Welcome Diablo 3 Community Manager Tyvalir: Farewell Waterfiend

news-community-managerBlizzard has announced a new member of their North American Community Manager team, and his Blizzard forum name is Tyvalir. (Not as hard to spell as expected.) The name is new, but he is not, as the official Blue welcome post makes clear. Welcome Diablo 3 Community Manager Tyvalir: Farewell Waterfiend.

Hey everyone,

Please join me in welcoming Tyvalir to the North American Diablo III Community Team!

As with many of you here, Tyvalir possesses a strong passion for Diablo III and is incredibly excited to be joining us on our many adventures throughout Sanctuary. In between the normal community manager functions of meeting with developers, writing feature articles, engaging on social media, and attending live events, he’ll be joining us here on the forums discussing Diablo III with all of you — endeavoring to be a conduit for information as well as a voice for the Blizzard community.

Random Facts About Tyvalir:

  • He hails from south Texas, so is naturally attuned to heat of the Burning Hells.
  • He previously worked as a contributing author over at Diablo III IncGamers (where you may have known him as “Waterfiend”).
  • He loves the Witch Doctor, but will be rolling a Demon Hunter (SC) and Crusader (HC) when Seasons hit.
  • He first played Diablo on a netbook and he’s been hooked on the series ever since.
  • He is the newest community manager at Blizzard, and is therefore burdened with the task of carrying around an adorable pirate octopus plush toy, referred to as the “FNG Pirate.” (lol)
  • So, without further ado: Welcome, Tyvalir!

    Waterfiend started here as a columnist back in mid-2013, and at the time his beat was the self-found concept, with his columns, “The Ironborn.” Going self-found was quite the radical notion with the Auction Housed economy and drop rates of DiabloWikiD3v, but of course that all changed in DiabloWikiD3v2 and DiabloWikiLoot 2.0 made DiabloWikisoul bound everything mandatory, making us all DiabloWikiIronborn.

    That was a big game change, and an even bigger one for Waterfiend, since it kicked the chair of his column’s premise right out from under him. Undeterred, he showed flexibility by shifting over to a more community-minded approach with his Clan Dispatches columns, and contributed several of those earlier this year. He also managed to attend the Reaper of Souls launch party (where he no-doubt engaged in some valuable face-to-face networking with the Blizzard CMs).

    This has been a while in coming, (see my “new CM” hinting in this post from early July) so congrats to Watervalir on officially starting at the new job.

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    1. Waterfiend rolling a Crusader reminded me of this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aBKqNt5ysq4

      On a more serious note, congrats Waterfiend! Don't let the loud mouths on the forums get you down. 🙂

    2. seems there is soon more community managers than community in this game

    3. First Xanth then Waterfiend… If you want to become Diablo CM, better start as a columnist here 🙂

    4. Well I was right about Witch Doctor stuff. Good for Waterfiend.
      May he serve as well.

    5. Can I work at Blizzard too? 😉

    6. Gratz, Waterfiend! Hope you still check in here from time-to-time. (Or at least make Flux link to you!)

    7. Gratz Waterfiend! Sad you're leaving this site, but I have a feeling you'll do well in your new position (and am assuming Blizzard thinks the same way ;)). Best of luck! =^-^=

    8. LMFAO @ He hails from south Texas, so is naturally attuned to heat of the Burning Hells.

      Congrats man. I enjoyed your iron born articles as I too was an Iron Born player.

      As your first order of business, I'd like you to march the halls screaming at the top of your lungs. "RAISE THE CLAN PLAYER LIMIT!!"

    9. Congrats!

      The real question is whether the self-preservation instinct will make him a company man, or whether we can count on him to get some real, hard-hitting answers from the devs covertly shunted onto this site.

      There are so many things I want answers to but had no hope of getting since there was no one we collectively knew on the "inside." The hope is still slim, now, but at least there's a sliver?

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