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Ask the Devs—5.3 PTR Edition
2013/04/19 at 10:09 AM
Ask the Devs
covers PvP in Patch 5.3. There are some big changes in store, including an ilvl 496 cap in arena and RBGs, as well as resilience removed from all current PvP gear. Players asked questions about the following topics:
PvP Item Level Cap: since all gear will scale down to 496 in arenas and RBGs, players were concerned about PvE trinkets with strong procs, and if the feeling of excitement is now gone when you buy/upgrade gear.
Resilience: Players now get 65% base resilience, and resilience is removed from all current PvP gear. However, PvP resilience remains on heirlooms as well as gems and enchants, but may change in the future. Tank flag carriers now take additional damage in battlegrounds as a way to discourage PvE-geared tank flag carriers.
Rewards and Incentives: Elite gear is now meant to be a vanity reward, similar to the Challenge Mode transmog sets. The team agrees that there's room for more PvP rewards in between, such as a reward for winning 50 Battlegrounds.
Class Changes: Players were most curious about changes to
(requires a four second cast time, is attackable), and
PvP Gear in Patch 5.3
2013/03/25 at 8:04 PM
Blizzard just posted a highly-anticipated blog on PvP in Patch 5.3. There are several controversial changes:
The biggest change is that all gear in all Battlegrounds and Arenas will be scaled down to ilvl 496, which is the level of Season 13 Conquest Gear.
Resilience will also be removed from all gear, although it will remain on gems and enchantments--to compensate for this, all level 85+ players will have 65% base resilience. PvP Power will remain on all gear.
Since gear above ilvl 496 will be scaled down, Elite items will be primarily cosmetic rewards instead of powerful PvP armor.
Battle Fatigue will increase to make PvP gear superior for healers.
Other changed described during 5.2's PTR are still in place, namely that the 7,250
requirement for weapons will be waived in 5.3, and a catch-up mechanism will be implemented so newer players can earn more points per week. If you've gotten over 25,000
, you can also purchase Tyrannical gear for Honor.
As for the ilvl 496 scaling--many players felt that having multiple tiers of PvP gear in 5.2 led to an uneven playing field. Item Upgrades were removed from PvP gear for this reason, and keeping overpowered ilvl
News Roundup: Increased Spawn Rate for Oondasta, Ra'sha's Sacrificial Dagger Nerfed
2013/03/20 at 12:18 PM
Today's roundup covers an increased spawn rate for
, some clarifications on PvP gear, and interesting discussions on dailies in Patch 5.2 and
Shan'ze Ritual Stone
Several users have already reported this on
's page, but everyone's favorite dinosaur now more frequently respawns. If you haven't tried
yet, he's located on the
Isle of Giants
and drops ilvl 522 loot with dinosaur-themed names.
Agreed, this is an amazing fight of epic proportions and really tiny arms. We definitely want players to have more chances to experience it. The epicness should be about fighting it, not about finding when it spawns, even though that can also be somewhat fun as long as the timer is not so long that it gets frustrating.
You should be able to find Mr. “Tiny Hands”
a bit more often now.
Ra'sha's Sacrificial Dagger
As covered in the
hotfixes from last night
Ra'sha's Sacrificial Dagger
is now on a 30 minute cooldown instead of a 5 minute cooldown.
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Patch 5.2 News: Season 13 Begins, Trinket Changes, Live Ghostcrawler Interview
2013/03/13 at 1:42 PM
Today's news covers the start of Season 13 PvP, and some details on the
trinket hotfixes from yesterday
that are designed to smooth out unlucky proc situations from players.
Season 13 Has Begun
PvP Season 13 for World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria has begun! Team and Personal Ratings have been reset and players can once again take to the Arenas and Rated Battlegrounds to test their mettle.
The bid for PvP supremacy continues. Do you have what it takes to climb to the top of the
Here's a breakdown of the big PvP changes in Season 13:
This season's elite PvP gear does not require any rating--it instead requires you to acquire 27,000
this season. The special PvP gear will cost Honor to purchase.
Losing teams in an RBG can acquire up to 200
Balance, Feral, Windwalker, Retribution, Shadow, Enhancement and Elemental now gain 25% of the bonus healing provided by PvP Power (was 0%). Dedicated healers will continue to gain 50% of the bonus healing, and no
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
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