So we finally logged on to the PTR and captured some of the new goodies there. The Argent Tournament is also there for testing purposes, however it will most likely not show up until patch 3.2. I don’t foresee many gold making possibilities here, such as BOE items, for this world event. There are some new pets, mounts, tabards, banners, and epic gear for participating though. This is very similar to the Isle of Quel’Danas event, there are tons of daily quests here which should be enough to impact the economy. The above listed items should be more than enough reason for people to start grinding this new faction along with the 13g per daily quest rewards. We may see a increase in prices on the auction house shortly after this event launches so keep that in mind for future reference. Lets dive into some of these new things, now with more screenshots and less text! Argent Tournament This is just one of the many vendors in the Argent Tournament. There is one for each capitol city, as you can see this is the one for Thunder Bluff. All of them have the same items except for the first 4, which are their respective tabard, banner, mount, and non-combat pet. The vendors are split between Alliance and Horde and there are 5 on each side. Horde for example, will have an Undercity, Sen’jin, Thunderbluff, Silvermoon and Orgrimmar vendor. So there will be a total of 11 new mounts, 10 non-combat pets, 10 tabards, and 10 banners, making the some of the current achievements a bit easier to obtain. These items can be viewed at MMO-Champion.com and they can be purchased with BOP reputation tokens, Champion’s Seal , rewarded from the quests located in the area. Dual-Specialization There is going to be a one time fee to use the dual spec feature. For most level capped players, this is worth it. Just look at your “Statistics” tab in your achievements interface to see how much you have already spent on respecs. They have taken the time of respeccing, reglyphing, and changing your action bars into a simple 3-second cast. This new feature is very easy to use and is available to players level 40 and up. Commendation of Bravery A basic conversion of 100 arena points into 2000 honor. Depending on what your arena rating is, your gear is gated by the rating instead of how many arena points you have. This is a nice way to get some extra honor for those 62,000 honor point belts your trying to save for. You can also think of this as a way to stock up on honor, through arena points, for the next season if you don’t have the rating to buy some of the new PvP gear. Upgraded Kirin Tor Rings With raid content being fairly easy and the amount of loot that they drop, my Kirin Tor ring was recently replaced by two ilevel 213 ones. With these rings being only an ilevel of 200, or 10-man raid equivalent, this 1000g upgrade will put it at an ilevel of 213, or 25-man raid quality. The upgraded version will easily be replaced by ones that drop in Ulduar25, just like the originals were replaced by Naxx25+ content. Still a nice way to upgrade something that was considered a gold sink. One thing to note is the new version requires you to turn in your old one as well, so if you wanted to go straight to the new rings, your going to spend 7800g total at exalted reputation. You will need to turn in the previous version of the ring so you can’t go from a caster to a melee ring. Also the ring prices were not lowered, the picture above is with exalted Kirin Tor reputation. Flask of Stoneblood Buff [Flask of Stoneblood] had its’ health bonus increased by 100, up from 650hp. Seems like a small change, but this flask wasn’t that great compared to the TBC version, [Flask of Fortification] . So a 250hp increase from the old flask is more like it. Titansteel Spellblade Just a new Titansteel weapon for Blacksmiths. Although crafted BOE epics are plummeting in value as we get closer to Ulduar, they are still selling. Whether they are for alts or off-specs, BOE’s are nice starter items for many people. The first few sold on a server usually net a nice return, similar to the Windripper items for Leatherworkers introduced last patch. I had sold a few for 600-800g, then they dropped down to about 400g. New Staff Enchants A new staff enchant was added to the game to keep spellpower from staff’s comparable with using a 1-hand and off-hand weapons. This gives +81 spellpower. There is a lower version also being added, Enchant Staff – Spellpower , which gives +69 spellpower. Train Wrecker This basically destroys a [Toy Train Set] when someone drops one. Some find the train annoying, some, funny. Both these items costs 200g at Kirin Tor exalted and have a 30-minute cooldown that are independent of each other. So if you had both these items, you cold drop the train and take it out with the train wrecker right after. This is an interesting concept, a gold sink is put into the game, then another one gets released to counter it. Many people hate the train enough to spend the 200g on the wrecker just to counter it. Maybe even a worthy purchase for your bank alts. Possible Twink Items There was an announcement that they were going to buff and add some of the lower level crafted items. Quite possibly for Twinks and/or increased profits at lower levels. This cloak for example is comparable with [Battle Healer's Cloak] which lack +hit. From the crafting standpoint, some gold can be made if you list a few on the auction house during the first week of the patch. There are also a few more items like this for the other brackets as well along with a +hit enchant, Enchant Boots – Lesser Accuracy . 19: Elixir of Minor Accuracy 29: Amulet of True Sight 49: High-Powered Flashlight Fishing Poles Some very nice looking fishing poles which were in the game files. These are most likely part of the Argent Tournament or even from Ulduar. There are some aquatic looking bosses in Ulduar, which may drop the pole or even require the pole to fish up. It is still too early to tell at the moment.
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Patch 3.1 Preparation (Part III)