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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
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