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WoW Moviewatch: Teenage Mutant Ninja Orcs

Just in time for Michael Bay's upcoming snoutless explosion fest, Gremsly Goblin created one of the finest Horde videos you've ever seen. Teenage Mutant Ninja Orcs tracks a team of four turtles who find themselves transformed into orcs, and launch themselves into a world of adventure.

I can't really give you a detailed breakdown of the video points. It was just a long blur of joy. This video left me awash in sweet nostalgia, and I was completely satisfied with the character choices. Splinter became just the right critter. Shredder maybe could have been a little better, but the human-with-claws wasn't a bad choice. I've watched this video about ten times now, and I'm pretty sure I'm ready for some pizza.

Taurenbunga, dudes.
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Around Azeroth: Battle without honor or humanity

"About eighteen months you were kind enough to feature a little motivational poster I put together for my guild with an 8-bit-style rendition of our struggle against Elegon," writes Stormscythe of The Splintered Hand on Turalyon (EU-A). "Well, I've done a few more since then, but when we finally beat Garrosh after weeks of hard work and more wipes than I'd care to count, I wanted to do something a bit different to celebrate our ultimate victory in the enigmatic land of Pandaria." Anyone want to translate the characters at the sides?



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Breakfast Topic: What's the one thing you wish you hadn't gotten rid of?

Once upon a time, many years ago, I took my priest through the introductory world event for Wrath of the Lich King. Somewhere along the way I got distracted by the whole zombie invasion process, and neglected to turn in the Dual-Plagued Brain that was a part of the quest process for the event. I didn't mind, really -- I liked the Brain. It talked to my priest, mumbling little encouraging words of wisdom like "Cling to your hope, mortal!"

Mind you, it promptly followed that up by adding that hope sweetened the soul and thus would make a really good dessert for the Lich King, but it was the thought that counted. Or maybe it wasn't the thought, since the thought was pretty horrible. Regardless, I kept the Brain in my bags, pleased that my priest had something to talk to, even if it made little sense to those around her. Unfortunately, at some point after the event was over, the Brain fell silent and spoke no more. I kept it anyway -- I mean, why not? Who in their right mind would keep a Dual-Plagued Brain in their bags?

Sadly, during Cataclysm I chose to take one for the guild team and race-changed to a tauren briefly, so we could get the Classy Tauren achievement. When I did so, the Dual-Plagued Brain vanished from my bags for good -- I didn't realize it would remove the item from my bags until it was too late to do anything about it. Out of all the things I've inadvertently deleted over the years, I miss the Dual-Plagued Brain the most -- largely because I can never get it back. What about you guys? What's the one thing you've gotten rid of that you wish you had back again? Is it a piece of armor? A weapon? A quest item, or a trinket? What's that one thing you really want back again?


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Know Your Lore: Quests, story, and you in Warlords of Draenor

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.

A new expansion is certainly about delivering new content, but it's also a vehicle for story progression -- and the end of Mists of Pandaria left behind plenty of questions waiting to be answered. Unfortunately, any questions having to do with Pandaria or Azeroth will have to wait, as we have other, more pressing matters to think about. In Warlords of Draenor, the Iron Horde looms just over the horizon, a threat eerily reminiscent of the old Horde that began the First War so many years ago. Except the Iron Horde is stronger, more organized, and bolstered by the knowledge of just what's on the other side of that Dark Portal they are constructing, thanks to Garrosh Hellscream.

That story, the story of Warlords of Draenor, is taking us in a different kind of direction, the likes of which we haven't seen before. While Mists may have pushed the button on innovation as far as max-level content was concerned, its seemingly never-ending cycle of daily quests upon daily quests quickly grew from entertainment to frustration as players quickly grew tired of the cycle of daily gated content and rewards. Warlords has none of that -- but it does have a whole host of new ways to make the story feel important, without overpowering how the player approaches the game.

Please note: The following Know Your Lore contains small spoilers for Warlords of Draenor.

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Filed under: Lore, Know your Lore, Warlords of Draenor

The Queue: In which a retraction is made

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 (@Shadesogrey) is answering all kinds of questions today.

You know, I wasn't exactly pleased about the idea of "capital" city locations being on Ashran -- I was really, really looking forward to Karabor. But after seeing the town on beta last night, I hate to admit it, but ... well, it's pretty cool. The inn is awesome, I love the trading post, the place is just being built so I'm assuming it'll get bigger later, but ... it's really not that bad. Consider me pleasantly surprised, and apologetic for criticizing it. It's not Karabor, but it's cool, and I could see hanging out there every now and again. Much better than the Shrines in Mists.

CaptainCakewalk asked:

Q4tQ: A nice question (I think so anyway!). What would be the one thing you would love to see in the game lifted from unused Lore in WoW / Warcraft Universe as a whole? I personally would love to one day go to Kul'Tiras as it seems like it would be an amazing place to visit!

I would very much like to see Kul Tiras, provided they retcon Jaina's other brother Tandred back into the game and make him a swarthy burly crusty sailor dude a-la Captain Slam Beefchin from the Mists trailer. Then pair him up with guns-and-roses Lorna Crowley on a mission to get Gilneas back, because I'm guessing it would be tremendously entertaining to watch the two of them snipe at each other.

I may have thought about this before.

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Sunday Morning Funnies: Like an elf person

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

This week, in comics: Off to a rocky start, a mostly adjunctive modifier, a dip in the lake and a hedgehog of healing. Plus: Rug is coming.

In comic news, we have a very full list this week, with lots of bonus material and several of our sporadically updating comics contributing new work. Best in Slot kicks off Chapter 2 with its first page, as well as numerous extras. Gnomeregan Forever has also posted an extra.

Both WoW, eh? and Kibble & Bit have new content on the list this week, and Gratz posted four new comics. My Name is Nyhm, which updates Tuesdays (but only sometimes with WoW-related content) has two new comics on the list, one of which is Hearthstone-related.

In other news, Chloe and Bink have to make a tough decision. I mean, naps are really important, especially for cats.

Finally, the creator of Contested Territory (Maiu) asks the readers a question this week. Although many readers have already given feedback and left some insightful, supportive comments, there's plenty of room for more voices.

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

Breakfast Topic: Do you follow the devs on Twitter?

In a world that is increasingly focused on the quick exchange of information, social media has become one of those seemingly obligatory things that are a part of our daily lives. If you have a computer, then surely you must have Facebook, or Twitter, or Tumblr, or Instagram, or Youtube, or any number of other social media platforms. Heck, you don't even need a computer anymore -- most mobile phones offer apps that will let you do pretty much anything you can do on your computer or tablet. But just because you have access to these things, it doesn't necessarily mean you use them.

Twitter is one of those things that I'm inordinately fond of, largely because it's an instant way of communicating with people that doesn't take forever and a day to accomplish. The 140 character limit keeps me brief -- although I have been known to spam several tweets in succession to get my point across, every now and again. With a growing number of Blizzard developers showing up on Twitter every day, Twitter has also become a useful tool for finding out tidbits of news as they're announced.

But not everyone has Twitter -- and even if you have Twitter, you might not be following the developers. Is social media a thing for you? Do you have a Twitter account? Do you follow the devs either via Twitter, or through a blue tracker, Facebook, or some other method of keeping track of it all? Do you like to know what the devs are up to with instant updates, or would you rather just check in with a news site for the important stuff?


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Well Fed Buff: Dalaran "Apple" Pie

Ever since the first days of WoW, mages have been conjuring up food items out of thin air for the general public. One of the offhand questions I'm asked every now and again is what, exactly, all that conjured food tastes like? I never really had an answer, because I assumed that the answer was "whatever that food happened to be called." Mana strudel? It tastes like strudel. Mana biscuits? They taste like biscuits. The only difference between mana strudel and regular strudel was the ingredients -- the rest was pretty much the same.

Which is why, when I ran across this incredibly odd recipe, I was immediately reminded of Azeroth's mages. It was also why I immediately had to create it for myself, and test it out on my family. This apple pie passed with flying colors, and it's so easy to make, you'd swear it was magic. The ingredients list is relatively short for this particular concoction ... oh, and the apples? You can leave those out entirely, we won't be needing them. You heard me.

Let's head to the kitchen and conjure up some Dalaran "apple" pie, shall we?


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Filed under: World of WarCrafts, Arts and Crafts

The Queue: Bashiok, where is my loot?

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 (@Shadesogrey) is answering all kinds of questions today.

I found Bashiok. He's a very handsome tree person, but he didn't drop anything -- I'll have to re-visit him later.

Fizzl asked:

Lore Q4TQ (stolen from reddit): In WC3, what port did Arthas take to Northrend? There don't appear to be docks anywhere in Lordaeron so did he go all the way to Menethil? Or is it one of those things that just got overlooked and lost in translation?

It was never really defined, but I assume that Lordaeron had ports at one point in time, before the Scourge went and wiped everything out. Silverpine does have a northern coast, after all.

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Breakfast Topic: Should Draenor have new world holidays?

Much like the current expansion, we're headed to new territory in Warlords -- this time, an entirely different world. Sure, we've been to Outland, but we've never seen Draenor like this before, with all native civilizations intact and in one piece, if suffering from the relentless onslaught of the Iron Horde. Draenei villages and fortresses are intact along with orc settlements and even an entire zone full of arakkoa whose purpose in this expansion is still a mystery.

One of the things I've been vocal about is my disappointment that we never really saw any pandaren holidays with this expansion. Sure, Pandaria may have been thrown into chaos with our arrival, but you'd think a race like the Pandaren would have a few really cool cultural holidays of their own. The Wanderer's Festival was neat, but we really didn't see anything else in the way of in-game events ... and with world holidays growing more and more stale with each passing year, it would have been nice to see something new.

Draenor isn't just a new continent like Pandaria -- it's an entirely new world, one that highlights both orc and draenei culture, as well as arakkoa, ogre, and a multitude of other races. Wouldn't it be cool if we got a new holiday or two out of the deal? Do you think we could use some new world holidays? What kind of holidays and festivals do you think the orc and draenei races have? If you could add a new holiday to WoW, what would you put in?


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The Queue: Pandaren, Tanaan, Gundrak's mystery tail

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.

In today's Queue, I am probably going to outright anger some of you. Try and keep it civil in the comments, as I will when I give the answer that will anger you.

Angerfork asks:
What is your take on Tanaan coming out in a future content patch & how it was communicated?

In case you're wondering, this is how it was communicated - by a tweet from Community Manager Lore.
If you're curious, my take on it is it's his job to do exactly this - answer player questions. He did so in a clear, concise and not at all disrespectful or antagonistic way. If you then look at the responses to his tweet, they're rude, condescending, and boorishly aggressive for the most part. Quite frankly, they're not worth responding to. Lore did his job, and there's no reason to be upset with him for how he did it. The argument that we should have known this sooner and it shows a lack of transparency from Blizzard doesn't work for me either - it's not like with Karabor or Bladespire, where we were told 'these will be capitals' and then later 'they won't be, sorry'.

As for the idea of Tanaan coming out in a later content patch, frankly, I don't see the problem. We already knew Farahlon would be similarly released after the expansion - we'll get to see Tanaan when we come through the Dark Portal, then start our leveling process in one of the two starting zones, and then have Gorgrond, Talador, Spires of Arak, and Nagrand to level through, so a total of six zones available at launch, five per faction. Considering how huge the zones are, it's not like we're going to be starving for content - each zone so far has had subzones within it with special level 100 content.

Basically, I find the idea that everything Blizzard says is greeted with extreme cynicism and doomsaying to be getting crazy old. Does Blizzard make mistakes? Sure they do. All the damn time. Having Mists of Pandaria last this long was a huge mistake, for instance. Do they do things each and every one of us might find questionable? Of course. But when a CM can't even make a simple post clarifying when a zone will be available without enduring sneering contempt, we need to dial it back. Especially when considering that CM's don't design the game. Getting angry with a CM over what he or she tells you is as pointless as flipping out at the guy behind the counter at Starbucks for the company's policy on how it treats small coffee farmers. (This is just an example, for all I know Starbucks has a great policy towards the independent coffer grower.)

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Around Azeroth: Purple haze

The stats on the legendary cloaks might become outdated once Warlords of Draenor drops, but I'm willing to bet that they'll be a stable in transmog sets for years to come. Submitter Lynorah of Gquit on Earthen Ring (US-H) combined her Xing-Ho cloak, Tyrael's Charger and our old friend Shadowform to create this lovely screenshot. She needs to be careful, though -- the tendrils from her cloak and mount look like they could get caught on an outcropping and cause a nasty crash.

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Breakfast Topic: Relaxing about the beta

I don't know why but I find the beta period incredibly chill. There are no worries. If stuff is broken, I report it. If the content feels weak, I make a forum post saying so. I don't worry about the level ranges for expansion zones, I didn't even get all that worked up over the change to the faction capitals (although I personally didn't like the idea, it didn't work me up). One of the reasons I think I am this way is because, to me, the beta is supposed to be a place where boxes attack me and bears come up out of the ground like sharks to assault me. I expect madness and broken quests and bugginess in my beta experience. It's what the beta is - not just a place where testing can determine what quests are broken, but also a place to roll out content and examine how the experience works.

I don't know. Lately it feels like the forums and twitter have just blown up with ludicrous, over the top negativity for no reason, to the point where a simple tweet about when Tanaan will be released drives players crazy. Yes, stuff is going to change, break, not work right, and not be what you expected. It's the beta. That's how it goes. That's how it's always gone.


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Around Azeroth: Metamorphosis is dead, long live Metamorphosis

"Okay, demon hunting didn't really work for tanking after all," writes submitter Demonmoose of The Outcast on The Maelstrom (EU-A). "It took me a few weeks to get a rez. Never use trash souls for self-preservation. Despite doing everything to find a purpose for it other then leveling, I failed. and now it's dead. I guess Illidan was right after all: We were not prepared."

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Breakfast Topic: Please do a Warcraft cartoon

Why yes, that is Clancy "The Kurgan" Brown as Thrall. The trailer is from the never completed Warcraft Adventures game, and it's always gotten me thinking that the Warcraft setting would have made an excellent cartoon. You could see it working in several styles - a Bruce Timm or Greg Weisman style ensemble show ala Justice League or Young Justice, an homage to Filmation style shows like He-Man or Tarzan (I'm probably the only person alive who really liked the Filmation Tarzan) - I just think, with a Warcraft movie coming out that a cartoon could work.

And man, get Clancy Brown to just do everyone. Especially Jaina. No, not especially Jaina, I actually think Laura Bailey does an excellent Jaina. But I would laugh hysterically at Clancy Brown's version.

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