! Stay Classy

“The fantasy of Warcraft battlegrounds is that there are two relatively equal sides to the conflict.” But it’s just not the case. Cynwise analyzes battleground imbalances and how to address them.

+ And if that isn’t enough analysis for you, Cynwise tweeted about tasty datas on class popularity over the course of MoP. Here it is in nifty Storify form.

& Garry’s Trial

“Outrage and offense chased away Anduin’s discomfort. Blood suffused his face and he snapped, ‘I am not Arthas!’” If you can’t wait for Christie Golden’s War Crimes release in May, sate your hunger with Blizzard’s sneak peek of the book.

" SoO You Think You Can Raid?

SoO is now cross-realm on all difficulties. Bring in your friends from all around and take the fight to Garrosh to earn your titles and loot. But it makes me wonder – how much do realms really matter anymore?

' Let Me Grab My Pitchfork

“So we wait, somewhat impatiently, for new information on the next expansion, or excerpts from novels, something to think about, something to look forward to.” Anne Stickney touches on WoD news and preemptive criticism from the community. Is it pointless to grumble? I don’t know, but I didn’t light this torch for nothing.

+ Alt:ernative Chat chimed in on the topic of WoD news (or lack thereof) and criticism – it’s inevitable.

% Flawless

Chris G. Robinson, Senior Art Director at Blizzard, revealed new and improved dwarf female models. The renders are now on the WoD website with different hairstyles and without facial distortion.

All reports of her “dark undereye circles” to be henceforth ignored by me and filed under “I woke up like dis.”

+ Featured header image via the Warlords site.

! Speed Kills

Additive? Multiplicative? Speed boosts haven’t always been straightforward, especially on the mechanical side of things. Community Manager Lore tweeted a bit about plans to make speed increases easier to understand.

& Crusader Skillz

Blizzard published a Crusader skill design Q & A just in time for the RoS release. The team poured through tweets and worked with senior game designer Andrew Chambers to provide answers to some of our most burning inquiries.

+ And to make sure you’re ready to jump into the action, the Diablo team put together an official launch day prep guide.

' The Endless Journey

“This post is going to be a bit of a meander through my experiences, more emotional than informational: PGs were not just an in-game diversion for me, but a deeply personal challenge.” Dayani at Heliocentric dives into Proving Grounds on every healing class.

+ Perculia and Hamlet posted thorough Proving Grounds guides for rogues and healers, respectively.

% Hearthsweeper

Forget Flappy Bird. The new Hearthstone-inspired tile game HS 2048 provides enough distraction to throw your evening off track. Seriously though, I almost didn’t finish this week’s issue because I was too busy playing.


Blizzard is heading to PAX East 2014. Attendees will be able to try Hearthstone on iPad, a hands-on WoD intro experience, a Heroes of the Storm demo, and much more. Take this time to ask the devs really obscure questions and complain about loot coining RNG face-to-face.