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The Queue: Swimming kitties

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 we address the real issues. Issues like kitties on broomsticks.

aldristavan asked:

I'm very upset. My feline familiar isn't riding on a broom. Kitty's just floating in air! >:( Is this a bug?

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Around Azeroth: Not exactly Hogwarts caliber

"There's something new added to the Mages' Quarter in Stormwind - an outdoor Wizard's School," writes submitter Arugadh of The Brotherhood of Iron on Wyrmrest Accord (US-A) "Which looks odd and scary all by itself, because the kids are all the same boy and girl, stretched and enlarged and shrunk to different sizes, though all with the same blank-eyed zombie expression. Oh, and the male mage desperately needs volunteers for his lessons. Really desperately. Go on. Talk to him and find out how desperate. Don't say I didn't warn you."

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Breakfast Topic: Punching the Time-Lost Proto-Drake


In nearly 10 years of playing WoW, this was probably the most bizarre thing I've ever come across. I was on the beta leveling realm and I had just used my wormhole generator to get to Northrend so I could check out something in Dalaran (for a WoW Insider post actually). As I was flying there, I spotted something in the corner of my eye I had never seen before. The Time-Lost Proto-Drake. Alive. Its health was going down really slowly. I flew down to investigate and came upon this extraordinary scene.

A completely naked, level 91 troll warlock punching the Time-Lost Proto-Drake to death. Being Alliance, I couldn't ask this person what the heck they were doing, so I just watched it play out. I felt like it would be wrong to one-shot the drake and stop his strange ritual. This troll really seemed to be enjoying himself. I like to think he was doing it for payback over all the hours he camped it on live servers, but who knows for sure. I just know I'll probably never see anything like it again. After the deed was done (several minutes of punching later), he mounted up on his prize and waved at me. And that was that.

What's the most bizarre thing you've ever happened upon while playing WoW?

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Heroes of the Storm adds Hallow's End skins

Hallow's End has made its way into Heroes of the Storm with a handful of new Halloween-themed hero skins: Countess Kerrigan, Skelethur Abathur, and Infested Tychus. Technically Infested Tychus is not a Hallow's End skin, but rather Tychus's Legendary skin, but it's creepy nonetheless. If you aren't in the alpha, no sweat. The skins are a permanent addition to the game and you'll be able to buy/acquire them when the game goes public if you so desire.

Countess Kerrigan is my favorite of the lot because it plays into one of the alternate universes presented by select alternate skins -- Vampire Slayer Valla's description specifically mentions the Countess. You can imagine Vampire Slayer Valla pursuing Countess Kerrigan in a Victorian Van Helsing-y landscape. Considering the characters are from two completely different games, it tickles the imagination. Throw in World of Warcraft's San'layn as a haughty aristocracy and the scenario could support a game unto itself.

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How do you prepare for a new expansion?


My Warlords preparations started a couple of weeks before patch 6.0.2 with finishing the level 90 Brawler's Guild achievements. Then I began tidying up some other achievements that have been nagging at me for a while, such as World Explorer (yes, I didn't bother fully exploring the blood elf starting area for the past 7 years) and Mount Parade. When patch 6.0.2 hit I went into toy collecting overdrive. I'm trying to collect as many of the pre-Warlords toys as I can so I don't have to go back for them while working towards The Toymaster. I'm up to 88 so far, with number 88 being one suggested on WoW Insider the other day

My typical ritual in the days leading up to an expansion involves making my bags and bank as clean as possible. However, this time around the toy box and extra void storage took care of that for me. Then there's gold making, my weakness. I try to make as much of it as possible to help me get a head start, but that's easier said than done. Especially when you decide to drop 15k on something so it will increase your toy count by 1. With Warlords, I've even been swapping out some professions in preparation -- also not cheap! It seems I'm failing miserably on the gold making part of my plan. It's a good thing garrisons look like they'll be able to make me fairly self-sufficient, especially if I can get an alt or two into a fully leveled garrison quickly.

How do you prepare for a new expansion?

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Patch 6.0.2 hotfixes for October 20


Round four of patch 6.0.2 hotfixes came in last night with a heap of new fixes for the stat squish and old bosses. These plus all of the previous hotfixes which required realm restarts should be active after today's maintenance. The extremely cool Exquisite Costume Set: "The Lich King" is now actually obtainable (prepare to do a lot of trick or treating). Here are some of the highlights:
  • Exquisite Costume Set: "The Lich King" no longer has a Hallow's End requirement and costs 500 Tricky Treats to obtain (down from 1000). The tooltip on the vendor still displays only 1 charge, but it will correctly have 50 charges once you buy it. Each charge lasts 20 minutes.
  • Azuremyst Isle has been temporarily removed from cross-realm zoning.
  • Legendary Cloak Quest Line: The Thunder Forge. Sha Beast's Dark Bite ability should no longer deal an excessive amount of damage.
  • Many old world stat squish fixes for bosses, e.g. The Lich King's Ice Pulse ability should no longer deal an excessive amount of damage.
  • Ai-Li's Skymirror can no longer be used on players that with the Tree Disguise Kit transformation.
  • Characters that have obtained the Gladiator: Season 15 achievement should now receive a Prideful Gladiator's Cloud Serpent in the mail.
The full list of hotfixes is after the break.

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The Queue: I never get to go to BlizzCon


Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Matthew Rossi will be your host today.

Have never been, not going to get to go this year either. Ah well. Hopefully it'll still be a fun time for everybody that does get to go. Me, I'll be at home. My prediction is that there won't be any news about a new WoW expansion, but rather other Blizzard games instead.

ScottLeyes asks:
Soooo...

Argent Tournament Dailies? Frustrating or FRAKKING Frustrating?

I swear there are more players in Icecrown than there were on the ENTIRE server pre-patch.

"Get Kraken" quest took me NINE times to count eight spear tosses.

On the podcast Anne Stickney said much the same thing. It seems that the quest damage is scaling with iLevel much as the Gunship in ICC is, and the Kraken dies with one or two harpoons, exacerbated by the sheer number of people doing those dailies for pets and heirlooms. I agree it sounds very frustrating and I'm sorry you're not having a pleasant time.

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Metallica to perform at BlizzCon 2014

Blizzard Entertainment has announced Metallica will be performing live at BlizzCon 2014. As with previous years, the performance will take place during the convention's closing ceremony Saturday, November 8. If you won't be attending BlizzCon, you will be able to watch the concert with the BlizzCon virtual ticket.

Performances at previous BlizzCons included Foo Fighters, Tenacious D, Blink-182 and Ozzy Osbourne.

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Around Azeroth: Midnight blue

"File this under our guild motto, "Hold my drink and watch this," writes submitter Gimmlette. "Spectacular Death on Llane (US-A) ran Siege of Orgrimmar, first wing, to give a few boosted 90's the chance to get gear. After Norushen, one of the tanks, BigBearButt, suggested he run into the next room and use his battle horn. What could possibly go wrong with this idea? Or, as Peter Venkman says, 'I love this plan! I'm excited to be a part of it!' We only wiped out half of the raid the first time. A couple more blasts and we had 98% of the room. There were a couple that stubbornly resisted the call. Rounding them all up created a really cool pattern, almost like Picasso's blue period."

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Breakfast Topic: Hallow's End

So yeah, the new Hallow's End gives 540 rings and a small chance at a 540 plate helmet and/or 540 sword. I am not ashamed to admit that I really only care about holidays when they have gear upgrades for my alts, and that I have two alts for whom these would indeed be solid upgrades. And so, I actually ran Hallow's End yesterday. Got nothing, of course, but it was still a painless way to drag a couple of alts through some content.

I know people farming for tricky treats to get pets and costumes and achievements, and these are all fine if you're interested in them. I'm not. Sorry, I know I'm a holiday pill. But how about you? Are you enjoying Hallow's End?

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