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It's not every day that the Massively staffers get to report on Blizzard's gargantuan World of Warcraft -- that task is usually left to our sister site, WoW Insider. Yet it's hard to deny that this week WoW's Cataclysm expansion is generating the loudest buzz, and even we got caught up in the excitement. Blizzard delivered a one-two punch in the form of two announcements: an official launch date for the Cataclysm expansion (December 7th), and a revelation that WoW has reached 12 million concurrent subscribers globally. Not too shabby for a game that's looking a bit long in the tooth!

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