MMO-Champion - New Mount Preview - Is That a Saddle, Gear Changes in Patch 5.4.8
Update: The legendary cloak will be upgradeable. Garrosh heirlooms will get a bump of 8 item levels as well, contrary to an earlier statement.

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New Mount Preview - Is That a Saddle?
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Gear Changes in Patch 5.4.8
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Gear changes are coming! First, in Patch 5.4.8 (which is currently in testing on the PTR), all upgradable epic items introduced to the game in Patch 5.4 will be given the option to upgrade 2 more times for a grand total of 16 item levels. This change will be applied to all items found on the Timeless Isle and in Siege of Orgrimmar. For instance, if you have an item level 553 Greatsword of Pride’s Fall and its Upgrade Level is 2/2 making it item level 561, once the new patch goes live it will display 2/4 and allow you the opportunity to bump it up to item level 569. Whether you’re working on a newly boosted character or progressing through Siege of Orgrimmar, we hope this change will provide you with the extra punch you need to take down your foes.

Second, we are also adding a new token called Deeds of Valor which will cost 3000 Timeless Coins, and can be used to grant your character 100 Valor Points. Players who wish to purchase the new token can do so by visiting Mistweaver Ai on the Timeless Isle next to the Celestial Court. Keep in mind, these tokens won’t allow you to go above the current weekly cap on Valor, but they do provide you an extra option to gain the points you may need so you can upgrade your gear.

Will this Deed of Valor be soulbound or account bound?
They are currently planned to be BoP.

are they adding another 8 ilvls to the Garrosh Heirlooms?
No, the heirloom weapons that drop from Garrosh won't be affected by this change.

Will we have to upgrade our cloaks or will they be 4/4 on patch day?
Yes, legendary cloaks will receive the ability to upgrade two more times, but they will not be auto-upgraded.

Whats the point? honestly? just put in a SoO zone buff...pretty sure most of us are bored to death of dungeons and scenarios. this is also why it's a good idea to have new dungeons (hint, hint) as well.
Different strokes, I'm sure, but I prefer earning my power, and playing to get stronger. Zonewide buffs/debuffs always feel kind of... like pity. I don't want to be pitied, I just want more paths to success.

Thanks everyone for your feedback, we will be bumping up the ilvl of all Garrosh Heirlooms by +8 in 5.4.8, since they are not upgradeable with Valor. The intent of the 5.4.8 VP upgrade change is to let people continue to progress, and we don’t want those who are using one of the Garrosh BoA weapons as their primary weapon to feel like they need to go get a brand new weapon due to this change.
This article was originally published in forum thread: New Mount Preview - Is That a Saddle, Gear Changes in Patch 5.4.8 started by chaud View original post
Comments 270 Comments
  1. Nymrohd's Avatar
    WTF is that thing?
  1. Raugnaut's Avatar
    Ok... Da !@#$ is that? It's like a spider-fish-ant abomination! KILL IT! WITH FIRE!
  1. Jasper Kazai's Avatar
    Ugh, more item upgrading? They're removing reforging, but I would honestly rather see them remove upgrading first. It's just a pointless Valor sink that is pretty much mandatory. They claim that reforging was a not fun min/maxing mechanic, but I find upgrading to be even more not fun. It adds way less than reforging ever did.
  1. Natiry427's Avatar
    I'll take 3 please
  1. Zoaric's Avatar
    =O I don't know if I should be crying from awesome or wetting myself in terror... I think I'll just do
    both...
  1. The Ogdru Jahad's Avatar
    Coolest mount I've ever seen, hands down.
  1. Vegas82's Avatar
    Why does it have wings?
  1. Nagassh's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jasper Kazai View Post
    Ugh, more item upgrading? They're removing reforging, but I would honestly rather see them remove upgrading first. It's just a pointless Valor sink that is pretty much mandatory. They claim that reforging was an not fun min/maxing mechanic, but I find upgrading to be even more not fun. It adds way less than reforging ever did.
    This is Blizzards way of nerfing SOO without slapping 30% reduces hp / damage done on things.

    I think it's the lesser evil, though I agree it's not a very fun system.
  1. Nymrohd's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jasper Kazai View Post
    Ugh, more item upgrading? They're removing reforging, but I would honestly rather see them remove upgrading first. It's just a pointless Valor sink that is pretty much mandatory. They claim that reforging was an not fun min/maxing mechanic, but I find upgrading to be even more not fun. It adds way less than reforging ever did.
    Eh? THey are removing item upgrading for WoD as well. This is just a sneaky way of nerfing SoO while also giving non-raiders a chance for some additional gear progression. A decent way to extend game life tbh (though it does make it much more painful to get new gear, 1k valor to upgrade it now).
  1. CasCrow's Avatar
    it looks like a feral quiraji battle tank. I must have it.
  1. thorvath's Avatar
    Well at least the new store mounts are explicitly ground mounts. It'd be ballsy of Blizz to keep selling new flying mounts while removing flying.
  1. sdkphoenix's Avatar
    The fuck is Blizzard doing with the poor qiraji mounts? That thing should be killed, not put on the store.
  1. Andorfine's Avatar
    Here is the nerf to SoO people asked for, 2 more upgrades.
  1. Ophill's Avatar
    A primordial ravager maybe?
  1. Leper Messiah's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nymrohd View Post
    WTF is that thing?
    My initial thought was, "That looks like an insectoid race of Old God followers that may show up in Warlords".

    The wing membrane texture really screamed mantid-like to me. Perhaps these creatures will be related to a future patch?
  1. Darkvoltinx's Avatar
    that mount is very odd.
  1. Xiandra's Avatar
    It looks like a giant red raven claw with a face or a Qiraj battle tank, Maybe the wings are like the same thing like a chopper and it'll be a flying mount.
  1. Baneador's Avatar
    That skull destroy everything, for that skull the mount is ugly, the rest is awesome
  1. Darkvoltinx's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Leper Messiah View Post
    My initial thought was, "That looks like an insectoid race of Old God followers that may show up in Warlords".

    The wing membrane texture really screamed mantid-like to me. Perhaps these creatures will be related to a future patch?
    looks like the battle tank mounts on steroids and armored.
  1. Gallahadd's Avatar
    Wow....

    I want that mount!

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