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Have a safe and fun Memorial Day from WoW.com

It's Memorial Day in the United States, a time when we celebrate the memories of our fallen soldiers by visiting memorials, breaking out the BBQ grill, and jumping into all of the swimming pools opening for the summer around the country.

There's a lot of interesting things that have happened the past few days here at WoW.com. Our new site is in full swing, and you can read about all the changes we've done.

One of the major additions to the site is the WoW.com profiles, which bring the famed social networking features right into WoW via our custom add-on. Check out what some of our users are already doing: Yamara34 just started up a brand new guild over on Proudmoore, and Mogri got lucky on the fishing daily.

A few major details about patch 3.2 were released on Friday, along with some clarification points by the blues. There is no indication when patch 3.2 will hit the PTR, but we're on the lookout for it. With a new 5-man dungeon, and a new 10/25-man raid, it will be sure to make a splash.

In addition to the new dungeons, patch 3.2 will nerf Jewelcrafting a bit. This is an unwelcome change for many players, and it has all the JCers up in arms.

We hope that everyone has a great time celebrating Memorial Day, and make sure you do it safely. For those of you not in the US, have a great Monday anyway!
Welcome to the new WoW.com! Check out WoW.com's site documentation for information on the new profiles and add-on. Be sure to let us know if you experience any problems during our beta test. And don't forget to check out all the latest World of Warcraft news!

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Events, WoW Insider Business, Odds and ends

WoW Insider Weekly

Miss out on some of these columns the first time around? Worry not! Here's your weekly chance to catch up on some of the best feature content coming out of WoW Insider. If you missed these earlier this week, don't make the same mistake twice.
Guildwatch: Open your face jellyfish
Your weekly look at guild drama, downed news, and recruiting from all around the realms.
Illusionary Tactics: Orb of Deception
Our new column about items that can disguise you hits on one of the most popular.
Know Your Lore: The Scarlet Crusade
When good Crusaders go bad, that's where you find the Scarlet folks.
Tank Talk: Do you feel lucky, punk?
Seriously, do you? Because we really need some lottery numbers -- this whole "4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42" thing isn't really working out.
The Art of War(craft): DotA-style battleground in WotLK
A new battleground in Wrath might borrow a little influence from an old mod for Warcraft III.

More of our best weekly content after the jump.

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Filed under: How-tos, WoW Insider Business, Odds and ends, Blizzard, Lore, Leveling

WoW Insider Weekly

We've got a special guest for you this week on WoW Insider Weekly (our roundup of the best regular content from the past seven days). Ladies, gentlemen and Gnomes, it's our pleasure to introduce to you the former Lord of Outland, straight from directly underneath Hellfire Citadel, Magtheridon! The Pit Lord is going to talk about all of our most popular weekly features, while your faithful author is going to step out for a much-deserved drink. Later.
Guildwatch: Drama, but the good kind
"Nothing gives me more pleasure even in my weakened state then watching you verminous swine squabble amongst yourselves, and Guildwatch covers every minute of it."
Ask a Lore Nerd: You're how old?
"Older than the birth of sin, mortal. You think you know the history of the universe, lore nerd? You know nothing when faced with the existence of a Pit Lord!"
New Players' Guide: Your life as a Hunter
'Hunters, Priests, Shamans or even those vermin of the Light, Paladins, none matter -- all will fall before the wrath of Magtheridon! Learn what you will, new players -- no mortal shall face me and survive!"
The Light and How to Swing It: Holy Paladin gear enchants, part 2
"Adorn your gear with whatever pithy enchants you like, vermin. I will dress it with your blood and entrails when you dare to face me."
Hybrid Theory: Is it too much?
"My blood is my own! Also, this look at group utility is strangely fascinating -- it almost makes me wish I had some support classes other than these lousy Channelers. But no matter -- the great Magtheridon, Pit Lord of the Burning Legion, buffs himself!"

Boy, that Maggie sure is grouchy. More cantankerous whining about his blood and power, along with a look at our other most popular posts, after the break.

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Filed under: Paladin, Warrior, Analysis / Opinion, PvP, Instances, Features, Bosses, NPCs

WoW Insider Weekly

Missed some of our great weekly content over the last seven days? Worry not, good reader! Here it is, recapped in easily clickable link roundup form.
Insider Trader: Wrath alpha edition
Insider Trader examines what just might happen with professions in the expansion.
Blood Pact: The Warlock's way ahead, part 1
Vims examines what's next for the class that parties with demons.
Hybrid Theory: Druids and the Wrath alpha
What kind of loving will Druids get when Blizzard takes us up to Northrend?
Guildwatch: 25man raid LF24M, healers and tanks preferred
This is what happens when guilds stop being nice -- and start getting real.

Even more great weekly content found after the jump.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, WoW Insider Business, Lore, Guides

WoW Insider Weekly

WoW Insider Weekly shows off our most popular weekly features of the past week -- if you missed them before, catch up to them here.
Blood Sport: No scrubs allowed in Season 4
Arena matches in Season 4 are just like TLC -- they don't want no scrubs.
Spiritual Guidance: Three priest specs your raid should not leave Shattrath without
The Priest column gives any good raiders three Priest specs to look for.
The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Are Warriors underpowered?
No. Column over. Or is it?
Blood Pact: Tanking Leo
Vims shows warlocks how to do a little tanking on the big blind guy.
Reader UI of the Week: Draxyl of Turalyon
One of our great readers shows off his UI for your pick-apart pleasure.

Five more great can't-miss weekly features after the break.

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Filed under: Tips, How-tos, WoW Insider Business, Features, Raiding, Guides

WoW Insider Weekly

Here's your weekly look at the most popular columns and weekly features from the last seven days of WoW Insider. Miss these the first time around? Don't miss them again.
Know Your Lore: Grim Batol
KYL takes a look at the Dwarven city in the wetlands, and the moral of the story is that the Bronzebeards are awesome! Wait, there's probably more.
Insider Trader: Rounding up patch 2.4 professions changes, part 2
More about what crafters need to know for the next patch.
Encrypted Text: The Lazy Alt's ten must-do Outland quests
Ten quests that you can't miss, even after you've rolled all the way to 70.
Totem Talk: Use the totems wisely
Matthew Rossi lays down all the facts on those wooden sticks in the ground and what they can do for you, even while soloing a Shaman.
Another set of great weekly content after the jump.

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Filed under: WoW Insider Business, News items, Features, Classes

WoW Insider Weekly

It's Tuesday, which means it's time once again to roundup our weekly content and put it all in one post for you to enjoy on Maintenance Day. This week, we're doing things a little differently -- instead of listing all the weekly features of the past week, we're going to go reality-show style, and show you the top 10 weekly features of the past seven days, according to your reading habits. If you missed these the first time, don't make the same mistake again. Click through and check them out.

Know Your Lore: The story of the Burning Crusade
Elizabeth W lays out everything you need to know about the BC storyline before it ends at the Sunwell.


Hybrid Theory: What's a Hybrid? v2.0
Our Hybrid classes column returns, with Alex at the helm and a new outlook on what "hybrid" means.


More of our best weekly features after the jump.

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Filed under: How-tos, Fan stuff, WoW Insider Business, Features, Guides

WoW Insider Weekly

We have moved our weekly features wrapup to Tuesday, since it seemed like a good idea at the time. So here's all of the weekly features from the past week (and a few days) here on WoW Insider, for your reading enjoyment.

Sunday Morning Funnies: Rogue stables
Laugh away with our weekly wrapup of WoW-related comics.

Spiritual Guidance: Holyform and lesser holy talents
Don't get your hopes up-- Holyform might not be yours to use quite yet.

All the World's a Stage: The passing of the beast
Playing a role in the Lunar Festival.

Officers' Quarters: Kicking and screaming
As in, first you do the /gkicking, and then comes the screaming.

Lots more right after the link below.

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Filed under: How-tos, WoW Insider Business, Features, Lore, Guides

WoW Insider Weekly

Here's our weekly content from the past seven days, all wrapped up in one big post. It's a week's worth of reading, in one list full of links.

Sunday Morning Funnies: Observations
Amanda's weekly roundup of WoW funnies will make you laugh any time.

Two Bosses Enter: Sapphiron vs. Hakkar
It's Ice Dragon vs. Blood God.

All the World's a Stage: Class is in session
David talks about how the second half of the classes can use their powers to roleplay.

Spiritual Guidance: Level 1 to 5 on your new Priest
Hint: put that mace to good use and get ready to learn how to use Smite.

Officers' Quarters: A moral dilemma
Account trading in the guild-- what do you think?

WoW Insider Show Episode 23: Mojo and other popular loot
Our podcast chats about the frog, the fans and the funny.

The Art of War(craft): Motion theory, part 1
How to move around (it's harder than it sounds).

The Light and How to Swing It: Levels 41-50
Taking a Paladin to the big five-oh.

Raid Rx: I feel the need... the need for speed, part 1
Love that Shaman screenshot! Oh, and the column, about casting time, is pretty good, too.

About the Bloggers: Elizabeth Harper
Our Senior Editor shows her hand.

Build Shop: Paladin 40/0/21
Rut roh, Chris did a shockadin. Get out the popcorn.

Guildwatch: Fish food
As in, what you do with Vashj after taking all her loot.

Blood Pact: The real Lunar Festival
Believe it or not, Omen is just something Blizzard added on their own.

Well Fed Buff: Dragonbreath Chili
Food so good it'll make you belch flames.

Totem Talk: Let's raid
Take those totems raiding!

Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn: Skirmish
Things get hacky and slashy in Chris' ongoing graphic novel.

World of WarCrafts: Buzzard Bite Wraps
I don't know how buzzard would actually taste, but these sound pretty darn good.

Blood Sport: Predictions for the year of the Rat
(That's this one.)

Ready Check: Thou hath no raid spot
Yup, being left out of the raid is sure to ruin your day. Marcie tells you how to avoid it.

Insider Trader: In stitches over BoP tailoring
Some of those clothes are made to fit.

Filed under: How-tos, Guilds, Features, Leveling, Guides

WoW Insider Weekly

Here is all of our weekly content from the past seven days, all wrapped up in one big post. Enjoy!

Two Bosses Enter: Gruul vs. C'thun
Will they see eye to eye? Ha!

Sunday Morning Funnies: There's a hierarchy at work
Comics about World of Warcraft are doubly awesome.

All the World's a Stage: Roleplaying with class
Using class abilities to show your character.

Officers' Quarters: A demanding role
How to lead a roleplaying guild.

WoW Insider Show Episode 22: Fake patch notes, rumored loot, and wild speculation
Dan, Matt, and Turpster go all podcasty on the big stories of last week.

The Art of War(craft): A Resilient Argument Part II
More on resilience in PvP.

Raid Rx: I can haz Al'ar-- now wut?
Tips for healing the big bird of Tempest Keep.

Shifting Pespectives: Hit Rating, Expertise, and Defense Skill for PvE
BBB has three magic numbers for you.

Build Shop: Hunter 0/45/16
A Marksman build for hunters.

15 Minutes of Fame: Confessions of a teenage warlock
That Warlock that just DoT-ted you into oblivion? He's 15.

About the Bloggers: Eliah Hecht
Readers, Eliah. Eliah, readers.

The Light and How to Swing it: The Paladin's guide to engineering
My Paladin was an engineer-- right up until I deleted her at level 20.

Guildwatch: Down for the count
The week in drama, downed, and recruiting. Tiller is good, but let's be serious: he's still not Malcin.

Mechanical mechanics: The models, makes, and manufacturing of mechanized merchants and robotic repairmen
Hoof and Horn R&D attacks automaton augmentation and assembly. See, I can do it too!

Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn: The first step
Anywhere is possible?

Encrypted Text: Levels 21-40
Sneaking through the midgame with the Rogue leveling guide.

World of Warcrafts: Flash Wand
You know, for kids! +10 style points to anyone who names the flick.

Well Fed Buff: Tauren toenails
Let's hope these taste a lot better than the real thing-- that Barrens dust is not kind, let me tell you.

Totem Talk: Pinch-hitting
Because somethings you want a resto, but all you've got is an elemental.

Blood Sport: Warrior-Druid overpowered?
Is this team rocking 2v2 for all the wrong reasons?

Ready Check: Progression
Or, how to kill a guild with just two bosses.

The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Rage and how to use it
Hint: it's not for knitting tea cozies.

Insider Trader: Crafting a future for professions
What's next for crafters?

Phat Loot Phriday: Crystal Charge
A piece of hefty loot (that's right, not phat) for non-Engineers.

Back in the Day: A week of Ebay, Karazhan, and Class QQ
Dan inspects what happened in a year ago in Warcraft: players whined. Hmm sound familiar much?

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, How-tos, Features, Leveling, Guides, Making money

WoW Insider Weekly

Happy Saturday afternoon! Time once again for a weekly wrapup of our all weekly content. Here's what WoW Insider's columnists have put together for you this week, all linked up in one big post.

Two Bosses Enter: Lady Vashj vs. Princess Huhuran
Cat fight!

Sunday Morning Funnies: Dark forces
Something mean is threatening this week's webcomics.

All the World's a Stage: A little help from my friends
Playing a cooperative role ingame.

Officers' Quarters: Drawing the line
What do you do as a GM when asked to fix some real-life problems, too?

WoW Rookie: I rolled the wrong class
How to make a good thing out of a bad decision.

The Art of War(craft): A resilient argument, part I
Sure, Superman has a ton of defense, but you should see Batman's intelligence.

Shifting Perspectives: A look at leveling balance
Choosing talents and leveling druids-- two of BBB's favorite pasttimes.

Raid Rx: Unkicking butt (a Grid story)
How to use a great addon to be a great raid healer.

15 Minutes of Fame: Hammer time
An interview with the creator of the great Hammer of Grammar.

WoW Insider Show Episode 21: War on Staghelm
Our weekly podcast wants the Arch Druid of Darnassus dead.

About the Bloggers: David Bowers
David sits down to answer our questions and tell you a little bit about himself.

Build Shop: Paladin 0/46/15
Finally, a build shop for the plate-wearing healers.

Guildwatch: Unannounced visitors? Preparations must be made
Another report from the front lines of guild drama and disaster.

Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn: The chase
Run little Night Elf, runnnnn!

The Light and How to Swing It: Levels 21-40
The road to mounthood with your paladin pals.

World of WarCrafts: Elixir of Greater Intellect punch
Another tasty drink inspired by the game.

Blood Pact: How to be evil, Warlock edition
Evil laughter is the key. Throw a "mu" in before that "hahaha" and you're golden.

The Chirurgeon's Craft: Healing with engineering, over patient objections
Our engineer extraordinaire talks about how to do a little rocket surgery.

Totem Talk: The three trees
Talkin' talents with the totem troopers.

Gamers on the Street: The XP experience
What you players think about the XP curve as it stands today.

Blood Sport: Essential Arena addons
What to load when facing off in the Ring of Blood.

Ready Check: Is transferring the solution?
When (and when not to) move a guild across servers.

The Care and Feeding of Warriors: When tanks aren't tanking
Because if warriors aren't getting hit, they should be hitting as hard as they can.

Insider Trader: Chic choices
Looking good while leveling.

Back in the Day: The week after TBC's launch
Our brand new column takes a look at one of the biggest moments in WoW's history.

Phat Loot Phriday: Anetheron's Noose
An epic caster cloth belt for your enjoyment.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, How-tos, WoW Insider Business, Features, Guides

WoW Insider Weekly

Every week, we round up all the great work of our weekly columnists here at WoW Insider, and put it all in one big post for your perusal. From funnies to serious strategy, and cooking recipes to disenchanting tips, here's all the weekly columns from the last week of WoW Insider.

Sunday Morning Funnies: Giggles
Buffly!

Spiritual Guidance: Mind Vision of 2007
Marcie takes a look into the past year of priesting.

Addon Spotlight: Recount
DPS meter done right.

All the World's a Stage: Something to remember me by
Putting those quirky touches on your own characters.

The Art of War(craft): Outdoor PvP, part II - an Outlandish war
Fighting in the expansion and how to do it.

Officers' Quarters: The right stuff
Just what does it take to join the ranks of officerdom? Scott tells you.

Reader UI of the Week: Slazareth the Moonkin
My god. It's full of addons!

Build Shop: Mage 10-47-3
This is what they mean when they talk about nuke mages. Fire at will!

Raid Rx: Pigeon-holing healers
Marcie breaks down the stereotypes on the various healers you can choose from when raiding.

15 Minutes of Fame: Noor the Pacifist
Leveling without killing? Good luck.

Shifting Perspectives: When am I outside?
When it comes to spells and mounts, the definition of "outside" gets a little weird.

The Light and How to Swing It: Year in Review
Paladins in the past year.

Guildwatch: Caught redhanded, but too late
Your weekly dose of guild gossip, progress, and recruiting news.

World of WarCrafts: Kibler's Bits
Tasty tidbits for the feline (or canine) in your life.

Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn: Cap'n Blain
Now here is a man who looks like he knows what he's talking about.

Encrypted Text: 222223, or how to level 1-20 as a Rogue
I have no idea how Elizabeth knew I had SS mapped to the 1 key, but she's right.

Well Fed Buff: Maiev's Grudge
Revenge, like this dessert, is best served cold (all right, it's best served lukewarm, but the saying doesn't work as well that way).

The WoW Insider Show episode 19: Looking back on 2007
Our podcast examines the WoW year that was.

Blood Sport: "Locks OP as hell," says top Warrior
An interview with an Arena player.

Gamers on the Street: Patch? What patch?
Lisa talks to a few people who didn't completely read the patch notes last time around.

Totem Talk: We were not prepared
It's been an angry past year for Shamans.

WoW, Casually: The Year of the Casual
Robin looks at casual WoW playing in 2007.

The Care and Feeding of Warriors: Saying hi to the new boss
Pushing for progression isn't easy-- especially when you're the one staring down the big monster.

Insider Trader: A disenchanted profession
Why we're so enchanted with disenchanting.

Phat Loot Phriday: Galgann's Fireblaster
Wait, there's an actual reason to go into Uldaman? Who knew?

Filed under: Tricks, WoW Insider Business, Features, Guides

WoW Insider Weekly

Saturday again-- come with me as we take a look at all the great weekly content that WoW Insider had to offer the past seven days.

Ready Check: Breaking through Kael'thas Sunstrider
Our brand new hardcore raiding guide tells you how to take down The Sun King.

All the World's a Stage: Top ten ways to roleplay the holidays
Fun stuff to do in character this holiday season.

Officers' Quarters: A dangerous gift
Sharing your account with someone is a lot like being a board at a fastener convention: sooner or later, you're going to get screwed.

The Art of War(craft): Outdoor PvP, Part 1- War in the Old World
Killer places to fight.

WoW Rookie: Welcome to PvP
Just leave your dignity there at the door. I'm kidding! Mostly.

Shifting Perspectives: New Druid leveling 1-5
I wouldn't think you'd need a class guide for 1-5, but darned if our Big Bear Butt Blogger hasn't gone and written one up.

Raid Rx: Basic healer raid design
How to fit healers into your raid the right way.

The Light and How to Swing It: Ret gear, part 2
Featuring blood elves in bikinis. Made you read!

Tales from the Lion's Pride Inn: The meeting
"Naga?! IN MY MENETHIL?!"

Blood Pact: The Warlock wishlist
What do Warlocks want under the tree this next year?

Totem Talk: You are the panic button
It's true-- when the rubber hits the road, you can count on a shammy.

Well Fed Buff: Caf'd Mac and Cheese
The Caf'd means caffeinated. I had no idea such a thing existed, but now I have a strange impulse to actually try it.

Blood Sport: What's your Arena resolution for 2008?
Suggestion: don't lose so much!

WoW, Casually: December 28th to January 3rd, New Year's, WSG, etc.
Easy casual stuff to do ingame the next week.

The Care and Feeding of Warrior: Weapons
Be honest-- this is why all warriors roll their class anyway.

Insider Trader: Connect-the-dot gathering
Gathering a little boring? Let Lisa help.

Phat Loot Phriday: Orb of Deception
Do a little faction bending with this world drop.

Ask WoW Insider: Do you tip your tank?
Never, ever heard of this. I always just assume gratuity was included with, y'know, the healing.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, WoW Insider Business, Odds and ends, Features

Last Week on Massively: WoW related stories

It's Sunday and that means round up time for World of Warcraft posts on our sister site Massively that may be of interest to you loyal WoW readers. Let's dive right in:

AFK Gamer reviews post-2.3 Alterac Valley
The popular gaming blog takes a look at the latest changes to AV.

The Digital Continuum: Activision Blizzard vs Electronic Arts, battle of the MMO titans
Kyle Horner looks at the merger and explores how the industry is shaping up to be a battle between the two giants.

Behind the Curtain: Moral & Ethical choices
Carl Whithers steers his weekly column into the murky waters of the consequences of our online actions.

Building a better MMOusetrap: Why we fight!
Dave Moss tells us why he indulges in a battle-driven game.

MMO subscriptions report -- who is beating whom?
The latest guesses are out on MMO subscription numbers. We all know WoW is the king, but who's nipping at his heels?

Gamer Interrupted: Playing together with different playstyles
Picking up on her topic from last week, Robin Torres continues to explore gaming as a couple, this time dealing with in-game goals that are at odds with each other.

Herndandez vs IGE - IGE withdraws motion to stay/dismiss
The latest in the lawsuit against gold sellers.

Scott Jennings on how to make PvP not suck
The Broken Toys blogger gives his 13 rules of PvP and why current MMOs aren't living up to them.

MMOGology: World of why bother

Marc Knottke talks about sharding your purples for greens.

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Blizzard, News items, Features

Last Week on Massively: Warcraft related stories

Once again, it's time for the weekly round up of WoW-related stories posted in the last seven days on our sister site Massively. If you can't wait for the round up post, you can always check out all posts tagged WoW on the site or subscribe to the RSS feed.

On with the show!

First official confirmation of new Blizzard MMO
CM Drysc confirmed that Blizzard is working on a "Next Gen MMO", but which one? Is "World of Starcraft" on the horizon?

Cinemassively: Machiniplex to hold Q & A for "Among Fables and Men"
Warcraft Movies' 1st place Drama winner in their recent Fabled Few contest was the awesome Among Fables and Men. Machiniplex is holding an online screening with remastered audio and an interview with the director over Skype.

The most influential MMOG moments
WoW's Toyota commercial made the list for showing that MMO's have gone mainstream. Check out the other watershed moments, but I don't know if any of them equal four wheels of FURY!!

Analyst talks World of Warcraft's churn rate
A Gamasutra article analyzes WoW's revenue gain in the last year as well as its ability to retain customers.

As the Worlds Turn: Neverending Stories
Adam Schumacher continues to explore the intersection of lore and MMOs, this time looking at how Warcraft's backstory affects gameplay.

Behind the Curtain: Making your own lore with Fan Fiction
Craig Whithers continues his weekly column, this time talking about using Fan Fiction to engage in roleplaying of the WoW universe (and others.)

WoW 3v3 tournament ended, videos from the finals
Team Pandemic won the $45,000 grandprize in the 3v3 tournament at Dreamhack in Sweden. Check out the details.

Building a Better MMOusetrap: Buildings, barrens and beyond (Part 4)
Dave Moss completes his 4 part series on MMO environments. Having covered architecture, cities and landscapes, he jumps into dungeons in his latest column.

Gamer Interrupted: Duos are good for relationships
Robin Torres talks about those who play together, stay together. But it isn't as easy as it looks.

Social currency and giving in MMOs
Is giving a gift in-game the same as giving it to a person in RL?

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Blizzard, News items, Features

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