It's back! 24-hour maintenance day returns today, this time for a different batch of realms. Everyone else still has to deal with the normal 5 a.m.-11 a.m. Pacific downtime label. Whichever group you fall into, don't despair. It was a pretty busy week news-wise, so we have plenty of stuff for you to catch up on, and we'll have more fresh news throughout the day.
Let's start the roundup.
Hot news and features
- Still have trouble keeping up with Ahune? Check out our video guide.
- Patch 3.3.5 has hit live servers. Here are the patch notes.
- Getting errors with the new patch? You aren't alone.
- Patch 3.3.5, as you might expect, isn't bug-free. Check out this list of new and existing in-game bugs.
- Blizzard has announced its intent to begin throttling inspect requests from addons such as GearScore.
- The Ruby Sanctum isn't activated yet, but Blizzard has released more information, including the storyline.
- Director Sam Raimi's been talking about the upcoming Warcraft movie.
- Our Wrath retrospective series continues with some opinions on death knights.
Class news and guides
- Shifting Perspectives looks at the announced Cataclysm restoration druid tree and soloing as a balance druid.
- Scattered Shots looks at hunter loot in the Ruby Sanctum.
- Lichborne offers some advice on using Army of the Dead.
- Totem Talk talks Power Auras for Restoration and enhancement cooldowns in ICC.
- The Light And How To Swing It continues gearing your retribution paladin and discusses effective usage of Beacon of Light.
- Encrypted Text looks at the new style of Cataclysm rogue PvP.
- Spiritual Guidance continues to level a shadow priest and discusses starting a healing priest.
- The Care and Feeding of Warriors looks at protection in Wrath.
- Arcane Brilliance looks at mage services.
Items, professions, dungeons and PvP
- Could alchemists see a mount in Cataclysm? I'm hoping for Baba Yaga's flying mortar and pestle, myself.
- Raid Rx discusses healing the Lich King.
- Ready Check says a few words on responsibility and peer pressure.
- WoW Rookie offers a rookie primer on all things related to guilds.
- Gold Capped looks at making money with meta gems.
- The Overachiever looks at entertaining achievements.
- The Art of War(craft) discusses assembling your battleground team.
Odds and ends
- Blizzard's announced their 2010 global writing contest. Gentlemen, start your word processors.
- 15 Minutes of Fame talks to Kansas City Royals pitcher Kyle Davies.
- Is your smart phone getting an update or any sort? Be sure to get the serial number on your mobile authenticator before you apply it.
- E3 is over, and while Blizzard wasn't there in force, there was a lot of awesome gaming news. Check out our wrap-up of events, including excellent coverage by our sister sites.
- Know Your Lore continues to unwind the tangled web of human politics.
- Here's a fun recreation of the Thaddius boss fight in Starcraft 2.