Dawn of 5.1

All is quiet before the patch.

Was a bit surprised last night when Blizzard came right out and said Patch 5.1 is being released today.  It’s the first major update since Mists launched back in September and it’s bringing a fair bit of goodies with it.  Of course, I’m not talking about specific class mechanics because those will no doubt have mixed results.  But what items are most exciting?

Battle Stones:
The need to track down a Rare version of every pet is no longer necessary.  The stones will upgrade the quality of the pet.  They come in general and family specific versions.  If you use one on a pet higher than level 15 though you do run the risk of losing two levels in the process.  Still, this is a welcomed addition.  And at last word they’re BoE, so I foresee them impacting the economy for sure.

Raiding Gets Better:
Vanilla WoW raids (including Naxxramas) just got more exciting, as their bosses have the chance to drop pets.  On top of that, you no longer need to be in a group to enter a raid.  This obviously doesn’t apply to Mists raids, but everything else you can now solo without having to group up first.

Brawler’s Guild:
In the Stormwind and Orgrimmar underground there are now fighting rings.  Hopefully it won’t be limited to level 90’s, but either way it will definitely be a fun little addition.  More options for players is always a good thing.

There’s more to the patch, including a plethora of things relating to pet battles that I didn’t mention.  As always, be sure to check out the official Patch Notes after things go live today.  With a major patch, don’t be all disgruntled if things take a little longer to come back up either.

7 thoughts on “Dawn of 5.1

  1. tomeoftheancient November 27, 2012 / 10:15 am

    I didn’t even know this until this morning, this makes the wait so much worse, lol. Battle Stones! I can’t wait to upgrade, I must get my priority list in order as it changes all the time.

    And I am so thankful I won’t have to do all that logging into a free account and grouping anymore, I always thought my computer would blow up or something having two WoWs up and running to get into raids.

    • JD Kenada November 27, 2012 / 3:09 pm

      You know you could have just asked me any time I was on. Heh.

      I can see me trying to track down Battle Stones when I’m on, and even the underground fighting. Those are both of interest to me (at least in the initial concept).

      • tomeoftheancient November 28, 2012 / 7:04 am

        Oh, thank you. But I agonize over even speaking to someone for fear that I’m disturbing them let alone ask a favor. I know weird but I’m slowly getting better, I think I have actually spoken to you first maybe once, lol!

        • JD Kenada November 28, 2012 / 7:49 am

          Both myself and Healblade are very approachable for stuff like that. Consider that if either of us are actually busy, we’ll simply say as such and try to figure out when we can help you just the same. 😀

  2. Anoukisse November 27, 2012 / 10:20 am

    You know, I went to the link that is supposed to list the most recent patch notes and all I see is 5.0.5. I’d love to know where you’re getting your info JD, especially on a Tuesday when the game’s down and I’m having my morning coffee. 😉

    • JD Kenada November 27, 2012 / 3:10 pm

      Well, WoW Insider posted the news last night, which I stumbled on during my break. Then I tracked down some of my patch note links and went with some of the more recent information that correlated with what I had heard was still going to come to pass. There’s some other information that I approached with a wait and see what’s official when the realms are live. At least I made sure to download the patch for Mrs. Amateur before I came to work!

  3. Carla Doak November 27, 2012 / 12:34 pm

    As I wasn’t a player during Vanilla, associating Naxx with those early raids just seems odd to me. In my mind, it will always be a Wrath raid.

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