Thank You WoWInsider

#save joystiqEDIT: WoWInsider will be shutting down on February 3.  I just….

I hope that the writers find success in all future endeavors, and that WoWInsider is remembered for many, many years to come.  You guys were the best thing to ever happen to the WoW community.  I feel like a part of me has been ripped away….

 

Thank you WoWInsider, thank you.

 

I have some potentially very sad news for you all today.  WoWInsider, your source for the latest and greatest in the World of Warcraft might be shutting down.  AoL plans to shut down Joystiq, the place where WoWInsider is hosted.  While the shutdown of WoWInsider has not been confirmed yet, there is definitely a risk of this happening.  If the shutdown were to happen, I’m not sure if the website will disappear into the void but for certain this would mean the end of all new publications.  The end of WoWInsider.

I’m going to be brutally honest here: this sucks.  This sucks hard.  Like when a family pet dies or a friend moves away for forever.  WoWInsider in many ways is the lifeblood of the WoW community.  When I heard the news I actually teared up a bit (and then ranted on Twitter).  The shutdown of WoW Insider would mean the destruction of a community that I can safely call my own.

Because WoWInsider is so much more than just a website.  WoWInsider is people.  Its the writers, the commenters, the trolls, the readers, and everyone and anyone who has contributed to the site over the years.  WoWInsider is a community.  In fact, it’s one of the better communities out there.  Are there trolls?  It’s the internet, there are always trolls.  But far outnumbering the few unsavory individuals are the people.  The Mathew Rossi, Anne Stickney, Alex Ziebart, Adam Holisky, Olivia Grace, Christian Belt, JeffLaBowski, Scott Leyes, Mogs, Valencemagi, Armenius, Draknfyre, Razwick92, Liopleurodon, Sleuth., Retpallyjil, Eliza, HerrKlokbok, Chrth, and every other person who has commented or written on the web page (if I missed you, I’m sorry! I still love you all!). WoWInsider is made of people.

But just as WoWInsider is made of people, WoWInsider has also made people.  I personally owe a HUGE portion of my success to the site.

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When I first started reading WoWInsider, it was just like my experiences with WoW: over the shoulder of my dad.  One of my first memories of the site was way way back in the days of WoW.com, there was a drawing contest.  I remember being amazed at what the people could make and awed that it was all WoW related.  That is what inspired me to try to make WoW themed art, something I have continued to do to this day.


Eventually I graduated from reading over my dad’s shoulder to reading the site by myself.  For years I read about the crazy antics, wishing I could join in (I was still much too young).  I remember laughing my head off at the Choose My Adventure  (Especially Archmage Pants’ bits).  I remember the great Orcish Proverb Breakfast topic, which is still saved in my bookmarks.  There were days where I’d hit refresh over and over again, waiting for a new article.

Then a year ago, my dad came up with the idea of writing a WoW blog together.  We both really enjoyed the game and I really enjoyed to write, so the logical step was to make a blog.  And one of the starting ideas we had was to submit articles to the Community Blog Topic that WoWInsider then hosted every week.  So I made an account for livefyre and we did.

Looking back, my writing was pretty terrible then.  But it didn’t matter.  Mine and my father’s words were posted, with very litter altercation, on the front page of the webpage that I had read for years and years.  It was a surreal moment.

From there, it only grew.  I began to get dozens of hits from WoWInsider, and the commenters convinced me to join Twitter.  From there, the rest is history.  I have met a bunch of amazing people, been able to play with many more, and have made friends that I would have never guessed.  And all because of WoWInsider.

If it hadn’t been for WoWInsider, its pretty safe to say that I would not be blogging.  I would not be on Twitter, I would not be raiding (the majority of my raiding happens with people I’ve met because of WoWInsider), and I might not even still be playing WoW.  This is how big of an impact that WoWInsider has had on my life.

So to say that WoWInsider is merely a website is to ignore the people who contribute to it and the people who are helped by it.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: WoWInsider is the lifeblood of the Warcraft community.  WoWInsider is a friendly and vibrant group of people who all love WoW.  WoWInsider connects people from all walks of life and unites them under one hobby.  WoWInsider is the meeting room for gamers that is ever open to new members.  It’s the best source of news and the greatest spot for debate.  It’s the best mishmash of chili, haikus, WoW tin foil hat lore, My Little Pony, GIFs, and HMDI converters there will ever be. WoWInsider is pretty dang amazing.

Created by the magnificent Scott Leyes

Created by the magnificent Scott Leyes

Remember the haikus.  Remember the class columns.  Remember the Scott Leyes photoshopped images.  Remember the 1k+ comment Queues.  Remember the memories.  And #SaveWowInsider.

Addendum: The commenters have created a guild for the Queue now! “of The Queue” is the alliance guild on Nesingwary/Vek’nilash/Nazgrel US realms.  Keeping the legacy alive! (I need to go join this!)

Also, read Sportsbard, The Exodar Sister, and Ravyn‘s articles on what WoWInsider has meant to them!

An Aggregation of Answers

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It seems there are a ton of blogger questionnaires going around right now.  Instead of answering them all individually (which would take a bunch of posts), Yotaan and Fussypants are going to answer them all right here, right now!

Cannot Be Tamed is reinventing itself as a source for information about all games, not just WoW.  In honor of this, Jasyla has created a questionnaire for all gamers to answer, as a way of discovering new bloggers. Her questions are below!

1)    When did you start playing video games?
Fussypants: When I was eight years old, after watching Yotaan play World of Warcraft for some time.
Yotaan:  Remember Battlezone?  Yep, I’m that old.
2)    What is the first game you remember playing?
Fussypants: World of Warcraft! My first memory of WoW was starting my draenei hunter Eightandgreat and exploring the world.  And fishing.  Lots of fishing.
Yotaan:  For home games, King’s Quest.  I distinctly remember having the worst time climbing the 3 screens of stairs to the clouds.  For video games not at home, my friends and I would spend entire Saturday afternoons at the video arcade, armed with pocketfuls of quarters.
3)    PC or Console?
Fussypants: PC all the way.  I can’t remember the last time I used the family Wii.
Yotaan:  Mac of course!
4)    XBox, PlayStation, or Wii?
Fussypants: Wii, because it’s the only one I’ve played on enough to judge.
Yotaan:  Where’s Atari?
5)    What’s the best game you’ve ever played?
Fussypants: Well, given as this whole blog is about it, I’d have to say World of Warcraft.
Yotaan: Yep, I agree with Fussypants, WoW.
6)   What’s the worst game you’ve ever played?
Fussypants: I haven’t played a game (yet) where I was just like ‘Wow, this sucks’.  But I guess Guild Wars 2.  I was gifted the game by a friend, played it for an hour, got bored and never went back.
Yotaan: Dragon’s Lair – the silly animated classic arcade game.
7)   Name a game that was popular/critically adored that you just didn’t like.
Fussypants: Angry Birds! I found that game irritating, annoying, and really dumb!  It was theoretically a game of physics and angles, but it would bug out so much, and they added so many different birds and crap that it was just foolish.
Yotaan:  Right now, it’s Threes – I just don’t get it.
 8)   Name a game that was poorly received that you really like.
Fussypants: I’m not sure on this one, but the newest Sim City? There was a lot of flack about the online aspect of the game (which I honestly didn’t care about) in the reviews, but not much on the game itself.  I enjoyed it tremendously though!
Yotaan: Sorry, can’t come up for answer for this.
9)    What are your favourite game genres?
Fussypants: MMORPGs and sandboxes all the way.
Yotaan: MMORPGs.
10)    Who is your favourite game protagonist?
Fussypants: Gee, this one is a hard one. I would say Jaina Proudmoore, but then she went all crazy and stuff.  Hrm, probably a tie between Wrathion and Moira Bronzebeard.  Hold on, scratch that! Bowser.
Yotaan:  Lady Sylvanas
11)    Describe your perfect video game.
Fussypants: Wow, this one deserves a post of its own! My perfect video game would have an epic and layered story that you would get to play through and change as you go.  There would be three faction vying for dominance, and a ton of other groups on the sidelines.  It would be sandbox-y, but not uncontrollably so.  For example, if someone killed one faction’s king (which would be hard to do) then someone else would become king.  It would be an MMORPG, and you would have to work together with other players to change the game world.
…In other words, nigh impossible!
Yotaan:  I like Fussypant’s game, I’d play that!
12)    What video game character do have you have a crush on?
Fussypants: Erm, well… given as that I’m a teenaged girl, its kinda obvious.  Anduin Wrynn. (*blushes*)
Yotaan:  Ha!  No way!
13)    What game has the best music?
Fussypants: World of Warcraft without a doubt, followed by Zelda.  I love the epic orchestral stuff that Russell Brower has been coming up with for WoW, and Zelda music is amazing too.  I could listen to that all day.
Yotaan:  I actually have WoW music and have listened to it.  Favorite is Grizzly Hills.
14)    Most memorable moment in a game:
Fussypants: Ok, this is a doozie!  I’ll pick three from three different games!
The first moment is pretty simple: Beating New Super Mario Bros for the first time.  I spent months working up to that final castle, when Bowser fell for the last time, it was a pretty awesome feeling.
The second moment is when I decided to make a city in Sim City with as much crime and pollution as I could.  I was doing this with a friend, and we were laughing our heads off at my feeble attempts to attract crime.  We ended up with a casino town with no police stations, completely polluted ground water (people were leaving left and right), and absolutely no crime what so ever.  Obviously, we were doing something wrong!
The last moment is from WoW.  I was in the Jade Temple instance leveling my mage.  No one else in the group knew the dungeon but me (it was early on into MoP).  But instead of charging in for an inevitable wipe, the group ask me for instructions.  So I gave a run down of every boss before we fought them, and gave advice on how to handle certain adds, and what to CC (remember, this was the beginning of MoP so this sort of stuff mattered).  We slowly but surely made our way through, everyone being patient with each other when we made mistakes.  It was the most supportive, most friendly, most positive group I think I’ve every had the pleasure of being in, in my entire LFG career!
Yotaan:  I have so many memories, from discovering games to trying out WoW.  My best memories are sharing game time with my kids.

Shot from the game. Still gives me the shivers!

Shot from the game. Still gives me the shivers!

15)   Scariest moment in a game:
Fussypants: Have you ever heard of the app game Limbo? Basically in the game, your this boy who is trying to save your little sister.  Only, you’ve gotta overcome obstacles in your way, and you have no powers other than jumping.  And a lot of times, if you fail to do so, you die pretty horribly. The entire game is in black and white, and the music is insanely creepy, making it a very atmospheric game.  The scariest moment was when I was trying to get beyond this giant spider, that when you got too near would stab you.  I had figured out how to trap it’s legs, and had trapped all of them.  Or so I thought.  So I ran up to the spider, expecting to be able to walk right by and continue on. SPLERCH! The spider’s eight leg shot through my avatar’s chest with this horrible noise, and I died.  It was just so sudden, and so terrifying that I actually screamed as it happened.  Needless to say, I have not played that game in a while.
Yotaan:  I first leveled on a PvP server in WoW.  I was in constant fear of ganking.  Scary but thrilling too.
 16)   Most heart-wrenching moment in a game:
Fussypants: Wrathgate from WoW.  To be that close to victory, and then fail due to a horrible betrayal is really upsetting, doubly so for how well made that cinematic was.
Yotaan:  I really can’t think of time that I had a heart wrenching moment.
 17)   What are your favourite websites/blogs about games?
Fussypants: I love WoW Insider for the great community and up to date information.  Also, WoWhead is a fantastic resource for pretty much all things WoW as well.  Then there are the numerous blogs I read.  Currently, I’m reading a ton from Lockandbolt, Gnomecore, and Blog of the Treat, though I do read countless more.
Yotaan:  I love to listen to podcasts, Convert to Raid, The Instance, and Angry Chicken.
 18)   What’s the last game you finished?
Fussypants: I generally play games that you can’t finish, so Kirby: Mass Attack was the last game I truly completed through and through.
Yotaan:  Plants Vs Zombies
 19)   What future releases are you most excited about?
Fussypants: Warlords of Draenor!!
Yotaan: WoD!
 20)   Do you identify as a gamer?
Fussypants: Absolutely.  In fact, I’m one of the few girls my age that do, so I’m the only ‘gamer gal’ at my school currently.
Yotaan:  Not as such, gaming is a part of my life.
 21)   Why do you play video games?
Fussypants:  For fun  mostly.  I love video games; they are entertaining, they can have great stories, they are fantastic time passers, and I meet fantastic people because of them.  Now, I also play video games so that I can write about them!
Yotaan:  For fun and as a distraction.

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Over at Mr & Mrs WoW a plea has gone out to the community.  We need to stop the negativity that’s overshadowing the Warcraft community.  In order to achieve this, Mr & Mrs WoW have asked the community to list three things that we do in WoW that we love.  Yotaan and Fussypants blogged their answers below!

Fussypants: It’s no secret that I love raiding and healing, but for this I want to choose some more unusual and out of the ordinary things to do.  Without further ado, my list!
1) Anyone who has read blog has noticed the tab on the top saying RAOU.  This stands for Random Acts of Uberness.  Basically, I collect all the moments when someone I don’t even know does something awesome for me, without asking for a reward or anything. I’ve written quite a few posts on this, and have gotten some submissions from other people too!
But, as well as collecting when these moments have happened to me, I also love to do this to other people as well!  It’s the awesomest feeling to go up to a random stranger, and give them several Frostweave bags and a hundred or so gold.   Or take over and lead an LFR that’s falling apart.  Or compliment players that are especially helpful or good at their role. Every time I play, I try to hand out a RAOU to at least one person!
2) I’ve gotten to the point in my game play, that there’s not much more of the typical stuff that I want to try.  I’ve done raids to death, I’ve dungeoned, I’ve PvP’d, I’ve run old content, I’ve leveled every class I wanted to 90; there not much else to do.  So, I’ve taken to challenging myself in more unusual ways.  Things such as low-level PvP wearing only a Lovely Dress or healing dungeons as a feral druid are super fun ways to past the time.  My personal favorite it a game I play with my guild.  I call it the Portals Game.
So I will be on my mage, and I will create every portal that I can in one huge pile.  Then, I will pick a destination city.  My guildies will randomly click a portal from the pile.  If they find themselves in the destination city, I will give them 50g.  If not, they must pay me 5g.  It’s a great game to play at the end of a guild event, and it’s easy and funny!
3) I have three different healers, two ranged dps, and a kinda awful feral druid.  The one thing missing from that list was tank, and in response I rolled a protection warrior.  So, my last fun thing to do in WoW is try out new roles!  Tanking has been challenging, at times stressful, but completely new to me.  It’s like this little pocket of the game that I’d never touched before, and honestly it’s been a blast!  I tried out healing last expansion doldrums, and that soon became my favorite role, so trying new is always a good idea!

Yotaan:
1)  I still love to PvP – I can’t wait until Ashran comes out, I think it will really enjoy it.
2) I really enjoy finding new things I haven’t seen before and WoW has so many nooks and crannies to explore.
3) I love playing with my daughter (and other kids too!)

Druid Healing
It’s the end of the expansion, and Gnomecore has some questions about Pandaria as we move on to Warlords of Draenor.
1. Is Pandaria worth replaying if you must level your alts here?
Fussypants: Yes, I definitely think so! I have the feeling that I will continue to discover things about the continent that I missed as I level characters through to get beyond it.  The music, zone atmosphere, and story of MoP is well crafted and interesting, and I really enjoyed questing through it four times over.  And if I was still interested and engaged alt number four, I will most likely stay the same for alts five, six, seven and beyond!
Yotaan:  Actually, I will probably treat Pandaria as I have with Cata, Northrend, and Outland.  Just passing through…

2. Compared to previous expansions, what place in the row will Pandaria take? And which expansion is best for leveling?
Fussypants: Pandaria is currently my favorite expansion.  I started raiding, started really healing, and met a ton of people this expansion, so I will probably be most nostalgic about this expansion.  That being said, I have no clue how Warlords will be, so WoD could possibly overtake Pandaria as my favorite, once all is said and done!
I think Wrath is the best for leveling because everyone is OP, so you blow through it very fast.  At the same time, the storylines are among my favorite, and the zones incredibly atmospheric.  Pandaria is a close second, only because it takes so much time.
Yotaan:  I think it will be my favorite, the scenery is amazing and the tone is not threatening overall.

3. Which Pandarian storylines you will do when you level up through it again? Which you definitely won’t?
Fussypants: I will definitely go through Kun-Lai Summit, if only for the Grummlepack.  I’ll also hit Krasarang Wilds and Townlong Steppes, since I didn’t quest either place very much.  I will definitely be avoiding most of the Jade Forest and the beginning parts of Valley of the Four Winds, because I have done both to death.  All in all though, the Pandaria quests have great replay value, so I wouldn’t mind doing them all again as I level 85-90.
Yotaan:  Sadly, I’ll probably just dungeon my way through…   I will be too eager for Warlords!

Yotaan and Fussypants would highly recommend taking part in all or any of these blog projects.  The WoW community is a fabulous lot, and we think everyone’s voice should be heard!

Community Blog Topic: Design a new WoW Holiday

Fussypants's attempt at Photoshop= failure
Over at WoW Insider, they have a column called Community Blog Topic, which is a chance for the opinions of other blogs to be gathered and published on their site.  This week, the question they asked was “Design a new WoW holiday”.  Fussypants and Yotaan blogged their answers here!

Fussypants:  I think we should have more Azerothian lore holidays, celebrating things like the fall of the Lich King and Deathwing, and such.  But for holidays like that, I think it should be a little thing, like a few NPCs, and one or two quests.

However, I think April Fools should be a HUGE holiday affair!  Every year, on April First, the citizens of Azeroth, (and beyond), should just go crazy playing pranks.  The main proponents of the holiday would be:
⦁    Tons of new toys, such as ones that let you swap appearances with the target, or ones that make the target appear naked except for boots and gloves (target would keep the items equip however) and more.
⦁    Random NPCs would be sporadically replaced with mini bosses (like Timeless Isle rares), and would be able to be taken down by the players for a chance at MORE TOYS!!
⦁    Any portals or porting devices would take you to random locations.
⦁    Players would receive mail that would seem to be never before seen mounts or pets, but would turn out to say ‘APRIL FOOLS!’ when learned.
⦁    Going though a loading screen would have a chance to grow or shrink your character for a few minutes.
⦁    Players would be able to polymorph/hex friendly players too! (Subject to diminishing returns, not usable in PvE or PvP instances)
⦁    Chests would randomly spawn around the world, and opening them would drop either a rare toy, or transform your character into a ‘fool’ costume for 10 minutes.

And more! Basically, random world events would happen, all to prank the players, or have the players prank each other.  I would imagine that it would only last for a few days, and most of the toys would be available only for the event (but some special ones would be year-long).

Yotaan: Clearly Fussypants is a genius because I can’t think of anything better than this!  Or maybe I’m just lazy…

What holiday would you want?

Community Blog Topic: Pitch Your New WoW Class

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Over at WoW Insider, they have a column called Community Blog Topic, which is a chance for the opinions of other blogs to be gathered and published on their site.  This week, the question they asked was “Pitch Your New WoW Class”?  Fussypants and Yotaan blogged their answers here!
Fussypants: This was a hard one!  I’m of the mindset that WoW has all the classes it needs, but if I were able to make a new one, I’d probably add a modified allomancer (ha ha, guess what I’ve been reading 😉 ).
Class name: Allomancer
The Allomancer Class would manipulate the metal that surrounded them.  Abilities would include Metallic Push (Pushes against the metal on the target, knocking them back), Glinting Pull (Pulls the metal on the target, pulling them towards the caster), and a class specific ground mount (Alloy Dragging, the caster infuses themself with the power of metal, allowing them to run very fast) and flying mount (Gravity Lapse, the caster pushes against a nearby metal, shooting them up in the air.  The caster continues to bounce from metal to metal).
Maximum armor class: Mail
Specifications:
⦁    Silver Shot: Ranged DPS that focuses on manipulating surroundings to attack enemies.  Abilities include Coin Spray (caster sprays coins at the target), and Silver Swarm (caster wills surrounding metals to attack target). Primary stat: Agility
⦁    Titanium: Tank that uses metals to strengthen their self and weaken their enemies.  Abilities include Iron Shield (caster strengthens their metal armor, reducing damage taken) and Lead Poisoning (caster poisons the target, causing damage and reducing the target’s damage output). Primary stat: Stamina
⦁    Mercury: Melee DPS that uses metals to attack and target’s own armor against them.  Abilities include Force Weapon (caster forces the weapon out of the targets hands by manipulating the metals, making the weapon attack it’s owner for a short time), and Copper Steal (caster manipulates the targets armors, attacking them for damage. Primary stat: Agility
The class would wield daggers, fist weapons, swords, and staves.
(Sorry about terrible names)
Yotaan: Trying to come up with a new class for WoW is totally not simple.  But, I think I’d like to play this:
Class name: Steamworker
The Steamworker uses the power of steam to help in their attack and defense.  This is not an magic elemental approach but rather a mechanical one.  Obviously, the engineering profession would dovetail quite nicely with this class.
Maximum armor class: Plate
Specifications:
⦁    Iron Horse: Tank that uses the power of steam to create aggro and to bolster their own fortitude.  Think RoboCop, but steam driven.  Primary Stat: Stamina
⦁    Gatling Gun: Ranged DPS that can only use rifles, but gets a DPS bonus.  Can use steam power to strengthen attacks or create aoe attacks
⦁    Tin Man: Melee DPS that relies on slow steam powered melee attacks.  The tin man swings     slow, but hard.  Can duel wield, but only maces.
The class would wield maces, shields, polearms, staves, and rifles.

So what class would you create?
NOTE: Fussypant’s class is based off of Allomancers from the Mistborn Series (She suggests you read it).  She does not claim the idea to be her own.

Community Blog Topic: New Years Resolutions

This self scenario was HARD!

Working on the legendary questline.

Over at WoW Insider, they have a column called Community Blog Topic, which is a chance for the opinions of other blogs to be gathered and published on their site.  This week, the question they asked was “What are your WoW New Years Resolutions”?  Fussypants and Yotaan blogged their answers here!
Fussypants:
1) Get the legendary cloak!! (1/12 Titan Runestones, I can do this!!)
2) Finally get around to leveling my feral/resto druid.
3) When WoD finally rolls around, I want to try to stick with one character to get to max instead of burning out and leveling alts. I have yet to do this my entire WoW career.
4) I was inspired by some of the commenters on WoW Insider, so now I’m gonna try for every mount in the game that I don’t already have. I am surprisingly far along with this.
5) My last resolution is to continue writing this blog all year. I’m gonna stick with it 🙂
Yotaan:
1) Beat Fussypants in getting the legendary cloak!  (I was way ahead of her, but now behind, I only have 2 secrets, not even close to runestones)
2) Play more WoW (see below)
3) Find all the rares in archeology on my dwarf monk
4) Get more reps up on Yotaan, he’s the toon with the most exalted reputations.
5) Write more in this blog.  Fussypants has offered her views often, and it’s time for more contributions from a father’s perspective.
Tell us, intrepid readers, what are your New Years resolutions for WoW?

Community Blog Topic: What are you doing between now and WoD?

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Over at WoW Insider, they have a column called Community Blog Topic, which is a chance for the opinions of other blogs to be gathered and published on their site.  This week, the question they asked was “What are you doing between now and Warlords of Draenor”?  Fussypants and Yotaan blogged their answers here!

Fussypants: Waiting for the expansion!  Actually, I have quite a few goals I’m aiming to achieve before the next expansion comes out.

1) Get the legendary cloak on my mage.  Yes, I’m kinda lame, but I only started working on the cloak very recently, so I’m not too far along.
2) Get the legendary cloak for my paladin.  Again, just starting.  This one may not happen.
3) PvP on my priest.  I’m planning on trying my hand at PvP on my priest… when I get the time.
4) Max out all my professions across all my characters. Again, may not happen.
5) Help my friend out in WoW.  A good friend of my recently started playing the game for the first time, so I want to help guide her through the world!

Yotaan:

Play Hearthstone.

(I know this is a WoW blog, but that game totally sucked me in!!)

Community Blog Topic: What is your favorite announcement for Warlords of Draenor

Over at WoW Insider, they have a column called Community Blog Topic, which is a chance for the opinions of other blogs to be gathered and published on their site. This week, the question they asked was “What is your favorite announcement for Warlords of Draenor”? Both Yotaan and Fussypants blogged their answers here!

Fussypants: There are so many to choose from! However, overall, I think one that got me most excited was new character models. The ones they showed at BlizzCon were amazing, and I can’t wait for more. I was worried about how they would look, but one glimpse at that adorable gnome was more than enough to quell my fears. I could totally see my gnome mage rocking that new model.
The new models are, in my opinion, one of the more important announcement. Think about it. You stare at your character every time you log in. In my mind, looking at a significantly better character is more important that a toy box tab. You use your character every time you play.
On the other hand, my favorite quality of life announcement would have to be the mat stack size increase. The boost to one hundred per stack for mats is a dream come true. On my tailor character, I have over thirteen stacks of mageweave, and with that change, I could have as little as three. The stack size change (if it stays till live) will be one of those changes I’m grateful of for a long time.

Yotaan: Well, first of all, I have to disagree with Fussypants. The best announcement would have been the removal of gnomes from the game! /wink
For me, my favorite announcement is the change of the stats. I never liked hit. It was annoying to fiddle with gems, reforging, and enchants to keep hit at a certain level. Hit was not fun, just a task. I suspect I would feel the same about expertise, dodge, and parry. Reforging, for me, was interesting when I tried to max out a stat and see what happens. For my shaman, I liked trying to max out mastery, which duplicated my spell for 75% damage and no threat. What it really did was make my shammy a nonstop chain lightning fiend!
I don’t think I will miss reforging, since that will be gone too. I am, very much, looking forward to new interesting stats. One mentioned was speed, which I take to be run speed. That could be interesting and getting around faster will help in PVP and PVE. The other was cleave, which could go either way. It is supposed to provide cleave damage occasionally. Sounds cool, but I worry that I will cleave when I’m supposed to be single targeting only. I bet there may be other stats too, so I am very excited to see what happens!