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Patch 5.4 PTR - Build 17056 - Spell Changes, Tier 16 Set Bonuses, Icons, and More
2013/06/11 at 9:28 PM
The 5.4 PTR is on its way--tonight we datamined over 2000 new items and tons of spell changes, as well as Tier 16 set bonuses from the Siege of Orgrimmar raid! Also be sure to check out
Blizzard's official 5.4 PTR Patch Notes
Click here for the latest additions!
For more 5.4 PTR coverage, check out the
official 5.4 PTR patch notes
Tier 16 and Season 14 3D Models, and the Siege of Orgrimmar Dungeon Journal
Perhaps the Sky Claw is returning?
Schematic: Chief Engineer Jard's Journal
Siege of Orgrimmar
Ahead of the Curve and Cutting Edge achievements are now split between 10 and 25 player mode again:
Ahead of the Curve: Garrosh Hellscream (25 player)
Ahead of the Curve: Garrosh Hellscream (10 player)
Many datamined item IDs appear to be for new raid gear--however they have placeholder names and models for now, and perhaps the ilvls will change as well. So far there's [url=
Patch 5.3 Hotfixes: June 10th
2013/06/10 at 7:54 PM
In today's latest round of Patch 5.3 hotfixes, Hunters got some buffs and nerfs, and
will now always drop a
Secrets of the Empire
for players that are on the legendary quest line.
now deals 10% more damage.
now deals 10% more damage.
Hunter Pets summoned by
now only use auto-attacks against their target.
now deals 10% more damage.
now has a 10-yard minimum range, and the teleportation effect cannot happen more than once every 20 seconds. ]
Destroying the Altars
: Master Summoner Zarod should once again drop Master Summoner's Staff, allowing players to complete the quest.
The Might of Three
: Buffs from the four celestials should now continue to work properly for players entering the Big Blossom Excavation area.
News Roundup: Titan Runestone Droprates, Flex Raiding Discussion
2013/06/10 at 11:13 AM
After the huge news on Thursday that
is coming in Patch 5.4, many players understandably had questions about this new feature. which allows players to form a dynamically-scaling raid between 10 and 25 non-pug players and receive loot that's better than LFR. Bashiok and Taepsilum addressed many of these concerns over the weekend:
Flex is intended for players that are interested in getting weekly groups together for fun and some challenge, but who also don't want super-strict raiding requirements.
Unlike Normal modes, you can invite friends from your Real ID and Battle.net tag to Flex raids.
Removing Tier Tokens from flex raids is something that's worth considering, as raiders might feel forced to run LFR, Normal, and Flex at the start of a new tier otherwise for bonuses.
Letting people zone in and clear Flex trash with 8 people is something the devs are considering. This would allow to get raids underway while waiting to fill spots.
While it may be "optimal" to clear flex raids with a certain number of players, or do 10-player normal instead of 12-player Flex, Flex Mode isn't
Vanity Items Guide: Disguises and Character Effects
2013/06/08 at 12:26 PM
This weekend's guide covers vanity disguises and character effects! Based on one of our most popular guides from Cataclysm, this guide has been updated to cover all disguises in Mists of Pandaria.
We've also added helpful tables sorting out all vanity effects, breaking them down into categories like all Alliance-themed disguises, or grouping together all effects that share a particular color.
: Learn how to make your character look like any race in WoW.
: Beasts, Critters, Dragons, and Humanoids from Murlocs to Mogu.
: This section covers items that keep a player's basic appearance and armor, but change colors or summon fun things--great for screenshots.
: These items turn the player into an object.
: Mists of Pandaria introduced many minor glyphs with cosmetic effects.
Click the cut to read the guide!
A Raid for All Seasons: Flexible Raid Preview
2013/06/06 at 8:07 PM
Blizzard is introducing a new raid format in Patch 5.4! The new
system is designed to allow social groups a close-knit raiding experience outside of the usual 10 and 25 player formats.
This new raid format is intended to appeal to players who enjoyed the 10-player normal format in Wrath of the Lich King. It's something players can enjoy doing for fun on off-nights with their Real ID or Battle.net friends. There isn't an ilvl requirement for Flexible Raids, so new alts can tag along too!
This should also be a welcome alternate to LFR, where players can run through easy content solely with their friends and don't have to rely on PUGs to round out 25 players. Rewards are also slightly better in this format--higher ilvl gear, and the chance to complete achievements and win mounts.
A raid's difficulty will scale based on how many players are in the Flexible Raid. Between 10 and 25 people can be in this raid.
This raid format has a separate lockout than LFR, and Normal/Heroic. You can also complete achievements on this difficulty level.
Gear rewards will be between LFR and Normal quality. Players can also get some items not available in LFR.
There's no ilvl requirement for Flex
Diablo® III – Coming September 3 to Xbox 360 & PS3
2013/06/06 at 9:03 AM
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<p>On September 3, evil will be reborn on console systems throughout the world with the release of Diablo® III on the PlayStation™ 3 and Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft. That's right, Diablo III will be unleashing hell on <em>both</em> Xbox 360 and PS3™ before summer's end, so <a href="
in your preorders with your local retailer soon</a>.</p></br>
<p>As an added bonus, all preorders of the Xbox 360 and PS3™ versions of Diablo III will include the exclusive Infernal Helm (in-game item only. . .though we have to admit it'd look pretty sharp IRL). Wearable at level 1, the Infernal Helm confers a +EXP bonus to help you whip your new PlayStation™ or Xbox® characters into shape. Plus, it looks sweet as hell on all five mortal heroes of Sanctuary—be it the Witch Doctor, Barbarian, Wizard, Demon Hunter, or Monk. Keep in mind that the redeemable key for the Infernal Helm, which you will find in your preordered console copy of Diablo III on launch day, requires an I
Introducing Talk Azeroth: A New Show by Olivia Grace
2013/06/05 at 5:06 PM
We're proud to announce that Olivia Grace will be joining our
YouTube channel with a new weekly show,
! You may recognize Olivia from her prolific articles on
covering everything from PvP news to breaking news to UI advice. She's also one of the
hosts over at Gamebreaker.tv, which Lore from
hosted before starting his new job at Blizzard!
This week on the very first episode of Talk Azeroth, Olivia Grace waxes lyrical on the departure of her predecessor to the sunny shores of Blizzard Entertainment, and recounts her own tale of her recent visit to Blizzard EU in Paris, where she got to play Hearthstone, as well as grilling Blizzard developers Ben Brode and Eric Dodds on the upcoming CCG.
Moving in to the more Warcraft-focused news, Olivia brings us up to date on the WoW movie, with a short potted history, before wondering whether it will be a success, theorizing what route might work best for Blizzard's box office, and asking whethe
Patch 5.3 Hotfixes: June 4th
2013/06/04 at 9:02 PM
More Patch 5.3 hotfixes went up this evening:
Gate of the Setting Sun
now requires players to be at least 88 when entering on Normal difficulty.
Some changes were made to Matter Swap on the
Fox pet family's
ability now have a duration of 10 seconds, down from 30 seconds.
Sun-Lute of the Phoenix King
and Retinal Armors now scale properly for the level 85-89 bracket for Battlegrounds.
Click the cut for the full hotfix notes!
All Character Services 50% Off This Week, New Battle.net Desktop Client
2013/06/04 at 4:29 PM
It looks like a new Battle.net desktop client, similar to Steam, may be on its way--a huge improvement over the Launcher. When recently going through Hearthstone data, we found some details on this desktop client:
All Blizzard games are integrated--no more separate launchers for each game.
There are tabs to view information on all Blizzard games, patch notes, and promotions, as well as news and blogs written by Blizzard CMs.
Many Settings options for all games, including game installation, security options, game updates, battle.net app specifics, and network details.
None of the screenshot shown are finalized--this appears to just be an early teaser, although the beta logo at the top left would seem to indicate that we'll hear more about this soon.
Games and News
Hearthstone Image Tooltips, Patch 5.3 Darkmoon Faire Changes
2013/06/03 at 12:43 PM
Patch 5.3 Darkmoon Faire Changes
Each patch in Mists of Pandaria has brought updates to the Darkmoon Faire, and Patch 5.3 is no exception. The Faire went up again yesterday, and we noticed the following changes:
The Darkmoon Faire is now affected by CRZ in Patch 5.3. This makes accomplishing
, and completing quests like
Putting the Carnies Back Together Again
much more difficult than before.
On a happier note, the
needed to complete
Collect Your Deck (Season 2)
and fight the
at the Brawler's Guild is confirmed to be found inside
Darkmoon Game Prize
Darkmoon Game Prize
from completing the following Darkmoon Faire dailies:
He Shoots, He Scores!
It's Hammer Time
The Humanoid Cannonball
Only level 90 players can see the
Darkmoon Game Prize
to the right character before opening.
Your Brawler's Guild rank doesn't affect your chances at seeing this item. The resulting quest,
, unlocks the option to fight the
on your entire account.
Many US players have reported CRZ issues with obtaining
. Switching servers ca
Transmogrification Guide: Dungeon Sets
2013/06/01 at 12:44 PM
Today's transmog guide covers all the armor sets that are acquired in dungeons across all expansions. Many of these sets do not have class-restrictions and resemble quest or class-specific tier gear, making them very popular among users, like
Judgement Armor (Recolor)
We've organized all the dungeon sets by expansion and type, as well as provided links when applicable to all of their sources. You can also mouseover the set's name to see an image of the set!
In addition, you can search for dungeon sets more easily now with our new
Check out the complete updated series of Transmogrification Guides:
PvE and PvP Tier Armor
Lookalike Tier Without Class Restrictions
Comment to Win: Armored Bloodwing Giveaway
2013/05/30 at 4:58 PM
This contest is now closed. Congrats to
Blizzard just put up their
mount in the Blizzard store. The mount is available for
$25 in North America
20€ in Europe
Of course, what would a new mount release be without a giveaway? We're giving away
to ten lucky winners who comment on this post!
To enter, all you have to do is leave a comment with a link to your favorite
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