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5.2 PTR: New 3D Models, Ability Effects, Rebuilt Capital Cities
2013/01/09 at 11:01 PM
Our Patch 5.2 coverage continues with a look at some new 3D Models, new abilities, and changes to Stormwind and Orgrimmar on the PTR. Lore and I were up late on the PTR making videos and taking screenshots of all the new things we could find. Be sure to check out our
other Build 16446 PTR post
covering new Tier 15 set bonuses, new items, and spell changes!
New and Revised Abilities
We've got a look at
for Resto druids,
Storm, Earth, and Fire
for Monks, and more!
got an overhaul for Resto Druids. When you cast it, it's a small Wild Mushroom, but as you heal with
, overheals will charge up the mushrooms to make them heal for more. The tooltip says it will cap at 100%, but as of right now on the PTR, they don't.
Storm, Earth, and Fire
: The Monk splits, summoning an elemental monks to attack the target. The Monk can split into up to 2 elemental monks at a time. Whenever the Monk deals
5.2 PTR - Build 16446 - Tier 15 Set Bonuses, New Pets, Items
2013/01/09 at 9:12 PM
It's time for the second 5.2 PTR build--the first was back in December! This build has all the Tier 15 set bonuses, 16 new mounts and pets, new reputation insignias, and more troll gear like
! Be sure to check out our
Build 16446 video and screenshot post
on new models, abilities, and rebuilt Stormwind and Orgrimmar.
Check out the latest additions!
There are eight new pets datamined in this build. We've included their location and flavor text from the Pet Journal:
: reward from Beasts of Fable, the new elite battle pet quest. "Cousin to the Snowy Panda, Mountain Pandas reside in the lower regions of Kun-Lai Summit."
: reward from Beasts of Fable, the new elite battle pet quest. "The white fur of the Snowy Panda allows it to hide in the snowbanks of Kun-Lai Summit.
Son of Animus
: drop from Throne of Thunder. "Forged in the Throne of Thunder, these tiny creations are servants of the great Dark Animus."
: reward from the quest "A
5.2 PTR: New Heirlooms, Future Item Upgrades, Ghostcrawler Tweets
2013/01/08 at 3:21 PM
Ghostcrawler has been using Twitter instead of the forums for a while, and recently he's been addressing a lot of class balance issues, as well as talking about the PTR.
The biggest announcement he's recently made was that new gear in 5.2 won't have Item Upgrade options, such as Throne of Thunder raid gear. Instead, Item Upgrades may be options for patches that do not have new raid content.
Is Item Upgrade going to be available for 5.2 Gear (e.g. Tyrannical PVP and Throne of Thunder). Thoughts on how well it works?
ATM, we are planning on no upgrading during 5.2. Too early to evaluate how well it worked. I'm sure it will need tweaking. I would think having higher ilevel would help a lot in the new content and will compete for a time with newer gear.
still no answer if VP will be reset/downgraded like in the past on 5.2's release?
I don't believe we have answered that yet.
Hi. Is valor pts upgrade system implemented only for in-between tiers period or also for new tiers one like in 5.2. ? Thanks.
Our plan at this mome
5.2 PTR: New Daily Quests
2013/01/05 at 12:34 PM
We've got the first batch of 5.2 daily quests to share with you and one thing is for certain--you'll be killing a lot of Trolls. The majority of datamined quests cover daily quests associated with two new factions, the Kirin-Tor Offensive and the Sunreaver Onslaught. Several of these quests are in a very early stage, between their jokey names or missing descriptions, but other offer details about the Loa, Zandalari lore developments, and the Mogu.
There's also some information on the areas in Isle of the Thunder King--the Bestiary of Jelek appears to be a center for Zandalari forces, while the Court of Bones is home to Mogu Sorcerers. And this patch's poop quest is found in Ihgaluk Crag, home to the Saurok.
We also found a weekly quest and raid quest tied to the upcoming 5.2 raid, Throne of Thunder:
The Crumbled Chamberlain
. You there! Assist me. In life I was the keeper of keys for his majesty, the Thunder King. For my dedication, I was condemned to this stone form, forever forced to watch over these keys. Someone has desecrated my glorious body and sent pieces of it across the island. The thought of spending an eternity without my
5.2 PTR: Isle of Giants, Transmog Weapon Restrictions Changed
2013/01/04 at 11:56 AM
Today we have a video by Lore of the
Isle of Giants
, the mysterious island to the north of
. This island is pretty abandoned for now, but has some lush jungle foliage and the world boss
, a huge dinosaur. You can read about
's abilties in our
Dungeon Journal preview
Transmog Weapon Restrictions Changed
Last month, Blizzard tweeted about possible transmog restrictions being lifted in 5.2:
Removing main-hand/off-hand Xmog restrictions maybe by 5.2. Also allowing Xmog of weaps w/ similar anims (2H axe/2H sword, etc).
Problem right now is fist weapons can be quite big, & Monk anims are detailed enough that these weapons cause bad art clipping.
I discussed w/ @Ghostcrawler & he's going to see if we can make polearm Xmog work for War/DK/Ret weapon types. Want to!
While transmogging Off Hand or Main Hand weapons to One Hand weapons wasn't possible on the PTR, we realized that over 600 Ma
5.2 PTR: New Spell Effects
2013/01/03 at 1:23 PM
Several new and redesigned abilities got interesting spell effects on the PTR, so we took screenshots and Lore made a video of them! Here's the ones we thought were the most interesting:
Ring of Peace
, Level 60
New Talent: Forms a sanctuary around the target for 8 sec, causing all enemies to be silenced and disarmed within 8 yards.
, Level 30 Brewmaster and Windwalker
ability: Clears you of all root, stun and fear effects and reduces the duration of future such effects by 60% for 6 sec. Nimble Brew can be cast while stunned or feared.
Marked for Death
, Level 90
New Talent (replaces Versatility): Mark the target, instantly generating 5 combo points on them. When the target dies, Marked for Death's cooldown is reset.
, Level 60
New Talent: Immediately teleport to a targeted location, leaving a shadow of yourself behind. Upon activating the effect a second time, or after 10 sec, you will return to your shadow's location.
, level 90
Redesigned Talent: A ranged attack that deals 1246 Physical damage to an enemy target. If the enemy is farther than
5.2 PTR Zone Preview: Isle of Giants, Isle of the Thunder King
2013/01/02 at 4:42 PM
The 5.2 PTR opened up today, and while it's still a work in progress, we have some visual previews of the new zones for you!
Isle of Giants
is a small tropical isle to the north of Kun-Lai Summit that features the new world boss,
, a troll dinosaur.
Isle of the Thunder King
is able to be explored in an incomplete scenario form.
Edit: as of 1/3, these scenarios have been locked, most likely to fix some bugs.
This is the location for the new 5.2 raid, new quest hubs featuring the Kirin Tor Offensive and Sunreaver Onslaught, a new world boss, a Lightning Forge used to craft weapons with distinctive or formerly-removed models, and a Shipyard, Main Courtyard, and Treasure Room.
Isle of Thunder
explored the Scenario version of
Isle of Thunder
. In his walkthrough of the zone, he speculates on what each visually-unique area is used for, based on the 5.2 PTR Patch Notes.
Click the cut to see the screenshots for the Isle of the Thunder King and Isle of Giants!
5.2 PTR Now Available to Play, PTR Patch Notes
2013/01/02 at 1:43 PM
The 5.2 PTR just opened up with level 90 premades available! We're really excited to be able to check out all the
cool things we datamined last month
and will be having more news up shortly! Right now it looks like at least two scenarios are open for each faction.
Check out our 5.2 PTR coverage so far:
5.2 PTR - Build 16408 - New Items, Spell Changes, Tier 15 Armor
New Troll Transmog Gear
Season 13 PvP Armor
Patch 5.2 Patch Note Preview
5.2 Raid and Scenario Preview
Click the cut to read the patch notes!
5.2 PTR: Raid and Scenario Preview, No New Dungeons
2012/12/29 at 11:23 AM
Today's 5.2 feature covers information about upcoming encounters--raid bosses and scenarios! While some bosses have incomplete entries so far and the loot tables aren't known yet, you can still get a sense of what the encounters are like with the Dungeon Journal. We think it's pretty neat that the Dungeon Journal is deliberately vague about
, a heroic-only encounter, by saying he's instead "shrouded in mystery"--brings back a sense of player discovery.
And as there's no new 5-player dungeons planned for the rest of MoP, we've highlighted our 5.2 scenario summaries to give you a taste of upcoming small-group content.
No New Dungeons in 5.2
People who read the
5.2 PTR Patch Note Preview
may have noticed that there was no mention of new 5-player dungeons. Zarhym clarified that this was intentional, as it would disrupt the current progression model.
LFR has taken the place of dungeons for gearing-up mid-expansion. While players enjoyed
at the end of Burning Crusade, in the current raid context, it's strange for a dungeon's loot to be on par with raid gear. Players were unhappy with how 4.3 dungeon loot was compa
Transmogrification Guides: Troll Armor (Updated for 5.4)
2012/12/28 at 11:23 AM
Patch 5.2 introduced
that bring back a ton of old troll designs, made inaccessible when the original versions of
were removed. We immediately thought what great transmog additions they would be for players!
The new version of
had some recolored weapons and armor, but they didn't match the original items. Plus, player favorites like
Ancient Amani Longbow
never made it into the new version of the instance.
was more extreme--the 5-piece sets from vanilla, often with surprisingly good itemization compared to Tier 1, were never put back in. While they aren't as eye-catching as the
armor, they hold sentimental value for a lot of players. Some distinctive weapons like
Fang of the Faceless
never made it back in either.
The majority of this lookalike gear was added in Patch 5.2 as zone drops from
Isle of Thunder
, but later patches have added a few pieces to fill in incomplete sets.
Check out the complete updated series of Transmogrification Guides:
5.2 PTR: Season 13 PvP Armor
2012/12/27 at 3:30 PM
Last week we posted many 3D models of
Tier 15 PvE armor coming in Patch 5.2
: this week we have most Season 13 PvP sets to share! Since most model names are called "Alliance" or "Horde," it looks like Blizzard may be implementing faction-themed PvP gear. While the Tier 9 PvE sets had different models for the Alliance and Horde, this hasn't been done for PvP since vanilla, before arena seasons were introduced.
Several sets have four color variations, so perhaps the lower ilvl PvP gear will look the same across factions, and the unique Alliance and Horde colors will be reserved for the Elite gear, similar to how
Reins of the Vicious War Steed
Horn of the Vicious War Wolf
are unique faction rewards for battleground dedication.
Shoulders have now been added to some PvP sets! Enjoy.
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:
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