MMO-Champion - August 16 Hotfixes, Blue Posts, Comics
Patch 4.2 Hotfixes - August 16
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes
  • Threat
    • Threat generation for all tanks has been increased to 500%, up from 300%. This applies to warriors in Defensive Stance, death knights in Blood Presence, druids in Bear Form, and paladins with Righteous Fury.
    • Vengeance should no longer be generated when damage is fully absorbed by damage shields. When the shield breaks from damage or damage is partially absorbed, the amount of Vengeance generated is equal to the full amount of damage taken (including the damage absorbed.)
    • More information can be found in our latest Dev Watercooler.

Dungeons & Raids
Baradin Hold
  • Occu’thar has come into a larger supply of PvE gear than he previously possessed.

Firelands
  • Hell Hounds should now be nigh impossible for a single player to kill.
  • The Grab Bag dropped by all Firelands bosses should now occasionally contain Crystallized Firestones in Heroic difficulty.

Baleroc
  • Baleroc should now always choose Inferno Blade the first time he casts Blades of Baleroc.

Beth’tilac
  • Beth'tilac now does slightly less damage on normal difficulty.

Lord Rhyolith
  • The explosion damage radius of each Magma Meteor just before Lord Rhyolith should now more closely match their spell effect visuals.
  • Volcanoes should no longer emit plumes of smoke while they are dormant.
  • Concussive Stomp should no longer knock nearby players back.
  • Magma Flow lines are now 30 yards long, down from 40 yards.
  • Rhyolith now activates volcanoes less often on normal difficulty.
  • Stepping on an active volcano now removes 16 stacks of armor, up from 10.

Majordomo Fandral Staghelm
  • All threat generated in this encounter has been reduced in Heroic difficulty.

Ragnaros
  • Ragnaros’s Sons of Flame should now be immune to silence effects.

Shannox
  • Shannox, Riplimb and Rageface have all had their damage reduced slightly on normal difficulty.

Quests
  • Players should now be able to keep the Quest Giver buff from the quest Welcome to the Machine in Hillsbrad Foothills.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
GC's latest blog: Active Mitigation Playstyle
Right now it's tough for DK tanks because they're the only ones on anything resembling an active mitigation model. The one active mitigation guy is going to look like he's working harder than the passive mitigation guys because, in a lot of ways, he is. If all tanks had worked this way from the start, it would be the norm, and nobody would be worried about jumping onto that model.

We've already established that threat isn't making for very compelling encounter design, and removing it offers us the ability to get creative with some of the mechanics that we're using; both in encounter and class design. In a world with no threat management, and no active mitigation, that doesn't leave a lot for tanks to do though. We think that making tanking more active, and focusing that activity around mitigation (which feels immediately useful) will generate some very rewarding gameplay. We want the act of tanking to be engaging, interesting and fun. We think the path forward will offer more of that for all the tanking classes.

Also, I've seen a number of references to making tanking easier in this thread and elsewhere. "Easier" isn't really the goal. The goal is to discard a mechanic which we don't think is working particularly well anymore, and replace it with something more focused and interesting. Doing so should also have the effect of allowing tanks who aren't as geared still do their job when grouped with players who outgear (or even outlevel them a bit). They'll still be responsible for doing a good job, but their absolute ability to hold the attention of the boss won't be a factor; their ability to play well and mitigate damage will be.

We're aware of player concerns about Blood tanking, and we'll work to ensure that Blood tanking will continue to be viable and effective into the future. On that note, we're interested in addressing some of the concerns that have been expressed about the spec (potentially as soon as the next major patch), though we want to accomplish that goal without sacrificing what sets the spec apart and makes it interesting. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Cross-Realm Raid Finder
We have some plans. They're good plans. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

US Battle.net Invitational VoDs
The results are in! The North American Battle.net Invitational World of Warcraft Arena competition, held last week at Blizzard Entertainment headquarters, has come to its thrilling conclusion. The first nine qualifier matches are now available on the official BlizzCon community site. Want to see who advances toward glory, riches, and the chance to compete live at BlizzCon 2011? You can check out the matches from the first day of competition now. Be sure to get caught up on all the action, as we’ll be posting the remaining matchups in the near future, revealing which two teams duke it out in the Grand Finals, and ultimately who will be competing at BlizzCon this October. Don’t fall victim to spoilers. Watch the matches. Enjoy the spectacle. Profit!

If you’re curious about the order in which the matches are being released, we’ve made sure to align them according to how they played out last week. You’ll be able to see the tournament brackets update in the correct order as you watch each of the matches. We thank you for your patience as we prepared these brutal bouts for public consumption. (Blue Tracker / Official Blog)

Discounted Shipping From FigurePrints Until 15 September
Take advantage of this hot summer deal by getting discounted rates on shipping to Europe for all World of Warcraft FigurePrints ordered from now until 15 September. If you've been considering a custom World of Warcraft character statue of your own, now is the perfect time to save some cash.

If you’ve never seen a FigurePrint, check out their gallery of characters and the “FigurePrints - How They Are Made” movie. FigurePrints are one-of-a-kind, custom statues of your World of Warcraft characters that present a three-dimensional snapshot of your in-game history. FigurePrints statues are equipped with the actual weapons and armor your character wears, and you sentimental types can choose from any of the items you’ve got stashed away. You can even choose from a variety of poses for your character to be immortalized in.

Visit FigurePrints.com for more information or to place an order. (Blue Tracker / Official Blog)

WoW TCG: Twilight of the Dragons Now In Stores
Deathwing the Destroyer has arrived in the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game and he’s brought both the Twilight and Black dragonflights with him. Tainted by corrupt magic before they were hatched, the Twilight dragons threaten to bring an age of darkness to the land. Unleash their fiery fury as you crack open packs of Twilight of the Dragons, in stores now.

Embrace the chaos and ally with Nefarian, Cho’gall, and Sinestra, or defend Azeroth against their assault by joining Thrall, Caelestrasz, Merithra, Arygos, Anachronos, and the elemental ascendants.In this time of great peril, will you join Deathwing’s forces or defend against it? Choose your side and prepare for war!

Please note, these cards are only available in English. (Blue Tracker / Official Blog)

API: Completed quests available
I'm happy to announce that completed quests have been added to the character profile API resource. By using the 'fields' query string parameter to include the 'quests' value, the character profile returned will include a list of quest ids that the character has completed.

Example: http://us.battle.net/api/wow/charact...?fields=quests (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Comics
NerfNow #561 is especially relevant today!

This article was originally published in forum thread: August 16 Hotfixes, Blue Posts, Comics started by chaud View original post
Comments 96 Comments
  1. theniffrig's Avatar
    Cross-Realm Raid FinderWe have some plans. They're good plans.Does that mean 4.3 is going to be adding a raid finder feature just like the dungeon finder?
  1. Prag's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by VanishO2 View Post
    Luck of the Draw buff, deal with it.
    Threat buff. Deal with it.
  1. Dio the Holy Diver's Avatar
    did anyone notice they were taking less damage from the tornadoes on the bird boss?
  1. Collected's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by theniffrig View Post
    Cross-Realm Raid FinderWe have some plans. They're good plans.Does that mean 4.3 is going to be adding a raid finder feature just like the dungeon finder?
    Sounds like it. Not sure how well it will work. I can see a lot of kicking happening before raids even begin to pull the 1st boss.
  1. Huntingbear_grimbatol's Avatar
    I know that Normal raids are designed for "baddies" but nerfing after 7weeks and 2 of the most killed bosses? people pug 5/6 normal on my realm already and if they get the same people for 2weeks they even kill shannox on heroic. Ok with the changes for heroic since there wasn't any threat increase for the 1 tank on Majordomo HC while dps gets 100% dps increase, it just made sense to do this. As for making Baleroc allways use inferno blade first? don't see how this could be a major issue unless the tank didn't get 260k+ before the first blade, haven't run into this issue myself so. Also i hope the ryolith changes are for normal since it's already quite simple once you know how to actually do the fight correct on heroic.
  1. Kingoomieiii's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by empo View Post
    What does the Majordomo change mean?
    People do more damage over the course of the fight the longer they don't take damage. Which means the tank doesn't benefit. This ensures DPS won't accidentally out-threat the tank.
  1. Naix's Avatar
    I knew cross realm raids were coming back in 2009.

    http://everythingoverpowered.blogspo...ow-110409.html
  1. mvallas's Avatar
    I posted this story in another thread - but thought It would be great to share with everybody here:http://www.mmo-champion.com/threads/...4#post12768924[HR]

    Edit: Bah... horrible formatting for comments.

    Click on the link instead - it's a short funny story talking about the new patch.
  1. ucplayer's Avatar
    Patch 4.4: You can damage a target 5min before the Tank even logins into the game. Lawl
  1. mvallas's Avatar
    I posted this story in another thread - but thought It would be great to share with everybody here:http://www.mmo-champion.com/threads/959566-A-short-story-to-accompany-the-new-patch-news...?p=12768924#post12768924

    The young Nefarian wakes up this morning...

    Gets out of bed

    Walks over and brushes his teeth

    Sits down at his throne

    Krixix the goblin element shaper hands him a golden platter

    On the Golden Platter is a plate containing eggs, hash browns, lightly buttered toast... and a Newspaper.

    Nef slowly eats his eggs...

    "So, anything interesting going on today Krix?"

    Krixix shifts uncomfortably...

    "...n...nothing much m'lord Nefarian."

    Nefarian eyes him suspiciously

    "Is that so Krix? You seem... troubled..."

    "It's nothing m'lord..." Krix stammers "...may I go back to my duties?"

    Nefarian again eyes him suspiciously

    "Very well... be gone from my sight".

    Relieved... Kirixix says "Thank you!" and rushes off.

    Out the Door Kirixix met by Broodlord Lashslayer

    "Has he found out yet?" the Broodlord whispers

    Kirixix says "Not yet... I just managed to get out before!"

    "Good call" Broodlord stammers on "Lets get moving before he finds out..."

    Back in the throne room, Nefarian finishes his breakfast and is quietly sipping his cup of joe

    He reaches down and picks up the newspaper

    "Well then" Says Nef "What's in today's news..."

    As he reads the paper, he takes another sip of his coffee...

    ...he gets halfway through when he spits out the entire contents all over the throne room.

    "WHAAAAAAT!?!!" he shouts, looking back at what he read. "This cant be! Does that mean..."

    A sound that is similar to thunder is heard across the searing gorge.

    "No..." Nefarian says, as he drops the paper and slowly walks to the edge of his balcony

    Nefarian stares across the landscape in utter disbelief

    "No..." he utters

    Horses thundering across the ground

    "....No..." he utters again...

    The skies blackened with winged creatures...

    "....Nononono....!!!" he panics

    The glint of a thousand tiny daggers catches the sun's rays

    "....NooooOOOOOOOO!!!" he finally screams, throwing his fists up in the air

    In his view, we see a vast stampede. Armed with sharpened daggers and wills of steel - an ocean of Rogues descends upon Blackwing Lair.


    Forget about the Hour of Twilight...

    ...for the Hour of Bloodfang Rogues has begun.
  1. Eleveneleven's Avatar
    Why did you post this crybaby comic Boub? Tanks are the only type that often have the sole role of positioning. They still have rotations. They still have cooldowns (for both utility and mitigation). The positioning aspect still makes their work more involved than DPS and now tied with healers.
  1. Hatredsheart's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jotixel View Post
    Realy? Just did BH25 6 PVP items droped... Bad bad liars
    Me too, 25man BH, 6 pvp drops.
    He may have come into possession of more pve gear, shame he forgot where he keeps it.
  1. quackshot's Avatar
    The Grab Bag dropped by all Firelands bosses should now occasionally contain Crystallized Firestones in Heroic difficulty. Grab Bags ...
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    Reposting squee666's comment for those still wondering:

    Quote Originally Posted by squee666 View Post
    To Clarify *Grab-Bag* Means Shared Loot Tables. Meaning on HC Shared Loot can Now contain a Crystal
    So basically, getting a Crystallized Fire in order to trade up an eligible item will be slightly easier to obtain.

    ---------- Post added 2011-08-17 at 03:32 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Duntix View Post
    I call bollocks on this. He was already extremely easy it took my guild all of around 8 wipes to down him. And none of us had any heroic gear and we are by no means amazing(40+ wipes on alysrazor to kill her). This is going to make our progression nights go faster now I guess.
    Easy is relative. I know it took my guild dozens of wipes -- including bugged attempts -- before my fellow guildies were finally able to down him on 10-man on Sunday. If we can manage to get Rhyolith and Baelroc on farm, we'll be looking towards spending a lot of time on the birdie next. /wrist
  1. boonoob's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Alayea View Post
    The nerf to Rhyolith normal was needed. With your average raiding guild (that has no heroic T11 gear, some MF items, and/or T1/T2 heroics stuff), Rhyolith was a lot harder than he ought to have been, particularly on 10-man.
    We did an alt run to 10man with some ridiculous bad alts (rogue with 333ilvl mainhand) and had absolutely no problems on this boss. Actually officer driving Ryolith found it way easier to do than on 25man.
  1. Lumineus's Avatar
    I like the subtle touches that NerfNow always puts in the background. The DPS queue going through a crumbling hole in the wall while the tank queue is a red carpet that leads to a golden elevator. Hilarious.

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