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Ignite Your Summer with the Midsummer Fire Festival!

Quote from: Blizzard

Take part in the hottest holiday of the year from June 21 through July 5. The Midsummer Fire Festival brings with it a variety of activities and rewards to light up Azeroth’s summer.


Dragonflight

New This Year

New Skyriding Customization: Cliffside Wylderdrake Armor

When: June 21–July 5
Where: Major Horde and Alliance Cities
Currency: Burning Blossom

“A time of merriment and celebration, dedicated to the hottest season of the year.”

Holiday Event Boss

Use the Group Finder (I) to participate in an encounter against Ahune, granting a Satchel of Chilled Goods (which contains holiday loot) as a daily reward. This is available to characters level 10 and above.

Updated Loot System

We’re changing the way the loot system for the holiday boss drops work. We have increased drop rates significantly for the first boss kill on a single account. Only the first attempt on a single Battle.net account will be eligible to receive the item drop, however. For each subsequent daily attempt on the boss with a single Battle.net account, the chance for the item to drop will increase and continues to accumulate for each failed attempt. This change will allow players to spend less time working to earn a specific dropped item while providing an increasing opportunity to get that item during the holiday.

Daily Quests

Complete special daily quests to obtain experience, gold, and Burning Blossoms to purchase holiday items. For detailed information about the quests, check out the Midsummer Fire Festival guide on Wowhead.

Extinguishing Bonfires Achievements

  • Extinguishing Kalimdor
    Horde: Desecrate the Alliance’s bonfires in Kalimdor: Ashenvale, Azuremyst Isle, Bloodmyst Isle, Darkshore, Desolace, Dustwallow Marsh, Feralas, Silithus, Southern Barrens, Stonetalon Mountains, Tanaris, Teldrassil, Un’Goro Crater, Winterspring
    Alliance: Desecrate the Horde’s bonfires in Kalimdor: Ashenvale, Azshara, Desloace, Durotar, Dustwallow Marsh, Feralas, Mulgore, Northern Barrens, Silithus, Southern Barrens, Stonetalon Mountains, Tanaris, Un’Goro Crater, Winterspring.
  • Extinguishing Eastern Kingdoms
    Horde: Desecrate the Alliance’s bonfires in Eastern Kingdoms: Arathi Highlands, Badlands, Blasted Lands, Burning Steppes, Dun Morogh, Duskwood, Elwynn Forest, Loch Modan, Northern Stranglethorn, Redridge Mountains, Swamp of Sorrows, The Cape of Stranglethorn, The Hinterlands, Western Plaguelands, Westfall, Wetlands.
    Alliance: Desecrate the Horde’s bonfires in Eastern Kingdoms: Arathi Highlands, Badlands, Blasted Lands, Burning Steppes, Eversong Woods, Ghostlands, Hillsbrad Foothills, Northern Stranglethorn, Silverpine Forest, Swamp of Sorrows, The Cape of Stranglethorn, The Hinterlands, Tirisfal Glades, Western Plaguelands.
  • Extinguishing Outland
    Horde: Desecrate the Alliance’s bonfires in Outland: Blade’s Edge Mountains, Hellfire Peninsula, Nagrand, Netherstorm, Shadowmoon Valley, Terokkar Forest, Zangarmarsh.
    Alliance: Desecrate the Horde’s bonfires in Outland: Blade’s Edge Mountains, Hellfire, Peninsula, Nagrand, Netherstorm, Shadowmoon Valley, Terokkar Forest, Zangarmarsh.
  • Extinguishing Northrend
    Horde: Desecrate the Alliance’s bonfires in Northrend: Dragonblight, Borean Tundra, Howling Fjord, Sholazar Basin, Storm Peaks, Zul’Drak, Grizzly Hills, Crystalsong Forest.
    Alliance: Desecrate the Horde’s bonfires Northrend: Borean Tundra, Storm Peaks, Zul’Drak, Grizzly Hills, Howling Fjord, Crystalsong Forest, Sholazar Basin, Dragonblight.
  • Extinguishing the Cataclysm: Desecrate the Horde’s/Alliance’s bonfires in zones opened by the cataclysm:
    Twilight Highlands, Uldum
  • Extinguishing Pandaria: Desecrate the Horde’s/Alliance’s bonfire in Vale of Eternal Blossoms.
  • Extinguishing Draenor: Desecrate the Horde’s bonfire in Frostfire Ridge or the Alliance’s bonfire in Shadowmoon Valley.
  • Extinguishing the Broken Isles: Desecrate the Horde’s/Alliances bonfire in Suramar.
  • Extinguishing Kul Tiras
    Horde: Desecrate the Alliance’s bonfires in Kul Tiras: Tiragarde Sound, Stormsong Valley, Drustvar.
  • Extinguish Zandalar:
    Alliance: Desecrate the Horde’s bonfires in Zandalar: Zuldazar, Nazmir, Vol’dun
  • Extinguish the Dragon Isles: Desecrate the bonfires in The Waking Shores, The Azure Span, The Forbidden Reach, Ohn’ahran Plains, Thaldraszus, Zaralek Cavern

Desecration of the Alliance/Desecration of the Horde: Completing the achievements Extinguishing the Cataclysm, Extinguishing Eastern Kingdoms, Extinguishing Kalimdor, Extinguishing Northrend, and Extinguishing Outland will reward the meta-achievement Desecration of the Alliance or Desecration of the Horde. Required for the Flame Keeper/Flame Warden meta-achievement (see below).


Honoring the Flames Achievements

  • Flame Keeper/Warden of Eastern Kingdoms: Honor the flames of Eastern Kingdoms
    Horde: Arathi Highlands, Badlands, Blasted Lands, Burning Steppes, Eversong Woods, Ghostlands, Hillsbrad Foothills, Northern Stranglethron, Silverpine Forest, Swamp of Sorrows, The Cape of Stranglethorn, the Hinterlands, Tirisfal Glades, Western Plaguelands
    Alliance: Arathi Highlands, Badlands, Blasted Lands, Burning Steppes, Dun Morogh, Duskwood, Elwynn Forest, Loch Modan, Northern Stranglethorn, Redridge Mountains, Swamp of Sorrows, The Cape of Stranglethorn, The Hinterlands, Western Plaguelands, Westfall, Wetlands
  • Flame Keeper/Warden of Kalimdor: Honor the flames of Kalimdor
    Horde: Ashenvale, Azshara, Desolace, Durotar, Dustwallow Marsh, Feralas, Mulgore, Northern Barrens, Silithus, Southern Barrens, Stonetalon Mountains, Tanaris, Un’Goro Crater, Winterspring
    Alliance: Ashenvale, Azuremyst Isle, Bloodmyst Isle, Darkshore, Desolace, Dustwallow Marsh, Feralas, Silithus, Southern Barrens, Stonetalon Mountains, Tanaris, Teldrassil, Un’Goro Crater, Winterspring
  • Flame Keeper/Warden of Outland: Honor the flames of Outland.
    Horde: Blade’s Edge Mountains, Hellfire Penninsula, Nagrand, Netherstorm, Shadowmoon Valley, Terokkar Forest, Zangarmarsh
    Alliance: Blade’s Edge Mountains, Hellfire Penninsula, Nagrand, Netherstorm, Shadowmoon Valley, Terokkar Forest, Zangarmarsh
  • Flame Keeper/Warden of Northrend: Honor the flames of Northrend.
    Horde: Dragonblight, Borean Tundra, Howling Fjord, Sholazar Basin, Storm Peaks, Zul’Drak, Grizzly Hills, Crystalsong Forest
    Alliance: Dragonblight, Crystalsong Forest, Howling Fjord, Sholazar Basin, Storm Peaks, Zul’Drak, Grizzly Hills, Borean Tundra
  • Flame Keeper/Warden of Cataclysm: Honor the flames of zones opened by the cataclysm.
    Horde: Vashj’ir, Twilight Highlands, Hyjal, Deepholm, Uldum
    Alliance: Uldum, Deepholm, Twilight Highlands, Vashj’ir, Hyjal
  • Flame Keeper/Warden of Pandaria: Honor the flames of Pandaria.
    Horde: Dread Wastes, Jade Forest, Krasarang Wilds, Kun-Lai Summit, Townlong Steppes, Vale of Eternal Blossoms, Valley fo the Four Winds
    Alliance: Dread Wastes, Jade Forest, Krasarang Wilds, Kun-Lai Summit, Townlong Steppes, Vale of Eternal Blossoms, Valley of the Four Winds
  • Flame Keeper of Draenor: Honor the flames of Draenor.
    Horde: Spires of Arak, Talador, Nagrand, Gorgrond, Frostfire Ridge
    Alliance: Spires of Arak, Talador, Nagrand, Gorgrond, Shadowmoon Valley
  • Flame Keeper of the Broken Isles: Honor the flames of the Broken Isles.
    Horde: Azsuna, Val’sharah, Highmountain, Stormheim, Suramar
    Alliance: Azsuna, Val’sharah, Highmountain, Stormheim, Suramar
  • Flame Keeper Zandalar: Honor the flames of Zandalar
    Horde: Zuldazar, Nazmir, Vol’dun
  • Flame Warden of Kul Tiras: Honor the flames of Kul Tiras.
    Alliance: Tiragarde Sound, Stormsong Valley, Drustvar

The Fires of Azeroth: Completing the achievements Flame Keeper of Cataclysm, Flame Keeper of Eastern Kingdoms, Flame Keeper of Kalimdor, Flame Keeper of Northrend, and Flame Keeper of Outland will reward the meta-achievement The Fires of Azeroth. Required for the Flame Keeper/Flame Warden meta-achievement (see below).


Additional Midsummer Fire Festival Achievements

  • Torch Juggler: Juggle 40 torches in 15 seconds in Dalaran.
  • Ice the Frost Lord: Slay Ahune in the Slave Pens.
  • King of the Fire Festival: Complete the quest, “A Thief’s Reward”, by stealing the flames from your enemy’s capital cities.
  • Burning Hot Pole Dance: Dance at the ribbon pole for 60 seconds while wearing the completed Midsummer set.
  • The Fires of Azeroth*

*The achievements The Fires of Azeroth, Desecration of the Alliance/Horde, Burning Hot Pole Dance, Ice the Frost Lord, King of the Fire Festival, and Torch Juggler are required to earn the meta-achievement The Flame Keeper (Horde) or The Flame Warden (Alliance), which grants the title rewards: Flame Keeper (Horde) or Flame Warden (Alliance).

Pets
  • Igneous Flameling: Who’s ready for a hot stone massage?
  • Frigid Frostling: While not nearly as destructive as its original master, the Ice Lord Ahune, the frostling has been known to lob chilly snowballs at unsuspecting adventurers.
  • Spirit of Summer: This little piece of summer smells of warm evenings and lightning storms. If you look closely, you might be able to make out a face.
  • Blazing Cindercrawler: Tiny, incinerated corpses of various insects line its cage.
Summer Wear and Fun
  • Summer Wear: Mantle of the Fire Festival, Vestments of Summer, Sandals of Summer, Helm of the Fire Festival, Tabard of Summer Skies, Tabard of Summer Flames
  • Heirlooms: Ancient Heirloom Armor Casing, Timeworn Heirloom Armor Casing, Weathered Heirloom Armor Casing
  • Toys: Fire Eater’s HearthstoneCozy Bonfire, Brazier of Dancing Flames, Set of Matches, Burning Defender’s Medallion, Summer Cranial Skillet, Flamin’ Ring of Flashiness
  • Other: Juggling Torch x5, Fiery Festival Brew, Handful of Summer Petals, Bag of Smorc Ingredients x5, Elderberry Pie x5, Fire-Toasted Bun x5, Midsummer Sausage x5, Toasted Smorc x5

Cataclysm Classic

MidsummerFireFestival2016_WoW_ThumbL_JM_1200x675.jpgWhen: June 21–July 5
Where: Located Capital Cities


Midsummer Fire Festival

Across Azeroth and beyond, brilliant bonfires have been lit to rekindle peoples’ spirits and ward off ancient evils. Each year, new guardians are chosen to watch over the sacred flames and ensure that they are never extinguished.

Called “Flame Keepers” or “Flame Wardens,” these chosen few request the aid of brave adventurers to traverse the land and journey into the dark recesses of Azeroth’s dungeons. It is rumored that any heroes who are willing to brave the terrors placed before them will be rewarded for their efforts through the power of the flames.


Activities

The festivities have begun as the citizens of Azeroth celebrate the hottest of seasons by playing with fire all across their worlds!  Stop by a capital city to begin the event’s main quests. While in each of the capital cities, be on the lookout for enemy players; stealing the flames from capital city bonfires. Through your participation in festival quests, you’ll collect Burning Blossoms, a special holiday currency you’ll spend to purchase various items and pets available from Midsummer suppliers and merchants.

  • Burning Blossoms–By Fire Be Blessed: Complete quests to earn Burning Blossoms then throw them into the bonfires to receive the buff, “Fire Festival of Fury” which increases melee/spell critical chance by 3% for 1 hour.
  • Holiday Boss: The Frost Lord Ahune: Use the Group Finder (I) to participate in an encounter against Ahune, the Frost Lord.  Once Ahune is defeated, you’ll be able to loot a Satchel of Chilled Goods (which contains Justice Points, Burning Blossoms, and a chance of gaining the Frostscythe of Lord Ahune). This is a daily reward available to characters level 84 and above.
  • Dance Around the Ribbon Pole: At every festival camp, one of these traditional decorations stands tall beside the bonfire. Take up one of the multi-colored ribbons and dance around the pole with your friends and fellow celebrants for a 10% experience buff!
  • Stealing The Flames: Members of the Horde and Alliance can visit the bonfires of the opposing faction and steal them, depriving their enemies of the blessings of the fire spirits! Take care, because each side will defend its own flames.
  • Fire Juggling: Speak with the Master Fire Juggler near your capital’s bonfire in order to juggle flaming torches in this daily quest!
  • Fire in the Sky: The lengthy Midsummer Fire Festival traditionally ends with the sky itself being set alight on the last night of the festival. You won’t want to miss it!

Warning: Play with fire at your own risk. Playing with fire could get you burned. Fire is hot. Love is a burning fire. Please don’t fall into the ring of fire. In case of fire, stop, collaborate, and listen . . . then drop and roll. Please enjoy the Midsummer Fire Festival responsibly.

The War Within Beta Development Notes 18 June 2024

Quote from: Blizzard

Hello everyone! Here are this week’s updates to the War Within Beta.

NEW FEATURES

  • WARBANDS
    • Known Issue: A Warband conversion popup may appear when you log in, however Warband conversion is not yet implemented for Beta characters.
  • CROSS-REALM GUILDS
    • Guild functionality has been extended to allow for recruitment and management of Guild members across all realms in their respective regions.
      • Developer’s note: Guild banks are currently restricted to the realm the Guild is located on for initial testing. Guild bank functionality will be included in a future Beta release.
        To facilitate testing we have spun up an additional level-up realm, “Turnip’s Delight”, so players can create Guilds and invite members across multiple realms in their region.

CLASSES

  • DEATH KNIGHT
    • Hero Talents
      • Deathbringer (Blood/Frost)
        • Death’s Bargain renamed to Pact of the Deathbringer.
        • Exterminate now deals reduced damage beyond 8 targets.
      • San’layn (Unholy/Blood)
        • Visceral Regeneration renamed and redesigned: Visceral Strength – When Crimson Scourge/Sudden Doom is consumed, you gain 5% Strength for 8/5 seconds.
        • Infliction of Sorrow now deals 100% of the remaining damage of the consumed disease (was 200%).
        • Fixed an issue that prevented Blood Beasts from spawning.
        • Unholy
          • Infliction of Sorrow now only functions with Virulent Plague for Unholy Death Knight.
    • Blood
      • New Talent: Bloodied Blade – Parrying an attack grants you a charge of Bloodied Blade, increasing your Strength by 0.5%, up to 4% for 15 seconds. At 8 stacks, your next parry consumes all charges to unleash a Heart Strike at 200% effectiveness, and increases your Strength by 10% for 6 seconds.
      • Several talents have moved around on the Blood tree.
    • Frost
      • Obliteration now has an additional effect – While Pillar of Frost is active it will now also increase the cost of your Frost Strike by up to 15 Runic Power to deal up to 52.5% additional damage.
    • Unholy
      • Foul Infections now correctly increases disease crit chance by a flat 5% (was previously multiplicative crit chance).
      • Unholy Blight is now passive and now surrounds the ghoul instead of the Death Knight. New Tooltip – Dark Transformation surrounds your ghoul with a vile swarm of insects for 6 seconds, stinging all nearby enemies and infecting them with Virulent Plague and an unholy disease that deals damage over 14 seconds, stacking up to 4 times.
      • Sudden Doom no longer causes Epidemic to burst Festering Wound on targets.
      • When talented into Harbinger of Doom, Sudden Doom now displays the activation overlay images separately, left and right, for each stack.
  • DEMON HUNTER
    • Illuminated Sigils now grants an additional charge only to Sigil of Flame (was all Sigils) and also reduces Sigil of Flame cooldown by 5 seconds.
    • Hero Talents
      • Aldrachi Reaver
        • New Talent: Fury of the Aldrachi – When enhanced by Reaver’s Glaive, Blade Dance/Soul Cleave deals 3 additional glaive slashes to nearby targets. If cast after Chaos Strike/Fracture/Shear, deal 6 slashes instead.
        • Art of the Glaive has been redesigned – Begins a well-practiced pattern of glaivework and enhances your next cast of Chaos Strike and of Blade Dance. The enhanced ability you cast first deals 10% increased damage, and the second deals 20% increased damage.
        • Intent Pursuit has been redesigned – When enhanced by Reaver’s Glaive, Chaos Strike/Fracture/Shear applies Reaver’s Mark which causes the target to take 15% increased damage for 20 seconds. If cast after Blade Dance/Soul Cleave, Reaver’s Mark is increased to 30%.
        • Casting The Hunt allows you to cast Reaver’s Glaive.
        • Incisive Blade always increases Chaos Strike/Soul Cleave damage (was only when enhanced).
        • Adjusted positions of Incisive Blade, Keen Engagement, and Preemptive Strike.
        • Escalation has been removed.
  • DRUID
    • Hero Talents
      • Elune’s Chosen (Balance/Guardian)
        • Moondust now slows enemies by 20% (was 30%).
        • Stellar Command now increases Full Moon damage by 25% (was 15%).
  • EVOKER
    • Hero Talents
      • Chronowarden (Augmentation/Preservation)
        • Temporal Burst now increases Haste, movement speed, and cooldown recovery rate by 30%, decreasing over 30 seconds (was 1% increasing up to 40% over 40 seconds).
      • Scalecommander (Devastation/Augmentation)
        • Unrelenting Siege now increases the damage of Disintegrate/Eruption, Living Flame, and Azure Strike by 1% every second, up to 15%. Stacks are now also used to communicate the value (was Living Flame and Azure Strike stacking up to 50%).
  • HUNTER
    • Trailblazer and Pathfinding have swapped locations in the Hunter class tree.
    • Fixed an issue that was causing Posthaste to only grant 25% movement speed. It now grants 50% movement speed.
    • Fixed an issue that was causing Born to Be Wild to falsely claim to reduce the cooldown of Survival of the Fittest.
    • Hero Talents
      • Sentinel (Survival/Marksmanship)
        • Symphonic Arsenal damage reduced by 40%.
        • Symphonic Arsenal target cap reduced to 5 (was 6).
    • Beast Mastery
      • Thrill of the Hunt now properly stacks up to 3 times.
      • War Orders now properly grants a 50% chance to reset the cooldown of Kill Command.
      • The position of Hunter’s Prey and Wild Call have been swapped.
      • Killer Cobra in Gate 2 has been renamed to Venom’s Bite.
      • Developer’s note: Huntmaster’s Call is providing a substantial amount of damage despite how easy it is to access.
      • Huntmaster’s Call has had the following adjustments:
        • Fenryr’s Ravenous Leap damage reduced by 30%.
        • Hati now increases all pet damage by 8% (was 15%).
        • Hati and Fenryr attack damage has been normalized and reduced.
      • Hunters have new visuals and sound effects when Huntmaster’s Call summons Hati or Fenryr.
      • Kill Command damage increased by 8%.
      • Dire Beast damage increased by 10%.
      • Dire Beast now grants 20 Focus.
    • Survival
      • Harpoon and Aspect of the Eagle are now baseline to Survival Hunter.
      • Fury of the Eagle will now properly benefit from Tip of the Spear.
      • Fury of the Eagle does not consume a stack of Tip of the Spear until the channel ends.
      • Contagious Reagents no longer plays the Serpent Sting animation or audio multiple times.
      • Terms of Engagement is now located where Harpoon used to be on the Survival Spec tree.
      • Exposed Flank has been redesigned – Flanking Strike exposes a weakness in your enemy’s defenses, causing it to strike 2 additional targets at 100% effectiveness and causing Kill Command to hit 2 additional nearby enemies for 10 seconds.
      • Explosive Shot now benefits from and consumes Tip of the Spear.
      • Developer’s note: The following changes are targeted at smoothing out Survival’s rotation, such that you can reasonably maintain a spell priority, aren’t munching procs, and will have to more actively manage your Focus economy. We will continue to read feedback and adjust Survival’s action and focus economy as necessary.
      • Fixed an isasue that was causing Flanker’s Advantage to substantially increase Kill Command’s chance to reset its cooldown and substantially increase Tip of the Spear’s damage bonus.
      • Flanking Strike damage increased by 40%, now costs 20 Focus, and generates 2 stacks of Tip of the Spear.
      • Wildfire Bomb now costs 10 Focus.
      • Explosives Expert now reduces Wildfire Bomb cooldown by 1/2 seconds (was 2/4 seconds).
      • Wildfire Infusion now makes Kill Command reduce the cooldown of Wildfire Bomb by 1 second (was 2 seconds).
      • Grenade Juggler now makes Explosive Shot reduce the cooldown of Wildfire Bomb by 2 seconds (was 4 seconds).
      • Grenade Juggler now causes Wildfire Bomb to have a 25% chance to also fire an Explosive Shot at your target at 100% effectiveness (was 25% chance to reset the cooldown of Explosive Shot).
      • Bombardier now grants two free charges of Explosive Shot after Coordinated Assault ends (used to make Explosive Shot have 0 cooldown and cost 0 Focus for 4 seconds).
  • MAGE
    • Hero Talents
      • Spellslinger (Frost/Arcane)
        • Splintering Orbs updated for Arcane only – The first enemy damaged by your Arcane Orb conjures 4 Arcane Splinters.
        • Spellfrost Teachings updated for Arcane only – Spellfrost Teachings now automatically launches an Arcane Orb when it procs, rather than resetting the cooldown of Arcane Orb.
          • Developer’s note: The difference in effectiveness between Arcane Orb and Frozen Orb in single target versus AOE is stark. These changes should help Arcane Mages to feel as though they’re still getting full benefit out of their Hero Talents in single target relative to Frost Mages, who can much more easily get full benefit.
      • Sunfury (Arcane/Fire)
        • Lessons in Debilitation no longer casts a crowd-controlled spell when you summon your Phoenix.
          • Developer’s note: Mages having access to a free, off global cooldown crowd-controlled spell every time they use their cooldowns was proving to be too problematic in all forms of content.
        • Gravity Lapse now benefits from Time Manipulation in the Mage Class Tree.
          • Fixed an issue that was causing Spellfire Spheres to be removed from players upon starting an encounter.
        • Meteorites will now properly benefit from damage amplification effects and proc on-damage effects.
        • Codex of the Sunstriders has been redesigned – Over its duration, your Arcane Phoenix will consume each of your Spellfire Spheres to cast an exceptional spell. Upon consuming a Spellfire Sphere, your Arcane Phoenix will grant you Lingering Embers, increasing your spell damage by 2%. Stacks up to 5 times.
        • Spellfire Spheres now properly increase periodic spell damage.
        • Arcane
          • Glorious Incandescence has been redesigned – Consuming Burden of Power causes your next cast of Arcane Barrage to grant 4 Arcane Charges and call down a storm of 4 Meteorites on its target.
          • Mana Cascade has been redesigned – Casting Arcane Blast or Arcane Barrage grants you 1% Haste. Stacks up to 10 times. Multiple instances may overlap.
          • Spellfire Spheres are now generated by casting 6 Arcane Blasts or Arcane Barrages (was consuming Clearcasting).
        • Fire
          • Sun King’s Fury-enhanced Pyroblasts and Flamestrikes will correctly grant Combustion when you gain Hyperthermia during the Sun King’s Fury hard-cast.
    • Arcane
      • The position of many nodes on the Arcane spec tree has changed.
        • Developer’s note: We’re making some updates to the Arcane tree this week but some extra talent nodes didn’t quite make the build. Expect to see them in the coming weeks.
      • Nether Munitions has been redesigned – When your Touch of the Magi detonates, it increases the damage all affected targets take from you by 8% for 12 seconds.
      • Improved Touch of the Magi is no longer a choice node with Magi’s Spark.
      • Magi’s Spark and Nether Munitions are now a choice node.
      • Magi’s Spark explosion damage increased by 300%.
      • Magi’s Spark echo damage increased to 100% (was 50%).
      • Magi’s Spark’s explosion will now properly benefit from spell damage amplification effects and will contribute to Touch of the Magi.
      • Arcane Blast damage increased by 10%.
      • Arcane Barrage damage increased by 12%.
      • Arcane Missiles damage increased by 10%.
      • Leydrinker chance to trigger increased to 15% (was 10%).
      • Leydrinker now echoes for 50% damage (was 15%).
      • Arcane Missiles, Arcane Barrage, Supernova, and Shifting Power can now properly generate Clearcasting.
      • Wizened Wit removed.
      • Nerub-ar Palace Class Set
        • (2) Set and (4) Set Bonus updated – Now benefits Arcane Barrage instead of Arcane Explosion.
        • (4) Set Bonus proc chance reduced to 5% (was 10%).
        • (4) Set Bonus damage buff increased to 20% (was 10%).
    • Fire
      • Pyromaniac procs now count as consuming a Hot Streak, and this is now communicated in the talent tooltip.
      • Pyromaniac Flamestrike and Pyroblast echoes can no longer contribute to Hot Streak.
      • Living Bomb damage reduced by 30%.
      • Sparking Cinders damage bonus reduced to 10% (was 15%).
      • Sparking Cinders will now trigger at most 3 times a minute, increased with Haste.
      • Phoenix Flames damage reduced by 10%.
      • Pyroblast damage reduced by 10%.
      • Intensifying Flames Ignite damage bonus reduced to 20% (was 25%).
    • Frost
      • New Talent: Permafrost Lances – Frozen Orb increases Ice Lance’s damage by 15% for 15 seconds.
      • Ice Caller is now located at Snowstorm’s previous location.
      • Fixed an issue that allowed Frost Spellslingers to generate Splinters with other player’s Winter’s Chill.
      • Snowstorm removed.
      • Nerub-ar Palace Class Set
        • (2) Set Bonus has been redesigned – Ice Lance damage increased by 8%.
        • (4) Set Bonus has been redesigned – Damage from Fingers of Frost enhanced Ice Lances invoke a Frigid Pulse, dealing Frost damage to nearby enemies. Damage reduced beyond 8 targets.
        • Developer’s note: The previous Frost Mage set bonuses were benefitting Spellslinger far more than Frostfire, which contradicted our stated goals for the 11.0 Tier Sets. We’re glad everyone liked the designs of the previous iterations of the tier sets and are investigating implementing them into the Frost tree.
  • MONK
    • Brewmaster
      • Heightened Guard reduced to 40%.
    • Windwalker
      • Chi Burst has been redesigned – Your damaging spells and abilities have a chance to activate Chi Burst, allowing you to hurl a torrent of Chi energy up to 40 yards forward, dealing Nature damage to all enemies, and healing to the Monk and all allies in its path. Healing and damage reduced beyond 5 targets.
      • Fixed an issue that caused Chi Burst to deal more damage than intended while Storm, Earth, and Fire was active.
  • PALADIN
    • Hero Talents
      • Herald of the Sun (Holy/Retribution)
        • Holy
          • Sun’s Avatar healing reduced by 40%.
          • Dawnlight healing reduced by 20%.
          • Sun’s Avatar now activates 1 Dawnlight when Awakening activates Avenging Wrath (was 4).
          • Second Sunrise can no longer active Divine Purpose.
          • Sun’s Avatar will now always pick players when applying its friendly Dawnlights.
          • Fixed an issue that caused Awakening to stack from Second Sunrise.
          • Fixed an issue that caused Sun’s Avatar to not activate when Awakening extends an Active Avenging Wrath.
        • Retribution
          • Sun’s Avatar now triggers 1 Dawnlight when Avenging Wrath is triggered by Radiant Glory (was 4).
      • Lightsmith (Holy/Protection)
        • Sacred Weapon now deals area of effect damage/healing.
        • Shining Light stacks to a maximum of 2.
    • Holy
      • Divine Favor has been redesigned – Now a passive that triggers automatically after you cast Holy Prism or Barrier of Faith.
      • Several talent locations have moved to facilitate Divine Favor’s choice node moving below Holy Prism’s choice node.
  • PRIEST
    • Cauterizing Shadows can now trigger from enemies dying with Shadow Word: Pain or Purge the Wicked active regardless of the duration of the effect.
    • Added 5% spell variance to Power Word: Shield and Luminous Barrier.
    • Hero Talents
      • Voidweaver (Discipline/Shadow)
        • Void Blast damage reduced by 25%.
    • Discipline
      • Fixed an issue causing Dark Reprimand to consume 2 charges of Premonition of Insight.
    • Holy
      • Fixed an issue causing Holy Fire with Empyreal Blaze active to consume Premonition of Insight.
      • Fixed an issue causing Holy Word: Chastise to consume 2 charges of Premonition of Insight.
    • Shadow
      • Fixed an issue causing the range of Psychic Link to not be increased by Phantom Reach.
  • ROGUE
    • Hero Talents
      • Deathstalker (Assassination/Subtlety)
        • Deathstalker’s Mark damage increased by 100% and it now applies 2 marks baseline (was 3).
        • Hunt Them Down damage increase by 100%.
        • Lingering Darkness increased to 30 seconds.
        • Flensing Knives damage increased by 100%.
        • Darkest Night now grants 40 Energy (was 60), applies 2 stacks of Deathstalker’s Mark (was 3) and its damage has been increased by 100%.
        • Developer’s note: These changes were applied via hotfix during last week’s Beta testing.
  • WARLOCK
    • Hero Talents
      • Diabolist (Destruction/Demonology)
        • The cast time of Infernal Bolt has been increased to 2 seconds (was 1 second).
        • Ruination damage is now reduced beyond 8 targets.
        • Overlord, Mother of Chaos, and Pit Lord are now visible to other players at a reduced scale and will retain their original scale for the summoner.
        • Overlord now charges its target rather than leaps.
        • Mother of Chaos’ Chaos Salvo visual has been updated.
      • Hellcaller (Destruction/Affliction)
        • Seeds of Their Demise has been redesigned for Destruction – Blackened Soul damage increased by 30%. When Blackened Soul deals damage, you have a chance to gain 2 stacks of Flashpoint.
        • Zevrim’s Resilience healing increased by 90%.
      • Soul Harvester (Demonology/Affliction)
        • New Talent: Gorefiend’s Resolve – Targets resurrected with Soulstone resurrect with 40% additional health and 80% additional mana.
        • Spirited Away has been removed.
    • Affliction
      • Death’s Embrace has been redesigned – Increases Drain Life healing by 30% while your health is at or below 35% health. Damage done by your Agony, Corruption, Unstable Affliction, and Malefic Rapture is increased by 10% (was 5%) when your target is at or below 35% health (was 20%).
      • Malediction has been redesigned – Increases the critical strike chance of Agony, Corruption, and Unstable Affliction by 10%.
      • Malign Omen has been moved to row 9.
      • Dark Harvest has been moved to row 10.
    • Demonology
      • Blood Invocation has been redesigned – Power Siphon increases the damage of Demonbolt by an additional 25%.
      • Doom is now passive and has been redesigned – When Demonbolt consumes a Demonic Core it inflicts impending doom upon the target, dealing Shadow damage to enemies within 10 yards of its target after 20 seconds. Damage is reduced beyond 8 targets. Consuming a Demonic Core reduces the duration of Doom by 2 seconds.
      • Impending Doom has been redesigned – Increases the damage of Doom by 30% and Doom summons 1 Wild Imp when it expires.
      • Doom Eternal has been redesigned – Demonic Cores reduce the duration of Doom by an additional 2 seconds.
      • Infernal Presence damage reduced by 50%.
    • Destruction
      • New Talent: Unstable Rifts – Bolts from Dimensional Rift deal 25% of damage dealt to nearby enemies as Fire damage.
      • Chaos Incarnate has been redesigned – Chaos Bolt, Rain of Fire, and Shadowburn always gain at least 70% of the maximum benefit from your Mastery: Chaotic Energies.
      • Dimension Ripper has been redesigned – Incinerate has a chance to tear open a Dimensional Rift or recharge Dimensional Rift if learned.
      • Raging Demonfire now extends Immolate by 0.5 seconds (was 0.2 seconds).
      • Summon Infernal has been moved to row 6.
      • Crashing Chaos has been moved to row 7.
      • Rain of Chaos has been moved to row 7.
      • Crashing Chaos and Rain of Chaos now share a node.
      • Ruin has been moved to row 8.
      • Dimensional Rift has been moved to row 9.
      • Diabolic Embers has been moved to row 9.
      • Improved Chaos Bolt has been moved to row 9.
      • Dimension Ripper has been moved row 10.
      • Infernal Brand has been removed.
  • WARRIOR
    • Reverted an unintentional change to Intervene’s tooltip.
    • Hero Talents
      • Arms
        • Reap the Storm now also triggers from Cleave for Arms.
    • Arms
      • Blademaster’s Torment has been redesigned – Activating Avatar casts Sweeping Strikes and while Avatar is active the cooldown of Cleave is reduced by 1.5 seconds.
        • Developer’s note: With recent updates to Bladestorm, this talent went from strong synergy to a near-lock-in, particularly for Slayers. Total Bladestorm uptime was also becoming disruptive, so we’ve redesigned this talent to be useful in AOE situations and provide a different rotational cadence during Avatar.
      • Warlord’s Torment tooltip updated with detailed information. No functional changes.
    • Fury
      • Berserker’s Torment tooltip updated with detailed information. No functional changes.
      • Titan’s Torment tooltip updated with detailed information. No functional changes.
      • Odyn’s Fury damage increased by 133% overall.
      • Reckless Abandon now buffs your next Bloodthirst and Raging Blow.
    • Protection
      • Immovable Object tooltip updated with detailed information. No functional changes.

PET BATTLES

  • Added a gossip to Questzertauren so that players can unlock 3 battle pets from The War Within as well as 3 ultimate battle pet training stones to test the new pet battles.

PLAYER VERSUS PLAYER

  • CLASSES
    • DEATH KNIGHT
      • Strangulate (PvP Talent) now overrides Asphyxiate, but its cooldown is decreased to 45 seconds (was 60 seconds), its duration is increased to 5 seconds (was 4 seconds), and its range is increased to 20 yards (was 15 yards).
    • DEMON HUNTER
      • Cleansed by Flame now cleanses 1 magical effect (was all).
    • DRUID
      • New PvP Talent: Tireless Pursuit – For 5 seconds after leaving Cat Form or Travel Form, you retain up to 40% movement speed.
      • High Winds has been redesigned – Increases the range of Cyclone, Typhoon, and Entangling Roots by 5 yards.
    • HUNTER
      • Tranquilizing Darts (PvP Talent) has been removed.
    • MAGE
      • New PvP Talent: Fireheart – Blazing Barrier’s damage is increased by 500%.
      • Flamecannon (PvP Talent) has been removed.
    • MONK
      • Grapple Weapon (PvP Talent) range reduced to 20 yards (was 30 yards).
      • Mistweaver
        • New PvP Talent: Rodeo – Every 3 seconds while Clash if off cooldown, your next Clash can be reactivated immediately to wildly Clash an additional enemy. This effect can stack up to 3 times.
      • Windwalker
        • New PvP Talent: Rodeo – Every 3 seconds while Clash if off cooldown, your next Clash can be reactivated immediately to wildly Clash an additional enemy. This effect can stack up to 3 times.
        • New PvP Talent: Rising Dragon Sweep – Whirling Dragon Punch knocks enemies up into the air and causes them to fall slowly until they reach the ground.
        • The following PvP talents have been removed:
          • Mighty Ox Kick
          • Alpha Tiger
    • PALADIN
      • New PvP Talent: Wrench Evil – Turn Evil’s cast time is reduced by 100%.
      • Judgments of the Pure (PvP Talent) has been removed.
    • SHAMAN
      • Skyfury Totem has been redesigned – Now triggers when casting Primordial Wave (was actively cast).
    • WARLOCK
      • Call Fel Lord damage increased by 80%.
      • Fel Obelisk (PvP Talent) has been removed.
    • WARRIOR
      • Master and Commander now reduces the cooldown of Rallying Cry by 90 seconds (was 60 seconds).
      • Battlefield Commander (PvP Talent) now increases the radius of Piercing Howl by 50% (was root targets for 2 seconds).
      • Death Sentence (PvP Talent) has been removed.
      • Arms
        • Storm of Destruction has been redesigned – Now reduces healing on affected targets by 25% for 10 seconds (was reduce the cooldown of Bladestorm and Ravager).
        • Duel (PvP Talent) duration increased to 12 seconds and its sound effect has been changed to be more noticeable.
      • Fury
        • Enduring Rage (PvP Talent) can now activate Recklessness without Enrage active and the duration of the Recklessness granted has been increased by 1 second.
        • Slaughterhouse now stacks its effect if another healing reduction effect is active and overrides its effect once its effectiveness would surpass the active healing reduction effect or the active healing reduction effect is removed.
        • The following PvP talents have been removed:
          • Bloodrage
          • Storm of Destruction (Fury only)
  • REWARDS
    • Developer’s note: In conjunction with the conquest earned update, we wanted to provide additional context on how players will earn their weapons. In 11.0 Season 1, players can earn a set of Conquest weapons suitable to their specialization without having to spend Conquest. Players can pick up the quest, “Weapons of Conquest” either by entering a Rated PvP match or by going to Dornogal to speak with the Conquest Quartermaster, Lalandi. This quest will task them with earning 2500 Conquest, which is achievable on Week 3 of the season. Players can then complete this quest by speaking with Lalandi. She will give you weapons, shields, and off-hands appropriate for your specialization. After completing this quest, players will be able to use Conquest to purchase weapons from Lalandi as normal.

Warcraft Short Story: “The Lilac and the Stone”

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Queen Regent Moira Thaurissan is exhausted. Her son, Dagran II, is rapidly coming of age and stands to inherit leadership of both the Dark Iron and Bronzebeard Clans. But Dagran is bookish and odd: He would easily choose the company of his library over leadership. Can Moira inspire her son to take up his birthright, or will her fears for his future—and the future of the clans—prove true?

Among all the great craggy, unfeeling boulders of our people, Dagran was always my flower.

For all the good it ever did him. Or me.

Few can imagine what it costs a gentle soul to grow up a dwarf. It may even be worse than to come into this world saddled with the soul of a daughter instead of a son. That one singular roll of the bones determined much of my life before my fist first found my mother’s braid. My body robbed me blind with its first breath: it was a girl’s, and therefore not what my father wanted.

I am Moira Thaurissan, daughter of Magni Bronzebeard and his bride Eimear, princess of Ironforge, widow to the Dark Iron Emperor, mother to his heir Dagran II, and I have been angry since I was old enough to walk the path set before me. Sometimes, I think my anger will outlive me. That they will close up the earth over my body, and long after I am forgotten, some brutal, black hardened jewel left from my rot will work its way up out of the moss, hissing and spitting and still scalding hot. Maybe they will use it to warm a village somewhere. An eternity of cozy hearths and ready stews fueled by this bitter fury I carried but could never fully satisfy. I like the idea of that.

For a long time, I wore my anger on my chest, glinting like one of the gems on that shield they can’t stop squabbling over. As if it could shield me, as if it could shield anyone. But in time I learned that anger shown is anger wasted. It only puts others on guard, makes them fearful or defiant, pushes them to dig into defensive positions, fuels rumors of madness and whispers of revolt, and blunts its own edge as even fear fades with overuse. So I learned to make that shield gem inside myself, pushing the rage deep down into the caverns of my heart, compressing it into a crusted geode of pain, all so that my husband’s people might like me a bit better. All my mistakes have come from that horrid boiling crushed place inside me. Sometimes . . . I wonder who I might have been without it.

Read and Download the Rest of This Short Story by Catherynne M. Valente

Mythic+ Testing 13 June – 18 June 2024, Datamined Changes

Wowhead Datamined Season 1 Mythic Dungeon Changes

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Greetings!

The War Within dungeon testing begins on PTR realms this week. The test period will begin Thursday June 13th at 10:00 PDT (13:00 EDT, 19:00 CEST), and end Tuesday June 18th at 10:00 PDT (13:00 EDT, 19:00 CEST). Please note that the test period may be adjusted in the event of technical difficulties.

The following dungeons are available for testing on Mythic and Mythic+ difficulty:

  • The Stonevault
  • The Dawnbreaker
  • Ara-Kara, City of Echoes
  • City of Threads
  • Grim Batol
  • The Necrotic Wake
  • Mists of Tirna Scithe
  • Siege of Boralus

A preview of some changes to returning dungeons:

Siege of Boralus

  • Players of both factions will go through the Alliance version of the dungeon in Mythic and Mythic+
  • Ashvane Spotter’s Sighted Artillery no longer damages enemy creatures.

Necrotic Wake

  • Malfunctioning Goliath
    • Disabled in Mythic and Mythic+
  • Forgotten Hammer
    • Removed
  • Bloody Javelin
    • Initial damage reduced by 90%
    • Now applies a stacking vulnerability to enemies hit.
  • Discarded Shield
    • Is no longer a channeled effect.
    • Players can now use abilities after the shield is activated.
  • Spawning locations for Discarded Shield, Bloody Javelin and Discharged Anima have been updated

Mists of Tirna Scithe

  • Vine gates and check point can now be used by Tauren, Highmountain Tauren, Night Elf, Druids and Herbalist

Affixes will rotate daily on beta realms to expedite their testing:

  • Reckless – Non-boss enemies without mana ignore 20% armor with their attacks, but their armor is reduced by 30% and they take 10% increased Arcane damage.
  • Thorned – Non-boss enemies without mana inflict Physical damage to their attackers when attacked, but take 10% increased Holy and Shadow damage.
  • Attuned – Non-boss enemies with mana inflict 20% increased magic damage, but take 10% increased Nature damage and 30% increased damage from Bleed effects.
  • Focused – Non-boss enemies with mana have 30% increased Haste, but take 10% increased Frost and Fire damage.

During the test period you’ll be able to acquire and customize the level and dungeon of Mythic Keystones by talking to the Keystone Vendor in Stormwind or Orgrimmar, and the nearby Dungeon Teleports NPC will assist you with transportation. We look forward to hearing your feedback!

The War Within Beta Delve Testing Started

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Hello everyone, welcome to the start of Delves end game testing on the realm, “These Go To Eleven”!

We’re very excited to have people come in and see what we have in store for our endgame difficulty.

We wanted to start things off with a layout of what we currently have, what we’re planning next, and our goals behind these decisions.

Before Season 1 begins in The War Within players will have access to Tiers 1, 2, and 3 difficulty in delves. We expect players who have been keeping up with the current season will prefer tiers 2 and 3, while newer players will begin in tier 1 before graduating up to 2 and eventually 3 when they gear up.

When Season 1 begins we will open up tiers 4 through 11 along with introducing a few mechanics in tiers 4 and above: seasonal progression, death counters, and Zekvir’s Influence.

Seasonal Progression

Seasonal progress can be obtained from any delve when the season begins. Playing at higher tiers will reward more progress, but players will still be able to complete the season at lower tiers.

We want players to be able to find the difficulty that they enjoy and focus on that without feeling that they need to push higher to complete the seasonal track.

Tiers 9-11 are planned to have a higher difficulty curve as we do not plan on giving out increased power rewards there. They will give out gear at the equivalent of a Tier 8 delve. We’re doing this so we can tune these delves to be particularly difficult without creating the assumption that all players should strive to hit tier 11.

Death Counter

In Tiers 4 and above players will start with a pool of lives. When you release after dying the counter will lower. Players who reach zero lives can still finish delves, but they will miss out on bonus rewards like cosmetics and unlocking the next tier of difficulty. Every death that happens after you reach zero lives while fighting a boss will grant players a small buff to help them with the final boss fight.

Our goal with the death counter is to give players a barometer to measure their success in a delve without being overly penalizing.

Zekvir’s Influence

We have our mysterious 13th delve that we will not be releasing to test during the beta. This includes its inhabitant, Zekvir, the Hand of the Harbinger. However, Zekvir will prove to be a threat throughout delves even if he isn’t physically there.

Random groups of enemies will receive various boons from Zekvir. As you go higher in tiers, more groups will be chosen and the boons will increase in their difficulty. Players who are able to defeat these empowered groups will earn increased seasonal progress at the end of the delve.

Our design behind Zekvir’s Influence is to add more challenges in higher tiers beyond, “number go up”. We want to differentiate this from the affix system in Mythic +, which is why this only impacts some groups in a delve as opposed to all of them.

What’s Next?

On the realm, “These Go To Eleven”, you’ll find a helpful Zandelvari in Stormwind and Orgrimmar who will port you to specific delves. You can also unlock all of Brann Bronzebeard’s curios at rank 1 and set his level to be 10.

Our immediate plans for the beta update after this will be improving the messaging of Zekvir’s Influence, both from who is being impacted by it and how much I am being rewarded for this. We are actively working on this, so expect some more fun things in next week’s update for this.

There will be ongoing balance tuning for the classes and Brann’s abilities as well. Are some tiers too hard for a class? Is tier 11 too easy? Let’s find out!

We’re looking forward to everyone’s feedback. Welcome to the endgame of Delves!

Hotfixes: June 12 2024, Increase to Bronze Cache & More

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June 12, 2024

Classes

  • Fixed an issue where a tiny dagger was appearing when casting a variety of spells and abilities.
  • Fixed an issue where the low noise variant of Frozen Orb was not being used inside raids and dungeons.

Player versus Player

  • Evoker
    • Fixed an issue preventing Chrono Loop from being used in some locations, including many areas in Black Rook Hold Arena.

WoW Remix: Mists of Pandaria

  • Bronze Cache values increased by 100%.
    • Minor Bronze Cache (250 → 500)
    • Lesser Bronze Cache (500 → 1000)
    • Bronze Cache (750 → 1500)
    • Greater Bronze Cache (1250 → 2500)
  • Spools of Eternal Thread stat gain increased by 200%.
    • Minor Spool of Eternal Thread (20 → 60)
    • Lesser Spool of Eternal Thread (50 → 150)
    • Spool of Eternal Thread (100 → 300)
    • Greater Spool of Eternal Thread (180 → 540)
  • Emperor Shaohao reputation increased by 700%.

Increase to Bronze Cache, Spools of Eternal Thread, and Emperor Shaohao Reputation

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Hello Remixers!

Thank you for all of your continued feedback on the Mists of Pandaria Remix event. We have a few upcoming changes that we hope will address some of your concerns and help make the remainder of the event even more of a blast to blast through.

First, we’ve heard repeatedly that the rate of Bronze acquisition doesn’t feel quite fast enough to allow you to comfortably collect all of the collectables you’re looking for while upgrading your gear. We investigated reducing upgrade costs and crediting players that had already upgraded their gear, but found technical limitations due to how Remix and Dragonflight interact with one another. We landed instead on doubling the value of Bronze Caches as shown below:

Bronze Cache values increased by 100%

  • Minor Bronze Cache (250 → 500)
  • Lesser Bronze Cache (500 → 1000)
  • Bronze Cache (750 → 1500)
  • Greater Bronze Cache (1250 → 2500)

In addition, we want to make powering up to overpower content easier, so we’re going to triple the effect of Spools of Eternal Thread:

Spools of Eternal Thread stat gain increased by 200%.

  • Minor Spool of Eternal Thread (20 → 60)
  • Lesser Spool of Eternal Thread (50 → 150)
  • Spool of Eternal Thread (100 → 300)
  • Greater Spool of Eternal Thread (180 → 540)

These items are both available from a wide variety of content, on both repeatable and one-time-per-character sources, so they should benefit all players whether it’s your first time entering Pandaria or your latest new Timerunner.

Once the hotfix is applied, you’ll see a new buff when you equip your cloak: Timerunner’s Mastery, indicating that the changes are active!

And because it’s a bit of a grind, we’re also increasing Emperor Shaohao reputation by 700%.

Thanks again for all of your feedback on this version of Remix. We will be applying all of these learnings to our future endeavors!

The WoW Remix Team

The War Within Beta Development Notes 11 June 2024, Developer Hunter Comments

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Here are this week’s updates to the War Within Beta:

CLASSES

  • DEATH KNIGHT
    • Hero Talents
      • San’layn (Unholy/Blood)
        • Infliction of Sorrow has been redesigned – When Vampiric Strike damages an enemy affected by your Virulent Plague, it extends the duration of the disease by 3 seconds and deals 20% of the remaining damage to the enemy. After Gift of the San’layn ends, your next Scourge Strike consumes the disease to deal 200% of its remaining damage to the enemy.
        • An issue with Blood Beast heal and damage values have been fixed.
    • Blood
      • New Talent: Carnage – Blooddrinker and Consumption now contribute to your Mastery: Blood Shield. Each time an enemy strikes your Blood Shield, the cooldowns of Blooddrinker and Consumption have a chance to be reset.
    • Unholy
      • Decomposition now functions with Gargoyle.
      • Ghoulish Frenzy is now a 1-point talent (was 2). Value at 1-point unchanged.
      • Improved Death Coil is now a 1-point talent (was 2). Value at 1-point unchanged.
      • Apocalypse now always summons 4 ghouls regardless of Wounds burst.
      • Defile damage increased by 200% and no longer increases Mastery when dealing damage to enemies.
  • DRUID
    • Hero Talents
      • Druid of the Claw (Feral/Guardian)
        • Aggravate Wounds now causes attacks to increase the duration of Dreadful Wounds by 0.6 seconds (was 0.4 seconds), up to 8 additional seconds (was 6 seconds).
        • Killing Strikes lasts 8 seconds (was 6 seconds).
        • Chance for Ravage to proc increased by 30%.
        • Feral
          • Dreadful Wound damage increased by 10%.
        • Guardian
          • Ravage damage increased by 20%.
          • Dreadful Wound damage increased by 10%.
      • Keeper of the Grove (Balance/Restoration)
        • Power of Nature treant melee damage increased by 200% (was 100%).
        • Dream Burst damage increased by 100%.
        • Grove’s Inspiration increases Wrath and Starfire damage by 15% (was 10%)
        • Harmony of the Grove increases damage by 6% per treant (was 5%).
        • Wild Mushroom damage increased by 25%.
  • EVOKER
    • Hero Talents
      • Chronowarden (Augmentation/Preservation)
        • Golden Opportunity has been redesigned – Prescience and Echo have a 20% chance to cause your next Prescience/Echo to have a 100% increased duration/effect (was 25% chance to be free/not trigger their cooldown).
        • Golden Opportunity is no longer a choice node with Master of Destiny.
        • Instability Matrix is now a choice against Master of Destiny.**
    • Augmentation
      • Echoing Strike now also increase Azure Strike damage by 15%.
      • Reactive Hide increases damage of Blistering Scales by 15% per stack (was 10%).
      • Fixed an issue where Molten Embers was not functioning correctly.
  • HUNTER
    • Many talents have moved locations or have had their pathing updated.
    • New Talent: Padded Armor – Survival of the Fittest gains an additional charge.
    • New Talent: Kodo Tranquilizer – Tranquilizing Shot removes up to 1 additional Magic effect from its target.
    • New Talent: Devilsaur Tranquilizer – If Tranquilizing Shot removes only an Enrage effect, its cooldown is reduced by 5 seconds.
    • New Talent: Scout’s Instincts – You cannot be slowed below 80% of your normal movement speed while Aspect of the Cheetah is active.
    • New Talent: Scrappy – Casting Aimed Shot reduces the cooldown of Intimidation and Binding Shot by 0.5 seconds.
    • New Talent: Kindling Flare – Stealthed enemies revealed by Flare remain revealed for 3 seconds after exiting the flare.
    • New Talent: Unnatural Causes – Your damage over time effects deal 10% increased damage. This effect is increased by 50% on targets below 20% health.
    • New Talent: Moment of Opportunity – When a trap triggers, you gain Aspect of the Cheetah for 3 seconds. Can only occur every 1 minute.
    • New Talent: No Hard Feelings – When Misdirection targets your pet, it reduces the damage they take by 50% for 5 seconds.
    • New Talent: Territorial Instincts – Intimidation summons a pet if you do not have one out and stuns two additional nearby enemies at 50% effectiveness.
      • Developer’s note: This talent is not fully implemented yet, but we wanted to give players access to it early for feedback. The intended vision for this spell is for Hunters to summon their pet, and then it Intimidates their target. We are not interested in circumventing a Hunter’s need for their pet to be out to access Intimidation.
    • New Talent: Tar-Coated Bindings – Binding Shot’s root duration is increased by 1 second.
    • New Talent: Serrated Tips – You gain 5% more critical strike from critical strike sources.
    • New Talent: Moment of Opportunity – When a trap triggers, you gain Aspect of the Cheetah for 3 seconds. This effect has a 60 second cooldown.
    • New Talent: Ghillie Suit – You take 20% reduced damage while in Camouflage. This bonus persists 3 seconds after leaving Camouflage.
    • New Talent: Specialized Arsenal – Kill Command, Aimed Shot, and Wildfire Bomb damage increased by 10%.
    • Lone Survivor now also reduces Counter Shot and Muzzle’s cooldown by 2 seconds.
    • Survival of the Fittest now reduces all damage you and your pet take by 30% (was 20%).
    • Improved Tranquilizing Shot now also grants 10 focus when you interrupt an effect with Counter Shot or Muzzle.
    • Quick Load now resets the cooldown of Scatter Shot and Bursting Shot.
    • Steel Trap damage reduced by 80%.
    • Born to be Wild now reduces Aspect of the Cheetah, Survival of the Fittest, and Aspect of the Turtle by 30 seconds (was 7/15%).
    • Explosive Shot now explodes early when applied to a target that already is affected by Explosive Shot.
      • Developer’s note: Survival has gotten substantially increased access to Explosive Shot, so we wanted to make Explosive Shot stacking feel more responsive and exciting.
    • Explosive Shot projectile and explosion visual effects have been updated.
    • Barrage, Kill Command, Improved Kill Command, Killer Instinct, and Alpha Predator have moved to the Beast Mastery talent tree.
    • Barrage, Master Marksman, and Hydra’s Bite have moved to the Marksmanship talent tree.
    • Kill Command and Alpha Predator have moved to the Survival talent tree.
    • Bursting Shot is now a choice node with Scatter Shot (was in Marksmanship tree).
    • The following talents are now 1 point:
      • Improved Traps
      • Pathfinding
      • Trailblazer
      • Wilderness Medicine
      • Natural Mending
      • Rejuvenating Wind
    • The following talents have been removed:
      • Sentinel Owl
      • Sentinel’s Perception
      • Sentinel’s Protection
      • Serpent Sting
      • Poison Injection
      • Stampede
      • Beast Master
      • Arctic Bola
      • Nature’s Endurance
      • Serrated Shots
    • Beast Mastery
      • New Talent: Laceration – Whenever your pets critically strike, they cause their target to bleed for 15% of the damage dealt.
      • New Talent: Go For the Throat – Kill Command deals increased critical strike damage equal to 100% of your critical strike chance.
      • New Talent: Killer Cobra – Kill Shot applies Serpent Sting for 12 seconds.
      • New Talent: Venomous Bite – Bloodshed damage bonus increased by an additional 15% and makes Kill Command deal 20% increased damage to the target.
      • New Talent: Shower of Blood – Bloodshed now hits two additional targets near the primary target.
      • New Talent: Basilisk Collar – Each damage over time effect on your target increases the damage they receive from your pet’s attacks by 5%/10%.
      • New Talent: Huntmaster’s Call – Every third cast of Dire Beast sounds the Horn of Valor to summon a legendary wolf to aid you in battle for 15 seconds, either Hati or Fenryr. Hati increases the damage of all your pets by 15%. Fenryr applies a heavy bleed on your target and grants you additional Haste.
      • New Talent: Explosive Venom – Every 5 casts of Cobra Shot or Multi-Shot makes your next Multi-Shot or Explosive Shot apply Serpent’s Sting to up to 5 targets.
      • Bloodshed is now in gate 3 and has been updated – Command your pet to tear into your target, causing your target to bleed for high damage over 18 seconds and take 15% increased damage from your pet.
      • A Murder of Crows is now passive and has been updated – Every 5 casts of Kill Command summons a Murder of Crows. Murder of Crows no longer resets its cooldown if the affected target dies.
      • Barrage, Kill Command, Improved Kill Command, Killer Instinct, and Alpha Predator are now Beast Mastery talents (was Class).
      • Killer Instinct now deals 25/50% increased damage against enemies below 35% health.
      • Barrage now also grants Beast Cleave.
      • Bestial Wrath initial damage increased by 280%.
      • Many 2-point talents are now 1 point.
      • The following talents have been removed:
        • One With the Pack
        • Sharp Barbs
        • Wailing Arrow
        • Cobra Sting
    • Marksmanship
      • New Talent: Rapid Fire Barrage – Your Barrage now instead shoots Rapid Fires at up to five nearby enemies at 30% effectiveness but has its cooldown increased to 60 seconds.
      • New Talent: Small Game Hunter – The damage of Multi-Shot is increased by 100% and the damage of Explosive Shot is increased by 25%.
      • New Talent: Penetrating Shots – Gain critical strike damage equal to 20% of your critical strike chance.
      • New Talent: Kill Zone – Your spells and attacks deal 8% more damage and ignore line of sight against any target in your Volley.
      • Legacy of the Windrunners has been redesigned – Each time Rapid Fire deals damage, there is a 5% chance to coalesce a Wind Arrow at your target.
      • Wind Arrows damage increased by 300%. Wind Arrows are longer affected by Aimed Shot modifiers. No longer grants Focus or Aimed Shot charges after firing 24 Wind Arrows.
      • Wailing Arrow has been redesigned and is now passive – Now replaces your Aimed Shot with a Wailing Arrow after generating 20 Wind Arrows.
      • Wailing Arrow only silences the primary target and it now benefits from bonuses to Aimed Shot such as Trick Shots.
      • Readiness now causes Trueshot to immediately grant you Wailing Arrow and you generate 2 additional Wind Arrows while in Trueshot. Wailing Arrow resets the cooldown of Rapid Fire and generates 2 charges of Aimed Shot.
      • Eagle Talon’s True Focus has been redesigned – Trueshot lasts an additional 3 seconds. During Trueshot, Aimed Shot’s Focus cost is reduced by 50% and Arcane Shot and Multi-Shot casts an additional time at 30% effectiveness.
      • Barrage, Master Marksman, and Hydra’s Bite are now Marksmanship talents (was Class).
      • Hydra’s Bite has been redesigned – When Aimed Shot strikes an enemy affected with your Serpent Sting, it spreads Serpent Sting to up to 2 nearby enemies. Serpent Sting’s damage over time is increased by 20%.
      • Killer Accuracy has been updated – Kill Shot’s critical strike chance and critical strike damage are increased by 20%.
      • Razor Fragments has been updated – Kill Shot damage increase to 75% (was 50%). Moved to Gate 3.
      • Lone Wolf reduced to 5% increased damage when you do not have an active pet (was 10%).
        • Developer’s note: The opportunity cost of having your pet out as a Marksmanship Hunter is so high that it can feel as though you’re locked out of all pet based utility, especially in AOE situations. Marksmanship is always going to be the Hunter spec that provides more throughput without a pet, but lowering this talent’s power should help to make those times where you’re the only lust or need an extra defensive feel a bit less bad.
      • Rapid Fire damage reduced by 8%.
      • Precise Shots now always grants 2 stacks and reduces the Focus cost of your next Multi-Shot or Arcane Shot by 50%.
      • Calling the Shots is no longer a choice node with Unerring Vision.
      • Surging Shots is no longer a choice node with In The Rhythm.
      • Many 2-point talents are now 1 point.
      • Bursting Shot has moved to the Class tree.
    • Survival
      • Mastery: Spirit Bond has been redesigned – You and your pet deal increased damage and take 3% reduced damage, increased by 100% when within 25 yards of each other.
        • Developer’s note: We’ve also implemented a “Mercy” effect to Spirit Bond that allows the proximity bonus to persist up to 10 seconds after you or your pet breaks the Mastery’s boundary.
      • New Talent: Sulfur-lined Pockets – Every third Quick Shot is replaced with an Explosive Shot at 100% effectiveness.
      • New Talent: Grenade Juggler – Wildfire Bomb deal 5% increased damage and has a 25% chance to reset the cooldown of Explosive Shot and reduce its Focus cost to 0. Explosive Shot reduces the cooldown of Wildfire Bomb by 4 seconds.
      • New Talent: Exposed Flank – Your Flanking Strike exposes a weakness in your enemy’s defenses, increasing the damage of Kill Command by 10% and allowing your Kill Command to also hit two additional enemies for 10 seconds.
      • New Talent: Contagious Reagents – Reapplying Serpent Sting spreads it to up to 2 nearby enemies.
      • New Talent: Outland Venom – Each damage over time effect you have on a target increases the critical strike damage they receive from you by 2%.
      • New Talent: Merciless Blow – Casting Butchery makes your next Raptor Strike or Mongoose Bite to hit up to three nearby targets.
      • New Talent: Sic ‘Em – Kill Shot critical strikes reset the cooldown of Kill Command.
      • New Talent: Symbiotic Adrenaline – The cooldown of Coordinated Assault is reduced by 60 seconds.
      • New Talent: Relentless Primal Ferocity – While Coordinated Assault is active, Kill Command generates 2 stacks of Tip of the Spear, you gain 10% Haste, and Tip of the Spear’s damage bonus is increased by 50%.
      • Tip of the Spear has been redesigned – Kill Command increases the damage of your next non-pet spell by 15%, stacking up to 3 times.
      • You now consume one stack of Tip of the Spear at a time and multiple stacks of Tip of the Spear no longer increase its damage bonus.
        • Developer’s note: We’re pleased with the theme and gameplay that Tip of the Spear provides and enjoy its role as a meaningful outlet for Kill Command resets. As such, we’re expanding this talent’s use case and introducing a range of effects across the tree to make it more of a core rotational concept.
      • Flanking Strike now gains double the damage bonus from Tip of the Spear.
      • Flanker’s Advantage has been redesigned – Kill Command has a 10% increased chance to immediately reset its cooldown, increased by 100% when Kill Command critically strikes a target. Tip of the Spear’s damage bonus is increased by up to 100%, based on your critical strike chance.
      • Spearhead has been redesigned – You and your pet charge your enemy target, applying a heavy bleed that increases your chance to critically strike them by 30% for 10 seconds.
      • Deadly Duo has been redesigned – The cooldown of Spearhead is reduced by 30 seconds and increases your critical strike damage against the target by 30% for 10 seconds.
      • Viper’s Venom has been redesigned – Raptor Strike and Mongoose Bite apply Serpent’s Sting.
      • Aspect of the Eagle has been redesigned – Increases the range of your Raptor Strike and Mastery: Spirit Bond to 40 yards for 15 seconds.
      • Bombardier has been redesigned – Casting Coordinated Assault grants 2 charges of Wildfire Bomb. When Coordinated Assault ends, Explosive Shot has no cooldown and costs zero Focus for 4 seconds.
      • Ruthless Marauder has been redesigned – Wildfire Bomb cooldown reduction effect is now 1 second by default and no longer is increased by the second talent point.
      • Coordinated Assault has been updated – Now also allows Kill Shot to be usable on targets regardless of Health.
      • Wildfire Infusion has been redesigned – Mongoose Bite and Raptor Strike have a 15% chance to reset Kill Command’s cooldown. Kill Command reduces the cooldown of Wildfire Bomb by 2 seconds.
      • Kill Command and Alpha Predator are now Survival talents (was Class).
      • Wildfire Bomb’s damage over time effect is now a rolling periodic.
      • Grenade Juggler and Bombardier now use an activation overlay.
      • Many 2-point talents are now 1 point.
      • The following talents have been removed:
        • Carve
        • Coordinated Kill
        • Birds of Prey
        • Intense Focus
        • Sharp Edges
  • MAGE
    • Hero Talents
      • Spellslinger (Frost/Arcane)
        • Spellfrost Teachings Orb damage bonus reduced to 20% (was 50%).
        • Spellfrost Teachings chance to trigger reduced to 2%.
        • Frost Splinter damage reduced by 66%.
        • Embedded Frost Splinter damage reduced by 66%.
        • Arcane Splinter damage reduced by 15%.
        • Embedded Arcane Splinter damage reduced 15%.
      • Sunfury (Arcane/Fire)
        • Mana Addiction now grants 0.5% Haste per stack (was 2%) for Fire Mages.
          • Developer’s note: Mana Addiction was taking up a lot of Sunfury’s power budget and was creating a powerful snowball effect with the rest of Fire’s kit. This adjustment should bring Sunfury more in line with the damage output of other Hero Talents and open us up to making the more active parts of Sunfury more exciting.
  • MONK
    • Hero Talents
      • Shado-Pan (Windwalker/Brewmaster)
        • Flurry Charges are now accumulated based on Attack Power rather than maximum health.
    • Mistweaver
      • Mana Tea no longer grants its mana reduction effect if its channel begins before a raid encounter or Mythic+ dungeon starts.
    • Windwalker
      • New Talent: Power of the Thunder King – Crackling Jade Lightning now chains to 4 additional targets and its channel time is reduced by 50%.
      • New Talent: Darting Hurricane – After you cast Strike of the Windlord, the global cooldown of your next 2 Tiger Palms is reduced by 50%. Your damaging spells and abilities have a chance to grant 1 stack of Darting Hurricane.
  • PALADIN
    • Hero Talents
      • Herald of the Sun (Holy/Retribution)
        • Retribution
          • Activating Crusade applies 4 Dawnlights onto nearby allies or enemies.
          • Activating Avenging Wrath applies 2 Dawnlights onto nearby allies or enemies.
          • Activating Radiant Glory applies 1 Dawnlight onto a nearby ally or enemy.
  • PRIEST
    • New Talent: Cauterizing Shadows – When your Shadow Word: Pain or Purge the Wicked expires or is refreshed with less than 5 seconds remaining, a nearby ally within 40 yards is healed.
    • New Talent: Phantom Reach – Increases the range of most spells by 15%.
    • Manipulation has been redesigned – Now causes you to take 1%/2% less damage from targets affected by Shadow Word: Pain, Purge the Wicked, or Holy Fire.
    • Power Word: Life healing increased by 15%.
    • Mindgames has been removed from the Priest talent tree and is now a PvP talent.
    • Shattered Perceptions has been removed.
    • Hero Talents
      • Oracle (Holy/Discipline)
        • Premonition of Insight is now the first spell in the Premonition sequence.
        • Premonition of Insight now reduces cooldowns by 7 seconds (was 5 seconds).
        • Premonition of Solace has been redesigned – Now causes your next single target healing spell to grant your target a shield that absorbs damage and reduces damage taken by 15% for 15 seconds.
        • Premonition of Piety now increases healing done by 10% (was 5%).
        • Premonition of Piety now lasts 15 seconds (was 10 seconds).
        • Fatebender now increases the effects of Premonition by 40% (was 30%).
        • Updated the spell icons for the Premonition spells.
        • Updated the tooltip for Clairvoyance to more accurately reflect its functionality.
    • Shadow
      • Mind Flay: Insanity now deals damage every 0.5 seconds for 2 seconds (was every 0.75 seconds for 3 seconds).
      • Mind Flay: Insanity now generates 12 Insanity over its duration (was 16).
      • Void Torrent damage increased by 30%.
        • Developer’s note: We’re updating Mind Flay: Insanity so that it fits into Shadow’s rotation better. There are several spells competing for the spotlight, so we’re cutting the length to create some room. Void Torrent’s damage has fallen off as we’ve increased the power of spells throughout Dragonflight, so we’re increasing its damage to return it to a high priority position in the rotation.
  • WARLOCK
    • Mortal Coil projectile has been updated with a newer visual.
    • Hero Talents
      • Hellcaller (Destruction/Affliction)
        • Mark of Peroth’arn has been redesigned – Critical strike damage dealt by Wither is increased by 10%. Wither has a chance to gain a stack when it critically strikes. Stacks gained this way do not activate Blackened Soul.
        • Mark of Xavius has been redesigned – Agony damage increased by 20%/Wither damage increased by 25%. Blackened Soul deals 2% increased damage per stack of Wither.
      • Soul Harvester (Demonology/Affliction)
        • Demonic Soul damage reduced by 50%.
        • Soul Anathema damage reduced by 50%.
        • Shared Fate damage reduced by 30%.
        • The visual for Demonic Soul and Sataiel’s Ambition has been updated.
    • Demonology
      • Pact of the Ered’ruin has been redesigned – When Doom expires, you have a chance to summon a Doomguard that casts 5 Doom Bolts before departing. Each Doom Bolt deals Shadow damage.
      • Charhound’s Infernal Presence damage reduced by 50%.
      • Gloomhound’s Gloom Slash damage reduced by 50%.
      • Doom damage reduced by 50%.
    • Destruction
      • Chaos Bolts cast by Overfiend no longer gains modifiers active on its summoner.
      • The visual for casting Dimensional Rift has been updated.
  • WARRIOR
    • Honed Reflexes has been redesigned – Cooldown of Die By the Sword, Enraged Regeneration, Shield Wall, Pummel, Intervene, Spell Reflection, and Storm Bolt reduced by 5%.
    • Sudden Death can now stack 2 times.
    • The visual for Shockwave will now properly match its radius, both with and without the Rumbling Earth talent. Impact visual has also been updated.
    • The visual for Thunderous Roar has been adjusted.
    • Hero Talents
      • Mountain Thane (Protection/Fury)
        • Call of Thunder renamed to Crashing Thunder.
        • Crashing Thunder’s bonus to Thunder Clap damage reduced to 40% (was 50%).
        • Burst of Power increases Bloodthirst damage by 35% (was 25%).
        • Strength of the Mountain increases Rampage and Bloodthirst damage by 15% (was 10%).
        • Protection
          • Thunder Blast damage bonus increased to 40% (was 20%).
      • Slayer (Fury/Arms)
        • Imminent Demise slightly redesigned – Instead of increasing Sudden Death’s chance to trigger, now every 3 Slayer’s Strikes will grant Sudden Death.
    • Arms
      • Cleave now replaces Whirlwind.
        • Developer’s note: We feel that Arms has an overwhelming number of abilities they must use in their AOE rotation, so we’re making Cleave replace Whirlwind to help alleviate that.
      • Cleave cooldown increased to 4.5 seconds (was 3 seconds).
        • Developer’s note: We are happy with Cleave’s position as the focus of Arms AOE but feel that the 3 second cooldown put too much pressure on the rotation. Increasing the cooldown will allow more room for Overpower and rotational cooldowns like Sweeping Strikes and Warbringer.
      • Dance of Death has been redesigned – When an enemy dies while affected by your Bladestorm, all damage you deal is increased by 5% for the remainder of the Bladestorm and for 2 seconds afterwards. When an enemy dies while affected by your Ravager, its duration is extended by 2 seconds. These effects can trigger a maximum of 3 times per use of Bladestorm or Ravager.
    • Fury
      • The positions and connections of the Tier 3 talents have been adjusted.
        • Developer’s note: We’ve received feedback that pathing to some abilities at the bottom of the Fury tree is difficult, so we’re repositioning these abilities to allow for more synergistic pathing.
      • Developer’s note: We’ve been seeing extremely high uptime of Recklessness, which leads to a cycle of high Rage generation and a lack of variance in Fury’s rotation. We’d like Recklessness to be an ability that is active only some of the time to create some variance to Fury’s rotation, so we’re adjusting several talents to reduce overall Recklessness uptime. We will be closely monitoring Fury’s rotational cadence and damage output and making adjustments where necessary.
      • Anger Management now reduces cooldowns by 1 second per 30 Rage spent (was 20 Rage).
      • Unbridled Ferocity no longer triggers from Onslaught and its chance to trigger is reduced to 6% (was 20%).
        • Developer’s note: Unbridled Ferocity was a major offender in Recklessness uptime, and it triggering from Onslaught added additional talent choice pressure in Fury’s Tier 3 talents. We’re reducing the proc chance to put it on par with other Tier 3 talents and removing Onslaught from the list of triggers to reduce talent choice pressure in Tier 3.
      • All ability damage increased by 15%.
      • Rampage damage increased by 10%.
    • Protection
      • Dance of Death has been redesigned – When an enemy dies while affected by your Ravager, its duration is extended by 2 seconds. This effect can trigger a maximum of 3 times per use of Ravager.
      • Dance of Death and Storm of Steel are now on a choice node.

ITEMS

  • Trinkets
    • Many item effects have had their tuning significantly adjusted due to scaling changes.
    • Fixed an issue preventing Creeping Coagulum’s burst heal from casting when reaching the healing threshold.
    • Fixed an issue causing Void Reaper’s Contract’s secondary phantoms to deal no damage.
    • Fixed various issues related to Sikran’s Endless Arsenal’s stance effects and tooltip descriptions.
    • Foul Behemoth’s Chelicera now triggers more consistently from class abilities. Tooltip updated to clarify effect behavior when leaving combat.
    • Fixed an issue preventing several specializations from triggering Aberrant Spellforge’s Aberrant Empowerment with their intended class abilities. Tooltip updated for effect clarity.
    • Gruesome Syringe’s passive Intellect changed to Critical Strike.

PLAYER VERSUS PLAYER

  • PRIEST
    • Mindgames is now a PvP talent (was a Class talent).
    • Mindgames duration increased by 2 seconds.
    • Mindgames damage, damage reversal, and healing reversal increased by 33%.

USER INTERFACE AND ACCESSIBILITY

  • For any item in the quest tracker, right-clicking and selecting “Remove Focus” will remove supertracking behavior.
  • The quest bang visual for quests that are in-progress has been updated.
  • Artwork updates and clarity improvements have been made to game service menus on the character select screen.
  • The camera will now allow for the player character to be more obstructed by the environment before colliding and pushing the camera forward.
    • Use the console command “cameraIndirectVisibility [0,1]” to turn the feature off or on, and use “cameraIndirectOffset [0, 10.0]” to modify the sensitivity.

Developer Hunter Comments

Quote from: Blizzard

Hello Hunters! We’re very excited to unveil the class and spec tree updates for Hunter today!

We had a few goals going into this update, and we wanted to communicate those so the Hunter community will have some more direction when giving feedback in the coming weeks.

Across the Hunter core tree and all spec trees, we had these goals:

  • Improve secondary stat scaling across all Hunter specializations
  • Condense existing damage effects
  • Conservatively expand on the range of Hunter utility
  • Solidify rotational gameplay and fantasy of each spec

Core Tree

The Hunter core tree had a substantial amount of throughput relative to other core trees, which all had to be generic given how differently each spec can utilize the Hunter class tools and spells. This led to a lot of passive damage instances and didn’t do a ton to expand on each spec’s gameplay.

We’ve culled a lot of passive damage procs in the core tree, added some more situational utility, expanded on Hunter defensives, and made sure that each Hunter spec can meaningfully utilize the spells available to them in their core tree.

Beast Mastery

Beast Mastery’s gameplay has remained solid through Dragonflight, and we weren’t interested in rocking the boat too violently with this update.

Beast Mastery and the Hunter class in general have had a host of passive damage over time effects across many abilities. To help add some more cohesion to all these disparate damage over time effects, we added some bonuses like Basilisk Collar to help push the damage over time gameplay in a very Beast Mastery direction.

Beast Mastery is not a damage over time spec, and we are aiming to keep it that way. Your pets will always be the primary source of your damage and the DoTs you apply will more often than not be completely passive or passive procs– but we felt the sheer number of DoT effects Beast Mastery has merited some deeper support.

Lastly, we were interested in pushing on the boundaries of Beast Mastery’s fantasy by adding talents like Huntmaster’s Call. We feel that it is important for Beast Mastery to be primarily about your tamed and summonable pets, but we’re also interested in more deeply expressing the “Wildcaller” part of Beast Mastery’s fantasy. We hope that calling upon beasts of legend and summoning swarms of crows should help to make you feel like the flavor of Hunter that can call upon the wilds to aid you in battle.

Marksmanship

At the beginning of the update process, we were feeling mostly pleased with the individual effects found across the Marksmanship tree. However, we had more of an issue with how these effects all worked in concert.

Precise Shots is a meaningful and expressive part of Marksmanship gameplay, but currently Aimed Shots has a hard time sharing the spotlight with all the other various effects found across the Marksmanship tree—especially during Trueshot. We are aiming to “unclog” the Marksmanship Trueshot rotation with a redesigned Eagletalon’s True Focus. With Eagletalon’s True Focus talented, firing an Arcane Shot or Multi-Shot will immediately fire another Arcane Shot or Multi-Shot that will benefit from and consume Precise Shots. This should help you to continue to get value out of Precise Shots in your Trueshot rotation, and you can focus on the more exciting parts of Trueshot, which are Aimed Shot and Rapid Fire.

The Wind Arrow suite of talents have been an exciting visual and gameplay component of Marksmanship for quite some time, but their effects and bonuses have gotten more complex over time. With this update, we wanted to dramatically simplify the effects of Legacy of the Windrunners and add some more exciting payoffs via a now-passive Wailing Arrow and an update to the Readiness capstone that should add some more skill expression and further increase the excitement of Trueshot.

Lastly, we wanted to ensure Marksmanship was owning its niche of burst AoE. Talents like Kill Zone and Rapid Fire Barrage are intended to not only be fantasy-forward and exciting talents in their own right, but encourage groups to try out a Marksmanship hunter if they want some sizeable burst every 60 seconds.

Survival

Survival has had a few different iterations over the course of WoW’s history, and with the addition of the Dragonflight talent tree, we saw a collision of many effects both old and new. With this talent tree update, we wanted to take a swing at making Survival’s kit more cohesive and taming some of the more complicated effects across the tree.

The more impactful core change to Survival is going to be Tip of the Spear’s new design. We really liked the story that this talent told and the gameplay behind it– the Survival Hunter and their pet working in concert to deal more damage. As such, we’re expanding its effects on the talent itself and also opening it up to be augmented across the talent tree in various ways. We hope that this new core rotational concept will help to create satisfying gameplay and help to sell the Survival fantasy a bit more.

Many of Survival’s spells were either very simple (Flanking Strike) or incredibly complex (Coordinated Assault + Supporting Talents). We wanted to take some steps to smooth out the average complexity of Survival’s talents while also honing in on the core rotational gameplay and how that might be more cleanly augmented by supporting talents. More complicated talents like Deadly Duo and Wildfire Infusion have been replaced with effects that are simpler, stronger, and have more moment-to-moment implications for your gameplay.

Explosions are a core part of the Survival experience, and alongside the core rotational changes we made, we also proliferated access to Wildfire Bomb and Explosive Shot. Grenade Juggler and the new Bombardier are working in concert to make Explosive Shot a more appealing and excitement-driving rotational spell, and we hope you enjoy blowing things up in the War Within!

Lastly, we are aware that Wildfire Infusion’s previous iteration provided a great splash of color to the Survival experience that is now lost. We are interested in exploring ways we can amp up the visual excitement of Survival in the future, but we do not have anything to share at this time.

Phew, that’s a lot of changes! We are really excited to read everyone’s feedback regarding these updates and can’t wait for you to get your hands on them!

Thank you for reading!