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The Queue: Prehistoric

Okay, so he's not a dinosaur.
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 is your "Hey, it's that guy" guy today.

Not going to waste any time on my trifling little stories about the time I was shot in the leg with an arrow or the time I made a flamethrower to hunt rats in the basement of a collapsed mansion, it's time to talk about prehistoric animals!

Elizabeth Harper () asks:
What dinosaur do you most want to see in the next WoW expansion?

See, the question isn't which dinosaur. It's which animals. I love so many different kinds. Not just dinosaurs, but all shapes and sizes of extinct fauna. Because oh man. First up, as always, I'm pulling for Inostrancevia (seen above) a gorgonopsid therapsid from the Permian. No, she's not a dinosaur, she's more closely related to us than to them. But she's still awesome. Look at that jaw full of teeth. Next up, I'd like to see some more basal forms, older Triassic ones like Plateosaurus and Liliensternus. And that's just for starters - I'd love an Eocene inspired zone with Andrewsarchus and Megacerops. Then a smattering of Oligocene species like Paraceratherium and Hyaenadon Gigas and man, I could serious just natter on about this all day. There are like three different species of prehistoric crocodillian I'd like to see in WoW, at least two flightless prehistoric predatory birds, a whole bunch of ancient pre-dinosaurian archosaurs... so much that would be so awesome.

But yeah, my first choice is Inostrancevia.

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Filed under: BlizzCon, The Queue

Patch 5.3: Even more battle pets from the PTR

Patch 53 More new battle pets from the PTR
If you're a fan of pet battles, then patch 5.3 is for you, bringing new pets, new pets, and new pets. And while we were already excited about the creepy/cute Unborn Val'kyr, now Wowhead has turned up more information -- along photos and drop locations -- on what to expect from the pets in the upcoming patch.

Many of these are being added to Burning Crusade era raids for the Raiding with Leashes II: Attunement Edition achievement which requires you to collect 10 pets from Karazhan, Serpentshrine Cavern, and The Eye. The reward for collecting all of these pets? It's another pet, the still mysterious Tito. But while most of the pets discovered so far require revisiting old raids, there are also some new wild pets and drops, including the previously mentioned Unborn Val'kyr as well as mini-Gahz'rilla Gahz'rooki, the ooze Filthling, and a couple of adorably miniature Direhorns, the Stunted Direhorn and Direhorn Runt.

So what's our favorite? Well, you already know how we feel about dinosaurs.

Filed under: News items, Achievements

Five reasons patch 5.2 will pull you back into WoW

Five reasons patch 52 will pull you back into WoW
So you quit playing WoW. That's okay: we understand. All of us here at WoW Insider have been playing the game an awfully long time, and we know it can get old sometimes. Once you've played through all the content and there's nothing but the same dailies and the same raids over and over again... well, there's only so many times you can go through the same content before it starts to lose its shine. We don't judge. However, even if you've moved on to new games, Blizzard's latest content bonanza might be enough to come back to WoW (at least for a little while). So let's talk about why patch 5.2 is worth coming back for.

A huge array of new content with Isle of Thunder and Throne of Thunder
We'll start with the obvious: patch 5.2 introduces a brand new zone to explore. The Isle of Thunder will unlock in stages as players on your realm complete daily quests (not unlike the Isle of Quel'Danas in The Burning Crusade). Would-be heroes join forces with one of two new factions, The Kirin-Tor Offensive (Alliance), led by Jaina Proudmoore, and Sunreaver Onslaught (Horde), led by led by Lor'themar Theron. And though we know new factions and their associated dailies sound like yet another grind, the new faction quests will at least be fun the first time. And, as with all factions, with reputation comes reward, and we're pretty sure everyone enjoys new loot.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Blizzard, Mists of Pandaria

Patch 5.2 guide to the Throne of Thunder

Horridon picture
The Thunder King is risen! Today, hordes (and alliances) of characters are flocking to the Isle of Thunder to take part in the hotly-anticipated new content. Many of you will be jumping straight into the new raid as well, and in the spirit of being prepared, WoW Insider has got you covered. Check out our Throne of Thunder write-ups and go in swinging!
The ultimate last boss of 5.2, Ra-den, is locked behind a heroic-mode defeat of Lei Shen and that encounter remains a closely-guarded secret -- for now. Happy patch 5.2 everyone, and happy raiding!

Filed under: Raiding, Raid Guides, Mists of Pandaria

The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Patch 5.2 and warrior gear part 1

The Care and Feeding of Warriors Patch 52 and warrior gear part 1
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.

Gear constantly changes. Every major patch, there's new gear to drool over and want. For the next few weeks, I'm going to look at the gear we're getting in patch 5.2 from the Throne of Thunder, Oondasta (holder of the greatest loot table in the universe), and Nalak. We'll also take a look at Shado-Pan Assault, Kirin Tor Offensive, and Sunreaver Onslaught gear. This means we'll be looking at gear with a wide variety of item levels, from the 522 of the world bosses and normal mode Throne of Thunder to the 476 of some of the faction gear.

Also, although I won't be covering the items here, transmog minded warriors should take a look at the return of these Burning Crusade blacksmithing models. These weapons won't be an upgrade for you in almost all cases, but they're a welcome addition to our cosmetic arsenal. Now, to discuss gear.

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Filed under: Warrior, Analysis / Opinion, (Warrior) The Care and Feeding of Warriors, Mists of Pandaria

The Queue: Tyrannosauridae

The Queue Tyrannosauridae
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 Tyrannosauridae are among the most famous dinosaurs in the world today on the strength of their most recognizable member, Tyrannosaurus Rex, but there's a great deal more to them than that one (admittedly magnificent) dinosaur, and since World of Warcraft loves to shovel in the tyrannosaurs every chance it gets (from King Mosh to Oondasta) I decided to take this flimsy pretext and run with it.

Descended from small ancestors like Xionguanlong baimoensis, the tyrannosauridae eventually became the dominant large carnivore of the late Cretaceous in Asia and North America. Members of the coelurosauria, the species of the tyrannosauridae were all fairly large predators themselves. Interestingly, other species in the coelurosauria include modern birds. Indeed, current thinking indicates that it is possible that all of the coelurosauria, from raptors to tyrannosauridae, might well have had feathers.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, The Queue, Mists of Pandaria

The Queue: Hints of the next expansion

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.

The television series above had a seriously depressing series finale.

dark panda asked:

This has probably already been requested, but with the announcement of Dinomancers in Patch 5.2, when are we going to get some Dino-Riders or Dinosaucers themed Queues?

This was the best I could do. Sorry.

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Filed under: The Queue

Patch 5.2 PTR: Kill dinosaurs, get fabulous prizes

Patch 52 PTR Kill dinosaurs, get fabulous prizes
What's that Isle of Giants all about? Dinosaurs, apparently -- the island is crawling with an assortment of dinos that put Un'goro Crater to shame. But there doesn't appear to be any kind of quest hub on the island as of yet, with one small exception. Hidden in a cave on the western side of the island is a truly monstrous troll who looks like he's seen better days. Dataminers over at Wowhead dug up the details on this strange troll earlier today.

Ku'ma is a bone collector. What, exactly, he does with all the bones he collects is unclear -- perhaps he is planning on building one of those fabulous Zandalari boats when he has enough of them. However, you don't really want to ignore Ku'ma or his bone-loving ways, because he has plenty of rewards to offer to those that bring him bones. Lots of bones.Patch 52 PTR Kill dinosaurs, get fabulous prizes

What kind of rewards? 10 bones will net you a Mote of Harmony. 100 will net you a Spirit of Harmony. If you get your hands on 1000 bones, you can turn them in for a Spectral Porcupette. And if you have the temerity to gather 9,999 bones ... you're rewarded with a mount. But not just any mount; the Reins of the Bone-White Primal Raptor, which is a dead ringer for the Ivory Raptor from the days of vanilla, long-gone from the game.

So just how hard is it to collect these bones? It's not as bad as you'd think. I decided to make a trip to the Isle of Giants to see for myself, and while the larger dinosaurs seem to be pretty daunting, the smaller ones weren't too difficult to solo. Once dead, they dropped four bones -- so gathering isn't quite the painful process that I'd imagined.

As it currently stands, getting a mount may take a while. But keep in mind that this is all PTR information, and these amounts may change by the time the patch hits. Regardless of whether or not the amount of bones required is altered, I'm pretty sure I know where I'll be when the patch goes live.


Mists of Pandaria is here! The level cap has been raised to 90, many players have returned to Azeroth, and pet battles are taking the world by storm. Keep an eye out for all of the latest news, and check out our comprehensive guide to Mists of Pandaria for everything you'll ever need to know.

Filed under: News items, Mists of Pandaria

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