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About Blizzard Watch

Blizzard Watch was founded in February 2015 to cover the games of Blizzard Entertainment. It’s a site that’s based around the large community its writers developed over the past decade during their work elsewhere on the internet. Within six hours of launching the site the business was completely funded via its Patreon.

Since its inception Blizzard Watch has strived to cover the latest World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, Diablo, and StarCraft news while giving the critical community-leading opinion that its authors have been known for.

Feel free to contact us if you’d like to get in touch.

 

Leadership

 

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Owner & Editor-in-Chief

Alex Ziebart is a native of Milwaukee, WI and a veteran of online publishing for nearly ten years. With a passion for all things scifi and fantasy, he has been playing MMOs and RPGs of all flavors for most of his life — and has been playing World of Warcraft since launch in 2004. He has recently published his first novel, Blood and Masks, available at all major ebook retailers.

 

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Managing Editor

Elizabeth Harper has been writing, editing, and managing for tech, gaming, and entertainment properties since 2006. She specializes in organizing diverse, distributed teams of writers and editors, pushing everyone to do their best possible work. Her work can be seen on sites such as Time, USA Today, Engadget, Joystiq, CBS, The Escapist, Dealnews, Techlicious, and more.

In game, Elizabeth is most commonly found as a Monk in World of Warcraft, playing (and replaying) through the latest Bioware game, or burning through her favored RPG of the moment. In the real world, Elizabeth is located in the Austin, Texas area where she enjoys the local tech and entertainment scene, but can frequently be found at conventions nation-wide as well as indulging her inner child with visits to Disney Parks.

 

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Senior Editor

Anne Stickney knows entirely too much about World of Warcraft lore, and would like to tell you all about it. A 10-year veteran of the game, Anne has a passion for writing, and enjoys explaining and analyzing lore and story to anyone who will listen. She’s also the co-author of the World of Warcraft: Ultimate Visual Guide, as well as the author of the World of Warcraft Annual 2015, and the World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Strategy Guide.

Currently ensconced somewhere in the mountains of Colorado, when Anne isn’t writing, she’s usually writing — side projects and short stories that have yet to be published. A big fan of RPGs, Anne also enjoys Elder Scrolls, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and anything else with a good story behind it.

 

Contributing Editors

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Owner & Chief Executive Officer

Adam has been writing about video game, technology, and science for the last eight years. His work has appeared in publications such as the Time, USA Today, Mashable, WoW Insider, Joystiq, Massively, and Tecca. At Blizzard Watch he oversees the business and technical arms of the organization, as well as occasionally stepping in to write the random article.

In addition to Adam’s work at Blizzard Watch, his code can be found running sites like Variety, WWD, and the Minnesota Opera. He resides in Minneapolis, MN with his wife and two cats.

Anna Bell

Anna Bell — Better known as Tamer Liopleurodon, Anna started writing publicly about her love affair with battle pets on Battle Pet Roundup. She was a hardcore raider up until Cataclysm. She mains Sgt Hammer or Sonya in Heroes of the Storm, and her 4 year old is better at Hearthstone than she is.

A. K. Hamid — Known better in the WoW community as "Magdalena", A.K. is a longtime WoW player, Death Knight player and general troublemaker. He leads the #Acherus Death Knight community, and is also a member of the guild "Something Wicked" on US-Whisperwind. Outside of the game he enjoys copious amounts of reading, cooking and writing, both professionally and as a hobby.

Adam Koebel — Adam "Bendak" Koebel has been playing WoW for 10+ years and Blizzard games for longer. You may have seen his writing on his personal WoW blog, Eyes of the Beast, or previously at WoW Insider, Wowhead, and the official Warlords of Draenor Strategy Guide. He’s also one of the co-hosts of the bi-weekly Hunting Party Podcast. He loves playing his hunter, and most of his alts are also hunters.

Chase Hasbrouck — Chase Hasbrouck (@alarondruid) has been writing about World of Warcraft since 2008, when he was stuck in a Korean bunker for 12 hours a day. Today, he continues to do interesting things, but still finds time to write about World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, and other topics. He was a contributing editor to the Warlords of Draenor strategy guide, and maintains a feral druid website at fluiddruid.net.

Dawn Moore

Dawn Moore — Dawn Moore has been blogging about Blizzard games since 2010. She is a marketing professional residing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and is currently working on her first book. She loves writing about her in-game rock collection and yaks.

Dan Desmond

Dan Desmond — Dan has been playing Blizzard games for nearly two decades, with the past six years writing about retribution paladins in World of Warcraft. Outside of Azeroth he enjoys the odd game of Hearthstone, a good book about spaceships, and sleeping in.

Dan O'Halloran — Dan O'Halloran loves his video games, fantasy books, superhero TV, and daily injections of caffeine a little too much. Father of two, husband of one, gamer of every Blizzard title he can squeeze into his day. And a few that he can't.

Eliot Lefebvre — Eliot Lefebvre is a veteran of World of Warcraft from launch (well, a month after launch, fine) as well as a writer on Massively Overpowered (massivelyop.com) and on his personal site (eliot-lefebvre.com). He's fond of odd hybrid classes, lore, roleplaying, foxes, and giant robots. No cats are harmed in the making of his writing; they do, however, tend to get yelled at for being awful.

Elizabeth Wachowski

Elizabeth Wachowski — Elizabeth Wachowski Ferrell is a part-time writer for Blizzard Watch and a full-time EMT-Intermediate in Durham, North Carolina. She is married with one son, Samuel. Someday she hopes to have free time again.

Fox Van Allen

Fox Van Allen — Bostonian gaybro Fox Van Allen, formerly a shadow priest and auction house columnist at the site which shall not be named, has joined Blizzard Watch as an expert on the in-game economy. When he's not slaying dragons or participating in Blizzard Watch's Fox Force Five weekly Twitch live stream, Fox makes his living writing news articles for consumer electronics site Techlicious. His articles on the topic of technology have been syndicated to MSNBC, Time, Yahoo, and more. And yes, Fox Van Allen is his real name. Fox is also quite narcissistic and he insists that you follow him on Twitter: @Foxvanallen.

Joe Perez

Joe Perez — Joe Perez has been playing World of Warcraft from launch and a Podcast Co-Host of Fore The Lore, a podcast devoted to story driven games of all genres. In his spare time, when he's not throwing lightning or slinging chain heals, he paints Mini War Gaming figures professionally for fun and proffit.

Kim Holmes

Kim Holmes — also known as CalliMonk in various places, has played Warcraft and other Blizzard games longer than she can remember. You've likely read her work if you've read any Windwalker guides - she maintains them on Elitist Jerks, Wowhead, and other sites. She raids as Windwalker with Antisocial Club on Hyjal (US) (and as Brewmaster in previous tiers) and is the founder of the #PeakOfSerenity IRC channel.

Matthew Rossi — Matthew Rossi is a synapsid, perhaps descended from Cynognathus. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island, and grew up there before leaving to see the world and be mistaken for a sasquatch and/or minor singing celebrity in various locales. He currently lives and writes in Edmonton alongside his amazing and beautiful wife and their cats. He’s written three collections of speculative fiction, Things That Never Were, Bottled Demon and At Last, Atlantis. He loves playing warriors in World of Warcraft, barbarians in Diablo III, and he’s beginning to notice a pattern here.

Mike Eng

Mike Eng — (@_Rades) has been playing WoW and blogging about it at Orcish Army Knife for the last 8 years. He loves doing ridiculous things on his Holy Paladin, Fabulor, such as RP walking boss fights, making giant Weak Auras of his own face, or fighting Dark Shamans on rooftops. He also writes the WoW webcomic From Draenor With Love. He is perpetually out of bag space.

Michael Gray

Michael Gray — The legendary Appalachian Hipster Dad enjoys home brew, PVP, paladins, and eluding cryptozoologists. When he's not busy engaging in competent PVP, he's chasing his two daughters, and writing his next book.

Matt Low

Matt Low — (@matticus) Started as a Warcraft blogger at World of Matticus in 2007. Leads a rag tag group of raiders at Conquest. Now oversees a hub for guildmasters, raid leaders, and officers at the Guildmasters blog. A disciplinary priest in World of Warcraft. Hearthstone hunter legend. Mains Jaina in Heroes of the Storm. A lethal sharpshooter with Overwatch's Widowmaker.

Michael Mitchell

Michael Mitchell — How do you know if a player has been playing since Vanilla? S/he will tell you! Mitch (AKA Fizzl) has been playing World of Warcraft since Vanilla and has earned a PhD in Shadow doing so. When he's not being a completionist in WoW, he's likely playing Heroes of the Storm or off somewhere making amazingly groan-worthy puns (or, "Fizzisms" as they're known around his raid team). His main goal in life is to make everyone play Shadow. He can usually be reached via Twitter (@Fizzl_CTR).

Megan O'Neill — Megan likes setting Mages on felfire, cursing, soccer, writing, and occasionally slaughtering demons in Diablo 3. She's been playing her original Warlock since 2008 and raiding since tier 7. She beat the Warlock columnist curse and has advocated for Defense with the Dark Arts in other Warlock guides like at Wowhead and in the Official Warlords Strategy Guide.

Matt Walsh

Matt Walsh — Matt Walsh (@Rhidach) has been tanking as a protection paladin since TBC and writing as one since WotLK at Righteous Defense. He currently tanks heroic raids for Business Time on Moonrunner-US, alongside his warrior arch-nemesis. His hobbies include stacking haste, accepting battle rezzes, and burning through Tomes of the Clear Mind like it's going out of style.

Rachelle Riddle

Rachelle Riddle — Rachelle has been playing a healing priest since Wrath of the Lich King, and has leveled far too many priests since then. When she's not letting tanks die during raid, she can be found making fabulous transmog sets or bothering her raid leader by reciting Rhonin's speech.

Scott F. Andrews

Scott F. Andrews — Scott F. Andrews is the author of The Guild Leader's Handbook from No Starch Press. A veteran of WoW since 2004, he contributes WoW Archivist and Officers' Quarters to Blizzard Watch. He is also the editor in chief for Splyce.gg. He lives in Philadelphia.

Scott Helfand — Scott has way too many names: Red-Hatted Rogue, Rfeann, @SvelteKumquat, that guy who thinks Cheat Death can keep saving him from fire infinitely. He's the cofounder of Ravenholdt, a fansite that brings together the brightest minds in Roguedom to focus exclusively on the class. He also writes and maintains Rogue class guides for Wowhead and BradyGames.

Stacey Landry

Stacey Landry — (@_vidyala) likes writing, reading, art, baking, and roughing up warlocks (not necessarily in that order). She's been playing and writing about mages since 2008 and was a contributor to the official strategy guide for Warlords of Draenor. She is also the artist for the ongoing comic From Draenor With Love.

Vee Tegen — Vee (Zoopercat) started raiding in vanilla with her co-workers at Xfire as a Hunter, but switched to healing on a Druid shortly after. These days, she spends most of her time researching gear, stats, and combat data as part of the 3-person Ask Mr. Robot team. Outside of raiding, she can be found puttering around in her garden or cooking something delicious! Murloc soup, anyone?!