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by Adam Koebel


There are 3 new cooking recipes in patch 5.4: Noodle Cart Kit (250 stats), Deluxe Noodle Cart Kit (275 stats), and Pandaren Treasure Noodle Cart Kit (300 stats). When you use one, you temporarily turn into a vendor and anyone on your faction (not just group members) can purchase up to 5 Noodle Soups for free! You can also do a few emotes while the cart is active, such as cooking, dancing, or inviting people to buy your soups. For my money, the carts are a lot nicer than the old banquets. Everyone in your group or raid can purchase five noodle soups from each cart, so you only need to drop a cart every 5 wipes.
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by Allison Robert


Like many of you, I was curious about the new Darkmoon Faire on offer but had some trouble keeping it all straight, especially because Blizzard recently clarified a few mechanics in addition to tinkering with some items. There’s also an unfortunate bug related to characters who did a previous version of the breadcrumb quest getting you to the Faire, which didn’t help matters, as my main is one of the toons affected and was left scratching her head over what she was supposed to be doing.

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WoW Achievement Guide: Winter Veil 2011

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by Allison Robert


Winter Veil 2011 runs from Thursday, Dec. 15 through Monday, Jan. 2 this year. As with most of the WoW holidays, the Merrymaker meta is required for What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been. Those of you who are still on the lookout for your Violet Proto-Drakes (and free 310% flying) will want to keep an eye out for any achievements you still need.

Even if you don’t want or don’t need any achievements this year, Winter Veil will also give you the opportunity to turn your mount into a reindeer, become a snowman with a unique dance animation, and get noncombat pets and unique holiday items. Interestingly, it looks like the Winter Veil pets no longer require snowballs to summon, which is cool, although they’re not going to stick around if the holiday’s not on. Seriously, go try pulling out your Father Winter’s Helper and see what it does. I’ll wait.

There’s also a new pet as of 2011 and a sorta-new (well, not really) holiday boss. As always, I’ll be up as the holiday goes live to make necessary additions or corrections to the guide.
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by Fox Van Allen


Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa’s Rest. With patch 4.2, our own legendary came at last.

The power of the weapon is absolutely unmatched. By virtue of the staff’s stats, it’s the shadow priest’s best-in-slot weapon for patch 4.2 and likely for patch 4.3 as well. Beyond that, though, Dragonwrath is worth thousands of extra DPS by virtue of its spell-duplication proc alone. And did I mention that it can also turn you into a giant friggin’ blue dragon? Why wouldn’t you want this thing?

But like everything worth doing, getting the Dragonwrath doesn’t come easy. To score this epic, you need to put in your time in the Firelands, beat down some bosses, and then undergo Through a Glass, Darkly, the hardest solo quest your shadow priest will ever suffer. Are you ready?
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by Allison Robert


The Littlest Pet Shop option was the clear favorite among the choices given in a recent OverAchiever.

If you’re a hardcore pet collector, I could probably condense this entire guide down to “bookmark and just keep consulting it,” but I suspect we can make this column a wee bit more helpful than that. Even if you’re not a pet collector, there’s one quested pet in here that I highlyadvise you not to miss.

The vast majority of noncombat pets in WoW come from one of five sources: vendors, quests and reputation, NPC drops, professions, and achievements. If you’re a Trading Card Game enthusiast or just willing to drop some money on cards and pet store pets, you’ll also have access to a sixth group of pets, but that’s by no means necessary in order to reach the 150 needed for Littlest Pet Shop. There are over 200 noncombat pets in the game, so you’ve got lots of ways to get to 150 without spending real money or driving yourself bonkers over the rarest ones.

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by Allison Robert


It’s that time of year again, folks: time to get smashed with no lasting social repercussions! This year, Brewfest runs from Tuesday, Sept. 20 to Wednesday, Oct. 5 (check your in-game calendar for your server’s exact start and end times), and drunken frivolity is the name of the game. The Brewfest meta Brewmaster is required for the year-long What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been, so you’ll want to get this done if you’re working toward a Violet Proto-Drake (and thus free 310% flight).

As with the 2010 version of this guide, I’ve organized the holiday’s achievements in the rough order I feel they should be completed, as one is dependent on having some help from other folks around your server. As with most holidays, there’s high participation at the start, which dwindles as folks get their drops and complete achievements, so I prioritize gettingDown With The Dark Iron done as quickly as possible. Once that’s out of the way, Brewfest achievements aren’t generally difficult, though they’ll require a little elbow grease if you’re starting from scratch.
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by Daniel Whitcomb


So you’ve dinged level 85 on your death knight. Now what? Patch 4.2 bought a lot of new things for level 85s of almost any PVE playstyle to do, so you have options to choose from. This week, we’ll take a look at some of the best things you can do to get yourself geared up and ready to hit the next level of PVE play once you hit level 85.
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by Fox Van Allen


Molten Front, this new questing area for level 85s, released with patch 4.2, is the grind-iest damn place I ever had the misfortune to grind lately.

Basically, how it works is this: First, you clear a solid chunk of the regular Mount Hyjal quests that have been available since Cataclysm’s launch. This opens up a small new quest hub, the Sanctuary of Malorne, with a couple of non-repeatable quests and a few dailies. Grind those dailies long enough, and you’ll get access to a new daily quest hub inside the Firelands. Grind those dailies (and the old ones), and in another week or so, you’ll gain access to another set of dailies. Keep grinding, and … yes, you guessed it, another set of dailies becomes available.

Eventually, after about 40 consecutive days of grinding dailies in the Molten Front, you’ll gain access to your choice of three vendors: one with tailoring and leatherworking patterns, and one with blacksmithing plans and engineering schematics. The stuff you can make from the patterns, plans, and schematic are neat — 36-slot profession bags and some epic i365 gear.
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by Durin Mundahl


Cleave is back!

Praise the Light! Not only does Seal of Righteousness hit everything within our melee range, but now it activates from Divine Storm and has the ability to crit. All of your worries (as well as mine) about it not outdamaging Seal of Truth on more than 10 monsters are gone. As far as I can tell with my rigorous training smashing the trash in Firelands (as well as some of the crazed gnomes in Uldum), it is now worth it to use Seal of Righteousness on four mobs or more. This still doesn’t give you the right to Divine Storm two things, though. (Seriously, knock it off — you’re making the rest of us look bad.)

The change to Inquiry of Faith now makes our Inquisition last 36 seconds, up from 30 seconds. This is pretty nice for people who are going to be replacing their tier 11 four-piece set bonus and are trying to cope with the loss of the extra Inquisition time. Overall, this gives us a bit more leeway with our rotation.

With the patch, Selfless Healer reduces the cooldown on our Word of Glory by 10 seconds when specced into it, effectively making our off-healing in PvP somewhat decent again (even though you can’t rely on Eternal Glory procs to spam heal someone to full anymore). Selfless Healer being undispellable is just icing on the cake. Ret still has problems with survivability in PVP, but I think we can all agree Blizzard’s giving Word of Glory a 20-second cooldown was one of those Come on! moments where we all cringed in disbelief. I know I did.

Daily quest Mark of the World Tree rewards

As far as new gear is concerned, let me begin with the new daily quest hub that arrived with patch 4.2. There is a plethora of new gear that can be acquired from doing the daily quests in and around Mount Hyjal.

  • Fireheart Necklace This necklace is sold by Zen’Vorka in the Molten Front. You gain access to him by doing the Through the Gates of Hell quest after getting 20 Marks of the World Tree. It will take you three days after doing the first set of daily quests in Hyjal to be eligible for this quest and the prerequisites. With expertise and mastery, this necklace is perfectly itemized for ret paladins. You can always reforge the expertise if you’re capped (which you probably are).
  • Rickety Belt This belt is obtained through Damek Bloombeard in the Molten Front. However, you don’t get access to his inventory until you complete the Additional Armaments quest. This quest requires you to get a whopping 125 Marks of the World Tree, but by the time you get to this point in the quest hub, you will be getting more than four marks a day, so it won’t be that bad. With haste (yuck) and expertise, this belt’s stats are less than ideal. But if you really want a new belt or are too lazy to farm rep for Belt of the Ferocious Wolf, this may be the perfect belt for you. (Despite the Belt of the Ferocious Wolf’s inferior stats, it’s still a very good belt. I personally wouldn’t replace it with Rickety Belt because of the haste.)
  • Meteorite Ring Damek also sells a ring. It’s another piece that has haste on it, but if you really need a second ring, I would go ahead and pick this up. It’s not bad at all coupled with Band of Bees.
  • Masterwork Elementium Deathblade In case you didn’t know, Damek Bloombeard also deals in blacksmithing plans. This is a great weapon due to the huge amount of mastery on it. However, it does have a swing speed of 3.50, so its damage is a little lower than I would have liked. It’s not worth replacing Reclaimed Ashkandi with, though, because of its 3.80 speed and superior weapon damage — but still something worth looking into.
  • Moon Blessed Band This ring is acquired from Ayla Shadowstorm in the Molten Front. Like Damek, you don’t get access to her inventory until you complete Filling the Moonwell, which requires 125 Marks of the World Tree. With hit and crit on it, this is a very good ring, and I would recommend picking it up and reforging the crit into mastery (or whatever you may need).
  • Dwyer’s Caber This wonderful trinket can be purchased from Varlan Highbough in the Molten Front. As with the other two vendors, you need to complete Calling the Ancientsin order to get access to his goods. This is a great trinket coupled with License to Slayif you’re wanting to get into Firelands — plus it lets you throw a giant tree every 3 minutes.

Avengers of Hyjal rewards

With the release of The Firelands comes a new raid reputation. You can get this rep by killing trash and bosses inside the Firelands itself. As far as I know, it’s only possible to get 5,999/6,000 reputation off of the normal monsters in the Firelands. But the Molten Lords can push you just over honored. (Mat McCurley offers a great instructional on how to do trash runs.)

  • Bladed Flamewrath Cover The stats on this cloak are pretty terrible for a ret paladin, but it’s the best cloak you’re going to get this tier. And the big chunk of expertise is welcome for those of us replacing Heart of Rage. It can be purchased from the Avengers of Hyjal Quartermaster just inside of the Firelands after you reach friendly with the Avengers of Hyjal.
  • Cinch of Flaming Ember This is a very good belt despite its blue socket. This also has a huge chunk of hit on it and is an upgrade to everything you could have gotten in the last tier of content. There is some speculation that Uncrushable Belt of Fury mightbe better because of the huge chunk of mastery, but I highly doubt it. You’re sacrificing 72 strength, which in my eyes isn’t worth all of the mastery. Strength is still king. This belt can be purchased when you reach honored with the Avengers of Hyjal.
  • Essence of the Eternal Flame Don’t confuse this with Essence of the Pure Flame; this is an amazing trinket for a ret paladin. It has everything you could ever need, mastery and strength; it’s almost too perfect. Macro it with your Avenging Wrath and Zealotry and wreck some faces. This can be bought when you reach revered with the Avengers of Hyjal.
  • Obsidian Signet of the Avengers I don’t want to burst your bubble, but you won’t be getting this ring for a while, even if it is best in slot. But when you do, it will be fully worth it. The stats on this are simply amazing, and it has a red socket with a +10 strength bonus. I’m going to go wish I had it some more in the corner. You’ll cry tears of joy when you reach exalted with the Avengers of Hyjal.

As convoluted as the quest hub in Hyjal is, a lot of the rewards are pretty appealing to those of us who haven’t had hard modes on farm. With everything having an item level of 365, it’s just a step above what you would have gotten in normal tier 11 content. However, if you have been farming heroic content, then the reputation rewards may be right up your alley. (Unless you’ve already killed all of the bosses in the Firelands, no trash for you.) But remember, everything you get from Avengers of Hyjal rep does have a heroic version of itself and is probably best in slot, so it’s still worth it to knock out the first two stages of rep in your off time.

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by Tyler Caraway


There is one thing about WoW that is a constant. No matter what happens in the game, there is one truth that will never change. That is, people get color-crazy. Blue gear, purple gear, orange gear — people care about the color of the items that you are wearing. When a new legendary is introduced into the game, that becomes the biggest thing on everyone’s lips. It is the new hot item, the one thing that everyone wants.

Patch 4.2 introduced one such item. Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa’s Rest is the big deal of this raiding tier, and it is the thing that people want. Last week, I did a little blurb about the staff, but that alone wasn’t enough. There’ve been plenty of emails asking for more information on the specifics of the legendary, so here are your answers.

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