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I haven't been using the dungeon finder much since I came back, but last night I had it open and noted that it said that I could receive valor points "1 more time today" for running a dungeon. This pretty strongly implies that VPs for heroics are back to being daily and not 7 in a week. Is this true?
It's sort of true. The reward that you can only get once per day is the 80 valor points you get from the dungeon. However, you will then be able to get 40 valor points per dungeon, as many times as you want to run dungeons. There is no weekly cap to heroic dungeon valor points anymore -- there's just a cap to how many valor points you can get in a week. The cap is 1000 points, and you can get those points pretty much any way you'd like.
I finally had the chance to finish Tides of War (which was a great read!), do you think we will see some of the characters from the book make some big appearances in MoP as the war escalates? It's a no brainer with Garrosh, Varian and Vol'jin, but I'm specifically referring to Jaina, Kalec, Malkorok or even Dalaran itself?
You'll be seeing a lot more of Jaina as well as Dalaran in patch 5.1, if datamined scenario information is correct. Blizzard really seems to be on the ball with keeping novel characters alive, kicking, and interactive in the game world too, this time around. I like it.
You can change/retcon/adjust one thing in WoW lore. What would you change about WoW history, for gameplay reasons, personal preferences, or just cause you really wish Garrosh would die?
Med'an would no longer exist, and neither would his origin story. Med'an was an interesting concept for a comic book character in a comic book world of overpowered heroes with amazing super powers that save the world from certain doom. But he is not, and never felt like, a Warcraft character. The supposed romance between Medivh and Garona seemed like an out-of-place and hastily jammed in plot element to introduce a superhero figure to the storyline, and it just didn't work. None of it worked. I'd like him to disappear from canonical existence, and I'm not the only one.
Jade Forest lore question that's been bugging me ... The Horde and Alliance land on opposite sides of the Forest, more or less simultaneously (each scouting party finds something left by the other). But each side encounters a base of the opposing faction where they land. Where'd these bases come from? The south-side Horde base could be from the fleet that ambushed Anduin's convoy, but who sent Jack Arrow and set up the Strongarm airstrip on the north side? Did Adm. Rogers launch an airbase-in-a-box to the other side of the continent, or is that a pirate gang masquerading as Alliance soldiers?
You're a member of a scouting/rescue party that's been sent to find the survivors that disappeared. Basically, there were two fleets that engaged in a naval battle and then went missing. Once news of the disappearance reached Stormwind and Orgrimmar, you were sent to go find those missing people. Unfortunately, your rescue party landed on the opposite side of the continent from those original survivors -- and it also happens to be where the opposing faction settled in while waiting for those rescue parties to arrive.
So basically there was the original arrival, Alliance settled north, Horde settled south. Then the rescue parties arrived, but the Horde arrived north, and the Alliance arrived south. Hopefully that clears it up a little bit.
Q4TQ: Do you guys plan to release a weekly pet battle article? Also have Blizzard said anything about changing Brewfest in the future to encompass Pandaria stuff (I know it just ended for the year but the thought of brewing up some beer with Chen Stormstout as part of Brewfest is too cool)
I don't know about weekly, but I suspect since there are those on staff who are very much into Pet Battles, we'll be seeing more posts featuring cool pets every now and again. As far as Brewfest is concerned, while the pandaren didn't have a large presence there this year, there were pandaren NPCs at the Brewfest site who mentioned that they'd like to participate actively next year. So ... I guess we'll see next October!
@Bullwyfthetank asked via Twitter:
where is the best place to farm motes of harmony, outside of songbell seeds? Is there a "best place"?
Yes! Well, there's my favorite spot, anyway. I usually hit up the Dread Wastes if I'm looking for a lot of motes, specifically Zan'vess, the island to the southwest. There are tons of mobs all over the island, and you get the bonus of choosing a couple of paragon augmentations from the Klaxxi to help you out while you're farming. It's best to do on days where the dailies aren't at that particular hub -- otherwise you're going to be competing with people for quest kills.
Is the drop rate there any higher than anywhere else on Pandaria? Probably not. I'm pretty sure the drop rate for motes is the same no matter where you happen to be. Your best bet is finding some place with a lot of mobs that don't take forever to respawn, and just continuously killing them. That's why I like Zan'vess -- because I never really run out of things to kill.
@rpandagirl asked via Twitter:
I'm having a hard time doing the Dread Wastes quests. I still need "might of the Klaxxi" to get the achievement, but I can't find it. Any thoughts?
Head to The Briny Muck. Look for glowing amber with a ! over it -- it'll give you a quest that should send you on your way to completion. At least that's the one most of my friends got stuck on, anyway. Good luck!
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