So, I boot up with the live USB just fine and wine runs World of Warcraft with ease. There's a few other bugs with the USB boot, like playing flash online and midori seems a bit lacking, but updates and installing a different browser nearly fixes everything (the flash playing is still a little, well, not as smooth as windows 7, but nothing that prevents me from watching). What doesn't work after the 200+ updates is WoW. When I run it with the -opengl (wine wow.exe -opengl) tag it'll actually open up with the logon screen, but doesn't do much more than that. If, after typing in the password and waiting a min or two for it actually to register that I typed anything at all, then trying to connect, it disconnects.
I think it might be wine. Or at least that's my newest theory. Rigo tries to install wine 1.6 which is "the bleeding edge" and I want to try 1.4 which, per wine, is the stable release. However there's not an option in the gui application install for installing a previous version, I tried to download it from WineHQ (wine-1.4.1.tar.bz2) and I can extract that but not sure what the install procedure is.