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Dedications

  • Its most touching Shout Out would have to be the Shrine of the Fallen Warrior, located in the Barrens. The shrine is engraved with the initials "MK" and the Spirit Healer that stands over it is named "Koiter" referring to Michael Koiter, a Blizzard employee who died during the creation of the game.
  • There are, in fact, several such memorials in-game. The closest thing to an Alliance equivalent of the Shrine of the Fallen Warrior is the In Loving Memory memorial. Less seriously, in Outland, there's also a memorial to the cancelled Blizzard game, Starcraft: Ghost.
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  • The game contains a poem written in honor of Dak Krause, who died of leukemia. http://www.wowpedia.org/Caylee_Dak
  • Another real life shout out is a quest in Mulgore which was made for a kid with cancer (who voiced the quest-giver). Said kid has since passed away.
  • Similarly, the weapon Merciless Crossbow of the Phoenix has a tooltip that says "Finely crafted to Ephoenix's specification." Ephoenix was the name of Ezra Chatterton's hunter. Ezra had the opportunity to visit Blizzard as part of a Make-A-Wish wish and the crossbow is named after him.

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Overwatch
  • In the Halls of Valor, two of the vrykul kings the group fights before the God-King Skovald encounter are named King Tor and King Bjorn. They were present in the original Utgarde Pinnacle instance during the King Ymiron encounter, which may have been the basis of their names being recycled in Overwatch.
  • In Highmountain, there are drogbar mobs called Bitestone Roadhogs. They pull the player toward them with a hook on a chain.
  • The toy given at Winter's Veil 2016 is Mei's endothermic blaster.
  • One of the Brawler's Guild solo fights introduced in patch 7.1.5 is a team named Ogrewatch.
  • One class hall mission is straight up titled "Overwatch".
  • Holy paladins can find a skin for the Silver Hand from the "Edicts of the Lost Watcher" item. It turns their hammer into a Magitek version of Reinhardt's.
  • In Zuldazar, there's a pair of fungarians named Genjo and Hanzin.

Rock n' Roll Racing

  • Three NPCs at an Alliance flight point in the Badlands are named Jake Badlands, Snake Sanders, and Katrina Lyons; playable characters from the game.

Starcraft

  • The Sky Golem and Mechanized Lumber Extractor mounts seem to have a picture of Sarah Kerrigan on the control panel. This is a hold-over from every other shredder model with an exposed canopy since the beginning.

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