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It came from the Blog Live: The Night of the Forsaken

We, the unliving, are marching to Stormwind to protest the living's continued insistence on remaining alive. We begin in Deathknell and will end at the human capital. Join us in game on your undead character of any level on Zangarmarsh (US-PVE-H) or by watching the stream above and joining in the chat after the break.

Protest the living!

Update: The protest is now over. You can watch the video replay of the final part of the protest, which includes the haunting of Stormwind, by clicking on the above image.

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Filed under: Events, It Came from the Blog

The WoW Insider Show's Weekly News Update

Welcome to The WoW Insider Show's Weekly News Update, hosted by Mat McCurley. In this weekly news brief, we recap the week's top stories and opinions from all around the World of Warcraft. This additional weekly podcast helps keep you informed and up-to-date on everything you need to know.

The regular podcast will return tomorrow next Tuesday!

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Filed under: Podcasts, Podcasting, WoW Insider Show

WRUP: This week, in cat-related news

Every week, just at the start of the weekend, we catch up with the WoW Insider staff and ask them, "What are you playing this week?" -- otherwise known as WRUP. Join us to see what we're up to in and out of game, and catch us in the comments to let us know what you're playing, too!

Welcome to this week's What aRe yoU Playing, brought to you by Catertainment! And you're in for quite a treat -- today's column is the cat's meow!

Item! What has got those cool cats drawn to the Firelands like it was filled with catnip? Why, I'd be willing to bet it's Fandral's Flamescythe, the hot new Firelands weapon that turns kitty druids into flaming kitty druids! Those pesky hunters may want to get their paws on it, but giving it to them -- why, that'd be a cat-astrophe!

Item! What WoW Insider cat lover just had his favority pussy groomed? Why, it's Mat McCurley, who reports his cat's hot new "do" is purrfect!

That's all our items for today, but don't you all go taking a cat nap, now! We've still got WRUPing to do! This week's bonus question: "When do you expect patch 4.3 to come out, and what kind of raid or 5-man instance do you expect it to have?"

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Filed under: WoW Insider Business

Totem Talk: Enhancement shaman vs. Alysrazor

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Totem Talk for elemental, enhancement, and restoration shaman. Josh Myers once only tackled the hard questions about enhancement but has recently expanded his sphere of responsibility to all shaman DPS specs. (And no, two-handed enhancement is still never coming back.)

When I was a youngling, my family didn't have a lot of money. As a result, we didn't have a lot of discretionary income for video games. When my neighbors were getting Nintendo 64, I was getting Sega Genesis. Getting Pokémon the first Christmas it was out was a really big deal.

As a result, my first exposure to Star Fox 64 came nearly two years after the game was released. Star Fox 64 had everything 12-year-old-me could have wished for in a video game: anthropomorphized animals with annoying voices, epic space battles, and barrel rolls. I was in heaven. I slept over my friend Francis' house every Friday night for three months just to play Star Fox. (I'd always skip the water zone, though. That place makes heroic Ragnaros look simple.)

When Blizzard released Patch 4.2 and Alysrazor came out, I was faced with a fight uniquely suited to my skillset. Half of the fight, I'm an enhancement shaman: half of the fight, I'm flying through the air dodging incendiary clouds and collecting gold rings like a boss. Unfortunately, the half of the fight that doesn't involve pretending to make fun of Falco over Ventrilo is the part that enhancement excels on.

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Filed under: Shaman, Raiding, (Shaman) Totem Talk, Cataclysm

The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Reforging and gear optimization resources for warriors

Every week, WoW Insider brings you The Care and Feeding of Warriors, the column dedicated to arms, fury and protection warriors. Despite repeated blows to the head from dragons, demons, Old Gods and whatever that thing over there was, Matthew Rossi will be your host.

Last week, I complained that I was still DPSing in ZA shoulders. This week, Cho'gall finally dropped the tier 11 shoulder token. I got one day's worth of use out of it. And then Majordomo Staghelm dropped the tier 12 shoulder token. The lesson? Complain about drop rates when writing columns. You know what else doesn't drop enough? Everything I want, that's what.

As you might expect, my recent fortune in terms of new gear (I also got a nice new hat) got me thinking about how to best gem, enchant and reforge my gear in order to make maximum use out of it all. This is nothing new to this expansion, of course, but the cumulative effect of the variety of options we now have to customize our gear means it can all be somewhat complex to get everything lined up the way we want it.

This is where various gear optimization tools come into play. Much as we used to use (and still do use) spreadsheets to tell us which pieces of gear will provide maximum benefit, we now use gear optimizers to tell us what to do to our gear once we have it -- what gems should we use, which socket bonuses are worth gemming away from our usual and which ones aren't, what enchants in which slots will help us get maximum effect.

Sure, you can do this all manually, but with some statistics having hard caps and others having soft caps, and each piece of new gear changing each stat's amounts, it can be pretty daunting. Whether you're raiding in the Firelands or just beginning to get gear that can even take a reforge, it's worth taking a look at a few resources.

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Filed under: Warrior, Analysis / Opinion, Cataclysm

Arcane Brilliance: The state of the fire mage

Every week, WoW Insider brings you Arcane Brilliance for arcane, fire and frost mages. This week, we resume our three-part look at the current state of the mage nation. If you say that fast, it totally sounds like "imagination." DELIGHTFUL.

I am so sorry, guys. I want to write this column. I want to write it every week. Given the choice, I'd like to write it every damn day. I have an incredibly demanding work and family schedule these days. Each week, it's like a magician's trick trying to produce enough time to sit down and provide you guys with a quality column, and some weeks, I wave my hands and say the magic words, and a puff of smoke appears, and when it fades ... nothing's there. I'm working very hard to change my current schedule, though, enabling me to have a regular, slightly more controllable block of time every seven days during which to deliver you something worth reading. So take heart, and keep me in your prayers or thoughts or whatever it is that you think will help, you godless heathens. And if you want someone to blame for the recent irregularity of Arcane Brilliance, blame my children. They are time-destroying merchants of pure evil, and I tell them so as often as I can. Keeps them in line.

Anyway, I know when I wrote the state of the arcane mage column way back in June, I remember promising two more columns, touching upon the current state of affairs for the other two mage specs. It is almost August now. Yikes. Why do you guys put up with my nonsense?

Without further delay, I present to you the 2011 state of the fire mage address, delivered to you from a pulpit of pure flame perched upon the highest peak in the Firelands, to a congregation of mages seated within an auditorium constructed entirely of flaming warlock skulls. It's incredibly uncomfortable, but also crazy-epic.

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Filed under: Mage, Analysis / Opinion, (Mage) Arcane Brilliance

The Queue: And from darkness, a hero arises

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Anne Stickney has taken over this shindig.

Obviously the only thing capable of ridding the world of Holiday and her plans for elemental ascendancy is a beagle in a suit of armor. I wonder how much stamina is on that thing?

Thon asked:

How do sleeping mobs work? Been wondering this today since I've seen sleeping core hounds and char hounds doing my molten front dailies. Do they aggro just like normal mobs? Reduced distance? Don't aggro to proximity at all? What does sleep do?

It depends on the mob, honestly. Back in vanilla, if you approached a mob that was sleeping, it would wake up and begin punching you in the face. In later expansions, if a mob was asleep, you had to be right on top of it or attacking it for it to notice you. Generally speaking, however, if an angry flaming dog is taking a nap, you should probably just let it take its nap.

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Around Azeroth: Those picky druids, part 2

Hell hath no fury like a death knight scorned. When we last heard from Aimee of The Insiders on Zangarmarsh (US-H), she had unsuccessfully applied for membership in the Cenarion Circle. After being rejected by the druids for being an abomination against nature, Aimee decided instead to take up a fiery blade in support of Ragnaros. I guess Malfurion chose ... poorly.

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Filed under: Around Azeroth

Breakfast Topic: What hobbies take priority over WoW?

This Breakfast Topic has been brought to you by Seed, the AOL guest writer program that brings your words to WoW Insider's pages.

I consider myself a fairly long-term, consistent player. I have four level 85 characters, with two more in the mid-70s working up. I plan on raiding at least five days a week, and the days I don't, I still am in-game for an hour out of habit. I read just about every WoW blog, listen to the WoW Insider podcasts, and named my cat Thrall. (If only he were as even-tempered as his namesake.)

Yet I found myself trying to rationalize to my guildmates -- my friends -- why I was going to miss a raid night to watch the NCAA tournament. For me, the opportunity to see my favorite team, the Kansas Jayhawks, possibly make the Final Four was more important than another raid night with my third alt. We lost the game, but experiencing the atmosphere with other fans was well worth it.

Obviously family gatherings (especially if you have kids) can and should take priority over something you have to do in game. However, WoW is far from the most important hobby many players have. What other extracurricular activities force you to change up your WoW schedule?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics, Guest Posts

The Daily Quest: Dangerously addictive

WoW Insider's on a Daily Quest to bring you interesting, informative, and entertaining WoW-related links from around the blogosphere.

My first thought upon falling off the ledge in the Molten Front while doing dailies for the Druids of the Talon was, "Oh no, not again." My second thought, a slightly less literary reference, was "Now how am I going to get my body back from this? Can I get my body back? Oh my God, I'm in mostly heroic T11 gear and some T12, how much is this spirit res going to cost me?" And then, it happened. A little bird showed up, snatched me from the jaws of death, gently chided me for not making the silly jump, and placed me gently on the ledge I'd been trying to reach.

Since then, I have joyfully leaped off that ledge every time I have to do those dailies -- partially because I'm lazy, partially because I'm wondering if perhaps, one day, the Druids of the Talon will decide that my rampant stupidity warrants not saving me from certain destruction. It's a sick addiction.

Speaking of addictions, today we've got a post about just that, as well as some other posts from around the blogosphere on a few other topics.

Is there a story out there we ought to link or a blog we should be following? Just leave us a comment, and you may see it here tomorrow! Be sure to check out our WoW Resources Guide for more WoW-related sites.

Filed under: The Daily Quest