5.2 PTR: New Spell Effects
Several new and redesigned abilities got interesting spell effects on the PTR, so we took screenshots and Lore made a video of them! Here's the ones we thought were the most interesting:
, Level 60
New Talent: Forms a sanctuary around the target for 8 sec, causing all enemies to be silenced and disarmed within 8 yards.
, Level 30 Brewmaster and Windwalker
ability: Clears you of all root, stun and fear effects and reduces the duration of future such effects by 60% for 6 sec. Nimble Brew can be cast while stunned or feared.
, Level 90
New Talent (replaces Versatility): Mark the target, instantly generating 5 combo points on them. When the target dies, Marked for Death's cooldown is reset.
, Level 60
New Talent: Immediately teleport to a targeted location, leaving a shadow of yourself behind. Upon activating the effect a second time, or after 10 sec, you will return to your shadow's location.
, level 90
Redesigned Talent: A ranged attack that deals 1246 Physical damage to an enemy target. If the enemy is farther than
5.2 PTR Zone Preview: Isle of Giants, Isle of the Thunder King
The 5.2 PTR opened up today, and while it's still a work in progress, we have some visual previews of the new zones for you!
Isle of Giants
is a small tropical isle to the north of Kun-Lai Summit that features the new world boss,
, a troll dinosaur.
Isle of the Thunder King
is able to be explored in an incomplete scenario form.
Edit: as of 1/3, these scenarios have been locked, most likely to fix some bugs.
This is the location for the new 5.2 raid, new quest hubs featuring the Kirin Tor Offensive and Sunreaver Onslaught, a new world boss, a Lightning Forge used to craft weapons with distinctive or formerly-removed models, and a Shipyard, Main Courtyard, and Treasure Room.
explored the Scenario version of
. In his walkthrough of the zone, he speculates on what each visually-unique area is used for, based on the 5.2 PTR Patch Notes.
Click the cut to see the screenshots for the Isle of the Thunder King and Isle of Giants!
5.2 PTR Now Available to Play, PTR Patch Notes
The 5.2 PTR just opened up with level 90 premades available! We're really excited to be able to check out all the
cool things we datamined last month
and will be having more news up shortly! Right now it looks like at least two scenarios are open for each faction.
Check out our 5.2 PTR coverage so far:
5.2 PTR - Build 16408 - New Items, Spell Changes, Tier 15 Armor
New Troll Transmog Gear
Season 13 PvP Armor
Patch 5.2 Patch Note Preview
5.2 Raid and Scenario Preview
Click the cut to read the patch notes!
News Round Up: Valor Point Cap, Ghostcrawler Twitter Highlights
While many of us are still on vacation, Blizzard staff is returning to regular news posting! Today we have some explanations behind the
cap--always a hot topic--and what the purpose of common-quality vendor gear serves when it gives minimal upgrades. Personally, I think it adds some neat flavor even if the items aren't huge upgrades, but would like to be able to use them for transmog.
Ghostcrawler has also been pretty active on twitter dispensing advice and answering player concerns. We've picked out some of the most interesting recent ones, which cover class balance, LFR droprates, and cooking catch-up mechanisms.
We've also refined some 3D models from our
popular Season 13 PvP post
--check out the new shoulders!
The cap should not really be seen as punishment to people for being able to reach the maximum amount of
s every week. The idea behind the cap is to give people a choice on how they reach the cap without having them feel obliged to do everything.
s should also not be considered the prim
New Year's Eve in Azeroth, Wowhead's 2012 Year In Review
It's time once again for Azeroth to celebrate New Year's Eve with a nice
and fireworks--catch them at the top of the hour in major cities and Booty Bay, but
not to drunkenly PvP in Booty Bay since the guards are asleep.
Don't forget to /dance back at the Revelers to get
, which increases all stats by 10% for 30 minutes. Drinking
also gives you a neat slowfall effect--
Whether you're relaxing in-game or heading out to celebrate, have a Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! Join the celebrations starting at 6:00 a.m. realm time, December 31, and check out the fireworks in the skies above the cities every hour on the hour. Sample the exotic brews and libations carted in from around the world of Azeroth, and /dance your way into the new year as a part of the celebration. For those looking to avoid trouble—or get into it—you may want to steer clear of—or head toward—Booty Bay as the guards there appear to be spending more time enjoying themselves than enforcing town rules (at least int
Transmogrification Guides: Troll Armor (Updated for 5.4)
Patch 5.2 introduced
that bring back a ton of old troll designs, made inaccessible when the original versions of
were removed. We immediately thought what great transmog additions they would be for players!
The new version of
had some recolored weapons and armor, but they didn't match the original items. Plus, player favorites like
never made it into the new version of the instance.
was more extreme--the 5-piece sets from vanilla, often with surprisingly good itemization compared to Tier 1, were never put back in. While they aren't as eye-catching as the
armor, they hold sentimental value for a lot of players. Some distinctive weapons like
never made it back in either.
The majority of this lookalike gear was added in Patch 5.2 as zone drops from
, but later patches have added a few pieces to fill in incomplete sets.
Check out the complete updated series of Transmogrification Guides:
5.2 PTR: Season 13 PvP Armor
Last week we posted many 3D models of
Tier 15 PvE armor coming in Patch 5.2
: this week we have most Season 13 PvP sets to share! Since most model names are called "Alliance" or "Horde," it looks like Blizzard may be implementing faction-themed PvP gear. While the Tier 9 PvE sets had different models for the Alliance and Horde, this hasn't been done for PvP since vanilla, before arena seasons were introduced.
Several sets have four color variations, so perhaps the lower ilvl PvP gear will look the same across factions, and the unique Alliance and Horde colors will be reserved for the Elite gear, similar to how
are unique faction rewards for battleground dedication.
Shoulders have now been added to some PvP sets! Enjoy.
Patch 5.1: New Rare Tames
Over 100 low-level rares were also added in the most recent patch--many have distinctive colors that make them unique Hunter tames. In addition, Arcane Wyrms are now tamable serpents, and several received recolors for more variation.
If you're not a Hunter, these new rares don't drop any fancy loot, but they do give a significant amount of experience for killing them. The list is fun just to browse as well because many have clever names, like
, a monkey with a fez.
We've broken down the rares by continent and level, including zone details and 3D models, as well as by pet family. Tames with unique colors/models are marked in italics.
Click on the cut to see all the new 5.1 rare tames!
Feast of Winter Veil Presents Now Available
It's December 25th, so don't forget to open your
and loot your both of your 2012 gifts,
! These are only available from December 25th-January 2nd, and award
. Opening any present today will also give you
And if you're looking for more Winter Veil news, check out our other holiday posts! The Blizzard Community team is a bit quiet this week, but we've got guides written up the rest of the week for you.
Wowhead's Holiday Wallpaper--the Sha of Merriment
Wowhead's Feast of Winter Veil Guide
Happy Holidays from Blizzard
Winter Veil Gifts
Here's the full list of possible gifts:
Happy Holidays from Wowhead
The holiday season is upon us, which means it's not only time for our
Winter Veil guide
, but also more Noxy art! Every year Noxy creates a new holiday wallpaper for Wowhead, and this year she's managed to even bring holiday cheer to the
2012 was a busy year for Wowhead with Mists of Pandaria launching, and we're really excited about the new features we have planned for 2013. We couldn't have done any of this without your loyal support of our database and other features, and the entire staff extends a heartfelt thank-you to everyone for visiting and being part of the Wowhead tradition.
Without further ado, enjoy Wowhead's 2012 Holiday Wallpaper--the Sha of Merriment!
News Round Up: Recent Hotfixes, Happy Holidays from Blizzard
IIn addition to all the
5.2 PTR excitement this weekend
, Blizzard snuck in some live hotfixes as well, with some assorted bug fixes to
and class abilities.
Wowhead staff was also sent the lovely holiday card from the Blizzard Community team (click to enlarge). The Warcraft CMs have
gotten into the spirit of the holidays, with a lighthearted holiday greetings post featuring incriminating photos in RL versions of
. They've even dared players to photoshop the pictures in absurd ways!
Click the cut for the hotfixes and community holiday wishes!
Patch 5.2 PTR Patch Note Preview
Hot on the heels of the
new datamined 5.2 patch this evening
, featuring Tier 15 armor models, new boss descriptions, and hundreds of items, comes Blizzard's official Patch 5.2 Patch Note Preview.
Three new factions: Kirin-Tor Offensive led by Jaina Proudmoore and the Sunreaver Onslaught led by Lor'themar Theron. Players can choose to do PvE or PvP quests with these factions. A third faction, the Shado-Pan Assault, has impressive Valor rewards and reputation can only be earned in raids.
Two new world bosses: Nalak, the Storm Lord and Oondasta.
The new raid is the Throne of Thunder, which has 13 bosses, and 4 different segments on Raid Finder.
All world bosses are now Tap to Faction. This new system offers every eligible player of the same faction that engages a boss the chance to earn loot.
The legendary questline continues in 5.2, with the reward being some special helm-related perk.
Elite Battle Pets have been added to the game world--they will spawn alone against an entire team.
New tameable species for Hunters:
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