Tyrande Whisperwind

! All BiS All the Time

With WoD’s revamped loot system, it’s clear that Blizzard is trying to move us away from the BiS mentality. They’re gently encouraging us to go in a different direction with stats that are “good-to-haves” and not necessarily requirements. After playing this way for so long, it’ll be tough to break the habit. There was a huge response from the community – and input from the devs – after the Dev Watercooler was posted. I just had to Storify it.

& The Best Laid Plans

Last week, I’m not sure I would have remembered that I’m only one achievement away from Glory of the Dragon Soul Raider (what the??). But now I do. Not sure what to do next on your alt or which achievement to finish off? There’s an app for that. Wowhead just released their character planner. And it’s awesome.

# It’s Not the Destination

“Let’s say you’ve just hit Level 70 on a new Crusader. Bright eyed and bushy flailed, you’ve got your sights set on Torment VI. You know the build you want and the Legendary items that will help support it. That’s an awesome destination, but what about the journey? What kind of build should you focus on in the meantime, and what sort of gear will help you transition into those higher Torment levels?” Deadset Gaming’s video guide, “Beginning Crusader Gearing (1 Day to Torment IV)”, will set you on the right path.

' Rift it Forward

If you have a level 70 in Diablo 3, you may be interested in farming rifts. Or you may be all over it already! Rift it Forward is a community in which players pool resources to easily farm rifts. One player opens a rift, another clears it to the Guardian, and the group files in to kill the Guardian and collect loot. In exchange, someone opens the next rift for the soloer. That’s the gist of it, at least. There are definitely pros and cons to the system, and Dannie Ray of BlizzPro offers up a choice rundown of the Rift it Forward system.

& We Didn’t Start the Fire

Xfire is launching free web-based software to allow any player to create, host, and promote high quality tournaments. Custom branding management, player wrangling, and streaming are all planned features to be included in the release – which is pretty sweet. “The heart of competition is a burning passion to be the best. Complications and delays stomp out that fire. Xfire is making competing easier for players and organizers, and we feel that will grow the market substantially.” [a]listdaily interviews Xfire’s VP of Marketing, Matt Marcou, on their big plans for eSports.

% Elune Be With You

Camillepetrai’s fantastic cosplay of Tyrande Whisperwind is featured in this week’s header.

+ And if you create things, be sure to check out the Blizzcon art and movie contest – submissions are now open!

& Nerf Locks!

HearthStats released its May report on all things Hearthstone. Find out which class was the most played in constructed decks (Warlocks), which classes had the highest global win rates (Rogues and Warlocks), ranked win rate distribution, and more. You know, pretty graphs and numbers.

! New News

The WoD Alpha went into Friends & Family testing this week and the community has gone bonkers over it. Rightfully so, as we’ve been starved of any substantial new information. Since the invites have started to roll out, participants in the early F&F testing have been streaming, sharing, and gathering a ton of useful info. Check out the (work-in-progress) Storified collection of community-driven WoD updates.

' More Bones to Gnaw On

It’ll be… ten years already? Woah. It kind of blows my mind that later this year I’ll have played this game for ten years. There are kids that have never known a world without Warcraft. In honor of its ten-year anniversary, Blizzard is gifting players a mini Hogger companion pet. Ah, memories.

& Get to the choppa!

Azeroth Choppers has come to an end and the winner has been chosen. Spoilers: The Horde bike won. Although I’m not surprised – the Horde bike was just… better. And I play Alliance right now. I think a sweet Dwarven front fender would have suited the Alliance bike nicely. So yeah, here’s the winner reveal.

+ Did you know that Orange County Choppers created Horde and Alliance bikes long before Azeroth Choppers was a thing? Me neither. Although the Alliance handlebars are cooler, I think Horde would have won here, too. Does it bother anyone else that they refer to the factions as “Good Guys” and “Bad Guys?”