Posted August 29, 2012 by Jon Burrows in Games
 
 

WOW Patch 5.04: Good Bye Deathwing

WOW Patch 5.04 Is Coming, Are You Prepared?

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If you haven’t heard yet, on September 25th, the next expansion for World of Warcraft, Mist of Pandaria, will launch. With it a new land for us to explore and a slew of new features will drop. Going from Cataclysm to Mist however, is not just a patch download and installation.  In between each expansion there is a major content patch that will upgrade us from the current major patch (4.x)to the Mist of Pandaria way of life otherwise known as, wow patch 5.04.

To help you get ready for wow patch 5.04, I’m going to give list some of the most interesting things to look forward to.

Class Changes

As in every expansion, every class has received a slew of changes. wow patch 5.04, is bring those changes. Some classes have received more changes than others such as the Druid class now has 4 specs with the splitting of the feral tree into 2 separate specs. To explain a little deeper let me explain what I have to face as a Retribution Paladin. All of my damaging abilities now generate Holy Power.  I can bank 5 holy power instead of 3,even though no ability will consume more than 5. I’m also losing my Consecration and Holy Wrath abilities.  The list goes on, and those are just the easy ones to understand.

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Every class has once more been changed, but that is half the fun. You can find of course full break downs of changes to your class of choice at www.worldofwarcraft.com or my place to go, www.elitestjerks.com (as long as you can read the theory crafting that is.)

Talents Overhaul…Again

For the 2nd expansion in a row, the talent system as we know it is being completely reworked. As of wow patch 5.04, instead of every other level dropping a point into a talent, at every 15 levels, starting at level 15, you can pick one of 3 talents. Your only allowed 1 talent per tier and that’s it. In theory, all of the talents on that tier are equally useful and made to fit your play style.

Now if you’re wondering where all of those wonderful talents went, don’t worry.  Those talents and abilities, such as a say a Discipline Priest key stone ability for mana regen known as Rapture, are now instead received just for playing the spec.

Refining the Game

In any game, quality of life is always an issue. With wow patch 5.04, Blizzard has made a few of those improvements and installed many features. 2 of the more interesting features is that all pets, mounts, and achievements are now account wide.  The other feature is Area of Effect (AOE) looting. Instead of stopping after every kill to loot a corpse, you can kill a group of them and loot them all in one shot allowing you to get back what you play the game for.

And the list goes on

The list of things that is coming out in wow patch 5.04 is massive and  it offers a great time to get back in the game before the pandas goes live, make sure to come back to Geeksmash, and read the full list of what Mist of Pandaria brings with it. For a full list of all changes that are being made in wow patch 5.04 you can read the full patch notes below.

As originally posted by blizzard:

General

Account-wide Achievements, pets, and mounts

In Patch 5.0.4 and beyond, the majority of your character’s Achievements, pets, and mounts will be shared with your other characters. Please read: Bringing Achievements to the Account Level, by Greg “Ghostcrawler” Street

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World Event: Attack on Theramore Isle

Warchief Garrosh, obsessed with assuring the Horde’s supremacy over Kalimdor, launches an all-out attack against Jaina’s island home of Theramore. Though valiant Alliance defenders rush to repel the sudden onslaught, they’ll soon find themselves unprepared for the terrible scope of Garrosh’s true plans…

In the Public Test Realm, we will be testing this event at specified intervals. Keep an eye on our PTR Feedback forum for more details as they become available.

AOE Looting

Area of effect looting comes to World of Warcraft with this patch. After killing a group of enemies in close proximity, when you loot one of their corpses, the loot window will include items from all of the nearby corpses for which you have loot rights.

BattleTag support in World of Warcraft

Players who have enabled their BattleTag will now be able to:
See BattleTag friends in your friends list.
Add and remove BattleTag friends.
Send BattleTag invites to other players via right-click.

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Classes

All classes have been updated with a new talent system, improved abilities, and spells (accessible throughout levels 1-85). Your character’s talents have been reset.
Many old talents have been converted to specialization abilities.
Druids now have access to a fourth class specialization: Guardian.
New spells are now learned automatically. Class trainers are only needed to change talents, glyphs, class specialization, or to utilize the dual specialization feature.
All characters now take 30% less damage from other players.

Currency Conversion

Items

Spell Penetration has been replaced by PvP Power on existing items.
Head enchants removed
Enchants that modify the gear in your head slot have been removed from the game. This includes older head enchants of every type.
Relics, ranged, and thrown items
The slot in which ranged, relics, and thrown items were previously equipped has been removed. All weapons should now be equipped in the weapon slot.
Ranged weapons, including wands, have been adjusted to be more powerful.
Ranged weapons no longer have a minimum range.

Professions

The glyph system has been updated. Many class glyphs have been added, altered, or moved to different glyph types.
Prime glyphs have been removed.

User Interface

There is a new user interface for your mounts and pets.
Character creation screens have been updated.
Buffs have been consolidated in the UI.
New roll results frame added. This new feature can be accessed by clicking the word “[Loot]” in chat, or by typing “/loot”.
The PvE queue frames have been unified. You can now queue for dungeons, raids, and other queue-able content in one handy place.
Vendors now offer item filtering.
Spellbooks have been updated to reflect changes to core abilities, and now include a brief overview of specializations.
The Dungeon Journal has been expanded with information on all pre-Cataclysm encounters.
A new help system has been added to many frames. You can toggle this on and off by clicking the “i” button in the upper left corner of the frame.


Jon Burrows

 
An exclusive writer for Geek Smash, Jon hails from Mississippi and has a passion for music, comic-books, and writing. He collects antique cars and enjoys shooting handguns. Jon sings in his church choir, volunteers his time helping the Salvation Army at local events and doubles as Santa during Christmas season.