Preparing for Patch 5.4 Guide: Gear Changes, Removed Content, and More!

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Preparing for Patch 5.4 Guide: Gear Changes, Removed Content, and More!

Post by lylio on Wed 04 Sep 2013, 8:19 am

Preparing for Patch 5.4 Guide: Gear Changes, Removed Content, and More!
Patch 5.4 is a week away, so today we're taking a look at things you can do to prepare for the patch--from saving your  Valor Points to finishing up Battlefield Barrens! Next week we will publish our Patch 5.4 guide to all the new content, but for now we're just focusing on the changes that can impact how you play the week before.

Existing Gear Changes

  • In Patch 5.4, all reputation gear tied to MoP factions (except for Shado-Pan Assault) will cost  Justice Points instead of  Valor Points and the reputation requirements will be lifted--so if you hate grinding reps and are short on VP, just wait a week to buy those items.

  • Shado-Pan Assault gear will still cost  Valor Points in 5.4, but heavily discounted, so it's probably best to wait and buy those items when the patch hits. Shoulders are unaffected, as they cost gold.

  • Item upgrades aren't going away in 5.4--if you're not sure what to do this week, upgrade your best pieces with Valor this week, and buy the cheaper Shado-Pan Assault upgrades next week.

  • Patch 5.4 also introduces ilvl 496 BoA gear on the Timeless Isle. While you can't usually control what slot and armor type you'll get a token for, this gear is of a higher item level than the epics which formerly required reputation. Unlike past random-stat items, these epics come with chest, leg, and helm sockets. So hold off on buying some BoEs this week to boost your alt's item level, and send them some Timeless tokens next week.

  • Once raiding Siege of Orgrimmar you will get ilvl 528 from LFR, 540 Flex, 553 Normal, 559 Warforged, 566 Heroic, and 572 Heroic Warforged. There is a blue post planned for later this week on Flex and LFR scheduling.

  • Since this blog's focus is about what you can currently do before 5.4, we're not going to dive into new gear too much--we've got more gear blogs planned for launch week, and in the meantime you can check out our blogs on Tier 16 ItemsetsSeason 14 PvP gear,Patch 5.4 TrinketsSiege of Orgrimmar Weapons, and Siege of Orgrimmar Loot tables. We also have all loot details up on Siege of Orgrimmar boss pages, including Flexible loot.

Click the cut to read about more ways to prep for Patch 5.4!

Currency Changes

Crafting Preparation

    Eternally in the Vale will be removed from Vale of Eternal Blossoms as the zone undergoes some major changes from the Patch 5.4: Siege of Orgrimmar trailer. You will still be able to hit Exalted with the Golden Lotus, complete quests that grant achievements, and farm Alani.

Wowhead Tools
To help plan Patch 5.4, Wowhead tools can help!

  • Our PTR database has all the new Patch 5.4 gear, and our Siege of Orgrimmar boss pages have loot broken down by LFR, Flex, Normal, Heroic difficulties as well as by Loot Specialization.

  • Our items pages and item comparison tool now have Challenge Mode scaling options, so you can roughly see what your gear becomes inside a Challenge Mode or 5.4 Proving Ground.

  • Our Profiler can now be used on our PTR site to make Equipment Sets and item lists of 5.4 gear sets.

  • Our Battle Pet Team Calculator lets you save your ideal pet teams for the Celestial Tournament and power leveling. When 5.4 hits, you can also compare your teams to the Celestial Tournament teams as well.

  • There's been many glyph and talent changes, which you can check out on our PTR talent calculator.

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