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Live WoW Developer Q&A Transcript
2013/04/25 at 7:22 PM
Blizzard's Live WoW Developer Q&A took place on Thursday, April 25th, 5:30 pm PDT. Designers Dave Kosak, Ion Hazzikostas, Brian Holinka, Cory Stockton, and Greg Street answered player questions--since they covered a ton of questions over the course of an hour, we've organized all of their answers below by topic!
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Some epic battle pets are coming in 5.4.
The new Barrens content in 5.3 will not be CRZ, and will not affect low-level questing.
Think the Alliance was shortchanged on lore? Dave Kosak has some thoughts on that.
Plans are in the works for some server population issues.
Based on player feedback, the PvP Pet Battle system may continue to expand after 5.3.
While the 5.4 raid will include Orgrimmar, it won't just be recycled zones--plans will see some new stuff.
PvP questions included players asking about PvPers making gold and additional PvP rewards. They also asked about 5.3 changes, such as ilvl 496 item scaling for PvP and removing resilience from PvP gear.
Watcher evaluates the success of
5.3 PTR - Build 16888 - Spell Changes, 5.2 Hotfixes
2013/04/24 at 8:40 PM
A new build is coming to the 5.3 PTR very soon--check out the latest version of the
5.3 PTR Patch Notes
, updated April 22nd, to see what's been a confirmed change. Some datamined changes reflect the Patch Note changes to spells like
healing more players in 25-player instances.
There were only few additions in this build--Murkimus got an upgrade,
Murkimus' Tyrannical Spear
, and two new Tournament Arena Realm achievements were added,
Tournament Participation 2013
Tournament Glory 2013
Check out the latest additions!
There was also a single hotfix added to the 5.2 Hotfix Blog yesterday--but it's pretty big if you like killing world bosses.
Fixed an issue where bonus rolls on
did not work properly for players coalesced from a different realm.
Click the cut for the 5.3 spell changes!
News Roundup: BlizzCon Tickets on Sale Today, Pet Passives Buffed
2013/04/24 at 11:35 AM
Today's news roundup covers some topics players absolutely love--BlizzCon and pet battles! If you love your
Spectral Tiger Cub
but thought its Magic passive was a bit weak, you're in luck--Aquatic, Critter, and Magic pet passives are being buffed in a future patch.
And for the more nerve-wracking news:
BlizzCon tickets go on sale
soon. They'll be available online
April 24 at 7 p.m. PDT
Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. PDT
for $175 at
There was a recent
helpful blue post
, which we've included below, that covers some tips on the ticket-purchasing process. Important things to keep in mind:
Credit and debit cards are the only ways you can purchase tickets--make sure your information is
on your Battle.net account.
You will need a Batt
5.3 PTR Patch Notes - April 22 Updates, Lesser Charms and World Boss Loot Hotfix
2013/04/22 at 1:59 PM
The 5.3 PTR Patch Notes were updated today. Big changes include the following:
Experience needed from 85-90 was reduced by 33%.
Pandaren Spirit Pet Supplies now has a chance to drop a family specific rare Battle-Stone.
Completing the Challenge mode daily quest now awards a Heroic Cache of Treasures with a chance to contain an epic item!
Protection for bad luck streaks have been added to Battle-Stones from pet supplies bags and wild battles. Each bag or battle that does not provide a stone has a progressively better chance to award a stone to the player.
Reduced the number of Lesser Charms of Good Fortune needed for the Mogu Runes of Fate weekly quest to 50, down from 90. Edit: Seems like the Lesser Charms of Good Fortune change got sped up a bit--it's a hotfix happening late tonight!
Numerous class changes, including
now targeting 12 raid members when used in a 25-player instance.
Many trinkets have had their on-use effects reduced, but their duration increased, when used in a Battleground or Arena.
Lesser Charms and World Boss Loot Hotfixes
Two big changes are coming via hotfixes soon--Mogu Runes of Fate require 50 Lesser Charm
5.3 PTR: Legendary Questline and Celestial Capes Preview
2013/04/22 at 12:13 PM
covered last week
, parts of the 5.3 legendary questline have been datamined, with ilvl 600 capes as rewards for defeating one of the four celestials. Today we're taking a closer look at
Chapter IV: Celestial Blessings
, including datamined quests, transcripts of audio between Wrathion and the Celestials, and the distinctive 3D Models for the capes.
5.3 Legendary Quests
sends you to talk to Wrathion after the defeat of the Thunder King.
The Thunder King is dead, and his instruments of oppression are being picked over by the Alliance and Horde for their own ends.
We come now to the climax of the pandaren campaign. Hellscream's machinations have brought the Alliance down on his head - but even more importantly, he's fractured the unity of the Horde. As the Pandaren say: "The Wok is Hot." Something is about to give, and all of our work comes down to this.
I need time to plan. See me as soon as your faction is ready to make its move!
: You must defeat one of the four celestials--each Celestial's challenge is designed
Transmog Guide: Patch 5.2 New Sets
2013/04/20 at 1:02 PM
Continuing with our series of transmog guides, today's guide looks at all the new sets and models added in Patch 5.2. There were many new sets from Tier 15 (PvE) and Season 13 (PvP), but there were also troll-themed armor piece dropping on
Isle of Thunder
. Mouseover the name of each transmog set to see a screenshot of the set.
We've updated our two big guides:
Transmogrification: Tier Armor
: covers all class-specific tier sets--both PvE and PvP.
Transmogrification: Look-Alike Tier
: covers all items that resemble class-only tier, which anyone can equip.
In addition, the following guides specifically cover 5.2 transmog:
Patch 5.2: Troll Transmog
: New looks based on items from the original Zul'Gurub and Zul'Aman.
3D Gallery of Main-Hand weap
Live WoW Developer Q&A Thursday, April 25, World of Tanks Giveaway
2013/04/20 at 10:26 AM
Live WoW Developer Q&A
Blizzard will be hosting a live WoW developer Q&A at 5:30 pm PDT, Thursday April 25th! They haven't done something like this in a while--the last developer one was in
right after BlizzCon.
This will be a moderated chat on CoverItLive with designers Dave Kosak, Ion Hazzikostas, Brian Holinka, Cory Stockton, and Greg Street present.
Good people of Azeroth, lend me your eyes!
We’ll be hosting a live World of Warcraft developer Q&A open to the community on Thursday, April 25 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. PDT. Designers Dave Kosak, Ion Hazzikostas, Brian Holinka, Cory Stockton, and Greg Street will be available to field your questions about Mists of Pandaria gameplay and design, patch 5.2 and beyond. This will be a moderated chat on the Cover it Live platform hosted on the front page of our official site. Community managers Bashiok, Crithto, Daxxarri, Rygarius, and I will be there to filter your submissions for the developers.
We receive thousands of questions each time we host these events, so please be patient with us and bear in m
Bad Robot Battle Pet Coming In Future Patch
2013/04/19 at 5:36 PM
Blizzard is paying tribute to
Bad Robot Productions
, the company behind
film sagas, with a robot battle pet Engineers can craft in a future patch!
We datamined this 3D model a while back and are excited to see it making it live! Click on the image to view it in our 3D Modelviewer.
One of the core values we live by here at Blizzard is “Embrace Your Inner Geek.” We play countless games, we collect comics and card games, we love cutting-edge technology and computer hardware, we’re fascinated by science and discovery, and many of us are movie buffs. Movies represent the combined imaginations of talented writers and visionaries, artists and operators, editors and producers, that can culminate in an awesome cinematic experience.
It’s with this motivation that we express our respect for JJ Abrams'
Bad Robot Productions
Ask the Devs—5.3 PTR Edition
2013/04/19 at 10:09 AM
Ask the Devs
covers PvP in Patch 5.3. There are some big changes in store, including an ilvl 496 cap in arena and RBGs, as well as resilience removed from all current PvP gear. Players asked questions about the following topics:
PvP Item Level Cap: since all gear will scale down to 496 in arenas and RBGs, players were concerned about PvE trinkets with strong procs, and if the feeling of excitement is now gone when you buy/upgrade gear.
Resilience: Players now get 65% base resilience, and resilience is removed from all current PvP gear. However, PvP resilience remains on heirlooms as well as gems and enchants, but may change in the future. Tank flag carriers now take additional damage in battlegrounds as a way to discourage PvE-geared tank flag carriers.
Rewards and Incentives: Elite gear is now meant to be a vanity reward, similar to the Challenge Mode transmog sets. The team agrees that there's room for more PvP rewards in between, such as a reward for winning 50 Battlegrounds.
Class Changes: Players were most curious about changes to
(requires a four second cast time, is attackable), and
Patch 5.2 Hotfixes: April 18th
2013/04/18 at 6:20 PM
Blizzard just posted some more Patch 5.2 hotfixes. Of particular interest:
in the Twin Consorts encounter now deals 5 million damage, down from 30 million damage in Raid Finder difficulty.
Brutal Talisman of the Shado-Pan Assault
Vicious Talisman of the Shado-Pan Assault
have had their +use effects changed only for PvP combat: they are half as potent but last twice as long.
Fixed an issue where targets of
were receiving more damage than intended from
Eyes of the Thunder King
: Engaging Unblinking Eyes and Focused Eyes will now place all members of the raid in combat, preventing players from releasing when they die.
Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
Throne of Thunder
Fixed an issue where it was possible to have 2 instances of Unstable Vita active during the Ra-den encounter.
5.3 PTR - Build 16853 - Spell Changes, Brawler's Guild Shirts, and More
2013/04/17 at 6:43 PM
A new build is coming to the 5.3 PTR soon! For a confirmed list of changes, check out the
official 5.3 PTR Patch Notes
, last updated April 15th. Several of today's datamined changes, such as
A Test of Valor
, down from 6000
, were already in the notes.
Check out the latest additions!
The Alliance get a new title for
-- The Hordebreaker.
Darkspear Revolutionary is the title for Horde players completing
Many more shirts have been datamined that appear to be rewards for defeating optional bosses in Brawler's Guild, such as
: Your Smite spell inflicts an additional 20% damage against targets afflicted by Holy Fire, but that additional damage does not get transferred by Atonement.
Item - Paladin T14 Holy 4P Bonus
Reduces the cooldown of your Holy Shock spell by 21 sec.
Brawler's Guild Shirts[/h
News Round Up: Legendary Guide Updated, Battle Chest Sale
2013/04/17 at 12:00 PM
Today's news roundup features a lengthy discussion on WoW's RNG loot system. While
5.3 will reduce the amount of bad bonus roll streaks
, some players are frustrated by feeling unrewarded for killing a boss.
There's also a Warcraft Battle Chest Sale until the 23rd, and the 2013 Student Art Contest Winners have been selected--as prizes, they'll get a mentorship with a member of the World of Warcraft art team!
Legendary Guide Updated
Pinnacle of Storms open on LFR
, more players may find themselves completing their legendary metagems. We've updated our
Legendary Quest Guide
with some user comments and videos on the challenging single-player scenario, The Thunder Forge, you'll need to complete after getting 20
Secrets of the Empire
There's also been a confirmed issue with ilvl 502 gems not working on upgraded ilvl 504 helms:
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