally in the negative. The...
Well, it's just a phase.

World of Warcraft: Classic should be getting Phase 2 before the end of the year

Now don't panic, folks; if you haven't gotten everything you wanted to do in Phase 1 of World of Warcraft: Classic accomplished just yet, you've...
If you look to your left, you will see a sad person.

Blizzard is dramatically increasing WoW Classic’s server capacity to combat long queues

Hey, are you sick of people complaining about WoW Classic queues? Apparently Blizzard is too, and with today's hotfix, the studio is dramatically increasing...

Blizzard’s Ion Hazzikostas says WoW Classic’s cramped servers will reduce community disruption later

Frustrated with WoW Classic's queues? Grumpy because you expected Blizzard to have learned a trick or two about launches in the last 15 years?...
Somebody pull.

Blizzard on World of Warcraft class pruning: ‘We’ve gone too far’

With everything swirling about WoW Classic's stress test this past week and next week's Rise of Azshara content update in regular World of Warcraft,...
Actually call it a comeback.

WoW Factor: What could win back the crowd for the next World of Warcraft expansion?

So the conclusion to the Azshara raid has been mined out, and I'm just going to link it to you here. I don't want...
Do you really want to hurt me?

WoW Factor: The level squish isn’t the whole solution for World of Warcraft

To be entirely honest, you might have expected this column a little bit earlier because it's been a hot minute since Ion Hazzikostas once...
lol so randum

World of Warcraft’s Ion Hazzikostas explains the philosophy behind Azerite now and in the future

It turns out that even if you liked World of Warcraft's Artifact Weapons and how they were designed, their front-loaded nature was very bad. That's...
We're fine.

World of Warcraft considers level squish, confirms RP realms for WoW Classic

Following last week's Patch 8.1.5 and prior to today's free play weekend, World of Warcraft's game director emerged for another semi-informational question and answer...
Dead in the water.

World of Warcraft’s latest Q&A covers the global cooldown and item level changes

Pretty much no one has really been made happy by World of Warcraft putting most major cooldowns on the global cooldown, one of the many...
Everybody dies.

WoW Factor: The great Superdata fall-off

The one down side to working ahead is that sometimes your schedule gets nudged around more than expected. I promise that a further look...
Nothing else has worked.

WoW Factor: The dumb World of Warcraft stuff from BlizzCon

It's easy to just think of this year's BlizzCon as having dumb stuff on display for Diablo, but let's be real here - there were...
Yeah, we're doing this.

Epic MMO Battles of History: World of Warcraft’s Wrath of the Lich King vs. Legion

It was just a couple of days ago when Bree was sharing that I felt like Wrath of the Lich King was the best...
And here, we see yet another thing thrown away for no damn reason.

WoW Factor: We’re all farming Nature Resistance gear now

First and foremost, I'd like to note that I am writing these columns consecutively and immediately, so all I can do is hope that...

World of Warcraft Hazzikostas Q&A covers Azerite Armor, class balance, and Siege of Zuldazar

Yesterday, World of Warcraft Game Director Ion Hazzikostas sat down for another live Q&A session on Twitch. The list of player-submitted questions was extensive,...