WoW: PTR Patch 3.3.5 - A New Instance and a New Way to Chat

The PTR patch notes for Patch 3.3.5 were recently released by Zarhym, and while they may seem small the changes the patch introduces are big indeed.

World of Warcraft PTR Patch 3.3.5

The latest patch notes can always be found at http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/patchnotes/

The latest test realm patch notes can always be found at http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/patchnotes/test-realm-patchnotes.html

General

  • The Ruby Sanctum, an all-new 10- and 25-player raid featuring normal and Heroic difficulties, is now available for testing! Players will find the dungeon entrance below Wyrmrest Temple in Dragonblight.
  • Copied Test Realm characters are not copied with their achievement history in order to better facilitate the character copy process.

User Interface

  • Chat Frame

    • Players can now right-click on any chat type (Whisper, Trade, General, Party, Raid, etc.) and choose the Pop Out Chat option. This will move that chat type to a separate tab in the Chat frame which can be undocked and moved anywhere on the screen.

      • Using the Pop Out Chat option on a Whisper will place the conversation with that player in a separate tab.
      • Any time a conversation with another player is put into its own tab, the tab will glow when a new message is received.

    • Hovering over the Chat Frame and using the mouse wheel will allow players to scroll through chat text.
    • Players can select Classic Mode under Interface Options to keep the Chat Frame functionality closer to what it was prior to patch 3.3.5.
    • The Simple Chat User Interface option has been removed.

  • Friends List

    • A new icon has been added to the top left of the Chat Frame which will open up the Friends list.
    • In addition to its current functionality, the Friends List will now allow players to add Battle.net accounts (Real ID). Players will have to confirm that they are friends in order for a Real ID to be added. Once Real ID friends, players can communicate cross-game, cross-faction and cross-realm.
    • A new Pending tab has been added where players can accept or decline a Real ID friend request, or select the Report Spam or Block Communications buttons.
    • Players can now select from three statuses which will be visible to their friends: Available, Away and Busy.
    • A Broadcast window has been added to the top of the frame. Players can use this to broadcast a message to all of their Real ID friends online. This message will also be displayed under the broadcaster’s Real ID information in each friend’s list.

  • For additional notes on Lua and XML changes please visit the UI & Macros Forum: http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/board.html?sid=1&forumId=11114

Raiders who are thirsting for some new content will be pleased as Patch 3.3.5 will spell the opening of the Ruby Sanctum. The Ruby Sanctum is an all new 10 and 25 player raid, located in Dragonblight. This instance will be available in normal and Heroic difficulties, and is only accessible by level 80 players. This instance is currently available for testing so head on over to the PTR and check it out!

The second change (and the one I’m personally more excited about) is the addition of the new Real ID system and with it the ability to chat across server and factions. Using the Real ID system players who wish to chat with their friends cross-game, cross-faction, or cross-realm will need to obtain their Real ID (Battle.net account). Before the Real ID can be added players will need to confirm they are friends. Once the Real ID is confirmed players will be able to chat unhindered. This is an especially great feature for players (like myself) who have transferred servers or had friends transfer servers and have lost contact because of it.

With the Real ID system comes some new features to your Friends List. Several new tabs have been added to enhance the Real ID feature including the Pending (where players can accept or decline Real ID friend requests) tab, and a new icon that will open up the Friends list. A Broadcast Window has also been added that will save players time by allowing them to broadcast a message to all their Real ID friends.

Finally players will be now able to select a chat type (General, Trade, Party, etc) and move that chat to a separate tab in the Chat frame which can be moved anywhere. Use of this function of a whisper, like the U.I mod WoW Instant Messenger (WIM), will place the private conversation in a separate tab. Don’t worry about missing these messages as the tab will glow when a new message is typed.

These new features will not only make chat mods such as WIM mostly obsolete but will also unlock the door to a whole new level of social interactions. I personally look forward to reconnecting with long lost WoW friends, and making new ones regardless of where they play or what faction they play for. To read the offical post on 3.3.5 by Zarhym please visit Blizzard's offical WoW Forums.

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