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Clarifications on Cross-Realm raiding and Warlords' Group Finder

Community Manager Lore has released some additional clarifications on the differences between the cross-realm functionality being added to the Raid Browser in patch 5.4.2, and the new Group Finder being introduced with the new expansion in patch 6.0. These two features are entirely different things -- the Group Finder is an all new feature being built from scratch. This new Group Finder will allow players to find and create groups for any content at any level.

The cross-realm functionality in 5.4.2, however, is just that -- cross-realm functionality. Currently, the Raid Browser only allows players to see other players from their own realm. In patch 5.4.2, players will be able to see cross-realm players as well -- something that is similar to what the popular addon oQueue already accomplishes via the BattleTag system. Follow after the break for the full post from Lore.

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Filed under: News items, Raiding, Mists of Pandaria

LFG vs LFM for Blizzard's Group Finder tool

We've been talking a lot here on WoW Insider about the new group-finder tool Blizzard will be putting together to rival the tremendously popular oQueue (yes that is the real link) come 6.0. Lead Systems Designer Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street mentioned another tidbit on Twitter which tied in with what our commenters here at WoW Insider have been bringing up.

One reason why I love reading the comments is that they often point out ideas and insights that I would otherwise have missed. And exactly that has happened here. As the tweet Greg responded to said, the new system needs to be an LFM system not an LFG system. And, as several commenters have added, here's why.

So what's the difference between LFG and LFM?

Greg hits it in his response to the tweet. On a basic level, LFG is an individual looking for a group, and LFM is a group looking for more individuals. Think back, if you will, to the days of Tol Barad. Once your faction had won the battle on the island, your trade chat would suddenly fill up with "spriest LFG" along with their item level, the relevant achievement for the boss at the time, if they had it, and the request to either PST or /w, depending on what side of the Atlantic you were playing on. It always amused me how, although Trade was filled with LFG, barely anyone started their own group to LFM. As a tank, at the time, I often did exactly that, and believe it or not, I would be ready to go in no time.

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Filed under: Warlords of Draenor

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

Reminder: Deadline for contributor applications is January 8

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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!


Filed under: WoW Insider Business

It came from the Blog: Random dungeon groups LFM again

It came from the Blog Random dungeon groups LFM again
Last week, level 15 Crikkit ran the Dungeon Finder along with four other It came from the Blog members and another full group. We acquired achievements, completed challenges and leveled to 20. This week, we'd like to be even more successful, and you are welcome to join us.
  • When: Thursday, Dec. 20 (tomorrow) at Noon EST (9 a.m. PST, 10 a.m. server time)
  • Where: Meet at the fishing hole in the Valley of Honor in Orgrimmar on Zangarmarsh (US-PvE-H)
  • Who: Any Horde character within a couple levels or so of Crikkit, who is level 21
  • How: Ask Crikkit or any It came from the Blog member for an invite to the guild
  • What: Weekly Dungeon Finder groups
Crikkit is a mistweaver and will be healing using her monk-like ways. If you'd like to play a healer, there should be enough other people to form more groups. Last week we only had two groups, but that's because we didn't have enough healers to go around.

More details are after the break.

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Filed under: Events, It Came from the Blog

WoW Insider is looking for writers

Like World of Warcraft? Like writing about World of Warcraft? WoW Insider wants you to join our team! We're looking to hire some regular contributors to help out with our day-to-day posting. This would be a part-time freelance position. Our schedules are extremely flexible, but we would expect you to be available for at least a few hours each day minus weekends. The higher your availability, the more opportunities that will be available to you -- but a few hours most weekdays is what we, as a site, will need from you as your bare minimum.

In a contributor position, your primary role will be to assist us in covering news in a timely fashion, but you will be welcome to cover other topics according to your interests and the discretion of WoW Insider's senior editorial staff. You will also be expected to participate in beta and PTR cycles to contribute to our patch coverage.

We are not hiring columnists at this time, but any contributors we hire may have an opportunity to take on columns that interest them after they've settled into their contributor role.

Knowledge and interest in the following topics is not mandatory, but they are topics where we are particularly interested in bolstering our current offerings:
  • Elemental and Enhancement Shaman
  • Holy Paladins
  • Mages
  • Pet Battles
  • Game Economy
  • The WoW TCG
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! Due to the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we will be accepting applications until January 8, 2013.

Filed under: WoW Insider Business

WoW Insider is looking for a warlock columnist

WoW Insider's warlock columnist position has, over the years, developed a ... reputation. It's our Defense Against the Dark Arts. We've never managed to keep an instructor around for more than a year, and their reigns are often much shorter. Tragedy and misfortune tend to follow those who take up the warlock's quill. Unsurprisingly, we're in need of another brave soul to take up the position -- hopefully, someone who can overcome the adversity the position presents.

We're looking for someone truly passionate about World of Warcraft and the warlock class. Every other week, you will be dazzling our readers with your knowledge of the ins and outs of the class, covering everything from leveling guides to raid tactics, PvP strats, patch changes, and recommended addons for all specs and playstyles. We expect you to have a head for research and possess the ability to translate that research into well-written articles that are accessible to both casual and hardcore players alike.

Applicants often ask if they'll be allowed to contribute beyond their assigned class column. Yes, absolutely. As long as your column is meeting its deadline on a regular basis, you will be able to do more around the site.

If this sounds like the chance you've been waiting for, you'll find all the information you need to apply on our applications page. Be sure to submit everything that page requests. Being able to follow simple instructions is the most important part of the job. You have until end of day on Feb. 21 to submit your application.

Filed under: Warlock, (Warlock) Blood Pact

WoW Insider is looking for a PVP columnist

WoW Insider is looking for a new PVP columnist. Every other week, you'll dazzle our readers with your words of wisdom on all things PVP: Battlegrounds, Arenas, patch news and analysis, and everything in between. We want a writer who can balance being informative, entertaining, and accessible.

If this sounds like the chance you've been waiting for, you'll find all of the information you need to apply on our applications page. Be sure to submit everything asked for under the columnist section. Being able to follow simple instructions is part of the job. You have until end of day, Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, to send in your application.

Filed under: WoW Insider Business

WoW Archivist: Patch 1.12, Drums of War

The WoW Archivist explores the secrets of World of Warcraft's past. What did the game look like years ago? Who is etched into WoW's history? What secrets does the game still hold?

I'm not ashamed to admit when I've made a mistake. Which is good, because today's Archivist would be awkward otherwise. Last week's classic WoW recap was a smidge premature. I haven't covered patch 1.12 yet. Why? Because I thought patch 1.12 was patch 2.0. Patch 2.0 would go with the Burning Crusade-era patches. Patch 1.12 isn't patch 2.0, however, so we're mired in classic WoW for one more week.

Patch 1.12, Drums of War, released in August of 2006. It contained the feature that has set the standard for all group content in World of Warcraft: cross-realm Battlegrounds. In addition to cross-realm Battlegrounds, patch 1.12 also included sanctioned world PVP (which didn't work) and a number of UI improvements that you probably take for granted all these years later.

Let's dive in, shall we?

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Filed under: WoW Archivist

Welcome (back) our new feral cat and ret pally columnists

Earlier this year, we were lucky enough to have popular feral cat druid blogger Alaron of The Fluid Druid, aka Chase Hasbrouck, sign on to write our feral cat column for us. Unfortunately, we knew we only had access to him for a limited time before his military unit shipped out overseas. The good news is, though he is now stationed on the other side of the world, he is still able to write the column for us. He started up again just last week by analyzing patch 4.2's effects on feral cat DPS.

The competition for the retribution paladin columnist was fierce. But when the dust cleared, one stood out among the rest. Durin Mundahl has been playing a ret pally for years and at one point was ranked #10 in the world for DPS for his class on Chimaeron 10-man. Not only does he bring experience and knowledge to the column, but a clear and easy-to-understand writing style. You'll be seeing him start up quite soon to delve into patch 4.2 on the retribution edition of The Light And How To Swing It column.

Thanks to all who applied!

Filed under: WoW Insider Business

WoW Insider is looking for columnists

WoW Insider is looking for new writers for our feral cat druid and retribution paladin columns. Every other week, you'll dazzle our readers with your words of wisdom covering everything from leveling guides to raid tactics and DPS rotations, from major patch analyses to recommended addons. Current raid experience is a plus, as is the ability to be both entertaining and informative in your writing.

If this sounds like the chance you've been waiting for, you'll find all the information you need to apply on our applications page. Be sure to submit everything asked for under the columnist section. Being able to follow simple instructions is part of the job. You have until end of day, Friday, May 27, 2011 to send in your application.

Filed under: WoW Insider Business

WoW Insider is looking for a new enhancement shaman columnist

Love your enhancement spec more than your childhood pet? Obsess over DPS charts at the end of every raid? Spend hours scanning armory profiles of top-rated enhancement shaman to analyze their gear and spec? Read shaman blogs and Elitist Jerk's shaman forums on a daily basis? We may have an offer you can't refuse.

WoW Insider is looking for a new writer to be our weekly enhancement shaman class columnist for Totem Talk. Every week, you will dazzle our readers with your words of wisdom covering everything from leveling guides to raid tactics to DPS rotations to major patch analyses to recommended addons for all specs and playstyles. You don't need to play all those ways (we all need a life), but you need to be able to research and write on the topics you don't have personal experience with.

If this sounds like the chance you've been waiting for, you'll find all the information you need to apply on our applications page. Be sure to submit everything asked for under the columnist section. Being able to follow simple instructions is part of the job. You have until end of day, Sunday, Nov. 28 to send in your application.

EDIT: Applications are closed. The chosen candidate will be contacted by end of day Tuesday, Nov 30. And, if we're lucky, will be up and running next week just in time for Cataclysm!

Filed under: WoW Insider Business

Guest Post: Vetting puggers -- beyond GearScore and achievements

This article has been brought to you by Seed, the Aol guest writer program that brings your words to WoW.com.

How can you tell a good raider from a bad raider?
  • GearScore? NO. Often times, people will rely on a numerical gear score, but this is not a good way to judge player quality. Very good players will have low gear scores when starting out, and very bad players who have been persistent or been carried can have very high scores. GearScore is not an indicator of goodness or badness; it's purely an indication of how much time and luck the person has had on that character.
  • Achievements? NO. Some group leaders request, "Link achievement, please," but this is not a good method, either. All this indicates is that the person was in the raid when the boss died. You don't know if they were No. 1 DPS or died three seconds into the fight, the same as they do during every fight they've ever been in.
So before you can determine how tell a good player from a bad player, you should understand what makes a "good player."

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Filed under: Raiding, Guest Posts

Patch 3.3.5: Changes to vote kick incoming

Zarhym hit the forums earlier this evening to announce a change coming to the dungeon finder in the upcoming Patch 3.3.5. For those who behave themselves, the cooldown for starting a vote to kick a player from your party will be removed. For those who kick players out of those parties more frequently, the cooldown will remain. The quote:

Zarhym
We have found that most players using the Dungeon Finder don't use the Vote Kick feature or abandon groups very often. For these players, we are removing the cooldown on voting to kick players from a dungeon party. In contrast, those players who tend to kick players or abandon groups more frequently will notice that the Vote Kick feature maintains its cooldown. The goal here is to make sure players who are generally patient can make use of the Vote Kick feature when they really need it, without giving a more powerful tool to those who try to kick others or abandon dungeon groups very frequently.

This functionality will adjust itself as a player's behavior while using the Dungeon Finder changes.


You might remember that they started tracking this sort of information as of patch 3.3.3. They have been tracking the number of times you kick, the number of times you are kicked, how often you've abandoned a party and a few other things. While this change is a new one, they have been collecting the data for some time. There's a Santa Claus is Coming to Town parody somewhere in here, but I'm not musical enough to pull it off. Help us out?

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, News items

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