Nominations for the Piggie Awards for MMORPGs and MMORPG Blogging, 2011

One month ago… We asked you all for nominations for the annual “Piggie” awards for MMORPGs and MMORPG blogging, as started by Larisa of the Pink Pigtail Inn.

Now, after a month of nomination madness, we’ve tallied up all the emails, blog posts and so on, and we’re proud to present your nominees for the best of the best in 2011’s MMOSphere.

MMORPG Game Elements

Best Raid Instance

  • Blackwing Descent from WoW: Cataclysm
  • Throne of the Four Winds from WoW: Cataclysm
  • Dragon Soul from WoW: Patch 4.3

Least successful raid instance

  • Firelands from WoW: Patch 4.2
  • Throne of the Four Winds from WoW: Cataclysm
  • Draigoch’s Lair from LoTRO: Rise of Isengard.

Best small-group instance

  • Well of Eternity from WoW: Patch 4.3
  • The Esseles from SW:TOR
  • Zul’Gurub from WoW: Patch 4.1
  • End Time from WoW: Patch 4.3
  • Deadmines Heroic from WoW: Cataclysm

Least successful small-group instance

  • Deadmines Heroic from WoW: Cataclysm
  • Halls of Origination from WoW: Cataclysm
  • Blackwing Caverns from WoW: Cataclysm
  • Zul’Gurub from WoW: Patch 4.1
  • The Stonecore from WoW: Cataclysm

Most longed for instance

  • Well of Eternity / War of the Ancients from WoW
  • Dragon Soul 5-mans in general, from WoW
  • End Time from WoW

Silliest gold sink

There were very few nominations for this category, and WoW in general has suffered from a severe lack of gold sinks in this expansion, so we’ve decided to retire this category for this year.

Biggest game addition/improvement

  • World of Warcraft: Transmogrification
  • World of Warcraft: Constant improvements to the loot system in PuG groups.
  • Lord of the Rings Online: Instance Finder

Best quest

  • WoW: Rhea’s questline in the Badlands
  • WoW: The Lilian Voss storyline in Tirisfal Glades.
  • WoW: Silverpine as a whole
  • WoW Patch 4.3: Fangs of the Father legendary questline
  • WoW: The Day That Deathwing Came

Ugliest new piece of outfit

All submissions were from WoW.

  • Death Knight Tier 12
  • Hunter Tier 11
  • Priest Tier 11
  • Mandible of Beth’tilac
  • Druid Tier 12
  • Rogue Dragon Soul tier helm

Favourite non combat pet

Again, all nominations are from WoW.

  • Horde/Alliance balloons.
  • Mr Grubbs
  • Lil XT
  • Withers
  • Creepy Crate

Most charming games company employee

  • Blizzard’s Zarhym, AKA talkingcongas on Twitter
  • Bioware’s Daniel Erickson
  • Blizzard’s Nethara AKA Sachant on Twitter
  • Blizzard’s Critho
  • Eric of Elder Game

Best podcast

Most memorable blog post

Most noticed blogger breakthrough

Most solid content provider

Best writing

Most hugged blogger

News and Affairs

Biggest controversy

  • The Firelands nerfs in World of Warcraft.
  • Mists of Pandaria as the next WoW expansion.
  • The Destruction of Theramore announced for WoW 5.0.
  • The announcement of the Raid Finder in WoW.
  • Top raiding guilds recieving an 8-day ban for exploiting the Raid Finder.
  • Blizzard’s decision to play the homophobic Corpsegrinder interview at Blizzcon.

Most Appreciated Announcement

  • Transmogrification in WoW Patch 4.3
  • The lack of Dungeon Finder in SWTOR
  • Mike Morhaine’s apology for the Corpsegrinder incident.
  • Dungeon Challenge Modes in Mists of Pandaria
  • The free copy of Diablo III with the WoW annual subscription.
  • Battle Tags for
  • New talent tree/skills learning systems for WoW in Patch 5.0

MMORPG Company Of The Year

  • Bioware.
  • Turbine.

Most “Er… what?” moment in MMOs this year

  • The Pet Battle System announcement at Blizzcon.
  • Mists of Pandaria as the new WoW expansion.
  • Pandaren as the new WoW race.
  • The various Raid Finder loot rule fails.
  • The difficulty or lack therof of Dragon Soul, Cataclysm’s final raid.

People’s Choice

People’s Choice: Blog Post

People’s Choice: Games Company

  • Bioware
  • Bethseda
  • Blizzard
  • Turbine

We’ll be revealing the winners next week! Winners will be chosen by the MMO Melting Pot staff, but we’re always interested to hear what you think, and we’re influenced by the community’s opinion, so if you’d like to comment on the nominations, please do!

The exception, of course, is the People’s Choice category – we’ll be opening voting for that category on Monday, for one week!

Congratulations to all the nominees!