World of Warcraft’s 5.3 patch is primed to bring a lot of new content with it. 33% less experience to level from 85 to 90! Balance changes across the board! New scenarios, quests and even a new battleground! While informative, patch notes can be somewhat tedious to wade through. Fortunately, BlizzPro’s here to break it down. Today, we’ll be talking new scenarios, battlegrounds, arenas and quest campaigns.
5.3 will bring with it four new scenarios, Blood in the Snow, Dark Heart of Pandaria, Secrets of Ragefire and Battle on the High Seas. These scenarios will focus on the continued plights of the Horde and Alliance in their dealings with infighting, menacing new powers, and of course, the continued war between the two factions, this time on the waters. These four new scenarios, along with two pre-existing ones (Crypt of the Forgotten Kings and A Brewing Storm) will feature heroic modes, requiring an ilvl of 480 to queue for. Adventurers strong enough to complete these more challenging trials will be awarded with valor points and the chance at Epic gear.
Those looking to get down and dirty with their foes will have a couple of new options to do so. Deepwind Gorge, a new 15 vs. 15 battleground taking place in Valley of the Four Winds will focus on controlling mines and obtaining gold. Players will obviously have to beat each other down in order to gain control of the mines, but there’s decidedly a heavy PvE slant to this BG, with gold being the currency of victory, as opposed to honorable kills. Worth mentioning is the fact that players can actually steal enemy carts right from their bases. Doing so takes 200 gold from the opposing team. This gold can be restored upon successfully retrieving the cart, or granted to the thieving party’s faction upon returning it safely to their own base.
Tiger’s Peak Arena, located in the scenic Kun-Lai summit, will also be available in the 5.3 update and offer a new venue for those looking for a fight. The arena has been described as having “looming tiger statues and fenced platforms”, things successful strategists will want to make use of in their various scuffles.
In 5.3, we’ll finally see the open rebellion against Garrosh Hellscream begin. The Horde and the Alliance both have reasons to see the controversial leader brought low and will take to the battlefield to see the Warchief removed from power once and for all. While Lorewalker Cho will get adventurers started with the Escalation Quest Campaign, the Barrens is where the action will be going down. In order to assist the Darkspear Rebellion, you’ll need to take down Kor’kron loyalists and supporters, move supply caravans, collect resources and upgrade Latent Kor’kron Armor into serviceable gear.
Those heroes who have thus far been stalwart enough to keep up with Wrathion’s Legendary Quest Campaign will also have more to do, journeying with the Black Prince to meet up with the August Celestials.
That’s it for scenarios, PvP and Quest Campaigns. Be sure to catch our next look at 5.3 as we make sense of the class balance changes and more! For a full list of upcoming changes, check out the 5.3 notes here.