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Wowhead's Patch 5.4 Interview with Lead Game Designer Tom Chilton
2013/08/18 at 10:24 AM
Patch 5.4 is coming very soon
, bringing with it a variety of innovative content from Flex Raiding to the daily-free Timeless Isle. This past week, we got to sit down with Lead Game Designer Tom Chilton and ask him about popular upcoming content--the unique nature of the Timeless Isle, legendary questline development, Proving Grounds, and more.
Read on to find out more about the most-anticipated features coming in Patch 5.4!
I've had a lot of fun with the
on the PTR--finding all the hidden events, getting the vanity loot, participating in the Pet Tournament, etc. What were the inspirations in designing a hub that's so radically different from past ones, where the emphasis is on participating in fun vanity content instead of daily hubs for reputation epics?
One of the resounding things that we
5.4 PTR: Siege of Orgrimmar Mount Rewards and Zone Preview
2013/07/02 at 11:41 AM
The Siege of Orgrimmar has recently been open for testing on the PTR--today we've got a visual preview of the zone, as well as some details on the mount rewards.
Tier 16 will have three raid mounts as rewards. These are handled a bit differently than the other raid mounts in MoP.
Reins of the Kor'kron War Wolf
are rewarded if you've completed
Ahead of the Curve: Garrosh Hellscream (10 player)
Ahead of the Curve: Garrosh Hellscream (25 player)
. This is the first Ahead of the Curve achievement to award a mount, and also the first to be split into 10 and 25 player versions since the lockouts became shared in Cataclysm.
Mythic: Garrosh Hellscream
will have a 100% droprate on a truly epic mount, that will be nerfed to 2% when the next tier comes out.
Glory of the Orgrimmar Raider
Reins of Galakras
mount. Blizzard has confirmed that the achievements required for the
Glory of the Orgrimmar Raider
will not include heroic ones, and that the needed achievements can be completed in Flex mode.
At last week's fansite mixer held at Blizzard, I asked Lead Encounter Designer Ion Hazzikostas about the mount changes, and here's a (summarized) version of his reply:
The mounts and achievements tied to the Siege of Orgrimmar ra
5.4 PTR: Siege of Orgrimmar -- Dungeon Journal and Tier 16 Weapon Models
2013/06/14 at 4:01 PM
This is an early 5.4 PTR article. For the most up-to-date look at weapon models, please check out our current
Patch 5.4 weapon model
Today we have a closer look at the
Siege of Orgrimmar
, with encounter details for most of the bosses and Tier 16 weapon models!
Tier 16 Weapon Models
Click on the weapons to view them in our 3D modelviewer--you can preview them on any race!
If you're interested in more Patch 5.4 Models, check out our
Season 14 Weapon Preview
5.4 NPCs and Armor Models Preview
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Patch 5.4: Tier 16, Season 14, and NPC 3D Models, Siege of Orgrimmar Dungeon Journal
2013/06/12 at 8:25 AM
Continuing with our 5.4 PTR coverage, we have many 3D models for Tier 16 and Season 14 gear, as well as Siege of Orgrimmar NPCs like Corrupted Garrosh! Be sure to click on the images to view them with any race in our 3D Modelviewer.
In addition, we have some preliminary details on the Siege of Orgrimmar raid, including Encounter Journal details for encounters like
Paragons of the Klaxxi
Tier 16 Armor Models
Many datamined item IDs last night were for new raid gear. So far there's
ilvl 560 Heroic TF
ilvl 554 Heroic
ilvl 547 Thunderforged
ilvl 541 Normal
ilvl 527 Flex
ilvl 521 Raid Finder
gear. Ghostcrawler [url=
News Roundup: Titan Runestone Droprates, Flex Raiding Discussion
2013/06/10 at 11:13 AM
After the huge news on Thursday that
is coming in Patch 5.4, many players understandably had questions about this new feature. which allows players to form a dynamically-scaling raid between 10 and 25 non-pug players and receive loot that's better than LFR. Bashiok and Taepsilum addressed many of these concerns over the weekend:
Flex is intended for players that are interested in getting weekly groups together for fun and some challenge, but who also don't want super-strict raiding requirements.
Unlike Normal modes, you can invite friends from your Real ID and Battle.net tag to Flex raids.
Removing Tier Tokens from flex raids is something that's worth considering, as raiders might feel forced to run LFR, Normal, and Flex at the start of a new tier otherwise for bonuses.
Letting people zone in and clear Flex trash with 8 people is something the devs are considering. This would allow to get raids underway while waiting to fill spots.
While it may be "optimal" to clear flex raids with a certain number of players, or do 10-player normal instead of 12-player Flex, Flex Mode isn't
News Round Up: In-Game Mistborn Tribute, Scenario Analysis
2013/04/15 at 11:50 AM
In-Game Mistborn Tribute
recently discovered a very cool tribute to the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, with
Rogues can visit
outside of Ravenholdt and copy his appearance using
Glyph of Disguise
while pickpocketing him.
at the bottom of Ravenholdt Manor while disguised--he'll only be visible with
Extra-Dimensional Ghost Revealer
. Don't mount up when heading to him, as you'll lose the disguise.
After interacting with him, he'll give you
Survivor's Bag of Coins
and you'll get the buff
To get "coins" for your bag, pickpocket humanoids--you'll get between 1-4. Coins will display as a buff,
and can stack up to 50.
If you have the coin buff, you can propel yourself backwards around a zone without landing until you run out of coins--this can only be used outside. Simply target an area you'd like to move away from.
Throne of Thunder: "Forgotten Depths" LFR Overview
2013/03/19 at 12:35 PM
The second wing of
Throne of Thunder
is scheduled to go live this week: players can fight
for ilvl 502 loot, including Tier 15 legs and
. You will need a minimum average item level of 480 to queue up--if you're stuck on how to get there, check out our
We've also included strategy videos from
of the new encounters, loot tables from the new bosses, and confirmed drops from the new LFR loot satchels such as
Reins of the Black Primal Raptor
Click the cut to learn more about the bosses available today!
Patch 5.2: Throne of Thunder Overview
2013/03/16 at 11:42 AM
Throne of Thunder
, the new Tier 15 raid, opened on LFR and Heroic difficulty this week. Whether you're running LFR for the new vanity pets or are starting heroics, this guide should have something for you. We've covered the following:
Loot tables, Dungeon Journal entries, and strategy videos for bosses.
Vanity loot--gear, mounts, and pets.
Details on the LFR schedule and required item level.
Information about the
Achievements and weekly raid quests.
If you want more
Throne of Thunder
resources, check out the following:
for Tier 15 strategy guides.
for all your rankings needs, including the race to world first heroic completion!
Also be sure to check out our
Patch 5.2 interview with Lead Encounter Developer Ion "Watcher" Hazzikostas
, which covers Tier 15 progression and gear.
Click the cut to learn about
Throne of Thunder
MoP Legendary Quest Guide: Updated for 5.2
2013/03/11 at 11:12 AM
For the most updated guide, check out our
legendary guide updated for Patch 5.4.
We've updated our guide to Mists of Pandaria's unique legendary questline with a summary of all the new quests and rewards found in Patch 5.2. Completing all the new steps will reward you with a legendary metagem and
Chapter III: Two Princes
. The new gems are as follows:
Capacitive Primal Diamond
: +324 Crit Rating and chance on melee or ranged attack to gain Capacitance. At 5 stacks, fires a Lightning Strike, which deals Nature damage (
Lightning Strike Charges Trigger
Courageous Primal Diamond
: +324 Intellect and chance on beneficial spell to make your spells cost no mana for 4 sec. (
Indomitable Primal Diamond
: +324 Stamina and chance on being hit to gain a 20% reduction to physical damage taken for 15 sec (
Sinister Primal Diamond
: +324 Crit Rating and chance on spell damage to gain 30% spell haste for 10 sec (
For the math inclined, Ghostcrawler explained
Patch 5.2 Gear Guide
2013/03/06 at 8:31 AM
Patch 5.2 is filled with new epic upgrades for everyone. In this guide, we'll break down all the new gear by armor type, base stats, and source to help you plan out a gearing route. And if you're looking to get ilvl 480 to step foot in LFR when it opens on
, we've got some tips for you as well.
Here's the highlights of the new gear:
Bosses drop ilvl 502 gear on LFR difficulty, ilvl 522 gear on Normal difficulty, and ilvl 535 gear on Heroic difficulty.
To keep farm bosses interesting,
have a low chance to drop that are six item levels higher than regular drops. Thunderforged versions can be found for all items, save for tier pieces, on normal and heroic difficulty.
You can also get a full set of ilvl 522 gear between
and crafted items.
appear to be trash drops (lin
Wowhead's Patch 5.2 Interview with Lead Game Designer Ion "Watcher" Hazzikostas
2013/02/28 at 2:22 PM
Patch 5.2 is right on the horizon, bringing with it a new raid full of exciting bosses and powerful epic loot! Yesterday I had the opportunity to interview Lead Encounter Developer Ion "Watcher" Hazzikostas, who shared insights on
Throne of Thunder
's design as well as on raid-related topics such as Item Upgrades and Thunderforged gear.
Topics covered include:
The decision to implement Ra-den, a limited-attempt heroic-only boss, in Throne of Thunder.
Thoughts on the staggered release of Tier 14 content.
Progression paths for raiders in 5.2 who have yet to complete Tier 14 content.
The multiple purposes behind Thunderforged items and how they can benefit 25-player raids.
Strengths, weaknesses, and possible modifications to the item upgrade system.
The purpose behind the new Feats of Strength (Ahead of the Curve, Cutting Edge) for killing Tier 14 bosses before 5.2's release.[
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[/
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