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Breakfast Topic: Thank You Suspension of Disbelief

I remember, back before mounts and pets just existed in a special book, that we actually had to carry them around in our bags. Many, many jokes about this were told. Jokes about how an entire horse took up as much bag space as a roll of bandages, a cherry pie, a dagger, or a greatsword. And even today the game is absolutely chock full of moments that, if you really think about them, confuse and bewilder. To this day, there are items like food and bandages that you simply can't use unless you're of a certain power level - there are people out there making pies that simply cannot be eaten until you've killed enough things. Clothes you cannot wear, weapons you cannot use, even earrings and rings and necklaces that will laugh if you attempt to don them before you master a certain degree of power.

We accept this because we have been trained to do so - the game makes these assumptions and we go along with them. Why wouldn't we? We always have. We have always been at war with the other faction, we have always constantly discovered new foodstuffs, new pants and new earrings that can't be used until we grow sufficiently strong. Any doubts we have are suspended, because we trust the fictive element, or because we simply do not care about the inconsistencies.

But every so often I balk. Where do I even keep all these mounts? How can I possibly be carrying over thirty weapons and piece of plate armor in my bags and not topple over? I have like ten greatswords and greataxes on me! So I ask you - what do you sometimes find yourself unable to believe?

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Know Your Lore: The History of the Burning Legion

The World of Warcraft is an expansive universe. You're playing the game, you're fighting the bosses, you know the how -- but do you know the why? Each week, Matthew Rossi and Anne Stickney make sure you Know Your Lore by covering the history of the story behind World of Warcraft.

They exist to destroy. The entire cosmos and everything in it is a means to an end, and that end is the extinction of existence itself -- all worlds stripped bare, or shattered. All that lives dead. All that can support life corrupted and befouled. Within the ranks of the Burning Legion are fiends who enjoy the corruption of mortal hearts, who savor the slow degradation of those who willingly sign the pact -- but in the end, the purpose of the Legion is the purpose of its master, Sargeras -- and that purpose is the unmaking of all things.

Feared and reviled on a host of worlds, the Legion has brought devastation everywhere it has alighted. Only one world ever survived a direct assault by the Legion, the poor, beleaguered, wartorn world of Azeroth. Twice now, the shadow of the Legion has fallen over this world of mortals, and yet, while far greater beings, god and demigods stood and fell against their might the world of Azeroth managed to find a way to balk the coming of the Burning Legion not once, but twice. For that singular distinction, Azeroth has earned the Legion's undying enmity. It's not a question of if the Legion will return. It's a question of when.

How did this nearly infinite host of nihilistic hatred and fel-touched fury arise? What are the hosts of the Legion and why do they march on this crusade to destroy all that exists?

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, The Burning Crusade, Lore, Know your Lore, Warlords of Draenor

Breakfast Topic: What should be account bound?

Should Apexis Crystals be account bound? Should Garrison Resources? This is me asking - I've seen a lot of debate on the issue of these kinds of things making Warlords more alt-friendly, and I'm curious what you guys think. I'd kind of like it, I think - I'd feel freer to play a leveling up alt if I knew he or she could still contribute to my main. But I can imagine all sort of problems - players with multiple alts grinding up a ton of Apexis in a couple of frenzied days, for example.

So here's your chance to tell me what you think. More stuff account bound, or keep it the way it is now?

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Breakfast Topic: If I could put my garrison anywhere...

As much as I love Shadowmoon Valley (and it's a lot) I often wish I could move my garrison. There's something about the idea of planting it in Talador and making a bold statement about retaking Shattrath from the Iron Horde that just appeals to me - I know SMV and Frostfire are were we first arrived, but considering there was at least one other failed garrison (the Spires of Arak saw Admiral Taylor start one) I feel like we could be a bit more flexible about where we put the things.

If I were playing Horde I'd love to put my garrison in Gorgrond. Gorgrond just feels like a Horde zone to me - all that giant primal monster battling, I guess.

So where would you put your garrison. if you could put it anywhere? I often dream of relocating it to Winterspring once this expansion is over.

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The Queue: Doomhammer, Orcs, and Winter Veil

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Matthew Rossi will be your host today.

The more I think about it the more I wish WoW had no race restrictions on classes. I realize there's lore reasons for it, but frankly, if someone wants to play an Undead Paladin at this point I say good for them, make it happen already. Blood elf druids? Gnome hunters? Tauren rogues? Draenei warlocks? Just open the floodgates.

You guys talked about this a lot, so consider this me addressing the issue. I am for removing all race restrictions on classes. Draenei druids? Orc druids? Human shamans? Yes. All of it.

g.dawsonplus3 asks:
Why are there no Winter Veil decorations on Draenor? Surely in that wild and savage (tm) land we would want some cheer, pretty lights, good food and a reminder of home to hearten us?
I really miss it and see no reason why this didn't happen; surely if they had decorations in Panderia . . .

Pandaria was still on Azeroth. It's possible that the inspiration for the Winter Veil celebration existed before the Sundering and thus was heard of even on Pandaria. But not only is Draenor an alien world, the first time any of the natives there heard of Azeroth was when you came through the portal.

To be honest I haven't even noticed if there are decorations up in the Garrison or not. I'd accept that, since the Garrison was built by Azerothians.

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Filed under: The Queue

Breakfast Topic: The ultimate what if

Warlords of Draenor is kind of a what if expansion, and that's got me wondering. We've talked about going to the alternate Azeroth where the Horde never showed up, but why should that be the only potential what if we explore? Could we potentially end up on an Argus where we could perhaps prevent the eredar from falling for Sargeras' sales pitch? An Azeroth where Arthas said "You know, if both Jaina and Uther are against this, maybe I shouldn't cull Stratholme." There are so many pivotal moments in Warcraft history, you could easily wring several dungeons, raids, maybe an entire expansion out of going from timestream to timestream seeing what might have happened.

So here's a question for you - what's your ultimate what if scenario for Warcraft? What if someone just killed Gul'dan instead of listening to him for once? What if Medivh had died on one of his adventures with Anduin Lothar and Llane Wrynn? What if Gul'dan's assassins had failed to kill Durotan and Draka? Hit us with your best shot.

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Breakfast Topic: And 2015 begins

Let's not waste a lot of time here in our new year.

2015. Warlords is two months old. What are your plans for the future? What are you working on in-game? Do you have any game-related resolutions? Have you even gotten to 100 yet?

Share, discuss, elucidate. It's a new year. Make it yours.

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Breakfast Topic: 2014 ends

It's the end of the year as we know it and I feel fine.

2014 was a year with a lot of big changes for World of Warcraft - Warlords debuted in November of this year, after all - but also, it's the year which saw Siege of Orgrimmar last a very long time, and Mists of Pandaria outstay its welcome for a lot of players. But again, it's also the year that WoW got over ten million subs again, with one of the most successful expansion launches in the game's history. So a lot of ups and downs for World of Warcraft this 10th anniversary.

Since this is the last day of 2014, how better to celebrate than to look forward to 2015? What are your goals, your expectations, your predictions for this year in WoW? Go nuts, the comments await you.

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Is this the most efficient way to make gold?

I was watching this video from Bellular Gaming and it got me thinking - is that really the most efficient way to make gold in Warlords of Draenor? What they're doing is fairly simple. They're going into Cataclysm raids Bastion of Twilight, Blackwing Descent and Firelands on 25 heroic. Then they vendor everything. It seems like the exact kind of thing that we were doing back before they nerfed raid boss gold for soloing, but it works with the current rules for dungeons in that you basically have to collect every single thing that drops and vendor it. Still, it will net you 4000 gold in around an hour or two, and for every level 100 you have that's another 4000 gold you can farm up. That's not bad at all, really.

I'm not sure it'll remain so lucrative. It does work with the new gold normalization system, which was implemented because you could collect all the trash and vendor it, and it's a series of raids from two expansion ago, so being able to solo them isn't unexpected. For now, if you're gold strapped, keep it in mind.

[Via Kotaku]

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Blizzard, Economy, Warlords of Draenor

Breakfast Topic: Draenor raids yet to come

So we know we have Highmaul fully unlocked and Blackrock Foundry will be unlocking some time in February (if I'm understanding 8 weeks after Highmaul correctly) and that leaves me wondering - how long will these two raids be expected to last? I doubt patch 6.1 will have a new raid, which might means 6.2 will - but what will it be? Will we be raiding the Iron Horde seat of power that quickly?

If not, what will we be raiding? Where will it be? Will it be in the Spires of Arak, some forgotten bastion of antiquity in Gorgrond? Perhaps we'll find ourselves back on Azeroth raiding a troll raid (it's happened before) before returning our focus to the Iron Horde. What do you think the next raid or raids will be?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics