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All Things Warcraft

MMORPG.com's weekly column devoted to all things World of Warcraft.

Pandaria Rising

World of Warcraft has been the undisputed king of MMOs for many years but for the first time in its history, WoW is facing competition the likes of which it has never seen. In today's WoW Factor we take a look at that and how Mists of Pandaria might make a big difference in helping WoW keep its top spot. Read on!

The Diablo Effect

Diablo 3 launched this past week and there's no question that there will be some sort of impact on World of Warcraft. In today's WoW Factor, we take a look at potential changes WoW players might see as a result of D3's arrival. Check it out!

WoW’s Challenge

One of the more interesting facets in World of Warcraft's upcoming expansion Mists of Pandaria is Challenge Mode. In our latest WoW Factor, we take a look at Challenge Mode and what it means for players. Check it out and then leave your thoughts in the comments.

Putting the War Back in Warcraft - Part 2

There are a lot of highly anticipated games coming down the pike this year and Blizzard Entertainment has had to start looking at World of Warcraft to find new, innovative ways to keep the aging game relevant in a changing MMO landscape. In today's WoW Factor, we take a look at how Blizzard plans to do just that. Read on!

The War Back in Warcraft

Possibly the most exciting aspect of World Warcraft's next expansion is currently overshadowed by Pandaren Monks. War is coming back to Azeroth, and in this week's WoW Factor, we wonder how it will affect the game and whether it will be enough to draw in those who gave up on WoW long ago.

Uncanny Valley or Paradise?

In our latest WoW Factor, we take a look at the upcoming Mists of Pandaria expansion to World of Warcraft and its art direction. Does it stand up to the rest of the game graphically? Well, you be the judge after you read The WoW Factor.

The Pandaren Starter Area

Over the past weekend, we had the opportunity to check out the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria expansion now that the non-NDA-bound closed beta has begun. We've got a lot to share about MoP so keep reading!

The Referral Scroll of Ding!

Blizzard recently announced an overhauled "Scroll of Resurrection" campaign with tons of awesome bonuses for both giver and receiver. In today's WoW Factor, we take a look at the program and offer up a few thoughts. Check it out!

Fancy Cosmetic Mounts!

You know the one we're talking about: That sparkly winged horse, right? In today's WoW Factor, we take a look at cosmetic mounts and their effect on World of Warcraft. See what you think!

The Role of Utility

In The WoW Factor today, we take a look at the concept of "utility" in an MMO with specific regard to a recent post by Blizzard's Ghostcrawler. "For MMO purposes we'll just say anything that isn't directly prioritized on fulfilling a roll of the holy trinity of tank, healer, or DPS is utility." Check out what we think about utility and how it can be managed in WoW. Let us know what you think in the comments.

The WoW Killer Redux

In the last edition of The WoW Factor, the discussion swirled around what exactly it is that constitutes a "WoW Killer". This week, we continue to examine the issue from the perspective of you, our loyal forumites. Check it out!

What is a “WoW Killer?”

Everyone is always looking for that game that will be a "WoW Killer" but what exactly does that mean? We take a look at the elusive "WoW Killer". See what we think and then weigh in with your own thoughts in the comments.

Slain by the Sith?

A lot of talk has been swirling around the idea that Star Wars: The Old Republic is somehow the much ballyhooed "WoW Killer". Is it or is it not? That is the question. In today's WoW Factor, we take a look at that notion and offer a few thoughts on the subject. Check it out and then add your own thoughts in the comments.

Raid Finder - A Smash Hit?

As with any new feature added to World of Warcraft, there are the doomsayers prophesying that the end of the game is nigh and woe to those who do not recognize it. In today's WoW Factor, we take a look at the Raid Finder recently added to the game. See what we think of it and then let us know what you're thinking in the comments.

4.3 Changes Everything

Love it or hate it, the World of Warcraft v4.3 patch has arrived and brought with it more changes than you can proverbially shake a stick at. In today's WoW Factor, we take a look at the profound changes that v4.3 has brought to the world's most well-known MMO. Check it out and then leave your thoughts in the latest update in the comments.