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Breakfast topic: Why didn't you tell me...?

Every time we log into WoW, we find ourselves greeted with trivial, non-helpful bits of information. We learn quite a bit on our own and sometimes from helpful players. These little gems do little to actually help learn the nuances of the game. There have been countless times I've been taken by surprise, causing wasted time and sometimes costly repair bills. Here are some of the things I had to learn on my own, the hard way, that I wish someone would have told me:

* You don't have to wait for a portal, summon, or level 74 to get to Dalaran. Battle ports* work just fine, but you do have to get connecting flight points to make it useful.
* If you wait until 74 to go to Dalaran, don't run there to get the flight point. There is a quest that takes you there. If you do run to the Crystal Song Forest to get there you, will find yourself looking forlornly at a teleportation device that is no help to you at all.
* On the subject of teleportation, If you're Horde, you should really save the Goblin Transponder that you use to port from Booty Bay to Gnomeregan. It can help for raiding Ironforge.
* Beware of the Animal Blood debuff in Borean Tundra. You will be killed on sight if you go into the D.E.H.T.A. Encampment if you have that debuff. It took me two deaths to figure out why I couldn't turn my quests in.
* I'm relatively new to tanking, until about a month ago I clicked to set my marks. I had no idea that you can hotkey your lucky charms.

I'm sure there are still many nuances of the game I still don't know. Share your wisdom, what's something you wish you'd been told?

* To battle port, group up with a player who is already in Dalaran that you are of an appropriate level to do battlegrounds with. That kindly person queues you up for a battleground. When you finish the battle or AFK out, you will magically find yourself in Dalaran. It's like ghetto hearthing**, only better.

** Ghetto hearthing is used when your hearthstone is on cooldown. You group up with another person and run into an instance (such as RFC or Stocks) and leave the group. Since you are no longer part of the group, you will soon be forced to your home inn. It resets the cooldown on your hearthstone, but it gets you where you are going.

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