Silversol: You cast symbiosis on a warlock. You get soul swap. They get symbiosis. Combat log divides by zero. Your computer gets sucked into a black hole.
Patch 4.3 went live on Nov. 29 to much rejoicing (well, from everyone barring a very unhappy legion of restoration druids smarting over the Wild Growth nerf), and Blizzard saw it, and said that it was good, and rested on Sunday, and then went back to nerfing everything on Monday.
Also, Skyrim was released around the middle of the month, and we didn't hear from several of our staffers for weeks.
Class Balance and Design Q&A transcript Blizzard answered a lot of questions about players' favorite subject in WoW -- namely, when their class is going to get buffed and when everyone else is going to get nerfed.
Arcane Brilliance: Adventures with and observations on the Raid Finder Archmage Pants had had some experience with the Raid Finder on the patch 4.3 PTR and accurately nailed a lot of stuff that players later complained about when the system finally went live. However, overall he thought it was a pretty positive experience, if you could get past "the well-meaning people who appear to lack the ability or motivation to be led."
Survey reveals player wealth disparity We're not completely sold on the accuracy of the survey conducted, but if it's in the ballpark, then the distribution of wealth in WoW is more than a bit (shall we say) lumpy. However, I really liked Arkonrubrik's suggestion for fighting inflation in the game. Hell, it might even work.
WoW Moviewatch: How to not be bored in WoW Wowcrendor turns his attention to the legion of bored players making pests of themselves in city and trade chat. I have to say that his suggestion concerning UI updates is essentially a minigame in itself.
WoW Moviewatch: Wowcrendor's compilation of amazing Wowcrendor reached his three-year anniversary on YouTube and decided to release his first compilation video. Our hat is off to you, sir. Thank you for making us laugh ... or, alternatively, weep bitterly.
WoW Moviewatch: Alliance recruitment PSA Short, sweet, and a cute parody of the old World War II news reels exhorting citizens to join the armed forces. Granted, here the enemy is a giant angry dragon and a politically inept immigrant orc, but still.
Readers ask Ask Mr. Robot about optimizing their gear Ask Mr. Robot is perhaps the single most useful tool for anyone interested in pushing his character's performance to the hilt, and it looks like they'll be getting in on the Pet Battles system in Mists of Pandaria too.
Shifting Perspectives: In which Allison makes a stupid prediction I'll be honest: I don't have the foggiest idea whether Blizzard plans to reintroduce tanking leather, but I'm very nervous about two tank specs (the guardian druid and the upcoming brewmaster monk) having a lot more gear competition than their cousins in plate.
About the bloggers We restarted our About the Bloggers series this year and finished up with Kelly Aarons' profile early in the month. No, I haven't done mine yet. No, there is absolutely nothing of interest about me.
Know Your Lore, Tinfoil Hat Edition: The genesis of Azeroth Thrall's balls, this article got linked everywhere. I feel like I'm doing Anne's piece a huge disservice here by attempting to summarize a set of very thought-provoking points, but Azeroth? Not just a planet. And the pandaren? Not a "joke race."
17 Blizzard employees to follow on Twitter It occurred to us not long after the hilarity of the #OccupyGregStreet incident that a lot of people don't know which Blizzard employees are on Twitter. Here's how to find them.
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!