For obvious reasons, we asked your intrepid WoW Insider staff how the new patch is going for them. It's always interesting to see how things go once the patch is live, versus the speculation and opinions before the patch.
This weekend is Memorial Day Weekend. To all the heroes -- in America and elsewhere -- who've done so much for us: thank you.
Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) My hunter is getting a lot of love right now. Having a blast finally playing through the horde side of things, although I think the horde population is kinda dead on my realm. May have to relocate...
Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) This weekend is graduation festivities for my cousin! And maybe some D3 in between, as well as getting work done. Busy busy! 5.3 has been fun so far -- Vashj was kind enough to drop her pet, but the others were not so generous.
Chase Hasbrouck (@alarondruid, @alaronmonk) Getting my son ready for his dance recital next weekend. Have been playing Double Fine games with him; we're having a blast with Stacking. As for 5.3, not much change, still plugging along in normal ToT.
Dan Desmond (@Antigen_) I'll hopefully be getting some leveling done on my destro warlock, trying to abuse CRZ to get away from gankers as much as possible. It'll be nice to hit 85 and finally cast Chaos Bolt.
Daniel Whitcomb (@danielwhitcomb) I'm working on building my pet team and grabbing achievements this weekend. I'll be remembering my dad. He didn't die in a war, but he did serve our country faithfully for 20 years in the US Air Force. As for the patch 5.3, I'm not a big fan of the Alliance storyline, and it bums me out enough I don't want to do the content, so I'm staying away from the Barrens and sticking to pet battles and gearing up alts instead.
Dawn Moore (@dawnwow) I haven't had as much time with patch 5.3 as I'd like, but I expect that'll change by next week when my schedule gets back to normal. This weekend I'm set on getting that last level on my Alliance alt so I can do stuff with the boyfriend again. Cross faction love is so difficult at times!
Elizabeth Wachowski (@leeatwaterlives) I'm still on my WoW break, so that's out. I'm working nights in a station we affectionately refer to as "the dungeon" due to its location on the lower floors of a parking garage. Whether I get to game depends on how busy it is, but if I have a chance I'll have my laptop with me and probably hit a little Skyrim or Dragon Age. I'm almost done with ME3, finally, and will be getting restarted on Borderlands 2 when I'm at home and can use my console.
Joe Perez (@lodurzj) This weekend I'm trying out a Diablo clone called The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing. Seems pretty interesting so far. Also finishing up my Beasts of Fable and the Spirits of Pandaria pet battle quests, because pet battles rock!
5.3 has been a load of fun, enjoying the new weekly quest, enjoying heroic scenarios and enjoying digging back into old content to try to get my Raiding With Leashes II: Attunement Edition done!
Kristin Marshall (@kristin) I'll be raiding on Sunday. As for the rest of the weekend, I'm going to have fun doing things and stuff IRL. So far, I haven't done much in 5.3, other than battle pet collecting. I want to start on the new quest lines, but I'm not feeling motivated enough to yet.
Lisa Poisso (@lisapoisso) Wanting to get updated on 5.3 and get my characters resorted and back on track after a bit of a break - but perversely, I'm suddenly feeling the urge to make a warlock, of all things. How have I never leveled a warlock?
Matt "Matticus" Low (@matticus) Cleared out some of the heroic scenarios! They're a great challenge and a fun addition to the game. I'm also playing the recruiting game as summer seems to be claiming the virtual lives of our raiders. Anyone out there looking for a raiding guild?
Matthew Rossi (@MatthewWRossi) I'm working on a capstone essay for At Last, Atlantis while my wife @julianjrossi edits the collection. Will raid Sunday.
Matt Walsh (@Rhidach) I'll be playing some Civ 5 mostly, if I get some time on the computer. This may the weekend my mage alt finally finishes off level 89 and hits 90... but I'm not holding my breath.
Thanks to heroic scenarios, I was VP capped on Thursday, which is easily a new record for me.
Olivia Grace (@oliviadgrace) gearing all the priests for the PvP. That conquest catch-up cap is like a Christmas present for my somewhat undergeared night elf. I am also considering some realm reshuffling! Also, Worms Revolution is ridiculously fun in multiplayer, so if I can do some more of that then I will!
Robin Torres (@cosmiclaurel) I've got two pandaren duos, one with The Spawn and one with The Spousal Unit. I'll be playing with both of them this weekend. I haven't done the content of 5.3 yet, but maybe I'll take one of my 90s through it this weekend when I'm not playing with the family.
Sarah Pine (@ilaniel) I'll be hitting up 5.3 this weekend, and maybe doing some retro-raiding for pets. As for how it's treating me, well, I haven't done any of the new content yet so I'm not sure, but I'm sure looking forward to earning Gahz'rooka for myself.
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!
Filed under: Analysis / Opinion