Good news for those that are looking for new content and new opportunities. Blizzard has just announced that Patch 5.3: Escalation will be released this coming week. Some websites recently interviewed World of Warcraft developers to discuss the new content in the upcoming Patch 5.3: Escalation. That the new patch drop on the day Tuesday, May 21st for Australian and North American realms and Wednesday, May 22nd for European realms.
Between now and then will be a great time to pick up a few items to prepare for the oncoming patch storm. Hold on to some of those currencies you’ve been earning over the course of patch 5.2. The gear-upgrading Void Binders are returning in patch 5.3, but it will be cheaper to upgrade items using Valor and Justice Points. Upgradeable PvP items from Season 12 will be eligible for upgrade once again at their original costs. In addition, Heirloom items will be cheaper to upgrade, whether you’re using Justice Points, Honor Points, or Darkmoon Faire tickets. We’re also speeding up the leveling process from 85 to 90. Here are the details:
The experience required to level from 85 to 90 will be reduced by 33%. Time to dust off those alts!
The Void Binders are coming back!
Items upgraded with Valor will now cost 250 Valor Points to upgrade per 4 Item Levels, for a total of 500 Valor for 8 Item Levels per item. This applies retroactively to all items that can be upgraded using Valor.
Items upgraded with Justice will now cost 750 Justice Points to upgrade for 8 Item Levels. They can only be upgraded once, for a total of 750 Justice and 8 Item Levels per item. This applies retroactively to all items that can be upgraded using Justice.
Malevolent Gladiator’s Conquest (Season 12) items that have upgrades available will still be upgradable at their original Conquest Point costs (750 Conquest Points per 4 Item Levels, with two upgrades possible).
Dreadful Gladiator’s Honor (Season 12) items that have upgrades available will still be upgradable at their original costs (one upgrade at a cost of 750 1500 Honor Points for 8 Item Levels).
No other PvP items will be able to be upgraded.
The amount of Justice, Honor, and Darkmoon Faire tickets needed to upgrade Heirloom items will be reduced by 60%.
Item Level Requirements
Are you ready to face the Raid Finder, Heroic dungeons, and new Heroic Scenarios? Make sure that you’re geared up to dive right in:
Heroic Scenarios require an average Item Level of 480; unlike normal Scenarios, you’ll need a pre-made party to enter.
An average Item Level of 435 is required for Heroic dungeons.
An average Item Level of 460 is required for the Raid Finder version of Mogu’shan Vaults.
An average item level of 470 is required for Raid Finder versions of Heart of Fear and Terrace of Endless Spring.
An average Item Level of 480 is required for the Raid Finder version of Throne of Thunder.Excitement is always in the air with a new patch. And new adventures await for the brave who take the plunge into new markets. Keep your eyes on the prize and see you on the other side. For more information about online games you can check out