This week has been a week of changes and transitions. Two of our contributors, Kelly Aarons and Mat McCurley, have left us, and we're sort of bummed about that but wishing them well. In game news, the Power of the Aspects buff on the Dragon Soul raid has grown to 25%. Finally, on the Mists of Pandaria beta, we've gotten a new patch and a bunch of new stuff to dig into. For starters, you can powerlevel your cooking to 525 for a price. You can earn your valor points from daily quests.

My favorite piece of beta news, though, has to be the new Pet Battle themes. As someone who first got into Blizzard games with the earlier Warcraft entries, hearing the dulcet tones of the original series human and orc music just gives me all kinds of warm fuzzy. I can almost hear that footman wishing he were sailing.

Downtime today starts at 5 a.m. PDT and is expected to last for six hours, so why not take a while to read and decide which is your favorite piece of news?

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