warlords of draenor

Official Site: Warlords of Draenor
Relevance: The fifth World of Warcraft expansion.
Launch Date: November 13, 2014

See: World of Warcraft


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
Today, in Bad Forward Planning Theater.

WoW Factor: Why people are mad at Battle for Azeroth, part 5: Conclusions and peeling the mask

This week, after some 7000 words on this particular topic, I'm starting off by acknowledging what should be a rather obvious fact: My...
up in the club

The Daily Grind: How do you feel about ideas like the cottage rule and class fantasy in MMO design?

Who among our readers played City of Heroes and remembers the cottage rule? The idea was that developers were reluctant to change the...
Another route.

WoW Factor: Why people are mad at Battle for Azeroth, part four: Story

The fun thing about bringing up the story of World of Warcraft is that you inevitably have some folks who will immediately crop up and...
Don't call it a comeback.

WoW Factor: The good and (very minor) bad of World of Warcraft patch 8.1.5

We've spent three weeks explaining, in no small amount of detail, why people are unhappy with the current state of World of Warcraft....

World of Warcraft lets slip the Tides of Vengeance today

Druids, pirates, and trolls, oh my! It's patch day over at World of Warcraft, and even if this isn't one of the major...
True strength is inside. But leveling should really help.

WoW Factor: Why people are mad at Battle for Azeroth, part three: Leveling and scaling

Remember earlier this week when I was talking about the difference between leveling as a part of the game vs. leveling as a...
I suppose this is a problem I'm happy to complain about.

World of Warcraft sets a date for new allied race unlocks: March 12

It's only been a half of a year since World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth launched, and Blizzard has yet to make good...
There was something beautiful and wonderful and it destroyed itself.

Jukebox Heroes: The 10 greatest MMO soundtracks of all time (as voted by you)

A few weeks ago we witnessed the showdown of the ages (or at least the epoch known as "late January 2019"), as Massively OP...
Looking closer.

WoW Factor: Why people are mad at Battle for Azeroth, part one: Combat

One of the complicated challenges of writing about World of Warcraft is sorting out the stuff that's happening now from the stuff that's been...

World of Warcraft: Europe’s anniversary, Patch 8.1.5 details, and Arena championships

While World of Warcraft officially turned 14 years old last November, astute historians might remember that it wasn't for several months after that...

Perfect Ten: The worst MMORPG expansions of all time

A great MMO expansion brings so much to the table: fresh excitement for a game, new classes, innovative features, expanded vistas, additional races, and...
Another route.

WoW Factor: World of Warcraft’s most underused zones in Classic

No, I'm still not done with thinking about the game's zones and how they relate to Classic. Because while I've already covered the zones...
This is duuuuumb

WoW Factor: The zones that changed the most from Classic, Kalimdor edition

Yeah, so Kalimdor has changed a bit in World of Warcraft. I'm going to be honest and say that I've never actually liked Kalimdor very...
There's a lot of death here.

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...
Where do we go?

WoW Factor: The zones that changed the most from Classic, Eastern Kingdoms edition

We've got a little while until World of Warcraft actually drops its Classic server, but the nice thing is that those of us who...
Actually call it a comeback.

WoW Factor: The smart World of Warcraft stuff from BlizzCon

Let's get something out of the way first and foremost. I am not going to count Warcraft III: Reforged as a smart thing for...
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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...
Sit back and enjoy the show.

WoW Factor: When long-term progress in World of Warcraft isn’t

"When even the vanishingly tiny playerbase of your game that you've been catering to for years is getting tired... what's going to happen to your game?"
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...