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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 email@example.com, 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
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