Patch 5.1 PTR patch notes update for Oct 23

Patch 51 PTR patch notes update for Oct 23
An update to the patch 5.1 PTR has just been released, with a bunch of new changes and adjustments. Along with a ton of class tweaks, there are plenty of changes and updates to Pet Battles and more. Most importantly and probably top on everyone's priority list is a change to raids that players have been waiting for for a very long time.
  • Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines -- as of patch 5.1, you will no longer need to be in a raid group to enter a pre-Mists of Pandaria raid.
  • Scenarios are now going to include Dungeon Finder queue features like leaders, backfill, and vote to kick.
  • The Dragon Kite can now be used in Pet Battles! Are balloons far behind? We hope not.
Read on for the full list of updates.

Blizzard Entertainment
Updated October 23

  • Banquet of the Steamer and Great Banquet of the Steamer now correctly provide Intellect to damage based casting classes. Healers will continue to gain Spirit from these foods.
  • A cooking profession bag has been added, and can be purchased with Ironpaw Tokens from Nam Ironpaw.
  • The Weakened Blows effect has a new icon.
  • Druid
    • Symbiosis:
      • Mass Dispel's mana cost has been increased to match the Priest version, and its cooldown has been increased to 60 seconds.
    • A new Minor Glyph has been added: Glyph of Focus. This glyph reduces the radius of Starfall by 50%.
  • Hunter
    • Ice Trap
      • The snare provided by Ice Trap is now more responsive when enemies enter or leave the area of effect, and its effective area more closely matches the visual effect.
      • Glyph of Ice Trap now causes the visual effect of Ice Trap to match the increased area of effect provided by the glyph.
      • Glyph of Black Ice now correctly benefits from the increased duration provided by Trap Mastery.
      • Lock and Load will now activate correctly when Ice Trap is triggered by an immune target, as long as a susceptible target is within the area of effect.
      • Fixed several issues involving Trap Mastery, Entrapment, Glyph of Black ice, and Glyph of Ice Trap.
    • The Growl pet ability will no longer cause diminishing returns against bosses that are immune to its effect.
    • The Glyph of Icy Solace has been renamed to Glyph of Solace, and now causes both Scattershot and Freezing Trap to remove all damage over time effects from the target.
    • Glyph of Scattering has been removed.
    • A new Major Glyph has been added: Glyph of Aimed Shot. This glyph allows Aimed Shot to be used while moving.
  • Mage
    • Ring of Frost now has a 45 second cooldown (was 30 seconds).
    • The duration of Deep Freeze has been reduced to 4 seconds.
    • Frost Bomb will now detonate after 6 seconds (was 5 seconds). Detonation speed is still affected by haste.
  • Paladin
    • Turn Evil is now effective against Aberrations.
  • Priest
    • Psyfiend's Psychic Terror cast time has been increased to 2 seconds (was 1.5 seconds).
  • Rogue
    • Seal Fate will now only be activated by melee combo point generating abilities.
    • Shuriken Toss now deals double damage when used against targets further than 10 yards away.
  • Warlock
    • Demonic Gateway must now be activated by the player wishing to teleport
    • A new Minor Glyph has been added: Glyph of Gateway Attunement. This glyph will cause a Warlock's Demonic Gateway to transport her immediately when she steps on it.
    • A New Major Glyph has been added: Glyph of Supernova. This glyph will cause the Warlock to deal 10% of his maximum health to all targets within 5 yards for each Burning Ember he had when he was slain.
    • Banish is now effective against Aberrations.
    • Kil'jaeden's Cunning now longer imposes a cast time penalty.
    • Flames of Xoroth no longer has a cooldown.
    • Rain of Fire
      • Rain of Fire no longer causes a stun after hitting a target three times.
    • Destruction Warlocks have gained a new ability: Cataclysm. Cataclysm costs one Burning Ember. After a 3 second channeling period, Cataclysm will stun and knockback all burning targets within 10 yards of the caster. This ability has a 1 minute cooldown.
    • Conflagrate now generates Burning Embers.
  • Warrior
    • The silence provided by Glyph of Gag Order is no longer effective against players.
Pet Battles
  • A new item has been introduced that can be used to upgrade the quality of Battle Pets: Battle-stones.
    • Battle-stones are available in two basic types, general purpose Battle-stones that can be used to upgrade the quality of any pet, and family specific Battle-stones, which can only be used to upgrade pets of a specific pet family. Pets over level 15 upgraded in this way can lose up to two levels in the process.
  • 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.
  • Abilities that have been used will now continue to cool down for pets when they are not the active pet in a battle.
  • Pets previously removed from the Safari achievements have been added back to the criteria of those achievements now that they're back in the wild.
  • Players that defeat Aki the Chosen at the culmination of the Battle Pet quest lines can now follow a new line of Battle Pet quests and associated daily quests that allows players to battle against Pandaren spirits.
  • The Dragon Kite can now be used in Pet Battles.
  • The Imperial Silkworm and Imperial Moth pets can now be created by Tailors.
  • A number of pets that could previously only be found accompanying other pets into battle can now be found roaming the world.
  • A number of new capturable pets can be found in the world from pet families that were once more sparsely populated.
  • Fixed an issue that would prevent some pets captured in Pet Battles from correctly saving their skin color once added to the Pet Journal.
  • Player versus Player Pet Battles now award more experience.
  • Large plants and bushes in the environment that interfered with visibility during Pet Battles while now fade out of view during the match.
Raids, Dungeons and Scenarios
  • Raid groups are no longer necessary to enter pre-Mists of Pandara raid dungeons.
  • The Statistics page now tracks and displays 10-player and 25-player raid boss kills separately.
  • Scenarios
    • Scenarios now include Dungeon Finder queue features, including leaders, backfill, vote to kick, and deserter debuffs. Roles are still not required.
  • Justice, Valor, Honor and Conquest Point quartermasters are now signified by new minimap icons.
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.

This article was originally published on WoW Insider.