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WoW Moviewatch: Rabbit Stew - Sun, 31 Mar 2013 18:00:00 EST

For whatever reason, there aren't many machinima videos about Easter. Rabbit Stew stands alone as a rare celebration of the Spring holiday. If you feel like following suit, don't worry: scrawling PWNT across an egg isn't that much work. Do it with a Sharpie.

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Addon Spotlight: Your addon questions - chat, pet battles, mounts, Dinomancers - Sun, 31 Mar 2013 16:00:00 EST

Right, it's been quite some time since I last scoured the internet for obscure addons on behalf of the WoW Insider readership, and the mailbag has been filling up, so it's time for another edition of Your Addon Questions! As always, if you have questions, pop them in the comments or send me an email.

Wordgardener asked:
I'm using ElvUI, and every time I do a quest that awards honor or another currency, the gain isn't displayed in my logs. It used to show up where the XP and gold gain was. I couldn't find a setting today for it - any idea where this info is? How to turn it on/make it appear?
ElvUI is a sneaky devil with this. It seems to shift from window to window with every update, but there's a very simple way indeed to make sure it pops up where you need it, and what's more, it allows you to completely customize your chat panels.

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The Queue: He doesn't row - Sun, 31 Mar 2013 14:00:00 EST

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Mike Sacco will be your host today.

I finished BioShock Infinite last night and by golly was that a heck of an ending. Highly recommended. Rent it if you can't buy it.

John22 asked:

What is up with new pets dropping from old bosses (Karazan, SSC)? I'm not complaining, but could it be a sign of revamping to come? Heroic Kara? New area discovered? Those scary tombs?

Highly unlikely. Besides a few tweaks to make soloing or small-group play in those raids easier, no changes were made to the other old raids when they added pets to them. Not that I wouldn't love to do heroic Karazhan, mind you.

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Sunday Morning Funnies: Contested Territory - Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:00:00 EST

Sunday Morning Funnies is your weekly list of WoW-related web comics.

Over the next several months, SMF will spotlight a regularly updating WoW-related comic. To kick off the series is Contested Territory:

What happens when two small girls from either side of the war meet? What happens when they become best friends? Contested Territory is a story about just that; a young orc named Thook and a rescued night elf with no memories named Kithra. Instantly inseparable, the girls face the challenges of Azeroth together, testing the boundaries of friendship, family and faction as they learn what makes them so similar, yet so different.

Raised by loving but cautious Auntie and Uncle, Aguul and Kross, as well as a dear tauren friend, Winthir, Thook and Kithra learn what happens when two enemies meet before they are old enough to understand hatred.

This comic was originally written in 2008, with the prologue and chapters one and two taking place during Vanilla. The comic is done entirely by hand: pencil, pen, colored pencil, and scan.

Contested Territory uploads regularly on Tuesday and Friday mornings.

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Around Azeroth: Object impermanence - Sun, 31 Mar 2013 10:00:00 EST

"If you do any kind of group content, you know about line of sight pulls," writes submitter Gimmlette of Spectacular Death on Llane (US-A). "Generally, the tank bonks a mob or group of mobs on the head and runs around the corner, out of sight, to get them to come to him. Everyone else stays away and just unloads once the tank has the mobs."

"Spectacular Death decided to apply that principle to the Primal Devilsaur guarding the troll boat on the Isle of Giants. They had cleared the boat to the top and then came back down to find the dino waiting for them outside. Warriorjoe volunteered to pull the dino. What could do wrong? Joe would just stay around the corner where the dino can't get him."

"After Joe was flattened, the dino went after Reckittmama, Hyperstoic, Mtwohb and Minaithelan. Guild leader Gimmlette agreed with Joe's comment, 'We're gonna need a bigger boat.'"

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Breakfast Topic: Do you have a secret getaway character? - Sun, 31 Mar 2013 08:00:00 EST

Guild tag every last character? Of course not! As an introvert by nature, I value the ability to log in and play free from social or performance pressures. True, most of my time these days is spent leveling in a dedicated duo in a guild full of chatterboxes. But I also spend a good chunk of time on a level 90 who remains untagged and unknown. She lets me unplug from the social and work-related aspects of WoW to tool around at whatever pace I please. Her sister character on a different faction and realm is also unguilded; she's more of a PvPer and oh, does she enjoy letting off a little steam!

As you might imagine, I haven't availed myself of Real ID. When I can choose an appear offline option, I'll undoubtedly check it out. Until then, though, I like having the option to log in completely anonymously.

Do you have one or more secret getaway characters? If you do, would you consider your primary getaway character your main, an alternative main, or an alt?

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The Light and How to Swing It: Mastering the Troves of the Thunder King as a paladin - Sat, 30 Mar 2013 20:00:00 EST

Every week, WoW Insider brings you The Light and How to Swing It for holy, protection and retribution paladins. Protection specialist Matt Walsh spends most of his time receiving concussions for the benefit of 9 other people, obsessing over his hair, and maintaining the tankadin-focused blog Righteous Defense.

Fortune and glory, kid. Nothing animates like the prospect of a massive pile of treasure, especially when you're racing against the clock and greedily snatching up as much as you can. The trick, in the end, is to be prepared for any obstacles thrown at you -- that is what separates the Indiana Joneses of this world from the Satipos. And if you prefer to be the former and exit the scenario with more gold than you can carry, you'll need to do your homework before you plunge into this exciting new feature from patch 5.2.

Thankfully, paladins tend to have a lot of tricks up their sleeves and with the new talent system that is doubly true. With the right preparation, we can make the most of our toolset and claw our way to the end of the loot run with a minimum of muss or fuss.

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WoW Moviewatch: TMNT: Tortos - Sat, 30 Mar 2013 18:00:00 EST

It looks like Fifth Element laid low the boss known as Tortos, and they've created another astounding video to celebrate. Their machinima continues to be as amazing as ever. And while I could go on and on about how much I loved this video, I think I'll just quote Anne Stickney:
This is EVERYTHING I EVER WANTED TO SEE OUT OF A TORTOS KILL VID
Also, bonus points for the use of Vanilla Ice. Go ninja, go ninja, go!

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The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Patch 5.2 and warrior gear part 3 - Sat, 30 Mar 2013 16:00:00 EST

Every week, WoW Insider brings you The Care and Feeding of Warriors, the column dedicated to arms, fury and protection warriors. Despite repeated blows to the head from dragons, demons, Old Gods and whatever that thing over there was, Matthew Rossi will be your host.

This has been something of a wild month for me. I started it playing a tauren warrior, and I'm ending it as a worgen. I've spent the month raiding Throne of Thunder and thinking about warrior gear I need to pick up as we progress through the place. The weird thing about gear is, it's really just a means to an end. You get gear to get better to progress through harder content, that's pretty much all there is to the gearing cycle. Each new patch, each new raid opens up new angles for progression, but it's really always heading towards that brass ring of "Beat X boss, get Y gear to beat Z boss." Until the expansion ends, anyway.

As one of the largest raids we've seen in a while, Throne of Thunder has a lot of gear. We covered six bosses last time, taking us to the mid point of the raid. Now we get to look at the remaining bosses. The Halls of Flesh Shaping and Pinnacle of Storms await. As before, I'm just going to list the 522 gear that drops in normal 10/25 - thunderforged variants are 6 ilevels higher, and thus are usually the best option in normal raids.

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WRUP: Of dinosaurs and patches - Sat, 30 Mar 2013 14:00:00 EST

No Hearthstone so we'll have to kill some time with a game that we all currently play. No, not Bioshock: Infinite. I'm talk about WoW, the dinosaurs, and that upcoming patch. I can't speak for anyone else, but any patch that gets me closers to laying a keg of beer upside Garrosh's oversized melon is a patch I like.

By the way, does it bother anyone else that the orc looks so smug picking on the gnome? I always thought orcs were kind of bullies anyway, but they don't need to laugh about it. It just looks mean.

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The Queue: Apex predator - Sat, 30 Mar 2013 12:00:00 EST

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Mike Sacco will be your host today.

I love this video. What a vicious monster!

drorraz asked:

With the new raiding with leashes pets dropping from SSC bosses, do we get to enter that place solo or do we still have to group for that part?

You can enter any pre-MoP raid without needing a raid group. You've actually been able to for a while!

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Around Azeroth: Stolen moments - Sat, 30 Mar 2013 10:00:00 EST

Submitter Anastarian of Altered Reality on Moon Guard (US-H) wanted to spend some time alone with his girlfriend. But sadly, they found every available bedroom, secluded overlook, isolated beach and coat check room in Northrend occupied. So they snuck out to the floor of Grizzlemaw for some cuddling, an activity mimicked by their pet phoenix. (Phoenixes? Phoenices? Well, it makes sense that phoenix wouldn't need a plural form.)

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Breakfast Topic: How do you talk to Blizzard? - Sat, 30 Mar 2013 08:00:00 EST

When I left World of Warcraft, about two years ago, if you wanted to talk to Blizzard, you didn't have many options. You could submit an in-game ticket if you had a problem or post complaints or discussion in the forums and hope for a response. But response time for GMs was typically slow and you could never tell if a Blizzard employee would jump on responding to your forum thread. Having a conversation with a Blizzard employee seemed like a rare thing -- that involved a heck of a lot of luck

And while there's still no way to guarantee a blue response, when I came back to WoW, I was most surprised by how much communicating with Blizzard had changed. These days you can find Blizzard and Blizzard employees on the forums and in-game, of course, but you'll also find them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and even Reddit. And they're not just there to talk official Blizzard business (though they certainly answer questions from time to time): you're just as likely to find them chatting and joking, just like anyone else on social networks.

So when you've got a burning question or a game problem that needs addressing, where do you go to talk about it? Do you stick to the classic official channels, or do you launch into a discussion on Twitter?

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Patch 5.2 hotfixes for March 29 - Fri, 29 Mar 2013 21:29:00 EST

Blizzard decided to ring in the weekend with a short and sweet list of hotfixes for patch 5.2. Today's list is pretty short, with just a few class tweaks and a couple of additional adjustments to raid bosses and items. Combat rogues may want to take a look at the adjustment made to Blade Flurry, however.

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Classes
  • Mage
    • Tier-15 Fire/Frost 4-piece set bonus should now properly increase Frostbolt's chance to activate Fingers of Frost effect.
  • Priest
    • Tier-15 Discipline/Holy 4-piece set bonus should summon a Golden Apparition that now heals for the correct amount and can activate Divine Aegis.
  • Rogue
    • Combat
      • Blade Flurry now has a range of 8 yards, up from 5 yards, and will only hit targets that are within the Rogue's line-of-sight.
Raids, Dungeons and Scenarios
  • Ji-Kun's Feed Young ability should now be slightly easier to intercept.
  • To the Skies!: Fixed an issue where the Hail of Arrows debuff not being removed after defeating Beastmaster Horaki.
Items
  • Enchant Weapon - Glorious Tyranny can no longer be used on other player's weapons and will cause bind-on-equipped items to become soulbound.
  • Lightning-Imbued Chalice now has a greatly increased chance to generate Infinite Power.



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Patch 5.3 PTR: Epic cloaks point at a legendary reward - Fri, 29 Mar 2013 20:00:00 EST

Some fascinating new cloaks have been dug up in the patch 5.3 PTR by the intrepid explorers over at Wowhead -- and they may be more than they seem. There are six cloaks in all, each named with an indicator that points to the August Celestials as their inspiration. But what's really astonishing about these cloaks is the ilvl and stats. Each cloak has been designated with an ilvl of 600 -- far above anything we've encountered in game to date. And each has a whopping +918 to every secondary stat minus hit and expertise.

So what does it all mean? It means that these things are powerhouses of bonus stats -- and if you have a spec that doesn't use one particular side stat, you can reforge it to gain a healthy chunk of hit or expertise on the side. Because of the August Celestials influence in the cloak designs and names, Wowhead has pointed out that these cloaks likely tie into the latest branch of the Wrathion chain. Wrathion's achievement for patch 5.3 has been changed on the PTR as well. Now called Chapter IV: Celestial Blessings, the achievement requires players to accompany Wrathion on his journey to obtain blessings from all four August Celestials. The reward for the achievement is a Cloak of Virture, and all the new cloaks carry this designation, so it looks like Wowhead's assessment is dead on.

But what's curious about all of this is that despite the ilvl, despite the method of obtaining the cloaks, and despite the stats, the cloaks are still designated epic quality. Given Wrathion's penchant for handing over orange quality items, it does make one wonder if this will be changed as the PTR moves on. If these cloaks are indeed designated legendary quality, they'll be the first piece of legendary armor we've seen in game since the ill-fated Talisman of Binding Shard removed in vanilla.

While we don't know yet exactly what the future of these cloaks happens to be, it would be wise to keep in mind that as with anything else on the PTR, it's all subject to change at the drop of a hat until it goes live. We may see the ilvl reduced, we may see the quality change, or we may see them appear exactly as they are now -- it's all up in the air until 5.3 officially drops. Until then, have a look at Wowhead for a glimpse at these gorgeous models.

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WoW Moviewatch: Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft Sneak Preview - Fri, 29 Mar 2013 19:00:00 EST

The Hearthstone Heroes of Warcraft Sneak Preview is pretty much what you'd expect from a Wowcrendor video, though I admit I was actually expecting something a little more previewish than this. Title confusion aside, though, this is exactly what I wanted from the master of mirth, Wowcrendor: an analysis of reactions to the upcoming digital card game.

I kind of do hope we get a Standing In Fire card. It just feels right. But given the breadth of cards in the physical versions, Hearthstone will likely have plenty of options for everyone. Just be careful what you say about it now, so that those words don't come back to haunt you.

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Weekly news roundup with Panser of TradeChat - Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:00:00 EST

TradeChat's Panser returns with this week's WoW Insider news recap, where we look back at the hottest news from the past week and whatever other kickin' rad things may have come our way. This week's topics include: If you enjoyed the show, make sure to subscribe to TradeChat, leave a comment, and come back next week for the next episode!

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What makes a compelling character? - Fri, 29 Mar 2013 17:00:00 EST

I don't know how many of you frequent the official Story Forum. It can be an intimidating place. Beware, all ye who may mention the words "Lordaeron," "Sylvanas," or "Southshore;" and these days add "Sunreaver" and "Dalaran" to the list of ten-foot-pole topics. I still visit the Story Forum regularly and if you're a lore buff its often a good source for varied discussion and debate. The amount of detail folks are able to recite at a moment's notice never fails to impress me, and has more than once sent me scurrying to my personal Warcraft library to fact-check or reread something with an eye for a new interpretation.

Recently, Nethaera has paid a visit to the story forum, and she asks you all directly: What makes a compelling character? What makes a character strong or weak or interesting or boring? What makes a character your favorite? What are the things that draw you to a fictional personality, what are the things that repulse you? As for me personally, well, I'm pretty sure the WoW community is more than familiar with some of my favorites (shameless self promotion). The reasons why I find those characters compelling are varied, but mostly boil down to the situation of being between a rock and a hard place. I like stories where there aren't good answers, where every way you look, you lose. Maybe I'm a Debbie-downer, but if the path to victory is obvious, I am bored to tears. Don't give me that, I don't want to read it. Give me someone who has struggled and fought and who will never be sure if they did the right thing. Give me something, and someone, that will haunt me.

What makes a character compelling to you? What fuels your imagination? If you've ever wanted the chance to talk with a blue about your favorite WoW personalities and share your personal idea of what you'd like to see out of WoW's canon characters, now is your opportunity!

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Patch 5.3 PTR: New mount models, achievements - Fri, 29 Mar 2013 16:00:00 EST

The intrepid folks over at Wowhead have been busy digging through the patch 5.3 PTR and discovering a host of new models and items associated with the new patch. For mount collecting enthusiasts, the addition of a new mount achievement in patch 5.1 and the Jade Pandaren Kite as a reward was a delightful surprise. For those who have been collecting mounts for quite some time, however, the kite was immediately available upon the launch of patch 5.1, and it didn't appear as though any further rewards would be offered.

But mount collectors should be happy to note that there has been yet another mount achievement added in with patch 5.3. Mount Parade is earned by collecting 200 mounts, and offers two uniquely colored mounts as rewards. Alliance players will receive the Armored Blue Dragonhawk, and Horde players will receive the Armored Red Dragonhawk. Wowhead has models of both versions available for viewing -- and frankly, they're really well done. I wasn't sure what to expect with yet another dragonhawk to pile on the collection, but the detail in these models is pretty stunning.

Also datamined with the latest round of the 5.3 PTR was the warhorse pictured above. There doesn't appear to be a file for it on Wowhead at this time, but the 3D model is viewable by checking Wowhead's latest news post. As of yet there's no news on what this horse is, where it drops, or if it's even available to players in the next patch. However, another mount has been added to the list -- the Brawler's Burly Mushan Beast. At the moment there is no model available for the mount, but the name suggests that perhaps the Brawler's Guild will be seeing some pretty cool rewards soon.

As a mount collector, I have to say I'm pretty pleased with the new reward models -- but I'd love to hear what you guys think. Would you rather have seen something else? What do you think of the warhorse? And don't forget to check out Wowhead for a look at the 3D models for the new mounts.


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Phat Loot Phriday: Lil' Bad Wolf - Fri, 29 Mar 2013 15:00:00 EST

Lolegolas slapped a hand over his mouth to keep from laughing. Throgg failed to restrain the same urge but his mirth emerged as uncontrollable giggles.

"What?" roared the Lil' Bad Wolf. "You dare mock me? Tremble before my mighty claws!"

"You're just so cute!" Lolegolas responded.

"Run away, little girl!" the diminuitive worgen pronounced. Its fierce claws would be frightening if it came up to anyone's knees. "Run away!"

"Okay, I give up, Throgg," the blood elf said. "Where'd you get him?"

"Karazhan," the orc responded. "It came with the Spiky Collar."

"What are you naming it?" the blood elf asked.

"Rose."

"Of course," he responded. "Who's a lil' bad wolf? Who's a lil' bad wolf?"

'Little elf, don't taunt the miniature worgen."

"Why?" Lolegolas asked. "Can it hurt me?"

"No, it's just tacky."

Item Note: The Lil' Bad Wolf is taught by the Spiky Collar which drops from the Big Bad Wolf in Karazhan, once patch 5.3 rolls out.

Phat Loot Phriday brings you the scoop on some of the most ... interesting ... loot in the World of Warcraft, often viewed through the eyes of the stalwart Throgg and indelible Lolegolas. Suggest items you think we should feature by emailing mikeg@wowinsider.com.

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WoW Archivist: Blizzard's April Fool's jokes are more real than you think - Fri, 29 Mar 2013 14:00:00 EST

WoW Archivist explores the secrets of World of Warcraft's past. What did the game look like years ago? Who is etched into WoW's history? What secrets does the game still hold?

It all began in 2003, when Blizzard announced pandaren as a playable race -- for Warcraft III. This never happened, of course. The announcement was an April Fool's joke. But you know that someone at Blizzard back then really wanted to play as a panda. Nine years later, with the Mists of Pandaria expansion, we can all be pandaren now.

When Mists was first revealed, the outcry from some in the community was fierce. Much of it centered around how "pandaren were just an April Fool's joke." Most of us, I would hazard to guess, have been won over by them in this expansion. With their incredibly deep history, love of life/beer, and gorgeous architecture, not to mention the amazing voice acting and animations that bring them to life, the pandaren have been a bigger hit for WoW than many ever imagined they could be.

In 2004, a playable goblin tinker for Warcraft III was another April Fool's joke. An overwhelmingly enthused response for playable tinkers led to Blizzard adding them to the game.

Given the origins of the pandaren and goblin tinkers, it's safe to say that any April Fool's joke that Blizzard has done over the years could one day spawn a tangible addition to the game, or perhaps a spinoff under the WoW brand. Let's look back at Blizzard's WoW-related April Fool's jokes to see which ones could be the next to become real -- and which ones already have.

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The Horde rebellion, loyalty, and leadership - Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:00:00 EST

Loyalty, and its limits, are pretty big underlying themes in WoW's current story arc. As of patch 5.1, the WoW poster child for complex loyalties and their consequences is Aethas Sunreaver. Aethas has a divided heart. He is a blood elf (and was, once upon a time, a high elf) and as such, he is loyal to Quel'Thalas. But he is also a citizen of Dalaran, it's his adopted homeland, and he also wishes to be loyal to Dalaran. These are loyalties he has tried to juggle for three expansions now, and they finally, inevitably, came to a head. Aethas' failure in patch 5.1 lies in either his own arrogance or naivete, that he couldn't see the truth: in this day and age, in Azeroth, those loyalties were irreconcilable. Once Quel'Thalas had decided to ally with the Horde, a longtime enemy of Dalaran, it was only a matter of time before that political division bore consequences for individuals. Aethas' own refusal to choose is ultimately what led to his choice being forced.

I feel for Aethas, in this sense. I sympathize with his impulse toward reconciliation. Why shouldn't he have tried? History was on his side. Quel'Thalas and Dalaran have, in fact, been traditional allies for quite a long time, much longer than they have been enemies. I don't think his hope was unreasonable, but it did turn out to be impossible. There is just too much bad blood - on many sides - for any sort of truce to exist at this point, and it will likely be a very long time before those wounds are healed enough for bridges to be rebuilt. Sometimes compromise just isn't an option.

Fair warning: there are minor spoilers for patch 5.3 below the cut.

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Patch 5.3: Even more battle pets from the PTR - Fri, 29 Mar 2013 12:00:00 EST

If you're a fan of pet battles, then patch 5.3 is for you, bringing new pets, new pets, and new pets. And while we were already excited about the creepy/cute Unborn Val'kyr, now Wowhead has turned up more information -- along photos and drop locations -- on what to expect from the pets in the upcoming patch.

Many of these are being added to Burning Crusade era raids for the Raiding with Leashes II: Attunement Edition achievement which requires you to collect 10 pets from Karazhan, Serpentshrine Cavern, and The Eye. The reward for collecting all of these pets? It's another pet, the still mysterious Tito. But while most of the pets discovered so far require revisiting old raids, there are also some new wild pets and drops, including the previously mentioned Unborn Val'kyr as well as mini-Gahz'rilla Gahz'rooki, the ooze Filthling, and a couple of adorably miniature Direhorns, the Stunted Direhorn and Direhorn Runt.

So what's our favorite? Well, you already know how we feel about dinosaurs.

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The Queue: Myotonic goats - Fri, 29 Mar 2013 11:00:00 EST

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) prefers fainting to yelling when given a choice of goat.

Poor little mytonic goats. Contrary to their name, fainting goats don't really faint -- it's just their muscles spontaneously seizing up. Thankfully it doesn't hurt the little guys, but man. Nature is weird.

wowscard asked:

Q4tQ: Are Scenarios the new Dungeons? Seriously, Blizzard seems to be moving away from the 5-man Tank/Healer/3DPS dungeon model (they've stated no more 5-mans in MoP) and moving toward a more 3 of anything scenario model. They added scenarios with MoP as an additional feature, but with the move to now "Heroic" scenarios, it screams "replacement." Are the days of 5-man dungeons numbered?

It's funny you should ask, because I wrote a fairly in-depth piece about this yesterday.

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Around Azeroth: Thunderstruck - Fri, 29 Mar 2013 10:00:00 EST

"I became obsessed with capturing images of the the lightning strikes on the Isle of Thunder the other night," writes submitter Captmoocher of Borrowed Time on Bleeding Hollow (US-H). "Out of over a hundred images, only a few actually had lightning in them and then even fewer showed it's full intensity. This one was by far the best. Arcweaver Jor'guva appears to be channeling the fury of the Thunder King to rip the ground asunder." Amongst the dead trees, the smoldering remains of a thousand charred golfers bear testament to your mom's advice: always go inside during a severe thunderstorm warning.

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Reminder: It came from the Blog's scavenger hunt is tomorrow - Fri, 29 Mar 2013 09:00:00 EST

It came from the Blog is having another scavenger hunt and you're all invited.
  • When: Tomorrow, March 30 at noon EDT (9 a.m. PDT, 10 a.m. server time)
  • Where: Meet at the fountain in the Court of the Sun in Silvermoon City on Zangarmarsh (US-PvE-H)
  • Who: Any Horde player, but you'll have a better chance of winning if you have a mount
  • How: Just ask Tizzi or any It came from the Blog member if you aren't already in our family of guilds
There will be 10 winners. The prize for each winner will be a choice of battle pets, some donated by guildies and some extras from my collection. All you have to do is complete the scavenger hunt and show the items in a trade window to me (Tizzi). The hunt will take place in a non-flying area, so only those with ground mounts will be at an advantage.

You will need 25g (which will be provided to those that are new to the server and poor) and 37 spaces in your bags. (The list is a bit longer than usual to make it more challenging.) The items will be listed in /say at the event time, so that punctual players have an advantage. I will then repeat the list 15 minutes later in event chat.

So come have some fun and maybe win a valuable battle pet. And remember, since battle pets are account-wide, you don't have to have your main on Zangarmarsh or even in the Horde in order to enjoy them.

Please join us on Zangarmarsh (US-PvE-H) in It came from the Blog. All guild ranks can invite, so /whisper Tizzi or any online member. You are all welcome as long as you play by our simple rules -- basically, don't be a funsucker! Visit the guild FAQ for more details.
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Breakfast Topic: Why can't we all find Enlightenment? - Fri, 29 Mar 2013 08:00:00 EST

As a (fairly) new monk, I have to say I love the fact that monks have their very own daily quest. Every day -- and an extra time every ten levels -- we can head out to the Peak of Serenity in Pandaria, where we train with our fellow monks.

If you aren't aware that this quest was daily, and only visited the Peak of Serenity for class quests every ten levels, you should get on board! It's easy to do -- just cast Zen Pilgrimage every day and spend a couple of minutes sparring with one of the monk trainers -- and the reward is very much worth it, not only giving you great XP, but also the Enlightenment buff that provides +50% experience from questing and killing. If you're leveling, I don't have to tell you how invaluable that kind of XP buff is. In fact, it's so invaluable, that whenever I've switched to another alt I really miss it. Leveling any other class, no matter how efficient you are with heirlooms and rested bonuses, is slower than leveling a monk.

And all I have to say is... where are the other class quests? Why don't hunters have daily target practice quests? Why don't mages have daily drills in fire, frost, and arcane magics? Why don't warlocks have daily demon duels? And what do you think, dear readers? Do other classes need their own daily quests, or would it just add to the frankly overwhelming pile of dailies we already have?

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Patch 5.3 PTR: Ghostcrawler clarifies Tri-Spec - Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:00:00 EST

I think WoW Insider was sufficiently cautious when we posted about the datamined tri-spec feature, saying, and I quote:
  • This is the PTR, and stuff can be datamined that never actually makes it to live
  • Even if it does get tested on the PTR, it doesn't necessarily follow that it will be implemented
  • Sometimes stuff gets put in the files just to mess with us.
And today, from Ghostcrawler's tweets, it looks like we were right to be cautious. He said the following this morning:
So it seems like those who took this as confirmed may have been hasty! It seems reasonable that it's an experiment, rather than a confirmed element coming into WoW. There was a healthy discussion around this, and the fear of excessive homogeneity associated with it, and it's definitely not a decision that should be made lightly.

Are you disappointed? We're not sure that we are. It'd be nice to have a third spec for your main spec, offspec and PvP spec, but would you really use it to its full potential? Do people really want to carry three sets of gear in their bags?

Do note that this doesn't mean it's definitely not in, either. What are you hoping for?

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What's the purpose of a heroic dungeon? - Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:00:00 EST

One of the more volatile announcements that we've heard so far from Blizzard regarding Mists of Pandaria is the fact that Mists will not include any more 5-man dungeons. In an expansion where new content seems to be rolling out on a much faster, tighter basis than any expansion prior this seems a little bizarre to players, particularly those that enjoy dungeon-based content. Yet one of the things Mists has been doing consistently throughout the expansion is delivering a wider array of things to do. In fact, there's such a variety in endgame content that players sometimes feel legitimately overwhelmed by the sheer amount of it.

But just because we aren't getting any new dungeons doesn't mean we aren't getting alternate ways to obtain all that sweet, sweet gear we know and love. Patch 5.3 will see the introduction of heroic scenarios, slightly tougher versions of the scenarios we've already seen this expansion. In addition to valor, the heroic scenarios will offer raid-finder level rewards for players that choose to participate in them -- better than any gear you'll find in a heroic dungeon at this point.

While this may seem pretty cool for some people, it does make one wonder -- what's the purpose of heroic dungeons?

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WoW Moviewatch: Enter - The Devil - Thu, 28 Mar 2013 18:00:00 EST

Work Warning: I don't know what this genre is called. But it loud, growling, and mostly screaming. Not much cursing though, not that you can make out the words.

I'll have to do this in two parts. Video first. The music video serves the music fairly well, I guess. The animation is fine, the scenes are fine, and it's all blended together just dandy. While it drags on a little long, and I might have tried to cram in a story, the music video does its just just fine.

The music though. I literally had to Google it to be certain I wasn't getting trolled. I'm not even sure I'm not getting trolled right now. I honestly can't tell. So, I'll just say that this music isn't my cup of joe and maybe you shouldn't listen to this if you're already buzzed on caffeine.

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The very best resources for players coming back to WoW - Thu, 28 Mar 2013 17:00:00 EST

If you used to play World of Warcraft but you've been away for a while, coming back to the game can be daunting. With as much as WoW changes patch to patch (and expansion to expansion) you may not be joining a completely new game, but it can certainly feel like it. But catching up can be hard, as news and other sites tend to talk about what's happening right now more than what's changed over the last few years.

But if you're trying to dip you toe back into WoW, we're here to say: don't be afraid! While there have been a ton of changes, it's easier to get up to speed than it's ever been with better in-game help and quests that help point the way when you need to go do something (like train riding or venture into a new zone). And on top of that, there are some great resources out there that can help you figure out up from down in the world of Azeroth and beyond.

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The Light and How to Swing It: Swap seals, not sandwiches - Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:00:00 EST

Every week, WoW Insider brings you The Light and How to Swing It for holy, protection and retribution paladins. Seasoned ret paladin Dan Desmond is here to answer your questions and provide you with your biweekly dose of retribution medicine. Contact him at dand@wowinsider.com with any questions, concerns, or suggestions!

Not being particularly captivated by anything in patch 5.2 so far, I've recently picked up a prot warrior and have carried him through some of the lower level areas. This isn't the first time I've tried leveling up a warrior; back in Wrath I had a level 80 fury warrior that was loads of fun, at least until Blizzard nerfed Titan's Grip and my poorly equipped berserker cow lost his ill-gotten mojo.

Since then I've tried to recapture that magic but there was always something that bugged me about the warrior playstyle: stance dancing. Being forced to choose between creating complicated macros or increasing my number of keybinds by some unseemly factor, I have typically opted for the hidden choice that was retiring the character. Thankfully this aspect of the warrior class seems to have been toned down a bit in Mists, so I figured I'd give our shielded brethren another go.

As paladins we don't have to deal with stances that lock us into or out of certain abilities (though many have pleaded with Blizzard to change that), but we do have something similar -- the seal system.

The Swiss Army seal

If you happened to pick up the paladin class sometime after vanilla WoW, you were fortunate enough to level up under the new seal regime. Under the old system, seals were a short-duration buff that was immediately consumed upon casting Judgement (back then they didn't skimp on the vowels!) I vaguely remember this mechanic, back when my friends first introduced me to the game. I very much disliked having to recast my seal so often, as many others did, I'm sure.

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Going Large: All-tauren guild stampedes beyond roleplaying - Thu, 28 Mar 2013 15:00:00 EST

It's a fairly safe assumption that a guild composed exclusively of members of one Azerothian race will be a roleplaying guild. If you made that assumption about The Venture Co.'s Thunderhoof Clan -- and yes, the guild is exclusively tauren -- you'd be missing most of what this guild is all about. Of course they roleplay; one glance at the guild Tumblr or website makes their love of the shu'halo life abundantly clear. But as a self-described casual guild, TC also enjoys light raiding and organized and world PvP as well as light RP. It's a fairly unique approach among race-specific groups, which usually core into racial lore and rarely engage in organized raiding or PvP.

We interviewed GM Ravkha to find out how such a specialized guild swings easily with such a wide-ranging approach to the game. For the herd!

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Patch 5.3 PTR: Shado-Pan Arena - Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:00:00 EST

It's always exciting to get a new arena to play with, and come patch 5.3, PvP fans will have had two in just one expansion. We really aren't sure what to do with ourselves! The second new arrival is the Shado-Pan Arena, as pictured above in the header image. You can hopefully make out two tiger statues, facing each other, and behind the right-hand statue you can see a dark door, through which the teams enter the arena.

The run from the door to the tiger statue is very short, and therefore allows you to quickly enter cover, as, of course, they provide good line of sight blocking points. You can also see from the picture that, at the other two corners of the map, are two raised platforms, which have fenced edges. These act a bit strangely, and I am wondering if they are bugged or subject to further adjustment.

When looking at them, one might expect that the fence or steps side of the platform would block line of sight from players below, but actually they don't. It is perfectly possible to cast up or down. The fence can easily be jumped, too, so these, at the moment at least, are simply larger, flat blocks which break line of sight on the lower level, but not from top to bottom at any point we were able to discover.

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The OverAchiever: Guide to Noblegarden 2013 - Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:00:00 EST

Every Thursday, The Overachiever shows you how to work toward those sweet achievement points. This week, bunnies take over the world.

Time to get sick on candy again, folks! That seems to be a running theme with WoW holidays.

Noblegarden will run this year from Monday, April 1 until Monday, April 8. As always, check your server's in-game calendar for the exact start and stop times. If you've never done Noblegarden before, or only done its pre-2009 version, be aware that Noble Gardener (the holiday's meta) is part of the year-long What A Long, Strange Trip It's Been achievement.

Last year, the Swift Springstrider was added to holiday vendors at the fairly steep cost of 500 Noblegarden chocolate. This year, we haven't seen anything new datamined, but Noblegarden did hit the patch 5.2 PTR in mid-February, so you never know.

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Blizzard offers an inside look at WoW's sound design - Thu, 28 Mar 2013 12:00:00 EST

Blizzard stands out amongst other game companies in their astounding array of musical entities. From legitimate choral and orchestral works, to the dedicated professionals that bring you the realistic sounds you hear every day in game -- their multidimensional musicality is astounding. Sound is often over looked in a game, but in reality it is just as important as the visuals and the text you read; everything is about creating an emotional response to what your character in-game is doing, what they're fearing, what their heroism is forcing them to undertake.

We talk a lot about how that heroism is impacted by mechanics and lore, but little about how it's impacted by the audible stimuli of the surrounding environment and its many creatures. Take a minute while you do your dailies and raiding tonight and see if you can tell what's going on just by the sounds. I think you'll be quite surprised.

In a new post on their blog, Blizzard goes into how some of their sound design was accomplished for patch 5.3 and MoP. There's some more interesting facts that we learn in the article:
  • The Zandalari Battlesaur consists of three sound layers (previewed in the video above): Voice actor Jon Olson, a bear, and a tiger
  • There's five full time people working on WoW's sound design
  • The monk's "woosh" sound was made by swinging large objects around in a circle and editing them together
Then there's also this line from Blizzard's post, which stands out as potentially the best thing ever written about Warcraft:

We also did a big vegetable destruction recording session where we tore up ears of corn, smashed walnuts, hit cabbage, and twisted celery among other things to use for sweeteners. These sounds were used in various ambiences, Monk abilities, creature exertions, farming, doodads, spells and in many different quests.

Blizzard's detailed look under the hood of sound design is available on their blog.

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The Queue: I'm going to let you finish, but SSC was the worst trash ever - Thu, 28 Mar 2013 11:00:00 EST

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

Today my question is simple: what on earth are people complaining about the ToT trash for?

I get that it's nuts on LFR, but when you get in a guild group for normal/heroic, it's just a matter of understand the mob's simple mechanic/gimmick and working around it. In two weeks I fully expect to have my guild running through the trash like no one's business.

I'm not sure if this is just standard QQ or if people have entirely forgotten about SSC/TK trash...

Daniel asked:

Why doesn't Blizzard allow for an in game client for developers to post their addons on? This seems like a less risky way to deal with keyloggers and other nasty bugs. And by in game I mean menus before you log your characters.

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Around Azeroth: A drive-by cursing - Thu, 28 Mar 2013 10:00:00 EST

Submitter Evolevort of The Dawn Watch on Wyrmrest Accord (US-A) just couldn't be bothered to deal with the hassle of dismounting to kill enemies in the Borean Tundra. That was so, like, two expansions ago! Instead, he figured out a way to shadowbolt his opponents to death without ever leaving his horse. Afterwards, he swung by Valiance Keep so he could show off his super-evil outfit to all the barmaids. Ladies, he's single!

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Patch 5.3 PTR: The Kor'kron are taking over - Thu, 28 Mar 2013 09:00:00 EST

Wowhead posted a short recap of this recently, and of course we had to go and check it out. The Kor'kron, for those who aren't aware, are effectively the Horde Warchief's bodyguards, his secret police, only, they're not so secret these days. Our lore experts clarified for me that, although they're now loyal to Garrosh, they were brought in by Thrall, to keep the Warchief free to do his chiefly things. And now, presumably at Garrosh's behest, they're branching out into invading territories all over Kalimdor.

On the PTR, currently at least, the Kor'kron are at their most active in the Northern and Southern Barrens. There, you can find settlements, like the ones pictured above, along with a host of other Kor'kron incursions into this once relatively peaceful area.

There are elite mobs, marked on the map by red crosses, which need at least three people to take down, and apparently drop Latent Kor'kron items. At this point, the elites don't seem to tap to anyone, as far as the loot goes at least, but there's also the distinct possibility that I've just been unlucky. You can also have a blast just killing the Kor'kron, although they rarely drop anything at all, let alone anything of use. There are Kor'kron Motivators and other elite mobs within the camps on occasion, too, who drop high quality items.

But for me, the most exciting part of the Kor'kron invasion of the Barrens is the caravans.

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Breakfast Topic: Should characters be able to learn all professions? - Thu, 28 Mar 2013 08:00:00 EST

In a recent Call to Auction podcast with WoW Insider writer and profession/economy specialist Basil "Euripedes" Bentsen, WoW Lead Systems Designer Greg Street and Professions Designer He-Rim Woo intimated that Blizzard might be toying with the idea of expanding the number of professions players can have. "We've even considered whether it makes sense to let characters learn more than two professions (or maybe even all of them)," they told Euripedes. "We have nothing to announce yet in this direction. It's just brainstorming at this stage."

Personally, I'm a huge supporter of a robust crafting system that's central to both the economy and player gearing. Crafted purples -- I love 'em. But strengthening the professions as a whole could mean a major overhaul to the difficulty and accessibility of what the game allows individual players to accomplish. If player-made items were to play a more central role in modern Azeroth, how should the scaling of professions and crafting change to accommodate that? Should changing professions be difficult? Expensive? Should you remember recipes if you drop a profession and then pick it up again? Or should you be able to learn as many professions as you care to put the time into training?

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