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5.4 PTR: Build 17331 Spell Changes, BlizzCon Barcodes Mailed Today
2013/08/26 at 12:50 PM
A small Patch 5.4 build is coming soon--with the patch due in two weeks, it makes sense there aren't a ton of changes now.
To learn more about Patch 5.4, check out the
official patch notes
Shaohao reputation preview
, and look at
We also have some details on BlizzCon barcodes--they are currently being mailed out from
. The official
has confirmed this. Details on virtual tickets will be posted at the
end of the month or early September
Season 14 PvP Preview: 3D Models, Rewards, Gear, and More
2013/08/24 at 11:55 AM
Along with a
new raid and Tier 16 armor
coming in Patch 5.4, there's also new armor and rewards as part of the new PvP season!
Season 14 adds new Grievous Gladiator armor styles in Alliance, Horde, and Elite colors, which we've got 3D models, costs, and set bonuses for!
We've also got details on catch-up PvP gear--what's happening to Malevolent and Tyrannical pieces from previous seasons.
There are additional cosmetic rewards this season, including new mounts.
We've also summarized all the general PvP changes, such as team rating being removed for arenas.
Click the cut to read our PvP Preview including Season 14 armor models!
Patch 5.4: Shaohao Reputation Guide
2013/08/23 at 12:09 PM
is a new faction on the
. There are no daily quests or "mandatory" epics to grind out for this reputation--it's all about killing things on the
for vanity loot!
, is located on the eastern side of the Celestial Court on the
. He sells the following items.
Mask of Anger
: "Carved by the Monkey King for Shaohao, this mask draws the anger from its bearer when worn." 0
Mask of Doubt
: "Carved by the Monkey King for Shaohao, this mask draws the doubt from its bearer when worn." 0
Mask of Fear
: "Carved by the Monkey King for Shaohao, this mask draws the fear from its bearer when worn." 0
Mask of Hatred
: "Carved by the Monkey King for Shaohao, this mask draws the hatred from its bearer when worn." 0
Mask of Violence
: "Carved by the Monkey King for Shaohao, this mask draws the violence from its bearer when worn." 0
Scroll of Challenge
: Summons a rare or rare
5.4 PTR: Build 17325, Spell Changes, Shaman Posts, and More
2013/08/22 at 5:10 PM
Today's 5.4 PTR build is
in comparison to past ones, but features some DPS shaman buffs--check out the
Blizzard Patch Notes
for the confirmed official changes. There's also been a post by Blizzard talking about some of the recent Shaman changes.
Several legendary capes had their base RPPM procs changed--on the legendary cape pages like
Fen-Yu, Fury of Xuen
, you can see what the specific RPPM details are for each spec using our radio buttons.
Essence of Yu'lon
Your damaging spell casts have a chance to empower you with the Essence of Yu'lon, causing you to hurl jade dragonflame at the target, dealing 1 (+ 200% of SpellPower) damage over 4 sec. This damage also affects up to 4 other enemies near the burning target. (Approximately 2.422.61 procs per minute)
Flurry of Xuen
Your damaging attacks have a chance to trigger a Flurry of Xuen, causing you to deal 1 (+ 20% of Attack Power) damage to up to 5 enemies in front of you,
Patch 5.4 Scheduled for September 10th
2013/08/21 at 1:16 PM
Blizzard posted the following
image and update
to their Facebook today. Patch 5.4 is scheduled to launch on September 10th!
They've also posted a patch prep guide with details on class, zone, PvE, and PvP changes. Of particular note:
There is no new progression Valor Point gear, but item upgrades are sticking around.
Justice and Valor won’t be converted in Patch 5.4, but with the PvP Season turnover, you can expect your Conquest to be converted to Honor as usual.
Vale of Eternal Blossoms
are getting some major changes and removed content.
A new PvP season means there's a new tier of PvP gladiator gear to collect. Season 14 elite gear will require 27,000 Conquest Points and 2000 personal rating to purchase this time.
Also be sure
5.4 PTR Patch Notes: Updated August 20th
2013/08/20 at 8:45 PM
The 5.4 PTR Patch Notes were updated today with a variety of spell tweaks and details on Battlefield Barrens being drastically changed:
The weekly quests for
, as well as most special vanity items, are being removed in 5.4. You will not be able to get Latent Kor'kron transmog armor or any Darkspear Rebellion vanity gear after the patch, or complete
and get the resulting title.
You will still be able to get
Raptorhide Boxing Gloves
Gahz'rooki's Summoning Stone
by killing Kor'kron mobs in the Barrens. While it's too late to start collecting
for a full set of Latent Kor'kron Armor, you can probably farm up items like
Griftah's Authentic Troll Shoes
with some friends quickly before 5.4.
To learn more about Battlefield Barrens, check out our
detailed event guide
There are also some details on PvP scaling: Grievous Gladiator gear will not be scaled down to ilvl 496 for arenas and RBGs, and the PvP ilvl cap will
5.4 PTR: New Achievements and Rewards
2013/08/19 at 1:13 PM
Dozens of new achievements are coming in Patch 5.4, from exploration ones on the
Gamon Will Save Us!
. We've broken down all the achievements by category and highlighted the ones with cool mount and title rewards below:
Players who complete
Glory of the Orgrimmar Raider
Reins of Galakras
. These achievements can be completed in Flex modes, and the meta achievement does not require heroic boss kills.
5.4's Ahead of the Curve achievements (
Ahead of the Curve: Garrosh Hellscream (10 player)
Ahead of the Curve: Garrosh Hellscream (25 player)
) also reward a mount:
Reins of the Kor'kron War Wolf
Active PvPers can get a
. This can be turned into Combatant Mount Quartermasters for a
Reins of the Vicious War Steed
Reins of the Vicious Warsaber
Reins of the Vicious Skeletal Warhorse
Horn of the Vicious War Wolf
For collecting twenty pet cats, you will get
Crazy for Cats
<Name> the Crazy Cat Lady
. To learn more about all the collectible cats, check out
5.4 PTR: Build 17314, Spell Changes, Spec-Specific Legendary Proc Values, and More
2013/08/17 at 9:40 AM
Amidst all the
yesterday, there was a pretty small new PTR build. There were no new items in this build--just a bunch of spell changes as part of Blizzard's tuning pass and a
handful of new spells
. For the most up-to-date official changes, check out the
5.4 PTR Patch Notes
One cool addition we found in this build was that the proc rates for legendary capes have been assigned unique values for each spec. You can check out what values each spec's proc is by visiting a cape's page and clicking on the various radio buttons. In addition, all of the proc rates scale with item level, so if you click on the Upgrade buttons, the proc will increase correctly as well.
Set Bonuses and Legendary Procs
Item - Druid T16 Guardian 2P Bonus
When Barkskin fades, Savage Defense is automatically activated, and a 4020[/i
5.4 PTR Patch Notes: Updated August 14th
2013/08/14 at 6:51 PM
Blizzard updated their 5.4 PTR Patch Notes tonight with many numbers/tuning changes for class abilities. If you're curious about changes to your class, check out Ghostcrawler's excellent
posted earlier this week for some insights into the process.
In addition to number changes, there are also several quality of life changes in the notes:
Drinking a duplicate flask with less than 15 minutes remaining will now extend the duration of the new flask by that amount.
Tank-spec classes now have a 40% reduced chance to activate procs from
Gong-Lu, Strength of Xuen
Fen-Yu, Fury of Xuen
Capacitive Primal Diamond
. You can check out the exact proc changes by going to the proc pages
Flurry of Xuen
Lightning Strike Charges Trigger
and selecting one of the tank spec radio buttons.
Indomitable Primal Diamond
's effect now grants a 20% damage reduction to all damage taken (up from only physical damage), and its activation rate has been doubled.
Only players with legendary capes can fight
, but this privilege is account-wide.
Click the cut for the complete patch notes!
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
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