This is an interesting wrinkle to testing I noticed as I zoned into the Well of Eternity today. Apparently, for purposes of actually testing the dungeons at the minimum level of gear that players will be expected to have in order to even get in, the patch 4.3 PTR is throttling players' ilevels to 353. Now, I couldn't see any difference when I inspected my actual gear, so I don't know how this is expected to work -- if it's a flat reduction in our damage and/or healing or if the gear will only provide the stats it would if it was 353, what that does to reforging, etc., etc.

Still, it's an interesting step toward testing the encounters instead of having overgeared players simply blowing everything up. As soon as I can get a few runs under my belt, I'll let you know how it works out.

Brace yourselves for what could be some of most exciting updates to the game recently with patch 4.3. Review the official patch notes, and then dig into what's ahead: new item storage options, cross-realm raiding, cosmetic armor skinning and your chance to battle the mighty Deathwing -- from astride his back!

This article was originally published on WoW Insider.