Update - The patch notes have been updated once again with the resilience changes and more class changes. New additions have been marked in the notes below!

World of Warcraft PTR Patch 4.1 - Updated February 28th
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
  • x - Notes added in the 2nd notes update of the day.

  • Flying mounts can now be used in Ghostlands.
  • x Resilience scaling has been modified for linear returns, as opposed to increasing returns. Under the new formula, going from 30 resilience to 40 resilience gives players the same increase to survivability as going from 0 to 10. Resilience now scales in the same way armor and magic resistances do. A player with 32.5% damage reduction from resilience in 4.0.6 should see their damage reduction unchanged in 4.1. Those with less than 32.5% will gain slightly. Those with more will lose some damage reduction, increasingly so as their resilience climbs.


Death Knight (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
  • x Raise Ally has been redesigned to be a battle resurrection, analogous to Rebirth. It is instant cast, but costs 50 Runic Power to use, and has a 10-minute cooldown. It shares the same global battle resurrection cap with Rebirth and Soulstone.


  • x Frost Strike now deals 130% of weapon damage, up from 110%.
  • x Howling Blast damage has been increased by 20%. To compensate, the area-of-effect splash now does 50% of the single-target damage, down from 60%. The net result of this change leaves the area-of-effect damage roughly the same as 4.0.6 numbers.


Druid (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
  • Cyclone duration has been reduced to 5 seconds, down from 6.
  • Lifebloom's bloom effect has been reduced by 20%. In addition, it now costs 11% of base mana, up from 7%.
  • Stampeding Roar's duration has been increased to 8 seconds, up from 6. The movement speed effect has been increased to 60%, up from 40%.
  • x Swipe (Bear) cooldown has been reduced to 3 seconds, down from 6.


  • x Gift of Nature (passive) also reduces Tranquility’s cooldown by 2.5/5 minutes.

Paladin (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
  • Aura Mastery: This ability no longer increases the benefit granted by Crusader Aura.

Priest (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)


Warlock (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
  • Haunt damage has been increased by 30%.
  • x Shadow Mastery (passive) has been increased to 30%, up from 25%.

  • Mana Feed now restores more mana (four times as much) when the warlock is using a Felguard or Felhunter.

  • Doomguard's damage has been increased by 50%. The Doomguard is intended to be the best guardian for single-target damage, and the Infernal the best when there are multiple targets.
  • x Shadow Bite (Felhunter) damage and effect has doubled.

Warrior (Forums / Cataclysm Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)

  • Juggernaut no longer adds 2 seconds to the Charge stun, but instead lowers the cooldown of Charge by 2 seconds (to 13 seconds total without the glyph).
  • Lambs to the Slaughter now causes Mortal Strike to refresh Rend in addition to its current effects.

  • Flurry haste bonus has been doubled to 16/32/50%.

  • Shield Mastery no longer affects the cooldown of Spell Reflection, however, it now allows Shield Block to reduce magic damage as well.
  • Gag Order now only affects Heroic Throw.


Dungeons & Raids
  • The gold amounts on the following encounters have been substantially reduced: Flame Leviathan, Magtheridon, Gruul the Dragonkiller, Doom Lord Kazzak, and all encounters in Karazhan.

Item Sets
  • x The current damage-dealing death knight 4-piece raid set bonus now also grants increased attack power when Killing Machine triggers, as well as when the death knight gains Death Runes).
  • x The current Holy paladin 4-piece raid set bonus now grants 540 Spirit for 6 seconds after casting Holy Shock.

  • The Focused Assault and Brutal Assault buffs have changed.
    • After 3 minutes of both teams having the flag, both flag carriers will get Focused Assault, which increases damage taken by 10%.
    • Every minute afterward, an additional stack will be applied to increase damage taken by an additional 10%.
    • After 7 minutes, Brutal Assault will be applied in place of Focused Assault. In additional to the damage debuff, this debuff also caps the player's movement speed at 100%. The damage taken debuff works the same and will add 10% to the debuff up to a maximum of 100% damage taken.
  • The Battle for Gilneas
    • Graveyard Changes
      • Players who die at a control point that they own will now be teleported to the next closest graveyard, instead of the one at which they died.
      • If a player's team owns the Mine and Waterworks, and dies at Waterworks, they will be teleported to the Mine.
      • If an Alliance player's team only owns Lighthouse, and dies at Lighthouse, they will respawn at their base.
      • If a Horde player's team owns Waterworks and Mine, and dies at Lighthouse, they will respawn at Waterworks.

Quests & Creatures
  • A handful of quests have been added to Northern Barrens to provide more level 18-20 content. Look for new quests at Nozzlepot's Outpost and Darsok's Outpost.

User Interface
  • Like the Focus Frame, the character Unit and Target Frames can now be unlocked and moved to one's content.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Patch 4.1 Notes - February 28 Update started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 284 Comments
  1. Riavan's Avatar
    Druid heal nerfs? LOL.
    Just making sure there is no druid pvp spec.
  1. tilgare's Avatar
    I like the new "x"s that mark new notes - I think you've finally found the perfect way to mark em. Can't get much clearer than that.
  1. Bahska's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tehfred View Post
    Lol Lifebloom. You will not be missed.
    Its a 4% mana nerf to a spell that gives you back mana you'll probably not even notice, if the bloom is what your talking about L2P you shouldn't be letting it bloom anyway.

    I'll take a Tranq CD reduction over 7% Base mana LB any day

    4% mana or 2X 400k-500k heals to the whole party? Pretty sure anyone would take the Tranq CD reduction, you will probably save the lost mana with a second Tranquility or at least close to it anyway.

    Long story short LB isn't going any where its still our main spell, not to mention the 4 piece tier 11 bonus.
  1. Nielah's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bahska View Post
    Its a 4% mana nerf to a spell that gives you back mana you'll probably not even notice..
    Wait, what?
  1. Beachcomber's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by wakarimas View Post
    More druid nerfs... i wonder which, if not all, dev got pwned by a druid for all this druid hate to even be considered...

    Blizzard is really just full of fail... digging their own grave...
    To be honest, the devs must have gotten their lunch money taken by druids on several occasions. God forbid a class that can actually beat a Frost Mage.

    Not only is cyclone getting toned down, but Starsurge is getting a massive nerf. Starsurge is the only ability we had left that did any real damage and was instant cast. And it was total RNG, 4% proc rate. As a general rule, Boomkins are not viable in arenas because everything they do requires a lengthy cast time. This nerf, couple with the loss of instant roots, is an ongoing slap in the face to druids. Did anyone see masses of boomkins running around in arenas or rated battlegrounds? No, we had to fight for our spots tooth and nail meanwhile teams are taking tons of paladins, death knights, and mages. Sitting there casting Starfire or Wrath or expecting Insect Swarm and Moonfire do meaningful damage is a joke.

    Meanwhile I see no significant frost mage nerfs, and Death Knights continue to get buffed. Warlocks are also seeing significant buffs, stupid Noobguard already did too much damage as it was.

    And just when I'm thinking I might be able to switch to warrior, in come more crazy changes.

    Once again the devs prove that they are completely out of touch with pvp. They've allowed instant cast heals from holy paladins and MELEE CLASSES to dominate the landscape. Honestly, Blizz needs to take a look at their leadership because some of this stuff is ridiculous. Don't even get me started on the changes to Warsong Gulch and Gilneas.

    P.S. And oh no! Blizz found out that people were farming Karazhan for gold. God forbid that people should make gold in game by doing something other than questing. How are PvP'ers supposed to get money?

    Looks like Rift here I come. =/

    Sad Panda[COLOR="red"]
  1. Doritos's Avatar
    i'm sorta disappointed on some of the warrior nerfs, especially the spell reflect nerf but what made me smile a bit was when i saw "Flurry haste bonus has been doubled to 16/32/50%." since i play fury more than arms & prot, but i bet blizz will lower/adjust the haste bonus by the time the patch actually hit :/
  1. Garganzo's Avatar
    As long as my lock and mage aren't hurt, I approve.
  1. ChaosWolf's Avatar
    Aww, no more satisfying CLANG of a shield-bash interrupt... first pally's bubblehearth, now warrior's shield bash. what will be the next famous ability to get axed?
  1. Bahska's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nielah View Post
    Wait, what?
    Lifebloom gives you back mana, Resto Druids have a talent that is linked to keeping Lifebloom up 100% and gives you back mana

    When you periodically heal with your Rejuvenation or Lifebloom spells, you have a 20% chance to instantly regenerate 1%/2% of your total mana. This effect cannot occur more than once every 12 sec.

    In addition, you also grant Replenishment when you cast or refresh Lifebloom.

    Replenishment - Grants up to 10 party or raid members mana regeneration equal to 1% of their maximum mana per 10 sec. Lasts for 15 sec.

    Replenishment also works on the Druid, not just the rest of the party.

    When you keep LB up, Replenishment never drops off.

    This is also why Int is are best stat, and why you'll see resto druids with crazy high mana pools.
  1. pilvio's Avatar
    I think is better to nerf aoe on boomkin not overal / single target... 5% damage drop on recent nerf and now 20% starsurge... ridiculous
  1. Demonidze's Avatar
    the druids nerfs are painfull indeed, but imho they nerfing too much here, so buff incoming next PTR build.
  1. Solzan Nemesis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by chrth View Post
    You missed:


    •Flying mounts can now be used in Ghostlands.
    I hope that also means Eversong and Quel'Danas /hope
  1. Xaarn's Avatar
    Lifebloom nerfs... nasty!
  1. darkthunder's Avatar
    Gotta say, i'm glad I took a break from WoW a month and a half ago. Reading some of these comments, really is frightening, on the level of stupidity of some people.

    Yes, there are nerfs to some. Yes, there are buffs to some. It's an MMO. Things change in MMOs. Deal with it. Can't deal with it? Quit, or adapt.

    And even though I'm not actively playing anymore, I do like some of the new DK changes. Not that they necessarily needed much changing (DK main), but still pretty nice. The level of "fail" on some people here, in regards to the revamped "Raise ally", is astonishing. It says in clear text that the ability is being changed to function "like Rebirth". Does Rebirth turn you into a ghoul? No. So why would Raise Ally do that? The ghoul thing was nice the first few times, but in general a pointless feature to the spell. Better to bring back the player as his own character, and not a ghoul, and get some use out of the player instead.
  1. Nielah's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Bahska View Post
    Lifebloom gives you back mana // Replenishment
    Should of said replenishment, got too nostalgic about the bloom tickout returning mana. :<<<<
  1. shekspeare's Avatar
    buff, nerf, buff, nerf, buff, nerf, buff, nerf...
    they dont even know, what they do and what we need. their testers smoke and drunk, and need to be quite.
    all classes becomes clones of each other with removing of every ability and utility. one-buttons-spam-bots for 12-years kids - there how we all will be...
  1. Bahska's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nielah View Post
    Should of said replenishment, got too nostalgic about the bloom tickout returning mana. :<<<<
    Yeah i should have, bad wording on my part.
  1. Merylyan's Avatar
    Raise Ally has been redesigned to be a battle resurrection, analogous to Rebirth. It is instant cast, but costs 50 Runic Power to use, and has a 10-minute cooldown. It shares the same global battle resurrection cap with Rebirth and Soulstone.
    Arrrrh, stop with combat rezes, I'm sick of paying repair bills 2 times per fight !
  1. Southern's Avatar
    Inner Will and Inner Fire now last until canceled.

    O M G!! Y E S!! Priests got a buff!

    x Power Word: Barrier's cooldown has been increased to 3 minutes, up from 2, and its effect has been reduced to 25%, down from 30%.

    O M G!! I spoke too soon. Oi Blizz do us a favour and give guilds a reason to want to take a disc priest into 10man Cata raids...it's getting lonely out here in the cold, since that poor chicken - errr boomie - is already frozen and doesn't talk back anymore....
  1. assilley's Avatar
    i want to know the reasons why the druid nerfs are such. i do 2s on my boomkin.. against a melee.. i might be lucky to get off a wrath/starfire cast and then interupted.. spell locked for a few seconds.. try casting again with small casting delays in which time they have been topped off by a healer.

    really blizz.. really....

    imo the need to introduce a second set of talent trees.. pvp versions of trees.. because right now there is way to much qq because a class who is to OP in pvp gets nerfed and it affects their pve performance when it may not have been great. players would still be only allowed to select their 2 trees but it would also open up the oppurtunity to add more unique raid utility to different classes

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