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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]

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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...
When you realize that your Hunter has turned into an FFXI Dragoon.

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...
wuck the fhat

BlizzCon 2018: What the heck happened?

Every year, I cover BlizzCon for Massively Overpowered. This is not new information; you've all seen my liveblogs running every year for quite...
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...
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.
Insecure

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.
I know when I'm not wanted.

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...
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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...
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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...

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