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WRUP: We espouse about patch 5.3

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Our bonus question this week asked your intrepid WoW Insider staff how they felt about the upcoming patch 5.3. But then, we found out our own Sarah Pine is getting married this weekend! Congratulations to Ms. Pine on the nuptials! Thanks for bringing a little extra joy to the weekend, and may you both have many wonderful decades ahead of you!

Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) I have a feeling this is going to be one of those working weekends, although I hope to get a bit of LFR in at some point as well. As for patch 5.3, I'm really excited to see how it all pans out, lore-wise. The lore so far this expansion has been some of the best stuff ever -- I think more people have been discussing the story and lore surrounding this expansion more than any other. Does it have its weak spots? Sure -- but at the same time, I love the fact that we're getting a really cohesive, well-told story out of all of this.

Chase Hasbrouck (@alarondruid, @alaronmonk) Still extremely busy with work, but will probably get in some LFR; those Secrets aren't going to reveal themselves. Happy about Lesser Charms getting distributed more widely, and very happy about the pet battle changes. I'm undecided about how much I like item upgrades returning; I like the concept, but now I'll feel forced to cap VP again every week.

Dan Desmond (@Antigen_) Well, I have LFR scheduled for Saturday afternoon, so other than that I'm probably going to try to work on some mod stuff for the Skyrim Creation Kit and hopefully, once that's finished, finally start Bioshock Infinite.

I'm pretty excited about the bonus roll changes and the reduced cost for heirloom upgrades. It just needs to get here soon!

Daniel Whitcomb (@danielwhitcomb) I continue to gear up my hunter. I'm to have the item levels for Heart of Fear by the end of the weekend, if I'm lucky. As for patch 5.3, I still strongly believe that the Alliance should have a separate Horde-fighting storyline for patch 5.3, be that pushing into Hillsbarad, taking back Ashenvale, or performing actual espionage by sabotaging Garrosh and Vol'jin rather than building up Vol'jin, and I still think the Hordebreaker title is sort of silly since the Alliance is not actually breaking the Horde, but helping to save it from Garrosh. But hey, telling off Vol'jin is pretty sweet, and I'm expected to get item upgrades back.

Elizabeth Wachowski (@leeatwaterlives) I'm taking a little break from WoW. Skyrim, Mass Effect 3 and Dishonored are all on my play list.

Joe Perez (@lodurzj) more alt leveling for me. Really enjoying pretty much everything I'm seeing so far for patch 5.3. Story progression seems awesome, and it just seems like there will be enough there to keep me busy until the next raid tier as well.

Kristin Marshall (@kristin) Doing yard work this weekend, grumble grumble. *sneeze* I hope to work in alt leveling before I have to get back to wiping on Heroic Ji-Kun.

As for 5.3, I'm looking forward to where the story goes! The pet battle changes are nice, too.

Matthew Rossi (@MatthewWRossi) Right now I'm playing the "Watch everything go pear shaped on Twitter" game. You play it by constantly being gobsmacked at every other tweet as people say things like "Cops are surrounding the house now" or "All transit has been shut down" and you realize that in the course of a week constantly impossible to believe things have just kept happening. Oh, and I got Primordius' Talisman of Rage off of a coin in ToT this week, so there's that.

Patch 5.3? At this point, I don't even know where *I* am half the time, much less how the patch is doing.

Michael Gray (@writegray) I like to play Tron light cycle in my head while I mow. I'm so boring.

Olivia Grace (@oliviadgrace) Not going to be able to play a great deal this weekend, I suspect, given that we have our family business' fan club's annual meet on Saturday. I'll hopefully have the time and energy for some arenas, and almost certainly a few rounds of Order and Chaos Duels, which is a tablet or phone based card game that a friend got me into and that I can't put down! I didn't think I was interested in Hearthstone...

I'm really excited for the PvP changes, but very underwhelmed by the alliance story elements that I've seen so far.

Robin Torres (@cosmiclaurel) Lots of family stuff this weekend, which will include some pandaren duo time with The Spawn.

Sarah Pine (@ilaniel) Well I don't expect to be playing many video games this weekend because I'm getting married on Saturday. Admittedly the events in Boston and elsewhere this week has put a bit of a damper on my spirit, but my friends keep reminding me that we need good news too, and I am thrilled to death to be tying the knot at last with my partner of 8 years (sometimes referred to as Mr. Lani on twitter). I hope that everyone is staying safe with their loved ones this weekend.
The weekend is the perfect time to kick back, relax and enjoy some game time. Are you an achievement junkie? Can't get enough raiding? Rolling a new alt? Considering taking the leap into roleplaying? Whatever your favorite way to play World of Warcraft, let us know in the comments what you're playing this weekend!

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