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Patch 5.2 PTR - Build 16503

Warcraft Movie Update: Director Signed!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We are pleased to announce that Duncan Jones, director of critically-acclaimed films Source Code and Moon, has signed on with Legendary Pictures to direct the upcoming live-action film based on the Warcraft universe. Click here for more info.

Legendary is keeping its script, written by Charles Leavitt, under wraps. The Warner Bros.-based production and finance outfit is eyeing a fall 2013 start and a 2015 release. Jones’ producing partner, Stuart Fenegan, will executive produce while Chris Metzen will co-produce for Blizzard. Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing for Legendary along with Blizzard and Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Alex Gartner. Warcraft is expected to have a budget north of $100 million.

Raid Testing Schedule - January 31/February 1
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
On Thursday, January 31, and Friday, February 1, we will be testing more raid encounters in the Throne of Thunder.

Each encounter should be available at approximately the listed times below for all Public Test Realms.

Thursday, January 31

Tortos - 10 Player Normal
10:30 PST (13:30 EST, 19:30 CET)

Megaera - 10 Player Normal
16:00 PST (19:00 EST, 01:00 CET)

Friday, February 1

Dark Animus - 10 Player Normal
10:30 PST (13:30 EST, 19:30 CET)

Twin Consorts - 10 Player Normal
16:00 PST (19:00 EST, 01:00 CET)

Patch 5.2 PTR Official Notes Update

Interesting Notes
  • To encourage Raid Finder groups to persevere, each time an Raid Finder group wipes on a boss fight all players in the group receives a stacking buff that increases health, damage dealt, and healing done by 5% (up to a maximum of 10 stacks). This buff is cleared once the boss has been killed.
  • Lorewalker Cho has two new tales to tell: Dagger in the Dark and A Little Patience. Though his mystical story-weaving magic (and well, the Dungeon Finder), both Alliance and Horde characters are now able run these previously faction-specific Scenarios.
  • Characters that have attained requisite title levels (Centurion, Knight-Champion, Grand Marshal, High Warlord, etc.) through the Rated Battleground system will be able to purchase old PVP items requiring those titles.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes
  • Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Asphyxiate cooldown has been reduced to 30 seconds (was 1 minute).

  • Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Cyclone now has a 20-second cooldown for Feral Druids.
    • Guardian
      • Thick Hide now reduces critical strike chance from all types of attacks made against the Guardian Druid, instead of just melee.
    • Feral Druid PvP Gloves now also increases the duration of Bear Hug by 1 second.
    • Feral Druid PvP 2-piece bonus, in addition to the Savage Roar effect, Thick Hide reduces the wearer's chance to receive critical strikes by 20%.
    • Feral Druid PvP 4-piece bonus also causes successful interrupts with Skull Bash to reset the cooldown of Enrage.

  • Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Improved Counterspell has been removed.
    • Ice Floes now has a 45-second cooldown, down from 1 minute and its duration have been increased to 15-seconds (was 10-seconds).
    • Scorch now costs 3.5% of base mana, up from 0.1%. Scorch cast by Arcane Mages now deals 40% less damage but can now be affected by Arcane Charge.
    • Arcane
      • Arcane Charge now stacks up to 4 times (was 6), increases damage by 50% (was 25%), and increases mana cost by 150% (was 75%).

  • Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • New Level-60 Talent: Ring of Peace
      • Ring of Peace forms an 8-yard sanctuary around a friendly target for 8 seconds, disabling enemy player auto-attacks in PvP, and causing all enemies (both players and NPCs) in the area of effect to be disarmed for the duration. In addition, enemies that cast a damaging spell while within the area of effect will be silenced for 3-seconds.
    • Mistweaver
    • Windwalker
      • Windwalker Monk PvP 2-piece bonus now also increases the range of Keg Smash.

  • Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)

  • Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Halo will no longer hit enemies that are in Stealth.
    • Power Word: Solace has been replaced with a new talent: Solace & Insanity
      • For Shadow, this ability causes Mind Flay to gain the Insanity effect when it's cast on a target with 3 Shadow damage-over-time spells on it. Insanity increases the damage of Mind Flay by 33% per Shadow Orb consumed.

    • Glyph of Mind Spike only works from Mind Spike that aren't instant casts from Surge of Darkness.
    • Shadow

  • Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Shuriken Toss now causes the Rogue to throw ranged shurikens coated in Lethal Poison and auto-attack at 75% damage (was 80%) for up to 10 seconds if the enemy is farther than 10 yards away.

  • Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • The Felhunter ability Spell Lock is now an interrupt, and no longer applies a 3-second blanket Silence.

  • Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Second Wind now generates 15 rage (was 20) over 10-seconds and the health regeneration effect will pause while the Warrior is stunned.
    • Deadly Calm has been removed from the game.
    • Glyph of Incite no longer procs from Deadly Calm, it now procs from Demoralizing Shout.
    • Glyph of Overpower now increases the duration of Die by the Sword by 1-second each time Overpower is used.
    • Arms
      • Slam now deals 220% weapon damage, down from 190% and had its cost reduced to 20 rage (was 30).
      • Sudden Death now has a 25% chance to activate from Overpower instead of a 20% chance from auto attacks. In addition, using Execute makes Overpower free for 10-seconds.

Quests
  • Upon reaching level 20 and level 60, characters will automatically receive a new quest directing them to visit the racial riding trainer and mount vendors.

Pet Battles
  • Reflection has been replaced with Deflection, an ability that always attempts to go first and causes the pet to avoid all attacks for that round.
  • Thunderbolt has been redesigned. It is now a powerful team-damage spell.
  • Mr. Bigglesworth's Prowl has been replaced with a new ability, Ice Barrier, which blocks two attacks.
  • Fluxfire Feline's Wind-Up has been replaced with a new ability, Flux, which deals damage to the enemy team.
  • The Tuskarr Kite has a new set of abilities that's more appropriate for a Tuskarr Kite.
  • Pets that had been affected by a crowd-control ability will now be granted Resilience, making them immune to crowd control for a short while.
  • Arcane Explosion’s damage to back-line pets has been increased by 20%.
  • Frost Shock now properly chills targets of 2 rounds (was 4).
  • Deep Freeze now has a cooldown of 4 rounds (was 3).
  • Blocking abilities that last for 2 turns like Decoy, now have a cooldown of 8 rounds.
  • Feign Death now has a cooldown of 8 rounds (was 5).
  • Sprite Darter Hatchling and Nether Faerie Dragon: Evanescence and Arcane Blast have swapped ability positions.

Raids, Dungeons and Scenarios
  • To encourage Raid Finder groups to persevere, each time an Raid Finder group wipes on a boss fight all players in the group receives a stacking buff that increases health, damage dealt, and healing done by 5% (up to a maximum of 10 stacks). This buff is cleared once the boss has been killed.
  • Lorewalker Cho has two new tales to tell: Dagger in the Dark and A Little Patience. Though his mystical story-weaving magic (and well, the Dungeon Finder), both Alliance and Horde characters are now able run these previously faction-specific Scenarios.

PvP
  • A new vendor has been added offering to sell Conquest PvP gear for Honor to characters that have earned 27,000 Conquest during the season. They could be found near existing Pandaria PvP vendors.
  • Tyrannical Elite items have been updated so that they have the same un-budgeted PVP Power and Resilience values as standard Tyrannical items.
  • Characters that have attained requisite title levels (Centurion, Knight-Champion, Grand Marshal, High Warlord, etc.) through the Rated Battleground system will be able to purchase old PVP items requiring those titles.

Professions

PTR Class and Set Bonus Issues
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We are making some additional changes. The ones below are mostly for PvP purposes and were based on a lot of PTR feedback, much of it from high-end PvP players. Until 5.2 goes live, these are not set in stone.

Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • We agree that Retribution does not offer enough benefits to an Arena or Battleground team beyond just taking a Holy paladin. We are going to try a change where Hand of Sacrifice also dispels all harmful magic effects on the target for Ret only.

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Phantasm - no longer makes you untargetable. Movement protection increased to 5 sec (from 3 sec).
  • Dispersion - now belongs to the Shadow school, meaning it can get locked out.
  • We are expanding the Shadow healing nerf to most of the priest healing toolkit. This means Holy and Discipline will have a passive that increases all of their healing by 25% as do most other healing classes. Holy and Discipline should see no change as a result, but Shadow's heals will be weaker. Remember that this will be partially offset relative to 5.1 because Shadow does get some healing benefit from PvP Power. (This note replaces earlier notes about Flash Heal and Binding Heal being nerfed for Shadow).

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Blood Fear is now Blood Horror and is a 4 sec horror effect instead of a Fear. It otherwise works as it does on the PTR.

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Totemic Restoration - now behaves as though any replaced or destroyed totem was active for a minimum of 1 sec, even if the totem is dropped and grabbed for a shorter time period.
  • Stone Bulwark Totem - the totem now has 10% of the Shaman's health, much like Mana Tide and Healing Tide.
  • Nature's Guardian - now preserves the Shaman's health percentage when it expires.

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Second Wind - we are reverting the nerf to the heal not working while stunned. We think we have nerfed Arms enough for PvP reasons in 5.2.

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Paralysis - duration is now 4 sec from the front / 6 sec from the back (down from 4 / 8).

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
This article was originally published in forum thread: Patch 5.2 PTR Notes Update, WoW Movie Update, Upcoming Raid Tests, PTR Class Balance started by chaud View original post
Comments 130 Comments
  1. kharyll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Zatheyll View Post
    I'm sure they have plans to keep the majority of their playerbase interested for another 20 years, let alone 2.
    I think of Diablo III. Maybe you are not right.
  1. Buu's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by kharyll View Post
    I think of Diablo III. Maybe you are not right.
    Well, D3 had Jay Wilson and his gang doing whatever they pleased, whenever they wanted, up to the point Activision-Blizzard had to force them to release the game, when they decided they would spend another year playing developers. And when it backfired they proceed to ofend and blame everyone. "Fuck that loser", remember?

    WoW have Tom Chilton putting the things players are interested in, and he is so confident that he even let crap as 75% of Cataclysm endgame go through so he can prove to everyone that he knows what bring people and what drive people away. People complained about the long waiting for development? He brought Marco Koegler to create tools for the developers waste less time hammering, and more time being creative.

    I hope that the next game director for D3 is a Tom Chilton's indication. I think he is scary as hell, but I love his work. And people like Metzen and Afrasiabi seem very comfortable with him in charge.
  1. Excesskek's Avatar
    if old pvp gear becomes avaible like this , why not t3 going on for justice points?....
  1. Valrax's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by stuartj1992 View Post
    No one does. They've only just signed a direction for goodness sake.
    I know that...but that's why I am asking, to see if anyone knows anything at all. Like perhaps they said how long they would like it to be in a previous blue post or something.
  1. Ferrouswheel's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Xilurm View Post
    Man I love how some people at the main forums criticise this movie and the director when they only watch 1 movie per year.

    "Duncan who?"

    "I never heard of Moon and probably no one else hasn't"

    "Blah blah fucking blah"
    Yeah I found that odd, it's like they're proudly showing off their ignorance. If I was in a room with someone and this was being discussed and instead of saying, "oh who is jones, how are his movies?" they said, "hahaha jones who????" I'd look at them and ask what the hell is wrong with them. In real life these window lickers would be shunned.
  1. UcanDoSht's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrouswheel View Post
    Yeah I found that odd, it's like they're proudly showing off their ignorance. If I was in a room with someone and this was being discussed and instead of saying, "oh who is jones, how are his movies?" they said, "hahaha jones who????" I'd look at them and ask what the hell is wrong with them. In real life these window lickers would be shunned.
    Or, you know, Blizzard is not a 3rd world company barely making any profit. People basically expect popular staff on a movie for a popular franchise.
  1. det's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ruck View Post
    that change to LFR just sounds down right desperate
    There are pretty extensive bluetrackers explaining the reasoning behind it. And the Pros will ofc get their loot and satisfaction from normals an heroics. All I know is this: I raided from 2005 to the beginning of 2012 and I raided always current content. (meaning later on when several raid difficulties were introduced we also did hardmodes). But life changes, priorities change and now I cannot raid anymore on that scale of 12 hrs a week that I used to. So I am glad there is a LFR I can pop in occasionally during the week and quickly see and kill 3 or 4 bosses.
  1. Ferrouswheel's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by UcanDoSht View Post
    Or, you know, Blizzard is not a 3rd world company barely making any profit. People basically expect popular staff on a movie for a popular franchise.
    He is popular, a lot of people know of him. If you read the thread we're talking about, I'd say about 75% are saying "Sweet david bowie's son" or "I loved moon it was my favorite sci fi movie!" Only about a quarter of them are ignorant like you. Peter Jackson made a couple crappy horror flicks before making LOTR, at least Zowie Bowie has made a couple good movies.
  1. UcanDoSht's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrouswheel View Post
    He is popular, a lot of people know of him. If you read the thread we're talking about, I'd say about 75% are saying "Sweet david bowie's son" or "I loved moon it was my favorite sci fi movie!" Only about a quarter of them are ignorant like you. Peter Jackson made a couple crappy horror flicks before making LOTR, at least Zowie Bowie has made a couple good movies.
    Looks like you suffer from a syndrome, calling other people ignorant, if they question your opinion. I watch movies, from different genres, regulary. All I said is, Blizzard could appoint someone who is more popular..
  1. Ferrouswheel's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by UcanDoSht View Post
    Looks like you suffer from a syndrome, calling other people ignorant, if they question your opinion. I watch movies, from different genres, regulary. All I said is, Blizzard could appoint someone who is more popular..
    And all I said was you were ignorant for not knowing who he is. It is literally the definition of the word, has nothing to do with opinion. Educate yourself. I can name off a dozen successful directors who you would know that had no experience with a big budget before they got their big movie. Britney Spears is popular, being popular doesn't mean anything.
  1. Granyala's Avatar
    Heh they seem hellbent on nerfing the crap out of Shadow PvP.

    Does that me I can haz PvE buffs? :<
  1. Mjumnito's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by chaud View Post
    So this cant be right. Is it a typo on mmo-c's side of official side?
  1. Skorpionss's Avatar
    hmm prolly will be intro to the 2015 or 2016 expansion
  1. Adramalech's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ashedora View Post
    it takes 1month with daily farm of the 3 dailies which can take 30min-4hours+, ME MAD CAUSE I DID IT
    I once spent an entire evening fishing for ONE of these bastards. One. I welcome this change.
  1. Ikkarus's Avatar
    "To encourage Raid Finder groups to persevere, each time an Raid Finder group wipes on a boss fight all players in the group receives a stacking buff that increases health, damage dealt, and healing done by 5% (up to a maximum of 10 stacks). This buff is cleared once the boss has been killed"

    HAHAHAHA This is hilarious, I'm telling you, eventually they gonna introduce a button "Push to kill the boss"
  1. UcanDoSht's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ferrouswheel View Post
    And all I said was you were ignorant for not knowing who he is. It is literally the definition of the word, has nothing to do with opinion. Educate yourself. I can name off a dozen successful directors who you would know that had no experience with a big budget before they got their big movie. Britney Spears is popular, being popular doesn't mean anything.
    Are you implying that Bristney Spears is not successful at what shes doing? Just like Justin Biber, both are popular and successful, else they wouldnt be rich. Calling someone ignorant, because he never heard of a (hardly) medium successful director is blasphemy.

    ---------- Post added 2013-01-31 at 03:48 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Skorpionss View Post
    hmm prolly will be intro to the 2015 or 2016 expansion
    No, it'll just be a one-sided movie focused on Humans in their fight against Orcs. Probably set up right befor the first war.
  1. capitano666's Avatar
    Bah, wasn't the director supposed to be Sam Raimi? >.<
  1. Aradena's Avatar
    boing....good that i got ready with nat pagle yesterday
  1. aeir's Avatar
    To anyone unaware, Duncan is an EXCELLENT movie director and I'm REALLY glad it's him who is going to direct the future Warcraft movie. CAN'T WAIT!
  1. ParaDaMan's Avatar
    Power Word: Solace has been replaced with a new talent: Solace & Insanity

    For Shadow, this ability causes Mind Flay to gain the Insanity effect when it's cast on a target with 3 Shadow damage-over-time spells on it. Insanity increases the damage of Mind Flay by 33% per Shadow Orb consumed.
    I seriously hope this change doesn't go ahead. It sucks big time.

    I have been playing my S.Priest alot for the last 2 month and have got the hang of the rotation, CDs and procs.
    I like the play style and I am happy with my DPS output. The proposed change will ruin all that.

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