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Here you'll find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to the recently released World of Warcraft patch 5.3, Escalation.
The struggle for Pandaria threatens to engulf all Azeroth, and you’re at the forefront of the conflict. All that you need to know for Patch 5.3 Escalation have been collected here.
5.3 Escalation Patch Notes are now available!
Check out our 5.3 Escalation Round-Up to get an in-depth look at the new content and changes taking place in this patch.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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!
The void between our reality and the nether can be bridged only by the strong.
I guess that eliminates you!
Oh please, stop your pouting. At this point in your training, you should be used to my methods. Moreover, if you plan on taking down the Grand Master tamers of Pandaria, or even me (ha!), you’re gonna need to learn how to cope with debilitating injuries . . . not just to your person, but to your pride!
Here’s where I’m going with all this: Atop Medivh’s Tower in Deadwind Pass resides a prince of the man’ari eredar. Claiming to be a member of the Burning Legion (they couldn’t burn my toast—double ha!), Malchezaar has been busy preparing his legions of infernals, and working on the greatest set of one-liners this master of all things has ever heard! Your mission*—should you choose to accept—is to traverse the haunted halls of Karazhan, work your way to the top, and extinguish this egomaniac with extreme prejudice. You best not be eyeballin’ me, tamer!
My four-legged pal will now tell you about the prize you’re after. I’ll be back!
Crithto: The Hellfire-spewing embodiment of the very essence of Malchezaar, the Netherspace Abyssal is one of the largest, most fearful pets a tamer can have. DPS won’t be a concern once the destructive powers of Crush and Meteor Strike are unleashed. If you prefer to surprise your opponents, you can whittle away health with Immolation and Immolate, and then shock them into submission by casting Nether Gate, only to blow up the next pet with Explode.
If you’re a seasoned veteran of adventuring around Azeroth, I’m sure your initial inclination is to scoff at this assignment . . . but you’re forgetting one important detail, which I’ll remind you of in just a minute. But first, I recall the last time I paid Malchezaar a visit. He asked me a question. “How can you hope to withstand such overwhelming power?” he queried. And to him I responded, “Your ignorant satisfaction with your own opinion is about to be eradicated!” You can pretty much surmise how things went from that point on.
The Ivory Spire calls, tamers! It’s time to head out and get inside the twisted citadel that may very well end up being your resting place. And oh yeah, that’s right . . . I forgot to remind you of that one important detail you’re neglecting to remember.
GOOD LUCK WITH THE CHESS EVENT!
*This pet will be available once Patch 5.3 launches.
New World of Warcraft Comic
Last but not least, we've added a new community comic to our gallery submitted by Azurah (Servants of None).
The Blizzard Comic Contest Is Here
We’re looking for original comics focused on the Warcraft, Diablo, or StarCraft universes... and we want you to create them. Each month, we'll review your submissions and select one winning comic to receive a prize. We’ll also choose several honorable mentions; winning entries and honorable mentions will be displayed on our comic pages for all the universe to enjoy. You can learn more details about the prizes, read the complete official rules, and submit your comics here.
Be sure to give a shout-out to your favorite pieces in the comments below.
Every week, keen anglers from each corner of Azeroth head to Stranglethorn Vale to participate in the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza, a grand fishing tournament that awards highly coveted prizes!
In Patch 5.3: Escalation, players fight back against the aggressive reign of Garrosh Hellscream, once proud War Chief of the Horde. To prepare you for this monumental struggle, the Blizzard Insider discussed the content in Escalation with Game Director Tom Chilton.
Interested in reading World of Warcraft comics but not quite sure if you’re ready to commit? Here’s an awesome opportunity for you—DC Comics is offering a free eBook with previews of three World of Warcraft comics.