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Patch 5.3 Hotfixes: May 23
2013/05/23 at 8:15 PM
Tonight's round of Patch 5.3 hotfixes has a much-welcome fix to the in-game sound bug plaguing many users.
Also of interest:
's periodic dots can now crit again.
Quivering Filth elites should now drop the
Half-Empty Food Container
Challenge Card quests for the Brawler's Guild can now be completed while in a raid.
Battlefield Barrens elites
have had abilities nerfed.
Click the cut to read the complete hotfixes for May 23rd!
Patch 5.3 Hotfixes: May 22
2013/05/22 at 8:20 PM
The next round of Patch 5.3 hotfixes continues! Here's the highlights:
If you die by the Seat of Knowledge area in Vale of Eternal Blossoms, you'll get a spectral mount allowing you to fly back up to your body instead of having to Spirit Res.
Force of Nature got several tweaks, including a fix to Resto Treants causing their target to taunt enemies.
AoE healing spells such as
now have proper caps.
New PvP enchants are now soulbound.
All players that attack Kor'kron elites, regardless of faction, now get credit.
Click the cut for the complete May 22nd hotfixes!
Patch 5.3: Battlefield Barrens Guide and Noxy Comic
2013/05/22 at 11:51 AM
Patch 5.3 introduces a new world event,
, that explores the conflict between the Alliance, Horde, and Garrosh. There's a ton of stuff to do and collect as part of this event--but it's only around for a limited amount of time. It will be removed when Patch 5.4 hits.
also made a comic about this event, capturing the spirit of helping the Darkspear in unexpected ways!
To unlock this world event, which takes place in Durotar and Northern Barrens, you'll need to do several new scenarios and a quest chain, Escalation. showing the underlying politics behind your faction.
Once the world event is unlocked, you can collect Kor'kron supplies through various ways to purchase vanity items and armor like
Garrosh's influence can be seen in the Valley of Spirits being shut down, a Horde digsite in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, and Kor'kron camps in the Northern Barrens.
Click the cut to read the guide!
Patch 5.3 Hotfixes: May 21st
2013/05/21 at 7:39 PM
The first round of Patch 5.3 Hotfixes is up!
Players farming Karazhan for
Raiding with Leashes II: Attunement Edition
pets should be happy, as the Chess Encounter got nerfed!
Conquest Quartermasters (Armsmaster Holinka and Roo Desvin) have been temporarily disabled due to a bug with the Tyrannical Conquest achievement.
Overturned Caravans now despawn properly and are removed from the world map.
Class changes for Druids, Monks, and Shaman.
Click the cut to read the hotfixes!
Wowhead's Patch 5.3 Guide
2013/05/20 at 7:14 PM
Patch 5.3 goes live on
Tuesday, May 21st
, as things really heat up between the Alliance, Horde, and Garrosh!
While there's no new raid in 5.3, there's plenty to keep you busy--
new Brawler's Guild bosses, heroic scenarios, pet battle rewards, and numerous PvP changes
There's also a new world event,
, in which you assist Vol'jin with the Darkspear Rebellion and collect some unique vanity items along the way. Don't delay though--this world event is only around for a limited time!
We've got summaries of all the new content below, as well as links to blue posts and Wowhead's comprehensive PTR coverage.
Patch Notes and Overview
Experience needed to increase from 85-90 has been
reduced by 33%
more control over loot rewards
with a "Loot Specialization" menu option for bonus rolls, quests, Raid Finder, and Heroic Scenario loot.
Read more here
Battlefield Barrens is a
new world event
in which Alliance and Horde players unite to undermine Garrosh and kill his Kor'kron guards for u
Patch 5.3: PvP Changes, Additions, Cosmetic Rewards
2013/05/18 at 1:59 PM
PvP is getting some radical changes and welcome additions in Patch 5.3! Most importantly, resilience is gone from gear, Season 13 gear won't be eligible for item upgrades, and all gear is being scaled down to ilvl 496 in arenas and battlegrounds. These changes are designed to make PvP a more welcoming experience for new players, instead of being something dreaded for
School of Hard Knocks
Chapter II: Wrathion's War
where undergeared players repeatedly meet a quick death.
There's also a greater emphasis on cosmetic PvP rewards in 5.3--enchants and special gear for high-ranked players. And since high-level Elite gear is getting a nerf, Elite gear now fills a transmog niche instead of serving as overpowered PvP gear.
Finally, there's a new arena and battleground, for which you'll get the fabulous
title if you complete the meta.
Click the cut to read the guide!
Patch 5.3 is May 21st
2013/05/17 at 8:04 PM
confirmed on twitter
that Patch 5.3 is hitting on Tuesday, May 21st! Players can look forward to the new
Battlefield Barrens World Event
more Brawler's Guild bosses and vanity items
legendary questline developments
huge PvP changes
and more. Check out the
5.3 Patch Notes
for a full list of additions and changes.
World of Warcraft Patch 5.3: #Escalation is releasing Tuesday, May 21
Blizzard then linked to their
Prepping for 5.3 Blog
, which covers the essentials to keep in mind this weekend as you plan things out:
Experience required to lev
5.3 PTR: Hidden Brawler's Guild Items, Tom Chilton Interview
2013/05/17 at 11:08 AM
In addition to the new Brawler's Guild bosses coming with Ranks 9 and 10 in Patch 5.3, there are twelve special bosses which each require players doing something creative to unlock.
First, players must find a special item, such as
The Bear and the Lady Fair
. Each item has a unique source.
These items start quests asking the player to return these item to the Brawler's Guild, like
A Tale of Romance and Chivalry
Once at the Brawler's Guild, you will then fight the boss associated with the item, in quests like
The Bear and the Lady Fair
Beating the boss for the first time will reward you with a significant amount of gold like
Overflowing Sack of Coins
, and a themed vanity shirt like
You can now purchase that boss' Challenge Card and fight them again as much as you like.
Challenge Cards are a new addition to the Brawler's Guild--players can purchase them to fight any boss they've already faced.
Here are some of the interesting quest sources recently brought to our attention:
Users participating in Battlefield: Barrens can purchase
Raptorhide Boxing Gloves
. Users can get one a week from
News Round Up: The Elusive Unborn Val'kyr, PvP Changes in 5.3, Build 16958
2013/05/16 at 12:24 PM
In today's news, we have an epic blue post talking about all the PvP changes coming in 5.3--they should encourage more players to try PvP instead of being disheartened by a gear gap. We're also investigating the elusive source of a new battle pet,
, and have a few new spell changes from a tiny 5.3 PTR build this morning.
PvP in 5.3
With the new scaling system in battlegrounds and arenas bringing everything down to ilvl 496, players behind on gear won't be as big of a squishy target for BiS-geared players--all that awesome PvE gear is getting scaled down. This new system also won't encourage players to keep their scaled-down raiding epics and ignore PvP gear, as the extra stats on PvP gear will give a survivability edge.
CM Nakatoir gave a few examples of players that could currently be discouraged by PvP--a progressed
Throne of Thunder
raider, and someone in starter-PvP gear, both wanting to try something new. In both scenarios, they get crushed by an opponent in Tyrannical gear. The raider, while doing decent damage, is squishy and dies a lot, while the person in PvP gear does poor damage and dies easily to someone in full Tyrannical gear.
While these scenarios were made up, they're fairly accurate bas
5.3 PTR Patch Notes (Updated May 14th), Build 16954
2013/05/14 at 5:35 PM
yesterday's new 5.3 PTR build
, we've got the official updated 5.3 PTR notes today. There's nothing too drastic in the notes, as the PTR has been relatively quiet for a week or two.
Several class changes, including increased cooldowns on some Hunter pet crowd-control abilities, and the reversal of recent DK Unholy nerfs.
Lava Burst deals 25% more damage.
Reborn Blacksmithing weapons can now use an
Eye of the Black Prince
There was also a small PTR build today, in which Lava Burst's cooldown went from 1.5 seconds to 2 seconds to match the description in the PTR notes:
You hurl molten lava at the target, dealing 1382 to 1775 Fire damage. Lava Burst will always deal a critical strike. If your Flame Shock is on the target, Lava Burst will deal 50% additional damage.
5.3 PTR Patch Note Additions
no longer benefits from the damage increase granted by
Tricks of the Trade
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2013/05/13 at 6:09 PM
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5.3 PTR: Build 16946 -- Spell Changes and More
2013/05/13 at 5:28 PM
A new 5.3 PTR build is coming soon--Blizzard
tweeted earlier today
that 5.3 isn't coming this week, so enjoy some more class tweaks in the meantime!
There aren't too many new things in this build, except for a few Seesaw-related spells, like
Talents and Specialization
An instant attack that deals 175%200% weapon damage plus 540 and increases the duration of your Blood Plague, Frost Fever, and Chains of Ice effects on the target by up to 6 sec.
An unholy strike that deals 165%135% of weapon damage as Physical damage plus 597. In addition, for each of your diseases on your target, you deal an additional 25% of the Physical damage done as Shadow damage.
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