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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]

All over again.

WoW Factor: The stuff I’m genuinely excited for in World of Warcraft Shadowlands

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For the first time in the past three expansions, I am not in the beta for World of Warcraft's next expansion. This is fine....
Eightfold path up ins.

WoW Factor: No, Shadowlands is probably not going to be terrible

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I've noted many times at this point that World of Warcraft does not seem to have done a great job with Shadowlands, at least from what...
Hey dudes.

WoW Factor: Covenants have become a Shadowlands prison of Blizzard’s own making

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If there was any remaining question about what stage of the expansion development we were at with World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, this week marked...
It's a... you know.

First impressions: Small World of Warcraft is a fun boardgame with a touch of Azerothian flavor

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One of the interesting things about this job is that I am pretty regularly presented with a new set of things to review and...
Surprised? Really?

WoW Factor: World of Warcraft has no good excuses for not having housing

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We are past 15 years on now, and World of Warcraft still lacks housing. This is, frankly, really dumb. And it comes up...
Everybody dies.

WoW Factor: All I want from Shadowlands is the pre-patch

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Folks, I am tired. It is a deep sort of tired, the one that seeps down to the bone. And it's the kind of...
Hey dudes.

WoW Factor: Ah, yes, the chest of mystery in World of Warcraft’s Shadowlands

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Am I the only one who feels like there's actually been a bit less news about Shadowlands ever since it opened up beta testing?...
Sir Not Appearing In This Novel

World of Warcraft: Shadows Rising is a solid book stuck in an uncomfortable midspace

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My long-standing policy for the prequel novels for World of Warcraft expansions has been to not read them. We've gotten these things for...
It just keeps happening.

WoW Factor: Dissecting the drips and drabs from the Shadowlands reveal stream

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All right. World of Warcraft: Shadowlands kicks off its beta next week. I would kind of like to be involved in that!...
Binding, binding.

WoW Factor: The missing soulbinds of Shadowlands’ testing

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Everyone remembers about soulbinding, yes? It's one of the major new features in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands? Like, it's literally the whole thing...
The stars are over Dun Morogh.

WoW Factor: How do we make a good Warcraft movie?

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Sometimes, dear readers, things simply do not line up. I really have a long piece I'm looking forward to doing, and then Blizzard does...
lol

WoW Factor: The time-skip Shadowlands theory and the longing for World of Warcraft 2

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All right, here we go. Normally this is the sort of thing that I wouldn't actually spend a whole week on because believe it...
Whoops.

WoW Factor: How World of Warcraft’s elite progression obsession hurts progression players too

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Here's a statement that I think few people will disagree with: World of Warcraft has increasingly focused on raiding and high-end progression as the...
Some elves have no eyes any more. Be sensitive.

WoW Factor: Behind blue (elf) eyes (in World of Warcraft)

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Players were very excited when blue eye options were datamined out for Blood Elves in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, then less happy when it...
All over again.

WoW Factor: Shadowlands needs an excitement boost it’s not getting

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Back in February, I wrote about how Blizzard could help restore some player confidence about Shadowlands. And we're a few months in, and... yeah,...
Eightfold path up ins.

WoW Factor: Impressive Influence and the ongoing half-hearted Battle for Azeroth apology

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To my great disappointment and chagrin, Blizzard turned out to not catch the same winds (of wisdom) that influenced the extending of experience boosts...
We all become done.

WoW Factor: Why I genuinely miss World of Warcraft’s old janky Retribution Paladin

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So now we've gone through all of the ability unpruning and changing coming with World of Warcraft's next expansion. We know what it's...
Through the fire and the flames

WoW Factor: World of Warcraft’s class and race restrictions have never made any sense

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There are some things that exist in games because they make sense in-universe, and there are some things that exist solely as a game...
Everybody dies.

WoW Factor: Examining Shadowlands’ Rogue, Death Knight, and Warrior changes

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I do find a certain amount of irony in the fact that in this tour of the World of Warcraft Shadowlands class changes,...
Do this differently.

WoW Factor: Examining Shadowlands’ Warlock, Paladin, and Demon Hunter changes

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It's the penultimate column in this particular series! And that's good because if people who used to make World of Warcraft are going...

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