World of Warcraft Patch 5.4 to Introduce New Pet Battle Scenario

WoW‘s Pokemon Pets get a new scenario - the Celestial Tournament. If you are like me and can’t get enough of the Pet Battles in World of Warcraft, the team at Blizzard hasn’t forgotten about you. Patch 5.4, which drops September 10 will include a new Pet scenario that takes place on the new Timeless Isle. The scenario will feel familiar to any Pokemon fans who battled their way through the Elite Four at the end of the game.

5.4′s new island plays host to a famed Pet Battle competition where players will be able to battle max-level (Pet level 25) NPCs in a tournament format. Called the Celestial Tournament, this new addition looks to be the most challenging Pet addition yet and “requires a skilled and varied roster of level-25 pets if you have any hope to survive.” Players may not heal or revive their pets during the tournament, so strategy is key. Winners will be rewarded so-called Celestial Coins, which can be (unsurprisingly) used to purchase special Celestial Pets. Rerunning the scenario will grant more coins that can in turn be used to buy different Celestial Pets. For my money, Pet Battles are the best addition to WoW, like, ever. Adding a new Pet Battle scenario is just the icing on top. Oh, and you get to battle a guy named Blingtron 4000, you know, just in case you needed more convincing to check out the Celestial Tournament.

Patch 5.4 PTR: Raid testing for today, August 27

If you’ve been wanting to test out heroic modes in the Siege of Orgrimmar before patch 5.4 hits live servers on September 10, now’s your chance. Today the PTR will be featuring 25-man heroic difficulty testing of three of the fights in the new raid. Fallen Protectors, Kor’kron Dark Shaman and General Nazgrim will all be available for testing over the course of the day tomorrow. Keep in mind that this is heroic difficulty, so expect the fights to look a little different than their normal or flex mode counterparts.

Remember that these PTR bosses are open for testing purposes — don’t forget to leave your feedback for the encounters in the appropriate threads on the official PTR forums. Don’t worry about bringing your own raid group — although it is helpful, it’s not required. If you need one, just hang around the raid entrance in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, as it’s likely there will be more than a few raid groups looking for people to fill spots. And if you’re worried about gear, don’t be — all gear will be scaled to the appropriate ilvl for the encounter.

Vengeance changes in patch 5.4

If you’re a tank in World of Warcraft you know what Vengeance is. Originally intended to allow tanks to keep up with increased DPS from improved gear with DPS stats on it while accumulating tanking gear that generally lacked those stats, it’s turned into a means for tanking players to do chart topping DPS on some pulls (especially AoE ones with multiple tanked mobs). There’s been a lot of discussion about what might happen with Vengeance in patch 5.4, and now we have our first look at what Blizzard is contemplating for the tanking specialization.

Vengeance has received several changes.

  • Vengeance now grants Attack Power equal to 1.5% of the damage taken, down from 1.8% (The tooltip said 2% but it was actually 1.8%).
  • Tanks no longer receive Vengeance from many persistent area damage effects (standing in the fire) or from missed attacks (dodging and parrying an attack will continue to work as it has before).
  • There are now diminishing returns on Vengeance gains while tanking multiple targets. Each additional target grants progressively less Vengeance.

These changes are almost certainly aimed at reducing the very high DPS that can see on trash pulls and boss fights with a great many streaming adds (such as Tortos’ bats or the packs before Iron Qon) especially into the final tier of gear for Mists of Pandaria, which would inflate these numbers even more. Raids that use tanks with the highest DPS tanks will probably feel these changes the most. As always, this is the PTR, so if you have an opinion on these changes getting on the test servers and testing them out is useful so you can give proper feedback.

Patch 5.4 PTR: More details on the Celestial Tournament

If you’re interested in knowing more about patch 5.4′s Celestial Tournament, Wowhead has the full details on this PTR petstraviganza. And while PTR details are always subject to change, here’s what we know so far:

  • You can compete in the tournament once a week through the quest The Celestial Tournament.
  • The tournament has two rounds: in the first you fight against 3 pet trainers with 3 legendary battle pets each and in the second you’re up against 4 legendary elite battle pets.
  • These opponents are random and will change week to week, but expect to see familiar faces like Blingtron 4000 and Wrathion.
  • For winning, you get a Celestial Coin, which can be used to buy unique pets and other items.

Pet battle enthusiasts will also be pleased to know that patch 5.4 is packed with new battle pets: Wowhead has found over 20. Of the many new available pets, though, we’re most on the lookout for our own Lil’ Bling, who will clearly dazzle opponents into submission.

WoW Patch 5.4: Prepared for Arena Changes?

Patch 5.4 is the last forthcoming content patch in the Mists of Pandaria expansion. It will be released mid September, if testing goes smooth. Blizzard announced several changes being deployed to the PvP System.

Participating has been made more convenient and competitive than before.
Competition is limited to realms within a Battlegroup, and the ability to participate in the Arena system requires players from the same realm.

You can now play with any player, regardless of their realm. You’ll just add their Real ID and that’s it! If you want to compete, you need to create an Arena Team.

No need to create Arena Teams. Queuing works similarly to Rated Battlegrounds. You will be able to queue for an Arena battle in a party of the appropriate size (2v2, 3v3, 5v5). Opponents are selected based on the average Match Making Rating of your party.

Mechanics in the Arena system remain as they were. You will lose personal rating based on your wins and losses, but the Conquest Point cap will be based on your Personal Rating. Rating requirements to purchase items will also be based on your Personal Rating.

The Arena Ladder wiis not sorted according to a certain Battlegroup. Just like RBGs and normal BGs, Arenas will be region-wide.

‘World of Warcraft’ in-game cash shop confirmed

Following the rumors of World of Warcraft having an in-game cash shop, Blizzard pretty much confirmed the rumor recently on their official forum.

According to Bashiok, Community Manager of Blizzard, World of Warcraft is indeed having an in-game store when patch 5.4 comes out in a few months. However, it seems that only the Asian regions will be having the shop where items like pets, and mounts will be the items that will be on sale. For them, it would be a convenience of being able to make such purchases without having to leave the game.

In addition to pets, Basiok also confirmed that boosting items like experience buff will also be on sale. So far, Blizzard is still finalizing their plans and it will be soon on the Public Test Realm server. For now, let’s hope that Blizzard will only sell vanity items and not something that will ruin the game, like selling raid gear and stuff.

For players who are already interested in the in-game items we offer, such as Pet Store pets and mounts, the benefits of an in-game store are pretty clear. We think everyone would appreciate the convenience of being able to make such purchases without having to leave the game, and ultimately that’s our long-term goal for the system, though there’s quite a bit of work involved in retrofitting those existing items into the new system.

Ultimately it’s still too early in the process to make any final determinations about our plans, but in the meantime, we hope you’ll check out the in-game store once it’s implemented on the PTR and let us know what you think.

World of Warcraft:Corgi Spotted

The cutest wittle puppy is coming to WoW. Look at those ears!

World of Warcraft, the hugely popular MMO from Blizzard, already features hundreds of non-combat pets. Yet in the upcoming patch 5.4, they may be adding a pet that I feel was made specifically for me: A Battle Corgi.

Corgis are the most magnificent dogs in the world, and the cutest. Their short stature, stubby legs, and perky ears make the adorable canines my favorite type of dog ever. If you can’t tell, I’m a Corgi owner myself!

While the perky pug non-combat pet was hysterical and precious in his own right, the battle Corgi looks tough and ready to follow my characters on all of their adventures. I hope he likes treats.

Not much is known about the battle Corgi other than the fact he exists. We’re not sure how to get it, and there’s no details yet as to whether there will be an achievement associated to the pup or if it will be available on the cash shop. There was a wind-up version of the Corgi during WoW’s Winter Veil event, but this little guy seems like he’s a companion rather than a toy.

World of Warcraft‘s patch 5.4 is on the public test realm now, meaning it will be available to everyone in the next few months. The update plans to add a massive amount of content to the game. Along with the beginnings of a cash shop, patch 5.4 will bring new items, features, raids and story content, cross-server arena, mounts that can pick flowers, a Gamon achievement, flexible raids, legendary cloaks, a new world boss, Ordos, and more.

I’m most excited about the Corgi.

World of Warcraft Patch 5.4 Introduces New World Boss And Legendary Cloaks

World of Warcraft‘s upcoming patch 5.4 will bring new items, features, and story content to the nine-year-old MMO from Blizzard. In addition to cross-server arena, mounts that can pick flowers, a Gamon achievement, and flexible raids, patch 5.4 will also introduce legendary cloaks and a new world boss, Ordos.

Legendary cloaks will add both style and function to your back once they’re released in patch 5.4. In order to get one, players will have to complete a quest line for The Black Prince, Wrathion, who has offered other legendary items in the past. The questline culminates in players having to defeat Garrosh Hellscream in the new Siege of Orgrimmar raid, also coming in Patch 5.4, thus proving they’re worthy to wear the armor.

Legendary cloaks will come in four different varieties, and players can choose one once they finish the quest series. In addition to their incredibly amazing stats, each cloak also has a secondary effect, as well as a special visual animation. Here’s a run down of each cloak:

Spirit of Chi-Ji: Your healing spells also grant the target the Spirit of Chi-Ji, which heals the target for 3% of their missing health, every 1 sec, for 3 sec.

Flurry of Xuen: Your damaging attacks have a chance to trigger a Flurry of Xuen, causing you to deal 60% weapon damage to all targets in front of you, every 0.5 sec for 3 sec.

Essence of Yu’lon: Your damaging attacks have a chance to empower you with the Essence of Yu’lon, causing your next direct damage spell to also burn the target with jade dragonflame, dealing 5,000 damage and an additional 30,000 damage over 6 sec. This damage also affects other enemies near the burning target.

Endurance of Niuzao: The Endurance of Niuzao fully absorbs the damage of one attack that would normally kill you. This effect has a 60 sec cooldown.

Aside from buffing your character both physically and visually, these cloaks are also the pre-requisite to get to engage the new world boss, Ordos.

Ordos is a difficult world boss that requires you to have a legendary cloak to [engage] him,” said Blizzard. “He will respawn every few hours or so, but the main gating mechanism for him is getting a group together that all has the cloak. He drops items that will be anywhere from Normal to Normal Thunderforged quality.”

As for the Ordos himself, the boss was once a shaman of the Yaungol tribe who sacrificed himself to the flame after the Fire Lords promised he’d become a demigod. “His flesh is eternally seared with fires, putting him in endless agony. Yaungol Fire-Keepers ritualistically set themselves ablaze to emulate the ascension of Ordos, and cast enchantments and prayers to ease his pain,” said Blizzard.

World of Warcraft patch 5.4 is expected to be the last major content release of the Mists of Pandaria expansion cycle. It’s currently available for testing on the Public Test Realm, which means it will be available for everyone soon.

Patch 5.4 PTR: Mounts, cloaks and glyphs

there have unearthed a whole lot of new items with the latest build to hit the PTR servers. First up, there’s the Legendary capes, with their procs in place, seven in total, with different stats for different classes and specializations. You can also see the 3D models of the Legendary capes , as someone who usually leaves their cloak turned off, these are very pretty indeed.

There are also new mounts, the Vicious Skeletal Warhorse, and the Vicious Warsaber. These may well be new mounts to purchase with honor points, conquest points, or may require a certain rating, or similar, but however you get them we absolutely agree with Perculia when she says they sound PvP-centric.

What’s more, Corrupted Garrosh now has a glowy new look, a vast improvement on his old one, and appears to be less bulked out with all the sha influence.

Instead, he appears to be surrounded with a faint purple glow, whilst looking far more like his former self, but it is possible that we might see the very purple hulked Garrosh make a return, this could be an interim look for him while he’s in the process of being corrupted.

There are also several new glyphs, but these are all marked with NYI, meaning Not Yet Implemented, so these could count for nothing at all. Some of them do look pretty great, though, even if several are cosmetic effects like surrounding you in feathers if you have Slow Fall active, or reducing the size of a Water Elemental.

World of Warcraft Patch 5.4 Introduces Sky Golem Engineering Mount And Cross-Realm Arenas

There are all sorts of mounts in World of Warcraft. Some are big, some are small, some can fly, and now, the new Sky Golem new mount that is being introduced in patch 5.4 allows its rider to pick herbs while mounted.

The Sky Golem is a flying mount that’s made by Engineers. The good news is that it’s Bind on Equip, so players will be able to trade it and buy and sell it on the Auction House.

In addition to the new mount, Patch 5.4 will introduce the Siege of Orgrimmar Raid, where players will see the end of Garrosh Hellscream’s reign as the Horde Warchief.

The update will also bring some big changes to World of Warcraft‘s Arenas. Players will now get their own personal rating, and the game will use that to determine equally-skilled opponents for you and your teammates to face off against. With the update, you’ll now be able to play with whoever you want, whenever you want without having to join, leave, or invite players to an Arena Team. That’s right, cross-realm groups and queues for Arena is finally here. In addition, Arena will now be region wide, rather than sorted according to Battlegroup.

One of the most exciting things coming from patch 5.4 is the fact that Gamon will finally have his moment in the spotlight. For the first time in nine years, the Tauren punching bag in Orgrimmar will be part of some sort of achievement.

World of Warcraft‘s Patch 5.4 is on the Public Test Realm now, meaning it will be deployed on live servers soon. As more details begin to leak from the PTR, we’ll be sure to update you.