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

Warlords of Draenor: Datamined battle pets

In addition to developer Jonathon LeCraft's tipsy battle pet tweets, datamining of the Warlords of Draenor alpha client has revealed a few new potential battle pets coming to a collection near you. We can reasonably guess that the Mechanical Toucan will be an engineering pet. The information datamined about this pet even says it can be placed in Engineering-only bags. Lil' Leftovers, a reference to a comic by Kelly Aarons, better known as Cadistra, might draw its origins from Cooking. The Echo of Murmur is labeled as temporary, but its unknown whether the method of acquisition is temporary or if the pet itself was merely a testing ground. As for Carrotus Maximus, I would personally guess the pet will be acquired through means similar to the Terrible Turnip. Interestingly, a carrot battle pet model entered the game files prior to the Terrible Turnip's implementation.

Filed under: Warlords of Draenor

Warlords of Draenor: New glyphs

The Warlords of Draenor alpha patch notes revealed that some glyphs will be learned automatically, the recipe for those glyphs to be removed from the game. Many scribes were thrown into a panic, questioning to value of their profession -- not a surprise, really. So early in an expansion's reveal, it's normal to be concerned. However, the dataminers have been hard at work digging into the Warlords client and have found an array of brand new glyphs to be learned.

Some of the more interesting glyphs: Follow along below for all of the new glyphs.

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Warlords of Draenor: Automatically learned glyphs

The first release of the Warlords of Draenor patch notes revealed that certain glyphs will be learned automatically during the leveling process. These glyphs, as stated by developer Celeston, are chosen largely based on their usefulness during the leveling process. They will also serve as a reminder that you even have the ability to use another glyph -- often, leveling characters aren't aware when they're able to use a glyph, or what a glyph is at all.

Currently, as mentioned in the patch notes, glyphs are usually acquired on the auction house. Since every player needs these glyphs, the glyph market is a cutthroat place where a player leveling fresh can run themselves broke even if they only buy the ones they need. This change isn't one that's friendly to scribes making a killing on the auction house, but it certainly is friendly to new characters. Keep in mind that not all glyphs will be learned automatically -- only the leveling essentials. You can refer to the patch notes to see which ones will be learned and when or follow along below.

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Filed under: News items, Warlords of Draenor

Breakfast Topic: Let's react to the Warlords of Draenor patch notes

Given the release of the Warlords of Draenor alpha patch notes yesterday, today's Breakfast Topic writes itself. If you haven't read them, you should. They're huge. If you have read them, what do you think?

The Draenor Perks are intriguing, and as someone who plays a rogue, they made me take a long look at what they meant for the class as a whole. Between Draenor Perks, spell changes, and the spells being removed, it appears combat rogues are moving further into dealing immediate, direct damage, with a lower focus on DoT abilities. Combat rogues no longer have Rupture and Draenor Perks turn a combat rogue's Deadly Poison into Instant Poison. There's an active effort to differentiate class specs that have lost their unique flavor over the years. I'm interested to see how changes like this play out.

This is, of course, only the beginning of an alpha -- everything we've seen so far still has plenty of time to change.

Filed under: Breakfast Topics, Warlords of Draenor

Breakfast Topic: Help us help you with Heroes of the Storm

While we're waiting for Warlords of Draenor, Heroes of the Storm is the new hotness. For a great number of you, anyway! I'm going to use today's Breakfast Topic as an opportunity to ask all of you what you want to know about Heroes. What's your level of knowledge with games of its genre? What do you know? What would you like to know?

So far, we've covered some of the basics with our Heroes of the Storm glossary and gone a little more in-depth with our series of hero guides which will be kept updated for the game's launch. We know we can do more, though. Tell us what you want. Tell us what you need. We're listening.

You World of Warcraft diehards out there, don't be afraid -- when Warlords of Draenor arrives on our doorstep, we'll be full steam ahead on that.

Filed under: Breakfast Topics, Heroes of the Storm

Hearthstone: The deadly Emperor Cobra

While I can't fit the Emperor Cobra into every deck I make, I'm a big fan of it. The Emperor Cobra is a low-cost card that presents a clear and present danger as soon as it takes the field. Any minion the cobra damages, it dies instantly. A well-played Emperor Cobra can lay low the strongest of legendaries or bust through the beefiest of tanks. It's the great equalizer.

Of course, for a 3 mana minion, the Emperor Cobra's attack strength and health are a little on the low end -- the cost of having such an impressive ability. You need to know how to play this card at the right time to make the most of it.

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Heroes of the Storm hero rotation and Haunted Mines changes

It's a new week, which means a new rotation of free-to-play heroes in Heroes of the Storm's technical alpha. This week's heroes are as follows:
  • Barbarian (Sonya)
  • Illidan
  • Malfurion
  • Sgt. Hammer
  • Demon Hunter (Valla)
  • Tassadar
We've previously written a guide to playing Tassadar, and if you're interested in guides or previews for any of the above heroes, please let us know and we'll make it a priority! With this hero rotation, there were also balance changes to the Grave Golems of the Haunted Mines map announced. You can find those changes below.

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Last Week in WoW: No April Fooling to be found here

Briefly, I considered using today's Last Week in WoW as the delivery mechanism for an April Fools' Joke. Rather than recapping the last week on the site, I was going to recap WoW Insider's entire existence, presenting links to everything we've ever posted in our history. This idea lasted no more than a few minutes, when the reality of the task settled in. Instead, I'll give you a few stats, which aren't jokes whatsoever. They're just interesting.

WoW Insider launched in November of 2005. Since then, we've published nearly 40,000 articles. Let's assume the average word count per article is 500 words -- it's likely more than that, given how many features we've run over the years and how much we like to talk, but let's say 500 anyway. That's 20,000,000 words. Twenty million. The average length of an adult fiction novel (not an erotic novel, but adult as opposed to young adult) is 100,000 words. Since November 2005, we've written 200 novels about World of Warcraft and Blizzard games in general.

So scrap the gag of linking you everything, because that's a Herculean task and I am no Hercules. Instead, let's stick with what happened this past week.

Most popular posts of the week
Follow along for Warlords news, WoW Insider features, editorials, and news from all other Blizzard titles.

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Filed under: News items, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone Insider

Last Week on Massively: The Elder Scrolls Online's pre-launch is here

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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.

What do you get when The Elder Scrolls Online launches its early access period, Landmark moves into closed beta, and WildStar hosts another beta weekend, all competing with the behemoth known as Diablo III: Reaper of Souls? MMO drama! If you're not quite in ESO's early access just yet, make sure to check out our ESO columnist Larry Everett's livestream from earlier today, and then read on for a look at all of this week's top MMO stories.

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Filed under: MMO Roundup

The Queue: Monday potpourri

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, everyone!

@rlloyd3 asked:

Do we know of any potential changes to Azeroth in WoD? (Stormwind's Park District, for example.)

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