Upcoming Shards of Domination Set Bonus Buffs
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Hotfixes - July 30, 2021

Items and Rewards

  • Shards of Domination
    • [With weekly maintenance in each region] Blood Link – The damage and healing amount has been increased at all ranks by 20%.
    • [With weekly maintenance in each region] Winds of Winter – The amount of damage and healing stored by the Winds has been increased at all ranks by ~45%.
      • Developers’ note: The difference between the three Rune Words for the Shards of Domination system is bigger than we want it to be. We have identified and fixed a bug in Winds of Winter which was preventing some damaging and healing abilities from counting towards its total, and we have retuned Winds of Winter and Blood Link so that the relative power between Rune Word bonuses is more balanced.
  • Jotungeirr, Destiny’s Call will now reset its cooldown at the end of boss encounters.
  • Fixed an issue where Ticking Sack of Terror could trigger more than intended in the presence of multiple trinkets.

Spit Emote Removed on TBC Classic PTR
The /spit emote has been removed on the Burning Crusade Classic PTR. Players can no longer target others with the emote, however they can still spit on the ground.

It is speculated that this change is a result of people spamming /spit on players riding the Reawakened Phase-Hunter mount, the reward for purchasing the Burning Crusade Deluxe Edition.



Lead Game Designer Jeremy Feasel tweeted that he's having a look at cleaning up toxicity in the game, so this could be one of many changes to come.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Upcoming Shards of Domination Set Bonus Buffs, Spit Emote Removed on TBC Classic PTR started by Lumy View original post
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  1. Garretdejiko's Avatar
    Will this be the first thread where Asmon is mentioned and people won't be able to rage?
    Btw, he's most likely being sarcastic
  1. Voidwielder's Avatar
    Can't tell if that Bald One comment is sarcastic or sincere, considering he was one of the many who promoted it when 6-month sub mounts started happening.

    It's a futile gesture and Muffinus has it all backwards. They truly do not understand the issues this game has. /spit in Classic is a consequence of bad decision making. Not inherent toxicity in the player base. In any case, people will use /fart, /pick and /slap emotes now. Are they going to sterilize the game from that as well? Might as well disable all chat functions then.
  1. Tietoso's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Voidwielder View Post
    Can't tell if that Bald One comment is sarcastic or sincere, considering he was one of the many who promoted it when 6-month sub mounts started happening.

    .
    Thats a lie, it was Mconnell who did it.
  1. Voidwielder's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tietoso View Post
    Thats a lie, it was Mconnell who did it.
    There are literal VODs of the Bald One encouraging it.
  1. Clozer's Avatar
    Anti-Toxicity tech. Ah yes.

    Step 1: Remove /spit
    Step 2: Remove any group content
    Step 3: Remove any chat functionality
    Step 4: Make it a 100% single-player game

    If they don't end up with Step 4 this game will always have toxicity issues. Removing the spit emote will change NOTHING.
  1. Nathreim's Avatar
    Changing things that have nothing to do with the allegations so look like they are doing something.
  1. Railander's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Voidwielder View Post
    In any case, people will use /fart, /pick and /slap emotes now. Are they going to sterilize the game from that as well? Might as well disable all chat functions then.
    seems like that's exactly the case.
    although i for the first time really don't think WoW is climbing out of this one anyway.
  1. daytonbrown's Avatar
    LOL you can kill another player, you just can't spit on them!
  1. chorx's Avatar
    I want to say something that hasn't been said a million times about the ridiculousness of removing /spit. Why doesn't blizzard just move forward with removing chat altogether. The real play is when they just get rid of other people altogether. The anti-toxcicity nuclear solution. I'd find some weird pleasure in seeing JAB spammed with /spit on twitter.
  1. TheRevenantHero's Avatar
    "A lot of the flirt lines are super sexual. Should we remove some?"
    "Lmao no just disable the spit emote."

    I can't tell if Blizzard is trolling or if they think this is a change people wanted.
  1. Biomega's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by daytonbrown View Post
    LOL you can kill another player, you just can't spit on them!
    Because the parameters are different. You're not ACTUALLY killing anyone - they come back to life immediately, no harm done. But the emotional damage done by toxic behaviors has real and lasting consequences. Characters dying in-game does not.

    This isn't about what's being done to CHARACTERS, it's about what's being done to PLAYERS.
  1. Video Games's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Biomega View Post
    Because the parameters are different. You're not ACTUALLY killing anyone - they come back to life immediately, no harm done. But the emotional damage done by toxic behaviors has real and lasting consequences. Characters dying in-game does not.

    This isn't about what's being done to CHARACTERS, it's about what's being done to PLAYERS.
    I have seen people put their heads through walls when they die in a game. People emotionally hurt by a game need professional help immediately.
  1. steellz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Biomega View Post
    Because the parameters are different. You're not ACTUALLY killing anyone - they come back to life immediately, no harm done. But the emotional damage done by toxic behaviors has real and lasting consequences. Characters dying in-game does not.

    This isn't about what's being done to CHARACTERS, it's about what's being done to PLAYERS.
    are you for real?......if being emoted on in a game causes RL problems, maybe you shouldn't game for gaming sake.
  1. khazmodan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nathreim View Post
    Changing things that have nothing to do with the allegations so they look like they are doing something.
    THIS IS EXACTLY RIGHT, hey players, look over here at these villains that are not being shills for Blizzard and see how we get rid of there brief moment of protest.
  1. kevincuomo's Avatar
    Damage control.... pathetic
  1. Voidwielder's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Biomega View Post
    Because the parameters are different. You're not ACTUALLY killing anyone - they come back to life immediately, no harm done. But the emotional damage done by toxic behaviors has real and lasting consequences. Characters dying in-game does not.

    This isn't about what's being done to CHARACTERS, it's about what's being done to PLAYERS.
    The way I see it, Shop connoisseurs make in-game tickets that go something like ''I was /spit on because I ride my 25 Euro mount and I don't like it'', that goes through GM's to the bean counters and the bean counters value their Shop connoisseurs more than the vast majority of the player base.
  1. bledgor's Avatar
    I like how people are complaining about spit being gone, but not the toxic/bullying behavior that people were using it towards. You ever wonder were the negative behavior of blizzard came from? It didn't manifest out of the blue, its endemic of the video game community at large. How many games have "cancerous" communities? A lot, think a lot of us need to look in the mirror and realize there's a lot of work that needs to be done on the home front before we start throwing rocks.
  1. khazmodan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Biomega View Post
    Because the parameters are different. You're not ACTUALLY killing anyone - they come back to life immediately, no harm done. But the emotional damage done by toxic behaviors has real and lasting consequences. Characters dying in-game does not.

    This isn't about what's being done to CHARACTERS, it's about what's being done to PLAYERS.
    congratulations on your going over 9000 shill score...
  1. shimargh's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by TheRevenantHero View Post
    "A lot of the flirt lines are super sexual. Should we remove some?"
    "Lmao no just disable the spit emote."

    I can't tell if Blizzard is trolling or if they think this is a change people wanted.
    that is just because they feel it's for them, if this would really affect players -or employees.- it wouldn't matter to them.

    "No king rules forever", remember?
  1. Voidwielder's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bledgor View Post
    I like how people are complaining about spit being gone, but not the toxic/bullying behavior that people were using it towards. You ever wonder were the negative behavior of blizzard came from? It didn't manifest out of the blue, its endemic of the video game community at large. How many games have "cancerous" communities? A lot, think a lot of us need to look in the mirror and realize there's a lot of work that needs to be done on the home front before we start throwing rocks.
    Toxicity is an emerging property of bad laws/designs in online games. Take M+ for example - the fact that it's time constrained, high risk, high stress environment paired with social anonymity means people have little to no accountability for fucking someone over and getting away with it. I was the black sheep on my realm for weeks because I ninja'd Hourglass in TBC 14 years ago.

    They promised never to introduce something like that mount or level boost in Classic WoW. And they did. And they don't care about the backlash and what people thought of it. They went ahead with it. They were the ones /spit on the Classic community. But there's no way to /spit back on Blizzard without flipping the table and walking away (as MadSeason did). So (few) players /spit on people who ride that mount. That's a consequence of Blizzard being stupid and bad towards their own player base.

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