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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: 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 only...
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 was...
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, that's...
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 going...
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, Warrior...
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 to...
Actually call it a comeback.

WoW Factor: Examining Shadowlands’ Hunter, Priest, and Mage ability changes

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Here we are again, and we've got a new mess of classes that got changed! Although in many ways these are the classes that...
Get back.

WoW Factor: Everything can be an allied race, but nothing *must* be one

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As the alpha builds continue to mount along for World of Warcraft's next expansion, a new debate has begun that is kind of difficult...
True strength is inside. But leveling should really help.

WoW Factor: Examining Shadowlands’ Shaman, Monk, and Druid ability changes

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So, here's something you might find funny: My greatest struggle with this particular ongoing World of Warcraft column was deciding the best possible order...
Whew. All right.

WoW Factor: The World of Warcraft expansion tour in review

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All right. I've now been on this expansion tour for... well, seven weeks, but it feels like years. Partly because it meant covering a...
All over again.

WoW Factor: A quick first impression of Shadowlands class changes

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Every so often, we wind up in a lull of information or exhaustion with World of Warcraft that leads readers to speculating in the...
Eightfold path up ins.

WoW Factor: The World of Warcraft expansion tour – Battle for Azeroth

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Oh no. I'd ask how this happened, but I know how it happened. It happened because I am a gigantic idiot. This expansion tour seemed...
Herp to the derp.

WoW Factor: The World of Warcraft expansion tour – Legion

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Ah, good. This one is more fun than last week. As much as the latter half of World of Warcraft expansions heads into more...
Do you really want to hurt me?

WoW Factor: The World of Warcraft expansion tour – Warlords of Draenor

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Oh barf. Yes, folks, it... it had to happen. We had to get to this expansion. I know, none of us really want to. World of Warcraft...
Local Panda Recalls When She Was Special.

WoW Factor: The World of Warcraft expansion tour – Mists of Pandaria

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It's time, people. It's time to remember you should never say no to panda. Yes, we've reached one of World of Warcraft's most weirdly controversial...
In homeboy's defense, he really was a harbinger of doom.

WoW Factor: The World of Warcraft expansion tour – Cataclysm

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In my mind, Cataclysm still feels kind of recent. I don't know exactly why. It came out closer to World of Warcraft's launch than the present...
Binding, binding.

WoW Factor: The World of Warcraft expansion tour – Wrath of the Lich King

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The downside to a project like this one, where I'm going through each of World of Warcraft's expansions one by one, is that it...
When it comes.

WoW Factor: The World of Warcraft expansion tour – The Burning Crusade

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So it seems pretty likely at this point that we are going to keep going through the various World of Warcraft expansions with Classic servers...

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