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Patch 5.2 PTR: Isle of the Thunder King testing unlock schedule

Patch 52 PTR The Unlockable Isle's unlock schedule
Nakatoir has posted today regarding the impending advancement of the Thunder King on the patch 5.2 PTR, laying out the unlock schedule of the unlockable isle.

World of Warcraft Patch 5.2: The Thunder King is almost here. The Kirin-Tor Offensive, led by Jaina Proudmoore, and the Sunreaver Onslaught, championed by Lor'themar Theron, are converging on the Isle of the Thunder King to topple the first emperor before he can wreak havoc across Pandaria. Their campaign will march slowly across the island, unlocking new content over time.

We're ready to test the full breadth of the island, and that's where you come in: Players who participate on the Public Test Realm can enjoy an accelerated unlock schedule, blasting from the beach to the shores and into the Thunder King's inner citadel in a matter of a few short weeks. By participating, you'll be a great asset to Jaina and Lor'themar. More importantly, you'll help us knock out any nasty problems with the island and its progression before we go live.

Transfer over a character and report to the Vale of Eternal Blossoms for instructions!

So, if you want to be among the first to witness the new storylines, the new lore, zones and quests, copy a character or create a pre-made! The full unlock schedule is after the break, so you can understand how the island will progress. Please do note that this is a testing schedule only, not a prediction of a release date.

Spoiler Alert! Minor spoilers after the break.

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Filed under: Lore, Mists of Pandaria

Patch 5.2's Isle of Thunder War Effort weighted by faction balance

Patch 52's Isle of Thunder War Effort weighted by faction balance
Lead Quest Designer Dave Kosak tweeted today with a clarification about the War Effort in patch 5.2's Isle of Thunder:

WoW Insider's Anne Stickney recently described the War Effort as the "return of the unlockable isle", an accurate turn of phrase, as by advancing their War Effort players will literally unlock different zones, including one of the two new world bosses, and the Treasure Room.

Given that cross realm zones remain inactive on Pandaria, players on realms with large faction imbalances quickly resigned themselves to never advancing the War Effort and unlocking these areas. Dave Kosak's tweet serves to reassure these players, apparently implying that participation will further the War Effort alone, and that the actions of players of a minority faction should effectively count for far more than those of players of a majority faction.

While Kosak doesn't clarify exactly how this weighting will work, it will come as a comfort to those players on unbalanced servers to be told that their efforts will not be in vain.

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