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5.3 PTR Patch Notes (Updated May 14th), Build 16954
2013/05/14 at 5:35 PM
yesterday's new 5.3 PTR build
, we've got the official updated 5.3 PTR notes today. There's nothing too drastic in the notes, as the PTR has been relatively quiet for a week or two.
Several class changes, including increased cooldowns on some Hunter pet crowd-control abilities, and the reversal of recent DK Unholy nerfs.
Lava Burst deals 25% more damage.
Reborn Blacksmithing weapons can now use an
Eye of the Black Prince
There was also a small PTR build today, in which Lava Burst's cooldown went from 1.5 seconds to 2 seconds to match the description in the PTR notes:
You hurl molten lava at the target, dealing 1382 to 1775 Fire damage. Lava Burst will always deal a critical strike. If your Flame Shock is on the target, Lava Burst will deal 50% additional damage.
5.3 PTR Patch Note Additions
no longer benefits from the damage increase granted by
Tricks of the Trade
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2013/05/13 at 6:09 PM
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5.3 PTR: Build 16946 -- Spell Changes and More
2013/05/13 at 5:28 PM
A new 5.3 PTR build is coming soon--Blizzard
tweeted earlier today
that 5.3 isn't coming this week, so enjoy some more class tweaks in the meantime!
There aren't too many new things in this build, except for a few Seesaw-related spells, like
Talents and Specialization
An instant attack that deals 175%200% weapon damage plus 540 and increases the duration of your Blood Plague, Frost Fever, and Chains of Ice effects on the target by up to 6 sec.
An unholy strike that deals 165%135% of weapon damage as Physical damage plus 597. In addition, for each of your diseases on your target, you deal an additional 25% of the Physical damage done as Shadow damage.
News Roundup: Valor Points, Professions in MoP, Player Feedback
2013/05/13 at 12:05 PM
In today's news roundup, Bashiok has been busy on the forums these past few days, covering professions, player feedback, and gearing up with
In Patch 5.3, item upgrades are returning at a reduced cost (0
instead of 0
) and several Shado-Pan Assault rewards are being moved down from Revered to a lower reputation requirement.
are sidelined for now, and making players rely so much on
at the start of the expansion was an oversight.
In response to players asking about in-game surveys to provide feedback, Bashiok explained that Blizzard already amasses an exhaustive amount of player data, from talents players pick to what dailies are the most popular. Of course, forum feedback is also useful as it provides insights into player choices.
There were also a few interesting content tidbits:
Black Temple was mean to be in the game at Burning Crusade's launch.
While most of Patch 5.3 was planned out a while ago, Battlefield: Barrens was only planned in 5.2.
Players gave lots of feedback on missing Heroic Dungeons at one point, so Heroic Scenarios are a nod to those players.
Patch 5.3: New Battle Pets and Pet Battle Changes
2013/05/11 at 1:27 PM
Patch 5.3 not only has a variety of new battle pets to capture, but some rewards for PvP Pet battles, quest improvements, and ability changes to make battles less predictable!
New battle pets are being added to Burning Crusade raid bosses, as well as
Throne of Thunder
Players can get a pet and title from PvP Pet Battles,
Players can now see Battle Pet Tamers on their minimap.
The Beasts of Fable quests have been broken down into three smaller quests.
Bad luck protection has been implemented for Pet Supply rewards, and some quests have more rewards now.
Spectator mode has been added to all wild and player pet battles.
Click the cut to read the guide!
Patch 5.2 Hotfixes: May 10
2013/05/10 at 5:14 PM
Blizzard just posted a fresh round of hotfixes for 5.2.
Throne of Thunder
: changes to Primordius and Twin Consorts.
now properly transfers Vengeance.
: The Tier-15 Warlock 4-piece set bonus should be fixed.
Several healing reduction effects were previously stacking, when they shouldn't have been.
Click the cut to read the hotfixes!
Site Updates: Reputation Guides, Reagents Breakdown, Transmog Filters
2013/05/10 at 1:17 PM
With the constant talk about the 5.3 PTR, we wanted to take a break and let you know about some of the new things going on at Wowhead! We've updated all of our Mists of Pandaria reputation guides, added a number of helpful filters to transmog sets, and implemented a reagents breakdown on profession pages.
Updated Reputation Guides
With a slight lull in PTRs, we've gone ahead and updated another batch of our Mists of Pandaria guides this week, after we updated all
profession guides last weekend
. With the reduction in experience needed to hit 90, and
requirement being removed from
The August Celestials
rep grinds in 5.3, you may just be interested in checking out some reps on your alts!
Mists of Pandaria: Reputation Overview
Isle of Thunder Content Guide: Kirin Tor Offensive and Sunreaver Onslaught
World Event: Battlefield Barrens Preview
2013/05/09 at 1:05 PM
Blizzard recently posted a blog covering an exciting new world event coming in 5.3, Battlefield Barrens--the conflict between the Alliance and Horde heat up as Garrosh's Kor'kron forces continue to exert their radical control in Orgrimmar and the Northern Barrens.
Over the past month, we've covered this exciting world event extensively. Click the links below to read our past articles! (We'll also be compiling and updating our coverage into a massive guide when 5.3 hits.)
Garrosh's influence can be seen in
the Valley of Spirits being shut down
Horde digsite in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms
, and Kor'kron camps in the Northern Barrens.
To unlock this world event, you'll need to do several
new scenarios and a quest chain showing the underlying politics behind your faction
Once the world event is unlocked, you can collect Kor'k
WoW Down to 8.3 Million Subscribers
2013/05/08 at 3:37 PM
Today at 4:30 p.m. EST, Activision Blizzard’s management hosted a conference call and Webcast to discuss the company’s results for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 and management’s outlook for the remainder of the calendar year.
In today's press release and call, it states that WoW is down to 8.3 million subscribers, down 1.3 million from the
last Activision Blizzard earnings call
, in which it was revealed that World of Warcraft lost its initial burst of subscribers from Mists of Pandaria and came down to 9.6 million.
During the conference call, they revealed subscribers declined most in the East and expect further volatility since it's the middle of an expansion. Blizzard is looking into ways to make the process of returning to WoW smoother for players as a response to the declining subscriptions.
Quarter 1 was also busy for Blizzard--they announced Diablo III coming to consoles, Hearthstone was revealed at PAX East, and Heart of the Swarm launched in March.
Last year WoW lost a lot
Preparing for Patch 5.3: Escalation
2013/05/07 at 8:15 PM
Patch 5.3 seems to be going live pretty soon, and Blizzard has a blog prepping you on how to get ready for the new patch and the most important things to remember:
Experience required to level from 85-90 will be reduced by 33%.
Item Upgrades are returning, but the costs are greatly reduced and you can't upgrade Season 13 PvP gear.
The cost of heirlooms is reduced by 60%.
Lesser Charms of Good Fortune will now drop from some rare mobs.
PvP gear is getting some huge changes--resilience is being removed and all characters get 65% base resilience instead.
Click the cut for the full blog!
Updated 5.3 PTR Patch Notes, Build 16924 Spell Changes
2013/05/07 at 3:28 PM
The 5.3 PTR Patch Notes were
. Of particular interest:
Find Weaknesses now only bypasses 50% of armor when used against other players, and 100% of armor against non-player targets. Before, it was 70% for both.
All bosses in Mogu’shan Vaults, Heart of Fear, and Terrace of the Endless Spring now have a chance to drop either a Sigil of Power or Sigil of Wisdom.
Justice Heirloom vendors now sell heirloom shields--
Weathered Observer's Shield
Flamescarred Draconian Deflector
Multiple Tiny Carp pets can be on a team, and they can also be traded.
Several dungeons have had their level requirements lowered and there is now normal-mode difficulty for Gate of the Setting Sun (which requires level 89).
Along with the updated 5.3 Patch Notes, there was a small new PTR build.
Talents and Specialization
Dark power courses through your limbs, increasing your Strength by 15%10%.
Mists of Pandaria Mahjong Set, Quest for Epic Boots in 5.3
2013/05/07 at 11:19 AM
Path of the Last Emperor
In 5.3, players who have completed the
step in the Barrens can head back to Pandaria, learn about the continent more with an old scholar, and get rewarded with some ilvl 502 boots!
The Old Seer
: Locate Seer Hao Pham Roo on the slopes of Mount Neverest in Kun-Lai Summit.
Hellscream is using Pandaria's secrets to wage war against the world - and even his own people. Is this really what the last pandaren emperor had in mind when he cloaked the continent in mists? And why did the mists suddenly disappear? I must have answers! In my travels, I met an old scholar, an expert on the last emperor. Please, seek out Seer Hao Pham Roo. Last we spoke, he was planning to retrace the emperor's steps by scaling Mount Neverest... but he was far too old to attempt such a climb.
Path of the Last Emperor
: Attach the climbing rope to each Rope Anchor along the path to help Seer Hao Pham Roo reach Seeker's Point.
In his time of uncertainty, the last emperor walked a lonely path up this mountain, until he had at last found his answers. I am here to walk the same path, and it seems you have questions of y
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