World of Warcraft is an ever evolving game of wars, creatures, and epic battles. The latest patch was due to be released at the end of 2012. Blizzard was unable to release it at that time claiming that they had some tweaks yet to be done and did not want to release an inferior product. Players eager for new adventures were none too happy about the delay. Patch 5.3: Escalation was finally released on My 21, 2013. Long time players are enthralled with the new patch’s features and scenarios.
Item Updates in Patch 5.3: Escalation
In Patch 5.3 only PvE items will be upgradeable. Blizzard was able to get the kinks out of problems that upgrading has caused in the past, specifically patch 5.1. There may be some issues, but the main ones are resolved. Also, upgrading items has become less expensive in patch 5.3. As the blog states, “Items upgradable by Valor now require 250 Valor to upgrade per 4 item levels, for a total of 500 Valor for 8 item levels per item. This is retroactive to all items that use Valor.”
Pvp will not have upgradeable items avoiding all issues with upgrades. That’s not such a bad thing.
Catching up to Patch 5.3
There are a few item level requirements you will need to have before you can play Escalation.Unlike normal Scenarios, you will need a pre-made party to enter the Heroic Scenarios. They require an average of 480 Item Level.
Heroic Dungeons require and average Item Level of 435. Raid Finder’s Terrace of Endless Spring and Heart of Fear need an average Item Level of 470. RF’s Mogu’Shan Vaults needs an Item Level 460 Average. RF’s Throne of Thunder requires an average of 480.
Preparing for Patch 5.3
Knowing ahead of time where you can still get Item Upgrades and how much they will cost is valuable information.It’s also wonderful to hear that the experience level required has been cut down by a whole 33% in order to level up between 85 and 90. Back in Patch 5.2, fewer Lesser Charms of Good Fortune were required to purchase Mogu Runes of Fate and. Pet battles became a source of Lesser Charms of Good Fortune as well. These benefits will continue in Patch 5.3 along with new sources like Outdoor world creatures from Level 90 and above, bosses conquered in the new Barrens Battlefield, and rare spawns in Pandaria (with the exception of Zandalari Warscouts and Zandalari Warbringers).
Another change in Patch 5.3 is that the 7,250 Conquest Point requirements for buying Conquest Point weapons are being done away with.
A lot of changes are coming in Patch 5.3 for Healing and Resilience.
- Base Resilience will now be 65%.
- PvP Power’s Healing specializations now receive a full 100% bonus to healing.
- Battle fatigue is more dangerous than ever. It will reduce the healing powers and absorption of spells by 45%.
- Class and specialization will now determine the amount of PvP Power bonus you receive.
- Druids, Priests, Shamans, Paladins, and Monks will now receive 70% bonus to healing for damage specializations.
- Those specializations and classes not included above will get just 40%.
New Arena Requirements and Changes made to Battlegrounds in Patch 5.3
An Ilevel cap of 496 has been implemented in Patch 5.3 for all Arenas, Battlegrounds and Rated Battlegrounds. Choosing a role while queuing up is now a requirement to assist the matchmaking system with balancing the ratio of healers to non-healers in the Arena or Battlefield. Conquest Points now offer a Mid-Season Catch-up. The new Cap on Conquest Points is 1,000 higher per week!
Be careful not to pick up the Alliance or Horde flag in a Rated Battleground. Your damage for doing so has increased by 50% for those of tanking specialization and 20% for those of non-tanking specialization.
The Dalarian Arena now has steps in the two remaining corners. The starting platforms have been lowered in the Eye of the Storm.
The new battlefield quest, the Barrens, begins with a letter received from Lorewalker Cho. Cho challenges you with a quest that takes you deeper into the story. In the Vale of Eternal Blossoms sits the Seat of Knowledge. It is here that you will find Lorewalker Cho waiting to reveal your quest to you. The battles between the Horde and the Alliance have caught his attention recently and he is eager to tell you what he knows. He will ask you to partake of the Dream Brew to experience the Blood in the Snow and the Dark Heart of Pandaria before you set out for Durotar. You can opt to use the Dungeon finder to experience these scenarios as well if the Dream Brew is not your thing. Stealing supplies for your side is part of your quest, while avoiding or maneuvering your way through the battle areas safely.
More Details on Escalation Patch 5.3
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More details can be found at http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/9679405.