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The Queue: Mists is more-or-less standard now, script kiddies, and Puff / The Dark Crystal


Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) will be your host today.

I love that I get to use the above picture in today's Queue. Read on to the last question to find out why -- really curious to see what everyone's answer is.

FuzzyBunny asked:

Does anyone else think that it is "shortsighted" of Blizzard to include an insta-level 90 in WoD if their goal is to attract new/returning players, and not to include the base game through Mists as part of the package, which are what you would need in order to actually play the Warlords of Draenor expansion pack?

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Filed under: The Queue

Around Azeroth: Maternal instincts

"Here's a little scene that Klarisse, my tauren shaman on Argent Dawn (US-H), ran across," writes today's submitter. "Just to prove that not all members of the Horde are evil and uncaring, this kindly guardian druid ran across a couple lost, orphaned, and hungry panda cubs. She decided to adopt them and give them a good meal." Now I'm all in favor of the right to breastfeed in public, but I'm not sure that the middle of Orgrimmar is the best place to do it. All those people riding wolves and dinosaurs and mammoths through the place seems like it would be a pretty dangerous environment for nursing.

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Filed under: Around Azeroth

Breakfast Topic: Who do you want to see in your garrison?

The garrisons that are due to arrive in Warlords of Draenor have a full cast of characters, with plenty of familiar faces among them. (How Dog has made it from your Halfhill farm all the way to Draenor I don't know, but I'm glad he's there.) But as we try to make our garrisons feel like home in the wilds of Draenor, I wonder who should be there but isn't.

Will we see pandaren eventually joining us in Draenor? Though the garrison's trade outpost was originally staffed by pandaren, they were replaced by other races in a recent beta patch... but that doesn't mean our garrisons have to be completely panda free. Perhaps Li Li or Lorewalker Cho might make the trek out to Draenor to join our crew of adventurers. And where's Harrison Jones this expansion? Exploring an alternate universe for artifacts seems like it would be just his thing.

So tell us, readers: who do you want to see in your garrison?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics, Warlords of Draenor

The WoW Insider Show goes live tonight

Tonight we're going live at 8:00 p.m. PDT / 11:00 p.m. EDT with the WoW Insider Show. You can join us right above with the live stream or head over to our Twitch.TV page and chat with us there. If you can't make the show don't worry! It'll be posted on iTunes tomorrow, along with a full recording right here.

Remember that we need to keep the chat civil, so there are mods about to make sure everyone plays nice. Thanks for stopping by!

Filed under: WoW Insider Show

Blizzard donates to bring back GaymerX

It takes a lot of money to throw a gaming convention, which is why second-year LGBTQ gaming convention GaymerX wasn't certain there would be a third year of the event -- especially after NIS America backed out of a sponsorship deal (though the company eventually came through). Now the GaymerX crew is working on a third convention, which they're calling GX3, and they've pulled together some impressive financial backing in advance.

The biggest donor on the list -- besides dating app Hornet, which donated ad space -- is Blizzard Entertainment, which has pledged to chip in $10,000 to the convention. Blizzard doesn't have the best track record on supporting diversity lately -- especially where women are concerned -- and this seems like a solid move to change some of that public perception... and help keep an awesome gaming con going.

If you'd like to attend GX3 yourself, it will be held in November or December 2015 in San Francisco and you can pick up early tickets -- and other goodies -- on Kickstarter.

Editor's Note: Our moderators have bedded down for the night, so we're disabling comments on this post.

[Thanks, Orkchop, for the tip!]

Filed under: Blizzard, News items

Amazon acquires Twitch for $970 million

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Today Emmett Shear, the CEO of Twitch.tv, announced that Twitch has been acquired by Amazon. In his letter, Shear explained that they went with Amazon in the end because "they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster." We'll see what kind of changes this development brings to our favorite streaming service, and hopefully they will all be welcome ones.

Amazon's interest in the streaming platform initially came as somewhat of a surprise, considering that initial reports cited Google's Youtube division as potentially interested in purchasing Twitch.

Filed under: News items

Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: The chairs up there

"I had to check out Nethergarde Keep because I heard bad things may have happened to it," writes submitter Shikí of Sojourner on Kargath (US-A). "This was indeed true, as has been seen before with the flaming-but-still-alive gryphons. However, I couldn't help notice the incredible levitating furniture that faithfully defies the Iron Horde. Who cares if there isn't a floor? The chairs will guard its memory. (I tried to sit in one of them, but it wouldn't let me.)"

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Filed under: Around Azeroth

Last Week on Massively: At home in a galaxy far, far away

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This post originally appeared on Massively from Editor-in-Chief Brianna Royce. At the end of every week, we round up the best and most popular news stories, exclusive features, and insightful columns published on Massively and then present them all in one convenient place. If you missed a big MMO story last week, you've come to the right post.

You may not be able to play Uncle Owen on your very own moisture farm in Star Wars: The Old Republic, but you can come pretty darn close in the Galactic Strongholds expansion, which added housing to the game when it launched for subscribers earlier this week.

Read on for a look at the rest of this week's top MMO stories, including more of our SOE Live coverage.

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Filed under: MMO Roundup

The Queue: Time

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

Today is one part serious, one part silly. Brace yourselves.

antiganon asked:

Did anyone else have a Queue to log in to the battle.net app on Sunday night?

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, The Queue

World of Warcraft suffers DDoS attack, bomb threat issued to SOE


A collection of ne'er–do–wellers that go by the name of Lizard Squad inflicted significant denial of service attacks to large online gaming networks over the weekend. These attacks brought to a halt World of Warcraft and the entire Battle.net system, PSN, League of Legends, and Path of Exile. Service to all networks has so far been restored.

The group also took things to a new level by issuing a bomb threat to Sony Online Entertainment's President John Smedley flight to San Diego. This, of course, triggers an FBI response and brings things to a whole new level of national security -- Sony is now not commenting any more due to the high level of the crime. Several people have said that claiming "national security" is an overreaction, however if this group really did manage to get an explosive device on to the executive's plane, then it means there are major holes in airport security.

It's likely that this group of script kiddies just didn't realize how incredibly dumb it is to make such a threat, and will soon find themselves facing terrorism charges, with the DDoS charges just an after thought.

One thing to keep in mind; your data in Blizzard's servers was never in any jeopardy. A DDoS attack is like turning on a thousand faucets in your bathtub all at once and watching the tub's drain not be able to handle the extra water flow. The tub is fine (as is your data), it's just completely useless until the faucets get turned off.

Filed under: News items