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Alex Ziebart

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When not writing for or his personal projects, Alex is most often found playing WoW Alliance-side on the Cenarion Circle server.

Returning to a paladin's vault

Back in January of 2013 -- nearly two years ago now -- my rogue alt became my main. Part of the transition process involved sifting through the dusty depths of that character's bank, discovering treasures (and trash) long forgotten. I documented the process back then and, while my main isn't changing, I've decided to document the process once more while I go through banks in preparation for Warlords of Draenor. Today, my paladin is up to bat.

My history with my paladin is complicated. Though my priest was my main for most of my raiding career, the paladin was my favored alt -- if not my favored character altogether. There simply wasn't a need for more paladins in my raid, so I avoided pulling the trigger and changing mains until mid-Wrath of the Lich King, where the raid was willing and able to accommodate a paladin. I continued investing significant time into my paladin throughout those years, however, and accrued a whole bunch of stuff. Back in the day, I loved the lore and flavor of the paladin and its numerous class quests -- while playing that class, it felt like I was playing someone truly special in the world of Azeroth. As such, I attached a great deal of sentimental value to the many class quest rewards. Verigan's Fist still holds a place in my collection, now moved into void storage. I also discovered I still possess a Holy Mightstone, a secondary reward for the old level 50 class quest, which I meant to use on the Lich King when I first met him in battle. Given my paladin has Shadowmourne, it's safe to say I forgot to use it. At this point, I never will, but I'm keeping that Mightstone anyway.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Warlords of Draenor

Join WoW Insider at Wowhead's annual BlizzCon party

Our good friends at Wowhead are taking the helm of this year's annual BlizzCon party at the Anabella Hotel, but WoW Insider will be in attendance as always! The party will take place the evening of November 6 at 7 p.m. at the aforementioned Anabella Hotel in Anaheim.

It's sure to be an exciting year full of swag -- and this year, even more. Straight from Wowhead new features this year include:
  • Substantially increased capacity, adding the Anabella Hotel interior to the usual patio and pool
  • WoW Parody Artist Silver Letomi will provide entertainment alongside our usual hosts
  • Cosplayers and the return of the photo booth for selfie-snapping opportunities (and non-selfie pictures if you are so inclined)
If you're in Anaheim, you'd be crazy not to join us Thursday night. If you aren't in Anaheim, there will be a livestream of the event if you'd like to watch from home. And speaking of livestream, Wowhead is currently giving away four BlizzCon Virtual Tickets over on their site. Hop to it!

Filed under: BlizzCon

The Queue: Blood moon

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.

How many of you woke up at absurd hours to see the eclipse this morning? I didn't. Because I was already awake. Insomnia and sleep deprivation win again!

Odebek asked:

Have there been any details released about WoD launch day? Will it be released just after midnight (which time zone) between Nov 12 and 13th?

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, The Queue

Last Week on Massively: ArcheAge's two million

This post originally appeared on Massively from Editor-in-Chief Brianna Royce. At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO story last week, you've come to the right post

This week, ArcheAge seemed glad to see its rocky launch in the rear-view mirror, boasting of two million registrations and 21 servers. Meanwhile, Trion nerfed chat for lowbies to counter chat spam and hinted that the Auroria continent, live in Korea already, will soon be en route to western players.

Read on for a look at the rest of this week's top MMO stories.

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Filed under: MMO Roundup

The Queue: Character models, pirate, and princesses

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.

Today, we pull a bundle of questions from Twitter.

@Ronin_Silegna asked:

Why do you think that certain faces on the new models don't match the old ones?

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, The Queue

Diablo III and Reaper of Souls 50% off this week

If you find there's a lack of demon-smashing in your life, never fear: Diablo III and its expansion Reaper of Souls are on sale for 50% off on the Blizzard store. Note: This sale only applies to the PC and Mac versions. Sorry, console players!

Considering jumping on this deal? Jump quickly. The sale ends Monday, October 6 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Filed under: News items, Diablo 3

Anub'arak week in Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm released a hero trailer for Warcraft III's Anub'arak earlier this week. The Traitor King has thrown off the shackles of servitude and taken to the Nexus for another shot at glory. In addition to the character trailer, the Heroes of the Storm website offers an overview of the new hero's abilities and playstyle, as well as a deeper look at Anub'arak with Game Designer Kent-Erik Hagman.

Filed under: Heroes of the Storm

Hearthstone's October 2014 Ranked Play Season ushers in Hallow's End

It's a new month, which means a new season of Hearthstone ranked play is upon us -- and a new card back. This month's theme is Hallow's End. These card backs seem to get consistently better, evolving from glorified palette swaps to artwork with far more detail.

To earn the card back, you must reach rank 20 in ranked play before the end of the month. If you're an inexperienced Hearthstone player, we would advise waiting a few days before giving it a shot. A new season of ranked play means a ranking reset. Much more experienced players will be aggressively working their way up the ranks to their usual place and are apt to stomp you if you get in their way up the ladder.

Filed under: Hearthstone Insider

The Queue: Tongues, Warlords questing, and more

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.

For the record, I said nothing about parmesan cheese on Monday. If you were wondering, that is. Because Adam. Also, please forgive me: today's Queue is a bit rapid-fire on the questions.

Samurai asked:

When fighting the celestials on the Timeless Isle, they sometimes yell something in demonic (or maybe it's just Chi-Ji that does it). What are they saying? How does this fit into the MoP story / lore? Are the Celestials on the Timeless Isle corrupted in some way?

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Filed under: The Queue

StarCraft II world championships to be held in Anaheim Convention Center Arena

BlizzCon is expanding into new territory this year. While the StarCraft II tournaments have historically taken place in the convention hall, the StarCraft II WCS Global Finals will now be held in the Anaheim Convention Center Arena. All BlizzCon ticket holders will have access to the tournament, but Blizzard will also be selling approximately 1,000 additional tickets for the finals at a price of $25 each (plus a $2.37 service fee). Note: those additional tickets do not grant access to BlizzCon, but only the Loge and Terrace balcony sections of the Arena.

The tickets will go on sale via Eventbrite beginning October 7. If you're interested, we highly recommend Blizzard's event FAQ which includes additional details about ticketing.

Filed under: BlizzCon