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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
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
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
5.4 PTR Patch Notes: Updated August 7th
2013/08/07 at 8:47 PM
The 5.4 PTR Patch Notes were updated with lots of profession details tonight:
Mantid Artifact Sonic Locator
no longer randomizes digsites when acquired, and is more difficult to obtain. They can now only be purchased as part of a
Mantid Artifact Hunter's Kit
, which includes a
Raid and PvP blacksmithing plans
have been added. These new plans can be researched by crafting
Balanced Trillium Ingot
s, allowing the blacksmith to learn a random new plan.
Balanced Trillium Ingot
could be found as a drop from creatures in Pandaria.
A number of
new cooking recipes
have been added, including new foods that give +300 to a primary stat and
. Some of these new recipes can be learned from drops in the
Vale of Eternal Blossoms
, others from quests.
Items formerly obtained with
that now cost
as well as gear crafted from new PvP recipes or plans will now disenchant into
5.4 PTR: Build 17271, Spell Changes and More
2013/08/06 at 8:34 PM
Check out the latest additions!
New zone tied to cooking quests for noodle carts:
The Secret Ingredient
New achievement for aiding Zarhym's skull friend on the Timeless Isle:
Moonfang items from the Darkmoon Faire:
More epic weapons--perhaps tied to Timeless Isle rares with vanity looks, like
Ordon Sacrificial Dagger
Hozen Can Opener
Blizzard Store items:
Pouch of Enduring Wisdom (5)
Pouch of Enduring Wisdom
Click the cut for the spell changes!
Talk Azeroth with Olivia: Support and the Store, Play with the Blues Event
2013/08/06 at 11:07 AM
Play With the Blues Event
Today from 2-4pm PST, Blizzard Devs and Community Managers will be hosting a
"Play with the Blues"
event on the PTR! They'll be testing out the
, an exciting zone filled with rare spawns, BoA epics, and tons of vanity loot!
Not sure where to start? Check out our
coverage--we've been having a blast tracking down all the hidden details on the island:
BoA Items, World Bosses, Battle Pets, Timeless Coins
Timeless Isle Vanity Loot
Celestial Pet Tournament
Timeless Isle Rare Spawns
Celestial Tournament and Sky Lantern Updates
Talk Azeroth: Episode 9
5.4 PTR Patch Notes: Updated August 2nd
2013/08/03 at 9:53 AM
The 5.4 PTR Patch Notes were updated late last night with some class and ability changes. Here's the highlights:
Trinket, enchant, set bonus, and legendary meta-gem effects whose triggered effect benefits from haste no longer also have their chance to trigger the benefit from haste. Activation chances for those effects have been adjusted to compensate. You can check out the updated proc per minute details on our PTR tooltips, like
Cha-Ye's Essence of Brilliance
Heroic Scenarios no longer have a minimum item level requirement to enter. This will make putting groups together easier on alts.
All enemies in Throne of Thunder now have a debuff called Shado-Pan Onslaught, which reduces their health and damage by 20%. Since 5.4 introduces a new raid tier, making the older tiers easier makes sense.
Class changes include
Shadow Word: Death
increased by 80% when used on enemies that have less than 20% health, but the cooldown is no longer reset if the target does not die, and Dash, Dive, and Charge no longer costing Focus to use.
There were also some significant changes to Vengeance:
Vengeance now grants Attack Power equal to 1.5% of the damage taken, down from 1.8% (The tooltip said 2% but it was actu
Siege of Orgrimmar Loot Tables, Clarifications on Off-Spec and Upgradable Legendary Capes
2013/08/02 at 3:07 PM
The 5.4 Dungeon Journal has been updated to include loot drops from all Siege of Orgrimmar bosses--check out the loot drops and dungeon strategies below.
We also have some clarifications on the
legendary capes coming in Patch 5.4 as well
. There's plans to include options to get legendary capes for your off-spec, and there's also some discussion on whether or not capes can be upgraded. It looks like the legendary capes will end up at ilvl 608 regardless of the item tech behind it.
I'm not completely sure how things are set up in the build that's going up today, but our intent is actually that you'll be able to acquire multiple Legendary cloaks, if you like. So, if you wanted, you could actually get one for both your Protection and Retribution spec :)
As an update, there's been a very slight change of plans. Our current thinking is to either start the Legendary cloak off at 2/2 upgraded (regardless of whether you upgraded the Epic cloak or not), or just have it set t
5.4 PTR: Build 17260--New BoA Items, Siege of Orgrimmar Loot
2013/08/01 at 8:28 PM
A new PTR build is on its way--many Siege of Orgrimmar raid epics were added, as well as Timeless Isle achievements and some new BoA items.
Check out the latest additions!
New BoA items--currently they have "Hellscream" in the name and are epic, but Blizzard has reached out to clarify with us that the
item levels are not final
. They are:
Hellscream's Pig Sticker
Hellscream's Shield Wall
Hellscream's Tome of Destruction
Hellscream's War Staff
Many new Timeless Isle achievements, including
for getting tons of Bloody Coins,
for killing all the rare spawns,
Treasure, Treasure Everywhere
for looting all the chests, and
Going To Need A Bigger Bag
for getting all the rare items.
Many new Siege of Orgrimmar epics were added. Check out the thousands of raid items, which we've organized by slot and armor type:
5.4 PTR: Celestial Tournament Updates and Legendary Questline Clarifications
2013/07/31 at 10:53 AM
Celestial Tournament Updates
, a place where players can battle celestial battle pets and famous pet battle tamers for cool prizes, is a bit more festive on the PTR now. There are tons of spectators and banners, as well as new vendors who sell noodle bowls and the new alcoholic drink
The available teams were tweaked since last week as well--
, a tribute to
who plays Hodor on
Game of Thrones
, now has a battle pet ability tribute as well--
, which is strong against undead. He's also joined by a new direwolf pet,
There were also some new teams after Tuesday's reset--including Sully who has an Undead Socks pet, and Lorewalker Cho. Players can also now heal battle pets inside the tournament from
, but y
5.4 PTR Patch Notes: Updated July 29th
2013/07/30 at 11:08 AM
The 5.4 PTR Patch Notes were recently updated by Blizzard with class and item changes. For the most recent datamined changes, check out our coverage of
PTR Patch Note Changes
now grants a flat 10% Haste to all things, up from Haste for melee (attack speed and Rune regeneration) only. The movement speed buff remains unchanged.
Fixed a bug that caused
to incorrectly increase activation rates of some trinkets and effects.
Ghoul's Leap and Gnaw abilities are no longer on a global cooldown, and no longer cost Energy.
no longer initiates auto-attack.
: Camouflage also reduces spell damage taken by 10%.
Rune of Power
now has an increased effective range. The Mage can remain up to 8 yards away from their
Rune of Power
and still receive benefits to mana regeneration and spell damage (up from 3 yards).
Fixed a bug that caused the damage of some abilities for Brewmasters with
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