In a happy turn for many, many pet collecting hunters out there, the new patch 5.3 PTR has 50 stable slots for hunter pets. That’s 50 slots in the stable, plus your five active pet slots, allowing hunters to collect as many as 55 different pets.
This change is a bit of a turnaround from Blizzard comments during Mists of Pandaria, but is also fairly unsurprising given the huge volume of hunters pressing for more stable slots (plus the fact that there are currently more taming challenge pets than there are stable slots).
As always, this is just the PTR, and in fact is an incredibly early version of the PTR, so it’s subject to change at any time. However, I suspect that this one is likely going to stay — Blizzard surely doesn’t want the wrath of all those hunters who’d feel cheated if they were teased with double the pet slots and then had it yanked away.
Great comment from Arth below:
Well shit. Min. range is gone, our specs are fairly well-tuned and are all viable, we aren’t terrible in PvP, and now this. What the hell are we supposed to complain about?
— too many buttons and shot homogenization is the only thing I can really think of.