Now that the patch is on the horizon, we’ve narrowed down some of the key things you might want to know before the big day. If you want to find out more about everything that’s coming, you can check out the latest Public Test Realm patch notes, or even download and play on the PTR itself.
Hold on to some of those currencies you’ve been earning over the course of patch 5.2. The gear-upgrading Void Binders are returning in patch 5.3, but it will be cheaper to upgrade items using Valor and Justice Points. Upgradeable PvP items from Season 12 will be eligible for upgrade once again at their original costs. In addition, Heirloom items will be cheaper to upgrade, whether you’re using Justice Points, Honor Points, or Darkmoon Faire tickets. We’re also speeding up the leveling process from 85 to 90. Here are the details:
Item Level Requirements
Are you ready to face the Raid Finder, Heroic dungeons, and new Heroic Scenarios? Make sure that you’re geared up to dive right in:
Lesser Charms of Good Fortune
We’re adding more ways to acquire Lesser Charms of Good Fortune in patch 5.3. In addition to the changes that took effect in patch 5.2, which reduced the number of Lesser Charms of Good Fortune required to purchase three Mogu Runes of Fate from 90 to 50 and allowed players to earn Lesser Charms from Pet Battles, these new sources of Lesser Charms will be available in patch 5.3:
PvP Season Update
PvP Season 13 is still in full swing. We discussed many of the changes coming to PvP gear in our PvP Gear in 5.2 and Preparing for PvP in Patch 5.3 blogs, and the changes below are explained in greater detail there. As a reminder, the 7,250 Conquest Point requirement to purchase non-elite Conquest Point weapons is being removed with patch 5.3.
A number of significant changes are coming to PvP and PvP gear:
It’s easy to make sure that you’re ready to play when the realms become available on patch day. If you haven’t played in a while, one of the simplest things you can do is open the World of Warcraft launcher and allow the updater to download the latest available game files. If you use user interface add-ons, make sure you have the latest versions and that they’re updated and ready to go for the new patch. This is also a good time to update your video card’s drivers.
If you experience any patching issues, there’s a technical support forum thread all about patching that could help. You can also follow @BlizzardCS on Twitter for the latest support-related news.
Getting Additional Account Help
If you’re having an issue with your account, a number of resources are available to you. If other players are experiencing a similar issue, they may have already posted about it on the Customer Support forum located here, so that can sometimes be a good first stop. If you need more information or direct assistance, the Battle.net Support site will allow you to search through available solutions, submit a support ticket, or contact customer support directly.
A compilation of resources and information can also be found on the Customer Support forum, including information on in-game support, reporting bugs and cheats, submitting suggestions, reporting forum violations, and sharing forum feedback.
Good luck, and we’ll see you in Azeroth!
That's all well and good, but the only preparation I'm going to need is to figure out what I need to stock up on beforehand to sell on patch day! Come on, Wrathion, don't you want people to buy more trillium or something? You're letting me down!
It doesn't take much more than time to drag yourself to ten wipes and then instagib lei shen with that 50% everything buff does it?Hence, removed can down lei shen all to easily.
If you're so darned good at PvP, why are so concerned about gear? As the world first guilds prove time and time again every single time a new raid tier gets released, you don't need the gear, you need the skills and dedication. If you need the gear then you simply aren't good enough.
My point is, There's no carrot at the end of the line for a PvPer after this, Gear's that carrot.After all, why do you do anything in WoW? Shiny crap pops up on your page.For PvPers there's our fancy mounts and tabards, but just as much, there's our gear.
Lot's of pve types giving lectures on pvp, claiming pve is about "skill" rather than gear. Total nonsense. Learning the mechanics of boss encounters is about co-ordination and communication. That's it. That isn't skill. To suggest gear doesn't matter is also nonsense. Try joining an 'elite' raiding guild (ready to raid) without any and see how far you get. "I'm de bestist healer/dps on the planet" You may well be but your gear level doesn't allow you to outheal damage and you keep running out of mana, or your dps is 30k less than it needs to be.The problem with the new baseline pvp resilience is that it favours classes with lots of stuns/cc. It matters not a jot what pvp power someone has if they are blanket silenced/stunned/cc'ed and that is the main issue with pvp at the moment. Npc's should NOT flag anyone for pvp!High levels should automatically recieve a "cowards" buff if they gank lowbies, this buff lowers all their stats to the level of the player they ganked for an hour. Job done, now go fight someone your own level. Coward!Finally, as this game is further 'dumbified' the distinct differences between pve and pvp are being slowly eroded in favour of pve. Is that the right strategy.. No it isn't. Two totally different concepts, chalk and cheese.