Seen in the 5.1 Mists PTR Notes

I still occasionally browse Blue posts. I spied the following in the latest ones:

  • Several classic Raid bosses now have a chance to drop new Battle Pets. The new pets can be obtained from bosses in Molten Core, Blackwing Lair, Ahn’Qiraj, and Naxxramas. […]
  • Raid groups are no longer necessary to enter pre-Mists of Pandara raid dungeons.

Of course, the game loses nothing had these old raids been removed.


In other news, I have no idea how to feel about this entire section:

Brawler’s Guild

  • Underground fighting rings have sprung up in Stormwind and Orgrimmar that will give brawlers who have their mitts on an invitation a chance to earn bragging rights by testing their solo PvE mettle against some of the toughest creatures found in World of Warcraft.
  • Players will prove their skill, and increase their rank with the Brawler’s Guild, as they win matches against some of the most difficult solo encounters in World of Warcraft.
  • Entry into the brawler’s guild is by invitation only. Invitations can be found on the black market auction house or by invitation from somebody within the guild.
  • As their Brawler’s Guild rank increases, players will unlock additional rewards and activities within the Brawler’s Guild.
  • Brawlers on a realm will gather together into the blood spattered ring to watch as their peers face down their own opponents. They can watch the battles in progress to learn from hardened Brawler’s Guild veterans as they wait for their own turn to fight.
  • If this is your first night at Brawler’s Guild, you have to fight.

Obviously, more details are needed. Will gear be normalized? How will this be balanced across all the classes? Can one dude just send out a bunch of invites or is it capped somehow? I will find it amusing if the bolded section actually makes it Live though. Reading it reminded me of those heady days of the internet when people were auctioning GMail invites on eBay for $200+. I can see it now: “WTS Brawler Guild invite 50k pst.”

Posted on November 5, 2012, in WoW and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. The Brawler’s Guild isn’t an NPC organization, then, with the “invite” coming from NPCs the way every “invite” to do pretty much anything in an MMO does?

    I don’t play WoW so I can’t tell from the context given.


    • As far as I can tell, you need an Invite (which may either be an actual item you keep, or an item you click to consume it) to either participate or perhaps even come into Brawler Guild area/instance (I assume it’s instanced). The only way to obtain said Invite will be to win it off the BMAH or receive one from someone who is already a Brawler Guild member.

      I could be wrong, and would welcome any clarification if anyone has any.


  2. I don’t really see how the brawlers guild can be balanced. Some classes are just that much better solo.

    Also I think the tickets are going to be like keys to wherever the brawler’s guild is. So seeding them via the black market is going to be quite interesting. I reckon most player guilds will have at least one person with tons of gold who could buy a ticket and will then get their invites from that person. But some people will probably sell invites for gold. It’ll be an interesting experiment,.


    • Indeed. From the WoW Insider preview, it looks like a lot of the fighters are 1-man raids with a lot of “get out of the fire” and kiting moments. But, of course, some classes are better at kiting than others. A kite-heavy boss would be simple for some classes/specs but not others.

      Can’t wait for the forum posts.


      • I’m seeing a bit of forum chatter, but the feature is mostly being created with disinterest, as far as I can tell. Kind of like challenge modes in 5 mans.


  3. If they do keep the invite thing I have $5 on at least a dozen people making guilds named “Brawler” and then trying to sell invites to them.


  4. I think the invitation will eventually be available as a standard goldsink, once it has had the chance to trickle down to most guilds. Say 1000 gold or similar.

    I can see this feature bringing a lot of issues – particularly for players that are used to a system of instanced content with short queues. The rewards are also nothing to write home about.

    Nevertheless I think it will be a great experiment. I have thoroughly enjoyed the solo challenge presented by some of the Pandaria Champions – particularly when they launch you into groups of roaming adds.


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