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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. kenshinag'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.
    The actual use makes a lot of sense to me. For example, when my kid was born:
    "He was born in May."
    "What day?"
    "May 25th."
    "How long ago?"
    "May 25, 2009."
    "Do you remember exactly when?"
    "He was born exactly May 25, 2009 at 7:02 AM. We were in labor overnight."

    I think it makes more sense. You start your description vague then get more specific. It's like someone asking you what time the movie is showing. "It's on Friday at 7:30 PM, would you like to come join us?" Probably because I've grown accustomed to it though.
  1. SinR's Avatar
    Well I know what im not doing until Sept 10th

    three more weeks of boredom. Yay for F2P MMOs though. playing those other MMOs helps me recover from WoW burnout.

    3 weeks to grind 1000 VP.
  1. Seezer's Avatar
    Fuck you Blizz. The past 5 tiers the patch is released with seasons end. Patch 5.4 "Hey GUYS SEASON 13 ENDING IN 2 WEEKS!" /YAY!!! "AND HEY GUYS HERE'S THIS COOL TRAILER FOR THE NEW PATCH A MONTH EARLY!". Fuck you. I hope you lose alot of people with FF RR coming up.
  1. Shudder's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Xjev View Post
    will be 11th for Europeans, they get patch a day later
    And the WTC bombings happened in Europe?
  1. ShadowMew's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Shudder View Post
    And the WTC bombings happened in Europe?
    no cos usa have always got patches a day earlier than europe due to time difference, it has nothing to do with the world trade centre in anyway.
  1. Tengaaris'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.
    Loving the irony that the individual responsible for posting this nonsense is calling himself "glorious leader".
  1. Zoma'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.
    From last weeks news post that first started speculating that the release was Aug 27.

    http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/...nding-Soon-DLC

    Specifically

    Patch 5.4 - Potential Release Date
    With Season 13 ending soon, we finally have a potential release date for Patch 5.4. There are still many things that could delay the patch, so keep in mind that this date is not final!

  1. BatteredRose's Avatar
    Blizzard released Cataclysm on December 7th, the day of the Pearl Harbor attack.

    Blizzard is releasing 5.4 on September 10th, a day before the 9/11 attack.

    Blizzard is the Illuminati.
  1. Gemini4t's Avatar
    Wowhead has posted a useful guide that can help you make sure to get the most from Battlefield: Barrens before it’s gone.
    Once again, MMO-Champion has edited a Blue post to remove links to their competitors. If you edit Blue posts, I cannot trust that you are presenting them accurately or honestly. You preserve all other hyperlinks, just not those to Wowhead. I understand they are your competition, but tough shit. That doesn't mean you get to change what Blizzard says.
  1. ccKep's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by huntypus View Post
    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?
    I guess half of these comments wouldn't even have happened if the image just said "09/10/2013" instead of "09.10.2013".
    On the other hand, the news title and the headline in the newspost clearly state the date unmistakably, so I guess people just argue for the sake of arguing.
  1. Orphen747's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gemini4t View Post
    Once again, MMO-Champion has edited a Blue post to remove links to their competitors. If you edit Blue posts, I cannot trust that you are presenting them accurately or honestly. You preserve all other hyperlinks, just not those to Wowhead. I understand they are your competition, but tough shit. That doesn't mean you get to change what Blizzard says.
    Eh, they removed the link but the spirit of the line is intact. I don't see a problem here. Anyone that wants to can easily go to wowhead and search for the guide. It's not like anyone here won't know (or at the very least couldn't just google) wowhead. I could see a slippery slope argument here so maybe it bears watching but I'd say it's not yet something to worry about.
  1. Hulkovius's Avatar
    First look at the Picture and I was like wtf, 10th september, but the picture said 9th of October..

    Guess its still early here in swe. Fucked up dateformatting :P

    Anyways, cant wait for patch to come!

    World first 10 man here we go!
  1. kaneem's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kenshinag View Post
    The actual use makes a lot of sense to me. For example, when my kid was born:
    "He was born in May."
    "What day?"
    "May 25th."
    "How long ago?"
    "May 25, 2009."
    "Do you remember exactly when?"
    "He was born exactly May 25, 2009 at 7:02 AM. We were in labor overnight."

    I think it makes more sense. You start your description vague then get more specific. It's like someone asking you what time the movie is showing. "It's on Friday at 7:30 PM, would you like to come join us?" Probably because I've grown accustomed to it though.
    Or:
    ...
    "Do you remember exactly when?"
    "Sure, 7:02 AM on the 25th of May, 2009. We were in labor overnight."

    There are many ways to phrase time and dates when it comes to speech, and most are perfectly fine. If you believe "You start your description vague then get more specific" is true, then you would say then Date would be formatted YYYY/MM/DD not MM/DD/YYYY. The later is just absolutely bizarre and your argument does no match up.

    YYYY/MM/DD is the best format (for purpose of date sorting), followed by DD/MM/YYYY (in terms of ordering LSB>>MSB). MM/DD/YYYY is just as screwy as say YYYY/DD/MM would be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SinR View Post
    3 weeks to grind 1000 VP.
    Hey, A point on the grinding for Valor.... I read somewhere that there are NO Valor quarter masters in 5.4... so am I right in saying not to both with Valor? Other than having some on hand for upgrading gear?
  1. Mormolyce's Avatar
    It's been 12 years, how long until we stop making a bit deal out of the 9th of September?

    P.S. I can't believe that was 12 years ago.
  1. Shudder's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mormolyce View Post
    It's been 12 years, how long until we stop making a bit deal out of the 9th of September?

    P.S. I can't believe that was 12 years ago.
    You mean the 9th of November.
  1. SinR's Avatar
    remember remember the fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot?
  1. pimpeddakota's Avatar
    So there is no coin change? We still going to use Mogu coins for SoO?
  1. Djbicepsirl's Avatar
    I think it's safe to say that this isn't the first time the patch is going to be delayed xDDDD
  1. pimpeddakota's Avatar
    So we are going to use Mogu coins still for extra rolls? Interesting...time to cap to 10!
  1. artem123's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pimpeddakota View Post
    So there is no coin change? We still going to use Mogu coins for SoO?
    Theres a new coin

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