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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:
5.2 PTR - Build 16408 - New Items, Spell Changes, Tier 15 Armor
2012/12/21 at 6:49 PM
It looks like Blizzard is really keeping their promise of the PTR being more rapid. A PTR patch just hit and it's full of new stuff, welcoming 5.2 onto the PTR right before the holidays! Fun stuff includes dinosaur mounts, new Tier 15 armor models, and Darkmoon Faire hats that grant experience boosts.
Click here to see the latest additions
The new raid,
Throne of Thunder
, is coming! All
bosses were revealed:Horridon:
The Zandalari brought powerful creatures with them to the Isle of the Thunder King to use as engines of war. Led by the War-God Jalak, the dinomancers of the Zandalari Beast Ward use ancient tribal magics to strengthen the great beasts and command obedience. The horns of Horridon, the fabled mount of Jalak himself, can tear through the stone walls of a keep as a blade cuts silk.
An ancient giant turtle.
An ancient multi-headed hydra lurking beneath the waters.
Primordius: Deep within the bowels of Lei Shen's island citadel, mogu flesh-shapers formed the saurok out of a magical substance of unknown origi
Wowhead's Patch 5.1 Guide
2012/11/27 at 1:32 PM
Patch 5.1 is live today and we've got you covered on all the changes! While there's no new raids or dungeons this patch, there's plenty of things to keep players busy. There's a completely new way to increase the ilvl of your gear, new factions to grind reputation with for gear and mounts, dozens of new pets to collect, and solo PvE challenges with the Brawler's Guild. And if you've been curious to get back to the conflict between the Alliance and the Horde, new questlines and scenarios will cover these factions clashing on the shores of Pandaria.
We've got summaries of all the new content below, as well as links to blue posts and Wowhead's comprehensive PTR coverage.
Patch Notes and Overview
Two new factions
offer new gear rewards and mounts while developing the Alliance and Horde conflict in Krasarang Wilds.
permanently increase the ilvl of their gear
through currency. Wowhead has developed several tools to display these stat increases for you.
The Brawler's Guild lets
players fight challenging solo bosses
for vanity rewards and achievements.
Five new scenar
5.1 PTR: Battle Pet Additions and Improvements
2012/11/24 at 11:40 AM
We're done a lot of coverage recently on things like the new
. However, if you want to do something a bit more relaxing in the patch, there's numerous pet battle additions and improvements in store!
Today's post highlights everything related to pet battles in 5.1--new pets to capture, UI improvements, Battle Stones, and more. And if you're looking for tools to help with pet battles on live, check out Wowhead's
Battle Pet Maps
, and all the great information at
Several new wild pets have been added, mostly to fill out pet families that were scarce on capturable pets, like Mechanicals and Dragonkin. Click
for a full list
5.1 PTR: New Daily Quests
2012/11/23 at 11:25 AM
Since we can't get enough of dailies on live, we're previewing the new faction dailies available in 5.1! The Alliance and Horde have landed on the shores of Krasarang Wilds, set up camp, and need your help in defeating the enemy.
(This has been updated as of 11/28 with further daily specifics.)
offer 5+ daily quests, which can either send you to your faction's base, your enemy's base, contested areas such as the Ogudei Shrine (
) or Blacksmith Oilfield (
), or along the Krasarang shore. If you turn in many commendations (gotten from looting enemy NPCs), you can purchase items like
Sturdy Crab Crate
which start a short quest series and give you a 30 minute buff upon completion. Check out our complete list of commendation rewards, which do cool things like buff your allies or fortify your base,
There are four possible quest hubs you will be sent to: you can get 900 reputation a day before
Grand Commendation of Operation: Shieldwall
and other reputation bonuses are taken into effect. You can also do an additional Beastmaster group quest for +200 reputation.
Each daily quest gives [currency=396
5.1 PTR: New Rare Spawns, Black Friday Sale
2012/11/21 at 12:04 PM
For those of who you love rare spawns, 5.1 adds several more for
I'm In Your Base, Killing Your Dudes
! Each hub in Krasarang Wilds has three rare NPCs that the opposing faction can kill for sweet rewards.
Champion of Arms:
. Located at their base's walls, by the entrance.
: Leaps to players out of range.
: Inflicts 60% of the target's health as Physical damage along a line in front of the caster.
Champion of the Light:
. Located inside their respective bases, close to their main fortresses.
Wrath of the Light
Champion of the Shadows:
Ubunti the Shade
. Respectively be found on the Alliance docks/Domination Point Tower.
: Inflicts 60% of the target's health as Physical damage for players at range.
: Stuns players in melee for 3 seconds.
: Appears from up to 20 yards away.
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5.1 PTR: Legendary and Faction Quests
2012/11/20 at 11:51 AM
Since we last covered new quests in 5.1, there's been some big updates we wanted to share about legendary and faction quests. We datamined some possible rewards for the legendary chain in 5.1, including new gems and sockets. We also pieced together more of the epic 5.1 faction questlines and now know that they reward players with a mount!
There are upgraded versions of legendary gems:
Refined Crystallized Dread
Refined Crystallized Horror
Refined Crystallized Terror
Eye of the Black Prince
allows you to add another gem socket to your Sha-Touched weapon, similar to
Living Steel Belt Buckle
. These are for regular gems, not additional legendary gems.
Since we last covered the datamined quests, Blizzard has trimmed down the PvP requirements. Instead of winning 10 Battlegrounds, you only have to win one in
Temple of Kotmogu
Two achievements have been added:
A Test of Valor
A Test of Valor
requires you to obtain 6000 Valor Points, and
Chapter II: Wrathion's War
Chapter II: Wrathion's War
is for completing all of Wrathion's 5.1 quests.
The Measure of a Leader
: Speak with Wrathion at the Tavern in the Mists.
The Prince's Pursuit
: Kill Horde forces along the southern shores o
New Item Upgrade System in 5.1, WoW's 8th Anniversary, BWC Coverage
2012/11/19 at 11:23 AM
While 5.1 has a handful of new gear from reputation rewards, the majority of gear upgrades in 5.1 will come through a new currency-based upgrade system. Players can permanently increase the ilvl of their 458+ gear (both armor and weapons) by visiting a new Ethereal and cashing in spare currency.
Wowhead has created several tools for item upgrades:
Each item's page has toggle options to display upgraded stats.
An Upgrade column has been added to search result pages. This displays all the upgrade versions for an item in icon form, similar to dynamic quest rewards. Mousing over these icons will display the upgraded versions.
A new search filter has been added: "Can Be Upgraded" under General.
Advanced tooltip code
has been added so you can display a specific upgraded item's tooltip.
Read more about all the features here
New Vol'jin Scenario, 5.1 PTR Patch Notes Updated
2012/11/14 at 1:50 PM
The Horde is getting some new scenarios in 5.1--today we're taking a look at the new Vol'jin one,
Dagger in the Dark
. We previewed
two new Alliance scenarios
this past weekend, so if you're team Varian, check them out!
Patch 5.1 PTR notes were also just updated--we've included the new parts below. Of note:
Brawler's Guild invitations can now drop from select Horde and Alliance NPCs.
Spirit of Harmony
can now be purchased for 600
at the Conquest Quartermaster.
Level 90 players can now queue for
via the PvP tab to battle one another in these epic conflicts.
Dagger in the Dark
Vol'jin is ordered by the Horde to investigate the origins of the Saurok. He's not too happy to discover that the Mogu created them from dark magic, but Garrosh's loyal guards are thrilled by this discovery--they want to create an army of corrupted warriors, similar to the Mogu.
Raid Preview: Terrace of Endless Spring
2012/11/13 at 10:09 AM
A small PTR patch hit servers early this morning, and while we thought at first that the Darkmoon Faire trinkets were nerfed, it turns out that they are
)--the mechanisms behind displaying the procs were simply changed to help with scaling mechanics in 5.1. (It's a bit complicated, but most trinkets default display a base ilvl 463 proc you'd get in a Challenge Mode, and are then scaled accordingly on tooltips for higher ilvl items. Full details in
No! Bad! Stop pointing to data-mined content as fact. The change that got picked up was actually an adjustment to Darkmoon Card trinkets for Challenge Mode stat scaling.
The other notable addition was
A Test of Valor
, requiring players working on the legendary chain to earn 6000 Valor Points. We've got the full list of spell changes underneath the cut.
Terrace of Endless Spring
5.1 PTR: New Alliance Scenarios - Lion's Landing, A Little Patience
2012/11/10 at 12:33 PM
The latest PTR patch opened up new scenarios for the Alliance and the Horde. Today we'll take a look at the two Alliance ones--"A Little Patience" and "Lion's Landing." In these scenarios, you help the Alliance defeat the Horde, in spite of being at a disadvantage, by using teamwork and organization.
, the Alliance find their base under attack by the Horde. Players work with SI:7 and other Alliance NPCs from Jade Forest questlines to defeat them.
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