You're in a good position to come back right now. Gear-wise Blizzard has made the transition to the final tier of raiding very easy, and you shouldn't have any trouble jumping back into the game while tearing up the new content. Head out to the Timeless Isle and spend a few days messing around out there -- your gear level should be around 490 and you'll be all set for some Orgrimmar raiding.
Lore-wise, you'll want to do the 5.1 content -- and by that I mean Operation Shieldwall (Alliance) or the Dominance Offensive (Horde). Those series of quests and resultant gameplay will get you caught up on what Garrosh is doing, and what Varyian isn't doing, and will give you a very good idea why Orgrimmar has to be sacked.
There is other stuff between the 5.1 content and the current patch, but I really don't feel that it's totally necessary to get what's going on. It's sorta like jumping ahead after one Tryion chapter in A Song of Fire and Ice to the next Tyrion chapter -- the story continues, and some stuff has happened in between, but it doesn't really impact much, because all the cool stuff happens with the Imp.
I feel alone because Hearthstone isn't appealing to me at all.
You're not at all! Personally I like it a lot, and play it a few times a week. There's a lot of people in the same boat I am. But there's a lot like you that don't like it either. CCGs are not for everyone. Magic the Gathering is successful but it's not that successful.
Your feelings are one of the reasons that I'm glad Blizzard didn't build it into WoW and make it into a thing that was required playing if you wanted to advance in WoW. By leaving it as a side game Blizzard has made the game fun for those who like it, and entirely ignorable for those that don't. In my opinion, that's great business with tens of millions of dedicated fans.
S/He who would cross the Queue of Knowledge
Must answer me
These questions three
Ere the other side s/he see.
What is your Name?
What is your Quest?
What... is your favourite colour?
To slay the Night Man and bring karate and friendship to everyone.
I, um, don't want to make any sudden moves or call too much attention to it or anything, but um, you guys... *whispers* the CSS seems like it's not breaking anymore for me.
Yup -- it looks to be fixed. Sorry for the seriously long delay, everyone. The problem was in a server side page speed enhancements. Those were removed and things are working again. I know it sounds like a no brainer to fix, and in some ways the easy solution is, but the easy solution doesn't apply when the entirety of Huffington Post and AOL is managed concurrently with WoW Insider (we're a piece of the puzzle of AOL's success, and there's a ton that goes into it). Our engineers worked hard to fix the problem, and we've exchanged lots of emails and what not -- but hey, all is well now. The podcast feed is fixed too.
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