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5.3 PTR: Hidden Brawler's Guild Items, Tom Chilton Interview
2013/05/17 at 11:08 AM
In addition to the new Brawler's Guild bosses coming with Ranks 9 and 10 in Patch 5.3, there are twelve special bosses which each require players doing something creative to unlock.
First, players must find a special item, such as
The Bear and the Lady Fair
. Each item has a unique source.
These items start quests asking the player to return these item to the Brawler's Guild, like
A Tale of Romance and Chivalry
Once at the Brawler's Guild, you will then fight the boss associated with the item, in quests like
The Bear and the Lady Fair
Beating the boss for the first time will reward you with a significant amount of gold like
Overflowing Sack of Coins
, and a themed vanity shirt like
You can now purchase that boss' Challenge Card and fight them again as much as you like.
Challenge Cards are a new addition to the Brawler's Guild--players can purchase them to fight any boss they've already faced.
Here are some of the interesting quest sources recently brought to our attention:
Users participating in Battlefield: Barrens can purchase
Raptorhide Boxing Gloves
. Users can get one a week from
5.3 PTR Patch Notes (Updated May 14th), Build 16954
2013/05/14 at 5:35 PM
yesterday's new 5.3 PTR build
, we've got the official updated 5.3 PTR notes today. There's nothing too drastic in the notes, as the PTR has been relatively quiet for a week or two.
Several class changes, including increased cooldowns on some Hunter pet crowd-control abilities, and the reversal of recent DK Unholy nerfs.
Lava Burst deals 25% more damage.
Reborn Blacksmithing weapons can now use an
Eye of the Black Prince
There was also a small PTR build today, in which Lava Burst's cooldown went from 1.5 seconds to 2 seconds to match the description in the PTR notes:
You hurl molten lava at the target, dealing 1382 to 1775 Fire damage. Lava Burst will always deal a critical strike. If your Flame Shock is on the target, Lava Burst will deal 50% additional damage.
5.3 PTR Patch Note Additions
no longer benefits from the damage increase granted by
Tricks of the Trade
5.3 PTR: Build 16946 -- Spell Changes and More
2013/05/13 at 5:28 PM
A new 5.3 PTR build is coming soon--Blizzard
tweeted earlier today
that 5.3 isn't coming this week, so enjoy some more class tweaks in the meantime!
There aren't too many new things in this build, except for a few Seesaw-related spells, like
Talents and Specialization
An instant attack that deals 175%200% weapon damage plus 540 and increases the duration of your Blood Plague, Frost Fever, and Chains of Ice effects on the target by up to 6 sec.
An unholy strike that deals 165%135% of weapon damage as Physical damage plus 597. In addition, for each of your diseases on your target, you deal an additional 25% of the Physical damage done as Shadow damage.
Mists of Pandaria Mahjong Set, Quest for Epic Boots in 5.3
2013/05/07 at 11:19 AM
Path of the Last Emperor
In 5.3, players who have completed the
step in the Barrens can head back to Pandaria, learn about the continent more with an old scholar, and get rewarded with some ilvl 502 boots!
The Old Seer
: Locate Seer Hao Pham Roo on the slopes of Mount Neverest in Kun-Lai Summit.
Hellscream is using Pandaria's secrets to wage war against the world - and even his own people. Is this really what the last pandaren emperor had in mind when he cloaked the continent in mists? And why did the mists suddenly disappear? I must have answers! In my travels, I met an old scholar, an expert on the last emperor. Please, seek out Seer Hao Pham Roo. Last we spoke, he was planning to retrace the emperor's steps by scaling Mount Neverest... but he was far too old to attempt such a climb.
Path of the Last Emperor
: Attach the climbing rope to each Rope Anchor along the path to help Seer Hao Pham Roo reach Seeker's Point.
In his time of uncertainty, the last emperor walked a lonely path up this mountain, until he had at last found his answers. I am here to walk the same path, and it seems you have questions of y
5.3 PTR: Build 16911 - Spell Changes and More, Blizzard's Scenario Preview
2013/05/02 at 2:34 PM
A small 5.3 PTR build is coming soon, with some changes for
. PvP Dev Holinka also clarified
now will be 50% against players, and 100% for mobs.
Blizzard also posted a lore overview this afternoon of the four new scenarios coming in Patch 5.3, as well as details on heroic scenarios. Check out our previews, including achievements and fun zone buffs like
Power Word: Arrrr
The Secrets of Ragefire, Battle on the High Seas
Blood in the Snow, Dark Heart of Pandaria
Click the cut to see the PTR spell changes and scenario blog!
5.3 PTR: New Achievements and Rewards
2013/05/01 at 11:55 AM
Fifty new achievements are coming in Patch 5.3, and some have titles, pets, and mounts as rewards! We've highlighted the cool rewards you can get and listed all the new achievements by category.
Mounts and Pets
Raiding with Leashes II: Attunement Edition
and collecting the 10 new battle pets from Burning Crusade raids, players get
. To learn more about battle pets in the patch, check out our
5.3 Battle Pet Preview
For winning 250 pet battles,
Brutal Pet Brawler
, players get
Players who have collected 200 mounts,
, get an
Armored Blue Dragonhawk
Armored Red Dragonhawk
Completing the meta-achievement for the new battleground,
Master of Deepwind Gorge
, rewards the title
. To learn more about Deepwind Gorge, check out Blizzard's battlegrou
5.3 Scenarios: Secrets of Ragefire and Battle on the High Seas
2013/04/27 at 1:16 PM
scenarios tied into the main 5.3: Escalation questline
, there are two more scenarios coming in 5.3.
The Secrets of Ragefire
features the Goblin-only Gob Squad investigating mysterious disappearances in Durotar, while
Battle on the High Seas
is a naval battle between the Alliance and Horde.
Both scenarios feature numerous vanity touches and fun buffs like
Power Word: Arrrr
. There's some spoilers, so we're putting the details of the scenarios behind a cut!
Check out our other 5.3 Scenario coverage:
Blood in the Snow and Dark Heart of Pandaria
Heroic Scenario Overview
Click the cut to read more about 5.3 scenarios!
5.3 PTR: Build 16896, Pet Battle Spectator Mode, Brawler's Guild Video
2013/04/26 at 12:24 PM
There's a really small new build coming to the PTR soon--only three spells. We've included the spell changes below, as well as some more interesting details on the Brawler's Guild and Pet Battle Spectator Mode also on the 5.3 PTR.
MothranMothallus gathers for a silk barrage.
This section has not been analyzed extensively by our team but is included for people interested in seeing what has changed in these areas.
Grants 1258 haste for 20 sec.
Your damaging attacks and abilities have a chance to grant 1258 haste for 20 sec.
In this video by Lore, we're taking a look at some of the Brawler's Guild features coming in 5.3, most notably new special areas only Rank 8 players can access! Lore also provides an overview of the new rewards as well as the additional bosses, getting some f
5.3 PTR - Build 16888 - Spell Changes, 5.2 Hotfixes
2013/04/24 at 8:40 PM
A new build is coming to the 5.3 PTR very soon--check out the latest version of the
5.3 PTR Patch Notes
, updated April 22nd, to see what's been a confirmed change. Some datamined changes reflect the Patch Note changes to spells like
healing more players in 25-player instances.
There were only few additions in this build--Murkimus got an upgrade,
Murkimus' Tyrannical Spear
, and two new Tournament Arena Realm achievements were added,
Tournament Participation 2013
Tournament Glory 2013
Check out the latest additions!
There was also a single hotfix added to the 5.2 Hotfix Blog yesterday--but it's pretty big if you like killing world bosses.
Fixed an issue where bonus rolls on
did not work properly for players coalesced from a different realm.
Click the cut for the 5.3 spell changes!
5.3 PTR Patch Notes - April 22 Updates, Lesser Charms and World Boss Loot Hotfix
2013/04/22 at 1:59 PM
The 5.3 PTR Patch Notes were updated today. Big changes include the following:
Experience needed from 85-90 was reduced by 33%.
Pandaren Spirit Pet Supplies now has a chance to drop a family specific rare Battle-Stone.
Completing the Challenge mode daily quest now awards a Heroic Cache of Treasures with a chance to contain an epic item!
Protection for bad luck streaks have been added to Battle-Stones from pet supplies bags and wild battles. Each bag or battle that does not provide a stone has a progressively better chance to award a stone to the player.
Reduced the number of Lesser Charms of Good Fortune needed for the Mogu Runes of Fate weekly quest to 50, down from 90. Edit: Seems like the Lesser Charms of Good Fortune change got sped up a bit--it's a hotfix happening late tonight!
Numerous class changes, including
now targeting 12 raid members when used in a 25-player instance.
Many trinkets have had their on-use effects reduced, but their duration increased, when used in a Battleground or Arena.
Lesser Charms and World Boss Loot Hotfixes
Two big changes are coming via hotfixes soon--Mogu Runes of Fate require 50 Lesser Charm
5.3 PTR: Legendary Questline and Celestial Capes Preview
2013/04/22 at 12:13 PM
covered last week
, parts of the 5.3 legendary questline have been datamined, with ilvl 600 capes as rewards for defeating one of the four celestials. Today we're taking a closer look at
Chapter IV: Celestial Blessings
, including datamined quests, transcripts of audio between Wrathion and the Celestials, and the distinctive 3D Models for the capes.
5.3 Legendary Quests
sends you to talk to Wrathion after the defeat of the Thunder King.
The Thunder King is dead, and his instruments of oppression are being picked over by the Alliance and Horde for their own ends.
We come now to the climax of the pandaren campaign. Hellscream's machinations have brought the Alliance down on his head - but even more importantly, he's fractured the unity of the Horde. As the Pandaren say: "The Wok is Hot." Something is about to give, and all of our work comes down to this.
I need time to plan. See me as soon as your faction is ready to make its move!
: You must defeat one of the four celestials--each Celestial's challenge is designed
Ask the Devs—5.3 PTR Edition
2013/04/19 at 10:09 AM
Ask the Devs
covers PvP in Patch 5.3. There are some big changes in store, including an ilvl 496 cap in arena and RBGs, as well as resilience removed from all current PvP gear. Players asked questions about the following topics:
PvP Item Level Cap: since all gear will scale down to 496 in arenas and RBGs, players were concerned about PvE trinkets with strong procs, and if the feeling of excitement is now gone when you buy/upgrade gear.
Resilience: Players now get 65% base resilience, and resilience is removed from all current PvP gear. However, PvP resilience remains on heirlooms as well as gems and enchants, but may change in the future. Tank flag carriers now take additional damage in battlegrounds as a way to discourage PvE-geared tank flag carriers.
Rewards and Incentives: Elite gear is now meant to be a vanity reward, similar to the Challenge Mode transmog sets. The team agrees that there's room for more PvP rewards in between, such as a reward for winning 50 Battlegrounds.
Class Changes: Players were most curious about changes to
(requires a four second cast time, is attackable), and
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