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Death Knight galleries to tide you over until tomorrow night - Tue, 11 Nov 2008 20:00:00 EST


While the Blizzard team goes postal trying to find your missing in-game mail (see what I did there?), WoW Insider has you covered with an overview of Death Knights in pictures. You can decide on your race, get a look at Rune Forging or explore the Death Knight starting experience.

In the mean time, we're going to check out more 7-11s for Wrath boxes. At the very least, we may come back with a Mountain Dew Slushie.



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Wrath profession recipes in pictures - Tue, 11 Nov 2008 19:30:00 EST


Screenshots may not be the cleanest way to present this list, but at least you won't have to worry about transcription errors, right? Here are some of the many trainable recipes we were able to find in Northrend. Remember that the Grand Master trainers are in Dalaran which you need to be level 74 to do the quest to enter. If you're not that level yet, make fast friends with a L74 Mage who has been up there and trained the Portal spell.

Also remember that some of these may have changed since beta. One thing that hasn't changed is that sweet, sweet ride, the Engineered Motorbike.





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Wrath intro zones in pictures - Tue, 11 Nov 2008 19:00:00 EST


We at WoW Insider delved deep into the frigid steppes of Northrend during beta to bring you, the loyal reader, shiny pictures. Lots of shiny pictures. With the realms down and no ship sailing for the lands of Arthas until Thursday, we wanted to give you something to tide you over. Below are screenshot guides covering many of the initial zones you'll experience in Wrath. Click through and enjoy until the real thing can be yours tomorrow at midnight.




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15 Minutes of Fame: Lego fans assemble Booty Bay - Tue, 11 Nov 2008 18:00:00 EST


15 Minutes of Fame is our look at World of Warcraft players of all shapes and sizes - from the renowned to the relatively anonymous, the remarkable to the player next door. Tip us off to players you'd like to hear more about.

Oh, snap - literally. Yes, that's Booty Bay, constructed completely from tens of thousands of Legos. It took Astrylian and Raeina, husband and wife WoW players from Eonar and long-time Lego aficionados, about a month to assemble this five-foot masterpiece. While WoW Insider couldn't lend the industrious couple an equivalent 43,000 minutes of fame, as soon as we saw their creative piece de resistance, we decided a solid 15 minutes were definitely in order.

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Countdown to Wrath giveaway: Day 2 - Razer DeathAdder mouse - Tue, 11 Nov 2008 17:00:00 EST
The Countdown to Wrath Giveaways continue, and we're proud to announce that Razer has decided to join the festivities. They've got gear for us to give away in all three days left of the countdown, and they sent us so much awesome stuff that we even had to throw an extra contest in on Friday, so stay tuned for that.

This time around, we're giving away one of their crazy sweet DeathAdder gaming mice. To enter, leave a comment on this post before Friday, November 14, 2008 at 6pm ET. One winner will be chosen randomly and will receive a Razer DeathAdder gaming mouse (valued at $60). You must be at least 18 to enter and a legal resident of the United States or non-Quebec resident of Canada. You can only enter once. Click here for complete Official Rules.

Stay tuned up until Wrath release (and then some) for more contests from Razer, WoW Insider, and all of our other sponsors.

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How to find your way to all those loved squirrels - Tue, 11 Nov 2008 16:00:00 EST
"You love Rat." "You love Chicken." "You love Rabbit." I have to admit, before the achievements came to the game, I was a critter-killer -- I usually ended the lives of any critters I came across, because this is war and the world is no place for them. But since achievements appeared, I've gone around loving every little animal I could -- I haven't gone at To All the Squirrels I've Loved Before with a plan, just emoted towards everything I found.

But Random Ravings isn't quite as random -- they've got a terrific list of where to find every single critter you need. Only two are actually in Northrend (I thought there was more), and the rest seem to be in muliple places around the world, so it doesn't seem too bad at all. The hardest might be the wild parrot -- that one seems to be only in Un'Goro, but brave the dinos down there, find the bird, and you're all set.

Nice list. Anyone ready to head up to Borean Tundra and just grab the last two? BBR says they're also working on a list of all the books for the reading achievement -- can't wait to see (and eventually run around and do) that one either.

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Realms offline until at least 6:00pm EST [Updated] - Tue, 11 Nov 2008 15:33:00 EST
Breaking news from the service status forums:

All realms will be offline until at least 6:00pm EST / 3:00pm PST. They are having to keep the realms down for this extended period due to errors in the mail system.

Essentially, every piece of mail that was sent prior to the realms going down at 8:00am EST was lost when the servers came back up. Blizzard has said that they are actively looking for a solution to the problem. We're keeping our mailbox post updated with the latest information on that front.

Hopefully this extended downtime is not foreshadowing things to come when Wrath of the Lich King starts to enter circulation tomorrow evening at midnight*.

Update: It's 6:00pm EST / 3:00pm PST, and the realms are still offline. Blizzard retracted the specific time table, and we're waiting on further updates. It should also be noted that Blizzard's forums are experiencing technical difficulties, so new information might be coming in a tad slow.

Update: 7:27pm EST, realms are still offline. No ETA when they'll be back up.

Stay tuned to WoW Insider for more updates.


Are you ready for the challenges that await you in Northrend? WoW Insider has you covered with our 8-day guide to Preparing for Wrath. Also, check out our feature on AddOns new, old and outdated and Essential AddOns for Wrath written especially with the expansion in mind.

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Knaak signing at a midnight launch in Arkansas, Blizzard to release audiobooks - Tue, 11 Nov 2008 15:00:00 EST
Live in Arkansas and can't make it to one of our meetups around the country tomorrow night? Author Richard A. Knaak will be holding a book signing at a store in Fayetteville, Arkansas. There will be copies of the new Night of the Dragon and Warcraft Legends vol. 2 available, but it's at Hastings Bookstore, so I'm not quite sure they'll have copies of Wrath there -- you may have to make a stop at a game store before or after. But if you're in AR and missing out on the festivities elsewhere (and are a fan of Knaak's Warcraft fiction), it's a place to be.

And speaking of Warcraft fiction, Blizzplanet has the news that Blizzard is publishing three of the extended lore books in audio form, read by Dick Hill, an award-winning "Golden Voice." No news yet on whether the books will be in iTunes (that's pretty much the only way I listen to an audiobook these days, is downloaded onto the old iPod), but it's probably what'll happen. So if you've been putting off reading up on the lore because words hurt your eyes, maybe your ears will be able to do the job for you.

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Servers back down: Mailboxes empty [Updated x2] - Tue, 11 Nov 2008 14:20:00 EST
The realms were briefly up this afternoon. Anyone who logged into them was greeted with everything working smoothly - except for their mailbox.

Many people found that they did not have the mail that was previously stored in their mailbox prior to the reset.

This is, of course, a big deal for bank alts and others who send tens of thousands of gold through the system. Blizzard has shut down the realms again, and is aware of the problem.

Update at 3:35pm: Syndri tells us that they are actively looking for a fix, and that as of yet none has been found. See our realm status post for more information about the extended downtime.

We here at WoW Insider would like to encourage Blizzard to just fix it!

Stay tuned for more updates.

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Horde plans attack for Northrend on a map without Northrend - Tue, 11 Nov 2008 14:00:00 EST
Reader Dale from Grim Batol-EU (I don't think that's his character name) sent in a screenshot of the war map the leaders of the Horde stand around while debating their assault on Northrend in the latest (and probably final) stage of the Scourge Invasion. He sent it to us wondering if it holds any hints of future expansions, because the map includes a number of land masses we haven't seen in-game and have only appeared on a few maps of the world we've seen. I think there is something much more dire in the image.

There is no next expansion. Why? Because Northrend isn't even on that map. The Horde is using a map that lacks Northrend to discuss an assault on Northrend. I think I have some idea of how their conversation really went down at their war council. Check it out behind the cut below.

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Wrath 101: Getting from Borean Tundra to Howling Fjord and vice versa - Tue, 11 Nov 2008 13:30:00 EST


One of the questions frequently asked is which zone will you be leveling in first? A large majority of players will pick Borean Tundra or Howling Fjord.

Why not both?

Not to worry, there's a far easier way of getting from the Tundra to the Fjord and back again. You don't necessarily have to go back to your capital city zones and then transfer to a different zeppelin or boat. Our new walrusian friends the Tuskarr will be supplying the main modes of transportation with really big turtles. Those Goblin turtle mounts are no match for these behemoths.

These carrot powered turtles will shuttle players from Borean Tundra to Dragonblight where they can then hop off and switch turtles in order to resume their journey to Howling Fjord. Don't worry, trips are free.

Note that all of the Tuskarr ports have flight paths for both factions for easy access to and from.

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Is it Thursday yet? - Tue, 11 Nov 2008 13:00:00 EST


Here at WoW Insider we pay pretty close attention to what the blues say. They often come out with the latest information on what's happening behind the scenes at Blizzard. Blues, overall, have a lot of power over the game and the forums. Some can outright ban you, refund your items, or do whatever else their GM/Community Manager powers let them.

Yesterday however Zarhym revealed a new power.

The power of time control.

"Is it Thursday yet?" some forum poster asks.

"Yes!" replies Zarhym.

Taking back what he said he soon replies, "Update: I'm being told this is not correct. Sorry :(" The deflated moans of millions of nerds around the word can be heard. For a fleeting moment it appeared that Zarhym used his power of time control for good.

Nethaera eventually jumps in to put a freeze on overly ambitious Zarhym. Apologizing outright for the confusion, she insists that Thursday will be coming soon.

But then something amazing happens. Something so brilliant, so revolutionary, so game changing that it will shake the world! The blues figure out the secret to time travel!

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Countdown to Wrath Giveaway: Day 2 - 60-day game time card - Tue, 11 Nov 2008 12:30:00 EST
The Countdown to Wrath Giveaways continue with a 60-day pre-paid game card.

To enter, leave a comment on this post before Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 6pm ET. One winner will be chosen randomly and will receive a World of Warcraft 60-day pre-paid game card (valued at $30). You must be at least 18 to enter and a legal resident of the United States or non-Quebec resident of Canada. You can only enter once. Click here for complete Official Rules.

This will be the last giveaway for today, but we have plenty more coming between now and the Wrath launch so be sure to check back at WoW Insider often!

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WoW Moviewatch: The Mini-Show of Krys - Tue, 11 Nov 2008 12:00:00 EST

In honor of today's subject, I was going to try and write this recap in French. As my French skills are kind of sad, though, I ended up sparing you that pain. But I tried.

Today's Moviewatch is pretty cool. The Mini-Show of Krys is definitely a different take on what you can do with the world and objects in World of Warcraft. French animator Krys has put together an animated series based on the game, and uses the world at large as a backdrop for most of his animation. Don't worry -- there are subtitles aplenty. This is the 6th in the series created by Krys.

It's definitely light hearted and an amusing offering. I know I'll be quoting "You suffer the punishment of Doggy the Dog!" in the battlegrounds for a while, and that's not all the laughs the Mini-Show has to offer. I often wonder if some of the humor doesn't get lost (or injected) in language translation. The English subtitling is definitely solid, though, so I don't think we're missing out on much of Krys's humor. This is definitely a series I'll be watching for later installments.

Click here to see it yourself!

If you have any suggestions for WoW Moviewatch, you can mail them to us at machinima AT wowinsider DOT com.

Previously on Moviewatch ...

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Top ten reasons Thrall got pwned by Garrosh - Tue, 11 Nov 2008 11:30:00 EST

So, there's this Wrath-release event happening. One of the side-plays during the event is a duel between Thrall and Garrosh Hellscream. And while Thrall was busting out all the Shaman mojo he could, he ultimately loses to Garrosh. Over and over. Why, Thrall? How could it come to this? Where did we go wrong?

In an attempt to understand how the Warchief could be struck low by the young pup, we here at WoW Insider bring you the Top Ten Reasons Thrall got pwned by Garrosh:

  1. Thrall is secretly a keyboard turner.
  2. Thrall forgot to repair his gear before the queue popped.
  3. Garrosh has been studying the art of war at a Retribution Pally temple.
  4. Thrall broke Line-of-Sight from his druid.
  5. The Warchief was distracted by worry that Jaina might be in danger.
  6. Since the release of 3.0.2, healing in PvP has been dang near impossible.
  7. Thrall's heart just wasn't in it, since there's no Arena points this week.
  8. Warriors still need a good nerfin'.
  9. The RNG hates Thrall.

    ...and finally...

  10. In Wrath of the Lich King, the devs all play Garrosh.

We hope this short list helps bring solace to the millions of orcs who have found their hero laid low by Garrosh Hellscream. We hope you can gird your courage, and find strength to join us on the way to Northrend. As the saying goes, it ain't over till it's over.


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Ask a Beta Tester: The past meets the future - Tue, 11 Nov 2008 11:00:00 EST

We only have one or two days of Ask a Beta Tester left, ladies and gentlemen. Very soon, it will be no more. Who will care about beta questions? We'll have the expansion in our hot little hands! Forget the beta, we'll have the real deal. We've actually had a lot of fun doing this for you guys though, and we're kind of sad to see it go. I like to think you guys have had fun with it, too. You know, beyond drooling over the Wrath screenshots and information.

With that in mind, I'd like to ask all of you a question: Would you like to see something similar to this continue past Wrath's launch? Obviously it wouldn't be about just Wrath's beta, it would be more about the game in general. Leveling, patches, content. Short questions that can be answered in a paragraph or two. I don't know what we'd call it. Ask a Guy Some Stuff has a ring to it, though.

jared.daniels
asked...

I won't be getting the WOTLK expansion for a few days after the launch. What do you suggest I do until I can get the DVD?

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Preparing for Wrath Day 2: The dying wallet - Tue, 11 Nov 2008 10:45:00 EST
Off a question on professions we recently took in Ask A Beta Tester, it occurred to me that it would probably be helpful to provide players with a few ballpark figures on budgetary expectations for Northrend. Blizzard's been pretty frank about its desire to reduce ingame inflation, so it's reasonable to expect a number of compelling demands made on your e-wallet (especially if legions of grasping guild leaders worldwide get their wish and start taxing the living hell out of you). Bottom line? You're going to bleed gold out of your ears unless you exercise some financial restraint. But...whatever. Screaming over the ingame cost of everything keeps me from looking at my real-life stock portfolio. I need a drink.

PROFESSIONS: Your first few minutes on the continent, no matter where you land, are going to be pretty expensive if you train up your tradeskills immediately. Polar22 in the AABT comments provided an extremely helpful link to WarcraftEcon confirming that each major and minor trade skill, with the exception of First Aid, will cost 35g to level to Grand Master. First Aid is more expensive at 50g. So, assuming you train your two major tradeskills in addition to Fishing, Cooking, and First Aid, count on being out 190g in addition to whatever it will cost you to train new recipes. WarcraftEcon estimates the total damage for an average player will clock in around 400-500g for these initial recipes and the Grand Master skill-up. That sounds broadly accurate from my experience in the beta, so plan on toting 500g along if you want all of your professions trained up immediately. The bleed begins!

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Wrath shipped to stores, copies being sold early at 7-11 - Tue, 11 Nov 2008 10:23:00 EST


We're getting multiple reports that Blizzard has shipped Wrath of the Lich King out to stores -- one of our readers in Australia ordered the CE and actually got his edition shipped to him already (the game will install, but won't run yet), a few Gamestops around the country have confirmed that they have copies in store (though not for sale yet), and a few people have told us that they've already picked up their copies at 7-11 (notorious for suddenly selling games, and then very recently selling them early).

So odds are that you might be able to grab the game early from stores that are breaking the street date, but it does appear that Blizzard hasn't actually flipped the switch on the expansion, and likely won't do it until tomorrow evening. We'll keep an eye out for more places Wrath may have already popped up.

Update: Thanks to one of our readers for sending along the pic of his Wrath box and the receipt above. The game is indeed shipped and being sold, though Blizzard is saying Northrend won't be available until Wednesday evening. Another reader picture of a purchased game after the break.


Are you ready for the challenges that await you in Northrend? WoW Insider has you covered with our 8-day guide to Preparing for Wrath. Also, check out our feature on AddOns new, old and outdated and Essential AddOns for Wrath written especially with the expansion in mind.

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Around Azeroth: If it takes forever, I will wait for you - Tue, 11 Nov 2008 10:00:00 EST


That Arthas, he's quite a guy. Judging by this screenshot, submitted by Ganka of Mannoroth, half of the Alliance is lined up waiting for his triumphant return to Stormwind Harbor. There's definitely a better turnout than for the average L70ETC concert. Too bad he didn't show up himself -- sending his representatives while he chills in Icecrown is pretty lame. Way to disappoint your fans/victims, Lichie!

Do you have any unusual World of Warcraft images that are just collecting dust in your screenshots folder? We'd love to see it on Around Azeroth! Sharing your screenshot is as simple as e-mailing aroundazeroth@wowinsider.com with a copy of your shot and a brief explanation of the scene. You could be featured here next!

Remember to include your player name, server and/or guild if you want it mentioned. Please include the word "Azeroth" in your post so it does not get swept into the spam bin. We strongly prefer full screen shots without the UI showing -- use alt-Z to remove it. Please, no more battleground scoreboards.

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Antivirus company claims viruses are out to get you - Tue, 11 Nov 2008 09:30:00 EST
McAfee Avert Labs, a monitoring and research division of McAfee Inc., claims that malware attacks are on the rise, and the targets are often gamers.

According to McAfee, there was a 245% growth in the amount of malware being developed from 2006 to 2007, with roughly 300% more developed from 2007 to 2008. So far this year, development already exceeds 2006 and 2007 combined.

Earlier this year, McAfee released a list of some of the most dangerous web domains. Even major, reputable websites are not immune, although the problems are usually addressed almost instantly. Commonly targeted websites include social networking sites like Facebook, as well as gaming sites.

The developers harvest the information, and sell it to others who then exploit it, possibly to steal your account information.

With so little time until Wrath of the Lich King, I'd like to remind everyone that buying gold or power-leveling services is not only not permitted, it is likely to get you burned.

For more information on protecting your computer from keyloggers and other malware, check out the following guides:

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