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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]

Today, in Bad Forward Planning Theater.

WoW Factor: Examining excitement, accomplishment, and elitism in Battle for Azeroth

It's been a while, and for good reason. But now that we're nearly three months into Battle for Azeroth, the World of...
Well, it's still there.

First impressions of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, part 4: Conclusions

Part four covers expansion odds and ends plus the conclusion to our series: the problem with Azerite, progression, and why the expansion isn't bad, just weakly executed.
Okay, but WHY, though.

First impressions of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, part 3: Narrative

Part three covers expansion story: narrative design, the text, the intended emotional reaction, good vs. evil, comparisons to Wrathgate, and how the game's cinematic presentation is let down by its plot.
Going nowhere, going nowhere.

First impressions of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, part 2: Content

Part two covers expansion content: the storyline, the new zones, the War Campaign, questing, rewards, Inscription, professions, dungeons, and environments.
Get thee hence.

First impressions of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth, part 1: Mechanics

Part one covers chiefly the expansion's mechanics: the basics of leveling, the Heart of Azeroth, level scaling, Azerite powers, combat, spec changes, War Mode, and the campaign.
You may be my old favorite, but you don't get a free pass.

WoW Factor: World of Warcraft’s market saturation and the pull of vague memories

Here's something a little different: Usually, before I write a World of Warcraft column (or any column), my assumptions and data are pretty...
This is duuuuumb

WoW Factor: There’s no fixing this Battle for Azeroth story

Let's be totally clear about something: There is no twist waiting for this World of Warcraft story. It doesn't exist. There's no way...
Today, in Bad Forward Planning Theater.

WoW Factor: Dissecting the dumb plan in World of Warcraft’s War of Thorns

There's a lot to be upset about with the World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth prepatch. There's stuff that just doesn't feel good any...
Where do we go?

WoW Factor: World of Warcraft’s Battle for Azeroth feels like Cataclysm all over again

It took me a long time to identify what felt off about World of Warcraft's upcoming expansion. Something was definitely bothering me, but...
Don't call it a comeback.

WoW Factor: Things that actually worry me about Battle for Azeroth

The Battle for Azeroth beta is here, at long last, and it feels like it might have come a little early in the...
When you realize that your Hunter has turned into an FFXI Dragoon.

WoW Factor: Speculative classes for the future of WoW

If Allied Races show us anything, it's that World of Warcraft is really in no danger of running out of new races to...
Flash! Ahh.

WoW Factor: Updating data in the wake of Battle for Azeroth’s release announcement

Hooray, we have a release date for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth instead of just a release window! And contrary to...
Local Panda Recalls When She Was Special.

WoW Factor: Allied races and a dearth of class choices

Last week, we got confirmation that Kul Tiran Humans and Mag'har Orcs are coming to the Allied Race roster for World of Warcraft:...
Don't call it a comeback.

WoW Factor: The Kul Tiran Druid ‘problem’ in World of Warcraft

One of the important things to note about World of Warcraft lore is that it's never been static. It will retcon itself six...
Wrong Horde!

WoW Factor: Examining the composition of the Horde

Last week, we looked at the composition of the Alliance in World of Warcraft. This week, we're looking at the Horde. Makes...
We're actual size, but it seems much bigger to see.

WoW Factor: Examining the composition of the Alliance

Watching as speculation and mining swirls around the Mag'har as a future allied race, I can't help but start thinking about the bigger picture...
Let it be.

WoW Factor: Why can’t Blizzard stop messing with everything?

It's funny to me that people had such an aggressive reaction to the changes coming to Hunter pets and damage formulas in Battle...
Local Panda Recalls When She Was Special.

WoW Factor: How could multiclassing work in World of Warcraft?

Not so long ago, our editor-in-chief was talking about how World of Warcraft needs some form of multiclassing system. So let's talk...
Sit back and enjoy the show.

WoW Factor: First impressions of allied race leveling in World of Warcraft

Last week, I wrote about the addition of allied races without having actually gotten to play around with them much. You have to understand...
But a new flavor of goat.

WoW Factor: So Battle for Azeroth is out for pre-order

Well, folks, I hope you've made your pre-purchases of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth and started playing your allied races. I...

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