January was a busy month for us, but February was still busier. Players were getting deeper into Icecrown CItadel, the Lich King encounter became available, and controversy swirled over who really got the world first.
Editorial: Thoughts on the Ensidia ban Dawn Moore weighed in on Ensidia's sudden ejection from the game and pointed out there was no possible way the players weren't aware that something was seriously bugged with the encounter.
Arts and entertainment Fall of the Lich King cinematic The Fall of the Lich King cinematic was datamined shortly before patch 3.3.2 (and the Lich King encounter) went live. Lore junkies everywhere rejoiced, and then some of the more contemplative among us wondered -- what on earth's going to happen to Bolvar?
Scattered Shots: Can beast mastery raid? "A hugely controversial Scattered Shots in which I gathered all the data possible to answer the question of whether BM (was) raid viable. My conclusion was that, yes, BM (could) beat any normal mode ICC DPS benchmark, but that they were way behind the top spec, so far behind that bringing a BM hunter was like bringing a raider with no gems or pants ... Several months later, Ghostcrawler said they had failed the BM spec in wrath and that BM wasn't able raid effectively."
Scattered Shots: Grandpappy Frostheim on death knights Frostheim described the appeal of this column as, "Anything making fun of death knights is good reading."
Totem Talk: Enhancement 201: Spell selection Enhancement has one of the most complex damage rotations in the game. Rich Maloy was prepared to help you untangle it.
Scattered Shots: Skill vs. gear A Scattered Shots post on the interaction of skill, gear, and raid buffs, with some numbers showing just how little your gear contributes to your DPS compared to other sources. Written for hunters, but very applicable across classes. From the comments section: "In more than two years reading WoW Insider (and most of that time playing a hunter), this has been the single most insightful article I've read (from) the hunter column."
Addon Spotlight: Elitist Group GearScore, while around for almost a year before patch 3.3 hit, reached new heights of popularity with the advent of the dungeon finder and quickly became an integral -- though widely despised -- part of the WoW subculture. However, it wasn't the only tool (or, many would argue, the best tool) that allowed you to evaluate players quickly in the event that need arose.
2010'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 Insider!