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by Published on 2014-04-23 11:38 PM

HC Barb T6 Rift Guide, Confirmed: +% Damage Affix Bug To Be Fixed With Next Patch, Warning: Lethal Skills For Your HC Crusader

New Curse of Naxxramas Card - Poison Seeds

Skin Spotlight: Succubus Kerrigan, BlizzCon 2014 - Nov 7 and 8

Warlords of Draenor - Garrison Now in a Static Location
Mumper shared some more garrison information with us today, with the most interesting point being that you will not be able to relocate your garrison.


Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
could there be a max level feature or quest line to move your garrison? Maybe raze/rebuild? Cost time AND resources.
That's an option we have discussed. (Source)

Wait so you mean my Horde character is going to be stuck in winter wasteland hell whether I like it or not
We are working hard to make it an awesome place you will want to spend time in. (Source)

will we need to do at least the main quest line in each zone in order to advance the garrisons properly?
We hope you will, but everything will unlock based on level as a fallback. (Source)
Whatever happened to them being optional content? This seems unnecessary, and takes away the fun of choosing a location..
Sill an option, still many choices. (Source)

Is there any plan on giving more profession slots to chars, so we don't have multiple alts to have them?
Garrisons will let you essentially have up to 4 more if you choose those buildings. (Source)
can you clarify, is that 4 more above what we currently have or 4 total?
4 more, if you choose to use all 4 of your small plots.
will the garrison profession slots be just like having the actual profession or will they be missing things the real prof could do?
Pretty similar to the normal profession. (Source)

Any chance of having racial-themed buildings (as least a few)? Or will it all be orc-themed for Horde?
We are integrating some racial hits into the profession hubs. Looking cool so far! (Source)

Is there going to be an easy way to get back there when you're in another zone?
For sure. No exact plan but we will give you a fast way to get back. (Source)

Warlords of Draenor Alpha Patch Notes Update - April 23
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Active Mana Regeneration (New)
Another part of the changes to healing is providing a way for them to better manage their mana. There are ways to spend more mana for more healing but, we’re also adding methods for healers to trade extra time or healing or more mana to use later in a fight when they really need it.

Druid
  • Innervate has been redesigned to now have a 2-second cast time with no cooldown, and causes the Druid to gain 2.5% of maximum mana every 4 seconds for 8 seconds. Spending any mana on a healing spell will cancel this effect.

Monk

Paladin
  • Divine Plea has been redesigned to be instant cast with no cooldown, and consume 3 Holy Power to immediately regain 7% of maximum mana.

Priest
  • Atonement is no longer triggered by Penance.
  • Penance now also refunds 1.1% of the Priest’s maximum mana each time it deals damage.
  • Chakra: Chastise in addition to existing effects, now also causes Smite and Holy Fire to restore 0.75% of maximum mana each time they are cast instead of costing mana.

Shaman
  • Telluric Currents is now a passive ability for Restoration Shaman and causes Lightning Bolt to restore 1.25% of maximum mana each time it is cast instead of costing mana.
  • Glyph of Telluric Currents: This glyph has been removed.


Ability Pruning (Updated)
  • Death Knight
  • Druid
    • Bear Hug has been removed.
    • Innervate is now available only to Restoration Druids. has been removed. Mana costs for Druids have been adjusted accordingly.
  • Mage
    • Polymorph cosmetic variants are now all learned as spells instead of having some as a Minor Glyph that alters the visuals of Polymorph: Sheep. All of these variants (except for the automatically learned one, Polymorph: Sheep) are now grouped in a Polymorph variants flyout in the Spellbook.
  • Paladin
    • Avenging Wrath is no longer available to Protection Paladins. now only available to Retribution Paladins.
    • Divine Favor has been removed.
    • Divine Plea is now only available to Holy Paladins. has been removed. Mana costs for Paladins have been adjusted accordingly.
  • Rogue

Tank Vengeance and Resolve (Updated)
Then, to keep tank DPS meaningful, we'll be raising their damage, since it would be meager with no Vengeance Attack Power (Vengeance accounted for 70-90% of a tank's damage on high-tank-damage fights in Mists). To do that, we're increasing the damage of several prominent tank abilities, as well as having tanks also gain increased Attack Power from Mastery and Bonus Armor, in addition to the stat’s existing benefits. That also helps keep secondary stats balanced in offensive value for them.

  • General
    • Bladed Armor is a new passive ability for Blood Death Knights, Guardian Druids, Brewmaster Monks, Protection Paladins, and Protection Warriors.
      • Bladed Armor increases Attack Power by 100% of the character's Bonus Armor.


Class Changes

Death Knight
We made several changes to compensate for abilities that have been removed by Ability Pruning. Blood Boil got removed and its effects were merged into Pestilence. This change in effect turned Roiling Blood into a passive ability; which we replaced with a new talent, Plaguebearer. For Blood specialization we removed Rune Strike and are adjusting the cost of Death Coil so it can be used in Rune Strike’s place.


There were also a few other miscellaneous changes. The Runic Power generation of Anti-Magic Shell was standardized, to make it more understandable and balanced. Level-60 and Level-75 talent rows have swapped places, so the important rune regeneration talents could be acquired earlier.


Druid
  • Dream of Cenarius
    • Guardian: No longer increases the critical strike chance of Mangle.


Monk

We also did some polishing on Brewmasters and Windwalkers and made Storm, Earth, and Fire, Transcendence, and Touch of Death easier to use. Fists of Fury has also been improved; sometimes brute force is the right answer. Gift of the Ox was changed to give value to the new Multistrike stat for Brewmasters. Lastly, Tiger Strikes was improved considerably, and made available to all Monk specializations.

There were several changes that affected multiple Monk specializations. We’d like to see Monks using Transcendence more often, so its usability has been improved (some baseline, and some in a Draenor Perk). For Touch of Death, we like that it’s a unique execute being usable only once, but found it impractical to use on bosses and have improved its usability. For Tiger Strikes, we buffed it to grant Multistrike ability which it was similar to already, and extended it to work with all Monk specializations.

We’re making a few changes that mostly affects Windwalkers, but has a minor impact on Mistweavers and Brewmasters as well. For energy-based gameplay to function well, the primary limitation on ability usage should be energy, not time. As such, we're making the following changes to address GCD-capping problems. First, we’re reducing the effects and mana increase of Ascension, because it became more powerful when combined with several of our other changes to healers. We believe that Ascension will remain as a competitive talent for Brewmasters. Second, energy cost of Jab has been increased for Windwalkers. And Third, we reduced the chance for Combo Breaker to trigger. Individually, these may sound like significant nerfs but Windwalker damage has been adjusted to compensate for these changes. The goal is not to reduce DPS while addressing the issue with GCD-capping.

  • Ascension now increases energy regeneration and maximum mana by 10% (down from 15%).
  • Combo Breaker now has an 8% chance to trigger, per effect, per Jab (down from 12%).
  • Stance of the Fierce Tiger now also increases Jab’s energy cost by 10.

A couple of additional changes for Windwalkers. Storm, Earth, and Fire, got buffed to make it smoother to use. We also buffed Fists of Fury because we felt that the ability wasn’t giving a strong enough damage boost given its restrictions and impact on the Monk's rotation.

  • Storm, Earth, and Fire no longer has an energy cost, and is off GCD.
  • Fists of Fury now deals 100% increased damage, and always deals full damage to your primary target; additional targets are still affected by the damage split.

For Brewmasters, Gift of the Ox has been modified to allow it to scale defensively with the new Multistrike stat. The Black Ox Statue has been modified to aid Monks in establishing aggro on new enemies.

  • Black Ox Statue now also passively attracts the attention of all enemies within 30 yards, causing a minor amount of threat each second.
  • Gift of the Ox now has a chance to trigger only from auto attack Multistrikes, instead of from all auto attacks. It has a 100% chance to trigger while using a two-handed weapon, and a 62.5% chance to trigger while dual wielding.
  • Glyph of Leer of the Ox now also causes Black Ox Statue to passively pulse a minor amount of threat to all enemies within 30 yards.


Paladin

We wanted to improve Seal gameplay for Protection and Retribution, so have made a few changes in that regard. Protection had three Seals, but only used Insight due to its defensive value. We’ve moved that defensive value into a passive for Protection Paladins, and expect them to primarily use a mixture of Seal of Truth and Seal of Righteousness now. To provide better gameplay between Seal of Truth and Seal of Righteousness, and effectively remove a button, we made Seal of Righteousness transform Crusader Strike into Hammer of the Righteous.



Priest
We swapped the Level-15 and Level-60 talent rows so players are presented with core Priest themed abilities earlier in the leveling process.

  • Level-15 and Level-60 talent rows have swapped places.


Rogue
Among some other changes to improve Rogue AoE damage, we made a couple of baseline changes, and added a few Draenor Perks that impacts their AoE. wanted to make sure that Fan of Knives benefitted from Seal Fate.


Shaman

We also made a couple quality of life improvements to Shaman Shield spells.

Rated Battleground MMR Hotfix
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Early on in PvP Season 15, we found and corrected a couple issues that were causing players to reach extremely high Personal Rating when compared to their Matchmaking Rating (MMR), particularly in Rated Battlegrounds. As an unfortunate side-effect of these fixes, some players started experiencing regular games in which they could lose Personal Rating for a loss, but not gain any on a win. This issue quickly resolved itself in Arenas through normal gameplay, but has lingered for a lot longer in Rated Battlegrounds.

To correct this, we’ve applied a hotfix that will increase everyone’s MMR in Rated Battlegrounds by 100. As this change is being applied to everyone (even players who have not yet participated in a Rated BG), there is no change to rankings – we’re just bringing the average up by 100.

This should allow players who were previously still earning 0 rating on wins to once again earn rating normally. As a result, players who were already earning rating normally will start seeing higher rating gains per win and lower rating penalties per loss until their personal rating is once again in line with their MMR.

Again, as this change is being applied to everyone, there should be no real impact on ladders as a result. Ratings will inflate briefly (much like they do as part of our normal rating inflation), but there should be no long-term damage to rankings.

Patch 5.4.7 Hotfixes: April 23
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Classes

Quests
  • Scourge Tactics: Increased the spawn rate of Webbed Crusaders.
  • The Embalmer's Revenge: Resolved an issue where Stitches was not resetting correctly.

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Siege of Orgrimmar
    • Malkorok
      • Resolved an issue where Ancient Miasma effects were able to persist after the encounter ended.
    • Garrosh Hellscream
      • During the Garrosh Hellscream encounter, Word of Glory no longer generates threat during stages 2 and 3 to address an issue that was making the encounter more difficult than intended for raid groups with Protection Paladin tanks.
      • Unstable Iron Stars now Fixate on players for 12 seconds (up from 10 seconds) during stage 4 of the Garrosh Hellscream encounter on Heroic difficulty.
  • The Eye of Eternity: Resolved an issue that could prevent players from being able to loot Alexstrasza's Gift after defeating Malygos.

Items
  • Potion of Luck: Reduced the amount of gold found in Plundered Treasures.

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Character / Items
Will the only other utility poison being the talent leeching poison.....what is the point of the rogue PvP set bonus now?
we're changing almost all of the PvP set bonuses (holinka)

Warlords of Draenor Stats
What about spirit on current gear for Shadow, Balance, Elemental? Dead stat in WoD?
Removed from all gear except jewelry. Yes, you'll want to get non-spirit jewelry for Warlords. (Celestalon)

PvE
With the removal of expertise in WoD, will old school raid bosses still have a 3% parry chance, seems unfair for non tank solos.
3% won't stop you from being able to solo them. You'll be more than able to solo them, if you're able to now. (Celestalon)

Professions
what is going to stop engineering utility from dominating if other professions lose dps/stat bonuses?
Going to remove the combat utility, or allow it to be used by non-engineers. (Celestalon)
Point of being a engineer is then to?
Same as the other professions: To craft useful items. Engineering items are just more unusual and interesting. (Celestalon)

Pound Sterling Pricing Changes on Certain WoW Services
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We will shortly be adjusting the pound sterling prices of some of the optional services we offer for World of Warcraft. We regularly review our pricing and services around the world to make sure we’re offering what we feel is the best entertainment value for the cost, and the upcoming adjustments are being made with that goal still in mind.

The new prices will take effect on April 30. You can see a breakdown of the changes below:

  • Name Change - Current Price: £6 | New Price: £7
  • Pets - Current Price: £9 | New Price: No change
  • Helms - Current Price: £10 | New Price: No change
  • Appearance Change - Current Price: £12 | New Price: £13
  • Guild Name Change - Current Price: £15 | New Price: £17
  • Character Transfer - Current Price: £15 | New Price: £17
  • Race Change - Current Price: £15 | New Price: £17
  • Mounts - Current Price: £17 | New Price: No change
  • Faction Change - Current Price: £20 | New Price: £22
  • Guild Transfer - Current Price: £25 | New Price: No change
  • Guild Faction Change - Current Price: £30 | New Price: No change
  • Level 90 Character Boost - Current Price: £40 | New Price: No change
  • Guild Transfer and Faction Change - Current Price: £50 | New Price: No change

Dark Legacy Comics #437
DLC #437 takes a look at one of the downsides of having combo points on the player.

by Published on 2014-04-22 05:59 PM

WoW Source: Warlords of Draenor PvP and Class Updates, WoD System Performance

Warlords of Draenor Alpha - Build 18164, Tier 17 Warrior Set

BlizzCon 2014 Conquers Anaheim November 7 and 8
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Steel thyself, O mortal realm of Anaheim! The eighth BlizzCon is coming to your Convention Center this Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8, 2014. Prepare for two relentless days of Blizzard gaming and fellowship, including in-depth discussion panels with Blizzard developers, hands-on opportunities with the latest Blizzard games, and intense eSports tournaments featuring top pro gamers from across the earthly plane.

Tickets for BlizzCon 2014 will go on sale in two batches, one on Wednesday, May 7 at 7 p.m. PT and the other on Saturday, May 10 at 10 a.m. PT, through the online event ticketing service Eventbrite, priced at $199 each (plus applicable taxes and fees). In addition, a limited number of tickets to an exclusive pre-BlizzCon Benefit Dinner will go on sale Wednesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. PT for $750 apiece (plus applicable taxes and fees; BlizzCon admission included), with proceeds benefitting Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Check out the BlizzCon Ticket webpage for more information—we’ve made some changes to how ticket sales work this year, and fortune favors the prepared!

If you can’t make it to the show in person, the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket is the next best thing, offering comprehensive live coverage of the event via a multichannel Internet stream. Further details on the Virtual Ticket, including pricing, availability, and programming information, will be announced at a later date.


See the full press release or check out the BlizzCon Ticket page for more information, and be sure visit www.blizzcon2014.eventbrite.com at the dates and times above for a chance to purchase a ticket to the show. See you in Anaheim!
by Published on 2014-04-22 05:10 PM

WoW Source: Warlords of Draenor PvP and Class Updates
Another WoW Source has been released!

  • There have been some big changes to the starting experiences shown off at Blizzcon. This is one of the reasons that beta has not yet started.
  • There was too much CC in Mists of Pandaria PvP, which upset a lot of players. It is still an important and necessary part of PvP though!
  • Diminishing Return categories were also too complicated, so the number of categories was reduced for Warlords of Draenor. Even with the changes, many of the popular arena comps are still viable.
  • PvP gear will have a second item level that activates when you are doing PvP. This allows the PvP gear to be useful in other parts of the game while having it remain the best gear for PvP.
  • Ashran will be somewhat like a Timeless Isle for PvP. Players can go there, explore the island, kill some players and creatures, and earn some things that will benefit them in PvP.
  • Ashran will have a Horde and Alliance fortress on opposite ends of the island, with staging areas behind each base. This area will have vendors, let you duel, and be a place for PvP players to hang out. Each faction's base is fully manned with NPCs that are fighting a battle. The main battle takes place in the center, slowly pushing towards the other faction's fortress. There are objectives on the outer edges of the island. It shouldn't feel too much like a battleground, more like unstructured PvP with some points of interest. Ashran won't be ready for the initial builds.
  • There will be an alpha realm that is only for PvP, with premade level 100 characters only and most of the world disabled. This will allow a longer period of feedback on PvP changes than previous betas have had.
  • Raid testing will also start taking place earlier, as tech is in place to let you zone in to Blackrock Foundry at level 92 and temporarily be increased to level 100 for raid testing.
  • Skirmishes will have a random reward at the end, honor, battleground gear, or maybe even conquest gear. You can solo queue and will be matched with another player of the appropriate role.
  • Random battlegrounds are popular because they are a solo queue experience, so skirmishes will hopefully allow a lot of players who have never done arenas before to start doing them.
  • The team is toning down visuals from other players while leaving your own visuals intact.





Warlords of Draenor System Performance
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As with every expansion, Warlords of Draenor will introduce a number of game-engine upgrades and graphical improvements, including new character models and better textures to help us create lush, detailed environments. Any increase in graphical quality will naturally result in some amount of increase in the game’s required system specs, but we’re working hard to minimize that and ensure that WoW runs well on as wide a range of systems as possible.

One of our game-engine updates is designed to limit the impact that animating the new models has on players’ frame rates. Our new character models have significantly more “moving parts” and more complex animation than the current models (see our Artcraft: Running of the Bulls to get an idea). As a result, the new animations require a bit more memory than the old ones. To counter that, we’ve developed some technology that should keep the impact on your framerate similar to what it is now. Some of this is actually already in place in Patch 5.4.7, and we’re continuing to work to optimize as much as we can—and of course, we’ll be providing an option to keep using the current models if you wish.

We’re also making several improvements to improve performance in Raids, Dungeons, and Battlegrounds, such as limiting extraneous spell effects in group content, which—along with other benefits such as eliminating some visual clutter—should help with performance. We’re also planning to provide separate options for graphical effects in Raids or Battlegrounds, so you can disable processor-intensive features such as shadows and reflections solely in those environments. We’ll be testing all of these updates out in the upcoming beta, though keep in mind that beta performance doesn’t reflect the final version of the game. We’ll still be in the process of optimization, and the beta will include additional development tools that impact system performance.

One of our longstanding goals is to make sure WoW runs well on as broad a range of systems as possible, and that continues to be a top priority. We’ll have more details on the expansion’s system requirements closer to launch, and we can’t wait to show you more of Warlords of Draenor.
by Published on 2014-04-22 12:06 AM

Warlords of Draenor Alpha - Build 18164
Build 18164 is here and brings us Warrior Tier 17, a Mail LFR set, and some damage tuning.

Tier 17 - Warrior




Mail - LFR




New Icons



New Items
You can see all of the new items, including some cooking items excluded from this list on the WoWDB Beta site!

Level Type Slot Name
1Junk Gold Strongbox
1Junk Silver Strongbox
1Junk Bronze Strongbox
1Junk The Crystal Blade of Torvath
1Companion Pets Iron Starlette
1Other Garrison Blueprint: Barracks
1Quest Blueprints: Stables
1Quest Blueprints: Workshop
312BowRanged Irontree Bow
86Bandage Medicine-Soaked Bandage


Spell Changes
Keep in mind Celestalon's warning when considering these changes!


Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Companions
  • Sphere of Ultimate Destruction Right Click to summon and dismiss your Sphere of Ultimate Destruction. Battle Pet. Instant. Iron Starlette. Battle Pet. Instant.

Death Knight (Forums)
Runeforging

Druid (Forums)
  • Ferocious Bite now does less base damage and scales more with AP.
  • Moonfire now scales with 63% of Spell Power, up from 48%. Now scales with 45% of Spell Power on the DoT component, up from 34.4%.
  • Shred now does 365% damage, up from 260%.
  • Starfall now scales with 33% of Spell Power, up from 25.3%. Now ticks every 1 sec for 10 sec.
  • Wrath now scales with 154% of Spell Power, up from 94.4%.

Talents
  • Savagery - Savage Roar now also increases all Physical damage dealt by 45%.

Balance
  • Moonkin Form now increases your armor by 100%, up from 60%.
  • Starfall now scales with 33% of Spell Power, up from 25.3%. Now ticks every 1 sec for 10 sec.
  • Starfire now scales with 249% of Spell Power, up from 153.2%.
  • Starsurge now scales with 273% of Spell Power, up from 168%.
  • Sunfire now costs 8.4% of Base Mana, down from 9%. Now scales with 63% of Spell Power, up from 48%. Now scales with 45% of Spell Power on the DoT component, up from 34.4%.

Feral & Guardian
  • Rip now does ~2.5x more damage.

Hunter (Forums)
Beast Mastery & Marksmanship
  • Kill Shot now deals 475% weapon damage, up from 315%.

Beast Mastery & Survival
  • Arcane Shot now deals 140% weapon damage, up from 100%.

Mage (Forums)
  • Polymorph (New) Transforms the enemy into a penguin, forcing it to wander around for up to 50 sec. While wandering, the penguin cannot attack or cast spells but will regenerate very quickly. Any damage will transform the target back into its normal form. Only one target can be polymorphed at a time. Only works on Beasts, Humanoids and Critters. Penguin. 2% of Base Mana. 30 yd range. 1.7 sec cast.
  • Polymorph (New) Transforms the enemy into a monkey, forcing it to wander around for up to 50 sec. While wandering, the monkey cannot attack or cast spells but will regenerate very quickly. Any damage will transform the target back into its normal form. Only one target can be polymorphed at a time. Only works on Beasts, Humanoids and Critters. Monkey. 2% of Base Mana. 30 yd range. 1.7 sec cast.
  • Polymorph (New) Transforms the enemy into a polar bear cub, forcing it to wander around for up to 50 sec. While wandering, the polar bear cub cannot attack or cast spells but will regenerate very quickly. Any damage will transform the target back into its normal form. Only one target can be polymorphed at a time. Only works on Beasts, Humanoids and Critters. Polar Bear Cub. 2% of Base Mana. 30 yd range. 1.7 sec cast.
  • Polymorph (New) Transforms the enemy into a peacock, forcing it to wander around for up to 50 sec. While wandering, the peacock cannot attack or cast spells but will regenerate very quickly. Any damage will transform the target back into its normal form. Only one target can be polymorphed at a time. Only works on Beasts, Humanoids and Critters. Turtle. 2% of Base Mana. 30 yd range. 1.7 sec cast.

Talents
  • Arcane Orb now deals 90% of Spell Power damage, up from 44.4%.
  • Comet Storm now deals 55% of Spell Power damage, up from 45%.
  • Meteor now deals 20% of Spell Power damage, up from 8%.
  • Unstable Magic now has spec specific tooltips, with proc rate depending on spec.

Fire
  • Combustion now deals an additional 200% of Spell Power damage. Now also burns the target for additional damage equal to 40% of the damage per tick of the Ignite every 1 sec for 10 sec., up from 20%.
  • Inferno Blast now deals 90% of Spell Power damage, up from 60%.

Frost
  • Brain Freeze now gives your next Frostfire Bolt a 25% damage increase.

Monk (Forums)
Talents

Paladin (Forums)

Priest (Forums)

Talents
  • Clarity of Purpose now costs 4.25% of Base Mana up from 3.5%. Now scales with 492.4% of Spell Power, down from 744%.

Shadow

Rogue (Forums)

Subtlety
  • Sanguinary Vein - Increases the damage of your Rupture ability by 10% (down from 50%) and causes you to deal 20% (down from 35%) additional damage to targets afflicted by your Rupture, Garrote, or Crimson Tempest.
  • Sinister Calling now increases your total Agility by 15%, down from 30%.

Shaman (Forums)

Talents
  • Elemental Blast now scales with 205% of Spell Power, up from 4,726 + 156.2% of Spell Power.

Elemental & Restoration
  • Lava Burst now scales with 96% of Spell Power, up from 73%.

Warlock (Forums)

Talents
  • Demonbolt now scales with 400% of Spell Power, up from 300%.

Affliction
  • Agony now scales with 35% of Spell Power, up from 26%.
  • Haunt now scales with 394% of Spell Power, up from 263%.
  • Malefic Grasp now scales with 20% of Spell Power, up from 13.2%. Proc now causes your other DoTs to deal 40% of their normal periodic damage, up from 30%.

Demonology
  • Hand of Gul'dan now Shadowflame scales with 20% of Spell Power, up from 14%.
  • Metamorphosis: Doom now does 4 + 200% of Spell Power, rather than 4,004 + 93.75% of Spell Power.

Destruction
  • Chaos Bolt now scales with 348.4% of Spell Power, up from 290%.
  • Conflagrate now scales with 210% of Spell Power, up from 173%.

Major Glyphs
  • Glyph of Siphon Life now has spec specific tooltips. Now works with the Immolate DoT for Destruction.
  • Glyph of Soul Consumption now has spec specific tooltips, with a Demon Form requirement for Demonology and Chaos Bolt requirement for Destruction.

Warrior (Forums)

Arms

Raid & Dungeon Abilities
  • Corrupted Touch Corrupts an enemy upon death, causing them to explode after 10 sec secs, inflicting 17,500 Shadow damage to themselves and all allies within 8 yards. Instant.
  • Drain Blood A skillfully-thrown cleaver deals weapon damage and Bleeds (10%)*5 Health over 10 sec seconds. 30 yd range. 3 sec cast.
  • Screech Inflicts 20,000 Physical damage to all enemies in the area and increases damage taken from Screech and Quills by 10%. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Staggering Shot Inflicts Physical damage, knocks back, and slows the target by 50% for 3 sec sec. Fired at targets not behind cover. 100 yd range. Instant.



New Strings
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • BAG_FILTER_ASSIGN_TO - Assign to
  • BAG_FILTER_AUTO_SORT - Auto-Sort
  • BAG_FILTER_CONSUMABLES - Consumables
  • BAG_FILTER_EQUIPMENT - Equipment
  • BAG_FILTER_IGNORE - Ignore this bag
  • BAG_FILTER_JUNK - Junk
  • BAG_FILTER_TRADE_GOODS - Trade Goods
  • LOOT_ROLL - Loot Roll
  • PVP_TAB_GROUPS - Premade Groups
  • REWARD_FOR_PVP_COMPETING - Reward For Competing
  • REWARD_FOR_SPECFIC_PVP_WIN - Reward for Win: Loot Roll
  • SPELL_FAILED_CANT_REPLACE_ITEM_BONUS - That item cannot be modified.
  • SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_213 - You may only carry one type of Blackrock Munitions.
  • SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_214 - You have run out of Blackrock Munitions.
  • SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_215 - You are carrying the maximum amount of Blackrock Munitions.



New Misc Things
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Battleground
  • Battleground #788 - Troll Raid 2

Game Text
  • Game Text #81787 - The girl and I will retrieve the rest of our group. You go ahead, $n, and stop that orc from opening that portal!
  • Game Text #81788 - Let's go, then.
  • Game Text #81808 - No... NO! The Temple of Karabor must NOT fall!
  • Game Text #81809 - Every thread leading to this fate... can be traced back to Ner'zhul. He must be stopped.
  • Game Text #81810 - Meet me back at Twilight Glade, champion. There is much work to be done.
  • Game Text #81821 - Good people of [HUB NAME], your commander has finalized construction on a new building!
  • Game Text #81822 - We're going to need work together to get it up to full production. See to it our commander is not kept waiting!
  • Game Text #81824 - Yo everybody, listen up. Thanks to our commander we got a new building up!
  • Game Text #81825 - We gotta get this new structure up to snuff pronto, alright? Get to it yesterday!
  • Game Text #81826 - You can handle things from here, I'm sure. Well done!
  • Game Text #81827 - Take it away. You won't be needin' me, these guys know you're a regular war hero.
  • Game Text #81833 - Let's go, then.
  • Game Text #81866 - Power fluctuator active. Rebooting core systems. Please wait.
  • Game Text #81867 - Alright, Hedontron. Get back to work!
  • Game Text #81868 - Command unrecognized. Will only accept commands from Hedontron owner: $p.
  • Game Text #81870 - Damn it all, I give up. $p, you can have him! I'm done!
  • Game Text #81875 - Alright, Hedontron. Execute command X47G5!
  • Game Text #81876 - That's it, I've had it! $p, you can have him! I'm going back to tank-building from here on out!

GarrAbility
  • GarrAbility #51 - Fishing - Allows this follower to be assigned to the Fishing Shack.
  • GarrAbility #52 - Mining - Allows this follower to be assigned to the Mine.
  • GarrAbility #53 - Herbalism - Allows this follower to be assigned to the Herb Garden.
  • GarrAbility #54 - Alchemy - Allows this follower to be assigned to the Alchemy Lab.
  • GarrAbility #55 - Blacksmithing - Allows this follower to be assigned to the Forge.
  • GarrAbility #56 - Enchanting - Allows this follower to be assigned to the Enchanter's Study.
  • GarrAbility #57 - Engineering - Allows this follower to be assigned to the Engineering Works.
  • GarrAbility #58 - Inscription - Allows this follower to be assigned to the Scribe's Quarters.
  • GarrAbility #59 - Jewelcrafting - Allows this follower to be assigned to the Gem Boutique.
  • GarrAbility #60 - Leatherworking - Allows this follower to be assigned to the Tannery.
  • GarrAbility #61 - Tailoring - Allows this follower to be assigned to the Tailoring Emporium.
  • GarrAbility #62 - Skinning - Allows this follower to be assigned to the Barn.
  • GarrAbility #63 - Gnome-Lover - Increases success chance when on a mission with a gnome.
  • GarrAbility #64 - Human-Lover - Increases success chance when on a mission with a human.
  • GarrAbility #65 - Dwarf-Lover - Increases success chance when on a mission with a dwarf.
  • GarrAbility #66 - Night Elf-Lover - Increases success chance when on a mission with a night elf.
  • GarrAbility #67 - Draenei-Lover - Increases success chance when on a mission with a draenei.
  • GarrAbility #68 - Worgen-Lover - Increases success chance when on a mission with a worgen.
  • GarrAbility #69 - Pandaren-Lover - Increases success chance when on a mission with a pandaren.
  • GarrAbility #70 - Orc-Lover - Increases success chance when on a mission with an orc.
  • GarrAbility #71 - Undead-Lover - Increases success chance when on a mission with an undead.
  • GarrAbility #72 - Tauren-Lover - Increases success chance when on a mission with a tauren.
  • GarrAbility #73 - Troll-Lover - Increases success chance when on a mission with a troll.
  • GarrAbility #74 - Blood Elf-Lover - Increases success chance when on a mission with a blood elf.
  • GarrAbility #75 - Goblin-Lover - Increases success chance when on a mission with a goblin.
  • GarrAbility #76 - High Stamina - Increases success chance on missions longer than 6 hours.
  • GarrAbility #77 - Hyperactive - Increases success chance on missions shorter than 6 hours.
  • GarrAbility #78 - Lone Wolf - Increases success chance when on a mission alone.
  • GarrAbility #79 - Scavenger - Increases the materials gained from a mission.
  • GarrAbility #80 - Extra Training - Increases the XP gained from a mission for all followers.
  • GarrAbility #81 - Advanced Training - Increases the XP gained from a mission for all followers.
  • GarrAbility #82 - Combat Experience - Increases success chance for all bonus treasures on a mission.
  • GarrAbility #83 - Combat Expertise - Increases success chance for all bonus treasures on a mission.

LFG Entry
  • LFG Entry #824 - Overgrown Outpost [NNF]

Phase
  • Phase #3353 - Cosmetic - Snip Scene (Draenei Boat Landing)
  • Phase #3354 - Cosmetic - Maladaar at Shadowmoon Cave Middle (A)
  • Phase #3355 - Cosmetic - Reshad on Road
  • Phase #3356 - Cosmetic - Liadrin at Shadowmoon Cave Middle (H)
  • Phase #3357 - Nagrand 6.0 - Telaar - Before "Shields Down!" Combat Phase (ELM)
  • Phase #3358 - Cosmetic - Olin Umberhide at Shattered Hand Rise - PRK
  • Phase #3359 - Cosmetic - Lady Liadrin at Shattered Hand Rise - PRK
  • Phase #3360 - Cosmetic - See Foreman Grobash at Horde Garrison Outpost (Building Selected)
  • Phase #3361 - Cosmetic - See Foreman Eksos at Alliance Garrison Outpost (Building Selected)
  • Phase #3362 - Cosmetic - See Hedontron at Duskfall Island (H) Pre-Quests
  • Phase #3363 - Cosmetic - See Hedontron at Duskfall Island (H) Post-Quests
  • Phase #3364 - [PH] FFR - Horde Garrison V1
  • Phase #3365 - [PH] FFR - Horde Garrison V2
  • Phase #3366 - [PH] FFR - Horde Garrison V3
  • Phase #3367 - Cosmetic - See Hedontron at Duskfall Island (A) Pre-Quests
  • Phase #3368 - Cosmetic - See Hedontron at Duskfall Island (A) Post-Quests
  • Phase #3370 - Cosmetic - Nagrand 6.0 - Telaar - "Shields Down!" - Arkonite Shield - Stables version (ELM)
  • Phase #3371 - Cosmetic - Nagrand 6.0 - Telaar - "Shields Down!" - Arkonite Shield - Workshop version (ELM)
  • Phase #3372 - Cosmetic - Nagrand 6.0 - Telaari Station - "Work Complete" - The Final Nail (ELM)
  • Phase #3373 - Morkeths Cage Closed
  • Phase #3374 - Morkeths Cage Open
  • Phase #3375 - Cosmetic - Nagrand 6.0 - Telaari Station - Hansel Heavyhands (ELM)



New Archaeology Projects
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Warsong Ceremonial Pike - The riders of the Warsong clan are always on the move. In camp, a family's tent is marked with a long pike thrust into the ground - often adorned with the skulls of defeated enemies. This example is over a hundred years old and is branded with the names of several key battles.
  • Blackrock Razor - Male orcs of the Blackrock Clan never cut their hair until they come of age, at which point their head is shaved and their role in this extremely regimented society is determined. This ancient switchblade is forged of blackrock and embellished with jewels, likely used by a prominent family for many generations of initiation.
  • Barbed Fishing Hook - This arm-length fishing hook has less in common with a traditional fishing hook and more with a halberd. The Stormreaver clan are the master navigators and fishermen of Draenor, and judging by the size of this hook their prey is no less savage than those of the landlocked clans.
  • Ceremonial Tattoo Needles - These bone needles are taken from the corpses of fallen enemies and meticuously sharpened. The mystics of the Shadowmoon often inscribe secret runes into their flesh to more clearly speak to their ancestors and the elemental spirits.
  • Flask of Blazegrease - Sticky, smelly, and highly flammable, the substance in this small container is liberally applied to the swords and axes of the Burning Blade clan before battle. Though some warriors choose to ignite their weapons before battle, most let the inevitable contact of blades and armor spark the blazegrease for unpredictable intimidation.
  • Gronn-Tooth Necklace - The Thunderlords are the greatest big game hunters in all of Draenor. For centuries they have used riding beasts and coordinated assaults to slay game and gronn alike. Their clan draws their name from an ancient chieftain who single-handedly slew a powerful gronn at the pinnacle of Thunder Peak.
  • Doomsday Prophecy - This tablet speaks of the end times. From what you can decipher, the crude scrawls of multiple authors speak of at least seven different and sometimes conflicting versions of a final reckoning for all of the inhabitants of Draenor. Eerily, the iconography of a flaming hammer is clearly depicted - is this the ancestral origin of the Twilight's Hammer clan?
  • Pictogram Carving - While the written word is mostly used as an instrument for the upper echelons of imperial ogre society, occasionally an ordinary ogre will try his hand at making a story immortal. This pictogram appears to tell the story of an especially distressing culinary experience.
  • Gladiator's Shield - Disagreements between ogres usually end in violence. During the early decades of the Age of Order, a sly chieftain decreed that disputes in his clan would be settled via proxy in one-on-one combat between slaves. The mortality rate amongst the ogres plummeted, leading to a golden age of expansion.
  • Eye of Har'gunn the Blind - While most ogres are born with two eyes, a handful in every generation regress and are born with a single eye. All but a few clans recognize these ogres are exceptional and destined for great things. An unlucky one-eyed ogre mage lost his eye in a duel and replaced it with this fist-sized stone, discovering it to have magical properties when he did so.
  • Chimera Riding Harness - A brilliant ogre once had a thought that riding a chimera would make travel much faster than using pack animals or walking. Roughly crafted from thick leather and utilizing an excessive number of knots, this seat could comfortably accomodate an ogre. However, it could only be saddled on a chimera the size of a small mountain which seems to explain why no one has ever seen ogres fly.
  • Imperial Decree Stele - Assembled fragments from this stone stele place it in Talador several hundred years before the draenei arrived. It marks an ogre imperial decree to raze several orc settlements in retaliation for a number of rebellious raids against Gorian slave trade caravans. The orders were likely carried out, since the towns no longer exist, and this stone was erected to memorialize the dark deed.
  • Sorcerer-King Toe Ring - Imperial ogres jealously guard the secrets of magic in order to keep their status among the ruling class. The wealthiest among them adorn themselves with magically-enhanced jewelry and other wearable artifacts.
  • Warmaul of the Warmaul Chieftain - The first great technological innovation in ogre society was the concept of attaching a rock to the end of a very long stick to smash your enemies, rather than attempting to bash them with a rock held in your hand. The schism this innovation created amongst ogre society resolved itself only when the now-forgotten tribe broke in to the Warmaul and Boulderfist clans.
  • Dreamcatcher - When Terokk returned from exile he was broken and flightless. Rumors of his cursed state swept like wildfire through the Arakkoa, giving rise to superstitious charms and cures. Dreamcatchers endure as one of the most clung-to icons of safety, for the Arakkoa believe the curse will entangle itself in the dreamcatcher and fade in the morning sunlight.
  • Burial Urn - In death all Arakkoa seek to join the Sun-God Rukhmar in the skies above Draenor, thus cremation is vastly preferred to burial. Some have their ashes scattered high in the skies, others are collected in ornate urns and placed in crypts.
  • Decree Scrolls - The incomplete writings here seem to indicate a decree of a sort of martial law, and reminders to be vigilant for signs of the curse amongst neighbors and friends.
  • Solar Orb PH - Central to High Arakkoan culture is reverence of Rukhmar and the sun. Hundreds of Solar Orbs are scattered around [Explosion Town], which cast a never-ending light so no Arakkoan need go without the sun's warmth, even on a cold and overcast day.
  • Sundial - This delicately-engraved instrument, when positioned correctly, acts as both a sundial and an arakkoa seasonal calendar. The base of the instrument is covered with callouts for celestial events, most of which are accompanied by grave warnings. Interestingly, the device seems to have cryptically predicted the arrival of the draenei a century before it happened.
  • Talonpriest Mask - Believing they have been abandoned by the sun, cursed Arakkoa prefer to hide in the forests or beneath awnings during daylight hours. Talonpriests take this a step further and never show their faces to the sun, wearing ritual masks that act as a focus for their communes with Anzu.
  • Outcast Dreamcatcher - Outcast Arakkoa have repurposed the dreamcatcher not to ward off the Curse of Sethe, but to capture and harvest tiny amounts of essences from their lost gods. Rumors persist of an ever-growing mass of swirling energy buried deep beneath Skettis, whispering promises of power to any who will listen...
  • Apexis Crystal - Scattered in the most ancient of ruins on Draenor are fragments and whispers of the Apexis civilization, who attained a height of power during the Age of Order and then abruptly vanished. The arrival of the Iron Horde has prompted a secret but urgent escalation in retriving Apexis artifacts by the Adherents.
  • Apexis Hieroglyph - Brittle and ancient beyond measure, this stone tablet contains carvings that vaguely describe an engine of incredible power, claiming to harness the power of the sun.
  • Apexis Scroll - This battered scroll case has corroded shut, and the scroll within is barely readable with very careful examination. These appear to be plans and measurements for a glorious Temple in the Sky written in an ancient hand. It's unclear whether such a splendid structure was ever built.
  • Beakbreaker of Terokk - Eschewing traditional Arakkoan weaponry, Terokk carried this cudgel as a symbol of his fall from king to outcast heretic. Rumors have persisted for centuries that rather than employing traditional wing-cutting as a punishment, Terokk simply shattered the beaks of those who dared to oppose him.
by Published on 2014-04-20 11:22 PM

Introducing the Battle.net Gift Card, The Dual Hydra Melee Wizard, Curse Weekly Roundup

MLG/ManaGrind Tournament #25 Review, Funny and Lucky Moments #38, Decklist Recap: Limited

Monarch Brightwing Skin Preview, Technical Alpha Tournament Policy, Bundles and Pricing

Warlords of Draenor - Build 18156 Minimap
The new build made some significant changes to the Draenor's minimap. You can find the previous version of the map here.



Mists of Pandaria - All Character Achievements Complete
It appears that Хируко of Razuvious-EU has managed to complete all of the regular character achievements, along with 205 of the ~340 Feats of Strength.

According to him, Realm First of every class on the same day by transferring to a low population PvP realm and multiboxing while his guild killed anyone trying to level before him.



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Classes
One thing that confuses me is all the +20% damage increases. Surely damage increases are meaningless due to balancing?
Some of them are transformative. Some are just something to make dinging 93 a bit cooler. (WatcherDev)

So why are the Draenor perks random order? It's unbalanced and lacking customization, what's the pro?
It's a reward for leveling, not character customization. With choice, people can become paralyzed about what's 'right'. (Celestalon)

Will there be new glyphs?
Yes. Currently about 80, give or take. (Celestalon)

Death Knight (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
For Unholy Death Knights You are knocking down the Unholy Might cause of better secondaries any chance at a deeper explanation?
That's heavily tied to our damage balancing pass, which hasn't started yet. (Celestalon)

Is the goal with AMS soaking to only allow a maximum of 100 RP to be possible from a fully absorbed shell? Big nerf to soaking.
Yes, intentionally. (Celestalon)
Is the rationale because you'd like to reduce GCD locking by DKs, or because you don't like balancing us around AMS soaking?
Both. (Celestalon)

Druid (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Why aren't balance druids bringing CoE? looks like they get fewest buffs/debuffs w/ motw and spell haste
They bring Haste, Stats, and Physical Damage Vulnerability. (Celestalon)

Why is starfall hitting more targets? stars are capped at 20? why ever use insect swarm? does it a insane amount of dmg?
Stars are capped at 30 with that. Insect Swarm accelerates your rotation, and does a lot of damage. (Celestalon)

Insect Swarm could be made spellstorm damage as well.
Since it's only cast outside of Eclipse, it doesn't actually matter to gameplay, just matters for kit. (Celestalon)

Does the Balance version of DoC give you a Starsurge from hitting Eclipse or casting the instant Healing Touch?
Casting the instant HT. (Celestalon)

So Dream of Cenarius talent is just +20% Healing Touch? Seems pretty lackluster honestly
It's not intended to be a DPS gain anymore. It's for better off-role ability. (Celestalon)

Hunter (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Hunter's Distracting Shot removed, possible to see it as a minor glyph? I'd be very sad to see the clutch plays go ;_;
Raised the range of Growl so that you can use it in that way, for the majority of cases. (Celestalon)

Losing Widow Venom while other classes are keeping their MS debuffs- is the effect going to be baked into another ability?
Pets (including non-exotics) can apply it. (Celestalon)

why no Execute mechanic for Surv hunters, not Kill shot, but smthg else? 1 extra charge of "LnL" from BA when target below 30%?
Not every spec needs to have an execute. In fact it's a pro that you have an option that doesn't. (Celestalon)

Mage (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
.Is the idea with the redesigned Frost Bomb that we cast it only when we have FOF charges?
Yes. May not be mentioned in the patch notes but it only triggers from FoF'd Ice Lances. (Tried all crits early in testing, was OP) (Celestalon)
So Basically, pattern is now FOF proc -> Frost Bomb (if you have the talent) -> Ice Lance -> Ice Lance
And it lasts 12sec, so keep using FoF procs while it's up, yeah. For min/maxing, you can leave FBomb down, and pool FoFs. (Celestalon)

If Incanter's Flow is on average 15% increased damage, why would I want to spec into Rune of Power?
Valid point; just haven't tune a precise tuning pass yet. (Celestalon)

Could Nether Tempest have a chance to generate arcane charges? Increased cast time on blast looks like a pain for PvP.
See Perks. It becomes faster with charges. (Celestalon)
NT multi dotting was way to proc missiles, hence charges in PvP, now NT 1 target only = less procs, less charges.
Only the most recent NT ever proc'd missiles. Your multidotting wasn't giving you any additional AM procs. (Celestalon)

Brain Freeze has to make FFB instant cast or the spec will be ruined IMO.
Frost's rotation was overwhelmingly instants, which caused numerous problems. Turning one of them into a cast time may feel... (Celestalon)
...like a nerf, but actually is better in the end. Encounters demand less movement, casting can be a thing in PvP, Haste valued. (Celestalon)

Monk (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
So will eminence still be tied to a crappy range and statue?
Yes, but that's good for you, you can use it to your advantage. (Celestalon)

Why Clash? Dealing with casters will suck so much without it. It's one of the more fun BrM tanking abilities.
We cut Clash because it was redundant with their other stuns and Roll. We'd rather you Roll more (see Draenor Perks). (Celestalon)

Last Q/comment, and least. RE: Mistweaver: why no chi gen from SoM and CJL now?Don't understand the intent
Several reasons. Biggest is to fix mana for Mistweavers. Now, more mana = more chi gen, by a significant degree = more chi ... (Celestalon)
...spenders. That means spirit increases all parts of your healing, which is a good thing. (Celestalon)
You can get some baseline amount of Chi from cheap sources (ReM, EH), still, so you won't be chi-starved. (Celestalon)

Paladin (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Will holy pally still be just absorb healing like currently ? and disc priest aegis. with the nerfs hope this is nerfed
No, we're aiming to significantly tone down how much of Healadin throughput is absorption. We'll balance Disc and Healadin power. (Celestalon)

Retribution's passive perks are a bit passive, mostly just damage increases. Any chance we can see more interesting effects...
We tried to strike a good balance of interesting vs simple, but I agree, Ret is more on the simple side. (Celestalon)
.Commonly, we used the Draenor Perks as a place to make tweaks to rotations that we wanted to make anyway. Better to... (Celestalon)
....ease into those rotational changes that way. In some cases, such as Ret, we were happy with their rotation as is. (Celestalon)

Will seal of insight still provide 10% spell haste?
No; Seal of Insight no longer provides any haste, but a Holy passive (don't recall which one offhand) does instead. (Celestalon)
(Reason being that we are only doing full Haste, not Melee Haste or Spell Haste anymore, but only want Holy to benefit from it) (Celestalon)
And will haste work the same for all classes now or still no haste for melee dots?
Still no haste for melee DoTs because they're not spells, you get increased resources from haste instead. (Celestalon)
Will that include the haste buff now that its nerfed to 5%?
Yes. The 10% Attack Speed raid buff has been replaced with 5% Haste. (Celestalon)

If seraphim depletes all the runic power we have, how will we build up enough to get a Verdict or SoR off before it expires?
It's long enough that you'll be able to. Don't forget Haste! (Celestalon)

Rogue (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Combat FoK bonus seems underwhelming compared to Sub/Mut. Chance of changing it?
They have Blade Flurry on top of that. (Celestalon)

interested in the thoughts behind fist/swords being able to be used for dispatch and daggers for sinister strikes? No compliants
Intended to be 'okay' to use in case you are over a tier behind on the optimal weapons, but not optimal. (Celestalon)

Hey. Hey you. Hey. I don't see several key major rogue glyphs in the auto-learn list.
Auto-learn glyphs were chosen based on usefulness while leveling. (Celestalon)

Read as back front and 2 sides.so no back stabbing from the front. which makes a certain sort of sense
Backstab is usable from the left, right, and back. Not the front. So 270degree usability radius. (Celestalon)
On the topic of Rogues: woo for making Assa viable with other weapons than daggers! Awesome!
Kind of. It's *possible*, but not *optimal* to play Assassination with non-daggers. (Celestalon)

With Mind-Numbing and Paralytic gone, can we rogues have another poison? So there's, y'know, a choice?
We're considering the limited poison situation. Instant Poison does work for Venom Zest at least, BTW. (Celestalon)
So again why is it a conditional worse version of a level 45 Monk talent as our ultimate mega one?
Because different classes are different. They're weaker than you are without it. We balance the... (Celestalon)
...power of characters *with* talents. Talents don't need to be balanced cross-class. (Celestalon)

Shaman (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
No mention of Earth Shield in the patch notes. Surely you are scrapping that, it's such a pain with multiple Shamans!
Multiple Earth Shields can stack, not a pain. (Celestalon)
So you are changing Earth Shield so 2 can be on the same target at a time finally?
Yes. (Celestalon)

No Healing Tide Totem and no Unleashed Lightning. Can we expect elemental shamans single target to be bought significantly up?
Yes. (Celestalon)

Is the ULE-Healing Rain buff being built into the baseline spell, or is HR just effectively getting nerfed 30% from that change?
Do you not think Healing Rain needs a nerf, compared to live? (Celestalon)

Also Unleash Weapon was listed in mobility damage skills. But Unleash Fire/Frost/Wind no longer deal damage so uh... wat?
They don't *directly* do damage, but they are a significant net damage gain. (Celestalon)

Any chance elemental could retain moving lightning bolt? Would be good to know now if I need to reroll for WoD Progression.
You don't need to reroll. Elemental will be balanced around that change. Yes, we know it's a huge change. Sky isn't falling. (Celestalon)

Warlock (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
Have there been any changes to the planned non-interaction between GoSacrifice and Demonic Servitude?
Planning to indeed make it a bad idea to Sacrifice your Big Demon. However, we're working on new abilities for the Doomguard/Infer. (Celestalon)

Just read that Drain Soul is being removed from warlocks, but no mention of how Soul Shards will be replenished. Clarify?
Nightfall. (And there's a Draenor Perk that increases Nightfall rate) (Celestalon)

Warrior (Forums / Skills / WoD Talent Calculator)
The way that Gladiator Stance and the talent is worded, it seems like prot warriors who take it will still be able to tank
We did that so that tanks still have 3 talent choices when tanking. If you goto Gladiator Stance, you can no longer tank. (Celestalon)
If you take the Gladiator Stance talent, you can still tank, with 5% extra DR, but none of the offensive benefits. (Celestalon)
Correction: When you take the Gladiator's RESOLVE talent, you get 5% DR in Def Stance, for tanking, and the OPTION to... (Celestalon)
...switch to the Gladiator STANCE to become a DPS, and NOT a Tank. (Celestalon)
Doesn't that lead to tanks going Gladiator Stance when not their turn to get hit, swap back in when their turn?
Can't swap into or out of Gladiator Stance in combat. (Celestalon)

With warrior shouts no longer generating rage, it appears the only way to start a fight with rage is Charge. Is that accurate? @Celestalon
Yes. Charge in to start with Rage. (Celestalon)

Will the Warrior Haste bonus modifier remain, and how will Headlong Rush scale haste with CD/GCD? 50% Haste = 50% reduction?
No, the +50% haste from gear buff on warriors will be removed. Scales just like everyone else. 25% Haste = 1/1.25 = 80% GCDs. (Celestalon)

is gladiator locked out of unwavering sentinel and bastion of defense. also is block being removed or reduced in glad?
Unwavering Sentinel is Defensive Stance only. If you still find that you're able to tank in Gladiator stance, we'll adjust. (Celestalon)

Computers - Setup of the Month (by chaud)
Each month or every 2 months, depending on the hardware evolutions, the lovely chaud will work on a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

This month
The current SSD prices are stable, with all SSDs under $1 per gigabyte when on sale.

The Haswell CPUs run a little bit on the warmer side. Depending on how much you want to overclock, you may need to spend a bit more for a better CPU cooler like the NH-D14.

Unless you are doing a lot of video rendering or something that is similarly multithreaded, you do not need the 4770K and should spend that money elsewhere.

Make sure to keep your AMD and Nvidia drivers up to date.

Don't hesitate to post any feedback in the comments of that news post, and don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions! If you are interested in Folding@home, take a look in our team's thread.


Peripherals/Monitors
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
MonitorASUS VS228H-P 22-Inch Monitor - $120ASUS VS248H-P 24-Inch Monitor - $160
KeyboardKensington Pro Fit Media Keyboard - $16Cyborg V.5 - $45
MouseLogitech G400s - $45Razer DeathAdder 2013 - $52
SpeakersCreative A250 2.1 Speaker System - $30Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $37
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorDell P2414H Monitor - $220HP ZR2440W 24-inch - $312
KeyboardLogitech G510s - $80CM Storm QuickFire XT - $95
MouseLogitech G500s - $50Razer Naga 2014 - $68
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $50Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $77


Puppy and Dolphin
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Puppy and Dolphin.
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
CaseNZXT Source 210 - $40NZXT Source 210 - $40
Power SupplyCorsair CX500 - $57EVGA 600B - $50
CPUAMD FX-6300 - $110AMD FX-8320 - $152
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $33Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $33
MotherboardASUS M5A97 R2.0 - $89ASUS M5A99FX PRO - $116
MemoryKingston HyperX Blu 4GB 1333 - $428GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $83
Graphics CardGigabyte R7 260X - $114MSI R9 270 or GTX 660 - $185 / $190
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $53Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $81
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23
Total$561$763 - $768


Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn.
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
CaseCooler Master HAF 912 - $60Corsair Air 540 (Special Layout) - $120
Power SupplyRosewill Capstone 550W - $87Rosewill Fortress 750W - $130
CPUIntel i5-4670K - $210Intel i5-4670K - $210
HeatsinkThermaltake Frio - $64Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $75
MotherboardASUS Z87-A - $140ASUS Z87-A - $140
Memory8GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $8316GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $164
Graphics CardGigabyte GTX 760 OR Gigabyte R9 270X - $260 / $230XFX R9 280X OR ASUS GTX770 - $310
Hard DriveWestern Digital 1TB Caviar Black - $81Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black - $147
SSDSAMSUNG 840 EVO 128GB (Review) - $81
OR
SanDisk Extreme II 120GB (Review) - $90
Corsair Neutron GTX 120GB (Review) - $130
OR
SAMSUNG 840 Pro 128GB (Review) - $120
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $23
Total$1059 - $1138$1400 - $1449

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