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Patch 3.3.3 Download Mirror

Our sister site Big Download has provided us with a patch mirror for you all today. These patch files made available off of Aol servers, so they're pretty fast and stable. If you're having issues downloading the patch via the Blizzard downloader, I suggest you grab them from us -- they don't go through and P2P services, so the issues that arise with that are not a problem here.

Additional platforms and international patches will be added throughout the day:
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Patch 3.3.3 brings about small but noteworthy changes to the World of Warcraft. From a faster CoT, to putting those old Frozen Orbs to better use, to changes to the auction house -- there's several things all WoW players need to know.'s Guide to Patch 3.3.3 will keep you up to date!

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Upcoming changes to the WoW Insider Show is going to be making a few changes to the WoW Insider Show, our weekly podcast, and we wanted to fill you guys in on what's happening. We want to bring you a great show at the highest quality each week, and we're committed to ensuring we give you the best in analysis and news recaps of what's going on in the World of Warcraft. After the big changes to the show's lineup earlier in the year, we've experimented with the show in a few different ways, read listener feedback, and braved floods, blizzards, and bad connections in an effort to bring you the best WoW podcast on the internet.

So, to that end, we're doing a few things differently.
  • Recorded intros and teasers for the show.
  • Technology for the show's backend
  • Provide detailed notes, along with a "here's what you're missing" clip, for each show, so you can decide at a glance whether this particular week will be up your alley.
These are all things that lots of you have requested of us, and we're happy to get them off the ground. Our hosts and general routine won't be changing -- Matt Rossi and I will still bicker like an old married couple for an hour each week, we'll still be answering plenty of reader emails, and our rotating panel of guests will continue, including some recent favorites to which you guys responded positively.

However, one thing that will be changing is the live format. Because of the increased emphasis on production, we've made the decision not to record live each Saturday on Ustream. The podcast team, or rather the significant others of the podcast team, also found the middle-of-the-weekend broadcast schedule problematic, and our couches aren't very comfortable. So, instead, every Monday morning we'll deliver a fresh podcast for you to listen to via download, streaming audio, or iTunes. We know this affects a large number of you who listen to the show each week in the chat channel, and hopefully you'll be pleased with the other changes.

If you have further feedback for the show, please feel free to email or get in touch with me personally at and we can have a discussion.

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MMO Roundup: Derek Smart, the art of Guild Wars 2, and more

Sometimes you'd like to know that there are other MMOs out there, right? It's not all WoW, all the time! Our sister site Massively can provide you with everything you need to know about all of the other MMOs around, past, present and future.

How online gaming can change the world
Jane McGonigal (a 10-year game designer of projects such as the I Love Bees ARG for Halo 2) has a self-professed "crazy idea" -- that gamers have the potential to change the world for the better by doing what they're already doing. At her speech, people chuckle when she first says this, but twenty minutes later they're giving her a standing ovation.

Video footage of CCP's realistic cloth simulation
We've known for some time that CCP planned to use physics simulation to make the clothes in EVE Online's Incarna expansion and their upcoming World of Darkness MMO more realistic. They even gave a talk on using NVidia's APEX cloth simulation at the 2010 Game Developer's Conference. Until now, all we've seen are technical details and the occasional screenshot, which makes it hard to work out how the end product will look. Now? Now we have video.
BioWare and EA expect at least 2 million subscriptions for SW:TOR
As if the idea of 100% voiced dialogue trees wasn't ambitious enough in an MMO property, word has now come out that EA and BioWare are expecting to have two million subscriptions for Star Wars: The Old Republic. In a genre where only one game has ever exceeded two million subscribers at $15 per month, that's a very high standard to put yourself up against.

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The Queue: Not getting distracted

Welcome back to The Queue,'s daily Q&A column where the team answers your questions about the World of Warcraft. Michael Gray will be your host today.

Since it was a surprise to me, and the rest of the staff, that I'd be covering the Queue today, I didn't have much time to think of a particularly witty opening. Still, I couldn't get distracted. And what's the most distracting thing ever? Puppies.

And so, I present you with an image of my puppy Sylvanas. She's doing quite well, but she has no time for games.

Ect asked:

Is there anything that can be done about people spamming trade chat?

Well, we've seen Blizzard helpfully modify the chat features before as a way of cutting down on the amount of spam goldsellers could put in local channels. But I think that's actually a little different from what you're talking about. While the Trade channel can be a great way to advertise your profession, it can still be very annoying as a prospective to customer to get all the extra posts you don't want.

You have two options, Ect. First, bust out your /ignore skills and get to work. There's mods that will help automate the process, but I tend to just /ignore individually and move on about my life. Second, though, you can leave Trade chat when you don't actively need it. I do that a lot, too, since the Trade chat banter can scroll my text so fast that it drives me batty when talking to guild mates.

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Server Status: Up

People are anxiously awaiting the servers to come back up today, fresh with all their patch 3.3.3 goodness. However as luck (tradition) would have it, the servers are not back up yet. This shouldn't really shock anyone, but so many people get angry over it we had to whip out the baby.

While you're waiting for the servers to come up, make sure you know everything you need about patch 3.3.3:
Really, all you need to know about this patch is that somewhere out there, now or in a later patch, you can get a Celestial Steed. We'll update this post as we know more about the extended-extended downtime. Only the latest update will be displayed on the front of the post, all older updates will be behind the cut.

Update 4:00 p.m. EDT: Servers are mostly up now, there are some reported issues, but nothing from Blizzard. Enjoy patch 3.3.3!

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Filed under: Realm Status, News items

Totem Talk: Choosing a role for restoration

Want to be a sultan of swing healing? A champion of Chain Heal? Totem Talk: Restoration will show you how. Brought to you by Joe Perez, otherwise known as Lodur from World of Matticus and the For The Lore podcast.

You have leveled to 80, done a plethora of heroics and gathered some gear. Now you are ready to begin picking your end game role. Whether it is healing a raid group in 10 and 25 man content, chain heroics with friends or everything in between, it is time for you to pick what your primary focus will be. This will have a large impact on what you choose for gear, key stats and upgrades along the way.

As a restoration shaman you have three main choices for your healing focus. Tank (and off-tank) healing, group healing and support or swing healing. While you can fill all three roles regardless of gear, it will shift your stat priority depending on what you choose as well as affect your potential choice in glyphs.

Let us take a look at each specialty

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Filed under: Shaman, (Shaman) Totem Talk

Patch 3.3.3 addon survival guide

In a perfect world, patch day would be a day when we all get to sit around and do nothing as perfect new content is added to our already expansive world. The reality of the situation is that we live in a harsh, untamed and annoying world filled with Lua errors and user interface masochism. Here are a few quick tips for surviving patch day when it comes to your addons and user interface.
  • Step 0 - See if any of your addons have a "day of" update. Mod and addon creators have been working with PTR code to, hopefully, make sure their addons come ready to roll with Patch 3.3.3.
  • Step 1 - Enable out of date addons. For minor content patches, most of the code should still be perfectly usable. Many addons will have updates available day one, but to hit the ground running, you'll want to load your out of date addons if an update isn't available.
  • Step 2 - Disable any addons giving you Lua errors and make note of those disabled. If addons are still giving you Lua errors that are affecting your gameplay, disable those addons so they do not interact poorly with other code. Check for updates when you can, and remember to re-enable any previously disabled addons.
  • Step 3 - Update DBM/BigWigs/DeusVox. Your raid leaders will thank you. This is especially important for raids that run on Tuesday, so update your raid warning addons early. Don't be that guy. You know who that guy is.
  • Step 4 - /framestack. An incredibly powerful diagnostic tool is the /framestack command. Typing in this command will bring up an interface window that will display information on any addon or user interface module that the mouse pointer is hovering over. Use /framestack to diagnose user interface problems or to figure out what addon is controlling what portion of your UI. You will save yourself a lot of headaches remembering what the name of the addon was that you use to track your buffs, or what addons are hovering over other, possibly hidden, modules.
There you have it. A quick and easy checklist to, hopefully, get you going on patch day without too much hassle. Remember to keep your most important addons up to date, and keep your profiles saved. Happy patch day!

Filed under: Add-Ons

WoW Moviewatch: 1 Minute Machinima Entry

This is our second time talking about Frozen Deathknight, who worked with Erunno on an entry into Alienware's Rise to Power contest. This movie is Frozen's first solo machinima (at least, according to the video's soundtrack), and was created to be a 1 Minute Machinima Entry into Baron Soosdon's contest to win a StarCraft II machinima key. While we'd normally be covering the rest of the Rise to Power entries today, I wanted to take a break and remind folks that the Baron's contest ends this Friday. If you're looking to enter, you should get your video finished up and off to the gnome-master.

Frozen's video soars, in my opinion, in terms of his voice acting. His voice work is smooth and interesting, and the language is very crisp and clear. That might sound like lame feedback, but a lot of machinima's voice-work can be very difficult to actually hear and understand. Frozen's soundtrack stands out in that regard.

The video is a quick bit of fun. It's light-hearted, moves fast, and is worth every second you spend watching it. Sure, there's no blood elves rapping, but you have to take what you can get. Given Frozen's ability to frame a skit in such little time, I'm very interested to see what he might be doing next.

Interested in the wide world of machinima? We have new movies every weekday here on WoW Moviewatch! Have suggestions for machinima we ought to feature? Toss us an e-mail at machinima AT wow DOT com.

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Welcome to another edition of the Weekly Comic -- Byron the Tauren Rogue!

Getting to Stormwind Castle is one thing. Getting inside Stormwind Castle...well, word on the street is it's not exactly a cakewalk.


Check out the full version right here, and tune in next Tuesday morning for a new page! You can also check out all the previous pages in the gallery below.

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Plushie Photo Contest Winners

We have our winners! We tallied your votes for our Plushie Photo Contest and here is how you voted:

Plushies in the Wild
Plushies in Captivity
The loot codes have already been sent to the winners. Thank you all for participating.

The galleries have now been updated with all of the entries.

Plushies in the Wild

Plushies in Captivity

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