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Preparing for Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar - September 10


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World of Warcraft Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar is almost upon us. To help you prepare, we’ve provided an overview of vital information you need to know so things go smoothly when patch day arrives. You can also review the current Public Test Realm patch notes, or even download and play on the PTR itself for a taste of what’s to come.

The new patch brings a new raid, many class changes, a new PvP season, and a whole new questing area. It also marks the end of the Battlefield: Barrens event. Read on to learn how you can be best prepared to dive into the adventure when Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar hits.

Class Changes
There are changes coming to every class in Patch 5.4, including glyphs and abilities, as well as alterations to established mechanics like Vengeance. This is an excellent time to head over to the Public Test Realm patch notes to begin familiarizing yourself with what to expect when you log in on patch day. Do keep in mind however that the PTR notes aren’t final, and things could still change before the patch.

Don’t forget to check out Ghostcrawler’s Dev Watercooler: Dissecting Patch 5.4 Class Changes, where the doughty crab drops some knowledge on the reasons behind the class updates you’ll be seeing.

Currency Conversions
Justice and Valor won’t be converted in Patch 5.4, but with the PvP Season turnover, you can expect your Conquest to be converted to Honor as usual.

Please be aware that the conversion cost of Justice to Honor is going up, and it will cost 500 Justice to purchase 250 Honor.

Where’s the New Valor Gear?
There won’t be a new Valor Quartermaster come 5.4. Instead, we invite those of you intent on gearing up quickly to face Patch 5.4’s challenges to visit the new Timeless Isle. You can get a taste of what’s to come by reading Bashiok’s Timeless Isle preview.

The Ethereals who offer Item Upgrades are sticking around, so you’ll still be able to spend your Valor on upgrading your existing gear.

PvP Updates
Season 14 Begins!
PVP Season 14 arrives with Patch 5.4, which means a few different things. First, Season 14 Grievous gear will become available. Elite versions of Season 14 Grievous will also be available as a mark of prestige for players that reach a personal rating of 2,000 and earn 27,000 Conquest Points over the course of the season, and the non-Elite pieces will no longer be a pre-requisite to purchase them. The prior season’s Season 13 Tyrannical gear will be available for purchase with Honor Points, while Season 12 Malevolent gear can now be crafted. Finally, equipping any pair of PvP trinkets from Season 12 or later will grant a 10% reduction in damage taken from other players.

New Arena System
Big, big changes are coming to how Arenas are organized in Patch 5.4. The most important part is that players will no longer need to create or join an Arena team to compete. Similar to the Rated Battleground system, players in a party of the appropriate size (even cross-realm!) can queue for an Arena bracket of the same size as their party (2v2, 3v3, or 5v5).

For the details regarding how Arenas work in 5.4, check out Daxxarri’s blog on the subject: Patch 5.4 Arena Update.

Be Prepared
The Vale of Eternal Blossoms and the Golden Lotus
You might already be aware that Garrosh’s callous actions will bring great destruction to the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. This also means that the majestic pagoda that once housed the Golden Lotus will be no more.

While this is truly a tragedy, the Golden Lotus fight on. You can still complete quests for them, as well as earn reputation with the Golden Lotus by slaying their enemies in the Vale. Get the details from Nethaera’s write up: Patch 5.4: Destruction of the Vale of Eternal Blossoms

Battlefield: Barrens
The conflict that has been occurring in the Barrens is culminating in the Siege of Orgrimmar raid, but that also means that the various quests offered there, as well as the Darkspear Rebellion Quartermaster, will no longer be available once the patch hits. If you want any of the items that the Quartermaster provides, such as Xan’tish’s Flute or Latent Kor’Kron armors, then your time grows short!

While the quests and the Quartermaster will be gone, the Kor’kron and their camps will remain in the Barrens (though it will no longer be possible to get the various Battlefield: Barrens supplies from them), and those foes will now drop Gahz’rooki’s Summoning Stone, Raptorhide Boxing Gloves, and the Kor’Kron Supply Satchel.

Attention title hounds! The Battlefield: Barrens exclusive titles, Hordebreaker (Alliance) and Darkspear Revolutionary (Horde) disappear with this patch! If you want either one, you’d better get out there and finish the quest line before it’s gone.

Attention Transmogrification enthusiasts! Griftah’s Authentic Troll Shoes are disappearing with Patch 5.4! They may return again at some point in the future, but if you want to be sure to have them, this would be a great time to visit the Barrens and help out the Darkspear Rebellion.

Wowhead has posted a useful guide that can help you make sure to get the most from Battlefield: Barrens before it’s gone.

Professions
Archaeology
The Mantid Artifact Sonic Locator is seeing some changes (you can read the PTR patch notes for details), but the big news for now is that it will be more difficult to obtain in the future, so you maybe want to grab yours now.

New Craftable Raid & PvP Gear
New for 5.4 crafting materials will be usable to craft new Raid and PvP gear. You’ll be able to learn how to create the new crafting materials via recipes that drops from creatures in Pandaria. Be sure to check out the Professions section of the patch notes to see if it might be a good idea to hold onto some of the mats that you’ve already got stashed.

Fishing
With the destruction in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, Jewel Danios have been airlifted to their new habitat on the Timeless Isle... where you can fish them up!

Patching Smoothly
It’s easy to make sure that you’re ready to play when the realms become available on patch day. If you haven’t played in a while, then one of the simplest things you can do is open the World of Warcraft launcher, and allow the updater to download the latest available game files. If you use approved User Interface AddOns, make sure you have the latest versions and that they’re updated and ready to go for the new patch. This is also a good time to update your video card’s drivers, to ensure that there aren’t any compatibility issues.

If you experience any patching issues, there’s a technical support forum thread all about patching that could help. You can also follow @BlizzardCS on Twitter for the latest support-related news.

Getting Additional Account Help
Help with account and in-game issues is just a few clicks away. There may already be a post that addresses your concern on the Customer Support forum, and reading the posts there can be very helpful; the stickied posts at the top are a good first stop, and will help you get the most out of the forum.

The Blizzard Support site provides options like searching through available solutions, or, if the self-help options don’t do the trick, submitting a support ticket might help you get back into the game fast.

Good luck, and we’ll see you in Azeroth!
This article was originally published in forum thread: Preparing for Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar - September 10 started by chaud View original post
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  1. Azzinoth115's Avatar
    09 - 10 -13
    September 10th 2013
  1. Bane-Thunder-God's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by d/c View Post
    Here's hoping we don't forget about it while playing FFXIV.
    'We' That game will fail just as SWTOR, Rift & TERA did. Free to play in a few months time.

    The only MMO's worth a mention is Wildstarr and Everquest Next. But none will be WoW killers but hopefully they will be decent like Guild Wars 2. Its nice to have MMO options sadly there isnt much to choose from this cesspit of carcasses.
  1. tangers58's Avatar
    No valor gear, yay another useless currency!
  1. artem123's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shudder View Post
    So they were just lying when they said the 27th. That's great. Maybe they should just shut it till they know for sure.
    Uhhm, they didnt fully go out and say 100% RELEASE ON 27th. It said when pvp season ends or something like that and other tweets.
    Either way its kinda saddening, but figures with how testing has been.
    Maybe they'll properly balance some specs now
  1. Bleys's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shudder View Post
    So they were just lying when they said the 27th. That's great. Maybe they should just shut it till they know for sure.
    I believe the string of posts from Blizzard went something like:
    *PvP Season will end as soon as August 27th.
    *Patch 5.4 will herald the end of the PvP Season

    Meaning that most people inferred that August 27th was when we would see the patch, but never did Blizzard actually say that the patch would be arriving on August 27th.
  1. Shudder's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Coldhearth View Post
    They NEVER officially said the patch was the 27th. They said that's when the pvp season is ending.
    And they said the patch would release on the same day. That is confirmation. So now they're saying it's the 10th. What if it gets delayed? Will I be seeing you again on that post saying they NEVER officially said it would be the 10th?
  1. Shafer's Avatar
    smart Blizzard. let the people play the new releases, but still keep them on their toes for the new arrival date. genius
  1. ProfesorX's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bleys View Post
    I believe the string of posts from Blizzard went something like:
    *PvP Season will end as soon as August 27th.
    *Patch 5.4 will herald the end of the PvP Season

    Meaning that most people inferred that August 27th was when we would see the patch, but never did Blizzard actually say that the patch would be arriving on August 27th.
    In fact, they corrected the Date of the end of PVP Season.

    Now reads:

    As soon as Tuesday, September 10, the 13th Arena and Rated Battleground Season is scheduled to end. On that day we'll begin an approximately one week process to determine end-of-season reward eligibilitys.
    Source: us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/10621491/PvP_Season_13_Ending_Soon-8_13_2013
  1. Shudder's Avatar
    ^ There ya go, "as soon as" again. So if August 27th wasn't confirmation neither is this. Hey guys the new expansion will be released as soon as September 17th!
  1. Of-the-horde's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Phoenixy View Post
    So You're saying that day/month/year is more logical, than month/day/year?
    day/month is so confusing. Seriously what's the point of starting the date with the day? I want to know the month first, then the day...
    month/day is much better I think it should be used everywhere.
    BTW In Hungary we use year/month/day. I think that's cool just like month/day/year.
    Day/month/year is the most logical imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frozenbeef View Post
    Well that sucks was hoping for next week or the week after..why the hell do they release content when school starts..they did it with mop i started uni the same day it launched -.-
    I know the feel bro, thank god my semester starts in october which means atleast 2 weeks of nolife-ing.
  1. Tarx's Avatar
    At least now we know the day in 3weeks new patch
  1. Azrile's Avatar
    This is one of the reasons Blizzard does not release patch dates in advance.

    I am a bit disappointed. My two mains are basically done now, so not a lot of ´useful´ things I can do in the game for 3 more weeks.
  1. Doctorant's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Coldhearth View Post
    They NEVER officially said the patch was the 27th. They said that's when the pvp season is ending.
    They didn't even say that PVP season ends 27th.

    They said PVP season ends the day patch comes and it is scheduled to 27th, which is subject to change.

    Now, it changed.

    Please read the tweets and not rumours on these forums.

    Someone please find the source, I'm too tired to do that right now.
  1. kejer's Avatar
    This is perfect, I am planning to play rome 2 for 1-2 months after its release. Any prediction if LFR can clear SoO then?
  1. schwank05's Avatar
    Are they making it so all current valor gear is purchasable with JP's? or did I just dream they didn't hate alts?
  1. kejer's Avatar
    All but the shadowpan assault ones, those still cost valor but at reduced price.

    Quote Originally Posted by schwank05 View Post
    Are they making it so all current valor gear is purchasable with JP's? or did I just dream they didn't hate alts?
  1. Tenjen's Avatar
    subject to change. it changed.
  1. Pizza the Hutt's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Byrthor View Post
    Then remove the 72% base line resillience from all players. If you want to pvp wear pvp gear.
    Why? Does it bother you so much that you can't oneshot someone just starting out getting gear?
  1. schwank05's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kejer View Post
    All but the shadowpan assault ones, those still cost valor but at reduced price.
    Do you still need the rep?
  1. Rankin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by schwank05 View Post
    Do you still need the rep?
    I think all the items are reduced to needing Friendly at most with them.

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