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WoW Patch 5.3: Escalation - Releasing on Tuesday, May 21

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Currently, we expect to release World of Warcraft Patch 5.3: Escalation next week on Tuesday, May 21!

Now that the patch is on the horizon, we've narrowed down some of the key things you might want to know before the big day. If you want to find out more about everything that’s coming, you can check out the latest Public Test Realm patch notes, or even download and play on the PTR itself.

Be Prepared
Hold on to some of those currencies you’ve been earning over the course of patch 5.2. The gear-upgrading Void Binders are returning in patch 5.3, but it will be cheaper to upgrade items using Valor and Justice Points. Upgradeable PvP items from Season 12 will be eligible for upgrade once again at their original costs. In addition, Heirloom items will be cheaper to upgrade, whether you’re using Justice Points, Honor Points, or Darkmoon Faire tickets. We’re also speeding up the leveling process from 85 to 90. Here are the details:
  • The experience required to level from 85 to 90 will be reduced by 33%. Time to dust off those alts!
  • The Void Binders are coming back!
  • Items upgraded with Valor will now cost 250 Valor Points to upgrade per 4 Item Levels, for a total of 500 Valor for 8 Item Levels per item. This applies retroactively to all items that can be upgraded using Valor.
  • Items upgraded with Justice will now cost 750 Justice Points to upgrade for 8 Item Levels. They can only be upgraded once, for a total of 750 Justice and 8 Item Levels per item. This applies retroactively to all items that can be upgraded using Justice.
  • Malevolent Gladiator’s Conquest (Season 12) items that have upgrades available will still be upgradable at their original Conquest Point costs (750 Conquest Points per 4 Item Levels, with two upgrades possible).
  • Dreadful Gladiator’s Honor (Season 12) items that have upgrades available will still be upgradable at their original costs (one upgrade at a cost of 750 1500 Honor Points for 8 Item Levels).
  • No other PvP items will be able to be upgraded.
  • The amount of Justice, Honor, and Darkmoon Faire tickets needed to upgrade Heirloom items will be reduced by 60%.
Item Level Requirements
Are you ready to face the Raid Finder, Heroic dungeons, and new Heroic Scenarios? Make sure that you’re geared up to dive right in:
  • Heroic Scenarios require an average Item Level of 480; unlike normal Scenarios, you’ll need a pre-made party to enter.
  • An average Item Level of 435 is required for Heroic dungeons.
  • An average Item Level of 460 is required for the Raid Finder version of Mogu’shan Vaults.
  • An average item level of 470 is required for Raid Finder versions of Heart of Fear and Terrace of Endless Spring.
  • An average Item Level of 480 is required for the Raid Finder version of Throne of Thunder.
Lesser Charms of Good Fortune
We’re adding more ways to acquire Lesser Charms of Good Fortune in patch 5.3. In addition to the changes that took effect in patch 5.2, which reduced the number of Lesser Charms of Good Fortune required to purchase three Mogu Runes of Fate from 90 to 50 and allowed players to earn Lesser Charms from Pet Battles, these new sources of Lesser Charms will be available in patch 5.3:
  • Outdoor world creatures level 90 and above now have a chance to drop Lesser Charms of Good Fortune.
  • Rare spawns in Pandaria (except Zandalari Warscouts and Zandalari Warbringers) and bosses encountered as part of the Battlefield: Barrens quest event in Kalimdor will drop Lesser Charms of Good Fortune.
PvP Season Update
PvP Season 13 is still in full swing. We discussed many of the changes coming to PvP gear in our PvP Gear in 5.2 and Preparing for PvP in Patch 5.3 blogs, and the changes below are explained in greater detail there. As a reminder, the 7,250 Conquest Point requirement to purchase non-elite Conquest Point weapons is being removed with patch 5.3.

A number of significant changes are coming to PvP and PvP gear:
  • All characters now have a base Resilience of 65%.
  • Battle Fatigue now reduces the effectiveness of healing and absorb spells and abilities by 45% (was 30%).
  • PvP Power bonus to healing is now based on class and specialization.
  • Healing specializations receive a 100% bonus to healing from PvP Power.
  • Damage specializations for Druids, Monks, Paladins, Priests, and Shaman receive a 70% bonus to healing from PvP Power.
  • All other specializations and classes (including tanking) receive a 40% bonus to healing from PvP Power.
Patching Smoothly
It’s easy to make sure that you’re ready to play when the realms become available on patch day. If you haven’t played in a while, one of the simplest things you can do is open the World of Warcraft launcher and allow the updater to download the latest available game files. If you use user interface add-ons, make sure you have the latest versions and that they’re updated and ready to go for the new patch. This is also a good time to update your video card’s drivers.

If you experience any patching issues, there’s a technical support forum thread all about patching that could help. You can also follow @BlizzardCS on Twitter for the latest support-related news.

Getting Additional Account Help
If you’re having an issue with your account, a number of resources are available to you. If other players are experiencing a similar issue, they may have already posted about it on the Customer Support forum located here, so that can sometimes be a good first stop. If you need more information or direct assistance, the Battle.net Support site will allow you to search through available solutions, submit a support ticket, or contact customer support directly.

A compilation of resources and information can also be found on the Customer Support forum, including information on in-game support, reporting bugs and cheats, submitting suggestions, reporting forum violations, and sharing forum feedback.

Good luck, and we’ll see you in Azeroth!
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#1 Marshmellow

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 02:13 AM

View PostYarmyxx, on 19 May 2013 - 02:07 AM, said:

enha shamans, monks and dks should'nt even be in the game btw.

your class basically makes it like this anyway B)
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Posted 19 May 2013 - 05:51 AM

View PostYarmyxx, on 19 May 2013 - 02:07 AM, said:

enha shamans, monks and dks should'nt even be in the game btw.

yeah scumbag wizard now that you won't have but buddy shadow priests to play with next patch since they will fall over and die enjoy getting tunneled by melee cleaves
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Posted 21 May 2013 - 01:32 PM

View PostGambino6, on 19 May 2013 - 05:51 AM, said:

yeah scumbag wizard now that you won't have but buddy shadow priests to play with next patch since they will fall over and die enjoy getting tunneled by melee cleaves

yey

#4 Marshmellow

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 01:39 PM

View PostGambino6, on 19 May 2013 - 05:51 AM, said:

yeah scumbag wizard now that you won't have but buddy shadow priests to play with next patch since they will fall over and die enjoy getting tunneled by melee cleaves

jk play with a lock spam gateway
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Posted 21 May 2013 - 05:48 PM

View PostCapers, on 18 May 2013 - 07:12 AM, said:

Then do it. Stop trying to get people to justify it for you.




Nahh it should be added. They probably just forgot to mention it.

I don't think rogues are going to be bad at all.

no, they just gonna sit in roots/faerie fire/flare for 90% of the game while helplessly watching how mages/beastcleave blow their teammates and move around the map with light speed~

cnd was dumb but they could have at least bring shs back to wrath status and nerf faerie fire considering dispell is on 8 sec CD now while faerie fire is still spammable

QQ, fuck yeah QQ, i played whole season 12 in hopes they will fix rogue issues, which they still didn't and i regret every single minute spent on season 12. I just wanna play my favorite class and have fun but apprently i am not allowed since devs would rather spam nerf the class to make masses happy and nobody would want to play with rogues (like in 5.1) and you can't really do arena/RBGs alone...
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#6 Fizion

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 06:35 PM

There needs to be a -rep button.

#7 Namechangex

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 07:08 PM

Helz yes, can't wait :eek:
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Posted 27 May 2013 - 07:43 PM

View PostReirei, on 21 May 2013 - 05:48 PM, said:

no, they just gonna sit in roots/faerie fire/flare for 90% of the game while helplessly watching how mages/beastcleave blow their teammates and move around the map with light speed~

cnd was dumb but they could have at least bring shs back to wrath status and nerf faerie fire considering dispell is on 8 sec CD now while faerie fire is still spammable

QQ, fuck yeah QQ, i played whole season 12 in hopes they will fix rogue issues, which they still didn't and i regret every single minute spent on season 12. I just wanna play my favorite class and have fun but apprently i am not allowed since devs would rather spam nerf the class to make masses happy and nobody would want to play with rogues (like in 5.1) and you can't really do arena/RBGs alone...
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#9 Marshmellow

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 07:46 PM

View PostHotpie, on 27 May 2013 - 07:43 PM, said:

This is why you're 1200

You can't really talk about rating tbh

being 2200 in rbgs doesn't mean you are a 2200 player lol

Edit: that rogue has been higher than you in rbgs and arena
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