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5 things I want my daughter to learn from WoW - Sat, 04 May 2013 20:00:00 EST

It's amazing how time flies. It seems like just yesterday my daughter was born, and now I'm already planning her first birthday party. And while I try to carefully moderate how much time I spend around here talking about mini-me, it's pretty clear she's an important part of my life. Just as obviously, I spend a lot of time thinking about her while I cruise the wide world of Azeroth.

The game clearly isn't intended for young critters such as she, but there's a surprising amount of wisdom traipsing around WoW for my daughter to soak up. In honor of Children's Week, these 5 things are cardinal lessons I think she might be able to learn from some time spent adventuring in Azeroth.

1. Find your own fun. Azeroth is a big place and WoW is just as expansive. You can craft, adventure, raid, PvP, collect obscure items, battle pets... the playing vista is wide open. Some people love to PvP, other people enjoy spending all their time in dungeons. Whatever her choice might be, I want her to find her own fun and feel pride in that decisions.

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WoW Moviewatch: Here Without You - Sat, 04 May 2013 18:00:00 EST

Let's bust out an oldie but goldie. While Here Without You has been around for a long, long time, it still gets cited as one of the best machinima of all time. Why? Well, let's talk about that.

The story is tight. Perhaps not unique, but they don't waste time with side plots or scenes that don't serve the main story. It's tight, focused, and fast. The song matches the mood; while you might not love the tune, the pacing and theme is in perfect sync with one another. The animation is self-aware. While these aren't mind-blowing graphics, it understands its own limitations and stays within its lines.

Ultimately, the point is that the video stays focused on the story it's telling, it doesn't waste time with extraneous plots or gimmicks, and it keeps moving forward. It's easy to see why Here Without You gets so much praise.
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The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Are warrior attacks boring? - Sat, 04 May 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.

Are we boring?

Obviously I don't think so or I'd be fairly unhappy with my choice of class. But when you see certain statements like this one from Ghostcrawler, you do start to wonder. One of the difficulties I had in writing a wishlist for the class in the future was that our toolkit is fairly limited. We don't channel any weird energies like nature or divine magic or chi, we just get angry and use that anger to smash things, yell at things, and then there's the 'pinball in a washing machine' and 'here is my flag' aspects of the class.

Aesthetically, I enjoy the warrior class quite a bit. But that aesthetic comes in the form of plate armor and is hardly unique to the class - death knights and paladins can wear almost all of the same gear as we can, especially now that transmogrification exists. The fact is, as much as I hate to admit it, Ghostcrawler is right and warriors don't look all that interesting when we attack.

The question becomes, why does that matter? And the answer is, it matters for the overall health of the class and its representation.

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WRUP: Our hipster WoW - Sat, 04 May 2013 14:00:00 EST

Well, WoW's in the crosswords. We've gone mainstream. Time to pack it all in, trade out our fixie bikes and obsessions with animation and nerd stuff, put on a real suit, and get a real job.

Or... it's time to really get obscure. Our bonus question of the week: Now that WoW has been co-opted by the mainstream media, what truly hipster activity do you embrace to stay unique?

Brewing beer, writing novels, and arguing on the internet doesn't count.

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The Queue: I hate snakes - Sat, 04 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. Mike Sacco will be your host today.

I've yet to survive a full game of the excellent Spelunky, but videos like this make me want to persevere.

RyanStansifer asked:

Which source is the correct source for triggering the achievement "Mount Parade?" Battle.net or the in-game mount pane?

It triggers based on how many mounts your specific logged-in character has access to. The number on the Armory counts all mounts, whereas the one in-game takes faction and class into account.

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Around Azeroth: Fishing up trouble - Sat, 04 May 2013 10:00:00 EST

"Warriorjoe of Spectacular Death on Llane (US-A) just got exalted with Nat Pagle and was showing off his super comfy fishing chair to Gimmlette," writes prolific submitter Gimmlette. "Being the nice guy that he is, he pulled out a murloc that Gimm could ride because she was feeling down that she didn't have a super comfy fishing chair. Their evening of fishing up Redbelly Mandarins was interrupted by a giant Krakkanon. Once dispatched, they went back to their chairs to discuss just how something that big turns up in the pond north of Niuzao Temple."

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Breakfast Topic: Vanity, thy name is your own guild - Sat, 04 May 2013 08:00:00 EST

I can't find a banker's alt guild on the latest realm I'm playing on. That frustrates me, because I like to keep my banker free from guild ties and other characters' relationships while still enjoying a guild tag and a little camaraderie. But on this realm, apparently, bankers simply create vanity guilds populated by no one but themselves -- probably a wise idea, since then they can benefit from all those lovely, lovely guild bank tabs.

Some players create their own vanity guilds because they like having a guild tag over their heads. These players aren't groupers or joiners. Unreliable schedules or other circumstances keeps their WoW on single-player mode -- they like seeing all the hustle and bustle, but they aren't able to or prefer not to dive into it. Guild tags help these players feel more a part of the player population, with a "hometown" label and sense of identity that a guild provides.

Do you have any characters in a vanity guild? What was behind its creation: more bank slots, a way to indulge in a fun pun or clever concept name, a place to feel you belong? If you've had your vanity guild for a long time, have you found that it has slowly grown, accumulating friends and family members?

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Weekly news roundup with Panser of TradeChat - Fri, 03 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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Should WoW add a Deathmatch Battleground? - Fri, 03 May 2013 19:00:00 EST

I was reading twitter as I often do... no, really, it's for work, I'm not just wasting time posting jokes about wearing a crown roast as a helmet... when I saw Nethaera post this tweet, which led me to this forum thread. While perusing the thread I eventually found Neth's response to it, and that got me thinking about the concept.
Nethaera - Could we get a PvP battleground?
Battle grounds have always been missing an important part of world pvp.... PvP. Make it like a big arena but not so big that people can't hide. 10 to 15 players forced into all out pvp. First to so many kills or 10 minutes, whichever comes first, wins the round.

No need to even create an area for it. Just make a copy of Blackrock mountain in an instance.

That is PvP I would actually like... its the reason I liked AV so much back before it was turned into race where pvp sometimes breaks out.

What you're asking for is a straight Death Match type of Battleground. I'm not sure it would be compelling as you think. I'm a big fan of DM as well, at least in FPS', but for an MMO like World of Warcraft, I question how enjoyable it would be in the long run for people. I think for players who feel very comfortable with their abilities, straight head on PvP like that would be fun for them, but for others, I'm not sure it would have the same appeal.

That said, I'm not killing the discussion. I'm just interested in how you feel this would work or appeal to a wide enough audience for it to be worth creating.


I have in the past advocated a deathmatch style BG because I do understand the original poster's point. But let's really take a look at what a deathmatch BG would have to entail.

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WoW Moviewatch: Elements - Fri, 03 May 2013 18:00:00 EST

Elements is a gorgeous video to watch. The costuming, framing, and background music all works well. But the video is still unsatisfying, owing to two chief challenges. First, convincing action scenes are stupid hard to do. No, really: even without getting into the fact that we all know the emotes by heart, pulling together a series of emotes into heart-pounding action is difficult. Unfortunately, Elements doesn't quite manage the feat.

More importantly, though, the video suffers some pacing problems. In a few places, the action is completely paused so that the song can catch up with the story. That just won't work when you're trying to hold an audience's attention.

All that being said, Elements shows outstanding promise and, like I said, it's pretty to look at. I hope SajuukCor keeps trying; I think you could really knock this kind of thing out of the park with practice.
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Faction short story Bleeding Sun now available - Fri, 03 May 2013 17:00:00 EST

A new short story is available on the official Blizzard website for lore fans. Bleeding Sun, written by Matt Burns, sheds some light on the Golden Lotus and the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Although there have been small bits of story about the Vale and its guardians, there wasn't a lot of clarification on the process itself. We knew that the Vale had guardians, that those guardians had been there before the August Celestials chose to open the gate, but how those guardians were chosen, or what that choice entailed was still a mystery.

Matt Burns, also the author of Charge of the Aspects from last year, tackles this subject with flair -- but it's a dark flair, one that was entirely unexpected. I'd mentioned before that Trial of the Red Blossoms, Blizzard's first foray into Pandaria's many factions, was a little dark. Bleeding Sun beats it, hands down -- and all by using a character who is entirely devoted to the Light of An'she's sun. Sunwalker Dezco makes a unexpected return in Bleeding Sun, along with his twin sons, now named Redhorn and Cloudhoof. Dezco has been trying to to come to terms with the death of his wife Leza and the result of their grand journey across Pandaria. He and his followers found the Vale ... but what now?

And that's where it gets really grim.

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Blizzard's official look at patch 5.3 - Fri, 03 May 2013 16:00:00 EST

Blizzard has been blogging up a storm about patch 5.3, and there have recently been 2 more articles added to their arsenal. The first is a run-down of the new scenarios available, posted by Community Manager Nethaera, which runs players down the four new three-player scenarios coming in patch 5.3. Neth gives us a quick summary of the stories behind the scenarios, while doing a great job of not being too spoiler-heavy. She runs down the background of Blood in the Snow, Dark Heart of Pandaria, Secrets of Ragefire and Battle on the High Seas. You can also check out WoW Insider's own articles on Blood in the Snow and Dark Heart of Pandaria, but beware the light spoilers that lurk within!

Nethaera also briefly discusses the new difficulty level that will be added with patch 5.3, heroic scenarios. She clarifies that they are intended for pre-made groups of three players, and will award a hefty 120 valor, as well as bonus valor for completing the objectives.

What's more, Blizzard has recently published a guide to getting geared for 5.3, aimed at players with alts, and players who are returning to the game. They've got some great tips in there, even going so far as to acknowledge some neat tricks that'll have you running the Raid Finder in no time.

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Would you play on a classic WoW server? - Fri, 03 May 2013 15:00:00 EST

You can never go back -- well, unless it's via the Caverns of Time or unless Blizzard ever decides to open classic-era WoW servers. Of course, Blizzard has already given a thumbs down to the idea. Really. No, seriously. Even so, many players continue to keep the candle burning in hope of rekindling a classic, expansion-locked WoW server.

Before you start cynically smirking about rose-colored glasses, consider this: There really are good reasons to love classic World of Warcraft. This is the content that made us fall in love with the game. It's what melted our hearts for Azeroth, offering some of the best and most enjoyable fights in Azeroth. Plenty of players still enjoy the classic content via retro raiding and more casual trips back for transmog gear.

The question is, do you miss the classic game so much that you'd play on an expansion-locked classic server? Would you perhaps even pay a special fee to unlock or subscribe to that experience? Remember, there would be no new talent systems or gameplay improvements, no new content or leveling curves. You'd start out with nothing but the original World of Warcraft experience, unlocking each expansion in a realmwide effort over time. It would be all old school, all the way, baby. Sound like fun? Sound like a grind? Sound like a fun grind?

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Phat Loot Phriday: Curious Wolvar Pup - Fri, 03 May 2013 14:00:00 EST

"I have a plan," the druid told the curious wolvar pup. "I know how I'm going to get you adopted."

The pup looked up at the Gilnean and growled curiously. "Skrrrrrrr."

"There's this orc. Likes puppies," the Gilnean said. "And it turns out, you're a pup. He's going to call you Spot, though. I should warn you."

"Skrrrrr?"

"It's a common name for dogs," the Gilnean explained. "As a worgen, I'm sure you understand why I dislike that."

The wolvar bounced in place and clapped its tiny little hands together.

"I'm going to miss you though, little Skir. You're pretty cute."

Item Note: The best part of Children's Week is that is has the very best rewards. Sure, there's the Curious Wolvar Pup but there's also Willy and Speedy and Egbert and so many more. Best pets ever! Check out our guide if you need a little help!
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Community Blog Topic: What if WoW didn't have guilds? - Fri, 03 May 2013 13:00:00 EST

In the comments of a recent Drama Mamas article about the etiquette of going AFK while grouping, rayden54 said:
... I think the best way to improve pugging (and the community in general) is to remove GUILDS.

All they really do is subdivide the community into a bunch of exclusive groups that only interact with outsiders when they have to and regard them as little more than nuisances.
Whoa. Having guilds is such a large part of playing an MMO to me, that I never even considered what it would be like not having them.

I think guilds are very important for making WoW a multiplayer experience, at least on the social level. Even if you play WoW as if it were a single-player RPG, you can still be chatting with fellow players as a group. That's all guilds used to be when I first started playing Everquest oh so many years ago, just a chat channel that you could only join if invited. And then there were games like Quake and Tribes where clans were formed outside of the game or you frequented particular servers that had the people that you liked to play with.

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Patch 5.3 PTR: Collectors' achievements galore - Fri, 03 May 2013 12:00:00 EST

Wowhead's Perculia has been as busy as ever cataloging the new achievements currently on the patch 5.3 PTR, putting together a comprehensive guide over at Wowhead.

Do head over to check that out, but we're going to pull some of the more exciting ones out, with a focus on pets and mounts. WoW Insider also recently covered the new Gorgeous title, which comes from completing all the achievements in the new battleground, Deepwind Gorge.

First up, for completing Raiding with Leashes II: Attunement Edition, collecting all 10 of the new pets which have been dropped into the old raids listed on the achievement, players are awarded yet another pet, Tito's Basket! In the same vein of pet-related achievements awarding yet more pets, the Brutal Pet Brawler achievement awards a Stunted Direhorn. Lastly, in the pet battles category, there's an achievement called The Longest Day, which, when you look at the tooltip, you'll realise is aptly named. Carrying out that mammoth task will award you a Marked Flawless Battle Stone, which can be used to boost any pet to Rare quality.

What's more, mount collectors rejoice, because there's a new benchmark, 200 mounts, for which Mount Parade awards yet another mount, the Armored Dragonhawk, in blue for the Alliance and a fetching red for the Horde.

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The Queue: The most adorable owl in the universe - Fri, 03 May 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) happens to be an owl of the night variety.

Look at that owl. Just look at it.

MatthiasA.Sartor asked:

After 4 or 5 long years (all of them hinging on stupid stupid EotS and AV) I finally got my violet proto. Now what should I do, I feel empty lol.

That's usually the point where I find more impossible things to do. Try farming for the Ashes of A'lar, or the Fiery Warhorse's Reins, or any of the other many mounts that are a bit harder to get. After all, there's a 200 mount achievement coming up soon!

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Around Azeroth: Sympathy for the tacky - Fri, 03 May 2013 10:00:00 EST

"Please allow me to introduce myself , I'm a man of wealth and taste," quotes submitter Molotropo of Nerf This on Quel'Thalas (US-H). "Well, lots of taste and like 990k less gold after paying for the damn mount." Dear God, and I thought the amount I spent making my Jeweled Onyx Panther was excessive. Note to self: never go near the Black Market Auction House.

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Reminder: It came from the Blog's Running of the Orphans is tonight - Fri, 03 May 2013 09:00:00 EST

Tonight we are at the beck and call of cheeky orphans. Tonight we will run around Azeroth with them. Tonight we will be rewarded with a tradeable, account-wide pet. Tonight is It came from the Blog's Running of the Orphans 2013.
  • When: Tonight, May 3 at 10:30 p.m. EDT (7:30 p.m. PDT, 8:30 p.m. server time)
  • Where: Meet at the pond near the engineering trainer that's next to the orphanage in Orgrimmar on Zangarmarsh (US-PvE-H)
  • Who: Any Horde character level 10 or over
  • How: Ask any member of It came from the Blog for an invite to the guild if you are not already a member of our family of guilds.
Tonight we will celebrate Children's Week. Tonight you will join us, yes?
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: Do you belong to a guild that uses loot council? - Fri, 03 May 2013 08:00:00 EST

Loot, no loot ... Loot, no loot ... All this hullabaloo over the pixels our pixels wear. Frankly, the most confusing aspect of the whole equation to me is the fact that so many players leave themselves at the mercy of Blizzard's loot systems in the first place. That's not to say I feel those systems are unfair or that they haven't seen significant improvement over time. I think they're fine.

What I don't understand is why more players don't band together in guilds with flexible systems that help members beat the element of chance. I'm a fervent believer in the loot council system, of playing with folks who have your back. Shouldn't there be a home team advantage when it comes to staring down the RNG? Is looping back through the LFR on your own that much easier or more effective than running with a team that wants to see its members equitably and strongly geared, with friends who enjoy helping you snag your most coveted pieces?

What do you think about loot councils as a way of fairly distributing drops? If your guild uses loot council, have you been satisfied with the overall results? If your guild relies on another method, what about that method do you think makes it a better choice?

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New York Times crossword references World of Warcraft - Thu, 02 May 2013 20:00:00 EST

Today's New York Times crossword includes a clue that any non MMO player wouldn't know. Amongst the standard pop-culture references and strict definitions, today's crossword puzzlers encountered the following clue, as shown by Jack Thompson (no, not that Jack Thompson) via Twitter.
Raid is the obvious answer -- to us. But I would think it's a pretty hard answer for a non-gamer to come up with.

Does this mean that World of Warcraft is part of the mainstream? Are we going to be able to use MMO lingo around the water cooler now? Do we want to?

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Hearthstone card preview: Void Terror - Thu, 02 May 2013 19:00:00 EST

It looks like Blizzard has begun revealing Hearthstone cards prior to release, with the first being the Void Terror warlock minion. This big bad blue dude absorbs the minions on either side of him, adding their power and life to his own. Even temporary power or health bonuses, like the +4/+4 from Power Overwhelming, are made permanent inside the Void Terror's blue belly. Need to protect from an incoming AOE attack? Gobble your other little minions up and let your Void Terror take the attack instead. It's a super simple and super powerful effect, fitting for a warlock and especially for Gul'dan, currently the game's sole warlock hero.

Check out all of our Hearthstone coverage thus far and stay tuned as the game gets closer to release.

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Community Blog Topic Results: The definition of a perfect guild - Thu, 02 May 2013 18:00:00 EST

A couple weeks ago, we introduced the Community Blog Topic and asked for responses on personal blogs that we could then spotlight here. Unfortunately, no one left a blog link for us to spotlight. Fortunately, however, there were many blog-length comments that we can discuss.

The question was "What makes a perfect guild?" My response was that a guild had to have three qualities in order to be perfect: posted guild rules, strong leadership, and a consistent focus. Most of the commenters felt I had neglected one important requirement: people.

Sarabande_Mage said:
I think people make the guild. Leadership can only do so much - what they do IS important (after all, they can determine who comes into the guild, who might have to be asked to leave, what kinds of people to attract, etc), but an organization is only as good as its members.

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WoW Moviewatch: Lich King Does Orphan Week - Thu, 02 May 2013 17:00:00 EST

Well, it's Orphan Week. The community's produced relatively view Orphan Week machinimas over the years, so the standout celebratory video of children in WoW is Yumfries' eternal classic: Lich King Does Orphan Week. With more than a little humor, and an ending that just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, this is the video that personifies the holiday.

Here's hoping all you folks doing the achievements take as good care of your orphans as Arthas does.
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The WoW Insider Show Episode 292 - Thu, 02 May 2013 16:00:00 EST

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Bringing the SW:TOR legacy system to WoW - Thu, 02 May 2013 15:00:00 EST

I had a lot of fun during my brief stint as a Sith Inquisitor in Star Wars: The Old Republic. The leveling was great, the storylines were compelling, the instances were interesting, but I eventually went back to World of Warcraft in the end. SW:TOR didn't feel very unique, it didn't have enough to grab me and hold me, to suffocate me with its content and keep me away from Blizzard.

Even so, there were a few differences between Bioware's entry into the MMO space and our site's namesake, one of them being the concept of a server-wide legacy. SW:TOR's legacy system, if incorporated into WoW, could be a great way of introducing leveling bonuses and the like, something WoW has historically done via heirlooms and guild perks. Personally, heirlooms have always left me feeling a bit too overpowered and take some of the fun out of the leveling process -- I've even leveled characters without heirlooms, just because it's more challenging and, thus, rewarding.

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The return of the firecat - Thu, 02 May 2013 14:00:00 EST

Apparently, Blizzard has quite the love affair with setting druids on fire. Responding to a player's lament about Fandral's Flamescythe, Crithto noted that an item was created in 5.2 to allows Druids to gain the firecat appearance without needing the old weapon. Of course, he didn't give any hints, simply saying "They're difficult to find..." A massive search of the Firelands ensued, and the items, Burning Seeds, were discovered near Majordomo Staghelm. Only lootable by druids, each seed allows for 60 minutes of the flame kitty form, which persists through shapeshifting and death. You will need some friends to help you clear up through Baleroc, but after that, you can extend the raid as many times as you need to stockpile more seeds.

As for me, I'm curious as to what form will be next on the self-immolation list. We can already ignite treants and cats...how about some roast turkey? Pilgrim's Bounty isn't too far away! Anyway, feel free to head over to Wowhead for more details and pictures.
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Your silliest WoW moment - Thu, 02 May 2013 13:00:00 EST

This is a timely forum post, considering our topic the other day we had on our favorite ways to die. Mearl the gnome warrior asks, "What is the silliest thing that's happened to you in Azeroth?" A good number of the responses include people's own goofy deaths, but there are some more unconventional responses, too. I'm quite partial to Hippeaux's reply early on in the thread of the GM who clearly accidentally copied multiple people on a ticket, resulting in a baffling stream-of-consciousness-like list of instructions on how to accomplish a variety of things in game. Suddenly, I long for the day when something similar happens to me!

As for the silliest thing that's ever happened to me in game, well, this isn't strictly silly, but it's a story I laugh about heartily in hindsight. When I was a wee druid, at level 14, I got the quest for swim form. You needed to collect two halves to an amulet, both of which were underwater. The amulet's first half was at the bottom of the lake in Moonglade. Easy peasy, that's where you got the quest!

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A fresh look at World of Warcraft lore resources - Thu, 02 May 2013 12:00:00 EST

Mists of Pandaria is chock full of WoW lore, much of it building directly upon events that were set in motion a while ago. Patches 5.1 and 5.2 in particular have been heavy on the story , so if you're either new to the game or haven't paid attention to the lore before, you may be wondering just what in the heck is going on and why! Here at WoW Insider we talk about lore quite a bit, but there are lots of resources out there for the interested player, and it can get overwhelming trying to figure out where to start. Hopefully this compilation will serve as a handy springboard for fellow WoW enthusiasts who are looking to dive headlong into the lore.

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The Queue: QQ QQ QQ QQ QQ QQ - Thu, 02 May 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.

I think today is a hunter day, time to get him to 90.

And thus, this song.

Daniel asked:

When 5.4 comes out, do you think the Raid Finder ilvl will be 490, considering that +10 has been the pattern so far, or do you think that since Throne LFR is 502 ilvl, it will be 500 to enter Orgirmmar LFR

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Around Azeroth: The girl in the bubble - Thu, 02 May 2013 10:00:00 EST

Submitter Jainai of Exiles of Hephaestus on Moon Guard (US-A) writes, "I discovered that Thousand Needles' bubble-based speed boost also applies to your mount, meaning you can go for something resembling a 200% speed jaunt along the floor of the Shimmering Flats. It's like Vash'jir, but 50 levels lower and with 100% less chance of being eaten by a whale shark, since the only one in the area has been dead for two expansions." Now let's see how well it goes when she bubble-hearths and only her head winds up in Stormwind.

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Inside the fabulous world of blood elf roleplaying - Thu, 02 May 2013 09:00:00 EST

Whew, we got the snark over with right up front in the headline -- because now it's time to get down to business. Sin'dorei-exclusive guild Selama Ashalanore spins Azerothian lore as tautly as any of the most stringent of the racial guilds we've profiled in recent weeks. "Out of character, Selama Ashalanore is a 'safe place' for lore-compliant blood elf roleplay," notes GM Tholmai Lightbreaker. "In many, many roleplay communities, blood elves are traditionally seen in a very negative light. In our guild, we are working hard to undo that image."

In character, members act out the lives of a group of like-minded blood elves devoted to the restoration of their people since their near extinction during the Third War. "Following the Third War, the blood elves have been caught up in Horde affairs in Outland, the Northrend campaign, the cataclysm, and, most recently, the events in Pandaria," Tholmai explains. "They've barely had a chance to recover. Our group acknowledges this and works round the clock for the Horde agenda, as well as to restore glory to their ancient people."

Can Selama Ashalanore members manage to maintain a sense of levity about the notorious reputation of their race while remaining focused on their compelling racial lore? Oh yes, they can -- and then some.

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Breakfast Topic: Which battlegrounds do you blacklist? - Thu, 02 May 2013 08:00:00 EST

Now that the battleground blacklist feature has been around for some time, most of us have probably settled into a routine of picking out our two least favorite places. So I'm wondering, a while down the line, which battlegrounds do you blacklist? This feature has returned to the spotlight of late, with a little note from the systems design team in the recent PvP Q&A, suggesting, perhaps teasing, that Blizzard might consider cutting a battleground from the game. They mentioned that they had more information about the most and least popular BGs, and we had a good time postulating about which might be cut.

So which do I blacklist? I switch it around a lot, some days it'll be Alterac Valley and Isle of Conquest, but a few days later I'll be fine with those and it'll be Warsong Gulch and Twin Peaks, usually as a result of a bad loss which wound up with the faction I was playing being camped at the graveyard. Maybe it's better to ask which battlegrounds I never blacklist, and the answer to that would be Eye of the Storm. I love that place. I can't put my finger on why exactly, perhaps it's the long sight lines, perhaps it's the mixed mechanics, meaning there's a lot of varied tasks to be done. I'm not sure if the chicken came before the egg, but it's also by far my most won random battleground. Positive reinforcement!

But what about you? Which battlegrounds do you blacklist, or, if you're a more changeable sort like me, which do you never blacklist?

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WoW community member Lore joins Blizzard Entertainment - Wed, 01 May 2013 20:00:00 EST

One of the great things about being a member of the WoW online community is getting to interact, to talk with other players, and to provide insight, assistance and information to them. We do a ton of that here at WoW Insider, and another well-known community member who does the same is Josh Allen, also known as Lore from Tankspot.com.

Lore produces several weekly video shows, Legendary and After Dark on Gamebreaker.tv, both with a WoW focus, along with The Weekly Marmot, PST and PST Rapid Fire, again all focusing on World of Warcraft, and interaction with the community, not to mention his various video guides over at Tankspot, some of which we've featured here before, as well as his livestream of 10- and 25-man raiding content.

Lore announced today that he will be joining the Blizzard Community Management team, and will be working in Irvine, CA with the likes of Bashiok and Zarhym, answering questions and working with the community in blue text. Blizzard's Community team does a great job of reaching out to the WoW community, and occasionally snapping members of that community up to join them! You can watch Lore's announcement video for more information. WoW Insider wishes Lore all the best in his new position.

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The best fight from classic WoW - Wed, 01 May 2013 19:00:00 EST

This is a topic I know will get me into trouble. Classic WoW is known as "classic" for a reason, after all. Being the opening foray into the MMO that has since become the standard for the entire industry, WoW's first incarnation is filled with memorable encounters. The raid bosses we battled back then are the yardsticks by which we have judged pretty much everything that has followed.

I know it's tempting to say something like Ragnaros or Onyxia or C'Thun, because those are the big bad end boss fights that remain etched in WoW players' collective consciousness. I've always tried to stay away from the obvious answers, though, because, well, they're obvious. I don't think there's anything particularly interesting I could write about Ragnaros or Onyxia that hasn't already be said better by someone else. When I sat down to brainstorm about this topic, I ran through many of the classic bosses, testing my memories of them, and after a while I hit upon what I knew would be my personal answer to this question: Vaelastrasz the Corrupt.

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WoW Moviewatch: Fifth Element Avengers - Wed, 01 May 2013 18:00:00 EST

The latest from Fifth Element is hopefully not its last. Let's just say... nothing has made me want to stop everything I'm doing and log into the game to play my Paladin right now as much as this video. It's amazing. My jaw dropped. I cheered and clapped and laughed. It's simply that good. And the timing's perfect, considering certain movies coming out this weekend. This video is absolutely my favorite yet.
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What do you need explained more clearly? - Wed, 01 May 2013 17:00:00 EST

Reading the forums (like I do) I came across a response by Daxxari to a forum thread that got me thinking.
Daxxari - Oh God, 5.3 don't come!!! QQ thread!!
Item budget is weird and crazy. Seriously. It's actually worlds better than it used to be, but still needs to be a lot more clear so people can understand it. Blizzard is bad at getting some really core information like that across.

Fair enough. There's a huge amount of information to relate about World of Warcraft, and we can always communicate better and more clearly. We've already stated that PvP stats don't count toward a given item's ilevel, and we released the PvP Gear in Patch 5.3 blog that we hoped would dispel some confusion.

What do you think is missing, and what else needs to be communicated clearly so players can make informed gearing decisions?


This got me to thinking about what I'd like expressed more clearly and concisely someplace easy to find in game, and it's how stat ratings work. This has greatly improved in that the character window pane will calculate out how much actual hit percentage, or critical strike percentage, you currently have on gear but I really think the game could benefit from a means to work out what changing X or Y will do to your stats without having to go to an outside site.

So what about you? What do you find confusing and think Blizzard could explain better? Item levels? How PvP stats work? The difference between content tiers? If it bugs you, tell us how you think Blizzard could explain it better.
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BlizzCon Benefit Dinner tickets on sale tonight - Wed, 01 May 2013 16:00:00 EST

If you're still on the lookout for BlizzCon tickets -- and have deep pockets -- tonight's your last chance to get them from Blizzard. Tonight at 7 pm Pacific (10 pm Eastern), Benefit Dinner tickets go on sale for $500 each. Though they're costly, these tickets not only get you entry to BlizzCon, you also get to attend dinner with the Blizzard staff on Thursday before BlizzCon kicks off, giving you, as Blizzard puts it, "an opportunity to meet and chat with game developers, artists, executives and other folks from Blizzard Entertainment." You'll also get a signed piece of Blizzard artwork in addition to the usual BlizzCon swag. And it's for a good cause: all proceeds from the event go to the Children's Hospital of Orange County.

If you're looking for a chance to nab a ticket of your own, be online and ready before 7 pm Pacific (10 pm Eastern) and check out our ticket purchasing tips to get an edge on the competition. There are only 200 tickets available and, even at $500 each, they're certain to sell out quickly. But even if you don't get a ticket, remember that virtual tickets will be available later and you can still enjoy BlizzCon even without a ticket.

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Heirloom Shields looking good for patch 5.3 - Wed, 01 May 2013 15:00:00 EST

Heirloom shields are looking good for patch 5.3, according to a tweet from Lead Systems Designer Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street:
Heirloom shields were amongst the things that didn't quite make the cut for patch 5.2. Blizzard Senior Community Rep Jonathan "Zarhym" Brown posted the following a little while back on the official forums by way of explanation for their absence:
Zarhym
Heirloom shields were originally planned to be added in patch 5.2, but, unfortunately, due to a late-breaking bug with these items which prevented them from properly scaling with level, we had to remove them. We still want to get these shields in the game and plan to do so in a future patch.

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Patch 5.2 hotfixes for April 29th and 30th, nerf to Lei Shen - Wed, 01 May 2013 14:00:00 EST

There were a few hotfixes posted earlier this week, on both Monday and Tuesday. On the 29th, both Glorious Conquest Quartermasters took leave from the game for a while. Daxxarri explains in a forum thread that, because Glorious Conquest gear is changing from ilevel 512 to 496, they wanted to remove the vendors before players purchased gear that would end up being a lower ilevel than they bought it for. The change is too big to be implemented via hotfix, so the vendors will be returning with the next major content patch.

The hotfix for yesterday was a nerf to the Lei Shen encounter in the Throne of Thunder for Raid Finder groups. Lei Shen's overall hit points have been reduced by 10%, and the Static Shock effect from the North Conduit now deals only 300,000 damage at zero energy, down from 650,000. That's a big change, and hopefully will make that encounter a little simpler for struggling Raid Finder groups.

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