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Talk Azeroth Episode 12, Cinder Kitten on Sale
2013/08/29 at 11:57 AM
This week, Olivia Grace returns from her trip to the world's largest gaming conference and—after a quick update on what she got up to, including some raving about WildStar and the Oculus Rift—she dives in to the World of Warcraft news that came out of this huge convention.
First up, it's the subject of character models, where Olivia wonders just exactly what Blizzard has been up to all this time. Then she covers the arrival of item squish, the potential for a patch 5.5, and just exactly why you're doing that Black Temple run.
If you want to have your questions answered, the best way to get in touch with Olivia is via email to email@example.com, through twitter @oliviadgrace, or by leaving a comment below!
Cinder Kitten On Sale
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5.4 PTR Patch Notes: Updated August 27th, Build 17337 Spell Changes
2013/08/27 at 8:15 PM
The 5.4 PTR Patch Notes were updated tonight with class changes and some details about new noodle cooking carts!
will turn players into a vendor who can distribute powerful food to allies.
The recipes for noodle carts can be learnt from questing, such as
The Secret Ingredient Is...
. Players can pick up these quests when they have one of the initial "Ways" recipes already learnt, on the
Class changes include:
(Holy) now has a cooldown of 3 minutes (down from 5 minutes), and summons a guardian that heals the ally that the Paladin healed for 100% (up from 10%) of the amount healed, but no longer heals nearby friendly targets.
Rogue Tier-15 4-piece set bonus now causes
to reduce the cost of all abilities by 15% (down from 40%).
's healing has been reduced by 30%, and the area-of-effect has been increased to 12 yards (up from 10 yards).
when activated now increases all damage and healing done by 12% (up from 10%), and causes single-target healing spells to trigger an additional heal on a nearby ally for 25% of the amount healed.
Patch 5.4 Trinket Preview, RPPM and Scaling Details
2013/08/27 at 11:38 AM
With Patch 5.4 two weeks away, we're taking a look at all the new trinkets today. The new trinkets from
Siege of Orgrimmar
are between ilvl 528 (LFR) and ilvl 572 (Heroic Warforged), and there are also ilvl 496 and ilvl 535 BoA trinkets from the
Many of these trinkets have interesting procs--some change the cooldown recovery rate on major abilities, while others have cleave or multistrike mechanics. For the spec-specific trinkets, we've tested them on the PTR--several affected abilities have changed over the course of the PTR.
The Stats and Scaling Proc columns below link to spell IDs used by a trinket. On a spell page, these trinket procs will display their base ilvl 463 value--what you would see when zoning into a Challenge Mode or Proving Grounds. The trinket proc values scale up on our various item pages.
New to 5.4, trinkets now display RPPM information on their tooltips. On item and spell pages, we now show whether a proc's RPPM scales with crit, haste, or budget (item level), such as
Item - Proc Versatility
Throne of Thunder
trinkets are receiving some significant RPPM and scaling changes as well in Patch 5.4. We received a list of these changes from
5.4 PTR: Build 17331 Spell Changes, BlizzCon Barcodes Mailed Today
2013/08/26 at 12:50 PM
A small Patch 5.4 build is coming soon--with the patch due in two weeks, it makes sense there aren't a ton of changes now.
To learn more about Patch 5.4, check out the
official patch notes
Shaohao reputation preview
, and look at
We also have some details on BlizzCon barcodes--they are currently being mailed out from
. The official
has confirmed this. Details on virtual tickets will be posted at the
end of the month or early September
Season 14 PvP Preview: 3D Models, Rewards, Gear, and More
2013/08/24 at 11:55 AM
Along with a
new raid and Tier 16 armor
coming in Patch 5.4, there's also new armor and rewards as part of the new PvP season!
Season 14 adds new Grievous Gladiator armor styles in Alliance, Horde, and Elite colors, which we've got 3D models, costs, and set bonuses for!
We've also got details on catch-up PvP gear--what's happening to Malevolent and Tyrannical pieces from previous seasons.
There are additional cosmetic rewards this season, including new mounts.
We've also summarized all the general PvP changes, such as team rating being removed for arenas.
Click the cut to read our PvP Preview including Season 14 armor models!
Patch 5.4: Shaohao Reputation Guide
2013/08/23 at 12:09 PM
is a new faction on the
. There are no daily quests or "mandatory" epics to grind out for this reputation--it's all about killing things on the
for vanity loot!
, is located on the eastern side of the Celestial Court on the
. He sells the following items.
Mask of Anger
: "Carved by the Monkey King for Shaohao, this mask draws the anger from its bearer when worn." 0
Mask of Doubt
: "Carved by the Monkey King for Shaohao, this mask draws the doubt from its bearer when worn." 0
Mask of Fear
: "Carved by the Monkey King for Shaohao, this mask draws the fear from its bearer when worn." 0
Mask of Hatred
: "Carved by the Monkey King for Shaohao, this mask draws the hatred from its bearer when worn." 0
Mask of Violence
: "Carved by the Monkey King for Shaohao, this mask draws the violence from its bearer when worn." 0
Scroll of Challenge
: Summons a rare or rare
5.4 PTR: Build 17325, Spell Changes, Shaman Posts, and More
2013/08/22 at 5:10 PM
Today's 5.4 PTR build is
in comparison to past ones, but features some DPS shaman buffs--check out the
Blizzard Patch Notes
for the confirmed official changes. There's also been a post by Blizzard talking about some of the recent Shaman changes.
Several legendary capes had their base RPPM procs changed--on the legendary cape pages like
Fen-Yu, Fury of Xuen
, you can see what the specific RPPM details are for each spec using our radio buttons.
Essence of Yu'lon
Your damaging spell casts have a chance to empower you with the Essence of Yu'lon, causing you to hurl jade dragonflame at the target, dealing 1 (+ 200% of SpellPower) damage over 4 sec. This damage also affects up to 4 other enemies near the burning target. (Approximately 2.422.61 procs per minute)
Flurry of Xuen
Your damaging attacks have a chance to trigger a Flurry of Xuen, causing you to deal 1 (+ 20% of Attack Power) damage to up to 5 enemies in front of you,
Gearing Up for Patch 5.4
2013/08/22 at 11:10 AM
With Patch 5.4 scheduled for September 10th, it's time to start thinking about how to gear up for the Siege of Orgrimmar. Blizzard's latest blog today covers currency changes and ways you can catch up on gear.
Of particular note:
The Timeless Isle has BoA armor tokens, which can be turned into
ilvl 496 or, if lucky, ilvl 535 items
. Some even have distinctive transmog looks! We've gone over the specifics in our heirloom blog, and have added tabs on all BoA token pages for users to see what items are created by each token.
Reputation gear from all MoP factions will cost Justice Points instead of Valor Points, and will have their reputation requirement lifted. We investigated all the costs on the PTR--you can check out the in-depth blog on currency changes
epics will require Friendly reputation and also have greatly reduced costs.
A new PvP season in 5.4 means new levels of PvP gear. ilvl 496 Tyrannical Gea
Patch 5.4 Scheduled for September 10th
2013/08/21 at 1:16 PM
Blizzard posted the following
image and update
to their Facebook today. Patch 5.4 is scheduled to launch on September 10th!
They've also posted a patch prep guide with details on class, zone, PvE, and PvP changes. Of particular note:
There is no new progression Valor Point gear, but item upgrades are sticking around.
Justice and Valor won’t be converted in Patch 5.4, but with the PvP Season turnover, you can expect your Conquest to be converted to Honor as usual.
Vale of Eternal Blossoms
are getting some major changes and removed content.
A new PvP season means there's a new tier of PvP gladiator gear to collect. Season 14 elite gear will require 27,000 Conquest Points and 2000 personal rating to purchase this time.
Also be sure
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Expansion Unveiled and Opening Cinematic
2013/08/21 at 11:26 AM
Click the cut for the Diablo III Gameplay Video and Press Release!
5.4 PTR Patch Notes: Updated August 20th
2013/08/20 at 8:45 PM
The 5.4 PTR Patch Notes were updated today with a variety of spell tweaks and details on Battlefield Barrens being drastically changed:
The weekly quests for
, as well as most special vanity items, are being removed in 5.4. You will not be able to get Latent Kor'kron transmog armor or any Darkspear Rebellion vanity gear after the patch, or complete
and get the resulting title.
You will still be able to get
Raptorhide Boxing Gloves
Gahz'rooki's Summoning Stone
by killing Kor'kron mobs in the Barrens. While it's too late to start collecting
for a full set of Latent Kor'kron Armor, you can probably farm up items like
Griftah's Authentic Troll Shoes
with some friends quickly before 5.4.
To learn more about Battlefield Barrens, check out our
detailed event guide
There are also some details on PvP scaling: Grievous Gladiator gear will not be scaled down to ilvl 496 for arenas and RBGs, and the PvP ilvl cap will
Tier 16 Itemsets: Gear, 3D Models, Set Bonuses
2013/08/20 at 12:21 PM
Fighting Garrosh in
Siege of Orgrimmar
means it's time for a new tier of epic gear, and we've got their models and set bonuses for you!
Tier tokens drop from the following bosses:
Legs from Klaxxi Paragons
Thok the Bloodthirsty
Sha of Pride
Flex gear has the same coloration as Normal-mode gear.
To check out the complete
Siege of Orgrimmar
loot tables, either check out our
PTR NPC pages
that break down all loot drops by difficulty and loot specialization, or read our
Siege of Orgrimmar Loot Tables
Click on the images to view them in our Flash modelviewer!
LFR, Flex and Normal, Heroic
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