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WoW Factor is Eliot Lefebvre’s column on an MMO you’ve probably never heard of: World of Warcraft. [Follow this column’s RSS feed]

how did this happen, jazz hands

WoW Factor: Oh no, Visions of N’zoth is real bad

Based on a wholly informal poll based on what's going around the community right now, I've compiled most of the agreed-upon positives for the...
Do this differently.

WoW Factor: There is (not) much to do in World of Warcraft

Here's a fun question for you: How do you count discrete activities in World of Warcraft? It's a more complex concept than you...
A journey already taken.

WoW Factor: What Warcraft’s Old Gods were and how we lost it

At one point, I loved the Old Gods of World of Warcraft. At this point, they disappoint me. And since we're not that far away from the game's next raid that brings them into center focus again, it seems like it's time to talk about them a little bit and why the dang things have not just become so endlessly boring but so misused.
how did this happen, jazz hands

WoW Factor: A quick glance back at 2019 for World of Warcraft

So how did this year go for Blizzard Entertainment? Well... badly. You cannot have missed all of that. But it also went badly in...
ring ring ring

A very World of Warcraft Christmas

Vallin stroked his beard absently for the dozenth time. Just like the first several times, he had forgotten about the rings of his glove,...
We all become done.

WoW Factor: Where WoW Vanilla’s and WoW Classic’s communities diverge

I want to talk about the community in WoW Classic because I think it's interesting and it's been on my mind ever since the
In homeboy's defense, he really was a harbinger of doom.

WoW Factor: How WoW’s Corruption system breaks the redeeming features of Titanforging

Last time around in WoW Factor, we took a nice healthy look back at how itemization has evolved in World of Warcraft...
So dumb.

WoW Factor: A history of itemization in World of Warcraft

Huh. You know, I really thought I'd written about the whole Corruption system in World of Warcraft's upcoming 8.3 before now in a format...
I want a milky way.

WoW Factor: A brief history of allied races (and when a grind is not a grind)

All right, calm down, this is not actually going to be done in the same format as a brief history of flight, if...
Don't call it a comeback.

WoW Factor: Speculating on Shadowlands’ release date using math

Gosh, I love doing these math columns. Not just because I enjoy math, although that's definitely a part of it; there's...
I want a milky way.

WoW Factor: A brief history of flight (in World of Warcraft)

Flight has been a part of World of Warcraft as long as the game has existed. No, not just flying mounts, even though you...
Oh, right, this is not that long a flashback.

WoW Factor: The big questions we still have about World of Warcraft Shadowlands

Remember just yesterday when I was all like, "Let's get hyped for Shadowlands, yo!" Well, here's the thing. As much as I'm genuinely...
Hey dudes.

WoW Factor: Getting hyped for World of Warcraft’s Shadowlands

That title up there isn't sarcasm, folks. I want to actually get hyped up about the next World of Warcraft expansion and talk...
Actually call it a comeback.

WoW Factor: Battle for Azeroth was a complete waste of time

Well, dear readers, I was totally wrong. All of you predicting that this expansion was a waste of time were right and I was...
Wait... didn't we win?

BlizzCon 2019: When Blizzard prayed for rain and got a drizzle

So we all knew that this year's BlizzCon needed to be bigger than last year's BlizzCon. That was, on one level, not...
Back in time.

Vague Patch Notes: Does BlizzCon have a future in its current form?

BlizzCon 2018 was a pretty unnecessary disaster for Blizzard. It managed to demolish any hopes people had about Battle for Azeroth rounding the bend and...
Licheridoo.

WoW Factor: World of Warcraft’s Lich King 2, Tides of Lichness?

All right, I guess we're doing this now. Yes, this column isn't just about how Blizzard screws up so badly that a lot...
We all become done.

WoW (Classic) Factor: The journal of Nieve Vinther – final entry

Let me write about the day that the Cataclysm arrived. I wasn't going home. I just happened to be in Elwynn Forest, really, visiting an old trainer and introducing him to my boyfriend at the time. We were sharing a glass of wine, he was laughing about the way that an early exercise had me toppling into the water in the freezing cold of early winter. My laughter was of the shamed sort, but still warm; it was a funny story, one told with love rather than loathing. The sky was bright.
Back on top.

Perfect Ten: WoW Classic dungeon reviews courtesy of Azeroth’s Yelp

So, you all know that there's a Yelp equivalent in World of Warcraft, right? An awful lot of people forget about that, but Yelpcraft is seriously right there. It's been in the game since beta, which is why you can still look at it and see reviews about how zones would be much better if Paladins had talents and some ancient references to some terrible action star of the 1980s. Can't remember which one. Dolph Lundgren, probably.
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN SO PREDICTABLY!

WoW Factor: Blizzard’s nonpology and the ethics of boycotting

Last time we were here, we discussed the intensely shoddy ethics of Blizzard's behavior surrounding the banning of Hearthstone professional Ng "Blitzchung" Wai...

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