MMO Week in Review: Draenor drops

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Blizzard has frustrated players with its penchant for wide content gaps between World of Warcraft expansions, but this week, the Warlords of Draenor closed beta finally got underway, suggesting it might make its December deadline after all. The studio also slashed prices on the current version of WoW, revealed new character models, previewed a new zone, and was helped along by a friendly Pandaren player.

Read on for a look at the rest of this week's top MMO stories.

WildStar unveils Strain-themed customization options
Final thoughts on WildStar
WildStar previews the zones of the Strain drop

Star Citizen
How complex is too complex for Star Citizen?
Star Citizen tops $47 million, will continue to offer stretch goals

ArcheAge bans 16k spam accounts in alpha
Trion details ArcheAge's patron status, APEX system

Final Fantasy XIV's superfluous damage Ninja
FFXIV releases Defenders of Eorzea trailer, screenshots

Other top MMO stories
Ten annoying things you hear in MMO general chat
Guild Wars 2's Gates of Maguuma open July 1st
Elder Scrolls patch adds veteran dungeon, improved lighting, and more
RIFT producer's letter reveals Nightmare Tide expansion
Second Life's Linden Lab confirms new virtual world in development
H1Z1 working hard on Steam early access prep
Misconceptions about game criticism, free-to-play, and lazy scrubs
Happy birthday, Star Wars Galaxies
A year of Star Trek Online: Legacy of Romulus
Pathfinder Online formally opens alpha to backers
The Secret World's Tokyo barrier
Warhammer 40K: Eternal Crusade's founder program goes live
TERA: Rising previews Wounded World update, Rift's Edge encounters
Elite: Dangerous enters Premium Beta 2
This is how reviews actually work
Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade base classes announced
Bungie COO on Destiny's 10-year plan, business model, and more
Fixing SWTOR's community representation problem
CCP aiming 'to create virtual worlds more meaningful than real life'

The Stream Team
The Stream Team: Exploring Elite: Dangerous' Premium Beta 2
The Stream Team: See Shroud of the Avatar's Release 7
The Stream Team: Scoping out Star Citizen
The Stream Team: Choose My Adventure moves to ArcheAge
The Stream Team: Talking Landmark summer plans with Georgeson and Michaels

WoW Insider
Warlords of Draenor: New in-game character copy
All-priest raid downs WoW's Lei Shen in a 25-man
Warlords of Draenor: Raids get their own graphic setting
What Blizzard needs to keep casuals playing in Warlords
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