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by Published on 2012-10-25 04:23 PM

Update: The changes will also be tested in China.

Brawler's Guild Preview, Lesser Charms, Misc Jaina Audio, Blue Posts, The Daily Blink

Separate 10 and 25 Man Raid Lockout and Reward Changes in Korea
Similar to the test of shorter raid lockouts for older content, Korea is testing separate raid lockouts for 10 and 25 man, as well as higher item level rewards in 25 man raids. The translation below was provided by PrairieChicken .
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
We received several feedbacks regarding raid instance lockouts and 10/25 rewards, and we appreciate your opinions and deep interests. We thought that Korean players wish to enjoy the most hardcore contents more flexibly and according to their play styles. Therefore, from the upcoming patch we decided to change the raid instance lockout rules for all KR servers. Raids, as usual, will be reset every 7 days following maintainance checks. However, after 5.1 patch 10 man and 25 man raids will have seperate lockouts.

From now on, players could play raid instances, such as Mogu-Shan Vaults, in both 10 man and 25 man difficulty. Normal and Heroic difficulty raid of same instance will share same lockout as usual. Furthermore, the loots of 25 man raids has been buffed, and will offer higher iLV compared to same 10 man instance. For example, Terrace of the Endless Spring in 25 man difficulty will drop loots with iLV of 504, wile 10 man will drop 496.

We wish that players will further enjoy the contents and gain satisfactory rewards, and decided to offer the system that suits most well with the KR players.
by Published on 2012-10-25 07:48 AM

Patch 1.0.5a, Barbarian With 2.6 Million DPS, Scheduled Maintenance - 10/25/2012, Witch Doctor Fan Art

Brawler's Guild Preview
Patch 5.1 adds a new activity, the Brawler's Guild. It is located in an instanced area in Stormwind or Orgrimmar. Upon entering the area you can see the arena where the current fight is taking place if there is one, along with any other spectators, the Brawler's Guild NPCs to queue from, and the Quartermaster.

Currently only one player can fight at a time, so you must queue for battle with one of the NPCs. When it is your turn, you enter the ring and fight a somewhat difficult mob. Each win gives you reputation to raise your ranking. There are a total of eight ranks to progress through, with many wins needed to go up through each rank.

Each time you win a fight, you are rewarded with a Brawler's Purse or Bulging Brawler's Purse, which contains some gold and vendor trash, depending on your ranking and luck. Currently the rewards sold by the Quartermaster don't require ranking to purchase. This may change in the future, or more rewards could be added. See the video below for the first fight you will take part in!

Level Type Slot Name
1Companion Pets Clock'em
1Fist WeaponOne Hand Brawler's Razor Claws
90Potion Mega-Potent Healing Potion
90Potion Helix's Acceleration Chemical Kafa Solution
90Potion Brawler's Healing Potion
90Potion Potion of Brawler's Might
90Potion Potion of Brawler's Cunning
90Potion Potion of Brawler's Deftness
90Other Rotten Fruit
90Other Friendly Favor
90Other Attack Prediction Algorithm Generator
90Other External Combustion Engine

Lesser Charm of Good Fortune
Patch 5.1 will free up a little bit of bag space by turning Lesser Charm of Good Fortune into a currency!

Patch 5.1: Misc Jaina Audio
A few more bits of audio for Jaina were added in the latest Patch 5.1 build.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Patch 5.1 Class Changes
The problem with hunters are their cooldowns, remove stampede or change it, make the duration longer but damage less. The changes made to Beast Within make it so that hunter pets are more easily controlled. So when a hunter pops Stampede now, if you use some form of control to keep those pets from going wild on yourself or a partner then you will be able to protect your team. On top of this as well is the change to Lynx Rush, which will lower potential burst damage.

and the change with warriors is to not let them use every CD at once, and remove gag order on pummel which is the most braindead mechanic ever, faking a interrupt, joke get silenced anyways..
We have another update planned for the Patch 5.1 PTR Patch Notes blog soon and recommend that you keep an eye on this to see what else is coming for patch 5.1 as there are some changes for warriors.

How about after all of these nerfs we get some buffs to sustained Damage? Or is it going to take 4 more years until hunters are viable in arena?
I don't know about you, but right now I think that hunters are quite viable in arena >.> Also, I believe that hunters were doing quite well last season in compositions such as PHD and Junglecleave… also, while people did not like the team composition, triple DPS also did quite well in which hunters were involved.

On to the sustained damage over burst though. The change to Lynx rush will lower burst and also increase the sustained damage of hunters as it will be apply DoT effect rather than a direct damage attack. So you can take Blink Strike for Direct damage and Lynx Rush for sustained, depending on your play style. This as well as the ability to move while casting certain shots helps with increasing sustained damage. Remember that the patch notes are not final, more is still to come as I have already said.

This change means nothing to me as I can't save my healer.
Well, I see you are specced into Chillblains as a Frost DK, Howling Blast will slow the movement of the pets to give your healer or yourself some time to get distance. Also, what class is your healer and what about your other partners?
A priest can Psychic Scream or use Void Tendrils. Druids can Mass Entanglement and Displacer Beast to get away. Shamans can Earthgrab Totem and Astral Shift. A paladin can Repentance, Hammer of Justice then use their first tier talent to get away and if in severe trouble they can bubble too. A monk can use their first tier talents to get some distance as well as using Fortifying Brew, Expel Harm and even grapple the hunter weapon to mitigate damage.

There are loads of ways to get away and protect yourself or your partners, especially if the pets are not immune to crowd control. The things that I have listed are also only some of what can be done, if you also include a third team member into the equation the possibilities for control increase even further. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Ghost Speed and Flight Path Speed Increase
If you are referring to the guild perk Ride Like the Wind, we are aware of a number flight paths that restrict them from being affected by the perk. This issue only affects a very small number of flight paths and was because of how they were made and interact with certain quests (all fairly technical stuff).

All other flight paths should be functioning correctly with Ride Like the Wind, and we can request that specific flight points be double checked when reported.

Quick and the Dead at 100% was too fast sometimes. However, Quick and the Dead at 10% is Way Too Slow. Could we compromise and make it 40%?
Your concerns have been noted. I'll try to bring them up at the next meeting with our developers. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

LFR Loot System
Anyone else get royally shafted like this?
The game now recognizes not only your class, but your spec. Once upon a time (not very long ago), there was every chance that you would go through a raid, and not only would no items drop that were useful for your class, there was a very good chance that if they did, they wouldn't be useful for your spec. Or if an item dropped that you wanted and was particularly sought after, there was a chance that an unscrupulous raid leader would simply take it for themselves. It was entirely possible to go raid lockout after raid lockout in this way.

The new loot system isn't perfect but it does help address those issues. It's not designed to deliver into your hands shiny new items perfect for exactly how you've tuned your character to function though. There's always an element of randomness to how loot drops, and that's by design. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Purpose of LFR
The point of LFR is to allow players that don't otherwise have the means to raid to see the content.
Correct! It's become more than that since then, but we realized that we were investing a lot of effort in content that only a few very dedicated players would see. While we have always believed that raiding is important, we also wanted to provide a way for more players to see some of the most exciting content we were working on, and Raid Finder was the result of that effort. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

PvP Blog Post
And no, this isn't "dumbing it down" or "making it too easy" - the 2200 rating requirement was implemented when there was far more activity (read: MORE INFLATION) and the goal has become far more difficult to reach RELATIVE TO ACTIVITY.
I think you'll be interested in what we have to say in an upcoming blog on the subject of PvP. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Pet Battles
Possible source for the Pandaren elemental spirits? I hope we get to collect all four.
Choice of one out of 4 on quest complete, then you can farm rest from unlocked dailys. Each spirit drops it’s own pet in bag. Sidenote, this quest only unlocks after you finish the last quest on the main pet battle quest line.
The main quest chain currently ends with Aki the Grand Master in Pandaria, right?

Is there a way the Pet battle quest chain could be in all of our character's quest logs instead of just the one? Thanks!
Quests are already account wide, just separate for Alliance and Horde.

So,Family specific Flawless-Battlestones down from same family wild pets? and BoP?
Low drop from same family wild pets, high drop from daily quest bags, all bop. Very rare non-specific is unbound, from wild pets.

I installed an addon to see rarity in combat, and see if I've caught something on mouseover
Both of those features are built into 5.1.0, along with many others.

(Question about stone drop rate)
The drop rates on Rare stones from battles are low. Pet daily quests offer a better rate but still not easy.

We really need a search bar in the mount tab! like with the pets
Yep. We agree.

Can I ask why newbie players are discouraged from playing with battle pets?
We really want players to learn how to play Wow itself before they get overwhelmed by a mini game.

Level 90 Templates Are Now Available!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
You've been asking for it and I'm pleased to announced that with the latest build of the 5.1.0 PTR: Level 90 Templates Are Now Available.

So c'mon down to the PTR and make some 90s and help us test the latest WoW patch. Please be sure to post any bugs you find on the PTR Bug Report Forum:

WoW Battle Chest 66% Off – This Week Only
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Epic savings await as this week only, the World of Warcraft Battle Chest is available for just 5€ in the Blizzard Store. That’s 66% off the regular price!

Recently upgraded to include the Wrath of the Lich King expansion set, the newly updated Battle Chest is a great way to bring a friend to World of Warcraft, or to upgrade an existing Starter Edition account with thousands of additional quests and advancement all the way to level 80. The Battle Chest includes access to hours and hours of award-winning content, opening up the continents of Outland and Northrend for exploration.

Don’t delay—this epic deal on the Battle Chest ends Monday, October 29.

The Daily Blink - Wrathion
The Daily Blink is looking forward to Patch 5.1!

by Published on 2012-10-23 07:08 PM

Update: Added Official Notes update to the end of the post. Most of the class changes were already noted.

Swift Windsteed Mount, Challenge Mode Gear Procs, Conquest Point Cap Clarification

Patch 5.1 PTR - Build 16173
A new PTR build will be deployed on the test realms soon. We will be updating these notes frequently, so keep checking back!

New Gryphon and Wyvern
Blizzard is finally updating the good old faction mounts with newcomers: Grand Armored Gryphon and Grand Armored Wyvern

Swift Windsteed Mount
4 colors in the game files for the Swift Windsteed mount revealed earlier today.

Mechanical Tiger Cub

New Items
Look at the full list of new items, including the Scavenged weapons on the WoWDB PTR site! The pets will drop off of bosses in Classic raids!

Level Type Slot Name
80Mount Grand Armored Gryphon
80Mount Grand Armored Wyvern
1Companion Pets Gluth's Bone
1Companion Pets Dusty Clutch of Eggs
1Companion Pets Mr. Bigglesworth's Frigid Collar
1Companion Pets Blighted Spore
1Companion Pets Mark of Flame
1Companion Pets Blazing Rune
1Companion Pets Core of Hardened Ash
1Companion Pets Unscathed Egg
1Companion Pets Blackwing Banner
1Companion Pets Whistle of Chromatic Bone
1Companion Pets Viscidus Globule
1Companion Pets Anubisath Idol
1Companion Pets Jewel of Maddening Whispers
25Warlock Glyph Glyph of Supernova
25Warlock Glyph Glyph of Gateway Attunement
25Druid Glyph Glyph of Focus
1Junk Blood-Soaked Invitation
1Junk Brawler's Invite
85Junk Tome of the Tiger
85Junk Tome of the Crane
85Junk Tome of the Serpent
1Quest Re-Configured Remote
1Quest Delaris's Prism
90Devices Pierre
20Consumable Pandaren Spirit Pet Supplies
20Consumable Pandaren Spirit Pet Supplies
20Consumable Pandaren Spirit Pet Supplies
20Consumable Pandaren Spirit Pet Supplies
90Other Expired Blackout Brew
90Other Rotten Apple
90Other Rotten Banana
90Other Rotten Watermelon

Vol'jin Event Audio

King Varian Audio

Skyglaive Event

Voice of the Gods Narration

Achievement Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Pet Battles

Feats of Strength

Guild Feats of Strength

Pandaria Raid
Dungeons & Raids
  • And... It's Good! (New) Fly through the discs above the Engine of Nalak'sha in Mogu'shan Vaults on Normal or Heroic difficulty.

Pet Battles


World Events

Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Grand Armored Gryphon (New) Summons and dismisses a rideable Armored Snowy Gryphon mount. The capabilities of this mount depend on your Riding skill and location. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.
  • Grand Armored Wyvern (New) Summons and dismisses a rideable Armored Snowy Gryphon mount. The capabilities of this mount depend on your Riding skill and location. Account wide. 1.5 sec cast.
  • Violet Proto-Drake no longer grants Master Riding.


Druid (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Minor Glyphs

Hunter (Forums, Talent Calculator)

Beast Mastery
  • Bestial Wrath now also breaks all effects which cause loss of control of your pet.No longer makes pet unstoppable.

Major Glyphs

Pet Talents
  • Rabid now increases attack speed instead of power.

Mage (Forums, Talent Calculator)



Minor Glyphs

Monk (Forums, Talent Calculator)

  • Power Strikes now also works with Soothing Mist, and Crackling Jade Lightning to generate additional Chi.


Paladin (Forums, Talent Calculator)

Priest (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Mass Dispel now removes all beneficial spells from each enemy target, up from 1.
  • Penance now heals for 6,606 + 63.5% of SP, up from 1,000 + 103.7% of SP.

  • Penance now heals for 6,606 + 63.5% of SP, up from 1,000 + 103.7% of SP.

Rogue (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Blind now has a 1 min cooldown, down from 3 min.
  • Sprint now has a 45 sec cooldown, down from 60 sec.
  • Wound Poison damage increased by 33%.


  • Seal Fate now only works with melee attacks.

Shaman (Forums, Talent Calculator)

Warlock (Forums, Talent Calculator)


  • Soul Swap (Affliction) - Soulburn: Applies Corruption, Unstable Affliction and Agony without removing them from a target.


Major Glyphs

Minor Glyphs

Warrior (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Intervene absorb of next attack now lasts for 10 sec.

Major Glyphs

  • Many tooltips updated to let you know they have a chance to proc a discovery.



Raid & Dungeon Abilities
  • Amber Spew Deals 45,000 Nature damage to enemies in a 90 yard frontal cone.
  • Arcane Resonance Charges random targets with Arcane Resonance, which inflicts 30,000 Arcane damage to the target and all allies within 6 yards of the target.
  • Arcane Resonance Charges random targets with Arcane Resonance, which inflicts10,000 Arcane damage to the target and inflicts 30,000 Arcane damage to all allies within 6 yards of the target. Each nearby player will amplify the damage done by 10,000. 30,000.
  • Arcane Resonance Charges random targets with Arcane Resonance, which inflicts10,000 Arcane damage to the target and inflicts 30,000 Arcane damage to all allies within 6 yards of the target. Each nearby player will amplify the damage done by 10,000. 30,000.
  • Arcane Resonance Charges random targets with Arcane Resonance, which inflicts10,000 Arcane damage to the target and inflicts 30,000 Arcane damage to all allies within 6 yards of the target. Each nearby player will amplify the damage done by 10,000. 30,000.
  • Titan Gas Titan Gas fills the room, dealing 20,000 Frost damage every 1 seconds to all players and energizing any constructs, increasing damage dealt by 0% and attack speed by 25%. Titan Gas fills the room, dealing 20,000 Frost damage every 1 sec. to all players and energizing players and constructs, increasing melee damage dealt.

Strings Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • ENABLE_MOUSE_SPEED - Enable Mouse Sensitivity
  • OPTION_TOOLTIP_MOUSE_SPEED - Enables setting a custom mouse sensitivity to override the setting from the operating system.

Patch 5.1 PTR Notes Update - October 23
Only changed and new notes are below, see the full notes on the Blue Tracker.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
  • Banquet of the Steamer and Great Banquet of the Steamer now correctly provide Intellect to damage based casting classes. Healers will continue to gain Spirit from these foods.
  • A cooking profession bag has been added, and can be purchased with Ironpaw Tokens from Nam Ironpaw.

  • The Weakened Blows effect has a new icon.

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Symbiosis:
    • Mass Dispel's mana cost has been increased to match the Priest version, and its cooldown has been increased to 60 seconds.

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Ice Trap
    • The snare provided by Ice Trap is now more responsive when enemies enter or leave the area of effect, and its effective area more closely matches the visual effect.
    • Glyph of Ice Trap now causes the visual effect of Ice Trap to match the increased area of effect provided by the glyph.
    • Glyph of Black Ice now correctly benefits from the increased duration provided by Trap Mastery.
    • Lock and Load will now activate correctly when Ice Trap is triggered by an immune target, as long as a susceptible target is within the area of effect.
    • Fixed several issues involving Trap Mastery, Entrapment, Glyph of Black Ice, and Glyph of Ice Trap.
  • The Growl pet ability will no longer cause diminishing returns against bosses that are immune to its effect.
  • The Glyph of Icy Solace has been renamed to Glyph of Solace, and now causes both Scattershot and Freezing Trap to remove all damage over time effects from the target.
  • Glyph of Scattering has been removed.
  • A new Major Glyph has been added: Glyph of Aimed Shot. This glyph allows Aimed Shot to be used while moving.

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Ring of Frost now has a 45 second cooldown (was 30 seconds).
  • The duration of Deep Freeze has been reduced to 4 seconds.
  • Frost Bomb will now detonate after 6 seconds (was 5 seconds). Detonation speed is still affected by haste.

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Turn Evil is now effective against Aberrations.

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Psyfiend's Psychic Terror cast time has been increased to 2 seconds (was 1.5 seconds).

Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Seal Fate will now only be activated by melee combo point generating abilities.
  • Shuriken Toss now deals double damage when used against targets further than 10 yards away.

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Demonic Gateway must now be activated by the player wishing to teleport.
  • A new Minor Glyph has been added: Glyph of Gateway Attunement. This glyph will cause a Warlock's Demonic Gateway to transport her immediately when she steps on it.
  • A New Major Glyph has been added: Glyph of Supernova. This glyph will cause the Warlock to deal 10% of his maximum health to all targets within 5 yards for each Burning Ember he had when he was slain.
  • Banish is now effective against Aberrations.
  • Kil'jaeden's Cunning now longer imposes a cast time penalty.
  • Flames of Xoroth no longer has a cooldown.
  • Rain of Fire
    • Rain of Fire no longer causes a stun after hitting a target three times.
  • Destruction Warlocks have gained a new ability: Cataclysm. Cataclysm costs one Burning Ember. After a 3 second channeling period, Cataclysm will stun and knockback all burning targets within 10 yards of the caster. This ability has a 1 minute cooldown.
  • Conflagrate now generates Burning Embers.

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)

Pet Battles
  • A new item has been introduced that can be used to upgrade the quality of Battle Pets: Battle-stones.
    • Battle-stones are available in two basic types, general purpose Battle-stones that can be used to upgrade the quality of any pet, and family specific Battle-stones, which can only be used to upgrade pets of a specific pet family. Pets over level 15 upgraded in this way can lose up to two levels in the process.
  • Several classic Raid bosses now have a chance to drop new Battle Pets. The new pets can be obtained from bosses in Molten Core, Blackwing Lair, Ahn'Qiraj, and Naxxramas.
  • Abilities that have been used will now continue to cool down for pets when they are not the active pet in a battle.
  • Pets previously removed from the Safari achievements have been added back to the criteria of those achievements now that they're back in the wild.
  • Players that defeat Aki the Chosen at the culmination of the Battle Pet quest lines can now follow a new line of Battle Pet quests and associated daily quests that allows players to battle against Pandaren spirits.
  • The Dragon Kite can now be used in Pet Battles.
  • The Imperial Silkworm and Imperial Moth pets can now be created by Tailors.
  • A number of pets that could previously only be found accompanying other pets into battle can now be found roaming the world.
  • A number of new capturable pets can be found in the world from pet families that were once more sparsely populated.
  • Fixed an issue that would prevent some pets captured in Pet Battles from correctly saving their skin color once added to the Pet Journal.
  • Player versus Player Pet Battles now award more experience.
  • Large plants and bushes in the environment that interfered with visibility during Pet Battles while now fade out of view during the match.

Raids, Dungeons and Scenarios
  • Raid groups are no longer necessary to enter pre-Mists of Pandara raid dungeons.
  • The Statistics page now tracks and displays 10-player and 25-player raid boss kills separately.
  • Scenarios
    • Scenarios now include Dungeon Finder queue features, including leaders, backfill, vote to kick, and deserter debuffs. Roles are still not required.

  • Justice, Valor, Honor and Conquest Point quartermasters are now signified by new minimap icons.

Brawler's Guild
  • Underground fighting rings have sprung up in Stormwind and Orgrimmar that will give brawlers who have their mitts on an invitation a chance to earn bragging rights by testing their solo PvE mettle against some of the toughest creatures found in World of Warcraft.
by Published on 2012-10-23 04:56 PM

Swift Windsteed Mount
Blizzard released a picture of the new Swift Windsteed Mount on via Facebook, likely from the Blizzard Store.

Unique Challenge Mode Gear Effects
You can find in game videos of all of the sets (except for Monk) on our Challenge Mode Armor Sets page.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Challenge Modes are a new feature in Mists of Pandaria that allows coordinated 5-player groups to jump into Heroic dungeons and attempt to set time-trial records. These blindingly fast times are displayed for all to see, but if being famous on the interwebz wasn't enough, the groups who can achieve gold medals are also awarded with unique gear looks for use in Transmogrification-with a twist. These gear sets behave like nothing you've seen in the game before, activating and reacting to their wearer's combat actions.

Check out the unique armor effects below-we think you'll want to grab some friends and give Challenge Modes a shot.

Conquest Point Cap Clarification
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
There has been some confusion lately regarding how Conquest Points are intended to be capped by the way that they’re earned. Conquest Point caps are divided into three categories.

  • Rated Battlegrounds – The default Conquest Point cap for Rated Battlegrounds is set at 1650, and this can be raised with an increased Rated Battlegrounds rating. This cap is higher by default to reflect the greater challenges presented by organizing and participating in Rated Battlegrounds.
  • Arenas – The default Conquest Point cap for Arenas is 1350, and this can be increased by earning a higher Arena Team rating.
  • Random Battlegrounds – The default Conquest Point cap for points earned from doing Random Battlegrounds is actually dependent on the other two. It will rise to match whichever of the other two Conquest Point caps is lower. For example: if a player does no Rated Battlegrounds, but has raised their weekly Conquest Point cap to 2000 via a high Arena Team Rating, then the Random Battlegrounds cap will be 1650 to match the cap provided by Rated Battlegrounds.

It’s important to note that this is not a recent change. This capping system has been in place since World of Warcraft: Cataclysm patch 4.2. A recent hotfix resolved an issue that allowed players to gain Conquest Points via random Battlegrounds up to the higher of the two point caps, which was not intended.

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