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Love is in the Air 2014
Love is in the Air once again, at least until February 24! It appears that nothing has changed this year, but you can still run the Crown Chemical Co. encounter every day for a chance at the Big Love Rocket though!


Level Type Spec Slot Name
480NeckTankNeck Shard of Pirouetting Happiness
480NeckMeleeNeck Choker of the Pure Heart
480NeckSpell SpiritNeck Winking Eye of Love
480NeckPhysical DPSNeck Sweet Perfume Broach
480NeckSpell DPSNeck Heartbreak Charm


Patch 5.4.2 Hotfixes: February 10
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Quests
  • The Battle for Gilneas City: Reduced Sylvanas and Gorerot's hitpoints. Rapier of the Gilnean Patriots no longer heals enemies.

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Siegecrafter Blackfuse: Significantly reduced the damage of Blackfuse Sellsword's Envenomed Shadowstep on all difficulty modes.

Warlords of Draenor - Casting While Moving
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Casting on the move is something we've talked about a lot, and we're definitely making some changes along those lines. I don't have any details I can share at this point, but I can at least give some insight into our thinking.

We like casting on the move, but not as a default. Spiritwalker's Grace is a good example of something we like; used intelligently, it can be very strong, and it feels good to use. On the other hand, Lightning Bolt always being castable on the move we're less excited about. You don't feel smart or skilled for using Lightning Bolt while you're moving, it's just sort of a free bonus that we're not sure is really needed.

Things like Kil'Jaeden's Cunning fall somewhere in the middle. The effect is similar to Lightning Bolt in that it's always active and you don't really have to think about it. However, you are effectively giving up either Archimonde's Darkness or Mannoroth's Fury in order to take it. Whether or not that's enough of a tradeoff is something we're discussing, but we have seen a lot more Warlocks giving up KJC for something else since Patch 5.4.

It's also important to note that the ability to use a cast-time spell while moving is only part of the issue. In fact, while there's only a couple of classes that can do that, almost everyone has some number of instant cast spells they can use while moving. To really start shoring up the differences here, we need to reduce the number of instant cast spells as well. That includes healers.

We're still iterating rapidly on all of this, so anything can change at any point, but that's what we're currently thinking.

Million dollar question here. Hunters are arguably one of, if not the most, mobile ranged classes in the game. We can maintain our full rotation while moving. Are we considered a caster for the purposes of this discussion? Being able to do 100% rotation on the move is one of the few reasons I decided to roll hunter.
We like mobility as the Hunter's "niche". I won't guarantee you'll still be able to do 100% of your rotation on the move, but we want to try to keep what we can there. It's something we're likely to do a lot of iteration on.

doesnt really change the fact that they said talents will be the same and wont be getting an overhaul like previous xpac.
We're not going to overhaul the entire talent system again, correct. That doesn't mean we aren't going to change any talents.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Don't you think talents should be spec specific? Fine keep this 3 talents in a row stuff but have separate trees for separate specs
It wasn't in the original implementation but we do have the ability to customize talents per spec now. You'll see a bit of it. (holinka)

Planning to scale back incoming tank damage when we lose the cloak proc? Or should we just deal with it?!
Incoming tank damage while leveling is always really mild for well-geared characters. At 100, content tuned to available gear. (Celestalon)

Warlock (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
i noticed that demo locks with green fire turn into a green demon but when they are getting demonic fury they are purple, fix?
I believe we didn't notice that until the last minute, and getting that art greenified didn't make it in time. Fixed in 6.0. (Celestalon)
hey that's really great to hear, is there any other warlock aren't getting updated for green fire?
I think there was one other super minor thing... Like a glow trail you leave behind you when Demonic Leap, or something. (Celestalon)

Warrior (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Are there any plans to make Fury warriors less complicated?
Rotationally, not significantly. We'll be taking steps to reduce button bloat, just like with everyone else. (Celestalon)

US Connected Realms - Update 2/7
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 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.

  • Azjol-Nerub and Khaz Modan
  • Eldre’Thalas and Korialstrasz
  • Farstriders and Silverhand
  • Spinebreaker and Wildhammer
  • Thunderlord and Azgalor/Azshara/Destromath

We will be connecting the realms listed below on Thursday, February 27th 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.

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

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

  • Alterac Mountains and Balnazzar/Gorgonnash/The Forgotten Coast/ Warsong
  • Drak'thul and Skywall
  • Elune and Gilneas
  • Eredar and Wildhammer/Spinebreaker
  • Ghostlands and Kael'thas

The connection for Feathermoon and Scarlet Crusade has been delayed. We'll provide an update at a later point in time.

*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.

Connected Realms Update - 10/02
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The following realms are scheduled to be connected this week:

English Realms
  • (PvP) Bloodfeather and Kor'gall/Executus/Burning Steppes
  • (PvP) Spinebreaker and Dragonmaw/Haomarush
  • (PvP) Dunemaul and Auchindoun/Jaedenar

French Realms
  • (RP PvP) La Croisade écarlate and Culte de la Rive noire

German Realms
  • (RP PvP) Die Todeskrallen and Die Arguswacht/Das Syndikat

The following realms are currently scheduled to be connected during the week beginning 24/02:

English Realms
  • (PvP) Xavius and Skullcrusher
  • (PvP) Vashj and Dragonmaw/Haomarush/Spinebreaker
  • (PvP) Laughing Skull and Shattered Halls/Balnazzar/Ahn'Qiraj/Trollbane/Talnivarr/Chromaggus/Boulderfist/Daggerspine

French Realms
  • (PvE) Suramar and Medivh
  • (RP PvP) Conseil des Ombres and La Croisade écarlate/Culte de la Rive noire

Spanish
  • (RP) Los Errantes and (PvE) Colinas Pardas/Tyrande

Any chance of English PVE realms getting some connecting love from you guys as to this date only 2 of these connections have been made versus 15 PVP connections.

Top of my head I would say Bronze Dragonflight & Hellfire are in dire need for a love connection to be made sooner rather then later.

We've nothing against PvE realms at all, there just happened to be more low pop PvP realms, which is why the list is a little PvP heavy right now. We're trying to help some of the smallest realms first, then work our way up to the bigger ones where possible.

Even if this is an exception, it does bring about the question how it will be handled that rp(pvp) have additional policies that are likely to conflict with policies in place on pve/pvp realms.
This is indeed an exceptional case for Spanish realms, due to the fact there was only one RP and one RP PvP realm. We asked the players on these realms what they would prefer, and this was the option they went for.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Love is in the Air, Feb 10 Hotfixes, Casting While Moving, Connected Realms Update started by chaud View original post
Comments 36 Comments
  1. moveth's Avatar
    Can't wait to get my rocket this year. LOL JK.
  1. Wishblade's Avatar
    Time to hope for that rocket, yet again.
  1. Raediance's Avatar
    Rocket. I see we meet again.
  1. Mazzic518's Avatar
    30 minutes queue for DPS uggh...
  1. lagmoose's Avatar
    Ah Love is in the Air. Knowing for 2 weeks out of the year I wish for the rocket to drop, only to be disappointed. I guess it really is like love.
  1. Toffie's Avatar
    480 ilvl necks? Whats the point? 528 would be more fitting (SoO LFR).
  1. moveth's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Toffie View Post
    480 ilvl necks? Whats the point? 528 would be more fitting (SoO LFR).
    Very true. We have the same problem every xpac though. They dont go back through and rebalance all the drops. It sucks.
  1. bladeson's Avatar
    It seems they have hotfixed the starting point for the daily dungeon. Yesterday you started the dungeon just before Baron Ashbury, which meant having to kill him, waiting 1 min for the rp event to open the courtyard, then killing the bosses. Now the dungeon finder will drop you inside the courtyard ready to instantly start the bosses.
  1. Asphyxiate9's Avatar
    Fingers crossed for the mount this year, I don't think I'd ever not use it.
  1. aeuhe4yxzhds's Avatar
    Still not connecting my realm. these must be so dead that guilds cant even have 10 people online to raid with
  1. VladimirM's Avatar
    Nothing about fixing warlock teleport and gateway disapearing in midfight...
  1. Archermit's Avatar
    I want to run the for the mount on all my alts but the queue times are sooooo long and you cannot even DE the neck.....

    Please let them give us holiday events that are worth doing in WoD. I have been finished with all the holidays (apart from love rocket) since late wrath/early cata
  1. Geodew's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Toffie View Post
    480 ilvl necks? Whats the point? 528 would be more fitting (SoO LFR).
    Quote Originally Posted by moveth View Post
    Very true. We have the same problem every xpac though. They dont go back through and rebalance all the drops. It sucks.
    Yeah. I believe a dev tweeted that they only like to update events once per expansion pack. Kind of silly to have the gear so horribly and uselessly outdated, if you ask me.
  1. explosion987's Avatar
    The lack of any meaningful progress on EU connected realms vs US realms is really starting to piss me off now. Blizz needs to get their act together with this shit, it was announced in like June or July for god sake.
  1. rogas's Avatar
    Sure take away elemental shamans their casting-lightning- bold-on-move. After 10 years of wow, turn them back to being a stupid gun turret. Let's go back to the days in which this one target caster (without decent multi-dot capabilities) becomes a sitting duck again in pvp.

    Really, let's make elemental shamans the most boring static game charakter ever build in the entire mmo history! .... Crap times ahead i guess...
  1. Kilmir's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by VladimirM View Post
    Nothing about fixing warlock teleport and gateway disapearing in midfight...
    Well we know what's causing it. The gateways and portals disappear once you get out of range. Especially in the case of the Gateway it's very annoying as the furthest point is usually already ~40 foot away so moving away from it just a bit will cause it to poof.

    But yeah, we need a fix for this. Even if not for SoO then at least an acknowledgement that it woń be a problem in WoD any more
  1. Frika's Avatar
    if they remove the casting while moving ability of lightning bolt than they better increase the dmg of the spell by 30-40% because atm we are in top 3 of the worst single target dps-ers and taking the ability to dps while moving is going to destroy us. Besides ele shamans have no instant spells to use as filler while moving except the shock spells which are on 5 sec cooldown while almost every other class does even if they dont warlocks/mages make up for the loss of casts by hitting like trucks when they stop on one spot :\
  1. Killyox's Avatar
    Leave my lightning bolt on the move alone Blizz. REmove the retarded amount of stuns, CC, interrupts, reflects from melee mostly and then we can talk about gimping some of the casters more. Casting is already a ngihtmare with a melee in your face. Especially warrior and rogue.

    You better not screw casters blizz just because some casters (mage) have lots of instants. Fix melee first then play with casters not the other way around.
  1. Grasswhistle's Avatar
    I think Blizzard forgot that Shadow Council exists... that's ok though, I think most people forgot it existed. T_T
  1. Odyseas's Avatar
    Its like Frostwhisper EU doesnt even exist ffs.

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