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Around Azeroth: Like a Trojan horse, except much lazier

"My Alliance flex team (mostly Elemental Expeditions, but also with several other guilds) decided to try a new tactic tonight to get inside the gates of Orgrimmar," writes submitter Ketlan of Terra Incognita on Cenarion Circle (US-A). "It didn't quite work the way we hoped, although we made a rather impressive Sky Golem conga line through the middle of the Valley of Strength."

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Around Azeroth: Battle without honor or humanity

"About eighteen months you were kind enough to feature a little motivational poster I put together for my guild with an 8-bit-style rendition of our struggle against Elegon," writes Stormscythe of The Splintered Hand on Turalyon (EU-A). "Well, I've done a few more since then, but when we finally beat Garrosh after weeks of hard work and more wipes than I'd care to count, I wanted to do something a bit different to celebrate our ultimate victory in the enigmatic land of Pandaria." Anyone want to translate the characters at the sides?



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Around Azeroth: Purple haze

The stats on the legendary cloaks might become outdated once Warlords of Draenor drops, but I'm willing to bet that they'll be a stable in transmog sets for years to come. Submitter Lynorah of Gquit on Earthen Ring (US-H) combined her Xing-Ho cloak, Tyrael's Charger and our old friend Shadowform to create this lovely screenshot. She needs to be careful, though -- the tendrils from her cloak and mount look like they could get caught on an outcropping and cause a nasty crash.

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Around Azeroth: Metamorphosis is dead, long live Metamorphosis

"Okay, demon hunting didn't really work for tanking after all," writes submitter Demonmoose of The Outcast on The Maelstrom (EU-A). "It took me a few weeks to get a rez. Never use trash souls for self-preservation. Despite doing everything to find a purpose for it other then leveling, I failed. and now it's dead. I guess Illidan was right after all: We were not prepared."

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Around Azeroth: Sweep me off my feet

"Dear Blizzard: Seriously, guys," grouses submitter submitter Arugadh of The Brotherhood of Iron on Wyrmrest Accord (US-A). "Forget Garrosh and Draenor already. When are you gonna give us a chance to fight whatever the heck is underneath our farms that sends up all the demonic tentacles?" That's a very good question. I assume that beneath our farms lies a much lazier version of C'thun, who is totally content with having a few tentacles cut off every day by thousands of adventurers.

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Around Azeroth Beta Edition: Keep your eyes on the road

"I'm really enjoying the scenery in Draenor," writes beta tester Gimmlette of Spectacular Death on Llane (US-A). "I have several screenshots I could see printing as art because some places are just beautiful. I like what the designers have done with draenei architecture, although there are some things I can't unsee now. I was running up to this building to complete a quest and came to a dead stop. It's looking at me; two eyes and a hat and and empty socket for a nose. Now that I've seen a face with this building, I'm seeing it in other buildings of this style. They're watching us. Where's my tinfoil hat?"

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Around Azeroth: Whirlpool powwow

"How awesome is this?" asks submitter Quadratic of Gnomeregan Forever on Wyrmrest Accord (US-A). "After a hard day of slaughtering dinos and insane trolls that want to eat us, those same trolls were nice enough to have prepared a hot tub for us hard-working gnomes!" Abusing those poor trolls that just wanted to devour your succulent gnome flesh. You monsters.




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Around Azeroth: A business opportunity

Submitter Skamp and his friend Andidrui of Thunder Cats on Borean Tundra (US-A) aren't exactly gloating about the loss of flying in Warlords of Draenor. But they know a chance to make some gold when they see it. So prior to the expansion's release, they've set up their own little travel service. For jut a few gold, you can be ferried directly to your quest target from the comfort of a stag's back, and they'll even help you kill your mark once you get there. Let's see those flight masters offer that sort of personalized attention!

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Around Azeroth: I'm a dancin' man and I just can't lose

Do you remember the days when people would actually show some respect around raid bosses, rather than spending half the fight fiddling with their UI and posing for selfies? Illidan Stormrage remembers. And he'll remember the insult that Falcyndark of Legion of Chaos on Stormrage (US-A) has paid him by dancing in this screenshot, instead of showing the proper reverence for the Lord of Outland.

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Around Azeroth: The secret life of NPCs

Submitter Killax of Shadowsong (US-A) was dueling some of his Horde friends in the Dalaran sewers, for some ungodly reason, when he was feared through a wall into an empty arena. His blood elf pal blinked to follow him, and wound up in the same location. Suddenly, a draenei shaman and a blood elf warlock spawned before them, and proceeded to do battle under their respective flags. I wonder what else the NPCs get up to when they think we're not watching? It might be best if we never know.

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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: In the hushing dusk, under a swollen silver moon

The science of Azeroth is confusing as all get-out. How do snowy zones co-exit next to jungles? If Azeroth is round, why is it always day and night at the same time on each side of the world? Why gnomes? (Not why do gnomes do anything, just ... why gnomes?) I don't even want to consider the astronomy. Instead, let's just admire this picture of the Pale Lady in eclipse during Warlords of Draenor, taken by beta tester Nganga of Pact of War on Silver Hand (US-H). Don't think of the logic! Just look at the shiny lights.

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Around Azeroth: A parting shot

"It can be hard, sometimes, to not ascribe emotions or feelings to pixels in a video game," writes submitter Gimmlette. "If the designers have truly done their job, we will have an emotional connection to an NPC or an event; a connection not of the 'OMG! They're changing everything!' sort. Vol'jin being announced as leader of the Horde is something that produced emotion.

Spectacular Death (A-Llane) did an event where they went around the world killing the bosses their raid leader, Tarsan, wanted to see die. He's stepping down, as the Army is sending him to Belgium, which will make leading raids a bit frustrating. So a bunch of us cleared some raids up to the final boss. We killed a boss and then moved on. One of those was Kil'Jaeden in Sunwell. With 18 guild members, KJ didn't last very long. A number of people had never seen him and I think his arrival is one of the best boss arrivals in the game. We offed him in about three and a half minutes.
I take a lot of screenshots of guild events and this was no different. Here, KJ is being pulled back into the Sunwell. That's Tarsan to the right. Shoulders on fire, KJ is struggling to stay outside, to not be consumed. It's just a game, but this photo struck me. Is he thinking of lost causes? Is he thinking of his imprisonment and doom?>After he disappeared, we started wondering; Warlords is about the draenei and the orcs. Burning Crusades brought us blood elves and their story. Will they figure into Warlords at any time?

And finally, the answer to the unspoken question is no. Thori'dal did not drop. That would have been a great stepping down gift."

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Around Azeroth: Somewhere down the crazy river

Beta tester Nganga of Pact of War on Silver Hand (US-H) snapped this screenshot of a jungle boat in Tanaan while playing the Warlords of Draenor beta. I was suddenly snapped back ten years in time, to getting drunk with Calaf in a crappy little apartment and watching Apocalypse Now all night. That's not a movie I recommend watching while intoxicated, by the way. unless you're a huge fan of nightmares. The horror ... the horror ...

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Around Azeroth: You wear it well, a little old-fashioned but that's all right

"I think I may have answered the age-old question of how naga wear pants when I found this guy wearing my transmog set today," writes submitter Razelka of Spectacular Death on Llane (US-A). "He was a little ... unwilling to show it off at first, but a few threatening minion corpses later and he agreed to this photo with me, his new 'friend'. Who do you think wears it better?"


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Around Azeroth: Mixed messages

"Should I ask why Caer Darrow (AKA Scholomance) - y'know, the big scary haunted evil castle with the big evil skulls on its banner - has that bright cheery wreath right in the middle of the big scary evil skull imagery?" writes submitter Arugadh of The Brotherhood of Iron on Wyrmrest Accord (US-A). "And to really take it over the top, right behind the wreath is a cage hanging from the archway ... a cage that has a moldering, rotting skeleton in it. Yeah. Talk about conflicting symbolism, Blizz."

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