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Battlefield Barrens: Zone Changes and Acquiring Kor'kron Items
2013/03/26 at 5:53 PM
Patch 5.3 introduces a new world event, Battlefield Barrens, that explores the conflict between the Alliance, Horde, and Garrosh. There's a ton of stuff to do and collect as part of this event--but it's only around for a limited amount of time.
To unlock this world event, which takes place in Durotar and Northern Barrens, 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'kron supplies through various ways
purchase vanity items and armor
Garrosh's influence can be seen in
the Valley of Spirits being shut down
, a Horde digsite in the Vale of Eternal Bloss
Hearthstone Interview and PAX Demo Gameplay
2013/03/26 at 10:20 AM
Over the weekend, I interviewed Hamilton Chu, Executive Producer, and Ben Brode, Game Designer, about Blizzard's newest game, Hearthstone, which was just revealed at PAX East! I also got to try out a few rounds of this fast-paced lighthearted demo as my favorite classes--Rogue and Warlock.
We've also covered the artwork, videos, and the Official Press Release and Gameplay FAQ from Blizzard in
. Also check out
for more fansite interviews and resources.
Hearthstone is designed to be an accessible and fast-paced online strategy card game using popular figures from World of Warcraft:
: There are nine classes total. All WoW classes are represented except for Death Knights and Monks. Each class has a unique low-cost ability that's meant to be an option if you get unlucky with card draws. For example, Warlocks can draw a card at the cost of life, while Rogues can summ
PvP Gear in Patch 5.3
2013/03/25 at 8:04 PM
Blizzard just posted a highly-anticipated blog on PvP in Patch 5.3. There are several controversial changes:
The biggest change is that all gear in all Battlegrounds and Arenas will be scaled down to ilvl 496, which is the level of Season 13 Conquest Gear.
Resilience will also be removed from all gear, although it will remain on gems and enchantments--to compensate for this, all level 85+ players will have 65% base resilience. PvP Power will remain on all gear.
Since gear above ilvl 496 will be scaled down, Elite items will be primarily cosmetic rewards instead of powerful PvP armor.
Battle Fatigue will increase to make PvP gear superior for healers.
Other changed described during 5.2's PTR are still in place, namely that the 7,250
requirement for weapons will be waived in 5.3, and a catch-up mechanism will be implemented so newer players can earn more points per week. If you've gotten over 25,000
, you can also purchase Tyrannical gear for Honor.
As for the ilvl 496 scaling--many players felt that having multiple tiers of PvP gear in 5.2 led to an uneven playing field. Item Upgrades were removed from PvP gear for this reason, and keeping overpowered ilvl
5.3 PTR: Build 16767 - Spell Changes and More
2013/03/25 at 7:19 PM
Another PTR build just hit this evening! It's a bit smaller, but has some Druid changes and a few new items.
Check out the latest additions!
is now Glyph of Omens: While you are not in an Eclipse, the following abilities now grant 10 Solar or Lunar Energy: Entangling Roots, Cyclone, Faerie Fire, Solar Beam, Faerie Swarm, Mass Entanglement, Typhoon, Disorienting Roar, Ursol's Vortex, and Mighty Bash.
treants now have charges (such as Resto version
: Summons 3 Treants that heal nearby friendly targets for 15 sec. Each Treant will heala Treant which will immediately cast Swiftmend on your current target. The Treant will cast Healing Touch on that target or a nearby ally every 3 sec, healing for 3201 to 3779 (+ 32.3% of SpellPower). every 3 sec.Lasts 15 sec. Maximum 3 charges.). In addition, Resto ones cast Swiftmend and Healing Touch.
Several achievements for Heroic Scenarios were added:
Heroic: A Brewing Storm
Heroic: Blood in the Snow
Heroic: Crypt of Forgotten Kings
New BoA vanity item:
5.3 PTR: Build 16758 - Spell Changes, Icons, and More
2013/03/25 at 1:07 PM
Patch 5.3 PTR notes
on Friday, including some controversial PvP changes, and today the first 5.3 data build was released!
A new achievement for 200 mounts -
which rewards an
Armored Red Dragonhawk
Raiding with Leashes II: Attunement Edition
- 10 new pets from Karazhan, Serpentshrine Cavern and Tempest Keep. Rewards you with Tito (
Lil' Bad Wolf (
), Menagerie Custodian (
Instant Arcane Sanctum Security Kit
), Netherspace Abyssal (
), Tideskipper (
Shell of Tide-Calling
), Fiendish Imp (
), Tainted Waveling (
), Coilfang Stalker (
Dripping Strider Egg
), Pocket Reaver (
Tiny Fel Engine Key
), Lesser Voidcaller (
Crystal of the Void
), Phoenix Hawk Hatchling (
Brilliant Phoenix Hawk Feather
New Pet Battle Achievements for doing PvP Pet Battles,
Deadly Pet Brawler
nets you the new Trainer title.
Several other pets are coming in 5.3, including
from Primordius on all difficulties and
only on heroic.
- a new Scenario where you Aid Vol'jin's troll uprising. There's also a faction that sounds related:
, and a pet
5.3 PTR Patch Notes are live!
2013/03/22 at 8:12 PM
The 5.3 PTR patch notes are already here and a lot of interesting changes are coming.
Some of the highlights include:
4 New Scenarios
, and a brand new
difficulty for Scenarios
A new Battleground -
located in Valley of the Four Winds.
- you can now pick which spec you receive loot for (helpful for gearing offsets!)
now have a proection from bad luck streaks, each roll gets a progressively higher chance at loot.
World of Warcraft PTR Patch 5.3
Please note: During the 5.3 PTR, not all the content listed may not be available for testing or may only be available during a limited testing window. Keep an eye on our PTR Discussion forum for details.
New Battleground: Gold Rush
In the new Battleground situated in the Valley of the Four Winds, the Alliance and Horde continue their war for Pandaria’s precious resources. While the two factions battle for control over mines, they must also protect their own resources from being stolen and turned against them!
Item Upgrades in Patch 5.3, Oondasta's Health Reduced by 50%
2013/03/22 at 1:27 PM
Blizzard posted a huge blog on item upgrades today, in the midst of revealing their new game,
at PAX East.
Here's what you need to know about item upgrades returning:
They'll be returning in Patch 5.3 at a reduced cost for PvE gear.
is needed to upgrade an item by 4 levels, instead of 0
as in Patch 5.1.
5.2 Justice items now require 750 Justice to upgrade per 8 item levels, for a total of 750 Justice for 8 item levels per item.
Season 12 PvP items can be upgraded, but no other PvP items for the foreseeable future. Many PvPers did not like the concept of upgrades, and there were some imbalance issues going from ilvl 483 Honor gear that was upgraded to ilvl 491 in 5.1, to ilvl 476 un-upgradeable Honor gear in 5.2.
There was also a post today stating that
's health was reduced by 50%--should be a bit more killable now.
Click the cut to read the blue posts!
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Announced, Official Press Release, FAQ, and Artwork
2013/03/22 at 9:00 AM
Today at PAX East, Blizzard announced that they have had a fifth team working on another game. Comprised of fifteen developers, the idea was to make a great game that got back to Blizzard's roots by having something fun and less serious.
The game is called Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and it is an online strategy card game.
The official website is now live
so are the beta sign-ups
. You can also follow them on Twitter at
Hearthstone is "a charming collective strategy card game set in the Warcraft universe." 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.
Patch 5.2 Hotfixes - March 21st
2013/03/21 at 7:39 PM
should no longer despawn when the casting Warlock moves far away.
The Crumbled Chamberlain
: Statue pieces now do not despawn when looted, allowing other players to loot the statue piece as well.
: Fixed an issue where players were unable to interact with Grave Guardian statues.
Oondastas for everyone!
now respawns much more frequently.
s have resumed their stance of not interfering with players engaged in Horde/Alliance hostilities(PvP combat).
Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
Throne of Thunder
should now favor attackers that are at range.
Reduced the amount of creatures in the area leading up to
in Raid Finder.
Fixed an issue where players winning a bonus roll after defeating
on Heroic mode could receive a non-heroic version of the tier token.
Fixed an issue where damage from
's Crashing Thunder, Lightning Whip, Overcharge and Discharged Energy
Blizzard at PAX East: New Project Announcement, D3 Console Demo
2013/03/21 at 10:50 AM
Blizzard's Announcement at PAX East
Blizzard is announcing something new at PAX East this Friday, and we'll be there to cover the announcement live!
The invitation Wowhead received specifically referred to a "new Blizzard project" and described it in the following way: "We've been working on a little something, different from our other games...It’s not a sequel, expansion, or that rumored next-gen MMO, but it’s something we’re excited for you to get your hands on."
We already knew that they'd be
demoing the console version of Diablo III at PAX East
, so we're very curious what this announcement could be. Chief Creative Officer Rob Pardo confirmed on Twitter that
it's not Titan
If you'll be at PAX East, the presentation will be in the Naga Theatre at 10:00 am, March 22nd.
will also be streaming the panel live.
Click the cut to read Blizzard's post about PAX!
News Roundup: Increased Spawn Rate for Oondasta, Ra'sha's Sacrificial Dagger Nerfed
2013/03/20 at 12:18 PM
Today's roundup covers an increased spawn rate for
, some clarifications on PvP gear, and interesting discussions on dailies in Patch 5.2 and
Shan'ze Ritual Stone
Several users have already reported this on
's page, but everyone's favorite dinosaur now more frequently respawns. If you haven't tried
yet, he's located on the
Isle of Giants
and drops ilvl 522 loot with dinosaur-themed names.
Agreed, this is an amazing fight of epic proportions and really tiny arms. We definitely want players to have more chances to experience it. The epicness should be about fighting it, not about finding when it spawns, even though that can also be somewhat fun as long as the timer is not so long that it gets frustrating.
You should be able to find Mr. “Tiny Hands”
a bit more often now.
Ra'sha's Sacrificial Dagger
As covered in the
hotfixes from last night
Ra'sha's Sacrificial Dagger
is now on a 30 minute cooldown instead of a 5 minute cooldown.
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Patch 5.2 Hotfixes - March 19th
2013/03/19 at 4:26 PM
This week's round of hotfixes starts off with some class, raid, and item changes. Of particular note:
Season 13 PvP weapons
are ilvl 498, up from ilvl 493, to match
Season 12 Elite weapons
Malevolent Gladiator ilvl 476 items
now have more stamina to make them comparable to their pre-5.2 counterparts.
Zandalari Warbringers are now immune to crowd control and interrupt effects.
Ra'sha's Sacrificial Dagger
is now on a 30 min cooldown and has a cast time, instead of a 5 min cooldown. No more saving repair costs on every boss wipe.
Click the cut to read the hotfixes!
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