Know Your Lore: The secrets of Battle for Azeroth We got to see a kickass cinematic, watched some panels, and heard Jaina’s chilling voiceover on the features trailer. But what do we actually know about Battle for Azeroth? What’s the story of the upcoming expansion?

Know Your Lore: Garrosh Hellscream Garrosh Hellscream is headed to the Nexus — perhaps an appropriate epilogue for a story that swept through five expansions before its explosive finale. As a fairly straightforward hero brawler title, Heroes of the Storm doesn’t exactly have a lot of lore behind it.

Malthael arrives with a Thrall rework in latest Heroes PTR patch notes Malthael is the new hotness for Heroes of the Storm, what with his imminent arrival alongside the Malthael’s Bargain in-game event. If you’re interested in this new hero, check out the hero spotlight below.

Know Your Lore: Azeroth shattered The Sundering ripped the world of Azeroth apart, splitting the united continent of Kalimdor into pieces. It also tore apart the Well of Eternity, leaving only the Maelstrom in its stead.

Heroes of the Storm balance patch nerfs Ragnaros, Thrall, and Zul’jin Hot on the heels of Zul’jin’s release in Heroes of the Storm, the developers have released the latest balance patch which includes a number of buffs, nerfs, and bug fixes. Ragnaros, Thrall, Dehaka, Rehgar, and Zul’jin are all being tuned down in various ways — notably Thrall’s Earthquake and Zul’jin’s Taz’dingo.

Know Your Lore: The Horde at the beginning of World of Warcraft When last I wrote a KYL for you all, I talked about the state of affairs on Azeroth at the start of World of Warcraft. Four years had passed since the mortal races banded together to stop the Burning Legion atop Mount Hyjal.

Know Your Lore: The wrath of Sylvanas Windrunner We looked at her life, her death, and her rise to become the Banshee Queen. But Sylvanas’ story didn’t end with the destruction of her Dreadlord enemies and the ascension to the throne of the Undercity.

Know Your Lore: Thrall’s journey from slave to leader People have a lot of feelings about Thrall. Some love him, others feel ambivalent towards him, yet others hate him.

The Queue: Order halls, hopes for the movie, Legion NPCs, and amazing artwork It’s been a while since I wrote a proper Queue for Blizzard Watch. Usually these days I’m working constantly behind the scenes on stuff for the site, only occasionally popping out to write something.

Heroes balance changes bring nerfs to Kael’thas and more Another big set of balance changes is coming to Heroes of the Storm, and they’re almost all nerfs. Basic attack damage is being reduced on several characters (Jaina, Kael’thas, Thrall) and talents have been tweaked to encourage build diversity (Falstad, Nova, Diablo, Rehgar) and reduce win rates for top heroes (Thrall).

Know Your Lore: Warchief Vol’jin Warchief Vol’jin is an interesting anomaly in Warcraft lore — he leads the Horde, an organization originally formed by Thrall with its roots firmly embedded in Orc society, yet he’s a Troll. And he was promoted to this position after orchestrating the downfall of the last Orc Warchief, Garrosh Hellscream.

Know Your Lore: Familiar faces we hope to see in Legion Last week, I talked about several characters that I’d like to see make an appearance in the upcoming Legion expansion. I didn’t really think about it at the time, but several people pointed out that the list was pretty much Alliance characters.

Know Your Lore: The life and death of Cairne Bloodhoof in WoW When we last left our look at the Old Bull’s life we were at the end of the Horde battle in Dustwallow Marsh against Daelin Proudmoore. This was the end of the beginning of the new Horde established by Thrall, a collection of misfits who found unity in the shared values and purpose each held....

Know Your Lore: The origins of Cairne Bloodhoof He’s been dead since Cataclysm, but his life saw his people move from a nomadic existence in perpetual war against the marauding centaur to a part of the Horde, settled in Thunder Bluff and at last capable of securing their own future. His journey was the journey of his people, and who they are now...

Know Your Lore: Warcraft’s orc problem One of the hardest lessons to learn as a person is that not everything is about you. So it is for me.

Know Your Lore: Orcish victimization and the blood of Mannoroth If you’ve been playing World of Warcraft for a while, or were familiar with the Warcraft 3 game or tie-in books like Lord of the Clans and Rise of the Horde you were aware of a certain conception of orcs and their nature and identity. All the way from Warcraft 3 till now, we had a picture of the...