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Alex Ziebart

Milwaukee, WI - http://www.alexziebart.com/

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

Last Week on Massively: ESO's slash-and-burn update

ESO
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, The Elder Scrolls Online team revealed plans for its third major patch; due in August, the update will include the first part of a slash-and-burn overhaul of the unpopular veteran ranks system. Meanwhile, Massively ESO columnist Jef Reahard opined on why immersion is so important for ZeniMax's MMO.

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: Orc rainbow

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.

Monday! My favorite!

zubbiefish asked:

When, typically, do addons become usable in the beta? It's still very early yet, but I find myself missing some of my favourites. Opie comes to mind.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, The Queue

Heart of the Valorous active this weekend

Heart of the Valorous returns yet again. The buff will be active starting Friday, July 11 at 9:00 a.m. PDT, through Monday, July 14 at 9:00 a.m. PDT. Heart of the Valorous increases all Valor Point gains by 100%.

We're curious if these buffs will become a weekly occurrence until the release of Warlords of Draenor. While a Valor buff is certainly nice to have, it loses its luster with each repetition. If the intent of the buff is to keep people playing until Warlords, something more compelling will need to come along sooner or later.

Filed under: News items

The Queue: Time warp

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.

In my personal canon, every time a mage uses Time Warp, it creates a new timeline. We aren't even on our Azeroth anymore. Who knows where we are? Mages ruin everything.

CRtheMighty asked:

Who all from our Azeroth is going to this alt-Draenor? I know Garrosh, because it's his fault, and somewhere Thrall pops over. Anyone else?

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Filed under: The Queue

Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas pricing details

New card reveals aside, we've heard very little about Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas since its initial announcement. The two major questions have been when? and how much? Other than sometime in July, we still don't know when, but Blizzard announced today that each wing of Naxxramas -- five in total -- will cost 700 gold or $6.99 USD each. Players who participate in the month-long Naxxramas release event will receive the first wing for free. Bundle packages are also available:
  • All five wings: $24.99
  • Already own first wing (purchase remaining four): $19.99
  • Already own first two wings (purchase remaining three): $14.99
  • Already own first three wings (purchase remaining two): $9.99
The five-wing package will save you roughly $5. Do note that even if you purchase all five wings immediately, Naxxramas will only open one wing at a time, one per week until all are unlocked. Once you've unlocked and defeated all wings of Naxxramas, you'll be able to tackle them on a more difficult Heroic Mode, awarding a unique card back upon completion.

The full details of this can be found on Battle.net along with European pricing structures.

Filed under: Hearthstone Insider

Last Week on Massively: Play it again, Guild Wars 2

GW2
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, ArenaNet launched the second season of Guild Wars 2's living story, introducing the first part of a new zone, Dry Top, to the almost-two-year-old MMO. Don't worry if you miss an installment, however; the new living journal will allow you to replay past storylines, nullifying complaints about temporary content.

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: Snakes in Zangarmarsh

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.

It's finally starting to get uncomfortably warm here in southeast Wisconsin ... and my air conditioning breaks. Awesome! Let's do this thing anyway.

AndyM.Axe asked:

Will the Adventuring Supplies vendors that sold the lower ilvl green gear return in WoD?

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Filed under: The Queue

Heart of the Valorous active this weekend

Players logged in today to discover Heart of the Valorous, a buff increasing Valor gains by 100%, is active once again. According to a tweet by @Warcraft_ES, the buff is active for the rest of the weekend. Today is the primary national holiday for the United States, so this might be Blizzard's small way of letting us take advantage of a three day weekend.

Filed under: News items

Warlords of Draenor: Ashran spell tomes

The developers have been hyping Ashran to be the new hotness lately. That may excite you. It may not. In either case, they've been filling the place with interesting Ashran-only items. The latest beta patch includes these spell tomes which alter a spell within Ashran and only Ashran: Though some of these tooltips lack language that specifies they only work in Ashran, developer Cory Stockton confirmed on Twitter that they are, indeed, Ashran-only. Did we say Ashran enough in this post yet? Ashran.

Ashran.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to prepare shelter for when word of Book of Crow Form spreads. Druids get to fly? Oh, boy.

Filed under: Warlords of Draenor

Warlords of Draenor: Legendary quest item datamined

The latest Warlords of Draenor beta build includes the following item: Corrupted Blood of Teron'gor. Spoiler alert: that's the orcish name of Teron Gorefiend, everyone's favorite pre-Scourge death knight. The means of acquisition is unknown, as is the end product.

Given Teron Gorefiend's history, the legendary will most likely be caster-centric, unless Blizzard goes the road of the legendary cloak and provides something for everyone.

Filed under: Warlords of Draenor