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The Dragonflights Stein Has Landed!


Listen. I’m a huge fan of drinking, and I’m a huge fan of WoW. If I can combine the two in any possible way, I’m all about it. (please drink responsibly, if you drink at all!) That’s why I was thrilled when the Brewfest Tankard O’ Terror arrived at Warcraft Steins (shown above in the center – a replica of the actual Tankard O’ Terror item from the game, but also why I’m even more excited to hear that the new Charge of the Great Dragonflights stein has also landed:


The stein has a wrap-around panoramic image of all five of the dragonflights, beautifully created by artist James Zhang. The stein made an appearance at Blizzcon to rave reviews, and should be shipping in mid-October.

In addition to the Charge of the Great Dragonflights stein, you can also pick up the Tankard O’ Terror (shown above) for $39.99, a Horde or Alliance stein for $89.99, a Rise of the Lich King stein for $89.99, or go epic with the Legenday Collection version of the Rise of the Lich King stein for $174.99.

The Charge of the Great Dragonflights stein however, can be yours for $89.99 plus shipping, although at those prices you may be a bit wary about drinking from them and instead wind up putting it in a collector’s case!

The Ballad of Mankrik’s Wife


Courtesy of one of my favorite World of Warcraft blogs, Need More Rage, I now have this song in my head. With the modified lyrics.

See, my first character post-beta was a Tauren druid; and even though I play alliance mostly now, I’m more than familiar with the experience, with Barrens chat (back when it was REALLY bad), more than familiar with the old days and the Alliance’s endless raids on Crossroads (to the point where it was all but impossible to quest there), and of course, with the quest to find Mankrik’s wife.

So of course, what does Ratshag, main writer at Need More Rage, do for us? Recounts Ozzy’s special WoW-themed version of Iron Man. He says Ozzy performed it at Blizzcon. I don’t know if I believe him or think this came entirely out of his own twisted mind, but in any event, it’s fabulous. Remember, sing the lyrics out loud to the tune of Iron Man:

Where is Mankrik’s Wife?
Is she still fighting for her life?
Can she walk at all
Or is she nailed to a wall?
Is she live or dead?
Has she thoughts within her head?
We’ll cry on slash two
“What am I s’pposed to do?”

She was left behind
Somewhere near that archeologic find
When big orc Mankrik
Ran away like a dick

No one can find her
She just stares at the world
Maybe she still lives
Prisoner of the Quillboar

Check the original post and pay your respects to Ratshag for this bit of genius; and make sure to check out the rest of the blog – it’s fabulous.

Hogger: Elwynn Forest was Merely a Setback


As a number of outlets have already reported, the guild Premonition did a very special raid during Blizzcon, live on stage with thousands of people watching. A number of the guildies were at home away from all of the action, but a few of them who had made the trek to Blizzon were set up on stage as the masses watched their guild coordinate and run through wave upon wave of bosses we’d seen before, some we hadn’t. In some cases, Premonition faced off against teams of bosses that would be more than a challenge on their own, and more than enough firepower to wipe even the hardiest of raids.

Even so, Premonition faced them all one at a time, frequently one-shotting waves of baddies, all until the final round, when one boss stood before them. One figure emerged to face the Premonition army, one face known to all and feared by many: Hogger.

What happened? Click play on the video above to see – or head over to YouTube to watch the video in higher quality. But know this. He certainly had more bones to gnaw on that day.

Blizzcon 2009 Movie Contest Winner: A Day in the Life


When I found out about the winners of the movie contest at this year’s Blizzcon, I was thrilled, partially because the video above, called A Day in the Life is such a hilarious video, but it’s also based off of one of my favorite WoW comic strips, Dark Legacy Comics! I actually remember the specific strip that inspired this video.

The whole premise is fabulous, and while it’s not exactly comedic genius, it’s hilarious and it resonates so much with WoW players and what we would likely do that it’s hard to not love it. In fact, all of Dark Legacy Comics’ strips are that way, so if you’re not reading it, you should be.

Interested in who else placed in the contest? You can read all of the contest winners here.

Grunty The Murloc Marine vs. Zergling: Fight!


If you were lucky enough to get to Blizzcon this year, you were also lucky enough to get the exclusive non-combat pet, Grunty – the Murloc Marine!

Now if that weren’t adorable enough, if you were also lucky enough (or know someone who was, rather) to get the collector’s edition of the original World of Warcraft game, you have the option with each new character to get a mini-diablo non-combat pet, a panda non-combat pet, or a zergling non-combat pet, in all of his spiky glory.

Now since there are two non-combat pets from Starcraft in World of Warcraft, someone decided to see what would happen if you had them both out at the same time (or discovered it by chance) – they fight! The video above shows that whoever is out first is the winner, but it’s so perfect that the two of them would go at it like this. Now I’m going to have to keep my zergling out all the time.

Play ‘Em Off, Deathwing!


One of the things we’ve been hearing a ton about for the past several days is one of the easter eggs over at the Cataclysm art site. That’s right, Deathwing the Destroyer has his hands on a keyboard, and he’s going to play us off. All of us. You think I’m kidding.

You can click the image above to get a high-res version, or you can head over to the art site and look for the tiny keyboard just underneath the page number and above the footer where the Blizzard logo is.

So, Blizzard – when are we going to see this on a t-shirt? Jinx? Anyone?

Blizzcon 2009 Costume Contest Video


The folks over at posted this (along with a ton of other excellent on-site live coverage of Blizzcon 2009), and if there’s anything I particularly love, it’s cosplay and costume contests. I know, I know, a lot of you probably completely despise cosplay and costumes and think it’s only the kind of thing geeky nerds would do and I’m sure you’re absolutely sure you’re better than anyone who would ever express their fandom this way, and if that’s the case skip this post and move on.

That being said, for those folks who can appreciate the time and effort and passion that anyone who puts together a costume for their favorite fandom, whether it’s because they’re headed to an anime convention, ComicCon, or in this case, Blizzcon, take a look at the video of the finalists in this year’s Blizzcon costume contest!

There’s an absolutely stunning Valeera Sanguinar, an incredibly detailed shaman, a pally named Guido, a shivarra complete with six arms, a really REALLY elaborate Mistress of Pain, and of course, the legend himelf, Kel’Thuzad. Who wins? You’ll have to check out the video to find out!

Announcing: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm


So all of the rumors, all the leaks, they all turned out to be true.

This morning, Metzen got on stage at Blizzcon and made official what Warcraft fans on the Web have been arguing about for the past week or so. The next expansion to World of Warcraft will be called Cataclysm.

The Maelstrom roars and rips Azeroth apart: all starting zones are being reworked, and as a result of the chaos and world-changing events, zones that were previously off-limits and closed to us will now be open. The Greymane wall has been shattered, and the Night Elves step up to bring the Worgen into the Alliance. The Goblins of Kazzan (one faction of Goblins, not all of them) who lives on islands out to sea have fled their homelands because of the trauma, only to become refugees in a strange land they’d never seen, fighting enemies they don’t know (like the Kul’Tiras) – and when all seems lost for them, the Orcs step up to offer a hand of friendship and bring them into the Horde.

The Cataclysm is truly cataclysmic: Darkshore is re-made, Auberdine is destroyed. Ashenvale falls and Astranaar is firebombed by the horde. Lava runs where the Barrens used to be. Desolace is now a vibrant, lush place, and ruin exists where cities once stood and vice versa. As a result, the Horde and Alliance battle even more to secure scarce resources as the world is turned upside down. Races adapt new classes to keep up the fight (also as leaked), and finally you can fly in Azeroth.

And above it all? Deathwing has returned.

From the site:

An ancient evil lies dormant within Deepholm, the domain of earth in the Elemental Plane.

Hidden away in a secluded sanctuary, the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing has waited, recovering from the wounds of his last battle against Azeroth and biding his time until he can reforge the world in molten fire.

Soon, Deathwing the Destroyer will return to Azeroth, and his eruption from Deepholm will sunder the world, leaving a festering wound across the continents. As the Horde and Alliance race to the epicenter of the cataclysm, the kingdoms of Azeroth will witness seismic shifts in power, the kindling of a war of the elements, and the emergence of unlikely heroes who will rise up to protect their scarred and broken world from utter devastation.

It’s on, kids.


Watch the announcement trailer shown at Blizzcon today here and check out the new Cataclysm site: [ World of Warcraft: Cataclysm ] where you can see screenshots, download wallpapers (you know you want a shiny happy Deathwing on your desktop), and read all about the new Goblins and Worgen.

update: The WoW Class, Items, and Professional Panel just with the man, the myth, the legend, Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street, just ended, and there were HUGE announcements. Just a teaser? Armor penetration? Gone. Mana per 5-seconds? Gone. Defense? Gone. Block Value? Gone. Hunters use focus now instead of mana. Everyone gets a stamina boost. Itemization is going to change. Want more info? was liveblogging the entire panel – read all of the announcements here!

Of Leaks and Cataclysms: More Speculation on Cataclysm Leaked


First MMO Champion said it, then said it, and now that it’s been a few days since both sites leaked information that is rumored to be details from the upcoming expansion that’s also rumored to be called World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, the dust has settled a bit and revealed a few very important things.

First, let’s take a look at the news that’s caused such an outrage, shall we?

New Races and Class Combinations:
* Goblins
* Worgens
* Human Hunter
* Orc Mage
* Night Elf Mage
* Dwarf Mage
* Blood Elf Warrior
* Dwarf Shaman
* Undead Hunter
* Tauren Paladin
* Tauren Priest
* Gnome Priest
* Troll Druid

Leveling Experience
* Level Cap raised to 85
* Azshara becomes a low level starting zone
* Barrens split up into two separate zones

Azeroth will be entirely revamped.

Flying is allowed in parts of old Azeroth.

Unreleased zones and dungeons, including Hyjal, Gilneas, and Uldum will become part of WoW.

Deathwing and Azshara will be playing a major role in the Cataclysm that will happen.

I’m skeptical, to a very large extent – some of the race/class combinations don’t really make sense, and the lore implications of both Goblins and Worgen and some of the changes to the fundamentals of the game (flying in Azeroth, starting zones changing, etc) are pretty wide ranging and sound like either they must have been in the works for years, or it’d be an awful lot of work for this next expansion.

But unlike a lot of people (and I’ll get to this later) just because I don’t want something to be true doesn’t mean that it might not be – we’ll see. As to the notion of Goblins and Worgen, I hit on that in a previous post, but let’s dive a little deeper, shall we?

So we know that the worgen made their appearance in Azeroth thanks to Velinde Starsong and Arugal, both of whom started summoning worgen into the world for their own reasons. Need a history lesson? Cadistra of WoW, Eh has an excellent primer as this week’s comic.

of worgen…

Velinde prayed to Elune for a weapon to help her clean up Felwood and push back the corruption, and she got that weapon in the form of the Scythe of Elune (which makes an appearance in Northrend as part of a quest chain where you essentially give it back to a group of worgen in Grizzly Hills before you know what they are). She summons more and more worgen into Azeroth and uses them essentially as weapons of war – until she loses control of them and presumably she dies at their hands – that quest chain is woefully unresolved.

Arugal on the other hand was a mage of the Kirin Tor who saw Dalaran overrun by the scourge and, frustrated with the Kirin Tor’s seeming inability to cleanse the scourge from Azeroth started summoning Worgen into the world from Shadowfang Keep to – that’s right – use them as a weapon of war against the scourge. Arugal’s worgen were fairly effective against the scourge, but as if the two events were scripted together, the same thing happened to Arugal that happened to Velinde: the worgen turned on their masters and started killing them outright.

So then, it’s clear that the worgen would have no love for the scourge, but I’m curious how Blizzard will explain their siding with the alliance. It would seem to me they would be a better match for the Horde.

of goblins…

The Goblins are the opposite. They used to be members of the Horde in the Warcraft II and Warcraft III (pre-Frozen Throne) storyline, but left after the Second War in favor of neutrality when they realized it would make them a ton more money to trade with both the Horde and the Alliance. While they may not harbor any specific hate for the Horde, it’s curious why they would break neutrality to join the Horde again, especially considering the fact that they broke with them once. It would almost make more sense for them to join the Alliance, especially in light of the other rumors about the Horde…unless something happens to make them really attractive to the Goblins, or unless Blizzard just wants to make them the equivalent of Horde Gnomes.

The new race/class combos, as some have asserted, may be indicative of the rise of some of the various factions in the game that aren’t directly allied with the capital cities. Dwarven Shamans could be Wildhammer, for example.

In any event, only time will tell whether this is all just rumor and speculation or whether it’ll all come to light. We’ll find out as news filters out of Blizzcon next week!

That being said, I hardly think that sites like MMO Champion and would risk their credibility with the fan community by reporting on these without being confident in their sources, and I highly doubt they would post this kind of information just to stir up this kind of trouble.

That brings me to a more nuanced point about journalism, ethics, and anonymous sources, but definitely a digression, so I’ll put it behind the jump below.


Spread the Rawr and Win Gear with RawrCast’s RawrCon Giveaway!


Of all of the World of Warcraft-related podcasts and shows that I follow, easily one of the most entertaining is RawrCast, hosted by Haf and Stompalina. Together they make up quite a dynamic duo, and even when they have guests on the show is always lively, interesting, and generally the most hilarious couple of hours you could possibly spend on a Saturday afternoon.

If you’re not listening, you should subscribe, or drop by and listen live via LiveStream on Saturdays at 4pm Central to find out what the fuss is about. But before the end of this week – and literally there’s only three days left – you can enter to rin a Razer Lycosa keyboard and a Razer Death Adder Mouse for RawrCast’s big Brownie Point Giveaway!

True to form, Stompalina and Haf are giving back to the fan community, and all you have to do is spread the Rawr – which shouldn’t be hard, the show is fantastic and anyone who drops in to listen won’t be disappointed.

To enter the contest, all you have to do is:

Earn a Brownie Point by
posting a link to our calender of upcoming upcoming Guests and events on a WoW Community Site or Blog – LINK:
– or –
posting a link to our RAWRCON: Blizzcon Saturday post on a WoW Community Site or Blog – LINK:
– or –
writing a blog post on YOUR blog about an upcoming guest on Rawrcast!

or click here to learn more about how to earn your brownie points!

The crew is accepting Twitter shout-outs, blog posts, you name it – and the list of contenders is getting pretty large, so make sure to get your entry in today!

Me? Yes, I guess this could count as an entry, but I get to review keyboards and mice all the time and keep some of them – you should get out there and enter yourself: once you have some real gaming gear on your desktop while you’re raiding, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!

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