warlords of draenor

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

See: World of Warcraft

It's sort of like progress.

Global Chat: What would World of Warcraft 2 look like?

It's a pretty common exercise in our circles to speculate on what a sequel to World of Warcraft would look like. Oh,...
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WoW Factor: WoW’s anniversary editions and event speculation

Blizzard has really been pushing the whole anniversary thing for World of Warcraft hard and early this year. On the one hand, I...
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WoW Factor: Content rollouts and relevance in WoW Classic and live

Part of me was tempted to write this column chiefly about the rather baffling idea that Blizzard was surprised by the number of...
Would you like to see something unsettling?

WoW Factor: What would a factionless World of Warcraft look like?

You know, part of me honestly figured that the speculation around World of Warcraft abandoning the faction split would have died out months...

Massively Overthinking: Do you even *like* MMO expansions?

This seems like an absurd question on its face, right? MMO players are supposed to like MMO expansions. They're progress. They're content. They're fresh...
Surprised? Really?

WoW Factor: Three thoughts on the latest WoW Classic stress test

It's hard to find a whole lot to say about World of Warcraft: Classic at this point. Not in a bad sense, mind...
Here we come again.

WoW Factor: Blizzard’s schizophrenic view of levels

So it was just last week when I did a whole column asking whether Blizzard does, in fact, have a plan when it...
Gosh, I hope so.

WoW Factor: Does World of Warcraft have a plan?

One of the recurring jokes I use in this column's comment section is the statement that it'd just be sad to think that fans...
We're actual size, but it seems much bigger to see.

WoW Factor: Why do people remember classic WoW being so much harder than it actually was?

As much as there's a moment of schadenfreude in the people compiling lists specifying that no, World of Warcraft: Classic being classic is...
Sit back and enjoy the show.

WoW Factor: Crazy speculation on turning back the clock for World of Warcraft

There's a game I like to play - wait, no, that's a lie. There's a game I do play called "Oh, I Made Myself Sad."...
The ice is thin, come on, dive in.

WoW Factor: Guessing at the next World of Warcraft expansion announcement using math

Here's the genesis of this particular article: I saw speculation over on Blizzard Watch that we were about a year too early for...
Sit back and enjoy the show.

WoW Factor: Why Legion 2 wouldn’t win back the World of Warcraft crowd

Let's talk about fan expectations and naked fanservice for a bit. In fact, let's start with the Power Nine from Magic: the Gathering, and...
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...
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN SO PREDICTABLY!

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...
Vorp?

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...

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