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The Burning Crusade, World of Warcraft's upcoming first expansion, is the subject of a recent preview from The Slacker's Guide. A new continent, increased level cap, and controllable flying mounts are just a few of the additions the expansion will add to the game upon its release next year. Based upon experience with the beta version, the Guide offers a look at what fans can expect from Crusade.

Flying mounts finally bring the dream of a controllable flying unit to the player. Previously only available as a non-controllable form of public transportation such as through a gryphon or giant bat in the original, Blizzard has handed over the thing that players have clamored for from day one.

New professions and talents make the game even more enjoyable, albeit the new Jewelcrafting profession seems to take a long time to gather components past the initial levels. Players can create new jewels to fit into socketed items as well as standalone items to grant new abilities and bonuses. Even though players kind of lifted an eyebrow at the inclusion of only a single new profession at the time of the game's announcement, Jewelcrafting blends well with the other professions, especially where party roles are concerned. Where a few players may take on fighting roles (a.k.a. "tanking") while others hang back and cast offensive, defensive or healing spells, professions work well together. A well-balanced group can include Jewelcrafting into its cycle of creating new items, weapons, potions and armor for the group at large before taking on a larger quest like a dungeon that needs to be explored.
The Burning Crusade is scheduled for a January 2007 release. The full article is available at the link below.

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