Is there any relation between Tyrion Lannister and Tirion Fordring? A Song of Ice and Fire is pretty old, but so is Warcraft. Maybe they read the books and thought it was a cool name to give to a character? Also, are there any other references from that series in WoW?
I'd wager only Chris Metzen knows if he named one character after the other, though it wouldn't be the first time a WoW character had a name alluding to another fantasy character/place. Anduin Lothar is named after the Anduin River in Lord of the Rings, for example.
What is the most reliable Realm population source?
As I understand it, realmpop.com is the most reliable one if you want strictly realm population; wowprogress.com is good for raiding population.
Does anyone else think that Heroes of the Storm/Blizzard All-Stars/Blizzard DOTA is going to be shown as something MONUMENTALLY DIFFERENT from what we've seen previously?
Think about this: There is NO WAY Blizzard can unseat League of Legends, et al, from their dominant position(s) in eSports and market saturation. The only way that HotS makes sense is for Blizz to scale it back to some simpler, more "casual-friendly" tablet/smartphone. Free-to-play, no eSports, cosmetic cash shop... use it as a cheap way to get more people to notice their three "main" franchises.
I definitely think HotS is going to be a more casual, entry-level MOBA. MOBAs are obtuse, unfriendly, and many other adjectives that make them a bad experience for new or casual players. If Blizzard can do what they did for TCGs with Hearthstone, maybe they can do it for MOBAs with HotS.
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