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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: The birds and the bees

Beta tester Zeebu might look fierce on the outside, but like all hunters, he's just a big cuddly pet lover/obsessive animal hoarder underneath it all. When he found Pepe hanging around his garrison while on a break from questing, he couldn't have been happier. Pepe may only be your friend for an hour, but the memories will last a lifetime.

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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: Animal attraction

What do wild animals think when they see a druid in feral form? Do they consider it an outsider, or do they welcome it into the fold? Beta tester Skamp of Thunder Cats on Borean Tundra (US-A) seems to have drawn the attention of this weird toucan-like bird, but so far it's holding off on attacking him. Good thing, too, because that sword-beak looks like it can do some serious damage.

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Around Azeroth: Daniel waiting in the lion's den

"So I recently re-subbed to WoW after a yearlong break," writes today's anonymous submitter. "I was devastated to see that every time I run Durumu, half or more of the raid is dead after a maze. I'm starting to believe that I've had my lion's share of wipes in LFR right there."


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Around Azeroth: Beasts of the southern wild

"A paladin's job is a thankless task," writes submitter Arugadh of The Brotherhood of Iron on Wyrmrest Accord (US-A). "We hafta get punched in the face, heal everyone else, and then protect the rest of ye from the big bad beasties. Well, heck with ye's. I'm gonna go minister to the little wee beasties, who at least be grateful fer the time I spend ministering to them." Sounds like a classic case of healer/tank burnout to me.

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Around Azeroth: Where the red fern grows

"You just know it's one of those days when routine farm work ends up with a plainshawk scaring your core hound up a tree," writes submitter Raggy of Runetotem (EU-A). "I didn't even know core hounds could climb trees. Anyway, I obviously needed help getting my two-headed, lava-breathing monster dog down. Let's just say that I'm no longer on speaking terms with the Halfhill Fire Department."

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Around Azeroth: Ceci n'est pas un mouton

"So while I was flying around Azshara, trying not to get run-over by the cool goblin rocketway and admiring all the tech stuff that a group of Goblin refugees managed to put in place to conquer Azshara in less than a year, while gnomes can't even take back their own city in over 11 years ... ahem. I digress," writes submitter Arugadh of The Brotherhood of Iron on Wyrmrest Accord (US-A), who has yet to accept that gnomes are just the worst. "Anyway,this is good ol' Sudsy Magee, in Bilgewater Harbor. A sensitive soul of a goblin, capturing the eternal essence of 'boar' for his admiring Horde of ladies. Unfortunately, his sensitivity doesn't extend to his fashion sense."


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Around Azeroth: Feline enthusiasm

"Hi there! How are you? I see you're in Wintergrasp. Wanna play? I'll play with you. Gee, you're tall, but I can jump as high as you. You sure you don't want to play? I'll play. It'll be fun," writes submitter Gimmlette. " Spectacular Death and their horde sister guild, Deathtacular (both on Llane), ran a joint event in Wintergrasp to get the achievement Wintergrasp Ranger. Some SD members hopped on their horde toons and we took turns killing each other at the locations required for the achievement. Lostclaw, from SD, really got into the spirit of things, getting up in my face all the time. Dawwwww ... look at that face. How could anyone lay the smack down on that? Yeah, well, shortly after this, I whacked him with my shield. It's probably indicative of the guild mindset when we had a bunch of people having a great time killing each other."

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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: The truth beneath the rose

Did someone leave their old-school video games together in a box for too long? Because it looks like Final Fantasy's Malboro has mated with Legend of Zelda's Deku Baba to produce ... whatever the heck this is. If that yellow fog beneath its feet inflicts status ailments, I'm getting the heck out of this questing area and never coming back. Too many bad memories ... so much money spent on Remedies ... never enough time to cast Esuna on everyone. (Thanks to beta tester Eddie for the screenshot!)

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Around Azeroth: Go slow down

"Spectacular Death (A-Llane) held their 3rd Annual Terrapin 500 on Saturday, August 23," writes guild leader Gimmlette. "It's five laps around Ironforge followed by five laps around Dalaran. The only rule is that you must ride a sea turtle. No other mount is allowed. Participants are encouraged to come in costume. This year's racing field was double last year's, with 12 racers. Rednekwichdr caught the racers and their turtle pets entering Tinker Town. Looks like Parlim is trying to pass Ollivor on the left. One of our members, Minaithelan, put together a video of the event. It's 7 and a half minutes long but it's 7.5 minutes of racing silliness. Ladies and gentlemen. Start your turtles."
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Around Azeroth: More zen than thou

Who's the serenest monk in all the land? Thedo of Elune (EU-A) is the serenest, baby! All the ladies flock to his koans, his wings, his levitation, and his all-around aura of peacefulness and tranquility. Well, actually, all the ladies are kind of scared of him. Green, translucent, levitating ninja squid can have some difficulty getting dates.

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