No, it only counts towards the Raid Finder raiding that you do. You're free to get loot from normal or heroic modes that you run with whatever group or guild you run with on your server.
Standard disclaimer here that something could change, that this is still the PTR ... etc. ... etc. ...
Is there any way to get a feel for a server's community before transferring to it for real? Level one alts generally just get answers like "Nope." or "Yep."
I just went through this myself when cozying up to a new guild recently (awesome guild, by the way, and one that I can raid with, which is even better). The best way, in my opinion, is to look at the realm forums, scope out what some of the guild sites look like, and check out the Armory activity of some of the major players in those guilds. You'll get an idea pretty quick how progressed people are, what the atmosphere is like, and how good the overall playerbase is.
Don't forget to make an alt to hop on the AH and check out the economy. My one regret about the realm I transferred to is that the economy sucks in a big way. It wouldn't have stopped me from transferring, mind you, but it's something I should have paid attention to earlier. 350g for a red intellect gem is just dumb.
Have they said anything about the Therazane shoulder enchants being made BoA in 4.3? I've gotten exalted on two characters already and really don't want to do it again. Thanks!
Nope, and they're still BOP on the PTR. Unless Blizzard makes a change, looks like they won't be BOA this expansion cycle.
After having read Thrall: Twilight Of The Aspects, does this mean that ingame we are going to see Thrall's character renamed to Go'el in the future?
No, I really, really doubt Blizzard will rename Thrall. He's too iconic to the franchise to create confusion with.
Given what we understand about previous expansions, the Dev team's new ideology, and the fact that 4.3 will have the final encounter of this expansion, is there any good conjecture or reliable information regarding what will transpire between the end of this expansion and the beginning of the next?
There are a lot of rumors and unsubstantiated facts that have been floating around. We're not publishing these because they're so unreliable. The simple truth is that we don't really know what the next expansion will be about until Blizzard announces it in a couple of weeks.
Yes, the Pandaren trademark was discovered, but that doesn't tell us a whole lot about the direction of the game or anything else, and definitely not enough to deduce what's going to happen between now and the next expansion.
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