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5.4 PTR Patch Notes: Updated July 18th
2013/07/18 at 8:57 PM
The 5.4 PTR Patch Notes were just updated by Blizzard. Here's the highlights:
The Timeless Isle is now open for testing, and we just
put up a preview
of everthing in the zone!
Highlights of Class Changes
now increases Stamina contribution from cloth and leather items by 40% (up from 20%).
: Rushing Jade Wind replaces
Spinning Crane Kick
. The Monk summons a whirling tornado around them, dealing damage to nearby enemies (heals nearby allies for Mistweavers). Rushing Jade Wind lasts twice as long as
Spinning Crane Kick
, is instant, and not channeled.
: Mastery: Frostburn has been replaced by
. When the Mage damages an enemy with their
, and the Water Elemental's
, (12% + 1.5% per Mastery) of the damage done is stored as an Icicle for 15 seconds. Up to 5 Icicles can be stored at once. Casting
launches all stored Icicles at the target.
for Holy Paladins can now be active on more than one target at a time, but the talent now costs mana, and h
5.4 PTR: Timeless Isle Zone Preview, BoA Epic Loot, Pets, and World Bosses
2013/07/18 at 8:12 PM
is finally open for testing on the 5.4 PTR! It's a mysterious island to the east of the Jade Forest, where in a refreshing change of pace, players can acquire vanity items and gear
There's a new pet tournament on the
, as well as mini-Celestial battle pets to acquire.
Epic ilvl 496 Timeless Gear can be acquired by looting rare chests, killing mobs, and turning in
. These items, like
, have random stats, and the armor token that creates them,
Timeless Cloth Robes
, is BoA, meaning you can send these to your alts for gearing up! There are also ilvl 535 versions, tagged as Timeless, of these same items--perhaps
Burden of Eternity
will be involved.
There's hardly any daily quests, just one--
A Timeless Question
--in which you answer questions about Azeroth's lore.
In addition to selling gear tokens, there's vendors that have rare-spawn nameplates that sell
"Dapper Gentleman" Costume
and despawn after a period of time.
Tons of rare elites to kill, as well as chests to loot.
is also home to Celestial world bosses, needed for Wrathion's questli
5.4 PTR: Build 17205, New Glyphs, Battle Pets, and More
2013/07/17 at 5:56 PM
Busy week for 5.4 PTR patches, we've got another today after
Monday's that had new titles and legendary procs
. Today's PTR build includes new battle pets from dungeons and raids, glyphs, and some more vanity items.
Check out the latest additions!
Elixir of Wandering Spirits
: Take on the form of a Golden Lotus hero.
Xal'atoh, Desecrated Image of Gorehowl
: new version of Gorehowl
Qian-Ying, Fortitude of Niuzao
now has expertise instead of dodge.
Tons of new battle pets:
Azure Crane Chick
Death Adder Hatchling
Droplet of Y'Shaarj
Many new potential glyph spells were datamined recently, and a few of them now have item versions, implying they can be crafted and/or tested on the PTR, like
Glyph of Inspired Hymns
Glyph of the Skeleton
5.4 PTR: Proving Grounds Now Testable
2013/07/16 at 3:11 PM
The Proving Grounds are now testable on the 5.4 PTR! As we
, Proving Grounds are solo challenges that both allow new players to learn a new role in a comfortable setting, or seasoned players to try something difficult and competitive.
Proving Grounds allow users to select Tank, Healer, or DPS challenges. You can queue up from class trainers, or
Trial Master Rotun
who is by Flaskataur or Temple of the White Tiger.
Proving Grounds does have some similarities to Brawler's Guild in that they're solo challenges, but Proving Grounds lets you privately learn a role without people watching you fail on the sidelines, plus there are challenges for all specs. In addition, gear plays much less of a role in Proving Grounds success--all gear is scaled down to ilvl 463, like it is in Challenge Modes.
Once inside Proving Grounds, there are vendors that offer various amenities:
for Jewelcrafting supplies,
is a reforger, and
sells basic food.
Olivia tested out the Proving Grounds on the PTR--che
5.4 PTR: Proving Grounds Preview
2013/07/15 at 11:05 AM
Blizzard just posted a blog introducing an exciting feature coming in Patch 5.4--Proving Grounds. In Proving Grounds, players can try out new roles in a safe environment (no PuGs being angry you failed at something new), or push their limits on high-difficulty settings.
Your gear will be scaled down so it's purely about skill, and depending on the role you choose, you'll be faced with combat mechanics similar to what's in a dungeon, with both friendly NPCs assisting you as well as vendors, soulwells, reforgers, and more inside! You don't even have to worry about durability when dying.
For completing various challenges, you'll be awarded achievements on Bronze, Silver, and Gold difficulty. An Endless Wave difficulty setting is in place for those who want competitive scores (like
Proving Yourself: Endless Tank (Wave 30) (Level 90)
Proving Grounds are now testable on the PTR! Simply go to the Temple of the White Tiger to queue up.
Click the cut to read Blizzard's preview!
5.4 PTR: Build 17191 - Legendary Procs, New Titles, Tier 16 Armor, Glyphs
2013/07/15 at 10:50 AM
A new PTR build is coming soon! There's details on the Blizzard Store, some changed set bonuses, titles for killing Garrosh, as well as tons of shaman vanity glyphs like
. Legendary cape procs were also tweaked:
Spirit of Chi-Ji
now redistributes overhealing, and
Endurance of Niuzao
doesn't function if you're not tank-specced.
For the latest official patch notes, check our
5.4 PTR Patch Notes: Updated July 12
Check out the latest additions!
More Timeless Isle items:
Timeless Plate Armor Cache
Timeless Mail Armor Cache
Timeless Leather Armor Cache
Timeless Cloth Armor Cache
Pouch of Timeless Coins
New trinkets, categorized as "Timeless:"
Alacrity of Xuen
Discipline of Xuen
Resolve of Niuzao
Contemplation of Chi-Ji
Cursed Swabby Helmet
: Transform into a Cursed Hozen Swabby, able to breath under water and swim 200% faster.
Achievements and titles are in place for killing Garrosh on Normal difficulty. Horde gets
Liberator of Orgrimmar
and the Liberator of Orgrimmar title, Alliance gets
Conqueror of Orgrimmar
and the Conqueror of Orgr
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