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Elizabeth Wachowski is a 26-year-old freelance writer from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2005 with degrees in journalism and political science. She worked at the Wisconsin State Journal as a reporter from 2004 to 2006 before moving to Raleigh, North Carolina and becoming an EMT.

Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: Wrapping things up

"Having been in the beta since the beginning, I've seen a lot of things," writes submitter Gimmlette of Spectacular Death on Llane (US-A). "One thing that strikes me is the amount of detail given to this new world. This is a case in point. I was out wandering around, having done everything I could do in Shadowmoon at level 93. The road through Talador took me past these two hippos, excuse me, riverbeasts. There was a fishing pool near them so I stopped to fish. While fishing, I took some time to watch what had been programmed in front of me. These hippos were splashing each other. I have to admit that after fishing out the pool, I watched for a few minutes because it just seemed so fun.

I've seen a lot of this in the expac, from fireflies in my garrison to the names of two of the cats. (Dinah! One of the cats is named Dinah!) The attention to detail is incredible. Around every corner there seems to be something I need to stop and see. As the beta has expanded, almost every new build brings an "Ooooh!" moment.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in the beta. I know there are people who find what Blizzard is doing to be dumb and are leaving, but I'm not one of them. I can't wait for this to go live if splashing hippos is any indication of what I'm going to find."

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Around Azeroth: They're not undead minions, they're unpaid interns

"When my death knight retired, she turned her swords into plowbills," writes submitter Zavannah of Eternal Exiles on Saurfang (EU-A). "Finding farmhands willing to work for a technically dead draenei was hard work, so she raised her farmhands from the remnants of countless brave but foolish adventurers who truly underestimated the power of the virmen. Alan the ghoul was too shy to step forth; that's why he hides behind his master."

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Around Azeroth: Suspicious minds

Pay no attention to the voidwalkers. We are priests. Do you not see our priestly garb? Be quiet and let us heal you. Just close your eyes. It will only take a moment. That feeling is not your soul leaving you body. It is the healing process. Your bones are supposed to char like that. (Thanks to not-warlocks Taikoen, Kaiapo and Heleuma of Farstriders [US-A] and Bruin of Silver Hand [US-H] for the screenshot!)

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Around Azeroth: The Darkmoon fishing disaster of 2014

"What finer way to relax than trying to fish up a pony or two and some of Azeroth's larger specimens?" asks submitter Ucagru of Saurfang (US-A). "I also had the chance to do some impromptu stat taking; less than one in five people shot out of the cannon landed a bulls-eye. Seven gnomes, three belfs, one troll were harmed in the taking of this photo.* **

* I don't include undead, because they're already dead so I figure they don't count.
** One tauren also acquired a new nose piercing, but seemed to be quite happy with the look."


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Around Azeroth: Looking for love in all the wrong places

Submitter Azduke of Fluffy Unicorns on Thaurrisan (US-H) is getting a little desperate to find a date for her school's Homecoming dance. The blood elves always get asked first, then whichever undead women aren't missing too many important body parts, then the pretty-faced trolls. But what of the orcs, the tauren, the goblins, and the pandaren? Surely they deserve dates too. Or they could just do what I did for senior homecoming, which is what horrible tentacle anime in my friend's basement, play Airsoft, and watch my best friend burn off all his arm hair experimenting with chemistry. Still more fun than listening to Bryan Adams songs and pretending I knew how to slow dance.

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Around Azeroth: Maternal instincts

"Here's a little scene that Klarisse, my tauren shaman on Argent Dawn (US-H), ran across," writes today's submitter. "Just to prove that not all members of the Horde are evil and uncaring, this kindly guardian druid ran across a couple lost, orphaned, and hungry panda cubs. She decided to adopt them and give them a good meal." Now I'm all in favor of the right to breastfeed in public, but I'm not sure that the middle of Orgrimmar is the best place to do it. All those people riding wolves and dinosaurs and mammoths through the place seems like it would be a pretty dangerous environment for nursing.

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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: The chairs up there

"I had to check out Nethergarde Keep because I heard bad things may have happened to it," writes submitter Shikí of Sojourner on Kargath (US-A). "This was indeed true, as has been seen before with the flaming-but-still-alive gryphons. However, I couldn't help notice the incredible levitating furniture that faithfully defies the Iron Horde. Who cares if there isn't a floor? The chairs will guard its memory. (I tried to sit in one of them, but it wouldn't let me.)"

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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: A woman of mystery

Who is that orc? She's so mysterious! Well, she's standing atop a bed of flowers using a branch with berries as a sword and a flower as a shield, which is actually pretty mysterious behavior for anyone who isn't a six-year-old girl or a drunk cosplayer. Still, if you have to title yourself Mysterious Orc, you might be trying a little too hard. (Thanks to beta tester Nganga of Pact of War on Silver Hand [US-H] for the screenshot!)

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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: If you want a friend in Draenor, get a dog

"Let's talk about the most important development in Warlords of Draenor from last week: Dog appeared in my garrison!" writes beta tester Riyahnasheed. For those of you who got fed up with your farm and stopped messing with it ages ago, this is the same Lost Dog who shows up in Halfhill after completing his quest and getting revered with the Tillers. "He appeared in my herb garden in the most recent build with food, a house and Murloc plushie." Maybe he just likes snacking on people's herbs.

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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: I want to put on my boogie shoes

"As a devoted follower of Vol'jin, I be determined to crush the Iron Horde underfoot," writes beta tester Feathery. "I even convinced a bored peon in Wor'var to help me wit' my aim. That don't be such a great idea, though, because he kept licking my foot. Please, can trolls get some shoes? Ya don't really want to see a grown troll resort to making puppy dog eyes, do ya, mon?" Well, it'd be less scary than those crazy female gnome eyes, that's for sure.

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