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Patch 5.2: Guide to Profession Changes
2013/03/01 at 11:53 AM
Many professions are getting big changes and additions in Patch 5.2. In this guide, we've broken down all the major changes to all the professions, including new vanity items, reagents, and crafted gear.
has the most changes, but there's also a new "Fish of the Day" event, a new archaeology race, and many recipes covering ilvl 522 raid gear and ilvl 458 PvP armor.
We do have one sad announcement to make--
, an Engineering pet, is
not coming in 5.2
. Previously he was included in the PTR Pet Journal and PTR characters got level 25 rare versions of him.
A new race is added in 5.2--the Mantid. There are eight common solves and two rare solves (
Mantid Sky Reaver
Sonic Pulse Generator
Mantid digsites can pop up normally on the map, or
Mantid Artifact Sonic Locator
can help things along.
There are seventeen new achievements--
History of the Mantid
is the most notable.
Mantid Archaeology Fragment
are used for the new Mantid solves, and
Mantid Amber Sliver
are the keystones.
For full details, check out our 5.2 archa
5.2 PTR: New Achievements Preview
2013/02/25 at 11:41 AM
Patch 5.2 has over 100 new achievements, covering raiding, questing, PvP, and more! Several of these new achievements even have mounts or titles associated with them.
We've provided an overview of all the new achievements, broken down by topic. Here's a taste of what to expect:
Throne of Thunder meta-drake achievements, for
Reins of the Armored Skyscreamer
, and achievements for killing various bosses.
Raid-related Feats of Strength, such as
Ahead of the Curve: Grand Empress Shek'zeer
Completing various achievements around the phased questing zone
Isle of Thunder
achievements for the Mantid solves.
Several PvP achievements including
for a new battleground title.
I've Got 9999 Problems but a Bone-White Primal Raptor Ain't One
, which defies categorization but is a Feat of Strength for grinding out the awesome
Reins of the Bone-White Primal Raptor
on the Isle of Giants[/
News Round Up: Updated 5.2 Patch Notes, Preparing for PvP in 5.2, Blizzard Store Sale
2013/02/13 at 8:05 AM
Blizzard just posted a very useful PvP blog for 5.2 preparations, reminding users of these important changes:
Rating requirements will be removed from PvP gear.
Malevolent Gladiator’s gear will be available for purchase with Honor Points.
A new tier of Conquest Point gear will be added that becomes available once 27000 Conquest Points have been earned for the season.
Currently, users can choose between upgrading some Malevolent Gladiator items while you still can with Conquest Points, or saving up and buying the 5.2 versions with Honor as soon as the patch hits. Unlike yesterday's blog
covering how Valor Points won't be downgraded to Justice
, Conquest Points will be downgraded to Honor when 5.2 starts.
There's also been some class changes from February 11th, that were posted to the EU forums this morning.
Finally, there's a huge Blizzard sale going on--all World of Warcraft games are 70% off!
Click the cut to read the PvP blog, patch note updates, and details on the huge Blizzard Store sale!
5.2 PTR: Single-Player Loot-Grabbing Scenario, Ghostcrawler on PvP
2013/02/04 at 11:06 AM
We've got a more current preview of this scenario
, now with harmful NPCs and traps present!
5.2 Single-Player Loot-Grabbing Scenario
On Blizzard's recent
Patch 5.2 Preview
page, they describe a "single-player loot-grabbing scenario," otherwise known as the
. This was recently viewable in a rough state on the PTR, and while we queued up and tested it out, we weren't quite sure what its purpose was until Blizzard's announcement!
It appears that
Troves of the Thunder King
is the zone for the single-player scenario and the steps are as follows:
Stage 1 – Speak to Taoshi
You will only have a limited amount of time to gather as much treasure as you can. Speak to Taoshi when you're ready to begin.
Final Stage – Reach the Exit
Grab as much treasure as you can and reach the exit before the timer expires.
To access the
, your server must have unlocked part of the
Isle of Thunder
Season 13 PvP Gear: 3D Models, Set Bonuses, Items
2013/02/02 at 11:47 AM
All Season 13 gear is now purchasable for free on the 5.2 PTR and we've got all of the items in our database! We've made a preview of all the new sets including their 3D models, updated set bonuses, and links to all items organized by type.
As we've noted before, there are different colors for ilvl 493 Alliance and Horde sets, as well as an ilvl 512 Elite set. In contrast to past seasons, S13 Elite armor can be purchased without rating--but only after you've accumulated 27,000
To learn more about 5.2 items, check out our preview of
Season 13 Weapons
Tier 15 Itemsets
Note: Sets currently have bugged pants. Check out the full set
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
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