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by Published on 2013-07-17 10:45 PM

Cosmetic Armor Pieces Now Available on Blizzard Store, Giveaway

Tier 16 Monk Set, Moderator Recruitment, Blue Posts, 25 DK Mogu'shan Vaults

Update (9:00 PM EST): Cleaned up spell changes.
Update (8:00 PM EST): Added nicer preview of Gorehowl model.
Update (7:50 PM EST): Added new strings.
Update (7:30 PM EST): Added new icons, items, and cloak proc changes.

Patch 5.4 PTR - Build 17205
Build 17205 will be deployed to the PTR realms soon.





New Icons



New Items
There are a lot of new items in this build, too many to list here. Check out the full list on the WoWDB PTR site.

Level Type Slot Name
553Two-handed AxeTwo Hand Xal'atoh, Desecrated Image of Gorehowl
1Companion Pets Ashleaf Spriteling
1Companion Pets Azure Crane Chick
1Companion Pets Blackfuse Bombling
1Companion Pets Bloodcove Droplet
1Companion Pets Dandelion Frolicker
1Companion Pets Death Adder Hatchling
1Companion Pets Droplet of Y'Shaarj
1Companion Pets Gooey Sha-ling
1Companion Pets Jademist Dancer
1Companion Pets Kovok
1Companion Pets Ominous Flame
1Companion Pets Skunky Alemental
1Companion Pets Spineclaw Crab
1Companion Pets Young Gulp Frog
1Key Mist-Filled Spirit Lantern
90Quest Curious Bronze Timepiece
90Quest Curious Bronze Timepiece
90Elixir Elixir of Wandering Spirits
90Other Curious Ticking Parcel
90Other Curious Ticking Parcel
1Other Red Fireworks Rocket


New Strings
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • ARCHAEOLOGY_DIGSITE_COMPLETE_TOAST_FRAME_TITLE - Digsite Complete
  • ARCHAEOLOGY_DIGSITE_PROGRESS_BAR_TITLE - Digsite Progress
  • ARENA_TEAM_NAME_GOLD - Gold Team
  • ARENA_TEAM_NAME_GREEN - Green Team
  • BLIZZARD_STORE_CHECK_BACK_LATER - Please check back later.
  • BLIZZARD_STORE_CONNECTING - Connecting to Store
  • BLIZZARD_STORE_LOADING - Loading
  • BLIZZARD_STORE_NO_ITEMS - No Items Currently Available
  • BLIZZARD_STORE_PLEASE_WAIT - Please wait...
  • BLIZZARD_STORE_PURCHASE_COMPLETE - Purchase Delivered!
  • BLIZZARD_STORE_PURCHASE_COMPLETE_DESC - Your item has been delivered.
  • BLIZZARD_STORE_TRANSACTION_IN_PROGRESS - Transaction in Progress
  • ERR_LFG_REASON_TOO_MANY_LFG - You are queued for too many instances.



Achievement Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Arena
Player vs. Player
  • World Wide Winner Win a ranked arena match in Blade's Edge, Nagrand, The Ring of Valor, Dalaran Sewers, the Ruins of Lordaeron, and Tol'Viron Arena. 10 points. Tol'Viron Arena and the Tiger's Peak. 10 points.

Pandaria Raid
Dungeons & Raids
  • Mega Snail Vs. Giant Dinosaur This is exactly what you think it is. 10 points. Unleash Garrosh's secret weapon during the Thok the Bloodthirsty encounter in Flexible, Normal, or Heroic mode. Then, allow it to feast upon Thok's corpse once you have defeated the encounter. 10 points.

Proving Grounds
Scenarios



Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Companions

Death Knight (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Plague Leech now will activate two random runes as Death Runes, up from one.

Major Glyphs

Minor Glyphs

Druid (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Lifebloom now moves all stacks to the new target when the target is changed.

Restoration
  • Lifebloom now moves all stacks to the new target when the target is changed.

Major Glyphs

Minor Glyphs

Hunter (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Survival

Major Glyphs
  • Glyph of Mending was reworked - Your Mend Pet now ticks every 1 sec, but the duration is reduced by 5 sec and it gains a 10 sec cooldown.

Mage (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Ice Lance damage and SP scaling increased by 29%.

Talents

Frost
  • Frostbolt debuff no longer increases the damage of Frostbolt.
  • Mastery: Frostburn was renamed Mastery: Icicles. When you damage enemies with Frostbolt, Frostfire Bolt, and your Water Elemental's Waterbolt, 12% of the damage done is stored as an Icicle with you, for 15 sec. Up to 5 Icicles can be stored at once. Casting Ice Lance causes any Icicles to begin launching at the target.

Major Glyphs

Minor Glyphs

Monk (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Chi Burst (Brewmaster, Windwalker) You summon a torrent of Chi energy and hurl it at the target, dealing [ 1,325 + 121% forward, up to 40 yds, dealing [ 121% of AP ] Nature damage to all enemies, and [ 1,095 + AP ] healing to all allies in its path.
  • Chi Burst (Mistweaver) You summon a torrent of Chi energy and hurl it at the target, dealing [ 1,325 + 121% forward, up to 40 yds, dealing [ 121% of AP ] Nature damage to all enemies, and [ 1,095 + 120% of AP ] healing to all allies in its path.
  • Chi Burst 40 100 yd range.

Talents
  • Chi Burst no longer requires a target, just goes forward. No longer lists base damage, just AP scaling.
  • Rushing Jade Wind no longer costs Chi, instead costs 7.15% of Base Mana / 40 Energy. Now has spec specific tooltips. Now replaces Spinning Crane Kick. Now generates 1 Chi. See tooltip for new damage formula.

Major Glyphs
  • Glyph of Transcendence now reduces the cooldown of your Transcendence: Transfer spell by 5 sec rather than increasing range.

Paladin (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Talents

Holy

Major Glyphs

Minor Glyphs

Priest (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Leap of Faith no longer lists a Shadowform restriction.
  • Prayer of Mending now can be cast in Shadowform and Spirit of Redemption
  • Renew now can be cast in Shadowform and Spirit of Redemption

Discipline
  • Rapture now refunds 100% of Power Word: Shield mana cost rather than returning mana based on Spirit.
  • Spirit Shell now has a 10 sec duration, down from 15.

Holy

Major Glyphs
  • Glyph of Fear Ward no longer reduces the duration.
  • Glyph of Lightspring was renamed Glyph of Lightwell - Transforms your Lightspring into a Lightwell. Creates a Holy Lightwell. Friendly players can click the Lightwell to restore [ 17,205 + 165.9% of Spell Power ] health over 6 sec. Attacks done to you equal to 30% of your total health will cancel the effect. Lightwell lasts for 3 min or 15 charges.
  • Glyph of Lightwell was renamed Glyph of Deep Wells. Now works on Lightspring and Lightwell.

Minor Glyphs

Rogue (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Evasion now increases your dodge chance by 100%, up from 50%.

Major Glyphs
  • Glyph of Shiv now reduces the cooldown of your Shiv ability by 3 sec, up from 2.

Minor Glyphs

Shaman (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Major Glyphs

Minor Glyphs

Warlock (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Major Glyphs

Warrior (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Bloodbath now reduces the target's speed by 50%, down from 117%.

Talents
  • Bloodbath now reduces the target's speed by 50%, down from 117%.

Minor Glyphs

Professions
Engineering
  • Spinal Healing Injector Permanently attaches a specialized injector kit to your belt, allowing you to heal yourself for 800,000 80,000 every minute. Shares a cooldown with potions. Requires an Engineering skill of 450 or higher to operate. Engineering. 5 sec cast. Reagents: Tinker's Kit. Tools: Arclight Spanner.

Raid & Dungeon Abilities
  • Ancestral Chain Heal Heals a friendly target for 40% 30% of their max health, chaining to nearby friendly targets. 60 yd range. 2.5 sec cast.
  • Blind Hatred Inflicts 300,000 Inflicts 150,000 Shadow damage to all targets caught in the beam of Blind Hatred. 500 yd range. Instant.
  • Bond of the Golden Lotus Rook Stonetoe, He Softfoot, and Sun Tenderheart share a spiritual bond, linking their fates to each other. Upon reaching 1 health, each of them will begin to cast Bond of the Golden Lotus if any of the other Protectors are still in combat, restoring 20% of maximum heath health upon completion. Bringing all three Protectors to 1 health simultaneously will restore clarity to their clouded minds. 15 sec cast.
  • Bonecracker Crack the target's bones, reducing maximum health by 50% and causing the target to bleed for 40,000 Physical damage every 1 sec. Limited to 2 targets. 100 yd range. 1.5 3 sec cast. 3 sec cooldown.
  • Borer Drill Inflicts 45,000 Inflicts 75,000 Physical damage to those caught in the rupturing ground. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Burst of Corruption Inflicts 100,000 Inflicts 0 Shadow damage to all enemies within 15. 15 yd range. Instant. 3 sec cast.
  • Calamity Calls forth a great Calamity, striking all players for 0% 30% of their maximum health as Shadow damage. This also removes Shadow Word: Bane from all targets. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Corrupted Brew Calls forth a great Calamity, striking all players for 0% 30% of their maximum health as Shadow damage. This also removes Shadow Word: Bane from all targets. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Corruption Kick Spins rapidly in a circle, rooting himself and inflicting 120,000 0 Physical damage to targets within 10 every second for 4 sec. Additionally torments targets struck, inflicting 75,000 0 Shadow damage every two seconds for 6 sec. Unlimited range. Instant. 3 sec cast.
  • Corruption Kick Spins rapidly in a circle, rooting himself and inflicting 120,000 0 Physical damage to targets within 10 every second for 4 sec. Additionally torments targets struck, inflicting 75,000 0 Shadow damage every two seconds for 6 sec. Unlimited range. Instant. 3 sec cast.
  • Crawler Mine Blast Deals 300,000 Deals 0 Physical damage to all enemies. Instant. 3 sec cast.
  • Crushing Swipe (New) Causes 600,000 Physical damage to all creatures within a 15 cone. 20 yd range. 1 sec cast (Channeled).
  • Dark Meditation Sun Tenderheart enters a Dark Meditation, inflicting Shadow damage to all enemies every second. Players take 35% less damage when inside her Meditative Field. Unlimited range. Instant. 3 sec cast.
  • Defiled Ground Smashes the ground with fervor, inflicting 350,000 0 Physical damage to her current target, knocking them back. This force burns into the ground, inflicting 100,000 0 Shadow damage every second to enemies. Melee range. 0.2 sec cast. 3 sec cast.
  • Defiled Ground Smashes the ground with fervor, inflicting 350,000 0 Physical damage to her current target, knocking them back. This force burns into the ground, inflicting 100,000 0 Shadow damage every second to enemies. Unlimited range. Instant. 3 sec cast.
  • Demolisher Cannons Inflicts 150,000 Inflicts 0 damage to enemies within 6 yards. Unlimited range. Instant. 3 sec cast.
  • Envenomed Shadowstep (New) Attempts to step through the shadows and reappears behind an enemy, inflicting 250,000 Nature damage immediately and applying a poison to the target for 30 sec. 45 yd range. Instant. 4 sec cooldown.
  • Falling Ash Summons a core of smouldering ash that will fall over 30 sec. Deals 999,999 Fire damage to enemies within 17 yards and 200,000 0 Fire damage to all enemies on impact. Instant. 3 sec cast.
  • Flame Vents Inflicts 300,000 Inflicts 0 Fire damage in a frontal cone, searing the target's flesh for for 20,000 0 damage every 1 second. 45 yd range. Instant. 3 sec cast.
  • Fracture Slices rapidly at the enemy, dealing 50% weapon damage. Unlimited range. Instant. Inflicts 300,000 Physical damage every 0.25 sec for 8 sec. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Froststorm Bolt Fires a bolt of bitter frost, dealing 600,000 0 Frost damage. 50 yd range. 1.5 sec cast. 3 sec cast.
  • Froststorm Strike Deals 200,000 Deals 0 Frost damage and causes the target to take 100% additional Frost damage for 60 sec. 6 yd range. Instant. 3 sec cast.
  • Garrote Traveling through the shadows, He Softfoot Garrotes the target, inflicting 80,000 0 Physical damage every 2 sec. Unlimited range. Instant. 3 sec cast.
  • Gouge Attempts to gouge the eyes of his target, Incapacitating them for 6 sec. If the target is facing away, it will knock them back instead. Unlimited range. Instant. 3 sec cast.
  • Grapple (New) The Pterrordax grabs a nearby player and lifts them up to great heights before letting them go. The target takes 15,000 Bleed damage every 3 seconds until they are dropped. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Harden Flesh Hardens the flesh of targets over 10 sec, inflicting 60,000 Physical damage every 3 sec 20,000 Physical damage every second. and slowing by 30%. This effect stacks. Limited to 1 target. Unlimited range. 1.5 sec cast. 2.5 sec cooldown.
  • Healing Spray (New) Applies a magic spray to the target, healing it for 750,000 every 1 sec. for 10 sec. 40 yd range. 10 sec cast (Channeled).
  • Ignite Armor Melts an enemy's armor, increasing Fire damage taken by 10% for 30 sec. This sears the target's flesh for for 20,000 0 damage every 1 second. 30 yd range. Instant. 3 sec cast.
  • Imploding Energy Energy arcs off of Malkorok, creating an implosion that inflicts 510,000 Shadow damage to all enemies within 5 yards after 3 seconds 4 sec. If the implosion does not hit an enemy, it instead explodes for 510,000 Shadow damage to all enemies with 200 yards. Instant. within 200 yards. Instant.
  • Imploding Energy Energy arcs off of Malkorok, creating an implosion that inflicts 510,000 Shadow damage to all enemies within 5 yards after 3 seconds 4 sec. If the implosion does not hit an enemy, it instead explodes for 510,000 Shadow damage to all enemies with 200 yards. Instant. within 200 yards. Instant.
  • Inferno Strike Embodied Sorrow casts a massive Fire damage spell at his highest threat target. Inferno Blast divides 1,200,000 0 Fire damage among all targets within 8 yards. Unlimited range. 9 sec cast. 3 sec cast.
  • Instant Poison Coats his weapon in a Instant Poison, causing successful melee attacks to inflict 75,000 0 additional Nature damage. This effect has a 3-second cooldown. Unlimited range. Instant. 3 sec cast.
  • Iron Star Impact Inflicts 4,000,000 Inflicts 5,000,000 Physical damage, knocking them back. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Jealousy Deals 75,000 Deals 0 Shadow damage to all enemies every 3 sec. In addition, all players take 5% more Shadow damage for 5 sec seconds. This effect stacks. Instant. 3 sec cast.
  • Lacerating Bite (New) Causes 50,000 Bleeding damage every 2 seconds for 15 sec. Stacks. 20 yd range. Instant.
  • Mark of Anguish Mark of Anguish periodically inflicts 50,000 0 Shadow damage every second and roots the target. Lingering Anguish Shadow Weakness increases damage taken by Mark of Anguish by 35% per stack. Embodied Anguish has fixed upon you! Unlimited range. Instant. 3 sec cast.
  • Mortar Blast Inflicts 250,000 Inflicts 0 Fire damage to enemies within 8 yards of the blast. Unlimited range. 2 sec cast. 3 sec cast.
  • Mortar Blast Inflicts 350,000 Inflicts 0 Fire damage to enemies within the blast. Unlimited range. 2 sec cast. 3 sec cast.
  • Napalm Oil Explosion Deals 200,000 Deals 0 Fire damage to all enemies. Instant. 3 sec cast.
  • Noxious Poison Coats his weapon in a Noxious Poison, causing successful melee attacks to create pools of poison on the ground, inflicting 85,000 0 Nature damage every second. This effect has a 3-second cooldown. These pools may be jumped over. Unlimited range. Instant. 3 sec cast.
  • Overconfidence Instant. 3 sec cast.
  • Rend Inflicts 20,000 Inflicts 0 Physical damage to an enemy every 1 sec. for 15 sec. Melee range. Instant. 3 sec cooldown. 3 sec cast. 3 sec cooldown.
  • Return to Stone Drains some of the life essence from players, inflicting 100,000 Shadow damage and creating stone statue copies of those players knocking them back and inflicting 100,000 Shadow damage and forming a stone statue from that essence. These statues frequently strike the ground, inflicting 150,000 Physical damage and stunning targets in a frontal cone for 2 sec. These statues remain until killed. 1 sec cast.
  • Screeching Howl (New) The pterrordax lets out an ear piercing scream dealing 150,000 Sonic damage. 15 yd range. 1 sec cast.
  • Seismic Activity A mighty drill bores into the earth, causing an earthquake that deals 40,000 0 Nature damage every 1 second. Instant. 3 sec cast.
  • Sha Nova 2.5 sec cast. 3 sec cast.
  • Sha Sear Causes an explosion of Shadow magic around the target, inflicting Shadow damage every second to all enemies within 5 yards around the target. Instant. 3 sec cast.
  • Shattering Roar Inflicts 300 damage to the raid Inflicts 250,000 Physical damage to all enemies. 500 yd range. 2.5 sec cast.
  • Shockwave Missile Launches a missile that sends a barrage of drills in expanding rings of seismic energy, inflicting 225,000 Nature damage to all players caught within each ring. 3 sec cast. 3.5 sec cast.
  • Shockwave Missile Launches a missile that sends a barrage of drills in expanding rings of seismic energy, inflicting 225,000 Nature damage to all players caught within each ring. 3 sec cast. 3.5 sec cast.
  • Shockwave Missile Launches a missile that sends a barrage of drills in expanding rings of seismic energy, inflicting 225,000 Nature damage to all players caught within each ring. 3 sec cast. 3.5 sec cast.
  • Shockwave Missile Launches a missile that sends a barrage of drills in expanding rings of seismic energy, inflicting 225,000 Nature damage to all players caught within each ring. 3 sec cast. 3.5 sec cast.
  • Shockwave Missile Launches a missile that sends a barrage of drills in expanding rings of seismic energy, inflicting 225,000 Nature damage to all players caught within each ring. 3 sec cast. 3.5 sec cast.
  • Shockwave Missile Launches a missile that sends a barrage of drills in expanding rings of seismic energy, inflicting 225,000 Nature damage to all players caught within each ring. 3 sec cast. 3.5 sec cast.
  • Swelling Pride The Sha of Pride releases a wave of dark energy, inflicting 350,000 0 Shadow damage to all players and trigger an additional effect on any player with 25 or more Pride. This effect gives all players 5 Pride. 100 Energy. 2 sec cast. 3 sec cast.
  • Swipe Inflicts 200,000 Inflicts 0 Physical damage to targets in a 8-yard cone in front of the caster. Next melee. Instant. 3 sec cooldown. 3 sec cast. 3 sec cooldown.
  • Umbral Tempest Summons a tempest that inflicts10,000 inflicts 10,000 Nature damage every 0.75 sec. to random enemies. 45 yd range. Instant.
  • Unleashed Inflicts 245,000 Inflicts 0 Shadow damage every 10 second. Instant. 3 sec cast.
  • Wrecking Ball Unlimited range. Instant. Any player caught between the Starving Yeti and it's destination is dealt 300,000 Physical damage. The target is also knocked away by the force of the beast. Unlimited range. Instant.
by Published on 2013-07-17 02:45 PM

Tier 16 Monk Set, Moderator Recruitment, Blue Posts, 25 DK Mogu'shan Vaults

Cosmetic Armor Pieces—Now Available on Blizzard Store
The new helms are now available on the EU and US stores for €12 / $15! These items are cosmetic, can be used for transmog for any armor type, and will be mailed to all current and future characters on your account. These are the first of the upcoming new items in the Blizzard store.


This time around, we will be giving away 10 x of your choice of the helms!

  • The giveaway is for your choice of the new cosmetic helms. You can obviously only win one.
  • To enter the giveaway, just reply to this post! Make sure to mention if you play on US or EU servers in your reply.
  • The giveaway will be closed on Sunday at 11:59 PM EST and winners will be chosen randomly.
  • A note will be added to the top of the latest news post after winners have been PMed.



Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Three new cosmetic items are now available on the Blizzard Store! Visit your friendly neighborhood NPC Transmogrifier to replace the look of your existing helm with one of these imposing pieces of headgear.


Recovered from the frozen battlefields of Northrend, the Crown of Eternal Winter enshrouds your character in an icy visage of death. Now you can adopt the look of an elite member of the Scourge, but without the inconvenience of undying bondage in the service of the Lich King.


Salvaged from the remains of the fallen minions of Ragnaros the Firelord, this helm sets you apart as a glowing beacon on an otherwise crowded battlefield. Where’s the rally point? How about by that guy with the RAW ELEMENTAL FIRE emanating from his forehead?


Forged from Fel Iron and shrouded in flames, the Hood of Hungering Darkness is a remnant of a rare dark magic only practiced by the warlocks of the Shadow Council. The lingering curse that keeps this headpiece burning is thought to be harmless, but feign demonic possession once you adorn it and see who dares to believe otherwise.

Each of these cosmetic items takes up your head slot, has no stats, and works across all races and classes. Visit the NPC Transmogrifier to replace the look of your existing cloth, leather, mail, or plate headgear.
by Published on 2013-07-17 07:10 AM

D3 Console FAQ, Blue Posts, Visually, What is Your Favorite Weapon?

Stranglethorn Vale Gameboard Audio & Art, Blue Posts

Patch 5.4 - Tier 16 Monk Set
Keep in mind that this is just a preview and the final set will be different!





Patch 5.4 - Expansion05 File
A recent PTR build had a texture slip in that is in an Expansion05 folder, World\EXPANSION05\DOODADS\IRONHORDE\NEX_ENVMAP01T.BLP. Currently this texture is only used to provide some sheen on metal in the Siege of Orgrimmar Raid, so it could just be a simple typo.

Below you can see green in place of where the texture goes on the banner next to the banner and the new texture.



MMO-Champion Forums Moderator Recruitment
Good news everyone! We're recruiting moderators for the forums again! The amount of users and posts keeps increasing and we reached the point where we need some help before the trolls take over and play Whack-a-Mod in the Darkmoon Faire. I know it sounds fun, but I'm going to assume we don't want that.

Please be sure to read the entire post before applying!



Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Proving Grounds
Why why why would this only be for level 90 players? It would make much more sense to have it scale to lower levels.
We're going to see how the Proving Grounds go. Adding lower level versions are always a possibility for the future.

Are there rewards beyond achievements and bragging rights for getting either gold rank or going so long in endless mode?
There will be titles too. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Patch 5.4 PvE Trinkets in PvP
Remember that this is only on the PTR at the moment and that's always been a melting pot of experiments and us trialling things for the live game. Just because you have seen this trinket on the PTR with those particular effects doesn't mean it will make it to the live game in its current form.

We're aware that those particular trinkets are really strong for PvP in their current state. Our goal hasn't changed, we want ensure that PvP gear will stay as the optimal choice for PvP and as such we're working on bringing these trinkets into line. Thank you everyone for telling us what you think about them and we hope to continue seeing your feedback on the changes shown on the PTR. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Patch 5.4 Fire Mage Changes Clarification
We'll be reverting both of these changes in the next PTR build.

Here’s a little more insight into our thinking here (and why the changes even popped up on the PTR in the first place):

We have a few concerns with how Fire is playing out at the moment. Fire scales incredibly well with gear, and we’re worried that they’ll end up doing way too much damage in high end gear. However, we’re trying to avoid just nerfing Fire’s scaling, as that would unfairly hurt any Fire mage who ISN’T in high-end gear.

We’re also worried that Fire is leaning too heavily on perfect cooldown usage. It’s awesome when a highly-skilled player is able to use all of their abilities to the fullest and be rewarded with a little extra damage. It’s significantly less awesome when failing to do so results in a massive loss of DPS. At the moment, Fire is extremely dependent on lining up all of your cooldowns (most notably Alter Time and Presence of Mind) to score massive Combustion damage. If you pull it off, you’re rewarded with a lot of damage. Mess it up, and your performance suffers dramatically. We’d like to tone down the differences between those high and low ends a bit.

We also think that Presence of Mind in particular is just too important to Fire right now. There’s really no choice in that tier – PoM is just too good compared to the other options. We want talents to be a choice.

Those are the issues we’d like to fix, and why the earlier changes hit the PTR to begin with. We may try other methods, or we may decide to just leave things alone for 5.4, but we do want to fix them.

We may try other methods, or we may decide to just leave things alone for 5.4, but we do want to fix them.
To expand on this statement a bit since it seems to be causing some confusion: We may or may not fix the scaling weirdness or the over-reliance on lining up cooldowns in 5.4. That doesn't mean we're just going to let Fire Mages scale into infinity. There will be changes made to keep things under control. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Selfless Healer Changes Clarification
For clarity: Retribution and Protection-specced Paladins will continue to generate one charge of Holy Power when casting Judgement, regardless of talent choice. Selfless Healer does not alter that.

Holy-specced Paladins who spec into Selfless Healer will now generate one charge of Holy Power from Judgement. It will not generate that charge if they choose a different talent.

Hope that clears things up. As per usual, anything on the PTR is subject to change. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
World
Is VR going to be permanent for servers or is it a revolving door? Meaning will servers be added and removed from time to time
As Neth mentioned, we're trying to get a blog up explaining the feature. The intent is they are fairly permanent. (Source)

Could you tell us that before it goes live? Would be really super good for recruitment. And will VRs have names?
Overall the feature will probably start very small and build. It likely won't be a "flip the switch" deal. (Source)

Is there any chance with VR's that LFR and LFD will be limited to the those realms to bring back a sense of community
We prioritize that already, but queues would be very long if we restricted them, especially on off hours. (Source)

Any chance of adding weather effects into capital cities? I'd love to see some rain in Stormwind or Dalaran.
I'm actually not sure what the logic is there of having no weather variation. I'll look into it. (Source)

What about Skyshards/Alani ?
No changes to either. (Source)

PTR
Have you given any thought to cosmetic rewards on live for PTR testers? Or maybe non-cosmetic rewards?
It's tricky because you don't want to motivate someone to jump on to PTR just for the reward. Their heart may not be in it. (Source)

25 Death Knight Mogu'shan Vaults
OpenRaid, #Acherus, and Raegwynsolo pulled off a quick clear of Mogu'shan Vaults this weekend with only Death Knights!

by Published on 2013-07-15 03:55 PM

Season 14 Mage Armor Set, Patch 5.4 PTR Notes Update, Class Blue Tweets, News Recap

Update (3:50 PM EST): Cleaned up spell changes.
Update (3:30 PM EST): Added Tank proving grounds video.
Update (2:35 PM EST): Added DPS proving grounds video.
Update (1:25 PM EST): Added some more new glyphs to spell changes.
Update (12:35 PM EST): Added Monk Tier 16.
Update (12:15 PM EST): Added new items.
Update (12:10 PM EST): Added new client strings.
Update (12:05 PM EST): Added new titles and icons.

Patch 5.4 - Proving Grounds Preview
There are a few things we know so far:

  • Items are scaled to item level 463, but gems are not scaled down. Set bonuses don't work.
  • Flasks and food buffs are allowed, but potions are not. You also get a full set of raid buffs.
  • The UI elements (timers and wave counters) and audio were not in in the videos below.
  • The DPS video below just shows Gold for DPS, stopping a few waves before the end. This is a somewhat older version of Gold, the current version on the PTR is significantly easier.






Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
There comes a time in any healer, tank, or damage dealer’s life when they decide to take their collaborative skills and abilities to the next level. When that time comes, the Proving Grounds will be waiting. Set within the Temple of the White Tiger, this new feature will provide a repeatable solo Scenario where level 90 players can test their mettle or try out different roles in a safe, controlled environment.

Getting In
To get started, you’ll need to talk with an NPC in the Temple of the White Tiger in Kun-Lai Summit or class trainer, who'll grant you entrance to the instance. Upon entering the Proving Grounds, your gear will be scaled down much like it is in Challenge Modes. Depending on the role you choose, you may not have to go it alone. (Then again, you just might. Aren’t you brave?)


Choose Your Role
Within the Proving Grounds, much like in any dungeon, you’ll be able to choose the role of tank, DPS, or healer. Once you’ve decided, you’ll be faced with a series of challenges based on the kinds of combat mechanics that role would encounter in a dungeon.

Tank: You will be tasked with protecting an NPC from oncoming waves of enemies, which will test your tanking skills in various ways. Fear not, though a friendly NPC will assist, by healing you, and damaging the enemies.

Damage: Sometimes you just have to go it alone. You'll melt the usual faces, while handling a variety of mechanics including interrupting heals, chasing down runners, timing cooldowns, avoiding harmful mechanics, and more.

Healer: Four NPCs will join you to form a full party. It will take a special healing touch to keep your friendsalive, as you work together to face the challenges of attacking enemies.

Choose Your own Adventure
Proving Grounds will be available in four different modes: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Endless. Each mode allows you the opportunity to test your mettle and learn a bit more about your role by putting you in the thick of a grouping experience. You’ll have to beat each one (beginning with Bronze) to take on the next mode. Once you’ve beaten Gold, you’ll unlock Endless and be truly prepared to astound and amaze your friends with your prowess.

In Endless, you’ll push yourself to the limits and see just how long you can survive as each wave of foes becomes more and more difficult to withstand. The longer you survive Endless, the higher your score, and the system will track your progress so you can see just how well you’ve done.


Choose to Endure
You’ll be able to reenter the Proving Grounds as much as you want as you work to improve your skills earn Achievements, and claim some bragging rights when you survive longer than any of your friends. It’s just a quick chat with the NPC, and you're quickly back in action.

You won’t need to worry about death or taking durability damage. Food and flasks will last their full duration, but leave your potions at home – you won’t be able to use them here. You’ll also have access to various amenities within the Proving Ground such as Vendors, Runeforges, Soulwells, repairs, and Reforgers.

Now that you know what’s in store, sharpen those blades, enchant that new robe, and get ready to go boldly into the Proving Grounds.

Patch 5.4 PTR - Build 17191
Build 17191 will be deployed to the PTR realms soon.


Tier 16 Monk
The red and blue versions of this set are missing from this preview, but we will add them later.



New Titles
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • CharTitle #378 - Grievous Gladiator ...
  • CharTitle #379 - Prideful Gladiator ...
  • CharTitle #382 - ..., Conqueror of Orgrimmar
  • CharTitle #383 - ..., Liberator of Orgrimmar
  • CharTitle #384 - ..., Hellscream's Downfall
  • CharTitle #385 - ... the Proven Damage Dealer
  • CharTitle #386 - ... the Proven Tank
  • CharTitle #387 - ... the Proven Healer



New Icons



New Strings
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • ACTION_PARTY_KILL_UNCONSCIOUS - knocked out
  • ACTION_PARTY_KILL_UNCONSCIOUS_FULL_TEXT - %1$s has knocked out %4$s!
  • ACTION_PARTY_KILL_UNCONSCIOUS_POSSESSIVE - 0
  • ACTION_SPELL_INSTAKILL_UNCONSCIOUS - knocked out
  • ACTION_SPELL_INSTAKILL_UNCONSCIOUS_FULL_TEXT - %1$s %2$s knocks out %4$s.
  • ACTION_SPELL_INSTAKILL_UNCONSCIOUS_FULL_TEXT_NO_SOURCE - %2$s knocks out %4$s.
  • ACTION_SPELL_INSTAKILL_UNCONSCIOUS_POSSESSIVE - 1
  • ACTION_UNIT_BECCOMES_UNCONSCIOUS - collapses
  • ACTION_UNIT_BECOMES_UNCONSCIOUS_FULL_TEXT - %4$s collapses.
  • ACTION_UNIT_BECOMES_UNCONSCIOUS_POSSESSIVE - 0
  • ALSO_QUEUED_FOR - Also queued for: %s
  • BLIZZARD_STORE - Store
  • BLIZZARD_STORE_BUY - Buy
  • BLIZZARD_STORE_CANCEL_PURCHASE - Cancel
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  • BLIZZARD_STORE_CONFIRMATION_TITLE - Store Confirmation
  • BLIZZARD_STORE_FINAL_BUY - Buy Now
  • BLIZZARD_STORE_FINAL_PRICE_LABEL - Total
  • BLIZZARD_STORE_ON_SALE - Sale!
  • BLIZZARD_STORE_PAYMENT_METHOD - Your default payment method on file will be used.
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  • ITEM_UPGRADE_ITEM_UPGRADED_NOTIFICATION - Item Upgraded
  • LEAVE_ALL_QUEUES - Leave All Queues
  • UNITNAME_SUMMON_TITLE23 - Twisted Image of %s



New Items
Several new glyph items were also added in this build, so check out the full list on the WoWDB PTR site.

Level Type Spec Slot Name
90Junk Pouch of Timeless Coins
1Other Purse of Timeless Coins
1Other Giant Purse of Timeless Coins
1Other Cursed Swabby Helmet
496Other Timeless Plate Armor Cache
496Other Timeless Mail Armor Cache
496Other Timeless Leather Armor Cache
496Other Timeless Cloth Armor Cache
20Mount Stormcrow
1Key Barnacle Encrusted Key
535TrinketTrinket Resolve of Niuzao
535TrinketMeleeTrinket Alacrity of Xuen
535TrinketPhysical DPSTrinket Discipline of Xuen
535TrinketSpell DPSTrinket Cunning of Chi-Ji
535TrinketSpell DPSTrinket Yu'lon's Caress


Achievement Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Feats of Strength
  • Challenger: Season 14 End a PvP season in the top 35% of the arena ladder (requires 50 games won in Season 14). Title Reward: Hero of the Alliance. 10 points. Challenger.
  • Challenger: Season 15 (New) End a PvP season in the top 35% of the arena ladder (requires 50 games won in Season 15). Title Reward: Challenger.
  • Duelist: Season 14 End a PvP season in the top 3% of the arena ladder (requires 50 games won in Season 14). Title Reward: Hero of the Alliance. 10 points. Duelist.
  • Duelist: Season 15 (New) End a PvP season in the top 3% of the arena ladder (requires 50 games won in Season 15). Title Reward: Duelist.
  • Gladiator: Season 15 (New) End a PvP season in the top 0.5% of the arena ladder (requires 50 games won in Season 15). Title Reward: Gladiator.
  • Grievous Gladiator End a PvP season in the top 0.5% of the arena ladder (requires 50 games won in Season 14). Title Reward: Hero of the Alliance. 10 points. Gladiator.
  • Grievous Gladiator: Rank 1 End a PvP season in the top 0.1% of the arena ladder (requires 50 games won in Season 14). Title Reward: Hero of the Alliance. 10 points. Grievous Gladiator.
  • Prideful Gladiator: Season 15 (New) End a PvP season in the top 0.1% of the arena ladder (requires 50 games won in Season 15). Title Reward: Prideful Gladiator.
  • Rival: Season 14 End a PvP season in the top 10% of the arena ladder (requires 50 games won in Season 14). Title Reward: Hero of the Alliance. 10 points. Rival.
  • Rival: Season 15 (New) End a PvP season in the top 10% of the arena ladder (requires 50 games won in Season 15). Title Reward: Rival.
  • Tyrannical Gladiator's Cloud Serpent (New) Obtain the Tyrannical Gladiator's Cloud Serpent from Arena Season 13 of Mists of Pandaria.

Pandaria Raid
Dungeons & Raids
  • Conqueror of Orgrimmar (New) Defeat Garrosh Hellscream in Siege of Orgrimmar on Normal or Heroic difficulty. Title Reward: Conqueror of Orgrimmar. 10 points.
  • Heroic: Garrosh Hellscream Defeat Garrosh Hellscream in Siege of Orgrimmar on Heroic difficulty. 10 points. Title Reward: Hellscream's Downfall. 10 points.
  • Liberator of Orgrimmar (New) Defeat Garrosh Hellscream in Siege of Orgrimmar on Normal or Heroic difficulty. Title Reward: Liberator of Orgrimmar. 10 points.

Player vs. Player
  • Grievous Combatant Win 100 Arena (3v3) and or 40 Rated Battlegrounds in Season 14 15 points.
  • Grievous Combatant Win 100 Arena (3v3) and or 40 Rated Battlegrounds in Season 14 15 points.
  • Prideful Combatant Win 100 Arena (3v3) and or 40 Rated Battlegrounds in Season 15 15 points.
  • Prideful Combatant Win 100 Arena (3v3) and or 40 Rated Battlegrounds in Season 15 15 points.

Proving Grounds
Scenarios



Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Mounts
  • Stormcrow (New) Summons and dismisses a Stormcrow. This mount changes depending on your Riding skill and location. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.

Companions
  • Lil' Bling Right Click to summon and dismiss Lil' Bling. Instant. Battle Pet. Instant.

Item Set Bonuses
  • Frostflame Weapon Increases the damage of your Lava Lash by 40% if your off-hand weapon is enchanted with Frostbrand. While your weapon is imbued with Flametongue Weapon, your attacks also slow the target's movement speed by 50% for 3 sec.
  • Item - Death Knight T16 DPS 4P Bonus Death Coil increases the duration of Dark Transformation by 2.0 sec per cast. Pillar of Frost increases rune regeneration speed by 50% while active. Special attacks while Pillar of Frost is active will impale your target with an icy spike.
  • Item - Druid T16 Balance 4P Bonus Every time you enter Solar or Lunar Eclipse, the cooldown of Celestial Alignment is reduced by 5 sec. Your chance to get Shooting Stars from a critical strike from Moonfire or Sunfire is increased by 20%.
  • Item - Monk T15 Windwalker 4P Bonus You have a 10% chance to gain an additional charge of Tigereye Brew every time you gain a charge of Tigereye Brew. Increases the damage of your Tigereye Brew by 1% per stack consumed.
  • Item - Warlock T16 4P Bonus When a Burning Ember fills up, your critical strike chance is increased by 15% for 5 sec. Haunt has a 8% 10% chance to refund its shard when expiring. Shadow Bolt and Touch of Chaos have a 8% chance to also cast Hand of Gul'dan at the target.

Unknown Class
Minor Glyphs

Death Knight (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Death Gate - Using a Death Gate while in Ebon Hold will return the Death Knight back to near their departure point.

Druid (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Bear Form now increases armor contribution from cloth and leather items by 120% and Stamina by 40%, up from 20%.
  • Innervate now excludes short-duration Spirit bonuses.
  • One with Nature (New) Teleports you to a natural location. 3 sec cast.
  • Teleport: Moonglade - Casting Teleport: Moonglade while in Moonglade will return the Druid back to near their departure point

Hunter (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Deterrence now has a .8 sec cooldown, down from 2 min. (Keep in mind that this now uses charges, which gives it a 3 min CD as of the latest patch notes)
  • Disengage now has a 20 sec cooldown, down from 25. "disengage from combat" removed from tooltip.

Mage (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Talents

Major Glyphs

Monk (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Windwalker
  • Brewing: Tigereye Brew now grants a charge for every 3 Chi you consume through use of abilities and attacks, down from 4. Now grants 6% increased damage and healing, up from 5%.
  • Tigereye Brew now grants a charge for every 3 Chi you consume through use of abilities and attacks, down from 4. Now grants 6% increased damage and healing, up from 5%.

Major Glyphs

Paladin (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Crusader Strike now applies the Weakened Blows effect - Demoralizes the target, reducing their physical damage dealt by 10% for 30 sec.
  • Hammer of the Righteous now applies the Weakened Blows effect - Demoralizes the target, reducing their physical damage dealt by 10% for 30 sec.
  • Light of the Ancient Kings no longer increases haste. Now heals the target of your heals, not just single target heals.
  • Sanctity of Battle now also works with Holy Shock.

Talents

Holy
  • Divine Plea was reworked to restore at least 12% of total mana, with additional mana depending on Spirit.
  • Guardian of Ancient Kings now has a 15 sec duration, down from 30. Now heals the target of all your heals, not just single target heals. Haste amount now has a tooltip error.
  • Holy Insight now also increases the effectiveness of your Word of Glory, Eternal Flame and Light of Dawn by 35%.

Protection

Major Glyphs

Priest (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Mindbender had a very slight increase to the amount of mana returned.

Holy
  • Serendipity - When you heal with Binding Heal or Flash Heal, the cast time of your next Greater Heal or Prayer of Healing spell is reduced by 20% and mana cost reduced by 20% (was 10%).

Major Glyphs

Rogue (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Sinister Strike now costs 50 Energy, up from 40. Base and additional damage increased by 30%.

Talents

Combat
  • Ruthlessness (New) Gives your finishing moves a 20% chance per combo point to add a combo point to your target. Rogue - Combat Spec.

Major Glyphs

Shaman (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Major Glyphs

Warlock (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Talents
  • Archimonde's Vengeance was renamed Archimonde's Darkness. Now grants two charges to Dark Soul spells.
  • Soul Link was reworked - 20% of all damage taken is split with your summoned demon. Additionally, 3% of all damage you deal is converted to healing on you and your summoned demon.

Demonology
  • Dark Soul: Knowledge now increases the effects of Mastery: Master Demonologist by an additional 30% for 20 sec, rather than increasing Mastery.

Major Glyphs

Warrior (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Bladestorm now does 180% weapon damage for Arms, up from 120%.
  • Bloodbath now gives the target 117% reduced speed, up from 50%. Now has a 12 sec duration.
  • Intervene now lasts until cancelled. Now has an 8 yd range, down from 10.

Talents
  • Bladestorm Arms now does 180% weapon damage, up from 120%.
  • Bloodbath now gives the target 117% reduced speed, up from 50%.

Major Glyphs

Raid & Dungeon Abilities
  • Berzerker Blaze Wildfire explodes, dealing 1 Fire damage. Instant. Inferno explodes, dealing 800,000 Fire damage. Instant.
  • Blood of Y'Shaarj (New) Inflicts 10,000 Shadow damage every 1 sec. Increases damage taken by 10%. Increases damage dealt by 10%. Stacks. Instant.
  • Bursting Pride A mass of Sha energy forms at an enemy's location that explodes after 3 seconds. The explosion inflicts 250,000 300,000 Shadow damage to all players within 5 yards. 500 yd range. Instant.
  • Corrupted Water A volley of corrupted waters strikes each raid member inflicting 450,000 Frost damage Unlimited range. 10 sec cast.
  • Fire Storm 45 yd range. Instant. Fires a rocket barrage that inflicts 10,000 Fire damage every 0.75 sec. to random enemies 45 yd range. Instant.
  • Fracture Melee range. Instant. A sweeping attack that strikes an enemy and additonal nearby enemies, inflicting 300% normal damage. Melee range. Instant.
  • Grasp of Y'Shaarj (New) Inflicts 250,000 Shadow damage to random enemies and creates a Manifestation. Limited to 5 targets. 1,000 yd range. 1.5 sec cast.
  • Harden Flesh Torments targets, hardening their flesh over 15 sec. Inflicts 65,000 Hardens the flesh of targets over 10 sec, inflicting 60,000 Physical damage every 3 sec. and increasingly slows them slowing by 30%. This effect stacks. Limited to 1 target. Unlimited range. 1.5 sec cast. 5 sec cooldown. 2.5 sec cooldown.
  • Malice Fires Malicious Blast at the closest 2 allies every 1.5 2 sec. Any Malicious Blast that is not absorbed will be fired at Garrosh instead, granting him 5 Energy. Limited to 1 target. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Mark of Arrogance Marks an enemy, causing them to suffer 55,000 70,000 Shadow damage every second for the remainder of the fight. This effect stacks. Removing this effect gives the dispeller 5 Pride. Limited to 2 targets. Instant.
  • Mocking Blast Blasts an enemy with dark energy, inflicting 175,000 225,000 Shadow damage and giving them 5 Pride. Limited to 1 target. 100 yd range. 3 sec cast.
  • Projection Causes an enemy's pride to project at a nearby location. The projection explodes, inflicting 175,000 225,000 Shadow damage to all players after 8 seconds unless the creator of the projection is standing within it. 200 yd range. Instant.
  • Reaper (New) Inflicts 700,000 Shadow damage, stunning the target and making them unthreatening for 6 sec. Next melee. Melee range. Instant.
  • Reaping Whirlwind (New) Inflicts 30,000 Shadow damage every 1 sec. Instant.
  • Return to Stone Drains some of the life essence from players, inflicting 100,000 Shadow damage and creating stone statue copies of those players. These statues frequently strike the ground, inflicting 200,000 150,000 Physical damage and stunning targets in a frontal cone for 2 sec. These statues remain until killed. 1 sec cast.
  • Set to Blow Throws a pack of highly volatile bombs on the back of players. After 30 sec, these bombs will detonate, inflicting 200,000 Fire damage per remaning stack to all players within 10 yards. Players may use Throw Bomb to remove one of these bombs, dropping it on the ground instead. Bombs on the ground will detonate for 200,000 Fire damage when any player enters their proximity or after 30 sec. The damage from any of these bombs can chain to nearby ground bombs. Unlimited range. 2 sec cast. 1 sec cast.
  • Sha Smash Inflicts 4,000,000 Inflicts 2,000,000 Physical damage split amongst all enemies in a frontal cone. 25 yd range. 3 sec cast.
  • Skull Cracker Thranok savagely spins his weapon , inflicting 800,000 Physical damage to all enemies within 10 yards 10 yd range. 4.5 sec cast.
  • Swirl Zone Unlimited range. Instant. Creates 5 torrents of Sha infused water to spring forth from the Defender. Touching the spouts causes 0 Frost damage and knocks the target into the air. Unlimited range. 3 sec cast.
  • Umbral Tempest 45 yd range. Instant. Summons a tempest that inflicts10,000 Nature damage every 0.75 sec. to random enemies. 45 yd range. Instant.
  • Vortex A vortex of corrupted water surrounds the target, slowing them by 80%. Any player caught within the vortex suffers 75,000 0 Frost damage every 0.5 seconds. Lasts 15 sec seconds. Unlimited range. Instant. Unlimited range. 3 sec cast.
  • Waterbolt (New) Creates a bolt of water that strikes an enemy inflicting 0 Frost damage. 300 yd range. 3 sec cast.

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