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Last Week in WoW: No April Fooling to be found here

Briefly, I considered using today's Last Week in WoW as the delivery mechanism for an April Fools' Joke. Rather than recapping the last week on the site, I was going to recap WoW Insider's entire existence, presenting links to everything we've ever posted in our history. This idea lasted no more than a few minutes, when the reality of the task settled in. Instead, I'll give you a few stats, which aren't jokes whatsoever. They're just interesting.

WoW Insider launched in November of 2005. Since then, we've published nearly 40,000 articles. Let's assume the average word count per article is 500 words -- it's likely more than that, given how many features we've run over the years and how much we like to talk, but let's say 500 anyway. That's 20,000,000 words. Twenty million. The average length of an adult fiction novel (not an erotic novel, but adult as opposed to young adult) is 100,000 words. Since November 2005, we've written 200 novels about World of Warcraft and Blizzard games in general.

So scrap the gag of linking you everything, because that's a Herculean task and I am no Hercules. Instead, let's stick with what happened this past week.

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Follow along for Warlords news, WoW Insider features, editorials, and news from all other Blizzard titles.

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Filed under: News items, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone Insider

Last Week in WoW: The long wait

Much like last week, this week has been a long wait for any news of Warlords of Draenor. There has been plenty happening in the worlds of Diablo, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm, but all's been quiet on the Warcraft front. Still, we've had some goodies in the past 7 days. The most exciting, perhaps, is the fact that the female dwarf model's skull is no longer attempting to escape through her mouth.

Most popular posts of the week Follow along for all of the other news, features, machinima, and editorials here on WoW Insider.

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Filed under: News items

Last Week in WoW: Warcraft gets weird

World of Warcraft will be down for its usual maintenance period today, beginning at 3:00 a.m. Pacific until approximately 11:00 a.m. Pacific. In the meantime, why don't we catch up on some news together? The Warlords of Draenor hype train picked up speed this past week, and while we still have no ETA on a beta, we are hopefully taking slow, tiny steps in that general direction.
Most popular posts of the last week Continue on for any features, editorials, or other juicy pieces of Warlords of Draenor news you may have missed!

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Filed under: Realm Status, News items

Weekly news roundup with Panser of TradeChat

Panser returns with this week's WoW Insider Weekly News Recap. We're glad to see her recovered from her bouts of post-Thanksgiving food poisoning (talk about the worst timing ever!) and nasty cold earlier this week. Unfortunately, most of the recent WoW news isn't in the happiest of veins, as Panser discusses both the further delay of the Warcraft movie and Ghostcrawler's departure from Blizzard Entertainment. On to the topics! If you like the show, make sure to subscribe to TradeChat, leave comments, and tune in next week for a new episode!

Filed under: News items

Ghostcrawler, potentially, details the future of WoW at Chinajoy [UPDATED]

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There are some eyebrow-raising bits in a foreign Ghostcrawler interview, and we caution everyone that none of this has been confirmed with Blizzard (we reached out earlier today), and we have a feeling that a good deal of nuance may have been lost in translation. That being said, if the interview is correct, it gives us some fascinating hints as to the directions that Blizzard may be exploring for future WoW content.

Apparently Blizzard either was or has been considering the Naga as an addition to the playable races, though their lack of legs is a big hurdle to overcome for things like armor design. In terms of future plot, the interview seems to imply that following Mists of Pandaria we will be headed back into mainland Azeroth, and that further story lines involving the trolls, the Burning Legion, and the Emerald Dream are slated to "gradually develop". Now, we know that an Emerald Dream expansion is something that many fans have been hankering after for a good long time, so this kind of news would be very much welcome to hear. Here I feel compelled to state that again, there is no official confirmation for any of this. However, there is one bit about the lore that I feel relatively confident is accurate, and that's Ghostcrawler's assertion that the relationship and conflict between the mogu, the Old Gods, and the Titans will be revealed in patch 5.4.

Happy speculations, everyone!

Update 10:42 p.m. EDT: 2P, the Chinese gaming site, has updated their English translation of the article noting that Naga will not be the next playable race. They also modified the way in which the next areas of WoW's content were talked about; however the three big areas (Trolls, Burning Legion, and Emerald Dream) are still areas in which Ghostcrawler noted content can expand into.

Filed under: Interviews, Rumors, Mists of Pandaria

Weekly news roundup with Panser of TradeChat

TradeChat's Panser returns with this week's WoW Insider news recap, where we look back at the hottest news from the past week and whatever other kickin' rad things may have come our way. This week's topics include: If you enjoyed the show, make sure to subscribe to TradeChat, leave a comment, and come back next week for the next episode!

Filed under: Mists of Pandaria

WoW Insider's Weekly Recap

Panser is unfortunately not well this week, so was unable to record the weekly recap for us. Despite my inexperience and frankly low-budget recording setup, I've stepped in to bring you a rather amateurish, yet hopefully informative, weekly recap video. I'm sure you'll join me in wishing Panser a speedy recovery!
The discussion topic for this week was Alex's Breakfast Topic on vengeance for Theramore. Let us know what you think in the columns below.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Mists of Pandaria

WoW Insider's Weekly Recap, featuring TradeChat's Panser

Welcome back to our weekly recap featuring Panser of TradeChat! In our weekly recap, we look back at the hottest news from the past week and whatever other kickin', rad things may have come our way. This week's topics include: If you enjoyed the show, make sure to subscribe to TradeChat, leave a comment, and come back next week for the next episode!

Filed under: News items, Mists of Pandaria

WoW Insider's Weekly Recap, now featuring TradeChat's Panser

Welcome to the all-new, all-exciting weekly news recap featuring Panser of TradeChat! In our weekly recap, we'll be tackling the hottest news and whatever other kickin' rad items have come our way throughout the last week. This week's topics include:
If you enjoyed the new show, make sure to subscribe to TradeChat, leave a comment, and come back next week for the next episode!

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, News items

Weekly WoW News Videocast for Nov. 12, 2011

For the past month, we've been secretly developing plans to introduce a new weekly videocast of all the WoW news, to replace (or potentially complement) the Weekly News Podcast. We're pleased to bring you the first episode of our videocast today, right from the desks of the WoW Insider staff.

This is just the beginning ... We want to know what you think, what you'd like to see, and any tips you have at making it more informative. Some things we're looking at doing in the future including moving it to a true HD format, adding a bunch of interstitial images, and potentially using some in-game video footage where appropriate. We're starting small and will build up, just like other projects we've undertaken.

So take a look, let us know!

This week's top stories include:


And of course, stay tuned for our normal podcast, which runs every week on Tuesday morning.


Filed under: News items

Today in WoW: Friday, Sept. 9, 2011

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Join us every weekday evening as Today in WoW runs down all the WoW news that you could possibly want. From comments from Blizzard's blues to the latest datamining info -- we've got you covered.

Don't forget to check out The Daily Quest and our Weekly Podcast Roundup to find out what else is going on in the WoW community. And if you have a news tip, feel free to drop us a line and let us know.

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Filed under: Today in WoW

Private server company forced to pay Blizzard $88 million

A judge in the California Central District Court ruled Thursday that Scapegaming, also known as Alyson Reeves, has lost its lawsuit against Blizzard. Scapegaming had set up private Blizzard servers that included a microtransactions market. Blizzard sued them in October 2009 for copyright infringement.

As we've covered here before, private servers are a violation of license limitations of the EULA. Blizzard considers any violation of those license limitations to be copyright infringement and sues people for such. Furthermore, Blizzard established in the "Bnetd" case that crafting software to set up a private server is a copyright infringement all on its own.

The total reward of $88,594,589 comes from $3,053,339 of inappropriate profits, $63,600 of attorney's fees, and $85,478,600 of statutory damages. Statutory damages are damages required by law that are increased for willful and commercially based infringement. Scapegaming may appeal the amount.

Filed under: Blizzard, News items

Elitist Jerks and Opera team up for WoW browser

This past Friday, web browser developer Opera announced that they had teamed up with respected theory crafting website Elitist Jerks to create a new browser. The Elitist Jerks browser, as it is titled, is designed to cater to the needs of the World of Warcraft online community, with an array of customized features, pre-selected options, and a sleek skin reminiscent of the site it's named for. The pitch interested me enough that I decided to put away my beloved Firefox for the weekend, and give Opera's Elitist Jerks browser a thorough test.

Obviously it would be somewhat insane to expect that this is an entirely new browser built from the ground up. At its core, the browser is Opera 9. So if you've got a strong aversion to that browser, you're not going to find anything here to redeem it. However, if you're ambivalent towards Opera, or if you've never even tried it, the Elitist Jerks browser is definitely worth checking out. It's got all the features we as consumers have come to expect from a browser over the last few years, along with the polish that Opera is known for.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Odds and ends

World of Warcraft 3.0.3 Patch notes

We have the patch notes for tomorrow's 3.0.3 patch. As a reminder: it is always possible these notes might change at any time. Sometimes even though we're expecting certain things in them, they are not included.

With these notes we know that 3.0.3 will be dropping tomorrow. The patch will fix many bugs in the game currently, and hopefully bring more stability to the servers. Paladins are getting nerfed, Warriors are getting buffed, and there are more changes across the board.

And best of all? We can all now earn the "Hallowed Be thy Name" achievement much, much easier.

Full patch notes after the break. And don't forget to check out the 3.0.2 patch notes if you have more questions about what some of these changes mean.

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Filed under: Patches, News items, Features

Last Week on Massively: WoW related stories

It's Sunday and that means round up time for World of Warcraft posts on our sister site Massively that may be of interest to you loyal WoW readers. Let's dive right in:

AFK Gamer reviews post-2.3 Alterac Valley
The popular gaming blog takes a look at the latest changes to AV.

The Digital Continuum: Activision Blizzard vs Electronic Arts, battle of the MMO titans
Kyle Horner looks at the merger and explores how the industry is shaping up to be a battle between the two giants.

Behind the Curtain: Moral & Ethical choices
Carl Whithers steers his weekly column into the murky waters of the consequences of our online actions.

Building a better MMOusetrap: Why we fight!
Dave Moss tells us why he indulges in a battle-driven game.

MMO subscriptions report -- who is beating whom?
The latest guesses are out on MMO subscription numbers. We all know WoW is the king, but who's nipping at his heels?

Gamer Interrupted: Playing together with different playstyles
Picking up on her topic from last week, Robin Torres continues to explore gaming as a couple, this time dealing with in-game goals that are at odds with each other.

Herndandez vs IGE - IGE withdraws motion to stay/dismiss
The latest in the lawsuit against gold sellers.

Scott Jennings on how to make PvP not suck
The Broken Toys blogger gives his 13 rules of PvP and why current MMOs aren't living up to them.

MMOGology: World of why bother

Marc Knottke talks about sharding your purples for greens.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Blizzard, News items, Features

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