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The WoW Insider Show Episode 368

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World of Warcraft on sale for $4.99


World of Warcraft is now on sale for $4.99. If you're thinking about getting someone into the game, or are looking at picking up a secondary account for yourself, this is a good opportunity to do so. The sale only goes until next Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. PST, so you'll want to act fast if you're intending to pick it up.

This is the base game that's on sale -- that means everything up to and including Mists of Pandaria. You'll need to purchase Warlords of Draenor separately to gain access to the features in the current expansion.

Filed under: Blizzard, News items

The Level 3 Storehouse will be mine on January 31, 2017


As we play through Draenor and start getting a closer look at things, we're able to better tell how the systems will play out. One of the more interesting, and new, dynamics in the game is the garrisons -- they're giving advancement paths that haven't existed in WoW before, and as with anything, the first release of these advancement paths tends to be a bit... bumpy.

Take, for instance, the level 3 Storehouse. For those of you who haven't looked into this building yet, it provides you with bank access and +5 work orders at tier 1, guild bank access at tier 2, and finally transmogrification and void storage access at tier 3. Quite the useful building to have in your town. Couple that with a close-by auction house that you can make and you've got yourself a very ideal place to wage your economic transactions.

Tier 1 and Tier 2 are purchasable, so it's not a big deal to get those. As with all tier 3 plans, however, you need to do something else. These particular plans are tied to the achievement Got Money on My Draenor Mind. You need to loot 10,000 gold in Draenor to get the achievement. And that looting means very strictly picking up the gold from dead monsters. Not from selling items, not from lucrative garrison missions, not from quests -- just picking up gold from dead monsters.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

The Queue: Garrisons, garrisons, some other stuff, and garrisons

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.

Garrisons continue to be the hot topic around these parts. With Warlords of Draenor leaving so much unexplained, confusion is rampant.

dshiryu asked:

How do one trigger garrison invasions? We already kill dozens of mobs from an opposing faction daily to get apexis, how many more must suffer to cause retaliation? THOUSANDS?

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Filed under: The Queue

Around Azeroth: The NIOSH report is forthcoming

"Keegan Firebeard did not think things through while stabling my mounts in the garrison," writes submitter Amrasillias of BiS on Eonar (EU-A). "Ten out of ten firemen would not recommend putting a Flameward Hippogryph next to a single stack of hay, let alone two stacks of hay. Long story short: I had to rebuild my garrison. Firebeard is fired, of course." (For the 99% of you who don't read the NIOSH fire fatality reports, you're welcome to check them out here.)

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Filed under: Around Azeroth

Breakfast Topic: The professional grind

WoW's professions have changed a lot between Mists of Pandaria and Warlords of Draenor, making professions perhaps as easy as they've ever been for both leveling and crafting. Catch-up methods have made professions easier to level from zero while garrisons give us the ability to have limited access to any profession even if we didn't bother (or didn't have the profession slot) to level it.

But while professions have always been a grind, I find the removal of the grind to be nearly as much of a problem. While professions may be much more streamlined, a lot of the variety has been removed, too: there are fewer items to craft (due to a removal of low-quality craftables that were rarely used) and the things you can craft typically require a large quantity of a single material rather than sending you on an epic quest to gather bits and pieces from around the world. In theory, I like making crafting more straightforward. But in practice, it means crafting is reduced to pressing a single button to create work orders for days (or weeks) until you can finally create something. The new system may be easier, but it seems a lot less interesting, too.

So tell me, readers: just what do you think of professions in Warlords? Are you enjoying the new way of crafting, with the ease of gathering and queuing up work orders from your garrison? Or do you find yourself nostalgic for crafting systems past?

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Breakfast Topics

Weekly news roundup with Panser of TradeChat

The WoW Insider Weekly Recap is back again this week to discuss all of the hottest news of the past week. This week's topics include: If you enjoyed the show, make sure to subscribe to TradeChat, leave a comment, and come back next week for the next episode!

Filed under: News items

New World of Warcraft patch, must exit Battle.net


There is a new build tonight that Blizzard just pushed up to the servers. It requires a very small patch, and as of right now if you haven't shut down your Battle.net Desktop Client, you're going to get an "incompatible version" error without being prompted to patch the game.

To solve this you'll need to fully exit the Battle.net client and restart it. The easiest way to exit the client, from Windows, is to right click on the tray icon and select "Exit." Once you open the client back up WoW will patch itself to version 19116 (down from 19227, interestingly), and you'll be back in business.

Filed under: News items

Pilgrim's Bounty 2014 is here with new battle pet and more


It's time for rare troll rogue hunting, cross-faction feasting and, of course, food fights. That's right, starting yesterday through Monday, December 1st, the Pilgrim's Bounty holiday has descended on the servers like an overstuffed turkey ready for the carving. And this year, Blizzard has added a few new items to the event including a new battle pet, the Bush Chicken.

This year's Pilgrim's Bounty is much like the previous one which you can read about in our comprehensive guide from last year to help you rack up the seasonal achievement that grants you the Plump Turkey battle pet. The key difference this year is the addition of the Pilgrim's Bounty quest reward pack. You can choose it instead of pilgrim-themed clothing when you finish the daily cooking quests for your faction. Inside every pack is a Turkey Shooter, seasonal food items and a small chance for either the uncommon-quality Bush Chicken (using the same model as the infamous Ash Chicken of Searing Gorge), a Silver-Plated Turkey Shooter (which can be added to your toy box) or a Fine Pilgrim's Hat (which can be transmogged on to any helm.)

So take a break from reliving the agony of classic 40-man raids and enjoy the holiday the way it was meant to be: by gorging on (virtual) food and obsessing over bagging that bird before the hungry relatives arrive.

Filed under: Events, Achievements

The WoW Insider Show live from your garrison

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