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Last Week in WoW: Panda time edition


Happy Tuesday morning, everyone. By the time you read this, the Mists of Pandaria expansion should be up and running. Blizzard hasn't scheduled any downtime today, so hopefully, if you're home and free of obligations, you're having a grand old time leveling your favorite character or your new panda.

If you're not, or if you're just taking a break, don't worry, we have plenty of news to keep you sated. Read on for our usual roundup, and stay with us in the coming hours, days, and weeks for everything you need to know about the expansion.

Hot news and features

  • "Appear Offline" will soon be an option for accounts.
  • Check out the latest patch 5.0.5 hotfixes for September 20.
  • Wowcrendor recently interviewed Ghostcrawler, and the Convert to Raid podcast scored an interview with lead encounter designer Ion Hazzikostas.
  • Trying to tough it out for a realm first? We have some tips for you.
  • Alcaz Island is deserted following the Theramore scenario. Could this point to further content there?
  • GuildOx has introduced Alt Detection, which uses achievement date stamps to sniff out peoples' alts. We'll let you know to get out of it.
  • You still have a few days to enter to win a SpiritHood.
  • Transmogrify yourself to look like Jaina Proudmoore with our guide.
  • Blizzard has released The Story of Warcraft, a nice, quick summary of the story thus far for the game, starting all the way back with the first RTS game.
  • Blizzard's short story The Quest for Pandaria, which covers some of the further adventures of Li Li Stormstout, is now available.
  • From now until October 6th, you can get a Horde or Alliance shirt for your Xbox live avatar, absolutely free.
Class news and guidesProfessions, Items, dungeons, PvP, and moreOdds and ends
  • Know Your Lore describes the tragic history of the Shady Rest Inn. We also fill in some of the missing gaps in the lore from the Theramore's Fall scenario.
  • Looking to pick up a second account? You're in luck. The WoW Battle Chest digital edition now includes Wrath of the Lich King.
  • 15 Minutes of Fame interviews Malukah, a WoW player who's most famous for her amazing vocal and guitar cover of the main Skyrim theme.

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