Dragonflight Alpha - Build 44895 Models
Dragonflight Alpha Build 44895 added a couple new models.




Patch 9.2.5 Hotfixes - August 2, 2022
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Covenants
  • Kyrian
    • Fixed an issue that allowed Effusive Anima Accelerator's (Forgelite Prime Mikanikos Soulbind) explosion to strike enemies that were not within line of sight of its point of impact, causing players to unintentionally engage enemies through floors and walls.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Fated Raids
    • Fated Castle Nathria
      • Fixed an issue where Raid Finder difficulty was erroneously granting enemies less stats than intended.
    • Fated Powers
      • Reconfiguration Emitter now shows an additional visual effect while immune to damage before the first interrupt to improve its clarity.
  • Mythic+
    • Operation: Mechagon - Workshop
      • King Mechagon
        • Magneto-Arm now scales with the Tyrannical affix instead of the Fortified affix.

Items and Rewards
  • Fixed an issue where Mountebank's Colorful Cloak dropped at the incorrect item level.

Player versus Player
  • The Hyperthread Wristwraps effect has been disabled in Rated Battlegrounds or Arenas.

Quests
  • [NA Realms] Fixed an issue preventing players from receiving credit towards the quest “Crossing Fate.”
    • Developers’ note: We’re working on a fix that will accurately reflect the progress that was made for those affected by the bug. We’ll update the Hotfixes once that fix has been deployed.

Dragonflight Alpha - Shaman Changes
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Hello again, Shamans!

In today’s new build of the Dragonflight Alpha, we have several adjustments to talents in the Shaman Class Tree intended to reduce the overall defensive and mobility kit of Shaman, which has crept up due to the new system allowing for previously impossible combinations. We’re happy with new talent combinations, but the mobility and defensive power in the tree exceeded our target for Shaman, and individual talent power was above budget compared to other classes.

Elemental
We’ve continued to make minor tweaks to the Elemental tree, based on feedback. This week we focused on improvements to Primordial Wave. It’s generally avoided outside of AoE in the current design, so our aim is to improve its overall value in various game modes to increase build diversity.

We attempted to address node pathing pain points for Storm Elemental with Primal Elementalist. There is now a path available towards Primal Elementalist that doesn’t require sinking more than a couple points into talents unrelated to a Lightning-focused build.

Electrified Shocks is an experiment we’re excited about for Icefury in AoE, and we’re continuing to make adjustments to it. We’ve increased the duration of the Icefury buff which should be an overall improvement to its gameplay given the window was previously hard to fit your Frost Shocks in. We’ve also reduced the number of targets hit and increased the duration of the debuff on enemies, as the intent is for there to be weaving gameplay between Chain Lightning and Frost Shock.

Flames of the Firelord is a niche talent, mainly used for PvP or some AoE builds and we felt it best to combine its functionality with Flames of the Cauldron.
Magma Chamber has moved as its generally more versatile than Searing Flames. Its damage bonus has also been increased.
Talent changes for Elemental:

  • Flames of the Firelord has been removed, and its effect is now attached to Flames of the Cauldron.
  • Flames of the Cauldron now reduces the cooldown of Flame Shock by 1.5 seconds and Flame Shock deals damage 15% faster.
  • Icefury buff duration increased to 25 seconds (was 15 seconds).
  • Electrified Shocks makes Frost Shock hit 3 additional targets (was 4), and the debuff duration increased to 6 seconds (was 4 seconds).
  • Magma Chamber Damage bonus increased to 0.7%/1.5% per stack (was 0.5%/1.0% per stack).
  • Tumbling Waves has been removed from Elemental and replaced with Rolling Magma.
  • Rolling Magma causes Lava Burst and Lava Burst Overload damage to reduce the cooldown of Primordial Wave by 0.5/1.0 seconds.
  • Splintered Elements increases Haste by 10% per stack (was 6%).
  • Fire Elemental once again increases the duration of Flame Shock by 100% while active.
  • Coming soon:
    • Heat Wave - Casting Primordial Wave triggers Lava Surge immediately and every 3 seconds for 12 seconds.

Restoration
We also made some adjustments to the Restoration tree to improve accessibility to damage/utility focused talents without needing to talent into throughput.

We’ve swapped Resurgence and Lava Surge to allow for damage-focused builds to not require talenting into increased mana regeneration.

Thanks again for your testing and feedback!

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
The Winds of Wisdom Buff and Timing
Thank you for this feedback. We selected the timing of this buff to specifically benefit players who were preparing for Season 4.

We’re always thinking about when might be the right time to do an XP buff again in the future, and we do not have any immediate plans to announce at this time, but we’ll take this feedback into account when considering future leveling bonus events. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Season 4 Class Tuning
Thank you for the post. We understand your frustration and want to take this opportunity to explain why there won’t be any changes to address the issue in Shadowlands. First, we largely view this as a preferred playstyle issue and not a balance one. Upon reviewing balance across all content formats, we didn’t see any reason to make changes to Havoc specifically. Second, the primary issue that we’re hearing is that some players do not enjoy the playstyle of maintaining Sinful Brand uptime through Eye Beam. We don’t think this point of the expansion is the appropriate time to disrupt players that have made significant investment into playing Havoc this way. However, we acknowledge the feedback you’re giving and we’ll be sure not to bring this particular gameplay forward into Dragonflight. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
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Comments 39 Comments
  1. Kralljin's Avatar
    Great, now give every Gnoll a similiar model.
  1. Loveliest's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Asrialol View Post
    Imagine being this mad because of your own ignorance.
    You can know about it and still be upset. They only added raid and M+ stuff. They should've let the buff be, so people who don't do that have SOMETHING. I myself would've liked the buff to stay too, even if I will do the raid and M+. It's an incentive to level all my alts before DF. Not sure why Blizz thinks everyone likes doing one thing only at a fast pace and nothing else. Now you level, you have two weeks. Now you raid, no leveling.
  1. Ihavewaffles's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Heavens Night View Post
    I'm sorry, but I don't give a fuck about "season4" Whatever the fuck that means. I just wanted to level alts and I will now not be doing that, because without this buff I'm not putting myself through the fucking mindnumbing shitfest that is Shadowlands, again.
    I agree...i have been able to level in every xpac, while bfa had issues, i really liked the zones...but I hate everything about shadowlands n need buff now to get through..
  1. Unholyground's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ezzet View Post
    The buff was for season 4 prep, doesn't matter if you care about season 4 or not. The entitlement is massive here.
    Because of the quality they use in wow it really doesn't take long to make his model, the longest part would be making the textures. This is from somebody who does game design and character design, texturing takes the longest outside of animations.
  1. PingPong's Avatar
    lol they listen about hogger model
  1. talmir's Avatar
    I dont think anyone was hiding the fact that the xp buff was a temporary thing. Did you really think it was permanent?
    seasons are here and you kinda just have to live with it. I imagine that if they were not a thing you'd get these kinds of buffs less than you do now.
    Personally I like the seasons. Keep things from getting stale for me personally.
  1. Rocksteady 87's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kralljin View Post
    Great, now give every Gnoll a similiar model.
    Am I missing something fundamental? All they did was recolor his fur (or more correctly, used a baseline brown one and added some spots) and put some cartoonish ringmail armor on him. He still looks as ridiculous as the new baseline gnolls.

    If it took whatever poor intern artist they dumped that on more than an hour to do that, I'd be genuinely surprised.
  1. Biglog's Avatar
    The xp buff was advertised as only being until the start of season 4, so that wasn't a surprise. Still kind of a goofy decision though since leveling xp is getting mega-nerfed for Dragonflight. There is usually an xp catch-up as part of the pre-expansion event too I guess. So not a big deal, but it does leave this odd gap of a few months where there isn't much alt leveling incentive. Not much sense taking an alt 50->60 when the xp needed is going to go down 90% in a few months, I'll just wait for that.
  1. Kralljin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksteady 87 View Post
    Am I missing something fundamental? All they did was recolor his fur (or more correctly, used a baseline brown one and added some spots) and put some cartoonish ringmail armor on him. He still looks as ridiculous as the new baseline gnolls.
    This model now looks much closer to its HotS version, which in my opinion really nails how a high def version of Gnolls should look like.

    At the very least, they gave this model bigger fangs / teeth, which the previous model was severly lacking.
  1. Frood's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksteady 87 View Post
    Am I missing something fundamental?
    Yes, definitely
  1. Cosmicpreds's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Fullmetal89 View Post
    Why the fuck did they remove the XP buff? I swear being a customer of this fucking company is like being a battered housewife. They start doing great for months then knock you fucking teeth out for no reason.
    ...

    That sounds VERY specific. Are you ok?
  1. Myradin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rocksteady 87 View Post
    put some cartoonish ringmail armor on him.
    He wore cartoonish ringmail armor before too.
  1. Bwgmon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by OokOok View Post
    Record time? considering the hogger outrage happened over a month ago how long do you think it takes for someone to design a couple pieces of clothing and armor? If your answer is anything longer than a day well....low iq
    Two and a half weeks, actually. People at Blizz would've had to see the feedback, propose it be addressed to the higher-ups, have it approved as a high-priority target, and have an artist pulled away from designing assets for new content to make another gnoll variant with 3D armor. That's really not a lot of time for all of that to happen unless they suddenly became extraordinarily efficient.

    They almost certainly had Hogger's new model planned, if it was cobbled together in an attempt to placate people, I guarantee they would've recolored his fur, thrown a 2D armor texture and an existing pauldron model on him and called it a day.
  1. Spey's Avatar
    Well now hogger is such a furry *hore...who could've thought
  1. Otaka's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by OokOok View Post
    Record time? considering the hogger outrage happened over a month ago how long do you think it takes for someone to design a couple pieces of clothing and armor? If your answer is anything longer than a day well....low iq
    If you think it takes a single day to create an HD model (even if its just adding unique clothes, not upscaled) then youre clueless.

    Armchair experts at their finest, you must agree with them or youre low iq.
  1. Rocksteady 87's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Otaka View Post
    If you think it takes a single day to create an HD model (even if its just adding unique clothes, not upscaled) then youre clueless.

    Armchair experts at their finest, you must agree with them or youre low iq.
    If you think that's an HD model that was created from scratch (when all it was was a slight exaggeration of teeth, some spray painted dots, and cheap armor thrown on) that required months of labor-intensive effort, then you're clueless.

    Armchair experts at their finest. You must agree with them or you're low I.Q.
  1. GUZ's Avatar
    idiots...ppl are still preparing for season 4
  1. sephrinx's Avatar
    Remove the "plate" look from the armor on Hogger and he would look good. He looks weird. What kind of gnoll wears a plate vest with chain on it? It's just dumb and ugly.
  1. caninepawprints's Avatar
    It looks like Blizzard got some inspiration from Tremors. The head of that proto-drake looks like the head from the graboids.

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