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by Published on 2013-02-13 12:37 AM

1.0.7 Is Live, 1.0.7 Patch Notes

Patch 5.2 PTR - Build 16577
A new build will be deployed to the PTR realms soon. The Sky Claw mount finally has a correct crafting tooltip.

Achievement Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Dungeons & Raids

Guild Feats of Strength

New Icons

New Items
This patch added new item level 496 rings at Exalted to the Sunreaver Onslaught and Kirin Tor Offensive. It also made many of the Patch 5.2 trinkets unique equipped.

Level Type Spec Slot Name
496FingerTankFinger Ancient Overlord's Onyx Band
496FingerTankFinger Ancient Overlord's Onyx Band
496FingerMeleeFinger Refurbished Seal of Jin
496FingerMeleeFinger Refurbished Seal of Jin
496FingerSpell SpiritFinger Ancient Primalist's Seal
496FingerSpell SpiritFinger Ancient Primalist's Seal
496FingerPhysical DPSFinger Refurbished Band of Jin
496FingerPhysical DPSFinger Refurbished Band of Jin
496FingerSpell DPSFinger Restored Hexxer's Signet
496FingerSpell DPSFinger Restored Hexxer's Signet

String Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • LFG_BONUS_REPUTATION_TOOLTIP - Champion a faction by clicking the star button. You will earn bonus reputation with the selected faction for various activities.

Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Item Set Bonuses

Druid (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Wrath damage and SP scaling increased by 9%.

  • Starfire damage and SP scaling increased by 9%.
  • Starsurge damage and SP scaling increased by 9%.

Mage (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Arcane Missiles damage reduced by 30% and SP scaling reduced by 10%. Damage is increased by 40% per Arcane Charge, down from 50%.
  • Frostbolt healing and SP scaling increased by 23%.

  • Invocation causes you to passively regenerate 50% less mana for 60 sec after completing an Evocation, down from 100% less.

  • Arcane Barrage damage is increased by 40% per Arcane Charge, down from 50%.
  • Arcane Blast damage is increased by 40% per Arcane Charge, down from 50%. Base damage increased 33%. SP scaling decreased by 11%. Mana cost is increased by 120% per Arcane Charge, down from 150%.
  • Arcane Charge is now also consumed by Evocation. Evocation's mana generation is increased by 25% per charge.
  • Arcane Missiles base damage reduced by 30% and SP scaling reduced by 10%. Damage is increased by 40% per Arcane Charge, down from 50%.

  • Frostbolt damage and SP scaling increased by 23%.

Major Glyphs
  • Glyph of Blink no longer increases your movement speed during Blazing Speed.

Monk (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Muscle Memory buff increases the damage of your next Tiger Palm or Blackout Kick by 150%, down from 200%.

Paladin (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Seal of Righteousness causes melee attacks to deal 9% weapon damage to all targets within 8 yards, up from 6%.


  • Grand Crusader now can also proc from hitting with Crusader Strike or Hammer of the Righteous. Proc chance reduced to 12%, down from 30%.


Priest (Forums, Talent Calculator)


Shaman (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Ancestral Guidance now copies 40% of damage or 60% of healing, rather than 40% of either.
  • Conductivity causes allies within your Healing Rain share healing equal to 30% of the initial healing done, up from 20%.

Elemental & Restoration
  • Lava Burst damage and SP scaling reduced by 33%. Now will always deal a critical strike. If your Flame Shock is on the target, Lava Burst will deal 50% additional damage.

Raid & Dungeon Abilities
  • Amber Retaliation Inflicts 50,000 Inflicts 15,000 Nature damage to all enemies illuminated by Bright Light. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Arcane Blast Blasts the target with energy, dealing 6,500 Arcane damage. Each time you cast Arcane Blast, the damage of all Arcane spells is increased by 50% 40% and mana cost of Arcane Blast is increased by 150% 120%. Effect stacks up to 4 times and lasts 10 sec or until any Arcane damage spell except Arcane Blast is cast. 8% of Base Mana. 30 yd range. 2.5 sec cast.
  • Blazing Radiance Deals 50,000 Deals 35,000 Fire damage to all enemies and increases damage dealt by Fire attacks by 0%. Instant.
  • Blazing Radiance Deals 50,000 Deals 35,000 Fire damage to all enemies and increases damage dealt by Fire attacks by 5%. Instant.
  • Blue Rays Inflicts 800,000 Frost Damage divided amongst all targets in the Blue Rays. This damage is increased by 1% each time the victim is hit by this effect. The increased damage taken effect lasts 3 min. 100 yd range. Instant. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Bright Light Inflicts 800,000 Nature Damage divided amongst all targets in the Bright Light. This damage is increased by 1% each time the victim is hit by this effect. The increased damage taken effect lasts 3 min. 100 yd range. Instant. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Burning Blast Inflicts 10,000 Inflicts 20,000 Fire damage to all enemies. 150 yd range. Instant. 3 sec cooldown.
  • Caustic Gas Inflicts 0 Inflicts 800,000 Nature damage split evenly between all enemies within a 30 25-yard cone. 3 sec cast. 12 sec cooldown.
  • Cheep Inflicts 50,000 Inflicts 150,000 Physical damage to the target. Limited to 1 target. 500 yd range. 2 sec cast.
  • Cheep Inflicts 100,000 Inflicts 200,000 Physical damage to all enemies within 0 10 yards of the target. 200 yd range. Instant.
  • Crimson Bloom Inflicts 100,000 Inflicts 150,000 Fire damage to all enemies within 500 yards. Instant.
  • Explosive Slam The golem slams the ground, inflicting 200,000 Fire damage to enemies within 11 9 yds. of his target. Enemies struck are seared, increasing the damage of subsequent Explosive Slams for 25 sec. 15 yd range. 2.5 sec cast.
  • Feed Pool Inflicts 60,000 Inflicts 100,000 Nature damage to the target each second. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Focused Lightning Pulses 40,000 Nature damage every 0 sec second. to other players within 5 yards. Melee range. Instant.
  • Frostbite Inflicting 30,000 Inflicting 15,000 Frost damage to all allies within 4 yards every 2 1 sec. for 30 sec. Standing within 0 4 yards of allies reduces the stacks of Frostbite. 500 yd range. Instant.
  • Furious Stone Breath Inflicts 200,000 Inflicts 150,000 Nature damage to all enemies every 0.5 sec for 4.5 sec. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Infrared Light Inflicts 800,000 Fire Damage divided amongst all targets in the Infrared Light. This damage is increased by 1% each time the victim is hit by this effect. The increased damage taken effect lasts 3 min. 100 yd range. Instant. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Lightning Storm Zaps the target with Lightning, causing them to shock nearby allies. This jumps to nearby allies, causing them to also pulse with electricity. 300 yd range. Instant. Healing is absorbed. 300 yd range. Instant. 2 sec cooldown.
  • Putrify Inflicts 15,000 Inflicts 10,000 k damage every 1 second. This effect stacks. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Quills Inflicts 80,000 Inflicts 88,000 Physical damage to all enemies within 500 yards. 500 yd range. Instant.
  • Shifting Doom 100 yd range. Instant. Inflicts 75,000 Nature damage to all enemies within 4 yards. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Slimed Intercepting Ji-Kun's food prevents a Feed Pool from forming; but causes the intercepting player to suffer 150,000 Nature damage every 3 seconds for 10 50,000 Nature damage every 5 seconds for 15 sec. This effect stacks. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Spinning Shell The turtle chases players around the room, spinning rapidly and continuously inflicting 100,000 Physical damage to enemies within 5 yards, knocking them away. 100 yd range. Instant. Instant.
  • Static Wound Jin'rokh the Breaker statically constricts the target, inflicting 15,000 Nature damage per stack to all players when taking melee attacks. This effect stacks, but reduces 20,000 Nature damage per stack when taking melee attacks. Additionally inflicts a third of that damage to other players. This effect stacks, but decreases in potency over time. Unlimited range. Instant. 3 sec cooldown.
  • Tears of the Sun Deals 80,000 Deals 60,000 Fire damage to random players. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Tears of the Sun Deals 80,000 Deals 60,000 Fire damage to random players. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Thundering Throw Jin'rokh the Breaker throws his current target at a distant Mogu statue, breaking the statue and inflicting 0 Physical damage. Additionally inflicts 200,000 Nature damage to other players within 14 yards of the point of impact, stunning them for 9 sec. Unlimited range. Instant. 6 sec. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Thundering Throw Jin'rokh the Breaker throws his current target at a distant Mogu statue, breaking the statue and inflicting 0 Physical damage. Additionally inflicts 200,000 Nature damage to other players within 14 yards of the point of impact, stunning them for 9 sec. Unlimited range. Instant. 6 sec. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Tidal Force Inflicts 0 Inflicts 150,000 Frost damage to enemy players in its path. 300 yd range. Instant.
  • Touch of the Animus The Dark Animus periodically corrupts a random target, inflicting 70,000 Fire damage every 8 30,000 Fire damage every 4 sec. for the remainder of the encounter. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Unleashed Flame Deals 700,000 damage split evenly between targets within 10 yards. Unlimited range. Instant.2 sec cooldown.
  • Wild Smash Inflicts 250,000 Inflicts 150,000 Physical damage to enemy players in its path. 300 yd range. 1 sec cast.
  • Wind Storm Deals 30,000 Nature damage every 1 Deals 60,000 Nature damage every 2 second. Damage, healing, and absorption reduced by 80%. 100 yd range. Instant.
by Published on 2013-02-12 05:16 PM

Isle of Thunder Update, Upcoming Raid Testing, Blue Posts, WoW on Sale, SWTOR 1.7

Patch 5.2 Legendary Quest Line - I Am Legendary
Blizzard posted a nice recap of the Legendary quest line so far, and what to expect in 5.2.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With the release of Mists of Pandaria, we introduced a new Legendary quest line, available to all classes and factions. Heroes looking to gain one of these newly introduced Legendary items must meet the Black Prince, Wrathion, and embark on a journey to prove their worth. For those familiar with the Rogue Legendary quest line, Fangs of the Father, you may remember working to rescue Wrathion from the clutches of the Red Dragonflight. Once free of both the Red Dragonflight and the taint of the Black Dragonflight, Wrathion set his sights on taking down the rest of his corrupted family.

Since the death of Deathwing and the killing off his siblings, Wrathion has set up shop in the Tavern in the Mists located between the Valley of Four Winds and Kun-Lai Summit. He has a new mission now, involving both the Horde and Alliance.

Let’s get caught up with the quest line so far and take a peek at what’s to come in patch 5.2: Rise of the Thunder King.

Mists of Pandaria

Stranger in a Strange Land
Beginning with the receipt of a Mysterious Note, you’ll be asked to seek out “The Black Prince” in the Tavern in the Mists within the Veiled Stair. Rogues who have completed the Fangs of the Father quest line will receive a slightly different note and reputation.

A Legend in the Making
Wrathion, being the cordial host that he is, will offer your level-90 hero a drink and a little conversation once you’ve accepted the quest, “A Legend in the Making.” Once loosened up a bit the Prince will share a bit more about what’s on his mind. Much like his father, he has Azeroth and its fate in his sights. Don’t worry though, Wrathion views his father as “misguided,” though he does share a similar concern about the fragility of the world and how the war between the Horde and Alliance must be set aside when a darker and more sinister force must be contended with.

“A divided Azeroth cannot possibly stand against the darkness,” he says. “This war has to end. Soon. Before it consumes our strength!”

Wrathion will tell you he is in full support of your faction and believes that the answer lies with heroes such as yourself. To ensure that you’re up to the task, you’ll need to be equipped accordingly. You’ll need to prove yourself before going on to the next step, Trial of the Black Prince.

Trial of the Black Prince
It’s time to go out into the world, meet new creatures, and then kill them in the quest, Trial of the Black Prince. By killing level-90 mantid and mogu (you’re most likely already doing this at level 90) you’ll quickly gain the reputation with Wrathion and open up the next quest in the line.

Rogues who have done the Fangs of the Father Legendary quest line won’t need to prove themselves to attain Honored reputation with him. Wrathion will consider your previous dealings proof enough that he can trust in you.

*Note - As of Patch 5.1 you can also earn faction in Krasarang Wilds by killing opposite faction NPCs.

The Strength of One’s Foes
Once you’ve reached Honored, you’ll return to the Black Prince for your next task. He’ll want you to acquire 10 Sigils of Power and 10 Sigils of Wisdom from fallen foes in Mogu’Shan Vaults, Terrace of Endless Spring, and Heart of Fear in the quest, The Strength of One’s Foes.

*Note – Sigils have a chance to drop in Raid Finder though may not be collected as quickly as within Normal or Heroic versions of these Raids in which they are dropped with each boss kill.

This place would be lovely with a new coat of paint and a little hazardous waste clean-up.

Fear Itself
“The timid feel fear before trouble starts; the cowards feel fear as trouble happens. The bravest among us feel fear only after the troubles have been taken care of.”

Turning in the sigils will result in a new quest, Fear Itself, in which you’re asked to kill the Sha of Fear in Terrace of Endless Spring and bring Wrathion back a Chimera of Fear.

*Note- This item can be looted within Raid Finder, Normal, and Heroic versions of Terrace of Endless Spring. The Chimera of Fear will also drop off the Sha of Fear even if you’ve already killed it. So in some cases you may get your last sigil from the this boss kill, go turn in, and then think you have to wait until next week to get the Chimera of Fear . . . but you don’t. It will still drop on the next kill even if you can’t get item drops. Just make sure to loot the boss since it isn’t automatically placed in your inventory.

Breath of the Black Prince
Once you’ve turned in the Chimera of Fear, Wrathion asks you to meet him at Mason’s Folly to complete the quest, Breath of the Black Prince. There’s a pathway just past the Black Market Auction house or you can just hop on your flying mount and meet him there. Once there, you’ll be able to choose one of the three proffered Legendary gems: Crystallized Dread, Crystallized Terror, and Crystallized Horror. This gem can then be placed into a Sha-Touched weapon. You’ll also earn the Achievement for completing Chapter 1: Trial of the Black Prince.

Shady dealings down a shady path.

Chapter II: Wrathion’s War

Your journey doesn’t end there. With the release of patch 5.1, the quest to prove your worth to Wrathion and earn a Legendary item goes on. You’ll be offered two quests: Incoming… and The Measure of a Leader.

The Measure of a Leader
In The Measure of a Leader you’ll speak to Wrathion about either Varian Wrynn or Garrosh Hellscream (depending on your faction). Again, being such a generous host, he’ll offer you some food. Eating it will provide a buff and reveal more about the leader in question.

The Prince’s Pursuit – A Test of Valor
Once more, Wrathion sends you out into Pandaria to prove your worth in the quest, “The Prince’s Pursuit.” This time, you’ll spend time earning Revered reputation with him by slaying members of the opposite faction in Krasarang Wilds. He’ll also want you to take on “A Test of Valor,” which will grant you an Achievement once you earn 6000 Valor.

A Change of Command and Glory to the Horde/ The Lion Roars
Depending on your faction, the quest, A Change of Command will task you with killing one of the opposite factions leaders: High Marshall Twinbraid at Lion’s Landing or Warlord Bloodhilt at Domination Point.

You’ll also be asked to go forth into an organized battlefront in the quests Glory to the Horde and The Lion Roars and win a battle in the Temple of Kotmogu and the Silvershard Mines. Simply queue up for one of these Battlegrounds and show the opposite faction your might.

The Soul of the Horde / Call of the Packmaster
Once you’ve turned in the previous quests, you’ll be given a new one. Depending on your faction, you’ll either get The Soul of the Horde or Call of the Packmaster. Wrathion will want to share with you what he’s learned of either Garrosh Hellscream or Varian Wrynn. Once he’s finished his observations, you’ll earn the Eye of the Black Prince which will add a prismatic socket to a Sha-Touched weapon and will earn you the Chapter II: Wrathion’s War Achievement.

Patch 5.2: Rise of the Thunder King

The Legendary Quest Continues: Chapter III: Two Princes

The story goes on in Patch 5.2: Rise of the Thunder King and so too does the journey with the Black Prince, Wrathion, guiding the way. With the threat of the Thunder King and the mogu, Prince Wrathion seeks to delve even deeper into the source of mogu power. He’ll enlist Azeroth’s mightiest heroes once more to aid him in finding out what it is. The search for information will take these heroes into the depths of the Thunder King’s Palace, and pit them against trials of perseverance and skill. Along the way, they’ll unlock the secrets to a new Legendary metagem, Crown of Heaven.

The game is afoot, but who will win in the end?

5.2 Changes and Things to Look Forward to
As with many patches, there will be new additions and changes to the Legendary quest line. Here’s a look at what’s in store (Spoiler Free Zone):

*Nethaera is a Community Manager for World of Warcraft and believes you remind her of the babe. What babe? The babe with the power. What Power? The power of… Oh, you know how this one goes.
by Published on 2013-02-12 07:07 AM

1.0.7 is Tomorrow

Patch 5.2 - Isle of Thunder Update
Isle of Thunder goes over to a new stage tomorrow, so let's take a look at the current stage. Upon completing the The Assault on Zeb'tula (Video) or The Assault on Shaol'mara, you have established a small base on the island. You can find Lor'themar Theron, Jaina, Vereesa Windrunner, a quartermaster, repair vendor, and an innkeeper here.

Before tackling any daily quests, you need to select your quest set for the day. You can choose between the PvE quests with PvE rewards (slightly slower to complete) or the PvP quests with PvP rewards (slightly faster to complete).

PvE Daily Quests
PvP Daily Quests

The PvE quests involve doing a set of four quests in three areas, and then a final quest to kill an elite. While questing in the Ihgaluk Crag, you are transformed into a Saurok, allowing you to run quickly, jump higher, travel without being attacked, and take almost no fall damage. This disguise is dropped whenever you are in combat.

The PvP quests can be done without engaging in combat with any other players, killing guards at the other faction's base instead. If you are on a PvE realm, be aware that taking any of the PvP quests will flag you for PvP while they remain in your logs.

Assuming it is part of the PvP quest set every day, it is a good idea to complete Charged Moganite first, as it gives you a 5% move speed buff for 15 minutes. Keep in mind that you have to carry the object back from the center of the island without mounting or dying. The remaining quests are fairly simple, kill NPCs/players, rescue scouts, plant bombs, and infiltrate the other faction's base to retrieve an object.

The final quest will reward you with a Sunreaver Bounty or Arcane Trove. This can contain a Great Pandaren Banquet, Shan'ze Ritual Stone, Shado-Pan Assault Insignia, Sunreaver Onslaught Insignia, Mote of Harmony, and Elder Charm. Keep in mind that Elder Charms are only used for the Patch 5.0 raids and items used in the Troves of the Thunder King scenario, not the new Patch 5.2 raids.

The new factions don't sell any gear for Valor Points, only gold. You can earn more reputation from them by using Sunreaver Onslaught Insignia / Greater Sunreaver Onslaught Insignia. The 25 Rep insignia can be found in the Sunreaver Bounty or purchased for 1 x Tattered Historical Parchments. The 250 Rep insignia can be purchased for 10 x Tattered Historical Parchments. The Parchments are looted from chests in the Troves of the Thunder King scenario.

If you really need more rep from them, you are able to apply your bonus reputation from the first Scenario and Heroic Dungeon of the day towards the faction as well, earning an extra 750 reputation from the dungeon and 325 from the scenario.

Level Type Spec Slot Name Req. Standing Cost
90Mount Reins of the Crimson Primal DirehornExalted3,000
1TabardTabard Sunreaver Onslaught TabardExalted10
90Consumable Glorious Standard of the Sunreaver OnslaughtExalted
1Other Grand Commendation of the Sunreaver OnslaughtRevered50
476ClothSpell SpiritWaist Shan'ze Scholar's GirdleHonored300
476ClothSpell DPSWaist Pain-Binder GirdleHonored300
476ClothSpell DPSWaist Belt of Loa CharmsHonored300
476LeatherSpell SpiritWaist Cinch of the Dead Forest's VigilHonored300
476LeatherPhysical DPSWaist Skumblade-Tooth GirdleHonored300
476MailSpell SpiritWaist Skumblade Ritualist LinksHonored300
476MailPhysical DPSWaist Rotting Bog CinchHonored300
476PlateTankWaist Thunder Caressed WaistguardHonored300
476PlateSpell SpiritWaist Girdle of Shan'ze GloryHonored300
Level Type Spec Slot Name Req. Standing Cost
90Mount Reins of the Golden Primal DirehornExalted3,000
1TabardTabard Kirin Tor Offensive TabardExalted10
90Consumable Glorious Standard of the Kirin Tor OffensiveExalted
1Other Grand Commendation of the Kirin Tor OffensiveRevered50
476ClothSpell SpiritWaist Shan'ze Scholar's GirdleHonored300
476ClothSpell DPSWaist Pain-Binder GirdleHonored300
476ClothSpell DPSWaist Belt of Loa CharmsHonored300
476LeatherSpell SpiritWaist Cinch of the Dead Forest's VigilHonored300
476LeatherPhysical DPSWaist Skumblade-Tooth GirdleHonored300
476MailSpell SpiritWaist Skumblade Ritualist LinksHonored300
476MailPhysical DPSWaist Rotting Bog CinchHonored300
476PlateTankWaist Thunder Caressed WaistguardHonored300
476PlateSpell SpiritWaist Girdle of Shan'ze GloryHonored300

PTR Class and Set Bonus Issues
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
I have not been able to catch up yet on posts from this weekend, but I will!

In the meantime:

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • We are separating out Ancestral Guidance into a damage conversion number and a healing conversion number in order to allow for better tuning and to ultimately make the talent more attractive to Resto. I am guessing at the numbers right now, but imagine it says something like: "When you deal direct damage, 40% is copied as healing. When you deal direct healing, 60% is copied as healing."
  • We are changing the way Lava Burst interacts with Flame Shock. Currently, Flame Shock is required for Lava Burst to crit. This is cool rotationally but creates problems where Flame Shock dispels or swapping targets is a massive nerf to Elemental, dropping their 2.5 multiplier on Lava Burst to a 1.0. We are going to nerf Lava Burst damage, cause it to always crit (like Chaos Bolt), and then cause it to do say 50% more damage to targets afflicted by Flame Shock. The net result should be that LB + FS is still the best DPS, but failing to do so will be a 1.5 to 1.0 drop instead of a 2.5 to 1.0 drop.
  • Elemental's PvE damage will still be lower than we want after this change, but we want to bring up the damage of Lightning Bolt and other sources of damage together; we need to buff more than just Lava Burst to preserve the rotation... and avoid a lot of Lava Burst PvP videos.

Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • We are going to try the suggestion where Overpower lowers the Mortal Strike cooldown by 0.5 sec. This is to avoid any conflict with the 1.0 sec GCD of Overpower causing niggling 0.5 sec holes in the rotation. See how it feels. This will be an Arms DPS increase that we're not sure they need after the Deep Wounds buff, but I'll report back if we take additional steps.

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
  • Our changes to Arcane proved very generous and Arcane has been an outlier on our DPS tests. We are going to reduce the damage from +50% per charge to +35% per charge and on mana from +150% per charge to +100% per charge.

If your post was deleted it was probably because it was A) whining, or B) doing a +1 on another post.

This is a very long thread. If it's going to remain readable (particularly if you want us to read it), everyone is going to have to do their part.

Raid Testing Schedule - February 12
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
On Tuesday, February 12, we will be testing more raid encounters in the Throne of Thunder.

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

Tuesday, February 12

Council of Elders - 10 Player Heroic
10:30 PST (13:30 EST, 19:30 CET)

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

Durumu the Forgotten - 10 Player Heroic
16:00 PST (19:00 EST, 01:00 CET)

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

Pinnacle of Storms LFR Adjustments
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Note that we are continuing to make difficulty adjustments to all parts of LFR, to both the bosses and non-boss enemies.

In general, we start out with just an across-the-board reduction to health and damage compared to Normal mode, and then rely on feedback (and our own experiences -- many of you have probably had encounter devs in your LFR raids over the course of the past days!) to make more fundamental adjustments to mechanics that are proving particularly problematic.

One of our goals is for mechanics to generally feel a bit more meaningful than they do in 5.0/5.1 LFR -- you should have to do the fight "correctly" in order to win, at least without several stacks of Determination. However, if a single misstep (or malicious act) can wipe the raid, that's never going to be a fun experience.

LFR testing and iteration will continue until we're satisfied with the final difficulty. Thanks again for testing and for your feedback!

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Patch 5.2 Too Soon?
There are 16 bosses you have to clear on normal and then heroic, recruiting is hard enough since you changed your recruitment forums years back to be a giant clusterf* and to top it off, HOLIDAYS that maybe didn't matter when we were younger but now that we're not - we can't skip em anymore.
Certainly depending on how much time you can play, as well as other types of content (such as holiday events as you mention), your mileage may vary on how far into the expansion you are. It's definitely a balancing act between not enough content and too much, and it's not going to be the same player to player to player.

Re: Recruitment, you may want to try using the in-game /guildfinder tool, as well as your realm forum. The Raid and Guild Leadership forum is also a good place to seek advice on recruitment, and I'm sure some others here may also have recommendations on how to best focus your recruitment efforts.

I'm pretty irate atm and just venting but I wish you'd give us more than TWO WEEKS notice sometimes. TWO WEEKS??? Used to give us a month or two. Thanks for nothing.
I'm not aware of ever providing a month or two, we generally don't know a patch release date until a couple weeks at most before it's released. The estimate for the end of this month is still just an estimate, and could very well move.

Patch releases are dependent on many factors, not the least of which is testing and bug fixing. When we can we like to be able to give a couple weeks heads up so you can plan, and specifically prepare for currency down-conversions, as well as PvP season changes when applicable. In the past we've become a little shy about providing a heads up because if and when dates slip there's been a strong negative reaction. I think we're at a place though where the majority of people understand release dates can and do slip, and are at least appreciative of being informed.

If our estimate changes we'll let you know. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

I'm actually enjoying WoW now as opposed to 'classic'
Answer can be found in the vid I posted above, game is hardly any time consuming now.
It really depends on which activity are you doing. Sure, if you only do dailies, scenarios, etc, it doesn't take much time. If you want to cap your valor points, you'll have to put some time into the game, though.

If you're chasing Heroic raid kills, you'll have to devote time as well. That's the beauty of the game these days, you can devote as much time as you want (and your reward will probably be comparable to how much time you've spent).

It doesn't matter if you don't get to see an end boss, it tells you hey I need to put some effort into this game if I want to do it, and before I get to see the end boss I have to experience the other fights as well.
For some it does. It was kinda weird for some people to see Illidan on the cinematic in TBC and never get to see him while he was current content because of .

If you don't have enough time well that is a different thing, but allow people that have or find time and put effort to feel awarded for it, don't just let everyone who can press Join LFR see and defeat the boss.
People that have time (and the will) can defeat Heroic bosses and get rewarded much more than someone seeing the content through LFR. And from time to time there're bosses that are exclusive to Heroic raiders (Algalon, Sinestra, and now Ra-den when 5.2 is released).

That's what in my opinion new WoW will never have and why old way of raiding will always be better than the current one, it simply does not feel rewarding enough for people that want to put effort and this has absolutely nothing to do with nostalgia because it's a fact, whoever raided whoever spent hours grinding/gearing after finishing what they started (eg Illidan) they could say I feel proud of myself and get a sense of accomplishment something people today will NEVER feel.
It's your opinion, so you can't make it a fact. I feel as proud of my Arthas kill as I do of my TBC/Wrath/MoP kills. It's just up to you to how much importance you wish to give to those events.

For me Arthas ranks higher than the others. Why? Because I've liked the Lich King character for a really long time and I feel his story (Arthas) was interesting to me.

Anyone saying FOR A FACT that any stage of this game was the best, is a person unable to grasp the simple concept of "subjectivity". What one considers the peak of existence for this game, others didn't even bother coming back to beyond reaching max level.
True. As much as I love those evenings in BRD with my friends, I wouldn't have the time for it today. Time changes. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Reputation / Questing
GC, are't quest drop chance supposed to increase w/ each mob kill & no drop, or am I imagining that pre-WOTLK patch?
They do for the most part. Some quest mechanics (use an item on a target maybe) are too complex to use that system. (Source)

Im a HM raider with just enough time to do what I love, kill bosses. I can't do dailies every day, why do you hate me?
We're trying to let you play at your own pace. It's just not feasible to force everyone to play at your pace because it varies. (Source)
You can kill bosses. Someone who invests more time might earn loot faster from charms. Why is that unfair? (Source)

Agree with Sham. Usually what frustrates me about dailies is the other players, not the quests themselves.
Agree. We want a system where it's good to see someone else of your faction, not competition for spawns or kills. (Source)

You keep saying that. Believe or not, you have to power to fix it. I'm guessing will be part of "big new feature"
We do have the power to fix it, and will, but it's not a quick fix. Shared credit just makes everything too fast and easy. (Source)

Removal of group quests makes questing completely singleplayer and not mmo
There is more outdoor group content in 5.2. Let us know how it feels. (Source)

Youdon't want "Finish in one week"? I just finished Klaxxi Reputation in one day. farming Amber Shards
Fortunately, that's not something a lot of players feel is a good use of their time. If it worked for you, great. (Source)

Yes, game needs a "world"as you said. Make a 10 min CD for flying mounts. Sit back and enjoy how the game improves 5x.
This is a good example of the kind of thing with potential long term benefits and a lot of short term "world is ending." (Source)

The way to FIX the AH is like GW2 does it, one AH to rule them all, no server based AH.
It's hard to corner the market or otherwise stand out when you are competing with everyone though. Might ruin the AH for many? (Source)

CRZ weakened realm community and made it pointless. If I wanted to see ppl from Y realm I'd be on Y realm not X.
The reality for many realms is you would see nobody. WoW isn't good as a single player game. (Source)

How come you haven't addressed low population realms or imbalanced ones in years, despite promising to, then?
I am very careful to never promise anything. This is why. That said, we are always talking solutions. (Source)

Not a fan of Xrealm AH, but it's ok for farmers to go from a high pop server to farm a low pop (competition). Economics much?
It's not a global economics issue. It's fun for players to e.g. corner the market, which is hard when the market is too big. (Source)

What is your opinion on what Vaneras said about the evolution of communities in WoW? forum/topic/6493569798?page=3#43
I think there is no substitute for how the game felt when everything was so new. Does anything in life stay the same after 8 years? (Source)

wanting us out in the world, is different than forcing us out there. Wanting to see content is different than having to.
One maxim of MMO design is players nearly always choose the fastest route to a reward. I referred to this as Mechanar syndrome. (Source)
Someone challenged me on that - said players farmed Mech because it was our crowning achievement in dungeon design. Sure buddy. (Source)

WoW On Sale - Prepare for the Thunder King!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The Thunder King’s return looms on the horizon, and to prepare for the storm, Blizzard has just slashed prices on all World of Warcraft games by 50% - 70%. Now is the time to recruit your friends to begin their epic quest in Azeroth. But hurry—this deal ends February 25 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

US Store - EU Store

Price in pound sterling is £4 for Battle Chest, £6 for Cataclysm and £15 for Mists of Pandaria.

SWTOR Patch 1.7 Trailer
Patch 1.7 got a new video teaser today, and goes live tomorrow! See the datamined notes and the Galactic Reputation blog post for more info.

by Published on 2013-02-11 05:20 PM

WoW is on sale for 50-70% off in the US and EU. The total cost, including Mists of Pandaria, is 35 USD / 31 EUR.

Patch 5.2 - Preparing to Kill a King (Feb 26th)
It looks like we will see Patch 5.2 on in roughly two weeks, or February 26th, assuming that everything goes well.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With 5.2 fast approaching I’ve been wanting to get my thoughts together on how I should be playing in the last couple weeks before the patch. Are there any reps I should catch up on; do I need to worry about spending currencies or upgrading items; and just in general what do I need to start doing now to maximize my play time before and after the patch releases? This isn’t going to be earth shattering info to anyone who has been following closely, but hopefully it’s a helpful reference.

So, It’s Like a Seat of Sound?
It’s probably most appropriate to start by talking about the new raid, the Throne of Thunder, as entering and clearing it is the goal for PvE progression. The raid is located on a new island, which can be reached by using a portal found in your faction’s Shado-pan camp on the west coast of Townlong Steppes. When 5.2 releases you’ll automatically receive a quest that will get you there, so no need to write that one down.

As the 5.2 raid Throne of Thunder is one continuous, sprawling dungeon, each difficulty will open in its entirety once unlocked. Normal difficulty will be available the first week, then Heroic the week after. LFR will, as usual, be broken up into sub-sections and those will be releasing over time, likely with the first section opening with Heroic in the second week, and a new section each week afterward. Of course we don’t tend to give out patch release dates ahead of time, because things can slip, but right now we’re targeting the last week of February.

To get into the LFR difficulty of Throne of Thunder you’ll need an item level of 480. A quick way to find your item level is to search for your character in the upper right search bar of Your item level is a big number in the upper right of your character’s profile. You can also see it in-game by expanding the advanced character stats.

The new LFR will require an average ilvl of 480, so get crackin'!

If you’re shy of 480 you’ve got some gearing up to do. There are a few different methods of finding and targeting upgrades. The in-game Dungeon Journal can filter by class and spec, showing you what each boss drops that’s good for you, and is actually a pretty easy and straightforward way to create a shopping list. The one downside is you’re not going to have lists of Valor-purchasable items with the Dungeon Journal to compare against. Likely the most popular strategy is to use item database sites and look for specific items (LFR / Valor / BoE), and arrange by ilvl or source. offers an upgrade list too. I’ve also recently been using their new Find Upgrades feature, which has a bunch of useful options. It’s a premium feature so they do charge for it, but it’s free for the first week or so. If nothing else it can be a good option to just help you clear that 480 hurdle.

Upgrade 'Em While You Got 'Em
Like prior raid tiers we’re down-converting Valor to Justice with the patch. This means any Valor you have before the patch will become Justice, and any Justice over the cap will be converted to gold. There is a difference this time in that current Valor items are not being changed to cost Justice, and instead their cost is just being reduced (25-50%). That means you’re not going to benefit by waiting for the down-conversion to pick up any current Valor items. You’re going to want to strategize spending Valor beforehand, if there’s anything you want to buy with Justice (and there’s new Justice-bought heirlooms coming in 5.2), or maybe even if you want the gold. With both currencies at cap you could make around 1,400 gold with the conversion, so maybe that’s even a consideration. After the patch you’ll need to build Valor back up if you want any Valor items of course, but at a reduced cost it may be an option if you’re still looking to get over that 480 hurdle.

Personally I’m not really looking to pick up any Justice items, so my plan is to spend all of my Valor before the down-conversion, and the next section describes what I’m likely to spend the majority of it on.

You can keep your Valor Points, see this post for more information.

Later Space Mummy
Item upgrades won’t be available in 5.2, so getting those upgrades done before the patch hits is probably a good idea. Upgrades are likely coming back in 5.3 (at least for PvE), but spending the Valor now on upgrading pieces you don’t expect to replace quickly is pretty safe. Of course you could always get that lucky boss drop that completely demolishes your fully upgraded item, but those kinds of situations are par for the course.

This is one place where the Askmrrobot upgrade recommendation tool is pretty helpful for me. The rating on how best to spend Valor is quite useful. I’m over 480 so I’m personally just looking at spending Valor on upgrading my best items now.

Is that a mount!? Can it be a mount!? I want that to be a mount. GIMME DAT MOUNT

Be Less Charming Every Day
Throughout Mists of Pandaria we’ve all been working to collect Lesser Charms of Good Fortune. Once a week there’s a quest to exchange 90 Lesser Charms for 3 Elder Charms. The Elder Charms can then be used to get an additional chance at loot (bonus roll) from raid boss kills. In 5.2 the weekly quest to turn in the Lesser Charms changes, and will instead give you 3 Mogu Runes of Fate. The Mogu Runes of Fate can be used the same way, on bonus rolls, but only in the 5.2 Throne of Thunder raid and on the two new world bosses (Nalak and Oondasta). Elder Charms will still be available for the 5.0 raids, but they’ll instead be dropping from mobs in the new outdoor Thundering Isle zone.

There are a few different ways you can use this information depending on how well you’re geared, and how well geared you want to be before the patch. The new raid will require 480 item level for the LFR, and so if you’re at or above 480 you’re probably wise to just hold on to your Lesser Charms. If not, those bonus rolls may well be the quickest way to getting into the Throne of Thunder.

Personally I’m hanging on to mine. I think spending some Valor is probably the wiser course for getting over the hurdle. I do plan to still be doing dailies in 5.2, but I have enough reps at Exalted now that I don’t expect I’ll be coming across enough Lesser Charms to be overburdened and not working through my stack each week.

I'll just come back when you look like you're in a better mood...

As I briefly mentioned in the Currency Conversion section, 5.0 Valor items are seeing their prices reduced by 50%, and those added with the 5.1 factions (Operation Shieldwall and Dominance Offensive) will see their prices cut by 25%. In addition, the chance to get drops in the 5.0 LFR raids is being greatly increased, including the chance to get an item when using an Elder Charm for a bonus roll. All of this means gearing up alts will be a bit quicker, and if you’re not at that 480 requirement yet it should be pretty fruitful to run those raids for a few more weeks to get you there.

Sounds Like Heavy Metal
This isn’t really anything you can prepare for, but I think it’s at least worth mentioning here. In the Throne of Thunder, the Normal and Heroic raid bosses have a chance to drop an item with a new Thunderforged designation. (Normal / Heroic) Thunderforged items are 6 item levels higher than their standard counterparts. Bonus rolls can award a Thunderforged item (again, only in Normal and Heroic), so probably the only thing to plan for ahead of time is having Lesser Charms ready and waiting to exchange for Mogu Runes of Fate.

♫Said if you want to call me baby, just go ahead now♫ (Two Princes, get it? Ugh just keep reading...)

On Doomed Azeroth, Black Prince Choose You
As we’re all aware, Wrathion, the Black Prince, using his voodoo crystal ball of Black Dragonflight future-sight has determined Azeroth is headed for (more?) doom and despair. To help solve this problem he wants to give you a Legendary item, but only after you’ve gone around terrorizing the world and killing a bunch of people. Fishy. Over the course of each patch he gives you some tasks for new toys, ultimately leading to your very own Legendary item in (presumably) patch 5.4.

This is where things get a bit tricky because, up until this point, everyone has been working to obtain their Sha-Touched weapons, the gem to put into it, and adding a prismatic slot. But in 5.2 the reward veers left, no Sha-touched weapons will drop in the new raid, and the new Wrathion reward is a Legendary meta gem, which leaves your Sha-touched weapon and gem to be replaced by what will certainly be more powerful weapons in the Throne of Thunder. You will still be able to apply the prismatic slot upgrade to 5.2 raid weapons, though.

Considering the prismatic slot is usable on 5.2 raid weapons, my recommendation would be to try to catch up if you haven’t yet, but balance it against other priorities. You’d be pretty lucky to get a weapon drop your first time into the new raid, and if you’re running LFR the raid is broken up into smaller sections which open one at a time each week. So if you have more pressing matters, this is one thing you can continue to work on even after 5.2 releases and probably not be too far behind.

Well at least they don't have robots full of blood. Nevermind.

It's Not a Tabard!
In 5.2 you’ll be able to champion a Mists of Pandaria faction (except for Black Prince) by choosing a new option added to your reputation list (in the same list where you can show that rep as your XP bar). By championing a faction you can earn 750 reputation for the first Heroic dungeon each day, and 325 for the first Scenario. This allows you to augment (or avoid) daily quests with those factions to get to Exalted that much quicker.

In addition, if you have The Tillers at Exalted and all of your farm plots unlocked, you’ll be able to take on a work order each day from one of the various factions (except for Black Prince) which will reward you with additional rep.

The new reputation and quest hub in 5.2 is pretty cool; it unlocks and builds up via server progression a la Isle of Quel’danas. What will be a lot cooler for some of you though is that there are no Valor items associated with the rep. (Alliance / Horde) At least this time around, all the Valor items are tied to a raid reputation, which you can earn even through LFR. It will require boss kills though, so no ICC rep runs.

I know some people are already saying they’re going to stop doing dailies until then. I don’t know; I’m already playing more or less every day, doing a daily hub here and there isn’t going to break my time-bank, and I’m still going to be hitting Exalted quicker than if I was waiting. Up to you, but I’m hoping to have less and less 5.0 content to have to think about once 5.2 hits.

That'll Do, Tree
I think that about does it. You’ll of course want to look at mixing up food and elixirs, and gathering mats for crafted items. There’s also the new the world bosses, but that’s not content you really need to prepare for specifically, at least not to the same extent you need to gear up for a raid dungeon. It may be worth noting though that one of the world bosses, Oondasta, is intended to be crazy-difficult. If you’re not in an organized Heroic-level raid group and teaming up with other Heroic-level raid groups, you’re going to want to stick to the other world boss, Nalak; although, keep in mind Nalak unlocks with the island’s server progression, so it’s something to look forward to. Sha of Anger still has Tier-14 and Season-12 items, so that’s certainly something a lot of people will continue to hit up, and I expect it to stay pretty active even well into the new patch.

Let’s open it up to your comments! How are you planning and preparing for 5.2? Did I miss something? Any tips or tricks on how to maximize your time as you progress?

Thanks for reading, may all your bonus rolls be BiS, and I’ll see you in-game!

Micah “Bashiok” Whipple is a Community Manager for World of Warcraft and thinks you’re just the bees knees. It’s worth mentioning though that he’s deathly afraid of bees, as well as various types of pivotal hinges.
by Published on 2013-02-10 09:45 PM

Araxom on Hardcore, Fan Creation of the Week: Pixel-Ninja Cosplay, Curse Weekly Roundup

Patch 5.2 on the Background Downloader
This weekend the Launcher started downloading ~1 GB of assets for Patch 5.2. Keep in mind that this doesn't mean the patch is coming anytime soon, especially as LFR bosses still need tuning and Isle of the Thunder King still needs testing.

Patch 5.2 - Assault on Zeb'tula
Assault on Zeb'tula is the solo scenario that you experience when going through the Horde Isle of Thunder intro quest line.

Upon logging in to Patch 5.2, you will be sent to the Horde camp near Shadopan Garrison, in Townlong Steppes. Scout Captain Elsia will escort you to the Isle of Thunder and then you have a brief conversation with Lor'themar Theron. After speaking with him, he will ask for your help in establishing a base on the island.

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Scout Captain Elsia: Pandaren legends tell of Lei Shen, "The Thunder King." He was the brutal founder of the Mogu empire over 12,000 years ago. He united the mogu, defeated the other pandaren races, and founded a glorious nation with the slave labor of those he conquered.
Scout Captain Elsia: The Thunder King built a palatial fortress on the borders of his empire. We should see it soon...
Scout Captain Elsia: There! Just ahead: The Isle of the Thunder King.
Scout Captain Elsia: The Pandaren are terrified that the former Emperor will try to reclaim his empire, and enslave them once again. But we have our own reasons for assisting them. I will allow Lor'themar to explain.
Scout Captain Elsia: Whoa! Careful - it is nearly impossible to fly anywhere near the island!

Lor'themar Theron: Aethas, leave us for a moment.
Lor'themar Theron: Hero, you have served the Horde nobly across many campaigns. I feel I can take you into confidence. Our Warchief's campaign across Kalimdor and Pandaria is pulling the Horde apart at the seams. We are here to fight the Thunder King. Justice demands it, and Hellscream is too preoccupied at Domination Point to pay attention here. But, in defeating him, we must seek out the source of his great power. We must claim it for ourselves, as leverage against our "Warchief." In the event of an uprising, we must be prepared.
Lor'themar Theron: Heads up! Ha-hah! It will feel good to bloody my blade again. Against Alliance or mogu, does not matter to me.
Lor'themar Theron: Enough talk. You know how precarious our position is. Between the Alliance and the Thunder King, only with the help of heroes like you can we hope to succeed here. Anar'alah belore, hero. Good luck.

Love is in the Air 2013
Love is in the Air once again, at least until February 23! Not much has changed this year, other than the addition of updated Neck slot rewards.

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

Q4 2012 Earnings Call
There were a few more interesting points from the Q4 2012 earnings call, other than the subscriber number drop.

  • The majority of the decline in subscriber numbers came from China, and the number in the west was more stable.
  • Engagement was better in the months after the Mists of Pandaria launch than it was after the Cataclysm launch in all regions, including China.
  • The next WoW update should reach players "in the coming weeks".
  • There should be a Blizzcon 2013 announcement soon.
  • Since Cataclysm, players are more apt to come and go from the community. This is being addressed by providing more frequent content updates.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
PTR Class and Set Bonus Issues
I believe he said it will last 15 seconds and stack exactly how Censure does now. If that is the case we should be able to swap between two targets in that 15 second time span. However, since the stacks will get consumed it will be more difficult to keep them up on more than one target.
Our intent was that if you were building stacks of Justice and had to swap targets, you'd then be building stacks on two targets. The more generous we make the duration, the easier that is to do, but the harder it is for enemies to escape as well.

Scorch was our only way to obtain at least some mobility before it became castable while moving (yes some of us actually PvP'd as fire before this change). Before that, and at least for me, my only option to chase somebody besides keeping living bomb up was spamming icelance and tbh, I never liked it.
Another idea is to put Scorch back in the talent tree and just remove Blazing Speed. Maybe Blink just provides too much of the same niche. Scorch trumps Ice Floes at the moment, but we think we could solve that.

Any chance shadow priest PvE damage and off-healing concerns will be addressed before 5.2 goes live? Part 1 of the thread is full of them. Part 2 just became PTR world of paladincraft. Maybe make a separate paladin thread before having to close this one too?
RE: Shadow. We haven't buffed damage yet. Mind Blast is a likely candidate because it helps damage on the move and doesn't change rotation priorities. Mind Sear perhaps too. All of that is off the top of my head, so don't hold me to it.

RE: Paladins. Welcome to my world.

Your data is full of PVE Ret paladins. PVP paladins use FoJ in arenas.
I was explicitly referring to relatively high-end Arena players. Many (guessing 60% because I don't have the data right in front of me) use FoJ. The rest split between Burden and Repentance about evenly. We can't always answer why players use certain abilities, but we can usually answer what they're using.

Death Knight
- You now maintain the same percentage of health when you switch into and out of Blood Presence
- Strangulate (but not Asphyxiate) is off the GCD.

Can Hunters please see some adjustments on our end talents to make more than Glaive Toss worth taking for raids? Barrage is very limited and Powershot is useless and never taken in raids, doing less than half the DPS of Glaive Toss.
I know you've mentioned this before, but it doesn't match up with what we're seeing. Do you have a link or some other evidence we can chase down?

I may regret this, because I don't know that I can capture every one and we iterate on this stuff really rapidly. We may change a number one day and change it again the next when we look at AE or PvP damage or whatever. If frequent iteration scares you, look away! But in the interest of providing context and helping theorycrafting, I'll give it a go.

DPS Tuning Adjustments

- Arms - Increased Deep Wounds by +100%.
- Balance - Increased Starfire, Wrath and Starsurge by 9%.
- Mind Blast - Increased Mind Blast by 20%. (Yeah I know you have to stop and cast it modulo procs, but I meant in contrast to Mind Flay which makes you really plant.)

Recent datamining has shown Invocation being nerfed to reduce our natural mana regen by 100%, up from 50%.
It was that way briefly (and the PTR pull may have caught that change). Instead we are leaving Invocation at -50% mana regen, but we changed Evocation to generate 10% mana per tick for Arcane, but affected by Arcane Charges (25% per charge and consumes all charges).

The intent of this change is to try and spare you from having to do single GCDs of Evo every 3 casts, which is probably worth it but not much fun. It's a net buff to Evo total mana regen but a net nerf to frequent Evos.

A lot of Warlocks are wondering why our AOE spells are getting reduced so dramatically?
Are you referring to Seed of Corruption and Fire and Brimstone? We don't usually do 15 yard radii for AE spells. It just felt gratuitous and was causing warlocks to do a lot of extra damage in some situations without requiring any extra effort on their part. It was also a bit ridiculous with Mannoroth's Fury.

i assumed this was suppose to spread the snare from warbringer to other targets also never actually seen it in any official patch notes.. was this an error on their part or is bugged currently on the ptr?

The Glyph of Blitz works with the snare as well as the stun. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

World of Warcraft Difficulty Over Time
Ah, you're welcome, I'll educately bow down my head in a sincere apology, as you have eloquently, elaboratedly and irrefutably proved through facts and your own experience that I am completely wrong about this affirmation.

If you want to say I'm wrong, at least go on and elaborate why. We all might be missing an interesting point of view just because you decided to take a shortcut that didn't add anything to the discussion.

Most of current encounters are just combination of total randomness that decides will you wipe or not (sunbeams spawning on top of the adds on Tsulong as example). It's not hard, it's just random.
So, a boss that you can predictably determine which ability is going to cast next (any vanilla boss with a DBM-like addon) is harder than a boss with more room for random abilities? Random sounds actually like a good reason to define something as hard. If you can't control it, you can't just yawn through it.

Why do you think that making the game less accessible again would bring back the old times?
This is an interesting question, especially for those of you that do consider reducing the accesibility of the game would bring back players. (As a side related note, since we're mostly talking about raiding content, remember that Patch 5.2 introduces a Heroic only boss, Ra-den).

Okay, so at this point anything I say you can easily reply with, that's not about accessibility. Pet management was removed, pets changed to be a vanilla set that all share the same three talent trees, and ammo removed. Call it what you want, I call it dumbing down.
Has the mechanic of the hunter (requiring an appropiate pet to be used at every time if you want to maximize your dps output) and its damage (you're insane if you weren't using the strongest ammo available to you) become simpler just because now you don't have to feed your pet or pick the highest dps available ammo? (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Invocation on PTR Feedback
We hear you, we really do. I’d just like to reinforce that it’s only PTR so don’t get overly upset about it, but please do continue to keep providing feedback about it, this is exactly when it’s needed the most, it’s one of the core reasons we have a PTR realm in the first place and we really do appreciate your help with tuning and balancing the game during this important stage.

So… Invocation. Duration and healing got reduced by 50%, it does seem like it should end up being the same “on average” as it is on live but I do realize that it’s actually not, it’s probably a lot more powerful for PvP as it is on the PTR right now.
I mean, the healing ends up being the same (on average, as in “healing per second”) as it is now on live, but the important fact that we have to retain here is that the heal only comes at the end of the cast, and in PvP that means a lot, it means that you can get interrupted and get no healing or DPS buff from it.

With a 3 second cast and no cooldown, things change; First, if you do get interrupted you will be able to cast it as soon as the interrupt effect wears off; Secondly, interrupting a 3 second cast (can be shortened by haste) is much harder than a 6 second one, so chances are, a mage will be able to complete his Invocations with a lot more ease.

Devs are still evaluating everything about the PTR, there isn’t much that they can’t tweak if they feel it’s necessary.

I hope that my reply is clear enough in the sense that it provides you with enough certainty and confidence about your point of view being understood, we’re definitely not ignoring you, we’ll evaluate everyone’s feedback like we always do, and you can be sure that it will be conveyed to the developers. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Simcraft and Raidbots is all we have. If you don't give us your data all we have is "trust us"I'll trust Raidbots
You can trust whatever you want. I'm just explaining why it's not as simple as linking to a URL and expecting us to buff you (Source)

Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
I'm just praying Blizzard botches arcane mages and we can play frost next tier.
You may jest, but this is a really insightful tweet. Now imagine all the guys who want to play Fire or Arcane. How to solve? (Source)

Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Any chance that Holy Paladins will ever receive a way to "melee heal" like Fistweaving?
Not in the immediate plans, but I agree it would fit the paladin kit. We'll keep it in mind. (Source)

please just buff ret sust damage or give us pressure mechanics or better cc. Sucks to be useful 20 secs every 3 min.
Every time we discuss nerfing burst and buffing sustain, hundreds of Rets cry no. (Source)

Today I had to bench myself as the raid leader on Sha of Fear 10m H progress because Ret DPS is terrible. Any buffs in sight?
I'm assuming you understand the problem where DPS is very hard to measure on that fight since everyone is so spread out. (Source)

giving repentance a cast and making it talent is like your prep mistake with rogue. Ret needs it as instant.
We'd probably get rid of every instant CC if we could. The expansion of instants caused a lot of problems long term. (Source)

please look at rets in PvE GC we bring no unique buff give us attack speed
We are trying to get away from unique buffs. We don't want every group to feel a Ret is mandatory. (Source)

Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
With the 5.2 disc nerf, will mastery be redesigned? Seems pretty pointless, pws is rarely cast and divine ae cant be count on.
We want you to cast more PW:S (not just LK levels). (Source)

You nerfed Shadow's core abilities without having a concept? Great, exactly what I expected from you.
Sorry you think Shadow is fine in PvP. We disagree and we are not alone. (Source)

please gc, are there still more buffs for disc pvp coming? Pws undispellabe would be glorious.
Not a fan of undispellable anything TBH. (Source)

No other healer has to choose which foot to shoot for 30 seconds either. It an outdated mechanic like tree form
We disagree. Tree form gave up utility and DPS for healing. Chakra lets you focus on DPS, AE or ST but you can still change. (Source)

how are Surge of Darkness/Mindbender even close to a "Strong Cooldown", compared to other casters? Stop joking.
We don't want to give every single spec a 2 min cooldown or whatever. That really leads to classes all feeling the same. (Source)

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Greg, maybe shamans could receive the new frog model in Hex? How about it?
Already done. (Source)

Curse Weekly Roundup
The Ouya is set to arrive in stores this June, Assassins Creed gets a new hero, Minecraft got some updates, Season 3 games are underway for League of Legends fans, and this week's Game Forecast.

by Published on 2013-02-08 11:56 PM

Patch 5.2 PTR - Build 16562
A new build will be applied to the PTR tonight. Keep checking back, as we will update our notes often!

LFR Raid Testing Returning Soon
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We are going to temporarily close LFR testing until we can get a new build up, hopefully this afternoon (in NA).

Thank you to everyone who has participated so far.

New Items
Many of the Throne of Thunder bosses now have some of the many new items from this build assigned to them. In the interest of not making the front page even more massive by linking 100s of items, you can browse them on WoWDB.

The only non raid loot item news is the addition of Spoils of the Thunder King and Advanced Refrigeration Unit changing from 32 slots to 36.

New Icons

New Strings
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • CHANGE_ACCOUNT - Change Account
  • ERR_IN_PVP_QUEUE - Can't do that while queued for battle.
  • SPELL_FAILED_CUSTOM_ERROR_64 - There are no valid targets within range.

Achievement Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Feats of Strength

Guild Feats of Strength
  • Realm First! Ra-den (New) First guild on the realm to defeat Ra-den in Throne of Thunder on Heroic difficulty while in a guild group. 10 points.

Pandaria Raid
Dungeons & Raids

Player vs. Player

Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
Item Set Bonuses

Mage (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Invocation now causes you to passively regenerate 100% less mana after completing an Evocation, up from 50%. See this blue post for the upcoming change.

Major Glyphs
  • Glyph of Blink now increases your movement speed during Blazing Speed by an additional 5%, down from 50%.

Monk (Forums, Talent Calculator)


  • Storm, Earth, and Fire - Monk and spirits deal 45% of the Monk's normal damage when 2 Spirits Summoned, up from 40%.

Paladin (Forums, Talent Calculator)

  • Grand Crusader no longer procs off of Crusader Strike and Hammer of the Righteous, instead when you dodge or parry a melee attack.

  • Seal of Justice was reworked, and has tooltip errors. No longer lists a movement speed reduction.

Priest (Forums, Talent Calculator)
  • Devouring Plague initial damage has no base damage anymore and just scales based on spellpower, rather than a base plus a lower amount of spellpower. The DoT component damage has been reduced by 40%.


  • Devouring Plague initial damage has no base damage anymore and just scales based on spellpower, rather than a base plus a lower amount of spellpower. The DoT component damage has been reduced by 40%.

Warlock (Forums, Talent Calculator)

  • Seed of Corruption explosion now has a 10 yd radius, down from 15.
  • Soulburn: Curse: Your Curse of the Elements will affect all enemies in a 10yard radius around your target, down from 15.



PTR Class and Set Bonus Issues
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
GC currently (on live) Vampiric Touch don't return mana when hit shielded targets, is this intent? Also, dispelling VT causes it to diminish return itself and Psychic Horror intended as well? I think it devaluate the dispel protection.
The first part (vs. shields) is a bug and now fixed. The second part (the dispel DR) is intended.

the Rogue Assassination ability Venomous Wounds does not currently proc off of absorptions effects;
Also a bug. Most things that proc on an attempt to deal damage should proc if the damage was absorbed.

We finished looking at Seal of Righteousness and Justice. Righteousness we ended up buffing by 50% so it should be a good choice against 4 targets instead of 6.

Justice is much more complicated. It was intended as a PvP seal, but the damage loss is so significant and the snare just not that valuable (which is ironic when you consider Ret's history of not being able to catch things), and Burden of Guilt is there if you really do want to snare. Furthermore, just buffing Justice's damage risks Seal twisting in PvE becoming a thing, where you stack up Censure and then swap to Justice. It could be cool if designed right, but would probably just be annoying. We just don't have much room to buff Justice, and players might still forsake it in PvP.

So, we're going to redesign it and attempt to solve another problem, which is Ret's damage outside of cooldowns (which are quite potent). Justice will now proc (and Judgment will count for the proc) a stacking debuff on the target that increases the damage of your next Templar's Verdict. With 5 stacks, this will be a big hit (but not an insta-gib) and opens up some interesting decisions about how to use Holy Power, such as Inquisition or WoG, if you're trying to hold TV. While Truth + Censure will still do more sustained damage overall, there is a chance Justice will see some situational use in PvE, and we're okay with that. Justice is a Ret-only thing, so it should be a Seal they actually use. It won't snare at all, which I expect some will call a devastating nerf, but again, there's Burden of Guilt if you really need a snare.

Combined with removing the snare, it's a really stupid change that solves none of the issues it was meant to and creates others. It's worse than no change, it's active destruction.
We went through several pages (on this and other forums) of Ret paladins saying they'd never use Justice because Truth is a lot more damage, they have Burden of Guilt if they really need a snare (and our numbers suggest plenty of high-end PvP players take it), and there are enough snares from allies that having an easy-to-apply snare isn't even that important.

Likewise, we had a lot of feedback, principally from Ret paladins, that changing Seals (occasionally - not rotationally) was something they wanted to do. Given that Ret has some problems with burst damage outside of cooldowns, we thought this was a good solution. Truth still does more sustained damage, if sustained is important to you, and has some perks such as being able to do damage to two targets at once or apply an anti-stealth dot.

Now given the size and diversity of our player base, it doesn't surprise me that other players will feel differently and expect that Justice is very important in PvP. We have to make these kinds of decisions all the time where we get competing, often contradictory, feedback.

Check it out when it's available on PTR or when we're able to provide actual numbers and let us know how it feels.

(Having a passive snare for Ret that's available all the time with no damage trade-off is just not something we're going to do. Why not just apply a snare when you enter PvP at that point?)

No more embers on SB killing blows (and it only refunds 1 ember period for the very last SB you used if killed in 5 sec).
We didn't make any intentional change here. It could be a bug.

- if you get blanket silenced and a melee attacks you (rogue's garrote comes to mind), they don't get feared, and you still lose the blood horror buff. So I spend health and a cd for no effect at all. - if a warrior spell reflects, he can successfully reflect blood horror back at the warlock.
Silence shouldn't prevent the horror proc. We'll get that fixed. Warriors can Spell Reflect Nature's Grasp proc, so it seems consistent that they can reflect the Blood Horror proc.

If there are no enhancement buffs after this then they are truly biased.
We asked you not to whine. This is whining. Please don't do it. I don't have a lot of time, so I want to actually get something out of reading this thread, and posts like this just waste my time and that of anyone else trying to read this thread.

My apologies if I sound like a jerk. I'm not going to mention this again.

Currently to maximize DPS Enhance is casting Lightning Bolt before reaching 5 stacks of Maelstorm quite often. This is cause Lightning Bolt does the same amount of damage regardless of how many stacks of Maelstrom you have. As a melee spec I find having to 'stutter step' in order to get casts off is really akward. I was thinking that if Maelstrom Weapon increased the potency of your spells with each stack kind of like how the Healing Storm glyph operates for healing then it would be more favorable to cast an instant spell at 5 stacks as opposed to hard casting prior to the 5th stack.
This is intended behavior. We like that there is some decision about when to use Maelstrom Weapon, and the mechanic has worked this way for some time, possibly always. That said, you don't have to game it. It will be a DPS loss, but not a massive one, if you only use MW at 5 stacks. Do what works for you. Trying to use MW at various stacks to improve your DPS and failing to do so might be lower DPS than always using it at 5 stacks.

That said, HTT swings wildly in the other direction for Restoration due to both Purification and Mastery scaling.
We think this is a legit concern and we're looking at it, but we also want to make really sure any change didn't feel like a massive nerf to Resto, who relies on Healing Tide a lot for group healing. Opening up talent options is important to us, but so is enjoying your class, and big nerfs to talents to make the other choices seem better is a last resort. (Yes, we do it. You don't need to bring up examples of when we've done it. But we don't like to.) It could be that it's not worth the risk of changing, but we are considering how we'd do it.

Any thought on removing preparation all together and lowering the remaining rogue cooldowns. The recent cloak change makes gameplay feel smoother and I'm really digging it.
I don't think we'd remove Prep. Would the design be stronger without Prep and lowered cooldowns? Possibly. But we're convinced what would happen is that all the rogues that love Prep for whatever reason would come out of the woodwork. It's been a core ability forever and all that. Years from now when we did threads asking players what to fix about their class, I'm convinced we'd see "Bring back Prep!" I really don't mean to sound cynical; I'm trying to sound practical.

I know many of you are smart players and you expect all players to be just as logical and objective and see that there is no massive difference between a cooldown that finishes the cooldown or other spells and those spells all having shorter cooldowns. I don't think the reaction would be universal praise though.

If both just do damage, whichever does more wins, which apparently will be Truth.
Sustained damage doesn't count for as much in PvP as being able to land a kill within a narrow window. If you want to have good damage meters at the end of a BG, then Truth may be fine for you (it has other benefits because of the dot as well). If you need to kill someone while their healer is CC'd, then you may not have time to let Censure finish ticking for its full amount.

(The same is true in PvE by the way. Sometimes something needs to die right now.)

I'm fine with switching a seal to snare if I have to, but being forced to spend a talent point for the same mechanic handed to EVERY SINGLE MELEE with zero tradeoff besides maybe a GCD is really irritating.
A GCD is a DPS tradeoff.... Other abilities, like Hamstring, have costs. In any case, we balance classes around their entire package of abilities not single ones. Specs with very good snares often have weaknesses elsewhere.

I made that comment for a very specific reason, which was to try to get players to not lobby for a Seal of Truth-level ability that also snared everyone. And yet, I guess that was a mistake because my making that comment still brought out a lot of lobbying for the very thing I said we weren't going to do.

Can you tell us when you'll start doing PvE adjustments?
Soon? We're actually working on it now. I will try to give you our quick summary of who is likely to go up or down so you can prepare for it before you see the notes or datamining.

Eye of Kilrogg glyph no longer allows you to place your Demonic Circle if the location is out of line-of-sight. Then to make matters worse, it places it at your current player location instead of giving a LoS error, thereby making it even more difficult to replace a soon to expire Demonic Circle that may appear to be in LoS, but actually isn't. Eye of Kilrogg can't even be used in RBGs, yet this was somehow necessary.
We had to implement the nerf to stop some exploits where it was possible to get Demonic Circle in areas that you aren't supposed to path. We didn't want to nerf the mechanic overall and in fact we think we found a compromise where you have to either LoS OR be able to path to the location. That should cut out the exploits while still letting you use Eye to get behind a pillar or something legit.

Believe me, nothing frustrates us more than having to nerf something because of 'sploiters.

A very simple bug to fix that only requires the Meteor to check for the Glider buff or similar things before activating
Things that may seem simple to players are often anything but. That was the case here. (Typically, statements like this are followed with various players trying to tell our programmers how to code, and typically I answer that if you're that awesome at coding, please send us your resume.)

Rapture now reduces the cost of Power Word: Shield by 25% and provides mana equal to 150% (was 200%) of the Priest's Spirit, but no longer benefits from Spirit provided by short-duration bonuses. Really..... a Mana Nerf?????
It wont't feel like a nerf when you consider that PW:S is cheaper and Meditation is now the same as other healers in cases except timing Rapture for use with things like Mana Tide (which is what we call cheesy). We also changed the Disc set bonus in PvP to make Flash Heal cheaper.

Overall, Disc in PvE on live just does not worry about mana the way other healers have to and all are supposed to. PvP is a different story, but the changes above are intended to help fix.

Here is the current PTR Seal of Justice: Fills you with Holy Light, causing melee attacks (and Judgment) to apply Justice to your target. Justice: The attacking Paladin's next Templar's Verdict striking this target will also deal 25% weapon damage as Holy per application of Justice. Stacks up to 5 times. Lasts 15 sec. Undispellable. Using the TV consumes the stack. The Justice proc itself is not affected by mastery, nor is the mastery proc from TV counted for purposes of how hard Justice hits.

We understand the concern that this superficially looks a little like the old Taste for Blood. Taste for Blood was designed to be very random in order to limit the planning the warrior could do and limit its frequency. (It was also off the GCD, a buff rather than a debuff which made it feel even less predictable to the victim, and stackable with other big hits like Heroic Leap.) Justice is designed to be a very predictable mechanic in order to unload some decent damage even when GoaK and wings are on CD. Yes, it will be even bigger when stacked with CDs. Big hits that take a lot of planning and give their target plenty of notification and opportunities to counter are more acceptable than those that come out of the blue.

We also understand the concern that this forces paladins into taking Burden of Guilt if they want a snare. However, that is offset by the data that suggests some (but not all) paladins take Burden today (meaning the cost for taking it isn't too great), but hardly anyone uses the current Seal of Justice today; i.e. most Rets are running around with no snare at all.

On the other hand, if Ret still isn't going to use this new Justice, then there is no reason to change it, and we could just leave it as a dead spell for 5.2.

Is there a reason why Subtlety's Slice and Dice can be refreshed with a weaker (aka shorter) version when Combat's can't (you get the 'more powerful spell active' error)?
That is odd. Neither should be refreshed with a weaker aura. We'll look at it.

Could you guys PLEASE look at Death Knights final tier talents as they are now they are absolutely USELESS in a raid situation Remorseless Winter is an AoE cc that obviously dosent work on a raid boss there immune then there's gorefiends grasp an AoE deathgrip obviously useless in a raid encounter as they are immune to its affects as well then there's Desecrated Ground? i forget the last ones name but boss loss of control mechanics can not be broken by any ability. PLEASE look them over and give one of them something useful to raid boss encounter i feel left out of all the cool level 90 talents.
Originally, they all did damage in addition to their other utility so players would use them in raiding environments. Unfortunately, the damage just overshadowed everything else. Players tried to figure out how to work them into their normal rotations to maximize DPS, and then the utility almost became a liability, because you had to delay the ability (i.e. nerf your DPS) in order to use their utility. We think DK rotations have enough going on that the level 90 talents don’t need to provide say Unholy Prism etc. and the DK level 90 talents as is are still useful. We don’t have many raid bosses these days that don’t come with some kind of add that often does need to be CC’d, and raids still have trash, as do challenge modes.

I don't get the justice change either because at first GC didn't want to buff sustain because it meant buffing burst so now he plans to buff burst which will buff burst even more!?
I think we’re all using terms like “burst” too generically. The more specific problem is that Rets have a couple of really strong cooldowns that they can’t use very often. This leads to the perception that their damage is great with GoaK + Wings and weak outside of it. A few weeks ago (largely through Twitter), I explained that we could drop Wings CD, but then you’re looking at a 10% DPS increase every minute (or something). That means there are more frequent periods of high damage, but it’s a big nerf to having on-demand burst. On the other hand, we don’t want to just buff say Judgment, CS, TV and Exorcism across the board, because then inside of GoaK + Wings, Ret just blows people up. We’re trying to use the new Justice as a shorter cooldown to improve damage outside of GoaK + Wings + trinket. (It also improves damage with GoaK + Wings even more, but only for one hit. You can’t unload with Holy Avenger and the new Justice for example.)

Sweeping Strikes, Cleave, Thunderclap, Whirlwind, and Talented attacks. All vying for a place in AoE.
We treat cleaves (2-3 targets) and AEs (4, 6, 10+) targets a little differently. Because we try to have mostly 2 tank fights these days, cleave situations are a lot more common. Sweeping Strikes and Cleave are for cleaving (and I agree you could argue that Heroic Strike and Cleave aren’t as important for Arms as they used to be). Whirlwind is for actual AE situations. Thunderclap can be used for anything, though you can’t really and wouldn’t want to just spam Thunderclap.

Also, think about how often in PvE you are doing AE vs. doing single-target damage in PvE. I think sometimes all of us (developers included) get too focused on these mythical Patchwerk fights that just don’t happen very often anymore. Increasingly, every spec is going to need an interesting AE rotation because increasingly you’re asked to do a lot of AE. (Channeling Blizzard is not an interesting rotation in our book.)

Look at it this way, you say that 90% or Locks are using sac and that's why it needs to be nerfed, but really the vast majority of those people are playing with Sac becasue they DON"T WANT TO USE A PET.
If you hate pets, take Sac (though I also have to challenge a little bit why you picked a pet class to play in the first place). What we don’t want is for warlocks to take Sac just because it’s a dps increase. The average warlock should have a demon out. If a subset of them do not because they take Sac, we’re okay with that. If very few of them have demons out because a spreadsheet said Sac is a 1% dps increase, then we’re not okay with it.

Do you consider this change to make progression PVE ret's reinstitute seal twisting as mandatory? Or is the debuff going to be mutually exclusive to Censure? Also, "melee attacks" in this case mean CS/HotR, Judgement, and white attacks only, correct? I guess I'm just concerned with how this plays into min/max PVE, esp considering the fact that seals are still on the GCD.
We don’t want to encourage more Seal twisting. We could consider a 20 sec shared cooldown on Seals if we needed to. We’d rather a PvE paladin consider which Seal made more sense for the fight at hand and a PvP paladin use Justice unless they really wanted Censure for some reason (to damage two targets at once or prevent stealth for example). As I said above, we are trying to fix a PvP problem here. If the new idea doesn’t solve that problem and paladins just prefer Truth still and we create a lot of pressure to Seal twist, then we’re doing more harm than good.

Also, is there still a passive damage component associated with SOJ, like the current 16% weapon damage as holy on Live? Or is this new Justice Debuff the only form of damage associate with the seal?
No, there is no passive component. We did that because it let us make the debuff that much larger.

Can you share the proc rate for us? is judgment 100% chance to generate a proc?
The proc rate is 100%, just like Censure. There is no random chance involved.

Will I be able to prevent the application of Judgment stacks with AMS?
It will behave like Censure (Seal of Trurth’s proc), and I don’t believe you can prevent Censure with AMS. I may not be correct with that assumption.

And do i need to state how rediculous this is for combat? its got to the point where the rogues in my guild thought about not popping ar and sb together for combat because of the rediculous nature of our energy situation and that inherently hurts our long term dps because sb wont benefit from the 2-3 cycles/finishers we use during the AR. I Hope all of what i have said makes some sense to you, im not whining here, im simply pointing out a fundemental issue with the 4 piece.
What is the inherent problem with not using Adrenaline Rush and Shadowblades together? Doesn’t that sort of give you two Adrenaline Rushes? If it’s a big DPS loss then that would be a problem, but all it really seems to be doing is changing up your rotation a bit.

What exactly is the intention? Justice for pvp. Truth for pve? Truth for cds or something?
We’d be pretty happy with Justice for PvP, Truth for single target PvE and Righteousness for AE PvE. That was the original MoP design intent, but Justice’s damage is too low, and the dot from Censure does have some PvP benefit. That said, we try not to be too heavy handed with our designs. We give players tools and let them use them creatively, so long as the specs stay relatively balanced and nobody’s rotation becomes stupidly convoluted or numbingly simple. So if players find ways to use Righteousness in PvP or Justice in PvE, we’re okay with that.

Raid & Dungeon Abilities
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
  • Anima Ring Forms several spheres in a circle around the target. The spheres move toward the center of the circle. Enemy targets that touch a sphere will consume it, increasing the damage they take from melee attacks by 100% 200% for 15 sec. This effect stacks. In Heroic Difficulty, touching a sphere also inflicts 250,000 350,000 Fire damage over the duration. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Blazing Sunlight Inflicts 50,000 Inflicts 80,000 Fire damage instantly and 20,000 Fire damage every 1 sec. for 30 sec. Limited to 3 targets. 2 sec cast. 5 sec cooldown.
  • Caustic Gas Inflicts 1,350,000 Inflicts 0 Nature damage split evenly between all enemies within a 30 yard cone. 3 sec cast. 12 sec cooldown.
  • Caw 100 yd range. Instant. Inflicts 300,000 Physical damage to all targets within 8. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Chain Lightning Inflicts 60,000 Inflicts 80,000 Nature damage and jumps to another target within 5 yards. Affects 3 total targets, increasing damage by 50% per jump. 50 yd range. 2 sec cast. 5 sec cooldown.
  • Cheep Inflicts 100,000 Physical damage to all enemies within 0 yards of the target. 200 yd range. Instant.
  • Cheep Inflicts 50,000 Physical damage to the target Limited to 1 target. 500 yd range. 2 sec cast.
  • Choking Mists (New) Chokes an enemy with mist, silencing and pacifying them for 8 sec and inflicting 65,000 Nature damage every second. Limited to 1 target. 2 sec cast. 2 sec cooldown.
  • Corrosive Breath (New) Breathes corrosive gas on all enemies in front of the caster, inflicting 65,000 Nature damage every second for 3 sec. Enemies hit by Corrosive Breath take 25% increased damage from all sources for 15 sec. Instant.
  • Crush Armor (New) Crushes an enemy's armor, increasing the damage they take from all sources by 50% for 18 sec. Melee range. Instant. 5 sec cooldown.
  • Crystal Barbs (New) Shoots crystals at 3 enemies, inflicting 150,000 Physical damage. Limited to 3 targets. 1 sec cast. 5 sec cooldown.
  • Deadly Plague Inflicts 10,000 Inflicts 20,000 Shadow damage every 3 sec. for 5 min. Instant.
  • Deluge Summons a fierce void of water, dealing inflicting Frost damage to nearby enemies. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Disorienting Roar Horridon emits a powerful roar, inflicting 250,000 Physical damage and disorienting all enemies for 3 sec. 2 sec cast. 2 sec. 2 sec cast.
  • Double Swipe Inflicts 200,000 Inflicts 300,000 Physical damage to targets in a 35-yard cone in front of and behind the caster. Instant.
  • Double Swipe Inflicts 200,000 Inflicts 300,000 Physical damage to targets in a 35-yard cone in front of and behind the caster. Instant.
  • Explosive Slam The golem slams the ground, inflicting 200,000 Fire damage to enemies within 12 11 yds. of his target. Enemies struck are seared, increasing the damage of subsequent Explosive Slams for 25 sec. 15 yd range. 2.5 sec cast.
  • Eye Sore 100 yd range. Instant. Inflicts 50,000 Arcane damage to the target every second. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Eye Sore 100 yd range. Instant. Inflicts 125,000 Arcane damage to the target every second. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Feed Pool 100 yd range. Instant. Inflicts 60,000 Nature damage to the target each second. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Feed Young The caster summons forth globules of food for their young. Instant. 5 sec cast (Channeled).
  • Feeding Frenzy (New) Increases attack speed by 10% for each nearby Shale Stalker. Instant.
  • Fireball Inflicts 50,000 Inflicts 100,000 Fire damage. 50 yd range. 2 sec cast.
  • Fungal Explosion (New) Explodes inflicting 100,000 Nature damage to all enemies within 4 yards. Instant.
  • Fungi Spores (New) Covers an enemy in fungal spores, inflicting 35,000 Nature damage to them and their allies within 5 yards every second for 20 sec. Instant.
  • Furious Stone Breath Inflicts 200,000 Nature damage to all enemies every 0.5 sec for 4.5 sec. Costs 100 Fury to cast. Unlimited range. Instant. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Gnawed Upon The caster takes a bite out of the victim inflicting 400,000 physical damage and increasing the damage they take by 100% for 20 sec. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Grow (New) Grows, increasing all damage done by 15%. 1 sec cast. 3 sec cooldown.
  • Infected Talons 100 yd range. Instant. Inflicts 30,000 Nature damage to the target every 3 seconds. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Lightning Nova (New) Summons lightning to blast all enemies within 15 yards for 125,000 Nature damage. 2 sec cast. 3 sec cooldown.
  • Lingering Gaze 100 yd range. Instant. Inflicts 75,000 Shadow damage to the victim every second. 100 yd range. Instant.
  • Living Poison Inflicts 100,000 Nature damage to enemies within 8 4 yards every 1 sec. Instant.
  • Mortal Strike Inflicts 200% Inflicts 300% weapon damage and leaves the target wounded, reducing the effectiveness of any healing by 50% for 8 sec. Requires Melee Weapon. Melee range. Instant.
  • Mutation Instant. Inflicts 50,000 Nature damage and grants a mutation. Instant.
  • Rending Charge Charge the opponent and strike them, causing them to bleed for 20,000 40,000 Physical damage every 1 sec. for 6 15 sec. 6 yd range. Instant.
  • Shale Shards (New) Spits a shale shard at an enemy, inflicting 55,000 Physical damage every 3 sec. for 12 sec. Limited to 1 target. Instant.
  • Siphon Life (New) Drains 100,000 life from all enemies further than 15 yards from the caster. 2.5 sec cast. 3 sec cooldown.
  • Static Burst Jin'rokh the Breaker performs a quick strike, dealing inflicting 100,000 Nature damage to all players. After 3 sec., this applies 10 Static Wound stacks to his current target. Melee range. Instant. 5 sec cooldown.
  • Storm Energy Charges the player, causing them to inflict Nature damage to nearby players. Unlimited range. Instant. 8 yd range. Instant.
  • Touch of the Animus The Dark Animus periodically corrupts a random target, inflicting 70,000 Fire damage every 10 8 sec for the remainder of the encounter. Unlimited range. Instant.
  • Transfusion Defeating any size Anima Golem will cause the Anima that was powering them to flow into the nearest another golem with enough available capacity. Instant. In LFR difficulty, a random golem is chosen. In other difficulties, the nearest golem is chosen. Instant.
  • Ventral Sacs Sacs located around the frill will periodically erupt, inflicting 15,000 20,000 Nature damage to all enemies every 1 sec. Instant.
  • Volatile Mutation Instant. Inflicts 600,000 Nature damage and grants a harmful mutation. Instant.
  • Volatile Pathogen Inflicts 100,000 Nature damage to the target every 1 sec. and summons a Living Fluid. 100 yd range. Instant. 100 yd range. Instant.

The Daily Blink - The History of WoW in One Panel
The Daily Blink has a good summary of the subscriber number dip.

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