@Druidis4fite The AH Fee structure is a regressive tax on the poor. #OccupyGregStreet @Warcraft This movement doesn't seem to have a clear message. -- CM Lylirra
As with all BlizzCon-related months, October was jam-packed and probably the busiest month of 2011 for the site.
However, this bit of news belongs in a special category all its own: Hello and Goodbye. Dan O'Halloran, our fearless editor-in-chief and a mysterious figure who communicated largely through a series of lolcats, left to head up Tecca, and Alex Ziebart took the reins. Goodbye, farewell, and amen, Dan. By the way, the image you see above is Fox's response to Dan's email earlier this year about restarting the About the Bloggers series.
Today in WoW: Steve Jobs has died Whatever you thought of him, Jobs helped revolutionize personal technology and consumer design, and his death sent a wave of introspection through those of us in the geek, tech and gaming subcultures. She said, typing on her MacBook Pro.
Deathwing attacked Stormwind on the PTR And boy, did he ever. I've sometimes wondered if this type of city chaos would be a lot of fun on the live realms, though admittedly it's easy to say that when the inconvenience doesn't presently exist.
The Cataclysm: A critical examination "If your standard for discussion of WoW as a whole or any of its expansions considers the game a failure because there are aspects that some players don't like or the designers decide can be improved upon, then you are arguing that a game that has lasted since 2004 with millions of subscribers worldwide was a failure."
Mists of Pandaria: The myth of talent tree choice Fox can see what Blizzard's trying to do with the new MoP talent trees, but he's not sure that players can't figure out a way to wrest a "good" and "bad" choice from a system that's expressly designed to frustrate this tendency.
Ready Check: How legendaries destroy PvE This is a sobering look at an issue that's guaranteed to keep rearing its ugly head. Legendaries are fun and cool and exciting, but they're not great if your overriding concern is game balance.
Gold Capped: Legally buy gold with the Guardian Cub Player furor over legal gold selling spurred Basil to address the issue. And, as he points out, the ultimate solution to gold selling, hacking, and botting is to make the behavior unprofitable, not drive yourself crazy trying to stop it.
The Lawbringer: Glider's story ends We have visited and revisited the sad, sordid, and weird Glider story for years, and all sad, sordid, and weird things eventually reach their end.
There are no simple solutions: Design diversity in WoW MMO-Champion had published statistics showing that a mere 1.35% of players had completed the normal version of Firelands. Blizzard disagreed. Rossi looked at their responses and the arguments in the relevant forum thread and said, in essence, that maybe it's time to cut the developers some slack for trying to design content that's equally appealing to hardcore-wipe-all-night raiders and people who dip their toes in just for fun.
WoW Moviewatch: Largest crit in the world A team of players conspired to produce what may legitimately be the largest player critical strike in the history of the game. But don't worry, folks: It involves Warsong Gulch, a metric ton of player buffs and debuffs, and what we delicately term "clever use of game mechanics."
WoW Moviewatch: Still subscribed "Look at us still talking/When there's nerfing to do/Better cross your fingers/And just hope it's not you/There are coffee breaks to take/And some PvE to break/For all the people who are/Still subscribed." GLADOS would be proud.
State of DPS in Firelands Frostheim examines the median DPS of each spec in the top 100 parses from the four Firelands raid modes (10-man normal, 10-man heroic, 25-man normal, and 25-man heroic). The news is good for some, not so good for others, and a bit odd for still others. Why were moonkin blowing up 25-man heroic, and only 25-man heroic?
WoW Insider's BlizzCon 2011 predictions I'm still struck by how accurate fan sites can get even if Blizzard successfully clamps down on leaks. While we certainly didn't get everything right, it wasn't too hard to guess what the developers had been thinking about as Cataclysm advanced.
World of Wardrobe: Serpentshrine, Tempest Keep, Hyjal, and Black Temple We recently learned that Burning Crusade weapons and gear are apparently the most popular for transmogrification. Here's how to get most of it.
The Queue: Name that companion pet Josh had a lot of fun writing his first Queue on the Saturday of BlizzCon, helping clear up a few issues related to our coverage of the con, how predictions had panned out, and what a pandaren will become when it uses the Orb of Deception.
Drama Mamas: Transgender bullying Seraphina Brennan, the senior editor at our sister site Massively, popped in to help us handle a tricky issue that didn't seem to have a lot of good options. As she observes, games are supposed to be fun, and when you're not having fun in your current environment, it's probably time to change your environment.
2011'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!