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The Queue: Three of the Four Winds {WoW}

May 13th 2011 1:56PM I think there will be a portal worlds expansion, but I guess I've always imagined that being the "final" expansion.

Deathwing is planned to be the final boss/raid of Cataclysm, which would imply that we'll deal with N'Zoth (the Old God that's behind Deathwing's corruption) in a future expansion. N'Zoth is also responsible for the Emerald Nightmare, so I imagine the Emerald Dream would play into this expansion as well. There's also theories that N'Zoth is the same Old God that lives in the Maelstrom and corrupted Azshara, so she could play into this expansion as well. I'd put my money on this being the next expansion.

The lack of wands in Cataclysm {WoW}

Jan 5th 2011 4:52PM

There are three plate dps bracers, one of which is BoE from a rare spawn.

The lack of wands in Cataclysm {WoW}

Jan 5th 2011 4:46PM For Warrior tanking, I've found that the 346 iLvl Sky Piercer that can be bought with Tol Barad marks is a slight upgrade to the quest greens if you reforge the crit to either hit or expertise. I'd probably save those 85 marks and apply them towards getting an epic trinket, unless you're really trying to min/max or boost your iLvl

For DPS, though, Strength is king, and quest greens are still the best.

Arena Season 9 to begin on Dec. 14, Cataclysm launch Dec. 7? {WoW}

Sep 30th 2010 6:37PM Yeah, that seems to be the best guess for when the release date will be announced. TBC, WotLK, and SC2's release dates were announced 2-3 months in advance, and WotLK and SC2 were announced on a Monday (TBC was announced on a Thursday).

Cataclysm beta opt-in now active {WoW}

May 13th 2010 2:55PM Now that opt-ins are integrated into, you might just need a registered Blizzard product associated with your account, similar to SC2 beta eligibility. I'm not sure if an inactive WoW account qualifies for this, but a copy of WC3 or SC1 would. That said, it's possible they give more out to active subscribers or something like that.

For both SC2 and WotLK, Blizzard gave about a 2-week notice about the beta before starting it, so it's possible we could see it start late May/early June. This would only be a month-long F&F alpha, a lot shorter than WotLK's 2-3 month long one, but it's possible they're keeping it shorter this time around (not like they're able to keep anything secret in the alpha!)

Patch 3.3.3 PTR: Companion pet and mount updates {WoW}

Feb 24th 2010 7:18PM Winter Olympics end in four days. Even if they were to get 3.3.3 out the door next week (not likely), they'd still have completely missed having some sort of Winter Olympics-esque world event at the appropriate time. My guess is that if they were planning on having something for the Olympics, they probably would have had something in 3.3.2.

It's possible that this is more TGC loot, as the last PTR build had a number of things most likely added for that. But with the recent shakeup with the TGC, it's hard to say.

From a lore perspective, the only "celestial" stuff we've dealt with in WoW was Algalon. Maybe they're going to retroactively add this as a reward for defeating him, maybe there's something to come in the Cataclysm Prologue involving the Titans.

WoW Moviewatch: Bad Romance by MichelleLynn {WoW}

Feb 22nd 2010 12:47PM A pop-up ad came up at the bottom of the video when I was watching it for Fallen Earth that said "Sick of Elves?"

Best. Targeted. Ad. Ever.

More Cataclysm precursors found in Patch 3.3.3 PTR files {WoW}

Feb 22nd 2010 2:25AM Boub, I'm looking forward to your article about all the Twilight Hammer stuff uncovered. I found all the new quests on your database, can't wait for this stuff to eventually hit the servers (I'm guessing not in 3.3.3 though)

Tom Chilton retrospective interview on Wrath of the Lich King {WoW}

Feb 18th 2010 5:49PM Here's a somewhat crazy idea I had. Not perfect, but just a thought I had:

Rather than be locked to a specific instance, you could possibly be locked to a specific configuration. For example, let's say you join a PuG of ICC and clear through Deathbringer before the group disbands. You could re-queue later that night or week for ICC, but can only join a group that's cleared through Deathbringer as well. This way, you never down a boss more than once during a lockout, but can run through it in chunks.

The obvious problem with this system is that it only works well in linear dungeons. Once you start adding in multiple wings, optional bosses, etc, it may be harder to find a group configured to where you are. My guess is that this would somewhat solve itself naturally as the community established a kill order.

This could also be problematic if your group broke up at an odd spot in the raid. Imagine a raid downed Lady Deathwhisper and didn't bother with Gunship Battle. You may have a very hard time finding 9 other people at that spot as well, as most raids clear right through that encounter. To alleviate this problem, the tool might not require you join a raid exactly the same as how you last left it, but it just can't be a raid that has any bosses alive that you've already downed. So for example, let's take the example where last time you were in, you had cleared through Saurfang, and when you re-queue you are placed in a raid currently working on Putricide. The LFG tool would let you know exactly what bosses are downed, and if you accept, you would effectively be marked as having downed Rotface and Festergut for the week. Of course, this system could be gamed as well, because people could effectively join/leave raids until they've "downed" every boss up to the last.

Like I said, not a perfect system, but I think it could be a viable route to take with raid PuGs

The Queue: So much awesome it hurts. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. {WoW}

Feb 16th 2010 6:16PM Developers at Blizzcon said that the Forsaken are basically still making up to the Horde for what happened at Wrathgate, and to make good they are leading the invasion of Gilneas (which will heavily play out in the Worgen starting zone, and be a battleground as well). So it would seem their driving force in Cataclysm is to repair relations with the rest of the Horde.

The Ebon Blade, much like the factions of Classic WoW and TBC, probably won't be seen in future expansions. At least not as The Ebon Blade. If they were to come back, they'd give them a new name so that you'd have a brand new rep grind (ala Argent Dawn -> Argent Crusade). I imagine from a lore perspective they'll continue to keep an eye on the Scourge in Northrend, although it's possible we may see them make an appearance in the Plaguelands (speculation on my part)