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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]

Through the fire and the flames

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

The past two weeks have been... frustrating. This frustration is not solely down to the fact that my steps inevitably brought me close to the home...
The stars are over Dun Morogh.

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

It has now been the better part of a week since my unexpected sojourn into the path, and for most of that week my...
A journey already taken.

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

My name is Nieve Vinther. I am 28 years old and was born in the wake of the Second War of the Dark Portal....
Looking closer.

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...
Surprised? Really?

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...
Whoops.

WoW Factor: Is Age of Darkness really the next expansion, and is it what we want and need?

First of all, let's just get this out of the way right off the bat: It is possible that this column will contain spoilers...
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...
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...
cow

Perfect Ten: How WoW Classic could advance beyond its phased content rollout

It's far too early to say that World of Warcraft: Classic will get more updates beyond the planned phases of vanilla content. It could...
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."...
We do not regret to inform you of this at all.

First impressions: World of Warcraft Classic is exactly what it says on the tin

The simplest analogy I can think of for World of Warcraft: Classic is being served a breakfast of toasted plain white bread with...
This is not hard to do.

WoW Factor: Thoughts on the impending arrival of WoW Classic

So now we have a date at the end of August for World of Warcraft: Classic. That's actually a lot later than I had expected,...
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...

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