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The Queue: Garrison stables are no joke

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.

Sometimes I think about how weird it must be to have hooves and ride around on an animal that also has hooves. Imagine if horses had feet like us, only four of them. Wouldn't that weird you out just a little?

Welcome to Saturday. Let's get to the questions.

Jalamenos asked:

If you could choose one minor character currently in WoW to be used in a future patch or expansion and be fully voice cast, who would it be and who would you like to voice him/her?

Lorna Crowley. Bring in Billie Piper and make her a sass monster.

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Breakfast Topic: What did you think of Lords of War?

Along with Thursday's cinematic reveal, we got the first episode of Lords of War, a new animated series from the same crew that brought us The Burdens of Shaohao. I have to admit that the reason I was excited about this expansion wasn't just the potential for draenei lore -- which I'm completely in love with on the beta so far -- but the addition of backgrounds and history for all the assorted orc clans found throughout Warcraft. These clans have always had evocative names, but little depth in terms of how they got those names, or how long they'd been around.

The teaser trailer only got me more excited, because we're finally going to get some background on orc clans we knew very little about. Durotan was covered pretty well in Rise of the Horde, but this is a different Draenor we're visiting, and his story may be a little different as well. However, we know next to nothing about Grommash and Kilrogg -- both were briefly mentioned in Rise of the Horde, but how they rose to power was never really addressed. It's new lore, and I always appreciate that.

What did you guys think of Lords of War? Are you looking forward to the remaining episodes? Were you hoping to see more of the storytelling methods used in The Burdens of Shaohao? What kinds of stories do you think Blizzard should animate and tell next? What areas of lore do you want to see fleshed out?

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WoW Archivist: The classic Molten Core experience

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WoW Archivist explores the secrets of World of Warcraft's past. What did the game look like years ago? Who is etched into WoW's history? What secrets does the game still hold?

Are you ready to return to the Core? Last week, we learned that Blizzard is planning a 40-player LFR version of classic's Molten Core raid as part of WoW's 10th anniversary celebration. Regardless of what they have in mind, the experience is certain to be very different than it was back in 2005.

Sure, you've probably solo'ed MC or cleared it with a few friends. But what was a Molten Core run like during classic WoW, when conquering Ragnaros and his fiery lieutenants was the pinnacle of endgame content? Read on to find out.

Zoning in

To access Molten Core at release, raids had to fight their way through the 5-player Blackrock Depths dungeon in order to access the raid. Today that would be impossible, but originally, dungeons had the same 40-player cap as raids.

Those poor, poor fools in BRD didn't stand a chance with three dozen+ players carving their way through. Since clearing it offered nothing but a timesink, Blizzard changed the Molten Core discovery quest into an attunement in March 2005. You had to reach the entrance of Molten Core once, and then you could port there directly by jumping out of a small window in Blackrock Mountain.

The game sometimes failed to register the instance transfer and you plummeted into a vast lake of lava. Yes, Molten Core could kill you before you even set foot in it.

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The Queue: But we will be conquerors

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.

I really like that line. That being said I think Grommash looks like Sean Bean with an overbite in this cinematic, so he's doomed.

Also, let me be up front - I predicted October as the latest for this expansion, and I was wrong. It's worth admitting when you're wrong.

DiavoJinx asked:
Question!
Has there been any evidence in Warcraft so far that mages can specifically manipulate magnetism (like Magneto)?
I'm thinking if it's the "Iron Horde", then lots of iron in their weapons & armor along with wood, so we just need some fire mages and some magnetism mages to port in and take care of the whole situation. Shortest expansion yet! ;-)


As far as I can tell, no, we've seen no such mages. Quite frankly, everybody uses weapons and armor made out of magnetic materials, like iron and steel. It's not like it would just be good against the Iron Horde. As to why mages can't do that... maybe they just haven't thought to try yet. Ooh, new level 110 spells!

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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: Fear and loathing in Shadowmoon Valley

What do you think you're doing, squid boy? This is frog country. We don't take kindly to you two-legged folk in these parts. So why don't you just hearth on back home and pretend you never stumbled upon this little meeting. We'd hate to have to secrete mucus all over your equipment, blueskin. (Thanks to beta tester Jaeren of Bethrian Guard on Earthen Ring [US-A] for this screenshot!)

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WoW Moviewatch: Expendable Warlords

While it may look like we've finally seen the new cinematic, Ian Beckman created one that some might feel is far superior. Or, perhaps, at least more expendable. Featuring some of Beckman's incredible vocal and animation skills, this parody brings home all the rock 'em sock 'em bacon you could ever want. The animation is definitely more rusty than Blizzard's trailer, but I think Beckman's parody tells you exactly as much about the plot.
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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: A tale of two warchiefs

To whom it may concern, and also the Alliance:

A mysterious photo recently fell into the hands of [REDACTED], an orc rogue gathering information in the WoD beta. As you can see, it shows a Very Secret Meeting between two members of the Horde, one of whom recently escaped imprisonment in the Temple of the White Tiger. How these two Horde leaders came together and what they talked about will probably remain a mystery, as [REDACTED] confirmed all three Horde champions present at the meeting were shortly thereafter dispatched through an unidentified portal into parts unknown. There are persistent but unconfirmed rumors that one of the champions, before disappearing through the portal, was given a letter to be delivered to Alleria Windrunner.

Sincerely,
[REDACTED]
(Thanks to our top-secret informant for this screenshot.)


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Breakfast Topic: Do you miss vanilla?

With the 10th anniversary events announced, it's clear that Blizzard is trying to take us -- in a way -- back to the days of vanilla WoW, with PvP battles between Tarren Mill and Southshore and an updated 40-player Molten Core raid. But as a vanilla-era player myself, I have to ask: does anyone really miss those days?

While 40-player raids sound epic in scale, the effort coordinating 40 players to be at the same place at the same time -- much less getting them to act as a cohesive unit -- was a fairly major undertaking. And though the new Molten Core takes away some of the headaches by making the event LFR, getting even 25 people to work together in LFR is a challenge.

Will I be in the new anniversary version of Molten Core with everyone else? Sure. (After all, I want a Core Hound mount as much as anyone.) But have I missed running Molten Core all these years? Not really. What about you, fellow raiders? Are you feeling nostalgic for the good old days of vanilla?

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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: Wreck-It Rexxar

"So a word of advice when dealing with Rexxar: pet haters need not apply," writes beta tester Riyahnasheed. "The local Iron Horde didn't really seem to grasp this message. This may be related to the spontaneous appearance of numerous size 18 boot prints on the backsides of the orcs who had been holding Nisha captive." I'd be more scared of the giant angry bird than Rexxar, even if he is the Horde's version of Chuck Norris. (Insert Barrens chat joke here.)

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Breakfast Topic: The Best Quest Ever

Its Welcome to the Machine. We all know that it is. But I know that some people haven't done it - I myself dislike the Forsaken and so I resisted doing the quests in Hillsbrad for a long time. But eventually I succumbed and what so many told me was true - this quest is the best quest in World of Warcraft.

But since I understand that not everyone is going to agree, and because I'm always interested in what other players think, let me put the question to you - what do you think is the best quest in World of Warcraft, if for some reason you don't think it's Welcome to the Machine (which it totally is)?

I'm also fond of Fiona and the paladin pals from Cataclysm and the overall Klaxxi experience in Mists of Pandaria, if we need runners' up. Vanilla Darrowshire and Order Must Be Restored would be my favorite classic quests. So now it's up to you - share your favorite quests, the best quest in the world (funny thing is that quest isn't actually anything like this quest, this is just a tribute).


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The Queue: Beta testing, tanking, and fries


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 dig the questions today, let's get down to it.

Zapwidget lamented:

When will people realize that the beta is beta and that the purpose of beta is to test not just for bugs but also player reaction? Why do they assume that things in beta will change if nobody expresses negative opinions? Blizzard is not a psychic entity and is not capable of interpreting silence very well. If they don't hear that people are dissatisfied then they are very unlikely to expend further resources iterating and improving. Beta is not just early access. It's not just a preview of unfinished programming. It's called beta testing, not beta previewing.

And then to complain about people offering opinions about the beta? That goes to show that people will complain about anything.

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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: Birdhouse in your soul

"I am a rogue. Master of stealth, poisoner of blades, stealer of purses and lives," writes beta tester Roycroft of Has Candy on Wyrmrest Accord (US-A). "Like a cat, I move unseen, ready to spring, with fists full of knives. And there's a bird on my head. A cute little bird. On my head. (No rogues or birds were hurt in the taking of this picture.)"

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Breakfast Topic: Your ideal Warcraft reality show

Azeroth Choppers may have come and gone, but that doesn't mean the reality show of your WoW-playing dreams isn't a possibility. It may not be likely, but that's no reason not to speculate on what the next generation of Azeroth Choppers might be. (After all, who thought we would have even one Warcraft-based reality show?) I'm thinking a Big Brother style show featuring WoW NPCs (preferably including faction leaders) could be a big hit, and though that's not entirely reality the same sort of take could be fun with WoW developers. Or maybe we could get something along the lines of The Bachelor that matched up players with guilds.

But it's your turn to jump in on the brainstorming, readers. Tell us, just what kind of Warcraft-based reality show would you like to see next?

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WoW Moviewatch: Murktale

I'm sure something happened after the first 13 seconds of Murktale but darned if I could tell you what. I basically backed up the video a half million times and watched that first quarter minute over and over.

Okay, fine, I watched the whole thing. The punchline is a tiny bit tired, but the overall video was great. Look, it's hard to go wrong with a quicky video featuring murloc jokes. I think someone crooning "in the arms of an angellllll" would have made the video better, though I'm not sure any of us need to hear that song again.

Ultimately, it's a fun little video. I look forward to what might be in store in the future for Azian.
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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: I shall call him Mini-Me

Beta tester Nikolatesla of Bauhaus on Proudmoore (US-A) was working on the aptly-named quest "Going Undercover" in Shadowmoon Valley the other day when he noticed a bit of a flaw in the orc disguise he was given. Fortunately, as a mage, he was able to give himself a quick Arcane Brilliance boost and come up with a story involving an affair with an alchemist's wife that led to a shrinking potion being slipped into his coffee. Now he's just got to think of a reasonable explanation for why he's carrying forty orc teeth from Ashran in his pack.

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