MMO-Champion - Preparing for Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar - September 10
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Revealed

Preparing for Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar - September 10


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
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
Comments 117 Comments
  1. Mekanikos's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by spinalc0rd View Post
    '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.
    Really? I had a lot of fun with it. To me it felt akin to leaving EQ for WoW: a breath of fresh air, and I say that after 8.5 years of WoW. I don't have enough exposure to WildStar to form an opinion, and I'm thoroughly unimpressed with EQN, but again, limited exposure.

    /shrug
  1. Jamie081's Avatar
    meh sucky date
  1. TylerN's Avatar
    I had expected it a little sooner, but oh well.

    Probably for the best, gotta try keep up with the damn election here anyway.
  1. Emerald's Avatar
    What about elder charms of good fortune will they be converted?
  1. Zergal's Avatar
    Called it on the date .
  1. Elf Boots's Avatar
    Woot I already had this week (and the next) booked off work. So happy right now.
  1. Eroginous's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by taurenguard View Post
    Day/month/year is the most logical imo.

    - - - Updated - - -


    I know the feel bro, thank god my semester starts in october which means atleast 2 weeks of nolife-ing.
    The reason why we use the month first is so that it eliminates confusion. A date like 6/12/2013 is extremely confusing of one person reads it as 'June 12th' but another person reads it as 'December 6th.' If everyone is taught in school the month comes first, then it will always be June 6th and not 6th june.
  1. Glorious Leader's Avatar
    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.
    Fucking terrible. I cannot express how blindingly stupid it is not to offer new valor gear for players. I am so glad I uninstalled this trash a couple days ago. And you won't have to worry about me spamming your precious general warcraft or dungeon and raid forums much. I'm done with this trash until someone gets some sense over at blizzard.
  1. Magemaer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Glorious Leader View Post
    Fucking terrible. I cannot express how blindingly stupid it is not to offer new valor gear for players. I am so glad I uninstalled this trash a couple days ago. And you won't have to worry about me spamming your precious general warcraft or dungeon and raid forums much. I'm done with this trash until someone gets some sense over at blizzard.
    Watch out guys, angry casual is here!
  1. NigelGurney's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Eroginous View Post
    The reason why we use the month first is so that it eliminates confusion. A date like 6/12/2013 is extremely confusing of one person reads it as 'June 12th' but another person reads it as 'December 6th.' If everyone is taught in school the month comes first, then it will always be June 6th and not 6th june.
    It does not eliminate confusion if the rest of the world haven't adopted the same system. Having the month before the day is like putting the town before the street in an address.
  1. celelas's Avatar
    yaaaay im so excited and it's also on my birthday
    awesome blizz thanks!
  1. Daltin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Glorious Leader View Post
    Fucking terrible. I cannot express how blindingly stupid it is not to offer new valor gear for players. I am so glad I uninstalled this trash a couple days ago. And you won't have to worry about me spamming your precious general warcraft or dungeon and raid forums much. I'm done with this trash until someone gets some sense over at blizzard.
    Instead of VP, you can go farm the Timeless Island for coins and use those as currency for items. You know this, right?

    http://ptr.wowdb.com/items/103986-di...elated:sold-by

    And really, though, with them offering -several- different means to obtain gear in a raid, you're better off doing the content. You'll get more upgrades per week vs. using Valor as some sort of means to obtain gear.

    LFR, Flex, Normal/Heroic. Potential 42 bosses a week if you really wanted to go that route.

    Edit: And if actually doing the content is too troublesome a task to obtain gear, why do you even want gear in the first place? I don't understand people who want VP gear but don't actually do the content. Those items are just rotting away. It's like furnishing a house, but not ever having anyone over. "We bought a new card table", "Oh, I didn't know you played cards?" "I don't." "...."
  1. DeathbyFrostBomb73's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Glorious Leader View Post
    Fucking terrible. I cannot express how blindingly stupid it is not to offer new valor gear for players. I am so glad I uninstalled this trash a couple days ago. And you won't have to worry about me spamming your precious general warcraft or dungeon and raid forums much. I'm done with this trash until someone gets some sense over at blizzard.
    Nevermind that the gear will be replaced next expansion..but go ahead and whine about a game you claimed to have uninstalled.
  1. Draknalor186's Avatar
    9/11, srsly? GG blizz ^^
  1. Immitis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Glorious Leader View Post
    Fucking terrible. I cannot express how blindingly stupid it is not to offer new valor gear for players. I am so glad I uninstalled this trash a couple days ago. And you won't have to worry about me spamming your precious general warcraft or dungeon and raid forums much. I'm done with this trash until someone gets some sense over at blizzard.
    so... being able to grind all your valor gear whenever you want and putting the amount of time it takes to get all your valor gear in how long you work on it is worse then being forced to only getting one piece a week?
  1. Shudder's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Draknalor186 View Post
    9/11, srsly? GG blizz ^^
    Says September 10th. What article are you reading?
  1. Khime's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by NigelGurney View Post
    It does not eliminate confusion if the rest of the world haven't adopted the same system. Having the month before the day is like putting the town before the street in an address.
    Actually, with how mail is sorted, it would make a whole lot more sense to put the zip/postal code first, followed, by state, then city, then street name, then street number, since a postal worker in Chicago doesn't care that your letter is ultimately going to 1234 Bell Street, he first and foremost needs to know that it's going to Hawaii.
  1. NigelGurney's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Khime View Post
    Actually, with how mail is sorted, it would make a whole lot more sense to put the zip/postal code first, followed, by state, then city, then street name, then street number, since a postal worker in Chicago doesn't care that your letter is ultimately going to 1234 Bell Street, he first and foremost needs to know that it's going to Hawaii.
    Ok, the post is sorted in the opposite order, but the address is still in a logical order.
  1. Xjev's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shudder View Post
    Says September 10th. What article are you reading?
    will be 11th for Europeans, they get patch a day later
  1. Mush's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Moshic View Post
    Is it 9th of October? Or 10th of September? Us Europeans use the real and logical metric and date systems, so I'm confused.
    When I say the date out I say, September(9), tenth(10), two-thousand and thirteen(2013). So for me 9/10/2013 makes more sense. Also it is in order of smallest possible to largest possible number.

    On a similar note, why does every conversation between Americans and Europeans have to devolve into nitpicking semantic bullshit?

Site Navigation