The cataclysm went live in the form of patch 4.0.3a. We thought that was pretty cool. Also, Orgrimmar got the equivalent of a raid boss. That was also pretty cool. Oddly, on top of all the news that came rushing in this November, it was another great month for the arts scene.
Troll druids get unique bat flight form In a nod to the Darkspear culture's disdain for bird spirits, Blizzard gave troll druids bat form. And there was much rejoicing. It's still not in the game yet, but still, there was much rejoicing.
Patch 4.0.3a kills ink trader but reinstates missing glyphs Patch 4.0.3a created a crisis of sorts for scribes, who suddenly found themselves without a convenient way to get low-level inks. As a few readers and forum-goers observed, any herbalist who could be bothered to maintain even a desultory presence on the AH suddenly got rich.
Opinions & Editorials
Officers' Quarters: The great raid size debate: part one, part two, and part three A great series by Scott Andrews on the history of raid size in WoW, the logistics involved in running either a 10- or 25-man raid, and why a certain size may (or may not) be better suited to certain guilds.
Survivability matters Blizzard's been harping on the need for DPS to stop ignoring survivability talents. As a host of angry, mana-starved healers on the forums can attest, you will do zero DPS while running back from the graveyard.
Raid Rx: Comparing 10 and 25-man raid healing in Cataclysm Matticus falls on the Cataclysm beta healing grenade so you don't have to, and what results is both a video and extensive text guide comparing and contrasting 10- and 25-man healing, plus observations on how raid health pools are impacting healer mana.
Conquer Azeroth in Civilization V The latest outing of Sid Meiers' Civilization series had been released in September, and most of our gaming friends and relatives subsequently disappeared for weeks. Matters only got worse for the WoW-playing contingent when a player named Maze designed a map pack reproducing classic Azeroth.
Know Your Lore: The origin of goblin and worgen death knights With Cataclysm approaching, lots of players were uncertain how to explain the existence of goblin and worgen death knights. Anne broke down the common assumptions (many are wrong) while bringing up a genuinely knotty time discrepancy -- how to explain the time jump from pre-Wrath (start of the death knight leveling experience) to post-Wrath (the fresh level 58 death knight being sent to a Horde newly captained by Garrosh)?
Drama Mamas: When NSFW guild chat aggros a parent One of the most interesting Drama Mamas, concerning an angry mother wanting to limit her child's exposure to inappropriate language in the game versus a guild blowing off steam late Saturday night.
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!