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WRUP: Getting a little boost

This week has seen more than a little talk about a boost to level 90. So while we polled your intrepid WoW Insider staff about they're playing this weekend, we also polled for opinions about this level 90 boost. So take a gander and see what we think, then share your own opinion in the comments. Let us know!

Joe Perez (@lodurzj) just got over the plague in time to participate in the first Steamroller Tournament for Warmachine / Hordes this weekend. I'll be taking my Trolls, led by the awesomely cool Grissel Bloodsong, Marshal of the Kriels and her band of merry murder monsters, into the heart of battle! She will face down against undead, dragons, and mages mad on their own power! She shall reign in victory! Because, well, female troll is awesome. As far as boosting. Having recently switched servers and factions, I've really been wanting to get back on project monk, but time has not been permitting of this hobby. So, my monk will be getting the boost straight off!

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WRUP: We've got your computer's back

Silithus
The disheartening news this week is that even Blizzard had to warn us about a dangerous trojan. While it's easy to assume most PC gamers are fairly tech savvy folks, even the best of us can get snagged by the dangerous keylogger. So, in an earnest attempt to help out, we also asked your intrepid WoW Insider staff what they do to safeguard their computers. Read on, and don't forget to tell us what you are playing this weekend.

Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) I picked up Gone Home yesterday, so I may check that out over the weekend and see what it's all about. Other than that, no real plans beyond trying to get over this stupid cold I picked up from family. Bonus answer: I've been getting inundated with a lot of "your account has been suspended" emails over the past week or so - don't click on anything via email. Ever. And look at the return address of who is emailing you - every single email I've gotten has been from a perfectly random gmail address.

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WRUP: Speculation about the release date

square in draenor
Clearly, it would be impolite and improper to speculate when the beta of Warlords of Draenor would open in a general sense. And in this holiday season, who wants to be impolite and improper? That would be wrong.

But when we asked our intrepid WoW Insider staff to tell us what they're playing this weekend, we also asked them to speculate on what day of the week the beta will begin. I'm guessing the beta will begin on a Wednesday, because hump day is a great day to have a treat in the middle of the week.

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WRUP: 'tis the season

winter veil
The season of gift giving is here. It's always an odd one for us Azerothian gamers. We'd love to give WoW related gifts, but there's only so many stuffed animals and game cards one wife or husband should receive. So while asking our intrepid staff of WoW journalists what they're playing this weekend, we also asked what WoW gift would bring a smile to their faces. Hope springs eternal, right?

Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) I picked up Zelda: A Link Between Worlds and I'll likely be playing that. I loved A Link to the Past, it was one of my favorite SNES titles when I was younger, and this one is just hitting all the right nostalgia buttons for me, plus it's got a new gameplay twist that makes the puzzles even more entertaining to figure out. I might play a bit of WoW while I'm at it, just to finish capping out my valor for the week, or possibly poke around in The Secret World, which is actually a pretty entertaining MMO, although it hasn't captured me in quite the same way that WoW did. Bonus answer: I found a really cool coffee mug on etsy that has the hearthstone symbol engraved in it, and I'm still debating whether or not I want to get it.

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WRUP: A very thankful staff

Turkey
Turkey day approaches, like the looming weight gain we all know it will be. And while it's still a few days away, obviously, a little thankfulness is always good for the soul. And so, we asked our dear staff what they're playing this weekend... and what they're thankful for. We all have a little extra room for a bit of thankfulness in our lives.

Adam Holisky (@adamholisky) I'm leveling a new mage up, and I'm have an absolute blast.

I'm thankful for three things.

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WRUP: Remembering BlizzCon edition

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BlizzCon is a week behind us. Unless you're an orc who's going to go back in time -- but not really, just kind of back in time, but in a bubbly confusing way -- and make BlizzCon now. Which would be bad for the work week but awesome for weekend shenanigans.

So, unless you're that orc, it's behind us. Some memories may fade, but some we'll carry with us. Which memories of BlizzCon 2013 are your favorite? The ones you'll tuck under your arm and take with you into gaming years long into the future. Let us know!

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WRUP: Cross pollination of ideas

WRUP Cross pollination of ideas
Transmogrification is landing in Diablo III, an idea that feels so natural you almost wonder why it wasn't always there. It just feels right. The ability to customize the appearance of your character is already ingrained in us WoW heads, so those Diablo fiends will almost certainly enjoy it. Some of D3's transmog is so cool that we already hope that WoW can steal it.

So this week, when we asked your intrepid WoW Insider staff what they're playing, we also asked what other features we hoped to see enjoy this kind of cross pollination. I'm pulling for pet battles, myself. What good's a monk without a fighting chipmunk?

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WRUP: Horseman rise!

WRUP Horseman rise!
It's that time again, when the addled, poetry-filled monster rises from the depths of the grave to taunt us lucky and unlucky alike with dreams of mounts. In the meantime, though, your intrepid WoW Insider staff will keep playing games and making the best of a bad situation. Take a trip with us and tell us what you're playing this weekend!

If you're hunting for a mount of your very own, make sure to stop by our guide to Hallow's End 2013. It has all the details you need, from wicker man to headless man.

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WRUP: In which there are elves and broken

WRUP In which there are elves and broken
The delicate subject of new classes was discussed this week by various members of our staff, and while we seem to be split on the matter, there's another option to consider. In this week's bonus question, we look at the possibility of new races and what everyone would like to see -- along with a glimpse at what the staff is playing this weekend. But enough of that -- what are you playing this weekend? Leave your comments, and while you're at it, maybe you want to answer this week's bonus question of what new races you'd like to see yourselves!

Daniel Whitcomb (@danielwhitcomb) I'll be farming battle pets and working on my last few rares on Timeless Isle for the Timeless Champion achievement. I keep barely missing Chelon and Osu. As far as a new race goes, I am still a High Elf fan. As someone who's loved them since Elven Archers in WCII, I think we should have them from the start. Plus, with the extra development the Silver Covenant got in Patch 5.1 and 5.2, it's a perfect time to bring them in to the Alliance. Yes, I know they're "too similar to Blood Elves." I figure we can just give the Horde some "reformed" Eredar that look like red-skinned Draenei, and we'll be even.

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WRUP: The hot, big news

WRUP The hot, big news
Not every week is packed with exciting news. But this week, our intrepid WoW Insider staff will take you through the week's biggest hits. It's kind of like a weekly news recap, but with Twitter headers. Don't forget to hit the comments and tell what you're playing this weekend! Anything from GTA to Pac-Man counts, and we want to see it all!

Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) I may see if I can work on farming Shaohao reputation this weekend -- I have nearly enough Timeless Coins for the mount, I just don't have the reputation to get it yet! That, and I'm kind of tempted by the Steam sale for The Secret World that Mike Sacco mentioned on Twitter -- it's 50% off, and I might just have to check it out. Biggest news this week would probably have to be that the book I worked on is out now -- I'm terribly pleased about that one!

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WRUP: On the question of faction balance

WRUP On the question of faction balance
There are few tumultuous subjects with the power of faction balance. Whether you satirically point out that Orgrimmar can't be destroyed, or whether you think the cinematics simply need rewritten, addressing the subject of which faction is on top... well, it goes poorly.

So this week, we asked your intrepid WoW Insider staff what they think of the current balance. Is one faction better off than the other? And more importantly, what could be done to even out the story? Some of the answers might surprise you.

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WRUP: Bonusception

There's so much happening right now that it can be hard to pick out one or two things as the most important. Do we talk about a certain digital collectible card game, and upcoming patch, or the inevitable balancing that always happens? This week, when we asked your intrepid WoW Insider staff what they're playing this weekend, we went one level deeper. We asked them to ask -- and answer -- their own bonus question. It's a downright bonusception. Bwoooooooommmmmm.

Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) I'm going to try and find some time to fiddle around with Hearthstone, but more likely going to be painting and working on various projects this weekend instead - this is how it generally goes! Bonus question: DARK BELOW? DARK BELOW DARK BELOW DARK BELOW. DARK BELOW! Answer above.

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WRUP: In which we opine about Hearthstone

WRUP In which we opine about Hearthstone
It's been about a week since Hearthstone hit the ground in beta. In the meantime, we've seen giveaways, speculations, videos, and plenty of time to start trying it out. So while we rounded up the weekend asking your intrepid WoW Insider staff about what they're playing, we also asked what they think of Hearthstone so far. So kick back and prepare yourself with the weekend; don't forget to tell us in the comments what you're playing!

Dan Desmond (@Antigen_) I'll probably play a bit of Hearthstone, grind out some more ranked matches and arenas. I'm not as far along as Matticus, but then again I'm not using an OP hunter deck :P

I'm cautiously optimistic about the game. I'm just worried about dailies turning it into a chore and microtransactions becoming mandatory. We shall see.

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WRUP: We're all playing Hearthstone

WRUP We're all playing Hearthstone
As we've mentioned before, your intrepid WoW Insider staff actually starts planning our weeks around Thursday. And so we start asking them what they're playing on Thursday. It ensures everyone has a chance to answer before the weekend actually lands on us. So, on a rare occasion, we answer one way early Thursday...

... and then the Hearthstone beta gets announce late Friday afternoon, and we all have to change our answer. So, we're just warning you. While our bonus question was "What did you think of the trailer?" and we were all playing different games, our unanimous answer is actually, "We're playing Hearthstone."

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WRUP: There's always something new around the corner

WRUP There's always something new around the corner
The nice thing about the PTR is that there's always something new around the corner. You have the excitement of each new build, deciphering that data, and generally getting excited about what's to come. It's like getting ready for Christmas every single time. So, of course, our bonus question this week was to ask our intrepid WoW Insider staff about their feelings on the PTR.

Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) I'll be guesting on the Justice Points podcast this weekend - it's not a live show, but I'll be mentioning the podcast on Twitter once it's up for downloading and all that jazz. Other than that, I may try to get some more valor points farmed this weekend. I really can't wait for 5.4 to go live - the Timeless Isle is AMAZING. I like fiddling around with it on the PTR, but I'd rather be playing it on live!

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