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.

Artcraft - Huntress of Teldrassil - New Night Elf Female Character Model

New Mount Preview - Is That a Saddle?
Blizzard shared a new mount on Twitter tonight.



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.
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  1. Yarathir's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Airbag888 View Post
    His tone does not imply it, he and a lot of us see this as lazy and uninspired. This is a Quiraji mount with a hydra front and a sting at the back. The animation takes more time than the model itself for mounts. That's why blizz reuses so much. I remember in BC when I realised Wyverns use the same animation as cats for running I was like wow, this is not the Blizzard I know here we are now 7 yrs later pushing this concept even more. If you're gonna make a model that isn't new with re-used parts for the animation just give it in game for moderate work. Make the truly unique mounts be acquirable via hard work in game.

    The Blizzard in your mind never existed. In fact, there is not a single game company ever that will make a completely new skeleton for a creature that is supposed to move and behave in similar ways as an already existing creature. The fact that they didn't make a new skeleton for the Ravager isn't lazy. It's responsible. When you are developing a game like WoW, you can't afford to waste resources like that.


    They have done the second-most extensive and intensive thing besides making a whole new skeleton, model and texture. Which is grabbing an existing skeleton, adding new animations, modifying existing ones to be smoother, and making a new model and textures.


    So don't bash them like you do.
  1. Airbag888's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Yarathir View Post
    The Blizzard in your mind never existed. In fact, there is not a single game company ever that will make a completely new skeleton for a creature that is supposed to move and behave in similar ways as an already existing creature. The fact that they didn't make a new skeleton for the Ravager isn't lazy. It's responsible. When you are developing a game like WoW, you can't afford to waste resources like that.


    They have done the second-most extensive and intensive thing besides making a whole new skeleton, model and texture. Which is grabbing an existing skeleton, adding new animations, modifying existing ones to be smoother, and making a new model and textures.


    So don't bash them like you do.
    If you don't like my opinion that's too bad. I'd rather have 10 uniquely different mounts than the 200+ we're getting that are recolors, re-used old models, re-used old skeletons and animations.

    The blizzard I'm talking about existed. Each time they put out a game before WoW it had uniqueness down to the unit level
  1. Yarathir's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Airbag888 View Post
    If you don't like my opinion that's too bad. I'd rather have 10 uniquely different mounts than the 200+ we're getting that are recolors, re-used old models, re-used old skeletons and animations.

    The blizzard I'm talking about existed. Each time they put out a game before WoW it had uniqueness down to the unit level

    No. You're literally delusional. It never existed. Blizzard reused skeletons then (a whole lot, too), and it does so now. In fact, they're putting more work into mounts than they used to in the past few years. If you hadn't noticed yet, the majority of the animations on the ravager mount are modified to be smoother and more up-to-date (which was a lot of work), and then it also has quite a few unique animations altogether.


    And "it's my opinion" isn't some infallible defense from scrutiny. It may be your opinion, but I'm allowed to tell you your opinion is stupid if it's literally from a position of ignorance and bias. "My opinion!" doesn't make your posts some criticism-free zone.


    If you don't like that. That's too bad!
  1. Augusta138's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by nemester View Post
    this is confirmed check out this link

    wowprogress.com/character/kr/hellscream/흠칫스
    so how can blizz say its on ptr when its out on asian realms already, asia again gets treated better than us
    Asian realms are different in alot of ways
    Same with the fact they have 3 or 4 days lockouts.
    Apart from that, Asian realms have that for months already.

    Its a good change imo, instead of a flat 20% nerf.
  1. Rorcanna's Avatar
    Why the hell does the reaver mount have flight on it...?
  1. Paincake's Avatar
    Is there any info on when this mount will be availlable? This is the first time ever i've been excited to aquire a mount, and I only have like 30 max >_<
    Naxxramas style remake of Ahn'Qiraj perhaps? Man I'm dying to know O_O
  1. Lahis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Paincake View Post
    Is there any info on when this mount will be availlable? This is the first time ever i've been excited to aquire a mount, and I only have like 30 max >_<
    Naxxramas style remake of Ahn'Qiraj perhaps? Man I'm dying to know O_O
    It is currently buyable in the In Game Store on the beta servers. Should come into the Store Sometime after WoD launch or even before it. Better have those dollars ready.
  1. snackfeat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Paincake View Post
    Is there any info on when this mount will be availlable? This is the first time ever i've been excited to aquire a mount, and I only have like 30 max >_<
    Naxxramas style remake of Ahn'Qiraj perhaps? Man I'm dying to know O_O
    It's confirmed to be an upcoming bli$$ard store mount.
  1. Paincake's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lahis View Post
    It is currently buyable in the In Game Store on the beta servers. Should come into the Store Sometime after WoD launch or even before it. Better have those dollars ready.
    Man thats really dissapointing. I guess I'l wait for the next awesome in-game mount, Store mounts just removes the sense of reward.
  1. Lahis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Paincake View Post
    Man thats really dissapointing. I guess I'l wait for the next awesome in-game mount, Store mounts just removes the sense of reward.
    I fear you'll be waiting for a very long time...

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