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5 tips you may be embarrassed you didn't know - Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:00:00 EST

We recently asked, "What are you embarrassed that you didn't know?" Some of the same answers kept popping up and I learned a couple of other things to be embarrassed about.
  1. You can put any color gem in any color socket. Matching colors is only if you're going for a socket bonus.
  2. To move up and down while flying, you can can press the spacebar for up and the X key for down.
  3. Holding down the Del key while flying will make your flying mount do a loop de loop.
  4. Shift-click on mail to have all of the enclosed items go into your inventory.
  5. There is a search bar at the top of your main backpack and your bank that searches all your bags.
Did you know all of these things? I had no clue about the loop de loop myself. What fun!

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A beginner's guide to WoW's crafting professions - Tue, 11 Jun 2013 18:00:00 EST

We've talked about WoW's gathering professions, but now that you know gathering, it's time to talk about what to do with the materials you've gathered: craft. World of Warcraft has eight different crafting professions -- alchemy, blacksmithing, enchanting, engineering, leatherworking, tailoring, jewelcrafting, and inscription -- which means that a wannabe crafter has plenty of options. So follow along as we walk you through your WoW crafting choices.

Alchemy
  • What does it do? Allows you to create a variety of potions, elixirs, and flasks, as well as transmuting certain items into other items. Most of an alchemist's skills involve providing buffs for anyone using their brews: potions provide an immediate benefit (like restoring your health), elixirs provide buffs for an extended period of time, and flasks provide buffs that last through death.
  • Do I need any gear? Crafting potions will require herbs and different types of vials.
  • Do I get any extras? Alchemists have access to the passive ability Mixology, which doubles the duration and increases the effect of flasks and elixirs they use. High level alchemists have access to a number of useful trinkets and, if they also study Archaeology, can learn to transform into a Sandstone Drake.
  • Why take alchemy? It's definitely useful to be able to make your own potions: you'll find you're never lacking for them. And paired with herbalism to gather herbs, you'll be entirely self-sufficient. However, you might also take alchemy purely out of interest in high-level trinkets or the Sandstone Drake.

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WoW Moviewatch: Squirrel in My Pants - Tue, 11 Jun 2013 17:00:00 EST

The title of this new video by Off the Air is actually Squirrel Challenge, but I've already come to think of it as Squirrel in My Pants. The song is from Phineas and Ferb, and apparently involved woodland creatures running rampant through trousers. I guess that's a thing that happens.

As the story goes, a commenter challenged the guild to create a music video to the song. Off the Air knocked this out of the park. The video is huge fun, complete with a dancing troupe of orcs carrying the chorus. Whether or not the challenge was actually intended to be difficult, Off the Air used it to create one of their best videos yet. So kick back, have some fun, and lament the pants-borne squirrels that are plaguing Azeroth.
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The WoW Insider Show Episode 298: A great day for a red wedding - Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:00:00 EST

Every week, join us as we present you with The WoW Insider Show podcast -- an hour's worth of WoW community discussion covering everything from the week's top stories here on WoW Insider to emails from our readers and what's been going on with our particular characters in Azeroth.

This week we continued with our return to the live show format! We were thrilled to be joined by everyone late last night for some good ol' fashioned WoW Insider Show fun. Sacco was out, so I was fortunate enough to sit in with the crew on the live end, instead of just hanging out behind the scenes making 'totally appropriate' comments.

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Lichborne: Addressing ability bloat in death knight skills - Tue, 11 Jun 2013 15:00:00 EST

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Lichborne for blood, frost, and unholy death knights. In the post-Cataclysm era, death knights are no longer the new kids on the block. Let's show the other classes how a hero class gets things done.

Recently on Twitter, Lead systems designer Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street was asked what issues he'd fix if he could immediately wave a wand and make it better. One of the ones he mentioned was ability bloat. Ability bloat is the term used to describe a class needing to press too many buttons simply to perform the basic tasks expected of them in group PvE and PvP content.

Ability bloat is certainly something that's been on my mind as well, so this week we'll consider the possibility of ability bloat in death knights and figure out various ways to address it. Much like how talents were pared down for Mists, I wouldn't be surprised to see abilities pared down in major ways for the next expansion, and we might as well start anticipating it.

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Dawn of the Aspects Part V excerpt now available - Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:00:00 EST

It's been a long journey, but it seems that the latest Warcraft fiction offering is now wrapping up and coming to an end. An excerpt from the fifth and final chapter of Dawn of the Aspects is now available for reading on the official website. Dawn of the Aspects, by Richard Knaak, details the origins of the Aspects and the five dragonflights. The five-part miniseries has been released in installments over the last several months, and the fifth chapter ought to wrap up the tale and establish exactly what Kalecgos has learned from the mysterious artifact he's found.

As for the blue dragon's mysterious dive into the past, it seems that the events of long ago are finally reaching their climax -- Alexstrasza, Ysera, Nozdormu, Neltharion and Malygos are preparing for the final battle with Galakrond, a battle that will change the course of their race forever. Will Kalecgos discover the true purpose of the artifact? Will he break free of its mysterious hold, or will he remain stuck in Malygos' memories for eternity? And will Malygos and the not-quite-Aspects prevail, or will history itself unravel? Good question! While the excerpt doesn't provide any answers, it does offer a good glimpse at the final chapter. You can read the excerpt in full on the official website.

Dawn of the Aspects part five will be available for purchase in several different ebook formats for a wonderfully low $1.99 on June 17. Head to Simon & Schuster to purchase the installment in ebook format -- and if you're looking for a different format for your e-reader, the website has links to several different retailers on their listing page. Hopefully the release of the final chapter will encourage Blizzard to release a print edition of the novel in full, too -- I have an empty spot waiting on my bookshelf!

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Talents and abilities you never use - Tue, 11 Jun 2013 13:00:00 EST

Any given class in WoW has a ton of different spells and abilities. More than I can reasonably hotkey to my decidedly un-fancy two-button mouse and $5 thrift shop keyboard, in any case. I do my best with keybinding and click modifiers, but inevitably there are some things that just aren't going to make the cut. Fortunately, these abilities usually present themselves without a whole lot of deliberation.

For example, on my druid, I don't remember the last time I used Soothe. The other ability I find gathering dust in my spellbook is Hibernate. I know I used Hibernate to help with crowd control for trash packs in Ulduar and Ruby Sanctum during Wrath of the Lich King, but since then? Nope. Hibernate does not live on my bars.

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Around Azeroth: A truly hot tub - Tue, 11 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST

Boiled clams, anyone? Submitter Eostre of Dark Steel Knights on Fizzcrank (US-H) really needed to get clean, so she pulled out her Gokk'lok's Shell for a quick portable bath. Sadly, she didn't look closely at where she was setting it up. The boiling water was hot enough to melt the very flesh off her bones! Wait, she was like that already? Never mind then. It probably just gave her a nice crispy bacon flavor.

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The Queue: Tanks and raid leading - Tue, 11 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. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

Today's Queue is coming out at 11 o'clock in the AM, specifically for one of our readers.

Bam. Delivered.

Fraug asked:

What role does your raid leader play?

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Weekly news roundup with Panser of TradeChat - Tue, 11 Jun 2013 10:00:00 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. And if you didn't notice, this recap is coming on a Tuesday! Is this a new thing? Why yes, yes it is.

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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Last Week in WoW: Flexible news edition - Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:00:00 EST

Happy Tuesday morning, everyone. We're another week into patch 5.3, but alas, no sign of the patch 5.4 PTR just yet. Still, the news has been coming in copious amounts, so we're probably okay. Of course, the big news is Flexible raids. Now, having 12 signups for 10 raid slots may not mean you need to leave 2 people behind. This, of course, has generated a lot of discussion, much of which is summed up in an editorial by our own Matt Rossi.

There's lots more things, big and small, to cover, and we have the usual roundup of the week's news below. As of this writing, there's not been any announced downtime for this morning, but whether there is or not, a little break to get caught up can't hurt.

Hot news and features

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Breakfast Topic: Do you have trouble playing a non-humanoid race? - Tue, 11 Jun 2013 08:00:00 EST

When it comes to our avatars, some of us are better than others at handling anthropomorphism. I don't personally have anything against the non-humanoid races, but I find I don't ultimately bond with a character that looks like a bear or a cow or a wolf. These characters end up feeling like cartoon game pieces that I move around on the game world rather than "my girls," even if "my girl" is undead or has gigantic tusks or a tail. Unbridled fantasy elements? I'm totally down with that. But big, furry critters feel like caricatures that I just can't take seriously -- and if I'm not taking my character seriously, I'm not taking the rest of the game seriously, either.

Are you comfortable reaching outside the humanoid comfort zone by playing goat-people and walking cows? Or do you need a character that's plausibly humanoid?

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The WoW Insider Show LIVE! - Mon, 10 Jun 2013 22:30:00 EST

Tonight we're going live at 8:00 p.m. PDT / 11:00 p.m. EDT with the WoW Insider Show. You can join us right above with the live stream or head over to our Twitch.TV page and chat with us there. If you can't make the show don't worry! It'll be posted on iTunes tomorrow, along with a full recording right here.

This week we'll be reading the following emails:

  • Going to a Class
  • The Quest for the can't Miss Quests
  • Dragonmaw Gnomes
  • Paid to faction change
  • Does Matt listen to black metal music?
  • History of the Dwarvens
  • Lore, lore, and raids
  • What's happening in Outland?
  • Loot spec and Night Elves of pew pew
For a transcript of the emails, check out our original announcement post.

Remember that we need to keep the chat civil, so there are mods about to make sure everyone plays nice. Thanks for stopping by!

The WoW Insider Show LIVE! originally appeared on WoW Insider on Mon, 10 Jun 2013 22:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Patch 5.3 hotfixes for June 10 - Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:50:00 EST

Another round of hotfixes for patch 5.3 have just been posted to the official blog. Many of today's hotfixes will require a realm restart to address -- expect to see all applicable hotfixes live and functioning after maintenance. This includes that all-important change to Lei Shen and Titan Runestone aquisition!
  • In the Throne of Thunder, Lei Shen will now always drop a Titan Runestone or Secrets of the Empire for players on the legendary quest line.
  • Hey hunters! Arcane Shot, Cobra Shot and Steady Shot will all deal 10% more damage after that realm restart.
  • Durumu and his minions have got us all figured out. Elixirs of Detect Invisibility will no longer allow players to see fog beasts while they are invisible.
Read on for the full list of hotfixes.

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Beta testers wanted for Battle.net launcher update - Mon, 10 Jun 2013 19:00:00 EST

Last November, Blizzard announced that they were working on testing updates to Battle.net's communication and login functionalities. That testing is ongoing and has now been moved to an open beta. Blizzard is looking for interested players to help them test a new desktop application designed to improve the launcher and login experiences for all Battle.net users.

If you're interested in being a part of this beta test, you can head on over to your account page and opt-in to a Blizzard game universe beta test. As is usual, invites will go out in waves, so you might not get yours right away. Happy testing!

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WoW Moviewatch: Frame of Mind - Mon, 10 Jun 2013 18:00:00 EST

Frame of Mind by Slashdance has been lurking around the internet since 2007. For all that the video has some years under its belt, it's still as entertaining and charming as the day it was released. With a chill but emotional soundtrack, tone-perfect graphics, and subtle storyline, Frame of Mind looks like an illustrated guide to making a good WoW music video.

If you're an aspiring machinimator, take the time to check out the video on its YouTube page. Slashdance took the time to liberally annotate the video with behind the scenes notes. Some of the trivia is just neat to know. Others sheds light into how master machinimators like Slashdance create the work that they do. It's an awesome read. Thanks to Joerendous for the tip!
Interested in the wide world of machinima? We have new movies every weekday here on WoW Moviewatch! Have suggestions for machinima we ought to feature? Toss us an email at moviewatch@wowinsider.com.


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Disconnects and latency issues and Patch 5.3 - Mon, 10 Jun 2013 17:00:00 EST

No one likes high latency, least of all someone playing an MMO that can demand reaction time the way World of Warcraft can, especially in raids. But even out in the world, latency can be a killer. So when people started reporting issues with connections to World of Warcraft soon after patch 5.3 launched, it got a lot of players noticing. In a six page forum thread there's been a lot of lively discussion of what's going on - whether it's on Blizzard's end, or somewhere between the computers of the affected players and the Blizzard servers. If you remember the Lagpocalypse post, you know how complicated these issues can get.

MVP forum poster Lissanna posted an interesting walkthrough of her own attempts to find the culprit today, and explained why despite some forum poster dissatisfaction that it is indeed helpful to run a traceroute and pathping and post the results to the tech support forums, since it gives Blizzard an idea of who to talk to about these issues. If they don't know who's being affected, where those people are, and more importantly where the issue is physically located there's not much they can do to help.

So if you're having the same problem, giving Blizzard as much information as possible is definitely helpful in terms of getting this sorted out. I've seen people in my raids disconnect on every single boss so far while I haven't had the issue at all myself, suggesting the problem isn't on Blizzard's end but is out there somewhere in the path the data takes between Blizzard and the players. Hopefully it can be solved soon.

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Hunter hotfixes clarified - Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:00:00 EST

If you don't follow Blizzard Senior PvP Designer Brian Holinka on Twitter, you could be forgiven for not knowing anything at all about the latest batch of hunter changes. Hunters are the class of the moment for PvP changes, with players complaining variously that they are doing too little damage (hunters) and too much damage (everyone else). As a result of this, hotfixes have come in, mostly relating to hunter pets.

Blink Strikes was turned into a passive ability with 5.3, allowing the pet's Basic Attacks to deal 50% increased damage, be usable from 30 yards away, and also instantly cause the pet to teleport behind their target. This was causing some fairly high damage in PvP, especially in line with Stampede, and the latest reset includes hotfixes to both abilities.

However, thanks in part to the rather mysterious nature of these changes, there has been a lot of speculation about just exactly what is going on. To quell the QQ, Blizzard Community Manager Nakatoir has stepped in with clarifications of the changes.

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Blood Pact: Karazhan and its abyssal depths of fun - Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:00:00 EST

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Blood Pact for affliction, demonology, and destruction warlocks. This week, Megan O'Neill .

Karazhan: the most beloved of retro raids. Players may put on the rose-colored glasses when they talk of how limited raiding was back in the Vanilla days, but Karazhan is often talked of with fondness. Going back is a pleasure, not a painful memory. It's with good reason -- the place is built like a castle tower, going up and up forever, and it's full of memorable mobs and scenery.

Karazhan also has some of the tier 4 Voidheart Raiment for warlocks, as well as a mount and now pets for everyone, so it's a weekly favorite of mine to visit.

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Character Services sale ends today - Mon, 10 Jun 2013 14:00:00 EST

It's not easy being a troll monk. So, if you want to change your race, your faction, your appearance or your name, now's the time. There has been a sale on what Blizzard calls Character Services all week, which is basically all the above -- every paid service that your character can undergo.

But this sale ends tonight, June 10th, at 11.59pm, so if you are twiddling your thumbs and wondering whether you should make that leap or not, then stop dilly-dallying and get on with it. You've got a matter of hours in the EU, and the sale ends at 11.59 Pacific time in the US.

Do also have a look at what's included in other options when deciding to make changes to your characters. For example, an appearance change includes a name change, so if you want to call your character something new then maybe a new look would suit their new name better. Enjoy your new home, look, identity, or enemy.

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The Drama Mamas guide to coping with trolling and profanity - Mon, 10 Jun 2013 13:00:00 EST

It's the last straw: After a long day toiling in the salt mines, you come home to settle in for some stress-relieving World of Warcraft, only to find yourself transported back to The Barrens -- not only the latest patch's Battlefield Barrens, but the trollish Barrens-style general chat you've come to loathe. Your chat box is scrolling ceaselessly with "Douchebag this!" and "$%^& that!" and you can see that any hope of a restful evening is slipping inexorably beyond your reach.

What's a poor profanity-pelted player to do?

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Officers' Quarters: Flexible raiding and you - Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:00:00 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.

Just when I think I have Blizzard figured out, they throw us a curveball. Only a month ago, I made the case on the Starting Zone podcast that raiding had evolved into three difficulty levels, and those levels could be compared to the easy, normal, and hard modes that most single-player games offer. I wrote in a column that normal mode raiding should now be labeled "guild raiding," because it took a certain level of coordination to succeed at that level. Normal raiding is no longer PUG friendly.

I said on the podcast that Blizzard is still figuring out just where the difficulty of normal modes should lie on the curve. It seemed that once their encounter designers figured out the appropriate tuning for the three modes, that is what raiding would look like for all foreseeable upcoming tiers and expansions.

As it turned out, Blizzard had a new raiding system hidden up their sleeve the entire time -- a system that few could have predicted. Let's look at the potential impact of this new way to raid and how your guild might need to adjust.

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The Queue: Another Monday - Mon, 10 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.

Welcome back to another Monday edition of The Queue, where I stare at my work in panic because nobody likes asking questions on Sunday!

Oh, well. We'll make do. Let's begin, shall we?

ArliSunblade1 asked:

Why do the chickens on Sunsong Ranch sometimes instantaneously combust and die? I'm a rogue, pretty sure it's nothing to do with me.

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Around Azeroth: You can leave your hat on - Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:00:00 EST

Some elves might like expensive apparel, silk dresses and gold jewelry. But submitter Sayuribee of Winterhoof (US-H) prefers a more unique style. Like what you'd get if you fell into a construction site dumpster with glue on your head and shoulders. Sporting a combination of a Darkmoon Top Hat and some transmogrified Brittle Flamereaver Pauldrons, Sayuribee has compensated for the lack of player housing by carrying her junk drawer on her outfit. Just keep those lit fireworks away from the wooden shoulderpads!

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Gold Capped: How to handle undercutters - Mon, 10 Jun 2013 09:00:00 EST

WoW Insider brings you Gold Capped, in which Basil "Euripides" Berntsen aims to show you how to make gold on the Auction House. Check out Basil's gold making podcast, Call To Auction, and email Basil with your questions, comments, or hate mail!

I hear this all the time: "Every time I post anything, someone undercuts me within minutes." Luckily, there's a relatively simple solution to dealing with undercutters: ignore them. You don't ignore them hoping they go away, you ignore them because they aren't actually going to prevent you from selling your auctions.

Think back to the last time you bought something from the Auction House; let's say an enchant. You search for the best enchant you can put onto the gear. If the lowest price is affordable, you buy it. If it feels too expensive (compared to what you've paid before or what you know the materials cost), you might buy the mats and ask friends or trade chat for someone to make it for you. You might instead look at the second best enchant for the gear if it's something you won't be wearing for long or you're not expected to always use best-in-slot enchants.

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Breakfast Topic: Should guild bonuses be a continuing effort? - Mon, 10 Jun 2013 08:00:00 EST

Plugging into a level 25 guild after a period of solo leveling is like being loaded into a slingshot and catapulted into a candy shop of delight. More XP! More rep! More speed! More travel! Suddenly, basic game business turns EZ mode. Who wouldn't want that? Last year saw adjustments to guild leveling that made it easier to push a guild up to level 25. The changes helped boost many guilds up to the level cap, allowing their members to reap the benefits of guild membership.

The question is ... now what? Should there be something more to enjoying guild benefits once you've reached the top? Once members have helped the guild reach the level cap and pushed their individual guild reputation to exalted to earn the available rewards, is there enough incentive to keep contributing? Should there be additional benefits for consistently active players? What might those rewards look like?

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The WoW Insider Show live on Monday June 10 - Sun, 09 Jun 2013 20:00:00 EST

Join us for a live recording of the WoW Insider Show tomorrow, Monday June 10th at 8:00 p.m. PDT. This show will be hosted on twitch.tv, right over at our channel. Shortly before the live broadcast we'll put a post up here on WoW Insider with a live embed of the stream as well. Don't worry if you can't miss it -- we'll have it up on YouTube a day or two later.

This week Mike, Matt, and Anne will be talking about flexible raiding (the announcement and Matt's editorial), Diablo 3 on the Xbox 360 (and all those other consoles), and the plans of companies to take advantage of WoW's subscription decline. Expect a lot of different opinions, with Cthulhu somehow being tied into it all.

Of course your emails will also be answered. After the break we'll give you a taste of what we'll be answering from listener's emails, including some chat about paid faction changes. Want your questioned answered live on the air? Send it to theshow@wowinsider.com, or hop in our live stream and hang out with us during the show. We'll take some questions from the chat channel after the show is done recording.

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WoW Moviewatch: WoW Then and Now - Sun, 09 Jun 2013 18:00:00 EST

Slightly Impressive tackles the long, slow evolution of WoW with a brief reminder of what the game used to be like. Remember the long haul from Deadmines every time you needed a new PUG? The pain of learning your way around a new zone? The heartfelt despair trying to find a new group?

WoW Then and Now is more than just a pleasant romp down memory lane. It rips the rose-colored glasses off for a stark reminder that not everything used to be so easy. I think the game's grown for the better; your mileage may vary. Ultimately, though, this is some great work from Slightly Impressive.
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Know Your Lore: The legacy of the Mag'har - Sun, 09 Jun 2013 16:00:00 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.

Garrosh Hellscream's actions thus far in World of Warcraft have been, by and large, downright villainous and despicable. He's responsible for the murders of countless Alliance soldiers and civilians at both Northwatch Hold and Theramore -- and countless others over the course of his reign as Warchief. He's also responsible for the deaths of countless Horde -- some honorable, some not, all distinctly under the impression that being a member of the Horde brought certain advantages. Advantages like not having the Warchief order your execution over perceived slights.

Yet Garrosh's roots, oddly enough, are with a clan of orcs that pride themselves in the noble preservation of orcish society as it stood before the Burning Legion's influence. Small, yes, remote and isolated, yes, but they stood and continue to stand with pride in the face of corruption. Based in a remote corner of Outland, they are the Mag'har. Where did they come from, and how did they affect how Warchief Hellscream views the world today?

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The Queue: New Leaf - Sun, 09 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.

Guys. GUYS. It's Animal Crossing: New Leaf release day! I'm shaking so many oranges from trees and designing pretty dresses and repaying predatory mortgages!

inkliizii1 asked:

Is there any info on the numbers for flex raiding? Like would it be possible to get 40 ppl together? Or run it with a tank, a healer, and a dps, like an extreme scenario? Lots of possibilities.

You can have between 10 and 25 people in a flex group. Can't go higher or lower that we know of.

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Sunday Morning Funnies: Dark Legacy Comics - Sun, 09 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST

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

Each week, we're shining the spotlight on a WoW-related web comic from our weekly list. This week, we're looking at Dark Legacy Comics:

Dark Legacy Comics (DLC) is a funny comic featuring a group of 8 Alliance-based regular characters: Keydar, Donald, Miji, Gigz, Narya, Krom and Nyte, as well as the two little clones, pictured above. Many of its comics are one-offs, which makes it very accessible for new or casual readers, but it also features running story lines from time to time.

The subjects vary. Sometimes there are long story lines where something unique happens in the world (like an NPC strike). Other times, the comics focus on a character's hobby (like Gigz's cooking) or even comment back on the experience of playing WoW, such as with a sequence where the characters are raiding.

DLC is one of the longest running and most popular WoW-related comics, and is a great pick if you're new to either WoW or web comics.

DLC updates on Sundays.

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Around Azeroth: Brothers from another mother - Sun, 09 Jun 2013 10:00:00 EST

Submitter Sheehun of No Reprieve on my old server Magtheridon (US-A) used the Glyph of Disguise to transform himself into a mogu gentleman. While hanging around in disguise on the Isle of Thunder, he happened to sit next to a draenei NPC and noticed a few similarities in their poses. Are the mogu and draenei animations simply based on the same model? Or does Sheehun need to slip the draenei a card with the number for The Maury Povich Show?

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Breakfast Topic: What are you embarrassed that you didn't know? - Sun, 09 Jun 2013 08:00:00 EST

Reader Morncreek just recently informed me in the comments of the results of last week's Community Blog Topic that heirlooms were cross-faction as long as the characters are on the same server. Mind blown. This may be common knowledge, but I had absolutely no clue. You can't send cash or even just text, but you can send any Bind on Account item. In my defense, all of my Alliance characters are on different servers from my Horde characters, but still.

In another case of embarrassing ignorance, it took a couple of years for me to discover that you could eat food and drink drinks at the same time. Though I've played since open beta, it wasn't until the tooltip started showing up on loading screens that I found that out. Yay tooltips!

What about you? Did you know about BoA items being cross-faction, but not cross-server? Is there anything in WoW that you've discovered over your playtime that made you facepalm? Fess up!

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On raid lockouts, flexible raiding, and choice - Sat, 08 Jun 2013 20:00:00 EST

With the introduction of flexible raiding a certain conversation is cropping up again. It's a conversation about raid lockouts. Back when LFR was first introduced during Dragon Soul, quite a few players began to argue that they felt forced to run LFR in addition to the raid itself. Then, as we moved into Mists of Pandaria raiding, this discussion intensified. I had my own opinion on the issue, which was basically that no, raid finder should not share a lockout with normal mode raiding. Luckily, Blizzard didn't do that, coming up with other ways to reduce LFR's desirability for people who run normal/heroic raids.

Now, with flexible raiding, the argument that it should share a lockout with normal/heroic raids is being resurrected because again players are afraid they will be forced to run it. I'm opposed to this idea for a variety of reasons.
  1. Sharing the lockout between flexible raiding and normal/heroic raiding means that if you choose to step down to flex for a night because you were short people, you'll either be locked into flex or you'll need to be able to switch back and forth between them. Either players will be punished for going flex, or they'll be using it to bypass encounters that are 'too hard' on normal. This isn't meant to be a means to game raid difficulty.
  2. Sharing the lockout between 10 and 25 man raiding nearly killed 25 man raiding. A shared lockout between flexible raiding and normal raids would probably be enough to finish the job, because as 25 man guilds lost members and made use of the flexible raid to keep running, there would be very little incentive to recruit and less incentive for new players to join.
  3. Flex raiding is being rolled out to test the waters - we have no idea how the final implementation will shake out. Burdening it with a shared lockout adds a further complication which isn't needed at this time. For all we know, flexible raiding will be how all raids work in the next expansion. Even if it isn't, we need to give it time before we make it jump through more hoops.
  4. People need to stop begging Blizzard to keep them from playing the game.
Number five is probably the most controversial point, and it's also the most important to my eyes. I don't know where certain players came up with this idea that Blizzard needs to save them from doing things but it needs to stop. If you're not in a guild that's pushing content in the first week or two of its existence, you will not need to run flexible raids for gear to push that content faster any more than you need to run LFR for that.

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WoW Moviewatch: Lock Candy - Sat, 08 Jun 2013 18:00:00 EST

I can't believe how long it took for this song to turn into a WoW machinima. It seems so obvious now! So, my hat's off to Letomi and Khayllys for finally answering this unspoken need: create a warlock version of I Want Candy.

Lock Candy is well-performed, solidly written, and excellently animated. The video is long enough to be fulfilling without running so long that you get bored of the schtick. Letomi's vocals are tone perfect to the playful spirit, and Khayllys shows off some snazzy graphic skills. All in all, Lock Candy is one of the best music videos I've seen in a while.
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The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Speculative solutions - Sat, 08 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.

In the past few weeks I've talked about warrior survivability concerns and our problems with itemization and that's got me thinking: what are the solutions? Now, I'm not a dev nor even playing one on TV, I'm basically just a fan of the game, but that doesn't stop me from thinking about these things. It's easy to complain about issues, after all, but harder to discuss meaningful solutions. So I've decided to do just that, since the comments alone are usually worth the price of admission in cases like that.

The main concerns I'll be discussing are as follows:
  1. DPS warrior survivability in PvE
  2. The rapid decline of Arms warriors in PvP (Cynwise's recent class distribution numbers went a lot more in depth than my own class rep post, and it's convinced me the warrior decline in PvP is more meaningful than I first thought)
  3. Warrior tanking issues (haste, overall DPS, our lack of 'cheese')
So what could we see that would help with these issues? What changes would be effective without being too effective?

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WRUP: Should WoW come to Xbox? - Sat, 08 Jun 2013 14:00:00 EST

A little known fact about your intrepid WoW Insider staff: we plan our weeks way early. As a matter of fact, we get started planning our weekends in the middle of the week. So when I asked the team about what they're playing this weekend -- and the bonus question to go along with it -- the news about Flexible Raids hadn't made the full rounds yet.

So we asked about Diablo III going to the Xbox, and whether WoW should be next. As you might have guessed, though, our team actually reached a near-consensus on the issue. I'd paraphrase that consensus, but it's more fun to read everyone's individual opinions.

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The Queue: Get Lucky, KK - Sat, 08 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.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf comes out tomorrow! In celebration, let's jam with KK Slider and Daft Punk.

RikOsborne asked:

Can someone tell me what's going on with that big Horde excavation right in front of the Shrine of Seven Stars? I have four Alliance level 90s, but I haven't found a damn thing in-game to tell me what's going on there.

I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll tell you this instead -- play the Dark Heart of Pandaria scenario! It's all covered in there.

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Around Azeroth: All my friends know the low rider - Sat, 08 Jun 2013 10:00:00 EST

"No one's quite sure how or why the Darkmoon Faire carousel ride seats disappeared," writes submitter Actorious of Disciples of Beer on Perenolde (US-A). "But that didn't stop me from getting my daily dose of Wheee! Although if the new rule is BYOM (Bring Your Own Mount), shouldn't the price of admission be reduced?" I suspect drunken carnies ... and forthcoming lawsuits.

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Breakfast Topic: Tried it, didn't like it - Sat, 08 Jun 2013 08:00:00 EST

Surprise! I'm not into battling pets -- and I don't really understand why not. When vanity pets first started picking up steam in WoW, I scoffed at them. Eventually, though, I encountered the One Pet, the Captured Firefly, that captured my heart. That prompted me to begin collecting, but I never made it to the highest achievement rung at the time before I realized that as long as I had my little firefly friend out and about, I was quite content. Still, I always assumed I'd enjoy capturing and caging pets, if not the actual minigame of pet battling, and I eagerly anticipated the release of pet battles.

Nope, not doing it for me. The itch to catch 'em all remains dormant. I continue on my merry way with my firefly, and I'm happy as can be. Nobody who knows me well understands why I'm not animatedly capturing and caging my way across Azeroth, but it just doesn't click for me.

Is there something you eagerly anticipated in WoW that didn't turn out to float your boat? What do you suppose made it fall short of your expectations?

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