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Last Week in WoW: Flexible news edition

Happy Tuesday morning, everyone. We're another week into patch 5.3, but alas, no sign of the patch 5.4 PTR just yet. Still, the news has been coming in copious amounts, so we're probably okay. Of course, the big news is Flexible raids. Now, having 12 signups for 10 raid slots may not mean you need to leave 2 people behind. This, of course, has generated a lot of discussion, much of which is summed up in an editorial by our own Matt Rossi.

There's lots more things, big and small, to cover, and we have the usual roundup of the week's news below. As of this writing, there's not been any announced downtime for this morning, but whether there is or not, a little break to get caught up can't hurt.

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Last Week in WoW: News vacation edition

Last Week in WoW
Happy Tuesday morning, everyone. It's another one of those weird weeks when the biggest stories of the week aren't even about the game itself, but about movies and upcoming games that we aren't technically supposed to know about.

Of course, there's plenty of cool stuff going on in game as we gradually discover those fun little secrets and smaller changes to patch 5.3, and we always have a good assortment of guides to help you get through the game. Downtime this morning is a series of rolling restarts at 7:00 a.m. PDT, but that's a good excuse to take a small break and read on for our usual roundup.

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Last Week in WoW: Back to the grind edition

Last Week in WoW Back to the grind edition
Happy Tuesday morning, everyone. Patch 5.3 is out, and we have both a written guide and a video guide to the top 5 things you need to know. Beyond that, of course, we have guides to just about aspect of the new patch that'll tell you what to do to get the most out of it. Our usual roundup of those guides and the rest of the week's news can be found below. Maintenance today is 4 hours, starting at 5 a.m. PDT, so you should have some time.

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Last Week in WoW: Flying toward patch 5.3 edition

Last Week in WoW Patch 53 flyover edition
Patch 5.3 is here. As you read this, the servers should be down to apply the patch. This means you'll want to use this time get caught up on all the latest patch 5.3 news, which, as always, you can find right here. Start off with our patch 5.3 roundup for an overview of everything. You'll also want to check out our exclusive interview with Lead Systems Designer Greg Ghostcrawler Street. Gamebreaker TV also did an interview with Ghostcrawler and Senior PvP Designer Brian Holinka.

You can also check the roundup below for more of this week's WoW news, from patch 5.3 and elsewhere. Realm maintenance begins at 3 a.m. PDT today and is expected to last 8 hours, so you'll have time.

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Last Week in WoW: How soon is soon edition

Last Week in WoW How soon is soon edition
Happy Tuesday morning, everyone. We continue to wait for patch 5.3, with official confirmation coming in yesterday that it won't be going live this week. In the meantime, the test server continues to be updated, and the big news stories are often outside the game, from the news that WoW is down to 8.3 million subscribers to the news Diablo III had to shut down the auction house due to massive gold duping bugs. They've since announced that all money from the illegitimate auctions, including their cut, will be donated to charity.

All this news and more awaits you with our usual roundup below. As of this writing, there is no announced downtime, but even if there isn't, you deserve a break right? Relax and read on.

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Last Week in WoW: In a holding pattern edition

Last Week in WoW

Happy Tuesday morning, everyone. We continue to be in a holding pattern of sorts. Patch 5.3 is still going strong on the PTR, but we have no word on a release date. Luckily, patch 5.2 is still going strong as well, with new secrets being discovered as early as just last week. There's also new stuff outside of WoW, from new short stories, to new merchandise, to some interesting viewpoints on the function of gear in the game.

Our usual roundup, featuring all these stories and more, can be found below. Scheduled maintenance today is expected to begin at 3 a.m. PDT and last for 8 hours, so you have plenty of time to read. Keep it tuned here as well. Whenever the patch lands, we'll be here to report on all the details.

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Last Week in WoW: Bugging out edition

Last Week in WoW Bugging out edition
Happy Tuesday morning, everyone. Today's header is bought to you by the fact that Azure Water Striders have a pretty cool mount special animation. Now, on to the news. The past 7 days have been remarkably busy on a lot of fronts. It's Children's Week, which means you have one more chance to hang out with some cool kids and get some awesome pets in return. We have a guide to doing the achievements as well, of course. Both rounds of BlizzCon tickets sold out pretty quickly, as expected.

The big happenings don't end there, of course. Read on for the usual roundup of all the major news and guides from the past week, including new patch 5.3 PTR news. Realm maintenance starts at 3:00 a.m. Pacific time this morning and is expected to last 8 hours, so you should have time.

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  • The developers held a live chat last Thursday. We have a transcript of the questions asked and their juicy, succulent answers.
  • The official BlizzCon 2013 contests have been announced.
  • Did you miss out on getting a BlizzCon ticket? We have a guide to other ways to experience BlizzCon.
  • Check out the latest patch 5.3 PTR notes updates for April 22.
  • Check out the latest patch 5.2 live server hotfixes for April 22.
  • Patch 5.3 will see a massive nerf to the scaling of PvP power.
  • Select pet types may get new passive abilities for pet battling.

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Last Week in WoW: Barrelling toward patch 5.3 edition

Happy Tuesday morning, everyone. Patch 5.3 continues to be on the PTR, and the changes keep coming. We still have no actual ETA for when the patch will hit live servers, but it's certainly not slowing down. On the other hand, the live servers are hopping too, with Raid Finder finally opening its doors to all comers, allowing us all to take down the notorious Lei Shen. As always, our intrepid team has been out covering it all.

Downtime today is just a series of rolling restarts at 7 a.m. PDT. The process is expected to take about an hour, which is more than enough time to skim our usual roundup of the last week of news. Read on to see what you may have missed.

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Last Week in WoW: Alliance pride edition

Happy Tuesday morning, everyone. It's been an undercurrent for a while now, but a pressing question seems to be sweeping the WoW world lately. Is the Alliance getting a bad deal in lore right now? A lot of people think so. Our writers got in on the discussion too. Anne talked about reactive vs. proactive storytelling, while Alex advocates a return of some Alliance heroes and more equality for the Alliance player character, among other things.

I won't lie, I side with those who are disappointed with Alliance lore lately. I've tried to console myself with cinematics of our glory days, including that one at the top of this article. The other option was ice cream, but I'm trying to lose weight.

Luckily, no matter what you think of Alliance lore, the rest of game is still pretty awesome. For proof, read on. We have a roundup of all the latest news, including some of the good stuff coming with patch 5.3. Realm maintenance starts at 5 a.m. Pacific time and lasts 6 hours, so you have time to read up.

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Last Week in WoW: Trolling for patch news edition

Last Week in WoW Trolling for patch news edition
Happy Tuesday Morning, everyone. The news keeps on coming fast and hard from the patch 5.3 PTR, and while there's no sign of the patch coming to live servers quite yet, there's plenty of stuff to keep us all salivating.

Downtime is limited to a series of rolling restarts at 7 a.m. Pacific time, but you have time to take a break and read up. You'll want to know what's happening so you can start patch 5.3 off on the right foot.

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Last Week in WoW: Springing some news on you edition

Last Week in WoW Springing some news on you edition
Happy Tuesday morning, everyone. It's a busy week in WoW. Not only has Noblegarden begun, but the patch 5.3 news keeps rolling out. Don't worry though. It may April, but we are not fools. We're keeping up with it all and reporting it to you. Downtime this morning is limited to a series of rolling restarts at 7 a.m. PDT, but there's a lot of news to catch up on. Read on for the usual roundup.

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Last Week in WoW: We fell for Blizzard's trap card edition

Happy Tuesday morning, everyone. The past week or so has been one of unexpected announcements, to say the least. First, we heard about Hearthstone, the Warcraft-based online CCG, then we had the first patch notes and build for the patch 5.3 PTR, right before the first guild downed heroic Lei Shen. I am pretty sure Alex is clairvoyant now, because he picked the perfect week to go on vacation.

Downtime today is limited to rolling restarts at 7 a.m. PDT, but trust me, a lot of stuff went down this week and you'll want to read about it all. Our usual roundup awaits you below.

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Last Week in WoW: Settling in to patch 5.2 edition

Happy Tuesday morning, everyone. We're to that period in the new patch where we haven't quite finished the content, and there's still hotfixes every other day, but things have simmered down a bit and a lot of us have our daily routine down again.

That said, there's still plenty of cool stuff going on, and we have the usual roundup of all the news from the past 7 days, along with more guides to help you get the most from Patch 5.2's new content. Scheduled maintenance starts at 5:00 a.m. PDT today and is expected to last for 6 hours, so you should have time to get caught up.

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  • Check out the latest patch 5.2 hotfixes for March 11, March 12, March 14, March 15.
  • There won't be any more 5-man dungeons in Mists, but they will be back for future expansions.
  • PvP season 13 has begun.
  • If you're delving into the Raid Finder for the new raid, you'll want these 5-second guides to the bosses of the Last Stand of the Zandalari.
  • We have a guide to running the new single-player Troves of the Thunder King scenario.
  • Blizzard is offering free server moves for select servers until March 21.
  • If you're visiting from a different realm, you won't get loot from an Oondasta or Nalak kill.
  • Do you hate the CRZ system? It turns out some realms my be exempt from it.
  • Want to keep track of your Isle of Thunder tasks? There's an addon for that.
  • The Call to Auction podcast recently got a chance to ask some questions of Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street about the economy and professions.
  • WoW Archivist suggests 11 great moments in WoW history that should return as scenarios.
  • Rossi speculates on the possibility of scaling old raids to max level players.
  • Is WoW too easy? Blue poster Draztal disagrees.
  • Blizzard may allow you to get off-spec gear in Raid Finder in the future.

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Last Week in WoW: Dinosaurs and bugs edition

Happy Tuesday morning everyone. We're a week into the new patch, and with a new patch comes new bugs. Among the biggest bugs to crop up in the wake of patch 5.2 so far were a pet leveling XP bug that let you level from 1-89 in a matter of hours, and a monk DPS bug that let them do massive damage. Both have been hotfixed.

Bugs are to be expected of course, and I find it sort of fun to see what crops up. Blizzard, of course, is pretty good about smashing them down, so in the end, I just like to sit back and watch the show. If bugs aren't your thing, there's plenty of other cool things going down with the patch. Downtime this morning starts at 5:00 a.m. PDT and is expected to last 6 hours, so you have time to catch up on the news. Read on for a roundup of patch 5.2 and the guides you'll need to get the most out of all the new content.

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Last Week in WoW: Patch 5.2 roundup edition

Happy Tuesday morning, everyone. Patch 5.2 is confirmed for today, and downtime's starting at 1 a.m Pacific time. With that in mind, we're digging back deeper than a week and bringing you all the biggest hits of our patch 5.2 coverage.

In our roundup below you'll find plenty of guides to new features, new class changes, new raids, and new loot. Whether you're waiting to patch, waiting for the servers to come back up, or just waiting to get home and play, you'll want to read up and jump on the servers with some extra knowledge under your belt.

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