Winter Veil traditions are a little different in Deepholm. Here, a big rusted protodrake delivers consumables to good boys and girls, and devours the naughty ones outright. I know, you'd think the elemental plane of earth would have coal somewhere in there, but no.
"Will WoW.com do any beta invite giveaways like Tentonhammer and some other sites?"
WoW.com is not an official fansite and thus doesn't participate in fansite beta key giveaways. If we do get some to give away, we'll certainly keep you posted.
"Are there any in-game references to any of the WoW.com staff?"
Michael Belfast, the second NPC you encounter in Culling of Stratholme (after Chromie), is named after me (and my forum alter ego, Belfaire), but I worked at Blizzard at the time of his creation, not WoW.com.
It was an amazing gift.
"Do you have to have an active subscription to get a beta invite? I'm not currently subscribing, so I haven't been optimistic, but a friend who hasn't been active in over a year says he got an invite."
Nope, your account needn't be active to receive a beta invite.
"Any word from the beta on the promised daily quests for other professions like jewelcrafting has now?"
Yep. Fishing and cooking have daily quests at the moment that not only award you gold but also skill-ups! Expect to see similar quests for other professions.
"Dear The Queue,
Isn't it about time for a (clean) WoW Limerick Contest?
Let's give it a test run in the comments.
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