Micky Neilson

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Micky Neilson

Micky Neilson is the former Lead Writer in Publishing[1][2] at Blizzard Entertainment and Story Lead for Hearthstone. He had also been Senior Writer and Voice Director at Blizzard,[3] authoring comics and short stories set in Blizzard's three main universes. His work mostly involved expanded fiction outside of the game, but he had minor contributions to in-game content.[4] It is known that he wrote the unit lines for Warcraft III and StarCraft II.[5]

Having worked at Blizzard since 1993, Neilson left the company on March 25, 2016.[6]

Neilson worked on a range of titles, including World of Warcraft, the Warcraft RTS games, the Diablo series, the StarCraft series, and earlier titles such as The Lost Vikings and Blackthorne. In his time, Neilson worked in roles ranging from art, graphics and audio to a more recent focus on writing.[7]

While no longer part of the company, Neilson will still be working with Blizzard on freelance projects.[6]

Citing his desire to pursue personal projects, Neilson announced in his March 19, 2016 newsletter that his last day of work at Blizzard would be March 25, 2016. He described the parting as bittersweet, but is looking forward to doing freelance work with Blizzard Entertainment.[8]

Neilson played pandaren monk and Forsaken rogue.[9]

Micky Neilson issued his first 2021 Newsletter to announce his collaboration with artist Samwise Didier to publish his first Blizzard-themed book since departing the studios titled Forging Worlds: Stories Behind the Art of Blizzard Entertainment, slated for release on November 2, 2021.[10][11]

Warcraft bibliography

Former titles

  • Publishing Lead[12]
  • Lead Writer[13]
  • Lead Story Developer[14]


For more, see Category:Images by Micky Neilson.


  1. ^ Micky Neilson on Twitter (2014-07-18): "Shiny new title: Lead Writer, Publishing"
  2. ^ Micky Neilson Twitter profile. Retrieved on 2014-07-23.
  3. ^ http://www.blizzplanet.com/blog/comments/chris_metzen_micky_neilson_pocket_star_books_lore_qa_video_interview/
  4. ^ Micky Neilson on Twitter (2014-07-22): "Only minor in-game content. Mostly expanded fiction outside of the game."
  5. ^ 29-06-22, Frost Giant AMA - All Questions and Answers. Reddit, accessed on 2022-07-04
  6. ^ a b http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/5550-Warcraft-Movie-Ad-Micky-Neilson-Leaving-Blizzard-Warcraft-Movie-Ad-Micky-Neilson-Leaving-Blizzard
  7. ^ Micky Neilson on MobyGames. Retrieved on 2016-03-19.
  8. ^ Elizabeth Harper 2016-03-19. Publishing Lead Micky Neilson leaving Blizzard. Blizzard Watch. Archived from the original on 2016-03-19. Retrieved on 2016-03-19.
  9. ^ Micky Neilson on Twitter: "Pandaren monk and undead rogue."
  10. ^ Forging Worlds: Stories Behind the Art of Blizzard Entertainment, blizzplanet, Mar 24, 2021
  11. ^ Forging Worlds: Stories Behind the Art of Blizzard Entertainment Hardcover – November 2, 2021, amazon
  12. ^ http://www.mickyneilson.com/about/
  13. ^ https://twitter.com/MickyNeilson
  14. ^ Blizzard on Social Media. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2014-05-20.

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