Download Rockstar Game Launcher and Get Grand Theft Auto San Andreas Free on PC

Rockstar Games Studio released a new games launcher this week. Downloading their new games launcher comes a free copy of GTA San Andreas for PC.

It’s 2019 and it seems every major gaming studio has released their own games launcher. Rockstar has joined the decided to get in on the game launcher action this week. And as an incentive is offering probably the best GTA game, San Andreas, for free.

Ars Technica reported that the Rockstar Game Launcher will be required to play GTA V. Now when you go to launch Grand Theft Auto V from the Steam library, it will automatically launch the Rockstar Game Launcher.

At present, there are only 7 of Rockstar’s 33 games available. There are no additional discounts or deals.

Update on Recent WoW and Twitch DDOS Attacks

Twitch and World of Warcraft DDoSer Suspect Arrested

World of Warcraft Community Manager informed the WoW forums community that the person believed to be responsible for the DDOS attacks that targeted World of Warcraft Classic servers and Twitch Streamers playing WoW Classic is in custody.

When the DDOS attacks began on September 8, a Twitter user going by UKDrillas live-tweeted his alleged activities, as he targeted specific Twitch streamers. It would be several hours before Twitter acted to take down the account of the alleged DDOSer. There is no word yet on whether or not UKDrillas was actually behind the attacks or otherwise involved.

Depending on where the suspect resides, they could receive hefty penalties in addition to prison time, like that of Austin Thompson, aka DerpTrolling, who received 27 months in prison as well as a $95,000 fine. The maximum penalty for just conspiring to launch cyber attacks is 10 years in prison. In the U.S., cyber attacks are treated as acts of domestic terrorism, which warrant a sentence of 20 years in prison.


A hacker or group of hackers going to UK Drillas on Twitter has been attacking various online media outlets.

Friday, around 5 PM EST, the hacker(s) going by UK Drillas began, what they called on Twitter, an “authenticity test” by allegedly taking down Wikipedia.

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UK Drillas moved on to Twitch servers to cycle through the Twitch’s streaming lineup to find summit1g.

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Next, UK Drillas would target the game that most of the popular streamers are playing, World of Warcraft Classic.

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Blizzard Support is well aware of the attacks and are working on a solution.

Yes folks, there are issues.

And no, I’m not going to give more details.

Being worked on.

Thank you for your patience.

We aren’t sure who UK Drillas is or if they are being paid by an outside entity to cause chaos. Rumors say they’ve located his back in Canada. Someone going by the name of /dev/null on Twitter claims to have identified and located the hacker. But it’s highly probable that UK Drillas is using someone else’s moniker, being that he established his Twitter account only September of this year, likely yesterday for the purpose of announcing his attacks. Another Twitter user, Corey Blankenship also allegedly identified the man behind UK Drillas, who appears to have the same name and location as the person /dev/null identified.

What is a DDOS attack?

A DDOS or a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack happens when a user overloads a targeted website with multiple requests for service to the point where services are slowed or stopped. DDOS attackers generally release thousands of botnets onto their targeted website. Is DDOS illegal? DDOSing is absolutely illegal in most most countries, including the U.S, Canada, and the UK, where UK Drillas is alleged to reside.

As of September 7, 2019, at 5 PM, UK Drillers is still attacking Twitch servers and now returning to attacking WoW Classic servers and announcing his attacks on Twitter. There isn’t much we gamers can do. However, if you are looking for games like World of Warcraft Classic, try these out if you haven’t already.

Updated Crash Course to Playing World of Warcraft

Whether you're new to World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth or are returning for World of Warcraft Classic after a long hiatus, this crash course will help you survive.

There are dozens of forums, websites and Youtube videos dedicated to World of Warcraft. And yet, most of them don't answer some very simple questions. Oftentimes, you're forced to sift through tons of data not relevant to what you're looking for, having to listen to someone explain something horribly. And don't get me started on the craptacularly (that's my word), hideous music in the background. Here's where Ge'NeL comes to the rescue! We've created this WoW guide to answer recurring questions asked in the Women of Warcraft Facebook group and all across the internet world....of Warcraft.

WHERE TO START

First things first, you have to decide which type of realm is best for you: player versus player (pvp), player versus environment or role playing versus player.

  • PvP is exactly how it sounds. It's faction player against opposing faction player in addition to NPCs. Outside of major cities, the potential to be killed by another player is pretty high. Some people even find joy in terrorizing low level areas. While it may be annoying, it comes with the territory.

  • PvE realms are relegated to environmental gameplay. While pvp is still an option on pve realms, it requires being in a battleground or arena or turning pvp settings on.

  • RPvP is a bit different. It's role-playing! You interact with other players as if you are an NPC or you can create a background for your character. Almost anything goes, including ERP (erotic role-playing). If that's what you're into (not gonna knock it--you do you, boo-boo) then you can get started in Goldshire.

Which faction is better? Horde or Alliance?

Before someone attempts to fill your head with nonsense, let's get this out of the way first. One faction is not better than the other. They banded together for different reasons. That being said, different races have special abilities based on their race. You can click on the particular race then the "More Info" button below the races to see which abilities they have.

After you've decided which faction, race and class you want to play.

MAKING FRIENDS

Some people are content to play WoW alone. And that's okay. Some people enjoy solitude and want to play at their own pace. WoW, in itself, is a very social game where many objectives require playing with others. It really does help to have a friend or two to quest with. But making friends in Azeroth isn't always easy.

  • Join a guild. Joining a guild is the fastest way to meet new people. Talk in guild chat and gauge how people communicate with each other. Do not assume everyone's humor is the same as yours. Not everyone fancies dark humor. Needless to say, your first interaction with someone shouldn't be "Sup bitch" or anything of the like that shouldn't be the first thing you say to someone. Also, remember that a lot gets lost in translation via text communications. So be mindful of how you communicate with others and also how they communicate with you.

  • Create your own guild. By creating your own guild you can create the type of environment that you want to be a part of. Invite people you've interacted with who you feel would fit into the virtual home you've created.

  • Enter random dungeons and battlegrounds. Not only is doing dungeons and BGs a good way to learn to play your class better, but also a pretty decent way of meeting other players. And if you're good, it's likely people will give you kudos and want to play with you again.

  • Don't beg for gold. If there's one thing worse than gold sellers spamming trade chat, it's gold beggars. They are annoying. We know that newcomers need gold. But it's frustrating that people put a lot of time and effort into their characters to make gold, save up for repairs, etc. just for someone to come in and start off with "Hi. Can I have a few gold to guy a piece of gear from the Auction House?" No, bruh. I feel for you, but you have to make it the way most of us did. This guide will show you how to do that, too!

DUNGEON ETIQUETTE

Azeroth has enough bad apples to go around. There will always be abominable twats who think that hiding behind a computer screen gives them a free pass to treat others like total crap, waste people's time, pick on others because of their playstyle, etc. This guide is to help you to not be one of those guys or gals. Here are a few do's and don'ts to help make Azeroth a better world--of warcraft.

  • Don't be afraid to ask questions. If you're new or it's been a while, speak up. "Hey guys! This is my first time here. Anything I should know about this boss?" People generally appreciate when someone can ask for help.

  • Be open to constructive criticism. It's not easy being told or made to feel as if you suck. Some people seriously do not have tact when talking to others. That's still no reason for anyone to treat you or anyone else like crap. But do try to be open to advice from those who do try to help you by sharing a few pointers or tips.

  • Don't need on every item that drops. In addition to your race-based special abilities, the character creation page also tells you which type of armor your class wears. For example: You're a druid in a dungeon with five other blokes. A piece of cloth drops. The priest wears cloth. You need on the item because you might be able to wear it. Don't do that! Druid's primary armor is leather. Priest's primary armor is cloth. Be courteous and ask if they need it before hitting need. Another example: You're a big, strong warrior in a dungeon. An intellect trinket drops. You hit need. WRONG! Warrior's primary stat is strength. Warriors do not need intellect for anything whatsoever.

  • Do try to have patience for other players. Healers need mana. Tanks sometimes like to wait on their cooldowns or certain abilities before pulling. Someone's kid may decide to play Whack-A-Mole with mommy or daddy's keyboard. Someone's cat may decide that their keyboard is now their bed. Stuff happens. Life happens. Be patient. It will be okay. I promise.

HOW TO MAKE WoW GOLD

Being new to WoW or making a new toon on a new server and not having enough money to repair your gear, buy gear or buy supplies really sucks. Wowhead has an excellent Gold Making Guide. There are so many ways to make gold. Here are a few ways to ensure you stack your paper (gold) quickly.

  • Loot everything. Yes, loot everything, even the grey items. Vendor them. The copper and silver add up.

  • Sell green (common) armor on the AH. It doesn't matter how low the item level of the gear is, it will likely sell on the auction house. Dirtydianna and Thickyvicky have found some amazing, low level green items for transmogs.

  • Choose a gathering profession. Leather, ore and herbs always sell on the auction house. Always.

  • Collect cloth. Cloth is yet another big seller on the auction house. Especially low-level cloth. In Retail WoW, Netherweave cloth continues to be the biggest seller on the AH, probably because Netherweave bags are easy to make and they sell very well, especially to low level players looking for more than the 4, 6 and 8 slot bags that they get while questing.

WARNING: purchasing gold from third-party sites is against Blizzard’s Terms of Service and, when they do shutdown the company selling gold, if your account is among their list of clients, your account will be permanently banned. Do not fall prey to the little level 1 characters offering to sell you World of Warcraft gold for cheap.

NOTE: As it stands, you cannot sell a WoW token on the Classic Auction House.

WORLD OF WARCRAFT ADDONS: THE BASICS

Addons are not for everyone. Some people prefer to play with just the game UI and that is perfectly okay. But some of us use addons to enhance game play and in-game experiences. Here are a few basic addons, if you are interested, that may help you navigate your way through Azeroth.

First, download the Twitch Desktop App. It's all encompassing since they partnered with Curse to include addons. On the Twitch app, click Mods to take you where you want to go. Then select World of Warcraft to take you to addons for WoW. Clicking on the name of an addon will give you detailed information about what that addon does.

  • HandyNotes for questing is amazing!

  • BigWigs or Deadly Boss Mods for when you decide to venture into dungeons and raids.

  • Decursive is particularly helpful in dungeons, raids and battlegrounds. It's a mouseover addon that allows you to quickly removes harmful magic, poisons and diseases from your party or raid members if your class has the ability to remove them.

  • Details! Damage Meter, Recount or Skada damage meters. These are very handy to help keep track of damage, healing, absorbs, deaths and other actions. Details not only displays the damage and healing stats from your party or raid, but also functions as a way to help you improve your game play. For example, as a healer, both you and another player have the same specialization, similar gear and item level, but he/she is putting out more HPS than you. A number of things could factor into why your heals are lower. With Details, you can mouseover that person's name and it will show you what their top heals are. The same with damage.

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GameStop Closing 200 Stores By the End of 2019

GameStop has been a staple video game retailer since 1984. But all the nostalgia in the world won’t save GameStop. Or will it?

During their earnings call on Tuesday, September 10, GameStop announced they were would be shutting down between 180 and 200 stores. And that’s only the beginning. They plan to close hundreds more by Spring 2022. Fortune reported that the flailing games retailer has reduced its corporate staff by 14%.

At E3, GameStop Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Frank Hamlin revealed their upcoming strategy: to focus on gaming culture and not necessarily the games itself. “We need to…focus on becoming a cultural center for gaming….If [E3] is the Vatican [of gaming], why aren’t we the local church?”

Once upon a time, GameStop was, in essence, like a local, cultural hub, with midnight games releases, giveways, and gamers just hanging out to talk games. But with game streaming services like Steam Store, Playstation announcing they will no longer allow retailers to sell game codes, and Xbox creating a disc-less console, and players being able to purchase physical copies of games cheaper on Amazon, GameStop is losing its relevancy.

While Hamlin maintains that streaming doesn’t necessarily mean GameStop’s demise, they have struggled for years to keep up with the changing gaming industry. Though their efforts seem too little too late, only time will tell if their strategy to reclaim the hearts of gamers will pay off.

They are banking on next gen consoles still having disc drives as well as ramping up their focus on accessories, toys, collectibles, comic books, retro gaming consoles, and gear from the recently acquired ThinkGeek, a geek culture retail store. And while there are still many consumers out there long for midnight game releases and will never truly abandon brick and mortar stores, the fact is, GameStop is fighting against a growing trend: more and more people are shopping online than in physical stores. And retailers are feeling the sting of less in-store sales on big money holidays like Black Friday. The research is there: consumers prefer shopping online for certain things, including video games. GameStop’s fight to remain seems like they’re trying to make “fetch” happen. Did they learn nothing from Blockbuster Video, Tower Records, and Sam Goody?

GameStop is the largest video game retailer in the world. But they’ve been on a steady decline since 2013. They’ve made a lot of no good, very bad business moves, like Spring Mobile. And let’s be honest: GameStop deals are barely competitive. But does that mean this new strategy under GameStop’s new CEO George Sherman won’t be the “Hail Mary” the dying retailer needs. Do you think their new strategy will be enough to save the empire? Or will GameStop go the way of other failed retail empires that couldn’t keep up with emerging technology and the changing needs and habits of consumers?

Revisiting the History of World of Warcraft For Beginners

FROM TITANS AND OLD GODS, TO ORCS AND HUMANS, TO THE SCOURGE'S REIGN OF CHAOS AND ONWARD TO THE LEGION, NO OTHER HAS A HISTORY AS RICH AND EXCITING AS THAT OF THE WORLD OF WARCRAFT UNIVERSE.

With the World of Warcraft Classic release, many new adventurers to Azeroth are becoming interested in WoW lore. While it’s true you don't have to know the Warcraft history in order to appreciate the magnitude of World of Warcraft, learning about the history and lore can really add to the experience and immersion into the Warcraft universe. Azeroth's history is exciting and fun and full of mystery. Azeroth's history can be found everywhere. In addition to the Warcraft games, novels and shorts, "World of Warcraft" itself offers so many nuggets of lore within the storylines as well as books found throughout the game. From the book "Mythology of the Titans", found in Scarlet Monastery, to taking the fight to the Legion on Argus in the World of Warcraft Legion expansion, here's part 1 of the breakdown of the expansive history of the Warcraft universe.

IN THE BEGINNING, THERE WERE TITANS AND SHADOW...

Well, the Titans didn't exactly create the universe. We still don't know how the universe came to be. But the Titans, led by a council called the Pantheon, regulated the universe, the worlds and the beings that inhabited them. But from the Twisting Nether came dark magic--shadow magic and beings who sought to either destroy or control everything, the Eredar warlocks, enslaving countless worlds. The in-game book "Sargeras and the Betrayal" explains the rise and fall of the titans' greatest warrior, Sargeras. Sargeras was appointed to defend and protect the worlds from the spreading evil. And though Sargeras defeated the Eredar, he fell into depression, making him susceptible to corruption by his next foe, the Natherim or dreadlords. Sargeras, unable to shake the corruption and the depression joined the Natherim's Burning Legion. Sargeras acted as a sort of double agent, undermining all of the progress that the titans made as they went from world to world shaping and organizing.

Disclaimer: "Sargeras and the Betrayal" is the original tale of Sargeras' downfall. His lore was rewritten for Legion.

World of Warcraft  fan art of the 5 original dragon aspects. By artist Keisinger037

World of Warcraft fan art of the 5 original dragon aspects. By artist Keisinger037

BEHOLD! A NEW WORLD CALLED EARTH AZEROTH!

The titans made their way to a new world and called it Azeroth. But there, they discovered the inhabitants worshipped powerful, elemental beings referred to as The Old Gods. And so, the Pantheon waged war on The Old Gods. The Old Gods' armies were led by Therazane of earth, Al'akir of wind, Ragnaros of fire and Neptulon of water. Though the elemental lieutenants were powerful, they were not powerful enough to defeat the Pantheon's armies and were imprisoned far beneath the earth. After they felt their work was done with the ordering of Azeroth, they charged the dragon aspects, Alexstraza, Ysera, Nozdormu, Malygos and Neltharion to watch over their prized accomplishment, Kalimdor.

On this new world was a mysterious lake of great power, the Well of Eternity. The quel'dorei or Night Elves believed that the moon goddess, Elune, slumbered in The Well during sunlight. So the priests studied the well. Their quest of knowledge allowed them to create civilizations across the whole of Kalimdor. Queen Azshara built a civilization on the coast. She and her loyal subjects were also fascinated with the magical properties of The Well and began experimentation. They discovered their powers grew and soon could create or destroy life as they saw fit. It wasn't long before Sargeras felt the power of the Well and the practicing highborne from worlds away. Malfurion Stormrage, a powerful student of druidism suspected there was something corrupting Queen Azshara and her highborne elves. And so Sargeras convinced Queen Azshara to create open a portal at the Well of Eternity, prompting the first invasion of The Burning Legion. With the help of the dragon aspects, the Burning Legion was defeated, but not before Neltharion went mad and turned on his fellow aspects, renaming himself Deathwing. The Well of Eternity was destroyed and the highborne were exiled.

 

 THE HOMELESS HIGH ELVES FIND A NEW HOME.

After surviving the War of the Ancients and being exiled, the highborne, led by Dath'Remar sailed the turbulent waters of The Great Sea. Finally, they landed on the beaches of northern Lordaeron. They trekked inland, settling in Tirisfal Glades. However, there was something quite evil beneath the earth and many of the highborne went mad. They continued northward, encountered new creatures and beings and tribes of primitive humans--the Zul'Aman trolls--and finally they found a place that they could call home. They founded Quel'thalas and made Silvermoon City their capitol. They defeated the invading trolls and lived in peace for over 4,000. And then, having regrouped in the shadows, the trolls attacked, nearly destroying Quel'thalas.

The humans warred with each other constantly until one tribe, the Arathi tribe led by Thoradin, sought to unite the tribes. After defeating rival tribes, the Arathi would offer peace to those he conquered, gaining their respect and loyalty. With all human tribes united for the first time, they built Strom, becoming the first human empire led by King Thoradin. Envoys from Quel'thalas ventured to Strom to plead for help. The elves decided to some of the secrets of their magic with 100 select humans. Together, the elves and humans laid waste to the troll armies. Quel'thalas pledged their friendship and loyalty to Arathor and its bloodline.

The Well of Eternity

The Well of Eternity

AND THE HUMANS FUMBLED THE BALL.

The select 100 who learned the ways of the elves passed their knowledge down to a newer, naive generation. The humans began to spread out and built a second city called Dalaran just to the north of Strom. The new magi, feeling constricted, moved to Dalaran hoping to practice magic freely. They built up Dalaran, but their frivolity lured the Burning Legion back to Azeroth. Luckily, they did not come in armies, but launched small scale attacks. Still, they proved too powerful for the novice mages. The Dalaran mages sought help from the Quel'thalas.

The elves told them of the history of the Burning Legion and the dangers of practicing magic. The elves and human magi of Dalaran made a pact: they would entrust the magic of all with one responsible mage. The elves stressed the importance of keeping magic and the Burning Legion a secret, as to not spread fear, pandemonium and more recklessness. Thus, they created a secret council, The Guardians of Tirisfal. As more humans practiced magic throughout the lands, the Guardians' job was to monitor and assess to which degree of power was used. The Guardians of Tirisfal became known as the Kirin Tor or Mage Senate.

In addition to the many books, short stories, and comics about World of Warcraft lore, you can find lots of juicy little tidbits of history in various books, scrolls, letters, NPC interaction in-game.

DDOS Attacks Targeting Twitch Streamers and WoW Classic Servers

A hacker or group of hackers going to UK Drillas on Twitter has been attacking various online media outlets.

Friday, around 5 PM EST, the hacker(s) going by UK Drillas began, what they called on Twitter, an “authenticity test” by allegedly taking down Wikipedia.

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UK Drillas moved on to Twitch servers to cycle through the Twitch’s streaming lineup to find summit1g.

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Next, UK Drillas would target the game that most of the popular streamers are playing, World of Warcraft Classic.

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Blizzard Support is well aware of the attacks and are working on a solution.

Yes folks, there are issues.

And no, I’m not going to give more details.

Being worked on.

Thank you for your patience.

We aren’t sure who UK Drillas is or if they are being paid by an outside entity to cause chaos. Rumors say they’ve located his back in Canada. Someone going by the name of /dev/null on Twitter claims to have identified and located the hacker. But it’s highly probable that UK Drillas is using someone else’s moniker, being that he established his Twitter account only September of this year, likely yesterday for the purpose of announcing his attacks. Another Twitter user, Corey Blankenship also allegedly identified the man behind UK Drillas, who appears to have the same name and location as the person /dev/null identified.

What is a DDOS attack?

A DDOS or a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack happens when a user overloads a targeted website with multiple requests for service to the point where services are slowed or stopped. DDOS attackers generally release thousands of botnets onto their targeted website. Is DDOS illegal? DDOSing is absolutely illegal in most most countries, including the U.S, Canada, and the UK, where UK Drillas is alleged to reside.

As of September 7, 2019, at 5 PM, UK Drillers is still attacking Twitch servers and now returning to attacking WoW Classic servers and announcing his attacks on Twitter. There isn’t much we gamers can do. However, if you are looking for games like World of Warcraft Classic, try these out if you haven’t already.

The Best Addons for World of Warcraft Classic

We’re excited that World of Warcraft Classic is finally here.

Sure, being mercilessly attacked by a mob of Murlocs while trying to get to your quest item isn’t fun, but it is part of the nostalgia that made many of us Vanilla WoW players reminisce about the “good ol’ days.” But alas, many of us are spoiled and need help. There’s nothing wrong with needing a little help and the geniuses behind some of the most popular WoW addons know this. Thank goodness for sites like Will It Classic keeping an eye on the WoW addons that will be available to Classic WoW.

For those who need help deciphering which addons could best serve their needs in Classic WoW, we’ve put together a guide to the best addons for World of Warcraft Classic.

Most of these addons can be found on Twitch’s Curse Addons integration. For addons outside of Twitch, we’ll link directly to that addon. You will also be able to find many addons on WoW Interface.

How to Install Addons for WoW Classic

When downloading an addon from Curse, WoW Interface, or TukUI, make sure you are extract the files into the right WoW folder.

Installing Addons from the Twitch Desktop App

If you haven’t already, download the Twitch Desktop app.

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The Best WoW Classic Addons

For a clean-looking UI for WoW Classic:

ElvUI - Very clean, user-friendly, highly customizable unit frames, including raid frames, and map coordinates.

ElvUI

ElvUI customization

ElvUI AFK screensaver

TukUI - Another clean, user-friendly, and lightweight UI brought to you buy the team over at TukUI

TukUI


The Best Addons for Questing and Leveling

While these addons are definitely not the Quest Helper we knew and loved back then, they are very helpful.

!Questie - While still under development, !Questie is a useful questing tool that adds quest objectives to your map, shows you which quests are available to pick up.

Azeroth Auto Pilot Classic - Great for speed leveling. It skips cut scenes, adds an arrow to direct you to your target.

Azeroth Auto Pilot addon - Right Way = Green Arrow

Azeroth Auto Pilot addon - Wrong Way = Red Arrow

Mapster - Functional addon that reduces the size of the map, makes it movable, and removes the Fog of War to. It also enable map coordinates.

Mapster Addon for Classic WoW
Mapster Addon for Classic WoW

Best Addons for Functionality and Convenience

Bagnon - Let’s you search for items in your bags and view items on any of your characters.

AtlasLoot Classic - Shows which loot you get from bosses in dungeons, raids and world bosses. It provides info on materials, created items, shows gear sets, and more.

Auctioneer - A popular aid for buying and selling on the auction house.

Prat - Probably the best chat addon around. Has timestamps, change chat history, allows for URL copying and so much more!


Best Addons for Combat

Details! Damage Meter Classic WoW - An excellent and comprehensive damage and healing meter.

WeakAuras 2 - WeakAuras is an addon that whose customization helps indicate buffs, debuffs, and other relevant information. It’s not for beginners, tbh. It takes a bit of practice and playing around with. But Wago is one of the best resources for learning about WeakAuras as well as finding specific class templates.

WeakAuras 2 for Holy Priest, submitted to Wago by Ouzio.

Clique [Classic] - A powerful, yet simple addon that allows you to create custom mouseover keybindings for your spells and abilities. Works great with the World of Warcraft’s standard raid and party UI, Elvui, Grid 2 for Classic, and more.

Deadly Boss Mods - DBM is a must-have addon for raiding and dungeoning. It’s a handy tool that alerts players to boss and mob abilities, and much more. Its equally popular alternative is BigWigs. It boils down to preference here. Having one or the other is a requirement for end-game raiding.

For class specific addons, we recommend visiting WowHead.


We will do our best to keep this updated with the latest addons that provide the best quality of life to all adventurers on Azeroth. If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know in the comments and we’ll make the necessary adjustments.




Joaquin Phoenix's Joker Final Trailer is Uncomfortably Creepy -- and Good

The trailer for Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker movie is finally here.

We’ve seen snippets and on-set photos from the film for about a year. With each released photo and snippet, we’ve become more and more excited. This trailer for Joker did not disappoint. It’s no secret that everyone who plays Joker will be compared to Jack Nicholson’s Joker and Heath Ledger’s Joker. Jared Leto’s Joker seems to divide many fans. And while the trailers for Joker 2019 are all we have until October, we think Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker portrayal will be legendary.

Warner Bros’ Joker film is an origin story, moving away from the existing DC Universe lineup to focus on Batman’s fiercest adversary. There are still media outlets referring to Joker as a superhero film and it’s anything but. While DCU films tend to be darker than their MCU counterparts, director Todd Phillips and producer Bradley Cooper have taken a drastically different direction with Joker altogether. This is a psychological thriller.

Arthur Fleck is a clown-for-hire in Gotham City who just can’t catch a break from life in 1981. His passion is stand-up comedy, except no one finds him funny. He spends most of his time tending to his dying mother. He gets beat up in an alley. He gets shut down for making a woman’s child laugh on a bus. Late night talk show host Franklin (Robert De Niro) mocks him on live television. His therapist tells him that “This will be our last meeting” and Arthur is clearly already at the end of his rope because his therapist has not been listening to him at all. His descent into madness was inevitable.

Although Warner Bros said that this Joker movie is completely independent from the DCU, we get to see Thomas Wayne (played by Brett Cullen) punch Arthur Fleck in the face. We can’t help but wonder if this could be a separate universe altogether.

The Joker movie is inspired by three classic Martin Scorsese films: Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, and The King of Comedy. And you can see homages to those classic films in several scenes in the trailer, including Arthur looking at a clown in the back seat of a taxi as it drives by a la Taxi Driver. And the fact that Robert De Niro is playing a character similar to Rupert Pupkin, as in his character in the film The King of Comedy is definitely paying tribute to Scorsese.

Also starring in Joker is Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2, Atlanta) as Sophie Dumond. While it’s clear from the trailer that she is Arthur’s love interest, it’s unclear whether she will be an accomplice or victim of Joker’s chaos. This is a Joker origin story, so we are not expecting a Harley Quin or Joker and Harley Quin-like relationship.

Joker hits theaters October 4.

Overwatch's The Queen of Junkertown Fan Concept by Chamachine is Spot On

Fan-made concept art, Junker Queen makes us want Blizzard to make this happen now!

Poster in Junkertown of the Queen

Blizzard Entertainment’s Overwatch is one of the most popular and influential FPS games to date. They’ve created dynamic, interesting, and fun characters with rich back stories that draw you into the game even more.

Chamachine, a talented graphic designer, created a Developer Update introducing The Queen of Junkertown inspired by Overwatch concept art of Junkertown. Chamachine worked with Leslie Van den Broeck to help with rendering. Van den Broeck has created remarkable Heroes of the Storm art. The sheer talent has me in awe!


He shows how he went through to create the concept, taking inspiration from Hammond’s Junkertown skin with the mohawk, Roadhog’s spiked shoulders. Her tee shirt is also a bit reminiscent of Roadhog’s belly. We’ll be following Chamachine to see if he comes up with more Overwatch skins for The Queen.

Too bad this isn’t a real Overwatch developer update. The Queen looks as if she would be a dps hero. The Queen has grenades strapped to her arm and armor made from, what looks to be Zenyatta-like Omnic scraps. She would no doubt be bad ass. While it would be highly likely that she would be a dps class, The Queen of Junkertown could also be an off-tank similar to Roadhog.

Either way, this concept art is a masterpiece, introducing us to an Overwatch hero we didn’t know we needed but now we really need this to happen. What do you think about this concept art?

World of Warcraft Battle for Azeroth - Sylvanas Windrunner is the Leader Horde Has Needed for a Long Time

Cinematic still from World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

Cinematic still from World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

People just don’t understand what war actually is. They think war is all about treaties, peace, and being honorable. It’s not. It’s about much more.

The way Sylvanas Windrunner has been written in the Battle for Azeroth expansion has been murky at best. But the evidence of her greatness, whether people want to see it or not, is there for all to see. How Sylvanas has been treated, her past experiences shape her controversial decision-making in war today. Let’s explore.

The Many Tastes of Betrayal

Ever since she regained her freedom from Ner’Zhul, she has been betrayed by those she trusted.

  • Betrayal by Humans and subsequently, The Alliance. Though the Undead, under Sylvanas’ leadership, did not attempt to join the join the Alliance, they were met with much hostility after they were freed from The Lich King’s control. They were seen as abominations and “untrustworthy” and their lands constantly being encroached on. They were “foresaken” by the living.

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: So, it is done.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: I had not dared to trust my senses - too many times has the Lich King made me to be a fool.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: Finally, he has been made to pay for the atrocities he imposed upon my people.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: May Azeroth never fail to remember the terrible price we paid for our weakness... for our pride.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: But what now, hero? What of those freed from his grasp, but still shackled to their mortal coils?
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: Leave me.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: I have much to ponder.
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Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: Now the Lich King is dead and we have returned.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: The people who called this land their home in life, do so in death as well.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: But the Alliance does not recognize our rights. They claim this land as their own while attempting to invalidate the claims of the founders of this kingdom.
  • Betrayal by Varimathras and Putress. Though Sylvanas and Varimathras were begrudgingly allies, Varimathras recruited Foresaken in Undercity, driving a wedge between Sylvanas and those loyal to her. And at Wrathgate, likely acting on Varimathras’ orders, Apothecary Putress unleashes the blight onto both Horde and Alliance, killing Bolvar Fordragon in the process.

  • Betrayal by her sister, Vereesa Windrunner. During the trial of Garrosh Hellscream at The Temple of the White Tiger, Vereesa noticed how much her sister, Sylvanas, loathed Garrosh. She set up a meeting with Sylvanas and they plotted to poison Garrosh. But at the last minute, Vereesa chickened out and confessed their plans to Prince Anduin Wrynn.

  • Betrayal by Godfrey. After committing suicide because he’d rather die than have a worgen for a king (Genn Greymane), Sylvanas had her valkyr resurrect him as one of her Foresaken. Sylvanas commanded him to kidnap Lorna Crowley to hold her for ransom in hopes for a cease fire between the Gilneas Liberation Front and the Forsaken. But Godfrey wanted to kill Lorna and bring her back as a Forsaken to exact revenge on her father, Darius Crowley, one of King Genn Greymane’s right-hand men and leader of the Gilneas Liberation Front. When Darius surrendered to Sylvannas, Godfrey shot and killed her (Sylvanas). Her valkyr were quick to resurrect her.

Reasoning Behind Questionable Actions

While it many will argue that Sylvanas is self-serving, one thing that has remained constant throughout the lore is that Sylvanas is a protector—the protector of the Forsaken. And now, the Horde.

In Edge of Night, Sylvanas threw herself off of the icy cliffs of Icecrown Citadel after the defeat of The Lich King. Lingering in purgatory, she saw a vision of her peoples' future. Without her, then Warchief Garrosh Hellscream would sacrifice the Forsaken, Sylvanas’ people, in a failed assault on Gilneas.

“But you can’t just send them right into the central breach in the wall,” Lydon continued. “It’s a… a chokepoint. Well fortified, closely watched. Heavy armored troops on horseback couldn’t maneuver through the breach: they’d be mown down by musketfire from the debris. Surely you can see—“

”Of course I see!” Garrosh answered. “The door is wedged open; now it must be kicked down. This is what your kind is good for.”

Where is the Dark Lady, Sylvanas? [Lydon] wondered, turning his empty eye sockets toward the gray heavens. Why isn’t she here to counter this beast?
— Edge of Night

She stood up to Garrosh Hellscream when others couldn’t. And she put fear in him.

At that moment, nobody dared look Sylvanas Windrunner in the eye. Nobody but Garrosh Hellscream.

…there was fear in those eyes, but also something else. Something that terrified even the great warchief. His wolf began to edge away instinctively.

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Sylvanas is a brilliant and patient war tactician.

She knows that peace between the Horde and Alliance is always short-lived. Her exchange with High Overlord, Varok Saurfang in A Good War offers the explanation of why she burned The World Tree. People like to think that she threw a tantrum, but this was part of her plan that she mapped out with Saurfang.

“If I dedicated myself to peace with the Alliance, would it last a year?”

“Yes,” Saurfang said curtly.

“How about two years? Five? Ten? Fifty?”

Saurfang felt the trap closing in on him, and he did not like it. “We fought side‐by‐side against the Burning Legion. That creates bonds that are not easily broken.”

“Time breaks every bond.” Sylvanas leaned across the table. Her words flew like arrows. “What do you believe? Will peace last five years or fifty?

Both the Horde and Alliance navies were at minimum capacity. Sylvanas effectively divided the Alliance forces and Horde now controls all of Kalimdor, something that has never been achieved. With the razing of Teldrasil, the Alliance is in a political crisis, orchestrated by Sylvanas.

What happens when Genn Greymane, Malfurion Stormrage, and Tyrande Whisperwind all demand differing actions? He is not a high king like his father. The respect the others give him is a courtesy, not an obligation. Anduin Wrynn will rapidly become a leader who cannot act. If the Alliance will not march as one, each nation will act in its own interest. Each army will return home to protect their lands from us.”

“And that is how you defeat Stormwind.” Saurfang was in awe. It was brilliant.”

“We need to frighten them before we arrive here. If they decide to fight instead of run, the final step of this battle will be messier than all the rest,” she said. “What can we do to make the civilians of Teldrassil so afraid they can think of nothing but running?”
— A Good War

Sylvanas has never been naive about what the Horde and others think about her, ever since she was turned into the Undead Banshee Queen, no one has trusted her and that’s largely due in part to those who have betrayed her. She has sacrificed herself time and time again for her people, but critics cannot grasp the complexity of her character or decisions. They don’t understand that Warchief Sylvanas is playing the long game to secure the future of the Horde and peace will be on her terms, not Alliance because peace on the Alliance’s terms has always been flimsy and fragile. Horde has needed a leader who will let the Alliance know that Horde isn’t playing the same game they’ve been playing for hundreds of years.

What if…

Since Sylvanas predicted the behaviors of the Alliance leaders, what if Saurfang, Baine Bloodhoof, and Lore’thmar’s betrayal were also calculated? What if their betrayals were planned for? It’s not that far-fetched. Remember, Sylvanas and Saurfang had already planted the seeds of "Horde dissent" among the Alliance spies. We know she’s using Mathias Shaw and his spies to play Anduin. What if they played King Anduin, allowing Saurfang to be captured, knowing Anduin would release Saurfang? While it’s highly unlikely that Saurfang was in on it, it’s incredibly likely that Sylvanas planned for their betrayal.

Whatever your thoughts on Sylvanas Windrunner — love her, hate her, or you’re on the fence — the story surrounding her in Battle for Azeroth is far from over. We don’t know what Blizzard has planned for her, but we’re excited nonetheless.

Special shout out to my favorite World of Warcraft historian and queen of WarcraftMemes, Katalyst Evrmeme for always being up for talking World of Warcraft lore with me.