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About the Bloggers: Olivia Grace

About the Bloggers Olivia Grace
About the Bloggers introduces you to the people behind WoW Insider. You can find articles on more of our staffers in earlier About the Bloggers profiles.

Today, we're sitting down with Olivia Grace, who resides in southeast England and very occasionally paints herself green.

What do you do for WoW Insider?

I was hired last year to write Blood Sport, WoW Insider's PvP column, and I've recently taken on Addon Spotlight, which (remarkably) is about addons! I also write a lot of Breakfast Topics and some general newsy bits and bobs here and there -- as much as I can find time to do, really. I also hang out in our Campfire chat room laughing at the silly pictures. I don't think the last bit really counts as something I do for WoW Insider.

What's your main?

Ugh, that's the question right now, in the lead-up to Mists. I do quite a lot of PvP, as you might guess, and for that, my main is a dwarf restoration shaman. I also have a priest and a mage that I PvP on regularly, a paladin that I PvP on as retribution very rarely, and a few other characters here and there. My only PvP quandary is whether I want to stick with a dwarf shaman or go with a pandaren shaman. I'm leveling a second shaman in preparation, so I can race-change to pandaren.

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Filed under: Interviews, About the Bloggers

Reader UI of the Week: C. Christian Moore's PvP UI

Each week, brings you a fresh look at reader-submitted UIs. Have a screenshot of your UI you want to submit? Send your screenshots, along with info on what mods you're using, to

Readers, you are in for a treat this week. Reader UI of the Week tries to bring you ideas, information and discussion from all walks of World of Warcraft life: the raid UI, the Dalaran UI and the minimalist UI. One piece of the user interface puzzle, however, has been missing among my ranks -- the PvP user interface. Today, we remedy that omission.

C. Christian Moore,'s very own Blood Sport PvP columnist, approached me with a myriad of questions about his user interface. The war room is a place of utmost professionalism, dignity and focus -- as such, I responded to these questions with detailed analysis. The result is something spectacular.

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Filed under: Add-Ons, Reader UI of the Week

Blood Sport: Beginner's Guide to Arena, Part VI

Want to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their women? Blood Sport investigates the entirety of all-things arena for gladiators and challengers alike. C. Christian Moore, multiple rank 1 gladiator, examines the latest arena strategy, trends, compositions and more in's arena column.

Listening Music: The Knife with "Heartbeats." My wife has been recommending this song for maybe a month or two now. Even though she doesn't play WoW, she loves reading Valentine's Day is coming up, so I figure I should start laying down the sweet. Hello, love. Your favorite song is featured today. I like it too. Hopefully our readers do as well.

Last Week: We finished up our two part series on resource mechanics in arena. It's been a bit of a hiatus since we last looked at some advice for arena novices. With the new arena season starting tomorrow, there's no better time to define some terms.

This Week: I've been getting comments asking to describe some terms in these arena articles. Arena terms can be quite confusing, even to a hardcore raider! Tanking, for instance, means completely different things. Read on to see what they are!

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Filed under: PvP, Blood Sport (Arena PvP)

Blood Sport: Season 7 - The Death of 2v2 [Updated]

Want to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their women? Blood Sport investigates the entirety of all-things arena for gladiators and challengers alike. C. Christian Moore, multiple rank 1 gladiator, examines the latest arena strategy, trends, compositions and more in's arena column.

Season seven is here! The new season brings the same familiar arena combat that we've come to know, love, and sometimes hate. However, the season of the Relentless Gladiator also has many meaningful changes for arena enthusiasts.
  • Abandonment of 2v2 bracket rewards.
  • New ratings requirements on gear.
  • Match Making Rating - is it still busted?
The 2v2 bracket is experiencing a significant revamping

Before season seven had started, 2v2 rewards were slated to be completely cut. 3.2 patch notes indicated that Relentless Gladiator gear could only be purchased if a player met the requirements with their 3v3 or 5v5. 2v2 teams, however, could still be used to purchase the previous season's gear (Furious Gladiator gear).

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Filed under: Items, News items, PvP, Wrath of the Lich King, Blood Sport (Arena PvP), Arena

WoW Insider Weekly

Here's your weekly sampling of our weekly content from the writers at WoW Insider. Every week we post columns about classes, guilds, addons, professions, and all aspects of this great game.
Know Your Lore: Oshu'gun
KYL takes a look at the secret Naaru spaceship embedded in Nagrand. Oh, didn't know that was there? It is.
Encrypted Text: Raiding as a rogue, part 1
Going instance running with your endgame rogue? Make sure to check out this guide to what to do with those daggers when you have 24 other people in the group.
Insider Trader: Rounding up 2.4 profession changes, part 1
What's changing in the world of professions in patch 2.4? Let Amanda M lay it all out for you.
Guildwatch: Running a Karathon
Backstabs, betrayals, and loot ninjas, oh my! It's all in your weekly look at guild drama, downed news, and recruiting from around the realms.
More of our best weekly content after the jump.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Odds and ends, News items, Lore, Classes

WoW Insider Weekly

Saturday again-- come with me as we take a look at all the great weekly content that WoW Insider had to offer the past seven days.

Ready Check: Breaking through Kael'thas Sunstrider
Our brand new hardcore raiding guide tells you how to take down The Sun King.

All the World's a Stage: Top ten ways to roleplay the holidays
Fun stuff to do in character this holiday season.

Officers' Quarters: A dangerous gift
Sharing your account with someone is a lot like being a board at a fastener convention: sooner or later, you're going to get screwed.

The Art of War(craft): Outdoor PvP, Part 1- War in the Old World
Killer places to fight.

WoW Rookie: Welcome to PvP
Just leave your dignity there at the door. I'm kidding! Mostly.

Shifting Perspectives: New Druid leveling 1-5
I wouldn't think you'd need a class guide for 1-5, but darned if our Big Bear Butt Blogger hasn't gone and written one up.

Raid Rx: Basic healer raid design
How to fit healers into your raid the right way.

The Light and How to Swing It: Ret gear, part 2
Featuring blood elves in bikinis. Made you read!

Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn: The meeting

Blood Pact: The Warlock wishlist
What do Warlocks want under the tree this next year?

Totem Talk: You are the panic button
It's true-- when the rubber hits the road, you can count on a shammy.

Well Fed Buff: Caf'd Mac and Cheese
The Caf'd means caffeinated. I had no idea such a thing existed, but now I have a strange impulse to actually try it.

Blood Sport: What's your Arena resolution for 2008?
Suggestion: don't lose so much!

WoW, Casually: December 28th to January 3rd, New Year's, WSG, etc.
Easy casual stuff to do ingame the next week.

The Care and Feeding of Warrior: Weapons
Be honest-- this is why all warriors roll their class anyway.

Insider Trader: Connect-the-dot gathering
Gathering a little boring? Let Lisa help.

Phat Loot Phriday: Orb of Deception
Do a little faction bending with this world drop.

Ask WoW Insider: Do you tip your tank?
Never, ever heard of this. I always just assume gratuity was included with, y'know, the healing.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, WoW Insider Business, Odds and ends, Features

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