MMO-Champion - Ashhide Mushan and Bloody Coins, 5.4 PvP Changes, Blue Posts, Burdens of Shaohao
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Patch 5.4 - Ashhide Mushan and Bloody Coins
Patch 5.4 adds Speaker Gulan, who will sell you a Censer of Eternal Agony, which allows you to become hostile to all players (including your own faction) and kill them for Bloody Coins, which are used to purchase a PvP trinket, pet, mount, as well as a few other items.

Level Type Slot Name Cost
1Other Censer of Eternal Agony2500 x
1Other Black Ash1 x
496TrinketTrinket Pouch of White Ash20 x
1Other Fire-Watcher's Oath50 x
1Other Vengeful Porcupette100 x
90Mount Reins of the Ashhide Mushan Beast500 x





Patch 5.4 - Base Resilience and Battle Fatigue Changes
It seems that Base Resilience and Battle Fatigue will be increased in one of the upcoming PTR builds.



Patch 5.3 Hotfixes - August 9
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes

Quests
  • Celestial Blessings: Reduced the health and damage of Neltharion's Tears for players attempting Yu'lon or Xuen's Celestial Challenge.

Website Cleanup Incoming
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Like any good webmasters, we look at World of Warcraft site stats on a regular basis, and we're always evaluating which aspects of the site people find most useful. Over time, we've identified a few areas that players don't really seem to visit but that still require a bit of effort for us to keep updated each time we release a new content update. For most of these, it's pretty obvious why they don't draw a lot of attention-they tend to focus on things that are simply more compelling to look at inside the game, are a "given," or are already well-served and readily available elsewhere, like on fansites.

Early next week we'll be doing some cleanup and removing the following rarely visited, higher-maintenance sections from the World of Warcraft website:

Game Guide

Guild Profiles

Character Profiles

Here are just a few fansites that provide a wealth of information on the above topics, as well as a whole lot more!
  • Wowhead
  • Warcraft Pets
  • Warcraft Mounts
  • WoW-Petopia

Doesn't WarcraftPets USE the pets section of the armory to update people's collections? You are going to break their site with this decision. Please don't remove the Pet & Mounts section.
To clarify, this cleanup process shouldn't affect the API fansites and other people use to pull game data.

Flexible Mode Testing - August 9-12
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We've unlocked the Underhold wing of the Siege of Orgrimmar (Malkorok, Spoils of Pandaria, and Thok the Bloodthirsty) for testing over the weekend, continuing into Monday.

Players with a premade group of between 10 and 25 players can queue using the same interface that you'd use for Dungeons, Scenarios, or LFR. Flexible mode bosses have all the same mechanics as the Normal mode versions, but are otherwise tuned to be more forgiving, and will scale in health and damage output with the number of players in the raid. As you go from a 12-player raid to an 18-player raid, for example, some abilities may affect more targets or hit slightly harder, creatures will have more health, and so forth. Difficulty is almost certainly higher than our final target, but we're probably scaling players down a bit too far for testing right now (ilvl 522 for the Underhold wing).

Please provide specific comments and feedback in the dedicated feedback thread.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Combat PvE and Patch 5.4
So, like I mentioned earlier in the thread, we upped the energy cost and damage of Sinister Strike to try to cut back on the spam just slightly. Incidentally, it also helps with the issue of energy capping while both Adrenaline Rush and Shadow Blades are active with the Tier 15 4-piece bonus.

We feel that, with the higher Sinister Strike energy cost in place, we can leave the Tier 15 4-piece as it is. It'll still be a good set bonus, but not quite as good as before, to the point that we don't think it'll have an adverse effect on Tier 16 balance.

Now, I recognize that the general sentiment in this thread seems to disagree with that. Part of why I'm posting this is that I'd like to understand why that is. Keep in mind that this isn't part of balance tuning -- that'll be starting soon, but for the moment we're just trying to get Combat to "feel" right. We're confident that we can make the numbers line up properly with how things are currently functioning on the PTR, but if you disagree, we'd like to know why. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Patch 5.4 PTR - Proving Grounds Bug
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ve discovered a fairly significant bug that explains why we’ve been seeing such drastically different reports on Proving Grounds difficulty. Simply put, PvP gear is not getting its item level downscaled to 463 the way that PvE gear is; it’s staying at item level 522.

We hope to have this fixed ASAP. In the meantime, if you’re testing out Proving Grounds on the PTR, please try to avoid using PvP gear if at all possible.

The Burdens of Shaohao
Blizzard released a six part series that looks at Emperor Shaohao as he progresses toward discovering the truth about his future. Today was the release of the final part. If you want to see more like this in the future, be sure to let Blizzard know you enjoyed it!

This article was originally published in forum thread: Ashhide Mushan and Bloody Coins, 5.4 PvP Changes, Blue Posts, Burdens of Shaohao started by chaud View original post
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  1. MrExcelion's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lawow74 View Post
    Not quite, as the zombie event could force people to fight even if they weren't flagged. It won't negatively impact PvE servers at all. Now PvP servers will become more of a mess, but hey, if you rolled on a PvP server and didn't wanna PvP, this is what you get, IMO.
    I think you can make the case some of those players rolled PVP to fight the opposite faction, not their own. Same faction is sort of a gray area. This is a playstyle that we're not accustomed to. I have no doubt it'll go live like this though since it's just the Timeless Isle. Well...except for the fact that the 50 coin Fire Watcher's Oath works anywhere. That seems unintended. One of the PVE trinkets I tested (Alpha and Omega) was giving me stacks from goblin glider and counterspell so oversights do happen on the PTR.

    The way I see it, Blizzard is using the Timeless Isle as a testbed for a variety of things, one of them being same faction PVP.
  1. Puntar's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Xisa View Post
    So let me get this straight...we'll be able to attack our own Faction?

    YES YES YES YES YESSSSSSSSSSS
    So does that mean gnomes will get attacked here even from their own faction?

    LOL
  1. Lord Pebbleton's Avatar
    The Censer looks cool. Still cannot understand the need of four raid modes, though.
  1. |Dexter|'s Avatar
    They had to make the The Burdens of Shaohao at the beginning of MoP!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini4t View Post
    Wow, how scummy is that. The Blue post included links to four fansites, but because none of them are Curse network, you remove the hyperlinks? It's just like that other time when a blue post specifically mentioned Wowhead and included a link to it, and you guys changed Wowhead to "fansite" and the hyperlink to wowdb.

    I don't mind you plugging your sites, I understand why you do it, but if you keep doing shit like this, how can I possibly trust that you haven't modified anything else?

    Yeah Gemini burned the curse network!! Really not edit bluepost like they do not promote your network!!
  1. Larwood's Avatar
    Am I the only one who thought that said "Asshide Mushan" at first?
  1. Of-the-horde's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Puntar View Post
    So does that mean gnomes will get attacked here even from their own faction?

    LOL
    *puts on sunglasses*

    Yeeeeeaaaaaaah.
  1. smoqueed's Avatar
    Hmm seems the big loss of subscribers last season they had to make cuts somewhere. Guess the team who updates all the extra tabs on the player profiles are out of the job.

    Kind of sucks since i actually used them on a regular basis. Not enough to make me unsubscribe yet, but you just keep on poking the bear blizzard.....
  1. lll's Avatar
    Pretty sleazy removing the hyperlinks to the other fansites, fellas.
  1. Elf Boots's Avatar
    I love the Pet & Mount Gallery. I use it often. Will be sad to see it go.
  1. Shudder's Avatar
    You'll never be better than wowhead, give it up. Wowdb sucks.
  1. DrivenAnarchy's Avatar
    How am I suppose to get bloody coins if im a PVP healer ;__; ..
  1. syteless's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Trucador View Post
    Could Lorewalker Cho be a Bronze Dragon? It makes sense.
    He could be a Witness, like Xarantaur
  1. Azrile's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MrExcelion View Post
    I think you can make the case some of those players rolled PVP to fight the opposite faction, not their own. Same faction is sort of a gray area. This is a playstyle that we're not accustomed to. I have no doubt it'll go live like this though since it's just the Timeless Isle. Well...except for the fact that the 50 coin Fire Watcher's Oath works anywhere. That seems unintended. One of the PVE trinkets I tested (Alpha and Omega) was giving me stacks from goblin glider and counterspell so oversights do happen on the PTR.

    The way I see it, Blizzard is using the Timeless Isle as a testbed for a variety of things, one of them being same faction PVP.
    I agree, but I think what they are really testing is being able to change a players faction ´on the fly´. This has, in the past, broken a lot of things ( faction changes), like mounts, and some quest stuff. Same faction pvp has always been available with duels.
  1. ItachiZaku's Avatar
    If the Fire Watcher's Oath tooplip is accurate, getting the mount will be no problem. Active PVPers will just farm Temple and mid. I'm sure there will be a ton of OQueue groups for that.

    The other item though, you lose 90% of your health... get one shotted and then what?
  1. dhru's Avatar
    We are ready to face the storm (with less people as at BC khmkhm). After this Shahao story, with 100% chance Burning Legion exp. is coming. So no new races and I think we haven't got a new class But I hope we will get a new land like Outland or could they dare to recreate again Kalmidor and Eastern-kingdom? It would be a big fail....
  1. YosemiteClimber's Avatar
    Quests

    Celestial Blessings: Reduced the health and damage of Neltharion's Tears for players attempting Yu'lon or Xuen's Celestial Challenge.


    Now that explains why I was able to finish that quest yesterday. I was getting my ass handed to me on Saturday lol
  1. ifearucry's Avatar
    Love the idea on Censer of Eternal Agony! bring on the world PvP!
  1. Locklight's Avatar
    Burdens of Shaohao was really awesome, I cried.

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