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The Queue: Cho'gall is back in black

Welcome back to The Queue, WoW.com's daily Q&A column where the WoW.com team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Alex Ziebart will be your host today.

On the last edition of The Queue written by yours truly, I included a mind-blowing video on how to properly eat chicken wings. Today, I bring you something equally as mind blowing. How to properly peel a banana. And now, on with the show.

Boombaclot asks...

"Do you believe that WoW has truly gotten easier or just maybe that the WoW community as a whole have become better players? Yes you have your scrubs but I know my WoW game has improved vastly since I started playing in Vanilla WoW."

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Lore, The Queue

What does Blizzard have planned for a Cataclysm in-game launch event?

So Cataclysm is coming and Kisirani is already working on an in-game launch event. It's gotta mean something right? Now don't get me wrong, even with my self-confessed zombiephobia, I loved last November's zombie invasion (though, at times, it got really frustrating). So now Kisirani is officially hard at work planning a new event to herald the beginning of an Azerothian cataclysm, I can't help but wonder what she has up her sleeves for us.

Is anyone else excited? I certainly am and it gives us something to focus on during the inevitable wait. To be fair, at least Cataclysm's not scheduled for 2012! We don't have that long to wait, we could be rolling Worgen and Goblins in just under/over a year's time. That just about makes it bearable. But it also leaves us with time to think about what Blizzard will do to introduce players to this brave new world.

Hit the jump to find out what we think could well happen prior to the launch of Cataclysm.

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Filed under: Patches, Events, Odds and ends, Blizzard, Expansions, Lore, Cataclysm, Worgen, Goblin

Ask a Lore Nerd: It's a piece of cake to bake a pretty cake

Welcome to Ask a Lore Nerd, where each week blogger and columnist Alex Ziebart answers your questions about the lore and history of the World of Warcraft. Ask your questions in the comments section below, and we'll try to answer it in a future edition.

I didn't intentionally choose today's Scourge theme. Really. These things just happen. That Dragon-specific one I did all that time ago? I didn't plan that, either. I'm just awesome enough that these things come together all by themselves. Yep. It's my pure, radiant awesome.

What? What do you mean current game content dictates what topics are hot or not? Pssh, that's crazy talk. That can't be it. It's all me, y'all.

Briz9 asked...

"Who built Icecrown Citadel and the accompanying structures? Did Arthas build it after he became the Lich King, or was it already there?"

The massive Saronite structures that make up Icecrown as it is today is all fairly new, from what I understand. Most Scourge architecture is based on Nerubian architecture (as you can see in Ahn'kahet) but the Saronite structures in and around Icecrown seem more styled after the Lich King himself. You certainly didn't see that stuff in Warcraft III either, but I suppose that's not always a good indicator.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Lore, Ask a Lore Nerd

Yogg-Saron, Old God of Death speculation

One of the things that caught my eye in the Ulduar preview that was posted awhile ago is the description of Yogg-Saron. The flavor text describes him as 'the Old God of death.' Considering our big target in this expansion, the Lich King, that's extremely interesting.

Wrath of the Lich King has heavily hinted at some sort of connection between Yogg-Saron and the Scourge, though we never quite find out what it is. The Scourge make heavy use of Saronite, an ore with Yogg-Saron himself as its origin. When the Alliance investigates this ore in the Dragonblight, they discover the Scourge says Yogg-Saron's name with some degree of hate and contempt.

A lot of people fear there's a "puppet of the master" thing surrounding the Lich King, that he's not actually his own power, he belongs to Yogg-Saron. I find this unlikely for one really big reason: The Scourge hates Yogg-Saron, and everybody else that we've run into that have fallen under Yogg-Saron's will either love him utterly or serve him faithfully. If you go to the Saronite Mines in Icecrown and do the quest Slaves to Saronite, you see just how faithful some of his servants become once they've been controlled. If Yogg-Saron were controlling the Lich King, we'd see a very different Scourge.

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Filed under: Patches, Analysis / Opinion, Lore, Wrath of the Lich King

Sneak peek at World of Warcraft comic issue 16

The official WoW website has put up a preview for issue 16 of the World of Warcraft comic. I have to say, this one doesn't look nearly as facepalm inducing as the last few. In fact, aside from a few art oddities (did Valeera just trip up there?), it looks like a pretty good start for this arc.

It looks like this arc is not only focused on Garona's half human, quarter orc, quarter draenei son, but a few other things, too. It looks like this arc will focus somewhat on Fandral Staghelm and the state of Teldrassil, what's happened to Ahn'qiraj since we were there last and potentially the relationship between King Varian and Valeera. To avoid spoilers, I'll stick a few more things behind the cut below.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Expansions, Lore, Comics

The Ice Stone has melted!

When The Love is in the Air started up this morning, a really curious bug cropped up that has even some Blizzard employees stumped. Every now and then, a server-wide emote (like the one you see when Eranikus is defeated in Moonglade) announces to the world that, 'The Ice Stone has melted!'

Nobody really knows what it is, or why it's announcing that. As I mentioned, even a few Blizzard employees have no idea what it is, though they're looking into it. The only 'ice stone' that crops up when Googling or Wowwiki'ing around to find this thing is the objects from the Midsummer Festival that we interacted with last year. It's possible that the team responsible for world events was working on an update to the Midsummer Fire Festival and crossed some wires somewhere. After all, if any of the holidays need an urgent update, it would be that one.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Events, Expansions, Lore

More free character transfers open for the EU

A new batch of fre realm transfers have opened up for European servers, which is always a good thing. A lot of these transfers are ones we've seen before though, so hopefully this time around these options will be more successful than they may have been previously. We also have a whole load of transfers opening up to EU-Magtheridon specifically for the Alliance, so they're continuing to try and repair the faction imbalance there. Right now, we're looking at...
  • Horde players on EU-Magtheridon may transfer to Haomarush, Tarren Mill, Trollbane, Zenedar, and Silvermoon.
  • Alliance players may transfer to EU-Magtheridon from Aerie Peak, Aggramar, Alonsus, Aszune, Azjol-Nerub, Bronze Dragonflight, Bronzebeard, Emerald Dream, Eonar, Khadgar, Kul Tiras, Runetotem, Shadowsong, Silvermoon, and Turalyon.
Check behind the cut below for the rest of the current free character transfers.

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Filed under: Realm News, Realm Status, Blizzard

Ahn'kahet's Herald Volazj: Quite possibly the coolest boss ever


Wrath of the Lich King has a lot of new dungeons, and hopefully you've been running them all as you level. Personally, I find them all pretty awesome, but Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom is the first one that completely blew me away. Overall, I'd say it's not as good as Halls of Stone or Halls of Lightning, but Ahn'kahet has certain elements that make it one of my favorites.

Not only is Ahn'kahet visually stunning, but it gives you a glimpse into the story of Yogg-Saron and his relation to the Scourge and other forces. It's a little repetitive in some places (the first boss is a bit boring), but it also houses some of the best 5-man bosses we've seen yet. The final boss, Herald Volazj, is the embodiment of the technical advances Blizzard has made with the gameplay in Wrath of the Lich King. I almost feel bad mentioning him at all, because I've been running Ahn'kahet repeatedly with people who have never done it before. Seeing them wig out the first time they do the boss is awesome.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Instances, Bosses, Wrath of the Lich King

Midsummer Fun: Unusual Activity

Not all is fun and games at the Midsummer Fire Festival this year. A number of concerned members of the Earthen Ring are looking to the Horde and the Alliance to look into some suspicious activity. It seems that the Twilight's Hammer have moved into a new location in the Zoram Strand of Ashenvale, and considering the Festival's origin lies with the Old Gods, the very beings the Hammer serves... well, it's worth looking into, isn't it?

The first step of the quest is very basic. Go to the Zoram Strand, stab members of the cult until they drop something noteworthy. It seems to have a rather high droprate, so don't worry too much. Once you've read the note (and I'll trust you read it so you don't need to reread it here) dig in your bags for the Totemic Beacon you were supplied with, and put it to good use. The neighborhood puppy will run up to have a chat, he'll hand over some Burning Blossoms and we move on to the next step.

In my opinion, this next step is one of the coolest things we've seen in a quest recently. Not only do you get an awesome disguise, but you're also in for a pretty sweet resolution to a loose storyline in The Burning Crusade. Before we get ahead of ourselves, head north. You don't need to use that Orb of the Crawler you were just give yet, but you can. If you're a high enough level to have a mount, you can ride toward the northern camp much faster and use the orb when you're there. However, you only get this thing for so long, so I crabbed it up the whole way up the shoreline.

The camp you're looking for is at the very edge of the northern beach, where the Strand bends toward the ocean. By the time you see it, you'll nearly be in Darkshore. Refresh the duration on your crab disguise, and approach Ice Caller Briatha and the Naga up ahead. Yes, you saw that right. Naga! Naga Heretics at that. What's the significance of that, you ask? If you have a level 70, you probably understand the conversation between the Naga and the Cultist pretty well. This is the conclusion of Skar'this the Heretic's story, and we finally learn his purpose. They're preparing to summon Ahune the Frost Lord, servant of Neptulon, in the Coilfang Reservoir. From there, they'll usher him into Azeroth to battle Ragnaros and bring about an elemental apocalypse. I thought we killed Ragnaros a few years ago, but hey, what do I know?

After returning to your capital city of choice and talking to the Earth Ring Elder, two new opportunities open up for you. The first is a quest called Striking Back. Wowhead lists multiple versions of this quest for various level ranges, but I've so far only been able to access the level 67+ version. All of them look roughly the same, so the strategy I am about to supply you with probably applies to them all.

Travel to your destination. In our case, it's Hellfire Peninsula. When you're looking at the Dark Portal, the Twilight's Hammer camp is directly to the left, behind the Legion forces. Walk up to one of the bright blue obelisks, click, and summon one of Ahune's minions. The strategy is thusly: HIt it until it dies, then turn in your quest. It is very, very weak for a giant elemental. This becomes a Daily Quest once you've completed it the first time, and the reward is 10 Burning Blossoms and 7 gold, 83 silver.

Your other newly available quest, Ahune, the Frost Lord, is fairly straightforward as to what you need to do until you meet Ahune himself. Go to the Slave Pens, talk to who you need to talk to, and follow the instructions. The strategy for Lord Ahune is quite a bit more involved than that of his underlings. Unfortunately, that will have to wait until another time. Until then, goodbye and good luck!

Filed under: Events, Walkthroughs, Quests, Guides

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