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MoP Digital Deluxe Being Retired

March 03, 2014
Blizzard announced that the MoP Digital Deluxe will be retired to their archives on March 10, making it no longer available. [source]

Lucky Quilen Cub
Purchasing the MoP Digital Deluxe rewards the pet Lucky Quilen Cub. If you haven't collected this pet yet, this is your best chance!

Although the Digital Deluxe is being shelved in the near future, players will still be able to obtain the pet by purchasing the MoP Collector's Edition. The CE version of the game can be found on various auction websites in limited quantity.
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Anubisath Idol — Pet of the Month: March 2014

March 05, 2014
Anubisath Idol — Pet of the Month

Welcome to WarcraftPets' first featured Pet of the Month!

What is Pet of the Month?
Each month, we'll choose and review one pet. We'll provide commentary about collecting the pet and we'll and analyze its battling potential.

In conjunction with this, a forum thread will be open for discussion where you can leave your feedback and thoughts on how this pet performs on the battlefield.

Collecting the Anubisath Idol
Anubisath Idol
Our pick for the first Pet of the Month is the Anubisath Idol!

This miniature Ahn'Qiraj guardian drops from the Twin Emperors encounter in the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj raid. Max level characters of any item level should have little to no problem clearing to the Twin Emperors, while lower level characters may need the help of a friend or two. Because the zone is considered a raid, players will only be able to clear it once per raid lock-out (resets weekly).

During the Twin Emperors encounter you'll be facing two bosses, Emperor Vek'lor (a caster) and Emperor Vek'nilash (a melee). Vek'lor is immune to physical damage, and Vek'nilash is immune to spell damage. The two bosses will occasionally teleport and swap positions with each other. Talk about finicky!

They share a health pool and if they are in close proximity of each other during the fight they will heal each other. Traditionally, raids tanked these two bosses on opposite sides of the room to avoid this mechanic, but their self-heal should now be negligible with high enough damage.

It's important to note that to be eligible for loot from both bosses, players need to attack each of the bosses at least once during the fight. Clearing the trash mobs leading up to the Twin Emperors encounter is also advised since they will automatically pull once the Twins are engaged in combat.

By collecting the Anubisath Idol, you'll be one step closer to completing the achievement Raiding with Leashes.

Battling with the Anubisath Idol
The Anubisath Idol is a great pet to collect if you have your eye on pet battling, because it combines unmatched utility with strong offense. On the offense side of the table is Crush and Demolish. Both are straightforward, very strong nukes, but both have a decreased accuracy to make up for their strength. Crush hits 80% of the time, and since my glass is half full, Demolish hits 50% of the time. If you're a pessimist, this becomes a 50% miss rate.

On the defense side of the table is Deflection, which causes you to avoid all offense that turn. Damage over time spells will tick though, unless you use the Anubisath's other defensive ability, Stoneskin. This makes it so that your Idol will barely feel those DoTs, with a per-tick flat reduction. Use Deflection to counter big hitting moves and Stoneskin to block the smaller ones.

Anubisath Idol using Deflection
Somewhere between offense and defense lies Rupture, which hits just slightly harder than Crush, but has a cooldown and 25% chance to stun. There's also the weather effect Sandstorm, which hits a bit less than Crush, but makes it so that all the pets on both teams get the effect of Stoneskin (with a but — elementals are currently a bit wonky in Sandstorms because of their family ability) and also gives everyone (but elementals) a bit of an accuracy hit.

I won't say this pet is an absolute necessity for PVE, but it ticks off an awful lot of boxes across strategies for many different Tamer encounters. As such this pet is really nice to keep in your back pocket, especially as we face the new, unknown tamers of Draenor, and is a good place to start your battling collection.

For PVP, currently several of the stronger teams involve either Undead or Beasts, both of which are counters to the Humanoid Anubisath, so he doesn't shine as bright as he once did there, but if you come up against a DoT team, an AoE team or a weather team with this guy, your opponent had better seek shelter, because there's a Sandstorm on the way.

Check out our forum thread discussion on the Anubisath Idol and submit your own thoughts on this pet.

Battling Discussion on the Anubisath Idol

Pet of the Month is co-written by Liopleurodon, an experienced pet battler and long-time WoW player. She maintains her own Pet Battle blog, comprised of pet analyses, team strategies and general thoughts on pets.
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WoD Pre-orders Available: Dread Hatchling Arrives!

March 10, 2014
Pre-orders for the standard edition and Digital Deluxe of Warlords of Draenor are now available. [source]

Dread Hatchling
The standard edition costs $50, while the Digital Deluxe is $70. Purchasing the Digital Deluxe will reward both the pet and mount immediately. Check your in-game mail for your Dread Hatchling!

Collection Import Reminder
The Dread Hatchling has not been added to the Blizzard armory yet, so collection imports will not show this pet as collected at this time.

However, we've toggled on the option to manually add this pet to your collection (located under the Update Collection tab). Once the hatchling has been added to the armory, importing will update collections to correspond with the data located there.
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Community Spotlight: Visual Guide to Collecting Wild Pet Colors

March 26, 2014
WarcraftPets' Community Spotlight

Visual Guide to Collecting Wild Pet Colors by GormanGhaste
Wild pets can come in a variety of colors, and for the collector that cannot resist gathering them all, GormanGhaste has created a helpful guide.

Visual Guide to Collecting Wild Pet Colors

With images to illustrate all the possible colors of a wild pet and notes on which ones can only be obtained in one color, it's everything you need to get started on collecting a rainbow of pets!

Visual Guide to Collecting Wild Pet Colors

Behind the Spotlight
GormanGhaste joined WarcraftPets on August 1, 2008 and has amassed an impressive collection of 570 unique pets as of this posting.

Get Featured!
Community Spotlight highlights user-created content and guides that provide information and entertainment to the community. Post your own pet-related creation in our Community Spotlight forum and it may be featured here!

Disclaimer: Content presented in Community Spotlight is user-created, and opinions of authors and creators may not necessarily reflect those of WarcraftPets.
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