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The Ritualist Who? Achievement is to kill all the named Ritualists who are part of the trash mobs before the Dark Animus in Throne of Thunder. The pop culture reference for that is that all those Ritualists are named after monsters in Dr Who, hence the name of the achievement.
It’s the first Horde Dr Who reference I’ve found – the only other one I know is about an alliance quest in Borean Tundra (The Ultrasonic Screwdriver), which is a reference to Dr Who’s Sonic screwdriver, which reminds me of a multi-tool that can emit sound waves, open locks, hack technology, as well as amplify energy waves and frequencies.
On the Wandering Isle you can find Mei Chele and Lamplighter Mu – named after Michele Morrow (and her boyfriend Michael Weitzman), Scream Queen of horror movies, and whom is also the gorgeous lady who hosted DirecTV’s coverage of Blizzcon in 2014 and 2015.
Michele has been a WoW player since 2007, after she had a major accident, and was given a copy of the game by her boyfriend. She immersed herself in the community and according to the her Community Spotlight Article, she involved herself in charity work and also did a number of other video-game related hosting gigs including at San Diego Comic Con in 2015. She has gaming streams and a podcast – she is one busy lady!
I’ve always admired her Blizzcon coverage style, and now it’s great to know a bit more about her and how she is involved with this game I love so much. She is even now the voice of Alleria Windrunner in Hearthstone!
She also has a Garrison follower named after her, Mychele Morrowsong. I must work on finding that follower!
This came to my attention courtesy of Pando of Lighter Side of WoW.
Sam the Wise <The Metal Brewmaster> is found in the Shrine of Fellowship in the Jade Forest. Another one of those double references, it’s a reference to Samwise Didier (one of the art directors at Blizzard and the senior art director on Starcraft II) as well as to Samwise Gamgee (of Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings). You can see some of his art here.
Samwise (Blizz artist) is the creater of the Pandaren, and is the frontrunner of Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftains (The Artists formerly known as Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain), is an American band comprised of Blizz employees. They performed at Blizzcon 2008 and you can see them in game at Darkmoon Faire.
Samwise Didier as you can see is a metal music fan (hence the Metal Brewmaker) and if you talk to him he says Meatloaf quotes at you!
“I would do anything for love. But I won’t do that. At least, not right away”
“What is best in life? Brothers, Ballads and Beer! ”
“I like my woman like I like my beer: full-bodied.”
“When dawn rises, the hammer shall fall!”
I wonder if Samwise likes Meatloaf? 😀
Samwise Gamgee is also reperesented here because Sam the Wise is found at the Shrine of Fellowship (referring to Fellowship of the Ring).
Welcome to my additional site! I’m Navimie from The Daily Frostwolf – Druid Edition and I thought I’d make a new blog where I can store one of my obsessions – pop culture references in World of Warcraft. There are SO MANY! So if you like to check out some of the sometimes hidden, sometimes obvious pop culture references in WoW, I’ll try to fill you in on as many as I can!