Recently, the Internet was amused by the creative - let's call it that - censorship in World of Warcraft, which resulted in an interesting transformation of one of the images. The tests of patch 9.1.5 bring more name changes, even some few(dozen) years old. Recent examples of this type of censorship concern two entities in the game: a mount from 2020 and a boss from 2013 (via Icy Veins).
Until now, the pair of Mogu warriors who are the eleventh boss from the Throne of Thunder raid (added in patch 5.2 in the Mists of Pandaria expansion) were called Twin Consorts, which could be understood as "twin concubines". They will now be known as Twin Empyreans, with the associated items also being renamed.
The mount with the very telling name of Big Love Rocket is now called X-45 Heartbreaker. The rocket was a prize during the February 2020 Love is in the Air event.
It is also worth mentioning a small (?) change in World of Warcraft's... code. In accordance with the fashion of recent years, Blizzard has replaced all use of the word "blacklisted" in the documentation of the software interface (API) with "blocklisted". This was reported by, among others, user DutchChair on Reddit.
These and previous nomenclature changes in Azeroth (and beyond) are the aftermath of recent controversy surrounding Blizzard (and Activision) regarding the company's work culture. As a result, several employees have left (or been fired), including Blizzard Entertainment CEO J. Allen Brack.
While Blizzard's intentions are understandable, players are not showing much enthusiasm for the renaming policy. Just look at the comments in the Reddit thread dedicated to Twin Empyreans and X-45 Heartbreaker, in which Internet users mock the pointlessness of these actions, especially in the context of other and much more conspicuous cases of - shall we say - morally questionable content ("armor" of female player avatars and other female characters, alleged passions of one of Azeroth's newest enemies, etc.).
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