Hey jewelcrafters, if you’re wondering where exactly you’re going to learn to cut all those new epic gems we’re getting in patch 4.3, you can rest easy. Two new jewelcrafting vendors have been added on the PTR. For Alliance, you’ll find Farrah Facet at the trainers in Stormwind, for Horde, you can find Taryssa Lazuria in the jewelcrafting hut. Currently the huts on the PTR in Orgrimmar are overrun with piles of Ethereal junk, leaving poor Taryssa literally buried under a pile of crates, but she is there.

New epic gems include Queen’s Garnet, Lightstone, Deepholm Iolite, Lava Coral, Shadow Spinel, and Elven Peridot. There’s a twist with these jewelcrafting recipes, however. Each recipe costs five jewelcrafting tokens, compared to the three required for rare gem cuts. On top of that, the vendors sell the Tome of Burning Jewels, which will teach you a random Cataclysm epic gem recipe. The cost for the tome is only four tokens, so savvy jewelcrafters can spend their tokens on the cuts they need immediately, and then just purchase the Tome to save on token costs when they no longer care what recipe they are getting.

Check out the gallery below for screenshots of all epic recipes, and thank you to The Godmother fromAlt:Ernative for sending in the tip!

Gallery: Patch 4.3 PTR: New epic Jewelcrafting recipes

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I wasn’t always. Back in the day, I played a paladin, I was in a raiding guild, and I tanked. Lord, how I tanked. I tanked 5-mans. I tanked heroics. I tanked raids. And I loved it! But eventually the guild collapsed, my pally tank became a retadin, and then I took a break.

After I came back to WoW and spent a considerable amount of time with a variety of alts, I realized I missed tanking. So I started a brand new warrior. He was going to be a prot god. I grabbed the right gear. I took the right talents. I was amazing … when I was alone questing. See, I hadn’t tanked in a while, and I was on a new server, so I didn’t have the friendly support of a guild group to help me get my feet wet. When I got my first Deadmines quest, I queued in the Dungeon Finder — and I immediately unqueued. Just one more level. I’d be ready to tank in one more level.

But I didn’t tank The Deadmines. Then I didn’t tank any other dungeons. And now I’m 70 and still telling myself, One more level. Just one more level.

It’s not that I don’t know how to tank, and I know that tanking is easier now than ever before, thanks to the recent threat changes. But I also know that PUGs can be heartless and unforgiving. And for some reason, I’m afraid of that heartlessness and … unforgivingness. Of course, I should just join a guild, but before I get to know them, it’ll be just like a PUG, except that my performance will actually matter, which makes it worse. I’m sure that eventually my desire to tank will overcome my fear of tanking, but not today. Maybe at 71.
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Maginofin of Victory Call on Trollbane (EU-A) knows you only have one chance to make a first impression. So when she finally completed her Dragonwrath quest line, she decided to show off for all of Stormwind, riding into the city with her bunny ears and Christmas bikini. Hey, if everyone’s got their eyes on you, why not make a splash?

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According to reports on the forums and the above video, GM Xel spawned Deathwing on the PTR and had him return to Stormwind to deliver another blow to the Alliance this Friday at the Harbor.

It appears that the version of Deathwing spawned is the current one that flies around Azeroth and burns zones to the ground, killing all NPCs, mobs, and players. We can even see the player in the video get the Achievement. There is no indication this is the version of Deathwing that will spawn in the raids. We didn’t see any players on his back, which is something we know will be possible during the fight.

We believe the video and reports are credible. And while it happened on the PTR, there is little possibility of this happening on the live realms. «Fly around and randomly destroy zones» Deathwing doesn’t hit the cities, and GMs rarely, if ever, make themselves known on the live realms. However on the PTR, as the video above shows, things are completely different.

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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.

Not a new song, but one of my favorites circa 2007. The pounding rain continued its bleak fall; we decided just to write after all, after all.

Thatacus asked:

Who posts on WoWInsider’s Twitter? Some times, some thing funny gets posted and I want to say it’s Fox, but I don’t want to inflate his ego anymore than I have to 😛

Adam, Alex, Dan, and I all post on the WoW Insider Twitter. I’m generally the one who does non-newsy stuff on there, but it could be any of us at any given time. Fox has, to my knowledge and deep gratitude, never used our official Twitter. Continue reading The Queue: Books From Boxes Read the rest of this entry »

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. In World of Warcraft, that player is you! Each weekAnne Stickney brings you All the World’s a Stage with helpful hints, tips and tricks on the art of roleplay in WoW.

Once upon a time in classic World of Warcraft, there was an organization called the Argent Dawn. This organization made its home in the heart of the Plaguelands ruined by the Scourge during Warcraft 3 and sought to fight back and cure the land of the plague that ailed it. But the Argent Dawn could not do it alone, which is where players both Alliance and Horde came into the picture. In the Plaguelands, both factions worked for the same cause, and the Argent Dawn oversaw it all.

Later, the Argent Dawn evolved into the Argent Crusade, setting its sights on Northrend and the Lich King’s throne. Those loyal to the Argent Dawn readily joined the Argent Crusade and traveled to the chilly peaks of Icecrown in the hopes of putting an end to the Lich King. After a long war, the mission was a success, and the Argent Crusade returned home — but what of those who belong to the Argent Crusade? What does an Argent Crusader have to do these days?

For roleplayers with characters who belong to this organization, there may be a little less to work with than there was in Wrath of the Lich King; the Argent Crusade isn’t really a highlight of Cataclysm. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t points to consider when playing your courageous hero.Continue reading All the World’s a Stage: Plot points for Argent Crusaders Filed under: All the World’s a Stage (Roleplaying)All the World’s a Stage: Plot points for Argent Crusaders originally appeared on WoW Insider on Sun Read the rest of this entry »

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.

One of the biggest questions people have in regards to the Shattering patch that took place at the end of Wrath of the Lich King is just how much time passed in game during those events. Unfortunately, there aren’t any concrete answers to that question, which makes trying to muddle out time lines a little more difficult than usual. The official time line on the original World of Warcraft website was removed when the site underwent its major facelift, and a new time line was never implemented.

However, taking a look at the old time line over on Wowpedia seems to indicate that Blizzard likes patches to last approximately one year in the Warcraft time line. So classic World of Warcraft and all the events we encountered, from Molten Core to the original incarnation of Naxxramas, took place over the span of one year in the time line. The Burning Crusade and all events associated with it also took one year to complete. It stands to reason that Wrath of the Lich King would follow the same trend. But again, without concrete confirmation, we’ve got no way of really knowing for certain.

That said, the novel The Shattering seems to take place over the course of at least a few months or so, if not more, so there was a bit of a time jump between old-world Azeroth and the Azeroth that was implemented in patch 4.0.3a. And now, let’s continue on with what went down in that novel, shall we?

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Every week, WoW Insider brings you The Light and How to Swing It for , protection and paladins. Every Sunday, Chase Christian invites you to discuss the finer side of the paladin class: the holy specialization. Feel free to with any questions you want answered, like why paladins are so awesome.

Holy paladins have several features that make them powerful healers in PVP environments. Our diverse utility spells provide us with capabilities that our rivals can only dream of, and we have plenty of cooldowns that can counter our opponents’ actions. While holy paladins are generally considered to be strong PVP healers, we aren’t without our weaknesses. Our most notable flaw is our complete reliance on a single school of magic — holy.

All of our spells and abilities are tied to one school of magic, which means that interrupts are incredibly potent at shutting down holy paladins. Even, which feels like a physical attack, is tied to the holy school. Interrupts are obviously potent against any caster, but holy paladins are especially hurt since we don’t have any alternative spells to fall back onto. Mages can still cast Frost Nova if their Arcane Blast gets Kicked, and shaman can use any of their fire spells after getting a heal hit by Pummel. Holy paladins are useless when interrupted, which provides us with a unique set of challenges. Continue reading The Light and How to Swing It: Working with a single school of magic Filed under: , (Paladin) The Light and How to Swing It The Light and How to Swing It: Working with a single school of magic originally appeared on. Please see our. Read the rest of this entry »

Гейммастер призвал Смертокрыла в Штормград в минувшую пятницу на тестовом сервере MMORPG World of Warcraft от компании Blizzard Entertainment. В опубликованном видео демонстрируется то, как финальный босс дополнения Cataclysm нанес Альянсу чувствительный удар. Модель босса похожа на ту, что летают по Азероту, сжигая локации, убивая NPC, мобов и игроков. Вероятность того, что она появится в live-мирах, крайне мала.

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Cataclysm killed off Cairne Bloodhoof and apparently Magni Bronzebeard (I’m still hoping that one can be reversed!). Before that, we (apparently) killed off Kael’thas, the Blood Elf leader, and Zul’jin, one of the Troll leaders. Heck, Fandral Staghelm, while not exactly a leader, was just killed off in 4.2. Blizzard isn’t afraid to kill off its own creations, so who do you think Blizz will kill off in the future?

I’m sure Magatha Grimtotem is up next. Revenge is sort of a theme we got going on in WoW, and I doubt that old meatloaf-to-be will be useful in the next expansions as anything other than a raid boss. But she can’t be the only one.

Personally, I’m betting on Sylvanas. Something big is brewing, and despite the fan hate of Garrosh, I have a severe doubt Metzen will let us off the hook on that guy any time soon. The Undead are going to need to be brought further into the Horde, and unless we’re getting a third faction (/pray), I’d be we’ll be finally putting that Undead to rest.

Who else do you think will be going the way of Cairne? Will the death knights’ leader, serving no known purpose, get the axe next? Will Thrall perhaps die for real? Or will someone bump off the cheese master
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