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WoW Moviewatch: Exodar Disco

Seems like some folks could use a reminder about the good side of our favorite spacefaring WoW race. Don't worry, folks. Everything's going to be okay. And just to prove it, take a listen to one of the finest WoW filks ever created, and let's go turn that capital city into the Exodar Disco. It's still the best idea to come out of Burning Crusade.
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The Queue: Warcraft RTS, April Fools is dumb, boost to 90 zone, and the holy grail


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.

This Queue is dedicated to my amazing staff that dropped in Diablo 3 over the weekend. I got it in adventure mode on level Torment 1. So great, and so over powered.

My wizard > yours.

AzerProf asked:

I feel like Warlords of Draenor is bringing us back to the roots of the Warcraft franchise - which I love. But it makes me miss WC1-3. What, in your opinion, is the likelihood of the original RTS'(RTSes?) getting some 20th anniversary love in the form of a re-release? I expect something, and have already committed to buying whatever Blizzard decides to release.

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Filed under: The Queue

How to stop clicking

Before we get started, let's make one thing very clear. I'm not saying there's anything inherently wrong with clicking. If you want to click, that's just fine, this article isn't for you. If you're someone who clicks and is perfectly happy about it, then skip over all this and tell me about it in the comments. But, if you are a clicker who wants to change, then read on. As an aside, now's a great time to make the switch, we've got a while without new content...

So what is a clicker?

Without this key piece of information, the above won't be that relevant. A clicker is a term for someone who uses mouse-clicks to hit their abilities rather than keybinding them. There is an assumption made that people who are clicking their abilities are also using their keyboard to move. Their mouse is tied up with moving around the screen to hit abilities, and therefore only occasionally has the time to move their character. It's not necessarily true, but it seems a reasonable position.

Why does clicking get a bad reputation? Well, a couple of reasons. Firstly, it's slower. It is slower to move your mouse across your screen and hit different abilities than it is to move your hand across a keyboard. If you don't believe me, here's an experiment: head over to this keyboard site, and type a simple sentence by clicking the keys. Now try it with your keyboard. Unless there's something else at play, the latter should be faster. What's more, turn a full circle on the spot with your keyboard, and do the same with your mouse. One's a lot faster than the other.

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Filed under: Add-Ons, WoW Rookie

WoW Moviewatch: Back to Wrath 2

After being disconnected from the server, Slightly Impressive's intrepid time traveler returns to the icy lands of Northrend. In Back to Wrath 2, though, he visits the one of the most nostalgic place in Azeroth: Dalaran. Filled with clever pokes at afk players and gear score, Griff gets in a few pokes at people abandoning group queues.

I certainly don't miss the instant requeues. But now the plot's stepped up a notch: the time traveler snags a past-person and drags them into the present tense. What's the first thing they see? Of course, a panda. I was glad to see a little more meat added to this series; it's a pretty good one, and I like where it's going. Though, they seem to have skipped Cataclysm. Not sure anyone cares.
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Know Your Lore: Gul'dan, the soul of evil

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.

Every villain in the Warcraft universe has a story behind why exactly they're a villain. For some, it was the corruption of the Old Gods that slowly drove them mad. For others, it was the promise of great power by agents of the Burning Legion. But it's rare that we see a villain that is simply a villain without any kind of outside influence. Garrosh Hellscream is one of the better villains in Warcraft solely because he does evil things, but doesn't believe that they are evil -- instead, he believes that they are simply the right thing to do.

But before Garrosh Hellscream was an orc who pretty much represented pure, unmitigated evil in its most concentrated form. He knew the corruption of his entire race was at stake, and he went ahead and traded it for the one thing he craved above all else -- power. Gul'dan may not have come from bloodlines that boasted glory, but he was ridiculously intelligent, cunning, and cruel. To Gul'dan, it wasn't about performing evil deeds. It was about amassing as much power and prestige as he could -- and the rest of the world could burn, for all he cared.

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Filed under: Lore, Know your Lore, Warlords of Draenor

Stats 201: Getting your secondary stats just right

Though we did an article covering the game's basic stats that will guide you through leveling any character, once you hit level 90 you need to start considering your secondary stats. These stats, like hit and expertise, become more important when you stop leveling through content and gear to stop at top-tier content. Unfortunately, figuring out what these stats are, what they do, and what you need isn't exactly self-explanatory -- sometimes even requiring you to consult an addon or website to figure out whether a new piece of gear is really an upgrade.

Fortunately, Blizzard is working on simplifying the system with Warlords of Draenor, removing a some secondary stats and the ability to reforge gear -- which will make it a lot easier to tell what gear is an upgrade and start using it immediately. Unfortunately, if you're a new 90 or you've just boosted a new character to 90, you still have to deal with the current system, so we'll lay out just what the secondary stats on your gear mean -- and how to tweak them to your liking with reforging so you're ready to hop into LFR or whatever else you want to do.

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Filed under: WoW Rookie

The Queue: Pink Zeal

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Mike Sacco will be your host today.

Magenta...the color of righteousness!

Drewbob asked:

Agree or disagree: group quests are okay for current expansion content, and should be returned to the game.

While I think that it's okay, mostly, that former group quests in wrath era content and prior have been made solo-able, I think the lack of these quests in the open world definitely take something of the spirit of it being an MMO with a community away from the experience. As I was leveling my eleventy-billionth toon in Zinth'alor the other day (and cursing the developers for not retuning respawn rates), I remembered back when it was elite, and you needed at least a couple other party members to make it to the top. While I don't think the rewards offered for that were ever quite commensurate with the effort, I think that that's easy to remedy, and having more opportunities in the world to take down moderately more difficult quest and zone content beyond world bosses would be awesome.


I think that the open tagging system is a good compromise between group questing and soloing. You don't necessarily need to assemble a group for it, but anybody can pop over and participate if they're on it too (and especially early in an expansion, other people will be on it).

I do kind of miss group quests -- there's something about putting a team together and tackling a tough mob -- but boy was it a pain. I don't know if it was the same for everyone, but there were quests I simply never got to do in vanilla because I could never find a group and they were literally impossible to solo.

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The Queue: Mildstar

Welcome back to The Queue, the daily Q&A column in which the WoW Insider team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Mike Sacco will be your host today.

I got into the WildStar beta after...what, three years of waiting? I've really been looking forward to it, but under all the (admittedly lovely) art and animation, it's...just another kill-ten-rats MMO. I wonder if I'm outgrowing this genre.

DeanofWhoopass asked:

Is there any announced "catch up" mechanism for WoD? If they truly do get rid of valor/justice gear, getting alts up to speed will be a royal pain. I shudder to think how many weeks of LFR it would take to slowly get geared up enough to viably raid current normal/heroic raids.

Expect there to be mid-expansion dungeons this time; beyond that, we haven't had any concrete information on catch-up mechanisms yet. It's likely something we won't hear about until it becomes relevant.

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Filed under: The Queue

WoW Moviewatch: The Great Level 90 Boost

The Great Level 90 Boost is an interesting little video from Nex Manus. It's the story of an orc who boosts himself to 90 and then, presumably, finds himself surrounded by others who did the same. Hijinks ensure when they discover portals. It's a lighthearted little video and I appreciated the warm eye it lent to new players struggling to discover the endgame.

The only real criticism of the video I want to share is that some of the choppy video took me out of the moment. It can be tough to get good video, depending on your system specs, but it was especially disconcerting since not all the footage jittered. The voice acting and music was perfect, though, and I liked the script. Here's hoping we see an Episode 2!
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The Queue: Back in the saddle again

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.

Just got my computer back. Let's celebrate with some classic Aerosmith.

Scott Leyes asks:

With ESO releasing on Sunday, what are the odds of Blizz doing a major news dump on Friday/tomorrow?

Man, I don't even know anymore. I'd like there to be one, but I'm not going to hold my breath in anticipation of it. If it happens, great, and if not we'll just have to keep waiting. It's kind of like when T.H. Huxley debated Samuel Wilberforce over evolution - the day before it happened, Huxley had no idea he was even going to be there. We'll get the info dump when we get it.

This is how I keep from falling down and weeping all the time. Blind, ludicrous optimism.

I will say, though, I don't think Blizzard had a counter-punch for TESO. They released Reaper of Souls this week, and if that's not it, then there probably isn't one. They're almost certainly not going to release a beta this weekend, and that'd be the only real counter-punch release they could realistically use aside from RoS.

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Filed under: The Queue, Warlords of Draenor

WoW Moviewatch: The Crime

It's always a pleasure to see a new face in the machinima crowd. And while this isn't Naroze's only video, it's one of the first to be submitted to our tip line. The Crime is pretty good. You need the author's explanation to follow the story, but that's plenty common with videos of this kind. This is how the creator describes the story:
This is about Two twin sister, that have to fight for their friends, they're in danger, cause of a big drama between them and a big angry Orc Female.....their friend getting taken by them, tourtured to death, sadly the're too late...and when they finally entering the City, you'll see what the big drama made their history from now on, a kind Sin'Dorei female named Sethera made her way in helped to fight against it, follow the video watch the story, and you'll see how it will go!
The biggest tip I can share with Naroze right now is to be super sure to avoid typos in subtitles; even a minor mistake can damage the impression of the video. That being said, I don't think Naroze is a native English speaker, so to each their own.
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WoW Moviewatch: Pally Rangers

Not every paladin has the right stuff. True, paladins are generally very cool. You know, bubbles, laying on of hands, and flashes of lights. The standard stuff. But from time to time, an evil arises so deep, dark, and terrifying that you need something special. Not any old paladin will do. You need the Pally Rangers.

This video is about 5 years old, which means that kids born when it came out are now in kindergarten. Let that fact sink in while you take the time to ride this nostalgia train and enjoy some truly awesome machinima.
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Know Your Lore: Tauren at the end of Mists

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.

There are an awful lot of loose threads around the tauren right now. The Grimtotem are scattered, making temporary pacts with the Alliance in Stonetalon, besieging the night elves in Feralas, and their greatest leader was last seen claiming an artifact of elemental power. In the wake of Cairne's death, Baine Bloodhoof chose to allow Garrosh to rule uncontested - but that position clearly changed over time, and Baine led tauren troops to the support of Vol'jin's rebellion against the Warchief, rather than simply challenging him as his father did. Ironically, this choice shows a certain political maturity - recognizing that trial by personal combat might not be the best means to effect regime change in the Horde - while it also shows a bit of a break with the old ways of both the Horde, and the tauren people.

Baine's father Cairne chose to live, and die, by the older ways of ritual and honor. Betrayed by Magatha, he died from poison on Garrosh Hellscream's axe and with him seems to have died the last vestiges of the tauren ways of the past. Baine led an expulsion of those Grimtotem that would not swear allegiance to him over Magatha that culminated in a battle against their last leaders in Mulgore, and at the end of that battle, Baine ruled the shu'halo as undisputed chieftain of all. But in doing so, he also led his people into their last break with the past, and following the defeat of Garrosh and the ascension of Vol'jin to the seat of power as Warchief, one must ask - what role do the tauren fill in the Horde to come, and where will Baine's current choices lead them in the future?

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Lore, Know your Lore, Cataclysm, Mists of Pandaria

The Queue: It's been so long!

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) really likes betas. Hint hint, Blizzard?

Look at those little talking birdies. Just ... look at them. Oh hey, Warcraft questions!

JediExcel asked:

So re reading Rise of the Horde again, and was struck by a thought. In the real world, Nerzhul was tricked and Guldan was a willing participant in the turning the orcs against the draenei. Now Garrosh shows the alternate time line orcs of their corruption, and thwarts the burning legion by preventing them from drinking the blood of Mannoroth. But the war is still going on in this alternate time line. Unless I missed something, this seems to show the orcs are still a bunch of d- er, determined jerks. Thoughts?

That's kind of a tricky situation. We don't know exactly when Garrosh went back in time to -- just that it was at some point before the orcs were offered the Blood of Mannoroth. Keep in mind that the orcs and draenei had been fighting each other relentlessly up until that point -- Mannoroth's blood was given to the orcs just before they attacked Shattrath City. But every other major city had been utterly destroyed by then. So it's entirely likely Garrosh may have arrived in the middle of this war between draenei and orc, and didn't bother trying to stop that. Why would he, when the draenei make excellent opponents to train the Iron Horde's killing skills on before they head to Azeroth?

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WoW Moviewatch: Sentinel

Sentinel is one heck of an impressive music video created by Turel and Khayllys. It involves some incredible music and absolutely breathtaking animation. The video was intended as a thank you to the community that has inspired Turel, so I don't think I'm wrong when I say there are more than a few cameos in the video.

You don't see many videos with this kind of quality these days. While the tunes won't be to everyone's liking (kids and their dubby steppy!), you just won't be able to deny that talent that seeps through Sentinel's pores. Take the time to check it out and let us know what you think!
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