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Warlords of Draenor Beta Patch Notes Update - August 27
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Racial Traits
  • Pandaren
    • Epicurean now increases the benefit of Well Fed effects by 75% (down from 100%).

Crowd Control and Diminishing Returns
  • Druid
    • Typhoon now has a range of 15 yards (down from 30 yards).
  • Hunter
  • Priest
    • Silence is now available to Discipline and Shadow Priests.
  • Rogue
    • Deadly Throw now requires 5 Combo Points in order to interrupt spell casting (up from 3 Combo Points).
  • Warrior
    • Safeguard no longer removes movement-impairing effects.

Class Changes

Death Knight
Ability Consolidation and Refinement

Frost Changes
  • Icy Talons now increases attack speed by 20% 35% (down from 45%), and haste by 5% (up from 0%).
  • Might of the Frozen Wastes now increases the damage of Obliterate by 50% (up from 40%) and melee damage by 35% (up from 30%) while wielding a two-handed weapon, and increases the damage of Frost Strike by 50% (up from 35%) while dual-wielding.
  • Razorice now deals 4% additional weapon damage (up from 2%), and increases Frost damage by 2% 4% per stack (down up from 3%).

Blood Changes
  • Improved Blood Presence now increases all damage dealt by 15% 20%, instead of increasing rune regeneration rate.
  • Veteran of the Third War now increases your critical strike chance, Multistrike chance, haste, and Stamina by 10% (up from 9% to Stamina only), reduces the chance for attacks to be parried by 3%, increases the damage of Death Strike by 100%, and grants 1 Runic Power per second while in combat.

Miscellaneous
  • Conversion no longer has an initial tick, and now costs 30 15 Runic Power/second for Blood, 10 Runic Power/second for Frost, and 20 Runic Power/second for Unholy.

Druid
Ability Consolidation and Refinement
  • Barkskin no longer provides pushback protection, but its cooldown has been reduced to 30 seconds.

Talents
  • Nature’s Vigil, while active, increases single-target damage and healing caused by healing spells by 30% (up from 25%), and all single-target damage spells also heal a nearby friendly target for 40% of the damage done (up from 25%). Its healing now targets allies within 40 yards of the Druid (instead of within 40 yards of the target).

Hunter
Ability Consolidation and Refinement
  • Cobra Strikes now has a 20% chance to trigger (up from a 15% chance), but now only grants 1 charge each time it triggers (down from 2 charges).
  • Lock and Load effects have been incorporated into Black Arrow.
  • Black Arrow’s cooldown is reset if it is dispelled.

Rotation Depth and Talents
We’ve changed the combat rotations of each Hunter specialization (primarily through Ability Pruning) with the goal of them being a platform to build upon with talents. To facilitate this, we’ve modified several talents to add additional rotational depth. Hunters had many talent options which added abilities to their rotation, but most of them had quite simple usage, with little interaction with your rotation or other abilities. Now, there should be more of a variety; still some simple talents, but also some talents that create a more engaging combat rotation.
  • Barrage now has a 20 second cooldown (down from 30 seconds), costs 60 Focus (up from 30 Focus), and its damage has been increased by 100%.
  • Murder of Crows has been changed. Its duration, cost, and cooldown have been reduced by 50%. It no longer has a shorter cooldown when used on low health targets. Instead, its cooldown is reset if the target dies.
  • Fervor has been replaced with a new passive ability, Steady Focus.

Survival Changes
Apart from rotational changes through Ability Pruning, changes for Survival Hunters mostly center on Lock and Load. We changed how Lock and Load is triggered to increase the value of Multistrike, provide gameplay depth and the ability to pool damage more. Also note the new passive ability, Survivalist, which increases multistrike chance by 10%, in order to give Survival Hunters some baseline Multistrike chance.
  • (Line moved to Ability Consolidation and Refinement.) Black Arrow now deals 60% more damage, inflicts Shadow damage every 3 seconds (up from every 2 seconds), has a duration of 18 seconds (down from 20 seconds), and triggers Lock and Load on Multistrike hits.
  • (Line moved to Ability Consolidation and Refinement) Lock and Load effects have been incorporated into Black Arrow and have been redesigned.
    • Lock and Load now causes the next Explosive Shot to not trigger its cooldown, but no longer causes it to be free or reset the ability's current cooldown. This effect can stack up to 5 times.
  • Survivalist is a new passive ability learned by Survival Hunters at level 10.
    • Survivalist increases Multistrike damage by 20% the chance to Multistrike by 10%, and causes the Hunter to gain 15% health over 10 seconds after killing a target.

Mage
Ability Consolidation and Refinement
  • Frostbolt can no longer be used to heal the Mage's Water Elemental.

Frost Changes
  • The Brain Freeze effect now increases Frostfire Bolt damage by 25% 15%, and can now stack up to 2 times. It also no longer triggers from the Bomb Talents, and instead has a 10% chance to trigger from Frostbolt casts. Each Multistrike of Frostbolt increases that cast's chance by an additional 25%. (Total of 60% on double-Multistrikes).

Monk
Ability Consolidation and Refinement

Paladin
Ability Consolidation and Refinement

Holy Changes

Priest
Ability Consolidation and Refinement
  • Shadow Word: Pain’s initial damage is now considered direct damage, not periodic damage.
    • Shadowy Apparitions and Shadowy Insight are no longer able to trigger from this initial direct damage.

Holy Changes
  • Divine Providence is a new passive ability for Holy Priests.
    • Divine Providence increases the amount of the Multistrike stat gains from all sources by 5%, and increases the damage and healing of Multistrikes by 20% 25%.

Rogue
Combat Changes

Shaman
Ability Consolidation and Refinement

Elemental and Enhancement Changes
  • Magma Totem’s damage has been increased by 100%, and now ticks faster with Haste.
  • Maelstrom Weapon’s chance to trigger has been reduced by 20%.
  • Searing Totem Searing Bolt now has a 2-second cast time (up from 1.5 seconds), but casts faster with Haste, and its damage has been increased by 120% 65%.
  • Shamanism no longer reduces the cast time of Chain Lightning, but instead now increases the damage of Chain Lightning by 100% (up from 70%).

Warlock
Raid Utility
  • Healthstone's cooldown will now not reset until the player leaves combat. Healing from this ability is now a flat amount (instead of a % of maximum health) and can no longer be a Critical Effect.

Affliction Changes
  • Haunt now increases periodic damage by 30% (down from 35%).

Demonology Changes
We also tweaked the design of Master Demonologist, in order to solve some edge cases, and simplify and clarify its effects.

Warrior
Ability Consolidation and Refinement

Talent Changes
  • Staggering Shout has been removed and replaced with 3 new talents that vary by specialization.
    • Protection: Heavy Repercussions: Shield Slam deals 50% additional damage while Shield Block or Shield Charge is active.

Enrage and Deep Wounds
With the introduction of one of the level-100 Warrior Talents, which deals Fire damage, We also expanded Enrage to affect all damage, not just Physical damage, and increased its duration slightly so that it can cover burst windows like Colossus Smash adequately. We're also making a change to the design of Deep Wounds, to try to limit is effectiveness in PvP, without hurting its effectiveness in PvE.

Blizzard at PAX Prime - August 29 to Sept 1 2014
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
If you’re heading out to PAX Prime this weekend, we’d love for you to come by and check out all of the action.

PAX attendees should prepare themselves for 4 epic days of portal storming, card slinging, and Hero playing awesomeness as this year’s booth will feature all-new builds for our most recent and upcoming games, hands-on time at demo stations, and awesome giveaways including a *limited quantity of PAX Prime exclusive pins. Pinny Arcade enthusiasts will be happy to learn that they could collect either the exclusive Elite Tauren Chieftain pin for playing Heroes of the Storm or the Iron Horde symbol for playing the Warlords of Draenor beta while visiting the booth.

What: Hosted annually in Seattle, PAX Prime is a celebration of gaming culture and community

Where: The Washington State Convention Center booth #352 of the Expo Hall

When: August 29- September 1


Come and Play
As an attendee, here’s a taste of what you can expect at this year’s Blizzard booth:
  • Warlords of Draenor hands-on with the live beta featuring updated character models and the intro experience for the upcoming expansion.
  • A chance to find out what’s in the cards for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and experience all of the fun of epic card-slinging duels on the PC.
  • Attendees will have the opportunity to play a brand-new demo for Heroes of the Storm, and be among the first to try out three exciting new heroes! New to the game or eager for some clutch tips? The Heroes Community Team will be on-hand to help get you up to speed and ready to brawl!
  • Blizzard developers will be on-hand to chat about your favorite games.
  • And did we mention there will be giveaways, prizes, and more? If not . . . there will be giveaways, prizes, and more!

Be sure to check the prime.paxsite.com for the schedule, hotel and travel information, forums, and more. If you have an iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, or Windows 7 smart phone, you can also download the official PAX Prime 2014 app from Guidebook for free.

We’re looking forward to a great PAX Prime 2014 and can’t wait to see everyone there!

*Pins are available while supplies last to those who visit the booth and play either Heroes of the Storm or Warlords of Draenor.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
Hunter (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
.Well we all want to hear it. MM thoughts/impressions?
.I was pleasantly surprised, actually. The Bombardment weaving, Thrill of the Hunt, and Kill Shots added more than I expected. (Celestalon)
You seem to be the only person positive about MM in WoD. Why can't I find any positive reviews about MM changes ?
As a player, I had fun, but I'm coming into it from a very different perspective. Both mine and your perspectives... (Celestalon)
...are valid and valuable. (Mine=inexperienced playing it, at least recently, and yours=very experienced playing it) (Celestalon)
As a *developer* however, those are both perspectives that we need to try to satisfy, and we totally understand... (Celestalon)
...your point of view, and are looking at ways to satisfy both, better. (Celestalon)

are you guys gonna do another pass on talents? I think some hunter talents could use some work.
Unlikely at this stage that talents will be redesigned, but they will definitely be tuned. (holinka)

How come the extra 5 yards and camo not breaking for 6 sec was scrapped from MM and Surv? I thought those was really cool perks.
Range was replaced with Sniper Training. Camo was too strong/frustrating, so was cut. (Celestalon)

Monk (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
so this supposed healer balance patch ignored MW ENTIRELY. Reason behind ignoring in this round of tuning? MW needs help BAD
False. Enveloping down 30%, Uplift up 30%, ChEx down 10%, ChiBrew down 1 tea, Jab cost up 8%, Emin up 43%, Pool Renews up 15%, (Celestalon)
Wait, Uplift got buffed 30%? Don't see that reflected in any patch notes or data mining. I see the rest of them.
Well it wouldn't be in patch notes. Double checked, looks like those two changes are actually in next build, not last. (Celestalon)

Character / Items
hey watcher. You tweeted me months ago about account wide tabards. no updates still?
It's something that will likely accompany a transmog revamp/UI since it's a very similar sort of system (cosmetic appearance). (WatcherDev)

I'll never give up. - This .39% DR and .72% Damage bonus is really terrible as a 4 set...
.The PvP set bonuses with Versatility are completely not tuned. They'll probably end up in the 10% range. (holinka)

PvP
Will there ever be an implementation of RBGs at BlizzCon? In example, a booth where some of the top RBG teams can Vs. One another?
Not this Blizzcon. Something to think about for the future perhaps. (holinka)

Something we're exploring in an upcoming build: Discipline gets Silence baseline. We expect mixed reactions. Please try it on beta. (holinka)
Not much help against mele specs, i think baseline fear still in need.
Warriors and Rogues, no. Ret and DK, yes. Monk and Enhance to a small extent. (holinka)

Misc
how do you feel about ghostcrawlers comment about working on Wow?
Different games have different goals. The best designers align their work with those goals...and Greg is one of the best. (holinka)

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

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