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Patch 5.3 PTR Notes Update - April 2
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
General
  • Heroic Scenarios
    • Heroic scenarios require a pre-made group to join.
    • Heroic scenarios offer bonus objectives that will reward additional valor if completed.
      • An option to run a random heroic scenario has been added as a drop-down in the scenario tab in Dungeon Finder.
    • Players can complete a normal or heroic scenario for bonus valor each day, but not both.
    • Six heroic scenarios will be available in patch 5.3. Four are new and two are upgrades of existing normal scenarios.

  • Quest Campaign: Escalation
    • The Darkspear Trolls are in open rebellion against the Warchief! Aid your faction in preparing to rout Garrosh Hellscream from Orgrimmar
      • Alliance heroes will scout Orgrimmar's outskirts and engage in SI:7 espionage to weaken Garrosh’s power structure.
      • Horde heroes will help Vol’jin’s insurgency survive a Kor’kron assault and advance towards the Horde capital.
    • Visit Lorewalker Cho at the Seat of Knowledge in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms to begin questing.

  • Battlefield: Barrens
    • Put the stranglehold on Orgrimmar by undermining the Kor’kron supply chain in Northern Barrens.
      • Collect resources by killing Kor’kron loyalists and their supporters.
      • Get a group together to kill Kor’kron leaders for bonus resources.
      • Escort your faction’s caravans across the zone for even more additional resources.
    • The Darkspear Rebellion will reward your efforts to undermine the Warchief by helping you upgrade Latent Kor’kron Armor into useable gear.
    • Participate in the Escalation Quest Campaign to learn how to engage in the Barrens conflict.

  • The Legendary Quest Continues
    • Journey with Wrathion to the four corners of Pandaria to speak with the August Celestials.
    • Champions will have had to complete Wrathion’s earlier tasks (including “Heart of the Thunder King”) to continue.

  • New Brawler’s Guild Bosses
    • Test your might against two new tiers of bosses in the Brawl’gar Arena in Orgrimmar or Bizmo’s Brawl Pub in Stormwind.
    • New VIP areas are now accessible for brawlers at or above rank 8.
    • Bizmo has raised the floor in his arena to hide the bodies. Or... maybe to improve the sight lines. We’ll never know for sure.
    • Special “Challenge Cards” can now drop from mobs or reward satchels, allowing you to summon and battle unique bosses.

Classes


Pet Battles
  • General
    • Pet Battle Duels are now available in all dungeons and raids. Enjoy!
    • Pet Battles in the wild and duels are now viewable by other players in the world.
    • Hit Chance is now displayed for all abilities.
    • Abilities no longer have a base chance to miss or be dodged by opposing pets of the same level.
    • Reduced the chance to miss when fighting higher-level opponents from 5% per level to 2% per level.
    • Blistering Cold had now deals 100% more damage.
    • A series of new achievements and rewards have been added for max-level matchmaking PvP pet battles
    • Wins for max-level, matchmaking PvP pet battles can now be tracked in statistics.
    • Battle pets' recent ability loadouts will now be saved when pets are swapped in and out of battle slots.
    • Species specific Flawless Battle-Stones are now Bind to Battle.net account.
  • Battle Pets
    • A number of new battle pets have been added to the Throne of Thunder and Isle of Thunder. Happy hunting!
    • Whispers from pet tamers in the north have spread word of an elusive new battle pet that can be found in the frozen tundras of Northrend. The Unborn Val'kyr awaits.
    • Battle Pet drops have been added to Burning Crusade raids. These new pets can be obtained from raid bosses in Karazhan, Tempest Keep and Serpenshrine Cavern. Obtaining all of these new pets will reward players with a new battle pet, Tito!
    • Ethereal Soul-Trader has been returned to his original, larger size.
  • Battle Pet Quests
    • Beasts of Fable daily quest has been broken into three separate chapters. Players can now choose to do any or all of the chapters each day. Rewards have been modified to include a new consumable that will boost battle pet XP for a limited time.
    • All Beasts of Fable and Spirit Tamer quests will now reward experience and lesser charms.
    • Increased the difficulty of elite pets on the Beasts of Fable quest.
    • A new weekly quest for max-level, matchmaking PvP pet battles has been added.

PvP
  • Resilience has been removed from most PvP gear.
    • Resilience gems and enchants will continue to be available and remain unchanged.
    • 4-piece PvP set bonus for all Season 12 and 13 armor sets that granted 1000 Resilience now grants 1000 PvP Power instead.
  • Season 13 Tyrannical gear had their item levels increased to ilevel 496, up from ilevel 493. Weapons and shields/off-hand items remain unchanged at ilevel 498.
  • Glorious Tyranny weapon enchantment now grants 600 PvP Power instead of 400 PvP Power and 200 Resilience.
  • New weapon enchantment: Bloody Dancing Steel is functionally equivalent to Dancing Steel, shares the same visual effect as Glorious Tyranny, costs a scroll of the base enchant, and requires a 2200 rating.
  • New weapon enchantment: Spirit of Conquest is functionally equivalent to Jade Spirit, shares the same visual effect as Glorious Tyranny, costs a scroll of the base enchant, and requires a 2200 rating.
  • Tyrannical Gladiator’s Tabard and Tyrannical Gladiator’s Greatcloak are available as new prestige items at 2500 rating for 1000 Conquest Points.

Battlegrounds and Arenas
  • Dalaran Arena: Masons of Dalaran have been hard at work installing steps in the two remaining corners of the arena.
  • Eye of the Storm: The starting platforms have been lowered.

Items
  • Reduced the amount of Justice, Honor, and Darkmoon Faire tickets needed to upgrade heirloom items by 60%.
  • Players starting on Cataclysm content can purchase level-80 gear from vendors located in Hyjal and Vashj'ir.
  • A new achievement and reward has been added for obtaining 200 mounts.

UI
  • A new option to display pet tamers on the world map has been added. This should help players looking to find unlocked pet tamer daily quests.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Patch 5.3 PTR Notes Update - April 2 started by chaud View original post
Comments 40 Comments
  1. Grievuuz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by hellcat1991 View Post
    2.5k seems very high for the new tabard seeing as the old ones were around 2300 if i remember and this was when rating was very inflated unlike atm
    New incentives for climbing the ladders are a good thing - although it's so steep atm that the enchants, tabard and cloak are only for the super high end players (Read: Duelist+). The ladders will only grow larger if incentives are given across the board, like the old gearing system where gear required 1350/1400/1500/1550/1650/1800/1900/2000/2200 rating to buy - smaller gaps between rewards are motivation for people to reach that next plateau. Nothing will change if the average player doesn't have anything to fight for.

    Quote Originally Posted by furydeath View Post
    Good one blizz I'm still 0 of 20 on them secrets of the empire cause legendary = grinding now a days it seems.
    Hi. You must be new here. I know that it's a mean, condescending and arrogant thing to say, but the ONLY legendaries that weren't grinds, were the Warglaives and the bow from SWP. ''nowadays'' implies that you already possess that knowledge.
  1. Vongimi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Grievuuz View Post
    Hi. You must be new here. I know that it's a mean, condescending and arrogant thing to say, but the ONLY legendaries that weren't grinds, were the Warglaives and the bow from SWP. ''nowadays'' implies that you already possess that knowledge.
    And I would considering killing a boss again and again for a low % drop chance for the item still grinding, so in reality there has been NO legendary in the game that has not been about grinding.
  1. S7orm's Avatar
    50 stable slot, took a while but finally you got it Blizz
  1. Grievuuz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vongimi View Post
    And I would considering killing a boss again and again for a low % drop chance for the item still grinding, so in reality there has been NO legendary in the game that has not been about grinding.
    I concur, but also offer the counter argument that some people might get it on the very first kill, nullifying the need to grind said item - which is why I highlighted those in particular :P
  1. Janysa's Avatar
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    Battlefield: Barrens

    Put the stranglehold on Orgrimmar by undermining the Kor’kron supply chain in Northern Barrens.
    - Collect resources by killing Kor’kron loyalists and their supporters.
    - Get a group together to kill Kor’kron leaders for bonus resources.
    - Escort your faction’s caravans across the zone for even more additional resources.
    The Darkspear Rebellion will reward your efforts to undermine the Warchief by helping you upgrade Latent Kor’kron Armor into useable gear.
    Participate in the Escalation Quest Campaign to learn how to engage in the Barrens conflict.
    So .... some kind of open-PvP like in Silithus?
  1. Venziir's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Janysa View Post
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    Battlefield: Barrens

    Put the stranglehold on Orgrimmar by undermining the Kor’kron supply chain in Northern Barrens.
    - Collect resources by killing Kor’kron loyalists and their supporters.
    - Get a group together to kill Kor’kron leaders for bonus resources.
    - Escort your faction’s caravans across the zone for even more additional resources.
    The Darkspear Rebellion will reward your efforts to undermine the Warchief by helping you upgrade Latent Kor’kron Armor into useable gear.
    Participate in the Escalation Quest Campaign to learn how to engage in the Barrens conflict.
    So .... some kind of open-PvP like in Silithus?
    Not even close. It's 100% pve against Kor'kron mobs.
  1. Janysa's Avatar
    Oh ok, thanks for explanation, was curious about that "Escort your faction’s caravans across the zone for even more additional resources."-thing.
  1. pyrostorm9001's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by furydeath View Post
    Good one blizz I'm still 0 of 20 on them secrets of the empire cause legendary = grinding now a days it seems.
    Most legendary items have been grindy
  1. Spray's Avatar
    Finally Mage buffs! Yay!
  1. Selvari7's Avatar
    When is this patch out?
  1. Granyala's Avatar
    So it only took them until 5.3 to get rid of the Shatt icon for Vale? LOL Better late than never I guess.
    Good Icon art takes time. Now get rid of that revamped Theramore tower. :<

    And I would considering killing a boss again and again for a low % drop chance for the item still grinding, so in reality there has been NO legendary in the game that has not been about grinding.
    ONLY if you go back to that boss just for the Legendary. Else you'd kill that boss anyway for it's epixx, so Legendaries involved 0 grind. Only RNG. Same as today I guess.
  1. Realtalk's Avatar
    Hell yeah!! Best patch since 1.5 when we received the new mage armor icon.

    Just the other day I was in my raid thinking "you know what I need? Better 90 talents, more dps? nah...I want new icons for portal/teleport to vale" My mind prayers were answered! Can't wait to get on to ptr and take some screenshots. Jealousy will be running rampant.
  1. Screwy Maverick's Avatar
    Have to wonder if they aren't happy with the radius of Solar Beam as it is, or they think the glyph is hindering Balance PVP by being a necessity and they'll just be baking it into Solar Beam in a future PTR build.
  1. Arrowkeys's Avatar
    Really good changes to battle pets. The RNG was awful, and we were badly short of bad opponents at level 25.
  1. tangers58's Avatar
    How about instead of "heroic scenarios" we have real dungeons. Scenarios are useless, you run them once for the story then never again...

    ---------- Post added 2013-04-02 at 10:27 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by furydeath View Post
    Good one blizz I'm still 0 of 20 on them secrets of the empire cause legendary = grinding now a days it seems.
    Lol seriously? Obviously this is your first legendary, or you would know that every single one has been more grindy except ones like the bow that just drop...
  1. Rosary's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Destard View Post
    50 stable slot, took a while but finally you got it Blizz
    All we need now are 30+ slot bags that don't cost 5000 gold + a week of mats to create. WTB more bag space :|
  1. Ikkarus's Avatar
    Was Silvanas left behind? She hates Garrosh as much as Vol'jin, I was hoping to see her doing something significant on 5.3 but looks like the Trolls gonna be the focus...Again.
    There's something wrong, she wouldn't let Garrosh call her bitch without doing nothing...

    It seems that Vol'jin gonna be the new Warchief after all.
  1. Granyala's Avatar
    All we need now are 30+ slot bags that don't cost 5000 gold + a week of mats to create. WTB more bag space :|
    Hmm... I didn't pay much for my bags. Only a few coppers for the raw materials and I got that back while grinding the rep. Patience, my dear. Patience. Top bags were always gated and expensive.
  1. Janysa's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ikkarus View Post
    It seems that Vol'jin gonna be the new Warchief after all.
    He is a Troll, so ..... NO.
    A Troll will NEVER be Warchief of the (Orc)Horde.
  1. Me222's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jin84 View Post
    Vale port icon change.. I wonder what's the reason :/
    On live it shares shat'trath's icon.

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