5.1 PTR: Battle Pet Additions and Improvements
We're done a lot of coverage recently on things like the new
. However, if you want to do something a bit more relaxing in the patch, there's numerous pet battle additions and improvements in store!
Today's post highlights everything related to pet battles in 5.1--new pets to capture, UI improvements, Battle Stones, and more. And if you're looking for tools to help with pet battles on live, check out Wowhead's
Battle Pet Maps
, and all the great information at
Several new wild pets have been added, mostly to fill out pet families that were scarce on capturable pets, like Mechanicals and Dragonkin. Click
for a full list
5.1 PTR: New Daily Quests
Since we can't get enough of dailies on live, we're previewing the new faction dailies available in 5.1! The Alliance and Horde have landed on the shores of Krasarang Wilds, set up camp, and need your help in defeating the enemy.
(This has been updated as of 11/28 with further daily specifics.)
offer 5+ daily quests, which can either send you to your faction's base, your enemy's base, contested areas such as the Ogudei Shrine (
) or Blacksmith Oilfield (
), or along the Krasarang shore. If you turn in many commendations (gotten from looting enemy NPCs), you can purchase items like
which start a short quest series and give you a 30 minute buff upon completion. Check out our complete list of commendation rewards, which do cool things like buff your allies or fortify your base,
There are four possible quest hubs you will be sent to: you can get 900 reputation a day before
and other reputation bonuses are taken into effect. You can also do an additional Beastmaster group quest for +200 reputation.
Each daily quest gives [currency=396
Patch 5.0.5 Hotfixes: November 20
Ancestral Healing and
no longer benefit twice from increased healing multipliers.
's UI alert will no longer fade prematurely.
's abilities now correctly ignore line of sight.
will no longer sometimes spawn too quickly.
now correctly obeys range restrictions.
Fixed an issue that could cause
to despawn after being pulled with a
no longer shares a cooldown with other food items.
The Raid Finder version of
will now be awarded to the correct classes.
no longer possesses the secret to cloning technology.
Dungeons, Raids & Scenarios
for the legendary quest [quest=3
5.1 PTR: New Rare Spawns, Black Friday Sale
For those of who you love rare spawns, 5.1 adds several more for
! Each hub in Krasarang Wilds has three rare NPCs that the opposing faction can kill for sweet rewards.
Champion of Arms:
. Located at their base's walls, by the entrance.
: Leaps to players out of range.
: Inflicts 60% of the target's health as Physical damage along a line in front of the caster.
Champion of the Light:
. Located inside their respective bases, close to their main fortresses.
Champion of the Shadows:
. Respectively be found on the Alliance docks/Domination Point Tower.
: Inflicts 60% of the target's health as Physical damage for players at range.
: Stuns players in melee for 3 seconds.
: Appears from up to 20 yards away.
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5.1 PTR: Legendary and Faction Quests
Since we last covered new quests in 5.1, there's been some big updates we wanted to share about legendary and faction quests. We datamined some possible rewards for the legendary chain in 5.1, including new gems and sockets. We also pieced together more of the epic 5.1 faction questlines and now know that they reward players with a mount!
There are upgraded versions of legendary gems:
allows you to add another gem socket to your Sha-Touched weapon, similar to
. These are for regular gems, not additional legendary gems.
Since we last covered the datamined quests, Blizzard has trimmed down the PvP requirements. Instead of winning 10 Battlegrounds, you only have to win one in
Two achievements have been added:
requires you to obtain 6000 Valor Points, and
is for completing all of Wrathion's 5.1 quests.
: Speak with Wrathion at the Tavern in the Mists.
: Kill Horde forces along the southern shores o
New Item Upgrade System in 5.1, WoW's 8th Anniversary, BWC Coverage
While 5.1 has a handful of new gear from reputation rewards, the majority of gear upgrades in 5.1 will come through a new currency-based upgrade system. Players can permanently increase the ilvl of their 458+ gear (both armor and weapons) by visiting a new Ethereal and cashing in spare currency.
Wowhead has created several tools for item upgrades:
Each item's page has toggle options to display upgraded stats.
An Upgrade column has been added to search result pages. This displays all the upgrade versions for an item in icon form, similar to dynamic quest rewards. Mousing over these icons will display the upgraded versions.
A new search filter has been added: "Can Be Upgraded" under General.
Advanced tooltip code
has been added so you can display a specific upgraded item's tooltip.
Read more about all the features here
News Round Up: 5.1 Reputation Changes, "Modified By" Ability Tab
Today's news round up summarizes the reputation changes coming in 5.1, highlights Wowhead's recently improved "Modified By" tab, and features more
Battle.net World Championship coverage
If you're ever wondered what it's like to make art for Blizzard, you should also check out WoW Insider's interview with
, one of the winners of Blizzard's first Student Art Ccontest. The winners got to spend several months interning at Blizzard and even put some finishing touches on Mists of Pandaria!
5.1 Reputation Changes
While the reputation grinds in Mists of Pandaria try some innovative things like removing reputation from tabards in dungeons, many players were not looking forward to repeating the grind on their alts.
In 5.1, each faction now has a special commendation that can be purchased at Revered from quartermasters which unlocks a 100% bonus reputation gain for all characters on the account.
Battle.net World Championship this Weekend: Official Trailer and Event Schedule
The Battle.net World Championship is going on this entire weekend, starting on
Friday, November 16th, at 6:00pm PST
--and we've got all the information you need to follow along and watch the live events you want! In addition to the finals of the StarCraft II World Championship Series, there's some competition that will definitely interest WoW players as well.
The Challenge Mode Dungeons race between top guilds Stars and Supreme Quicksand is shaping up to one of the Championship highlights for WoW players. Watching teams race each other in Challenge Modes was a player-favorite at the Mists of Pandaria Launch event, and now players can watch even more races in
challenge mode dungeons
and the live Mogu'shan Vaults raid! With Leaderboards up, players can check them to see how these elite guilds stack up on stage against the record times currently established around the world.
In addition, the World of Warcraft Arena Global Finals are also going on, with the top two teams from each global region competing for a prize pool totaling $189,000.
And last but not least, there will be a costume contest or cosplay
New Vol'jin Scenario, 5.1 PTR Patch Notes Updated
The Horde is getting some new scenarios in 5.1--today we're taking a look at the new Vol'jin one,
. We previewed
two new Alliance scenarios
this past weekend, so if you're team Varian, check them out!
Patch 5.1 PTR notes were also just updated--we've included the new parts below. Of note:
Brawler's Guild invitations can now drop from select Horde and Alliance NPCs.
can now be purchased for 600
at the Conquest Quartermaster.
Level 90 players can now queue for
via the PvP tab to battle one another in these epic conflicts.
Vol'jin is ordered by the Horde to investigate the origins of the Saurok. He's not too happy to discover that the Mogu created them from dark magic, but Garrosh's loyal guards are thrilled by this discovery--they want to create an army of corrupted warriors, similar to the Mogu.
Patch 5.0.5 Hotfixes: November 12
s no longer have a chance to drop
Fixed an issue with the way that
could interact with the
's Deep Earth Vestments 4 piece set bonus when in a group.
Dungeons, Raids & Scenarios
Fixed an issue that could sometimes prevent
from properly gaining Recklessness.
Players affected by Fixate will no longer incorrectly maintain threat after the effect ends.
The range of the Empress's various damage dealing abilities has been increased.
In the Heroic mode version of this encounter,
should never choose the platform of
when combat begins.
will now always cast
after summoning Noise Cancelling Zones.
Fixed an issue that could cause players affected by
to be damaged by
Raid Preview: Terrace of Endless Spring
A small PTR patch hit servers early this morning, and while we thought at first that the Darkmoon Faire trinkets were nerfed, it turns out that they are
)--the mechanisms behind displaying the procs were simply changed to help with scaling mechanics in 5.1. (It's a bit complicated, but most trinkets default display a base ilvl 463 proc you'd get in a Challenge Mode, and are then scaled accordingly on tooltips for higher ilvl items. Full details in
No! Bad! Stop pointing to data-mined content as fact. The change that got picked up was actually an adjustment to Darkmoon Card trinkets for Challenge Mode stat scaling.
The other notable addition was
, requiring players working on the legendary chain to earn 6000 Valor Points. We've got the full list of spell changes underneath the cut.
Heart of the Swarm Arrives March 12, 2013 — Presales NOW LIVE
Prepare for the approaching Swarm.... On March 12, 2013, StarCraft® II: Heart of the Swarm™ launches around the world, igniting an intergalactic storm of intense strategic combat and opening a savage new chapter in the war between terran, protoss, and zerg. You can
pre-purchase the expansion NOW
directly through Battle.net® and be ready to play the moment it goes live.
In addition to the
packed with bonus items, you’ll also have the option to upgrade a Standard Edition to the
Digital Deluxe Edition
, which comes equipped with all the in-game content from the physical Collector’s Edition, including a Torrasque skin for your zerg Ultralisks in Heart of the Swarm multiplayer, unique Swarm-infested port
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