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How long have you played World of Warcraft? - Wed, 29 May 2013 19:00:00 EST

After eight years of World of Warcraft, it's definitely time to shift the goal posts on defining what qualifies a player as being old school. How long does someone have to have played WoW before you consider them a seasoned player? How long before you consider them an old timer? Does having played the game for some period of time give you confidence that a player is probably experienced and knowledgeable about the areas of the game he or she commonly plays?

What about you -- how long have you played World of Warcraft? And would you consider yourself an experienced player?

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WoW Moviewatch: Nobody's Quest Episode 1 - Wed, 29 May 2013 18:00:00 EST

Do you remember Nobody? How about Nobody's creator, Ninth Batter? Both are back with a story-driven machinima called Nobody's Quest Episode 1. With a definite plot, plenty of exposition, and actual narrative structure, Nobody's Quest already looks refreshing and exciting.

The first episode is only a few minutes long, but Ninth already has six episodes in the can. Keep checking back every week for the new episode. Hopefully, this kind of story video will get fans excited and we'll see many more in the future. My hat's off to Ninth Batter for reinvigorating this method of storytelling.
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PvP Vendors available again - Wed, 29 May 2013 17:00:00 EST

WoW Insider posted last week about the deactivation of the PvP vendors, specifically those selling conquest gear for honor, thanks to the issues experienced with the Tyrannical Conquest achievement.

As the title suggests, the vendors are available again. Senior PvP Developer Brian Holinka took to twitter to announce this:
This troublesome achievement, though, is still causing issues for some players. It seems, from what I can gather, that in order to set the achievement off, you need to earn conquest points. Even just earning a single one will make the game re-count your season total, and award you the achievement. This is still the case even if you have earned well over the required 25,000 points in the season. Just win an arena, or a rated battleground, or do the PvP dailies, and you'll be set.

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Poll: Do you think Blizzard will ever offer class changes? - Wed, 29 May 2013 16:00:00 EST

Intrepid reader Grace wrote in posing this question to us, which started us thinking about why class changes aren't on the menu for WoW players. Blizzard lets you do lots of things to your WoW character after you've created it. Besides leveling it up, you can change races, you can change factions, you can change names, you can change servers, you can change your appearance, and you can even change the looks of your gear with transmogrification. But one thing you're stuck with is your class.

However, while most of these changes are superficial, cosmetic things, class is not -- the class of your character is intrinsic to its identity, and you learn how to manage any class by spending time playing it. But when class changes hit our favored characters hard and we see greener pastures in a newer, more interesting class, leveling an alt -- and then gearing it up -- can make for tedious work. And sometimes all we really want to do is shift from one healing class to another, to better hone our skills or work with our group.

So here's the question for you: Will Blizzard ever offer class changes? Should they?

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The WoW Insider Show Episode 296: Testing - Wed, 29 May 2013 15:00:00 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's show is called Testing because it's what we did. We tested going back to a live format. It's a bit different than the previous live shows we used to do, as we're a bit more focused on recording the actual show. However, we still managed to work in a few chat channel comments, and took some time afterwards to talk with everyone that hung out with us.

We're not ready quite yet to make this a super official change over. You can keep an eye out on our social media outlets (Twitter and Facebook) for the next time we're going live. I hear it might be Monday June 3around 8pm PDT... but that might change.

Once we have a few more kinks worked out of the system we'll post an announcement and the live stream, just like we used to. And as always, our podcast will be available via iTunes and right here on the site.

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WoW Insider Round Table: Heroic Scenarios - Wed, 29 May 2013 14:00:00 EST

Welcome to the first WoW Insider Round Table. Every week or two we'll give you the inside scoop on the key opinions and facts about a specific area of the World of Warcraft. In today's inaugural video we're talking about what's on everyone's mind: heroic scenarios.

They're beasts right now. People are quite divided on how useful they are, and what the best way to go about finding a group for them are. We've even had Ghostcrawler weigh in on the mechanics of the rewards via Twitter. Olivia, Matt, Dawn, and Sally sit down in a Google Hangout and share their thoughts and opinions. And we want to hear yours! What do you think heroic scenarios are doing for the game? Are they everything you wanted them to be ... or can you not even find a group for them?

Let us know, and thanks for watching!


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Editorial: Am I the only one who doesn't care about a delayed video game? - Wed, 29 May 2013 13:00:00 EST

Maybe it's just me, but the news last night that Blizzard delayed Titan a bit has me ... well, not caring. At all. As in I can think of a hundred other things I'd rather do than sit around and listen to a lot of people complain about how it's vaporware or whatever else.

I don't mean to be combative here, but I want to raise the point: why do things like this get so much attention in the gaming press? Even for an unannounced title, for which there has been zero official confirmation on any of its details, people seem to be quite cranky about the delay. I can't really wrap my head around it.

Is it the fact that Blizzard has been working on this for at least five years? I remember doing Saturn Six Insider three years ago as a little spoof on it all (Saturn's 6th moon is Titan). Since then Blizzard has said nothing new about the project -- this delay only means that they're continuing to work on it and are building it up to be something large and grand. It doesn't mean anything else.

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The Queue: Titanic - Wed, 29 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. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

Buckle up, y'all. I get a little ranty today.

@Atanae asked:

How much of a non-issue is the Titan announcement?

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Titan Development Reset: Blizzard speaks out - Wed, 29 May 2013 11:00:00 EST

Following the recent news that Blizzard's hotly anticipated MMO, codenamed Project Titan, has been pushed back to 2016, ZAM's Jarimor has reached out to the developers and obtained an official statement.
We've always had a highly iterative development process, and the unannounced MMO is no exception. We've come to a point where we need to make some large design and technology changes to the game. We're using this opportunity to shift some of our resources to assist with other projects while the core team adapts our technology and tools to accommodate these new changes. Note that we haven't announced any dates for the MMO.
Venturebeat reported that the game's development had been "reset", apparently due to a desire to make technology changes. Purely speculating, of course, but this could be indicative of a change to a new engine, or something along those lines. Rumors have abounded about this secretive project, and a leaked product slate from 2010 indicated that a release would take place in the fourth quarter of 2013. This new information would certainly put paid to that notion, along with other rumors about teaser footage emerging at Blizzcon.

The moral of the story is, essentially, that unless you have information directly from the developers, don't pay too much attention to the rumor mill! As WoW Insider's Matthew Rossi commented yesterday, this is nothing new for Blizzard, with similar actions being taken for Warcraft III. We can only hope that Titan doesn't go the way of Starcraft: Ghost.

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Around Azeroth: The body farm - Wed, 29 May 2013 10:00:00 EST

"I seriously want to know what these pandas are truly up to with their so-called farming," writes submitter Arugadh of The Brotherhood of Iron on Wyrmrest Accord (US-A). "Every day, I have to fight disease-ridden virmen, bloodthirsty hawks, and tentacles of the Old Gods trying to steal my veggies. And today, in a quiet corner of this supposedly peaceful farm, I found a skeleton curled up in the death throes of one who succumbed to whatever horrific curse the Old Gods have laid on my crops. I'm waiting for the big reveal of what the pandas are really farming. I'm waiting ..."

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Know Your Lore, Tinfoil Hat Edition: The Durotarian Candidate - Wed, 29 May 2013 09:00:00 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.

This one's all speculation, guys, and what's more, it's arrant speculation, too. This one takes the Tinfoil Hat and welds it on: not only is nothing in this essay established canon, even I don't think it's remotely likely. But when has that ever stopped us?

With the arrival of patch 5.3, Alliance players have noticed a bit of a disconnect. Why are we in the barrerns, they ask, instead of attacking the Horde elsewhere and reclaiming some lost territory while it's distracted with the rebellion? Others wonder why we're working with Vol'jin at all, instead of just letting the Horde fight amongst each other until there's an exhausted winner at the top and attacking him... or perhaps her, depending on how it all shakes out.

Still others find King Varian's sudden (to them, anyway) gear switch from raging, barely in control ball of rage to this singleminded, purposeful character who is uniting the Alliance behind him strange and unusual. Why is Varian suddenly counseling caution to Tyrande and refusing to make use of an obviously powerful weapon like the Sha? Why is Varian content to let Jaina take the lead against the Thunder King, and why did he acquiesce to the player and SI:7's plan to support Vol'jin's rebellion?

For a completely made up answer to these questions, let's look at Lo'Gosh, the gladiator. But first, let's look at Croc-Bait.

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Breakfast Topic: Oh right, I forgot about you guys - Wed, 29 May 2013 08:00:00 EST

So confession time: I just now reached exalted with the Netherwing.

To be honest, I completely forgot they existed. I was working on their rep grind back in Burning Crusade, but it was terrible (as all BC rep grinds were) and I just lost interest in it when Wrath came out and there were all sorts of new cool mounts to get. The bar was half-way to exalted, but every time I looked at it (not very often) I imagined grinding that last 10,000 or so rep over the course of a week and I always, always came up with something better to do with my time.

Wrath faded to Cataclysm and the Netherwing were ever further from my mind. Rep grinds in the here and now had my attention, with more and better quests and generally a much less onerous feel to them. The Netherwing was the furthest thing from my mind.

Anyway, with patch 5.3 out I discovered that Netherspite now drops Netherwing eggs. And with that one little change, since I'm in Kara killing him almost weekly anyway, I suddenly found myself motivated to get that final bit of rep to exalted. I still hate the Netherwing quest, but at last, I'm exalted with the Netherwing and riding my new Azure Netherwing Drake (that's not him, it's just too cool a shot to not use). So here's my question for you: anything you forgot to do over the years?

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Rumor: Project Titan development reset? - Tue, 28 May 2013 20:00:00 EST

According to Venturebeat the as-yet unannounced Project Titan has seen seventy or so developers reassigned to other projects and a slimmed down thirty person team remains on the project. MMO-Champion reported that sources indicated that the changes were made in part due to a desire to make significant technology changes to the project and that the rest of the developers are being moved to World of Warcraft, Blizzard All-Stars, the upcoming Diablo III expansion and Battle.net.

Considering Titan hasn't even been announced yet, we're not sure what we can really make of this news. We've seen similar moves in the past with titles like Starcraft: Ghost which ended in cancellation, and even Warcraft III saw mid-stream technology updates that resulted in a very successful launch. At any rate, until any sort of announcement on what Titan actually is gets made, we'll just be over here playing World of Warcraft.

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I hate scenarios - Tue, 28 May 2013 19:00:00 EST

Behind the scenes at WoW Insider, we've been talking a lot about scenarios recently, for various reasons - some of which we hope to be able to soon share! In those discussions, I relatively quickly had to come out and admit, yeah, I kind of hate scenarios. It's not that I think there's anything actually bad about them. Maybe individual scenarios have certain annoying mechanics, I honestly haven't done enough of them to know. But I kind of dread doing them, and avoid them for the most part, and there is a very simple reason why: when I first go into one, I don't necessarily know what I'm supposed to be doing.

I cannot communicate how much I despise that feeling. It's why I love being a healer. Here is your job as a healer, in any dungeon or raid ever: you stay out of the bad stuff on the ground and you play Rejuvenation (or Holy Light, or Healing Wave, or whatever) whack-a-mole with health bars. It's great. It's structured and straightforward and it's always the same. Sometimes there are additional mechanics you have to be aware of but, here's the thing - boss needs interrupts? Not a healer's job. Mobs need kiting? Not a healer's job. Turtles need kicking? Not a healer's job. Boxes need clicking? Not a healer's job (usually).

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Encrypted Text: Rogues and RPPM - Tue, 28 May 2013 18:00:00 EST

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Encrypted Text for assassination, combat and subtlety rogues. Chase Christian will be your guide to the world of shadows every Wednesday. Feel free to email me with any questions or article suggestions you'd like to see covered here.

If you have any questions about what gear you should use or about your specific DPS stat weights, you should use Shadowcraft to get the answers. WoW is a game with dozens of different mechanics and complex intersections. There's no way to guess or intuit what's right for your rogue. Every rogue has different access to gear, and you're always limited by what actually drops. You shouldn't focus on trying to theorycraft in a gear vacuum, because the gear you currently have is important in planning the proper upgrade paths.

That said, there's no reason you shouldn't understand some of the underlying mechanics that determine what gear and stats are good for you. The newest mechanic in WoW is the Real Proc-Per-Minute (RPPM) system, which affects several proc-based effects like our weapon enchants, trinkets, and the legendary meta gem. RPPM is a very different system for procs than we've seen in the past.

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Is it time to remove all transmog restrictions? - Tue, 28 May 2013 17:00:00 EST

I think an experience along these lines is pretty common for WoW transmog enthusiasts: "Fantastic, I finally got the Talon of the Phoenix! I'm gonna transmog it to... wait. I'm using an axe for raiding." Or maybe this one: "Yes! This is an amazing upgrade! ...Oh I can't transmog a two-handed weapon into a main and off-hand, so I have to redo my outfit." I use weapons as examples because they often have the most limited transmog options, despite the fact that Blizzard did lift a lot of their restrictions in patch 5.2. Polearms and staves can be transmogged into each other. One-handed maces, axes, and swords can be transmogged into each other. Two-handed maces, axes, and swords can be transmogged into each other. But two-handed axes, swords, and maces cannot be transmogged into staves or polearms. Fist weapons cannot be transmogged into one-handed swords, axes, or maces.

In one view, the limitations make sense. As a druid, I can use staves, polearms, and two-handed maces. I cannot use two-handed axes or swords. If there were no restrictions, I could transmog my healing staff into a sword and be a resto druid with a sword. That seems odd to me. Then again, I can be a resto druid with a staff transmogged to a polearm, but I cannot be a resto druid with a staff transmogged into a two-handed mace, even though I can equip both those weapons.

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The issue of gender and character creation - Tue, 28 May 2013 16:00:00 EST

Earlier today, reddit user Izunai asked on /r/wow whether or not it's appropriate for someone to play a character with a gender different from their own -- more specifically, whether he, as a man, is allowed to play a woman. His question begins with, "Is this frowned upon or otherwise strange?"

This is a topic that I've personally found very interesting over the many years I've been playing World of Warcraft and MMOs/RPGs in general. I've never considered it strange to play the gender opposite who you are in real life. Most of my characters in games are women. I also play men, I have male alt characters in WoW, but the majority of my characters are women. My death knight is a man. My paladin is a woman. My priest is a woman. My warrior is a woman. My rogue, who is now my main character, is also a woman.

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WoW Moviewatch: Lore According to Illidan - Tue, 28 May 2013 15:00:00 EST

Illidan's life story is full of angst, pain, and some truly tragic decision making. Working with a psychiatrist, Mr. You Are Not Prepared relates the harshest moments in WoW melodrama in Lore According to Illidan. While I feel like the script could use a little bit of editing, this is a solid new format. My hat's off to Slightly Impressive for the idea.

The animation is pretty good, although the framing of Illidan on a couch didn't work super well. The overall approach works great, though, so I'm eager to see our gnome become a universal psychiatrist. I think she could really do Arthas some good.
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The mystery of the dragon in Ahn'Qiraj - Tue, 28 May 2013 14:00:00 EST

Some things were added to Patch 5.3 that we don't have an explanation for yet, and one of those things is Andrestrasz, a level 5 red dragon sleeping in a cave on the coast behind Ahn'Qiraj, the Fallen Kingdom on the edge of the Kalimdor continent. To reach him, simply fly over AQ to the coast and follow a copse of trees until you find his cave, wherein he sleeps... and does nothing at all as far as I could tell. There's already multiple pages of speculation about him, but as of yet, I've found absolutely nothing out about the guy.

Who is Andrestrasz? Why is he sleeping in a cave behind AQ? Why is he level five in a zone that's completely deserted and surrounded by zones (Silithus, Un'Goro, Tanaris, Uldum) that are all much higher level? I have no idea, but patch 5.3 brought him in, so maybe we'll see more of him in future content.

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Shifting Perspectives: Spending feral VP in 5.3 - Tue, 28 May 2013 13:00:00 EST

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Shifting Perspectives for cat, bear, restoration and balance druids. Welcome to our DPS edition, brought to you by Chase Hasbrouck, aka Alaron of The Fluid Druid blog. This week, we spend our Valor Points at the corner store.

Patch 5.3 is here, the item upgrade vendors have returned, and it's time to talk about everybody's favorite things; gear. What are the pixels I can pick to push my kitty to the top of the heap? Let's take a look.

Weapons and trinkets first

As a feral, getting a good weapon is your highest priority. It's the jelly to your peanut butter, the ketchup to your french fries...okay, I may be hungry, but you get the point, it's a necessary complement to ensuring you can be an effective damage dealer. You have four choices for weapons; three drops from Throne of Thunder (Shan-Dun, Breaker of Hope, Jalak's Maelstrom Staff, or the Darkwood Spiritstaff) and the weapon with a legendary socket from 5.0, Gao-Rei. The differences in the ToT weapons are fairly minor, so just get the best you can, and upgrade it ASAP. If you can't get into ToT yet, the +500 agility from the legendary gem on Gao-Rei makes it a worthwhile fill-in. Oh, and if you've completed Chapter II of the legendary quest and received an Eye of the Black Prince, don't forget to buy another one when you get a weapon upgrade.

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Lichborne: Reviewing death knight talents for patch 5.4 - Tue, 28 May 2013 12:00:00 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.

Lead Systems Designer Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street has indicated that Blizzard is pretty happy with the new Mists of Pandaria talent design, and I have to agree with him. While it does suck to wait 15 levels between new talent choices while leveling a new alt, otherwise the new talent system allows real flexibility and interesting, meaningful choices, arguably more than we had under the 51 or 31 point talent systems, where almost every tier had a clear best choice for whatever role you were playing.

That said, there's always room for improvement, and the devs have mentioned they plan to use patch 5.4 as another opportunity to go over talent trees and bolster talents that see less use or otherwise feel underpowered. With that in mind, this week we'll look at the death knight tree and pick out some candidates for a patch 5.4 redesign.

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The Queue: Original Content - Tue, 28 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.

You know what I can absolutely say? That this Queue is original content, insofar as question and answer columns are original content.

Now that we've got that out of the way...

Demon Within asked:

What was the reason given as to why we cant cage wild caught pets? Id love to be able to give some of the ones I've gotten away to guildies who are just starting out in pet battling.

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Around Azeroth: Bad dog! Get off the carpet! - Tue, 28 May 2013 10:00:00 EST

"After a long day, there's nothing better than curling up for a nice relaxing nap," writes submitter Gurgii of Ascension on Whisperwind (US-A). "But my adopted pup just won't listen to me. I keep telling him the rug is so much more comfortable than the cold tiles. He's got a lot to learn about being a worgen!" I hope housebreaking is going to be part of his training, Gurgii, or you two might be unwelcome in dungeons and other confined spaces for a while.

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Last Week in WoW: Back to the grind edition - Tue, 28 May 2013 09:00:00 EST

Happy Tuesday morning, everyone. Patch 5.3 is out, and we have both a written guide and a video guide to the top 5 things you need to know. Beyond that, of course, we have guides to just about aspect of the new patch that'll tell you what to do to get the most out of it. Our usual roundup of those guides and the rest of the week's news can be found below. Maintenance today is 4 hours, starting at 5 a.m. PDT, so you should have some time.

Hot news and features

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Breakfast Topic: What did you get done? - Tue, 28 May 2013 08:00:00 EST

While everyone commemorates Memorial Day in their own way, more than a few of us find ourselves with a few extra hours during long weekends to clock some WoW time. You might prefer the battlegrounds or you might prefer to get a little extra LFR raiding done. If you're especially studious, you might spend some time with our video content, boning up the important parts of patch 5.3.

If you managed to snag some bonus Azeroth time, what did you accomplish? I actually curled up with a few of the books, finally getting around to reading first-hand about Jaina's troubles and travails. I know, I'm a horrible blogger for taking this long, but I really enjoy reading when I take time off. I save the good stuff for then. But what about you? What did you do?

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Blood Pact: Combat log kung fu for warlocks - Mon, 27 May 2013 20:00:00 EST

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Blood Pact for affliction, demonology, and destruction warlocks. This week, Megan O'Neill is finishing out the World of Logs posts while she hunts for BC-era battle pets.

Have you ever tried to read the combat log? Maybe you're on the PTR testing a spell change or you want to know how often a new trinket procs, so you open the combat log chat window and start reading.

You get twenty-something lines down before you realize something horrifying -- that's only one second of combat. Your jaw slowly falls to the floor and you reach up to pull your hair out as you contemplate reading a combat log for an entire raid fight -- that can sometimes last more than six hundred seconds and includes far more actors than just you and the training dummy.

Luckily for us, when events are printed in a specified format without too much variety, computers can read and process --or parse -- these lines magnitudes faster than we humans can. World of Logs has graphs and charts to help us understand our performance, but it also includes what is basically Google for your combat log. Just like there are tips to speed up and pinpoint your browser searches, there are tricks you can use to query events better in the World of Logs expression editor.

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Officers' Quarters: Breaking good - Mon, 27 May 2013 18:00:00 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.

Breaks are good. Everyone needs a break from something that they do on a regular basis: work, school, sports, etc. Raiding is no different. Raiders need breaks. So do roleplayers, arena teams, and achievement junkies. Whether it's one person stepping away from WoW for a little while or a team taking a week or two off from group activities, this kind of short-term sabbatical is a healthy practice.

As an officer, breaks can be dangerous to your guild if you handle them poorly. Take a lesson from the Horde: Thrall needed a break and now Durotar is a war zone. Let's look at the right way to manage it.

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Drama Mamas: Playing on multiple levels with different groups and partners - Mon, 27 May 2013 16:00:00 EST

Sometimes having so many appealing playstyles to choose from makes deciding how to settle in to play WoW more difficult, not less. That's certainly the case when you're trying to enjoy the game with multiple sets of groups and partners -- for example, guild raiding twice a week, leveling and exploring with a significant other, and battling the enemy in battlegrounds now and again with a crew of longstanding gaming friends. Is it even possible to connect all those threads into an enjoyable gaming week without blowing every last minute of free time (and then some)?

Fortunately, you can learn to combine different playstyles and groups. The trick is learning how to adjust your expectations and approach from group to group and partner to partner. Never assume that everyone "needs" or wants to cover the same content or achieve the same type of goals in the game. With a little time management and a lot of clarity among gaming partners, you can enjoyably indulge in WoW on multiple levels without the time crunch and without any drama.

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Video: The top five new features of patch 5.3 - Mon, 27 May 2013 14:00:00 EST

A little while ago, WoW Insider's Sarah Pine posted about the top five things you need to know about patch 5.3. I liked her post so much that I made a short video that also, hopefully, shows you how to use some of the in-game features that were added with patch 5.3, that Sarah brought up in her top five.

So, we're looking at the increase in XP, which you should all know how to use, but also explaining a bit more about the off-spec loot system, as well as the changes to resilience, along with gems and enchants. We're also showing you how the new changes to mining and herbing work, with the items you gather, XP gained and more. Lastly, we take a quick look at the in-game browser, and how it works. Let us know what else you might like WoW Insider to make videos for!

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The Queue: Memorial Day - Mon, 27 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. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

Today's a holiday over here in the United States, which means every single one of us is outdoors cooking a slab of meat on a fire. And that's basically it.

Jason asked:


What is the deal with the Overtirned Kor'kron caravans in the Barrens.. I see multiple warnings in chat about overturned caravans, but very seldom do they show up on my map. Maybe 1 out of ten will appear. Is this a known glitch Blizzard is working on, or is it by design?

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Around Azeroth: Tastes pixellated - Mon, 27 May 2013 10:00:00 EST

Submitter Ezekington of Ancient Order of UMs on Doomhammer (US-A) was helping a pandaren buddy explore some mysterious amber objects at the base of a kypari tree when his base canine instincts overpowered him. Like all dogs presented with a strange object, Ezekington just had to see if it was edible. (This is the same logic my son uses.) Ugh! Artificial banana flavor? That worgen's learned his lesson ... at least until the next time.

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Breakfast Topic: Your fondest WoW memory - Mon, 27 May 2013 08:00:00 EST

Over here in good old England, today is just an ordinary bank holiday. No special purpose or celebration, just, for some reason, we have a day off work. But I've heard from various sources that, across the pond in the US, it's all rather different -- a day to remember.

So with that in mind, I began thinking about memories, specifically in WoW, and thought I'd ask you, dear reader, what was your fondest WoW memory. The one you hold dearest, or one that makes you laugh, or one that tugs a little at the heartstrings. I have more than I can count, happy memories that make me smile and laugh, as well as sad ones. Hitting max level on my first character, my first ever epic item (which I still have), winning my first arena, a lot of them are firsts. But a lot are also just silly, funny things, like falling endlessly into the lava on Magmaw. Or my guild-mate Toby yelling "avenge me!" as he was blown off a precipice somewhere or other.

Something actually happened to me just yesterday which will be a funny memory for a long time. Two guild-mates and I were doing the new Battle on the High Seas scenario, in Heroic, and both of them rolled the cursed pirate dice. One got a debuff that caused a random gang of skeletons to attack us, while the other got a debuff that meant he was under fire from cannons. For three minutes. This led to huge hilarity as we tried to finish the scenario, while also dealing with heavy cannon fire that killed the third member of our group!

So what about you? Tell me about your WoW memories!

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Know Your Lore: The Alliance and the Darkspear Rebellion - Sun, 26 May 2013 20:00:00 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.

Sometimes, the storytelling in World of Warcraft sets people on edge -- which may very well be the understatement of the year. So far, nothing in Mists of Pandaria has been quite as contentious as the idea of Alliance vs. Horde story development. We've delved into the seemingly lopsided nature of Alliance development in WoW before, and taken some guesses and speculation on what the Alliance seems to be missing from a development standpoint.

But patch 5.3 has introduced a new element -- the Darkspear Rebellion -- and with that element comes a new wave of discontent. Having played through both sides of the event, I can definitely see where the Alliance are coming from. While the Horde has a really great triumphant moment of smacking down Garrosh's forces, the Alliance doesn't really have an equivalent. Which leads people to ask, once again, when the Alliance are going to get a moment of glory?

It's a good question, and the answer to that question warrants a look into the story behind the expansion, as well as a look at the nuts and bolts of story development.

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Don't lock yourself out of epic Scenario rewards - Sun, 26 May 2013 18:00:00 EST

Blizzard Lead Systems Designer Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street has taken to Twitter to share some important information concerning the epic cache of treasures that drops from your first heroic Scenario of the day

So, to restate what Ghostcrawler is saying, if you run a normal scenario and receive the chest, then run a heroic scenario, you will not receive a second chest. You only receive the chest from your first scenario of the day, regardless of whether that scenario is normal or heroic.

If you're after the superior chest, therfore, along with the superior rewards, you should ensure that your first scenario of the day is one of the new heroic ones. For clarity, these require a pre-made group of three, as well as an item level of 480 or above. The chest has a chance to contain ilvl 516 loot, so definitely bear this advice in mind when you're making your decisions on what you're doing today. The system seems a little counter-intuitive, so spread the word.

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The Light and How to Swing It: The problem with tanks - Sun, 26 May 2013 16:00:00 EST

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

Last Thursday, Ghostcrawler tweeted something which caused a bit of a stir within the tanking community. In it he revealed that the devs were looking at some strict caps for Vengeance levels (30% of health for 10s, 50% for 25s) that would prevent tanks from using Vengeance to pursue unintended things like solo tanking a two-tank raid boss or standing in fire to stack really obscene amounts of attack power.

Now, this isn't another column about the virtues or not of Vengeance. That's a pretty mutilated horse at this point, and from the looks of it, the mechanic is not going anywhere any time soon. However, the brief rekindling of the Vengeance debate did once again shine some light on what is a continuing problem in WoW: what should tanks be allowed to do (in terms of damage output) and what can be done to keep players from parlaying excessive survivability into unintended advantages?

What do you do when one third (arguably two-thirds, a lot of this can apply to healers as well) of your players' roles revolves around the mitigation and prevention of damage, and the primary means you have of creating barriers or challenges for players is the threat of character death?

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The Queue: Brunch - Sun, 26 May 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. Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) has been making Sunday Brunch a thing since forever.

My mother started doing big breakfasts on Sunday when I was a kid. She eventually moved it later and later, until it became brunches on Sunday instead. It became such a habit that my dad and I still continue to do Sunday brunches -- usually pancakes. Pancakes are awesome.

As for the video above, I don't speak French and I have no idea what they're saying. But man, the food looks pretty good, doesn't it?

runnerpadilla asked:

If pandaren could become druids, what animal would their flight form be?

I don't know! Maybe a little cloud serpent? To be perfectly honest, most druids use some form of crow -- the reason trolls don't is because the Darkspear don't approve of bird worship. It's not a troll thing, it's a Darkspear thing. So a pandaren learning to be a druid would likely be some kind of bird, if they were learning druidism from the Cenarion Circle. The trolls and their choice of flight form is an odd exception to what is a pretty general rule.

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Sunday Morning Funnies: Away From Reality - Sun, 26 May 2013 12:00:00 EST

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

Each week, we're featuring a regularly updating WoW-related web comic from our list. This week, we're shining the spotlight on Away From Reality:

Away From Reality (AFR) is a comic by Erik Jensen. Professor of ancient Mediterranean history by day, WoW-player by night, he has been creating AFR comics since 2007 but adventuring in Azeroth since 2004. It is made using software programs such as Poser, Bryce, GIMP and Paint, and most comics take 2-3 hours to do up (not counting the days or weeks spent with the jokes percolating in the back of Jensen's mind, of course).

Jensen aims for humor and accessibility, so new readers can jump straight in and won't feel lost. The tone is light and on the occasions when the comic is critical, he tries to keep it fair and maintain the silliness. Most of his inspiration comes from his own play-time, but he also gets ideas from engaging with WoW-related media.

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Around Azeroth: I've made a huge mistake - Sun, 26 May 2013 10:00:00 EST

What's up, lizard-bros? It's just me, one of your fellow saurok, here to hang around the campfire and talk about our upcoming plans in great detail. You may notice that I've acquired a staff. You'll be pleased to know that I took it off a filthy human, which I killed with my claws and such. I shall use it to roast marshmallows. Now, what time exactly are we going to attack that Alliance camp down the road, and which invasion route will be we using, and how susceptible are we to Shadowbolts? I'm just going to take notes for ... my research. Damn it, Jones! Get me out of here! They've caught on to my brilliant disguise! And I was being so subtle about it. (Thanks to submitter Raenah of Nameless on Nagrand [EU-A] for the screenshot!)

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Breakfast Topic: Where would you like to play hooky in Azeroth today? - Sun, 26 May 2013 08:00:00 EST

Good morning. Today's your lucky day, boys and girls. You get to play hooky from school or work, and you get to do it in Azeroth come to life!

Your guidelines: While this is Azeroth as if it had come to life, you are not your character -- this is the real-world you who's slipping into Azeroth. For the purposes of faction balance, you may assume that you appear to be the appropriate faction and race to be accepted by the inhabitants of the city or land you choose to visit. You can also communicate with the residents.

However, aggressive monsters will remain dangerous to you, and since you are real you and not your character, we don't recommend choosing a zone where you could be attacked by anything at all. (Unless, of course, you're actually qualified to battle these creatures yourself -- in which case, do send photos to lisa@wowinsider.com.) It's probably not a good idea to try stepping into a general zone or instance, unless you're certain you know a safe spot. But what about a city? A quiet fishing hole out of aggro range? A sightseeing tour via zeppelin, or a boating expedition along the shores of Krasarang?

Your advantage is the gift of instant materialization. Wherever you'd like to go, there you'll be. If you'd like to spend the afternoon reading under a tree on a floating island in Nagrand, we can make that happen. If you'd like to party in Goldshire, we'll get you there without braving wolves, spiders, and bandits (although what you'll have to brave once you're there is up to you). You can travel about only if the real you could manage it using Azeroth's usual modes of transportation.

What would you like to see? Who would you try to meet -- and do you think you could talk your way in to see them?

Where would you like to play hooky in Azeroth today?

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WoW Moviewatch: BLIND - Sat, 25 May 2013 20:00:00 EST

Has it really been six months since we last ran BLIND? Must be! We've now received a half dozen requests for this video, including a few from people who never saw it before. I guess Memorial Day weekend is a fair time to rerun the video. So sit back, and enjoy some pop-driven blood elf buttkickery.

The most painful part of the recent suggestions is that they used a duplicated YouTube video. I don't know why someone would steal the video and claim it as its own, but it's a shame. If you're going to use BLIND, please use the creator's original link.
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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