Patch 3.3 PTR: Forge of Souls first impressions: Greg Reece grabs some WoW.com staffers and Tristan from The Elitists to venture deep into the scary wilds of new 5-mans on the PTR.
Holy crap, Blink has sort of been fixed: I'm just going to quote Christian Belt on this one:
Patch 3.3 PTR: The fate of Bolvar Fordragon
- 2004: World of Warcraft is released. Mages, the single best class in the game, have a bunch of spells. One of them is Blink. It purports to teleport the caster 20 yards forward. It doesn't really work.
- 2009: Blink still doesn't really work.
: Troubling, but I'm afraid accurate, speculation by Daniel Whitcomb
on what Blizzard's likely to do with our good buddy Bolvar.
Lich King animation found
: And this just lends support to that theory.
Patch 3.3 PTR: Jaina gets a makeover
: The comments section on this article is funny as hell, but my personal favorite was Kylenne's: I know Jaina's basically a peacemaker and everything, but I didn't realize she'd been passing the pipe with Cairne. Girlfriend looks higher than a kite now. Then again, if Varian was my king I'd be toking too
WoW Moviewatch: I'm on a mount
: We had to slather this one in NSFW messages, but if you can deal with constant profanity (you've pugged VoA-25, right? Then you should be fine), you're in for a treat.
Patch 3.3 PTR: Dwarf, orc, and troll totem gallery
: Other shamanic races (including the upcoming Dwarven shaman) finally get customized totem graphics. Tauren wonder -- can we get an update to ours?
Drama Mamas: Don't let others control your fun
: A wonderful Drama Mamas
; what happens when "that guy" shows up in your guild (and he eventually shows up in every guild)?
Race change available
: Faction change had been live for some time, and now Blizzard lets you switch between races for better racials, better looks, or just for fun.
Cataclysm: For Gnomeregan!
: Gnomes may finally get their long-lost capital city back in the upcoming expansion, but the news we saw is rather coy on exactly how long they'll keep it.
The Art of War(craft): Absolute beginner's guide to the Battlegrounds
: Great guide by Zach
for those lost in the battlegrounds, which at one point or another has been all of us.
Shifting Perspectives: The disappearance of the bear
: Most players have noticed a huge fall in the number of druid tanks between now and the end of BC
, and we ask -- why?
Blood Pact: The birth of a warlock
's article inspired me to dust off my own long-forgotten channeler of darkness, and is particularly user-friendly for new players uncertain of the lore and story behind the various racial options.
15 Minutes of Fame: Quadriplegic player attacks progression raiding
: Quadilious of Sisters of Elune-H is a C4-5 quad
stomping Trial of the Grand Crusader and -- with a look at his current Armory -- now Icecrown-25 as well.
2009's drawing to a close, and we're wrapping up the most interesting articles we've published all year, one day at a time. Join us every day for the next twelve days with this year's best of WoW.com!