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Last Week in WoW: Both is good edition


So the big news around the office these days is that some of our own writers got items in game. Congratulations to Rossi, Olivia, and Anne. That said, we don't want to be selfish here, there's plenty of other news that does not involve everyone's favorite website.

For example, just today, Blizzard released new info on the upcoming connected realms feature. There's also a lot of patch 5.4 news to pore through, with multiple updates hitting the PTR this past week. You can read through the roundup below, or even just watch this video of 6 things you should know about the patch. Or do both. Both is good. There's no announced downtime as of this writing, but it never hurts to take some time out to read up.

Hot news and features
  • Blizzard has introduced a new animated series called The Burdens of Shaohao. Check out the Prelude, and the first chapter, Doubt.
  • The Store button is active on the PTR, and in addition to those experience potions, it's offering charms for sale.
  • Check out the latest patch 5.4 patch note updates for July 29 and August 2.
  • The latest PTR data files include some possible BoA epics.
  • Vengeance got some pretty hefty nerfs on the patch 5.4 PTR.
  • The latest patch 5.4 updates are full of raid spoilers, including a confrontation between two major characters and another major story development that we won't spoil for you here. Click on the links if you want to know.

  • Check out some of the cool cosmetic items you can pick up on the Timeless Isle.
  • Get more information on the upcoming Celestial Tournament and the patch 5.4 legendary questline.
  • There's a rumor going round that says the Warcraft movie could focus on Khadgar and Medivh.
  • Blizzard has scheduled a press conference for the upcoming Gamescom 2013. A special announcement is expected. We also have Blizzard's booth schedule for convention.
  • A guild recently tried to cheat their way into heroic Siege of Orgrimmar on the PTR. Blizzard is doling out punishments appropriately.
  • The WoW Insider round table discusses the Timeless Isle.
Class news and featuresDungeons, items, professions, PvP, and moreOdds and ends
  • Know Your Lore discusses the history of the tauren and their offshoot races, and discusses the problems facing the Alliance story.
  • Check out the newest faction short story, The Strength of Steel.
  • 15 Minutes of Fame interviews a player with 50 characters at level 85 or higher.
  • Blizzard CM Zeriyah recently gave a sneak peak of Hearthstone's arena mode.
  • Blizzard commented this week that the upcoming Titan game will not likely be subscription based.
  • Blizzard's game music is now available on Pandora.
  • Steelseries is running a contest for the ultimate BlizzCon experience. You still have a few days to enter, as long as you live in North America.
  • Activision's earnings call offered a bit more insight into the recent subscriber dip.

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