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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]

Why I Play: Exploring World of Warcraft as a free-to-play game

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A few weeks back, the Massively OP staff discussed, among other things, whether World of Warcraft's leveling revamp coupled with its continued endless free...
Through the fire and the flames

WoW Factor: Ego, philosophy, and learning the right lessons in MMOs

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Picture the scene, if you will. The year is 2006, and I am working in a library with a number of people whom I...
Get back.

WoW Factor: Shadowlands has a release date… again

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I really thought I had written a column when World of Warcraft properly announced the launch date for Shadowlands. Alas, I apparently did not. But I...
Actually call it a comeback.

WoW Factor: The World of Warcraft leveling experiences ranked, part two

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And we're back! Last time, we went through the four lower expansions in terms of ranking World of Warcraft's leveling experiences. This time, we're...
Today, in Bad Forward Planning Theater.

WoW Factor: The World of Warcraft leveling experiences ranked, part one

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Now that the pre-patch is here, you can level through any World of Warcraft expansion you'd like in the order your heart desires! But that,...

Taking a look at World of Warcraft’s new starter experience, Exile’s Reach

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While we are still in a holding pattern to know the launch date of Shadowlands, the good news is that you don't have to...
I circle the waterfront, I'm watching the sea.

WoW Factor: The problem with World of Warcraft’s storytelling

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Back a long while ago, when I reviewed the prequel novel for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, I noted that my general policy has been to...
Get back.

WoW Factor: Shadowlands’ delay is a genuinely good thing – for everyone

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Well, this was a big old shocker for a Thursday night that's going to screw with a bunch of data! Also, it's a majorly...
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. It's...
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 we've...
Get back.

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 the...
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 a...
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...
Get back.

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?...
oh no skellingtons

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 a...
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! I am...
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 that...
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...

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