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Adam Holisky

Minneapolis, MN - http://www.holisky.com/

Adam enjoys all the different aspects of the World of Warcraft, although he mainly plays his Shaman, Priest, and Warrior. You can find more information about Adam at his personal blog: www.holisky.com

World of Warcraft passes 10 million subscribers

In a press release today, Blizzard Entertainment announced that WoW's total subscribers are now up over 10 million players. This comes on the wave of selling 3.3 million copies of Warlords of Draenor.

This confirms vague statements issued by community managers and other Blizzard people over the last week -- that things have gotten quite busy around Azeroth.

Filed under: Blizzard

The WoW Insider Show Episode 367

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The Queue: Garrisons, weekend raiding, work order cooldowns


Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

Stephen asked:

Which is better? Upgrade garrison to level 3 or upgrade some buildings to level 2?



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The WoW Insider Show goes into the queue tonight

Tonight we're going live at 8:00 p.m. PDT / 11:00 p.m. EDT with the WoW Insider Show. You can join us right above with the live stream or head over to our Twitch.TV page and chat with us there. If you can't make the show don't worry! It'll be posted on iTunes tomorrow, along with a full recording right here.

Remember that we need to keep the chat civil, so there are mods about to make sure everyone plays nice. Thanks for stopping by!

Filed under: WoW Insider Show

The Queue: DDoS, WoW's population spike, and flying


Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

I've only answered two questions in the Queue today. Enjoy.

Keleli asked:

Are the DDoS attacks still ongoing or are these queues the norm now?

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Filed under: The Queue

North American realms are now coming up


After much downtime, North American realms are now coming up, albeit slowly. If there are further problems throughout the day, we'll have updates here.

Expect another round or two of hotfixes today, as well as some additional queues when logging in. While yesterday's server issues were large, we're betting things quite down on that front this evening.

To Draenor!

Filed under: News items

Maintenance extended until 11:00 a.m. PST


Maintenance on the North American World of Warcraft servers has been extended until 11:00 a.m. PST. This information comes directly off the official forums. Previous Blizzard tweets suggested no ETA, however those have been since retracted.

It's going to be a bit before Warlords of Draenor is playable again. Best to just sit back and relax. We'll keep this post updated with the latest news as we get it in.

Filed under: News items

Warlords of Draenor's launch failure and where responsibility lies

This is an editorial; an opinion piece by a member of WoW Insider's staff.

The last 36 hours have not been kind to Blizzard. They've encountered a number of problems at all levels of their technical and gameplay infrastructure. In the grand books of game launches, this isn't how they, or anyone, would want things to go -- it's been the opposite of smooth and reliable. While it's hard to say if the worst is over (although I'll say it anyway), what we do know is Blizzard has been working nonstop to fix every problem.

Yesterday the server engineers didn't go home. The community managers didn't leave. Developers were cranking out hotfixes at seven o'clock in the evening. From my vantage point as an observer of this company, they were firing on all cylinders well after the close of business. Was it enough? No, not by a long shot.

But let's clear a few things up. Blizzard has their share of responsibility for what happened, but they also are not responsible for the idiocy of the criminal behavior of the DDoS attack.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

People are already level 100


There are a handful of people already roaming around the World of Warcraft at level 100. There are numerous reports from around the EU that the level has been achieved less than 24 hours after the game launched.

Some people were exploiting certain bugs and have had their levels rolled back. Others were behaving normally, but were just grinding things out non-stop. This shouldn't come as too too much of a surprise to anyone, given the nature of some player's priorities, but still -- it's quite a quick turn around.

There are no world or realm first leveling achievements anymore. Those have been removed with patch 6.0.2 entirely. I'm sure these folks had fun leveling like this; but I'm going to have a grand ol' time getting to 100 by the end of the weekend. Slow old man, that's me.

Filed under: News items

The Queue: Leveling, realm first achievements, Blizzard HQ


Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

Ladyrhees linked this picture in the Queue's comments yesterday, and I had to use it as the header. I laughed.

Props to the original creator -- seems to have gone somewhat viral in the WoW community.

Itsdeeps asked:

how do you plan on leveling come Thursday? rushing to 100 or taking your time? I really wanted to take it slow and soak in all the story, but with the anniversary stuff going on I kinda feel the need to plow my way through... thoughts?

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