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5.3 PTR Patch Notes are live!
2013/03/22 at 8:12 PM
The 5.3 PTR patch notes are already here and a lot of interesting changes are coming.
Some of the highlights include:
4 New Scenarios
, and a brand new
difficulty for Scenarios
A new Battleground -
located in Valley of the Four Winds.
- you can now pick which spec you receive loot for (helpful for gearing offsets!)
now have a proection from bad luck streaks, each roll gets a progressively higher chance at loot.
World of Warcraft PTR Patch 5.3
Please note: During the 5.3 PTR, not all the content listed may not be available for testing or may only be available during a limited testing window. Keep an eye on our PTR Discussion forum for details.
New Battleground: Gold Rush
In the new Battleground situated in the Valley of the Four Winds, the Alliance and Horde continue their war for Pandaria’s precious resources. While the two factions battle for control over mines, they must also protect their own resources from being stolen and turned against them!
5.2 PTR Patch Notes -- Updated February 25th
2013/02/25 at 5:11 PM
Blizzard updated their 5.2 PTR Patch Notes this evening. Of particular interest:
The area damage cap has been raised to 20 targets, up from 10.
Avenging Wrath now has a cooldown of 2 minutes for Retribution Paladins (was 3 minutes).
Several battle pets that were achievement rewards are no longer available in multiple breeds.
Thunderforged items are now described in the patch notes. Thunderforged items are 6 item levels higher than their Normal or Heroic counterparts and will drop more frequently in 25-player raids. Check out some of the datamined
ilvl 528 Normal Thunderforged items
added this past week.
Many profession changes were added:
: Details on
Mantid Archaeology solves
, new items allowing players to find digsites easier.
: Information on the
Blacksmithing leveling revamp
, new [url=
Patch 5.2 and End of Season 12 Scheduled for March 5th, Updated 5.2 PTR Patch Notes
2013/02/19 at 7:26 PM
Blizzard just posted that the Season 12 Arena Season is ending on March 5th. Bashiok
that the End of the Season PvP Blog is a rough two-week warning for Patch 5.2 hitting.
Arena and Rated Battleground Season 12 is scheduled to end on Tuesday, March 5. At that point, we will determine who is eligible for the end-of-season rewards, a process that should take approximately one week. It's very important for players who feel that they may be eligible for Arena titles and/or the
Malevolent Gladiator's Cloud Serpent
to refrain from transferring their characters to another realm or faction until after Season 12 ends. The awarding of Season 12 titles and mounts will occur approximately 2 weeks after the season ends.
At the end of the season,
will be converted to
and any honor above 4000 will be converted to gold at a rate of 35 silver per point. The honor cap will remain at 4000.
All Season 12 items will cost
(equivalent to their previous
cost) when the season ends, with the exception of any items with rating requirements attached.
News Round Up: Updated 5.2 Patch Notes, Preparing for PvP in 5.2, Blizzard Store Sale
2013/02/13 at 8:05 AM
Blizzard just posted a very useful PvP blog for 5.2 preparations, reminding users of these important changes:
Rating requirements will be removed from PvP gear.
Malevolent Gladiator’s gear will be available for purchase with Honor Points.
A new tier of Conquest Point gear will be added that becomes available once 27000 Conquest Points have been earned for the season.
Currently, users can choose between upgrading some Malevolent Gladiator items while you still can with Conquest Points, or saving up and buying the 5.2 versions with Honor as soon as the patch hits. Unlike yesterday's blog
covering how Valor Points won't be downgraded to Justice
, Conquest Points will be downgraded to Honor when 5.2 starts.
There's also been some class changes from February 11th, that were posted to the EU forums this morning.
Finally, there's a huge Blizzard sale going on--all World of Warcraft games are 70% off!
Click the cut to read the PvP blog, patch note updates, and details on the huge Blizzard Store sale!
Updated 5.2 PTR Patch Notes -- February 11
2013/02/05 at 1:33 PM
latest PTR build
, the 5.2 PTR Patch Notes have once again been updated.
(Edit: there were some minor changes from the February 11th notes which we've added in here.)
Here are the highlights:
When Patch 5.2 goes live, all players who have defeated Will of the Emperor, Grand Empress Shek’zeer, and/or Sha of Fear on Normal difficulty prior to the release of Patch 5.2 will receive a Feat of Strength to mark their accomplishments, such as
Ahead of the Curve: Grand Empress Shek'zeer
. This is in addition to players defeating these bosses on Heroic difficulty receiving achievements like
Cutting Edge: Grand Empress Shek'zeer
Throne of Thunder loot drops are now available for testing in Raid Finder, Normal, and Heroic difficulty, with puchasable normal-mode Tier 15 gear.
The Tier 15 vendor is by Niuzao Temple.
faction gear vendors are now on the PTR.
On Normal and Heroic mode,
zone-wide auras have been activated in
Heart of Fear
Terrace of Endless Spring
reducing the health and damage of all enemies therein by 10%.
Updated 5.2 PTR Patch Notes
2013/01/30 at 3:00 PM
Blizzard just updated their 5.2 PTR Patch notes following today's
newest PTR build
. Here's the highlights:
To encourage Raid Finder groups to persevere, each time an Raid Finder group wipes on a boss fight all players in the group receives a stacking buff that increases health, damage dealt, and healing done by 5% (up to a maximum of 10 stacks). This buff is cleared once the boss has been killed.
Alliance and Horde players can now run the opposite faction's scenarios added in 5.1.
Characters that have attained requisite title levels (Centurion, Knight-Champion, Grand Marshal, High Warlord, etc.) through the Rated Battleground system will be able to purchase old PVP items requiring those titles.
Reputation gains from bringing rare Pandarian fish for Nat Pagle to examine has been increased.
Click the cut to read the full updated patch notes!
5.2 PTR Patch Notes: Updated January 16
2013/01/16 at 8:59 PM
Blizzard just updated the official 5.2 PTR Patch Notes. Here's the highlights:
The new legendary questline reward in 5.2 is a legendary metagem.
Several Tier 14 set bonuses have been changed, including DK Frost and Unholy 4 piece.
Restoration Druids have a new passive ability,
Many changes to priests, including several new glyphs.
Warriors now benefit from Haste 100% more than before.
Staves and polearms can be transmogrified to each other.
have been added to Pandaria as new Spirit Beasts.
New information has been posted about
Elite Battle Pets
Heroic Pandaria dungeons now award 100 Justice points per boss.
Players in low level battlegrounds will have their effective level raised to the maximum level allowed in that battleground bracket. Players' base stats and spells are scaled accordingly and are treated as the same level when
Patch 5.2 PTR Patch Note Preview
2012/12/22 at 12:10 AM
Hot on the heels of the
new datamined 5.2 patch this evening
, featuring Tier 15 armor models, new boss descriptions, and hundreds of items, comes Blizzard's official Patch 5.2 Patch Note Preview.
Three new factions: Kirin-Tor Offensive led by Jaina Proudmoore and the Sunreaver Onslaught led by Lor'themar Theron. Players can choose to do PvE or PvP quests with these factions. A third faction, the Shado-Pan Assault, has impressive Valor rewards and reputation can only be earned in raids.
Two new world bosses: Nalak, the Storm Lord and Oondasta.
The new raid is the Throne of Thunder, which has 13 bosses, and 4 different segments on Raid Finder.
All world bosses are now Tap to Faction. This new system offers every eligible player of the same faction that engages a boss the chance to earn loot.
The legendary questline continues in 5.2, with the reward being some special helm-related perk.
Elite Battle Pets have been added to the game world--they will spawn alone against an entire team.
New tameable species for Hunters:
Patch 5.1 PTR Patch Notes: October 23rd
2012/10/23 at 8:11 PM
Updated October 23
The Pandaren Campaign begins!
The conflict between the Horde and the Alliance has ignited a new series of daily quests along the shore of the
Players can visit their faction strongholds in the
Vale of Eternal Blossoms
to begin the quest to summon their war fleets to the continent of Pandaria. (Please note: The Alliance version of this quest is not yet complete, but will still unlock the new missions and features).
Players will both valiantly defend their faction’s outpost and assault the opposing faction's headquarters.
Two new Reputations have been added: Alliance players can earn reputation with
, while Horde players will curry favor with the
Dominance Offensive Campaign
Players can slay rival NPCs and opposing faction players along the shore to earn commissions that can be spent to upgrade their faction's base.
Look for strategic objectives to capture, including graveyards and towers. Commissions can be spent to recruit guards that will help protect this captured territory!
News Round Up: 5.1 PTR Patch Notes, Blizzard Celebrates MoP's Launch
2012/10/18 at 11:39 AM
5.1 PTR Patch Notes Updated
The 5.1 PTR Patch Notes were updated to include information about Class and Raid and Dungeon changes, most notably that tank swaps for Symbiosis have gotten their original cooldowns back, except with some nerfs. Here's the new parts:
All mineral nodes will now despawn one minute after they are mined, even if items remain in them.
The cast time of
has been reduced to 2 seconds.
is once again granted to Brewmaster Monks and now costs 2 Chi to use.
is once again granted to Blood Death Knights, and now costs 30 Runic Power.
is once again granted to Protection Warriors, but now only provides a 30% increase to dodge.
is once again granted to Protection Paladins, and now costs 1 Holy Power.
The cooldown of
provided by Symbiosis has been reduced to 5 minutes.
The duration of
provided by Symbiosis n
Patch 5.0.5 Notes, Jade Forest Preview
2012/09/11 at 12:24 PM
Today's a busy day for Blizzard! They're having a WoW Developer Reddit AMA at 5:30 PM PDT today, and they also just posted Patch 5.0.5 notes (mainly tooltip and bug fixes) and a preview of The Jade Forest, including screenshots and music samples!
It’s been two weeks since <a href="
class="bml-link-url2">patch 5.0.4</a> was released and, with only two weeks to go until Mists of Pandaria takes the world by storm, we feel that this is the perfect time to give you access to the World of Warcraft development team. Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 11 beginning at 5:30 p.m. PDT, we’ll be conducting a live developer “Ask Me Anything” (AMA) on <a href="
class="bml-link-url2">/r/WoW</a>. I’ll be on-hand to host the chat and will have Lead Systems Designer Greg Street, Lead Quest Designer Dave Kosak, Lead Encounter Designer Ion Hazzikostas, and Game Director Tom Chilton available to field your questions. <br/><br/>We’ll spend at least an hour working to answer everything possible.
Patch 4.3.2 Live Today
2012/01/31 at 12:11 PM
It has taken its time, but 4.3.2 is finally hitting servers this week!
A controversial patch, this one introduces gradually scaling zone buffs to
that recall back to the ones Icecrown Citadel had--a 5% buff will be added to the instance for raids who which to take advantage of it. There are also several encounter specific nerfs that aim to allow different raid compositions for the instance's final heroic modes and several class balance tweaks.
As Blizzard has said prior
, this will be the last patch of Cataclysm before a pre-Mists of Pandaria world event, so this patch also marks the beginning of the end for this expansion!
class="detail"><p>During the scheduled server maintenance on the week of January 31, the Dragon Soul raid will become enveloped by the “Power of the Aspects” spell, reducing the health and damage dealt of all enemies in the raid by 5%. This spell will grow progressively stronger over time to reduce the difficulty and make
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