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Patch 5.3 PTR Notes Update - April 2

Patch 5.3 - Blood in the Snow Scenario Intro
Some of the new scenarios in Patch 5.3 will have an intro by Lorewalker Cho, starting with Blood in the Snow. Unfortunately the new scenarios are still not open for testing, so you cannot progress further than this one yet.



Patch 5.3 - Tyrannical Gladiator's Greatcloak
Another PvP vanity item appeared in a recent PTR build, the Tyrannical Gladiator's Greatcloak.



Warcraft April Fools
Zarhym addressed the lack of a Warcraft April Fools joke this year today.



Patch 5.2 Hotfixes: April 2
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
General

Quests
  • To the Skies!: Fixed an issue where players would remain on Thunderwing and be unable to progress to Stage 3.

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Throne of Thunder
    • Assassination Rogues should no longer be receiving non-dagger agility weapons from bonus rolls and Raid Finder.
    • Vampiric Cave Bat now deals less damage in Raid Finder difficulty.
    • Durumu the Forgotten
      • Eye Sore and Mind Daggers now deal less damage on Raid Finder difficulty.
      • Amber Fog, Azure Fog, and Crimson Fog now remain visible after being revealed on Raid Finder difficulty.

Items

Ask the Devs - Upcoming PvP changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Current Status
LOCKED — Questions and voting will begin soon.

Topic
The topic for this Ask the Devs is, “PvP changes on the PTR”.
Be sure to stay on topic, as questions that stray from this won't be answered.

How it works:
  • Voting will begin on 09/04/13 and end on 11/04/13.
  • The thread will be open for 48 hours, after which time it will be locked and you’ll no longer be able to post or vote for questions to be sent to the developers.
  • Once the thread has been locked, we’ll tally up the votes and send the top questions off to the World of Warcraft developers.
  • We’ll provide answers directly from the developers during the following week. Watch the blog for their responses!

The Rules:
  • There’s a limit of one question per post.
  • Stay on topic. Questions that are not related to the chosen topic will not be sent to the developers, even if they’re rated highly.
  • Only post questions in the Ask the Devs thread – discussions are not permitted. If you would like to discuss the questions or a related matter, please do so in another thread.
  • A question being highly rated does not guarantee that it will be answered. We will, however, try to get as many questions answered as possible.
  • “Disliking” a post will not count toward its tally. Only “likes” will be counted.

Some Tips:
  • Don’t post or vote for questions that you know we cannot or will not answer. This Q&A is designed to give you more insight into the changes that are happening on the PTR, not to make announcements about future projects, expansions, or release dates. This includes questions not related to the Ask the Devs topic.
  • Make your questions as short and concise as possible so that they’re easy to understand for us and other players.
  • “Like” a post if you’d like to vote for it. Don’t bother “disliking” a post, as this will not influence our decision on which questions are sent to the developers.
  • Vote for any of the questions you’d like to see answered, but keep in mind the above tips.

Small Client Patches
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As you may have noticed there have been a few small patches being downloaded and installed by the World of Warcraft launcher. These are part of a new bit of tech we’ve been testing that allows us to quickly release small client-side patches without needing to build and release a large scale patch. These allow us to now make client-side changes quickly and easily, very similar to the server-side hotfixes we’ve become used to for all these years. We treat them the same as server-side hotfixes, so they’ll be noted in the usual hotfix blog as it’s updated.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
UI / Addons
Hey Greg! Any chance you guys are going to break Feat of Strengths into subcategories? I currently have 55 and It overwhelms.
Gratz! We think our achievement UI needs some work, including filtering. (Source)

need to make ui able to see absorbs from ss,da, & pws to let me know when they are capped to make sure I dont overuse.
You can see absorbs in 5.2. You can't see their caps because we couldn't solve that to our liking but mods might. (Source)

Yo GC, would love to see a in game tabard u.i similar to titles. Drop down menu > tabard > check to equip or display none.
Agree. We just have to solve a few that have a clicky effect like teleports. (Source)

If you can redesign WoW from scratch, do you still think it's good to support custom addons?
Yes, though we might have aimed more for supporting more customization and less automation. (Source)

Guild Wars 2 Aprils Fools
The team went all out with an 8 bit style 3D world full of jumping puzzles and adventure! You can see GW2Guru's writeup here for more details, or watch the video below.



This article was originally published in forum thread: Blood in the Snow Scenario Intro, PvP Vanity Cloak, April 2 Hotfixes, GW2 April Fools started by chaud View original post
Comments 60 Comments
  1. Ferrouswheel's Avatar
    Blizzard used to be known as one of those companies that goes the extra mile. The joke is what the company has become.

    ---------- Post added 2013-04-03 at 01:18 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeego View Post
    Blizzard makes April Fools joke -> QQ Blizzard isn't spending time on actual content and doesn't care about players.

    Blizzard doesn't make April Fools joke -> QQ Blizzard didn't so anything for April Fools and they don't care about players.
    Find me one post where someone is complaining about Blizzard not making actual content and wasting time on a joke. What's that you can't? Maybe try not pulling shit out of your ass. It's best to just relax and let it come out on its own kiddo.
  1. Karizee's Avatar
    Super Adventure Box is nothing short of brilliant! We've been playing this thing nonstop, discovering all the secrets and beating all the zones.

  1. Ranger007's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rapti View Post
    Blizz 0:1 Anet when it comes to Aprils fools. Poor excuse on Blizz side... what real content? Where is it?
    Does anyone remember the year that Blizz took the time to create the April Fool's joke of the 'new Bard class'? They have done other April Fool's jokes, but this one reminded me of how some people will just complain about anything. Personally, I thought it was quite funny. Some people were gullible enough to actually delete existing characters to make room for this new Bard class. One of our guildies did, but subbed a ticket afterwards and got his toon back that he deleted. No big deal. Imagine all the extra work Blizz had to do to restore deleted characters.

    Blizz tried to entertain the players with this April Fool's joke and it bit them in the butt. I wouldn't blame them for not wanting to waste time on this yearly Fool's day. I'd much rather see them devoting their time and effort to new content.

    Too many crybabies. Too many players that just want to stick it to Blizz every chance they get; they continually try to search for any small negative (what they deem as negative) fault with Blizz. Never ceases to amaze me how negative the WoW community can be. Bunch of ungrateful whiners. Buck up or get out. Go play another game if you're that miserable.

    And, while you're at it, go find a sense of humor.
  1. Ealyssa's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrouswheel View Post
    Find me one post where someone is complaining about Blizzard not making actual content and wasting time on a joke. What's that you can't? Maybe try not pulling shit out of your ass. It's best to just relax and let it come out on its own kiddo.
    What ? Every single year ? And blizzard made jokes, just no warcraft joke...

    You can search every other years 1st april to see tons of people complaining about wasting time on the joke. Hell if you are as lazy as me to search for last year post just go to diablofans to see people complaining on the warhound joke.
  1. Lord Swizzlington's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrouswheel View Post
    Find me one post where someone is complaining about Blizzard not making actual content and wasting time on a joke. What's that you can't? Maybe try not pulling shit out of your ass. It's best to just relax and let it come out on its own kiddo.
    Actually I can! Using this amazing thing this site has called the search bar, I went back and looked at the news from previous April Fools jokes!

    People complaining on page one and two and page three (didn't bother reading the rest).

    It took a little longer to find the complaining in this thread, but it's there...far more of it if you go to the Pandaria thread.

    Yes, people complain that Blizzard allocates time to things that don't directly influence the part of the game they play. Welcome to the internet!
  1. PennyRust's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Razamith View Post
    I didn't realize the entire warcraft team was required to produce a fake class page (like the 24-hour fan-made one) or a fake 8-bit flash app. Wasn't the mantra in the past "different teams do different stuff" and working on one thing like new player models doesn't affect daily quest programmers? Didn't know the webpage art team was so critical to their patch development cycle.
    Blizz has been getting hammered by players for quite some time about the pace of content releases. It was probably a decision made by all the staff to continue working on upcoming content rather than get caught up in a project that would only be displayed for one day, and that many players would not see or even care about. The webpage art team might have individuals with talents that can contribute to other projects. I'm fine with them being focused since it's what many players wanted. If they had done something elaborate the forums would have had posts asking why Blizz was wasting time, lord knows there were enough posts complaining about Crabby.
  1. Futhark's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Folexnn View Post
    Are you serious? There was just a content patch that released a new raid, a new pvp season, and two entire new islands for dailies and a world boss a little under a month ago. Plus they already have 5.3 on the PTR and are constantly filling us in on details.
    I'm on your side, but because of the lag in development to release, I believe this content was done a long time ago. My theory is that they didn't have time for April Fools because of what they will be announcing in November.
  1. Lord Swizzlington's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Futhark View Post
    I'm on your side, but because of the lag in development to release, I believe this content was done a long time ago. My theory is that they didn't have time for April Fools because of what they will be announcing in November.
    Possibly, but when was the last April Fools day that Blizzard had three current gen games out (all in need of patching, maintenance, etc.), with a fully new announced game in development, a secret project in development, a WoW expansion, a SCII expansion all at the same time?
  1. Ferrouswheel's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by I-Swizzle-I View Post
    Actually I can! Using this amazing thing this site has called the search bar, I went back and looked at the news from previous April Fools jokes!

    People complaining on page one and two and page three (didn't bother reading the rest).

    It took a little longer to find the complaining in this thread, but it's there...far more of it if you go to the Pandaria thread.

    Yes, people complain that Blizzard allocates time to things that don't directly influence the part of the game they play. Welcome to the internet!
    I would just like to thank you for wasting my time. I read both of your links and soon realized you lack something that you really need to have in order to work the internet. Reading comprehension. I would look into getting it. Though I do understand the irony of me saying this, when you obviously won't be able to understand the words I'm typing to you right now. I said find me a post of people complaining about resources being spent on a joke instead of actual content. I wasn't asking for complaints of a joke, if I wanted that I'd read the thousands of "I hate crabby" posts over the years. Better luck next time cubby.
  1. UnknownSoldier's Avatar
    At the start of that Chen video I was like, "Sorta cheesy, having one of these stories about the Dwarves."

    By the end of the video my respsect for the Dark Iron Dwaves rose to new heights and now I think the rest are just assholes.
  1. Lord Swizzlington's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrouswheel View Post
    I would just like to thank you for wasting my time. I read both of your links and soon realized you lack something that you really need to have in order to work the internet. Reading comprehension. I would look into getting it. Though I do understand the irony of me saying this, when you obviously won't be able to understand the words I'm typing to you right now. I said find me a post of people complaining about resources being spent on a joke instead of actual content. I wasn't asking for complaints of a joke, if I wanted that I'd read the thousands of "I hate crabby" posts over the years. Better luck next time cubby.
    Quote Originally Posted by Deepsky View Post
    work on 3.1 pls...
    Quote Originally Posted by zaneosak View Post
    didnt even crack a smile, epic fails. Now release Ulduar next week to make up for it.
    Quote Originally Posted by RogueScythe View Post
    You know, when I first saw this I was a little disappointed...

    But the more I thought about it, the more I realized how mad I would have been if they actually had put a lot of thought into this April fools joke then actually finishing 3.1
    Didn't really try hard, did you? It's okay, you joined the site quite recently, it's understandable that you would have zero idea of what people have been complaining about for years. It's not new, and neither is your stance, which is why the search function is real easy to use.
  1. Ealyssa's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by UnknownSoldier View Post
    At the start of that Chen video I was like, "Sorta cheesy, having one of these stories about the Dwarves."

    By the end of the video my respsect for the Dark Iron Dwaves rose to new heights and now I think the rest are just assholes.
    The only problem is that the bronzebeard and wildhammer are right. Moira want Ironforge in the hand of the Dark Iron, and the only reason she stay peacely is that when her son will be in age he will be the true dwarf king by birth right.

    It is always easier to look nice when you are on the bad side. The two honest clan won't betray the statu quo, so Moira is free to help Varian and mark easy points with Stormwind, but the dark iron aren't truthworthy and so can't the two other clan give troop to Varian.

    Me just hope blizzard don't fall in an easy open Stormwind support to Moira, would be lazy lore to the least.
  1. Zhenne's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ealyssa View Post
    The only problem is that the bronzebeard and wildhammer are right. Moira want Ironforge in the hand of the Dark Iron, and the only reason she stay peacely is that when her son will be in age he will be the true dwarf king by birth right.

    It is always easier to look nice when you are on the bad side. The two honest clan won't betray the statu quo, so Moira is free to help Varian and mark easy points with Stormwind, but the dark iron aren't truthworthy and so can't the two other clan give troop to Varian.

    Me just hope blizzard don't fall in an easy open Stormwind support to Moira, would be lazy lore to the least.
    If you read the short story The Council of Three Hammers: Fire and Iron on WoW's site (can't link yet, sorry) you'll see that Moira is the kind of person to lure the Bronzebeard and Wildhammer clans into trusting her just to get them in a better position to stab them in the back.

    She may be dedicated to the solidarity of the three kingdoms, but I'd be wary of trusting her as well.
  1. Eleveneleven's Avatar
    Blizzard used to be able to put out real content (good stuff like BC and WotLK) AND have these jokes. But hey, remember they had huge layoffs. The company has gotten worse since the partnership. Just like Square Enix.
  1. chaud's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eleveneleven View Post
    Blizzard used to be able to put out real content (good stuff like BC and WotLK) AND have these jokes. But hey, remember they had huge layoffs. The company has gotten worse since the partnership. Just like Square Enix.
    FWIW, the layoffs were customer support staff. The dev team has only grown since then.
  1. endersblade's Avatar
    Wow. I had to stop watching that GW2 vid because the guy recording it was...well, I'll be nice and just say an incompetent player. But I kept the window up and just went to another tab, that music was freaking SICK! Lol I put that shit on repeat and just listened to it for almost half an hour.
  1. Kaleredar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eleveneleven View Post
    Blizzard used to be able to put out real content (good stuff like BC and WotLK) AND have these jokes. But hey, remember they had huge layoffs. The company has gotten worse since the partnership. Just like Square Enix.
    You know most of the old WoW stuff was fake patch notes and manipulated screenshots, right?

    Only in the past two years have they done something like create Crabby, the Dungeon helper (who some people seem to hate,) or the Minigames for WoW, D3, and SC2, which some people were underwhelmed by.

    Go figure.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrouswheel View Post
    I would just like to thank you for wasting my time. I read both of your links and soon realized you lack something that you really need to have in order to work the internet. Reading comprehension. I would look into getting it. Though I do understand the irony of me saying this, when you obviously won't be able to understand the words I'm typing to you right now. I said find me a post of people complaining about resources being spent on a joke instead of actual content. I wasn't asking for complaints of a joke, if I wanted that I'd read the thousands of "I hate crabby" posts over the years. Better luck next time cubby.
    Maybe you're the one that needs help with reading comprehension. Because I skimmed only two and a half pages of that thread and found:

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepsky View Post
    work on 3.1 pls...
    Quote Originally Posted by zaneosak View Post
    didnt even crack a smile, epic fails. Now release Ulduar next week to make up for it.
    Quote Originally Posted by emulous View Post
    failed, now fail some more at pvp balance please.

    But I think that this post, FROM THAT THREAD BACK IN WOTLK, sums up the attitiude pretty well:

    Quote Originally Posted by Haskel View Post
    I love how last year, when they did a full blown joke (3 of them actually), there was endless QQ on how they shouldn't waste so much time doing such extensive jokes, and instead should be working on WOTLK.

    This year they make a simple joke that probably didn't take near as much time, and people QQ that it's not elaborate enough.


    So I guess you were wrong.
  1. chaud's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by endersblade View Post
    Wow. I had to stop watching that GW2 vid because the guy recording it was...well, I'll be nice and just say an incompetent player. But I kept the window up and just went to another tab, that music was freaking SICK! Lol I put that shit on repeat and just listened to it for almost half an hour.
    You can find a lot of the music here: https://soundcloud.com/arenanet
  1. Scionni's Avatar
    The Super Adventure Box thing reminds me of the year Blizzard tried to trick everybody with a Atari 2600 version of Molten Core, never actually releasing anything. I think efforts like Anet's should be applauded. No doubt Blizzard and other mmo producers are watching intently. Finally, there's healthy competition in the mmo business. WoW players should be excited that Anet is actually standing its ground against Blizzard, because this means Blizzard no longer has control of the mmo market, and soon they must make calls that we, the players, can only benefit from. It's continued pushes like Super Adventure Box that reminds us WoW is no longer THE mmo, and whether it be a switch to F2P or actual content releases for even the silliest of events, WoW must change to stay in the game.
  1. SodiumChloride's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Scionni View Post
    The Super Adventure Box thing reminds me of the year Blizzard tried to trick everybody with a Atari 2600 version of Molten Core, never actually releasing anything. I think efforts like Anet's should be applauded. No doubt Blizzard and other mmo producers are watching intently. Finally, there's healthy competition in the mmo business. WoW players should be excited that Anet is actually standing its ground against Blizzard, because this means Blizzard no longer has control of the mmo market, and soon they must make calls that we, the players, can only benefit from. It's continued pushes like Super Adventure Box that reminds us WoW is no longer THE mmo, and whether it be a switch to F2P or actual content releases for even the silliest of events, WoW must change to stay in the game.
    ???

    It's an April Fool gag. I think you might be reading a little to much into it. LOL.

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