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5.2 PTR - Build 16562 - Tier 15 Raid Drops, 3D Weapon Models, and More
2013/02/08 at 7:07 PM
Tonight's patch added hundreds of Tier 15 raid items, gorgeous models for all raid weapons, and a few minor spell changes! In addition, achievements for Ra-den, the new heroic-only boss, have been added:
Cutting Edge: Ra-den
Heroic: Ra-den Guild Run
Realm First! Ra-den
Check out the latest additions!
Tier 15 Weapons: 3D Weapon Models
We've shown the colorations for ilvl 535 heroic weapons below--models have been added for LFR, Normal, and Heroic Tier 15 weapons. Click on the images to view them in our 3D Model Viewer--these weapons have amazing details that can only be seen by rotating them fully, as well as distinctive animations! You can also try out all of their animations on all character races.
Megaera's Poisoned Fang
Ritual Dagger of the Mind's Eye
Athame of the Sanguine Ritual
Iron Qon's Boot Knife
Fyn's Flickering Dagger
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News Round Up: Initial Isle of Thunder Stage, Tier 14 Nerfs, Ghostcrawler on Class Balance
2013/02/08 at 1:03 PM
In today's news round up, we cover the initial phasing stage of
Isle of Thunder
, a new daily hub in Patch 5.2 that has many content features and lore developments.
Blizzard's posting frenzy continues as well with potential 5.2 class changes as well as explanations on why the Tier 14 raids are nerfed by 10% and Tier 15 LFR gear is ilvl 502.
Isle of the Thunder King: Stage 0
As stated yesterday,
Blizzard is testing different phases of the Isle of Thunder
every few days for the month of February on the PTR. It's important to test every phasing stage as each one has a cool addition like the
These past few days, Stage 0 has been available for testing. Here's what players can experience:
Kirin Tor Offensive
have set up base on warships near the island. They have not yet landed and constructed the bases play
News Round Up: WoW at 9.6 Million Subscribers, Currency Conversions, PTR Testing
2013/02/07 at 3:22 PM
Activision Blizzard earnings call
it was revealed that World of Warcraft lost its initial burst of subscribers from Mists of Pandaria, coming down to 9.6 million. Last year WoW lost
a lot of subscribers
and was at 9.1 million right before WoW's expansion came out:
, and finally
100k subscribers last February
This is still an increase from where things were before MoP launched, but we'll have to see if the more frequent pace of these patches improves subscribers furthe
Warlock Green Fire Preview
2013/02/07 at 8:22 AM
The much-anticipated Green Fire questline for
s is now testable on the 5.2 PTR. We've got a walkthrough of the quest series, transcriptions of lore events, a video of the final boss, and most importantly...the green fire!
Green Fire Spell Effects Video
completed the challenging quest series yesterday and made a video of all the transformed abilities!
The following abilities can be colored green with
The Codex of Xerrath
Rain of Fire
. Speaking to Jubeka in Shadowmoon Valley can restore these spells to their normal color.
5.2 PTR: New Reputations and Rewards Preview
2013/02/06 at 11:21 AM
There are three new factions in Patch 5.2:
Kirin Tor Offensive
. Here's an overview of their different types of reputation rewards:
Kirin Tor Offensive
After the Dalaran fallout in 5.1, these two new factions led by Jaina Proudmoore and Lor'themar Theron respectively are investigating the new island both to help the Pandaren and profit for their own political gain--check out our
5.2 Audio Spoilers
for more details. You can also check out some of the daily quests
were initially not intended
to have Valor Point rewards, but since 5.2 was a very raid-heavy patch, epic rewards costing
are being added to be palatable for non-raiders.
From Zarhym: "These rewards are ilevel 496 and will only accommodate a few slots, as they aren’t intended to be very attractive to raiders (including those running LFR),
Updated 5.2 PTR Patch Notes -- February 11
2013/02/05 at 1:33 PM
latest PTR build
, the 5.2 PTR Patch Notes have once again been updated.
(Edit: there were some minor changes from the February 11th notes which we've added in here.)
Here are the highlights:
When Patch 5.2 goes live, all players who have defeated Will of the Emperor, Grand Empress Shek’zeer, and/or Sha of Fear on Normal difficulty prior to the release of Patch 5.2 will receive a Feat of Strength to mark their accomplishments, such as
Ahead of the Curve: Grand Empress Shek'zeer
. This is in addition to players defeating these bosses on Heroic difficulty receiving achievements like
Cutting Edge: Grand Empress Shek'zeer
Throne of Thunder loot drops are now available for testing in Raid Finder, Normal, and Heroic difficulty, with puchasable normal-mode Tier 15 gear.
The Tier 15 vendor is by Niuzao Temple.
faction gear vendors are now on the PTR.
On Normal and Heroic mode,
zone-wide auras have been activated in
Heart of Fear
Terrace of Endless Spring
reducing the health and damage of all enemies therein by 10%.
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