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Glyph of the Donald –  Your Polymorph: Sheep spell polymorphs your target into a sheep with a comb-over

Glyph of Tiger Bloodthirst – Use: Try it once and you’ll die

Glyph of Arcane Mediocrity – The mana cost of your Arcane Brilliance is not impressive at all

Glyph of the Jersey Penguin – Your Polymorph: Sheep spell polymorphs your target into Snooki

Glyph of Blessing of Palin – Use: Turn a Tea Party nobody into a US Senator

Glyph of Thick Cut Bacon – Use: Yum

Glyph of Colon Cleansing – Use: Reduces the accumulation of body wastes inside a Ret pally

Glyph of Truth or Dare – Use: Your target must answer an embarrassing question truthfully, or do something equally embarrassing at your behest

More at http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2228173270#1

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Cataclysm  introduced new UI and game features designed to make wandering around Azeroth more accessible, immersive, and fun.

Completing  and accepting certain new quests in the field is now as easy as clicking a button.  No more running to a quest giver to turn in, leading to an increase in obesity in the WoW population.

Quest NPC objective windows. Think 3D “Wanted: Dead or Alive posters.”

Highlighted quest NPC names in red, yellow, or green (hostile, neutral, or friendly) that help you find the right mob to kill (because man-bear-pigs look so much like bear-man-pigs from a distance). You can disable this if you think such hand-holding makes the game less immersive for you.

Resource bars for keeping track of debuffs and times in selected quests or encounters.

Allowing multiple players to tag or “tap” a single creature (I’m looking at you, Problin.)

Terrain phasing wherein parts of the environment (objects, NPCs, mountains or entire cities) are hidden or revealed depending on your stage of questing, leading to a more engaging and dynamic  questing experience or just leaving you disoriented and scratching your head.

Personal summons. In “Peacebloom vs. Ghouls,” you get your personal Botanist Brazie, your own lawn to cultivate, and waves of ghouls to battle with.

Cut-scenes. Cut-scenes. And did I mention cut-scenes? In times like these, the escape key is you friend.

Head to the official WoW forum post for more discussion on the new features’ purpose and functionality, or give feedback on how they’ve contributed to your leveling experience in Cataclysm.

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Brutal raid wipefests, we’ve all been there. Although we instinctively point our fingers at the inept tank, dps that stand in the fire or OOM healers for the failed attempts, the lack of leadership has it’s share of the blame. Good raid leaders don’t grow on trees, but you don’t need a master’s degree to learn from tankspot videos, either.

Gevlon at The Greedy Goblin lists the skills Raid Leaders must learn to succeed at this highly technical job: Leadership 101 boils down to having an adequate knowledge of the fights, and using analytic ability, flexibility and a hands-on approach to get the job done.

1. Blackrock Mountain Dew (Gamespot forum post)

2. Boss emote: “Behold the power of Brita Water Purifier” (overheard during a heroic Throne of the Tides run)

3. Promotional tabards you can wear to earn game time

4. Gnomes on Chevy Alvarado mounts and Goblins as Geico spokespersons

5. Verizon cell towers in every major city

6. “Home Depot” signs on free mounts (overheard on trade chat)

7. Starbucks at every inn

8. Nike Nukeblaster Engineering boots

9. Jetblue zeppelins

10. Red Bull Battle Elixirs

Soon, you will be able to shop for a guild like you order coffee at Starbucks. Choose your favorite combo according to guild playstyle (casual, moderate or hardcore), availability (weekends or weekdays) and  class role (tank, healer or dps). Heck, you can even post a mini-resume and browse for guilds with current openings. Nice screenshots of the proposed Looking for Guild Interface from the Public Test Realm available here.

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Firelands raid delayed: “Not Winning”

By the TWM Wire Staff (March 9, 2011 3:20 p.m. EST)

Los Angeles (TWM) — Charlie Sheen’s Tiger Blood boiled as he spewed a tirade online last night, after he just learned that he will have to wait for Cataclysm Patch 4.2 to see the Firelands raid.

Charlie Sheen is an actor and self-professed warlock with marital, legal and substance abuse problems stemming from frustrations about his inability to raid the Firelands in Patch 4.1.

“I feel more alive, I feel more focused, I feel more energetic,” Sheen told TWM last month about his Firelands raiding plan. “I’m on a quest to claim absolute victory on every front.” But his epic-winning mood soured when someone pointed out to him that only Zul’Aman and Zul’Gurub 5-man dungeons will be available in WoW soon.

He accused Blizzard and World of Warcraft developers of “narcissism, greed and hatred of yourself — or women,” and disdain for raiders who like to nuke Fire Elementals in WoW. “You gave me your word so you gave me nothing. It must really suck being your missus.”

“A high treason has occurred,” Sheen concluded. “The scales of justice are in a state of radical disarray. Together we must right this infantile wrong. Stay tuned, good soldiers. I’ll see you all on the battlefield. Dogspeed” he faded as he cried himself to sleep.

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It’s a sad day when another prolific WoW gold blogger (103 posts in January alone!) decides it is time to move on.

Here are the links to some of Zoxy’s useful gold-making posts:

Trade Skill Master tutorial – a three-part step-by-step guide to setting up your gold empire using this awesome new addon

Embersilk farming spot – lists prime spots in Tol Barad, Uldum, Hyjal and Twilight Highlands

Market manipulation part 1 and 2: how to embrace the AH goblin inside of you

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