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by Published on 2014-05-15 05:24 PM

Azeroth Choppers Episode 5
Another episode of Azeroth Choppers is here!


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
The time has come! This week on Azeroth Choppers, the Blizzard teams brave the cold and journey out to New York for a first look at the Horde and Alliance bikes.

Keep up to date on all of the latest episodes at www.AzerothChoppers.com, and let your faction’s war cry be heard with #AzerothChoppers.
by Published on 2014-05-15 02:34 AM

Patch 5.4.8 PTR - Build 18273
Build 18273 will be deployed to the PTR realms soon.



New Icons



New Mounts







New Items
You can see all of the new items on the WoWDB PTR site.

Level Type Slot Name
20Mount Warforged Nightmare
20Mount Grinning Reaver
90Consumable Deeds of Valor
1Consumable Nightmarish Hitching Post


Achievement Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Pandaria
Exploration



Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Mounts
  • Grinning Reaver (New) Summons and dismisses a rideable Grinning Reaver mount. The capabilities of this mount depend on your Riding skill and location. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.
  • Warforged Nightmare (New) Summons and dismisses a rideable Warforged Nightmare mount. The capabilities of this mount depend on your Riding skill and location. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.

Paladin (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Retribution
  • Sword of Light Increases the damage you deal with two-handed melee weapons by 30%. Your spell power is now equal to 50% of your attack power, and you no longer benefit from other sources of spell power. Grants 6% of your maximum mana every 2 sec. Increases the healing done by Word of Glory by 30% 60% and Flash of Light by 100%. Paladin - Retribution Spec.

Rogue (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Burst of Speed - On live, you can't use BoS to clear snares if Sprint is active. We're fixing that but ensuring the speed boosts don't stack. The ability to clear snares while Sprint was active was broken about one month ago in a hotfix. (Source)



Patch 5.4.7 Hotfixes - May 13
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes
  • Resolved an issue where players were able to incorrectly stack multiple movement speed buffs.
  • Paladin
    • Retribution
      • Sword of Light now increases healing done by Word of Glory by 60% (up from 30%).
  • Warlock
    • Armor Set
      • Resolved an issue where Warlocks were able to incorrectly retain their Tier-14 4-piece set bonus when the armor is no longer equipped.

Battlegrounds and Arenas

  • Demonic Gateway can no longer be cast during the Preparation phase in Arenas, Battlegrounds, and Rated Battlegrounds.
  • Ruby Hare is no longer usable in Arenas and Rated Battlegrounds.


This Week Only – 33% Off Cosmetic Armor Pieces
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Get an imposing new cosmetic helm for your character and save some hard-earned coin! This week only, the Hood of Hungering Darkness, Jewel of the Firelord, and Crown of Eternal Winter are all available for 33% off their regular price. Snag them from the in-game Shop, then head to your local Transmogrifier to make a striking first impression on the battlefield – but hurry, because this sale ends May 20, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. PT.
by Published on 2014-05-14 12:30 AM

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.
by Published on 2014-05-13 05:01 PM

Update: Fangs confirmed:

Artcraft - Huntress of Teldrassil
The new Night Elf Female character model is here!


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Hello, and welcome to Artcraft! I’m Chris Robinson, senior art director on World of Warcraft, and in today’s edition we’re going to give you a first look at the new female Night Elf model. As you probably know, we’re in the process of updating all of the original character models, along with the Draenei and Blood Elf, to improve their texture, polygon, and animation fidelity. Let’s get this going with some comments from Tyson Murphy, our lead character artist.

Hi all—I’m Tyson, and on behalf of everyone on the art team, we’re excited to be able to give you a first look at our in-progress female Night Elf model.

This is a good opportunity to talk about the iterative process we go through with all of the art we create, especially with the updated player models. We don’t call anything truly “complete” until it’s in the game and fulfilling all of our (and your!) expectations. This means that when it comes to concept art, modeling, texturing, rigging, and animation, everything is always up for debate and change, and we’re rethinking and revising continuously. Creating these updated models is a huge team effort, and we’re constantly considering feedback and suggestions on what we can do better. We’ve committed ourselves to this process, and the female Night Elf provided a unique opportunity to put it into practice.

The female Night Elf was actually one of the first models we started, but as we began to develop our other character models, we also wound up refining the overall look we were going for with the models and our processes for creating them. Ultimately, we felt that in order to do the female Night Elf justice, we needed to revisit her model with fresh eyes and continue iterating based on what we’d learned from working on the other models. The Night Elves have such a distinct but subtle character, and we spent a lot of effort in trying to help that come through.

As with all of the updated character models, our goal is to keep everything the original model accomplished intact, while using the additional fidelity to realize characteristics that we weren’t able to fully represent with the lower polygon counts and texture resolutions. Overall, we’ve made her new model a little more defined, made some of her proportions a bit more realistic, and added a bit more muscle tone. We wanted to visually communicate that she is a fully capable warrior huntress, and small details like muscle definition help highlight that. We also put additional focus on her hands and fingernails, giving a very slight point to her nails to provide just a hint of a more feral nature.

Last but not least, the all-important Night Elf ears. In the original model, these were quite literally separate pieces of geometry effectively tacked onto the head of the Night Elf. In the new models, we’ve taken care to fully integrate the ears into the geometry, which leads to a far more natural and high-quality look.

I’ve asked Tamara Bakhlycheva, who also worked on the female Night Elf model, to add a few closing thoughts.

Hi all, I’m Tamara from the World of Warcraft art team. Being able to work on the female Night Elf has been a great experience, and the team has put a lot of effort into preserving the iconic Night Elf look—beautiful, wild, and dangerous. I hope you’ll enjoy playing your new Night Elf as much as we’ve enjoyed creating her.

Chris here again; thanks for reading, and we look forward to sharing more about the ongoing process of bringing the art of Warlords of Draenor—and beyond—to life. Thanks!

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