As of now World of Warcraft has amassed a player base of over 12 million subscribers. With expansions and content updates being deployed there must be a way to for all of these people to find out what’s going on in their game. Sure, a well worded Google search will fetch some sparse smatterings of information. Some may be current, but then some will be outdated. If only there was a way for players to seek out the most up to date and pertinent information available.
But, dear reader, there is! Numerous webpages are now following “blue posts” (posts by Blizzard employees) and updates, consolidating that information into easy to find snippets. Here’s a few I like.
MMO-champion gets updates very fast and the owner, Boubouille, is diligent about ensuring the information is accurate. MMO also keeps detailed and well organized collections of information that has been released.
Other information found on MMO includes coverage of events like Blizzcon, WoW tournaments, and WoW related comics. I don’t know who Boubouille knows, but they’re surely the right people.
MMO is my go to site for all WoW update information.
Wowhead’s blog is much like MMO-champion. In the past, the blog updates seemed to be complete riffs of MMO. But with Wowhead’s growing popularity it seems that they get their fair share of insider information, at times updating faster than MMO-champion.
Besides the afore mentioned information that MMO-champion supplies, Wowhead updates WoW contests, hosts their own contests, and does write ups of WoW oriented products (like keyboards, mice, and shirts).
Wowhead also supplies a bevy of information pertaining to the current build of the game. You can search for mobs, loot, and quests as well as pretty much anything else you’d want to find in the game.
Elitistjerks isn’t so much an information site like the previously mentioned ones. It’s more of a forum where members supply the information they find. There are certain contributors that take the available information and then supply more in depth information based off the previous contributions.
Theorycrafting isn’t necessarily something that every WoW player wants to take part in. EJ effectively supplies players seeking it the best use of their spells/abilities, the best stats to utilize, and the best gear combinations to get. These discussions involve a lot of math. As well, EJ is very particular about what people say on their forums. If what you post doesn’t suit their standards they will delete it and suspend your account for a while. Post too many unsuitable posts and they will ban your account. Mostly, I go there to read and let others do the math I’m too lazy to do.
If I’m curious as to whether or not I’m performing to the best of my abilities with the gear that I have, I’ll go to EJ. I started going there back in Burning Crusades for my rogue. I also go there to learn how to play a class or spec I haven’t played before.
There are plenty of places a World of Warcraft player can go to keep up to date on all the goings on in the game. Whether you’re looking for content updates, contests, or class information it can be found. It all depends on how seriously you want to play your game.