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WRUP: It's all about Maraad

Another week leads into another weekend, and this weekend's buzz around the virtual office is all about Vindicator Maraad, who wrapped up Blizzard's Lords of War series by telling his own story. A draenei jumping into the thus far all-orcs tale of the Warlords of Draenor? How odd!

Long-time followers of WoW Insider can probably already guess at our response to Maraad's appearence, but read on to find out what we're up to this weekend -- and let us know what you're playing in the comments!

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

WoW Moviewatch: Warcraft 3 in World of Warcraft

There's a lot of old Warcraft lore in World of Warcraft, but if you don't know where to look for it you might not even realize it's there. Fortunately, Wowcrendor is here to help with a video that points out all of the Warcraft 3 scenes and settings that you can find inside World of Warcraft. It's a long video, running over 10 minutes, but it covers a lot of Warcraft history and, if you're interested in learning the story behind the locales, it's worth the watch.

While loremasters may already know about these places, this Arthas-focused tour of Azeroth might just leave you to look at game locations you've wandered through a hundred times a little differently.

Note to self: Never idle in the Lordaeron throne room. That stuff's creepy.
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Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

WRUP: How many legendary cloaks do you need?

It's the weekend once more, which means it's time to forget about the stresses of the work-week and dive into the delightful escapism of video games... which usually means playing some Warcraft. This week, we're all looking towards the end of Mist of Pandaria's legendary cloak quest chain, so in addition to what we're playing this weekend, we talk about where we are on our legendary goals.

So just what is the team up to this weekend? Read on to find out -- and let us know what you're playing in the comments.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

WoW Moviewatch: Mortal Kombat

If you're looking to get more war into Warcraft, this machinima parody may be for you. Presenting a WoW arena match in the classic Mortal Kombat style, this video doesn't quite match the play style of either game, though it does manage to mimic both. WoW combat doesn't quite lend itself to something as fast-paced as Mortal Kombat, while Mortal Kombat lacks WoW's depth of abilities (things like polymorph and ice block would simply be gamebreaking). The end result of combining these two systems definitely bends the game rules of both WoW and Mortal Kombat to create something that will be familiar (at least familiar-ish) to players of either game.

So would you play a Warcraft-ized version of Mortal Kombat -- or are the originals good enough for your game?
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WRUP: Looking forward to WoW's 10th anniversary

This week, everyone's been talking about WoW's upcoming 10th anniversary celebrations, with an updated take on Molten Core (with a corehound mount reward) and a Southshore/Tarren Mill battleground so you can relive the good old days of vanilla WoW. But with the timing of the expansion and the duration of the event (which lasts from November 21st to January 6th), some of us are worried about hitting level 100 over the holiday season with time to enjoy these updated classics.

So who's looking forward to heading back to Molten Core? Let's see what the WoW Insider team has to say.

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WoW Moviewatch: Work, Work

Working for a living is rough, even if you're an orc. You've still got to deal with alarm clocks, public transportation, and dodging traffic to get to your office door, even if you happen to work for Blizzard Entertainment. The latest from Ian Beckman is a nice mix of machinima and live footage showing an orc facing all of the life challenges we unfortunate humans have to deal with (plus the trouble of finding an apartment with orc-sized doors).

Though the video is short and to the point, the combination works beautifully and reminds me of the scene in Who Framed Roger Rabbit where Eddie wanders off-set at the studio to find cartoon characters bustling about to work done alongside their human co-workers. Now that I've seen this video, I'm convinced the actual Blizzard Entertainment offices are the same. You can't convince me they aren't!
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Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

WoW Moviewatch: The End of Warlords

Okay, we admit: this machinima probably isn't the actual ending to Warlords of Draenor, so despite the title it's probably not a spoiler -- but we're convinced it would be awesome if it were. Fans of long-lived television series Doctor Who will particularly appreciate this machinima (though non-fans may be confused), which merges the two franchises with a story that fits neatly into both. (And it also helps explain that whole time travel thing we're doing in Warlords in the first place.) The editing helps sell the story, neatly merging elements from different sources into a finished product that's believable... or at least as believable as time-traveling orcs can possibly be.

Blizzard, we hope you're taking notes for the next expansion. This idea is killer.
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Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

WoW Moviewatch: The Frostwolf

If you can't wait for Warlords of Draenor, this machinima from Nixxiom may be the next best thing. It takes inspiration from some of the amazing scenes and settings we find in Draenor to tell the story of a young orc -- but not just any young orc -- being brought before the shaman of his tribe. And though this isn't an in-game event or cutscene, it fits so neatly into the experience of Frostfire Ridge that it feels like it could be a flashback.

Honestly, I'd pit this against the official cinematic: though the animation isn't nearly as slick, it packs a great emotional punch... and it focuses on the good things about World of Warcraft rather than the start of yet another war.
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BlizzCon tickets beginning to arrive by email

If you were one of the lucky few to snag a ticket to this year's BlizzCon, you should keep an eye on your mailbox because tickets are being sent out. (If you weren't one of the lucky few, you can still pick up a virtual ticket, though!) This year's ticketing process looks to be much like last year's: you'll need to print out your ticket and have it and a photo ID in order to get your badge. Badge pick-up is at the Anaheim Convention Center -- and if you show up on Thursday, the line shouldn't be hard to spot. Pick-up hours are Thursday, November 6 from 9 am to 9 pm; Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8, from 8 am to 10 pm.

You'll also get a code to claim your virtual goodies this year, but Blizzard says nothing is available until a rather generic "later date."

See you at BlizzCon, everyone!

Filed under: News items, BlizzCon

WoW Moviewatch: Forgotten Tiers Home For Retired Raid Bosses

Have you ever wondered what happens to raid bosses after their raid tiers are no longer current? Slightly Impressive speculates that there's a whole retirement home full of ex-raid bosses, where they play Hearthstone, compete at shuffleboard, and bicker a lot.

But when Garrosh shows up, it turns out he's not quite ready for retirement because he has big plans to make a comeback in Warlords of Draenor. Will Garrosh manage to return to his former questionable glory or will he be back at Forgotten Tiers Home for Retired Raid Bosses, like Ragnaros, come the next expansion? Take our advice, Garrosh, and retire gracefully now. It will be better for all of us.
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Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch