World of Warcraft veterans know the name of Ghostcrawler, the forum moniker of WoW lead system designer Greg Street. For years, Street waded into the official World of Warcraft forums and explained patiently to players why their favored class was getting nerfed or buffed. He was the shield and the sword, protecting his other designers from rage with his own body and handing down the harsh truths of class balance from on high.
Street announced in November that he was leaving Blizzard Entertainment behind after five years at the company. Now we know where he decided to go instead. According to his LinkedIn profile, as found by Reddit, Street has joined League of Legends developer Riot Games as lead game designer. Street will be helping lead designer Ryan 'Morello' Scott with League of Legends.
"League's a huge game and there's a lot to do," wrote Scott on the Reign of Gaming forum. "[Street is] actually some much-needed help on the leadership side - it's just too much for any one person to handle and make the progress I'd like to see. We'll be dividing up some of the effort on leading it, but other than making sure more things have support, the teams are pretty unchanged from who's doing want."
So there you have. Riot Games is just using some of that significant bank to get some veteran talent to help them out. For better or worse League players, you have an additional overlord to hate for balance changes to your favorite champion. Enjoy.