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Welcome to a special double issue of Blizzlist featuring milestone podcasts, big Warlords of Draenor news, and in-depth blog posts from around the community.

# 100

The Realm Maintenance podcast hit its 100th episode milestone last week and Rho produced an epic episode to celebrate. Nearly 60 WoW community podcasters and podcast listeners chatted with Rho about how they got into podcasts and where they draw their inspiration from.

' The Black Stalker

Former Blizzard designer Alexander Brazie writes an awesome series of postmortems on WoW content he helped create. In one of his most recent posts in the series, he discusses The Black Stalker and how he learned that fun for designers doesn’t guarantee fun for players. To be honest, The Black Stalker was one of my least favorite dungeon bosses at the time. She was brutal! But reading about Brazie’s process makes me want to go back into The Underbog to battle her once again.

! Perky

“The guild leveling system was originally meant to be a reward for guilds. People who worked together got rewards. For the first ~6 months, this guild leveling system was awesome. After a year, or two, things went terribly wrong.” Lissana discusses the cash flow guild perk removal in WoD and the current state of predatory leveling guilds. Many players are upset at the removal of this perk, but it may not be so bad after all.

+ Players are upset about spell removal, too. The devs want to remove ability bloat in WoD, but many players are concerned that the flavor of classes will be nixed along with the cuts. Once it was discovered that Heroic Strike would be removed, the Warrior community rallied around this memorial site to keep the iconic spell in the game.

" Wait for It

Pricing info on Curse of Naxxramas, Hearthstone’s first expansion, has finally been released after some delay. Blizzard details heroic mode, the wing-per-week release schedule, and the cost of each. At 700 gold or $6.99 per wing, the pricing isn’t unreasonable. Now if I could discover a Ragnaros in my next pack, I’d be a really happy camper.

' If Looks Could Kill

What happens when you take a look at your “new” character in WoD and you don’t like what you see? Lately, folks previewing their future toons via Wowhead’s profiler aren’t always pleased. It’s not surprising – after years of play, we form a connection with our in-game avatar. “The most pressing issue, at least for me, is being able to find a way to reconcile the past ‘look’ and the present ‘change’ with a measure of satisfaction. I’m seeing increasing numbers of people who are looking at their models side by side and getting a shock at what they are provided with.” Alternative Chat chats about the new character models.

! Raaaaage

It all started when Lead Game Designer Mumper answered a simple question on Twitter about faction hubs in Warlords of Draenor. Turns out, players were pretty committed to Karabor and Bladespire.


+ Confusion was rampant among the pitchfork-wielding mobs who wanted faction hubs to stay where they were originally announced. It was so bad that Community Manager Lore had to clarify a few things. For the record, I think Karabor as a hub would have been rad.

' Coming Home

We’ve spent almost ten years in the World of Warcraft exploring virtual mountain ranges and basking in pixelated sunsets. I’ve always loved the landscape of Grizzly Hills – it reminds me of my home here in the northwest.

Grizzly Northwest

Syrco Owl shares the locations in WoW that remind them of home. Where in the game do you feel at home?

% The Worldbreaker

This week’s featured header is Ookami-FAC’s painting, “Deathwing.”

' Are we there yet?

“What you’re really trying to achieve is a bit of distance and a change in perspective. Take a step back from the game, from your guild, from your raids, from your guild members. Distance will help bring you out of your current headspace and make it easier to perhaps look at things in a different way.” At this point in the expansion, many players are feeling burned out. Or close to it. Kurn talks about how to change your perspective and what to do – especially as a guild master or raid leader – to avoid the dreaded burnout.

" Gettin’ Weird

Archybaldy on Reddit Diablo asks the community for their non-standard builds. Players offered up Zoosaders, Sword and Board Demon Hunters, Poison Pet Witch Doctors, Holy Monks and a bunch of other random things. With a rundown of each unique build, how to use it, and what could make it better, you can try a fiery tornado stompy pet Barbarian, too.

! But wait, there’s more!

Spazzo, a rogue in Blood Legion, pointed out that although Garrisons will not be required for end-game progression, players may earn a bonus roll per week from their Armory building. What’s up with that? Seems pretty “required” to me. Turns out, it’s just another way to earn one of our three bonus rolls per week in WoD. Put away your torch!


& The Rest of Us

The International eSports Federation (IeSF) decided that in order to legitimize eSports, they had to incorporate gender segregation into their tournaments, à la traditional sports. Then shit blew up, so I Storified the whole thing.

' My First Time

We all have our first. Exalted reputation, that is. Thinking back, a few early reputation grinds stick out for me, especially Brood of Nozdormu. The Grumpy Elf talks about first rep grinds and how things just aren’t the same these days. What rep was your first?

" Mrglmrglmrgl

How would one best gear up a character at this point in the expansion? What’s the best way to keybind an Elemental shaman? The Reddit WoW community hosts Murloc Mondays every Monday for players of all skill levels to get their questions answered. If you haven’t stopped by yet, check it out.

! It’s real!

Paging Gloriaboboria! Senior Game Designer Jonathan LeCraft revealed what we have all been waiting for: A Corgi companion! But with savage lava cuteness.


# Why so angry?

The Angry Chicken recorded their latest episode live at Nerdtacular 2014. They covered the (previous) lack of Curse of Naxxramas updates, sexism in eSports, and took many, many questions from the audience.

& Farewell

Rob Pardo, Chief Creative Officer at Blizzard Entertainment, announced his departure from the company last week. “After 17 years at Blizzard, with long and careful contemplation, I have made a difficult and bittersweet but ultimately exciting decision to pursue the next chapter in my life and career,” Pardo wrote in a farewell message. His next move? He’s not ready to reveal it yet, but he’ll have an answer for us “when it’s ready.”

" Think Different

D3 players have been testing new Greater Rifts in the PTR and have a lot to say. How can you buff a rift in a more meaningful way than simply scaling the health and damage of the mobs? Aeneas started a thread on the forums to solicit ideas from fellow community members.

! Get to tha console!

Newegg accidentally listed an item described as a Warlords of Draenor Xbox Live Credit and the whole internet went nuts for a few hours. Did Newegg accidentally leak major news? Will Blizzard really put WoW onto the console? THIS IS WHY THEY’RE PRUNING OUR ABILITIES, HUH? The conspiracy theorists had a field day with this one. Newegg removed the listing soon after they were alerted by Blizzard that they were causing a ruckus.

& Leeeeeeeroy!

Leeroy Jenkins is a meme that lives in the hearts of many a WoW player. There’s an in-game title and a (pretty awesome) Hearthstone legendary card named after the legend that is Leeroy. So, it seems fitting that the devs added him into the revamped UBRS dungeon in WoD.

We’ll Do It Live

Shaman totem art

' Work It

Who says playing video games is a waste of time? Symantec’s COO, Stephen Gillett, includes his World of Warcraft experience on his résumé. And it has paid off. It helped him land a job at Corbis, and eventually Starbucks. “I put my qualifications on my résumé when I apply for jobs,” Gillett said. “Here’s my guild. Here’s my ranking. Here’s my biggest online achievement. Some people look at it and say, ‘What the hell is this?’ And others will be like, ‘That’s exactly what I’m looking for.'” It’s not a bad idea. Gillett says that he includes his WoW achievements on his résumé because it shows he exercises leadership in both the physical and virtual realms. Maybe I should add a new section to my résumé…

! Macro Macros

If you’ve ever capped the number of macros in your collection – good news! Taepsilum and Celestalon announced changes to macros coming in patch 6.0 including an increased number of macro slots and a new conditional.



% Storm, earth and fire, heed my call!

Azrajin created the art featured in this week’s header image.

" Take the long way home?

If you’re looking for an easy way to power through bounties in D3, split farming may be the answer. Although it pretty much defeats the togetherness behind multiplayer gameplay, split farming in Diablo 3 is one of the most productive ways to play. Tysker86 asks Reddit Diablo to share their tips on making longer bounties less time consuming.

' The Slow Grind

Becky Chambers started playing WoW in 2005. It was a slow, but steady, start. As her gaming literacy improved over time, she experienced a reversal in playstyle. “My appreciation for the medium has deepened, and I’m confident in my skills, but something has changed along the way. I’ve gotten out of the habit of taking things slow. … Gaming culture always operates at a frenzied, fevered pitch. I think I sometimes miss the days when my engagement with games felt like a long, slow soak instead.” Chambers shares her journey in re-embracing the slow grind.

& Under the Hood

You know that feeling when you cast a Lay on Hands or Guardian Spirit on the tank and they still fall over? You know you cast the spell – it’s on cooldown. It sucks, but that feeling is one healers are accustomed to. But things may be changing in WoD. Celestalon posted about a very large upgrade to game responsiveness coming in the expansion. It has to do with lag, server requests, how those are processed and how things will change. Good stuff!

! Memetastic

Community Manager Zarhym asked for examples of historical WoW content that has gone viral over the years. I’ve Storified some of the community’s responses and favorites.

" n00b

When I rolled a Hunter ages ago, I wondered why my pets hated me. They never seemed to stick around for long. I eventually found out – through means I wish I could remember – that I had to feed my pet to get it to stick around. We’ve all been noobs at some point. Reddit WoW discusses their worst noob moments. Ah, memories.

& We’ll Do It Live

Publicizing your content can be tough. You may be running a Twitter profile, Facebook page, YouTube channel, Instagram account… I could go on. For Twitch streamers, it’s becoming easier to cross-promote your live broadcast status on YouTube with Twitch Live Annotations. “Twitch Live Annotations enable a promotional alert that appears on all of your YouTube videos the instant you start broadcasting. These alerts are designed to direct people watching your videos on YouTube to your content as it happens on Twitch — keeping your current audience up to date and even bringing new viewers to your channel.” djWHEAT offers a video rundown.

' Getting to Know You

It’s time to prepare! There are only 135 days left until BlizzCon 2014. You may be thinking about what to pack or where you’re staying, but what about the people you’ll meet? “I get that as gamers, many of us tend to be introverts. We shy away from large crowds. We don’t like doing the hand shaking or the high-fiving.” Matticus puts together helpful tips for networking at BlizzCon. Rule number one: Don’t be limp. With your handshake, of course!

We Didn’t Start the Fire

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?”

Nom Nom Nom

Blackrock by ChrisHogman

" The One That Got Away

“I’ve salvaged countless legendaries without knowing their true potential and then kicked myself for it after. Because of this, I wanted to create a list of items that you should not salvage.” Reddit Diablo puts together a helpful list of legendaries you shouldn’t salvage. The list seems long at first glance, but it’s broken down by class. Good thing, too. I thought I had to keep everything around.

' That’s Value

If you’re a frequent Hearthstone player or stream viewer, you may have run into the concept of “value.” But what is it and what’s the value of any given card? Turns out it’s not an exact science. Antigen talks about value in HS and general tips you can use in your play.

& Nom Nom Nom

Kierpanda from Eat Game Live has chosen the winner of the Reaper of Recipes Challenge. Get ready for SHARKNADO!

' You’re In or You’re Out

Confession: I transmog my gear, even at low levels. I don’t know about you, but I like to look good while dragonslaying! Or, ya know, while digging cherries out of poop. Wowhead crafts a transmog guide for every class so you can make it work.

% Blackrock

ChrisHogman’s stunning “Blackrock” is this week’s featured header image.

" It’s Not Easy Being Green

I seem to see more set recipes than set pieces in Diablo 3. Seriously. I have yet to loot a set piece on any character. I get overly excited when I see that green beam shine through a pile of loot, only to get my hopes dashed when I realize it’s another crafting recipe. But now I can stop complaining – Reddit Diablo community member tracknuberseven put together an amazing guide for farming any set or legendary crafting material in the game.

' The State We’re In

“Kids, teens, even young adults who are currently playing World of Warcraft will be socialized by these ideas. World of Warcraft is a game that millions and millions of people have played, do play and will play. With such a large audience, it is my opinion that Blizzard has a social responsibility to demonstrate an openness to diversity, to show women actually being strong, to show dark-skinned humans doing something of note, to show any kind of positive LGBTQ presence at all.” Kurn discusses video games, society, and socialization.

! Hoarders

Hi, I’m Kristin and I’m a WoW hoarder. My bank and void storage are tearing at the seams and my alts have long served as overflow storage. And I know I’m not alone. There are many fun vanity items in-game and until last Blizzcon, there was no end to the madness. I admit, the Toybox releasing with WoD may be my favorite feature. Perculia collects recent tweets about the Toybox and items we’ll be able to put into it.

" I Heart Gnomes

I really like Sylvanas. She’s one of my favorite lore characters in WoW. And I’m sure there are folks who’d feel differently. Participants in a fun Reddit WoW thread are sharing their unpopular opinions about the game. “MoP was a better expansion than BC,” “I love Gnomes,” and “flying should have never been implemented” are just a few of the interesting posts.

' Home Is Where the Heart Is

Garrisons stand out as one of the biggest features coming to Warlords. I’m still not quite sure how they’ll interact with my gameplay or how much of a time-sink they’ll turn into, but I’m keeping an open mind. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a place to call our own? The feature doesn’t seem to be quite like player housing though. “World of Warcraft isn’t really introducing housing, in the traditional sense. Instead, they are introducing military bases that allow you to have some form of customization. The garrison system is going to probably be a fun system; but if you want to build a house, you may have to look elsewhere.” Restokin compares WoW Garrisons to Wildstar player housing.

BY FIRE BE PURGED!

Ragnaros Hearthstone

% All Stuffed with Fluff

Apple McKee of LiLy’s Revenge crafted an adorable and intricate plushie based on the Pandaren Water Spirit, Shu.

& Rumor Has It

“Sources familiar with the pact,” or probably some guy’s brother’s cousin’s BFF, says that YouTube has reached a deal to acquire Twitch for more than $1 billion. “The deal, in an all-cash offer, is expected to be announced imminently, sources said. If completed the acquisition would be the most significant in the history of YouTube, which Google acquired in 2006 for $1.65 billion.” So far, PR for both YouTube and Twitch have declined to comment on rumors. Until then, you may continue to prep for the sky to fall.

" Gear Changes are Coming

WoW CM Crithto reveals upcoming gear changes in patch 5.4.8. “All upgradable epic items introduced to the game in Patch 5.4 will be given the option to upgrade 2 more times for a grand total of 16 item levels,” he says. What about our Garrosh heirlooms? Soon after the initial announcement, Bashiok confirmed that they’ll be auto-upgraded when the patch drops.

+ Unfortunately, legendary cloaks will not be auto-upgraded, but will receive the ability to be upgraded twice.

! Tank and Spank

“We just want to skew toward tanks needing more external healing than they do today.” Celestalon tweets about active mitigation in WoD.


' Superneutral

“The stakes are high — especially for new and thriving industries like professional gaming, usually referred to as esports, that have been built and maintained by startups and grassroots groups that rely on an equal Internet. Without a past of net neutrality, esports would probably not exist. Without a future of net neutrality, experts say, pro gaming’s next era looks stagnant and bleak.” Patrick Howell O’Neill discusses what the future of eSports and gaming would look like without net neutrality. Spoilers: It sucks.

% Huntress of Teldrassil

“The female Night Elf was actually one of the first models we started, but as we began to develop our other character models, we also wound up refining the overall look we were going for with the models and our processes for creating them. Ultimately, we felt that in order to do the female Night Elf justice, we needed to revisit her model with fresh eyes and continue iterating based on what we’d learned from working on the other models. The Night Elves have such a distinct but subtle character, and we spent a lot of effort in trying to help that come through.” Blizzard reveals the new female Night Elf model for WoD. And – like it or not – she still has fangs.

" Please, Sir, I Want Some More

The Diablo III anniversary buff will end on May 22, and our 100% bonus chance at legendary drops goes with it. But what if we could keep the buff somehow? The Reddit Diablo community brainstorms different ways to keep the buff around. Although I didn’t see too many legendary drops this weekend, the rate felt a bit more in line with what it should be. Should Blizzard keep the buffed drop rate or would a buff rotating every weekend (100% to bounty rewards, 100% bonus xp, etc.) work? Beats me, I just want more loots.

' Squishy

The Great Stat Squish is coming in WoD. With the removal of a few stats and a transition to newly squished stats, it can all seem a bit overwhelming at times. Perculia summarizes the squish, item enhancement changes, and other gear changes coming to the next expansion in this helpful guide.

% BY FIRE BE PURGED!

“I found out about the contest 2 days before its deadline, so I frantically resorted to taking a ‘selfie’ with my cell phone camera, and using that as reference to paint from. I am now a gnome. In real life, my eyebrows are NOT this magnificent, nor do I have a legendary Ragnaros card in my deck (yet).” KrisCooper created this week’s whimsical featured header.

' Days Go By

Did you pre-order WoD? Whether you boosted a toon to level 90 or you’re just getting into the game, Alt:ernative Chat chats about what to do with the time we have until the next expansion. Her guide on Blizzard’s Raid Finder tool and how to get decent gear without stepping foot into LFR is quite handy.

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