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The cataclysm went live in the form of patch 4.0.3a. We thought that was pretty cool. Also, Orgrimmar got the equivalent of a raid boss. That was also pretty cool. Oddly, on top of all the news that came rushing in this November, it was another great month for the arts scene. News Ghostcrawler...

December 30th 2010 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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BlizzCon, BlizzCon, BlizzCon! October revolved around the events and revelations of the annual Blizzard convention ... not that there were a lot of revelations this year. Oh well, we still had fun. This was another month with a ton of articles devoted to straight news reporting, but patch 4.0.1 and...

December 29th 2010 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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While drafting this outing of The Best of WoW Insider 2010, I realized that Chase's The Light and How to Swing it: Why is the mana gone? was accidentally slapped into the May 2010 edition. Whoops. It's really supposed to be here, so I've engaged in a little cut-and-paste. Otherwise, the march of C...

December 28th 2010 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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Beta news started to come in at the approximate pace of an avalanche this month, so we devoted a lot of time to straight news reporting that'll probably feel a bit dated now that the expansion's gone live. We've selected the more timely bits. Also, the news of Blizzard having to monitor Goldshire...

December 27th 2010 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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Two words: Real ID. July was defined by the latest iteration of an old meta-game, Blizzard versus Players. The community had an almost universally hostile reaction to Blizzard's announcement that the use of one's real name would be required for posting on the Battle.net forums, and the controver...

December 26th 2010 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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A Merry Christmas to all those of you who celebrate! Today we're going to tackle June 2010, which was a relatively slow month for us. The Cataclysm beta was in full swing at that point, but most of our staffers didn't yet have keys. Raid content on the live servers got a slight boost with the intro...

December 25th 2010 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it. -- John Gilmore That quote'll come in handy for understanding May. The Cataclysm alpha was released and stayed private for all of about five minutes before appearing online, leading to a flurry of cease-and-desist letters (we assume)...

December 24th 2010 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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January was a busy month for us, but February was still busier. Players were getting deeper into Icecrown CItadel, the Lich King encounter became available, and controversy swirled over who really got the world first. News Ensidia scores world-first 25-man Lich King kill As expected, Ensidia got...

December 21st 2010 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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And there's a hand, my trusty fiere, And gie's a hand o' thine! And we'll tak a right gude-willy waught, For auld lang syne. December brought us patch 3.3, Icecrown Citadel's new raid and 5-mans, "Rocket bare!", and the endless joy of the new Dungeon Finder. I think we can all agree that 2009's go...

December 31st 2009 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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November saw the celebration of WoW's fifth anniversary, the introduction of the pet store, and a steady avalanche of news from the patch 3.3 PTR. Drama Mamas: When a partner wanders astray: The Drama Mamas answer one of their hardest and most unsettling questions. Cataclysm: The exhaustive li...

December 30th 2009 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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October, as with August, was mostly a lot of news reporting. The patch 3.3 PTR dropped on October 1st and everyone went nuts for the last (we think) major content patch of Wrath of the Lich King. Next up? The content patch heralding the approach of Cataclysm, but with a lot of gated content between...

December 29th 2009 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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One of the things that jumps out at me while reviewing September is that it was a fantastic month for Moviewatch. Apart from that players were occupied with the new version of Onyxia, the Argent Coliseum, still discussing some questions raised by BlizzCon, and arguing over whether Garrosh was a jer...

December 28th 2009 at 8:00pm 0 Comments