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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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