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So what is the WoWInsider crew's best guess as to when they think 4.3 is coming out?
My personal guess is late November or early December. My guess may change as the PTR progresses.
Why is tier 2.5 so ugly?
You can argue that one tier is better looking than other or that it fits a certain race better than other for each class. But when it comes to picking the worst looking tier, 2.5 is the worse looking tier across the board. The textures are odd, the palette is way to bright and the overall theme of that tier seems to be "sea shells on lsd". Why is that?
Tier 2.5 tried to make armor out of bugs. Bugs are disgusting, ergo ...
Seriously, though, take the theme of bugs and try to apply it to each class in the game. How do you make an insectoid paladin? How do you make an insectoid warrior? It was an experiment in thematic design that went a little wonky. It wasn't a big deal, though. Tier 2.5 wasn't a real tier; it wasn't a necessary part of progression. It's raid content that went alongside other things. Your tier 2 and tier 3 were the good stuff, and tier 2.5 was this strange, experimental, in-betweeny thing you could use to fill gaps in your other gear.
What Blizzard should have done was give us Big Bad Beetleborg costumes. That would've owned. (Fun fact: Power Rangers reused the defunct Beetleborg suits as villains in the infamous Forever Red episode of Power Rangers Wild Force.)
WoW Insider streamed two of the new dungeons on the PTR, End Time and Hour of Twilight. Which is your favorite so far?
End Time is an enjoyable jaunt, and I will happily run it over and over again. Hour of Twilight is a huge headache. I did not think it was possible to make Thrall a more irritating companion than he was in Escape from Durnholde, but Blizzard pulled it off. I hate him. I really, truly hate him.
Running down a plain, snowy pathway in Hour of Twilight doesn't feel very good, either. Especially after the wholly different, post-apocalyptic view of the exact same zone that we get in End Time. It's like ... End Time is a delicious chocolate cake, right? Hour of Twilight is that same cake, except someone scraped all of the frosting off. And your green-skinned friend runs up and throws it on the ground before you can eat any of it.
This is the PTR, though. They can still make Thrall not-a-pain-in-the-ass. We don't know how close they are to finished with these instances at all, so don't take my opinion as any sort of solid condemnation.
End Time is where it's at.
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