As others stated in the comment thread, it's something that Blizzard really wants to do, but it's not going to happen immediately (unless they're not telling us something, which I doubt). I expect it to eventually happen, but probably not this expansion. And of course now that I said that, watch new models appear in 4.1 ...
I might be getting the digital download on release day, and I'm already dreading the queues and various delays as everyone starts grabbing it at once.
That's the thing that everyone needs to remember and keep in perspective. The digital download and physical copy will be available nearly immediately, but you'll be very lucky if you can play for any extended amount of time without the servers crashing or being mobbed by thousands of other players.
And I say this having been one of those thousands of players for every expansion so far (and will be again). Just keep it in perspective and don't get mad if you spend half the day on Dec. 8 waiting to play.
I think I've read most the BlizzCon articles. Were there no ground breaking/major announcements? Maybe I just missed it?
Nope, there really were not any groundbreaking announcements this year for WoW.
Will there ever be a caption on the meetup photos so we know face to name?
That's a good idea, especially for next year with the staff. I'd be reluctant to do that for the readers who came, though. I'll stick this in my folder to think about for August 2011. (Yes, prediction made! BlizzCon 2011 will happen in August.)
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