Mists of Pandaria: Meet the new faces of SI:7 Alex ventures onto the beta in search of Stormwind's band of cutthroats and assembles a photographic guide to the SI:7 agents accompanying Alliance players to Pandaria. Perhaps most interesting is the addition of the first draenei to the service. Hmm.
Letter from the Editor: Diablo 3 launch coverageDiablo 3 went live at midnight on May 15, and seeing as to how all of our staffers would be abandoning WoW to fight evil in Sanctuary anyway, we felt we'd be doing readers a disservice if we didn't cover it. Knowing that a lot of readers weren't here for Diablo coverage, Alex had all non-Diablo articles specially tagged in the interim for WoW purists so you didn't have to read about world-firsts or anything else.
The smartest thing you can do as an officer is to train your replacement.
You can actually control very little.
When beta taps the life out of affliction Megan hit the PTR to study how the nerfs to warlock self-healing had panned out. This is less a warlock piece than a quiet commentary on why fixing a class' overpowered mechanic may not actually solve the underlying problem, and may in fact make things worse -- much, much worse.
WoW Moviewatch: Wable 4 How did I not know about this series earlier? A brilliant send-up of all things WoW, and an equally brilliant spoof of dumb romantic comedies and Richard Attenborough-narrated nature documentaries.
Arcane Brilliance: Going back to the future with Alter Time "If you cast the spell before jumping off a ledge, 6 seconds later, you'll find yourself right back up on that same ledge ... if you're still alive, of course. The spell cannot rez you. Being dead negates your ability to travel through time -- which is the same reason the Terminator had to dress up in Arnold Schwarzeneggar's skin before it could try to kill Sarah Connor."
Keys to PvP: Keybinding, movement, and clicking An excellent column by Olivia on what's probably the single most serious impediment to success in PvP. Take the time to train yourself into doing this, folks. Your lifespan in battlegrounds and arena will thank you.
Shifting Perspectives: Honey cat don't give a ... "Take a look at your cat. Now look at me. Now back at your cat. Now back at me. Sadly, your cat isn't me, but if you stopped playing that silly rogue and switched to feral, you could have a cat that looked like me. Look down, back up -- where are you? You're on a boat with an armored cat, the cat your cat could look like. What's in your hand? Back at me. I have it -- it's a clam with patch notes declaring ferals to be epic. Look again; the notes are now the tears of all the classes who wish they could look like me. Anything is possible when you roll feral. Forget horses; I'm a stag."
Level 90 druid talents take a level in badass: Shapeshifting breaks roots again "So compared to other classes, level 90 is not an exciting time to be a druid. The first two choices make you better at stuff you aren't doing, and the third is like going to a car dealership and paying extra to get a radio installed while death knights are tooling around the lot shouting, "Hey baby!" from a Bugatti Veyron."
Avengers Assemble! Transmogrify your own superhero teamThe Avengers had had its U.S. release roughly a week before, and when we finally rousted staffers out of the local movie theater, we chained Anne to a laptop and told her to come up with transmogrification sets for Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, and Captain America.
The Azeroth Ethicist: Cheating (or not cheating) the roll systemWoW plays host to some weird rationalization at times, and never more so than when loot is involved. I think almost everyone has encountered the issue in this article, and it was interesting to watch gangs of players in the Raid Finder rolling for items just to keep them away from people they thought didn't deserve them. Blizzard creates systems: Players find the holes.
Drama Mamas: When marital troubles are played out ingame "The entire situation here is a nest of whispering, of implications, of passive-aggressive nitpicking and tiptoeing around feelings. That must all stop." Whenever I read Drama Mamas columns, it's impossible not to be reminded that the overwhelming majority of your ingame problems have nothing to do with the game itself.
2012'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!