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Post by Homerjay on Fri 15 Nov 2013, 3:18 pm

5.4 PTR: New Mounts, Pet Limit Increased and Pet Ability Scaling on Wowhead
Battle Pets: Collections and Ability Scaling
Good news for pet collectors in 5.4! Lead Content Designer Cory Stockton confirmed that the pet collection cap will be 1000 in 5.4, up from 650. While this may seem like a big increase for right now, keep in mind that Mists of Pandaria added hundreds of wild battle pets, and we're sure to see even more next expansion.

We've also recently added battle pet ability scaling to Wowhead petability pages. Users have long been able to check out spell scaling for class abilities, so we wanted to do the same for pet abilities! 

You can scale pet abilities now by modifying the pet type, breed, level, and quality under an ability's main tooltip.
New Mounts
Keeping with the vanity items theme of this blog, several new mounts have been added recently to the 5.4 PTR and our amazing users have already farmed them up! Check out our preview below of all the new mounts coming in 5.4:
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Post by Homerjay on Fri 15 Nov 2013, 3:19 pm

Dozens of new achievements are coming in Patch 5.4, from exploration ones on the Timeless Isle to  Gamon Will Save Us!. We've broken down all the achievements by category and highlighted the ones with cool mount and title rewards below:
Achievement Rewards
Mounts:
Titles:
Click the cut to see a full list of achievements coming in 5.4!
Timeless Isle: Exploration
The Timeless Isle is a freeform island without any daily quests. In place of tedious daily hubs are tons of rare spawns, hidden events, and exploration challenges. A more detailed guide on some of these achievements will be coming for Patch 5.4, but for now, here's an overview. Big thanks to users Voxxel and Lore for their detailed Timeless Isle work.
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Post by Homerjay on Fri 15 Nov 2013, 3:21 pm

Season 14 Weapons
Season 14 Armor and Weapons are also now purchasable from Flaskatur by your Pandaren capital city. We've previewed the Season 14 sets earlier in the day, so we'll take a look at the Alliance, Horde, and Elite weapon models now. Be sure to click on the images to view them in our 3D Modelviewer. You can also find their 3D Models by searching for the items and viewing them in 3D from results or on their item pages!
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 Grievous Gladiator's Baton of Light
 Grievous Gladiator's Touch of Defeat
 Grievous Gladiator's Baton of Light
 Grievous Gladiator's Touch of Defeat
 Grievous Gladiator's Baton of Light
 Grievous Gladiator's Touch of Defeat
 Grievous Gladiator's Battle Staff Grievous Gladiator's Battle Staff Grievous Gladiator's Battle Staff
 Grievous Gladiator's Bonecracker
 Grievous Gladiator's Pummeler
 Grievous Gladiator's Bonecracker
 Grievous Gladiator's Pummeler
 Grievous Gladiator's Bonecracker
 Grievous Gladiator's Pummeler
 Grievous Gladiator's Cleaver
 Grievous Gladiator's Hacker
 Grievous Gladiator's Cleaver
 Grievous Gladiator's Hacker
 Grievous Gladiator's Cleaver
 Grievous Gladiator's Hacker
 Grievous Gladiator's Energy Staff Grievous Gladiator's Energy Staff Grievous Gladiator's Energy Staff
 Grievous Gladiator's Gavel Grievous Gladiator's Gavel Grievous Gladiator's Gavel
 Grievous Gladiator's Greatsword Grievous Gladiator's Greatsword Grievous Gladiator's Greatsword
 Grievous Gladiator's Longbow Grievous Gladiator's Longbow Grievous Gladiator's Longbow
 Grievous Gladiator's Mageblade Grievous Gladiator's Mageblade Grievous Gladiator's Mageblade
 Grievous Gladiator's Pike Grievous Gladiator's Pike Grievous Gladiator's Pike
 Grievous Gladiator's Quickblade
 Grievous Gladiator's Slicer
 Grievous Gladiator's Quickblade
 Grievous Gladiator's Slicer
 Grievous Gladiator's Quickblade
 Grievous Gladiator's Slicer
 Grievous Gladiator's Render
 Grievous Gladiator's Ripper
 Grievous Gladiator's Render
 Grievous Gladiator's Ripper
 Grievous Gladiator's Render
 Grievous Gladiator's Ripper
 Grievous Gladiator's Rifle Grievous Gladiator's Rifle Grievous Gladiator's Rifle
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 Grievous Gladiator's Shanker Grievous Gladiator's Shanker Grievous Gladiator's Shanker
 Grievous Gladiator's Spellblade Grievous Gladiator's Spellblade Grievous Gladiator's Spellblade
 Grievous Gladiator's Endgame
 Grievous Gladiator's Reprieve
 Grievous Gladiator's Reprieve
 Grievous Gladiator's Endgame
 Grievous Gladiator's Endgame
 Grievous Gladiator's Reprieve
 Grievous Gladiator's Barrier
 Grievous Gladiator's Redoubt
 Grievous Gladiator's Barrier
 Grievous Gladiator's Redoubt
 Grievous Gladiator's Barrier,
 Grievous Gladiator's Redoubt
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Post by Homerjay on Fri 15 Nov 2013, 3:21 pm

One huge change we noticed when logging on the PTR was that Vale of Eternal Blossoms is radically different. It's been infested by the Sha, with most of the zone drastically changed. The capital cities are still functional, but the Golden Lotus hubs appear to be phased out. All of the water is drained and in its place are sha-touched wildlife (that award Golden Lotus rep when killed) and corpses of Golden Lotus NPCs. In addition, there is a new raid portal at the bottom of a lake, with a summoning stone nearby for "Vale Raid."

Since the time of this post, we've updated our Golden Lotus Reputation Guide which documents all of the changes happening in 5.4 and how to get Exalted quickly before the patch!

Players can still kill elites for  One Many Army, but they are visually altered with  Sha-Corrupted and now have silver nameplates. 

Looking at the boss list for Siege of Orgrimmar, it looks like the first segment of that raid will take place in Vale of Eternal Blossoms, ending with players fighting the Sha of Pride. 

 Eternally in the Vale is now a Feat of Strength, so you might want to get working on Golden Lotus rep if you want to complete that related questline. The rest of the content is sticking around though: players can visit Jaluu the Generous in their faction's capital city, and Alani is still flying around the zone. The daily quest hub remaining is the Setting Sun Garrison, which contains all the dailies that are tied to achievements. It does look like the multi-quest hub system for Golden Lotus is going away though, with Whitepetal Lake and the Golden Pagoda destroyed.

In addition, killing mobs in Vale awards Golden Lotus reputation. Normal mobs appear to be 10 rep, while elites for  One Many Army give 200 reputation.

  
  
  
  

Orgrimmar has some changes as well. Garrosh so far keeps his old model, but there are more Kor'kron guards and demolishers around the city, as well as frightened NPCs cornered by guards.

 
 
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Post by Homerjay on Fri 15 Nov 2013, 3:26 pm

The Siege of Orgrimmar has recently been open for testing on the PTR--today we've got a visual preview of the zone, as well as some details on the mount rewards.
Mount Rewards
Tier 16 will have three raid mounts as rewards. These are handled a bit differently than the other raid mounts in MoP.
At last week's fansite mixer held at Blizzard, I asked Lead Encounter Designer Ion Hazzikostas about the mount changes, and here's a (summarized) version of his reply:
The mounts and achievements tied to the Siege of Orgrimmar raid are being handled differently than those from past raid tiers.

The  Glory of the Orgrimmar Raider achievement only requires players to complete non-heroic achievements. The devs weren't really happy with how the Glory of the Raider mounts were playing out in recent tiers, and decided to change how they worked. They mostly ended up being earned by a subset of the people who were fully clearing the zone on heroic already. People typically would finish killing all the bosses on heroic and then take a week off to kill them on normal mode for achievements--which made raiders who disliked achievements unhappy that they were missing out on loot upgrades. 

When the Glory of the Raider mounts were initially created, the Normal/Heroic issue wasn't a problem because Naxxramas had no heroic difficulty (although, the devs aren't fans of some achievements like the Thaddius one.) However, problems started in Ulduar, when you had to decide between doing something like Freya +3 or or achievements like  Con-speed-atory (25 player) or Deforestation (25 player).

With Flex raiding being a separate lockout, those players who really like achievements can get them done on this easier difficulty level without affecting heroic progression or loot acquisition. And since Flex can handle any number of raiders, you don't have to worry about leaving friends out if an odd number of people like the achievements.

Heroic Garrosh will also have a 100% droprate on a special mount, which will be nerfed to a 2% droprate when the next tier comes out. This system for heroic mounts has been used previously for rewards like  Invincible's Reins but hasn't been used in Pandaria. The devs realized that while there were some cool raid mounts like  Reins of the Astral Cloud Serpent, they were all RNG based and didn't reward players that were good or persistent. So rewarding players for accomplishing something really special felt right for Tier 16.

Want to read more about the fansite Dev Roundtable? We've got complete details here.
Zone Preview
There's also been a lot of raid testing this past week, and my guidmate Daltin of Something Wicked took some pictures of all the testable areas! To recap, you'll first start off in the corrupted Vale of Eternal Blossoms, then move onto the besieged streets of Orgrimmar, and finally invade Garrosh's underground lair. We've got full details on the Siege of Orgrimmar Dungeon Journal here as well.

To learn more about testing specific encounters, check out WoW Insider's excellent previews on Dark ShamanImmerseus, and General Nazgrim.

  
  

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