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Adam Holisky

Minneapolis, MN - http://www.holisky.com/

Adam enjoys all the different aspects of the World of Warcraft, although he mainly plays his Shaman, Priest, and Warrior. You can find more information about Adam at his personal blog: www.holisky.com

Breakfast Topic: What is WoW missing?


I often find myself talking about what WoW has or will have -- that's the nature of the news cycle here. But what I don't discuss enough is what WoW is just missing entirely. There are features of the game that are just not present at all, and that potentially should be present.

One of the big things I'm thinking of is an honest to god in-game browser, one that you can hit up sites like Wowhead and WoW Insider on without leaving the game. I'm pretty surprised Blizzard hasn't done this yet (although it'd create a security nightmare, so I can see why they might be hesitant). This would stop people from having to tab out -- there's just a ton of uses for this kind of feature. And in Blizzard's business, the more time you spend in the game, the better.

Another thing that WoW doesn't have at all is an option to post to social media from within the game itself. Other major MMOs have this, and it seems that WoW might never see it. But it'd be smart -- Blizzard relies on social media more and more to connect with their fans. Maybe a surprise 6.0 feature will be the inclusion of a Warcraft Twitter client? It can be called ThrallTweet (you're welcome, Blizzard, that one is on me).

What do you think WoW is missing? What has taken off and left WoW in the dust with? What does Blizzard need to implement? Your thoughts, dear readers, are always keenly appreciated.

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

Warlords of Draenor: Eight level 100 dungeons at ship

Warlords of Dreanor will ship with eight level 100 dungeons. These dungeons will be put into place in patch 6.0, which is currently in alpha testing at Blizzard. The clients that have been datamined are currently only showing six dungeons, however as Lead Game Designer Ion Hazzikostas points out, this is incorrect. Alpha clients are not final products, so there's a lot missing.

The dungeons we know about are:

  • Bloodmaul Slag Mines
  • Blackrock Depot
  • Auchindoun
  • Arakkoa Spires
  • Shadowmoon Burial Grounds
  • Iron Barracks
  • Upper Blackrock Spire (updated to a new layout and heroic difficulty)
A lot of people got upset over only having six dungeons at release. It was said at BlizzCon that at least six dungeons would be added, and then when there was only six in the alpha client, it caused angst. It appears, as is often the case with datamining, that no one needed to get upset at all.

Ion also noted that 7 out of the 8 dungeons are new.

Filed under: News items, Warlords of Draenor

Breakfast Topic: Why I'm not reading the spoilers


I'm going to be doing something different this time around in the beta -- I'm not going to be reading all the leaks and spoilers. Over the past decade I've had all of Warcraft spoiled for me, there's never been a surprise that I didn't know about well in advance. And really that means there's never been a surprise at all.

That's disappointing. I knew for months what happened at the end of Wrath, we heard long ago who the "big bad" of MoP was going to be. In my line of work finding out these things is par for the course. A lot of time we don't publish anything because they're just rumors; but obviously some of them become true.

This time though? I'm not going to pay attention to them. Already I'm making it a point not to read quest text or conversation strings. I'm not going to watch videos of cinematics, and I'm not going to participate in lore discussions when leaks or spoilers are involved. In fact, I'm going to do everything I possibly can from editing those posts. There's other editors around that can do that. /cough Alex and Anne

I know some of you are going to want to read them. Heck I can see it in the hits every time we post a spoiler (I'm looking at you new leader of the Horde post, which was one of AOL's most viewed posts the day it happened). We'll still do that stuff. But you know what? I'm just going to close my eyes and pretend they don't exist. As long as Alex and Anne don't kill me.

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

The WoW Insider Show Episode 339

The WoW Insider Show Episode 247 In which we say hello to Anne
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.

Want to have your question answered on the air? Email theshow@wowinsider.com! And don't forget to join us for the live show again next Monday at 8:00 p.m. PDT!

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The WoW Insider Show LIVE!

Tonight we're going live at 8:00 p.m. PDT / 11:00 p.m. EDT with the WoW Insider Show. You can join us right above with the live stream or head over to our Twitch.TV page and chat with us there. If you can't make the show don't worry! It'll be posted on iTunes tomorrow, along with a full recording right here.

Remember that we need to keep the chat civil, so there are mods about to make sure everyone plays nice. Thanks for stopping by!

Filed under: WoW Insider Show

Warlords of Draenor: The missing pet battles alpha patch notes?


Jonathan LeCraft posted the following to Twitter today, answering the questions about pet battles not being in the alpha testing patch notes. He listed off the following as a response:
  • Baby hippos
  • Baby gronn
  • Carpnado
  • Elite pet trainers
  • Eggs
  • Leveling stones
He ended his tweet with "Boom. Plus more. #tipsytweets" Does this mean that we're going to see all these things for pet battles in patch 6.0? We already knew that breeding is going to be a thing, and that there are going to be new pets and trainers, so it doesn't seem far fetched. The "carpnado" is a little weird though, given it was part of the Warcraft Pets April Fools joke. His #tipsytweets hashtag is likely related to the Diablo 3 celebration that's going on at Blizzard HQ right now.

Filed under: News items

That Warlords of Draenor alpha key is fake, but your hurt will be real


Consider this the friendly reminder that all those alpha keys you're getting in your gmail inbox for Warlords of Draenor are 100% fake. Blizzard will only enable accounts and there is no external access yet to the alpha.

No wait, let's not have this be a friendly reminder. Friendly is too easy. This is a mean, rotten, no good reminder! This is the most evil reminder known to mankind!

Want to know what will happen if you open up one of those fake Warlords of Draenor emails? I'll enumerate it for you so even the daftest of trolls can understand:
  • All of your original tier 3 will be sharded
  • Your Unborn Val'kyr will be released to the wild
  • Zarhym's head will reattach to his body
  • The set pieces you're farming for in Diablo 3 will never drop
  • Titan will be sent back to the drawing board and delayed for even longer
Thus concludes the meanest reminder ever.

Filed under: News items

Earn 50% bonus XP in Diablo 3 this weekend


The fires of hell have opened up (unless you live in Minnesota, where you just got slammed with another Blizzard) and Diablo 3 is offering another weekend of increased XP gain for all characters.

Personally I'm having a blast in Diablo right now. Reaper of Souls' adventure mode is holding my attnetion like nothing else has in a very long time. Plowing through packs of enemies on Torment 1 or 2 and getting gear that actually matters is an amazing experience. Plus, the legendary gear has interesting bonuses on it that make the gameplay that much more fun.

If you haven't picked RoS up yet, do so now. You won't regret it.
Lylirra
Over 1.5 million players around the world have stopped Death since Reaper of Souls™ launched last Tuesday, March 25. To celebrate this achievement and help support your ongoing crusade against the forces of evil, all nephalem who log into Diablo III this weekend will receive a +50% bonus to XP! This bonus XP period begins in the European region tonight, April 4 at 17:00 p.m. CEST and ends on Monday, April 7 at 5:00 a.m. CEST. Thank you so much for being a hero of Sanctuary. We hope you have fun this weekend, and we'll see you in Westmarch!


Filed under: News items, Diablo 3

The Queue: Hearthsteed, new content, and Zoidberg


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.

Today's questions are a bit short, but if you want some more -- just ask! A lot of debate in the comments yesterday was about a fool of an April. We'll keep in mind not to talk about such things in the Queue anymore, right along side puppies and bacon.

Chris Wunch asked:

Do you think the Hearthsteed is a temporary thing, or do you think it won't go away after a while

Read more →

Filed under: The Queue

The WoW Insider Show Episode 338

The WoW Insider Show Episode 247 In which we say hello to Anne
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.

Want to have your question answered on the air? Email theshow@wowinsider.com! And don't forget to join us for the live show again next Monday at 8:00 p.m. PDT!

Get the podcast:

[iTunes] Subscribe to the WoW Insider Show directly in iTunes.
[RSS] Add the WoW Insider Show to your RSS aggregator.
[MP3] Download the MP3 directly.

Listen here on the page:


Filed under: Podcasts, WoW Insider Show

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