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5.4 PTR: Currency and Reputation Gear Changes
2013/07/03 at 11:54 AM
On the latest 5.4 PTR, reputation gear costs have been nerfed pretty hard, making it easier to gear up fresh characters. Many
items will cost
items will have greatly reduced costs.
As this is still the PTR, currency costs are subject to change, but here's what we observed in-game:
Honored items now require Friendly--chest, hands, legs, backs. In addition, the costs have been reduced by 34%:
5.4 PTR: Siege of Orgrimmar Mount Rewards and Zone Preview
2013/07/02 at 11:41 AM
The Siege of Orgrimmar has recently been open for testing on the PTR--today we've got a visual preview of the zone, as well as some details on the mount rewards.
Tier 16 will have three raid mounts as rewards. These are handled a bit differently than the other raid mounts in MoP.
Reins of the Kor'kron War Wolf
are rewarded if you've completed
Ahead of the Curve: Garrosh Hellscream (10 player)
Ahead of the Curve: Garrosh Hellscream (25 player)
. This is the first Ahead of the Curve achievement to award a mount, and also the first to be split into 10 and 25 player versions since the lockouts became shared in Cataclysm.
Mythic: Garrosh Hellscream
will have a 100% droprate on a truly epic mount, that will be nerfed to 2% when the next tier comes out.
Glory of the Orgrimmar Raider
Reins of Galakras
mount. Blizzard has confirmed that the achievements required for the
Glory of the Orgrimmar Raider
will not include heroic ones, and that the needed achievements can be completed in Flex mode.
At last week's fansite mixer held at Blizzard, I asked Lead Encounter Designer Ion Hazzikostas about the mount changes, and here's a (summarized) version of his reply:
The mounts and achievements tied to the Siege of Orgrimmar ra
5.4 PTR Patch Notes: Updated July 1st
2013/07/01 at 1:08 PM
Updated 5.4 PTR Patch Notes are now available! There's some details on the changed arena system, as well as changes to old reputation gear and
Players no longer need to create or join an Arena team to compete. Similar to the Rated Battleground system, players in a party of the appropriate size (cross-realm groups are supported) may queue for an Arena bracket of the same size (2v2, 3v3, or 5v5).
Epic quality (purple) Valor items sold by the
now have their reputation requirements reduced to Friendly or below, and have their
cost reduced by 34%.
Epic quality (purple) Valor items sold by all other Mists of Pandaria faction quartermasters no longer have reputation requirements, and will now cost
instead of Valor.
The conversion rate for
have changed. The conversion rate is now 0
(up from 5
Sacred Shield changes were reverted from the last build--it's remaining a talent for now.
Click the cut for the full notes!
5.4 PTR: Build 17124 - Spell Changes, Legendary Quest Rewards, Trinkets, and More
2013/06/27 at 3:46 PM
Check out the latest additions!
Drums of Rage
, new consumable if you're missing heroism: Increases melee, ranged, and spell haste by 30% for all party and raid members. Lasts 40 sec. Allies receiving this effect will become Exhausted and be unable to benefit from Bloodlust, Heroism or Time Warp again for 10 min.
The reward from Chapter V of the Wrathion questline is a legendary cloak.
Chapter V: Judgment of the Black Prince
now reads "Work with Wrathion to create your legendary-quality cloak and complete his quest to defeat Garrosh Hellscream." Based on new spells unearthed today, these capes may be tied to the following unique procs:
Essence of Yu'lon
: Your damaging attacks have a chance to empower you with the Essence of Yu'lon, causing your next direct damage spell to also burn the target with jade dragonflame, dealing 5000 damage and an additional 30000 damage over 6 sec. This damage also affects other enemies near the burning target.
Endurance of Niuzao
: The Endurance of Niuzao fully absorbs the damage of one attack that would normally kill you. This effect has a 60 sec cooldown.
5.4 PTR: Orgrimmar and Razor Hill Changes, New Legendary Quests
2013/06/24 at 2:55 PM
Orgrimmar on the 5.4 PTR keeps getting more and more changes. In Patch 5.3, the Kor'kron had the troll section on lockdown, and on the PTR, they've extended their influence over even more of the city.
We also have some details on new legendary quests coming in Patch 5.4, which predictably have you spend time in the Siege of Orgrimmar, but also unexpectedly spend some time collecting
on the Timeless Isle, a new zone that's home to an upcoming pet tournament.
Check out what's new in our video below by Olivia, or hit the Description tab to read the specifics I've compiled, including a new conversation between Baine and Vol'jin discussing the Siege of Orgrimmar and Garrosh.
Gamon has moved from the Valley of Strength to the Valley of Wisdom. No longer simply cornered by the Kor'kron, he's being held at gunpoint by them.
The Valley of Spirits is still on lockdown by the Kor'kron, who have also begun tormenting vendors in the Valley of Strength. In particular, the goblin bankers are in a fight and several vendors are huddled in the streets.
There's an increased mil
5.4 PTR Patch Notes - Updated June 20th
2013/06/20 at 4:12 PM
datamined 5.4 PTR build
, we have the official PTR notes from Blizzard today. Of particular note:
To speed up legendary quest progress,
The Strength of One's Foes
can be completed in
Throne of Thunder
Any Battle Pet that could be awarded from a
Throne of Thunder
boss on Raid Finder difficulty, such as
, can now be won from a bonus roll, in addition to the standard bonus roll reward.
Arena matches that go longer than 15 minutes will now reach a quick end with one team getting hugely buffed with
The Crowd Chose You!!!
. This is awarded to the team that has the most players alive and has gotten the most players closest to death.
Many classes got significant ability and glyph changes:
now reduces magic damage taken in the area-of-effect by 40% for 3 seconds, and the ability no longer scales with strength.
has been redesigned. Fingers of Frost now increases the damage of Ice Lance by an additional 2%, Brain Freeze increases the damage of the instant cast Frostfire Bolt by 2%, and damage done by the Mage's Wa
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