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Update: Added tonight's hotfixes, which include other Dragon Soul changes. Not all of them will be active until realm maintenance takes place.

Spine of Deathwing Heroic 25 Changes
It seems a hotfix went into effect tonight in the Heroic 25 man version of Spine of Deathwing that reduced the health of the parts of the encounter. We don't have any screenshots to share yet because guilds are being secretive until the boss is down.


  • Burning Tendons health reduced to 39 million, down from 42 million.
  • Hideous Amalgamation health reduced to 30.5 million, down from 34.5 million.
  • Corrupted Blood health reduced to 900k.
  • Corruption health reduced to 2.5 million.
  • Fall damage from canceling parachute removed.


Patch 4.3 Hotfixes: December 12
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Dungeons & Raids
Hour of Twilight
  • Archbishop Benedictus
    • Thrall should no longer despawn when no players are near him after the gauntlet has been completed.
Throne of the Four Winds
  • Al'Akir
    • Wind Burst should no longer knock players back too far.
Dragon Soul
  • Morchok
    • Earthen Soldiers, Ancient Water Lords and Earthen Destroyers now move faster.
    • Morchok's Resonating Crystals should now always target the closest players when they explode.

  • Yor'sahj the Unsleeping
    • Damage done by Forgotten Ones, Void Bolt AOE, and Searing Blood has been reduced on 25-person, Heroic difficulty.
    • Yor'sahj's health has been reduced by 10% on 25-person, Heroic difficulty.

  • Hagara the Stormbinder
    • Hagara’s Frost Shield can no longer be broken by Shattering Throw to avoid her Frozen Tempest phase.

  • Warlord Zon'ozz
    • Disrupting Shadows no longer deals AoE damage or knockbacks when the duration is reduced with Mage Armor on Heroic raid difficulties.

  • Warmaster Blackhorn
    • Shockwave can now be broken by trinkets and other effects that cancel stuns.
    • Blackhorn's Vengeance now accrues at a rate of 1% per 2% of missiong HP on Raid Finder difficulty.
    • After Warmaster Blackhorn is killed, the deck fire on upper decks is no longer present on Heroic difficulty.
    • Warmaster Blackhorn, the Twilight Elite Slayers, and the Twilight Elite Dreadblades are no longer able to attack players while mounted.

  • Spine of Deathwing
    • Blood Corruption: Earth will no longer morph into Blood Corruption: Death when dispelled.
    • Blood Corruption: Earth now applies two stacks of Blood of Neltharion when it expires on 25-player heroic difficulty.
    • The health pools for Burning Tendon, Corrupted Blood, Corruption, and Hideous Amalgamation have been reduced by 6 to 11% for 25-person raids on both normal and Heroic difficulty.
    • Hideous Amalgamations with the Superheated buff no longer pulse their AE damage after being thrown from Deathwing's back.

  • Madness of Deathwing
    • Damage done by Elementium Blast, Corrupted Blood, and Blistering Heat have been lowered on Raid Finder difficulty.
    • This encounter should now complete when all players die after Deathwing has been defeated.
Items
  • Darkmoon Zeppelin should no longer be converted to a Horde Balloon during an Alliance to Horde faction change.

Classes
Druid (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
  • Pounce should now apply its Bleed to targets beyond its normal range when used with the Glyph of Pounce.
  • The Mass Regeneration effect from the Druid Tier 13 bonus now heals 25% of the healing received by the Druid from Frenzied Regeneration, down from 50%. The tooltip will be updated in a later patch

Paladin (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
  • Holy Radiance should now stack properly with Holy Radiance, with all valid targets nearby being properly healed.

Warrior (Forums / Talent Calculator / Skills/Talents)
  • Bladestorm will now properly apply its immunities to spell effects that are in flight when Bladestorm is activated.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Transmogrification Rules
As mentioned in the original post, mailing an heirloom to your alt will strip any transmogrification effect. There was a bug that sometimes prevented this from happening, but it is now fixed. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

LFR 10 Man Size
Having the LFR group size set at 25 allows for a more forgiving experience should errors be made by individual players — after all, we believe Raid Finder groups should be a fun way to experience raid content without feeling too punishing to new or inexperienced raiders.

In regards to the loot issues you mention, such as people winning the same item twice, we're working on a solution for this. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Different Deathwing Endings for Different Difficulty Levels
In terms of storytelling and content accessibility, there isn't a real difficulty. The way we handled Ragnaros was kind of unique, but he's not the final boss of this expansion.

Your idea is quite contrary to our motivation for implementing multiple difficulties. We want as many people as possible to be able to experience the story, while still preserving many of the more prestigious rewards and achievements for those who complete Heroic difficulty. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Why do we have to pay real money for pets/mounts?
Pets and mounts are entirely cosmetic, they don't give you any in-game benefit or edge over others, therefore they're not needed, and the statement that they're "much better" than the ones in the game is completely subjective.

There are some rare pets and mounts in the game that are only obtainable from certain quests or encounters. If you prefer collecting things through the game, you could focus on getting all of those. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blizzard World of Color
Blizzard had their holiday party at California Adventure this year and along with the normal World of Color showing they got a special surprise.



Blizzard Art Gallery Update
The World of Warcraft Cataclysm Art gallery has been updated with six pieces representing the Warcraft universe.



This article was originally published in forum thread: Spine of Deathwing Heroic 25 Changes, Blue Posts, Blizzard Party, Fan Art started by chaud View original post
Comments 128 Comments
  1. Simca's Avatar
    Strange that they nerfed it so quickly - I'd imagine the better solution would have been to wait for heroic guilds to gear up further.
  1. FISKER_Q's Avatar
    Need more World Firsts while Paragon is banned :3
  1. Krekko's Avatar
    Disappointed in the nerfs.Extremely disappointed in the nerfs considering how easy normal is.
  1. pwntus95's Avatar
    Why nerf!? Gaaaah I wanted a longer progressing time..
  1. Zandalarian Paladin's Avatar
    The place isn't cleared yet and the nerfs are already comming. I guess heroic has to be hard =)
  1. freelapdance's Avatar
    25 nerf but not 10? Here come the people with the whole "Blizzard is favouring US 25 man guilds while the EU 25 man ones are still banned!"
  1. Foxtails's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Krekko View Post
    Disappointed in the nerfs.Extremely disappointed in the nerfs considering how easy normal is.
    Just because normal is easy doesn't mean heroic is. it was probably over tuned but we really don't have much information on it.
  1. Zzodiac's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by freelapdance View Post
    25 nerf but not 10? Here come the people with the whole "Blizzard is favouring US 25 man guilds while the EU 25 man ones are still banned!"
    10 men is complete joke... Just check Ultraxion HC and everything will be understandable.

    ---------- Post added 2011-12-13 at 03:22 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Foxtails View Post
    Just because normal is easy doesn't mean heroic is. it was probably over tuned but we really don't have much information on it.
    And yes it is overtuned you were needing like 2-3 Expose phase to kill one plate.
  1. Ryme's Avatar
    Going to hope these nerfs were justified, really hope it's not something that could come with a little time and gear.
  1. Thallidomaniac's Avatar
    FUUUUU! Why couldn't Blizzard keep a boss in it's "impossible" state for once?
  1. Strafer's Avatar
    What's up with that video? Was it smoke that made the video?
  1. jsz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Strafer View Post
    What's up with that video? Was it smoke that made the video?
    Water.

    /10char
  1. Shawaam's Avatar
    God I hate how Blizzard refuse to admit that some players fuck up for people with reason and always label it as "new or inexperienced". I'd pay them extra just to hear them say "New, inexperienced or fucktards".
  1. deftones's Avatar
    Transmogging heirlooms is not fixed, just did it today (mog/mailed/kept enchant on it)
  1. tey's Avatar
    right as the bans expire the intentionally impossible boss is no longer impossible, bans were nothing more than a farce
  1. scdogg44's Avatar
    O man can't wait to see the QQ on this one, but really little to soon, seeing how LFR is out now, no need to nerf seeing how everyone can see the content.
  1. stgeorge78's Avatar
    That conspiracy theory about Blizzard desperately wanting a US 25-man heroic DW kill so they can promote a guild who kisses their ass is starting to make sense. When was the last time you saw them nerf *heroic* content one week into progression? Isn't there like a ton of gear left to get for these guys? They know Paragon will own this without the gear, so they are giving Blood Legion 1 more day freebie boss.
  1. Varyk's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by freelapdance View Post
    25 nerf but not 10? Here come the people with the whole "Blizzard is favouring US 25 man guilds while the EU 25 man ones are still banned!"
    10 man is not as difficult, therefore doesn't require a nerf.
  1. Delete Me's Avatar
    They could of did SO MUCH MORE with World of Color. That was kind of lame.
  1. blgdinger's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwntus95 View Post
    Why nerf!? Gaaaah I wanted a longer progressing time..
    Being one of the few 25 man guilds actually on spine, it's definitely on the very edge of unkillable in its current state. These "nerfs" or "hotfixes" did absolutely nothing to the fight.

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