Patch 6.0.2 goes live today. I’m currently installing the patch, and I’m very excited about having at the new instance in Blasted Lands. This could take a while, though. It’s telling me it has to “optimize” all of my files before it installs the new content.
Anyway, like I mentioned, this new patch includes access to the new instance, Upper Blackrock Spire, and the Iron Horde in Blasted Lands. It also includes the completely revamped character models for Dwarves, Gnomes, Humans, Night Elves, Orcs, Taurens, Trolls, Undead, and Draenei. I’m just curious when they’re planning to release the new character models for Blood Elves. I know they’ve been delayed, but there’s still no date, that I’ve seen, for their release. Joystiq has an article explaining the delay.
Group Finder (I believe this is the thing that was listed as “Raids” on a tab when you open your character sheet, or press C) has been consolidated with Looking for Dungeons/Raids and Player vs. Player, instead of having a separate sign-up area. I think this is an interesting and optimizing change, because I, personally, knew quite a few people who didn’t understand how to access Group Finder.
They’ve also taken the Quest Log and combined it with the map, so now it looks like you’ll access both your quest log and map all through pressing M. They’ve also taken some quest items out of inventory, so if you want to keep track of how many you’ve collected, you’ll do so through Quest Tracker, instead of just looking in your bags. I like this idea, because it frees up valuable bag space!
As far as items in your inventory go, they’ve added a colored border to everything now, to denote the quality of the item. This will make it easier to find trash or your important items. Along with adding borders, they’ve also increased the stack size on trade skill items, from 20 to 200, so you’ll be able to fit more in less space. I, personally, am a pack rat, and will hold onto EVERYTHING, so this makes me happy! I won’t have bank tabs filled with 20-stacks of the same quality leather or ore anymore!
The Toy Box is now available! Yay! I’m so excited about this one! All your little nick nacks can now be stored out of your bags, in a nifty little “toy box,” much the same way they took mounts and pets out of your bags a few expansions ago. Yay for more free bag space, but still the ability to summon my “sexy clam” and Sky Mirror!
They’ve also added the ability to sort your bags based on what you’d like to carry in each bag, and a sweet little “Clean Up” function that will move all your free space to one bag and sort the rest of your items based on which bag you have them assigned to. I think this will remove the need for Bagnon to sort and organize your bags for you, as the game does it without the need for an add-on.
As far as the bank goes, they’ve added a new Reagent tab to your personal bank, allowing you to store reagents there and, according to the patch notes, “Characters can now craft using the materials stored in both their reagent bank and Bank from anywhere.” I haven’t worked out exactly what this means; I’m not sure if you’ll need to visit a banker, still, to access your reagents stored there, or what it means. You’ll still need to visit a bank to unlock your Reagent tab.
They also added another tab for Void Storage, effectively doubling the amount of Void Storage space each character has. I love this! It means I can now hold onto MORE transmog sets; in fact, I can hold on to TWICE as many!
The new, redesigned raid structure is finally here! I hope your guild is ready for Mythic raiding, because it is upon us! You’ll no longer be able to queue into Flex (now, the new normal) via LFR any longer, but that’s okay, because you won’t need to. Each difficulty has it’s own lockout, now. None of that, “I’m locked out on normal because I did that with my friend on heroic the other day.” Hooray! The new raid sizes are also live, now.
If you purchase a level 90 character boost from here on out, your character will now start up in the Blasted Lands, instead of that funky little training zone they had created for the boosteds. So, if you want, you can go straight into slaughtering Iron Horde, and forget all about Pandaria. I’m just curious if they’ll also increase the item level on the boosted characters’ gear once Warlords launches, as it is my opinion that 483 will just make you mincemeat for the first mob you pick a fight with.
The stat squish has also happened with this patch. Being the final patch before the new expansion, that was bound to happen! They’ve also changed some of the stats on various classes, but I’m not going to take the time to go into detail on all of them, as I only really care about the stats for my Shadow Priest and my Destro Warlock. Look it up, if you’re curious!
They’ve also made a number of changes to the world environment, such as tweaking the starting area quests and tutorials, removing the requirement of having the Legendary Cloak to access the Ordon Sanctuary on Timeless Isle, and completely removing the Trove of the Thunder King solo instance and associated keys.
To read the full patch notes, starting at the very beginning, please visit this link.
Have fun, and welcome to the pre-patch!