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Submit Questions for the Developers
We will have the opportunity to ask Tom Chilton (Game Director) some questions on Thursday.

If you have any questions you think we should ask, be sure to add them to the comments of the linked post for consideration. We will pick the best questions and add them to our list!

  • Don't post any questions in the comments of this news post. Use the linked topic instead.
  • These should be questions about MoP and Patch 5.4, not future expansions or far off changes.
  • No class specific questions please. This includes things like balance between the different healing/tank/DPS classes and specs.

Battle.Net Desktop Client Open Beta
It seems the Battle.Net Desktop Client is rapidly approaching official open beta. If you would like to join now, all you need to do is download the client and log in! You can change the enUS in the URLs below to your own locale if you need another version of the client.

There haven't been any major changes since we last previewed the client and the chat functionality is still disabled. It does appear that chat is still planned for the future though!

Patch 5.4 on the Background Downloader
Patch 5.4 went on the background downloader this week, so be sure to start loading the patch now so you are ready when patch day arrives!

Patch 5.4 - Potential Release Date
With Season 13 ending soon, we finally have a potential release date for Patch 5.4. There are still many things that could delay the patch, so keep in mind that this date is not final!

PvP Season 13 Ending Soon
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Many weapons have been brought to bear and countless spells have been cast in this action-packed PvP season—now the time has come for the victors to reap their rewards!

On Tuesday, August 27, the 13th Arena and Rated Battleground Season is scheduled to end. On that day we'll begin an approximately one week process to determine end-of-season reward eligibilitys.

Qualified players should note the following in order to ensure you receive your just rewards:

  • Please refrain from transferring your characters to another realm or faction until after PvP Season 13 has ended.
  • The awarding of PvP Season 13 titles and mounts will occur approximately two weeks after the season ends.

Conquest Points will be converted to Honor Points at the end of the season, and any Honor above 4,000 will be converted to gold at a rate of 35 silver per point. A few other things to keep in mind once the season has ended:

  • The Honor cap will remain at 4,000.
  • All Season 13 items will now cost Honor Points equivalent to their previous Conquest Point cost, with the exception of any items with rating requirements attached.
  • Season 13 items with rating requirements will no longer be available for purchase.

Arena and Rated Battleground Season 14 will begin approximately one week after the current season ends, and all Personal Ratings will be reset once the new season begins. Additionally, Rated Battleground and Arena matches will not be available during the break between seasons.

In PvP Season 14 you will no longer need to join or create an Arena team to compete, and thus the current Team Ratings will be removed. You’ll be able to queue for an Arena match in groups of 2, 3, and 5 (in line with the Arena team sizes available in Season 13 and earlier), and your opponents will be selected based on the average Match Making Rating of your party.

You can find a complete overview of the changes that are coming to World of Warcraft’s Arenas in PvP Season 14 in our Patch 5.4 Arena Update blog.

Raid Testing Schedule - August 14
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
On Wednesday, August 14, we will continue testing raid encounters in the Siege of Orgrimmar raid. We're wrapping up 10-player Heroic testing at this time, and then movong on to 25-player mode. Apologies for the short notice, but our testing schedule ultimately depends on the patching process and build stability, which aren't always known far in advance.

Each encounter should be available at approximately the listed times below for all Public Test Realms.

Wednesday, August 14
  • Galakras - 10 Player Heroic - 10:30 PDT (13:30 EDT, 19:30 CEST)
  • Fallen Protectors - 25 Player Normal - 13:00 PDT (16:00 EDT, 22:00 CEST)
  • Norushen - 25 Player Normal - 15:00 PDT (18:00 EDT, 00:00 CEST)

As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a beta environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the boss being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Tier 16 Balance Druid Set Bonus Change
We made this change because, even without the Tier 16 4-piece bonus, we felt that Balance multidotting was too strong. On top of that, with enough mobs available, the Balance rotation was devolving into just Moonfire/Sunfire and spamming Starsurge constantly, to the point of completely ignoring Wrath and Starfire.

The way this works under the hood is by multiplying the base proc chance by SQRT(x)/x, where x is the number of mobs that have Moonfire or Sunfire active. Note that the proc chances are calculated per spell – Moonfire doesn’t count against Sunfire’s proc chance, or vice versa. So as an example, if the base chance is 30%, and you have Sunfire active on 1 mob but Moonfire active on 3, your Sunfire will have a 30% chance to proc Starsurge on a crit, and your Moonfires will each have a 17% chance.

As an aside, this didn’t make the latest PTR push, but we’ll be buffing Wrath, Starfire, and Starfall by 10%. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Macro System Improvements
We're going to look into the possibility of adding more macro slots. Not something I can guarantee for 5.4, but we'll see what we can do.

On a larger scale, we'd really like to find ways to make the macro system smarter. Right now, it's not uncommon to see players with several different macros for raid markers, target switches, and so forth, and we'd like to look into some ways to address that. Again, not likely to see any major changes there in the short term, but we recognize that the macro system could use some updates. It's on our radar. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Dark Legacy Comics - #401 and #402
It has been a busy few weeks, so let's catch up on DLC. Be sure to check out their front page if you are interested in a DLC shirt.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Questions for the Devs, BNet Client Beta, 5.4 on BG Downloader, S13 Ending Soon, DLC started by chaud View original post
Comments 19 Comments
  1. Auroro's Avatar
    How do I get the Background Downloader to work for me?
  1. wordup's Avatar
    Heaven forbid we post about the idiotic numbers pass this PTR build.
  1. itzLCD's Avatar
    Dat new client is amazing. It logs into the games for me so I don't have to do it manually every single time.
  1. getupkid55's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by GamerLCD View Post
    Dat new client is amazing. It logs into the games for me so I don't have to do it manually every single time.
    Yeah it's actually pretty sweet. It will be very nice when it has chat.
  1. Venaliter's Avatar
    I think class specific questions are the most compelling questions, but I can see why you'd want to avoid them.
  1. mmoc68a7538085's Avatar
    The new client is really amazing. One thing that troubles me though, is a new wave of stolen accounts for the ones that do not use authenticator. A program like can be easily reproduced and turned against the lower IQ'd players.
  1. |Dexter|'s Avatar
    Dark Legacy Comics comics sound so true look like the actor also quit the game!
  1. qbanb8582's Avatar
    I'm loving this desktop client.
  1. mmocf0a8756358's Avatar
    Dunno why there making a d3 expansion the game is terrible compared to the previous ones
  1. mmoc7e31dcdb97's Avatar
    Replacing US with GB gives the european client:
  1. mmoc355bd9c6c7's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by frag971 View Post
    Replacing US with GB gives the european client:
    thanks you i kept trying EU and it said couldnt find file ... i feel so dumb now >.<
  1. Xilurm's Avatar
    Something tells me there won't be a login screen next expansion.
  1. Necrotica's Avatar
    I recall in another thread of calling it for end of August, beginning of Sept., there you go... you got 5-6 months till Xpak
  1. DrMcNinja's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Auroro View Post
    How do I get the Background Downloader to work for me?
    On the new client, when you start playing, it says 'Game running. Game data will stream while you play'

    You can also pause the download if you so desire.
  1. Kazlehoff's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by warcraftmew View Post
    Dunno why there making a d3 expansion the game is terrible compared to the previous ones
    You being bad at the game does not make the game bad.

    sry, callin it as it is. lose the rose tint glasses. stop looking at D3 and saying "i wanted D2 with modern graphics" cause it was NEVER EVER GOING TO HAPPEN, EVER.

    Look at it for what it is, and you'll see its a pretty amusing game. its not something most people are going to want to play as a main game, but its still great fun.
  1. MoeTheLion's Avatar
    SQRT(x)/x = 1/SQRT(x)
    2nd version is more beautiful imo... Why don't they use that one?
  1. santhus's Avatar
    Anybody know if you can use gamebooster with the new launcher?
  1. dave20010's Avatar
    New patch must be approaching VERY soon if the season is ending.
  1. mmoc6c30925f7e's Avatar
    New patch must be approaching VERY soon if the season is ending.

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