Rekon13: To make you look at other gearing options, we've decided to remove other gearing options.
July was a very busy month for the site. Patch 4.2 hit in late June and with it, the Molten Front, Firelands, and a slew of mechanics and policy changes for the game. The latter is something you'll see pop up in our news coverage quite a bit -- but for my money, the best news item from July 2011 concerned a theme park in China that was just too troublesome to license.
Vengeance of the Void leak is a fake A big rumor had started about an internal memo at Blizzard concerning the next expansion -- Vengeance of the Void. Cool, right? Except there was no such memo. Adam did some investigation, shot the rumor down, and then followed up with a Queue edition titled No really, it's a fake.
Blizzard responds to Swifty ban incident Blizzard acts hastily, the community jumps to conclusions, Blizzard reevaluates the situation, the community jumps to more conclusions ... It's another day that ends in Y.
What's happening in the Whispering Forest? Kelly had heard about an area in Tirisfal with a strange Easter egg and decided to investigate. Now that I think about it -- did we ever get an explanation from Blizzard on what happens here? Or was Kelly's suggestion for why it's in the game in the first place actually the correct one all along?
Arts and entertainment
World of WarCrafts: WoW, Eh? and Safe Passage artist Kelly Aarons Summarizing Kelly's episodic comics over the year deeply frustrates me, so I usually settle for listing it as it concludes (or as she begins another). However, this was a wonderful look at her history with webcomics, her process as an artist, and "sexy, sexy inking." That totally makes sense in context, I promise.
Scattered Shots: The DPS value of skill Optimization is a good thing, as Frostheim says, but, "Let me assure you something: If you're underperforming by thousands of DPS and can't make it to the top of the meters, 95% of the time it's a skill issue."
The OverAchiever: The copper, silver, and gold coins of the Dalaran fountain The little Eventide fountain in Dalaran is one of the game's most underrated sources of lore, in-jokes, and (at least for a few major characters) little bits of sadness as well.
Drama Mamas: The case of the guild bank thief This is another Drama Mamas that might well have slotted into an Officers' Quarters with no one being the wiser. You might be in an awkward situation when your friend wants something that clashes with your guild's established policies, but those policies usually exist for a reason.
WoW Archivist: The Corrupted Blood plague This was brilliant. If you weren't around for the Corrupted Blood incident, Alex'll take you through how it happened, what it did to players, its surprising effect on the game, and how it caught the interest of scientists who realized that MMOs could be used to model human behavior for epidemics.
Know Your Lore: Arch Druid Hamuul Runetotem One of the really interesting points that Rossi makes here while discussing Hamuul's perspective on life is how the tauren are disposed to approach druidism somewhat differently than the night elves.
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!