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5.2 PTR: New Heirlooms, Future Item Upgrades, Ghostcrawler Tweets
2013/01/08 at 2:21 PM
Ghostcrawler has been using Twitter instead of the forums for a while, and recently he's been addressing a lot of class balance issues, as well as talking about the PTR.
The biggest announcement he's recently made was that new gear in 5.2 won't have Item Upgrade options, such as Throne of Thunder raid gear. Instead, Item Upgrades may be options for patches that do not have new raid content.
Is Item Upgrade going to be available for 5.2 Gear (e.g. Tyrannical PVP and Throne of Thunder). Thoughts on how well it works?
ATM, we are planning on no upgrading during 5.2. Too early to evaluate how well it worked. I'm sure it will need tweaking. I would think having higher ilevel would help a lot in the new content and will compete for a time with newer gear.
still no answer if VP will be reset/downgraded like in the past on 5.2's release?
I don't believe we have answered that yet.
Hi. Is valor pts upgrade system implemented only for in-between tiers period or also for new tiers one like in 5.2. ? Thanks.
Our plan at this mome
Swift Windsteed Now on Sale at Blizzard Store
2013/01/08 at 11:42 AM
After seeing teasers on
Blizzard's facebook and the 5.1 PTR
, Blizzard's latest Pet Store mount is now on sale!
costs $25/20 Euros from the
and is a flying mount all present and future characters on an account will receive in the mail. Personally, we love the unique model and cloud it floats on--each Blizzard Store mount is more detailed than the last.
<div class="detail"><p>Take the reins of one of Pandaria’s most majestic and rare beasts, the Swift Windsteed, and it is said that good fortune will follow. Dart across the heavens on a silver cloud as fast as your riding skill allows. Once purchased from the <a href="
target="_blank">Blizzard Store</a>, the mount will be available to all present and future characters for a single Battle.net® account.</p>
5.2 PTR: New Daily Quests
2013/01/05 at 11:34 AM
We've got the first batch of 5.2 daily quests to share with you and one thing is for certain--you'll be killing a lot of Trolls. The majority of datamined quests cover daily quests associated with two new factions, the Kirin-Tor Offensive and the Sunreaver Onslaught. Several of these quests are in a very early stage, between their jokey names or missing descriptions, but other offer details about the Loa, Zandalari lore developments, and the Mogu.
There's also some information on the areas in Isle of the Thunder King--the Bestiary of Jelek appears to be a center for Zandalari forces, while the Court of Bones is home to Mogu Sorcerers. And this patch's poop quest is found in Ihgaluk Crag, home to the Saurok.
We also found a weekly quest and raid quest tied to the upcoming 5.2 raid, Throne of Thunder:
The Crumbled Chamberlain
. You there! Assist me. In life I was the keeper of keys for his majesty, the Thunder King. For my dedication, I was condemned to this stone form, forever forced to watch over these keys. Someone has desecrated my glorious body and sent pieces of it across the island. The thought of spending an eternity without my
5.2 PTR: Isle of Giants, Transmog Weapon Restrictions Changed
2013/01/04 at 10:56 AM
Today we have a video by Lore of the
Isle of Giants
, the mysterious island to the north of
. This island is pretty abandoned for now, but has some lush jungle foliage and the world boss
, a huge dinosaur. You can read about
's abilties in our
Dungeon Journal preview
Transmog Weapon Restrictions Changed
Last month, Blizzard tweeted about possible transmog restrictions being lifted in 5.2:
Removing main-hand/off-hand Xmog restrictions maybe by 5.2. Also allowing Xmog of weaps w/ similar anims (2H axe/2H sword, etc).
Problem right now is fist weapons can be quite big, & Monk anims are detailed enough that these weapons cause bad art clipping.
I discussed w/ @Ghostcrawler & he's going to see if we can make polearm Xmog work for War/DK/Ret weapon types. Want to!
While transmogging Off Hand or Main Hand weapons to One Hand weapons wasn't possible on the PTR, we realized that over 600 Ma
5.2 PTR: New Spell Effects
2013/01/03 at 12:23 PM
Several new and redesigned abilities got interesting spell effects on the PTR, so we took screenshots and Lore made a video of them! Here's the ones we thought were the most interesting:
Ring of Peace
, Level 60
New Talent: Forms a sanctuary around the target for 8 sec, causing all enemies to be silenced and disarmed within 8 yards.
, Level 30 Brewmaster and Windwalker
ability: Clears you of all root, stun and fear effects and reduces the duration of future such effects by 60% for 6 sec. Nimble Brew can be cast while stunned or feared.
Marked for Death
, Level 90
New Talent (replaces Versatility): Mark the target, instantly generating 5 combo points on them. When the target dies, Marked for Death's cooldown is reset.
, Level 60
New Talent: Immediately teleport to a targeted location, leaving a shadow of yourself behind. Upon activating the effect a second time, or after 10 sec, you will return to your shadow's location.
, level 90
Redesigned Talent: A ranged attack that deals 1246 Physical damage to an enemy target. If the enemy is farther than
5.2 PTR Zone Preview: Isle of Giants, Isle of the Thunder King
2013/01/02 at 3:42 PM
The 5.2 PTR opened up today, and while it's still a work in progress, we have some visual previews of the new zones for you!
Isle of Giants
is a small tropical isle to the north of Kun-Lai Summit that features the new world boss,
, a troll dinosaur.
Isle of the Thunder King
is able to be explored in an incomplete scenario form.
Edit: as of 1/3, these scenarios have been locked, most likely to fix some bugs.
This is the location for the new 5.2 raid, new quest hubs featuring the Kirin Tor Offensive and Sunreaver Onslaught, a new world boss, a Lightning Forge used to craft weapons with distinctive or formerly-removed models, and a Shipyard, Main Courtyard, and Treasure Room.
Isle of Thunder
explored the Scenario version of
Isle of Thunder
. In his walkthrough of the zone, he speculates on what each visually-unique area is used for, based on the 5.2 PTR Patch Notes.
Click the cut to see the screenshots for the Isle of the Thunder King and Isle of Giants!
5.2 PTR Now Available to Play, PTR Patch Notes
2013/01/02 at 12:43 PM
The 5.2 PTR just opened up with level 90 premades available! We're really excited to be able to check out all the
cool things we datamined last month
and will be having more news up shortly! Right now it looks like at least two scenarios are open for each faction.
Check out our 5.2 PTR coverage so far:
5.2 PTR - Build 16408 - New Items, Spell Changes, Tier 15 Armor
New Troll Transmog Gear
Season 13 PvP Armor
Patch 5.2 Patch Note Preview
5.2 Raid and Scenario Preview
Click the cut to read the patch notes!
News Round Up: Valor Point Cap, Ghostcrawler Twitter Highlights
2013/01/02 at 11:34 AM
While many of us are still on vacation, Blizzard staff is returning to regular news posting! Today we have some explanations behind the
cap--always a hot topic--and what the purpose of common-quality vendor gear serves when it gives minimal upgrades. Personally, I think it adds some neat flavor even if the items aren't huge upgrades, but would like to be able to use them for transmog.
Ghostcrawler has also been pretty active on twitter dispensing advice and answering player concerns. We've picked out some of the most interesting recent ones, which cover class balance, LFR droprates, and cooking catch-up mechanisms.
We've also refined some 3D models from our
popular Season 13 PvP post
--check out the new shoulders!
The cap should not really be seen as punishment to people for being able to reach the maximum amount of
s every week. The idea behind the cap is to give people a choice on how they reach the cap without having them feel obliged to do everything.
s should also not be considered the prim
New Year's Eve in Azeroth, Wowhead's 2012 Year In Review
2012/12/31 at 10:08 AM
It's time once again for Azeroth to celebrate New Year's Eve with a nice
Filled Festive Mug
and fireworks--catch them at the top of the hour in major cities and Booty Bay, but
not to drunkenly PvP in Booty Bay since the guards are asleep.
Don't forget to /dance back at the Revelers to get
Celebrate Good Times!
, which increases all stats by 10% for 30 minutes. Drinking
Filled Festive Mug
also gives you a neat slowfall effect--
Whether you're relaxing in-game or heading out to celebrate, have a Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! Join the celebrations starting at 6:00 a.m. realm time, December 31, and check out the fireworks in the skies above the cities every hour on the hour. Sample the exotic brews and libations carted in from around the world of Azeroth, and /dance your way into the new year as a part of the celebration. For those looking to avoid trouble—or get into it—you may want to steer clear of—or head toward—Booty Bay as the guards there appear to be spending more time enjoying themselves than enforcing town rules (at least int
Transmogrification Guides: Troll Armor (Updated for 5.4)
2012/12/28 at 10:23 AM
Patch 5.2 introduced
that bring back a ton of old troll designs, made inaccessible when the original versions of
were removed. We immediately thought what great transmog additions they would be for players!
The new version of
had some recolored weapons and armor, but they didn't match the original items. Plus, player favorites like
Ancient Amani Longbow
never made it into the new version of the instance.
was more extreme--the 5-piece sets from vanilla, often with surprisingly good itemization compared to Tier 1, were never put back in. While they aren't as eye-catching as the
armor, they hold sentimental value for a lot of players. Some distinctive weapons like
Fang of the Faceless
never made it back in either.
The majority of this lookalike gear was added in Patch 5.2 as zone drops from
Isle of Thunder
, but later patches have added a few pieces to fill in incomplete sets.
Check out the complete updated series of Transmogrification Guides:
5.2 PTR: Season 13 PvP Armor
2012/12/27 at 2:30 PM
Last week we posted many 3D models of
Tier 15 PvE armor coming in Patch 5.2
: this week we have most Season 13 PvP sets to share! Since most model names are called "Alliance" or "Horde," it looks like Blizzard may be implementing faction-themed PvP gear. While the Tier 9 PvE sets had different models for the Alliance and Horde, this hasn't been done for PvP since vanilla, before arena seasons were introduced.
Several sets have four color variations, so perhaps the lower ilvl PvP gear will look the same across factions, and the unique Alliance and Horde colors will be reserved for the Elite gear, similar to how
Reins of the Vicious War Steed
Horn of the Vicious War Wolf
are unique faction rewards for battleground dedication.
Shoulders have now been added to some PvP sets! Enjoy.
Patch 5.1: New Rare Tames
2012/12/26 at 11:17 AM
Over 100 low-level rares were also added in the most recent patch--many have distinctive colors that make them unique Hunter tames. In addition, Arcane Wyrms are now tamable serpents, and several received recolors for more variation.
If you're not a Hunter, these new rares don't drop any fancy loot, but they do give a significant amount of experience for killing them. The list is fun just to browse as well because many have clever names, like
Gib the Banana-Hoarder
, a monkey with a fez.
We've broken down the rares by continent and level, including zone details and 3D models, as well as by pet family. Tames with unique colors/models are marked in italics.
Click on the cut to see all the new 5.1 rare tames!
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