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Cataclysm Zone Review: Wetlands


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Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for the upcoming Cataclysm expansion. Read at your own risk!


Looks like the Wetlands just got a little wetter. (What the -- who took my sunglasses?!) The swamplands of Khaz Modan have gotten some updates -- some for the better, some for the worse, and some for the downright awesome.

Dun Algaz The familiar twisting tunnels leading from Loch Modan to the Wetlands have remained intact, including the halfway-point town of Dun Algaz, still overrun by the Dragonmaw. Like many areas that haven't changed a whole lot, the questing here has been changed up slightly but mostly made shorter. In this case, your objective is retrieving some precious cargo -- and if you didn't guess alcohol was involved, you've forgotten that you're in dwarf country.

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Filed under: Cataclysm, Guest Posts

Choose my Adventure: Insert funny title about being level 25 here


WoW.com readers, it's up to you to decide the fate of Turpen the Gnome Warlock with Choose My Adventure. Help test the site's new features by participating in this event, casting your vote toward the many aspects of Turpen and following his exploits on Alex Ziebart's WoW.com profile!

Well, you guys wanted me to run Deadmines. As you can see, I ran Deadmines. Many thanks go to Urse (Healer), Child (Tank), and Sneafoo (Noob Rogue of Doom) for 4-manning the thing with me. Urse was pretty overleveled for the place so healing was hilariously easy, but Sneafoo made up for it by starting the run at level 12 and aggroing Gruul from the pirate ship.

I went further than that, too. I didn't stop at Deadmines, I did Wailing Caverns, Blackfathom Deeps and Shadowfang Keep as well. I was kicking around the idea as soon as someone suggested Deadmines, but I didn't think I would manage to land a group for either of them. When I went out to the Barrens to get my Succubus (Angva) at level 20, that sealed the deal for me. I picked up the quest The Orb of Soran'ruk, and despite the fact that its quest rewards sucked, it gave me more reason to try and get the groups together. I put out a call to all of the various resources I knew, LFG and community chat channels (your server probably has a few good ones) and all of that, and managed to score a few groups.

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Filed under: Warlock, Analysis / Opinion, Instances, Leveling

Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn: Rescue


Every Wednesday, Chris Jahosky brings you another page of Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn, a WoW webcomic you'll find only on WoW Insider!

It's been almost a month since the last installment of Tales, and I'm very sorry for the delay. About a month ago, my old computer died, taking a good chunk of the comic with it. I've since recovered, and I have a new computer, so Tales will resume it's normal Wednesday updates. As a peace offering, I've made a new wallpaper based on one of today's panels. It's 1920x1200, and you can find it here. Enjoy!

As for the comic, you can view today's page by clicking the image above, or browse to it from the gallery below if you need a small refresher. Looks like Kat arrived with help just in time to save Byron!

Note: When going to the gallery page, click on the HI RES button in the upper left of the screen to see a full sized version of the image.

Filed under: Comics, Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn

Around Azeroth: A sunny day over Grim Batol


Enaress sends us this shot of Grim Batol. If you aren't familiar with its history, the short story is that it was once a Dwarven fortress, but is now being held by the Red Dragonflight, who attacks anyone drawing near. Enaress points out that, despite Blizzard's removal of many elite mobs from Azeroth, the guards of Grim Batol are still elites. Why guard a fortress that serves no real purpose, we wonder? (For those of you who appreciate a bit of lore, this shot is also available in wallpaper size.)

Do you have any unusual World of Warcraft images that are just collecting dust in your screenshots folder? Because we'd love to see your idea of the best looking instance on Around Azeroth! Sharing your screenshot is as simple as e-mailing aroundazeroth@wow.com with a copy of your shot and a brief explanation of the scene. You could be featured here next!

Filed under: Screenshots, Around Azeroth

Around Azeroth: Twilight over the Wetlands


Reader Robotusch sends in this shot from the Wetlands in Azeroth's Eastern Kingdoms. And though the Wetlands, a lower level Alliance zone, might not sound like an exciting place, Robotusch informs us, "when you're treated to such a misty twilight, one does have to stop for a second to wonder what the new day will bring for heroes and monsters in the lands of Azeroth." (For those of you who appreciate these twilight hours, the shot is also available in wallpaper size.)

Do you have any unusual World of Warcraft images that are just collecting dust in your screenshots folder? Because we'd love to see your idea of the best looking instance on Around Azeroth! Sharing your screenshot is as simple as e-mailing aroundazeroth@wow.com with a copy of your shot and a brief explanation of the scene. You could be featured here next!

Filed under: Screenshots, Around Azeroth

Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn: One last sunset


This week's page marks a milestone in the story: the Naga threat has become real, as Kat soon finds out. The events set in motion by today's page will forever alter Kat's life and ultimately change her destiny. How will this all unfold? Time will tell, but there's a good chance you'll find out if you keep reading.

I should warn everyone though -- there is a violent scene in one of today's panels, so read it at your own caution. As usual, click the image above to view today's page, or the gallery below to read from the beginning.

Filed under: Comics, Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn

Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn: The sentinel


Ah, the rain has finally stopped in Menethil, and the sun has dawned on a new day. Our heroine is left to ponder the events of the previous night, and ultimately decides to report it -- after all, you don't mess around when it comes to Naga.

This page also introduces a new character to the story: Byron, one of the sentries of Menethil and a friend of our heroine. Click the image above to check out today's page, or the gallery below if you want to start from the beginning!


Filed under: Comics, Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn

Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn: The meeting


Hopefully everyone is enjoying (or has enjoyed) a happy Winter's Veil holiday! This week the story continues to unfold as our heroine decides to take a peek out the window to see what that hissing was about last week.

This is where things are starting to get interesting in my little tale here, so make sure to stick around and keep reading to find out what happens next!

Filed under: Comics, Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn

Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn: The warehouse


Welcome back! I have the next page in the tale ready for you to enjoy! I really like the art in this one -- I played around with a different style of lighting that I think lends itself well to this scene, and I think you'll like it.

The story continues this week as we follow our new rain-soaked friend into her makeshift home on the docks of Menethil Harbor. Unfortunately, her abandoned warehouse may hide more than it appears... click the gallery below to view the new page and find out!



Filed under: Comics, Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn

Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn: The story begins


First off, I'd like to thank everyone for their supportive comments of last week's premiere. I hope that this series will live up to everyone's high expectations! I'll certainly do my best to try.

This week's page is the start of the first official tale in the series, and opens with a view that is hopefully familiar but different than you remember. Considering where I want this story to go, it was necessary to expand the location a bit, but I think you'll enjoy the change. As usual, click the gallery below to check out the new page, or start from the beginning to refresh your memory!

Filed under: Comics, Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn

Around Azeroth: Falling (with style)


Reader Chris sends in this informative shot showing the quickest way to get into the Wetlands -- by jumping from Loch Modan, obviously. (Yes, you can also jump down from above Ironforge, but you need some sort of slow fall ability to get far enough.) Like any entertaining jump, this one sends you a long way and is also entirely survivable, because unless you're quite unlucky, you land in a pool of water at the bottom of the falls.

Do you have a unique shot of Azeroth or Outland that you'd like to show off to the rest of the world? Tell us about it by e-mailing aroundazeroth@gmail.com! You can attach a picture file or send us a link to one -- and don't worry about formatting, we'll take care of that part.

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Filed under: Screenshots, Around Azeroth

Around Azeroth: Moon over the Wetlands


Pahonix of Arthas sent in this shot -- and if you've played for very long, then chances are you can recognize it without me telling you where it came from. Yep -- it's the Wetlands. No other zone has trees with that same odd shape. And the gigantic moon in the background -- I'm sure if you ran into Arathi (the next zone over) it wouldn't look like that. (Perhaps there's a troop of Gnomes out on the coast holding up a huge magnifying glass to make it look that way?)

Do you have a unique shot of Azeroth that you'd like to show off to the rest of the world? Tell us about it by e-mailing aroundazeroth@gmail.com! You can attach a picture file or send us a link to one -- and don't worry about formatting, we'll take care of that part. If yours isn't posted immediately, don't fret! Shots are posted (more or less) in the order received, and yours will come up eventually.

Filed under: Odds and ends

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