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Talk Azeroth with Olivia: Support and the Store, Play with the Blues Event
2013/08/06 at 11:07 AM
Play With the Blues Event
Today from 2-4pm PST, Blizzard Devs and Community Managers will be hosting a
"Play with the Blues"
event on the PTR! They'll be testing out the
, an exciting zone filled with rare spawns, BoA epics, and tons of vanity loot!
Not sure where to start? Check out our
coverage--we've been having a blast tracking down all the hidden details on the island:
BoA Items, World Bosses, Battle Pets, Timeless Coins
Timeless Isle Vanity Loot
Celestial Pet Tournament
Timeless Isle Rare Spawns
Celestial Tournament and Sky Lantern Updates
Talk Azeroth: Episode 9
Patch 5.4 Feature Preview: Connected Realms
2013/08/05 at 11:08 AM
<div class="detail"><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 2em;">Over the years, World of Warcraft players of all kinds have naturally migrated to different realms to play with their friends, find new guilds, strive for Heroic boss kills, search for the most competitive PvP experiences, and otherwise try to find the right place to call home. Over time, these shifts in player population can sometimes create a less-than-optimal play experience for those on less popular realms, making it tougher to find guilds, conquer group content, and get what they’re looking for from the Auction House and in-game economy.</span><br />
<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 2em;">In Patch 5.4, we’re looking to address this with a new feature called <strong>Connected Realms</strong>. Building on our existing cross-realm technology, a Connected Realm is a set of two or more standard realms that have been permanently and seamless “linked.” These linked realms will behave as if they were one cohesive realm, meaning you’ll be able to join the same guilds and Arena teams, access a single Aucti
Best in Show: A Guide to All Shirts
2013/08/04 at 11:59 AM
Today's guide looks at all the vanity shirts in game--perfect if you want something to match a transmog set! They're not restricted by class or armor limitations, so nothing is out of reach for avid collectors. They're great for both bank alts, players looking to cover up skin, or show off a rare find.
I've organized all the shirts by color, as well as providing descriptions, acquisition methods, and crafting materials. To see an image for every shirt, click on the
toggle which will display a user-submitted screenshot.
Here's a a set of quick links to currently-obtainable items by source:
Trading Card Game
5.4 PTR Patch Notes: Updated August 2nd
2013/08/03 at 9:53 AM
The 5.4 PTR Patch Notes were updated late last night with some class and ability changes. Here's the highlights:
Trinket, enchant, set bonus, and legendary meta-gem effects whose triggered effect benefits from haste no longer also have their chance to trigger the benefit from haste. Activation chances for those effects have been adjusted to compensate. You can check out the updated proc per minute details on our PTR tooltips, like
Cha-Ye's Essence of Brilliance
Heroic Scenarios no longer have a minimum item level requirement to enter. This will make putting groups together easier on alts.
All enemies in Throne of Thunder now have a debuff called Shado-Pan Onslaught, which reduces their health and damage by 20%. Since 5.4 introduces a new raid tier, making the older tiers easier makes sense.
Class changes include
Shadow Word: Death
increased by 80% when used on enemies that have less than 20% health, but the cooldown is no longer reset if the target does not die, and Dash, Dive, and Charge no longer costing Focus to use.
There were also some significant changes to Vengeance:
Vengeance now grants Attack Power equal to 1.5% of the damage taken, down from 1.8% (The tooltip said 2% but it was actu
Siege of Orgrimmar Loot Tables, Clarifications on Off-Spec and Upgradable Legendary Capes
2013/08/02 at 3:07 PM
The 5.4 Dungeon Journal has been updated to include loot drops from all Siege of Orgrimmar bosses--check out the loot drops and dungeon strategies below.
We also have some clarifications on the
legendary capes coming in Patch 5.4 as well
. There's plans to include options to get legendary capes for your off-spec, and there's also some discussion on whether or not capes can be upgraded. It looks like the legendary capes will end up at ilvl 608 regardless of the item tech behind it.
I'm not completely sure how things are set up in the build that's going up today, but our intent is actually that you'll be able to acquire multiple Legendary cloaks, if you like. So, if you wanted, you could actually get one for both your Protection and Retribution spec :)
As an update, there's been a very slight change of plans. Our current thinking is to either start the Legendary cloak off at 2/2 upgraded (regardless of whether you upgraded the Epic cloak or not), or just have it set t
5.4 PTR: Build 17260--New BoA Items, Siege of Orgrimmar Loot
2013/08/01 at 8:28 PM
A new PTR build is on its way--many Siege of Orgrimmar raid epics were added, as well as Timeless Isle achievements and some new BoA items.
Check out the latest additions!
New BoA items--currently they have "Hellscream" in the name and are epic, but Blizzard has reached out to clarify with us that the
item levels are not final
. They are:
Hellscream's Pig Sticker
Hellscream's Shield Wall
Hellscream's Tome of Destruction
Hellscream's War Staff
Many new Timeless Isle achievements, including
for getting tons of Bloody Coins,
for killing all the rare spawns,
Treasure, Treasure Everywhere
for looting all the chests, and
Going To Need A Bigger Bag
for getting all the rare items.
Many new Siege of Orgrimmar epics were added. Check out the thousands of raid items, which we've organized by slot and armor type:
Activision Earnings Call: WoW Down to 7.7 Million Subs, Titan Updates
2013/08/01 at 4:04 PM
Activision announced their
second quarter 2013 financial results
today. It was confirmed that WoW lost 600k subscribers since the last earnings call, which was released as a tentative estimate in a press release from
, in which it was also announced last week that Activision Blizzard was separating from their parent company Vivendi in an $8.2 billion deal.
It was also revealed that
Titan is unlikely to be a subscription-based MMO
, Blizzard is looking for a new director for Titan, and that the game's concept is undergoing significant changes.
The subscription losses follows
, which follows a loss of [url=[url=
Site Updates: Image Search Results, Loot Specialization Filters, and More
2013/08/01 at 11:12 AM
With all the recent 5.4 PTR coverage, it's a good time to step back and highlight some of the cool projects and database improvements our dev team has been working on. We've added image galleries to our search results, some new loot specialization tools, and more!
Image Gallery: Search Results and "Same Model As" Tab
We've added image search results, generated by our 3D Modelviewer, for all armor and weapons! To view the image results, simply click on the
tab next to the default
option. Clicking on an image will open up our 3D modelviewer, and clicking on the name will take you to the item's page.
We've also turned the
Same Model As
tab on all armor and weapon pages into an image gallery as well. With images for all items, players can easily spot what armor not only has a matching style, but also identical colors--a popular site request among our transmog users.
5.4 PTR: Celestial Tournament Updates and Legendary Questline Clarifications
2013/07/31 at 10:53 AM
Celestial Tournament Updates
, a place where players can battle celestial battle pets and famous pet battle tamers for cool prizes, is a bit more festive on the PTR now. There are tons of spectators and banners, as well as new vendors who sell noodle bowls and the new alcoholic drink
The available teams were tweaked since last week as well--
, a tribute to
who plays Hodor on
Game of Thrones
, now has a battle pet ability tribute as well--
, which is strong against undead. He's also joined by a new direwolf pet,
There were also some new teams after Tuesday's reset--including Sully who has an Undead Socks pet, and Lorewalker Cho. Players can also now heal battle pets inside the tournament from
, but y
5.4 PTR Patch Notes: Updated July 29th
2013/07/30 at 11:08 AM
The 5.4 PTR Patch Notes were recently updated by Blizzard with class and item changes. For the most recent datamined changes, check out our coverage of
PTR Patch Note Changes
now grants a flat 10% Haste to all things, up from Haste for melee (attack speed and Rune regeneration) only. The movement speed buff remains unchanged.
Fixed a bug that caused
to incorrectly increase activation rates of some trinkets and effects.
Ghoul's Leap and Gnaw abilities are no longer on a global cooldown, and no longer cost Energy.
no longer initiates auto-attack.
: Camouflage also reduces spell damage taken by 10%.
Rune of Power
now has an increased effective range. The Mage can remain up to 8 yards away from their
Rune of Power
and still receive benefits to mana regeneration and spell damage (up from 3 yards).
Fixed a bug that caused the damage of some abilities for Brewmasters with
5.4 PTR: Timeless Isle Vanity Loot
2013/07/29 at 12:47 PM
not only has tons of
--it also has tons of vanity loot like character disguises, pets, and BoA items!
To read more about the
, check out our recent posts on
, and our initial look at
BoA gear, world bosses, and Timeless Coins
by The Blazing Way has special vanity items that cost
. To get this currency, you will have to World PvP.
To flag up for World PvP, you'll first need
Censer of Eternal Agony
, which costs 2500
. On use, it sacrifices 90% of your health, turns you translucent, and makes you hostile to players of both factions. Killing players with this buff awards one
Here are the vanity items from
. Big thanks
5.4 PTR: Build 17247--Spell Changes, Tier 16 Names and Models, and More
2013/07/26 at 9:31 PM
A third PTR build is coming this week! Check out the spell changes and new additions.
Click here for the latest additions!
New Battle Pet:
More Timeless Isle items:
Bubbling Pi'jiu Brew
: Pour the brew onto the ground, summoning a Spectral Windwalker to fight for you for 10 min.
Flimsy Sky Lantern
: Right click to summon and dismiss your Sky Lantern.
: Ride the glider, reducing your falling speed for 2 min.
Misty Pi'jiu Brew
: Pour the brew onto the ground, summoning a Spectral Mistweaver to fight for you for 10 min.
Thick Pi'jiu Brew
: Pour the brew onto the ground, summoning a Spectral Brewmaster to fight for you for 10 min.
Tier 16 Names and Models
In this PTR build, Tier 16 items were give names, instead of using placeholder T15 names. They were also assigned their models, which we datamined previously. Currently on the PTR, you can purchase Tier 16 gear but it resembles Tier 15 gear.
These colors below are for Normal itemsets. It appears that the colors for LFR, Flex, and Heroic were not assigned to items in this b
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