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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
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.
5.4 PTR: Build 17299, Spell Changes, New Cosmetic Armor, and More
2013/08/13 at 8:13 AM
Check out the latest additions!
This build only has a few items. However, it has a new armor set tagged as Cosmetic, meaning it can be transmogged onto any Cloth, Leather, Mail, or Plate armor! Click on the image to view it in our 3D Modelviewer.
Kor'kron Dark Shaman Set
Kor'kron Dark Shaman Belt
Kor'kron Dark Shaman Bracers
Kor'kron Dark Shaman Cowl
Kor'kron Dark Shaman Gloves
Kor'kron Dark Shaman Kilt
Kor'kron Dark Shaman Shoulder
Kor'kron Dark Shaman Treads
Kor'kron Dark Shaman Vestment
has been updated--the skull is no longer named Tom, but is now a tribute to Community Manager Zarhym.
For more context on the spell changes, check out Ghostcrawler's
dev blog from yesterday
explaining 5.4 Class Changes.
Changed Set Bonuses and Legendary Procs
Item - Hunter T16 2P Bonus
Aimed Shot, Arcane Shot and Multi-shot reduce the cooldown of Rapid Fire by 9[i
Patch 5.4: Dev Watercooler on Upcoming Class Changes
2013/08/12 at 12:04 PM
Yeah, I know, long time no watercooler. I’ve been busy.
I wanted to take a moment to provide context for some of the Patch 5.4 class changes that we’ve been making. If you haven’t already, you’ll want to get acquainted with the
5.4 PTR Patch Notes
, as this watercooler is going into detail on the changes listed. I’ll discuss the changes to each class, but here are a few things to keep in mind before we get started:
The team made a lot of changes to glyphs that weren’t working out well or were just to provide some new choices. There were a lot of changes so to keep this blog manageable, I’m not going to go into them in detail.
I’m not going to get into specific damage or healing tuning unless it requires extra explanation for some reason. In general, you can assume that your damage was too low or too high if you see generic buffs or nerfs to abilities.
As I write this, Patch 5.4 has not shipped yet, so if there are changes yet to come, I’m obviously not going to be able to cover
5.4 PTR: New Mounts, Pet Limit Increased and Pet Ability Scaling on Wowhead
2013/08/09 at 1:07 PM
Battle Pets: Collections and Ability Scaling
Good news for pet collectors in 5.4! Lead Content Designer Cory Stockton
confirmed that the pet collection cap will be 1000 in 5.4, up from 650
. While this may seem like a big increase for right now, keep in mind that Mists of Pandaria added hundreds of
wild battle pets
, and we're sure to see even more next expansion.
We've also recently added battle pet ability scaling to
Wowhead petability pages
. Users have long been able to check out spell scaling for class abilities, so we wanted to do the same for pet abilities!
You can scale pet abilities now by modifying the pet type, breed, level, and quality under an
ability's main tooltip
Keeping with the vanity items theme of this blog, several new mounts have been added recently to the 5.4 PTR and our amazing users have alread
5.4 PTR: Siege of Orgrimmar and Timeless Isle BoA Gear, Talk Azeroth with Olivia
2013/08/08 at 12:23 PM
This week, Olivia Grace is fed up to the teeth of constantly talking about the in-game store so swears off it for now—long may it continue.
Instead, she's tackling something came to light following some research she did to answer a recent viewer question: item levels. She reckons gear is pretty broken in WoW right now and wants your ideas to fix it; Olivia gives a couple of her own to get you started.
She also tackles Ghostcrawler's recent tweets about item squish, in this context, and despite her rapidly disappearing voice, Olivia still manages to answer a viewer question or two in another packed show.
If you want to have your question answered the best way to get in touch with Olivia is via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or twitter @oliviadgrace, or by leaving a comment below!
Siege of Orgrimmar Heirlooms
In a recent PTR build, epic BoA items were datamined! These heirlooms drop from
on Flex, Normal, and Heroic difficulty--another incentive to run raids besides LFR. These items have interesting models as well--they are based on Horde PvP weapons from classic WoW.
We've received confirmation from Blizzard that the item levels and stats are not final yet.[/b
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