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
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
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.