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Developer Watercooler: Encounter Tuning by Watcher
2013-01-17 в 11:20
Lead Encounter Designer Watcher just posted a developer blog explaining how and why Blizzard changes encounters once they're live, as well as how that affects everyone from bleeding-edge heroic raiders to those enjoying LFR.
He specifically looks at
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Will of the Emperor
--encounters which either suffered from players using unintended tactics or were simply tuned to be more difficult than thought after internal testing. If you're curious how Blizzard decides which part of encounters get hotfixed and how they come up with their specific solutions, this blog is for you.
Oh, and we also really like the eyeball hanging out with the Azerothian watercooler at the top of the blog.
Click the cut to read the latest developer watercooler!
5.2 PTR Patch Notes: Updated January 16
2013-01-16 в 20:59
Blizzard just updated the official 5.2 PTR Patch Notes. Here's the highlights:
The new legendary questline reward in 5.2 is a legendary metagem.
Several Tier 14 set bonuses have been changed, including DK Frost and Unholy 4 piece.
Restoration Druids have a new passive ability,
Many changes to priests, including several new glyphs.
Warriors now benefit from Haste 100% more than before.
Staves and polearms can be transmogrified to each other.
have been added to Pandaria as new Spirit Beasts.
New information has been posted about
Elite Battle Pets
Heroic Pandaria dungeons now award 100 Justice points per boss.
Players in low level battlegrounds will have their effective level raised to the maximum level allowed in that battleground bracket. Players' base stats and spells are scaled accordingly and are treated as the same level when
5.2 PTR: Audio Spoilers and Transcript, Throne of Thunder Weapons
2013-01-16 в 19:01
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 PTR - Build 16467 - Shaman Tier 15, Lightning Forge Weapons, New Items
2013-01-16 в 15:14
A new PTR build was just datamined, which makes sense in light of all
Tier 15 set bonus and class changes
Ghostcrawler has been posting about. This build has the Shaman Tier 15 models, a ton of weapon models for the Throne of Thunder raid, some new Lightning Forge weapons for Blacksmiths, new vanity pets, and more!
Check out all the latest additions!
Shaman Tier 15 and Pets
We also found models called "Cookbot Pet" (
) and "Python Pet."
Isle of Giants Preview: New Hunter Tames, Vanity Items
2013-01-16 в 12:11
The PTR Patch notes call the Isle of Giants mysterious, but we hopped on the PTR to discover what surprises it held! In addition to the mount and pet quest rewards
, it's the home to tamable Direhorns and Zandalari devilsaurs, which can also drop
that can contain yet another mount--
Direhorn and Devilsaur Tames
is populated by
s, which each have five new skins. Several adult and baby dinosaurs of each color spaws in a specific location, which we've marked on the map below--click to enlarge.
To learn how to tame a
, you'll need to pick up a
, obtained from looting any of the humanoid mobs on the
, which are mostly found in the southeast. This will grant you
So far their only special ability is
and the Hatchlings are slightly smaller than the regular Direhorns.
And yes, a Direhorn stampede is everything you dreamed it would be.
5.2 PTR: Spirit Beasts, Item Upgrade Hiatus, Revised T15 Set Bonuses
2013-01-15 в 11:43
There are three new spirit beasts on the PTR--spectral porcupines. These pets are similar to the Firelands tames in that they spawn neutrally, are visible to anyone, can easily one shot players if not kited properly, and are invulnerable to being tamed unless they're below 20% HP. Thanks to user
for the tip!
Degu is a red porcupine that patrols to the east of Crane Wing Refuge in
Gumi is a blue porcupine that is to the north-west of One Keg, in the mountains of
is the perfect companion!
Hutia is a green porcupine that is at the bottom of the hill to the south of Chun-Tian Monastery, where the sprites are in
: The spirit beast blesses your allies, increasing the mastery of all party and raid members by 3000 within 100 yards. Lasts for 1 min.
: The Spirit Beast heals the current friendly target for (1371 + ((RAP * 0.35) * 0.5)) plus an additional (527 + ((RAP * 0.35) * 0.335)) over 10 sec.
: Puts your pet in stealth mode, but slows its movement speed by 50%. The first attack from stealth receives a 20% bonus to damage. La
5.2 PTR: New Elite and and Collectible Battle Pets
2013-01-14 в 12:06
Today's news is all about battle pets on the PTR: the Pet Journal has been updated with over a dozen new collectible pets for 5.2 (including the adorable
), and we also have information on the new elite battle pets!
Elite Battle Pets
Elite Battle Pets are a new type of rare pet challenge in 5.2, similar to
in 5.1. The catch is that you'll be fighting one elite pet, instead of a team.
So far we have found at least one elite pet per zone, and defeating the Elite Battle pets completes
and rewards you with a
! You'll be able to easily tell an elite battle pet by their special yellow paw print above their heads and on the minimap. So far, their levels change when they respawn, but this was confirmed to be a
bug that will be fixed in an upcoming PTR build
We flew around the PTR and grabbed screenshots and abilities for all the elite pets, which are listed below. Click on the zone links to bring up a map with the pet's coordinates.
Greyhoof <Calf of Darkness>
, Wild Plains, Valley of the Four Winds. Beast:
5.2 Raid Preview: Council of Elders Video, News Round Up
2013-01-13 в 11:02
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: All Season 11 PvP Gear Available, Ghostcrawler on T15 Set Bonuses
2013-01-12 в 11:27
Vendors selling all Season 11 Cataclysm PvP gear have been added to the PTR! This has been something hybrid players have been wanting in MoP for both PvP twinking and transmog reasons, since some items like
were removed in MoP. Only straight DPS classes on live can finish their S11 sets.
PvP vendors and items tend to get shuffled around a lot each season, so here's a list of who is currently selling what on the PTR:
in the Dalaran sewers and
in Gadgetzan sell ilvl 352 S9 Vicious, ilvl 371 S10 Ruthless, and ilvl 390 S11 Cataclysmic armor sets and accessories.
in the Dalaran sewers and
in Gadgetzan sell
ilvl 359 S9 Vicious
ilvl 378 S10 Ruthless
ilvl 384 S11 Cataclysmic
now sell just S4 Brutal and S8 Wrathful items-on live servers,
5.2 PTR: New Legendary and Isle of Giants Quests, Zandalari Rare Spawns
2013-01-11 в 10:43
Today's PTR news is all about vanity items: rare Zandalari spawns were added to the PTR which have a chance to drop mounts, quests were added to the Isle of Giants allowing you to get mounts and pets, and we've also datamined some legendary and elite battle pet quests.
If you're looking for raid news, we'll have
video coverage of the January 11th testing
up when Lore from
gets to run it!
is a mysterious zone that we knew was home to the rare elite
, but now we know it has another purpose. It's the place you go to farm
to get a unique mount and pet! 9999 bones seems a bit extreme, especially since the bones only stack to 500, so this could be changed in a future PTR build--the takeaway message here is that this area has grindy quests with cool rewards. As Alliance, I'm excited about that raptor mount!
: Turning in 10 bones rewards you with
: Turning in 100 bones rewards you with
: Turning in 1
5.2 PTR: Raid Testing Schedule - January 11
2013-01-10 в 18:14
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: Thunder Isle Zone Preview
2013-01-10 в 13:47
In this latest PTR build,
is open for testing. It's an island with faction hubs and daily quests, similar to
, and we were able to take screenshots of all the new populated areas, mobs, and architecture!
Check out our
list of 5.2 daily quests
for the two new Thunder Isle factions!
There is a weekly quest,
, that players can pick up from a broken Mogu artifact spawning anywhere around the zone. It rewards you with
, and as you search the island, the key periodically whispers and taunts you.
There are also randomly-spawning treasure chests,
Trove of the Thunder King
, which can contain a
, used for summoning elites around the island.
Completing a day's worth of dailies for your faction rewards you with
, which can contain funny items like
: This is the daily hub for the new Horde faction in 5.2, the Sunreaver Onslaught, led by
. Many familiar faces from Dalaran are present such as
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