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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 debate over World of Warcraft’s refer-a-friend nerf

Ah, another day and another thing to enrage people in World of Warcraft. Last time, it was that the Allied Race unlocks might...
This is not hard to do.

WoW Factor: Guessing at Battle for Azeroth’s release date using math

The "when will Battle for Azeroth" speculation train is rolling once again because it looks like patch 7.3.5 is just around the corner....
whooooooosh

WoW Factor: The fate of the class orders post-Legion, part 2

Back before the winter break, I took a look at how the various class orders are going to handle the increased conflict between...
whooooooosh

WoW Factor: Do World of Warcraft’s allied race requirements make sense?

We still do not know exactly when World of Warcraft will make allied races playable. What we do know is that it sure...
Like a boss.

WoW Factor: The fate of WoW’s class orders post-Legion, part 1

In the lull between expansions, I've been hard at work bringing my alts up to the level cap, unlocking all of the class mounts,...
When leveling alts was already the plan...

WoW Factor: Reconsidering the next few months of World of Warcraft

There's a lot of information coming out about patch 7.3.5 at this point. Not everything, of course, and a lot of it is based...
Here, there, wherever.

WoW Factor: Why are we going back to factional squabbles after the end of Antorus?

Antorus is out now, and if you want to see the cinematic that ends the very long-running story about the Burning Legion and Sargeras,...
Don't call it a comeback.

WoW Factor: Is World of Warcraft’s Battle for Azeroth fixing Legion’s many problems?

Back in May, I wrote a whole article about why I was leaving World of Warcraft behind. All of the reasons I...
Bloody mess.

WoW Factor: What we still don’t know about World of Warcraft’s Battle for Azeroth

There are lots of things that I'm genuinely excited about when it comes to the next World of Warcraft expansion. Battle for...
I hear and obey.

WoW Factor: World of Warcraft’s Battle for Azeroth has a weak conflict for a strong focus

The last time I saw this many people asking "why?" about a new World of Warcraft expansion was at the announcement of
Folks.

WoW Factor: World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth’s allied races, the knockoff factor, and future hopes

Every so often, when I can think of no better introduction, I put some genuine musing into the opening of What Are You...
This has less dramatic impact than hoped.

WoW Factor: Understanding World of Warcraft’s upcoming Heart of Azeroth system

The release of World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is going to bring with it a lot of core system changes. This...
When leveling alts was already the plan...

WoW Factor: Speculating about World of Warcraft’s next expansion

It's really, really weird to me to think that we're getting an announcement about a new World of Warcraft expansion next week. Admittedly,...
So long again, Ms. Sokolov.

WoW Factor: Breaking up is surprisingly easy to do

The classic break-up line is "it's not you, it's me." It is, of course, usually a lie, and it often gets followed up shortly...
If we do get a new race, of course, everyone knows my biggest suggestion.

Why World of Warcraft’s item level scaling is really, really, dumb

This has been a very stupid week. I know this because any other week, World of Warcraft completely destroying the reason for...
The ice is thin, come on, dive in.

WoW Factor: The good and the bad of World of Warcraft’s patch 7.2 date

Boy, this is a time I am glad to be wrong. I was outright worried that Blizzard was going to hold patch 7.2...
Where do we go?

WoW Factor: Where do we go after WoW Legion?

So at the risk of being dinged for spoiling the current World of Warcraft expansion, let me say this: Azeroth is not going...
Here we come again.

WoW Factor: Examining World of Warcraft’s 7.2 update

Patch 7.2 is the first real content patch that we've gotten for World of Warcraft post-Legion. Obviously, 7.1 wasn't devoid of content,...
Local Panda Recalls When She Was Special.

WoW Factor: The state of professions in Legion

The state of World of Warcraft's professions in Legion is a weird one because it's obvious how much work has gone into...
whooooooosh

WoW Factor: New classes in a post-Legion world

So World of Warcraft patch 7.1.5 is out now... but I'm going to be honest, that doesn't feel like much of anything. It's...

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