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Know Your Lore: Wrathion and Draenor

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.

We may have helped him in Pandaria, but we certainly didn't fulfill whatever it was Wrathion had on his peculiar wishlist of things to do in regards to his plans for Azeroth. The Black Prince has stated on more than one occasion that he seeks to protect the world from some kind of impending attack by the Burning Legion. He even showed us the vision he'd seen as part of the expansion-long legendary quest chain in the last expansion. Yet when the chain came to a close, Wrathion was less than pleased with the results -- he wanted a clearly defined winner in the battle between Alliance and Horde, and he didn't get it.

It was his next plan of action that was perhaps the most surprising, however. In the novel War Crimes, Garrosh Hellscream is placed on trial, and the end result for the former Warchief was a trip back in time to an alternate version of Draenor, courtesy of the bronze dragon Kairoz. But Kairoz wasn't alone in his efforts to take Garrosh back. Wrathion helped him out. And that's pretty strange when you think about it, because unleashing the Iron Horde on Azeroth seems like a really funny way to protect the planet. So what gives? More importantly, where is Wrathion now?

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Filed under: Lore, Know your Lore

WoW Moviewatch: Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies style trailer

Spoiler warning: This machinima contains footage from loads of Warlords of Draenor cinematics.

This isn't what I would call a traditional machinima, it's more of a clip reel of Blizzard's best cinematic moments from Warlords of Draenor -- but man is it ever put together effectively. Youtuber J103Baronski spliced together Warlords of Draenor - Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies style trailer with the intent of doing a Warlords of Draenor trailer in the style of the trailer for the last Hobbit film, using the soundtrack from the Hobbit trailer and pairing it with Blizzard cinematics.

It doesn't sound like much, when you put it that way, but the end result is a finished trailer that had me pretty floored with just how effectively the different video and voice clips were pulled together. I could honestly picture this on the television as a commercial for the expansion -- give it a watch, you won't be disappointed.

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.

Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

Reminder: World of Warcraft 10th anniversary ends January 5

If you have yet to get it done, you might want to hit up Molten Core in the next week or so. The 10th anniversary celebration for World of Warcraft officially ends on January 5, 2015 -- and both Molten Core's 40-man LFR experience, as well as the Southshore vs. Tarren Mill PvP battleground will be taking their leave. Completing Molten Core will earn you an ilvl 640 epic helm as well as the Core Hound Chain that will give you a Corehound of your very own to ride -- but there's also a chance to pick up Hatespark the Tiny, a new Battle Pet, and the Flames of Ragnaros, a special cosmetic item that will give your weapon a fiery glow.

As for the battleground, winning a battle on either Alliance or Horde side will net you an achievement as well as a special account-wide title, Southshore Slayer, or Tarren Mill Terror. To queue for Molten Core, you'll need an ilvl of 615, but that's relatively easy to get at level 100. Once the anniversary event is over, these items and achievements will no longer be available -- so you'll want to get a move on if you want to collect and complete them all before they're gone for good.


Filed under: News items, Warlords of Draenor

The Queue: Doodad Orc Cannon 003

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) is answering all kinds of questions today.

I find it a little odd that there are so many clickable objects in the Horde garrison, yet none of them actually do anything. Some of them are even labeled as if they were meant to do something, as in the case of the level 3 War Mill and its Doodad_Orc_Cannons. With a name like that, I sort of hoped I could launch orcs across the fortress I'd built, circus-style. Because nothing says I'm in charge like the threat of a rousing game of Peon Cannonball.

ScottLeyes asked:

Is it possible to get to Draenor WITHOUT killing anyone/anything? I have a "pacifist" toon as a bank alt, she's never killed anything and gotten to level 63 on holidays, exploration and daily quests. I'd love to eventually get her a Garrison, but not if she has to kill stuff.

You cannot get a garrison established without doing the lead up quests, and those quests involve killing things whether you are Alliance or Horde. While you could have your alt summoned to Draenor, said alt wouldn't really be able to do much of anything except maybe hang out in Warspear or Stormshield. The savage lands of Draenor are no place for pacifists, unfortunately.

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Filed under: The Queue

Sunday Morning Funnies: Countdown

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

This week, in comics: A lucrative invention. A doubter's paradise. A vegetarian. Baby wearing. Plus: Holiday wishes and reflections.

On the list this week, several comics have posted holiday-themed specials. Gratz has a Christmas special, and Sara & Kleeyo (as partially pictured above) has done a Winter Veil themed comic. Plus, Away From Reality has already posted a New Year's comic!

Gnomeregan Forever has a new extra up, and will return to Shattershore in mid January. Last week, if you missed it, Gnomeregan Forever ran a Christmas special, which is definitely a must-read.

You should also make sure to check out Kibble & Bit, which features something a little different this week.

Finally, Lackinganame posted the answer to last week's trivia question in last week's comments section, so check it out if you were stumped!

Happy holidays, all!

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Humor, Comics, Sunday Morning Funnies

Breakfast Topic: What do you want out of patch 6.1?

While we have no confirmation, we can reasonably expect we'll see murmurings on the patch 6.1 front once the holiday season has passed -- that is, in the weeks following New Year's Day. We know the new blood elf models will be in that patch barring any unforeseen circumstances, but beyond that, it's mostly guesswork. Tanaan Jungle might open in that patch ... or it may come a little later. What do you want to happen in that patch, though?

Personally, I only want more solo-oriented max level content. Right now, solo content is largely the one daily apexis quest and grinding mobs for either more apexis or some not-very-useful reputation. Having the barn in your garrison gives you a few more quests for taming your new mounts, but they aren't very substantial. I have no issue with grinding mobs; I find it quite peaceful. It would be nice to have more variety, though. Whether that be daily quests or a sandbox akin to the Timeless Isle, I'm not picky. Either one is fine by me.

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

WRUP: Holiday cheer edition

For most of us, the holidays mean spending time with family, and perhaps traveling a lot to do so. That sometimes means there's less time for gaming... but sometimes, gaming (and the gift of gaming) is a family tradition (or a getting away from family tradition). Either way, those of us who are still at our computers this holiday season are spending at least some time in WoW.

But what about you? You can catch up on what the WoW Insider team is up to below, and tell us what you're doing in-game this holiday in the comments. But whether in-game or out, have a happy holiday weekend!

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

WoW Moviewatch: The Eve of Winter Veil

So just what is the true meaning of Winter Veil? We're not entirely sure, but we are pretty sure that the two questionable heroes in this video by Mooclucking haven't figured it out, either. Using the holiday season to rob the affluent homes of Stormwind City by sneaking down chimneys (how do they fit?), the duo's crime spree seems to be quite successful (having netted a Ragnaros action figure that Blizzard clearly needs to merchandise themselves).

Of course, since it is the holiday season, the two are struck by a rather explosive crisis of conscious which leads to a Grinch-style change of heart. How long this crisis will last is anyone's guess, but judging by our heroes, it might not be long... so let's enjoy the holiday spirit while it lasts. Happy Winter Veil, everyone!

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.

Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

World of Warcraft 50% off for a limited time

Maybe you forgot someone on your gift-giving list this year -- or maybe you're more interested in potential gifts for yourself. Either way, Blizzard has a potential solution for you -- World of Warcraft is now 50% off in the online store. For $9.99, you'll get classic, Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, and Mists of Pandaria all rolled into one, as well as 30 days of free game time in the bargain.

This is the digital download edition, meaning no boxes required, and you can either purchase the gift for yourself, or gift it to a friend or loved one and bring them along on your journeys in Azeroth. But if you'd like to grab this deal, you may want to hurry -- the sale ends on January 5, 2015. Head to the Battle.net shop to take advantage of the savings and pick up a copy.

Filed under: Blizzard, News items

BlizzCon 2014 gallery updated with over 700 new photos

BlizzCon 2014 may be long gone, but you can relieve the memories -- Blizzard has just updated its BlizzCon 2014 media gallery with over 700 photos from the event. The costume section alone has over three hundred photos of fan created costumes and cosplay, including all of the winners of this year's BlizzCon Costume Contest, the participants in the contest, and plenty of shots of assorted costumes from around the convention center as well.

In addition, there's a gallery selection of images from this year's Esports stages and competitions, including a lot of behind the scenes shots of the gorgeous new Hearthstone tournament area, and shots of the tournaments themselves. And if neither of those things are quite up your alley, there's a large gallery of general images from around the convention center highlighting events, panels, sights and scenery from around the convention hall, and even highlights from the closing ceremony concert as well. Take a look at the full gallery on Blizzard's official site.

Filed under: News items, BlizzCon

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