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5.2 PTR: Season 13 Weapons, Faction-Specific 3D Models
2013/01/31 at 11:26 AM
There are now PvP vendors on the
latest PTR build
who sell all Season 13 gear for free in your Pandaria capital city. This includes Season 13 weapons, which we haven't previewed before!
The Season 13 weapons are ilvl 493 and have unique colors for both factions. Right now, only the Alliance vendor sells weapons, but if you change factions, you'll get the Horde equivalent. There are also additional datamined ilvl 513 elite weapons (purchasable after accumulating 27,000
) with recolored models.
Many weapons follow blue and red color schemes, but some also have specific details that make them match certain
Season 13 armor sets
. We've included screenshots of these complete outfits after the cut, as well as provided 3D models of all the new Season 13 weapons. (Note: several S13 weapons do not have new models yet--we've included them just for completion.)
Click on the images to view them in our 3D Modelviewer!
News Round Up: Elder Charms Rewarded from 5.2 Dailies
2013/01/20 at 10:29 AM
5.2 PTR: Elder Charms from Dailies
on twitter alerted Lore from TankSpot to the fact that some daily quest rewards can give you 1x
Elder Charm of Good Fortune
! These can appear in quests that reward
for Horde and
for Alliance, such as
Among the Bones
. Normally, you have to do 45+ dailies to get 3
Elder Charm of Good Fortune
per week. Check out our complete list of
5.2 datamined daily quests
PvP Cosmetic Enchant at 2200 Rating
Totally agree in principle,but I'm not sure we need to keep a hurdle in, and adversely affect the PvP game, just to give people something to shoot for. We'll have a cosmetically different enchant available at 2200 in 5.2, and going along those lines we're looking at what potential future cosmetic rewards we could add for various ratings in the future.
Ghostcrawler has posted many 5.2 class balance changes in the past few da
PvP Gear in 5.2 and Beyond
2013/01/17 at 8:16 PM
Blizzard just released a blog about PvP gear moving forward in Mists of Pandaria. They acknowledge that players who start early have an advantage, that there's a big gap between the power of Honor and Conquest Point gear, and that the 2200 rating requirement on gear creates a sharp gearing divide.
Here's how they plan to address issues in 5.2 and beyond:
2200 rating will be removed from all PvP gear.
Gear will be available in four tiers:
crafted Dreadful Gladiator
, ilvl 476 Malevolent Gladiator (Honor Points),
(Season 13 Conquest Points), and Elite Tyrannical (after 27,000 Conquest Points have been earned).
Team Rating will gradually increase during the season for teams and players that continue to compete in PvP.
Players in 5.3 will not need to meet the seasonal currency requirement to purchase Conquest Point weapons.
Once the seasonal currency amount is met in 5.3, players can purchase C
5.2 PTR: All Season 11 PvP Gear Available, Ghostcrawler on T15 Set Bonuses
2013/01/12 at 11:27 AM
Vendors selling all Season 11 Cataclysm PvP gear have been added to the PTR! This has been something hybrid players have been wanting in MoP for both PvP twinking and transmog reasons, since some items like
Cataclysmic Gladiator's Mooncloth Robe
were removed in MoP. Only straight DPS classes on live can finish their S11 sets.
PvP vendors and items tend to get shuffled around a lot each season, so here's a list of who is currently selling what on the PTR:
in the Dalaran sewers and
in Gadgetzan sell ilvl 352 S9 Vicious, ilvl 371 S10 Ruthless, and ilvl 390 S11 Cataclysmic armor sets and accessories.
in the Dalaran sewers and
in Gadgetzan sell
ilvl 359 S9 Vicious
ilvl 378 S10 Ruthless
ilvl 384 S11 Cataclysmic
now sell just S4 Brutal and S8 Wrathful items-on live servers,
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 5.1: Operation: Shieldwall and Dominance Offensive Guides
2012/11/29 at 11:51 AM
While 5.1 only introduces two new factions,
, they've got a lot of content attached to them--World PvP, rare spawns, daily quests, and achievements. We provided an
overview of these factions
in our Patch 5.1 guide, as well as links to all of our PTR coverage, but it's convenient to have all the information handy on one page as well.
In this guide you'll find:
How to get started and unlock these faction hubs.
Information on the World PvP areas.
Rare NPCs: their loot, locations, and abilities.
Reputation rewards: rare trinkets, epics, and mounts.
Daily quests: their quest hubs, reputation gains, and maps.
An overview of your faction's epic questline.
Rewards purchased from commissions: guard reinforcements, items that summon wild pets, NPCs that buff players.
Gear from the quartermasters has been repriced.
Sunsong Ranch now has [url=
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 Reputation Rewards, User of the Month
2012/11/09 at 3:11 PM
This latest PTR patch added rewards to
quartermasters! Rewards include ilvl 496 boots, rings, belts, and trinkets, as well as ilvl 458 trinkets, and commendation tokens (
Grand Commendation of Operation: Shieldwall
Grand Commendation of the Dominance Offensive
). The most interesting reward by far is
Grand Armored Wyvern
Grand Armored Gryphon
at Exalted. (Note: when these items were first datamined a few weeks ago, they had different stats and names, often appearing as duplicate copies of existing reputation rewards. If you are still seeing the old tooltips, try clearing your cache.)
To learn more about the new 5.1 reputation hubs, check out our
list of quests and rewards
User of the Month Program
With all the additions in 5.1 for you to comment on, we thought it would be a good time to update you on our participatory-based User of the Month Program. Congratulations to October's winner, user
, who won a $75 Razer gift card!
Blizzard Dev Notes, Patch 5.0.5 Hotfixes
2012/11/08 at 11:35 AM
Earlier this week, the Blizzard Community Team shared notes from weekly developer meetings to fansites! While this is a partial transcript as not all questions and answers can be shared with the public, there's a ton of useful information covering a wide breadth of topics and it's a neat to see what's discussed at dev meetings. We've summarized the highlights below, and be sure to check out (removed) the complete Q&A over at Wowjuju, as well as their extremely-useful (removed).
Several class issues and abilities were brought up:
pet storage, PvP Balance for
The instance creation cap can be dodged by resetting while inside the instance.
Challenge Mode mounts are intended to be account-wide.
Leaderboards are planned to not be reset this expansion.
Blizzard is happy with PvP vendors on the wall: map icons and in-game mail clarify their locations. The rewards from random Battlegrounds and dungeon bonuses were changed to fit the new reward structure in MoP. Discip
Dev Watercooler: Mists of Pandaria PvP
2012/10/31 at 11:06 AM
Update: A clarification regarding Stampede for Beast Mastery
s was added in after this blog was published
Class Balance Concerns -> BM Hunters
Update: We have just discovered a bug in which the debuff that makes Stampede pets weaker than normal pets was not being applied in Arenas. This helps explain why hunters could cause so much damage in Arenas but not in (say) the outdoor world or a dungeon environment.
<div class="detail"><p>Now that Mists of Pandaria has been out a few weeks, we wanted to let you all know what we consider working well in PvP, what we want to improve, and what’s coming down the pike. I’m going to split this up into three parts: a discussion of Matchmaking Rating (MMR), class balance concerns, and a sneak peek at some of our PvP plans.</p></br>
<p>As I’m sure you’re aware, the intent behind MMR is to match players by skill. This is accomplished by comparing an assigned number (MMR) that adjusts based on the relative MMR of t
5.1 PTR: New PvP Faction Rewards and Quests
2012/10/19 at 12:04 PM
The conflict between the Alliance and Horde is really heating up in 5.1. In the recent PTR patch, vendors were added in Krasarang Wilds that sell zone-specific PvP items, and we datamined a few more quest chains charting the story developments in this area.
(Edit: This article was updated 11/28 with finalized Commendation items and prices.)
To recap: there are new PvP hubs in Krasarang Wilds in 5.1 that have daily quests, charting the growing conflict between the Alliance and the Horde. Along with this, there are two new factions:
. Check out the
dailies for Operation: Shieldwall
dailies for the Dominance Offensive
, and Wowhead's
Krasarang Wilds PvP Rewards
As you quest in Krasarang's PvP areas, you'll loot commendations from enemy NPCs and players. These commendations are only acquired from looting--they are not quest rewards. Players can turn them into items that buff other pl
5.1 PTR: Brawler's Guild and New Krasarang Wilds PvP Hubs
2012/10/14 at 10:36 AM
Level 90 characters are working once again on the PTR, so we took a look at the new developments in Stormwind, Orgrimmar, and Krasarang Wilds. There's two major features that we found:
Krasarang Wilds PvP Hubs
. From what we've seen, it looks like the Alliance is getting a lot of love when it comes to these new areas that show off combat and PvP skills--their areas show that they've rebounded from Theramore.
Krasarang Wilds: New PvP Hubs
A large part of 5.1 is about the Alliance and Horde conflict escalating to the point where they've set up military bases on the shores of Krasarang Wilds.
Two new reputations have been added as a result:
for the Alliance and
for the Horde.
The Alliance hub is located at
in the east, and the Horde hub is located at
to the far west.
Each base has objectives for the enemy team to capture like graveyards and towers, commissions to earn that can recruit guards to protect your new territory, and daily quests.
Controlling various areas rewards different buffs (and sorry, no f
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