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Breakfast Topic: I hate you, Ordos

I have been killing Ordos over and over again on three different warriors since he came out. Over a year now. You know what's never dropped? Not even once, not on three different warriors? These. I have killed Ordos almost weekly for nigh on a year and blow a Warforged Seal each time, and yet, never once have I see the shoulders that have my name on them. And now, after today's last kill of Ordos, I can safely say that they will not drop before the end of Mists of Pandaria.

So yes. I hate you, Ordos. I'm coming back at 100 and I'm going to step on your head every single week until World of Warcraft doesn't exist any more. I don't care at this point if you drop them or not. I'll just keep killing you. Forever.

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The Queue: Professions, BlizzCon, and Asking Questions

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'm back from BlizzCon and fully rested.

Let's do this, Warlords!

Magruun asked:

I don't quite understand the small plots in your garrison. I have Alchemy and Inscription on my character. should I build the buildings for those 2 professions or is it better to pick 2 buildings for professions I don't have? What are the advantages/disadvantages for picking one way or another exactly?

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Filed under: BlizzCon

Around Azeroth: Bolvar is a punk rocker

Today's submitter, Kelion of Bloodmoon Chosen on Argent Dawn (US-H), snapped this strangely-angled screenshot during a failed attempt to solo 25-man heroic Lich King. First off, aren't those chains on Bolvar Fordragon a little gratuitous? There's no possible purpose for the manacles being so spiky. It looks like a Hot Topic bracelet. And second, I have definitely been on too long of a hiatus from WoW, because I looked at Kelion's guild name and thought "Gee, that looks familiar! Wait a minute. That's my guild." It's probably time to log back in and get everything set up for Warlords of Draenor.

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Breakfast Topic: Scrambling

We've been waiting for this for months and months, and yet, now that it's here and we know exactly when we'll be going to Draenor, I suddenly find myself with so many things to do - alts to level, characters to get just that extra bit of gear on, lesser charms to farm up, old raids to run for achievements and gear. After all, it's important to look your best when you first meet a homicidal band of conquering warlords. I don't want Grommash to think me uncouth.

So, what're you planning to do with yourself until Warlords drops?

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The Queue: In which Scott Leyes is our hero

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'm pretty sure my least favorite moment of every road trip ever was when we checked out of our hotel today and went to the parking garage only to find my car completely lifeless. After some brief panicking on my part and a call to my insurance company followed by an excruciating wait for a repair man who never came, reader Scott Leyes decided to be a big damn hero and swoop in to rescue us. And by rescue I mean jump start my car back to life, at which point we took the thing to an Auto Zone and got a new battery ... just in case. Look, the desert is nice and all, but I don't want to be deserted there.

Needless to say it's Been A Day, I'm really tired, and it's time to curl up and answer some Warcraft questions. We still do that around here, after all!

Devin asked:

I'm curious how many people actually want yearly expansion... I personally don't mind the downtime at the end of an expansion but understand why others do. I think 18-20 months per expansion would be perfect. Any faster than that and you're just paying more for roughly the same amount of content.

I think that it depends on what one's definition of an expansion happens to be. Blizzard has kind of defined the word as "a giant block of new content, new levels, new maps, new quests, new races, and anything else we'd like to throw in." That definition is very hard, if not next to impossible, to fill in just one year. And as long as that's the case, we're not going to see it. Personally, I'd be perfectly content if they reduced the definition of the word expansion and what that encompasses, and instead released smaller expansions on a more timely schedule. It's not that I don't like the idea of large chunks of content delivered all at once -- I just don't like the big delays in between those large chunks of content, and I'd be perfectly happy with smaller chunks delivered on a regular basis.

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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: The fire inside

"My favorite bug in the Warlords of Draenor beta, hands down, was the incessant bombing from the dwarven bunker of my garrison," writes submitter Wolf. "For a few glorious hours bombs rained down, with small explosions sending NPCs flying through the air. Or at least that is what the developers told us was happening. I noticed a suspiciously large number of flying NPCs near the food wagon. I think it may have actually been a gastronomical experiment gone wrong ... bad Chipotle is very bad."

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Breakfast Topic: So now that BlizzCon is over...

And those of you who went are presumably back home, and those of us who didn't go are done pouring over the streams, one question becomes clear - did you get what you wanted? Did you get what you expected? For me, I was surprised (outright shocked, really) that they announced Overwatch, but not the next WoW expansion (especially when Tom Chilton said on his interview on the stream that they were working on it - I already knew that, but I figured it was a hint, and man was I wrong) and I couldn't believe how ready Goblins and Gnomes is - a month till release? Shut the front door!

So now it's your turn. What surprised you? What excited you? What depressed you? What got your jaw dropping, and what made you dismayed, because let's be honest - as a whole it was an amazing BlizzCon, but for World of Warcraft it felt kind of thin. (Maybe if I'd gotten to see the sneak peak for the Warcraft movie I'd be singing a different tune, but that wasn't for us stream watchers.) I was also absolutely blown away by the winning Costume Contest entry, and was very sad she didn't get to show it off during the con. Sound off, let us know.

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Sunday Morning Funnies: A sunbeam calling

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

This week, in comics: Evil Overlord checklist. Being far from innocent. Casual (and cat) friendly. Plus: Asking about rabbits, for a friend.

In comic news this week, Guardians of the Garrison, a relatively new comic, will be undergoing some changes. Namely, it will split into series, the first of which, Preparations for War page 1, is up on the list this week. The style will also be changing to shorter strips, however, this may mean that sometimes we get more than one per week.

If you missed us last week, you might not have noticed that Surviving Azeroth is back! It's also going to be a little different, with fewer characters and a focus on humor. Check out Where Are They Now? to learn what became of the characters that are being dropped, and head to this week's list for new content.

In more depressing news, it is cold and flu season, and a couple of our regular content creators have been hit. Best in Slot did not update this week, because unfortunately, Jenn is sick. However, there is a new Extra available, which I've added to the list. Hopefully you're feeling better soon, Jenn! In addition, Russell of Experience Boost has also been feeling sick, in a lingering, this should be gone by now, I'd better go back to the doctor, sort of way. There is a comic up, which is awesome, but if you're wondering why we have not been seeing our usual three weekly updates, it is because Russell needs to start feeling better already!

But there are some great things happening this week, too. Trigonometry Comics kicks off a new chapter, and Contested Territory has updated with a new comic. Plus, NPC wraps up its Spooky D&D storyline and promptly starts up a new WoW-related story arc!

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

The Queue: Convention recovery mode

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.

BlizzCon is over. I'm exhausted. Let's do this.

DaEvilGenius asked:

I see no mention of Eye of Azshara. Any thoughts on what it might be since all major announcements were done.

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Breakfast Topic: BlizzCon down, Warlords to go

So, in terms of big deals, that BlizzCon certainly was that. It was also one of the most diverse BlizzCon's we've ever hard - while World of Warcraft certainly had its moments (the cinematic development panel was pretty amazing) games like Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm and the brand new Overwatch were front and center. It's not surprising, since Overwatch is the first new IP Blizzard's put out in seventeen years, and it is a departure for Blizzard in both content and type.

Now that BlizzCon is over, we move on to the next big event, the one most of us WoW players have been waiting for since Siege of Orgrimmar launched over a year ago - this Thursday at midnight Pacific, we'll finally have the chance to go to Draenor and confront the Iron Horde directly. Are you excited? I'm excited. And a little nervous, to be sure. Pandaria's been my home since late 2012, and saying goodbye is always hard. Still, level 100 awaits and it's time to kick some Iron Horde in the slats.

So, let's wrap this up - what excited you most this BlizzCon? Goblins vs. Gnomes? The Legacy of the Void trailer? Overwatch, with its Team Shooter meets The Incredibles vibe? Or are you just waiting for Warlords?

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

BlizzCon 2014 day 2 recap

BlizzCon has reached its conclusion but our coverage has not. If you missed any of today's events, you can find all of it below. And if you're really behind on BlizzCon, jump back to our day 1 recap. In the coming days, we will also have photo galleries, interviews with Alex Afrasiabi and Cory Stockton, and other bits and bobs we picked up along the way during BlizzCon 2014. We will also most certainly still be here for coverage of the launch of Warlords of Draenor which is less than one week away.

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Overwatch hands-on gameplay impressions

It's almost standard for us to say a Blizzard title feels ready for launch immediately after its debut. The company rarely shows off a title prematurely, waiting until the game feels good before they even publicly announce the project. Overwatch feels much the same. If it launched today, it would be received as a fun, solid game, if small in scope.

The UI feels complete, a simplistic approach that works well for this sort of game. All necessary information is provided in a clean, slick HUD that draws no attention to itself. In my (admittedly brief) play session, the gunplay and ability usage felt intuitive, taking me only a few moments to get a feel for the controls. The only hitch came from my lack of map knowledge, something that can't be gleaned in its entirety in just a few frenetic matches. However, the playable maps were small -- surprisingly small, even -- and it's unlikely hundreds of hours of play will be necessary to understand every hiding spot and back alley of the game.

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BlizzCon Overwatch Origins liveblog

The Overwatch Origins panel will begin at 11:30 a.m. Pacific. The BlizzCon schedule provides the following description:
Supercharged heroes, astonishing super-science, and super-secret syndicates with mysterious agendas -- witness the origin story of Blizzard's first all-new game universe in over 15 years, and explore the vision behind the world and gameplay of Overwatch.
We'll be liveblogging the whole panel right here. Updates will be in reverse-chronological order, with newest updates at the top of the page. If you only want the latest update, you can stay near the top. If you missed the beginning of the panel, scroll to the bottom.

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The Queue: Reinhardt is

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.

Okay, when I finally get to play Overwatch, I'm absolutely going to play as this man/woman/robot/whatever it is. Just look at it. It's perfect. It's huge, armored, carries a gigantic hammer. Boom. Sign me up.

jpec07 asks:
So Rossi is on queue duty while the rest of the gang is on vacation to SoCal? That sucks, man, I'm sorry.

Q4tQ: I'm going to be picking up my pre-order of Warlords: CE next Thursday/Friday, and it made me realize I have an entirely new opportunity to do a level 90 boost. So queuers, my question to you:

What is your favorite race/gender/class/spec combo? If you can, give me three reasons why.

Yes, yet again I miss all the previews and games and just all the cool stuff. It has always been this way. As for your question, my actual answer would be draenei male fury warrior. This is why. (I know that's the old model, but if anything he looks better now.) But since I know you want something else, I'll say female undead fury warrior. Roll one, get it a couple of two hand weapons, watch her go. It's mermerizing. The animations are the best. And you get cannibalize, which is gross, but it's helpful while leveling. Also, you'll get to ride around on a bone pony. (My actual #2 is tauren prot warrior, but I figured I'd give you something unusual.)

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Breakfast Topic: How about that Overwatch?

I did not see that coming. Yesterday at BlizzCon we got an announcement very few were expecting, I think - Overwatch, a new IP from Blizzard. It looks to be along the same lines as Team Fortress 2 but with an interesting high tech future feel. I know I didn't expect it - I had thought they might announce a Heroes of the Storm closed beta (which they did) or StarCraft II's Legacy of the Void (which they also did) but this I absolutely did not see coming.

Are you excited for Blizzard's first foray into new IP in 17 years? Are you a team shooter player looking forward to a new game, a complete newcomer to the genre excited by the trailer, or just wondering what all the fuss is about?

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