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Wowhead's Patch 5.4 Interview with Lead Game Designer Tom Chilton
2013/08/18 at 10:24 AM
Patch 5.4 is coming very soon
, bringing with it a variety of innovative content from Flex Raiding to the daily-free Timeless Isle. This past week, we got to sit down with Lead Game Designer Tom Chilton and ask him about popular upcoming content--the unique nature of the Timeless Isle, legendary questline development, Proving Grounds, and more.
Read on to find out more about the most-anticipated features coming in Patch 5.4!
I've had a lot of fun with the
on the PTR--finding all the hidden events, getting the vanity loot, participating in the Pet Tournament, etc. What were the inspirations in designing a hub that's so radically different from past ones, where the emphasis is on participating in fun vanity content instead of daily hubs for reputation epics?
One of the resounding things that we
5.4 PTR: Build 17314, Spell Changes, Spec-Specific Legendary Proc Values, and More
2013/08/17 at 9:40 AM
Amidst all the
yesterday, there was a pretty small new PTR build. There were no new items in this build--just a bunch of spell changes as part of Blizzard's tuning pass and a
handful of new spells
. For the most up-to-date official changes, check out the
5.4 PTR Patch Notes
One cool addition we found in this build was that the proc rates for legendary capes have been assigned unique values for each spec. You can check out what values each spec's proc is by visiting a cape's page and clicking on the various radio buttons. In addition, all of the proc rates scale with item level, so if you click on the Upgrade buttons, the proc will increase correctly as well.
Set Bonuses and Legendary Procs
Item - Druid T16 Guardian 2P Bonus
When Barkskin fades, Savage Defense is automatically activated, and a 4020[/i
New Site Feature: Hearthstone Deckbuilder
2013/08/16 at 5:34 PM
With Hearthstone's beta launching today, we have an exciting new tool here on Wowhead:
our Hearthstone deckbuilder
While this tool is going to have even more awesome features added to it, right now you can use it to craft your own decks and navigate the sea of cards--picking the ones you like the most. You can even share your customized decks with your friends. Be sure to also check out all of the latest and updated Hearthstone cards directly in our
Check out our Hearthstone deckbuilder
To sweeten the deal, we're giving away Hearthstone beta keys all weekend to people who
post in this thread with a link to their favorite deck they built on the deckbuilder
We have picked winners and they will be emailed shortly. Due to how in demand the beta is, we are only posting the winners' names in the comments rather than on the post so people have to do some
Hearthstone Closed Beta Now Live: Wowhead's Hearthstone Database and Tooltips
2013/08/16 at 12:56 PM
Blizzard's newest game,
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
is now in closed beta testing! You can sign up for the beta
You can play as nine different mighty heroes with different focuses. There will be commons, rares, epics, and even legendary cards. It will be free-to-play with optional purchases for cards; there's also something called a crafting system, where you will be able to change your cards by disenchanting them into arcane dust which will let you build other cards. To learn more, check out the following:
Press Release and FAQ
: build and battle mode--whoever wins the game wins the opponent's cards.
In Dust We Trust
Talk Azeroth: Episode 11, Battlefield Barrens and Eternally In The Vale Removed in 5.4
2013/08/16 at 11:25 AM
Today's newspost is about prepping for 5.4--things you should be stockpiling for the patch, as well as things you might want to get done before they're removed!
This week Olivia's taking you on a voyage into patch 5.4 as we recently found out when it was going live on servers. She tells you just exactly what you ought to be thinking of stockpiling and what you ought to be spending, and theorizing on reasons why there might not be a Valor reset with the patch.
The main topic she wants to talk to you about this week, though, is heirlooms. Olivia's got a wacky theory she wants to share on just how the personal loot system might interact with these new heirlooms.
Then she moves onto loot equality, trying to reassure LFR-only raiders that things will turn out OK, while also waxing lyrical on the reasons why these items should and shouldn't be in LFR in the first place.
Removed Content in Patch 5.4
Along with the announcement that
PvP Season 13 is ending soon
, some other content will be changing in Patch 5.4.
Welcome XIVDB.com to the Wowhead Family!
2013/08/15 at 9:58 PM
Today we here at Wowhead are pleased to announce that we've added
to our growing network of websites!
From a comprehensive list of in-game items to a quick reference guide to all the skills available for each primary and secondary class, Final Fantasy fans will have all the tools, stats and resources they need at their fingertips ready for launch.
In addition to
, you can also use the incredible combat log parser via
. With the app you will have all the hidden stats in the game unveiled through your chatlog. You can also use Google translate through the app to make sure there are no language boundaries between you and your party. There is even a custom PluginSDK to allow you to create and distribute your own add-ons!
ZAM has always been dedicated to providing the best experience for gamers and we are very pleased to continue that service with XIVDB. Make sure to
head over to the site
and see for yourself.
Official Blizzard Trailer -- Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar
2013/08/15 at 9:06 AM
Heroes of the Horde and the Alliance have tested their mettle against the might of the sha, the Thunder King, and one another, but an even darker storm brews within the heart of the Horde Warchief, Garrosh Hellscream. His thirst for power has unleashed a calamity that will have unforeseen consequences neither side could have prepared for—and his betrayal of the Horde as Azeroth has known it will soon be complete.
Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar is nearly here, and we’re pleased to present you with the official trailer! Strap in, because this is going to be a bumpy ride.
5.4 PTR Patch Notes: Updated August 14th
2013/08/14 at 6:51 PM
Blizzard updated their 5.4 PTR Patch Notes tonight with many numbers/tuning changes for class abilities. If you're curious about changes to your class, check out Ghostcrawler's excellent
posted earlier this week for some insights into the process.
In addition to number changes, there are also several quality of life changes in the notes:
Drinking a duplicate flask with less than 15 minutes remaining will now extend the duration of the new flask by that amount.
Tank-spec classes now have a 40% reduced chance to activate procs from
Gong-Lu, Strength of Xuen
Fen-Yu, Fury of Xuen
Capacitive Primal Diamond
. You can check out the exact proc changes by going to the proc pages
Flurry of Xuen
Lightning Strike Charges Trigger
and selecting one of the tank spec radio buttons.
Indomitable Primal Diamond
's effect now grants a 20% damage reduction to all damage taken (up from only physical damage), and its activation rate has been doubled.
Only players with legendary capes can fight
, but this privilege is account-wide.
Click the cut for the complete patch notes!
New Site Feature: Battle Pet Team Calculator
2013/08/14 at 6:10 PM
Pet battles have been one of the hit features of Mists of Pandaria, and the Wowhead team has enjoyed developing new pet features over the expansion--a
visual battle pet gallery
interactive pet map
. Today, we're pleased to announce our latest tool--a
Battle Pet Team Calculator
To get started, just go to
Tools > Battle Pet Team Calculator
and click to add pets! You can create your own teams, import Battle.net character teams, look at trainer teams, and compare teams with our new tool.
requiring you to level a bunch of pets simply to participate, now is the time to start leveling your pets and t
Blizzard's Timeless Isle Preview, Open Beta for Battle.net Desktop App
2013/08/14 at 12:10 PM
Open Beta for Battle.net Desktop App
In the months ahead, the game launchers for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III will be automatically updated to our new desktop app for Battle.net, designed to improve the launcher experience and streamline your ability to play Blizzard games—but if you’re interested in upgrading now, you can!
The open beta test has begun, and everyone’s invited to download and install the app now in preparation for the switchover. If you’re interested in upgrading in advance, simply click the button below.
Download the Battle.net App
What’s this launcher update do? The new single sign-on functionality allows players to log in once to access World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, and the upcoming PC and Mac versions of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and stay logged in for up to 30 days.
Players can also install games directly through the ap
Now Hiring: System Administrator
2013/08/13 at 3:14 PM
We're hiring again at Wowhead. This time we're looking for a
with experience in maintaining websites in a high-traffic high-availability environment. This system administrator will work with our technical team to help make awesome new features for LolKing, Wowhead, and other ZAM properties. This is a 3 month contract position with a possibility of extending to full time. This role has the possibility of working remotely or working from the ZAM offices in Northern California depending on the candidate's location.
Want to work with world-class web applications at a company built by gamers for gamers?
Are you extremely detail oriented?
Do you know to not stand in fire?
Come and work in an environment where you can go as far as your skills and drive can take you.
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PvP Season 13 Ending Soon
2013/08/13 at 11:17 AM
Season 13 is planned to end on August 27th--while this isn't confirmation of a Patch 5.4 release date, generally the end of a season is close to the start of a new patch.
Many weapons have been brought to bear and countless spells have been cast in this action-packed PvP season—now the time has come for the victors to reap their rewards!
On Tuesday, August 27, the 13th Arena and Rated Battleground Season is scheduled to end. On that day we'll begin an approximately one week process to determine end-of-season reward eligibilities.
Qualified players should note the following in order to ensure you receive your just rewards:
Please refrain from transferring your characters to another realm or faction until after PvP Season 13 has ended.
The awarding of PvP Season 13 titles and mounts will occur approximately two weeks after the season ends.
will be converted to
at the end of the season, and any Honor above 4,000 will be converted to gold at a rate of 35 silver per point. A few other things to keep in mind once the season has ended:
cap will remain at 4,000.
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