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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
Blizzard's Timeless Isle Preview, Open Beta for Battle.net Desktop App
2013/08/14 at 12:10 PM
Open Beta for Battle.net Desktop App
In the months ahead, the game launchers for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III will be automatically updated to our new desktop app for Battle.net, designed to improve the launcher experience and streamline your ability to play Blizzard games—but if you’re interested in upgrading now, you can!
The open beta test has begun, and everyone’s invited to download and install the app now in preparation for the switchover. If you’re interested in upgrading in advance, simply click the button below.
Download the Battle.net App
What’s this launcher update do? The new single sign-on functionality allows players to log in once to access World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, and the upcoming PC and Mac versions of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and stay logged in for up to 30 days.
Players can also install games directly through the ap
5.4 PTR: Siege of Orgrimmar and Timeless Isle BoA Gear, Talk Azeroth with Olivia
2013/08/08 at 12:23 PM
This week, Olivia Grace is fed up to the teeth of constantly talking about the in-game store so swears off it for now—long may it continue.
Instead, she's tackling something came to light following some research she did to answer a recent viewer question: item levels. She reckons gear is pretty broken in WoW right now and wants your ideas to fix it; Olivia gives a couple of her own to get you started.
She also tackles Ghostcrawler's recent tweets about item squish, in this context, and despite her rapidly disappearing voice, Olivia still manages to answer a viewer question or two in another packed show.
If you want to have your question answered the best way to get in touch with Olivia is via email to email@example.com, or twitter @oliviadgrace, or by leaving a comment below!
Siege of Orgrimmar Heirlooms
In a recent PTR build, epic BoA items were datamined! These heirlooms drop from
on Flex, Normal, and Heroic difficulty--another incentive to run raids besides LFR. These items have interesting models as well--they are based on Horde PvP weapons from classic WoW.
We've received confirmation from Blizzard that the item levels and stats are not final yet.[/b
Talk Azeroth with Olivia: Support and the Store, Play with the Blues Event
2013/08/06 at 11:07 AM
Play With the Blues Event
Today from 2-4pm PST, Blizzard Devs and Community Managers will be hosting a
"Play with the Blues"
event on the PTR! They'll be testing out the
, an exciting zone filled with rare spawns, BoA epics, and tons of vanity loot!
Not sure where to start? Check out our
coverage--we've been having a blast tracking down all the hidden details on the island:
BoA Items, World Bosses, Battle Pets, Timeless Coins
Timeless Isle Vanity Loot
Celestial Pet Tournament
Timeless Isle Rare Spawns
Celestial Tournament and Sky Lantern Updates
Talk Azeroth: Episode 9
5.4 PTR: Celestial Tournament Updates and Legendary Questline Clarifications
2013/07/31 at 10:53 AM
Celestial Tournament Updates
, a place where players can battle celestial battle pets and famous pet battle tamers for cool prizes, is a bit more festive on the PTR now. There are tons of spectators and banners, as well as new vendors who sell noodle bowls and the new alcoholic drink
The available teams were tweaked since last week as well--
, a tribute to
who plays Hodor on
Game of Thrones
, now has a battle pet ability tribute as well--
, which is strong against undead. He's also joined by a new direwolf pet,
There were also some new teams after Tuesday's reset--including Sully who has an Undead Socks pet, and Lorewalker Cho. Players can also now heal battle pets inside the tournament from
, but y
5.4 PTR: Timeless Isle Vanity Loot
2013/07/29 at 12:47 PM
not only has tons of
--it also has tons of vanity loot like character disguises, pets, and BoA items!
To read more about the
, check out our recent posts on
, and our initial look at
BoA gear, world bosses, and Timeless Coins
by The Blazing Way has special vanity items that cost
. To get this currency, you will have to World PvP.
To flag up for World PvP, you'll first need
Censer of Eternal Agony
, which costs 2500
. On use, it sacrifices 90% of your health, turns you translucent, and makes you hostile to players of both factions. Killing players with this buff awards one
Here are the vanity items from
. Big thanks
5.4 PTR: Celestial Pet Tournament and New Battle Pets
2013/07/25 at 3:37 PM
The Celestial Pet Tournament is now open for testing on the 5.4 PTR, and there's also over 20 new battle pets to collect!
Celestial Pet Tournament
To participate in the pet tournament, speak to
and pick up the weekly quest
The Celestial Tournament
You must have 30 pets at level 25 in order to be able to enter, but this requirement will most likely be tweaked in a future build.
Once zoned into the tournament, you cannot heal your pets. You must exit the tournament to heal your pets, which means you must start the tournament over from the beginning.
There are seven challenges in the tournament: three pet tamers that each have three legendary battle pets, and then four legendary elite battle pets. You must complete them all in order to win the tournament, so it does require you to have leveled a fair number of pets.
To keep things fresh, the three pet tamers will change every week--one is even
Game of Thrones
themed with a Hodor tribute pet!
On the PTR, your collection of pets doesn't copy over, but you get a random assortment of level 25 pets, including some Collector's Edition ones.[/
Talk Azeroth w/Olivia - Ep 08 - Timeless Isle Kills Dailies, Mists Endgame Madness
2013/07/25 at 10:45 AM
This week Olivia wants to hold your hand as she takes you on a journey through the
, running merrily through the new zone, murdering rares, stealing their stuff, and generally making with the stabby.
She then opens the table for discussion of the shifting end-game content styles in Mists. We really have run the gamut in this expansion, from factions and factions of dailies, through weeklies, and now, with patch 5.4, the arrival of the
daily-quest-free timeless isle
And Olivia then rattles through your responses to last week's request for feedback, and is relieved that the majority seemed to agree with her, before answering some viewer questions, and berating herself for doing another too-long show!
5.4 PTR: New Rare Spawns, Pirates and Events
2013/07/23 at 11:15 AM
The Timeless Isle is teeming with rare spawns--over 20 the last time we checked! Some are pirate-themed, while others spawn as part of rare events. The best part is that rare elites are complete shared tags--they are not limited by faction or by party.
For more posts on 5.4 PTR rare spawn coverage, check out
Rare Elites of Pandaria Guide
WoW Rare Spawns: Timeless Isle Preview
Bubbles of Mischief: Timeless Isle Rares
Unsurprisingly, shipwrecks are a common theme on the
. The following events, objects, and npcs are tied to these achievements:
Where There's Pirates, There's Booty
Going To Need A Bigger Bag
The ruined Dread Ship Vazuvius lies to the south of Pi'jiu Village. It's overrun by
Cursed Hozen Swabby
, who are guarding a treasure chest that contains
Cursed Swabby Helmet
. They drop the
Barnacle Encrusted Key
which is ne
5.4 PTR: Timeless Isle Zone Preview, BoA Epic Loot, Pets, and World Bosses
2013/07/18 at 8:12 PM
is finally open for testing on the 5.4 PTR! It's a mysterious island to the east of the Jade Forest, where in a refreshing change of pace, players can acquire vanity items and gear
There's a new pet tournament on the
, as well as mini-Celestial battle pets to acquire.
Epic ilvl 496 Timeless Gear can be acquired by looting rare chests, killing mobs, and turning in
. These items, like
, have random stats, and the armor token that creates them,
Timeless Cloth Robes
, is BoA, meaning you can send these to your alts for gearing up! There are also ilvl 535 versions, tagged as Timeless, of these same items--perhaps
Burden of Eternity
will be involved.
There's hardly any daily quests, just one--
A Timeless Question
--in which you answer questions about Azeroth's lore.
In addition to selling gear tokens, there's vendors that have rare-spawn nameplates that sell
"Dapper Gentleman" Costume
and despawn after a period of time.
Tons of rare elites to kill, as well as chests to loot.
is also home to Celestial world bosses, needed for Wrathion's questli
5.4 PTR: Timeless Isle Pets, Screenshots and World Bosses
2013/06/23 at 2:24 PM
One of the new zones coming in Patch 5.4 is the
, the location for an upcoming pet tournament and fighting the August Celestials as world bosses. In this initial preview, we'll look at the pet rewards, zone screenshots, and the Dungeon Journals for the Celestials.
These following pets are tied to the Pet Tournament in the PTR Pet Journal:
Chi-Chi, Hatchling of Chi-Ji
Zao, Calfling of Niuzao
Xu-Fu, Cub of Xuen
Yu'la, Broodling of Yu'lon
: Dragonkin. Click on the images to view them in our 3D Modelviewer!
The most recent PTR build also included
audio possibly tied to the pet tournament or celestial world bosses
. Transcript of the dialogue below:
It is decided. The Vale
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