Patch 6.0 has gone up on the PTR! This is the Warlords of Draenor pre-patch, not WoD itself. However all mechanic and system changes will be in this patch! For a full overview check out the patch notes here.
We’re in the process pushing the latest 6.0.2 PTR Build to the Battle.net app. You should be able to install the 6.0.2 PTR via the Battle.net app shortly.
As a reminder, the Battle.net app is mandatory in order to play WoW, and all updating/installing will now go through it. If you don’t have the Battle.net app, get it here! http://us.battle.net/en/app/
If you have an older version of the PTR build, you may need to uninstall it if your version doesn’t automatically update. In order to install the PTR, make sure the Region/Account dropdown box is set to PTR: Mists of Pandaria. Example Picture
It’s saturday evening again, which means a new WoW Weekly podcast! This week we talk about the new client strings on the PTR that mention the “veteran bonus” and we talk about the update to the PvP Prideful gear for upcoming pvp season, as well as the concept of gear progression in general.
Patch 5.4.7’s first PTR build will hit the PTR soon and the folks over at MMO-Champion have already data mined it. It’s looking to be the patch that will be needed to allow players instant access to a free lvl 90 when they buy Warlords of Draenor and both the Mount and Pet when you buy the Digital Deluxe edition of WoD. The mount is indeed the flying version of the Raven Lord Anzu, which was posted a few days ago on Warcraft’s facebook page. Check out the images below, originally from MMO-Champion.
The karazhan “event” has also gotten a new name “Karazhan: Adagio of Misery”. This could either be to continue joking around with it’s name changing each PTR patch or blizzard might be attempting another go at getting the Karazhan event to work. Keep in mind though that they’ve already said that it just didn’t work out with their tech. So it’s unlikely that they are still putting resources into it, but we can certainly hope!
There were also some strings datamined, including the words “veteran bonus”.
CHARACTER_UPGRADE_NO_VETERAN_BONUS – No Veteran Bonus
CHARACTER_UPGRADE_PROFESSION_BOOST – |cff00ff00Veteran Bonus:|r |cffffffffLevel 60+ characters will also receive a skill level boost to their primary professions.|r
Now this could mean a few things, and remember this is all speculation.
All level boosted characters get their primary professions boosted up to current content.
All characters who reach lvl 60 (or are higher) get their primary professions boosted.
We could possibly be seeing a “veteran bonus” for players who have been playing WoW for a long time, which would be easier profession leveling on alt characters.
The “veteran bonus” could also be for everyone who has atleast an X amount of lvl 90 characters, making lvling professions on alts easier. X could of course be just 1.
As a final mention, the Prideful Gladiator items, which were put in for a possible and now confirmed extra arena season, have received and item level boost from 540 to 550. Putting it at a higher level than Siege of Orgrimmar Flex raid rewards. In an ongoing discussion on the US WoW forums about it making PvP items more desirable for raiding than Flex items, Community Manager Lore had the following to say:
It’s important to remember that Flex gear can be upgraded to item level 548, and has extra advantages through things like sockets and set bonuses. We don’t feel that the extra 2 item levels on Prideful pieces are going to make them more desirable for Flex raiders.
You can follow the discussion on the US forums here.
No matter how it goes, this is another stepping stone towards Warlords of Draenor. Any new information is great and hopefully we’ll be seeing more shortly.