The expansion went live, and in short order became the fastest-selling PC game of all time. We were too busy playing it to write anything, though.
Yeah, that's a lie. As an aside, we wanted to thank our readers for hanging with us this past year -- for the comments, the tweets, the emails, and just being around. This site is nothing without its readership. It's been a great year, and tonight we'll toast to another one. Happy New Year, everyone!
Interestingly, December's been a great month for the Gold Capped and Know Your Lore columns. And, for the sake of accuracy, the "I broke your world!" image doesn't belong to December but to the series of bug posts from (I think) patch 4.0.3. Oh well.
The problems with Tol Barad and how to fix them It's incredibly difficult to win Tol Barad as an attacker and developers had to grant 1,800 honor for an "attacking win" in order to convince defenders to help throw the match. A comprehensive critique of Tol Barad's problems and suggestions on how they might be fixed.
Raid Rx: A healing retrospective Matticus took a look at some of his favorite posts from the past year and examined how they were representative of late Wrath healing. With a recent post by one of Paragon's druids on the forums concerning 25-man hard modes and a growing imbalance, there's going to be more news on this front soon. Spiritual Guidance: The calculus of shadow priest hit in Cataclysm Fox got a few surprising -- well, maybe not so much so -- results in front of a heroic training dummy. Stat balance matters, folks.
Gold Capped: Why deep undercutting on the auction house works Undercutting is simultaneously one of WoW's most loved and loathed practices; it's great to be the buyer getting a good deal, and it sucks to be the person whose products are suddenly overpriced. Basil looks at the logic behind it, why would-be monopolists are easy to undermine, and why it's not a good idea to think you know more than buyers do.
All the World's a Stage: So you want to roleplay a goblin A wonderful look at the Ferengi of Azeroth, with a particularly interesting note concerning individual personalities among the goblins: "Goblins as a whole aren't really 'nice' or 'mean' -- they are whatever gets them the best reaction at the time."
Raid Rx: Reality check for heroic healing Matticus eschews critter-killing in favor of schooling indignant healers on Cataclysm heroics. In short -- they're supposed to be difficult, and they are not intended to be things you can waltz through with indifferent gear, bad strategy, or no forethought.
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!