Upcoming 5.4 in progress

My blog is still relatively new, so I figured that, since last PTR cycle I just stored everything up until right before patch dropped, I’d try to publish stuff as I explored it. This way I’ll figure out which way I like better. SO!

I’m not going to say much about the Big Stuff happening in the Vale, other than I have visited Grand Master Tamer Aki, and she is safe. You may have trouble reaching her if you’re a lowbie, and higher level characters may need to kill a mob or two on occasion to get out clean. I’d also recommend taming your Eternal Strider, Dancing Water Strider and Yellow-Bellied Bullfrog if you haven’t already… they’re not entirely gone, but there are very few spawn points left. And if you haven’t fished up your tiny carp yet, you may want to get cracking.

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The big thing I’m excited about, but isn’t up yet, is the Tournament. If takes place on the Timeless Isle southeast of the Jade Forest, but the island is relatively locked down for now (you get ported out almost immediately).

tourney

We know virtually nothing about it, except that there’s an achievement for it, and you can get 4 new pets for participation. On PTR, you get random new level 25 pets when you battle on occasion, so I’ve ‘obtained’ 2 of these guys so far.

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They all seem to share identical movesets, but each one has slightly different stats. Niuzao and Xuen are both beasts, Yu’lon is a Dragonkin and Chi’ji is Flying. Niuzao and Yu’lon both have cool trails, so I think the others likely will be too.

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I also got the new pet called Crafty. I don’t really know what to make of it. The graphic is clearly a placeholder, as it’s a transparent little kid. But the method for obtaining it at this point is listed as…

crafty

Developers? Yeaaah. This seems like a troll on dataminers to me, but his aquatic type makes me think he’s somehow related to Old Crafty (Org raid drop pet?), and maybe he just isn’t drawn yet. He’s fairly hilarious to fight with, as he just runs up and stands there with no attack or death animations.

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Moon Moon and Pierre are also in, but I don’t have any new info about either just yet.

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I did find the battlestone vendor. Audrey Burnhep in Stormwind will let you trade those duplicate stones at your leisure.

So, for now, I’m pretty much just battling a bunch and biding my time until that fantastic looking tournament opens up!

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4 thoughts on “Upcoming 5.4 in progress

  1. Zeirah

    Oh I’m not sure I like the sound of the changes to the vale. I might head over to the PTR to check it out for myself, I’m not good with surprises and if it’s something that I don’t like I’d prefer a bit of heads up.
    I have a Raven but never even though to look at his abilities assuming he would have standard bird abilites, I will be playing with him today definately.

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    1. Liopleurodon Post author

      The Vale is… bad. Really, super bad. Every time I log on PTR there are at least 20 people just milling around, staring. It’s a punch in the gut.

      Ravens are really excellent right now against the late game aquatics, but you do need to stone them to make them Rare quality (which I really ought to have noted, boo).

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  2. Zeirah

    Oh that is going to suck about the vale. I take all my transmog screenshots down by the water lily ponds and turn up the ingame music and fish a lot, I love that place :( Hopefully there will be some quest chain in place setting it back again one day.

    I noticed that about the Raven, I’ve just levelled him to lvl 7 but probably won’t go further until I have a stone for him. Quick question about the breed – how important is it? He’s a B/B – should I try to buy a different breed for better stats at 25?

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    1. Liopleurodon Post author

      Yes & no. No if you intend to keep it for PVE. B/B is still excellent in PVE. I’d keep an eye out for a S/S if you intend to use it in PVP. It won’t be speedier than an S/S rabbit eg, but speed plays a huge, huge role in PVP. If you do decide to stick with the B/B you’ll do really well with it in PVP.

      So, I’m super helpful. lol. TBH I only very rarely see the Ravens on the AH, and when I do it’s usually people offloading off-breeds. The one I use is a P/S.

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