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The Queue: No spoilers here, just an elekk

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.

In an effort to avoid spoilers, I went to capture a generic and adorable image of a wee little baby elekk for you guys. This is when I discovered that approaching any of the baby elekks in the elekk pens immediately drew the attention of mama elekk, who would not leave my side until I walked out of the pen and away from her children.

It's little touches that I love about this game.

JacobS.Kuntzman asked:

So when and why did maintenance change to Thursdays? I know we still get rolling restarts on Tuesdays, but what's the deal? And by extension, would we be expecting the Warlords pre-patch to drop on a Tuesday or a Thursday?

Tuesdays are still maintenance days for US servers, and always have been. Thursdays, on the other hand, seem to be the assigned days to do Realm Connections. While we don't know for certain one way or another, I think it's safe to assume at this point that yes, the 6.0 patch will still be arriving on a Tuesday, just like any other patch.

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Breakfast Topic: Which Burning Crusade NPCs do you hope to see in Warlords?

I have to admit, a good chunk of the reason I'm so excited for Warlords of Draenor has very little to do with whatever new content we'll be seeing, and far more to do with simply seeing Draenor as it was meant to be. I loved the Burning Crusade expansion -- the shredded landscape, the alien tranquility of Nagrand, the eerie sight of planets hanging in the sky. But even more than the scenery, I loved the NPCs. Burning Crusade introduced a ton of really entertaining NPCs, many of whom had little in the way of quests to give, but plenty to provide in the way of entertainment, like Cro Threadstrong, Asric and Jadaar, Granny Smith, Griftah, and more.

Sure, I'm excited to see the landscape as it was meant to be, pristine and untouched. I'm really looking forward to seeing Nagrand as it was meant to be, and Shattrath City, and places like Netherstorm, which likely look nothing like the torn landscapes from Burning Crusade. And I know we're going to see familiar faces like Akama, Nobundo, Velen, Drek'Thar, Durotan, Draka and others -- big names in Warcraft lore. But what I'm really hoping is that we'll see those random, weird, delightful NPCs, too. I want to see what Jadaar was up to before he paired up with Asric. Let's see if Cro was always a leatherworker, or if he took a different path entirely on this version of Draenor.

What do you guys think? Did you play during Burning Crusade, and if so, who was your favorite NPC? Do you have a familiar face you'd like to see in Warlords?

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WoW Moviewatch: Elven Death - Rain of Chaos

Nothing makes me what to thrash my hair around in a circle like the name of this movie. Elven Death - Rain of Chaos is either the name of an upcoming thrasher album, or one of the hardest core titles for a machinima ever made.

Don't get me wrong. The video is fine. The graphics look pretty and serve as a good testament to the creator's skill. The narrative feels muddled to me but that could just be that I can't get past the name. Not since Overkill has the title of art so inspired me to whip out a guitar and start waling away. Bill and Ted would be proud.
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Around Azeroth: Somewhere down the crazy river

Beta tester Nganga of Pact of War on Silver Hand (US-H) snapped this screenshot of a jungle boat in Tanaan while playing the Warlords of Draenor beta. I was suddenly snapped back ten years in time, to getting drunk with Calaf in a crappy little apartment and watching Apocalypse Now all night. That's not a movie I recommend watching while intoxicated, by the way. unless you're a huge fan of nightmares. The horror ... the horror ...

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Around Azeroth: You wear it well, a little old-fashioned but that's all right

"I think I may have answered the age-old question of how naga wear pants when I found this guy wearing my transmog set today," writes submitter Razelka of Spectacular Death on Llane (US-A). "He was a little ... unwilling to show it off at first, but a few threatening minion corpses later and he agreed to this photo with me, his new 'friend'. Who do you think wears it better?"


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WoW Moviewatch: Beta Bob

It's been a while since we've heard from Wowcrendor, but the master of the medium is back with Beta Bob. Whether you're looking for the technology to decide whether a beta activity is actually productive, or a handy reminder that you should submit the bugs that you find, Beta Bob will keep you mindful of the true purpose of beta testing.

You can always rely on Wowcrendor for some truthful WoW examination. Beta testing can be a complex activity for the developers, and it's not really meant to be a preview. If nothing else, maybe we can get a Beta Bob to defend design decisions. Except for that ice lance thing. That's not their fault.
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Around Azeroth: Mixed messages

"Should I ask why Caer Darrow (AKA Scholomance) - y'know, the big scary haunted evil castle with the big evil skulls on its banner - has that bright cheery wreath right in the middle of the big scary evil skull imagery?" writes submitter Arugadh of The Brotherhood of Iron on Wyrmrest Accord (US-A). "And to really take it over the top, right behind the wreath is a cage hanging from the archway ... a cage that has a moldering, rotting skeleton in it. Yeah. Talk about conflicting symbolism, Blizz."

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Breakfast Topic: The Before and After

Certain features in World of Warcraft changed the game so thoroughly for me that there's a clear demarcation between how it was before them and how it is now. One example is the Dungeon Finder -- in the time before it rolled out, people had very little idea of how it would function and people who worked for websites that talk about World of Warcraft might even have dismissed it out of hand as pointless. It may have been said (and I'm not sure who would have been short sighted enough to say this, certainly not by me oh my no, ahem, is it hot in here?) that there wasn't really any reason to introduce such a feature to WoW, that people were doing fine finding groups on their own.

Other features come to mind as game changers - flying mounts, arenas, transmogrification, and looking for raid for starters. What feature do you think changed the game most, whether for good or ill? What changed it the most for you?


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WoW Moviewatch: ANN: Midsummer Fire Festival

Nobody reports on the hijinks of in-game holidays like the Azeroth News Network, and it's time to take a long, hard look at the Midsummer Fire Festival. Shedding the harsh light of day on the spectacle and insane fires of the festival, Slightly Impressive's faux-news cast tackles the bizarre habit of standing by campfires during the hottest months of the year.

We all know that there's a little surreality to all of the holidays, but the Midsummer festival has already made the least sense to me. Fire everywhere, in wooden cities, in the hottest days of summer. It just doesn't add up. But, still, who doesn't want to wear fiery braziers on their shoulders?
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Know Your Lore: Shadowmoon Valley and the Dark Star

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.

Warning - there will be spoilers for Warlords of Draenor in this post. Specifically for the Shadowmoon Valley zone.

One of the most fascinating things for me about the unfolding lore in this first zone is the new vision of the draenei it provides us. Far from the ragtag band of embittered survivors clinging on to a crashed dimension ship, the draenei of Warlords are a proud society of expatriated beings who are caught between conflicting impulses. Do they fight to hold on to the world they were forced to leave and its ancient ways, or do they adopt new ones to become more fully part of the world they find themselves on? And how many times have they had to make this choice?

As you quest through the zone, you come to discover that Shadowmoon Valley wasn't chosen as a draenei holy spot through random chance - the interaction between the draenei and the orcs in this area presages developments in other parts of the world. Just as the draenei have had to choose how they will adapt to a new world, the orcs of the Shadowmoon Clan were forced to contend with a power they did not understand. Each exists in a kind of opposition to the other, and the choices of one affect how the other develops.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Lore, Know your Lore, Warlords of Draenor

The Queue: What I like about Queue


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.

Queue really know how to ask questions about World of Warcraft.

Let's answer some now.

RetiredBear asks:
If someone starts an account the day after WoD launch and opts out of the boost in favour of leveling to 90 the slow way, then what? They won't have boost gear or a stack of TI tokens from alts

They also won't need it. If they level to 90, they'll still have the option of doing the Tanaan Jungle starter experience, which is easily completed in even green Mists of Pandaria gear and which rewards several blue quality items at ilevel 500+ -- they'll easily get to go to Frostfire Ridge or SMV in gear more than capable of dealing with the creatures they encounter.

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Around Azeroth: Every job they offer is to keep you out the dock

"Since being a healer didn't quite work out so well, I thought I would get some practice at being a tank," writes submitter Demonmoose of The Outcast on The Maelstrom (EU-A). "To do this, I, err ... 'borrowed' some tanking gear from a friendly paladin and got some practice. I brought my void lord in case things go south. Let's hope I'm good enough for HC Garrosh. if not, I have those souls from my healing days to keep me alive."

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Breakfast Topic: When I grow up

My problem is, I want to use my level 90 boost but I have no idea what class to use it on.

A warrior would be ludicrous and pointless - I have like five of them at 90 at this point. Even I'm not crazy enough to waste it on one of them. Right now I'm kind of stuck between mage, hunter and warlock -- all three are fairly different from my usual classes. I have a hunter at level 62, while my mage and warlock are significantly lower level (my mage is level 14, my warlock level 12) but I'm not all that concerned about deciding on a profession for them. What I really want is to use it on a class I might enjoy at endgame, but which the leveling style isn't for me, and which I haven't already played much - so I'm basically looking at the cloth classes.

Are you in the same boat? Did you blow your 90 boost immediately or do you still wonder what to use it on?

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The Queue: Snakes in Zangarmarsh

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.

It's finally starting to get uncomfortably warm here in southeast Wisconsin ... and my air conditioning breaks. Awesome! Let's do this thing anyway.

AndyM.Axe asked:

Will the Adventuring Supplies vendors that sold the lower ilvl green gear return in WoD?

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Around Azeroth: We'll fight for no country but we'll die for good pay

As much as I love the goblin starting area, I never really bought the story of how they came to join the Horde. Such a crafty, cunning race of people, and they decide their allegiance by joining up with the first group they run into? You'd expect them to at least make the Alliance and the Horde bid for their services. They might have considered it for a while. Submitter Malveragene of Windrunner (US-H) was questing in Icecrown when he saw that the Alliance gunship, from the right angle, strongly resembled a goblin. I guess Garrosh pays better.





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