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WoW Insider/Wowhead party snapshots

WoW Insider/Wowhead Meetup
Last night, WoW Insider and Wowhead hosted their annual party at the Annabella Hotel. The party was from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. PST, but the line began before 5. It was at capacity very quickly, leaving many people standing in line to get in. broadcast the event, conducting interviews and otherwise putting on a good show.

At the same time, many people were lined up at the Anaheim Convention Center to pick up their BlizzCon badges. There were quite a few tweets from attendees complaining about how long the line was, but at least the weather was good and there were things to look at.

Photos of the event and the BlizzCon badge line are in the slideshows below.

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Announcing WoW Insider and Wowhead's Reader Meetup at BlizzCon 2013

Announcing WoW Insider and Wowhead's Reader Meetup at BlizzCon 2013
Once again, Wowhead and WoW Insider will be teaming up for our BlizzCon Reader Meetup at the Anabella Hotel's Tangerine Grill & Patio. Taking place Thursday, Nov. 7, and with well over 2,000 attendees every single year, there's no better place to spend your evening before BlizzCon's opening day. Drinks? Yes. Prizes? Absolutely.

If you're unable to attend in person, don't worry! The team, including our Olivia Grace, will be joining us again this year to livestream the entire event.

We have a long list of VIP guests, special giveaways, and more we can't wait to tell you about. Those details will follow in the coming weeks. Come join us and kick off BlizzCon with your friends at WoW Insider, Wowhead, and Gamebreaker!

What: WoW Insider and Wowhead's Annual BlizzCon Reader Meetup livestreamed by
Where: The patio and the poolside of the Tangerine Grill & Patio at the Anabella hotel
When: Thursday, Nov. 7, starting at 5 p.m.

Additional info:
You can be under 21 and still attend. Shoes and shirt required. Pants, too. You do not need a BlizzCon pass to attend.

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WoW Insider is also looking for a rogue columnist

WoW Insider is also looking for a rogue columnist
In addition to our call for hunter and mage columnist applications, our rogue columnist position has opened! In this position, your primary duties will be the production of your column on a weekly basis, but opportunities for additional work as a news blogger may arise over time should you desire them.

You can find the full instructions on how to apply on our applications page. If you have prior blogging experience, make sure you mention that in your application along with a link to your prior work. The deadline for your application is end-of-day on Friday, August 30, so work quickly. Do not confuse that with the deadline for the hunter and mage positions, which is Friday, August 23.

Filed under: Rogue, WoW Insider Business

WoW Insider is looking for hunter and mage columnists

Like World of Warcraft? Like writing about World of Warcraft? Then you're who we want! We're looking to hire not only a new hunter columnist, but a new mage columnist, too. Your primary duties will be the production of your column on a weekly basis, but opportunities for additional work as a news blogger may arise over time should you desire them.

You can find the full instructions on how to apply on our applications page. If you have prior blogging experience, make sure you mention that in your application along with a link to your prior work. The deadline for your application is end-of-day on Friday, August 23, so work quickly.

Filed under: Hunter, Mage, WoW Insider Business

Things Ghostcrawler did not confirm yesterday

These two articles, one from an interview with 2P, and another from an interview with QQ, made the rounds yesterday. They're interesting quotes and information from Ghostcrawler talking with people overseas at Chinajoy. In the interviews Ghostcrawler goes on, as he is often wont to do, about WoW and the decision making behind their changes.

The reaction to these articles created a lot of confusion. So I thought it'd be worth noting the things that Ghostcrawler confirmed and did not confirm. I've made a list:

Confirmed Confirmed Loosely Not Confirmed
Ghostcrawler was at Chinajoy Blizzard thinks WoW can handle another class/role beyond DPS/Healing/Tanking -- a "buffer" Naga Playable
Content areas available to explore the lore in: Trolls, Burning Legion, Emerald Dream

It surprised me to see the numbers of comments around the interweb saying that Ghostcrawler outright confirmed the next expansion, or that he said Naga were going to be a playable race. The new translation posted by 2P outright kills any idea of that, yet even the original interview never said that (just that they were thinking of it at one point, which was incorrect).

The only thing that was confirmed is stuff I've spoken to Blizzard about personally, and that was that Ghostcrawler was at Chinajoy, a big game conference. The "Confirmed Loosely" category is for things that were explicitly stated in the original interview articles, which we had translated by multiple reliable sources -- however Blizzard has not come outright and said them again.

And that's okay -- we work with Blizzard and their folks to bring you the news; however when something is said (as was the case about a buff class/role) we'll run with it. But even in that bit of news, no where did Ghostcrawler say that it's happening.

The things in the "Confirmed Loosely" category should also not come as a shock to anyone. A new class? It's not like that hasn't happened twice before. And more Troll lore? Check. Burning Legion and Emerald Dream? There's already books about them and tons of hints dropped by Wrathion about the return of the Legion. None of this is ground breaking.

Ghostcrawler thinks of a lot of things. WoW, ponies, gin in coffee, etc... Take it for what it is, and don't make it more than that.

Update: We are issuing a correction. Ghostcrawler does not put gin in his coffee, he drinks gin out of a coffee cup. WoW Insider apologizes for any confusion this may have caused.

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WoW Insider Round Table: Proving Grounds

This week, in episode five of the WoW Insider Round Table, the panelists are looking at Proving Grounds, one of the new features coming in patch 5.4. Dawn Moore, Matt Low, Kristin Marshall, Joe Perez and Olivia Grace discuss various elements of the new feature, from the basis of speculation as, at the time of recording, it is not yet accessible on the PTR.

We wonder exactly how it will play out on the PTR for healers, tanks and DPS and what the content will offer in the way of challenges, before moving on to discuss whether it will really be an effective training tool for healers and tanks. The panel largely agree that, for the initial learning stages, it will definitely serve as an excellent method to learn the basics of tanking and healing in a pressure-free environment. The team went on to discuss ways in which Proving Grounds could also be useful for more high-level skills for these specs, before discussing the use of them as a recruitment tool.

We hope you enjoyed this Round Table, and if you have questions or ideas you would like us to discuss in future let us know!

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The Weekly Podcast Roundup and how it works

In recent weeks, some questions have arisen in regards to our Weekly Podcast Roundup, posted each Monday afternoon. How do we screen podcasts? How do we choose who makes the list and who doesn't? I'm going to take a moment of your time to explain as best we can.

To get on our podcast roundup, all that you need to do is produce a World of Warcraft podcast and make us aware of it. You can either leave a comment with a link on the most recent roundup post, or contact us via our Contact Us page. If you publish a podcast within the dates indicated on the next roundup post, you should see yourself on the list.

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Extend a welcome to the new faces at WoW Insider

Join me in extending a hearty welcome to our new writers at WoW Insider. This past December we placed a call out for people to join our team, and the response was gigantic. The competition was tough (think Kael'thas tough, back in the day), and these fine folks came out on top.

Joining the team is:
  • Elizabeth Harper (@faience) -- Rejoining our team is Liz Harper, who for many years ran WoW Insider as the Editor-in-Chief. Liz helped shape WoW Insider into what it is today, and we're thrilled to have her back contributing to the site. We're like the Borg, you'll always be part of the collective. Resistance is futile.
  • Kristin Marshall (@kristin) -- An excellent writer and a long time WoW player (she started back in December 2004), Kristin brings to the table the kind of informative yet fun blogging WoW Insider is known for. Stay tuned for Kristin's first post later today!
  • Sarah Pine (@ilaniel) -- Sarah (who also goes by Sally) is a great fiction writer and Warcraft player. You can read her blog over at Flavor Text. She won the 2009 Blizzard Global Creative Writing Contest; you might recognize some of her work with Blizzard, where she wrote Garrosh Hellscream: Heart of War, Lor'themar Theron: In the Shadow of the Sun, and Quest for Pandaria.
On behalf of everyone here at WoW Insider, I want to thank all those who applied. We've never had such a difficult time deciding amongst applicants, and seeing that more people than ever want to write with us made everyone feel all warm and fuzzy.

Congrats and welcome to our new writers! May the comments on your first article be lolcat ones.

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Reminder: Deadline for contributor applications is January 8

WoW Insider is still accepting applications for writer positions, but the deadline for applications is fast approaching! If you enjoy World of Warcraft and think you'd enjoy writing about it as well, be sure to put together your application and submit it by next Tuesday, January 8, 2013. For more information on the application process and full instructions on how to apply, check out our applications page.

Currently, we are looking for regular contributors for the site. We are not hiring columnists at this time. However, any contributors we hire may have an opportunity to take on columns that interest them after they've settled into their contributor role. So what does a contributor handle? News posts, essentially -- digging up news from around the web as well as participating in and writing up news from both the PTR servers and any beta cycles that happen to pop up.

If you've been hanging onto that application, make sure you turn it in by the deadline. Good luck to all who apply!

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The best of WoW Insider: December 2012

Around Azeroth Yay for winter! THURSDAY

Zaronis: Doesn't anyone else have a problem with enslaving a sentient creature to fight to the death for your own amusement?
MarioLanza: Nope.
Zapwidget: I only fight till they pass out.

Ah, December. Tons of holiday-related silliness, and (for some reason) a lot of point-counterpoint articles and patch 5.2 news. This has been a fun month.

To everyone who's been reading WoW Insider this year, whether you're new to us or a longtime fan, thank you! Happy New Year, all! Stay safe today, and let's have a good 2013!

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, WoW Insider Business, Humor

The best of WoW Insider: November 2012

Around Azeroth Dragon envy SATURDAY
AiunTanks: I spent all my time in Pandaria looking for a way to murder Anduin Wrynn.
Kennyj116: He becomes "more powerful than you could ever imagine."
AiunTanks: And run the risk of him becoming as useful as Obi-wan was in the movies? I think I'll take that chance.

November was possibly the most introspective month of a very introspective year. We'd had enough experience in Mists of Pandaria to sit back, take stock of what was working and what didn't seem to be, and start digging into the latter. Primarily, that meant LFR and the nigh-endless series of dailies.

But that didn't mean people weren't enjoying the expansion. Judging from the explosion of blog posts, commentary, and machinima hitting the airwaves in November, they were enjoying it a lot.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, WoW Insider Business, Humor

The best of WoW Insider: October 2012

dngreene: Man, when Blizzard wants to get players out into the world, they get players out into the world ... or else.
atanae: Meanwhile, four stalwart players who have no lives are killing boars ...
shrikesnest: Yes, WoW got hacked, and that sucks. I wish it didn't happen. But I can at least take some consolation in the fact that this is the funniest comment thread on WoW Insider in a long time.
PhilDGiles: Does anybody think "SPARE US GOD" might fall into that same list of infamous WoW quotes as "LEEEEEROY JENKINS" now?

In this month, everybody died. Then they rezzed and kept playing. October 2012 was pretty lockstep with the pattern we've already seen in major patch or expansion releases, which is that staffers largely abandon whatever editorials they were working on in favor of, uh, playing the game.

As you might expect, lots of great news this month, and an unbroken string of comments and pokes at the wonderful random stuff that kept popping out of Pandaria.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, WoW Insider Business, Humor

The best of WoW Insider: September 2012

The best of WoW Insider September 2012
Mists of Pandaria was released on the 25th, and everything about September is just an embarrassment of riches. Once again, opinions and editorials suffered a little bit as we turned our attention to other stuff, but this is easily among the most action-packed months I've ever had to summarize.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, WoW Insider Business, Humor

The best of WoW Insider: August 2012

The best of WoW Insider August 2012

MusedMoose: I stood in fire. / Everyone stood in fire. / It's an achievement.
TristanLeonard: No one remembers / Yor'sahj's name in my guild. / We call him "Skittles."
JeffLaBowski: Thank you, Olivia. / Now I'm counting all my words. / I ran out of beer.
metaphyzxx: I'm glad to be done / With this stupid expansion. / Bring on the pandas.
Docteurmi: Less QQ, more haiku.

Our staffers and columnists went into overdrive preparing for patch 5.0.4 and the eventual release of Mists, so opinion/editorial work took a backseat to class preparation. However, we did find time for haikus, Tides of War, the MoP cinematic, and a little shopping.

Also, NASA finished Dragon Soul landed an SUV-sized rover on Mars.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, WoW Insider Business, Humor

The best of WoW Insider: July 2012

Around Azeroth The servant of Ysera SATURDAY

Nathanyel Warcraft: Moon Guard. Would rake in way more cash than that other Warcraft-inspired movie ...

Beta. Beta. Beta. And, weirdly enough, a lot of really good observational pieces on a very diverse set of subjects.

Also, Olivia largely spent this month giving us no excuse whatsoever for ingame poverty.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, WoW Insider Business, Humor

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