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WRUP: BRB, raid flexing

WRUP BRB, raid flexing
It's been a little over a week since we discovered flex raids. Since then, Blizzard has supplied more information, talking heads have hypothesized, and we've all had time to search our feelings and know it to be true.

So while we were polling your inimitable WoW Insider staff about what they're playing this weekend, we decided to take a dipstick of the team opinion on flex raids. So jump in and join us for the conversation, and tell us what you think of this new feature.

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Phat Loot Phriday: Grievous Gladiator's Dragonhide Helm

Phat Loot Phriday
"It's not that I'm not happy to see you," Lolegolas carefully said. "But what on Azeroth are you wearing?"

"You look like a stag beetle," Throgg said. "Like an angry, fuzzy stag beetle."

The druid looked down at his outfit and then plucked the helmet off his head. "Oh. It's the Grievous Gladiator's Dragonhide Helm. I picked it up while fighting in the arena."

"Were you fighting stag beetles?" Throgg asked. "Did you skin them and wear their buggy hats as a prize?"

The Gilnean known as Not Spot growled slightly, then laughed. "No. Just other fighters. It's how I paid my way to catch up with you two. My kitty fu has grown strong."

"Also," the blood elf interjected, "it'd be good camouflage for infiltrating Silithus. It's a harsh helmet. A bug helmet."

Item Note: While the Grievous Gladiator's Dragonhide Helm obviously looked pretty good, I can't help but dwell on its beetle-like nature. I think this might be my favorite druid hat since the days of the moose horns.
Phat Loot Phriday brings you the scoop on some of the most ... interesting ... loot in the World of Warcraft, often viewed through the eyes of the stalwart Throgg and indelible Lolegolas. Suggest items you think we should feature by emailing

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WRUP: Should WoW come to Xbox?

WRUP Should WoW come to Xbox
A little known fact about your intrepid WoW Insider staff: we plan our weeks way early. As a matter of fact, we get started planning our weekends in the middle of the week. So when I asked the team about what they're playing this weekend -- and the bonus question to go along with it -- the news about Flexible Raids hadn't made the full rounds yet.

So we asked about Diablo III going to the Xbox, and whether WoW should be next. As you might have guessed, though, our team actually reached a near-consensus on the issue. I'd paraphrase that consensus, but it's more fun to read everyone's individual opinions.

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WRUP: In the Arms of a Bat

Bats are clearly the superior totem animal, as proven by the absolute dominance of Batman over every other superhero ever. So while we were canvassing your intrepid WoW Insider staff to find out what thye're doing with our weekend, we had to ask about bats. Is the Armored Bloodwing the coolest mount ever, or just the coolest mount to exist so far? Also, if you somehow believe the Armored Bloodwing isn't the final word in best mounts ever, what mount tickles your fancy?

What about you folks? When you feel that gripping need for speed, which mount is your go-to choice? No matter what you choose; no buzzing the tower.

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Weekly news roundup with Panser of TradeChat

TradeChat's Panser returns with this week's WoW Insider news recap, where we look back at the hottest news from the past week and whatever other kickin' rad things may have come our way. This week's topics include: If you enjoyed the show, make sure to subscribe to TradeChat, leave a comment, and come back next week for the next episode!

Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, News items

WRUP: Living Patch 5.3

WRUP Living Patch 53
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...

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WRUP: Anticipating patch 5.3

We finally know that patch 5.3 is right around the corner. Biting our fingernails and virtually panting with excitement, everyone at WoW Insider headquarters looks forward to the release with summery exultation.

So obviously, we asked our staff about more than just their weekend plans. We asked what each member is excited about in the new patch. The good, the bad, and the ugly; we wanted to know it all.

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WRUP: Our hipster WoW

WRUP Our hipster WoW
Well, WoW's in the crosswords. We've gone mainstream. Time to pack it all in, trade out our fixie bikes and obsessions with animation and nerd stuff, put on a real suit, and get a real job.

Or... it's time to really get obscure. Our bonus question of the week: Now that WoW has been co-opted by the mainstream media, what truly hipster activity do you embrace to stay unique?

Brewing beer, writing novels, and arguing on the internet doesn't count.

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WRUP: In which we get excited about BlizzCon

WRUP In which we get excited about BlizzCon
It's another weekend of fun and games for the intrepid staff of WoW Insider. But we just got our shot at buying BlizzCon tickets and we're all pretty excited.

Our bonus question this week: What are you hoping to see at BlizzCon? A new game? The new expansion? Or perhaps just some intriguing insight to the world of Blizzard?

Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) I am going to be writing like a maniac. If I'm lucky, I'll get some time to do LFR. If not, I'll ... well, I'll be writing like a maniac all weekend. As for BlizzCon, I'm hoping maybe we see the reveal of some of the new character models they've been talking about doing -- or a new expansion announcement. Or something, ANYTHING about Titan.

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WRUP: We espouse about patch 5.3

WRUP We espouse about patch 53
Our bonus question this week asked your intrepid WoW Insider staff how they felt about the upcoming patch 5.3. But then, we found out our own Sarah Pine is getting married this weekend! Congratulations to Ms. Pine on the nuptials! Thanks for bringing a little extra joy to the weekend, and may you both have many wonderful decades ahead of you!

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WRUP: Achoo! edition

WRUP Achoo! edition
How's those allergies treating you? Here in lovely Washington, DC, the cherry trees blossomed for an entire half hour or so before impending storms threatened to whip away every flower. In the meantime, though, allergies are thick enough that I'm pretty sure the Sha of Allergies is lurking around the corner.

Our bonus question this week: How do you feel about the pace of the expansion so far? It seems to be going pretty well, and it feels right. I mean, dailies, blah blah, but the content patches seem pretty swift.

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WRUP: Our suggestions for April Fools' Jokes

WRUP Our suggestions for April Fools' Jokes
Well, WoW didn't get to do an April Fools' joke. That sucks but is totally understandable. But they've got their friends here at WoW Insider to help out. This week's bonus question is: What would you have done for a WoW April Fools' Joke?

Alex Ziebart (@AlexZiebart) This weekend I'm doing another playthrough of Bioshock Infinite. While not a perfect game, there are a couple instances where the narrative falls apart for the sake of shock value, most of it is pretty damn good. As for Blizzard April Fools' Joke, they should've changed the World of Warcraft logo on to Titan.

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WRUP: Of dinosaurs and patches

WRUP Of dinosaurs and patches
No Hearthstone so we'll have to kill some time with a game that we all currently play. No, not Bioshock: Infinite. I'm talk about WoW, the dinosaurs, and that upcoming patch. I can't speak for anyone else, but any patch that gets me closers to laying a keg of beer upside Garrosh's oversized melon is a patch I like.

By the way, does it bother anyone else that the orc looks so smug picking on the gnome? I always thought orcs were kind of bullies anyway, but they don't need to laugh about it. It just looks mean.

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WRUP: Hearthstone and our secret shame

WRUP Hearthstone and our secret shame
Our bonus question this week was going to be about our dark, secret gaming habits. That was the plan. And then Blizzard went and released this mindblowingly awesome sounding game... so the bonus question changed. So when you're reading this, we're telling you both our guilty pleasure of gaming... and our excite about Hearthstone.

Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) This weekend is going to be spent working on projects around the house and getting some writing done. As for Hearthstone, it looks pretty neat! I think I may end up jumping in the beta just to play around with it and see how it works.

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WRUP: How's that honeymoon doing?

WRUP How's that honeymoon doing
It's always a little funny when new patches come out. You start off just loving it... new stuff, new challenges. But then you get bored and start hating life. So, how about you guys? Is the honeymoon over?

Join our staff by telling us how you feel about the new patch in the comments. And, of course, read on in What Are You Playing to see what we're doing this weekend!

Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) I'll hopefully be spending the weekend on my new server. If not, then I'll be spending the weekend not really logging into WoW aside for dailies. As for 5.2 -- I love the patch, I love the content, I haven't really gotten bored with anything yet. However, the re-structuring and subsequent splintering of my guild has put a bit of sadness over the whole thing. On the other hand, the Isle of Thunder is tremendously entertaining, and every time I see a tree or structure struck by lightning I stand there marveling and hoping it will happen again because it looks really, really pretty.

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