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Around Azeroth: The short side of nothing

"When you take a lot of screenshots, as I do, you don't always get around to labeling them right away," writes submitter Gimmlette of Spectacular Death on Llane (US-A). "This is a case in point. I have no idea why I was taking a screenshot here. Krasarang Wilds. How nice. Turtle in the distance and boulders, lots and lots of rocks. Maybe it's part of my ongoing 'places I have died' series. When your deaths are over 9200, there are a lot of photos in that album." Since you can't remember, Gimmlette, I'm going to assume that you took this picture for a 'beaches it is uncomfortable to lie on' tourist brochure.

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Breakfast Topic: Some Good News

If you like soloing older content for transmog gear, well, patch 6.0.2 is going to be the most fun you have ever had. You will literally stride like a god through the raids of the past - despite the item squish, older content is now something you can destroy with contemptuous ease. I just walked into the Firelands on the PTR, and in less than half an hour everything was dead. Trash mobs disintegrated. Bosses didn't do much better. Ragnaros died so far he didn't even get to drop his hammer enough times. It was a parade of annihilation at my hands.

So let this be the last word for those of us who fret that soloing won't be possible in patc 6.0.2 - it absolutely will be. It will be easy.

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

WoW Moviewatch: The Lost Opera


Why does Karazhan's Opera Hall only have three shows? With a castle full of ghosts apparently stuck inside forever/until we kill them/until the next raid reset, it seems like the lack of variety would get old quickly, and maybe cause some ghostly rioting. (Perhaps that's why every show seems to end with the death of the performers?)

PallyPowerXIX has discovered a fourth show at the Opera Hall... but unfortunately it's a musical. Well, in life and un-life you just can't have everything.
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Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: I'll wipe that smirk off my face

Beta tester Croy of ELEMENTS on Sylvanas (EU-A) was messing around with the barbershop options for his draenei premade to try to prepare for the release of Warlords of Draenor. But his test premade was so busy mugging for the camera that Croy wasn't able to do a good facial comparison. Croy was so angry at his character, he auto-ran the draenei off a cliff the first chance he got.

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Breakfast Topic: While It Lasts

It's Thursday morning as I write this and I just realized that I have five days before I have to learn the fury spec I'll be using for a month, the level 90 Warlords of Draenor spec. It'll have a row of level 100 talents I won't have access to, it'll shift my talents around and change my abilities. Many of them will be gone. As much as I'm not weeping over the loss of Heroic Strike and Colossus Smash for fury, their loss leaves a hole in the rotation, and one you can't really fill at level 90 - I doubt warriors will be the only ones feeling strange to their players over that month before we all start leveling.

So I took my former main (I guess it's fair to call him that, since I haven't played him very much lately, since I don't have the ability to really raid anymore) out for a spin, blew up some dungeons, did awful things to an LFR tank's confidence. When the gear squish comes in and our characters are wholly different in less than a week, we'll all have to relearn and readjust, so I figured I'd get in a few more chanced to feel ridiculous while I could. Sometimes, I look forward to the changes, and sometimes I dread them. How about you?

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WoW Archivist: Class protests and the Million Gnome March

Naked gnomes everywhere
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?

Betas make players nervous about their class. It happens every time. Blizzard makes changes, often drastically, and for better or worse some people hate the changes. I've been keeping my eye on the beta class forums since the Warlords beta began, and I've seen a lot of unhappiness this time around. The ability pruning that was one of Blizzard's major design goals for classes this year has removed depth from rotations, taken away both utility and cosmetic options, and in some cases radically altered or deleted abilities that players enjoyed. Beta testers have voiced strong opposition to many of the changes.

In ten years, I haven't seen players this up in arms about class issues since classic WoW -- an era when many specs and mechanics were simply broken in PvE, PvP, or both.

This past Friday, something happened that I believed would never again happen in WoW: an in-game class protest. With much more open lines of communication from developers to players in recent years, I thought the game had matured beyond the point where such things would ever be necessary. But here we are, almost ten years after the most famous class protest in WoW's history, and players once again felt the need to gather in Azeroth to voice their complaints.

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Around Azeroth: Blast off!

After months of being summoned from his peaceful afterlife to sail his prized pirate ship, only to be sunk and killed again within minutes, Dread Captain Genest has finally snapped. This time, when the Dread Ship Vazuvius tilted and prepared to sink into the depths of the sea, Captain Genest activated the rocket boosters that he's spent months commissioning from a team of undead gnomish engineers and flew off into space. See you on Draenor, Captain! (Thanks to submitter Wsooishwooi for the screenshot!)

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Breakfast Topic: What 6.0 means

I suspect it's different for everyone. For me, the last month of any expansion is always kind of melancholy. My wife and I were discussing saudade last night, a concept I wasn't familiar with, and while it's not that intense I do always feel that small pang for what's lost when an expansion rolls around. Sure, I'm excited for new content, new levels, new dungeons and raids and zones. But at the same time, Pandaria had been my home for two years now. I've explored it, seen the magnificent vistas, done battle with a host of foes and monsters. And now, it all comes to an end. That last month, we don't really even see the content anymore - in our minds we're long past it already, exploring Draenor.

So for me, patch 6.0 is bitter with the sweet - it's full of an awareness of its own mortality, of the world growing autumnal. Yes, we're still there in Pandaria, still running the same raids and dungeons, doing the same daily quests, exploring the same Timeless Isle - but we're already gone, and the world grows colder and prepares to be abandoned. I feel that longing for when it was all new, that now vanished world we first stepped into years ago. But its time is done. And here we are, in its waning weeks, finally aware of how transient it always was.

So enjoy patch 6.0, by all means, and prepare for Draenor. But give Pandaria its last month, and enjoy it for what it was, and will never be again.

Filed under: Breakfast Topics

WoW Moviewatch: Top 5 Villains in World of Warcraft

There are a lot of villains in World of Warcraft, so many that Azeroth could start its own megalomaniacal villain academy. (Or has it already?) But just who are the worst of the worst? Doronsmovies tries to narrow down WoW's collection of bad guys into a list of the top five villains in this video, alongside the lore and stories behind each villain. Whether you're familiar with them or not, it's an interesting look into Warcraft's most villainous characters.

But are these really the worst of Azeroth, or do you think Warcraft has worse to offer? Love to hate or just plain hate, WoW has plenty of bad guys to encounter throughout the game world, which makes it tough to narrow down.
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Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

The Queue: Podcast, Azeroth, The Matt Rossi, PTR


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 really like that I got to name something The Matt Rossi today. I mean, there are so many great things that I could name after him. Cheeze, pizza, coffee, soda, puppies, etc...

That gets me thinking, I need some more pizza in my life.

Stroke asked:

Where's the downloadable podcast?

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Around Azeroth: Pretty as a prayerbook

"I was on my way to the Shrine of the Seven Stars from The Lion's Redoubt, and came across this stunning waterfall near the Pools of Purity," writes submitter Valora of Moonglade (EU-A). "I'm thinking about returning with a prospector's pan in my backpack. There definitely appears to be gold dust in that waterfall!" If my experience as a child at multiple gold mine tourist traps is anything to go by, you'll end up spending ten gold for about one gold worth of dust and an empty vial.

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Breakfast Topic: What will you be playing in Warlords?

An expansion launch in World of Warcraft is a good time to re-evaluate your gaming priorities. With expansions come change, and change means that you may find your class, your game role, or the game in general more -- or less -- appealing. It's the perfect time to make a class switch if you've been thinking about it -- or just don't like what the latest class changes have left your current main with -- because with the entire player-base leveling up, you won't be any further behind the curve than anyone else.

So with change well on its way with the upcoming Warlords of Draenor launch, now's the time to weigh your options and consider just what you'll be playing come launch day. Will you stick with your main or are you switching classes? Are you leaving the game or coming back to it? Will you be finding a new guild or revisiting an old one? Tell us, readers: just what are you going to be playing when Warlords launches?

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Breakfast Topics

WoW Moviewatch: How to Win at Transportation

If you're lost and wondering just how to get from point a to point b in World of Warcraft, this video by Wowcrendor probably won't help you. However, it does offer a look at the many annoyances and oddities associated with WoW's transportation system. Why can't flightmasters send you places until you've gotten the flight path? Don't they know where that place is? And what about those boats and zeppelins that run 24 hours a day -- when do their poor crews get a break?

No, it won't improve your game (or "win" in any conceivable way), but this video probably will make you laugh.
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Filed under: Machinima, WoW Moviewatch

Around Azeroth: The time is now to bring peace to the world

"My guild just hosted our 9th Annual Armistice Day Ball, a cross-faction open RP event where we commemorate the Battle of Mt. Hyjal," writes submitter Derscha Kettlebomb of AAMS Alliance Branch on Cenarion Circle (US-A). "This year, we were very pleased to have our new friends from Sisters of Elune celebrate with us, too. We decided to host it out in Seradane this year for a bit of nostalgia before Warlords of Draenor hits; the very first ball I attended when I was aguild newbie was held at the portal in Duskwood. Pictured here is a screenshot from our big fireworks finale."

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Know Your Lore: Velen and the Light of the naaru

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.

What must it be like, to be a Prophet? Well for starters, something like the events of Warlords of Draenor is likely far less confusing to comprehend. When you're used to staring at the myriad, intertwining paths of fate, a hiccup here or there along the path of destiny is likely an easy thing to identify. Unlike the bronze dragonflight, Velen has no way to go back and alter history or change the threads of fate. But what he does have may be more powerful -- the ability to see the threads of the future, where they lead, and to choose which will eventually lead to a future where the Light prevails.

And unlike the bronze dragonflight, Velen hasn't lost this power. It wasn't a gift or task from the Titans, it is simply what Velen has become. Velen doesn't lead his people in the conventional manner that we're used to. He doesn't declare wars, he doesn't pour over tactical plans, he doesn't order his people from one place to the next, one task to the next. He is the unique shepherd of the draenei race. Velen sees where the future will lead, and he gently guides his people back and forth between the threads of fate, tracing each line in the hopes of reaching that fateful day when the Legion, when all darkness is brought to an end.

Please note: The following Know Your Lore contains several spoilers for Warlords of Draenor, including the spoiler cinematics. If you are avoiding spoilers for the next expansion, turn away now.

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Filed under: Lore, Know your Lore

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