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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: Most tedious quest ever

"Hold it! Stop the war! Don't anybody move! Thrall dropped a contact lens," reports beta tester LibFeathers. She didn't mention it specifically, but I'm sure the follow-up quest to find the thing with a vacuum cleaner and a pair of pantyhose was a joy. "The beta is revealing all sorts of secrets about Thrall. His vision is horrible, and he really has no hair. Guess those long beautiful braids were just a wig." And Jaina will be sobbing alone in her bedroom tonight at that revelation.

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Filed under: Around Azeroth

Breakfast Topic: Avoiding the beta

I have friends who somehow manage to do this. Not just not playing the beta (that's pretty hard to do) but flat out avoiding any and all news about it. One of them somehow managed not to know anything about the upcoming changes to healing, the CC changes to PvP, even the item squish completely evaded his attention. This isn't just not logging on or anything, it's an act of will, and frankly to my eyes a difficult one. How do you manage it? He even told me he reads various fansites. How do you read fansites and avoid beta news?

Of course, if you're reading this Breakfast Topic, you just failed (since I told you three things from the beta) but perhaps you have some insight. How does one avoid this kind of thing?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

The WoW Insider Show Episode 354

Every week, join us as we present you with The WoW Insider Show podcast -- an hour's worth of WoW community discussion covering everything from the week's top stories here on WoW Insider to emails from our readers and what's been going on with our particular characters in Azeroth.

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Filed under: Podcasts, WoW Insider Show

Heart of the Valorous returns this weekend

At this point, you know the gist: Heart of the Valorous is active again this weekend, increasing all valor point gains by 100%. Go forth and be valorous, my friends.

Filed under: News items

The whole World of Warcraft in 41 minutes

It's no secret that I like the lore of World of Warcraft, so it should be no surprise that I decided that you needed to see this video. Nobble's done lore videos before, but this is quite frankly his masterpiece - a fairly concise (for what it is covering) run-through of all of the background of World of Warcraft and the Warcraft franchise as a whole. It's definitely worth your time.

Soak in it, my friends, the gloriously messy, chaotic, crazy lore of World of Warcraft.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, The Burning Crusade, Lore, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria

The Queue: Orc history, Azeroth's size, and death is but a setback


Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

So the joke around here is that whenever I go out to grab lunch news breaks. It actually happens relatively often -- and I need to give everyone here a heads up that tomorrow I'm going to be on a boat and Matt Rossi will be taking over for the morning/early afternoon.

Keep an eye out for WoD's release date. Basically it has to come out tomorrow, because I'll be away entirely.

Supernova asked:

In the BlizzCon teaser of WoD, the orc narrator says "Ours is a legacy of conquest, the rising tide of blood and iron that will wash over this world and all others". When I read anything about orcs in the lore, it says that they were shamanistic and peaceful, that they were at peace with the Draenei. Why now, suddenly, "theirs" is a legacy of conquest?

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Filed under: The Queue

Around Azeroth: Like a Trojan horse, except much lazier

"My Alliance flex team (mostly Elemental Expeditions, but also with several other guilds) decided to try a new tactic tonight to get inside the gates of Orgrimmar," writes submitter Ketlan of Terra Incognita on Cenarion Circle (US-A). "It didn't quite work the way we hoped, although we made a rather impressive Sky Golem conga line through the middle of the Valley of Strength."

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Filed under: Around Azeroth

Breakfast Topic: You're all real people

So yesterday I logged into WoW on my baby hunter and started messing around in Mulgore. I don't have any other characters on this particular server and I forget where my heirlooms are, so I was leveling at my own pace, didn't have any bags or anything.

Much to my surprise, a level 90 on a Corrupted Firehawk landed next to me, opened trade, and dumped 100g and several 16 slot bags onto me before flying off again. (Hey, if you did that on Wyrmrest Accord, thanks.) And it got me thinking about how this is a game full of actual people, all living their own lives, and I'll never really know what the majority of y'all are doing.

I used to tell the story of the dungeon run with racist tank quite often - I've actually forgotten much of the specifics, other than that it was Grim Batol, he had a racist macro for his paladin shield throw ability, and I dropped that group like a hot potato. But what would possess a person to create a racist Avenger's Shield macro? It's such a strange, baffling thing to do.

So I figure, here's a BT about the strange, improbable, human side of World of Warcraft for you guys to fill up the comments on. Good deeds, bad practices. Share it with us.

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

WoW Moviewatch: Teenage Mutant Ninja Orcs

Just in time for Michael Bay's upcoming snoutless explosion fest, Gremsly Goblin created one of the finest Horde videos you've ever seen. Teenage Mutant Ninja Orcs tracks a team of four turtles who find themselves transformed into orcs, and launch themselves into a world of adventure.

I can't really give you a detailed breakdown of the video points. It was just a long blur of joy. This video left me awash in sweet nostalgia, and I was completely satisfied with the character choices. Splinter became just the right critter. Shredder maybe could have been a little better, but the human-with-claws wasn't a bad choice. I've watched this video about ten times now, and I'm pretty sure I'm ready for some pizza.

Taurenbunga, dudes.
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: WoW Moviewatch

Warlords of Draenor: Recruit Nat Pagle for your garrison

Anglers
The folks over at El's Extreme Anglin' have provided a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to obtain legendary fisherman Nat Pagle as a follower for your garrison in Warlords of Draenor. Over the years Nat Pagle has become somewhat of a beloved figure in World of Warcraft, and has been the focus of numerous fishing quests -- some obscure, some mundane. In Warlords, you're going to have to have him as a follower if you want a shot at fishing up the rarest and most difficult fish in the expansion: Lunkers.

To get Nat, you'll first have to unlock the garrison Fishing Shack, which becomes available at level 96. From their, your garrison fishing vendor will send you on a quest to catch a specific type of fish from a specific place. Once you turn that in you'll get a quest to go find Nat Pagle, and from there begins his recruitment questline. Once you complete all his requirements -- to fish up various Lunkers throughout Draenor using special bait -- you'll be rewarded with Nat as a level 100 rare-quality garrison follower. You'll also be able to start catching Lunkers throughout Draenor without using bait. No word yet on what Lunkers do, but my guess is that they'll be required for certain high-level cooking recipes, so devoted raiders or guild suppliers probably want to make sure to schmooze Nat into their garrisons! Happy fishing!

Filed under: Warlords of Draenor