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The Questing Handbook

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Some players like to tell you that the game really starts at level 80–whether you agree with this or not, there is definitely a case to be made.

That doesn’t mean that the first 79 levels have to be a miserable experience!
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One of the very first decisions that you will have to make as a new player is choosing a realm. There’s plenty of thoughts on what type of server offers the best gaming experience, but the truth is that only you can decide the right home for your new toon.

Don’t worry, we’re going to teach you how to make the decision as painless as possible.
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WoW Names 101

by Alice Drescher · 0 comments

How many people spent an hour trying to decide on their first character’s name only to delete it a few minutes later?

Regardless of what type of server you play, the name of your toon is one of the very first impressions you make in the game. It’s the first thing that other players will judge you by, and you want to make a good impression, right?
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The Great Gold Sink Debate

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One of the hottest topics surrounding the Mists of Pandaria beta is the introduction of some very attractive gold sinks.

That’s right, I’m talking about that 120,000g yak and 500,000g voltron cat.

It’s important to understand that these aren’t the first gold sinks introduced into the game. Equipment repair costs are just one example of a sink that we encounter every day.

So why do we need gold sinks?
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When it comes to designing UIs, Blizzard offers a pretty mixed bag for players. It offers reliability, but the WoW UI lacks a great deal of flexibility.

It’s no secret that most players use the default interface. It’s familiar, it’s relatively simple, and it never breaks after an update. It may be a bit unattractive, but at least it’s faithful.
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WoW Secrets Review

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At a price that’s hard to beat and a quality that’s hard to ignore, Peng Joon’s WoW Secrets sets out to take both novices and experts to school.

It may be just the edge you need to prepare your bank for the Mists of Pandaria.
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Is WoW Dying?

by Alice Drescher · 0 comments

This is a topic that’s been hot in for a while in the WoW blogosphere right now. And no, this isn’t a gloomsday post.

Everything that as a beginning will eventually come to an end. We all know that there will come a day that we sign out of Azeroth for the last time.

Will it be any time soon? I doubt it.
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It’s hard to have a successful raiding guild if you don’t have a good leader—and let’s face it—those are difficult to come by. In the swirling confusion of battle, it’s the raid leader who pulls the team together and wards off their untimely doom.
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There’s some exciting new things over the horizon for Jewelcrafters. Perfect Gems are shaping up to be more powerful than ever before—their stats are now easily on par with rare gems. Although Auctioneers will be eyeing the new gem cuts, I’m even more interested in the future of Jewelcrafting mounts.

Mounts which, curiously enough, bear a striking resemblance to Voltron—which is totally acceptable.
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Despite all of the griping criticism that Blizzard has faced over the upcoming Pandaren race, I think that they may have just made one of the most attractive playable characters yet. Although I wasn’t very excited about the expansion at first, I have to admit that it’s growing on me quickly.
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