Patch 5.3 gets a release candidate; How will that effect us?

5.3 Release Candidate
5.3 Release Candidate

The World of Warcraft patch 5.3 latest update on the PTR was marked as the release candidate. ┬áThis patch is a “minor” content patch that will not bring a new raid, but will bring in an enormous amount of PVP changes.

Some of the things that stick out in my mind are:

  • Base resilience is being changed from 40% to 65%
  • Gear iLevel normalization – PVE items will be normalized down to iLevel 498 when used in instanced PVP
  • Resilience mostly removed from gear
  • PVP Power and Resilience nerfed 50% on gems
  • Healing benefit from PVP power increased, while other things were decreased to bring about a similar leveling of healing
  • PVP power will remain on PVP items to make them the more attractive option over PVE gear in PVP
  • Conquest point “catch up” will be implemented, allowing new arena participants a change to catch up on their gear via a temporarily increased conquest point cap
  • Random battlegrounds will require that you choose a role when queueing (heals vs. DPS)

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