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Patch 5.3 Hotfixes: May 21st
2013/05/21 at 7:39 PM
The first round of Patch 5.3 Hotfixes is up!
Players farming Karazhan for
Raiding with Leashes II: Attunement Edition
pets should be happy, as the Chess Encounter got nerfed!
Conquest Quartermasters (Armsmaster Holinka and Roo Desvin) have been temporarily disabled due to a bug with the Tyrannical Conquest achievement.
Overturned Caravans now despawn properly and are removed from the world map.
Class changes for Druids, Monks, and Shaman.
Click the cut to read the hotfixes!
Wowhead's Patch 5.3 Guide
2013/05/20 at 7:14 PM
Patch 5.3 goes live on
Tuesday, May 21st
, as things really heat up between the Alliance, Horde, and Garrosh!
While there's no new raid in 5.3, there's plenty to keep you busy--
new Brawler's Guild bosses, heroic scenarios, pet battle rewards, and numerous PvP changes
There's also a new world event,
, in which you assist Vol'jin with the Darkspear Rebellion and collect some unique vanity items along the way. Don't delay though--this world event is only around for a limited time!
We've got summaries of all the new content below, as well as links to blue posts and Wowhead's comprehensive PTR coverage.
Patch Notes and Overview
Experience needed to increase from 85-90 has been
reduced by 33%
more control over loot rewards
with a "Loot Specialization" menu option for bonus rolls, quests, Raid Finder, and Heroic Scenario loot.
Read more here
Battlefield Barrens is a
new world event
in which Alliance and Horde players unite to undermine Garrosh and kill his Kor'kron guards for u
Patch 5.3: PvP Changes, Additions, Cosmetic Rewards
2013/05/18 at 1:59 PM
PvP is getting some radical changes and welcome additions in Patch 5.3! Most importantly, resilience is gone from gear, Season 13 gear won't be eligible for item upgrades, and all gear is being scaled down to ilvl 496 in arenas and battlegrounds. These changes are designed to make PvP a more welcoming experience for new players, instead of being something dreaded for
School of Hard Knocks
Chapter II: Wrathion's War
where undergeared players repeatedly meet a quick death.
There's also a greater emphasis on cosmetic PvP rewards in 5.3--enchants and special gear for high-ranked players. And since high-level Elite gear is getting a nerf, Elite gear now fills a transmog niche instead of serving as overpowered PvP gear.
Finally, there's a new arena and battleground, for which you'll get the fabulous
title if you complete the meta.
Click the cut to read the guide!
Patch 5.3 is May 21st
2013/05/17 at 8:04 PM
confirmed on twitter
that Patch 5.3 is hitting on Tuesday, May 21st! Players can look forward to the new
Battlefield Barrens World Event
more Brawler's Guild bosses and vanity items
legendary questline developments
huge PvP changes
and more. Check out the
5.3 Patch Notes
for a full list of additions and changes.
World of Warcraft Patch 5.3: #Escalation is releasing Tuesday, May 21
Blizzard then linked to their
Prepping for 5.3 Blog
, which covers the essentials to keep in mind this weekend as you plan things out:
Experience required to lev
5.3 PTR: Hidden Brawler's Guild Items, Tom Chilton Interview
2013/05/17 at 11:08 AM
In addition to the new Brawler's Guild bosses coming with Ranks 9 and 10 in Patch 5.3, there are twelve special bosses which each require players doing something creative to unlock.
First, players must find a special item, such as
The Bear and the Lady Fair
. Each item has a unique source.
These items start quests asking the player to return these item to the Brawler's Guild, like
A Tale of Romance and Chivalry
Once at the Brawler's Guild, you will then fight the boss associated with the item, in quests like
The Bear and the Lady Fair
Beating the boss for the first time will reward you with a significant amount of gold like
Overflowing Sack of Coins
, and a themed vanity shirt like
You can now purchase that boss' Challenge Card and fight them again as much as you like.
Challenge Cards are a new addition to the Brawler's Guild--players can purchase them to fight any boss they've already faced.
Here are some of the interesting quest sources recently brought to our attention:
Users participating in Battlefield: Barrens can purchase
Raptorhide Boxing Gloves
. Users can get one a week from
News Round Up: The Elusive Unborn Val'kyr, PvP Changes in 5.3, Build 16958
2013/05/16 at 12:24 PM
In today's news, we have an epic blue post talking about all the PvP changes coming in 5.3--they should encourage more players to try PvP instead of being disheartened by a gear gap. We're also investigating the elusive source of a new battle pet,
, and have a few new spell changes from a tiny 5.3 PTR build this morning.
PvP in 5.3
With the new scaling system in battlegrounds and arenas bringing everything down to ilvl 496, players behind on gear won't be as big of a squishy target for BiS-geared players--all that awesome PvE gear is getting scaled down. This new system also won't encourage players to keep their scaled-down raiding epics and ignore PvP gear, as the extra stats on PvP gear will give a survivability edge.
CM Nakatoir gave a few examples of players that could currently be discouraged by PvP--a progressed
Throne of Thunder
raider, and someone in starter-PvP gear, both wanting to try something new. In both scenarios, they get crushed by an opponent in Tyrannical gear. The raider, while doing decent damage, is squishy and dies a lot, while the person in PvP gear does poor damage and dies easily to someone in full Tyrannical gear.
While these scenarios were made up, they're fairly accurate bas
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
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.
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!
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
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%.
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