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by Published on 2013-02-22 04:10 AM

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Patch 5.2 PTR - Build 16618
Build 16618 will be deployed to the PTR realms soon. Don't miss GC's Patch Notes below!

Armored Skyscreamer
The blue version of the Armored Skyscreamer is now the Glory of the Thundering Raider reward.





Achievement Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Dungeons & Raids



New Thunderforged Items
Lots of Thunderforged items have shown up over the past few days! Please note that this is not every Thunderforged item, many are still missing. The item level 496 cloaks from the previous build are now all epic and correctly set to Revered reputation required.

Level Type Spec Slot Name
528TrinketTrinket Spark of Zandalar
528TrinketTrinket Primordius' Talisman of Rage
528FingerTankFinger Jin'rokh's Soulcrystal
528NeckMeleeNeck Amulet of the Primal Turtle
528FingerMeleeFinger Band of the Scaled Tyrant
528NeckSpell SpiritNeck Horridon's Tusk Fragment
528FingerSpell SpiritFinger Petrified Eye of the Basilisk
528TrinketSpell SpiritTrinket Stolen Relic of Zuldazar
528NeckPhysical DPSNeck Talisman of Living Poison
528FingerPhysical DPSFinger Sign of the Bloodied God
528FingerPhysical DPSFinger Gore-Soaked Gear
528TrinketPhysical DPSTrinket Renataki's Soul Charm
528TrinketPhysical DPSTrinket Talisman of Bloodlust
528FingerSpell DPSFinger Jin'rokh's Dreamshard
528TrinketSpell DPSTrinket Horridon's Last Gasp
528BackTankBack Beakbreaker Greatcloak
528BackMeleeBack Hydra-Scale Bloodcloak
528BackMeleeBack Horn-Rimmed Doomcloak
528ClothSpell SpiritHead Stonegaze Hood
528ClothSpell SpiritChest Robes of Static Bursts
528ClothSpell SpiritLegs Leggings of Ebon Veins
528ClothSpell SpiritWrists Vaccinator's Armwraps
528ClothSpell SpiritHands Helix-Breaker Gloves
528BackSpell SpiritBack Drape of Booming Nights
528BackPhysical DPSBack Wastewalker's Sandblasted Drape
528ClothSpell DPSHead Flamecaster's Burning Crown
528ClothSpell DPSShoulders Fissure-Split Shoulderwraps
528ClothSpell DPSChest Robes of Mutagenic Blood
528ClothSpell DPSLegs Al'set's Tormented Leggings
528ClothSpell DPSWrists Azure Shell Bracers
528ClothSpell DPSWrists Bracers of Fragile Bone
528ClothSpell DPSHands Crystal-Claw Gloves
528ClothSpell DPSHands Lightningweaver Gauntlets
528BackSpell DPSBack Shimmershell Cape
528LeatherSpell SpiritShoulders Spaulders of Dinomancy
528LeatherSpell SpiritChest Robes of Concussive Shocks
528LeatherSpell SpiritLegs Leggings of the Malformed Sapling
528LeatherSpell SpiritWrists Vampire Bat-Hide Bracers
528LeatherSpell SpiritWrists Infinitely Conducting Bracers
528LeatherPhysical DPSHead Lightning-Eye Hood
528LeatherPhysical DPSShoulders Forgotten Mantle of the Moon
528LeatherPhysical DPSChest Rockfall Ribwraps
528LeatherPhysical DPSLegs Crimson Bloom Legguards
528LeatherPhysical DPSWrists Bindings of Multiplicative Strikes
528LeatherPhysical DPSHands Gloves of Cushioned Air
528LeatherPhysical DPSHands Grips of Vampiric Cruelty
528LeatherSpell DPSLegs Roots of Rampaging Earth
528MailSpell SpiritShoulders Spaulders of Quaking Fear
528MailSpell SpiritFeet Ghostbinder Greatboots
528MailPhysical DPSShoulders Static-Shot Shoulderguards
528MailPhysical DPSChest Sul'lithuz Sandmail
528MailPhysical DPSLegs Spearman's Jingling Leggings
528MailPhysical DPSFeet Quakestompers
528MailPhysical DPSWrists Beady-Eye Bracers
528MailPhysical DPSWrists Bracers of Mutagenic Fervor
528MailPhysical DPSHands Synapse-String Handguards
528MailSpell DPSHead Clear-Mind Helm
528MailSpell DPSLegs Legguards of Scintillating Scales
528PlateTankShoulders Metabolically Boosted Shoulderplates
528PlateTankLegs Black Blood Legplates
528PlateTankWrists Shell-Coated Wristplates
528PlateMeleeShoulders Shoulderguards of Centripetal Destruction
528PlateMeleeChest Chestplate of Violent Detonation
528PlateMeleeWaist Cloudbreaker Greatbelt
528PlateMeleeLegs Bloodlord's Bloodsoaked Legplates
528PlateMeleeWrists Frozen Warlord's Bracers
528PlateMeleeWrists Bracers of Constant Implosion
528PlateMeleeWrists Caustic Spike Bracers
528PlateMeleeHands Rein-Binder's Fists
528PlateSpell SpiritShoulders Spaulders of Primordial Growth
528PlateSpell SpiritWaist Refreshing Abalone Girdle
528PlateSpell SpiritWrists Bonemender Bracers
528PlateSpell SpiritHands Tortos' Shellseizers
528PlateSpell DPSChest Ionized Yojamban Carapace
528PlateSpell DPSWrists Armplates of the Vanquished Abomination
528ShieldTankOff Hand Greatshield of the Gloaming
528ShieldSpell SpiritOff Hand Tortos' Discarded Shell
528One-handed AxeMeleeOne Hand Shellsplitter Greataxe
528One-handed AxeMeleeOne Hand Worldbreaker's Stormscythe
528BowPhysical DPSRanged Shattered Tortoiseshell Longbow
528One-handed MaceTankOne Hand Acid-Spine Bonemace
528PolearmMeleeTwo Hand Bo-Ris, Horror in the Night
528One-handed SwordSpell SpiritOne Hand Soulblade of the Breaking Storm
528StaffPhysical DPSTwo Hand Jalak's Maelstrom Staff
528StaffSpell DPSTwo Hand Dinomancer's Spiritbinding Spire


Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Item Set Bonuses

Death Knight (Forums, Talent Calculator)

Frost

Unholy
  • Scourge Strike additional damage increased by 16% and weapon damage increased to 140%, up from 130%.

Hunter (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Steady Shot additional damage increased by 44% and weapon damage increased to 60%, up from 50%.

Marksmanship
  • Aimed Shot weapon damage increased to 350%, up from 320%. Additional damage increased by 20%.
  • Chimera Shot now does 315% ranged weapon Nature damage, up from 210%. Additional damage increased by 125%. Now heals you for 5% of your total health, up from 3%.

Survival

Mage (Forums, Talent Calculator)

Arcane

Monk (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Jab now costs 8% of Base Mana, up from 6%.

Mistweaver

Priest (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Penance now has a 40 yd range, up from 30.

Talents

Discipline
  • Penance now has a 9 sec cooldown, down from 10 sec.

Shadow
  • Mind Blast base damage reduced 17%. SP scaling reduced to 191%, down from 229%.
  • Shadowform now increases your Shadow damage by 25%, up from 20%.

Rogue (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Assassination
  • Dispatch now does 460% weapon damage, up from 400%. Additional damage increased by 33%.
  • Envenom base damage increased by 20%.

Combat
  • Vitality increases your Attack Power by 35%, up from 30%.

Shaman (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Elemental
  • Elemental Focus proc now increases spell damage done by 15%, up from 10%.
  • Shamanism now increases the damage of Lightning Bolt by 70%, up from 50%.

Warlock (Forums, Talent Calculator)

Demonology

Destruction
  • Conflagrate damage and SP scaling increased by 20%.
  • Immolate damage and SP scaling increased by 20%.
  • Incinerate damage and SP scaling increased by 10%.

Warrior (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Arms & Fury

Raid & Dungeon Abilities
  • Cosmic Strike Strikes an enemy, dealing 200,000 150,000 Arcane damage to alll enemies within 8 yards, knocking them back. 300 yd range. Instant.
  • Disorienting Roar Horridon emits a powerful roar, inflicting 250,000 Physical damage and disorienting all enemies for 2 sec. 2 sec cast. to all enemies and empowering allies, increasing melee attack speed by 50%. 2 sec cast.
  • Harsh Light The caster's light beam burns so intensely that it inflicts Fire damage to all victims caught in its path. This damage is shared amongst the targets with targets further away recieving more damage unless enough targets closer to the caster obscure the light from hitting them 100 yd range. Instant. receiving more damage. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Putrify Inflicts 10,000 Inflicts 8,000 k damage every 1 second. This effect stacks. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Quills (New) Inflicts 100,000 Physical damage to all enemies within 500 yards. 500 yd range. Instant.
  • Thundering Throw Jin'rokh the Breaker throws his current target at a distant Mogu statue, breaking the statue and inflicting 0 Physical damage. Additionally inflicts 200,000 Nature damage to other players within 14 yards of the point of impact, stunning them for 6 sec. Unlimited range. Instant. 5 sec. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Thundering Throw Jin'rokh the Breaker throws his current target at a distant Mogu statue, breaking the statue and inflicting 0 Physical damage. Additionally inflicts 200,000 Nature damage to other players within 14 yards of the point of impact, stunning them for 6 sec. Unlimited range. Instant. 5 sec. Unlimited range. Instant.



PTR Class and Set Bonus Issues
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Spirit Walk – cooldown reduced from 2 min to 1 min.

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Penance – cooldown reduced from 10 sec to 9 sec.
    Tier 14 4pc – cooldown on Penance reduced from by 3 sec instead of 4 sec. (In essence, this nerfs T14 and buffs Penance while keeping the same end result.)
  • Power Infusion – we are lowering the +10% damage buff to +5%. Our goal here was noble to make Power Infusion more attractive to Shadow, but we’re worried about making the talent too powerful in PvP. Many PvP players had concerns about the buffed version of Power Infusion.

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Recklessness – We are going to lower Recklessness to 3 min cooldown, 30% crit (down from 5 min, 50%). We will have to adjust the Glyph of Recklessness and T14 4pc (and probably other mechanics I forgot) to keep them at the same relative power. We’re trying to move away from very long cooldowns, especially those without a lot of visual noise (e.g. a 1 min Army of the Dead would be pretty annoying to see, but Recklessness is pretty chill). It would let Recklessness line up better with Skull Banner (and maybe we would eventually just merge the two buttons), and have the added bonus of reducing warrior burst in PvP while still giving them more frequent use of the CD to avoid that all eggs in one basket feeling.

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • We are going to go ahead and grandfather in the bug of Shadowburn granting 2 embers on a kill. It is technically a bug, which is why we fixed it, but it's been that way since MoP launched and we don't think it's causing huge balance problems, so in cases like this, we think the right thing to do is just make it official.

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • While we like mages hard casting spells more often in PvP, we agree with the consensus that we overdid the buff to Frostbolt. We are going to revert one of the earlier changes and have it once again increase its damage by its own debuff. Base damage has been reduced to compensate, but should not change for the fully stacked case.

    Old patch note: Frostbolt deals 52% more damage, but its debuff no longer increases subsequent Frostbolt damage.

    New patch note: Frostbolt now deals 32% more damage.

Capactive Meta-gem
  • Proc now uses ranged crit/hit chances for Hunters.

DPS Tuning
  • Warrior – we reverted the nerfs to Bloodthirst, Colossus Smash and Raging Blow. We planned on taking the damage out of Execute instead, but before we do that, we’re concerned that the actual problem is the legendary meta-gem being too good for warriors, and we don’t think it’s fair to nerf all warriors because of an item that nobody will have for some time. We may nerf the metagem for warriors instead.
  • Priest – we also reverted the 20% buff to Mind Blast. This buff had also become a big PvP damage burst concern. It has a pretty small effect on PvE damage overall, but we will buff something if needed. The buff to Shadowform remains.
  • Monk – In efforts to further discourage Jab, Jab, Uplift, we increased the mana cost of Jab from 6% to 8%, increased the mana restore on Muscle Memory from 2% to 4%, and increased the mana cost of glyphed Uplift to 16% mana. So that monks feel like they can be less reliant on Jab, Jab, Uplift, we also changed Soothing Mist to generate chi more consistently (to avoid long stretches of bad luck) and increased its generation rate overall.
  • Death Knight – We reduced the health of Bloodworms to 15% (from 18%) and reduced the health healed to 25% from 30%. Our earlier buffs were too generous (and they are still significantly buffed from 5.1).

GC said it's a bug. I noticed that it also has not been fixed (um, GC, can you guys pls fix??).
We thought we did fix it. Any more information? It costs 1 ember, but if it kills the target or the target dies within 5 sec, it restores 1 ember, for a net costs of 0. If it ever restored 2 embers on a kill, that was a bug and probably got fixed.

Quick follow-up though: Is the ICD [on Rune of Re-Origination] still 22 seconds with the "new" version?
Yes. We considered lowering that to match, but held off on that for now.

It has been shown quite conclusively that a Monk using 2 one handers will out dps an equal skilled, equal geared 2h monk by about 2-3%.
It's much more helpful to show us that evidence (or link it) than to state that it exists, unless it's just up in the thread somewhere and we missed it. In any case, we're not seeing it at all. DW has an additional enchant and gem, but 2H has slightly more stats and more procs.

I feel like fury could use some nerfs (especially SMF).
We're not seeing this in 5.2. Any more information?

Either way, the point remains that Supremacy is highly inferior in most situations. This is because your mastery (extremely powerful for affliction and destruction) does your pet no benefit. Additionally, your haste does not scale the fel energy gain of the minion. This leaves your pets scaling tied directly to critical strike and spell power, unless using a pet with melee attacks (which then gets marginal haste benefit).
We think this is a legitimate criticism. We think it's only a problem at very high gear levels, but once players see the highest DPS players choosing Sacrifice, it's going to be conventional wisdom that you just have to take that talent... which we really don't want. If anything, this talent should be rare. As I've said before, the common warlock should be one with a demon. Short of having Supremacy and Service somehow give Affliction and Destruction Demo's mastery or just nerfing Sacrifice to the point where it's really only for players who hate pet bars (even at a DPS loss), we don't have a great solution yet.

If this is even remotely true then blizzard has done a horrible job. This is the first time I've read or heard the sentence "middle of the pack" regarding mages and warlocks.
I think you might be misinterpreting my comment. Perhaps it was vague. What I meant was that if you are a player wondering if your DPS is low, compare it to someone in the middle. Players almost always compare themselves to the guy at very top of the stack rank, but that dude is often overpowered and it's rarely our goal to buff everyone else up to that line. More than likely, he'll be getting a nerf.

Is removal of the T11 Protection tier gimmic going to be addressed before 5.2 hits so don't have to keep it for a 45 sec guardian prepull as retribution?
We addressed it in 5.2. When you remove the set bonuses, the buff is also cancelled.

Mage frostbolts are doing crazy damage on the PTR on full resilience targets. Something along the lines of 200k damage crits with CDs.
We did shift some damage to Frostbolt, but overall it's a good thing for the game for mages to hard cast. They have to stand still and you can cause a Frost lock.

I'm still confused. In 5.1 I never felt my DPS, or rather DK frost DPS in general was bad, or even close to bad. Where are all these buffs coming from, is there going to be some kind of counterweight in 5.2 yet to be announced?
It's a lot of things. Overall, we are balancing for 5.2. That's a different environment. Nearly everyone will quickly get better gear with more secondary stats. While everyone scales to some extent with those stats (and as much as I like to tweak the community about its seeming obsession with scaling) the fact still remains that those numbers do affect damage. Set bonuses will change. There are new trinkets and meta-gems. Not everyone will get all of those items, but we still have to take into consideration with our tuning that many will. We have to look at the new bosses. While we like there to be some variation from boss to boss depending on encounter mechanics, we also understand human nature well enough to expect that players will quickly start worrying only about their performance in the new raid and stop worrying about how well they did on the previous one. For DKs specifically, also recall that we also nerfed the current T14 2pc because it ended up so good that there was a risk DKs wouldn't feel like they could upgrade to the T15 gear.

im not saying revert the dk buffs, they are fine...but by that same logic, where are the ret sustained buffs to keep us competitive? we are already pretty far behind frost as it is.
Unless you can demonstrate to us that Ret is behind Frost in 5.2, we can't do much with comments like this.

We think Ret and Frost are where they should be in 5.1 with the exception that Frost pulls ahead too much in certain cleave and AE situations.

Crysis 3 Giveaway
Our friends over at FPSGeneral are giving away a copy of Crysis 3! Today is the last day to enter, so be sure to get your entry in before it is over.

by Published on 2013-02-21 06:27 AM

Diablo 3 Announced for PlayStation

Patch 5.2 - Isle of Thunder Faction Quartermaster Update
The cloaks offered by the Kirin Tor Offensive and Sunreaver Onslaught were added to quartermasters in the latest PTR build. The cloaks cost 937 Valor Points and only some are flagged as needing Revered currently, but will likely change to all of them.

Level Type Spec Slot Name
496BackTankBack Cloak of the Immortal Guardian
496BackTankBack Cloak of the Immortal Guardian
496BackMeleeBack Shan'ze Partisan's Greatcloak
496BackMeleeBack Shan'ze Partisan's Greatcloak
496BackSpell SpiritBack Shan'ze Gravetender Cloak
496BackSpell SpiritBack Shan'ze Gravetender Cloak
496BackPhysical DPSBack Thunder-Chaser Cloak
496BackPhysical DPSBack Thunder-Chaser Cloak
496BackSpell DPSBack Static-Collecting Cloak
496BackSpell DPSBack Static-Collecting Cloak


A Day on the Isle of Thunder
Crithto wrote a nice blog post about what you can expect when Patch 5.2 is live. It covers some of these things:




PTR Class and Set Bonus Issues
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Legendary Meta-gems
In order to further discourage the use of these in PvP, the effects are dispellable. Not all of them are Spell Steal-able because frankly some of the effects are too complex to work correctly when stolen.

In order to provide feedback on potential changes to rotational priority or damage modeling, please confirm these estimated new values, or provide the accurate value in their place:
Sure. Here are the correct values. Flat amounts are the values at level 90, as you’d expect.

  • Howling Blast: 575 + 85.1% of Attack Power
  • Frost Strike (motfw): 126% Weapon Damage
  • Obliterate (motfw): 386.4% weapon damage, +25% w/ two disease
  • Scourge Strike: 633 + 140% Weapon Damage, 25% shadow damage per disease
  • Diseases: 187(FF)/223(BP) + 17.9% AP
  • Diseases (Unholy): 299.2(FF)/356.8(BP) + 28.64% AP
  • Soul Reaper (motfw): 120% weapon damage

…based on modeling I've done (with assistance from Theck and Hamlet), [Gaze of the Twins is] actually a Guardian's best trinket for Rage Generation.
Gaze of the Twins will only proc for Str users.

Thoughts on an Unholy Death Knight using Unerring Vision of Lei-Shen and using Festering Strike to maintain these 100% crit chance diseases permanently?
Unerring Vision of Lei-Shen will only proc for Int users.

The first the comes to mind is on the mage class. In frost spec, taking the rune of power talent, I noticed that the frost pet's waterbolt apparently is double dipping from Rune of Power. The first effect (reasonably) comes from the mage at 15%. But, it has another multiplicative 15% on top of that.
We’re not seeing this. Are you perhaps seeing the result of the Frostbolt debuff?

Rune of Re-Origination
We're going to make some changes to this trinket based on testing and feedback. Our goal was to make it decent if you didn't game it at all but offer some opportunities for enhanced benefits if you did. We're going to try to meet that goal better with these changes:

  • 10 sec duration (down from 20 sec) but with double the proc rate.
  • Increase your highest secondary stat by 200% of the sum of your two lowest secondary stats. For example: you have 3500 mastery, 5000 crit, 7000 haste. Rune procs, and you get [-3500 mastery, -5000 crit, +17000 haste]. Same logic as before, just double the size of the buff to your highest stat.

Forgive me for saying this....we are high right now? Locks/mages are topping meters and all I see is + + + + + + for them. If you go to raid-bots (shows what people are actually doing with the classes), click on any fight other than Galaron....look at who is on to....mages and locks (speaking 25 heroic).

We did not ask for a buff to haste.

I work for a software company, so I understand you have tools to see things that we don't. But don't friggin cop out and say things like "you are higher than you should be now"

Arcane and Affliction are high on many fights in 5.1, but they shouldn't be in 5.2. It's almost always the wrong argument to compare yourself to the highest DPS specs out there. "Middle of the pack" is actually where everyone is supposed to be.

Also, many warriors did ask for a buff to haste. Feel free to bring it up with them.

I try to always be careful to say "X is where or not where *we* want it." I say that because we pick the target DPS for everyone, not the community. We find that when we phrase it that way, players spend less time (though still a lot) campaigning for DPS buffs.

As someone who's main-specced Beast Mastery through most of his hunter career, these adjustments concern me about the implications for spec balance. Rough estimate, this seems like it's about a 5% adjustment upwards for Survival, and closer to 10% adjustment upwards for Marksman (maybe more if the rotation changes from 5.1 to favour Aimed Shot more).
This is why I added the caveat that you can't just take the 5.1 environment and mentally add buffs or nerfs. My advice here if you can't test it yourself on the PTR is to trust your theorycrafting community and see where they think everyone will end up in 5.2. (Zeherah made a post up above.)

I believe he's saying the damage buffs for pve will harm pvp, as a lot of ptr feedback was already very worried about very high burst and sustained damage ( people being gibbed in a few globals constantly) in pvp in full tyrannical gear with resil gems.
But that's a vague answer. That's not anything I can discuss with my design team. What would be more helpful are as many specifics as possible. What are you worried about from Shadow priests or Frost DKs? Mind Spike? Obliterate? Dots? We can go look at those specific cases where there are concerns. We don't think it's appropriate just to nerf everyone's PvP damage by 15% or something just in case.

GC we've still yet to get a clear cut answer on whether or not Lava Burst will scale (i know you hate that word, sorry) with crit rating (IE More crit chance = higher damage like Soul Fire/Chaos Bolt). Also, Bombay or Tanka Rey?
You used the word correctly, so no worries. What makes me reach for the Bombay are vague concerns about "scaling issues" masquerading DPS buff requests. (If you're worried about your DPS, just be up front and say you're worried about your DPS.)

We are unlikely to add extra crit damage to Lava Burst given the amount of time we have left for testing because we don't feel we can accurately predict what it would do to gear or rotational choices, and there is a PvP burst risk as well. We're not against the idea in theory and might try it at a future date once we have more information about what the 5.2 changes do to Elemental overall.

I also bet you did not test both Titan's Grip and SMF, since both do substantially different in Raids.
We treat SMF and TG (and also DW and 2H Frost) as separate specs for purposes of our testing. Nowhere do we see Execute anywhere close to the percentage of damage you're suggesting.

That said, several warriors have asked us to nerf Execute instead of the numbers we did hit. We might still do that, but Execute damage is a scary thing to mess with at this stage because it can cause relatively-hard-to-predict changes to priorities and damage between TG and SMF. We'll consider it though.

The fact that the reason behind the nerf was totally false.
You're conflating two issues. Stampede had a bug causing it to do too much damage, which we eventually found and fixed. At the same time, we also wanted to tone down all of the "because I'm immune to everything I'm going to come beat your face in" cooldowns. We deeply regret having so many "I'm immune to everything" mechanics. We don't think they are good for PvP overall, even though it can be fun to beat someone's face in while they have no recourse.

Anything uncounterable is probably something we are trying to phase out in PvP.

Blizzard seems to be unable to admit that having Sanctity of Battle as baseline for Paladins was a mistake.
Sorry, we just don't think it was a mistake. If you go back and look at a lot of the feedback about haste for paladins, many players like how haste feels. They like how well it ties into their active mitigation. We don't think there was any mistake here. We just have to make sure (long-term) that avoidance still has some role for tanks. We reduced the proc chance of Grand Crusader because we also allowed it to be caused from dodge and parry, which helps to make those stats somewhat more attractive.

There are numerous, serious issues with multiple different healer specs/classes. All of them are essentially being brushed under the rug so 5.2 can go live on schedule.
If we, the developers, though there were numerous, serious issues with multiple specs, we would delay the patch. We are fortunately in a position where we can do that and we do it all the time (heck, with almost every product we release). There are some players out there with concerns, and that is their prerogative, but it's also pretty par for the course for any of our major patches or expansions. We think things are pretty close.

with buffs to warriors/dks/rogues I only see the gap between us and other melee getting even larger.
We need evidence to evaluate claims like that. Unfortunately, as I've said, 5.1 evidence isn't super useful at this point.

If they make our cooldowns lower, damage without cooldowns becomes less of a concern
Yep. There is nothing inherently stronger about sustained damage than burst damage, provided the end result is the same (and often the opposite is true). There are encounter specifics that throw that out of kilter, such as the frequency of burst windows and the length of the fight, but in general we like those complexities because they help prevent every class from behaving exactly the same way. When CDs are too long, then the risk of things getting out of kilter are increased - consider the example of a 10 minute cooldown, that will rarely ever get used more than once per fight. We think a 2 min CD solves the problem sufficiently. Your DPS at any given second won't be the same as everyone else's -- this is a good thing -- but integrated over the course of a fight it will be close, again taking into consideration that we like variation among encounters.

Even including the 4-piece T15 bonus and boosted stats, I'm simming that 2/2 upgraded T14 gear is outperforming T15 gear of equivalent difficulty levels because of the reduced CD on an incredibly buffed Penance. This is an issue.
We have considered nerfing the priest T14 set bonus to 1 sec off of Penance (under the argument that Penance is more powerful now) and just reducing Penance by 1 sec baseline. That undoes a little bit of the first part of my argument, but Penance is a fun spell and a single-target one at that.

Tiriél is also correct that partially it's just a comparison between upgraded heroic 5.0 gear and normal 5.2 gear ilevels.

No. I can reproduce this consistently (100% of the time) on the live server. Steps to reproduce (at least on live, I will verify whether this still exists on PTR)
Okay, that sounds like it is just the tooltip and not the damage itself, but we'll still check it out. Tooltips can only be so accurate since so many things affect spell points these days.

Raid Testing Schedule - February 21-25
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
On Thursday, February 21, through Monday, February 25, we will be testing the 25-player Normal raid encounters in the Throne of Thunder.

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

Thursday, February 21
  • Jin'rokh the Breaker - 25 Player Normal - 11:00 PST (14:00 EST, 20:00 CET)
  • Tortos - 25 Player Normal - 13:30 PST (16:30 EST, 22:30 CET)
  • Ji-Kun - 25 Player Normal - 15:00 PST (18:00 EST, 00:00 CET)
  • Durumu the Forgotten - 25 Player Normal - 16:30 PST (19:30 EST, 01:30 CET)

Friday, February 22
  • Council of Elders - 25 Player Normal - 11:00 PST (14:00 EST, 20:00 CET)
  • Megaera - 25 Player Normal - 13:30 PST (16:30 EST, 22:30 CET)
  • Primordius - 25 Player Normal - 15:00 PST (18:00 EST, 00:00 CET)
  • Dark Animus - 25 Player Normal - 17:00 PST (20:00 EST, 02:00 CET)

Monday, February 25
  • Horridon - 25 Player Normal - 11:00 PST (14:00 EST, 20:00 CET)
  • Iron Qon - 25 Player Normal - 13:30 PST (16:30 EST, 22:30 CET)
  • Twin Consorts - 25 Player Normal - 15:00 PST (18:00 EST, 00:00 CET)
  • Lei Shen - 25 Player Normal - 16:30 PST (19:30 EST, 01:30 CET)

As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a beta environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the boss being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.

The Daily Blink - The Life Cycle of a WoW Patch
The Daily Blink has a nice summary of Patch 5.2 changes.

Patch notes: More emotionally involving than the best-written suspense novel.
by Published on 2013-02-21 01:19 AM

Diablo 3 Announced for PlayStation

Diablo 3 Coming to Playstation 3 and 4
Chris Metzen just announced that Diablo 3 will be coming to both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. It is currently running well on the PS3 with a console optimized UI and controls and has a four player co-op mode. More information will be revealed at PAX East.


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The minions of Hell grow stronger.

We're excited to announce that Diablo III is being developed for the Sony PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. We'll also be adapting the award-winning action–role-playing game for Sony's newly announced platform: the PlayStation® 4!

Sit Down, Relax, and Kill Some Demons
Diablo III for the PS3™/PS4™ will be based on the core PC game and feature all the latest updates, including Paragon levels, the Infernal Machine event, Monster Power, Brawling, and more. This version is also being tailored with customized controls, a new user interface, and a dynamic camera perspective to provide an awesome Diablo III experience for PlayStation gamers.

Players will be able to wage war against the Burning Hells on their own in single-player games as well as team up and destroy countless demons with their fellow Nephalem in multiplayer games. For multiplayer, players will have the option to choose between four-player online (complete with matchmaking) and four-player local co-op modes for their couch-based warfare.


Follow the Falling Star to Boston, MA

The PS3 version of Diablo III will make its public debut at PAX East in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from March 22–24, and attendees of the convention will be some of the first to defend the world of Sanctuary via handheld controllers.

We call upon all heroes to join us at the official Blizzard booth, where you can enjoy some fast-paced hack-and-slash, participate in fun contests and giveaways, and learn more about the game. (Community managers will also be on-site, and they look forward to answering your questions and slaying some of Diablo's many malevolent minions with you.)

For more information, be sure to check out the official press release, and stay tuned to Diablo3.com for future updates.
by Published on 2013-02-20 04:29 AM

Patch 5.2 PTR - Build 16597

BlizzCon 2013 Storms Anaheim November 8-9

PvP Season 12 Ending March 5
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Arena and Rated Battleground Season 12 is scheduled to end on Tuesday, March 5. At that point, we will determine who is eligible for the end-of-season rewards, a process that should take approximately one week. It's very important for players who feel that they may be eligible for Arena titles and/or the Malevolent Gladiator's Cloud Serpent to refrain from transferring their characters to another realm or faction until after Season 12 ends. The awarding of Season 12 titles and mounts will occur approximately 2 weeks after the season ends.

At the end of the season, Conquest Points will be converted to Honor Points and any honor above 4000 will be converted to gold at a rate of 35 silver per point. The honor cap will remain at 4000.

All Season 12 items will cost Honor Points (equivalent to their previous Conquest Point cost) when the season ends, with the exception of any items with rating requirements attached. These items will no longer be available for purchase.

The next Arena and Rated Battleground season will begin approximately one week after the current season ends. During the break between seasons, all Rated Battleground and Arena matches will be unavailable. Team and Personal Ratings will be reset when Season 13 begins.

Raid Testing Schedule - February 20
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
On Wednesday, February 20, we will be testing more raid encounters in the Throne of Thunder.

Note that we will likely be doing 25-player Normal testing (of many encounters) on Thursday and Friday. I'll post a schedule for those tomorrow.

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

Wednesday, February 20

Horridon - 10 Player Heroic
10:30 PST (13:30 EST, 19:30 CET)

Ji-Kun - 10 Player Heroic
13:30 PST (16:30 EST, 22:30 CET)

Primordius - 10 Player Heroic
16:00 PST (19:00 EST, 01:00 CET)

As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a beta environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the boss being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.

PTR Class and Set Bonus Issues
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Tuning Adjustments
  • These are in addition to any previous changes, unless specifically noted.
  • You can't just apply these to 5.1 numbers. You need to keep the entire suite of changes in mind. I say this because we always get a few players who only see -20% on some ability and get all "Don't nerf me, bro."
  • That said, feedback on these changes is always welcome. Numbers are more persuasive than feelings. PTR logs are better than simulations, since the latter are very dependent on the talent and time of the person doing the simming.

Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • We like our recent change to a lower cooldown on Avenging Wrath for Retribution in PvP. We like it so much that we want to make it a baseline change for Retribution and not a set bonus, since many PvE paladins are benefiting from shorter wings today, and our recent DPS testing suggests that Ret needs a DPS buff. However, this does mean changing the existing T14 4pc PvE bonus.

So the list of changes reads like this:
  • Retribution has a two minute cooldown on Avenging Wrath baseline.
  • We are reverting the PvP set bonus change. The Retribution set bonuses remain as they are on live. This line will no longer appear in patch notes.
  • We are changing the T14 4pc PvE bonus to +10% damage on Seals and Judgment. We want you to graduate to the T15 set bonus fairly quickly and you won't be losing the shorter Avenging Wrath cooldown.
  • Retribution damage was too low, but as I mentioned above, we buffed it through more frequent use of Avenging Wrath.

Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Shadowform increases damage by 25%, up from 20%.
  • We have heard some concerns that Atonement damage is higher than intended, so we are checking that out, but no changes to announce yet.

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)

Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)

Druid (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Rip damage +15%.

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)

Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)

For clarification, is the AoE aspect of Howling Blast going to be increased by this 23% single target buff, or will the AoE coefficient be lowered to compensate?
Single-target buff. That's what I meant by damage to secondary targets remains the same.

However, in case it wasn't obvious, these were all single-target changes. We haven't completed AE, healing or tanking changes. Healing or tanking numbers look pretty solid overall though, so don't expect much change there. (And feel free to disagree, but please provide some kind of evidence to back it up.)

I want to play Unholy!
We buffed Unholy early on in the patch and I did mention disease and Scourge Strike buffs as well.

You stated that shadow priest were overpowered in PVP and yet they received a 20% damage buff and now another 5% overall buff in Shadowform how does that make any sense?
We're not convinced that Shadow's OPness in PvP came from overall damage. We think it is probably a combination of many things, and those we hit the hardest were healing and Phantasm. We did nerf the Mind Spike glyph, which will reduce burst.

I'd imagine so since FnB is just a multiplier on the existing spells.
Correct.

Hand of Gul'dan, in metamorphasis form, is chaos wave. Does the 15% buff apply to the chaos wave too?
Yes.

Are there buffs designed to compensate for assassination getting less from the set bonuses?
Partially. This is a challenge for us, because we need to take the set bonuses into account, but everyone needs to function with the old set bonuses as well. We try to look at both situations.

Ret paladin damage will still be outclassed by other melee classes, causing us to be undervalued in the PvE scene, especially with the buffs to DK.
We're not seeing Ret DPS below where we want it on live, except on AE or Cleave fights, which these changes aren't targeted to correct. Again, as I mentioned above, you can't just take 5.1 numbers, mentally add these percentages to them and predict 5.2 numbers. I wish it was that easy, but a whole lot of things change. For example, we missed the mark on the current DK set bonuses, and they have been nerfed in 5.2.

Yeah, I'm thoroughly confused to the Fury nerfs after the MINOR buff to WS, a move that is used AFTER everything else.
Sorry, I brought too much focus to that one issue. Fury's DPS was just too high in 5.2 before these changes. It is a little high in 5.1 as well.

Patch 5.2 PTR Notes - Feb 19 Update
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
General
  • New Daily Quest Hub: Isle of Thunder.
    • Heroes fortunate enough to acquire a “Key to the Palace of Lei Shen” can bring it to the Shado-Pan on the Isle of Thunder and use it to infiltrate the fabled treasure vaults of the first emperor. Heroes are tasked with grabbing as much loot as they can within five minutes. Larger chests will have the most loot, including special keys that can be used at the end of the run for a chance at epic gear and other major rewards. Keys are awarded from rare mobs, hidden chests around the island, and from award satchels obtained by completing daily quests.

  • Taking Over The Farm
    • Players that have grown attached to working the land at Sunsong Ranch can now acquire purchase the farm land from Farmer Yoon via a quest. The farmhouse becomes a rest point like an Inn, where the player can bind and instantly log out. Work orders will pour into the farm from factions across Pandaria, and completing a work order will earn a reputation boost with the issuing faction.
    • The option to take over the farm is available to characters that are exalted with the Tillers and have unlocked all 16 farm plots.
    • Please note: The new Sunsong Ranch features are not available on the PTR, but will be coming soon.

Classes
  • Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Glyph of Evocation now causes the Invocation talent to restore 10% (was 20%) health after completing an Evocation.
    • Arcane
      • Arcane Blast damage has been reduced by 22.2% and mana cost has been increased to 1.66667% of base mana (was 1.5%).
      • Arcane Missile's damage has been reduced by 22.2%.
      • Arcane Barrage damage has been reduced by 13.6%.
    • Frost
      • Frostbolt now deals 52% more damage, but its debuff no longer increases subsequent Frostbolt damage.

  • Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Chi Wave now does 100% more damage and 14% less healing, and no longer costs Chi, and has a 15 second cooldown.
    • Zen Sphere now has a limit of 2 (was 1), detonates when either the recipient reaches 35% health or the Zen Sphere is dispelled, no longer costs Chi, and has a 10 second cooldown. Its periodic damage has been increased by 22%, periodic healing has been reduced by 61%, its detonation healing has been reduced by 62%, and detonation range has been increased by 40%.
    • Chi Burst now does 340% more damage and 69% more healing, no longer costs Chi, and has a 30 second cooldown.
    • Mistweaver
      • Jab now costs 6% (was 4%) of base mana to use.
      • The Glyphed version of Uplift now costs 8% of base mana (was 6.6%) to cast.
      • Teachings of the Monastery now provides additional benefits.
        • Tiger Palm damage increased by 100%. and restores 1% of max mana.
      • Muscle Memory is a new passive ability for Mistweaver Monks. Successful Jab and Spinning Crane Kick which damages at least 3 enemies cause Muscle Memory. Muscle Memory causes the Monk's next Tiger Palm or Blackout Kick to deal 150% more damage and restore 2% mana.

  • Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Retribution
      • Seal of Justice now causes melee attacks to deal an additional 20% (was 16%) as Holy damage.
      • Retribution 2-piece PvP set bonus now grants 1000 PvP power (was 800).
      • Retribution 4-piece PvP set bonus had been replaced. It now decreases the cooldown on Avenging Wrath by 65 seconds.

  • Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
    • Power Word: Solace has been replaced with a new talent: Solace & Insanity
      • For Holy and Discipline, Power Word: Solace replaces Holy Fire. It deals the same damage, and interacts with other spells and abilities in the same manner but does not trigger Atonement, is instant, costs no mana, and restores 1% of maximum mana on each cast. Damage dealt by Power Word: Solace will heal a nearby friendly player within 40 yards of the target for 100% of the damage dealt (50% when healing the Priest).
    • Power Infusion now increases the Priest's damage by 10% in addition to current effects.
    • Discipline
      • Mastery: Shield Discipline now also increases all healing done by a lesser amount, but the bonus provided by Mastery has been reduced by 36%.
      • Penance now has a range of 40 yards for both friendly and hostile targets (was 40 yards for friendly and 30 yards for hostile targets).
      • Spirit Shell now provides an absorb shield equal to the average healing and absorb of the triggering spell, including criticals and Divine Aegis. no longer benefits from Mastery, and now properly includes the benefits of Divine Aegis and critical effect chance.
      • Divine Aegis now causes critical heals to apply an absorb shield on the target for 100% of the amount healed instead of healing for twice as much. In addition, it grants Power Word: Shield a chance equal to the Priest's critical chance for the shield to absorb twice as much damage. is no longer guaranteed when Prayer of Healing is cast. The effect now activates when the spell crits.

  • Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)

  • Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)

Creatures
  • Players of the same faction that participated in a fight with Pandaria world bosses (Sha of Anger, Galleon, Nalak the Storm Lord, and Oondasta) now get shared credit for the kill and will be eligible for loot.

Raids, Dungeons and Scenarios
  • Satchels obtained via the Raid Finder now have a chance to contain additional rewards, including: consumables, Spirits of Harmony, rare pets or mounts, and Raid Finder versions of Normal and Heroic difficulty zone drops that were previously unavailable from Raid Finder encounters!
  • Mogu Runes of Fate have been added and provides a bonus roll for Throne of Thunder, Nalak the Storm Lord, and Oondasta and are purchased with Lesser Charms of Good Fortune. Elder Charms of Good Fortune will continue to work in Mogu'shan Vaults, Heart of Fear, Terrace of Endless Spring, the Sha of Anger, and Salyis' Warband (Galleon).
  • The maximum number of Elder Charms of Good Fortune a character can hold has been increased to 20 (was 10).

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