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The Golden Lotus: 5.3 Reputation Guide and 5.4 Changes
2013/06/16 at 11:49 AM
Vale of Eternal Blossoms
is getting some
major changes in 5.4
, and understandably players have been curious as to what they can and can't do in the new patch.
We've broken down what's staying and going away, as well as provided our Patch 5.3 guide to the Golden Lotus if you want to experience the original rep grind before it's changed. A lot of players found
tedious to grind at launch, but it might be interesting to experience for lore reasons. In Patch 5.4, the Vale is corrupted into the Vale of Eternal Sorrows, and familiar figures from the Vale are
Siege of Orgrimmar bosses
Usual disclaimer: the 5.4 PTR has been up for less than a week, and things can change quite frequently! We'll keep this guide updated with further PTR developments.
What is going away
Eternally in the Vale
is being removed, as well as the related quests and rewards. Players progress farther through this ques
5.4 PTR: Siege of Orgrimmar -- Dungeon Journal and Tier 16 Weapon Models
2013/06/14 at 4:01 PM
This is an early 5.4 PTR article. For the most up-to-date look at weapon models, please check out our current
Patch 5.4 weapon model
Today we have a closer look at the
Siege of Orgrimmar
, with encounter details for most of the bosses and Tier 16 weapon models!
Tier 16 Weapon Models
Click on the weapons to view them in our 3D modelviewer--you can preview them on any race!
If you're interested in more Patch 5.4 Models, check out our
Season 14 Weapon Preview
5.4 NPCs and Armor Models Preview
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Blossoming Ancient Pet On Sale at Blizzard Store
2013/06/14 at 11:25 AM
pet is now available for sale
at the Blizzard Store for $10
is an Elemental battle pet and has the following abilities:
: Instantly deals 12 Elemental damage and Poisons the target for 5 additional Elemental damage per round for 4 rounds
: Calls forth a cool autumn breeze, which restores 12 health to all allies and reduces the enemy team's hit chance by 25% for 2 rounds. (Unique to this pet.)
: After 3 rounds, the seed blooms, causing the current enemy pet to take 30 Elemental damage and be stunned for 1 rounds.
: Deals 15 Elemental damage and reduces up to 5 damage from each attack against you for 1 rounds.
: Restores 6 healing every round. Lasts 5 rounds.
: A Solar Beam strikes all enemies, dealing 10 Elemental damage and transforms the weather into a sunny day for 9 rounds. During a sunny day, the maximum health of all pets is increased by 50%. and healing done is increased by 25%.
In addition, the pet will change color depending on the season! Click on the images to vi
5.4 PTR: Season 14 3D Weapon Models, Vale of Eternal Blossoms and Orgrimmar Zone Changes
2013/06/12 at 8:16 PM
datamining the 5.4 files
Blizzard's 5.4 PTR Patch Notes
yesterday, the 5.4 PTR is now playable!
One huge change we noticed when logging on the PTR was that Vale of Eternal Blossoms is radically different. It's been infested by the Sha, with most of the zone drastically changed. The capital cities are still functional, but the Golden Lotus hubs appear to be phased out. All of the water is drained and in its place are sha-touched wildlife (that award Golden Lotus rep when killed) and corpses of Golden Lotus NPCs. In addition, there is a new raid portal at the bottom of a lake, with a summoning stone nearby for "Vale Raid."
Since the time of this post, we've updated our
Golden Lotus Reputation Guide
which documents all of the changes happening in 5.4 and how to get Exalted quickly before the patch!
Players can still kill elites for
One Many Army
, but they are visually altered with
and now have sil
Patch 5.4: Tier 16, Season 14, and NPC 3D Models, Siege of Orgrimmar Dungeon Journal
2013/06/12 at 8:25 AM
Continuing with our 5.4 PTR coverage, we have many 3D models for Tier 16 and Season 14 gear, as well as Siege of Orgrimmar NPCs like Corrupted Garrosh! Be sure to click on the images to view them with any race in our 3D Modelviewer.
In addition, we have some preliminary details on the Siege of Orgrimmar raid, including Encounter Journal details for encounters like
Paragons of the Klaxxi
Tier 16 Armor Models
Many datamined item IDs last night were for new raid gear. So far there's
ilvl 560 Heroic TF
ilvl 554 Heroic
ilvl 547 Thunderforged
ilvl 541 Normal
ilvl 527 Flex
ilvl 521 Raid Finder
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5.4 PTR Patch Notes
2013/06/12 at 12:18 AM
Earlier tonight, we datamined a
huge 5.4 PTR build
with thousands of items and Tier 16 bonuses. Blizzard followed up tonight's PTR build with their official patch notes!
are coming. They're sets of realms that are fused together, and will behave exactly as if they were one cohesive realm. Players on the same Virtual Realm will be able to join guilds, access a single Auction House, join arena teams and raids, as well run dungeons or group up to complete quests.
allow players to complete solo challenges designed for Damage, Tank, or Healer roles.
Resto Druids have many changes, including a new glyph, Glyph of Efflorescence, which increases the healing done by Swiftmend by 20%, causes the Efflorescence healing effect to be triggered by Wild Mushroom instead of Swiftmend, and lasts as long as the Wild Mushroom is active.
A Pet Battle tournament is coming to a new 5.4 zone, the Timeless Isle! In addition, many pet passives have been changed.
Players who get the realm-best time for a specific challenge mode will get a special title--until another group gets th
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
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