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#1 Vanguards

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 01:11 AM

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

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Official Blizzard Quote:

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!


#2 Reirei

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 01:22 AM

big day eh?...time to quit shit game, not wasting my time to play another 5.1
shut up pvp guy

#3 Marshmellow

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 01:28 AM

Minor nerfs to mages, nerfs to DKs reverted, rogues lose a little bit of mobility and half a second off of their cc, enhance/rets still doing rediculous damage on ptr

gonna be a fun patch >.>

Edited by Marshmellow, 18 May 2013 - 01:31 AM.

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#4 Kaylol

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 01:37 AM

back to 5.1

#5 Thaz

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 01:48 AM

"This patch will fix it" I am thinking about quitting.

Edited by Thaz, 18 May 2013 - 01:50 AM.

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#6 Pitiless

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 02:17 AM

Scanning over it, I don't see the conquest catch up system mentioned.  Is that not going to be implemented in 5.3? Was really really looking forward to it =(

#7 Nmplol

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 02:21 AM

lets go. time to ret.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 02:25 AM

oh geez

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 02:35 AM

only spec that got butchered was shadow. god forbid mages see actual nerfs. they buff retard mongoloid specs like ret and enhance which no one cares about. hunter damage and CC is still going to be gayer than aids along with rogues.


....... yep ....... esports................

Edited by Structural, 18 May 2013 - 02:36 AM.


#10 Psykicks

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 04:36 AM

Wow look at the QQ stfu, "mages op" "im quiting the game" Save it for the official forums.

#11 Capers

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 07:12 AM

View PostReirei, on 18 May 2013 - 01:22 AM, said:

big day eh?...time to quit shit game, not wasting my time to play another 5.1

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


View PostPitiless, on 18 May 2013 - 02:17 AM, said:

Scanning over it, I don't see the conquest catch up system mentioned.  Is that not going to be implemented in 5.3? Was really really looking forward to it =(

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

View PostStructural, on 18 May 2013 - 02:35 AM, said:

only spec that got butchered was shadow. god forbid mages see actual nerfs. they buff retard mongoloid specs like ret and enhance which no one cares about. hunter damage and CC is still going to be gayer than aids along with rogues.


....... yep ....... esports................

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

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 08:17 AM

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


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

u wot m8?

#13 Poseyx

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 08:25 AM

View PostStructural, on 18 May 2013 - 02:35 AM, said:

only spec that got butchered was shadow. god forbid mages see actual nerfs. they buff retard mongoloid specs like ret and enhance which no one cares about. hunter damage and CC is still going to be gayer than aids along with rogues.


....... yep ....... esports................

says the rogue ahahahahahahhahahaha













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#14 Darksoldierr

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 08:29 AM

Enhance is the only true shaman spec, gtfo haters
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Posted 18 May 2013 - 10:51 AM

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If you could say just one thing to help the community understand (frost) (mage) PvP balance, what would you say?
Brian may answer differently, but I would say mages are hard to counter for average players but easy for great players. (Source)
So historically a nerf to say Deep Freeze or poly risks making them dead at the high end. (Source)

What a fucking mongoloid

Edited by Hyuru, 18 May 2013 - 11:05 AM.


#16 Cyanne

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 02:32 PM

View PostHyuru, on 18 May 2013 - 10:51 AM, said:

What a fucking mongoloid

I remeber when they totally raped ret's because they were "too strong" at low ratings... didn't matter there were like 2 high rets.

I like their consistency.

#17 Zaephyr

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 03:03 PM

The end is nigh
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Posted 18 May 2013 - 06:03 PM

Woohoo

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 01:44 AM

View PostSindustries, on 18 May 2013 - 08:17 AM, said:

u wot m8?

PvP power nerf, CC nerf, find weakness nerf, and Cloak and Dagger nerf. Rogues might be alright, but they're definitely not going to be anything over the top.
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Posted 19 May 2013 - 02:07 AM

if anyone thinks 5.3 will be worse than the current state u r m to the loided




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