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As September draws to a close and Patch 6.0.2 looms on the horizon, there is a fast closing timeframe left to obtain many achievements, events, and items related to Mists of Pandaria. Over the past week, Blizzard has made several notification posts informing players that they have only a few precious weeks left to complete MoP Challenge Modes, Brawler's Guild at level 90 (Season One), to begin the Legendary Cloak questline, to purchase leveling heirlooms, and to meet the qualifications to obtain your free Azeroth Choppers mount.





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Free Horde Azeroth Choppers Mount


All players who have logged in to WoW on any character before Tuesday, September 30th at 11:59pm will automatically receive the winning Horde Chopper mount, inv_chopper_horde.jpgWarlord's Deathwheel, from the Azeroth Choppers webseries this past spring. Players who do not log in before the deadline, along with Alliance players looking to acquire their faction mount (inv_chopper_alliance.jpgChampion's Treadblade), may purchase their mount for 100,000 gold from a to-be-determined NPC vendor. If you have any friends who do not have active subscriptions but are interested in playing in Warlords, give them a friendly heads up that the window for receiving this mount for free is ending soon!

Blizzard Icon Time Is Running Out to Get to Your Choppa!


Don’t miss the opportunity to claim your Horde chopper. Log in now to reserve this mechanical marvel for your collection before it’s too late!

Anyone who logs in to the game between now* and September 30, 2014 will automatically have their account flagged to receive the Horde chopper upon the release of the upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion. Everyone can (and should!) claim their chopper by logging in now, but as a reminder, only your Horde characters will be able to mount up and take it for a ride.

Didn’t see the Azeroth Choppers series? You can still watch it here!


*Anyone who logs in between July 24, 2014- September 30, 2014 will have their account flagged to receive the Horde Chopper.
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Time is Running Out to Complete MoP Events and Achievements


Recent beta patches have been quickly winding down on introducing new content and instead focusing on tuning passes for classes. This, along with the Battle.net app began downloading data for the Warlords of Draenor 6.0.2 pre-patch this week, indicates that the release of patch 6.0.2 is two to three weeks away.

Blizzard Icon Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 Background Download Begins!


To help you get prepared for the upcoming Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 release, we’ve uploaded the patch data to the background downloader. By downloading the patch in advance, you’ll be ready to get in-game and start playing as soon as the expansion goes live!

If you have issues during this process, you can find help to resolve them on the support site here.

You can adjust your download settings within the Battle.net desktop app by clicking on the Battle.net symbol and selecting “Settings” from the menu. Under Game Install/Update you’ll be able to adjust your download options for each of your games and enable or disable the background download, adjust the rate for your download, or pause it if you have a restriction on daily downloads. (Source)


Once the 6.0.2 prepatch has been released, a number of existing events, achievements, and items will either no longer be obtainable, or, will have strict and limited timeframes remaining.

Season One of the Brawler's Guild will conclude with the 6.0.2 prepatch release. While none of the content is disappearing permanently, the level 90 version of the encounters and associated achievements will no longer be obtainable and will be converted in to Feats of Strength. Are you stuck on a certain Brawler's Guild boss, wondering how to complete your deck of Challenge Cards, or looking to just get started? Be sure to check our Brawler's Guild guide for all of the answers!

Not mentioned in the blue post below, but worth mentioning, is that achievements associated with Proving Grounds at level 90 will also become Feats of Strength with new versions available at level 100 when Warlords is released.

Blizzard Icon Seasons Change: Brawler’s Guild, Challenge Modes, and Last Chances


Warlords of Draenor offers heroes an opportunity to continue their journey into a new savage land, but before you take your leave of Mists of Pandaria, we wanted to remind you that you may have some unfinished business to attend to – before it’s too late. It’s important to note that many of these changes are affected by the release of patch 6.0.2, which like all of our pre-expansion patches, will arrive a few weeks before Warlords of Draenor’s release.

Brawler’s Guild Season One Ending


Brawler’s Guild changes are coming with Patch 6.0.2 which means what’s currently available in game will be ending soon. Once the new patch goes live and Season One comes to an end, all of your progress will reset and the achievements you’ve earned will be moved into a new category in Feats of Strength called Legacy. Brawler’s Guild will also become unavailable until after Warlords of Draenor launches as the new changes will be for level 100 characters. Don’t worry, though, your membership in this exclusive club will carry over into the next expansion.

Now’s the time to get in there and show your mettle by reaching Rank 10 and defeating the card bosses before it’s too late!

We’ll have more information about what you can expect from Season 2 of Brawler’s Guild in an upcoming post.

Season One of Challenge Modes Ending


If you’re looking to make one last push for your Challenge Mode rewards– now is the time. You’ll have until the release of patch 6.0.2 to make a play for these highly coveted awards which include: Achievements, Titles, Mounts and cosmetic class sets. For more information on the end of the season, you can read our previous post here.

Siege of Orgrimmar Heirlooms


Those who are looking to obtain Garrosh Heirloom weapons from Siege of Orgrimmar will also want to step up their quest to obtain these valuable items. If you want to get your hands on these heirlooms, you’ll want to act quickly. Once Warlords of Draenor releases, they’ll be removed from Garrosh's loot table. For a complete list of available Heirlooms, see Wowhead’s handy list.

A Legendary Undertaking


As we previously announced, the Legendary Cloak will no longer be available to earn after the release of Warlords of Draenor. After patch 6.0.2 releases, players who aren’t already on the quest line will no longer be able to start it. To help speed you on this journey, the Gaze of the Black Prince buff will run until the release of patch 6.0.2. Good luck on your quest, but remember that your voyage doesn’t end here. Soon, you’ll be setting your sights on the new Legendary item, Khadgar’s Band of the Archmage, in Warlords of Draenor.
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Blizzard also released individual announcements with significantly more information about each of these changes.

Last Chance: Legendary Cloak Questline


When patch 6.0.2 is live, any characters that have not yet begun Wrathion's Legendary Cloak questline will not be able to do so, and, the inv_legendary_theblackprince.jpgGaze of the Black Prince buff will no longer be active, meaning there is no time to waste if you are currently on a collection step (inv_legendary_sigilofpower.jpgSigil of Power, inv_legendary_sigilofwisdom.jpgSigil of Wisdom, secrets_of_the_empire_icon.jpgSecrets of the Empire, or inv_titan_runestones_icon.jpgTitan Runestone) of the questline. Due to the questline being removed in Warlords of Draenor, if you have any characters that you want to have the Legendary Cloak on, this is literally your last chance to try and get it!
 
Have questions about the questline or need a refresher of the steps required to complete each phase? Be sure to check out our Breath of the Black Prince guide!

Blizzard Icon Legendary Cloak Quest Last Chance – Black Prince Buff Extended


As your journey takes you from Pandaria to Draenor, we wanted to extend one last opportunity to obtain your Legendary Cloak—and share some important updates related to this iconic item.

Legendary Cloak Changes: Once More unto the Breach


As a part of the transition from Mists of Pandaria to Warlords of Draenor, we’ll be making some changes to the Legendary Cloak quest line and ultimately closing it out as players head into the new expansion. Once the quest is fully closed, the item will no longer be attainable, and the cloak will become a symbol of the great deeds you’ve accomplished in Mists of Pandaria.

With the release of the pre-expansion patch (6.0.2), players who are not already on the journey through this quest line will no longer be able to begin it. We will also be removing the Test of Valor step with patch 6.0.2 as a part of our transition from using Valor as a currency.

Once Warlords of Draenor launches on November 13, the Legendary Cloak quest line will be gone entirely—the quests and the cloak will no longer be obtainable, and any related in-progress quests will be cleared from your log.

But when one door closes, another door opens. In Warlords of Draenor, players will have the opportunity to earn a new Legendary item available exclusively in the new expansion: Khadgar’s Band of the Archmage.

The Gaze of the Black Prince: One Last Look



If you haven’t yet earned your Legendary Cloak, you still have one final opportunity to make accelerated progress on your quest. Rather than end the Gaze of the Black Prince buff on Tuesday, September 16 (as previously announced), the buff will remain active until the release of the Warlords of Draenor pre-patch (6.0.2). This buff increases the reputation gained with the Black Prince by 100%. It also increases the chance of obtaining items from his foes needed as a part of the Legendary Cloak quest line, including Secrets of the Empire, Sigil of Wisdom, Sigil of Power, and Titan Runestones.

Good luck on your quest, but remember that your voyage doesn’t end here. Soon, you’ll be setting your sights on the new Legendary item, Khadgar’s Band of the Archmage, in Warlords of Draenor.

To learn more about the Legendary Cloak quest line, check out our previous blog posts: I am Legendary and The Time Has Come: Legendary Quest Line. (Source)


Last Chance: Mists of Pandaria Challenge Modes


Also being removed with the 6.0.2 prepatch will be access to the Mists of Pandaria Challenge Mode rewards, including the Undaunted title, class-specific transmog armor set, and the Pandaren Phoenix mounts (if you have one mount, all four will be granted upon the release of 6.0.2). Upon the release of Warlords of Draenor, a new Challenge Mode season will begin with the level 100 dungeons.

Blizzard Icon Challenge Mode End of Season Early Warning


Countless adventurers continue to brave the most trying versions of Mists of Pandaria dungeons, but the clock is ticking. This “season” of Challenge Modes will be coming to an end with the upcoming release of a patch prior to the expansion’s release.

Challenge Modes are designed to offer as close to a “normalized” difficulty as possible, and they’re tuned to be tough to master. With Warlords of Draenor’s class changes, itemization changes (e.g. the removal of Hit and Expertise), and—of course—increased level cap on the horizon, the difficulty of Mists of Pandaria’s dungeons will no longer be tuned the same as they were. In the spirit of fair play, when the aforementioned patch is released a little while before the new expansion launches, the current slate of Challenge Mode dungeons will no longer be available, and the achievements they award will be converted to Feats of Strength. The reward items will still be available for purchase by those who qualified prior to the end of the season, but it will not be possible for new players to earn those rewards going forward.

If you still need to earn your Undaunted title, Ancestral Phoenix, or class-specific Transmogrification sets, now’s the time to get out there and prove your worth. In Warlords of Draenor, an entirely new set of Challenge Modes will be available . . . and with them an array of new rewards for you to earn. Until then, stay sharp!

* Reward Clarifications

With the upcoming end of the Challenge Mode Season, we wanted to provide some additional clarification on how we plan to handle rewards.

Achievements: All Achievements associated with Mists of Pandaria Challenge Modes will become Feats of Strength.

Rewards
  • Bronze: The “Undaunted” title for achieving a full set of Bronze medals will become account-wide.
  • Silver: The Pandaren Phoenix mounts awarded for a full set of Silver medals will become account-wide. If any character on an account has earned a full set of Silver medals, all four variants of the Pandaren Phoenix (Crimson, Ashen, Violet, and Emerald) will become available to all characters account-wide.
  • Gold: The cosmetic class sets will remain character-specific. Any character that has earned all nine Gold medals will still be able to repurchase the appropriate set, should they misplace theirs, from Challenger Soong or Challenger Wuli in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Any characters that have earned one or more “Challenger’s Path” teleport spells by earning Gold medals in Mists Challenge Modes will retain those spells.
  • Realm Best Titles: There are extremely limited titles that are held by the players who hold the best clear time for a given dungeon on a given server. Since those Challenge dungeons will no longer be available in Warlords of Draenor, their respective titles are also being permanently removed. There will be new Challenge dungeons in the upcoming Warlords season, and new titles for which to contend, however.
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Not-So Last Chance: PvE Heirlooms from Vendors


PvE Leveling Heirlooms will be disappearing for a short time from vendors in Stormwind and Orgrimmar in 6.0.2. This is due to the current currency that is used to obtain them, pvecurrency_justice.jpgJustice Points, being removed from the game. A new method has been promised as a way to obtain these heirlooms, though no details have been released yet. In the interim these items can still be obtained through other existing methods, including the Argent Tournament and Darkmoon Faire.

Blizzard Icon Heirloom Vendor Change in Patch 6.0.2


With the upcoming release of Patch 6.0.2, we’ll be sending the vendors who sell Heirlooms for Justice Points on a nice vacation.

As you might already be aware, both Justice and Valor Points are being removed as currencies from the game in 6.0.2. As we started to work on new ways to buy Heirlooms, we found that we were setting their value up for a rollercoaster ride. That's because we’re also working on a larger Heirloom system for a future patch, and we don’t want to introduce an interim pricing scheme that could temporarily devalue Heirlooms or limit how we’d be able to give them out in the future. Rather than make players face buyer’s remorse and hand-wringing decisions about when to buy, we’re going to give the Justice Heirloom vendors some time off while we work on improving the system as a whole.

One thing to note is that this change only affects vendors that sell Heirlooms for Justice. PvE Heirlooms will still remain available at the Darkmoon Faire and the Trial of the Crusader, and PvP Heirlooms will continue to be available for Honor. (Source)
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Just another quick note,

 

inv_pet_babycloudserpent.jpgThundering Serpent Hatchling is currently available through a guild achievement achievement_challengemode_gold.jpgChallenge Conquerors: Gold - Guild Edition.

 

If (like me) you haven't managed to gain the guild achievement, and you never will - you can always join a guild that has.

 

It requires revered reputation (so if you are exalted with your guild right now you can easily swap over).

 

I just contacted an officer in a guild that had access to the pet - mentioned I would give them a donation towards their guild bank (paid upfront) - joined the guild for 2 minutes and bought the pet - then rejoined my normal guild.

 

Consensus seems to be that if the guild already has the achievement unlocked the pet will be available to purchase still (but I wanted to make sure).

 

It will become available through the Black Market Auction House from 6.0.2 onwards (but the above would probably be a cheaper option anyway)

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      I made a UI screenshot with opened talent tree and VuhDo HoT assignments.
      Key Layouts (how I assign spells to mouse): remember they are configured separately from the main setup and you have to import them separately too in Tools->Key Layouts->Import

      In 5-man HoT icons I track only my HoTs because obviously there are no other healers. Threat and personal CDs people may use are being tracked through Indicators (General->Advanced->Indicators). In this bouquet everyone should add his group specifics if you are aiming for Mythic+: I found a bit redundant to keep there damage mitigation abilities for all the classes.
      Regarding the Hot Keys you see on the screen - it may be a bit confusing because I don't really use all of them but:
      1,2,3 - dps abilities
      = - Tranq
      F1 - Barkskin
      F2 - Dash
      F4 - Inner
      F - Efflorescence
      G - shapeshift
      Q - Artifact spell
      D - Ironbark mouseover macro
      J - Cenarion Ward mouseover macro
      E,H - interrupts
      T - Flourish
       
      The raid setup:
      I'm raiding Mythic so my healing frames are tuned for 20-man.

      As you can see, HoT icon section changed - now I track what other healers are doing too so we wouldn't overlap with the healing and I'm be sure that assigned damage mitigation spells are used.
      The actual strings to import are in this separate thread because it's technically problematic to update them here in guide.
       
      I have to say that there are loads of options that I didn’t speak about here. But I tried to keep it short and basic.
      I always can answer any of your questions about VuhDo or you can continue to dig it by yourselves.
    • By Stan
      Nighthold opens this week and with it the Suramar campaign continues. Wrath Timewalking and the world boss Humongris are up.
      Nighthold Opens
      The third Legion raid is now open and this week it's available on Normal/Heroic difficulty. The first wing of LFR and Mythic difficulty will unlock next week. More information can be found in our detailed Nighthold Survival Guide. World Boss Humongris
      Humongris is up this week. Search for the Pocket Wizard world quest in Val'sharah. If you've been killing Legion World Bosses since Legion launch, you should have already unlocked the Artifact appearance via Unleashed Monstrosities. The base appearance can finally be unlocked (Improving on History) now that Nighthold is open.
      World Boss Loot Tables
      Coerced Wizard's Cloak Mantle of the Aspiring Spellgiant Padawsen's Squished Pauldrons Padawsen's Unlucky Charm Sea Giant Toothpick Fragment Shoulderguards of Unimaginative Magic Shoulderplates of Oversized Sorcery Wrath Timewalking Dungeon Event (January 17 - 24)
      Don't forget to pick the quest A Burning Path Through Time from Archmage Timear or from within the Adventure Journal. Completing five Timewalking dungeons rewards Accolade of Victory Cache of Nightmarish Treasures 1 Seal of Broken Fate During Wrath Timewalking, you can get items like Reins of the Blue Proto-Drake. Reins of the Infinite Timereaver is personal loot and the mount has a chance to drop off of any boss in Timewalking dungeons. You can start saving your Timewarped Badges for Pandaria Timewalking to get The mount Yu'lei, Daughter of Jade Pets - Infinite Hatchling, Paradox Spirit and other vanity items such as Portable Yak Wash or Shado-Pan Dragon Gun. Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza
      Is back and available as a world quest every Sunday at 2 p.m. PST. More on what has changed can be read here. Insurrection Story
      The last quest Lord of the Shadow Council can be complete now that Nighthold is open. All you need to do is defeat Gul'dan . The quest reward is Headpiece of the Shadow Council. After defeating Gul'dan there will be an additional quest called "Fate of the Nightborne" (it isn't in the database yet) that will give you the Arcanist's Manasaber mount. Mythic+ Affixes (US)
      Sanguine // Overflowing // Tyrannical
      Mythic+ Affixes (EU)
      Teeming // Skittish // Fortified (will be changed and updated on Jan 18)
    • By Stan
      Lord of the Shadow Council is ready, but so are you!
      The Nighthold opens this week and finally we'll be able to put Gul'dan to justice. Our Survival Guide has all the information you need to know about the latest Legion raid.
      No prerequisites required to enter the raid. Ahead of the Curve: Xavius is removed when Nighthold opens. The raid has ten bosses and is non-linear. The first 3 bosses need to be defeated in a specific order:  Skorpyron > Chronomatic Anomaly > Trilliax After that you get access to 5 bosses that can be killed in any order. The last two bosses that need to be killed are Elisande > Gul'dan. Defeating Gul'dan on Mythic difficulty grants the Mythic: Gul'dan achievement and the "Vengeance Incarnate" title. Players will finally end the Suramar story line and acquire the Arcanist's Manasaber mount. If you've completed Unleashed Monstrosities, you can work your way toward completing Improving on History to unlock the base appearance. The Direbeak and Bloodgazer falcosaurs require Nighthold to open before you can get your mounts - Brilliant Direbeak & Predatory Bloodgazer. Glory of the Legion Raider also has some Nighthold-related achievements and rewards Defiled Reins. Raid Schedule
      Normal and Heroic difficulties are available starting January 17. Mythic difficulty and the first wing of Raid Finder will open one week later.
      Blizzard Entertainment
      Raid Schedule: Tuesday, January 17: Nighthold Normal and Heroic difficulties open. Tuesday, January 24: Nighthold Mythic difficulty and Raid Finder Wing 1 (Arcing Aqueducts) open. Tuesday, February 7: Nighthold Raid Finder Wing 2 (Royal Athenaeum) opens. Tuesday, February 21: Nighthold Raid Finder Wing 3 (Nightspire) opens. Tuesday, March 7: Nighthold Raid Finder Wing 4 (Betrayer’s Rise) opens. (Source)
      Nighthold Guides
      Our guide section has been updated with boss guides for Nighthold, don't forget to check them out to be Ahead of the Curve: Gul'dan. Should you need any help, feel free to post in the PvE forum.
      Skorpyron Chronomatic Anomaly Trilliax Spellblade Aluriel Tichondrius Krosus High Botanist Tel'arn Star Augur Etraeus Elisande Gul'dan (TBA) 7.1.5 Class Guides
      All 36 specializations in our Class Guides have been updated for the latest patch.
      Legendary Items
      After Nighthold opens, players will be able to upgrade their existing item level 910 Legendaries to item level 940. Emissary caches will start dropping Legendaries of item level 940 by default.
      Aerythlea
      Since the release of Patch 7.1.5, we've received a number of questions relating to the Nighthold Legendary item upgrades and how that process will work. We'd like to provide some clarity on what you can expect next week.
      When the Nighthold opens next week, players who have acquired at least one Legion Legendary item will find a quest in Dalaran to upgrade a Legendary from item level 910 to 940. This quest involves collecting a number of
      Essence of Aman'Thul, which can be found in the following locations:
      Nighthold Raid Bosses Weekly Mythic Keystone Cache Emissary Bags PvP Weekly Quests Once you have completed the quest, you'll be given a Distilled Titan Essence, which can be consumed to upgrade a Legion Legendary item to level 940. The quest is repeatable, so you'll be able to earn as many Distilled Titan Essences as you need to upgrade any Legendaries you have.
      Additionally, once the Nighthold is open, any new Legendaries you discover will already be item level 940. Note that this does not apply retroactively to Emissary Bags that you may already have in your inventory when the time comes. Only new bags earned after the Nighthold is open have the chance to reward an item level 940 Legendary.
      (Source)
      Tier 19 Sets
      Nighthold is the first raid to drop sets in the Legion and we've taken a closer look at Tier 19 here.
      Nighthold Mounts
      Fiendish Hellfire Core is a guaranteed drop from Gul'dan on Mythic difficulty. The drop chance will be reduced to 1% after a new expansion is released.
      Living Infernal Core has a chance to drop off of Gul'dan on any difficulty except LFR.
      Mount Animations

      Gul'dan (Mythic Only Phase)
      This part contains major lore spoilers, proceed with caution!
       
    • By Stan
      The Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza was removed, because of CRZ issues. With Patch 7.1.5 it is back as a world quest, offering the same rewards, but now it's more forgiving as more players per region to complete the quest are considered winners. This is a good change especially for realms with high population.
      At BlizzCon they talked about 50 winners, but based on live, numbers seem to be higher.
      Winners will be awarded the Master Angler of Azeroth achievement, which is required for Accomplished Angler and the "Salty" title.
      Rewards that all winners can choose from are
      Arcanite Fishing Pole Boots of the Bay Dread Pirate Ring High Test Eternium Fishing Line Hook of the Master Angler Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza can now be found as a world quest in Booty Bay (similar to how quests appear on the map during the Call of Scarab micro-holiday).

      Winner screen after completion

      Pictures are a courtesy of redditor Bal0rCIM (Source)
    • By Stan
      On January 16, 2007 the first expansion for World of Warcraft launched. The Burning Crusade turns 10 today!
      The expansion brought us two new playable races - Draenei and Blood Elves. We got flying mounts that were usable in Outland at Level 70. Outland became accessible via the Dark Portal in Blasted Lands. Sockets were introduced to the game and added to Jewelcrafting. The original Karazhan was added in the Burning Crusade expansion. The expansions added Tier 4 through 6 Sets. Patches
      Patch 2.1 added the Black Temple and daily quests and the opportunity to enter Hyjal. Attunement wasn't as easy as it is today. For Hyjal, you had to complete The Vials of Eternity, but the problem was that both Kael'thas Sunstrider and Lady Vashj dropped a limited amount of vials and it took months for a full raid to get attuned.
      Patch 2.2 added voice comms to the client.
      Patch 2.3 added Zul'Aman as a 10-player raid where you could get Amani War Bear and brought quality of life improvements to 20 - 60 leveling.
      Patch 2.4 introduced Isle of Quel'Danas, the first outdoor zone that was added with a patch. There was a lot of world PvP, daily quests, where the whole server had to participate to unlock a vendor, Magister's Terrace (where we learned that Tempest Keep was merely a setback) and the Sunwell Plateau raid.
      World Firsts
      Remember Nihilum? They snatched a lot of world first back in the day!
      Mount Hyjal
      Nihilum was the first guild to down Archimonde in Mount Hyjal.
      Serpentshrine Cavern
      Nihilum defeated Lady Vashj when she was bugged and I don't know if it counts as a world first, but there's no video of the kill, instead, here's one by Method.
      Tempest Keep
      Kael'thas Sunstrider was downed by Nihilum, another world first.
      Black Temple
      Illidan Stormrage was brought to justice by Nihilum. He drops two legendary items - Warglaive of Azzinoth and Warglaive of Azzinoth.
      Sunwell Plateau
      SK Gaming downed Kil'jaeden. who drops Thori'dal, the Stars' Fury.
      Are there any fond memories that come to your mind when you recall "The Burning Crusade"?