MMO-Champion - Patch 5.0.4 Survival Guide, 2012 WoW Arena North America Invitational
Patch 5.0.4 Survival Guide
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
With the release of Patch 5.0.4, a number of features and changes that aren’t strictly in the continent of Pandaria will be added to the game. I’ve drummed up this guide (with the help of a lot of other people) to ensure you’re prepared for the patch, aware of how it will impact your characters and experience, and ultimately get you into and enjoying the improvements the patch brings as quickly as possible.

You Are Prepared!

With any large patch, you’ll want to ensure you have it pre-downloaded, and ready to start up the game for the first time when it goes live. The 5.0.4 patch has been available on our background downloader for a couple weeks now, and if you haven’t yet, you’ll want to ensure you have the majority of the patch data downloaded before its release on August 28. The Background Downloader FAQ can help answer just about any question for how to get this done. To verify you have the patch fully downloaded already, just run the BackgroundDownloader.exe found in your World of Warcraft game directory.

Once the patch releases, it’s always possible you could run into an issue when installing it. Our Patch Troubleshooting page has a number of steps you can take, as well as basic and advanced steps.

One other area that trips a lot of people up when coming into a major game revision (especially one with as many changes as 5.0.4) is out of date UI AddOns. Both WoWInterface and Curse are popular UI sites that offer up-to-date addons, and you should attempt to find addons that state they support version 5.0.4 and/or the Mists of Pandaria expansion.

If you’ve been away from the game a while, or are running into UI issues, LUA/XML error messages, or “Unknown” entities, it may be a reasonable option to just wipe everything clean and start your AddOn adventures over. Our UI Reset FAQ can help!

Class Changes

Certainly one of the biggest changes coming in 5.0.4 is the new talent system, and with that comes a ton of changes and new spells and abilities, but before we get to that, a number of changes have been made that can impact how you play your class. These range from minor to major, but almost all specs have altered rotations, and a few have been completely redesigned. Once the patch launches be prepared to spend a little time reacquainting yourself with each ability, and setting your action bars up. Here are just a few of the highlights to be aware of.

Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Presences have changed. Frost Presence now increases your Runic Power generation, and each specialization learns a passive effect that should cause that specialization to favor the corresponding Presence for general use. Necrotic Strike, as well as the new talent Death Siphon, both cost a Death Rune, meaning that they can only be used when one of your runes has been transformed to Death.

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
The Feral specialization has been split into Feral (for Cat-focused druids) and Guardian (for Bear-focused druids) specializations. Each of the four specializations has a more distinct and different set of tools, but all of the spells available to the specialization are now useful. For example, Feral and Guardian druids can cast Healing Touch for a useful amount of healing, and Balance and Restoration druids can make better use of the Cat Form and Bear Form abilities they have.

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
There is no longer a minimum range for the class. The ranged weapon slot has been removed from the game; hunters now equip their ranged weapon in the main hand weapon slot. Hunters now benefit from Expertise as their ranged attacks can be dodged. Any type of pet can now choose any specialization (Ferocity, Tenacity, or Cunning).

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Mages received many changes intended to flesh out rotations and make them more interesting. Arcane mages now have a more complex rotation. Fire mages now have tools to control the random nature of their spells. Frost mages are now considerably stronger at sustained damage dealing, and now viable in PvE. Much of the crowd control and survivability that was unique to Frost has been spread to the whole class, or made available to all specs as talents.

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Paladins now have several ranged abilities, though remain primarily melee combatants. In-line with streamlining raid buffs (more on that below), Auras have been removed, and the buff focus is now on Seals. Paladins can now store up to 5 Holy Power at a time, but still can only use up to 3 on each Holy Power spender.

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Mana pools are fixed for all casters (more on this below). Chakras are now more similar to warrior stances. Changes have been made to Discipline to further support the damage absorption playstyle. Shadow priests now have Shadow Orbs as a resource, which can be generated by some of their basic spells, and spent on either strong damage or crowd control.

Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Poisons are now Spellbook abilities that affect both weapons at once. Poisons are divided into two categories, Lethal (Deadly or Wound Poison) and Non-Lethal (the rest), and you may have one poison of each type active at once. Many abilities that used to be restricted to a single specialization are now talents and available to all specializations; so you can have a Shadowstepping Combat rogue or an Assassination rogue with Cheat Death. Dagger speeds have been normalized such that the niche of the “fast dagger” intended for the off-hand no longer exists. Any dagger should be fine to equip in either hand.

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Totems no longer provide long-term buffs. Some of the old passive effects are now innately provided by the shaman. Totems instead have short-term situational benefits. In light of this the totem multidrop UI has been removed, though all totem spells are now sorted under draggable elemental flyouts in the Spellbook.

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Each warlock specialization has a unique secondary resource which allows them temporary surges in power. Affliction warlocks focus more on layering multiple periodic damage effects, and amplifying their effects, and use Soul Shards rotationally for strong damage, or occasionally for utility as before. Demonology warlocks now have a new Demonic Fury resource, instead of Soul Shards, which is built by casting their normal spells. Destruction warlocks now use Unstable Embers as a resource, which is built up slowly through casting their normal spells, and spent in bursts of massive damage. Warlocks no longer use armor spells, instead gaining additional armor and bonus health passively. All demons deal similar damage and are no longer linked to a specific spec. Doomguard, Infernal and Soulstone cooldowns reset upon wiping to a raid or dungeon boss.

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
The design of Rage has changed to function more like a valuable resource. Warriors no longer naturally gain Rage from taking damage, but instead generate Rage with their primary attacks, such as Mortal Strike, Bloodthirst, and Shield Slam. Stances also now share a single action bar, rather than changing your action bar, and abilities are no longer restricted by stance. In addition, the benefits of the stances have changed considerably, with Berserker Stance allowing the warrior to gain some Rage from taking damage, Battle Stance making the warrior gain additional Rage from dealing damage, and Defensive Stance focused on survivability.

New Talent System

The new talent system redefines how you create your character in World of Warcraft, while keeping the core style and feeling of each class and specialization intact. When launching the patch for the first time and hitting ‘N’ to open your talent pane, you’ll notice a number of changes.

The most obvious is a new layout for specializations, which now show the Core Abilities for each class spec. These are the defining skills that can only be used when you have that spec active.

The talent tab will show you the new talent system. You have a wide variety of useful and powerful abilities available to you regardless of your spec, but you may only select one talent from each row. Many of these tend to be old talents, sometimes with a bit of a change, while others are completely new abilities. These choices tend to be quite difficult, and you should expect to spend time considering each. But don’t get too discouraged, you can reset a single talent at any time (and anywhere) by using a Tome of Clear Mind (a tradable item crafted with Inscription), or reset all of them by visiting your class trainer.

Of course with a change this vast all talents have been reset, and you’ll be able to explore the new skills and talents as you choose them for the first time!

Glyphs

Glyphs are now a bit more focused, and a bit more fun. Prime glyphs are being removed, and Major glyphs are taking on the majority of the power and utility bonuses from both Prime and Minor glyphs. Minor glyphs are instead focusing on more fun aspects and cosmetic customization.

Quality of Life

There are a ton of changes in 5.0.4, and you should definitely check out the full patch notes on August 28th, but a few of these are worth calling out because of how wonderfully pleasing they’ll be every time you log in.

  • All Cooking awards have been combined into a single currency: Epicureans Awards. This not only cleans up your currency list a bit, but means that doing the daily quests in Stormwind can help you buy the Chef’s Hat in Dalaran.
  • AoE looting! Round up a ton of enemies, nuke ‘em, and then pick up all of their loot with a single right click – bag space permitting.
  • The Daily Quest cap is removed. While this will truly shine in Mists of Pandaria with far more robust daily quests, you can certainly take advantage of it before then.
  • Account-wide mounts, pets, and achievements! It’s finally here, and you’ll be able to enjoy just about every mount and pet you own on any character, and any license, under a single Battle.net account. You can also work on a wide variety of Achievements from multiple characters.
  • A new help system has been added to many of the UI elements and menus. You can toggle hints on and off by clicking the "i" button in the upper left corner of windows that have it.
  • New spells are now learned automatically when you level up. Class trainers are only needed to change talents, glyphs, class specialization, or to utilize the dual specialization feature.
  • Mana pools are capped. Not necessarily a quality of life improvement, but this change will impact all mana-using classes and the stats they want. Intellect will still make skills more powerful, and Spirit will still regenerate mana faster. The amounts you choose for each is a bit more compelling now.

There’s a bunch of other stuff in the patch, and if you think we missed something crucial here be sure to let others know in the comments below.

Massively Multiplayer

There are a few changes to be aware of that impact how you interact and play with others.
  • New buff and debuff design. This builds off the class section above, but the basic premise is that there is now a specific list of available buffs and debuffs, and each are castable by a few classes or specs. When stepping into a raid you know you should have 8 buffs, and if you don’t, there’s probably at least one person that can cast it.
  • BattleTag support. If you’ve played Diablo III you’re already well acquainted with BattleTags (and you have one!). If not, you should make one now. A BattleTag is your permanent account-wide nickname on Battle.net, so choose it wisely. BattleTags can do anything RealID can, but anonymously. RealID should be kept for your real-life friends and family, and BattleTag can be used for acquaintances or others you don’t want to reveal you real name to.
  • Unified PvE queue. You can now queue for dungeons, raids, and other queue-able content in one handy place, all at once, and just see what pops up first.
  • Cross-Realm Zones. We’ll be rolling this feature out beginning with a few realms at the launch of 5.0.4, and increasing until all realms are included for the release of Mists of Pandaria. If you’re looking to level a new character up before Mists of Pandaria, this feature will have a noticeable impact on the world around you.
  • There’s also a new roll frame that pulls all the loot rolls out of the chat window and into its own spot.

The Battle of Theramore

The first two Scenarios (one for Horde and one for Alliance) are coming with 5.0.4, but they won’t be enabled until a few weeks before the Mists of Pandaria expansion release. Keep an eye on the front page of this blog for more info.

The Kitchen Sink

None of this stuff seemed to fit anywhere else, but these are important bits to take note of to better understand way lay ahead in the land of 5.0.4.
  • Currency conversion. In case you missed it, Kaivax put together the specifics of the currency conversion rollout in 5.0.4 and beyond.
  • PvP Season 11 ends. As usual, we’ll be determining who is getting end-of-season awards, so stay put and don’t change realm if you think you’re eligible. Conquest points will also automatically convert to Honor points at this time.
  • Head enchants removed. Another bit explained a while ago was the beheading of faction enchants. The design intent will be fully seen in Mists of Pandaria with the new factions, but the change (like so many others) will hit with this patch.
  • Spell Penetration has been replaced by PvP Power, and Resilience is now PvP Resilience. A blog Ghostcrawler wrote up was posted a while back with the first incarnation of this change, and the design intent remains true.
  • The ranged/relic/thrown item slot has been removed. All weapons should now be equipped in the weapon slot, and ranged weapons, including wands, have been adjusted to be more powerful.

Well, that should do it. These are some big and exciting changes, and I’m certain I forgot one or more of them. If you have any helpful info or tips to ensure you and others can get into the game, get set up, and start killing giant boars (or each other) as fast as possible, post it in the comments below!

2012 World Championship WoW Arena North America Invitational
The 2012 World Championship World of Warcraft Arena North America Invitational will be taking place this week on August 24-26, starting at 1 PM PST today (4 PM EST / 10 PM CEST / 8 PM UTC).

The three-day event will be broadcast live from the Curse studio in San Francisco and will feature eight of North America’s best World of Warcraft arena teams. The winners will earn their share of a $30,000 prize pool and top two will represent North America at the Battle.net World Championship in Shanghai, China later this year.

All matches will be streamed live on the CurseTV network with casters vhell and Conradical. Be sure to check out ArenaJunkies for event updates and team rosters.


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Comments 85 Comments
  1. Eleveneleven's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by UrCa1988 View Post
    It's almost as if GW2 was a competing service that would directly affect Blizzards bottom line! How dare they attempt to retain subs from what's obviously going to be a big contender in their marketplace! It's called good business sense. It's why Torchlight 2 pushed back its release date when they found out Diablo 3 was going to release on the same day.
    Except releasing TL2 the week after D3 launch would have been a huge hit for them. Considering how horrificly bad D3 was from launch till this recent tuesday. Now Blizzard has had a lot of time to polish and will probably get PvP out before TL2 finally comes out. NOT good business sense for Runic.
  1. axpriest's Avatar
    ...So am I right in thinking this essentially makes mana a type of energy? Energy being the system that no one liked, but the moment you add in an extra resource it becomes "meh"?
  1. Deadanon's Avatar
    "streamlining raid buffs" = remove stuff....

    For me - this new systems take everything I liked out of the game and turned it into a joke. My class that I played for 6 years feels and plays like crap. And dont tell me I havn't played it... cause I have been in beta for months.

    Horrific.
  1. Tomana's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Deadanon View Post
    For me - this new systems take everything I liked out of the game and turned it into a joke. My class that I played for 6 years feels and plays like crap. And dont tell me I havn't played it... cause I have been in beta for months.
    And which class would that be?
  1. Deadanon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tomana View Post
    And which class would that be?
    Paladin
    Paladins now have several ranged abilities, though remain primarily melee combatants. In-line with streamlining raid buffs (more on that below), Auras have been removed, and the buff focus is now on Seals. Paladins can now store up to 5 Holy Power at a time, but still can only use up to 3 on each Holy Power spender.

    Blizzard is doing everything possible to get as many paladins to play monks I guess....

    No thank you. The class just doesn't feel like paladins anymore. And I have been through the LOT - including 40 man buffing in vanilla. That was fun compared to how it plays atm.
  1. Tomana's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Deadanon View Post
    Paladin
    Paladins now have several ranged abilities, though remain primarily melee combatants. In-line with streamlining raid buffs (more on that below), Auras have been removed, and the buff focus is now on Seals. Paladins can now store up to 5 Holy Power at a time, but still can only use up to 3 on each Holy Power spender.

    Blizzard is doing everything possible to get as many paladins to play monks I guess....

    No thank you. The class just doesn't feel like paladins anymore. And I have been through the LOT - including 40 man buffing in vanilla. That was fun compared to how it plays atm.
    That is very curious, because I happen to play a paladin, and I think that the Paladin changes are very nice (although it is not the class which received the most important overhaul). What changes exactly don't you like?
  1. Nnyco's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Deadanon View Post
    No thank you. The class just doesn't feel like paladins anymore. And I have been through the LOT - including 40 man buffing in vanilla. That was fun compared to how it plays atm.
    buffin 40people + pets sure is fun ... please stop cryin, its the same class as in cata only without auras since no one brings those buffs anymore
  1. Lord Swizzlington's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by petre View Post
    Right now the numbers don't seem to match the goal as well as your example would suggest. Swizzle above notes that his gear on beta is giving him 62% player damage reduction, which would mean you take 38% damage. If natural Resil gives you 30% reduction then you'll be taking 70% damage. That means a player without PvP gear takes nearly double the damage that a player with PvP gear does.

    In all honesty I don't believe it's possible to make PvP reasonably fair in PvE gear and still better in PvP gear without making healing unreasonably powerful.
    Keep in mind that's in FULL Malevolent PvP gear, aka Conquest PvP gear, which is given out free on beta for testing purposes. It would take a while before people actually have those same numbers on live when all this hits. Sure, once we move to the second season of MoP, it will again be hard for new comers to gear up in PvP, but it will be MUCH better than what we have now, which I believe is their intent.

    Also, don't forget PvP Power increases healing done in PvP, but you lose a bit of regen and other bonuses to pick it up. I believe a full T14 healer would have the same throughput as a full S12, but they will just be about half the damage. Again, not ideal to do PvP in PvE gear, but it is much better than the current system.

    ---------- Post added 2012-08-24 at 11:58 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomana View Post
    That is very curious, because I happen to play a paladin, and I think that the Paladin changes are very nice (although it is not the class which received the most important overhaul). What changes exactly don't you like?
    I personally can't log on to my Paladin on live after playing it on beta just because it's in a much better shape on beta. The level 90 talents are fun (personally love Execution Sentence) and I love the increased options each spec has in terms of damage. Paladins are one class I don't think people have a reasonable basis for hating once they hit 90...outside of Ret PvP maybe.
  1. The Ogdru Jahad's Avatar
    poor rogues you guys lost all sense of identity this expansion. How does blizzard not hear the feedback you guys have been shouting for the past few months about how poor these changes are. Heh, what are ya gonna expect though, brand new class that wears leather and uses agility, so I guess we shouldn't have expected you guys getting any cool new toys. Monks do look pretty fun though, either way, rogues rotation is going to be even MORE boring and autonomous, you guys are still no doubt going to top the charts again once haste starts getting high enough!
  1. axpriest's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Ogdru Jahad View Post
    poor rogues you guys lost all sense of identity this expansion. How does blizzard not hear the feedback you guys have been shouting for the past few months about how poor these changes are. Heh, what are ya gonna expect though, brand new class that wears leather and uses agility, so I guess we shouldn't have expected you guys getting any cool new toys. Monks do look pretty fun though, either way, rogues rotation is going to be even MORE boring and autonomous, you guys are still no doubt going to top the charts again once haste starts getting high enough!
    Because everyone thinks that energy is the best thing ever and combo points are so easy, I mean otherwise how could rogues be so good in pvp??????

    The hell with energy. Any system where you spend 3/4 your time not doing anything in particular, waiting for your attack resource to come back, is a bad system.
  1. FyreRT's Avatar
    No one cares about unbalanced Arena championships!
  1. shadey81's Avatar
    wait they are removing paladins auras????

    what are they replacing it with, I used to switch them quite a bit depending on the situation.

    I don't understand why they are totally changing every class.

    I play every class but a druid but wtf man I am going to have to learn2play them all over again
  1. dephria's Avatar
    wow, Lindsay hair is huge love her <3
  1. KaiserPolo's Avatar
    Nice the patch is almost coming.

    ---------- Post added 2012-08-24 at 04:56 PM ----------

    I'm pretty desperate now to get the required number of posts.
  1. Aurora13's Avatar
    These are some big and exciting changes, and I’m certain I forgot one or more of them.
    Don't forget the change to the basic availability of races within the game as of Tuesday! No matter what expansion you have, races up through worgen / goblins will be available for everyone, and Pandaren make the list with the release of Mists! =D
  1. The Ogdru Jahad's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by axpriest View Post
    Because everyone thinks that energy is the best thing ever and combo points are so easy, I mean otherwise how could rogues be so good in pvp??????

    The hell with energy. Any system where you spend 3/4 your time not doing anything in particular, waiting for your attack resource to come back, is a bad system.
    The only thing I like about energy (coming from a feral druid) is that we don't need to really buy mana pots or anything stupid like that, and we're not gimped out like rage is if we have a shitty attack speed or aren't getting hit a lot. At least with energy, no matter what happens, you'll still EVENTUALLY be able to do something. But with how things are going, mana users seem to have unlimited mana and don't need to worry about it.
  1. Dark Exerus's Avatar
    So the Battle for Theramore is going to be a scenario. I thought so. That kind of cool. However I have not yet done a scenario so I dont know if you can repeat them or not but I dont like the idea of being able to do scenarios multiple times if you can.
  1. Pacster's Avatar
    Anyone else feels that almost all classes got stronger and a lot of additional PvP-abilities(cats that heal better...firemages with the bailities of icemages etc.) while the shadow got another boot to the balls with even more difficult mechanics(which was anyway already maybe the hardest in the game)? I mean...okay..he can finally run as fast as every other class(they have so far all been faster)...but if that's really enough?
  1. Azrile's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by 134735 View Post
    So, is RP the only reason any hunter would ever consider equipping a melee weapon? I mean, I guess I can see the charm in it, but why even bother? Why not just make it so that hunters can only use ranged weapons (and no melee at all), especially if they're removing (as far as I know) Raptor Strike and Wing Clip?
    They did originally have it planned that way, but they decided to allow hunters to equip melee mainly because of the RP crowd along with the banksitters who had old legendaries. A lot of players actually requested this on the forums many months ago.
  1. ColbaneX's Avatar
    Wait a sec, they removed the damage from Deep Freeze and Frost is supposed to be viable in PvE...something doesn't add up...

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