Merry Christmas to all those of you who celebrate! June 2011 was a pretty patch-oriented month. 4.2 was still on the PTR, and we slowly wound our way through the content there, writing as we went. As with patch 4.1, it was a late entrant in the month it debuted, so you'll see most of our commentary from the live servers in July.
Ask the Devs scrapped, new Q&A coming soon There was actually a short period where WoW Insider took the blame for this, thanks to an irritated Shifting Perspectives column (that I, uh, kinda wrote; you'll find it below) on how bad the tanking Ask the Devs had been. Fortunately, it turns out Blizzard hadn't liked the format, either, and decided to move to a new system. Whew.
Does Cataclysm have too much potential content? I hadn't really considered this until Rossi's essay, but he's got a good point. Cataclysm storylines are an embarrassment of lore riches, and you can argue that most of the zones never reached their full potential. (On a personal note, I would love to see the tol'vir again at some point.) Even the new leveling content has some really good stories with as-yet-unclear resolutions.
WoW Moviewatch: Classic nostalgia As much as you might miss 40-man raids and Molten Core and the old world's many little eccentricities, the old days weren't so great. No, really -- they weren't. Snap out of it.
WoW Moviewatch: World of Warcraft is dead A second Wowcrendor video for the month, this one done with Jesse Cox on the various things that have killed WoW, which has a remarkable zombie-like ability to keep coming back for more.
WoW Moviewatch: Meet the Hunter Lagspike Films has never once disappointed. Brilliant voice acting, great animations, and razor-sharp comic timing all turn this into yet another instant classic.
Encrypted Text: Rogues need to be number one I am slightly more amenable to this line of argument than I used to be, given the sore point that is the lack of resto druid cooldowns. However, Chase makes a compelling argument that rogues have suffered unusually harsh penalties from the advent of more complicated Cataclysm raid mechanics, and the least-played class isn't going to improve its standings as long as its DPS is so poor.
Blood Sport: Iron sharpens iron, part 2, and part 3 A series of stories on how a multi-season gladiator worked his way up the ladder and the lessons to be drawn from it. Even if you don't PvP, this is a great piece.
Encrypted Text: A rogue's resumé There are certain things that a recruitment officer or guild leader is going to look for while they're advertising for a rogue. This is how to vault ahead of the competition. Dawn wrote a similar post for Spiritual Guidance later that month for priests who were a little further ahead in the application process.
Breakfast Topic: How do you prefer to access hard modes? This was a topic that got touched upon in a later OverAchiever. There as here, players are generally agreed that Ulduar was the pinnacle of both raiding and raid design. Trouble is, it was a lot of work -- perhaps too much -- on Blizzard's end.
15 Minutes of Fame: MIT Media Lab director Joichi Ito on WoW and part 2 This was fascinating. Ito is an old-school gamer with an academic's eye for what makes games tick, and he's no slouch when it comes to WoW. Possibly the most stand-out point raised in the interview is one concerning a study done on guild rules and stability, which didn't have the result you'd expect.
WoW Rookie: A raid rookie's lexicon of raiding language We get a surprising number of requests to cover the oft-esoteric language that pops up in MMORPGs to shorthand the various stuff you'll encounter. Here's the raiding edition. I was amused to see that the term "floor tank" is now part of the common lexicon.
Drama Mamas: The trouble with unwanted sexual attention A very tricky issue to navigate, and one that's made more -- or perhaps less? -- complicated by the fact that the sex of the players concerned is deliberately left out. So who's telling the truth here? Do you try to deal with this subtly by letting the alleged stalker know, as Lisa puts it, that the jig is up? Or did you err on the side of Robin's Spousal Unit and conclude that at least one of the parties concerned will ultimately have to leave the guild?
Know Your Lore: Tauren origins and tinfoil hats A great outing of KYL that, as with all great tinfoil hat columns, raises more questions than it actually answers. However, the answer that Rossi proposes here to the question of why the tauren exist and why their culture is the way it is isn't all that implausible.
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!