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Around Azeroth: A harvest of corpses

"This John Doe died a while back when I was still raiding normal Siege of Orgrimmar," writes submitter Shadanah of The Wolves of War on Hyjal (US-H). "I came home to find this skeleton on my farm. The dog on the farm is harmless, and Yoon had moved to the marketplace by then, so I can only assume they dismounted in midflight ... or were treacherously pushed from their mount." Sounds like a mystery for the Azerothian Hardy Boys!

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WoW Moviewatch: My Demons

Okay, so I'm not a big fan of this particular genre of music, but let's be fair to My Demons - DarksoulGaming seems to have quite a few gameplay style videos but this appears to be their first machinima. I question the choice of Silithus as the backdrop/scenery of the video (in a music video style machinima like this, a bland place like Silithus isn't necessarily the best eye candy to accompany the tortured melodramatics of the song) but it's pretty solidly edited for a first try.

Hopefully we'll see more stuff that takes better advantage of the game's settings.
Interested in the wide world of machinima? We have new movies every weekday here on WoW Moviewatch! Have suggestions for machinima we ought to feature? Toss us an email at moviewatch@wowinsider.com.

Filed under: WoW Moviewatch

The WoW Insider Show Episode 341

The WoW Insider Show Episode 247 In which we say hello to Anne
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The Queue: Stormwind repair, shields, box of toys, redacted, and other zone changes


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.

Ahhhhh Varian... What wonderful mistakes will you make in Outland?

Is Anduin finally going to go all Ty<REDACTED> on you?

Time will tell.

Bedefiant asked:

Do you think Bliz will ever repair Stormwind? I know the only reason they haven't done it yet is because of that one Cata questline that goes through the ruins. It does seem poor foresight on Bliz to have made that quest; thus stopping them from ever fixing the city in the future...

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Around Azeroth: Be it ever so humble

Submitter Arugadh of The Brotherhood of Iron on Wyrmrest Accord (US-A) knows the way to my heart, and it's through screenshots of interior decorating. "While trying out the worgen race and starting area for the first time (yeah, I'm slow that way), the wonderful attention-to-detail of the whole Gilneas area kept catching my eye," she writes. "I mean, my little worgen hunter got all melancholy about having to force a little old grandmother to leave her home. And while your eye and attention is drawn to the monster fish above the hearth and wondering how a sweet little old lady managed to wrangle such a huge monster, you might miss the little rubber duckie floating the trough in the corner. And the map of the whole starting area hanging above it. And the fact that one of the bottles on the hearth is from the speed barge in Thousand Needles, suggesting the dear little old granny isn't as sweet or mild as one wants to think."

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Around Azeroth: Turn up the Eagles, the neighbors are listening

I never got to see one of those infamous '70s rock laser light shows before I got a job that required drug testing, but I'm guessing this screenshot is a pretty good approximation. "So I was taking a few of my fellow guild mates on a guided tour/mount run through Tempest Keep when we ran into Kael'thelas," writes submitter Lindrine of Spectacular Death on Llane (US-A). "He took exception to my tour guide ambitions and proceeded to follow me around the room in a haze of pink and purple glowy power."




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Breakfast Topic: What would you do in WoW if you were immortal for a day

Just for one day, in WoW, you can't die. You can't be killed by anything. Not by magic, not by bosses, not by falling, not by anything at all. So what do you do? Now, you have to remember that, on this day, everyone else is immortal too. PvP is right out, because there would just be really crazy long bouts of PvP where nobody ever died. I mean, that might actually be a ton of fun, who knows?

So what do you do? I strongly suspect a lot of you are going to say Siege of Orgrimmar progression, but that's a little dull. Challenge Modes would be made easier for sure, so maybe those too, especially given that your tanks could pull as much as they liked with no risk of death. I mean, so could your DPS, they wouldn't be in any danger either. But you'd still have to kill the mobs in time to get the medals, so it might be a little more entertaining than slowly whittling Heroic Garrosh down to 0 health.

Personally, I'd go exploring. No fatigue risk means unlimited flight range, and something about seeing the edge of the world appeals to me. And maybe I'd find the mythical GM Island... What would you do?


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Know Your Lore: 5 influential moments in Warcraft lore

The World of Warcraft is an expansive universe. You're playing the game, you're fighting the bosses, you know the how -- but do you know the why? Each week, Matthew Rossi and Anne Stickney make sure you Know Your Lore by covering the history of the story behind World of Warcraft.

The lore of Warcraft isn't exactly the easiest thing in the world to follow. It's not a straight line of cause and effect that you can simply trace from beginning to end. It's an endless chain of events intertwined with each other in a ball that is so tightly wound together, it's almost impossible to untangle and pick apart. This is a large part of the reason why it's so hard to answer a seemingly simple question, "I want to try and get into Warcraft lore, so where do I start?"

That said, there are several standout moments in lore, moments that have influenced far more than one character's development or one chain of story progression. While the following list isn't every moment, it contains some of the most influential, those events in history that have shaped the world of Warcraft and will continue to shape it for years to come.

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Filed under: Lore, Know your Lore

The Queue: Azathoth Choppers

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

Vote for which motorcycle you want in the game: the cosmic horror bike, or the seething nuclear chaos bike! Also, despair!

BrianLuzovich asked:

do you think we will eventually see hearthstone for cell phones? and would there an offline play mode?

There are definitely Android and iPhone versions of Hearthstone coming; Blizzard announced it not too long ago. As for offline mode, I highly doubt it. It appears to be an online-only game and all of its systems tie into that.

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Sunday Morning Funnies: Better than gold

WoW, eh?
Sunday Morning Funnies is your weekly list of WoW-related web comics.

This week, in comics: Sailor Moon (sort of)! Linola tries out a new companion. Tax season is afoot. Plus, there's a lucky worgen.

The comic news this week is light, as is typical of a week leading up to a holiday, let alone a week that included tax deadlines. There are a few notable absences, including Experience Boost and The Trolling of Azeroth. Contested Territory is scheduled to return to this list next week, however.

In the meantime, Gratz has posted an Easter comic. WoW, eh? is back with a new, not depressing, even kind of sparkly update! It's nice to see Cadi happy again. And although our list is a bit short this week, Trigonometry came through with two installments of the Trigonometry interview (on Gnomeregan Forever).

As always, we are accepting suggestions for inclusions on this list, as well as tips relating to WoW comics. If you have a tip, drop it into the comments section.

And of course, enjoy your holidays!

This week's WoW-related comics from around the web:

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Humor, Comics, Sunday Morning Funnies

Breakfast Topic: Are you participating in Noblegarden this year?

It's that time of the year again -- tomorrow marks the beginning of Noblegarden, that week-long in game event that sends players out to fetch chocolate, fancy clothes, and much more. The event hasn't really had a facelift in years, although it had a few new items added in 2012 -- both black and pink versions of the Spring Circlet, and the Swift Springstrider mount, which requires a whopping 500 Noblegarden Chocolates to purchase. And of course there are the usual lengthy round of achievements to complete. This is all well and good. But it's not why I participate in Noblegarden every year.

It's the Blossoming Branches. I can't help it. They only cost 10 Noblegarden Chocolates, and there is nothing quite as entertaining as turning your stalwart giant beefy tank into a fluffy bunny at some point way down the road in the middle of September. Or staging impromptu bunny invasions on capital cities, a stampede of wiggly nosed little critters laying tiny little colored eggs and happily hopping down a bunny trail of carnage right through the opposing faction. You can attack while you're a bunny. Fan of Knives is a hysterical miniature circle of knife death delivered with doe eyes, whiskers, and fuzzy cotton tail. Have you ever seen a hunter Feign Death while in bunny form? You should.

And that's why I'll participate at least a little in Noblegarden this year, and the next, and the next, for however many years they continue the holiday. I don't really care what else they add, as long as those Blossoming Branches stay put. Are you planning on participating in Noblegarden this year? What's your favorite part of the holiday? Do you save costume items like Blossoming Branches to use at unexpected and possibly inappropriate moments?


Filed under: Breakfast Topics

The Queue: Tonari no Garrosh

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

Do you think Garrosh would've been better adjusted if he had a big magical friend as a kid?

bcf_80 asked:

Here's a newbie question, but how do you get to the Isle of Giants? Is this the same thing as the Isle of Thunder (and how do you get to that if they're different)? I've been away for too long :)

It's north of Kun-Lai. You can fly or swim there, but be careful if you're flying -- the island is a no-fly zone and you'll get dismounted when you get close. Once there, you can grab a flight path and you won't need to manually fly there again. Unless you want to, of course.

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Breakfast Topic: Did you keep your Pandaria toys?

I'm a sucker for cool stuff. Toys immediately fall into that category -- and in Mists of Pandaria, we received an overwhelming amount of them over the course of leveling and beyond. Rares scattered all over Pandaria and the Timeless Isle drop fun, useful, and downright weird items that don't need to be equipped, but take up an inventory slot all the same. Unfortunately, bank space is at a premium as far as I'm concerned -- the introduction of transmogrification back in Cataclysm exacerbated my storage space woes to the point that my bank and void storage are completely crammed full.

However, that didn't really stop me from keeping most of the toys. Sure, the items that drop from rares are expendable -- after all, you can always go back and farm them again. But quest reward items, like my beloved Puntable Marmot, can't really be obtained twice. With the introduction of the Toy Box feature in Warlords, I'll suddenly have a lot more space, and maybe I'll go back and farm the useless toys from Pandaria's rares once I have someplace non-bank related to keep them. Until then, I'll hang onto my favorite things. After all, there's nothing like punting a wee little marmot to vent one's frustrations. Have you kept your toys from Pandaria? Are you looking forward to the Toy Box feature that should, theoretically, free up a lot of bag space? Have you farmed the rares of Pandaria looking for a particularly fun item? Or did you simply toss all your toys in favor of more bank and bag space?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

The Queue: I really have no idea what this means

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.

Look, blame Scott Leyes. All I know is, with Azeroth Choppers debuting yesterday, I couldn't in good conscience not feature this today. Samwise Didier absolutely is so fluffy, we just have to accept it. He is the fluffiest. His beard is a thing of wonder.

Okay, let's get started on the over 800 comments in yesterday's Queue. That sound? The one that sounds like me sobbing? That's me sobbing.

Kameron Hoffs asks:

What changes are needed for Warriors in WoD?

I'm not quite arrogant enough to think I am in possession of all the answers in terms of warrior design for Warlords. I know what I would like to see, but I'm hardly unbiased - I identify with warriors to closely to even pretend that I'm not invested in the outcome here. That said, there are a few things I think we haven't heard much about yet, and which I think need to be absolutely there in the future.
  1. Headlong Rush needs to actually work and make warriors like haste at least a little bit. Especially when it comes to protection, a spec that currently gets absolutely nothing from haste.
  2. If not Titan's Grip for protection (letting us use 2h weapons and shields) then it's long past time for Blizzard to design 1h spears. Yes, this isn't just a warrior deal, but it's important.
  3. Warriors have lost a lot of flavor. We're losing two of our three banners (the only really unique thing we got in Mists of Pandaria) and a host of other abilities. I get that we needed to lose them for ability purge sake, but we're losing things like Sunder Armor, Cleave, Berserker Stance and in general we're suffering from a lack of coolness factor. It's time for something iconic and viscerally awesome to be added to the warrior toolbox.
  4. We need to hear some details about how rage is going to work. I can't really speculate more on this one until we hear some details, but we just lost any way to get rage from damage taken, a way to generate rage on demand, and a way to get enraged on demand. Are we just expected to Charge and use our rage generation attacks and that's it for rage? Is haste expected to fill the gap? It's time for this design to be explained to us.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, The Queue, Warlords of Draenor

Around Azeroth: Little luxuries

"For all the complaining and griping and moaning that those goblins and gnomes do on the speed barge in Thousand Needles, their racing operation getting blown to smithereens doesn't seem to have affected their class of living much," writes submitter Arugadh of The Brotherhood of Iron on Wyrmrest Accord (US-A). "I mean, even as the barge was getting attacked by pirates, this goblin put on a show of cowering in the corner as the flames raged outside. But he still had a nice, hot, comfortable bath drawn, complete with pillows and herbal soaps."

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