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Patch notes for August 20th

ruined vale
The Siege of Orgrimmar is just three weeks away, and we can expect that the changes for patch 5.4 are starting to solidify. Blizzard released the notes for the latest PTR build yesterday and there are some notable changes as well as reminders -- such as the fact that these next three weeks mark the final opportunity you have to nab the achievements that correspond with Vol'jin's rebellion as well as the Golden Lotus's "Eternally in the Vale." Time to get going on those, if you want them!
  • Frost DKs: Frost Strike now deals 115% weapons damage (up from 105% weapon damage), and Obliterate now deals 250% weapon damage (up from 230% weapon damage).
  • Rogues: Glyph of Redirect now reduces the cooldown of Redirect by 50 seconds (down from Redirect no longer has a cooldown).
Other major changes are noted in red text, and we've summarized the biggest ones for you after the break:

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Patch 5.4 release date confirmed for August 27th?

Patch 54 Release Date Confirmed
WoW Insider posted earlier today about the end of PvP season 13, on August 27th, allowing ourselves to speculate that this might also mark the release of patch 5.4, and Blizzard Senior PvP Developer has taken to Twitter to confirm that our suspicions appear correct.

He went on to add that this was just like every other patch release this expansion, where the PvP seasons have come the very same day as the next patch launched. He did add some uncertainty, saying that the season end tweet was "as early as the 27th", but the release of a blog setting that date does seem rather firm. However, things can change. It wouldn't be the first time that a patch had been pushed back.

WoW Insider is terribly excited about patch 5.4, and we have a ton of coverage of the plethora of new features. What are you going to single out as the one thing you're most looking forward to?

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Patch 5.4 PTR: The tuning phase soon begins, are we nearing the end?

Patch 54 PTR The tuning phase begins, are we nearing the end
Blizzard's Lead Systems Designer, and everyone's favorite blue crab, Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street, commented on Twitter that the "tuning pass" would soon be taking place on the patch 5.4 PTR.

If you weren't already aware, the way Blizzard develops the classes on the PTR is as follows. They start off with mechanics changes, so, say, for example, they looked at shaman spread healing, and decided it still needed buffs. The mechanics changes were to alter Chain Heal so it didn't decrease in effectiveness as it bounced, and to make the cooldown incurred by glyphing it far lower. Those are mechanics changes. There have been others, too, of course, but the main thing to remember is that these relate to how spells work, the mechanics of spells.

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