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Talk Azeroth: Episode 11, Battlefield Barrens and Eternally In The Vale Removed in 5.4
2013/08/16 at 11:25 AM
Today's newspost is about prepping for 5.4--things you should be stockpiling for the patch, as well as things you might want to get done before they're removed!
This week Olivia's taking you on a voyage into patch 5.4 as we recently found out when it was going live on servers. She tells you just exactly what you ought to be thinking of stockpiling and what you ought to be spending, and theorizing on reasons why there might not be a Valor reset with the patch.
The main topic she wants to talk to you about this week, though, is heirlooms. Olivia's got a wacky theory she wants to share on just how the personal loot system might interact with these new heirlooms.
Then she moves onto loot equality, trying to reassure LFR-only raiders that things will turn out OK, while also waxing lyrical on the reasons why these items should and shouldn't be in LFR in the first place.
Removed Content in Patch 5.4
Along with the announcement that
PvP Season 13 is ending soon
, some other content will be changing in Patch 5.4.
Patch 5.3: Battlefield Barrens Guide and Noxy Comic
2013/05/22 at 11:51 AM
Patch 5.3 introduces a new world event,
, 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. It will be removed when Patch 5.4 hits.
also made a comic about this event, capturing the spirit of helping the Darkspear in unexpected ways!
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, Escalation. showing the underlying politics behind your faction.
Once the world event is unlocked, you can collect Kor'kron supplies through various ways to purchase vanity items and armor like
Garrosh's influence can be seen in the Valley of Spirits being shut down, a Horde digsite in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, and Kor'kron camps in the Northern Barrens.
Click the cut to read the guide!
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
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
5.3 PTR: Valley of Spirits Shut Down, Pet Battle Accuracy Changes
2013/04/05 at 12:03 PM
Today's newspost covers two very different types of battles on the PTR--Battlefield: Barrens and pet battle changes. Since our
post last week on the Horde Rebellion
, we've found a few more signs of strife in the area and it's now been included in the
official 5.3 PTR Patch Notes
. Most notably, the Valley of Spirits has been shut down in 5.3 under Kor'kron surveillance.
And if you prefer lighter combat, pet battles are getting some accuracy changes in 5.3 to keep combat from feeling repetitive.
Valley of Spirits Shut Down
The first time we previewed Orgrimmar on the PTR, Kor'kron guards were keeping the troll section of Orgrimmar on lockdown. But things have gotten even worse--they've terrified the NPCs to the point where the Valley of Spirits has been shut down. Players cannot access the Auction House, Banks, class trainers, profession trainers, and all vendors. (Suddenly, those pet snakes from
may be rare...)
In addition, the portal to Blasted Lands has been removed, and
s now run through t
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