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Patch 5.4.7 PTR Patch Notes - January 31
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes
  • Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Talents
      • Nerve Strike now causes a successful Kidney Shot or Cheap Shot to also reduce the damage dealt by player targets by 25% (down from 50% for player targets). No changes to the talent when used against non-player targets.
  • Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • General
      • Charge now pins a target to the ground, rooting the target (used to stun the target) for 1.5 seconds and generates 20 Rage.
    • Talents
      • Warbringer now causes Charge to stun the target (used to cause Charge to root a target) for 3 seconds, reducing movement speed by 50% for 15 seconds, and generates 20 Rage. (Charge's root will *not* cause creatures to turn and attack you like most roots. - Source)

PvP
  • Gladiator’s Distinction, the set bonus for wearing two PvP trinkets, now grants 5280 Resilience (up from 2600).

US Connected Realms - Update 1/31
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As previously announced, we’ve been working toward connecting realms to increase the number of players on low-population realms, and since then have completed several connections. As a part of our ongoing communication, we wanted to provide you with an update that contains a list of completed realm connections, currently planned connections, and any additional future plans in one convenient location.

*Please note this list does not encompass all potential future connections. Please check back for further updates.

Future Connections
We will be connecting the realms listed below on Thursday, February 6th during a scheduled maintenance beginning at 5 a.m. PST through approximately 1:00 p.m. PST. Once maintenance is finished, these realm connections will be complete.

  • Hydraxis and Terenas
  • Kirin Tor and Steamwheedle Cartel
  • Shattered Halls and Executus/ Kalecgos
  • Thunderlord and Azgalor/Azshara/Destromath
  • Uther and Runetotem

We will be connecting the realms listed below on Thursday, February 13th during a scheduled maintenance beginning at 5 a.m. PST through approximately 1:00 p.m. PST. Once maintenance is finished, these realm connections will be complete.

  • Alterac Mountains and Balnazzar/Gorgonash/The Forgotten Coast/ Warsong
  • Azjol-Nerub and Khaz Modan
  • Eldre’Thalas and Korialstrasz
  • Farstriders and Silverhand
  • Spinebreaker and Wildhammer

We do not have a date for the following realm connections, but will update this post when we do.

  • Alexstrasza and Terokkar
  • Cenarion Circle and Sisters of Elune
  • Exodar and Medivh
  • Feathermoon and Scarlet Crusade
  • Frostwolf and Vashj
  • Gorefiend and Spinebreaker/Wildhammer
  • Gundrak and Jubei'Thos
  • Mug'thol and Dragonmaw/Akama

*Plans for these connections may change at any time, but we’ll provide additional updates on specific dates for future connections here as we can. Please note that as a part of the connection process realm times may change to match each other.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Are you going to look at raid buffs and which classes provide them for 6.0?
Yep, there are a few changes planned for that, but not ready to announce details. Most unchanged, just filling in a couple holes. (Celestalon)

Can we can get a healer training dummy in WoD? Something we can heal to put us in combat to check trinket procs / weak auras etc
I'll see what we can do. No promises, but I definitely see the value. (Celestalon)

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Could you make force of nature benefit from eclipse mastery or at least make them do more dmg in solar since they cast wrath?
Depends whether they need it to compete with the other talents on their row. It's something we'll certainly consider. (Celestalon)

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
why weren't Monks a hero class?
If you mean starting at a high level, because it didn't fit the story we were trying to tell with them. (Celestalon)
DKs were existing, powerful characters, that are unleashed on the world, well into their development/history. (Celestalon)

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
in wod will spriests get a new singel target ability like ms and mb to go with the new singel target talent?
No new abilities, but we are planning to allow the to specialize more for single target, if they choose. (Celestalon)
first off im rly glad u are doing the specialization, but spamming ms and mb a whole fight seems abit boring
If you're referring to Clarity of Power, the rotation is more complex than that. DP, MF, SW: D... (Celestalon)

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
melee as they follow ABA rule - Always be attacking - white hits are auto. So imp standing around = dps lose plain and simple
The 'ABC Rule', as you call it, is very much true for the vast majority of casters, whose limited resource is time. (Celestalon)
The Imp's limited resource is energy, not time. (Celestalon)
Imp/Fel imp is a caster therefore they must follow the ABC rule of A(Always) B(Be) C (Casting), every caster knows that.
No, they don't. They're an energy-based caster. Their DPS is limited by their energy regen, *not* their cast time. Really. (Celestalon)
around. His energy doesn't regein as fast as he can cast, so at some point 2min in he start standing around until he get 40
It sounds like you think that him standing around at all is a DPS loss. It's not. His energy is 100% of his damage. (Celestalon)
As long as he's not energy capping, he is doing 100% of his potential DPS. (Celestalon)

Will green fire quest chain scaling up for WoD or let it in current lvl so every one will one shot it ? I wote for scale up.
Stay current level. (Celestalon)

PvP
More players starting at 90 in WoD will increase BG queue times sub-90. Will BG brackets recombine in WoD (e.g. 70-79, 80-89 etc.)?
I think we can combine more. The item squish, level and ilevel scaling mean power isn't as varied. (holinka)

btw will you ever make it so we don't need to bake /focus arenaX into our macros?
focus is implemented like targeting. If someone stealths, it drops. Will look into it. (holinka)

Is it purposeful that my worgen turns into a human when I enter an arena? Finally getting into PVP btw
Welcome aboard. Arena clears a lot of auras. This is one we probably shouldn't clear. (holinka)

Misc
Welp, WarFrame's added to the "doubt I'll play that again" list. Great movement, runs really well, but ugh the crafting/microtransations etc
Personal design interest: when is spending $ in real "fun", when does it suck & what can games learn from that? (holinka)
For instance, paying $ for clothes on sale = fun, paying $ to get your passport faster = lame (holinka)

Fan Art Update
The World of Warcraft Fan Art Section has been updated with one new piece of fan artwork.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Patch 5.4.7 PTR Notes Update, US Connected Realms Update, Blue Tweets, Fan Art Update started by chaud View original post
Comments 38 Comments
  1. MrKnubbles's Avatar
    I think the only reason Charge stunned in the first place was so the mob would stay still while you ran to it. This change allows it to function how it was intended. And if you want an Intercept style stun (3 seconds) you can spec into it! Personally, I still really love the mobility that Double Time provides. See, now that's good talent design. That's probably the only tier they got right with Warrior talents. I really hope they do a revamp.
  1. Xyriin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Robert3620 View Post
    Those on rp realms are getting screwed. No connections at all for any of them and a lot of those servers are as dead as can be.
    Kirin Tor and Steamwheedle Cartel (6-Feb)
    Farstriders and Silver Hand (13-Feb)
    Cenarion Circle and Sisters of Elune (after 13-Feb)
    Feathermoon and Scarlet Crusade (after 13-Feb)

    So about no RP realm connections...looks like about half of the RP servers will be connected within a few weeks. I guess you must not be familiar with all the RP realms. Don't worry, yours will eventually be connected.
  1. Hugh Wattmate's Avatar
    People still roleplay in WoW? Don't mean this to troll or anything but with allot of EU servers being dead i could see trying to RP being very hard when there is no one to RP with. Have most RPers not jumped ship and gave up in RPing? To little to late?
  1. Bahska's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by moveth View Post
    FoN don't really need a buff for boomkin, honestly. If you use them correctly, they are perfectly fine.
    Agreed, if anything they need to fix its AI. Damage wise they are pretty close to everything else.
  1. sweatshopkids's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by moveth View Post
    boomkin
    But it's Moonkin.
  1. Dnusha's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Blackquill View Post
    They already are on the same DR lol
    charge is not on the same dr with sb and sw, non-wb charge has it's on dr category
  1. arcaneshot's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by BossManRoth View Post
    Its really not overpowered since now we have to spec into EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR STUNS when a lot of classes that have had them added recently get them baseline.
    You don't think it's overpowered that you can spec for four stuns?
  1. BLVCK's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Velerios View Post
    It is definitively the right way: the charge-stun is one of the most problematic things on warriors: not only that you are extremely mobile: with the 2-charges-talent you can interrupt casts up to 4 times in a row.

    Iconic warrior ability; nice words when you simply want to say: i want to stay overpowered. Even now warrior is very strong: and you can complain when you were nerfed like shadow priests were.

    Also: if you want the stun, you can spec it.
    every class has had its ups and downs throughout this expansion. you might think its crazy, but 5.1-5.2 warriors were at the bottom of the barrel, and spriests were apart of the best 3s comp, best being god comp(mage,spriest,rdruid).

    im not defending warriors now, i just think its ridiculous to make a statement like that when most classes have seen some spotlight throughout the exp
  1. kartman2k's Avatar
    honestly i feel like this seems to be a bandaid fix for the charge specializations. they cant really do anything with war bringer for pvp since not alot of people thought it was any good, so they change the originals mechanics to force people to choose warbringer for the charge.
  1. Mukki's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Velerios View Post
    It is definitively the right way: the charge-stun is one of the most problematic things on warriors: not only that you are extremely mobile: with the 2-charges-talent you can interrupt casts up to 4 times in a row.

    Iconic warrior ability; nice words when you simply want to say: i want to stay overpowered. Even now warrior is very strong: and you can complain when you were nerfed like shadow priests were.

    Also: if you want the stun, you can spec it.
    I feel like you've never played warrior. Double time gives you 2 charges initially, but after you expend them, every single recharge for a single use is on a 20 second recast. As another poster mentioned, 5.1 and 5.2 were pretty bad for warriors, as was the entirety of cataclysm, but hey, let's just call classes we don't understand overpowered instead of learning how they work.

    For instance, Charge has a minimum range, and can easily be LOSed. Furthermore, what's the fourth interrupt? Shockwave? Stormbolt? Both of those have to be specced into, Stormbolt at the cost of losing Avatar or Bloodbath, Shockwave at the cost of losing Bladestorm or (lol) Dragon Roar. Also, the only TRUE interrupt that actually causes lockout for Warriors is pummel.

    Charging Paladins is gonna suck now, lol.

    Shadow Priests though, definitely need a buff. I'd say they are probably the weakest PVP class in the game right now. They have dispersion and that's it, not many defensive options (though if left to their devices, they can still do a ton of damage).
  1. Lycanthat's Avatar
    They should've just put Charge back on DR. That way I could still use it to interrupt caster mobs in raids whereas in PVP it cannot be used to keep someone chain stunned.
  1. bolly's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MrKnubbles View Post
    I think the only reason Charge stunned in the first place was so the mob would stay still while you ran to it. This change allows it to function how it was intended. And if you want an Intercept style stun (3 seconds) you can spec into it! Personally, I still really love the mobility that Double Time provides. See, now that's good talent design. That's probably the only tier they got right with Warrior talents. I really hope they do a revamp.
    I'm pretty sure charge stunned in the first place because, along with the knockdown animation, scientifically, momentum would induce such an occurrence. Hamstring rooting makes sense. You get popped in the leg and you find yourself immobilized as you react to such pain. Root from charge? Okay...
  1. Dhru's Avatar
    I really enjoy how they destroy the realm communities after the "guild erase". A really good move to lose more subs. Well done!
    I hate those people with "xy-realm" name. I read the Critical WoW Insider webpage andthere is a graph, it's really funny how much work they do in the "Ingame Shop" instead of the content.
    FUN FACT: They will sell less new expasions than what they have ever made. ^^
  1. Sibut's Avatar
    As someone who plays on Hydraxis, that pairing doesn't make any sense. A slightly alliance server with a heavy alliance server? Maybe they don't really look at that when it comes to PvE realms, but I don't see how this really fixes anything.
  1. Vreivai's Avatar
    Why were those Warlock related tweets included in this post? Celestalon's responses were already obvious to any Warlock with half a brain. Those who tweeted at him claiming the Imp is limited by time and not energy are bad and should feel bad.
  1. Primaryjane's Avatar
    I was waiting for them to merge Medivh (US) before I resubbed. The Horde pop there is unbearably boring. I should have assumed they were going to keep the population imbalance during the merge, but I was still hopeful. Bummer...
  1. Trassk's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Chaos View Post
    People still roleplay in WoW? Don't mean this to troll or anything but with allot of EU servers being dead i could see trying to RP being very hard when there is no one to RP with. Have most RPers not jumped ship and gave up in RPing? To little to late?
    people do, but mists was a bit of a killer in the rp department, nobody wants to rp all day with the theme of pandas, since it pulls away from themes of any other race.
  1. zshikara's Avatar
    After having just installed an asus M5a97 R2.0 mobo in my computer over this weekend I have to advice a warning to anyone installing windows 7 on it. It has compatibility issues with hardware and will freeze most likely during the "windows is setting up your computer for first time use" screen. To fix this you have to access the device manager in safe mode and disable devices. Look up exactly how to do it or note me and I'll explain in more detail.

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