News Roundup: Titan Runestone Droprates, Flex Raiding Discussion
After the huge news on Thursday that
is coming in Patch 5.4, many players understandably had questions about this new feature. which allows players to form a dynamically-scaling raid between 10 and 25 non-pug players and receive loot that's better than LFR. Bashiok and Taepsilum addressed many of these concerns over the weekend:
Flex is intended for players that are interested in getting weekly groups together for fun and some challenge, but who also don't want super-strict raiding requirements.
Unlike Normal modes, you can invite friends from your Real ID and Battle.net tag to Flex raids.
Removing Tier Tokens from flex raids is something that's worth considering, as raiders might feel forced to run LFR, Normal, and Flex at the start of a new tier otherwise for bonuses.
Letting people zone in and clear Flex trash with 8 people is something the devs are considering. This would allow to get raids underway while waiting to fill spots.
While it may be "optimal" to clear flex raids with a certain number of players, or do 10-player normal instead of 12-player Flex, Flex Mode isn't
Throne of Thunder: "Pinnacle of Storms" LFR Overview
Today, the fourth and final wing of
LFR is scheduled to go live this week: players can fight
for ilvl 502 loot, including shoulder tokens from
and helm tokens from
. You will need a minimum average item level of 480 to queue up--if you're stuck on how to get there, check out our
Check out our overviews of the other three LFRs:
Last Stand of the Zandalari
, and the
Council of Elders
Tier 15 gloves and
. Tier 15 legs and
News Round Up: In-Game Mistborn Tribute, Scenario Analysis
In-Game Mistborn Tribute
recently discovered a very cool tribute to the Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, with
Rogues can visit
outside of Ravenholdt and copy his appearance using
while pickpocketing him.
at the bottom of Ravenholdt Manor while disguised--he'll only be visible with
. Don't mount up when heading to him, as you'll lose the disguise.
After interacting with him, he'll give you
and you'll get the buff
To get "coins" for your bag, pickpocket humanoids--you'll get between 1-4. Coins will display as a buff,
and can stack up to 50.
If you have the coin buff, you can propel yourself backwards around a zone without landing until you run out of coins--this can only be used outside. Simply target an area you'd like to move away from.
Patch 5.2 Hotfixes: April 9 - Durumu Maze Improvements
While a new
5.3 PTR build
just hit, Blizzard is still paying attention to 5.2 player concerns.
's maze was never a player favorite, and it just got some improvements. These improvements were added to the hotfix blog on April 9th.
now has a 25% decrease to damage, cast time, cooldown, and focus cost.
Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
Safe spots in the maze of Eye Sores now appear earlier, before the Disintegration Beam starts moving.
Adjustments were made to visual effects for Eye Sores to make it easier to see the maze.
effect once again reduces his damage taken from non-Fully Mutated players by 75% on 10-player and 25-player Heroic difficulty only.
April Fools' Roundup, 3rd Wing of LFR Opens Today and Loot Overview
April Fools' Roundup
We love coming up with April Fools' ideas at Wowhead and seeing what clever things other sites come up with! This year, the Wowhead Staff plotted to liven up the 5.3 PTR with
cosmetic character auras, Earth Day, Doritios Locos feasts. and more
. We hope you all had fun with it, and we'd love to see some cosmetic rewards or updated world events in the future on the real PTR!
Here's some of our other favorite pranks:
ElvUI users did the Harlem Shake
upon logging in, which not only made your character dance but shook up all of your ability buttons.
WoW Interface discovered that Blizzard was switching to a Flash-based UI
, with swf and js files in the Patch 5.4 alpha client.
WarcraftPets broke the news that players can summon multiple pets at a time
but with a cost--the more pets you have out, the lower their polygon count
Throne of Thunder: "Forgotten Depths" LFR Overview
The second wing of
Throne of Thunder
is scheduled to go live this week: players can fight
for ilvl 502 loot, including Tier 15 legs and
. You will need a minimum average item level of 480 to queue up--if you're stuck on how to get there, check out our
We've also included strategy videos from
of the new encounters, loot tables from the new bosses, and confirmed drops from the new LFR loot satchels such as
Click the cut to learn more about the bosses available today!
Patch 5.2: Throne of Thunder Overview
, the new Tier 15 raid, opened on LFR and Heroic difficulty this week. Whether you're running LFR for the new vanity pets or are starting heroics, this guide should have something for you. We've covered the following:
Loot tables, Dungeon Journal entries, and strategy videos for bosses.
Vanity loot--gear, mounts, and pets.
Details on the LFR schedule and required item level.
Information about the
Achievements and weekly raid quests.
If you want more
resources, check out the following:
for Tier 15 strategy guides.
for all your rankings needs, including the race to world first heroic completion!
Also be sure to check out our
Patch 5.2 interview with Lead Encounter Developer Ion "Watcher" Hazzikostas
, which covers Tier 15 progression and gear.
Click the cut to learn about
MoP Legendary Quest Guide: Updated for 5.2
For the most updated guide, check out our
legendary guide updated for Patch 5.4.
We've updated our guide to Mists of Pandaria's unique legendary questline with a summary of all the new quests and rewards found in Patch 5.2. Completing all the new steps will reward you with a legendary metagem and
. The new gems are as follows:
: +324 Crit Rating and chance on melee or ranged attack to gain Capacitance. At 5 stacks, fires a Lightning Strike, which deals Nature damage (
Lightning Strike Charges Trigger
: +324 Intellect and chance on beneficial spell to make your spells cost no mana for 4 sec. (
: +324 Stamina and chance on being hit to gain a 20% reduction to physical damage taken for 15 sec (
: +324 Crit Rating and chance on spell damage to gain 30% spell haste for 10 sec (
For the math inclined, Ghostcrawler explained
Patch 5.2 Gear Guide
Patch 5.2 is filled with new epic upgrades for everyone. In this guide, we'll break down all the new gear by armor type, base stats, and source to help you plan out a gearing route. And if you're looking to get ilvl 480 to step foot in LFR when it opens on
, we've got some tips for you as well.
Here's the highlights of the new gear:
Bosses drop ilvl 502 gear on LFR difficulty, ilvl 522 gear on Normal difficulty, and ilvl 535 gear on Heroic difficulty.
To keep farm bosses interesting,
have a low chance to drop that are six item levels higher than regular drops. Thunderforged versions can be found for all items, save for tier pieces, on normal and heroic difficulty.
You can also get a full set of ilvl 522 gear between
and crafted items.
appear to be trash drops (lin
Wowhead's Patch 5.2 Guide and Official Patch Notes
Patch 5.2 is going live on March 5th and we've got you covered so you don't feel overwhelmed with all the new content!
This patch has a new troll-themed raid with amazing bosses and epics, as well as a server-wide War Effort to unlock more non-raid content. There's new transmog gear, mounts, pets, and legendary rewards--as well as an island filled with dinosaurs.
As for lore, the Mogu have teamed up with the Zandalari on the Isle of Thunder, and while the Alliance and Horde are worried and fighting back, they're also caught up in a feud as a result of the Dalaran fallout in 5.1.
We've got summaries of all the new content below, as well as links to blue posts and Wowhead's comprehensive PTR coverage.
We've added the March 5th Official Patch Notes to our guide now!
Patch Notes and Overview
A new troll-themed raid tier has been added
. Bosses drop ilvl 502 gear on LFR, ilvl 522 gear on Normal, and ilvl 535 gear on Heroic.
There is a
server-wide War Effort
in which players un
Wowhead's Patch 5.2 Interview with Lead Game Designer Ion "Watcher" Hazzikostas
Patch 5.2 is right on the horizon, bringing with it a new raid full of exciting bosses and powerful epic loot! Yesterday I had the opportunity to interview Lead Encounter Developer Ion "Watcher" Hazzikostas, who shared insights on
's design as well as on raid-related topics such as Item Upgrades and Thunderforged gear.
Topics covered include:
The decision to implement Ra-den, a limited-attempt heroic-only boss, in Throne of Thunder.
Thoughts on the staggered release of Tier 14 content.
Progression paths for raiders in 5.2 who have yet to complete Tier 14 content.
The multiple purposes behind Thunderforged items and how they can benefit 25-player raids.
Strengths, weaknesses, and possible modifications to the item upgrade system.
The purpose behind the new Feats of Strength (Ahead of the Curve, Cutting Edge) for killing Tier 14 bosses before 5.2's release.[
News Round Up: New Limited-Attempts Boss, Class Balance, Isle of Thunder Blog
Yesterday was a huge news day between the
BlizzCon 2013 announcement
new PTR build
End of the Season PvP blog
, updated PTR patch notes, and various class buffs. In today's round up, we're covering a variety of niche blue posts that should appeal to various types of players.
Over the past few days, Lead Encounter Dev Watcher has been explaining the decision behind
, a heroic-only limited-attempt boss coming in Patch 5.2, who drops only
ilvl 541 gear
. Many raiders don't have good memories of limited-attempt bosses such as
in Wrath, and the thread tries to alleviate various concerns about limited attempts. Ghostcrawler has also continued posting 5.2 class changes after his [url=
5.2 PTR - Build 16562 - Tier 15 Raid Drops, 3D Weapon Models, and More
Tonight's patch added hundreds of Tier 15 raid items, gorgeous models for all raid weapons, and a few minor spell changes! In addition, achievements for Ra-den, the new heroic-only boss, have been added:
Check out the latest additions!
Tier 15 Weapons: 3D Weapon Models
We've shown the colorations for ilvl 535 heroic weapons below--models have been added for LFR, Normal, and Heroic Tier 15 weapons. Click on the images to view them in our 3D Model Viewer--these weapons have amazing details that can only be seen by rotating them fully, as well as distinctive animations! You can also try out all of their animations on all character races.
[model item=120234 slot=13 img=
5.2 PTR: Blacksmithing Leveling Revamp, Megaera Video
In today's news round up, we found some big changes to blacksmithing on the 5.2 PTR! Blizzard is also conducting a ton of raid testing this week, for which we have a preview video, and launched a
Patch 5.2 Under Development
site that has information on the new raid, world bosses, factions, and PvP changes.
New Blacksmithing Training Projects
If leveling Blacksmithing always seemed daunting, 5.2 should make this a bit easier. There is a series of new
that should get you from 1 to 500--no more flying around Azeroth for
This reminds us of the Pandaria leveling recipes added to
at the start of Mists of Pandaria, which allowed players to level up cooking mostly from vendor materials and cut out the need for old-world reagent farming. So far, no other professions appear to have received a similar revamp on the PTR.
These training projects, such as
, can be learnt by players level 85 or higher, from Pandaria trainers in
. Upon learning the skill, they w
News Round Up: Darkmoon Faire Hats, Horridon and Iron Qon 5.2 Videos, Blue Posts
In today's news round up, we have a ton of blue posts, a look at some PTR changes on the Darkmoon Faire, and most importantly, two preview videos by Lore of 5.2 raid encounters! Also check out the
World of Warcraft Wireless Mouse
over at ZAM.
Yesterday had two big dev blogs, so be sure to read
Dev Watercooler: Encounter Tuning
PvP Gear in 5.2 and Beyond
5.2 PTR: Darkmoon Faire
We found a few small changes to the Darkmoon Faire this past month on the PTR. The stylish
can now be obtained through several means:
Small chance to be found in
, the new reward for completing Darkmoon Faire dailies.
When you use the item, you initially summon a bunch of fireworks. For the duration of the buff, your character will appear to wear a fun purple hat. This hat periodically sparkles and has small fireworks.
There is another Darkmoon hat datami
5.2 PTR: Audio Spoilers and Transcript, Throne of Thunder Weapons
A new build is hitting the 5.2 PTR tonight, and we datamined
Shaman Tier 15 models, Lightning Forge weapons, new vanity pets, and more
. We found so many weapon models for
that Fewyn made a video of them! Several of these have great animations--the daggers have blinking eyeballs and wiggling handles, while the offhands sprout wings.
We also found a ton 5.2 audio spoilers covering Jaina, Anduin, Lor'themar, and more--over 40 minutes worth of dialogue. We've provided a rough transcript, breaking it down by character. Jaina and Lor'themar are both going after the Thunder King, Anduin and Wrathion are discussing politics during the legendary questline, the Shado-Pan launches an assault, and new developments are unearthed about the Titans and the Mogu.
It's a Pandaren board game. The object is for both players to win.
To what end? What are you two working towards? Using a Mogu weapon forge whose powers you barely understand.
5.2 Raid Preview: Council of Elders Video, News Round Up
For today's news round up, we've got our very first look at the new 5.2 raid zone,
. We also have some more Blizzard clarifications on 5.2 features--the ilvl for Throne of Thunder LFR is 480, PvP Honor gear will be nerfed to 476 to encourage people to increase their ilvl through PvE, and while the Item Upgrade vendors are removed in 5.2, they're still most likely returning in 5.3, and already-upgraded items will keep their stats.
Council of Elders
Raid testing on the PTR started Friday, January 11th, for the Council of Elders, so Lore from
tested and made a great preview video of the encounter! Even if you're not a dedicated raider, this video is still pretty cool because it's our first look at the interior of the Throne of Thunder--and it looks pretty awesome.
Click the "Dungeon Journal" tab to see a list of all the abilities! (Note: spell values generally default to 10-player normal, you can view "Effect" on a spell page to see the values for all difficulties.)
5.2 PTR: Raid Testing Schedule - January 11
Patch 5.2 PTR Raid testing for
begins tomorrow with
Council of Elders
. WoW Insider has a visual walkthrough of how to
find the hidden entrance
We'll be posting videos by Lore from
, and in the meantime, you can read up on the fights in our
5.2 Dungeon Journal Preview
On Friday, January 11, we will be testing our first two raid encounters of the 5.2 test cycle.<br /><br />Each encounter should be available at approximately the listed times below for all Public Test Realms.<br /><br />Horridon - 10 Player Normal<br />10:30 PDT (13:30 EDT, 19:30 CEST)<br /><br />Council of Elders - 10 Player Normal<br />16:00 PDT (19:00 EDT, 01:00 CEST)<br /><br />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 or cancel it entirely, due to bugs, builds, server hardware is
5.2 PTR: Raid and Scenario Preview, No New Dungeons
Today's 5.2 feature covers information about upcoming encounters--raid bosses and scenarios! While some bosses have incomplete entries so far and the loot tables aren't known yet, you can still get a sense of what the encounters are like with the Dungeon Journal. We think it's pretty neat that the Dungeon Journal is deliberately vague about
, a heroic-only encounter, by saying he's instead "shrouded in mystery"--brings back a sense of player discovery.
And as there's no new 5-player dungeons planned for the rest of MoP, we've highlighted our 5.2 scenario summaries to give you a taste of upcoming small-group content.
No New Dungeons in 5.2
People who read the
5.2 PTR Patch Note Preview
may have noticed that there was no mention of new 5-player dungeons. Zarhym clarified that this was intentional, as it would disrupt the current progression model.
LFR has taken the place of dungeons for gearing-up mid-expansion. While players enjoyed
at the end of Burning Crusade, in the current raid context, it's strange for a dungeon's loot to be on par with raid gear. Players were unhappy with how 4.3 dungeon loot was compa
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