Gary Platner

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Gary Platner

Gary Platner is Lead Environment Artist[1] and Principal Exterior Level Designer[2] for World of Warcraft at Blizzard Entertainment.


  • "I'm in charge of the trees, the rocks, the grass, the sky and the water. I like to say we put the world in World of Warcraft."[3]
  • "I direct a team of artists who help create the world . . . of Warcraft. We shape the land; texture it; place the trees, rocks, and buildings; and design the “sets” where our quest team will later place the “actors.”"[4]
  • "Let me be clear. Shouting ‘For the Horde!’ may appear to those who don’t understand to be random or even inappropriate. It is not. This phrase represents a bond of brothers and sisters who have experienced the crucible of combat and victory together. It is appropriate at any time or any occasion. You don’t even have to be playing Horde to use it. It is perfectly acceptable and honorable for even Alliance players to use this phrase. It has, in fact, transcended the bounds of faction and has come to represent a sacred link between players. Do not mock the use of ‘For the Horde!’ as a rallying cry."[5]

Notes and trivia

"Gary Platner is a lead environment artist and former stand-up comic (he even got paid once!) who’s been training Krav Maga for about four years. He loves training, sparring, and getting kicked in the head by his fellow students."



  1. ^ Blizzard on Social Media. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2014-05-20.
  2. ^ Gary Platner's Twitter account description - "Principal Exterior Level Designer World of Warcraft"
  3. ^ a b Azeroth Choppers Episode 3. Blizzard Entertainment (2014-05-01).
  4. ^ Artcraft—The Spires of Arak. Blizzard Entertainment (2014-05-06).
  5. ^ a b Meet Teams Alliance and Horde: Azeroth Choppers. Blizzard Entertainment (2014-04-24).
  6. ^ Brian Holinka on Twitter (2014-05-30).
  7. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2014-04-10. Official: Azeroth Choppers.

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