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Elizabeth Wachowski

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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: Fear and loathing in Shadowmoon Valley

What do you think you're doing, squid boy? This is frog country. We don't take kindly to you two-legged folk in these parts. So why don't you just hearth on back home and pretend you never stumbled upon this little meeting. We'd hate to have to secrete mucus all over your equipment, blueskin. (Thanks to beta tester Jaeren of Bethrian Guard on Earthen Ring [US-A] for this screenshot!)

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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: A tale of two warchiefs

To whom it may concern, and also the Alliance:

A mysterious photo recently fell into the hands of [REDACTED], an orc rogue gathering information in the WoD beta. As you can see, it shows a Very Secret Meeting between two members of the Horde, one of whom recently escaped imprisonment in the Temple of the White Tiger. How these two Horde leaders came together and what they talked about will probably remain a mystery, as [REDACTED] confirmed all three Horde champions present at the meeting were shortly thereafter dispatched through an unidentified portal into parts unknown. There are persistent but unconfirmed rumors that one of the champions, before disappearing through the portal, was given a letter to be delivered to Alleria Windrunner.

Sincerely,
[REDACTED]
(Thanks to our top-secret informant for this screenshot.)


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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: Wreck-It Rexxar

"So a word of advice when dealing with Rexxar: pet haters need not apply," writes beta tester Riyahnasheed. "The local Iron Horde didn't really seem to grasp this message. This may be related to the spontaneous appearance of numerous size 18 boot prints on the backsides of the orcs who had been holding Nisha captive." I'd be more scared of the giant angry bird than Rexxar, even if he is the Horde's version of Chuck Norris. (Insert Barrens chat joke here.)

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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: Birdhouse in your soul

"I am a rogue. Master of stealth, poisoner of blades, stealer of purses and lives," writes beta tester Roycroft of Has Candy on Wyrmrest Accord (US-A). "Like a cat, I move unseen, ready to spring, with fists full of knives. And there's a bird on my head. A cute little bird. On my head. (No rogues or birds were hurt in the taking of this picture.)"

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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: I shall call him Mini-Me

Beta tester Nikolatesla of Bauhaus on Proudmoore (US-A) was working on the aptly-named quest "Going Undercover" in Shadowmoon Valley the other day when he noticed a bit of a flaw in the orc disguise he was given. Fortunately, as a mage, he was able to give himself a quick Arcane Brilliance boost and come up with a story involving an affair with an alchemist's wife that led to a shrinking potion being slipped into his coffee. Now he's just got to think of a reasonable explanation for why he's carrying forty orc teeth from Ashran in his pack.

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Around Azeroth: The scourge of the shallows

"There are more dangerous things than sharks in these waters," writes submitter Forgemaster of Decoden on Aszune (EU-H). "Like a certain goblin warrior. Fortunately for everyone else, her mohawk announces her presence, allowing beasts and humanoids time to get out of the way." A rogue goblin infesting a peaceful lake? We're gonna need a smaller boat.

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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: In tent city

My daddy always told me that you can't make money selling just one thing. "Be an equipment repairman, or a honor points vendor, or even an auctioneer," he said. "But don't ever just open a store that only sells one thing." His experiences owning an ice cream truck in Dun Morogh had soured him on the idea of specialization. But I knew that someday there would be a great need for my services. And today is that day. Crazy Achmed's Tent Emporium is going to be a gold mine in Warlords of Draenor. Wait and see. (Thanks to submitter Falwin of Anima on Wildhammer [EU-A] for this screenshot!)

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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: Under construction

Beta tester Riyahnasheed put in a work order to upgrade the stables at her garrison, but neglected to advise the construction workers that the premises had not been vacated prior to their arrival. At least put your mounts in the basement before the builders arrive! Instead, her Armored Skyscreamer went on a rampage that left four dead, twelve injured, and Riyahnasheed permanently blacklisted from all contractors in the greater Draenor area.

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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: All flights out of Nethergarde have been cancelled

Beta tester Dorelei of Spectacular Death on Llane (US-A) was hanging around Nethergarde Keep when some Iron Horde mages decided to cause a transportation delay by setting the gryphons on fire. They didn't seem to mind it too much. After all, it's not like they had any means to escape the flames, such as wings attached to their backs. Preposterous! And thus were born the new phoenix-manned flight paths.

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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: That's no moon ... wait, maybe it is a moon

""Fly me to the moon and let me play amongst the stars. Let me see what spring is like on Azeroth and Mars," sings submitter Gimmlette of Spectacular Death on Llane (US-A). "With some minor apologizes to Bart Howard, I'm submitting this screenshot of the night (night!!!) sky in Shadowmoon Valley. We've been asking, for years, for night and it has been delivered, at least in Shadowmoon. Look at the abundance of stars. I remember, when we quested in Hellfire, someone asked what planet it was that we could see in the sky and I believe the answer was Azeroth. So, I'm wondering, is that what we see here? Is this an early Azeroth about the time of, say, Warcraft III, or is this some other place? Whatever it is, it's beautiful. I can't wait for the return of night if it's half as dramatic in Azeroth as it is in Shadowmoon Valley."

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