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Patch 5.4: Dev Watercooler on Upcoming Class Changes
2013/08/12 at 12:04 PM
Yeah, I know, long time no watercooler. I\u2019ve been busy.
I wanted to take a moment to provide context for some of the Patch 5.4 class changes that we\u2019ve been making. If you haven\u2019t already, you\u2019ll want to get acquainted with the 5.4 PTR Patch Notes, as this watercooler is going into detail on the changes listed. I\u2019ll discuss the changes to each class, but here are a few things to keep in mind before we get started:
\tThe team made a lot of changes to glyphs that weren\u2019t working out well or were just to provide some new choices. There were a lot of changes so to keep this blog manageable, I\u2019m not going to go into them in detail.
\tI\u2019m not going to get into specific damage or healing tuning unless it requires extra explanation for some reason. In general, you can assume that your damage was too low or too high if you see generic buffs or nerfs to abilities.
\tAs I write this, Patch 5.4 has not shipped yet, so if there are changes yet to come, I\u2019m obviously not going to be able to cover
Mists of Pandaria Legendary Cape Guide: Updated for 5.4
2013/08/10 at 11:13 AM
We've updated our guide to Mists of Pandaria's legendary questline with details on the cape rewards coming in Patch 5.4 and catch-up mechanisms!
All level 90 players in a raid can work on the legendary questline at the same time. it's been purposely designed to cut down on loot drama and the feeling that one person in your raid ends up overpowered.
\tThis legendary series spans the expansion, with more elaborate rewards each tier.
\tThe reward for
Chapter I: Trial of the Black Prince
, added in 5.0, is a +500 stat gem that can be placed into a special Sha-Touched weapon, of which there are versions on LFR, Normal, and Heroic difficulty. These gems only work in Sha-Touched weapons.
\tThe reward for
Chapter II: Wrathion's War
, added in 5.1, is an additional prismatic socket,
Eye of the Black Prince
. This socket works on both Sha-Touched and 5.2 raid\/crafted weapons, but not [url=http:\/\/
5.4 PTR: New Mounts, Pet Limit Increased and Pet Ability Scaling on Wowhead
2013/08/09 at 1:07 PM
Battle Pets: Collections and Ability Scaling
Good news for pet collectors in 5.4! Lead Content Designer Cory Stockton confirmed that the pet collection cap will be 1000 in 5.4, up from 650. While this may seem like a big increase for right now, keep in mind that Mists of Pandaria added hundreds of wild battle pets, and we're sure to see even more next expansion.
We've also recently added battle pet ability scaling to Wowhead petability pages. Users have long been able to check out spell scaling for class abilities, so we wanted to do the same for pet abilities!
You can scale pet abilities now by modifying the pet type, breed, level, and quality under an ability's main tooltip.
Keeping with the vanity items theme of this blog, several new mounts have been added recently to the 5.4 PTR and our amazing users have alread
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\u2014long 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
5.4 PTR Patch Notes: Updated August 7th
2013/08/07 at 8:47 PM
The 5.4 PTR Patch Notes were updated with lots of profession details tonight:
Mantid Artifact Sonic Locator
no longer randomizes digsites when acquired, and is more difficult to obtain. They can now only be purchased as part of a
Mantid Artifact Hunter's Kit
, which includes a
\tNew Raid and PvP blacksmithing plans have been added. These new plans can be researched by crafting
Balanced Trillium Ingot
s, allowing the blacksmith to learn a random new plan.
Balanced Trillium Ingot
could be found as a drop from creatures in Pandaria.
\tA number of new cooking recipes have been added, including new foods that give +300 to a primary stat and noodle carts. Some of these new recipes can be learned from drops in the
Vale of Eternal Blossoms
, others from quests.
\tItems formerly obtained with
that now cost
as well as gear crafted from new PvP recipes or plans will now disenchant into
We're Giving Away $250 Worth of Amazon Gift Cards
2013/08/07 at 8:11 PM
As you guys probably know, Wowhead exists as a free resource thanks to the ads on our website. Every few months we run surveys regarding advertising here and it's that time again! Remember that you are under no obligation to participate, so if giving out information is not your cup of tea, we totally understand.
To sweeten the deal, we'll be picking six people who reply to our survey to win Amazon gift cards:
One person will win $100 USD Amazon gift card
One person will win a $50 USD Amazon gift card
Four people will win a $25 USD Amazon gift card
5.4 PTR: Build 17271, Spell Changes and More
2013/08/06 at 8:34 PM
Check out the latest additions!
New zone tied to cooking quests for noodle carts:
The Secret Ingredient
New achievement for aiding Zarhym's skull friend on the Timeless Isle:
Moonfang items from the Darkmoon Faire:
More epic weapons--perhaps tied to Timeless Isle rares with vanity looks, like
Ordon Sacrificial Dagger
Hozen Can Opener
Blizzard Store items:
Pouch of Enduring Wisdom (5)
Pouch of Enduring Wisdom
Click the cut for the spell changes!
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
Patch 5.4 Feature Preview: Connected Realms
2013/08/05 at 11:08 AM
<div class="detail"><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 2em;">Over the years, World of Warcraft players of all kinds have naturally migrated to different realms to play with their friends, find new guilds, strive for Heroic boss kills, search for the most competitive PvP experiences, and otherwise try to find the right place to call home. Over time, these shifts in player population can sometimes create a less-than-optimal play experience for those on less popular realms, making it tougher to find guilds, conquer group content, and get what they\u2019re looking for from the Auction House and in-game economy.<\/span><br \/>
<span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 2em;">In Patch 5.4, we\u2019re looking to address this with a new feature called <strong>Connected Realms<\/strong>. Building on our existing cross-realm technology, a Connected Realm is a set of two or more standard realms that have been permanently and seamless \u201clinked.\u201d These linked realms will behave as if they were one cohesive realm, meaning you\u2019ll be able to join the same guilds and Arena teams, access a single Aucti
Best in Show: A Guide to All Shirts
2013/08/04 at 11:59 AM
Today's guide looks at all the vanity shirts in game--perfect if you want something to match a transmog set! They're not restricted by class or armor limitations, so nothing is out of reach for avid collectors. They're great for both bank alts, players looking to cover up skin, or show off a rare find.
I've organized all the shirts by color, as well as providing descriptions, acquisition methods, and crafting materials. To see an image for every shirt, click on the Image toggle which will display a user-submitted screenshot.
Here's a a set of quick links to currently-obtainable items by source:
Trading Card Game
5.4 PTR Patch Notes: Updated August 2nd
2013/08/03 at 9:53 AM
The 5.4 PTR Patch Notes were updated late last night with some class and ability changes. Here's the highlights:
Trinket, enchant, set bonus, and legendary meta-gem effects whose triggered effect benefits from haste no longer also have their chance to trigger the benefit from haste. Activation chances for those effects have been adjusted to compensate. You can check out the updated proc per minute details on our PTR tooltips, like
Cha-Ye's Essence of Brilliance
Heroic Scenarios no longer have a minimum item level requirement to enter. This will make putting groups together easier on alts.
All enemies in Throne of Thunder now have a debuff called Shado-Pan Onslaught, which reduces their health and damage by 20%. Since 5.4 introduces a new raid tier, making the older tiers easier makes sense.
Class changes include
Shadow Word: Death
increased by 80% when used on enemies that have less than 20% health, but the cooldown is no longer reset if the target does not die, and Dash, Dive, and Charge no longer costing Focus to use.
There were also some significant changes to Vengeance:
Vengeance now grants Attack Power equal to 1.5% of the damage taken, down from 1.8% (The tooltip said 2% but it was actu
5.4 PTR: Build 17260--New BoA Items, Siege of Orgrimmar Loot
2013/08/01 at 8:28 PM
A new PTR build is on its way--many Siege of Orgrimmar raid epics were added, as well as Timeless Isle achievements and some new BoA items.
Check out the latest additions!
New BoA items--currently they have "Hellscream" in the name and are epic, but Blizzard has reached out to clarify with us that the item levels are not final. They are:
Hellscream's Pig Sticker
Hellscream's Shield Wall
Hellscream's Tome of Destruction
Hellscream's War Staff
Many new Timeless Isle achievements, including
for getting tons of Bloody Coins,
for killing all the rare spawns,
Treasure, Treasure Everywhere
for looting all the chests, and
Going To Need A Bigger Bag
for getting all the rare items.
Many new Siege of Orgrimmar epics were added. Check out the thousands of raid items, which we've organized by slot and armor type:
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