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Patch 4.2.2 on test realms could signal patch 4.3 soon

Intrepid dataminers over at MMO-Champion have spelled out the changes made recently to the public test realms (PTR). This update solidifies all the changes made in recent bug fixes. It could also signal the ramping up of more PTR action as patch 4.3 heats up for prime time testing.

Currently, the PTR is up to patch 4.2.2, so no new content is up, but the realms are now updated with the hotfixes and bug fixes that the servers have already received. Most of the changes listed are tooltip changes that are already live on the servers but might not have been reflected on the PTR while it was in a dormant state. Hopefully this means that after a round of cleanup and bug fixes on the PTR, we'll get some news about patch 4.3 and the wonders that await.

What does patch 4.3 hold for the future of World of Warcraft? Well, we don't know yet. It could be new 5-mans, the War of the Ancients raid promised at BlizzCon, or new daily content not unlike the Molten Front. We could even see a tier of raiding pitting players against Deathwing himself soon.

While the code strings are nothing new, it might signal that the guild transfer service is in the pipe as we speak; hopefully we'll have more information on this service for patch 4.3. While the strings are focused on naming violations, I can still dream, right? I want to believe! We will find out in time. Read the full list of changes after the break.

Patch 4.2.2 changes on the PTR
Achievement Changes
PvP - Arena
  • Challenger now also includes Vicious Gladiators.
  • Gladiator now also includes Vicious Gladiators.
  • Duelist now also includes Vicious Gladiators.
  • Rival now also includes Vicious Gladiators.

PvP - Tol Barad

  • Occu'thar finally has his own achievement.

Classes
Death Knight

  • Blood
  • Improved Death Strike increases damage done by Death Strike by 40/80/120%, up from 30/60/90%. Increases critical strike chance by 10/20/30%, up from 3/6/9%.

Shaman

  • Elemental
  • Shamanism gives an additional 32% benefit from spell power, up from 20%.

Items
World Events

  • Loot-Filled Pumpkin now requires Hallow's End
  • Keg-Shaped Treasure Chest now requires Brewfest
  • Satchel of Chilled Goods now requires Midsummer Fire Festival
  • Heart-Shaped Box now requires Love is in the Air

Weapons

  • Deflecting Star is now bound when picked up.
  • Lava Bolt Crossbow now increases haste by 81 instead of mastery by 75. Increases critical strike rating by 88, down from 91.
  • Lava Bolt Crossbow (H) now increases haste by 92 instead of mastery by 85. Increases critical strike rating by 99, down from 103.

Trinkets

  • Unheeded Warning now increases attack power by 1926 instead of increasing weapon damage by 680. (Yes, the tooltip says 1926 weapon damage, but it's bugged)
  • Apparatus of Khaz'goroth now increases critical strike, haste, or mastery rating by 508, up from 306.
  • Apparatus of Khaz'goroth (H) now increases critical strike, haste, or mastery rating by 575, up from 345.
  • Necromantic Focus now grants 39 mastery rating, down from 42.
  • Necromantic Focus (H) now grants 44 mastery rating, down from 48.
  • Matrix Restabilizer now grants 1624 critical strike, haste, or mastery rating, up from 1532.
  • Matrix Restabilizer (H) now grants 1834 critical strike, haste, or mastery rating, up from 1730.
  • Vessel of Acceleration now grants 82 critical strike rating, up from 77.
  • Vessel of Acceleration (H) now grants 92 critical strike rating, up from 87.

Plate

  • Pauldrons of Roaring Flame now increases mastery rating instead of hit rating.
  • Pauldrons of Roaring Flame (H) now increases mastery rating instead of hit rating.

PvP Gear

  • Most Vicious Gladiator wrists/belts/boots received slight increases to stamina (Ruthless Gladiator's Boots of Alacrity, Vicious Gladiator's Waistband of Cruelty, Vicious Gladiator's Footguards of Alacrity, Vicious Gladiator's Armwraps of Alacrity, etc ...)

Professions
Blacksmithing

  • Blacksmithing: Masterwork Elementium Deathblade now has a 3.5 Speed and 1615 - 2999 Damage. Down from 3.8 Speed and 1753 - 3256 Damage.

Leatherworking

  • Leatherworking: Bloodthirsty Fur Cloak, Leatherworking: Bloodthirsty Hide Cloak are no longer unique.

Tailoring

  • Tailoring: Bloodthirsty Embersilk Cape is no longer unique.

Client Strings

  • LanguageRegions["ptBR"] = 12;
  • GUILD_NAME_ALERT = "Guild Name Change Alert";
  • GUILD_NAME_ALERT_GM_HELP = "You must pick a new name within the guidelines of our naming policy.";
  • GUILD_NAME_ALERT_MEMBER_HELP = "Your guildmaster must pick a new name within then guidelines of our naming policy.";
  • GUILD_NAME_ALERT_WARNING = "Your guild has been flagged for a rename.";
  • OLD_GUILD_NAME = "Old Guild Name:";
  • TRIAL_ACCOUNT_LEVEL_CAP_REACHED = "You have reached the maximum possible level on a trial account. [Click Here] to upgrade your account!";
  • TRIAL_ACCOUNT_MONEY_CAP_REACHED = "You already have the maximum amount of money on a trial account. [Click Here] to upgrade your account!";
  • TRIAL_CAPPED_MONEY = "Trial money cap reached.";



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