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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: All flights out of Nethergarde have been cancelled

Beta tester Dorelei of Spectacular Death on Llane (US-A) was hanging around Nethergarde Keep when some Iron Horde mages decided to cause a transportation delay by setting the gryphons on fire. They didn't seem to mind it too much. After all, it's not like they had any means to escape the flames, such as wings attached to their backs. Preposterous! And thus were born the new phoenix-manned flight paths.

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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: That's no moon ... wait, maybe it is a moon

""Fly me to the moon and let me play amongst the stars. Let me see what spring is like on Azeroth and Mars," sings submitter Gimmlette of Spectacular Death on Llane (US-A). "With some minor apologizes to Bart Howard, I'm submitting this screenshot of the night (night!!!) sky in Shadowmoon Valley. We've been asking, for years, for night and it has been delivered, at least in Shadowmoon. Look at the abundance of stars. I remember, when we quested in Hellfire, someone asked what planet it was that we could see in the sky and I believe the answer was Azeroth. So, I'm wondering, is that what we see here? Is this an early Azeroth about the time of, say, Warcraft III, or is this some other place? Whatever it is, it's beautiful. I can't wait for the return of night if it's half as dramatic in Azeroth as it is in Shadowmoon Valley."

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Around Azeroth, Beta Editon: That's why it's called a beta

"It might look as though Luinn of Lex Talionis on Wyrmrest Accord (US-H) won a fabulous prize at the Darkmoon Faire, but that's not the case," writes Luinn's beta testing clone. "While taming a cute, TINY, baby riverbeast in Talador, it unexpectedly inflated to epic proportions. It's not just a pet, it's a bouncy castle! Luinn just worries how he is going to feed little Cletus without going bankrupt."

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Around Azeroth: Because that's where the money is

"Really, what's a Mad Genius to do?" asks submitter, crazy cat lady and aspiring bank robber Quadratic of Gnomeregan Forever on Wyrmrest Accord (US-A). "I drink the Horrific Transformation Potion, I get the Insane Angry Robot that fires laser cannons all ready to explode ... and I STILL can't manage to properly rob a bank. Really. You'd think that these pandaren are just used to us Mad Evil Geniuses trying to rob their bank."

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Around Azeroth, Beta Edition: Most tedious quest ever

"Hold it! Stop the war! Don't anybody move! Thrall dropped a contact lens," reports beta tester LibFeathers. She didn't mention it specifically, but I'm sure the follow-up quest to find the thing with a vacuum cleaner and a pair of pantyhose was a joy. "The beta is revealing all sorts of secrets about Thrall. His vision is horrible, and he really has no hair. Guess those long beautiful braids were just a wig." And Jaina will be sobbing alone in her bedroom tonight at that revelation.

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Around Azeroth: Like a Trojan horse, except much lazier

"My Alliance flex team (mostly Elemental Expeditions, but also with several other guilds) decided to try a new tactic tonight to get inside the gates of Orgrimmar," writes submitter Ketlan of Terra Incognita on Cenarion Circle (US-A). "It didn't quite work the way we hoped, although we made a rather impressive Sky Golem conga line through the middle of the Valley of Strength."

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Around Azeroth: Battle without honor or humanity

"About eighteen months you were kind enough to feature a little motivational poster I put together for my guild with an 8-bit-style rendition of our struggle against Elegon," writes Stormscythe of The Splintered Hand on Turalyon (EU-A). "Well, I've done a few more since then, but when we finally beat Garrosh after weeks of hard work and more wipes than I'd care to count, I wanted to do something a bit different to celebrate our ultimate victory in the enigmatic land of Pandaria." Anyone want to translate the characters at the sides?



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Around Azeroth: Purple haze

The stats on the legendary cloaks might become outdated once Warlords of Draenor drops, but I'm willing to bet that they'll be a stable in transmog sets for years to come. Submitter Lynorah of Gquit on Earthen Ring (US-H) combined her Xing-Ho cloak, Tyrael's Charger and our old friend Shadowform to create this lovely screenshot. She needs to be careful, though -- the tendrils from her cloak and mount look like they could get caught on an outcropping and cause a nasty crash.

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Around Azeroth: Metamorphosis is dead, long live Metamorphosis

"Okay, demon hunting didn't really work for tanking after all," writes submitter Demonmoose of The Outcast on The Maelstrom (EU-A). "It took me a few weeks to get a rez. Never use trash souls for self-preservation. Despite doing everything to find a purpose for it other then leveling, I failed. and now it's dead. I guess Illidan was right after all: We were not prepared."

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Around Azeroth: Sweep me off my feet

"Dear Blizzard: Seriously, guys," grouses submitter submitter Arugadh of The Brotherhood of Iron on Wyrmrest Accord (US-A). "Forget Garrosh and Draenor already. When are you gonna give us a chance to fight whatever the heck is underneath our farms that sends up all the demonic tentacles?" That's a very good question. I assume that beneath our farms lies a much lazier version of C'thun, who is totally content with having a few tentacles cut off every day by thousands of adventurers.

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Around Azeroth Beta Edition: Keep your eyes on the road

"I'm really enjoying the scenery in Draenor," writes beta tester Gimmlette of Spectacular Death on Llane (US-A). "I have several screenshots I could see printing as art because some places are just beautiful. I like what the designers have done with draenei architecture, although there are some things I can't unsee now. I was running up to this building to complete a quest and came to a dead stop. It's looking at me; two eyes and a hat and and empty socket for a nose. Now that I've seen a face with this building, I'm seeing it in other buildings of this style. They're watching us. Where's my tinfoil hat?"

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Around Azeroth: Whirlpool powwow

"How awesome is this?" asks submitter Quadratic of Gnomeregan Forever on Wyrmrest Accord (US-A). "After a hard day of slaughtering dinos and insane trolls that want to eat us, those same trolls were nice enough to have prepared a hot tub for us hard-working gnomes!" Abusing those poor trolls that just wanted to devour your succulent gnome flesh. You monsters.




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Around Azeroth: A business opportunity

Submitter Skamp and his friend Andidrui of Thunder Cats on Borean Tundra (US-A) aren't exactly gloating about the loss of flying in Warlords of Draenor. But they know a chance to make some gold when they see it. So prior to the expansion's release, they've set up their own little travel service. For jut a few gold, you can be ferried directly to your quest target from the comfort of a stag's back, and they'll even help you kill your mark once you get there. Let's see those flight masters offer that sort of personalized attention!

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Around Azeroth: I'm a dancin' man and I just can't lose

Do you remember the days when people would actually show some respect around raid bosses, rather than spending half the fight fiddling with their UI and posing for selfies? Illidan Stormrage remembers. And he'll remember the insult that Falcyndark of Legion of Chaos on Stormrage (US-A) has paid him by dancing in this screenshot, instead of showing the proper reverence for the Lord of Outland.

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Around Azeroth: The secret life of NPCs

Submitter Killax of Shadowsong (US-A) was dueling some of his Horde friends in the Dalaran sewers, for some ungodly reason, when he was feared through a wall into an empty arena. His blood elf pal blinked to follow him, and wound up in the same location. Suddenly, a draenei shaman and a blood elf warlock spawned before them, and proceeded to do battle under their respective flags. I wonder what else the NPCs get up to when they think we're not watching? It might be best if we never know.

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