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Shadow Priest Changes 11/28/2017
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With the next weekly maintenance, we'll be shifting around some of Shadow Priests' damage sources with the goal of improving their AOE damage performance in short-duration multitarget situations - namely dungeon trash packs.

The nature and lifetime of dungeon trash packs makes it hard for Shadow Priests to ramp up to their full damage potential as part of their rotation. These changes should improve that situation, with a mostly neutral effect for overall performance in longer-duration raid fights.

  • Void Eruption
    • No longer deals a separate damage event for each of your Shadow Word: Pain or Vampiric Touch on each target. Instead, deals a single damage event to all targets that have EITHER your Shadow Word: Pain or Vampiric Touch.
    • Void Eruption damage increased by 700%
  • Shadow Crash
    • Cooldown reduced to 20 sec. (down from 30 sec)
    • Insanity generation increased to 20. (up from 15)
    • Missile speed increased by 60%.
  • Mind Sear (Passive)
    • Damage increased by 50%.
  • Heart of the Void (Legendary)
    • Increases Void Eruption’s damage by 75% (down from 300%) and heals you for 25% (down from 40%) of the damage done.
    • Developers Note: This is compensation for the Void Eruption buff. The overall effect is mostly neutral.
  • Shadow Word: Pain/Vampiric Touch
    • Damage reduced by 4%.
    • Developers Note: This is compensation for the Void Eruption buff in extended fights.

Patch 7.3.2 Hotfixes - November 21
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Dungeons and Raids
  • Siege of Orgrimmar
    • Paragons of the Klaxxi and Siegecrafter Blackfuse are much better hosts and no longer lock their doors if you leave the raid early.

Items
  • Death Knight: Dreadwake Armor
    • Frost
    • Unholy
      • 2-piece bonus now deals 35% of direct damage (was 25%) from Death Coil over 4 seconds.

  • Demon Hunter : Felreaper Vestments
    • Havoc
      • 4-piece bonus now increases haste by 15% (was 40%) for 8 seconds.

  • Druid: Bermantle Battlegear
    • Balance
      • 4-piece bonus now increases the damage of Moonfire and Sunfire by 20% (was 10%) for 6 seconds.

  • Hunter : Serpentstalker Guise
    • Beast Mastery
      • 4-piece bonus now reduces the cooldown of Aspect of the Wild by 1.5 seconds (was 2.0 seconds).
    • Survival
      • 2-piece bonus now increases the critical strike damage of your next Raptor Strike by 100% (was 50%) within the next 20 seconds.

  • Mage: Runebound Regalia
    • Arcane
      • 2-piece bonus now increases your damage by 2% (was 4%) for 8 seconds per Arcane Charge spent.
      • 4-piece bonus now has a 10% chance (was 8%) to increase your haste by 15% (was 20%) for 6 seconds.
    • Fire
      • 4-piece bonus now increases your critical strike damage by 10% (was 12%) while Combustion is active.
    • Frost
      • 2-piece bonus now increases the damage of Flurry by 15% (was 25%) for each successive ice bolt.
      • 4-piece bonus now increases the damage of your next Ice Lance by 20% (was 25%).

  • Monk: Chi’Ji’s Battlegear
    • Brewmaster
      • 4-piece bonus now reads, “Every time you dodge an attack, the remaining cooldown of Breath of Fire is reduced by 1.0 sec.”
    • Windwalker

  • Paladin: Light’s Vanguard Battleplate
    • Retribution
      • 2-piece bonus now increases the damage of Judgment by 40% (was 60%).

  • Priest: Gilded Seraph’s Raiment
    • Shadow
      • 4-piece bonus now increases the critical strike chance of Mind Flay, Void Bolt, and Mind Blast by 0.5% (was 1%) per stack of Void Form.

  • Rogue: Regalia of the Dashing Scoundrel
    • Assassination
      • 2-piece bonus now increases the critical strike chance of Deadly Poison and Wound Poison by 60% (was 15%) for 6 seconds.
      • 4-piece bonus now has a chance to grant 2 Energy (was 4 Energy) when your Deadly Poison or Wound Poison critically strikes.
    • Outlaw
      • 2-piece bonus now increases the damage of your next Run Through by 15% (was 5%), stacking up to four times.
      • 4-piece bonus now has a 16% chance (was 12%) to grant you a random Roll the Bones effect, that is not already active, for 10 seconds.
    • Subtlety
      • 4-piece bonus now has a 3% chance (was 5%) to grant Shadow Gestures when using Gloomblade, Backstab, and Shadowstrike.

  • Shaman: Garb of Venerated Spirits
    • Enhancement
      • 2-piece bonus now has a 30% chance (was 15%) to increase the damage of your next Rockbiter by 100%.
      • 4-piece bonus now causes the target to take 15% (was 10%) increased Fire and Nature damage from your attacks for 4.50 seconds after using Rockbiter.

  • Warlock: Grim Inquisitor’s Regalia
    • Affliction
      • 4-piece bonus now increases Corruption, Siphon Life, and Agony damage by 10% for 8 seconds (was 6 seconds).
    • Destruction
      • 2-piece bonus now increases the critical strike chance of Incinerate by 40% (was 20%).

  • Warrior: Juggernaut Battlegear
    • Arms
      • 2-piece bonus now increases your critical strike damage by 7% (was 10%) after using Colossus Smash.
      • 4-piece bonus now increases the damage and critical strike chance of your next Whirlwind or Slam by 12% (was 15%), stacking up to three times.
    • Fury
      • 2-piece bonus now causes the target to bleed for an additional 18% (was 30%) of the direct damage dealt by Rampage, over 4 seconds.
      • 4-piece bonus now increases the damage of your Rampage by 25% (was 75%) for 8 seconds.

Events
  • WoW’s 13th Anniversary
    • Anniversary boss bonus rolls now reward Artifact Power instead of gold if you do not receive an item.

World of Warcraft 13th Anniversary Art Contest
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
It’s been 13 epic years since the World of Warcraft opened its doors to millions of heroes! To commemorate the occasion, we’re asking you to bring forth your talents to capture your favorite, themes, places, or moments from World of Warcraft.

Let the very spirit of Azeroth herself inspire your creativity to create a piece of artwork using pens, pencil, paints, or your favorite art program. You could win one of the following items:

First Place: Illidan Statue, choice of one (1) Elekk plushie or one (1) Raptor Plushie, and one (1) World of Warcraft Classic Hoodie in the winner’s size.

Runner-Ups: Ten qualified entrants will be chosen to receive a choice of one (1) Elekk plushie or one (1) Raptor Plushie, and one (1) World of Warcraft Classic Hoodie in the winner’s size.

Entries can be submitted during the period of November 16 through November 30, 2017 to communitycontestsna [AT] blizzard.com. Each submission must be a high-resolution JPEG file of no more than 5MB in size to be considered for the contest. A submission must be your original work, and cannot include, in whole or part, any previously created work.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
RP Realm Rules
Sorry guys for not catching this a bit sooner but I did want to reply to this.

Since it hasn't been stated recently that I can find anywhere I just wanted to reassure you guys that the usual rules as well as the subset of rules for RP servers still applies. So if you're being harassed by players or seeing players with non RP names that are clearly ridiculous, please report them. We rely on player reports so as long as you are reporting these players our lovely Game Masters can investigate.

While I love seeing the passion and influx that Project 60 has brought on and sparked into the community, its important to be respectful of players on these RP servers who are there because it is their place to have an RP focused community (hence the subset of RP server rules and server designation)."

I want to add an additional clarification that the naming rule is really the only thing that is separate from RP to other servers, and the rules on harassment are universal regardless of server type.

The blame is not on the Project 60 community itself and most of the people running it have not endorsed any harassment and have been encouraging the opposite. I would attribute any sort of harassment/negative behavior to be an outlier and someone that would probably be doing it anyway even if it wasn't for the Project 60 influx. If you encounter this please just report it so our Game Masters can look into it. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

World of Warcraft Arena - World Champions Crowned at BlizzCon 2017!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Miss any matches? Forget the final? Wonder who won? Look no further! We have all the action from the Arena World Championship world finals at BlizzCon 2017 right here.

Want the TL;DR? Watch the Recap Video



How Champions Are Made
In the opening week, ten teams descended on Anaheim in the run-up to the finals, with two teams eliminated on day one.

Panda Global took down Rockets Eclipse with relative ease, to be met by defending world champions Method: Triforce. Panda Global were on fire, with the fever-pitch energy of the crowd fanning the flames. They beat the champions 3-1 in the semi-final to win their place in the final.

EU vs NA

Across the bracket, the top-seeded North America team—Method Synergy—faced Europe’s second seeded team, ABC. ABC’s tried and tested formula of Alec on Mage and Niksi on Rogue, seen the previous year, worked like a charm taking down NA’s #1 team 3-2.

ABC Easy As 123…4
The finals in 2017 were once again NA vs EU. The comeback kids on Panda Global looked a little shaky and struggled to hold form, testing the limits of their passionate fans’ patience and creating a tense, exciting atmosphere throughout the arena. Sensing victory, ABC took full control; beating Panda Global in a nail-biting set of games 4-0—earning them their rightful place in World of Warcraft Arena history.

Congratulations to ABC: World Champions!


For more information on all our esports events, including announcements about our upcoming tournaments, head to our dedicated esports site for all the gory details. See you soon!
This article was originally published in forum thread: Tier 21 Hotfixes, 13th Anniversary Art Contest, Blue Posts, Arena World Champions started by chaud View original post
Comments 38 Comments
  1. Crissi's Avatar
    Watching the arena finale in person was fun. Poor Panda Global...
  1. Zephre's Avatar
    Haha those WW monk changes, time to tell my GM I'm sick of being shit on by mediocre design from a team of degenerates who ignore feedback and yes I am 100% absolutely salty AF. \o/
  1. Zabatakis's Avatar
    Monks are justified in their salt at this point. I don't even play one but I am not blind to their plight.
  1. Soder's Avatar
    Well, i guess Havoc DH's are off to farm ToS for titanforged so they can have a decent tier lol and maybe they are lucky to be usefull in Antorus
  1. Rilec's Avatar
    It feels like Blizzard is working really hard to make all of the set bonuses weak and uninteresting.
  1. Varolyn's Avatar
    This is actually a nice buff for assassination, but the spec still needs a blanket buff imo.
  1. Alayea's Avatar
    If Blizzard actually wanted to fix shadow priests' issue with dungeon and raid trash, they would change Mind Sear back to an actual ability rather than a garbage passive.

    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    WoW’s 13th Anniversary
    * Anniversary boss bonus rolls now reward Artifact Power instead of gold if you do not receive an item.
    Find it mildly amusing that it took them almost a week to document that hotfix.
  1. Tehterokkar's Avatar
    Blizz logic: Hunters aren't going to use T21... Let's nerf it!
  1. MasterHamster's Avatar
    I suppose that the tier set bonuses we've seen in Legion actually was for phasing out tier sets come BfA. The Legion tier bonuses are so horrendously uninteresting.
  1. Senshenzu's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MasterHamster View Post
    I suppose that the tier set bonuses we've seen in Legion actually was for phasing out tier sets come BfA. The Legion tier bonuses are so horrendously uninteresting.
    Its because they would rather not have to work and make unqiue ideas. They would rather not have to make individual class themes, and instead make one transmogable set for each kind of gear. IE Cloth,Leather,Mail,Plate. Its a joke, how pathetic this dev team is. They literally time gate content that is already there and call it new. Even worse are the morons who play the game. Yes lets pay 15 a month on top of a 60 dollar expansion. The player base is so stupid they cant even see how moronic they are. Doing random nerfs and buffs last second, isnt them fixing the game. They shouldnt get $15 because they take weeks to figure out small problems, or even months. But you know what, they get away with it. Im already dreading the fact of allied races. I see that as their turn to for new content from now on. They will just release reskinned character models that are already in game, that take no work to do. They banned players a while back ago for doing the exact same thing. I tried it out, it took me 10min to have the mod refit gear. Honestly i'm glad I cancelled my sub. I just play the PTR, and ill play the beta. However if they continue with this grindfest for kids, im done with WoW.
  1. odinslayer's Avatar
    the fact that they didnt even touch t21 ret 4p which is a remake of t17 4p shows how lazy these fuckers are....rip retpala 2017
  1. ralilioth's Avatar
    Guess DH's won't use T21. Thats great.
  1. Daedius's Avatar
    Sickening nerf to Shadow Priest's 4pc bonus...
  1. meroko's Avatar
    all the salt in this thread over tier changes, when it's clearly a balance fix to gear you have yet to even obtain. Your dps will be fine, get over yourself.
  1. Mewhywhy's Avatar
    Rip MM hunters still one of the weakest tier set bonuses. Useless for nearly all encounters.
  1. Jaigar's Avatar
    Eh, another shadow priest set nerf? I'm really disappointed with t21 cause it breaks a lot of the smooth gameplay t20 has offered. T21 Shadow set forces you to play PI spec unless you have an ungodly amount of haste ( I heard ~ 18000). Set is still ok I guess, but I just see no point in playing my shadow over ele shammy anymore.
  1. Owimyr's Avatar
    RIP Fury set bonuses. Seems like a pretty drastic overnerf, but Blizzard would never do that....
  1. Ophenia's Avatar
    Damn, I was looking forward to that regular BL in Demonic Build for Havoc DH. Guess that's still nice, as I'm playing this build even now, that's still an upgrade.

    Overall, I'm a bit disappointed regarding all the bonuses. None of them impacts your gameplay, most are flat upgrade or flat chance for upgrade. That's not the kind of bonus I like (same goes for legendaries).
  1. Rylalai's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MasterHamster View Post
    I suppose that the tier set bonuses we've seen in Legion actually was for phasing out tier sets come BfA. The Legion tier bonuses are so horrendously uninteresting.
    That was also what Preach was saying in one of his videos. First Blizzard makes tier set bonuses as uninteresting as possible and then they come and say "Well since the bonuses are uninteresting and people don't like them, we just remove them. Because we listen to feedback!!!".

    And it seems to work. I read dozens of comments of people loving Blizz for removing the bonuses.. It's crazy how easy/fast people can be manipulated.
  1. lonely zergling's Avatar
    The affliction warlock 4p is still weak and boring and the change gives literally 0 dps, gj blizz! Changing things just to say you did something while it had abolutely no effect on anything.

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