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Tuesday Morning Post: Levee's gonna break edition

Happy Tuesday Morning, everyone! As you're probably aware, the family and friends alpha test of Cataclysm went up early last week. While there's still a Non-Disclosure Agreement on the whole thing, that hasn't stopped a lot of enterprising people from getting their hands on the client and disseminating all manner of information to the WoW community at large. I wouldn't say the leaks are coming out in a torrent quite yet, but there's still some pretty juicy stuff if you know where to find it.

Of course, if you're one of those who's trying to keep pure about the spoilers and leaks, have no fear. In the list below we've placed all the unofficial leaks in a separate Cataclysm leak section so you can skim over them or pass them by. So read on with confidence. There's plenty non-leak stuff to read up on, including the new Patch 3.3.5 PTR notes. It looks like only a handful of servers will experience scheduled downtime this morning, and even then only for 2 hours starting a 5 AM pacific time, but Tuesday's good WoW news reading time anyway.

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Filed under: Realm Status, News items

Tuesday Morning Post: We dislike NDAs edition

Happy Tuesday morning, everyone. It looks like the wheels may finally be in motion, inexorably turning toward the release of Cataclysm. Community Manager Zarhym has confirmed that the family and friends alpha is under way, and signs of the beta have begun to crop up on the official site. Could an actual NDA-free beta be close behind?

Speaking of NDAs and betas, now's a good time to remind people of a few things: First, beta invites have not gone out, so if you get an invite in your in-box, be careful. It's very, very likely a scam. Second, the family and friends alpha is under a Non-Disclosure Agreement, so it's likely we won't get much new information, if any, until that's released.

Beyond that, there was plenty of other news dropping this week. Children's Week is upon us again, the night elf mohawk has returned and Cataclysm news continues to trickle out, among other things. We do have the usual 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. Pacific downtime window this morning, so since you can't log on to WoW, why not read on? Our usual weekly roundup of the news awaits.

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Filed under: Realm Status, News items

Tuesday Morning Post: Raiding reshuffling redux edition

The big news this week came only yesterday in the form of some basic raid changes coming to Cataclysm. Depending on your perspective, they may or may not be as absolutely earth shattering as the changes to raid sizes at the start of Wrath, but they're still big. The discussion and debate over these changes will continue for many days, and you know we'll be in the thick of it.

If raid size debates aren't your cup of tea, there's plenty of other news to peruse. For example, we also got a small sneak peak at Cataclysm's world with some Cataclysm concept art uncovered by Scrolls of Lore. For a roundup of the rest of the week's happenings, you can check below, as usual. You'll have plenty of time to do so, as we will have downtime this morning from 5 AM to 11 AM pacific.

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Filed under: Realm Status, News items

Tuesday Morning Post: And live in harmony harmony oh love edition

Happy Tuesday Morning, everyone! By now, I'm sure you're all aware of the big news: The Sparklepony is here! The Celestial Steed went up for sale on the Blizzard store, causing massive queues and earning Blizzard hundreds of thousands of dollars in the first day alone. You either loved it or you hated it, but either way, it seems to have been a coup for Blizzard.

While the pony talk refuses to die down, some people just want it to go away, and luckily for them, there have been other things of note to report. For example, there was also a bit of Cataclysm news this past week. Paladins got their day in the sun with their Cataclysm class preview (along with some extra blue clarification, of course), and we, of course, have analysis for all three talent trees. We also saw the release of a preview of Mount Hyjal, as well as a preview of Vashj'ir, a sunken city of the Naga. There was also a twitter developer chat, where we learned that we'll be able to learn 310% flight for all our current flying mounts in Cataclysm.

No matter what type of news you prefer, you'll have some time to get caught up on it thanks to a 5 AM to 11 AM pacific downtime window. You can check after the break for a list of some of the other odds and ends from the past seven days as well, and, as always, keep it here for WoW news as it happens throughout the day.

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Tuesday Morning Post: Viva la Revolucion edition

Happy Tuesday Morning, everyone! Of course, the big news this week was all the class previews for Cataclysm, unless your favorite class is the paladin. Paladins have to wait a few more days. But paladins aside, there's been tons of buzz, debate, and argument. Some people are happy, some are angry, some are confused. But overall, we think the right scope to take is to chill out and see what happens. If nothing else, other things are going on. For example, Operation: Gnomeregan is imminent. And it has some of the snazziest propaganda ever. Seriously, Blizzard, make prints of that poster. I would buy one in three seconds flat.

Regardless of your news preferences, we do have downtime this morning, from 5 AM to 11 AM Pacific. To keep you busy while WoW's down, we have our usual roundup of the latest news below, including a special section collection of all the class previews along with our analysis of every single class and their respective roles and talent trees.

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Filed under: Realm Status, News items

Tuesday Morning Post: Need more rage edition

Hey, she's a warrior. And gnome girl warriors sound cute when they need more rage. It's adorable, seriously!
Just when it looked like it was going to be a slow news week, here comes Blizzard to the rescue with a few nice little chunks of Cataclysm news. Now I'm not implying anything really, but isn't it sort of funny that only days after Rossi talked rage normalization, we get a nice new writeup on the future of rage in Cataclysm and good old Heroic Strike and Maul? Luckily, Rossi came right back with a quick and dirty guide to the new rage stuff. Of course, if you're not a feral druid or a warrior, you might be more interested in the new information on dispel mechanics in Cataclysm.

Of course, As awesome as WoW is and as much as we're eating up this new Cataclysm info with a spoon, everyone needs a break now and then, and on April Fools, we took a few stabs at some new blog concepts. I was very pleased that even my fellow Bloggers are on Team Jacob, that we are willing to publish an awesome guide to the best Mass Effect class ever, and that we were able to use the phrase "Love Glue Gunnin" on the site in a completely legitimate manner. I'm not as pleased about the zombies on my lawn, or that creepy muscle building bear now haunting my dreams, but what can you do? If our little bit of fun didn't satisfy you, you can check out our roundup of some of the other WoW-related April Fool's shenanigans around the web as well, or marvel over the existence of a real version of the EPEEN meter.

Whatever strikes your fancy in WoW news, you have plenty of time to read it thanks to today's 5 AM to 11 AM pacific downtime. Continue on for a list of some the best and most interesting news and guides from the past 7 days or so.

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Filed under: Realm Status, News items

Tuesday Morning Post: It's not Las Vegas edition

Welcome everyone, to another news filled Tuesday morning. The big news, of course, is the official announcement of the next BlizzCon. It's happening, but unfortunately, not in Vegas. But hey, it's a blast wherever it's held, even if wherever remains Blizzard's backyard in sunny Anaheim. It's late October this year, which of course has set off tons of speculation about the Cataclysm release date, among other things. Whatever else comes with BlizzCon though, it should be fun and informative. Check out last year's coverage if you forgot just how crazy that whole thing gets. Go ahead, you have time. We'll be down from 5 AM to 11 AM pacific time this morning.

Of course, beyond the BlizzCon thing, there's plenty of other news to speak of, especially with Patch 3.3.3 still relatively fresh and requiring hot fixes and even a minor patch. Read on for all the latest WoW Scuttlebutt , and hey, if all else fails, tune into NPR. Our intrepid Editor-in-Chief is on On Point today.

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Filed under: Realm Status, News items

Tuesday Morning Post: Just the patch, ma'am edition

Happy Tuesday morning, everyone. It's a beautiful near-spring morning here on the west coast, especially since, as of this writing, it looks like we'll finally be getting Patch 3.3.3. That means many things, including changes to raid buffs, new found usefulness for Frozen Orbs, abolition of battleground marks, and some pretty cool stuff data mined out of the patch files. It also means we're just a little bit closer to Patch 3.3.5, which promises a new raid dungeon among other things, and maybe even some gnome and troll love.

Of course, we have an extended 3 AM to 11 AM pacific downtime to get this patch into place, which means you have time to read up on all this stuff. In addition to our Patch 3.3.3 information page, we'll have additional coverage throughout the morning, and you can read our usual roundup of the news from the past 7 days below:

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Realm maintenance for Tuesday, March 23rd

Realm maintenance for Tuesday, March 23rd is scheduled from 3:00AMPDT/6:00AM EDT until 11:00AM PDT/ 2:00PM PDT. Please note that the maintenance is starting a little earlier than last week -- so get your stuff done early! Here's the full announcement:

Dalathmordus
We will be performing scheduled maintenance on Tuesday, March 23rd. Maintenance will begin at 3:00 AM PDT and conclude at approximately 11:00 AM PDT. During this time, all realms and many web services will be unavailable.

Thank you for your patience.


As always, if this maintenance is extended for any reason, we'll let you know!

Filed under: Realm Status, News items

Authentication maintenance

Looks like the authentication servers will be undergoing some maintenance this evening, March 16th from 11pm PST/2am EST to 1am PST/4am EST. Here's the full announcement:

Ralvorinn
We'll be performing maintenance on our authentication services this evening which may impact the ability to log in for some players. The maintenance will begin at 11:00 PM PDT, March 16 and last until approximately 1:00 AM PDT, March 17.


So if you were planning on logging in tonight, you may want to do it before the maintenance starts. If there are any extensions to this maintenance, we'll be sure to let you know!

Filed under: Realm Status, News items

Tuesday Morning Post: Time change edition

Happy Tuesday Morning, everyone. This morning, we're coming to you earlier than we would have been last week. Or is later? Honestly, this whole time change thing is just making me confused. And sleepy. There's a reason I was never a math major. Luckily, there's nothing like an invigorating round of WoW news to get the blood pumping in the morning. Okay, so technically a cup of coffee would also work, but the machine isn't done percolating yet. Regardless, there's plenty of news to catch up on. There's been some interesting news trickling out of the Game Developer's Conference over in San Francisco, as well as the usual round of Patch 3.3.3 PTR news. Luckily, you'll have time to read it all while the servers are down.

With realm maintenance clocking in at only 6 hours today (from 5 AM to 11 AM Pacific), though, I wouldn't expect to see Patch 3.3.3 actually dropping this week, so you'll have to console yourself with the news and wait at least one more week to cash in all those Frozen Orbs. Check out our usual roundup after the break.

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Tuesday Morning Post: Beginning of the end edition

Happy Tuesday morning, everyone! I name this week's post not in a negative sense, but in a sense that it does seem like we've officially started winding down Wrath. Specifically, we recently saw the addition of the first edition of the Icecrown Citadel raid buff. It has started at 5%, but will eventually rise to 30%, allowing more and more people to power through the dungeon and see Arthas fall at their feet. It's the end of an era, but I feel the start of a much better one.

Of course, that's not to say we're completely out of Wrath yet. We have at least 2 more patches to go, and Patch 3.3.3 PTR news keeps rolling in, as does tons of other news. You'll have the usual maintenance break from WoW this morning, 5 AM to 11 AM pacific, so you have time to get caught up. As usual, here's our list of some of the major stuff from the past 7 days or so:

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Filed under: Realm Status, News items

Tuesday Morning Post: Cataclysmic content edition

Happy Tuesday Morning, everyone. While it was not perhaps a deluge, we did get a few tidbits of Cataclysm news this past week, beginning with the latest Twitter Developer Chat, where the devs dropped hints on such sundry topics as the purification of the plaguelands, cross-realm mail and raids, submarines, a new caverns of time instance, the new class/race combos, and the dance studio. Then we got a very nice info-dump with an informative post on the way statistics will work in Cataclysm. We've already started breaking down what the stat changes mean to various classes and specs, and if your class hasn't been analyzed yet, chances are it will be today or tomorrow. Combine that with some new info from the Patch 3.3.3 PTR, and Blizzard's really packed on the news this cycle.

It's only rolling restarts this morning, but don't you deserve a break anyway? Check out our roundup of all the news after the break while you wait for your server to restart and for Ghostcrawler to deliver your moose.

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Filed under: Realm Status, News items

Patch 3.3.3 PTR: Realms coming down for maintenance

In a somewhat speedy announcement following last night's announcement on Facebook, the PTR realms are coming down for maintenance:

Ujumqin
We will be bringing down the PTR servers today for maintenance at approximately 11:30 AM PST.

There is currently no estimated time for this maintenance.

This thread will be updated as more information becomes available.




There's been no update to the thread as of yet. Whether this is to address the disconnects and lag on the PTR servers or to apply a new patch is currently unknown, however, we'll update this post as soon as more information becomes available. In the meantime, check out the class changes, patch notes, and other information available about Patch 3.3.3 while you wait out the maintenance!

Filed under: Realm Status, News items

Tuesday Morning Post: It's raining again edition

Did you think things were getting slow in WoW news? Those might have been famous last words, so to speak. It never rains, but it pours. It started early last week with a stream of previews: Of the new battleground honor changes, of the new Ruby Sanctum raid, and a sneak peek behind the curtain of Wintergrasp's faction balancing mechanics. Then, Friday came, and bam. Here comes Patch 3.3.3, with tons of amazing information for everyone to drown in, both in the patch notes and in the game files.

If you haven't had a chance to dive into all the Patch 3.3.3 news, now is as good a time as any, since the servers will be down from 3 AM to 11 AM Pacific. Before you ask, we have not heard that the patch is going live as of this writing, and I'd sincerely doubt it myself. It's a bit buggy as it is, and the devs have hinted there's more to be implemented and tested. So feel free to sit back, relax, and peruse the best news from the past week, both from Patch 3.3.3 and beyond, just below.

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