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Patch 3.3 PTR: Why are Northshire wolves getting sick


Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Patch 3.3 full of diseased wolves! D.H.E.T.A. protesting Abbey over wolf hunts! Extra! Extra!

Okay, maybe changing this isn't the most earth shattering news. Seeing Blizzard change quests or even add new animal skins is something we normally expect with each patch. But this one is different. Going back to the starting areas and changing the quests and mobs there isn't something we see as every day. As such, it begs the question as to why now? Or maybe more intriguingly, what does it mean?

In the current Wolves Across the Border quest, you're asked to go get 8 pieces of Tough Wolf Meat for Eagan Peltskinner. We've now seen that this has changed on the Patch 3.3 PTR. Now it looks like Eagan's favorite meal is being threatened. Instead of killing those healthy, howling, wolves for their meat, Eagan is talking about some mysterious disease.

Disease? What disease?

As far as I know there hasn't been any sign of the undead plague around Stormwind. Do you think it was those nasty death knights? It would make sense with death knights exploding corpses and willy-nilly pulling ghouls out of the ground everywhere. So maybe it's not really that surprising.

Then again, could it point to something more dire and menacing on the horizon? While trying to find if anything has been revealed for the reason behind this change, I stumbled on a post by Mania (of Petopia fame) over on Mania's Arcania.

In her post Mania poses the possibility of this change hinting at Cataclysm related event. Maybe even that this change is hinting the removal of felpaw wolves from Felwood.

I'd hate to disagree with the Dame of All Things Pets, so I'll just blame the druids and say this is what happens when the D.H.E.T.A. gets too much influence. I just hope Blizzard hurries up with the hunter form for druids. That way we can keep them under control with a "Tame Druid" skill.

Yes, folks that is an attempt at sarcasm. We all know that druids won't get the hunter form until possibly Patch 4.2 at the earliest, right?

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