Otherwise, the march of Cataclysm news continued in September, and with it came a few startling announcements that didn't go over too well with players. Who knew portals would be such a hot-button topic?
Opinion and editorials
The Lawbringer: WoW in China An insightful look at what was going on with Blizzard, The9, and Netease. The comments section also provides some background on what might have been going on with Chinese Ministry of Culture decisions as well.
Encrypted Text: Iconic rogue items A great idea and one I'll probably be copying at some point. Chase takes you on a visual history of the game's most iconic rogue items, from the Red Defias Mask to the Barman's Shanker.
Odds and ends
Drama Mamas: When a guildie does something abhorrent Further proof, as if any were needed, that the wrath of the internet is brought swiftly on anyone who mistreats a cat.
15 Minutes of Fame: Behind the scenes at WoW Insider, part one and part two We decided to interview ourselves and readers enjoyed this quirky outing in 15 Minutes. Game journalism -- or blogging, or whatever you decide to cause it -- changes how you see and experience the game.
The OverAchiever: Pimp Thy Ride There were a number of ways to get 310% flight speed without having to shell out for it once Cataclysm hit.
15 Minutes of Fame: When WoW meets real-life religion "A big favorite that crossed over to be linked at interfaith religion sites and others," says Lisa. Gamers have an unfortunate tendency to stereotype conservative Christians past the point of any meaningful dialogue, but the Rev. Jonathan Fisk tries to dial it back. "Our age of tolerance is a two-edged sword. Everyone is so afraid of offending everyone else (because everyone is always so offended) that it's almost like there's this giant lid on meaningful conversations. We can talk about the weather or loot, but we keep a tight seal on the deeper things of life."
Insider Trader: Old alchemy cooldowns Basil turns an eye to an odd quirk of classic-era alchemy that doesn't outwardly appear to make sense nowadays.
Collecting armor sets: Dungeon set 2 One of my favorite one-off features from this past year. Anne showed players how to get from dungeon set 1 to the now-vanished dungeon set 2. This must have been a horrific amount of work, but it was a lovely read.
Frostmourne makes an appearance in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock A neat easter egg for players in the new Guitar Hero game.
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!