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WRUP: Because we're playing patch 5.1


What is your intrepid WoW Insider team doing this weekend? Of course, we're playing patch 5.1. Sure, a few of us are branching out and leveling alts, testing other games, and maybe even getting into the holiday spirit. But mostly, there's this patch... so we asked the team what they liked about it so far.

What about you? What're you getting your mitts into this weekend?

Anne Stickney (@Shadesogrey) I'll be working on dailies, doing a little raiding on Sunday, and I think that's about it other than working on writing projects. (By "writing projects" I mean "I bought Skyrim Hearthfire and Dawnguard and will be shouting at dragons all weekend) Best part of 5.1 - I like the new scenarios, but I love the fact that I can go waltz into old world raids without a raid group now. ABOUT TIME.

Chase Hasbrouck (@alarondruid, @alaronmonk) Playing the "put up Christmas decorations without major injury" game. Bonus: Finished XCOM, so back to working my way through BL2 and AC3. 5.1: Liking how scenarios can be filled back up when people drop out. Two-manning Theramore with a healer takes a while. :(

Dan Desmond (@Antigen_) Well I've made some headway in XCOM, so maybe I'll pick that back up. I've been dabbling with one of my level 85 Horde paladins, getting her to Pandaria and such, and I have to say that the Horde opening quests are much better than the Alliance's. It's almost unfair.

I'm not sure what my favorite part of 5.1 is yet, but I can definitely tell you what one of my least favorite parts of 5.1 is: the fact that all secondary stats are now green on all of our items. Yes, I understand it's to highlight that these pieces can be upgraded and, therefore, those stats will change, but I think it's a bit tacky and makes me think I enchanted those pieces somehow.

Daniel Whitcomb (@danielwhitcomb) I will continue fighting the Horde down in Karasang on my main, while my alt tailor finally breaks into August Celestials rep and starts the road toward being able to make Royal Satchels with the 60+ Imperial Silk she has saved up. I also plan to break out my N7 Fury and/or Asari Adept on Mass Effect Multiplayer for the latest weekend challenge.

The best part of 5.1 is the Grand Commendations. Finally I can grind for tailoring and enchanting patterns on my alts without it feeling like a completely horrid chore.

Dawn Moore (@dawnwow) Practicing my off-off-spec. I've been neglecting it for a
while, and that needs to change. I am a bit dismayed by the amount of
work it's going to take though. Bonus question: the best part about
patch 5.1 is the gear upgrade feature. It's probably not the most
exciting, but it will offer the biggest benefit to the game in the
long run.

Elizabeth Wachowski (@leeatwaterlives) If I have the time, working on my Tillers rep and maybe beginning to level my shaman to 90.

Lisa Poisso (@lisapoisso) My family and some friends are starting a massive weekly Civ IV game, which I expect to suck up a fat chunk of time initially as we get under way. Best part of 5.1: In the age of transmog, being able to get into raid instances by yourself is a pretty smart change.

Matt "Matticus" Low (@matticus) Helping Aria take back Omega in Mass Effect 3. Aside from that, my eyes will be glued to IPL 5 this weekend for League of Legends. Hopefully I can pick up a few things!

Matt Rossi (@MattWRossi) I'm probably going to do some transmog runs and probably download the Omega DLC for ME3.

The best part of Patch 5.1 so far is watching Garrosh go from "Earnest but angry" to "Cartoonish Supervillain" in record time. My best Garrosh moments so far, in no particular order, include -

  • Setting up the assassination of a Horde faction leader
  • Standing in the Shrine of the Two Moons and, directly in front of several pandaren whose people were enslaved and tormented for thousands of years by the mogu, saying "Clearly I have much to learn from these 'Mogu'"
  • Sending Horde troops to conquer the Temple of the Red Crane
And that's just in the first two days, I haven't even unlocked his really Total Bastard moments. If nothing else, Garrosh's heel turn has made for some of the most excellent comedy I've yet seen. Dude needs a Snidely Whiplash mustache.

Matt Walsh (@Rhidach) Some more Borderlands 2, some more Civ 5, and some more Sword of the Stars. My dance card is full this weekend. I'd have to say my favorite part of 5.1 is all the new dailies, I was really concerned that I didn't have enough dailies to deal with.

Megan O'Neill (@slowpoker) Catching up on 5.1 and writing. Possibly some more procrastination with my wizard in Diablo III. Best part of 5.1? If it's not needing a F2P alt to get into old raids, it might be having 8 bag slots back from Lesser Charm of Good Fortune. (That's 8 more distinct trash items I can carry in old raids before having to go outside to mammoth vendor!)

Olivia Grace (@oliviadgrace) I really need to get my priest to 90 so I can start gearing her for PvP! I kind of want to have a better go at planetside 2, but the folk I play with are always on so late at night. So probably some time with my killing machine on bl2 instead!

Robin Torres (@cosmiclaurel) Pet battles. Bonus: pet battles.

The weekend is the perfect time to kick back, relax and enjoy some game time. Are you an achievement junkie? Can't get enough raiding? Rolling a new alt? Considering taking the leap into roleplaying? Whatever your favorite way to play World of Warcraft, let us know in the comments what you're playing this weekend!

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