Spellstones and Firestones have long been the most useless items in the Warlock arsenal. Any chance of them being removed in WotLK, or at least changed into something useful?
Spellstones and Firestones have both been tweaked in Wrath. For one, instead of taking up a valuable off-hand slot, they can now be equipped in your ranged slot (the item description calls it a "relic" slot, but they definitely wind up equipped in the ranged slot). This means you could use a staff and still have a Spellstone or Firestone equipped if you so wished or if you were using a 1-handed weapon with an off-hand you wouldn't have to sacrifice your off-hand stats. However... you sacrifice the ability to equip a wand, meaning you lose its stats and tasty mana-free DPS. Whether this is a good trade-off for you is going to depend on how good your current wand is.
There are currently upgraded versions of the Spellstone on the beta realms, but no new Firestones yet. See the Demonic Spellstone at level 72 and the Fel Spellstone at level 78.
When you first make a Death Knight, he/she is part of the Scourge. Is it possible to send tells to Horde/Alliance while you are still doing the pre-quests?
Yes. Though you're instanced off from the rest of Azeroth, it's not a complete separation. Communication and mail (using the lone mailbox in the Scarlet Crusade town you're razing) works fine.
asked....How much is it costing on the PTR to upgrade professions from 375 to the new level bracket?
It costs 35g to upgrade primary professions and 100g to upgrade secondary professions. So if you want to jump straight into the game and start training professions , prepare to have a few hundred gold handy to get started (training materials not included!).
And also, how much Netherweave should we all be stashing the make that initial jump in First Aid?
Absolutely none. When you train up First Aid, Heavy Netherweave bandages will already be grey -- your skillups will all be using Northrend cloth, Frostweave.
asked....I've heard there is a threat meter being added. Is it in yet?
It is in.... sort of. At present, some threat indications have been included in Blizzard's built-in combat text, but the entire thing strikes me as slightly unfinished. At present, there are no options to enable or disable it with the rest of the combat text options and it only alerts you when you initially pull aggro.
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