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World of Warcraft patch 5.3 notes released ahead of May 21 roll out

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Full patch notes for Blizzard Entertainment's 5.3 patch Escalation for World of Warcraft are available ahead of the patch's roll out on May 21, the studio revealed today.

The patch will add four new Scenarios, along with a new Heroic mode for the four as well as for two existing Scenarios. The patch will also introduce Loot Specialization, a feature that offers players more control with off-spec loot drops. Along with general bug fixes, the patch notes offer in-depth detail on the changes made to the game's numerous components, including bug fixes, pet battles, dungeons, scenarios and PvP.

Blizzard also has a patch 5.3 Escalation information hub where players can catch up on the patch's content and features and prepare for the roll out.

The game's last update, patch 5.2 The Thunder King, was released in March. Activision revealed during its financial results for the first quarter of 2013 earlier this month that World of Warcraft experienced a drop in 1.3 million subscribers over the quarter. The game still boasts 8.3 million paying subscribers.