Update - Added Cataclysm Hotfixes - Updated Jan. 3 at the bottom of the post, keeping the Tol Barad announcement on top a little more because of how ridiculously important it is.

Tol Barad Honor Change + Bridge Exploit
The good old days are over, sorry guys!
Originally Posted by Zarhym (Blue Tracker)
As you’re probably aware by now, an update was applied to Tol Barad shortly before the holidays which granted the attacking side 1800 Honor Points for a victory. While the goal with that change was to provide more incentive for the attacking forces to claim victory, it ultimately led to an undermining of the spirit of competition in Tol Barad. We’ve just applied a hotfix which has lowered the attacking faction’s gain to 360 Honor Points for a victory. The defending faction will still earn 180 Honor Points for a victory.

We appreciate all of your feedback regarding this change. We'll continue working to make Tol Barad a fun and engaging PvP environment.

Whats the word on the bridge exploit?
We're working on a fix for this right now.

Update Cataclysm Hotfixes - Updated Jan. 3
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Here you will find a list of hotfixes that address various issues related to the release of patch 4.0.3a and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. While many have already been deployed on all realms, some may not be implemented until the next time your realm is restarted. We will continue to update this thread in the days ahead as additional hotfixes are applied.

January 3
Mage (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Flame Orb and Frostfire Orb no longer break any version of Polymorph.

Paladin (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Beta Skills/Talents)
  • Righteous Fury is now unable to be dispelled.
  • The Strength bonus from the Retribution version of Guardian of Ancient Kings now applies its bonus based on total Strength instead of just base Strength.

Dungeons & Raids
Bastion of Twilight
  • It was sometimes possible for Arion to instantly Chain Lightning the targets affected by Lightning Rod, with no time for them to react. This has been corrected.
  • If one of the three most distant targets from Ignacious was 20 or fewer yards away and Ignacious picked that target for Inferno Leap, the spell would fail entirely, but the cooldown would be consumed. Inferno Leap can now be cast on players 20 yards or fewer away from Ignacious.
  • The Elementium Monstrosity will now prefer ranged targets to melee targets with its Electrical Instability beams. If there are more beams active then there are ranged targets present, then the beams will start hitting melee targets.
  • Flame Destruction cast during the Cho'gall encounter now does approximately 30% more damage per stack on Heroic difficulty.

Blackwing Descent
  • Sonar Pulse is now spawned on top of Atramedes' current location and will spawn regardless of where Atramedes is tanked. In addition, Sonar Pulse now idles for 1 second after being cast before they move away from their spawn location.
  • It is no longer possible to use immunities to reset a player's sound bar while fighting Atramedes.
  • Atramedes' Sonic Breath now properly ignores line of sight.
  • Spirit of Ironstar's Shield of Light was taking too long to break and now absorbs less damage.

  • Divine Shield prevents all damage from the Sparks in the Mechanical Nightmare.
  • The Foe Reaper 5000 will not cast Harvest on players more than 70 yards away.

Grim Batol
  • Trogg Dwellers which cannot be reached by players via legitimate means no longer award experience or drop loot if killed.

Lost City of the Tol'vir
  • Lockmaw's Frenzied Crocolisks have learned how to swim! In addition, Vicious Poison was doing too much damage and has been reduced slightly.

Throne of the Four Winds
  • Players now receive credit for the achievements Heroic: Conclave of Wind or Throne of the Four Winds if they are dead when the encounter is defeated.
  • It is no longer possible to fully resist Wind Burst from Al'Akir, avoiding all damage and knockback.
  • Al'Akir's Static Shock has been changed from a damage-over-time spell with interrupts on ticks (10-second cooldown), to a direct-damage interrupt spell (5-second cooldown).

  • Bloodthirsty and Vicious Gladiator's Chain Gauntlets had incorrect bonuses attached. Their bonuses now correctly reduce the cooldowns on regular traps and launched traps by 2 seconds.
  • Bloodied Wyrmhide Gloves no longer have any expertise rating on them, and now grant Spirit instead.

  • Select Archaeology nodes and dig sites have been updated to ensure the Map listings are correct and the nodes properly spawn within the dig sites.

  • The cooking daily quest Chef's Awards no longer have a limit to how many players can hold at one time. Please note that the user interface will still say a maximum of 10 Chef's Award currency can be possessed until a client-side patch can be applied, but players can accrue more than 10.

  • Tailors with 400 skill or higher should now receive additional cloth drops 50% of the time from anything that drops cloth, up from 25%.

  • Baradin Guards now correctly attack Horde players which enter their aggro radius or attack them.
  • Tol Barad now awards 360 Honor Points for winning as the attacking faction, down from 1800. Further details can be found on our forums.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Tol Barad Honor Change + Bridge Exploit started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 259 Comments
  1. anaalius's Avatar
    About time! hope they do something about balance tho
  1. Renwin's Avatar
    Well, that was to be expected. I guess it'll be back to the lottery of getting in there when the bridge exploit is fixed.
  1. greyghost's Avatar
    Now Blizzard needs to step up and balance the damn place instead of yanking around reward numbers -- considering that this simply makes TB ownership one-sided again.

    They need to face it -- the 'win-trading' that servers had going on was essentially trying to emulate the ideal environment for Tol Barad: high ownership turnover so that both factions have ample opportunity to complete the daily quests and reap the other miscellaneous benefits.

    Edit: ABOUT ****ING TIME about the Alliance Tol'Barad guards. Nothing infuriated me more about having 20 horde just standing around in your base, spamming emotes at you and standing on top of the quest NPCs and nothing being done about it. Also the whole "there's a giant group of Horde waiting to kill you in your own base as you attempt to leave TB after yet another failed attack" thing was ridiculous.

    I can't believe it took them THAT LONG to fix that. Maybe Blizzard was just assuming reports about it was QQ due to the absolute ridiculousness of such a bug.
  1. mmoc9fefee826e's Avatar
    >We'll continue working to make Tol Barad a fun and engaging PvP environment.

    Waiting WEEKS for a simple change from domination to a point based system.
    yeah. that's fun blizz.
  1. La's Avatar
    Yay now I don't have to go there again anymore.
  1. Duilliath's Avatar
    Figures - just a damn shame about the imbalance it created between those that got in and those that didn't. 30 honour for a 20 minute BG vs 1800 for a 5 minute TB? Ye, I know which is the easier way to pile on the PvP gear.
  1. koimagheul's Avatar
    that was to be expected but... what attacking side lacks is not incentive :/
  1. mmoc9ef4ece8ed's Avatar
    The extra honor thing was good in the sense that it meant both sides actually got to see the inside of Baradin Hold once in a while.
  1. ControlledBurn's Avatar
    And the balancing problems remain unchanged. Fixing Tol Barad isn't that hard, set the attackers win conditions as taking all 3 towers for an instant win OR holding 2/3s of the towers when time expires to prevent the turtling defense strategy.
  1. meroko's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Busta View Post
    C'mon Man. Who's the damn faggot who fuckin cried about the the Honor Points. Fuckin bitches lol!!!
    enjoy your ban ;/
  1. exile166's Avatar
    Glad I already got all my pvp gear.
  1. mmocab3a46fee3's Avatar
    So it only took them about a week to understand that giving 1.8k honor for a victory to encourage wintrading will not fix how ridiculously biased towards defense Tol Barad is?
  1. mmoc80b4268b57's Avatar
    Finally, a much needed hotfix :-)
  1. Scot's Avatar
    TB is a joke. At least with 1800 honor it was an amusing joke.
  1. mmoc80b4268b57's Avatar
    A step in the right direction :-) Now they just have to fix the entire battle, and we're good :3
  1. stevncolbear's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by meroko View Post
    enjoy your ban ;/
    enjoy your stfu
  1. Nathiest's Avatar
    GOOD! what where they thinking with that 1800hp other then Merry Christmas.
  1. mmoc586e3b8dfe's Avatar
    Good news !
  1. Vasz's Avatar
    Exploit early, exploit hard.
  1. Siph's Avatar
    Bring back tenacity so I can do TB.

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