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Brewfest 2013
Brewfest is upon us once again, and Icy-Veins has an in depth guide to all things Brewfest. This year the event runs from September 20 to October 6. This year offers the same items as last year, such as the Pandaren Brewpack and item level 470 epic trinkets.

If you are still leveling alts, don't forget to grab the Brewfest Enthusiast buff at 6:15 AM and 6:15 PM server time outside of Ironforge and Orgrimmar at the Tapping of the Keg ceremony.


Level Type Spec Slot Name
470TrinketTrinket Bubbliest Brightbrew Charm
470TrinketTrinket Bitterest Balebrew Charm
470TrinketSpell DPSTrinket Mithril Wristwatch
470TrinketPhysical DPSTrinket Coren's Cold Chromium Coaster
470TrinketTankTrinket Brawler's Statue
470TrinketHealerTrinket Thousand-Year Pickled Egg

Brewfest Prize Token Rewards

Level Type Slot Name Cost
20Companion Pets Wolpertinger's Tankard200 ×
20Companion Pets Pint-Sized Pink Pachyderm100 ×
20Holiday Preserved Brewfest Hops20 ×
1Quest "Brew of the Month" Club Membership Form200 ×
10HeadHead Belbi's Eyesight Enhancing Romance Goggles100 ×
10HeadHead Blix's Eyesight Enhancing Romance Goggles100 ×
1HeadHead Brown Brewfest Hat50 ×
1HeadHead Green Brewfest Hat50 ×
1HeadHead Blue Brewfest Hat50 ×
1HeadHead Purple Brewfest Hat50 ×
1ChestChest Brewfest Regalia200 ×
1ChestChest Brewfest Dress200 ×
1FeetFeet Brewfest Boots100 ×
1FeetFeet Brewfest Slippers100 ×
1Consumable Pandaren Brewpack100 ×
1Consumable Brewfest Pony Keg100 ×
1Consumable Brewfest Keg Pony200 ×
20Consumable Fresh Brewfest Hops2 ×
20Consumable Fresh Goblin Brewfest Hops5 ×
1Consumable Brewhelm2 ×


Siege of Orgrimmar Heroic Progression
Method is still leading progress tonight without killing any more bosses, with 11/14 bosses down. Blood Legion has managed to kill one more boss since last night, now with 11/14 bosses down, along with Exorsus, genuine, and Envy. Over in the 10 player column, Paragon is currently leading with 10/14 bosses down, followed by Sanitas, also at 10/14.

You can keep up with the rankings on WoWProgress and Manaflask.



Patch 5.4 Hotfixes: September 19
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
General
  • With the conclusion of the Battlefield: Barrens event, realm coalescing has been re-enabled for the Durotar area.

Classes

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Siege of Orgrimmar
    • Sha of Pride
      • Sha of Pride no longer drops Droplet of Y'shaarj on Raid Finder difficulty.
      • Alter Time no longer teleports players that have been banished on Heroic difficulty.
    • Galakras
      • Resetting the Galakras encounter should no longer cause doors to the towers to remain closed.
    • Siegecrafter Blackfuse
      • Siegecrafter Blackfuse will no longer Overcharge more than one cluster of Crawler Mines per wave on Heroic difficulty.

Battlegrounds and Arenas

Proving Grounds
  • Healer Trials
    • NPC party members should now be better at moving out of the fire, and use their area-of-effect attacks and swap targets correctly.
    • Large Illusionary Flamecallers no longer cast Pyroblast against targets that have been recently hit by a Fireball.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Conquest Vendors Update
Giving a quick update. We're in the process of running internal tests to see if the fix is working correctly. We hope to have it out of testing as soon as possible. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Gearing up Alt Characters
I dinged a fresh 90 on Monday, and yes I went straight to the Timeless Isle. However, in questing greens & blues, I had a very hard time. Also, I still have to go through all the old raids in LFR to unlock the latest content, not to mention get my item level high enough to enter.

I've picked up a few purples on the Timeless Isle, but I'm still nowhere near high enough yet to enter SoO LFR. Sure, if you go for it really hard and prepare with crafted goods, Valor gear etc. I'm sure it can be done. But that's why the system's good IMO, if you put in the effort you can be caught up quickly, if you're more of a casual player like me it's going to take a while, and I'm fine with that personally.

I much prefer this to the alternative—getting my alt to level 90 then having to go through the exact same content I spent months on with my other characters. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Patch 5.4 PvP Balance
Hope 6.0 will be that one patch we've been waiting since s8 to finally fix everything.
It's impossible to "fix" everything because there will always be a certain aspect of the game that someone will have an issue with, or a part they don't enjoy as much as the other. Perfection is also an endless pursuit because it's an ever elusive goal. We're constantly aiming to make the game the best it possibly can be, but to fix what someone feels is wrong will inevitably break it for someone else, so the things that are "broken" change via your own perception.

- blizzard doesn't care about all mage specs in PvP
Every spec in the game right now is viable for participation in PvP, and we care about all specs. Your complaint is not that "Blizzard doesn't care", it's that you don't feel that certain specs aren't entirely viable for high end arena. This goes for several classes though, not just mages; warrior, paladin, druid and monk tank specs and others are not viable for high end PvP either.

The biggest thing to note is that there are actually more specs now than ever before that are viable for a "Tier 1/2 comp", and at least one spec from each class is capable of reaching high ratings in PvP depending on team composition. We would be extremely pleased if we were able to reach a point in balance where all 34 specs were perfectly balanced, however we're well aware that the possibilities of accomplishing this is an incredibly difficult goal.

We'll continue to do our best to achieve the most enjoyable and balanced gameplay possible for everyone and we really appreciate all of the feedback that you're all giving in this thread about what you do and don't like about patch 5.4. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Honestly how many classes "get benched" I haven't seen a dps class get benched even one time this xpak
It is one of those terms that lost its meaning (like "literally!") through overuse. I think many now used "benched" as a synonym. (Source)

Could I get your thoughts on this concept? Are healers an intrinsic problem in PvP games generally?
They are definitely a problem when trying to balance the option to have a healer or not have a healer. (Source)
I'm also open to the idea that having dedicated healers in PvP period is unsolveable. #notanannouncement (Source)

is it acceptable for one class (warriors) to not have a single dps spec in the top 20 dps specs? Why is this the case, then?
Don't worry about stack ranks. Worry about your spec's (or better yet, your character's) DPS relative to the average. (Source)

so what are people who love their character supposed to do when they no longer enjoy their class?
We struggle with that question, at a philosophical level, a great deal. (Source)
The con is the player (and there are many) who can't keep up with class changes if they skip an expansion or even a patch. (Source)
We hear *constantly* from players who say I love my X but I just can't bear to relearn how to play yet again, so I'm out. (Source)

I think a good rule of thumb is, if you enjoy your class, eff the numbers.
I get that there is a threshold. If you love your class but feel like you are holding your friends back, that's hard. (Source)
But just because the best players in the world do better with class X, does not mean *you* are holding your friends back. (Source)

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
OK you're probably sick of hearing this, but feels like my ProtWar has exactly zero choice in Major glyph. DPS = mandatory. =/
Yeah we discussed this a few weeks ago. We can't make tank glyphs survival, healing or DPS. Doesn't leave many options. (Source)

Character / Items
We have a request with many people on french forum : why gnome can't do hunter when all race can? We are curious
We get many requests to make X class available to Y race. (Source)
At a fundamental level, the question is whether there is benefit in any racial restrictions on class or not. (Source)

Hi Greg. IF the item squish was to happen, would PvP and PvE gear once again have similar ilvls? WPvP purposes. Ty.
We don't know yet, but that would be a nice goal for sure. (Source)

Just out of curiosity, how does RPPM differ from old style trinkets if unaffected by haste? That seemed the point
RPPM can proc twice in a row. Old style trinkets tended to proc when their ICD was over, making them really predictable. (Source)
But Because of the RNG involved, who would want to use an RPPM trink over ICD if both technically Equal?
There is personal preference involved for sure, which we actually like. (Source)
The RPPM trinket could proc 3 times during Bloodlust while the ICD cannot. But the RPPM might not proc at all. (Source)

Flex Raiding
After downing a boss in a flex raid, is a raid guaranteed at least X items or are all rolls individual (poss. getting 0 loot)?
You can get 0 loot or you can get 25 loot. Both are exceedingly rare, but given enough raids, will happen to someone. (Source)

Flex definitely feels like a progression difficulty coming straight out of LFR. My mana was crying!
Remember that you don't have the benefit of previous tiers of flex to gear up. This should be the only time that happens. (Source)

Might we see LFR phased out in favor of Flex? If opening end-game content to all is the goal, perhaps dif way to achieve it?
If you want to raid say on your lunch break, LFR works for that but flex may not. (Source)

Dark Legacy Comics - #406 and #407
Now that things have slowed down a little bit, let's catch up on some DLC!

This article was originally published in forum thread: Brewfest 2013, SoO Progression, Sept 19 Hotfixes, Blue Posts, DLC #406 and #407 started by chaud View original post
Comments 32 Comments
  1. Azrile's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Decisive The Hallowed View Post
    Yeah, but its a little stupid when we can get 496 Trinkets from Timeless Isle so easly...
    what is stupid is that you haven´t realized the TI trinkets are unique. You can´t equip 2.

    From TI, you cannot get 496 weapons, off-hands and 1 trinket. For people like me who force-fed alts the 496 stuff.. the trinket is exactly enough to allow me to skip doing ToT LFR. (assuming you got the guaranteed Burden).

    But that is besides the point. Blizzard, as far as I know, has never updated loot from holiday bosses within an expansion.
  1. Kektonic's Avatar
    Queues for Ice Lord went upwards of 45 minutes. Cannot imagine how long they'll be for trinkets absolutely no one wants.

    Also everyone and their mother more than likely has a SPA trinket given that you get enough rep from just clearing the first LFR wing especially with the reduced valor cost so between the curios and those the brewfest trinks are pointless.
  1. Azrile's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kektonic View Post
    Queues for Ice Lord went upwards of 45 minutes. Cannot imagine how long they'll be for trinkets absolutely no one wants.

    Also everyone and their mother more than likely has a SPA trinket given that you get enough rep from just clearing the first LFR wing especially with the reduced valor cost so between the curios and those the brewfest trinks are pointless.
    Maybe But to me

    Holiday boss > TOT LFR + 1800 VP

    Holiday boss is great for fresh 90s who haven´t been played. but yeah, most mains have at least the SPA trinket and LFR stuff.
  1. Shudder's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeBogina View Post
    those are the same trinkets a year ago when MoP first launched, dont complain... they get one update per expansion.
    That's not a reason that's a lazy excuse. They need to take the 20 mins to update the gear so the queue times aren't insanely long since nobody gives a crap about 476 anymore.
  1. Shardik's Avatar
    If any holiday needed an overhaul, brewfest would have been it, at least to add the Pandaren in and add a bunch with their coming. I really wish they'd take some time and make all of the holiday events bigger and better though.
  1. Woa's Avatar
    Yay Brewfest!! Oh nevermind, i got that bullshit last year.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Quote Originally Posted by Shardik View Post
    If any holiday needed an overhaul, brewfest would have been it, at least to add the Pandaren in and add a bunch with their coming. I really wish they'd take some time and make all of the holiday events bigger and better though.
    Its not even 476.
  1. Issalice's Avatar
    So is the brewfest mount not available anymore? It isn't listed on the loot table here on MMO-CHamp, but it is still listed on warcraftmounts and wowhead as obtainable. Just curious, would like to get it at some point if possible.
  1. chaud's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Issalice View Post
    So is the brewfest mount not available anymore? It isn't listed on the loot table here on MMO-CHamp, but it is still listed on warcraftmounts and wowhead as obtainable. Just curious, would like to get it at some point if possible.
    They still drop from the boss, but they aren't sold for tokens, so they aren't listed in the table.
  1. Tziva's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dermont View Post
    Do we get a new stein? I could care less about the gear, oh well about the trinket but gosh darn it I want a new colored stein!
    The plus side of this is one less stein you have to find space for you in your overcrowded bank because even though you'll never use it, you have to save it because it's a souvenir and once the holiday is over, you can never get it again.
  1. Mazzic518's Avatar
    The queue is like 8 minutes and I am DPS stop your crying it is getting old.
  1. Karnige's Avatar
    they need to be 516 gear so ppl would actually do them
  1. Klostret's Avatar
    Thanks for the guide!

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