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Patch 6.2.3 PTR Patch Notes

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Here are the first round of PTR patch notes for the upcoming Patch 6.2.3 - Timewalking dungeon additions, Valor, and Mythic Dungeon improvements are the focuses.

 

The official patch notes follow:

 

Blizzard Icon 6.2.3 PTR Patch Notes

 

Patch 6.2.3 will be available for testing on the Public Test Realms (PTR) in the near future. Participating on the Public Test Realms lets you test a patch before it has been released on live realms. If you'd like to help test and provide feedback, you can start by copying your character and downloading the PTR client. Once you've had a chance to try things out, visit the PTR Discussion forum to discuss the patch. To report issues or errors, use the in-game Submit Bug feature (found under Game Menu -> Help -> Submit Bug) or by visiting the PTR Bug Report forum.

  • Text in red means it's newly added or has changed since the last update.
  • Crossed out means the change has been reverted since the last update.

PTR Disclaimer

  • Please note the notes below are not final. Details may be subject to change before the release of Patch 6.2.3.
  • New information for features that are still in-development will be added as it becomes available.
  • Not all content listed in the PTR Patch Notes may be available for testing or may have a limited test window.

World of Warcraft Patch 6.2.3 PTR

Updated October 13, 2015

 

New Timewalking Dungeons

  • A new Cataclysm Timewalking Bonus Event has been added to the holiday rotation, featuring the following dungeons:
    • End Time
    • Grim Batol
    • Lost City of Tol’vir
    • Stonecore
    • The Vortex Pinnacle
    • Throne of Tides
  • The existing Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King Timewalking events have been expanded to include an additional dungeon each:
    • Magister’s Terrace (Burning Crusade)
    • Pit of Saron (Wrath of the Lich King)
  • New rare mount: Infinite Timereaver, has been added as a random drop from any Timewalking boss.
  • Added a vendor near the Cataclysm portals in Stormwind and Orgrimmar during the Cataclysm Timewalking Bonus Event that sells modernized Cataclysm gear and cool new toys.
     

Cross-Realm Mythic Raiding

  • Cross-Realm raiding has been enabled for Hellfire Citadel on Mythic difficulty. You’ll now be able to join with friends or fill that last raid spot to take on the most difficult encounters in Warlords of Draenor.
     

Item Upgrades and Valor are back!

  • Item upgrades are back! Players will be able to earn and spend Valor to upgrade items from Hellfire Citadel, items created from Baleful tokens in Tanaan Jungle, and all Draenor dungeon drops. All the items you’ve already earned are eligible for upgrades retroactively.
  • Characters can earn Valor in a number of ways.
    • Completing the first random Heroic Dungeon of the day
    • Completing Mythic Dungeons
    • Completing weekly Bonus Event quests
    • Completing a Raid Finder wing for Highmaul, Blackrock Foundry, or Hellfire Citadel for the first time each week.
  • To upgrade, visit your friendly neighborhood ethereal in Orgrimmar and Stormwind, or Stormshield and Warspear to upgrade your gear by 5 item levels at a time, up to twice per item, for a total potential boost of 10 item levels.
     

Improved Item Rewards

 

Mythic Dungeon Loot Improvements

  • Mythic Dungeons now have a chance to award items ranging from item level 685 to 725 in 5-item-level increments, with a progressively lower chance as item level increases.
  • Mythic Dungeon bosses now also have a chance to drop a new Heirloom Trinket that will scale up to level 110.

Baleful Item Level Boost

  • Baleful items now have a chance to create items ranging in quality from item level 655 to 695 in 5-item-level increments, with a progressively lower chance as item level increases.
     

Warlords Season 3

  • Around the release of Patch 6.2.3, a transition to Warlords Season 3 will take place. More information and details on the close of Warlords Season 2 and transition to the new season will be available in the future.
  • With the new season comes new gear. New Warmongering Aspirant gear scales up to PvP item level 715, Warmongering Combatant gear scales to 730, and Warmongering Gladiator gear scales to 740.

 

Raids and Dungeons

 

Hellfire Citadel

  • Defeating Archimonde on Heroic difficulty or higher will reward players with a mysterious fragment of dark power that begins a quest which will lead to the Grove Warden mount.
     

Items

  • Increased the drop rates of Felblight from Skinning, Mining, Herbalism, and Fishing by about 20%.

 

These are preliminary patch notes - we expect further information to emerge during the upcoming PTR cycle.

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I've heard a lot of positives from a number of players about the patch notes, and some pretty damning comments too.

 

I think its a step in the right direction to keep players engaged in the end of expansion lull (dungeons dungeons and more dungeons), and feel the ability to Cross-Realm Mythic will really help guilds that are struggling to find the numbers.

 

The lack of "new content" is a little disturbing for some, however from a personal point of view, if the resources are being assigned to Legion then I don't mind so much.

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