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WoW Insider's guide to Blizzard resources updated

Looking for more blogs, podcasts, and resources devoted to Diablo, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, StarCraft, and Warcraft? Then you'll want to check out our newly updated guide to all things Blizzard. In it, we've gathered all of our favorite resources on Blizzard games for your browsing enjoyment. So why not take the rest of the day off to catch up on your reading?

And we're always on the lookout for new Blizzard blogs, so if you have a favorite site that we've missed, please contact us to let us know. We're happy to add any resources that are regularly updated, don't advocate breaking Blizzard's terms of service, and don't have any R-rated content.

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Letter from the Editor: Budgets are no fun

Beginning March 1, WoW Insider will be working with a smaller budget than we've had in previous years. As you might have seen on our sister site Massively, we aren't the only ones affected. I don't think there's anyone in the world that likes to hear they'll have less money tomorrow than they had yesterday, let alone an organization like ours. That's the hand we've been dealt. We're going to play it, like we always have when given bad hands.

With the advent of this change in our budget, we've had to change publication of many of our regular columns and features. That has, unfortunately, resulted in the need to let some of our current staff go. I'll leave it up to those particular writers to decide whether or not they want that information known beyond natural discovery, but if they do, I encourage all of you to follow those people to Twitter and beyond to see where they go next. They're welcome to join you in the comments on this post if they'd like. Every single one of them are passionate, wonderful individuals, some of the best I've had the pleasure of working with, and they'll continue to do great things wherever they go.

If you keep an eye on the site in the coming weeks, you'll get a pretty good picture of our content going forward. This isn't the end of WoW Insider. Far from it. We'll still be here producing content every single day. We aren't shutting down, just tightening the belt. We've preserved as many of your favorites as we possibly could and we'll continue to work day in and out to bring you news and views from around the World of Warcraft. Despite the situation, WoW Insider is eager for the upcoming beta (and release) of Warlords of Draenor, as well as our occasional glances toward Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm.

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The best of WoW Insider: December 2013


And now we come to a close with the final entry in our Best of WoW Insider series. This was a slower month for editorial work in comparison to October and November, but a busier one for features and the arts scene. Thanks for hanging with us while we wrapped up the year, and we hope you'll stick around for whatever 2014 decides to bring.

Happy New Year, everyone! Stay safe out there tonight and we'll see you back in Azeroth.

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The best of WoW Insider: November 2013


November was packed. BlizzCon is always an event big enough to blow up the site, and recapping all of it for a year-in-review piece is just an exercise in futility. Let me just direct your attention to our BlizzCon 2013 tag and I'll pick out the most high-profile stuff behind the cut.

Oh, and while this has nothing to do with WoW, I wanted to throw a shout-out to CarBot for the trailer to Heroes of the Storm at BlizzCon. If 1:22 doesn't make you burst out laughing, you have no soul.

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The best of WoW Insider: October 2013


Another busy month! As you'd expect, more and more news related to BlizzCon picked up as October drew to a close, but this was also a heavy period for editorial work.

We also had some of the best machinima of the year in October, and I'd like to draw some particular attention to The Phantom of the Battlegrounds. What a brilliant piece.

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The best of WoW Insider: September 2013


Patch 5.4 went live on September 10th, and the month pretty much blew up from that point with an avalanche of editorials, art, predictions, and arguments. This and November were easily the busiest months of the year.

The Know Your Lore column in particular went into overdrive in September analyzing what we found in the Siege of Orgrimmar raid, but this month was an embarrassment of riches no matter where you looked.

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The best of WoW Insider: August 2013


Patch 5.4 was gearing up to go live in early September, so it's not too surprising that August was dominated by the wait for both that and BlizzCon's approach. However, this turned out to be a very news-heavy months for a variety of reasons that had nothing to do with the patch.

Also, The Burdens of Shahao was released this month. More like this, Blizz!

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The best of WoW Insider: July 2013


July was a very heavy month for news on the patch 5.4 PTR, but it sparked a lot of good discussion concerning the new Proving Grounds feature and where the story would finally end in Mists of Pandaria. This was also an excellent month for the Know Your Lore column.

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The best of WoW Insider: June 2013


Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate! And for everyone, stay safe out there today, particularly if you have to be out and about in bad weather.

June 2013 saw an avalanche of information off the patch 5.4 PTR, announcements of several upcoming features like connected realms and flex raiding, some class introspection over action-bar bloat, and unfortunately for Mobile Armory users, a successful hacking attempt.

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The best of WoW Insider: May 2013


May was all about patch 5.3 news, heroic scenarios, Battlefield: Barrens, and (strangely enough) an awful lot of debate over whether WoW was too easy or not. Where did that come from?

Oh, well. We also got crochet worgen and a lot of really nifty screenshots in Around Azeroth in May.

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The best of WoW Insider: April 2013

News was pretty slow in the early part of the month as everyone settled to the task of working to unlock all of the Isle of Thunder's goodies and getting to Lei Shen. Things picked up as more information rolled off the patch 5.3 PTR.

There were three pretty obvious themes in April that got a lot of play: The game's gearing model and how it could be improved, the lack of tanks and healers in the Throne of Thunder LFR, and what on earth was going on with the Alliance and its major lore figures.

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The best of WoW Insider: March 2013

This is the fifth year that I've done the Best of WoW Insider series, and I have rarely encountered a month in which it was harder to cut so much out in pursuit of the "best." March 2013 was embarrassingly full of riches. I mean, any month in which a major patch drops is always interesting, but this one just had a tidal wave of great commentary, screenshots, art, and machinima. I apologize to everyone and everything that I had to leave out.

The end of the month did get a bit quieter. I can't tell whether that's because players settled down a little to work on the content, or if it's because Bioshock: Infinite dropped on the 26th and everyone played themselves into a state of collapse.

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The best of WoW Insider: February 2013

February 2013 was largely consumed with PTR work in anticipation of patch 5.2, and I'd be remiss not to mention the insane amount of work that Matticus did to get us up-to-date and accurate information on what to expect in the Throne of Thunder. Apart from that, February saw a run of great raid and guild recruitment videos in Moviewatch (not all of which I was able to include here, regrettably) and a noticeable streak of class-based introspection.

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The Best of WoW Insider: January 2013


Welcome back to the Best of WoW Insider series! If you're new to WoW Insider, every December we run a retrospective series on the best articles from the previous year and/or those pieces that most ably captured the zeitgeist of the WoW community. There'll be one retrospective post each day through December 31st, so keep checking back as we count down.

We start today with January 2013, which saw patch 5.2 reach the PTR for the first time. Like other months in which the current raid content is stale and we're waiting on new PTR news, it was a very busy month for opinion pieces and the art scene. The latter in particular saw one of the year's most popular videos debut at the end of the month.

For some reason, GC also popped up in the news a lot this January.

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Black Friday shoppers, we are sorry

Last week, we made an erroneous announcement about a GameStop Black Friday sale. The mistake was ours and we are sorry.

This apology is a week in the making because we took the time to examine the steps we took prior to that announcement and where we went wrong. Initially, we posted the sale as a rumor, with the intention of telling our readers to keep their eyes peeled. We heard that such a sale, $5 for World of Warcraft time cards, would be revealed in the impending GameStop ad. After the advertisement went public and did not reflect that offer, many readers asked us to confirm whether or not the rumor we heard had any accuracy. Rather than simply say no, as we should have, we contacted a local GameStop outlet and asked the manager on duty. The manager informed us that there was truth to the rumor and an as-yet-unreleased Black Friday ad would include that offer.

As we now know, that was not the case. We don't blame anyone but ourselves. It's very likely that the employee was referring to the original Black Friday advertisement, a World of Warcraft Battle Chest included in the purchase of another Blizzard title or the Battle Chest on its own for $4.99, unaware that we were discussing something else entirely, a World of Warcraft 60 day game card for $4.99. That isn't their fault, it's ours. We've all been in their position before, in a retail environment trying to make sense of a customer's question, especially during the holiday season. The rumor we heard had no basis in truth and this person didn't know what we meant with our request for that reason. We went ahead with our second post, confirming the sale, when we shouldn't have done so.

We were overeager with our confirmation. Were it any other day, it may not have had such a negative impact on our readers, but it was Black Friday. Many of you spent hours standing in the cold among enormous crowds for a deal that didn't exist based on an inaccurate report. We can't give you those hours of your life back, but we are genuinely sorry. In the future, we will be more mindful about how we handle rumors and the sources we use for confirmation or denial of them.

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