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by Published on 2011-01-12 01:43 AM

Patch 4.0.6 Notes Update - January 11
The notes for tonight's PTR build have been updated, as usual, they are the only thing you should trust and any change mentioned here is more reliable than the funny datamining. Blizzard spends a lot more time than they used to working on very nice official patch notes, use them. (PS: I totally slacked and chaud did the notes update, love him, not me)

It's also very interesting to point out that the racial flight forms are finally being activated in-game.



Worgen Flight Form


Originally Posted by Blizzard
General
  • Guild bank vouchers that players unlock as guild rewards now correctly state that they can only be used by Guild Leaders.
  • Many rare creatures that went into hiding upon Deathwing's emergence into Azeroth have made a return! In addition to finding new homes in a post-Cataclysm world, they drop new, improved loot, provide a healthy experience bonus, and respawn much more quickly when killed. Happy hunting!

Dungeons & Raids
  • Level 85 players can now choose any normal dungeon via the Dungeon Finder. Choosing Random Dungeon will still not add Blackrock Caverns or Throne of the Tides into the rotation.

Blackrock Caverns
  • Beauty now spawns with only two pups in Heroic difficulty. Not to worry though, the missing pup has been adopted by a wonderful, if not insane family.

Grim Batol
  • Faceless Corruptors now move 10% more slowly.
  • Players may still use spell and abilities while afflicted by Forgemaster Throngus's Impaling Slam.
  • Valiona's Devouring Flame damage has been reduced by 20%.

Halls of Origination
  • The duration of the Flame Wardens' Raging Inferno has been reduced by 80%.
  • Anraphet's Nemesis Strike now does 75% of weapon damage, up from 50%. In addition, the damage-over-time effect applied by this ability does 15,000 damage every 2 seconds, up from 9,000.
  • Earthrager Ptah's Flame Bolt now deals more damage per second on Heroic difficulty.
  • Setesh seeks a portal every 25 seconds, up from 20.

Lost City of the Tol'vir
  • Lockmaw no longer tolerates fighting in his treasure room.

Shadowfang Keep
  • Baron Ashbury
    • Sadly, in his hubris he has forgotten how to Mend Rotten Flesh.
  • Lord Walden
    • Conjure Poisonous Mixture now deals more initial damage.
    • Frost Mixture is now area-of-effect damage.
    • Toxic Catalyst now deals less damage over time.

The Stonecore
  • Stonecore Earthshapers' Dust Storm does slightly less damage.
  • Corborus
    • The warning time for Thrashing Charge has been increased by 1 second. In addition, Thrashing Charge now happens 4 times, down from 5.
    • The visual for Rock Borers spawning during the submersion phase is now different from the Thrashing Charge visual.
  • High Priestess Azil
    • She grew! She's now 175% the size of a human, up from 125%.
    • Gravity Wells should kill Devout Followers more quickly.
    • The cast time of Force Grip is now 1.5 seconds, up from 1.
    • The size of the warning visual for Seismic Shard has been increased to more accurately reflect the area it affects.
  • Slabhide
    • The ground phase lasts longer and has fewer stalactites.
  • Ozruk
    • There is now a precast visual on the ground to make it clear how far away a player must get to be clear of Shatter.
    • The cast time of Shatter has been increased to 3 seconds, up from 2.5.
    • Shatter damage is now reduced by armor, but has been increased by 33.3% (repeating, of course) as a result.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed a bug that made Ozruk's Shatter knockback component 10-yard range while the damage had a 15-yard range. Both are 15 yards now.

Throne of the Tides
  • The damage done by Lady Naz'jatar's Shock Blast and Naz'jar Tempest Witch Chain Lightning has been reduced.
  • Tainted Sentries Swell damage has been reduced.
  • The damage of Blight of Ozumat has been reduced by 25% per stack.

The Vortex Pinnacle
  • Creatures
    • Desperate Speed cast by Temple Adepts has had its duration reduced significantly.
  • Altairus
    • The visual effects in this encounter have been adjusted to make the wind direction easier to read.
    • Cyclones now knock players straight up, and players hit by a cyclone cannot be hit again for a few seconds.
  • Asaad
    • Skyfall Stars are now summoned to help him defeat players.
    • Static Cling has had its cast time increased to 1.25 seconds, up from 1.
  • Grand Vizier Ertan
    • His health has been reduced slightly.
    • He now knocks away players standing too close to him when he retracts his Cyclone Shield, which now inflicts Nature damage if it touches players.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed a bug that made Ozruk's Shatter knockback component 10-yard range while the damage had a 15-yard range. Both are 15 yards now.

PvP
Tol Barad
  • Players will now be teleported out of the Tol Barad micro dungeons 15 minutes before the beginning of the next battle.

Classes
Death Knight (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Necrotic Strike's absorption effect is now reduced by the target's resilience. In addition, its debuff duration has been reduced to 10 seconds, down from 15.
  • The spell hit bonus previously given by Virulence (Unholy) has been rolled into the Runic Focus passive effect that all death knights possess.

Blood
  • Bone Shield now has 4 charges, up from 3.
  • If Death Strike is used while a Blood Shield is already active, the new absorb will stack with the old one instead of replacing it.
  • Scarlet Fever now applies via Blood Plague, rather than Blood Boil.

Frost
  • Chilblains now also causes Chains of Ice to root the target for 1.5/3 seconds.
  • Hungering Cold now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.

Unholy
  • Blightcaller (Mastery) has been redesigned and renamed Dreadblade. It increases all Shadow damage by 2.5% per point of mastery.
  • Death's Advance (new talent): While both Unholy Runes are depleted, movement-impairing effects cannot reduce the death knight below 75/100% of normal movement speed.
  • Sudden Doom is now triggered only from main-hand auto attacks, and is normalized according to weapon speed rather than having a fixed percentage chance.
  • Virulence has been redesigned. It now grants 10/20/30% additional disease damage.

Glyphs
  • Glyph of Dark Succor (new talent) raise the minimum healing done by Death Strike from 7% to 20% of maximum health, but only while in Unholy or Frost Presence.

Runeforging
  • Swordbreaking and Swordshattering now reduce disarm duration by 60%, up from 50%.

Druid (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Entangling Roots now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Hibernate now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Moonfire mana cost has been reduced from 18% to 9%.
  • Nature's Grasp now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Prowl is no longer broken by enemies using Demoralizing Shout or Demoralizing Roar.
  • Skull Bash's lockout time has been reduced to 4 seconds, down from 5.
  • Soothe is now instant cast, down from 1.5 seconds.
  • Worgen and troll druids now have new art for Swift Flight Form.

Balance
  • Sunfire mana cost has been reduced from 18% to 9%.
  • Total Eclipse (Mastery) benefit from mastery increased by approximately 33%.

Feral
  • Infected Wounds now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.

Restoration
  • Empowered Touch now also affects Regrowth. In addition, after Tree of Life is no longer active, this talent will only refresh the most recently cast or refreshed Lifebloom, and will not refresh other copies of Lifebloom.
  • Natural Shapeshifter has been reduced to a 3/6-second increase to Tree of Life's duration, down from 5/10.
  • Symbiosis (Mastery) benefit from mastery increased by approximately 16%.
  • Tree of Life no longer grants immunity to Polymorph. In addition, its duration has been reduced to 25 seconds, down from 30.
  • Wild Growth healing has been increased by 30%, and the cooldown has been reduced to 8 seconds, down from 10.

Glyphs
  • Glyph of Entangling Roots redesigned. It now reduces the cast time of Entangling Roots by 0.2 seconds, rather than making it instant cast.

Hunter (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Cobra shot cast time is now affected by haste.
  • Concussive Shot duration has been increased to 6 seconds, up from 4.
  • Freezing Trap now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Master's Call now has a 35-second cooldown, down from 1 minute, and its range has been increased to 40 yards, up from 25. In addition, the visual effect is more obvious.
  • Steady Shot cast time is now affected by haste.
  • Wing Clip now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.

Marksmanship
  • Wild Quiver (Mastery): Chance for this to trigger per mastery has been increased by approximately 17%.

Survival
  • Black Arrow damage has been reduced by 25%.
  • Explosive Shot damage has been reduced by 25%.
  • Hunter vs. Wild has been increased to 5/10/15% Stamina, up from 4/8/12%.
  • Serpent Spread can now only affect up to 4 targets per Multi-Shot, down from unlimited.

Glyphs
  • Glyph of Concussive Shot redesigned. It now limits the maximum run speed of the target while Concussive Shot is active.

Bug Fixes
  • Cobra Shot now properly increases the duration of the Serpent Spread Serpent Sting.

Mage (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Arcane Barrage mana cost has been reduced by 8%.
  • Arcane Blast mana cost has been reduced by 12%.
  • Counterspell lockout duration reduced to 7 seconds, down from 8.
  • Fireball mana cost has been reduced by 25%.
  • Polymorph now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Ring of Frost: Radius shrunk to 8 yards, and inner "safe" radius is now 4.7 yards (exactly matching graphic). Dispelling the effect of Ring of Frost will now make the target immune to being refrozen for 3 seconds. If a second Ring of Frost is cast by the same mage while the first is still active (via Cold Snap), the first will now disappear and cease functioning. In addition, Ring of Frost now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • When a mage uses the Invisibility spell, it will now also cause their pet Water Elemental to become invisible.

Arcane
  • Slow now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.

Fire
  • Firestarter now allows the mage to cast Scorch while moving (regardless of which armor spell is used), and no longer eliminates Molten Armor's critical strike chance reduction.
  • Flashburn (Mastery) benefit per mastery has been increased by 12%.
  • Living Bomb mana cost has been reduced by 22%.

Frost
  • Deep Freeze damage done has been reduced by 20%.
  • Fingers of Frost can no longer be dispelled and now also increases Ice Lance damage by 15%.
  • Frost Specialization now only grants 2 base points of mastery (instead of 8), reducing all Frost damage to frozen targets by 15% from previous values. However, Frost Specialization now increases base Frostbolt damage by 15%.

Paladin (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Forbearance
    • The duration has been lowered to 1 minute, down from 2.
    • Lay on Hands now causes Forbearance on the target. It used to only cause it when cast on the paladin.
    • This was an old design from when Divine Protection caused Forbearance and the paladin didn't want to prevent a tank from using their defensive cooldown.
    • Lay on Hands cannot be a critical effect and will not be affected by most abilities which modify healing (such as Beacon of Light).
    • Since only Divine Shield, Lay on Hands and Hand of Protection cause Forbearance, the tooltips have been adjusted to better explain the mechanic.
  • Holy Wrath no longer counts nearby critters when dividing damage among its targets.
  • Seal of Truth: All single target attacks (including Judgement, Hammer of Wrath, Exorcism, and Templar's Verdict) can now trigger this seal.

Holy
  • Protector of the Innocent heals for 30% less.

Protection
  • Vindication no longer allows Hammer of Justice to interrupt stun-immune targets. With Rebuke baseline, this functionality is no longer necessary.

Retribution
  • Act of Sacrifice will no longer cause Cleanse to remove movement impairing effects from vehicles the paladin is riding.

Priest (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Mind Control now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Mind Sear can now be channeled on friendly targets in addition to enemy targets. In addition, Mind Sear's damage has been increased by roughly 15%.
  • Prayer of Healing effectiveness has been reduced by 15%.

Discipline
  • Divine Aegis: Critical effects from Prayer of Healing now award a bonus amount in addition to the default, always-proc Divine Aegis effect.
  • In addition to Strength of Soul's existing effects, when Power Word: Shield is placed on oneself, the priest becomes immune to silence, interrupt, and dispel effects for 2/4 seconds.

Holy
  • Chakra
    • Binding Heal and Holy Word: Serenity now refresh the duration of Renew on the target, in addition to the other direct heals.
    • Binding Heal, Flash Heal, Greater Heal can now trigger Chakra: Serenity.
    • Mind Spike can now trigger Chakra: Chastise.
  • Circle of Healing effectiveness has been increased by 30%.
  • Guardian Spirit: The absorb/heal from this ability can now never exceed 200% of the maximum health of the target.

Shadow
  • Shadow Orbs benefit from mastery has been increased by approximately 16%.

Rogue (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Blind now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Crippling Poison now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Sap now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Stealth is no longer broken by enemies using Demoralizing Shout or Demoralizing Roar.

Assassination
  • Deadly Momentum critical strike bonus now lasts for 15 seconds, up from 10.

Combat
  • Main Gauche (Mastery) now provides a chance to deal an attack for 100% of main-hand damage. This attack can trigger Combat Potency.
  • Restless Blades now also reduces the cooldown of Redirect.
  • Vitality now increases attack power by 25%, up from 20%.

Subtlety
  • Executioner (Mastery) has been increased from 2% to 2.5% per point.
  • Find Weakness now grants 35/70% armor reduction, up from 25/50%.
  • Preparation no longer resets the cooldown of Evasion.
  • Sanguinary Vein now gives a rogue a 50/100% chance for their own Bleed effects to not break their Gouge.
  • Shadowstep's cooldown has been increased to 24 seconds, up from 20 seconds.
  • Sinister Calling now grants 30% Agility, up from 25%, and increases Backstab and Hemorrhage damage by an additional 40%, up from 25%.

Shaman (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Chain Heal's effectiveness has been increased by approximately 10%.
  • Hex now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Purge now dispels a single effect instead of two.
  • Tremor Totem has been redesigned. The totem is now usable under Fear, Charm, or Sleep effects, and pulses much more rapidly, but lasts 6 seconds and has a 1-minute cooldown.

Elemental Combat
  • Earthquake damage has been increased by approximately 10%.

Enhancement
  • Flametongue Weapon damage now scales from attack power instead of spell power (for Enhancement shaman only).
  • Purge no longer has its mana cost reduced by Mental Quickness.

Restoration
  • Cleansing Waters no longer fires its heal effect twice when a shaman removes a Magic and a Curse debuff with a single cast.
  • Deep Healing (Mastery) has been increased to 3% per point, up from 2.5%.
  • Greater Healing Wave mana cost has been increased by 10%; healing done has been increased by 20%.
  • Mana Tide Totem has been redesigned. The totem no longer multiplies the Spirit of those affected by it. It instead gives a flat amount of Spirit equal to 400% of the casting shaman's Spirit, exclusive of short-term Spirit buffs affecting the shaman when the totem is dropped.

Warlock (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Curse of Exhaustion now reduces movement speed by 30%, down from 50%. Its range has been increased to 40 yards, up from 30.
  • Demon Armor and Fel Armor no longer cost mana and last until canceled.
  • Fear now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Fel Armor now increases the warlock's maximum mana by 10% instead of regenerating health.
  • Seduction (Succubus) now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.

Affliction
  • Unstable Affliction's silence effect has been reduced to 4 seconds, down from 5.

Demonology
  • Demon Soul: Imp redesigned. It now increases the critical strike chance of all non instant cast Destruction spells by 30%, rather than increasing critical strike damage. Duration reduced to 20 seconds.
  • Felstorm (Felguard) damage has been reduced by 20%.
  • Immolation Aura damage has been reduced by roughly 30%.
  • Inferno no longer increases the radius of Hellfire, but instead increases the duration of Immolate by 6 seconds in addition to its existing effect.
  • Master Demonologist (Mastery) benefit from mastery increased by approximately 33%.

Destruction
  • Burning Embers damage has been reduced by 15%.
  • Fiery Apocalypse (Mastery) benefit from mastery increased by approximately 8%.
  • Improved Soul Fire now increases Fire and Shadow damage done by 4/8%, rather than 7/15% spell haste. In addition, this talent has been moved to tier-3 Destruction, switching places with Aftermath.

Warrior (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Hamstring now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Inner Rage has been redesigned. It now reduces the cooldown on Heroic Strike and Cleave by 50% (to 1.5 second) for the next 15 seconds. 1-minute cooldown. It still cannot be used during Deadly Calm. This ability was originally designed to help warriors with rage capping, but the Heroic Strike and rage normalization changes seem to have solved that problem on their own. This new design will still allow warriors to burn off excess rage faster, at their discretion.
  • Slam cast time is now affected by haste.

Fury
  • Bloodthirst damage has been increased by approximately 30%.
  • Raging Blow weapon damage percent (at level 80+) has been increased from 110% to 145%.

Protection
  • Charge's stun continues to not trigger diminishing returns for Protection warriors who have the Warbringer talent.

Professions
  • Find Herbs, Fish, and Minerals are no longer canceled upon entering an Arena or rated Battleground.
  • A socket has been added to all crafted epic armor pieces that did not already have one.

Alchemy
  • Alchemist's Stones for Agility, Strength, and Intellect have been added.
  • The number of herbs required to create flasks has been reduced, while the Volatile Life needed has been increased slightly.
  • The drops from Tiny Treasure Chests have been improved slightly.

Archaeology
  • Archaeology finds now grant a guaranteed skill point up to 50 skill, and then no longer grant skill gains, as opposed to granting up to 100 skill very slowly.

Engineering
  • The Electrified Ether recipe now creates 2 to 3 Electrified Ether instead of 1.
  • The Heat-Treated Spinning Lure buff duration has been increased to 20 minutes, up from 5. In addition, the recipe now creates 2 at a time.
  • Synapse Springs now increase Agility, Strength, or Intellect (whichever is highest for the character).
  • Volatile Air now has an increased chance of dropping from rich mining nodes and Pyrite.

Jewelcrafting
  • Vivid Dream Emerald (new gem) provides resilience/spell penetration and can be purchased for 3 Illustrious Tokens.

Leatherworking
  • The 500 to 510 skill-up range for Leatherworking has been improved.

Tailoring
  • Darkglow Embroidery (Rank 2) now increases Spirit instead of restoring a flat amount of mana.

Items
  • Left Eye of Rajh: Chance of triggering increased.
  • The PvE warlock 4-piece set bonus (Fel Spark) now increases the damage done by the next 2 Fel Flame spells by 300%, rather than increasing the critical effect chance of one by 100%.
  • The PvP hunter 4-piece set bonus has been increased to 10% Focus regeneration, up from 5%.
  • The PvP warlock 4-piece set bonus has been redesigned. It now reduces the cooldown of Death Coil by 30 seconds.
  • The PvP warrior 4-piece set bonus has been redesigned. It now reduces disarm duration by 60% (does not stack with any Weapon Chains).
  • PvP trinkets will now clear disarm and silence effects.
  • Right Eye of Rajh: Chance of triggering increased.
  • Weapon Chains now reduce disarm duration by 60%, up from 50%.

Quests & Creatures
Tol Barad Peninsula
  • Spawn rates at Rustberg Village have been increased.
by Published on 2011-01-11 06:25 PM

Updates
04:00PM EST - Added Wow, Dungeons are Hard!
03:00PM EST - Apparently 45 Exalted Reputations no longer rewards the "The Exalted" title. You might want to wait for a blue post to confirm that, but for the moment, plan accordingly.
02:45PM EST - Added an important update for Frost Specialization. Fixed the pages for the new items! (Quicksilver Alchemist Stone, Volatile Alchemist Stone, Vibrant Alchemist Stone, Glyph of Dark Succor, Agile Shadowspirit Diamond, Burning Shadowspirit Diamond, Reverberating Shadowspirit Diamond)

Update Wow, Dungeons are Hard!
Ghostcrawler posted a very interesting post about dungeons, I moved it to the General Discussions forums to split it from the patch notes, but it's definitely worth reading.


Patch 4.0.6 - PTR Build 13482
A new build is being deployed on PTRs, I'll do the changes for the sake of doing it but the upcoming official patch notes update in a few minutes/hours will probably be far head from the version deployed on test realms.

WoWTal.com - PTR Build 13482
WoWTal.com has been updated to the latest build.



Professions Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment

Alchemy

Also, all flasks had their reagents requirements changed and now requires 8 Volatile Life (up from 6) and 8 of each Herb (down from 12)

Archaeology

Enchanting

Engineering

Inscription

Jewelcrafting

Achievements Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment

Guild - General

Guild - Professions

Reputation

Player vs. Player

Spell Changes
These changes are mostly the results of tooltip comparisons, all the changes might not be there and I suggest that you wait for official notes before you whine or rejoice about something.
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Racials
  • Stoneform (Dwarf) now reduces all damage taken by 10% instead of increasing armor by 10%.
  • Gift of the Naaru (Draenei) now heals for 20% of their total health over 15 sec at all levels.
  • Escape Artist (Gnome) now has a 1.5 min cooldown, down from 1.75 min.
  • Darkflight (Worgen) now has a 2 min cooldown, down from 3 min. Now increases current movement speed by an additional 40% instead of "increasing movement speed by 40%".

Reputation

Death Knight (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Blood
  • Bone Shield now begins with 4 charges, up from 3 charges.

Frost
  • Runic Focus now also increases spells change to hits by 9%. Spells are all Death Knight abilities that are not direct weapon strikes.

Unholy
  • Blightcaller is now called Dreadblade and Increases Shadow damage done by 20%. Each point of Mastery increases Shadow damage by an additional 2.5%.
  • Virulence no longer increases chance to hit with spells. Now increases the damage done by your diseases by 10/20/30%.
  • Sudden Doom now only procs from main-hand auto attacks, proc rate no longer specified and now just shows up as "higher than rank 1", "higher than rank 2".
  • Necrotic Strike casting time increase effect now lasts 10 sec, down from 15 sec.
  • Death's Advance (Tier 4) *New* - While your Unholy Runes are both depleted, movement-impairing effects may not reduce you below 100% of normal movement speed. /

Runeforging

Glyphs
  • Inscription: Glyph of Dark Succor - Causes your Death Strike ability to always restore at least 20% of your maximum health when used while in Frost or Unholy Presence.

Druid (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Balance
  • Soothe is now instant cast, down from 1.5 sec cast.
    Moonfire and Sunfire now costs 9% of base mana, down from 18% of base mana.
  • Fungal Growth now has a 100 yards range, up from 30 yards.
  • Total Eclipse now increases bonus damage from Eclipse by 16%, up from 12%. Each point of Mastery now increases the bonus by an additional 2%, up from 1.5%.

Feral
  • Rip now scales from 16.56/33.12/49.68/66.42% of Attack Power, down from 18.4/36.8/55.2/73.6/92%.
  • Rake now scales from 2.07% of Attack Power, down from 2.3%. Additional bleed damage now scales from 37.8% of Attack Power, down from 42%, base damage reduced by 10%, from 1859 to 1672.
  • Shred now deals 450% damage plus 1487, up from 350% plus 1156.
  • Skull Bash (Cat) / Skull Bash (Bear) now prevents spell from that school from being cast for 4 sec, down from 5 sec.
  • Maul now scales from 24% of Attack Power, down from 30%.
  • Lacerate now scales from 7.66% of Attack Power, down from 9.58%. Now makes enemies bleed for 35 + 2.56% of Attack Power, down from 35 + 3.2% of Attack Power.
  • Mangle (Cat) now deals 460% normal damage plus 1452, up from 360% plus 1136.
  • (Mangle) Mangle (Bear) now deals 235% normal damage plus 681, down from 300% plus 870.
  • Pulverize now deals 80% weapon damage, down from 100%. Additional damage reduced by 20% as well, from 450 to 360.

Restoration
  • Natural Shapeshifter now increases the duration of Tree of Life Form by 3/6 sec, down from 5/10 sec.
  • Tree of Life now lasts 25 sec, down from 30 sec. (What do you call a druid in tree form who melees? A combat log.)
  • Wild Growth now has a 8 sec cooldown, down from 10 sec. Base healing value increased by 30%, from 2866 to 3722.
  • Symbiosis now increases the potency of healing spells by 11.6% (Up from 10%) on target already affected by one of your HoT. Each point of Mastery now increases heal potency by an additional 1.45%, up from 1.25%.

Hunter (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Beast Mastery
  • Master's Call now has a 40 yards range, up from 25 yards. Cooldown reduced to 35 sec, down from 1 min.

Marksmanship

Survival
  • Black Arrow base damage has been reduced by 25%, down from 2400 to 1800.
  • Explosive Shot now deals [ 20.5% of Ranged AP + 340 ] damage, down from [ 27.3% of Ranged AP + 454 damage ]
  • Deterrence now increases the chance melee attacks will miss you by 100% instead of increasing your parry chance.
  • Hunter vs. Wild now increases your total Stamina by 5/10/15%, up from 4/7/10%.
  • Serpent Spread now affects up to 4 targets.

Mage (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Arcane
  • Arcane Blast now costs 7% of base mana, down from 8% of base mana.
  • Arcane Barrage now costs 11% of base mana, down from 12% of base mana.
  • Counterspell now prevents spell from that school of magic from being cast for 7 sec, down from 8 sec.

Fire
  • Flashburn now increases damage done by all your periodic fire damage effect by 22.4%, up from 20%. Each point of Mastery increases periodic damage done by an additional 2.8%, up from 2.5%.
  • Fireball now costs 12% of base mana, down from 16%.
  • Living Bomb now costs 17% of base mana, down from 22%.
  • Firestarter no longer requires you to use Molten Armor to cast the Scorch spell while moving.

Frost
  • Deep Freeze's base damage has been reduced by 20%, from [ 1447 to 1814 ] to [ 1157 to 1451 ].
  • Fingers of Frost now also increases Ice Lance damage by 15%.
  • Frost Specialization now also increases the damage of Frostbolt by an additional 15%. However, if will decrease your Frostburn mastery by 6.

Paladin (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Retribution
  • Crusader Strike now deals 135% weapon damage, up from 110%.
  • Rebuke is now trainable by all paladins as a base spell.
  • New Skill - Sacred Shield (Rank 4) *New* - When reduced below 30% health, you gain the Sacred Shield effect. The Sacred Shield absorbs [1 + 2.8 * AP] damage and increases healing received by 20%. Lasts 15 sec. This effect cannot occur more than once every 30 sec. 30 sec cooldown.

Priest (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Holy
  • Prayer of Healing base healing reduced by 15%, from 3633 - 3838 to 3087 - 3262.
  • Lightwell now restores [ 1.063% of Spell Power + 9929.445 ] health over 6 sec, down from [ 1.155% of Spell Power + 10792.875 ]
  • Chakra now also affects Flash Heal or Greater Heal. Serenity now also procs from Flash Heal, Greater Heal, or Binding Heal. Chastise now procs from both Smite and Mind Spike.
  • Blessed Resilience now also procs from a critical hit from any attack.
  • Renew now costs 17% of base mana, down from 21% of base mana.

Discipline
  • Focused Will now also procs from a critical hit from any attack.
  • Strength of Soul has an additional effect - In addition, when you cast Power Word: Shield on yourself you are immune to Silence, Interrupt and Dispel effects for 2/4 sec.

Shadow
  • Shadow Orb Power now increases the damage done by your Shadow Orbs by 21.6%, up from 20%. Each point of Mastery increases damage by an additional 1.5%, up from 1.3%.
  • Mind Sear base damage has been increased by 60%, from [ 91 - 98 ] to [ 146 - 158 ]

Rogue (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Assassination
  • Deadly Momentum now increases your critical strike chance of your next attack within 15 sec, up from 10 sec.

Combat

Subtlety
  • Preparation no longer affects Evasion
  • Shadowstep now has a 24 sec cooldown, up from 20 sec.
  • Sinister Calling now increases total Agility by 30%, up from 25%. Now increases the percentage damage bonus of Backstab and Hemorrhage by an additional 40%, up from 25%.
  • Find Weakness now causes all your attacks to bypass 35/70% of that enemy's armor, up from 25/50%.
  • Sanguinary Vein now also gives your Bleed effects a 50/100% chance to not break your Gouge.

Shaman (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Elemental
  • Earthquake base damage has been increased by 10%, from 493 to 542.
  • Purge now removes 1 Magic effect, down from 2.

Enhancement
  • Mental Quickness now reduces the mana cost of your beneficial, damaging, and totem spells by 75% instead of reducing the cost of your instant spells.

Restoration
  • Tremor Totem now has a 1 min cooldown, removes Fear, Charm, and Sleep effects from party and raid members within 10 yards, and can be dropped even while the caster is afflicted with such effects.
  • Mana Tide Totem now gives Party members within 23 yards of the totem 400% of the caster's spirit (excluding short-duration Spirit bonuses).
  • Greater Healing Wave now costs 33% of base mana, up from 30%. Base healing value increased by 20%, from 7473 - 8538 to 8968 - 10245.
  • Cleansing Waters now has a 0.5 sec cooldown.
  • Deep Healing now Increases the potency of your direct healing spells by up to 24% (up from 20%), based on the current health level of your target (lower health targets are healed for more). Each point of Mastery increases direct heals by up to an additional 3%. (up from 2.5%)

Warlock (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Affliction

Demonology
  • Demon Armor and Fel Armor now seem to be permanent (no longer lasts 30 mins?)
  • Fel Armor no longer regenerates the caster's life and increases his/her maximum mana by 10% instead.
  • (Metamorphosis) Immolation Aura base damage has been increased by 5%, from 538 to 567.
  • Demonic Aegis now increases the amount of mana granted by Fel Armor by 50/100% instead of the amount of life.
  • Demon Soul Imp effect has been changed to - Critical strike chance of your cast time Destruction spells increased by 30% for 20 sec.
  • Inferno now also increases the duration fo your Immolate by 6 sec.
  • Master Demonologist now increases the damage done by your demon servants and damage you deal while transformed into a demon by 16% (up from 12%). Each point of Mastery increases damage by an additional 2%. (Up from 1.5%)

Destruction
  • Aftermath is now a Tier 2 talent, down from Tier 3.
  • Improved Soul Fire is now a Tier 3 talent, up from Tier 2. No longer increases your spell haste and now increases your Fire and Shadow damage done by 4/8% for 15 sec after you deal damage with Soul Fire. This effect has a 6 sec cooldown.
  • Burning Embers effect now deals up to [ 0.121% of Spell Power + 20.209 ], down from [ 0.143% of Spell Power + 23.921 ] damage.
  • Fiery Apocalypse now increases all fire damage you deal by 10.8% (up from 10%). Each point of Mastery increases fire damage by an additional 1.35%. (up from 1.25%)

Warrior (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Fury
  • Cleave now scales from 45% of Attack Power, down from 56.2% of Attack Power.
  • Bloodthirst now scales from 80% of Attack Power, up from 62%.
  • Raging Blow now deals 145% weapon damage, up from 80%.
  • Unshackled Fury now Increases the benefit of abilities that cause or require you to be enraged by 44.8% (up from 37.6%). Each point of Mastery increases enrage effects by an additional 5.6%. (Up from 4.7%)

Arms
  • Heroic Strike now scales from 93% of Attack Power, up from 75% of Attack Power.
  • Juggernaut now also makes your Charge ability usable in all stances.
  • War Academy now increases the damage of "Mortal Strike, Raging Blow, Devastate, Victory Rush and Slam" instead of "Heroic Strike, Cleave, Victory Rush and Slam".
by Published on 2011-01-11 10:06 AM

Upcoming 4.0.6 Notes Update
Originally Posted by Zarhym (Blue Tracker)
It's important to note though that the next draft of the 4.0.6 patch notes to be posted are double the size of the notes currently on the home page of our website. There are many new notes for virtually every class yet to be posted.

[...] I'm still working to finish the latest patch notes. You can likely expect the updated notes to hit tomorrow evening.

Patch 4.0.6 Shaman Changes
Originally Posted by Zarhym (Blue Tracker)
Those changes were only announced in the context of warlock changes. I recognize though that the first draft of patch notes did not yet have shaman changes listed. In light of that -- and to hopefully dissuade you all from invading the warlock forum about the changes I listed there -- below you'll find the tentative shaman notes. The patch notes will likely be updated to include these changes tomorrow evening.

Shaman (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Chain Heal’s effectiveness has been increased by approximately 10%.
  • Hex now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Purge now dispels a single effect instead of two.
  • Tremor Totem has been redesigned. The totem is now usable under Fear, Charm, or Sleep effects, and pulses much more rapidly, but lasts 6 seconds and has a 1-minute cooldown.

Elemental Combat
  • Earthquake damage has been increased by approximately 10%.

Enhancement
  • Flametongue Weapon damage now scales from attack power instead of spell power (for Enhancement shaman only).
  • Purge no longer has its mana cost reduced by Mental Quickness.

Restoration
  • Cleansing Waters no longer fires its heal effect twice when a shaman removes a Magic and a Curse debuff with a single cast.
  • Deep Healing (Mastery) has been increased to 3% per point, up from 2.5%.
  • Greater Healing Wave mana cost has been increased by 10%; healing done has been increased by 20%.
  • Mana Tide Totem has been redesigned. The totem no longer multiplies the Spirit of those affected by it. It instead gives a flat amount of Spirit equal to 400% of the casting shaman’s Spirit, exclusive to short-term Spirit buffs affecting the shaman when the totem is dropped.


Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Crowd Control duration reduction
Polymorph and many other CC abilities are being reduced to 8-second durations as well. I showed you the latest shaman changes coming in the next round of patch notes. It's important to note though that the next draft of the 4.0.6 patch notes to be posted are double the size of the notes currently on the home page of our website. There are many new notes for virtually every class yet to be posted. (Source)

Vengeance Calculation
The Vengeance calculation is working correctly as far as we can ascertain. Vengeance caps at a number equal to Stamina plus 10% of base health, which is lower than 10% of health. When we buffed Stamina late in Cataclysm development, we specifically did not buff Vengeance because we didn’t think tanks needed 40% additional attack power in order to maintain threat or contribute to damage done by the group. The Vengeance tooltip is a little misleading, but in this case we think that’s fine because a more technically accurate tooltip would be quite long. Astute theorycrafters will understand the difference, while most tanks won’t actually be affected by the delta. (Source)

Warlock (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Glyph of Soul Swap change reverted
Good thread. While you're compiling feedback about the 4.0.6 warlock changes posted thus far, I want to make mention that the Glyph of Soul Swap change is being reverted for now. We don't feel that particular change is necessary as of yet, but will continue to evaluate Soul Swap's performance. (Source)

Curse of Exhaustion
Also, another change not yet listed in the notes is to the default range of Curse of Exhaustion. With the movement speed reduction at 30% in 4.0.6, down from 50%, the range is being increased to 40 yards, up from 30. (Source)

Warlocks DoTs dispell
In general, dispelling warlock DoTs is a little more punishing than we intended in the current PvP model. That said, there are yet still more changes not listed which are worth mentioning here:

1. The reduction on the Unstable Affliction silence effect is 4 seconds, up from 3 as currently listed.

2. We do think it's a little too easy to counter warlocks (and Shadow priests) with a Resto shaman's Cleansing Waters talent (as was pointed out earlier in this thread), which is being nerfed in 4.0.6 as well. (Source)

PvE warlock 4-piece set bonus (Fel Spark)
The PvE warlock 4-piece set bonus (Fel Spark) now increases the damage done by the next 2 Fel Flame spells by 300%, rather than increasing the critical effect chance of one by 100%. (Source)

PvP warlock 4-piece set bonus
The PvP warlock 4-piece set bonus has been redesigned. It now reduces the cooldown of Death Coil by 30 seconds. (Source)
by Published on 2011-01-10 06:27 PM

Tol Barad Balance
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Now that Cataclysm is out in the wild, more players are getting gearing up and checking out Tol Barad, the new outdoor PvP zone. Today, we wanted to address some of the concerns players have expressed about the zone, including how challenging it can be to win as the attacking team, and provide some insight into our design approach. We also wanted to share some of the lessons we learned from Wintergrasp, discuss the difference between the two zones, and touch upon the recent hotfixes made to Honor Point gains and how we plan to improve Tol Barad going forward. We're confident this zone will provide meaningful and fun PvP for some time to come, but we also recognize additional tuning is required to ensure Tol Barad is everything we intend it to be.

As we mentioned earlier, the attacking faction is having a pretty tough time winning control of Tol Barad -- and we're OK with that, at least in theory. Here's why: When we set out to create Wintergrasp, one of the issues we dealt with was that we were never able to ensure the sides were even -- in fact, they rarely were. Because the smaller team would almost always be assured defeat, we attempted to address team-size imbalance by favoring the attacker. Control of Wintergrasp went back and forth, and the result was that battles lost their impact. On most realms the defenders became complacent, knowing they were likely to lose control of the zone, returning to re-take it when it was their turn to attack. The sides swapped back and forth every few hours, and Wintergrasp wasn’t so much about an epic struggle for a meaningful piece of land as it was a complicated game of leapfrog.

Since then we’ve devised mechanics that help ensure equal team sizes, and we've taken Wintergrasp's lessons to heart when we designed Tol Barad. Tol Barad is intentionally balanced so that it’s a challenge for the attackers, because we want to make sure that control of Tol Barad matters. For the defenders, there’s a sense of urgency that Wintergrasp didn't have -- if you lose it, you’re going to have a hell of a time taking it back. For the attackers, there are a number of rewards at stake -- such as access to the Baradin Hold raid and additional daily quests -- that we hope players feel are worth fighting for. That sort of tension is what we wanted from Wintergrasp, and what we believe Tol Barad can ultimately offer.

With that being said, we want winning Tol Barad to be a challenge for the attacking faction... but we don't want it to be impossible. Taking Tol Barad should be tough -- but right now it’s a little bit too tough, and it’s something we’re actively working to balance. Earlier, we attempted to temporarily address the issue by offering a far better reward to the winning attackers: Honor Points awarded for successfully attacking were increased tenfold, but that was such a great incentive that it ultimately undermined the spirit of competition. Since then, the reward for winning as an attacker has been brought back down to a more reasonable amount.

While we've already made minor adjustments to improve the gameplay and address select exploits, our job in Tol Barad is far from over. We ultimately want to make sure that any changes we make are all steps in the right direction, and we intend to make several updates in the next minor patch to address design and balance issues affecting attackers that we can't address with hotfixes. For example, we plan to alter the battle slightly so that a team with two bases captured can more quickly and easily capture the third, as opposed to a team with one or zero bases. This way, if the defenders turtle up, it'll be a little easier for the attackers to take their last base before the defense can take one of the attackers' other bases.

We've been reading your feedback, watching trends across our global realms, and fighting plenty of battles in Tol Barad ourselves to get a feel for what's working and what isn't, and we're committed to making Tol Barad a fun and engaging zone. We want owning the zone to be meaningful throughout the lifespan of the expansion -- and while the attackers may always face somewhat of an uphill battle, the defenders should feel much more pressure not to lose than they do currently. Just the same, the attacking faction should feel motivated to take Tol Barad back, but they shouldn't feel that the odds are insurmountable. So keep fighting the good fight, and we'll continue watching the battlefield and listening to your feedback.

Cory "Mumper" Stockton is the lead content designer on World of Warcraft and enjoys a good set of LEGOs.
by Published on 2011-01-10 01:57 AM

Nefarian Heroic World First Kill by Paragon
Paragon defeated Nefarian in Heroic mode a few hours ago and was the first guild in the world to achieve that! Congratulations to them for spending so much time and fur shampoo on that kill!



Addon Review - Archaeology Helper (by chaud)
Archaeology Helper is the perfect compliment to Archy. It enables nodes to be displayed on a HUD using GatherMate2. You need both addons enabled to fully utilize ARH.

After installing the addons, you will first notice the addon toolbar that appears in the center of your screen. Click and drag anywhere on it that is not a button to reposition it. Mousing over each button or area will tell you what it does. Using ARH is simple, just survey and select the color you got after aiming your character in the same direction as the telescope is pointing. You can either use the buttons on the included toolbar or bind keys in the settings. Making sure not to move until after marking is important to increase the accuracy of the overlay zones.

Generally the fastest way to clear a digsite is starting at a randomly selected node on the off chance that you actually pick the right one. The fragment is very rarely on the red line when surveying, so pick a side close to where the red area starts and check for that fragment. When looking at the HUD, the red circle surrounding your player arrow shows approximately how far out you can find an object, make sure to stand on the center of known nodes as they are not positioned perfectly.

Here is a database that is more complete than any other I have found that includes data from Archy, GatherMate2Data, other people, and my own digging, it is still missing a few nodes from higher level Archaeology, so don't be surprised when you find one that isn't included by default. If you are running Archy alongside ARH, make sure to submit your Archy.lua file from SavedVariables to the author's website (after he fixes it) to increase the nodes in the database!

Below you can see the HUD overlay during a normal survey and an example three red survey results that lead directly to your fragment.

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The MMO Report
It's monday, and it's time for the first MMO Report of 2011!



Comics
Dark Legacy Comic #271 and Teh Gladiators #200 are out!

by Published on 2011-01-08 11:04 AM

Guides Contest - End!
It's (finally!) time for the last batch of guides and a recap! I got a little behind on the schedule because of the PTR patch but we're ok now! First, all the guides are now available to the public in the following forums:



Guides in the "Rare" forum are usually better than in the "Uncommon" forum but this isn't always the case, it depended a lot on my mood when I read the guide and the type of guide you have. For example, a lot of Archaeology or Roleplaying submissions went there after I saw the guide to Roleplaying Gnomes because I knew they wouldn't win against that anyway, it doesn't necessarily mean that your guide was bad.

We also have the last 3 winning guides today:








You can find the final list of winning guides below. Winners will receive their prize very early next week, the delay is mostly to make sure that nothing "funny" happens after the release of the guide. Thanks to WoWTCGLoot.com again for feeding us with delicious loot codes.

 PrizeUserGuide
#1Mottled Drake Flying MountScythenPeaceblooms vs Ghouls
#2Riding Turtle Ground MountExulGlory of the Cataclysm Hero Monster Guide
#3Ethereal PortalWillbender0023Battlemaster Guide
#4Lil' Ragnaros + Moonkin HatchlingMihirThe Cat Guide - Cataclysm Edition
#5Pandaren Monk + Lil' XTJinzeArchaeology - And all it's dusty little secrets!
#6D.I.S.C.O.BrusalkCreating your Own WoW Addon
#7Grim CampfireCandeyMiss Pan's Handbook - A Beginner's Guide
#8Landro's Gift BoxflyonthewallWriting long guides for WoW Related Forums
#9Landro's Gift BoxKeenThe Brewmasters Guide to Murdering Certain Individuals
#10Landro's Gift BoxThlopChristmas Guide to Looking Good!
#11Landro's Gift BoxAdamsGamingCataclysm Introduction Raiding Guide
#12Landro's Gift BoxZappieZappie's Guide to Roleplaying Gnomes
#13Landro's Gift BoxKuesonPvProtection Warrior - Life as a living joke
#14Landro's Gift BoxSSJrapterThe Complete Crowd Control Guide
#15Landro's Gift BoxKarrokThe Ultimate Guide to Frost
#16Landro's Gift BoxLoto BordeauxArms Warrior PvE Guide - Cataclysm
#17Landro's Gift BoxPulveriserPulveriser's Guide to Cataclysm Warrior Tanking!
#18Curse Premium AccountCarighanRestoration Shaman in Cataclysm
#19Curse Premium AccountNewNewnoise's Shadow Priest Guide
#20Curse Premium Accountikki42Magm...awwwwwwwwww!


Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Heroic Dungeons Difficulty
I don't believe we ever said we refuse to nerf Heroic dungeons. What we've been trying communicate is that it wasn't our plan to make sweeping nerfs to Heroics within the first month of the expansion's release. We will continue tuning dungeons, trash, boss encounters, and abilities. Some of those changes will involve nerfs. This act just shouldn't be misconstrued as us changing our minds, or a sign that we're unhappy with the general level of difficulty of all Heroics.

We don't think it was a mistake to start with the difficulty we did. We're happy overall with the progression path we have in Cataclysm. I think we've set an appropriate standard for this expansion, but we'll continue fine-tuning things (nerfs and buffs) to make sure the end game feels right as time passes. (Source)

Baradin Hold Access
We don't have plans to allow both factions to access Baradin Hold, regardless of who controls Tol Barad. We do have some balance adjustments we'll be making to Tol Barad gameplay in patch 4.0.6 though. They just haven't been listed in the patch notes as of yet. (Source)

Warlock (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
Demonic Empowerment / Turn Evil Bug
Thanks for the report, Yingyang. We're aware of it and looking into exactly what Demonic Empowerment should and should not counter. It feels a bit inconsistent right now. (Source)

Reminder - Curse is still recruiting!
Curse is still recruiting and you should definitely apply if you think you have the skills required to join the company!






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