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Diablo III and Reaper of Souls 50% off this week

If you find there's a lack of demon-smashing in your life, never fear: Diablo III and its expansion Reaper of Souls are on sale for 50% off on the Blizzard store. Note: This sale only applies to the PC and Mac versions. Sorry, console players!

Considering jumping on this deal? Jump quickly. The sale ends Monday, October 6 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Filed under: News items, Diablo 3

The Queue: Release the Kraken!

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.

Surprise! It's me! Writing the Queue the way I do sometimes. I decided to release a kraken today, I haven't done that in a while and I got to missing it. Besides, all these krakens piling up around the house, it's crazy, I can't get anything done.

Snitch76 asks:
Is there likely to be any more beta patches before 6.0, or any changes between the last patch and 6.0? I'm really hoping for a few last minute changes to my class(es) of choice!

They did one last night. They'll keep doing beta patches until they're satisfied with balance, so you really can't be sure they're done until they outright say they're done.

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Filed under: The Queue

Around Azeroth: G-g-g-ghost cow!

"While awaiting an audience with Garrosh Hellscream about excavation projects in the Vale and how we proud members of the Shado-Pan will not stand for the desecration of our sacred lands, I encountered something quite peculiar," writes submitter Shenwei of Revolution on Wyrmrest Accord (US-H). "Being a shaman, I am attuned rather well to both the elemental and spiritual planes, and if you look closely at this image of Garrosh giving an up-and-coming adventurer their next assignment, there is a ghostly tauren speaking to him in the background. Is this the beloved former chieftain Cairne Bloodhoof attempting to be an adviser from beyond the grave, or is it someone deciding to play a prank on the Warchief?"

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Filed under: Around Azeroth

Breakfast Topic: It should have been a raid

Every single time I go through the Well of Eternity dungeon, I keep thinking to myself that they really missed an opportunity. It was such a huge, sprawling dungeon with plenty of space for more than the three boss fights it contained - it could easily have been a five or six boss raid with minimal adjustment. Seeing the familiar night elf architecture but with painted, colored walls and the sweeping glass ramp to Azshara's platform always made me wish we'd gotten more of it.

But there are quite a few dungeons in the game that could have made excellent raids. Wrath of the Lich King had Utgarde Pinnacle, which was originally designed as a raid, and Mists of Pandaria had Mogu'shan Palace, which feels to this day to be unexplored due to the sheer scope of the place. We've had old raids come back as dungeons before - Zul'Gurub and Zul'Aman come to mind - but if you ask me, I'd like to see some of these dungeons come back as full fledged raids.

So I'll ask you - what five player dunegon do you think would work as a raid?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Anub'arak week in Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm released a hero trailer for Warcraft III's Anub'arak earlier this week. The Traitor King has thrown off the shackles of servitude and taken to the Nexus for another shot at glory. In addition to the character trailer, the Heroes of the Storm website offers an overview of the new hero's abilities and playstyle, as well as a deeper look at Anub'arak with Game Designer Kent-Erik Hagman.

Filed under: Heroes of the Storm

Hearthstone's October 2014 Ranked Play Season ushers in Hallow's End

It's a new month, which means a new season of Hearthstone ranked play is upon us -- and a new card back. This month's theme is Hallow's End. These card backs seem to get consistently better, evolving from glorified palette swaps to artwork with far more detail.

To earn the card back, you must reach rank 20 in ranked play before the end of the month. If you're an inexperienced Hearthstone player, we would advise waiting a few days before giving it a shot. A new season of ranked play means a ranking reset. Much more experienced players will be aggressively working their way up the ranks to their usual place and are apt to stomp you if you get in their way up the ladder.

Filed under: Hearthstone Insider

Yes, Molten Core LFR will grant Hydraxian Waterlords reputation

I'm pretty excited about the upcoming 10th Anniversary Molten Core LFR, but I have to admit, of all the reasons I have to be excited about that, the idea that it would be a way to gather Hydraxian Waterlords reputation would have been absolutely on the bottom of the list. However, some of you apparently care about this, and now it's official - Crithto has confirmed that yes, Virginia, there is a Hydraxian Waterlords Reputation Santa Claus. So there you have it.

Now, when I ran Molten Core, back in the day, you needed that rep to get the Aqual Quintessence you needed to douse the runes. And you needed one Quintessence per rune, so several people in your raid had to be gathering rep with them in order to get enough to complete the raid! You kids today, you don't even need to march 40 people through Blackrock Depths to get them to the Raid entrance inside the very base of the dungeon! Now (well, soon) you just queue up in LFR and get all the sweet Hydraxian Waterlords reputation you want, and you don't even need it for anything!

I'll be over here in my rocking chair.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, News items, Raiding, Warlords of Draenor

Patch 6.0: Treasure room keys removed

If you're trying to get the achievement In The Hall Of The Thunder King, get working on it not, because as soon as Patch 6.0 drops the achievement becomes a Feat of Strength, and the key will no longer drop. That's the word from Kaivax on the forums.

Kaivax - Treasure Room Achievement -> Feat of Strength
n WoW Patch 6.0.2, we will be retiring the Achievement In The Hall Of The Thunder King, as the treasure room will no longer be accessible. That achievement will become a Feat of Strength, and Elder Charm of Good Fortune will drop in place of the key to the room.


I admit I don't understand the reasoning behind this. First the legendary cloak, then the Brawler's Guild, and now the Treasure Room, all effectively removed in a few weeks. Seems strange to see so much content going inaccessible like this. But you've been warned, so if you're working on this, get a move on.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, News items, Mists of Pandaria

The Queue: Tongues, Warlords questing, and more

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.

For the record, I said nothing about parmesan cheese on Monday. If you were wondering, that is. Because Adam. Also, please forgive me: today's Queue is a bit rapid-fire on the questions.

Samurai asked:

When fighting the celestials on the Timeless Isle, they sometimes yell something in demonic (or maybe it's just Chi-Ji that does it). What are they saying? How does this fit into the MoP story / lore? Are the Celestials on the Timeless Isle corrupted in some way?

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Filed under: The Queue

Around Azeroth: Some like it hot and some sweat when the heat is on

Frequent submitter Arugadh of The Brotherhood of Iron on Wyrmrest Accord (US-A) has taken another hit for the team and returned to Gallywix's Pleasure Palace for some screenshots. She doesn't want to be there, she'd rather be pulling weeds on her farm for the four hundredth consecutive day, but duty calls. This time, she's visited his private sauna, which always makes me think of the Simpsons episode where someone tries to kill Homer by locking him in a steam room. Also, is that hookah wrapped around that entire end table?

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Filed under: Around Azeroth