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Hellscream's Kitchen: Sliced peaches - Mon, 03 Jun 2013 19:00:00 EST

Once upon a time, WoW Insider ran a food column wherein we made real-life recipes to correspond with WoW's in-game recipes. Since everything old is new again, and I really like to cook, we're bringing it back! I'm going to do my best to mirror the progression of the recipes actually in-game, so we're starting with one that only requires a cooking skill of one: sliced peaches.

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Blizzard will be at San Diego Comic-Con - Mon, 03 Jun 2013 18:00:00 EST

Blizzard Entertainment announced today that they will have a presence at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. They'll have a booth on the show floor where some of their writers and artists will be signing and they'll also be showing off some of the new products being introduced this year. New to this year are exclusive SDCC items that they will be selling at their booth.

Blizzard will be releasing their schedule and the product list ahead of time -- details coming soon. It is likely that their newly released Art of Blizzard Entertainment book will be there to be purchased and signed. Though if you want to purchase it ahead of time or aren't going to the Comic-Con, Amazon has a great deal on it right now.

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Patch 5.3: New gear vendors for Cataclysm leveling - Mon, 03 Jun 2013 17:00:00 EST

Two new gear vendors were added in Patch 5.3 that sell ilevel 232 gear so that you can immediately do the Blackrock Cavern and Throne of Tides dungeons upon reaching level 80. The ilevel requirement for both dungeons is 226 which is greater than the questing and dungeon gear from Wrath of the Lich King. Before the patch, if you were leveling up via dungeons, you had to stop and quest for a bit at level 80 in order to get the ilevel of gear required to continue running instances.

Quartermaster Iris Moondreamer at the Nordrassil Inn in Hyjal sells full sets of gear for each class. In Vash'jir, Erunak Stonespeaker saves you from drowning and then sells the same gear as Iris. The beginning quest reward gear in Cataclysm is ilevel 272, so questing for a while will get you better equipment, but these new vendors help close the gear gap.

Note: If you are choosing to buy your gear from Erunak, make sure to do so before completing the quest chain that gets you out of the sunken ship. as he stops being a vendor in the next phase.

I had missed this detail in the patch notes so it was a pleasant surprise when questing in Hyjal on a mage that had leveled the previous 20 levels via pet battles and archaeology. Though the gear gap isn't as large between the older expansions, I'd still like to see more supply vendors like these and the ones in Pandaria as you level up, particularly if you are doing so in a non-traditional way.

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Video: A short history of the WoW movie - Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:00:00 EST

In light of the recent news about the WoW movie, WoW Insider thought we'd prepare a short recap of its history. We begin way, way back in 2006, when it was first announced that Blizzard and Legendary Pictures had agreed to collaborate on a live-action representation of the Warcraft universe. Since then, the movie has gone through several changes, in a six-year on-again-off-again saga. This is explored in more depth in the video above, but I'll summarize some of the key dates here:
  • 2006: Warcraft movie announced, Legendary and Blizzard collaborate
  • 2009: Writer Gary Whitta leaves, Sam Raimi is announced as Director with Chris Metzen.
  • 2009: Robert Rodat is announced as screenwriter
  • 2010: Announcement at BlizzCon that the script is "pretty much laid down"
  • 2012: In July Sam Raimi left the team
  • 2012: In August, Variety announced that Charles Leavitt was the new writer
  • 2013: In January, Duncan Jones is announced as the new Director
  • 2013: April sees the announcement that VFX will be handled by Bill Westenhofer
  • 2013: Slashfilm asserts that the film will release in 2015, filming starting in January 2014.
We'd love to hear your thoughts on all this, as I mention in the video, the script has obviously been a major stumbling block. What are you hoping to see? When are you hoping to see it? And will it be better than all the other video game movies?

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Officers' Quarters: Next in command - Mon, 03 Jun 2013 15:00:00 EST

Every Monday, Scott Andrews contributes Officers' Quarters, a column about the ins and outs of guild leadership. He is the author of The Guild Leader's Handbook.

Some people became guild leaders because they had a vision for a new type of guild or a new policy. Some just saw a need for better organization among a group of friends and took up the mantle. Some are elected. Some volunteer. Others have the position thrust upon them.

Such is the case for the author of this week's email:

Hi Scott,

I was recently given the GM position by my former GM who also happens to be our raid leader. He's cancelled his subscription as he's not enjoying the game anymore, and left everything to me. His leaving has caused other members to leave as well, for similar reasons. I can't fault them for not wanting to stay if they aren't enjoying the game.

I initially feared these people leaving would be the death of both the raid team and the guild (we are small, with few people playing other than to raid), but other members of the guild have stepped up and begun to help with recruiting to replace our missing raiders, and I am very appreciative of their efforts.

So my greatest problem at this point is that I never wanted to be GM or raid leader, and now I'm both.

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Worlds Yet to Conquer: Ideas for new content in old places - Mon, 03 Jun 2013 14:00:00 EST

There is a ton of lore in the Warcraft setting, from the first RTS game to the current MMO, four expansions down and counting. And one of the things I love about the setting is just how much we haven't seen yet, for all that we've been to Outland and fought the Scourge in Northrend and are now battling the effects of the Sha while dealing with old Titan repositories and mogu armies in Pandaria.

When Cataclysm came out, one of the better revamped quest areas was in Winterspring, where the remnants of the Blue Dragonflight after the death of Malygos were trying to combat an incursion by forces from outside Azeroth. I was thrilled to see satyrs from Xoroth and new etherals, because it got me excited about all the places in the Warcraft setting I haven't been yet. So I started thinking about places in that setting, both on Azeroth and beyond, where I would love to see a dungeon or a raid to get us to go back and explore them, or even to introduce those places to the game for the first time. And because this just happens to be a website that talks about WoW, I have a ready-made place to discuss these things with you.

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Blood Pact: Using CompareBot to see differences in logs - Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:00:00 EST

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Blood Pact for affliction, demonology, and destruction warlocks. This week, Megan O'Neill didn't waste time getting a Whole Body Shrinka' so she could re-enact the Genie describing his living arrangments.

Originally, the last part of this column's series on World of Logs (WoL) would be talking about the other parts of RaidBots (EpeenBot and DPSBot) with WoL rankings, but as time went on, I realized I wanted to look at that data over a patch or tier rather than over just a week. Besides, I believe it's time next week for a break in these serious warlock matters.

The previous four posts went over a very basic introduction to WoL, the graphs of WoL important to warlocks, looking at buffs and debuffs on a timeline, and digging deep into the combat log. This final post will look at comparing two logs more easily than flipping between browser tabs.

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Californian WoW players imprisoned for neglect - Mon, 03 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST

A story has emerged today about a WoW-playing couple, who have been imprisoned in Southern California. The Albany Tribune states that the couple, both 41, were charged with two counts of child abuse, and two of false imprisonment, relating to the ten-year-old and five-year-old girls who were in their care. This is according to a statement from the Orange County District Attorney's office.

It is reported that the two girls were locked in the couple's mobile home while said couple played World of Warcraft. The home was highly unsanitary. When police arrived, they reported that it was covered in mold, cobwebs, trash and even feces, and lacked a working toilet. The girls themselves were malnourished, with matted hair, rotted teeth and dirt crusted on their feet. The girls, who were related to the couple, were not permitted to leave the mobile home for any reason, including school.

While mass media may be quick to hop on the bandwagon of blaming World of Warcraft for tragic events such as these, it is an unfortunate truth that abuse happens with or without video games as part of the equation. World of Warcraft is not to blame for this couple's neglect of these children. Parenting and World of Warcraft can actually work really well together, in the right hands.

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The Queue: Flight, Darkmoon CRZ, and more - Mon, 03 Jun 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. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

What's this? People actually asked questions in a Sunday Queue? Hooray, I have something to talk about!

Brian asked:

Blizzard stated that if they could redo wow they would have never implemented flying mounts, and awesome that they are, I agree with the. But the question is: what would the best alternative be? I was thinking special crawler mounts that move at 60% speed but could scale cliffs to a certain steepness. What do you think?

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Around Azeroth: Victory in death - Mon, 03 Jun 2013 10:00:00 EST

"In addition to dying spectacularly, Spectacular Death on Llane (US-A) has a tendency to find ways to break an encounter," writes guild leader Gimmlette. "Their recent run of 10-man Icecrown Citadel went more than a little askew. They were merrily blasting through the raid when they got to Arthas. With the amount of firepower of the eight 90s in the group, he never really got a chance to progress through the phases of the encounter. He didn't kill everyone until he himself was at 0%. When three minutes had passed and the group hadn't been rezzed, Zyemay pointed out there was still a drudge ghoul standing behind Arthas. (We named him Ted.) The tank, Skipkick, released, came back, killed the ghoul, was killed and then the encounter started up again. Everyone who needed the achievement got it, as well as a couple of achievements the group thought it had not received because no achievement registered at the time the boss was downed. At least one person got their Nausea, Heartburn, Indigestion after receiving their Fall of the Lich King achievement. So, yeah. Just another normal night of Spectacular Death raiding."

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Drama Mamas: Raiding remedies - Mon, 03 Jun 2013 09:00:00 EST

Drama Mamas Lisa Poisso and Robin Torres are experienced gamers and real-life mamas -- and just as we don't want our precious babies to be the ones kicking and wailing on the floor of the checkout lane next to the candy, neither do we want you to become known as That Guy on your realm.

The above video has nothing to do with this week's topic. I just like it. Anyway, this week we have two letters again, both about raid teams. Lisa and I disagree on the second letter, which is always fun.
Dear Drama Mamas,

I have a problem with my guild that I was hoping I could get some insight on.

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My guild is a casual guild with one core 10-man raid group. They have been having issues with attendance with one of their dps and one frustrated afternoon asked me to step in. At first I was asked to be a substitute but as time went on it became apparent that their dps was not going to return. When I started I was poorly geared but with a little hard work, some enchants and gems, and reforging I was able to greatly improve not only my gear but my dps. I was thrilled and can honestly say very happy with the way things were going.

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Breakfast Topic: Have you ever ragequit from a WoW group? - Mon, 03 Jun 2013 08:00:00 EST

Temper tantrums aren't really my style. Thanks to years spent onstage in the theatre, my first reaction to any sort of problem is to make sure the audience never knows anything unusual is going on. If something in game irks me that much, I tend to grit my teeth and get through it for the moment. After that, of course, I may well choose to never go back and do that particular thing ever, ever again.

But nothing sends me into a rage faster than those clueless types who bat their eyes while innocently murmuring, "It's just a game, people. It's just the internet. This isn't real life." Players who still manage to think this way even in today's connected age are typically the first ones to thoughtlessly pull the plug when they get their panties in a twist over one thing or another. That whole attitude? Grrr. Stay away from me. If I even so much as get a whiff of that attitude, I'll ... I'll ragequit on you before you ragequit on me.

Have you ever ragequit a WoW group or raid? We're not talking about slipping out of a dysfunctional situation based on sheer frustration; we're talking a full-on, spittle-flecked ragequit with slamming keyboards and turning off the computer power button. What was the thing that broke you down? That bad? Yeah, that bad.

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Why we're thankful for the Name Change service - Sun, 02 Jun 2013 20:00:00 EST

The Name Change service is old news but I continue to be thankful for it every time I log into my hunter. He has a noble name that sounds very elf-like without being something silly like Lolegolas or McBlasty. But that wasn't always the case. I didn't think I'd enjoy playing a hunter and I had no expectation that he'd make it long.

I rolled a night elf (I thought 'Dark Elf' at the time), realized he could use two weapons, and named him... Drizzsst. You know. Like Do'Urden. He may have had a Tauren lover that I also rolled named Cattlebree. We had a guild named Underdim. Don't judge me, man, I was only going to play them a little while.

But it turned out that I really liked my hunter (including a bat named Bruce) and I played him bunches. And he quickly became my favorite character, even gaining the Lieutenant rank in the old battlegrounds. And I played on a RP server. So you can see the problem. Awesome character, horrible name.

The Name Change service fixed all that for me. What about you? What horrible character decisions did you come to regret later in life? Was it a bad name? Or, perhaps, a beard that seemed noble on the dwarf, until you realize it stuck oddly through every helmet and chestpiece you would ever own. Share your painful, irony stories in the comments!

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Know Your Lore: The Alliance and Horde - Sun, 02 Jun 2013 18:00:00 EST

The World of Warcraft is an expansive universe. You're playing the game, you're fighting the bosses, you know the how -- but do you know the why? Each week, Matthew Rossi and Anne Stickney make sure you Know Your Lore by covering the history of the story behind World of Warcraft.

To ask why we fight, is to ask why the leaves fall -- it is in their nature.

The Alliance and Horde have been notoriously at each other's throats since the two factions began in the days of the First and Second Wars. And although I have come up with some crazy theories regarding the innate reasons behind that latent aggression between the two factions, they're simply theories. They may make sense, in a bizarre and meta fashion, but they are in no way true. So here we are, left with a simple question: What makes the Alliance and Horde so prone to aggression? Why do they continue to battle, and turn their noses at the thought of making peace?

While I do enjoy coming up with fanciful reasons for all of this, there is one blatant, simple reason that stands on its own: Misunderstanding. Sheer, unadulterated ignorance and a stubborn unwillingness to try and understand. Both sides possess a single-minded obsession with violence and retribution that has never faded, nearly thirty years after the events of the First War. And when you step back and take a look at the conflict between the two factions with a neutral eye, the whole of the aggression turns into a delightful, tragic, almost laughable comedy of errors and escalation.

Let's take a look at where some of the common misconceptions surrounding both Horde and Alliance have gotten us.

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WoW Moviewatch: Code Monkey - Sun, 02 Jun 2013 16:00:00 EST

On this beautiful Sunday afternoon, we'll continue our Staff Picks series by sharing Robin Torres's favorite machinima. It's not functional or elegant but maybe manager wants to write machinima himself. Here's what Robin said about Code Monkey:

Code Monkey was first machinima I ever watched. It was also my first introduction to Jonathon Coulton's music. It's a fun song set to a fun video and still one of my favorites.


Experienced machnima viewers know that Spiffworld provides all the JoCo love you could ever want in machinima form. Plenty of WoW fans learned about the performer through Spiff's ambassadorial work.
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The Queue: Meow - Sun, 02 Jun 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.

Meow meow, meow meowmeowmeow meowmeowmeowmeow, meow meow meowmeow meowmeow meow meowmeowmeowmeowmeow.

msadlerjr asked:

Unless things change, if 5.4 is suppose to be Ogrimmar Raid and Garrosh is the end boss for this expansion....next expansion is probably not at least year away ....does that make sense? Do you think we won't kill Garrosh, he will go on the run and we chase him down with another Big Boss #2 for 5.6? Just seems a lot of time unless they plan on having expansion at end of this year. That in my opinion is way to quick for me to be forking out another $40+ lol

I can't really speculate on what goes down in the next expansion, but yes, you're right in that it's almost certainly not far away. We should expect an alpha/beta not long after BlizzCon and the expansion itself not more than 6 months later, though that estimate relies on 5.4 being released prior to BlizzCon, which may or may not happen.

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Sunday Morning Funnies: Looking for Group - Sun, 02 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST

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

Every week, we're profiling a different WoW-related web comic. This week, we're taking a look at Looking for Group (LFG):

Looking for Group is, unlike many of the other comics, not just a (time-consuming and awesome) hobby. In fact, it has a whole team behind it. A team including personnel with titles like "logistics manager" and "communications director." They are part of the Blind Ferret network. LFG was launched in November of 2006 and has grown to be very popular.

It is a fantasy-themed comic that is loosely based on WoW; however, it's very accessible to non-WoW players. It "follows the adventures of Cale'Anon and Richard, as well as their companions." It's story-based but also humorous. The warlock Richard is the primary source of comedy as well as the entry point for readers who don't usually enjoy comics heavy on story.

Looking for Group is Canadian. It's written by Ryan Sohmer and drawn by Lar DeSouza. You can read a bit more about them and the rest of the team on their About page.

Looking for Group updates Mondays and Thursdays.

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Around Azeroth: Triple threat - Sun, 02 Jun 2013 10:00:00 EST

You'll have to click on this link to get the full screenshot, because this image from Qwade of Oblivion on Burning Legion (US-A) was so awesome it would literally break our gallery to host it. Qwade plays with a triple-monitor setup, so when he decided to try out the new Armored Bloodwing mount over the Dread Wastes, he was truly able to appreciate the beast's gigantic wingspan. But is it a wingspan worth $25? That's for you to decide.

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Breakfast Topic: Do you buy in-game items at the Blizzard store? - Sun, 02 Jun 2013 08:00:00 EST

Blizzard recently released the Armored Bloodwing mount in the Blizzard store. I don't know about you, but I've seen quite a few out in the wild, with some of them just hanging around big cities, showing off. This mount is not quite to my taste -- I'm a huge sparkle pony fan -- but I like its aesthetic and I see the appeal.

Other than the Celestial Steed, I also bought the Wind Rider Cub plushy and in-game pet set. And the Spousal Unit has the Winged Guardian mount. (I think he's eyeing the Armored Bloodwing too. Hmmm. Father's Day is coming up ...) In addition, we each have the collector's editions for several years and all the pets included there.

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Vanessa VanCleef should come back from the dead - Sat, 01 Jun 2013 20:00:00 EST

While getting ready to feature Welcome to the Deadmines, Alex Ziebart and I had a brief conversation about the lore of that classic dungeon. We felt it a shame that Vanessa VanCleef was unceremoniously murderized by the players as they completed the storyline. At first, I thought my regrets at Vanessa's death centered on losing a cool NPC. But the conversation's been on my mind and I kept mulling it over. And then the real reason Vanessa's death bothered me finally became clear.

Vanessa VanCleef was the story the Alliance needed, and it was the one we deserved. Vanessa VanCleef's story was amazing. We need the VanCleefs back.

I'll summarize the story for folks who maybe don't read quests or play Alliance. But keep in mind: all of this played out in World of Warcraft. You didn't need to play any game besides WoW or read anything except quests to see this entire story.

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WoW Moviewatch: Arms of Hades - The Touch - Sat, 01 Jun 2013 18:00:00 EST

Let's keep this cartoon nostalgia train rolling, folks! Arms of Hades - The Touch is another 80s cartoon inspiration from David Nguyen, who was originally inspired by those amazing folks in Fifth Element. I'd say he's more than picked up his own steam now.

On the off chance you don't know the original, take some time and enjoy this epic scene from Transformers: The Movie. As a legit child of this era who remembers The Touch very, very well (and may even have danced to it at a homecoming), I'm forced to stand in awe and quietly salute you. Very well done, sir. You've got the touch.
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The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Itemization Concerns - Sat, 01 Jun 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.

I admit the title is a fancy way for me to say I want to talk about a bunch of stuff, all related to warriors without dedicating the entire column to one of the topics. These things I want to discuss include:
  1. The ridiculous dependence on crit to the exclusion of pretty much all other DPS stats for fury.
  2. Warrior tank threat/DPS and how it holds back the class.
  3. The ridiculous amount of hit on Throne of Thunder gear.
  4. Why I'm still annoyed that haste does nothing for protection warriors.
I know I've been flogging that haste for protection horse for a while, but it just irks me to see two of the plate classes getting solid use out of haste/expertise or haste/mastery gear for their tank sets and we get nothing. Considering point #2 for warrior tanks (namely, that our DPS and thus threat is just way behind the other tanks) I find it absolutely maddening to see haste be so completely useless for protection warriors. It doesn't give us resources at all, due to the way rage regenerates in Defensive Stance - it doesn't even help us with our rage generators like Shield Slam and Revenge because haste does nothing for our GCD. I took a pair of haste legs for my tank set recently (they were still a huge upgrade, that's how bad my old tank legs were) and every time I look at that haste on them, and know I can't reforge all of it away, I get this lump in my gut where the snarky itemization elitist in me says haste? Really?

I hate that guy. I hate him even more because I know he's right. Haste has no business on my tanking gear because haste does nothing for a warrior tank. Nothing. We don't even generate rage from our autoattacks, so the miniscule increase in attack speed doesn't even avail us.

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WRUP: In the Arms of a Bat - Sat, 01 Jun 2013 14:00:00 EST

Bats are clearly the superior totem animal, as proven by the absolute dominance of Batman over every other superhero ever. So while we were canvassing your intrepid WoW Insider staff to find out what thye're doing with our weekend, we had to ask about bats. Is the Armored Bloodwing the coolest mount ever, or just the coolest mount to exist so far? Also, if you somehow believe the Armored Bloodwing isn't the final word in best mounts ever, what mount tickles your fancy?

What about you folks? When you feel that gripping need for speed, which mount is your go-to choice? No matter what you choose; no buzzing the tower.

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The Queue: Rescue Me - Sat, 01 Jun 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.

Commenter JeffLaBowski requested this video as today's header, and I'm happy to oblige.

lackinganame asked:

5.3 content seems a little "light" dose this mean we can expect 5.4 to drop quicker then other patches?

Not necessarily; you should expect to wait about as long as the wait between 5.1 and 5.2 for 5.4. 5.1 was another smaller (read: non-raid) content patch and it came out pretty swiftly as well. Look for 5.4 around the end of summer.

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Around Azeroth: I just want to ride my motorcycle - Sat, 01 Jun 2013 10:00:00 EST

With all the recent brou-ha-ha, it sometimes seems like nothing can bridge the gulf between the Horde and Alliance. Nothing ... except the love of a good bike. Submitter Killswitch on Moon Guard (US-H) took this picture at Moon Guard's server-wide Memorial Day event to commemorate the lives lost in the war between the Horde and Alliance, as well as the significantly less fun wars here on Earth. You know it's not a PvP server when things like this don't turn into a complete bloodbath.

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Breakfast Topic: Have you ever been the cause of guild-killing guild drama? - Sat, 01 Jun 2013 08:00:00 EST

I admit it: I've been the first domino in guild-killing guild drama. It wasn't anything I said or did that set off the firestorm. But over the course of, oh, nearly 15 years of guild-based MMOs, my curt and final departure from two utterly dysfunctional guilds was most definitely the event that precipitated a cascade of drama leading to the spectacular implosion of both groups.

(See? I told you so. Shoulda left when I did.)

Still, I didn't actually cause the guild-killing drama. I can't say the same for my intrepid spouse, who is quite content to march into the breach of guild dissension with guns blazing. He's not the type to just pack up his toys and go home, like I am. Yeah, he'd be the first to admit he's probably said some things that caused people to go for one another's throats, eventually choking out the entire guild in a frenzy of righteous accusations. Good times. (Not.)

'Fess up: Have you ever said or done something that's set off a guild-wiping drama bomb? Was it a mistake on your part, or would you actually do or say the same thing again? (Yikes.)

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Weekly news roundup with Panser of TradeChat - Fri, 31 May 2013 20:00:00 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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Warcraft movie to finally start filming in early 2014 - Fri, 31 May 2013 19:35:00 EST

It's been a long time coming, but the Warcraft movie may finally be filming in the first quarter of 2014. Producer Charles Roven told Slashfilm of the 2014 date, so there's a good chance we'll see Warcraft on the big screen by 2015 -- the release date that was floating around when Duncan Jones was announced as the movie's director early this year.

As to the details of story or casting, no one knows anything for sure -- but with filming starting in 2014, we're bound to find out more details soon.

Thanks to readers Craig and Timothy for the tip!


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My favorite imaginary class mounts - Fri, 31 May 2013 19:00:00 EST

Well, even more imaginary, I guess. Technically all of World of Warcraft is imaginary. But this post on the EU forums got me thinking: what kind of cool class mounts do I wish existed in the game? What with the Armored Bloodwing up for grabs in the Blizzard Store, I guess I have mounts on the brain.

For warriors, I want a mix of the fanciful and the gritty. I want an armored rhino mount. Something like the Wooly White Rhino, but with armor plates all over it, so heavily armored that it looks like a mound of metal coming to gore you. Like a rhino wearing Onslaught. A rhino wearing Onslaught with Christopher Lee's album playing in the background.

Some classes also come to mind - hunters should get to tame a mount, shaman should get a huge elemental ascendant version of a racial mount (so orc shamans would get a stone worg, while draenei would get a fire elekk and so on) and priests should get angel wings (or in the case of shadow priests, dark angel wings) like Imperius from Diablo III.

So what are your suggestions? What class mounts would you like to see?

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WoW Moviewatch Staff Pick: Welcome to the Deadmines - Fri, 31 May 2013 18:00:00 EST

Welcome to a WoW Moviewatch Staff Picks special! Each of our staff members will get the chance to feature one of their favorite videos, and tell us all why they love it. Mr. Ziebart goes first, and he chose: Welcome to the Deadmines. This is what Alex had to say about the video.

Welcome to the Deadmines was released before Cataclysm's remix of the dungeon. The first iteration of the Deadmines was near and dear to people like me, who had been playing the game since launch. Not only is Welcome to the Deadmines an excellent piece of machinima on its own, but it kicked me in the nostalgia, too.

Something about this video makes me want to dive right into Van Cleef's stomping grounds. Created by legendary machinima stars like Adrian Drott, Jesse Cox, Irdeen, Matt Greenburg, and more, Welcome to the Deadmines packs one heck of a talented punch.
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Phat Loot Phriday: Armored Bloodwing - Fri, 31 May 2013 17:00:00 EST

"Na na na na na na na na, batmount!" Throgg cried as he cruised the Armored Bloodwing in for an impressive landing. At least, impressive was probably Throgg's plan. In reality, the bat faceplanted into a bush with the grace of a hyperactive dwarf.

"What was that all about?" Lolegolas asked, watching the hefty orc pick himself up from the ground.

"Still getting the hang of that," Throgg muttered, swatting an errant leaf from his sinewed thigh. "Handles a little tight. The echo-location must be off. Which is funny because you wouldn't think locating echoes would be difficult for a bat."

For its part, the bat seemed nonplussed.

"Seriously, Throgg," the blood elf countered. "What in the heck is that thing?"

"What? Are you Alliance? Are you a gnome or something? What in the Twisting Nether do you think it is?" Throgg asked incredulously. "It's an Elune-praised bat mount."

"Thanks for that," Lolegolas muttered. "There's bound to be bat-complaints now."

Item Note: You can't have a bat mount without a few good bat-jokes to set up the bat-weekend. This bat mount is available in the Blizzard bat-store.
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Book of Tyrael to release this October - Fri, 31 May 2013 16:00:00 EST

Blizzard has at long last announced the official release date for the anticipated Book of Tyrael: October 1, 2013. The Book of Tyrael will cover many important events in Sanctuary's history through the eyes of the Archangel Tyrael, someone you should recognize if you're familiar with the Diablo franchise. In it, Tyrael will reveal many secrets of the world, the dangers it faces, and the reasons behind his own actions.

Not much in the way of previews is yet available - the cover is up at the link for you to appreciate - but I am certain that The Book of Tyrael will be choc full of beautiful artwork. With supplementary materials like this, Blizzard always delivers. It's the main reason I keep buying the expansion collector's editions: I want those books!

The Book of Tyrael will certainly be a fine collector's item for fans of the Diablo franchise. Are any of you readers Diablo lore junkies? If so, this should certainly answer many of your questions (and probably raise a few more, as well)!

Editor's Note: Corrected the original date.

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MMOs don't work in the US says Take-Two Interactive - Fri, 31 May 2013 15:00:00 EST

At the Cowen and Company Technology, Media and Telecom Conference this week, Take-Two Interactive's chairman Strauss Zelnick told crowds that MMOs just don't work in North America. "How many MMOs have been successful in the US?" Strauss mused. "Two: World of Warcraft and EverQuest." This is why Take-Two is focusing on Asian markets for its own massively multiplayer games and why, Zelnick suggested (without mentioning anyone by name), Blizzard had to reboot development of their own Project Titan.

However, while WoW's numbers have had a much-ballyhooed decline, its current 8.3 million subscribers is nothing to sneeze at. But does America's poor track record with MMOs mean Titan is doomed before it's even managed to get a release date? Zelnick and Take-Two seem fairly certain MMOs don't have a future, but we intend to wait and see.


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From Graphics to Community: Grading the newbie experience in WoW - Fri, 31 May 2013 14:00:00 EST

One of the major things about World of Warcraft, and any game in general as it ages, is the ability for new players to pick it up and run with it. If a game isn't newbie friendly, then there's less ability to attract growth. Throughout WoW's lifetime thus far there have been major changes in the gaming demeographic and expectations therein.

For instance, MMOs were once considered hard and somewhat unapproachable. WoW did a lot to change the opinion of that, and we're now seeing new MMOs pop out of the woodwork every few months. This isn't a bad thing either -- the bigger the marketplace, the better the competition and the better games we all get. But with that said, those other games are developing better ways for new players to get involved. That means that WoW constantly has to evolve in order for it to attract new players. And that's where the heart of the matter lies.

Has WoW evolved enough to attract the next generation of players?

Before we draw any conclusions, let's break it down into a few areas of concentration to help us figure out if WoW is still newbie friendly.

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The Queue: The Monster With 21 Faces - Fri, 31 May 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. Matthew Rossi is fielding your questions and statements today.

I'm not talking about some new WoW boss. The Monster with 21 Faces is the name of a villain from a series of novels by Japanese mystery author Edogawa Rampo. However, imagine if someone started actually committing successful crimes while calling him, her, or themselves the Joker and you'll have what happened in the case of the Monster with 21 Faces. You see, someone really did commit crimes using that name, almost 20 years after Rampo's death, and whoever they may have been the Monster with 21 Faces was never caught.

The Monster with 21 Faces targeted two of the biggest names in food production in Japan, including kidnapping the head of Glico Morinaga, sent mocking letters to the media and press, successfully laced food with extremely toxic substances, and in short behaved, again, exactly like the Joker. They only stopped their unusual criminal rampage when the police superintendent of Shiga Prefecture committed suicide by burning himself to death.

The case has remained unsolved to this day. Anyway, how's about that World of Warcraft?

BaronOfTheLake asks:
Has anyone else, especially melee, had problems trying to click on things that are somewhere else since the new patch came out? I've noticed it especially on the blobs in Primordius (every time I try to attack one, it says that I'm not facing the right direction or that I'm too far away) and in pick up dead fish quests in Golden Lotus dailies. It isn't a lag issue, as my latency is the same. It's just super disorienting and frustrating, as I like to be precise with my movements and attacks.

Yes, I have had this happen to me. It was happening all last night during raid, actually. Other raiders seemed to be DCing a lot around the same time, but I have no idea if it was connected, and no idea what causes it or if it's a bug or an addon or what have you.

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Around Azeroth: Which is the mask and which is the face? - Fri, 31 May 2013 10:00:00 EST

Spoiler alert: They're both masks. "My character had been feeling a little sick one day while walking along the Serpent's Spine," writes submitter Burkendah of Revelations on Blackwing Lair (US-H). "But he didn't he would start looking that bad. Considering that he is a resto druid, he should be able to handle whatever ailment is affecting him. But a professional second opinion from a doctor wouldn't hurt."

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Breakfast Topic: Do you play WoW with a family member? - Fri, 31 May 2013 08:00:00 EST

I have two duos going right now. I'm playing a mistweaver with The Spousal Unit's brewmaster and I'm playing a windwalker with The Spawn's frost mage. Both are good times but very different. My daughter and I are leveling very slowly. We stop to smell every peacebloom and sometimes the only questing we get done are the Ironforge cooking and fishing dailies. But we're having a great time tooling around on my two-seater rocket and generally being silly.

The duo with The Spousal Unit is completely different. We're speeding through dungeons on our monk experience buffs and he's definitely a GOGOGOer. I prefer a slower pace -- enough to actually see my surroundings rather than just running from place to place watching health bars. But he wants to get through as many instances as possible in a session. This has led to some discord, but for the most part we are happily GOGOGOing.

Are you playing with a significant other, sibling, parent, or child? Or are you the lone WoW player in your family? Or do you purposely not play with family because of possible out-of-game drama being brought in game or vice versa?

The family that plays together stays together? Maybe? Let us know.

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Blizzard soliciting more pet battle feedback - Thu, 30 May 2013 20:00:00 EST

Last week, Blizzard was looking for feedback about possible changes to elemental and mechanical pets. This week, they have some proposed passive effect changes for patch 5.4 about which they'd like player responses.
Crithto
Thank you to everyone who has shared their feedback with us so far, we appreciate it. Based on some of the comments we've received, here is an updated list of potential changes we're hoping to include in Patch 5.4:
  • The Magic passive now caps damage taken at 35% of maximum health, buffed from 40%.
  • The Dragonkin passive effect now activates when the enemy is taken below 50% health, up from 25%.
  • The Aquatic passive now reduces DOT damage by 50%, up from 25%.
  • The Elemental passive effect now only affect negative, direct effects of weather (e.g. the accuracy reduction of Sandstorm won't be applied, but the damage reduction will).
  • The Critter passive now makes critters completely immune to roots, stuns, and sleeps.
Keep that feedback rollin' in!

Most of these look like pretty big buffs, but do battle pets need to be tweaked anymore? If you have an opinion, head over to the official forums and let Blizzard know what you think.

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Hearthstone's Earth Elemental card deals a world of pun-ishment - Thu, 30 May 2013 19:00:00 EST

Over on the Hearthstone official site, a new shaman minion card has been revealed: the Earth Elemental, and it's designed to deal crushing blows to its opponents. This minion has a truly mountainous amount of attack power and health compared to its mana cost. Be careful, though, its Overload ability reduces your available mana for the following turn, which could make the going a bit rocky!

To avoid this, you can pair the Earth Elemental with complementary cards such as the Ancestral Spirit, which will bring it back to combat without incurring the penalty and help to crystallize your victory. As a bonus, the preview also details another card that works well with Ancestral Spirit, but you'll have to rock up the page yourself to find out what.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to run away from my computer to hide from the landslide of outrage I fully expect my (word)Play Hearthstone plug to incur!

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WoW Moviewatch: An Inconvenient Expansion - Thu, 30 May 2013 18:00:00 EST

Today's machinima from Lagspike Films is one you've probably seen before. Released just a few weeks before the launch of Cataclysm, An Inconvenient Expansion brings the climate change discussion to Azeroth in a humorous way.

I remember when this machinima was first released, I was suspicious that I might be watching something I would hate. I've found discussing real world issues with WoW players often ends in disaster so I was wary when I saw a character, named Al Boar, correlating the rise in global temperature to the rise in vanity pets. To my pleasant surprise though, the whole machinima never really gets too serious and the script is quite funny.

Beyond that, I love the animation in this video. When things really get started I found myself impressed with a lot of little things ... From the way the grounds splits open, to the way Deathwing's silhouette perches atop a mountain. It looks great without a lot of attention being directed toward it.
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