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The Queue: Of sharks and trolls

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.

Happy Monday morning, ladies and gentlemen!

@poopsiekins2010 asked:

when will Orgrimmar be updated with the new Warchief?

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, The Queue

Around Azeroth: Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening

I never got to see one of those infamous '70s rock laser light shows before I got a job that required drug testing, but I'm guessing this screenshot is a pretty good approximation. "So I was taking a few of my fellow guild mates on a guided tour/mount run through Tempest Keep when we ran into Kael'thelas," writes submitter Lindrine of Spectacular Death on Llane (US-A). "He took exception to my tour guide ambitions and proceeded to follow me around the room in a haze of pink and purple glowy power."




Want to see your own screenshot here? Send it to aroundazeroth@wowinsider.com. We strongly prefer full-sized pictures with no UI or names showing. Include "Azeroth" in the subject line to ensure your submission dodges email spam filters; if you'd like to be credited, also include your name, guild and realm.

Filed under: Around Azeroth

Breakfast Topic: What would you do in WoW if you were immortal for a day

Just for one day, in WoW, you can't die. You can't be killed by anything. Not by magic, not by bosses, not by falling, not by anything at all. So what do you do? Now, you have to remember that, on this day, everyone else is immortal too. PvP is right out, because there would just be really crazy long bouts of PvP where nobody ever died. I mean, that might actually be a ton of fun, who knows?

So what do you do? I strongly suspect a lot of you are going to say Siege of Orgrimmar progression, but that's a little dull. Challenge Modes would be made easier for sure, so maybe those too, especially given that your tanks could pull as much as they liked with no risk of death. I mean, so could your DPS, they wouldn't be in any danger either. But you'd still have to kill the mobs in time to get the medals, so it might be a little more entertaining than slowly whittling Heroic Garrosh down to 0 health.

Personally, I'd go exploring. No fatigue risk means unlimited flight range, and something about seeing the edge of the world appeals to me. And maybe I'd find the mythical GM Island... What would you do?


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Know Your Lore: 5 influential moments in Warcraft lore

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.

The lore of Warcraft isn't exactly the easiest thing in the world to follow. It's not a straight line of cause and effect that you can simply trace from beginning to end. It's an endless chain of events intertwined with each other in a ball that is so tightly wound together, it's almost impossible to untangle and pick apart. This is a large part of the reason why it's so hard to answer a seemingly simple question, "I want to try and get into Warcraft lore, so where do I start?"

That said, there are several standout moments in lore, moments that have influenced far more than one character's development or one chain of story progression. While the following list isn't every moment, it contains some of the most influential, those events in history that have shaped the world of Warcraft and will continue to shape it for years to come.

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Filed under: Lore, Know your Lore

Warlords of Draenor: Cooking reagents

Cooking? Maybe not the most exciting profession ever, nor the most exciting thing to datamine. However, I have a strange love for seeing what gross ingredients will be going into the food our characters will be eating in a coming expansion. The latest patch to the Warlords of Draenor alpha included a number of those items.

Rylak Eggs are used in many recipes and, for now, appear to be the base of most Warlords cooking. Fishing continues to be heavily involved based on items like Sea Scorpion Segment, Blackwater Whiptail Flesh, and so on. Each type of fish indicates that a special form of bait can be used to catch them -- or perhaps, must be used to catch them.

Certain complex foods even require you to combine basic foods to create them. For example, Calamari Crepes require both Rylak Crepes and Fiery Calamari. Interestingly, the crepes also require something called a Nagrand Arrowbloom, gathered with herbalism. It seems to me that if you're hoping to be a chef in Warlords, you'll need access to either fishing or herbalism, if not both. Remember: your garrison can give you limited access to certain professions even if you do not know them yourself.

The stats on some of these items seem incomplete, with some complex recipes restoring less health or mana than the base recipes from which they're made. That will surely change in the relative eternity we have before launch. If you want to look at all of the currently datamined recipes and reagents, check out Wowhead's extremely convenient list.

Filed under: News items, Warlords of Draenor

Warlords of Draenor: Periodic effects changes

Warlords of Draenor is about to make some sweeping changes to the way we play World of Warcraft -- in a way that is elegantly reducing those tiny little annoyances that we've dealt with for so long, we've nearly forgotten they were there. One of those items on the streamlining checklist has always been the matter of Damage over Time and Healing over Time spells. Unlike flat casts or attacks, DoTs and HoTs distribute both damage and healing evenly over a brief period of time, through periodic ticks of either damage or healing. These can be layered over direct damage and healing spells to deal more damage and boost those direct cast damage and heal spells to greater effect.

Sounds good, right? Yes and no. There are a few weird quirks with periodic damage spells -- casting a DoT while under the effect of a buff like a trinket proc currently means that every tick of that DoT will be boosted by that trinket proc -- even if the actual buff for the trinket has worn off, an effect called "snapshotting." In addition to this, haste modifies DoT and Hot uptime. The more haste you have, the faster your DoTs will tick. In some cases, stacking enough haste meant that your spell would actually get an additional tick of damage or healing -- which led many players to look for that mysterious magic number of haste that would allow this effect to occur.

A lot of this is changing in Warlords.

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Filed under: Warlords of Draenor

The Queue: Azathoth Choppers

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

Vote for which motorcycle you want in the game: the cosmic horror bike, or the seething nuclear chaos bike! Also, despair!

BrianLuzovich asked:

do you think we will eventually see hearthstone for cell phones? and would there an offline play mode?

There are definitely Android and iPhone versions of Hearthstone coming; Blizzard announced it not too long ago. As for offline mode, I highly doubt it. It appears to be an online-only game and all of its systems tie into that.

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Sunday Morning Funnies: Better than gold

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

This week, in comics: Sailor Moon (sort of)! Linola tries out a new companion. Tax season is afoot. Plus, there's a lucky worgen.

The comic news this week is light, as is typical of a week leading up to a holiday, let alone a week that included tax deadlines. There are a few notable absences, including Experience Boost and The Trolling of Azeroth. Contested Territory is scheduled to return to this list next week, however.

In the meantime, Gratz has posted an Easter comic. WoW, eh? is back with a new, not depressing, even kind of sparkly update! It's nice to see Cadi happy again. And although our list is a bit short this week, Trigonometry came through with two installments of the Trigonometry interview (on Gnomeregan Forever).

As always, we are accepting suggestions for inclusions on this list, as well as tips relating to WoW comics. If you have a tip, drop it into the comments section.

And of course, enjoy your holidays!

This week's WoW-related comics from around the web:

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

Breakfast Topic: Are you participating in Noblegarden this year?

It's that time of the year again -- tomorrow marks the beginning of Noblegarden, that week-long in game event that sends players out to fetch chocolate, fancy clothes, and much more. The event hasn't really had a facelift in years, although it had a few new items added in 2012 -- both black and pink versions of the Spring Circlet, and the Swift Springstrider mount, which requires a whopping 500 Noblegarden Chocolates to purchase. And of course there are the usual lengthy round of achievements to complete. This is all well and good. But it's not why I participate in Noblegarden every year.

It's the Blossoming Branches. I can't help it. They only cost 10 Noblegarden Chocolates, and there is nothing quite as entertaining as turning your stalwart giant beefy tank into a fluffy bunny at some point way down the road in the middle of September. Or staging impromptu bunny invasions on capital cities, a stampede of wiggly nosed little critters laying tiny little colored eggs and happily hopping down a bunny trail of carnage right through the opposing faction. You can attack while you're a bunny. Fan of Knives is a hysterical miniature circle of knife death delivered with doe eyes, whiskers, and fuzzy cotton tail. Have you ever seen a hunter Feign Death while in bunny form? You should.

And that's why I'll participate at least a little in Noblegarden this year, and the next, and the next, for however many years they continue the holiday. I don't really care what else they add, as long as those Blossoming Branches stay put. Are you planning on participating in Noblegarden this year? What's your favorite part of the holiday? Do you save costume items like Blossoming Branches to use at unexpected and possibly inappropriate moments?


Filed under: Breakfast Topics

WRUP: Breaking Gnome

This week saw the premiere episode of Azeroth Choppers, a new webseries featuring Paul Jr. from American Chopper. Two teams, Alliance and Horde, are being challenged to construct the ultimate chopper for the faction they represent -- and both bikes will be put up to player vote, with the most popular chopper being given a model in World of Warcraft itself. Sure, it might sound kind of silly, but it was also pretty fun -- and in the spirit of fun, we decided to ask our staff not only what they are playing this weekend, but what television spoof they would like to see next?

Alex Ziebart (@AlexZiebart) I'm going to be doing more Heroes of the Storm this weekend. I genuinely expected we'd have the Warlords alpha/beta by this point, so I don't have much to do in WoW for the time being. I want an Azerothian version of Hoarders. They can start with Anne and Rossi's banks and void storage. Puns that combine hoard and Horde need not apply.

Touché, Alex ... touché.

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