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5.2 PTR - Build 16562 - Tier 15 Raid Drops, 3D Weapon Models, and More
2013/02/08 at 7:07 PM
Tonight's patch added hundreds of Tier 15 raid items, gorgeous models for all raid weapons, and a few minor spell changes! In addition, achievements for Ra-den, the new heroic-only boss, have been added:
Cutting Edge: Ra-den
Heroic: Ra-den Guild Run
Realm First! Ra-den
Check out the latest additions!
Tier 15 Weapons: 3D Weapon Models
We've shown the colorations for ilvl 535 heroic weapons below--models have been added for LFR, Normal, and Heroic Tier 15 weapons. Click on the images to view them in our 3D Model Viewer--these weapons have amazing details that can only be seen by rotating them fully, as well as distinctive animations! You can also try out all of their animations on all character races.
Megaera's Poisoned Fang
Ritual Dagger of the Mind's Eye
Athame of the Sanguine Ritual
Iron Qon's Boot Knife
Fyn's Flickering Dagger
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5.2 PTR: Blacksmithing Leveling Revamp, Megaera Video
2013/02/01 at 11:18 AM
In today's news round up, we found some big changes to blacksmithing on the 5.2 PTR! Blizzard is also conducting a ton of raid testing this week, for which we have a preview video, and launched a
Patch 5.2 Under Development
site that has information on the new raid, world bosses, factions, and PvP changes.
New Blacksmithing Training Projects
If leveling Blacksmithing always seemed daunting, 5.2 should make this a bit easier. There is a series of new
Ghost Iron Bar
that should get you from 1 to 500--no more flying around Azeroth for
This reminds us of the Pandaria leveling recipes added to
at the start of Mists of Pandaria, which allowed players to level up cooking mostly from vendor materials and cut out the need for old-world reagent farming. So far, no other professions appear to have received a similar revamp on the PTR.
These training projects, such as
Training Project: Ghost Iron Wok
, can be learnt by players level 85 or higher, from Pandaria trainers in
Vale of Eternal Blossoms
. Upon learning the skill, they w
News Round Up: Darkmoon Faire Hats, Horridon and Iron Qon 5.2 Videos, Blue Posts
2013/01/18 at 12:03 PM
In today's news round up, we have a ton of blue posts, a look at some PTR changes on the Darkmoon Faire, and most importantly, two preview videos by Lore of 5.2 raid encounters! Also check out the
World of Warcraft Wireless Mouse
over at ZAM.
Yesterday had two big dev blogs, so be sure to read
Dev Watercooler: Encounter Tuning
PvP Gear in 5.2 and Beyond
5.2 PTR: Darkmoon Faire
We found a few small changes to the Darkmoon Faire this past month on the PTR. The stylish
Darkmoon Top Hat
can now be obtained through several means:
Small chance to be found in
Darkmoon Game Prize
, the new reward for completing Darkmoon Faire dailies.
Darkmoon Prize Ticket
When you use the item, you initially summon a bunch of fireworks. For the duration of the buff, your character will appear to wear a fun purple hat. This hat periodically sparkles and has small fireworks.
There is another Darkmoon hat datami
5.2 PTR: Audio Spoilers and Transcript, Throne of Thunder Weapons
2013/01/16 at 7:01 PM
A new build is hitting the 5.2 PTR tonight, and we datamined
Shaman Tier 15 models, Lightning Forge weapons, new vanity pets, and more
. We found so many weapon models for
Throne of Thunder
that Fewyn made a video of them! Several of these have great animations--the daggers have blinking eyeballs and wiggling handles, while the offhands sprout wings.
We also found a ton 5.2 audio spoilers covering Jaina, Anduin, Lor'themar, and more--over 40 minutes worth of dialogue. We've provided a rough transcript, breaking it down by character. Jaina and Lor'themar are both going after the Thunder King, Anduin and Wrathion are discussing politics during the legendary questline, the Shado-Pan launches an assault, and new developments are unearthed about the Titans and the Mogu.
It's a Pandaren board game. The object is for both players to win.
To what end? What are you two working towards? Using a Mogu weapon forge whose powers you barely understand.
5.2 Raid Preview: Council of Elders Video, News Round Up
2013/01/13 at 11:02 AM
For today's news round up, we've got our very first look at the new 5.2 raid zone,
Throne of Thunder
. We also have some more Blizzard clarifications on 5.2 features--the ilvl for Throne of Thunder LFR is 480, PvP Honor gear will be nerfed to 476 to encourage people to increase their ilvl through PvE, and while the Item Upgrade vendors are removed in 5.2, they're still most likely returning in 5.3, and already-upgraded items will keep their stats.
Council of Elders
Raid testing on the PTR started Friday, January 11th, for the Council of Elders, so Lore from
tested and made a great preview video of the encounter! Even if you're not a dedicated raider, this video is still pretty cool because it's our first look at the interior of the Throne of Thunder--and it looks pretty awesome.
Click the "Dungeon Journal" tab to see a list of all the abilities! (Note: spell values generally default to 10-player normal, you can view "Effect" on a spell page to see the values for all difficulties.)
5.2 PTR: Raid Testing Schedule - January 11
2013/01/10 at 6:14 PM
Patch 5.2 PTR Raid testing for
Throne of Thunder
begins tomorrow with
Council of Elders
. WoW Insider has a visual walkthrough of how to
find the hidden entrance
We'll be posting videos by Lore from
, and in the meantime, you can read up on the fights in our
5.2 Dungeon Journal Preview
On Friday, January 11, we will be testing our first two raid encounters of the 5.2 test cycle.<br /><br />Each encounter should be available at approximately the listed times below for all Public Test Realms.<br /><br />Horridon - 10 Player Normal<br />10:30 PDT (13:30 EDT, 19:30 CEST)<br /><br />Council of Elders - 10 Player Normal<br />16:00 PDT (19:00 EDT, 01:00 CEST)<br /><br />As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a beta environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session or cancel it entirely, due to bugs, builds, server hardware is
5.2 PTR: Raid and Scenario Preview, No New Dungeons
2012/12/29 at 11:23 AM
Today's 5.2 feature covers information about upcoming encounters--raid bosses and scenarios! While some bosses have incomplete entries so far and the loot tables aren't known yet, you can still get a sense of what the encounters are like with the Dungeon Journal. We think it's pretty neat that the Dungeon Journal is deliberately vague about
, a heroic-only encounter, by saying he's instead "shrouded in mystery"--brings back a sense of player discovery.
And as there's no new 5-player dungeons planned for the rest of MoP, we've highlighted our 5.2 scenario summaries to give you a taste of upcoming small-group content.
No New Dungeons in 5.2
People who read the
5.2 PTR Patch Note Preview
may have noticed that there was no mention of new 5-player dungeons. Zarhym clarified that this was intentional, as it would disrupt the current progression model.
LFR has taken the place of dungeons for gearing-up mid-expansion. While players enjoyed
at the end of Burning Crusade, in the current raid context, it's strange for a dungeon's loot to be on par with raid gear. Players were unhappy with how 4.3 dungeon loot was compa
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