PvP Hotfixes Live - Feb. 13
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
[Updated 19:30 PST – all changes below are now live]

Good evening!

We’ve taken a careful look at healer mana during longer PvP engagements in both Arenas and battlegrounds, and we’re deploying some changes to address several concerns.

In PvP, we want mana to feel like a more critical resource, and we want mana efficiency to be an important part of PvP healing. At the beginning of Battle for Azeroth, mana regeneration from all healer specs was reduced by 15-30% (depending on the class), and after reviewing the current state of the game, we feel like further reductions are necessary to both healer specs and a few hybrid specs.

With a hotfix that is coming very soon:

Player versus Player
  • Restoration Druid mana regeneration is now reduced by 55% in PvP.
  • Holy Priest, Holy Paladin, Restoration Shaman, and Mistweaver Monk mana regeneration is now reduced by 50% in PvP.
  • Discipline Priest mana regeneration is now reduced by 45% in PvP.
  • Balance Druid, Feral Druid, and Elemental Shaman mana regeneration is reduced by 35% in PvP.

Separately, we’re working on the following hotfix:

Druid
  • Restoration
  • Nourish (PvP Talent) mana cost increased by 30%

Separately, we’re addressing Neurotoxin.

Rogue
  • Assassination
  • Neurotoxin now increases the cooldown of affected spells by 1 sec, down from 3 sec.
  • Neurotoxin now has a 45 second cooldown, up from 25 sec.
  • Neurotoxin now has a 3 sec duration, down from 10 sec.
  • Developers note: Unfortunately, we are unable to fix a number of technical issues with this spell at this time. We’re working on a fix for it that we hope to include in 8.1.5.

Again, the above changes to the game will be made live very soon. I will update this thread with each, and you’ll see the final word on all new hotfixes in our next hotfixes update (tomorrow, Feb. 14, in the afternoon PST).

Raid Testing Schedule - February 21st - 25th
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
On Thursday, February 21st we will be conducting a Heroic raid tests of Crucible of Storms. After testing has ended on Thursday, we will open the zone on Normal mode until Monday, February 25th.

Thursday, February 21st
The Restless Cabal - Heroic Crucible of Storms
13:00 PST (16:00 EST, 22:00 CET)

Uu’nat, Harrbinger of the Void - Heroic Crucible of Storms
14:00 PST (17:00 EST, 23:00 CET)

Normal Crucible of Storms
16:00 PST (19:00 EST, 1:00 CET)

As always, this testing schedule is very fluid and subject to the realities of a test environment. We might have to change the time of a testing session, change the bosses being tested, or cancel a test entirely, due to bugs, server hardware issues, etc. Keep an eye on this forum for the latest information, and thank you in advance for testing and providing feedback.

Q: How do I get into the raid zone?
A: In Zuldazar, Boralus, Dalaran, Orgrimmar, or Stormwind, you may speak to Nexus-Lord Donjon Rade III in order to teleport into the raid zone while it is open for testing. (The option to teleport into a zone will not be available when the zone is not open for testing.)

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Bornakk, Still Here?
I am still here my friend.

Can we expect to see less replies to feedback? None at all? More?
We will not be ignoring the community. That said, I don’t mean to dodge the question but I would prefer to let our actions speak for themselves as we work through these changes because ultimately you and the rest of the community are the ones who will judge just how much we are communicating and listening to you. We are here though. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Ythisens Tweets
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
So yesterday was a roller coaster but here's the highlight: Got laid off Trended in California, My tweet was #4 on r/all, Was #1 on r/wow and r/classicwow.

I got so many people from so many places messaging both with support and love as well as people from other studios help find me a home. You get a little lost in the numbers sometimes and forget how many people you actually interact with but I've been in tears constantly because I truly didn't know. Thank you seriously everyone. I have some parting words that I want to say here so lets go.

1) This was not something that anyone wanted regardless of studio or executive. I refuse to believe that anyone actually wanted to do this. It's cruel yes, but it's the beast when you're publicly traded. I'd still work for J. Allen Brack again.

2) Please be kind to @devolore he's a lot nicer and genuinely does care more than he leads you all to believe. I loved working with him and learned a lot. I wouldn't have been good at my job if it wasn't for things I learned working with him.

3) From my understanding the WoW team didn't really "have a say" in what was happening. Please don't hold it against them. There's good people on that team that I'll remain friends with forever no matter what happens.

4) I had a lot of pride in being able to work with all of the content creators for @Warcraft. I was a fan of almost all of you so it meant a lot to me that I got to work with you professionally. As for who is taking over, I'll try to let you guys know when they figure it out.

5) I understand if you're upset. You have a right to be, I am too. Make your voices heard in all aspects as it continues for WoW. I've been on the other side and seen how loud you guys can be, trust me when I say they can't ignore it and it does cause change.

6) I'll be continually updating my LinkedIn but obviously I'm looking for a new home and I appreciate any help/recommendations. I've got a few things I'm looking into already but you never know.

7) I'm still going to be involved with the @Warcraft community. I'm never going to go away and I hope you'll see me involved with a few things soon. My passion for the industry was spawned from WoW and that will never change.

8) Please share love to my fellow colleagues that were also laid off, @Blizzard_Ent lost a lot of talent today not just CMs. People that made everything run from so many departments were hit by this and it sucks, they were really good people and they didn't deserve this.

9) I know I've spoken to him already but I want to say that it was a pleasure working with @WatcherDev. I will cherish and value every day that I got to work with his team and him because it's what I got in this industry to do. He's a good Game Director and he does care.

I think I'll end it there. I might talk about it more as it sinks in a little more but it's still very disheartening. Thank you all again both players, industry, and my Blizzard family for all the messages. You don't know how important it is to us to hear from you. (Source)
This article was originally published in forum thread: PvP Hotfixes Live - Feb. 13, February 21st Raid Testing started by chaud View original post
Comments 69 Comments
  1. Todesbote's Avatar
    Very sad
  1. Hamburger's Avatar
    Sucks. I'm going to miss all of our Celestial animated CM's. This bunch of CM's has been the light of my day plenty of times. Best of luck to all of ya'll and I hope to see all of you on new games soon. I'd gladly support any game any of our wonderful CM are part of
  1. Rootsbum's Avatar
    Crudible opens on normal? They mean on the PTR right?

    I refuse to do another raid without being a KT human. ;p
  1. ujellyx's Avatar
    Glad to see, that they want to move away from the dampening meta. I just don't think the 5% higher mana regen nerf is enough to fix resto druid dominance...
  1. crakerjack's Avatar
    Where's the 20% damage increase to Enhancement shamans?
  1. drentzlet's Avatar
    ok now neurotoxine is unplayable, subt still underperforming by far, time to go outlaw I guess.
  1. Railander's Avatar
    holy shit look at those neurotoxin nerfs.

    i don't even play the game anymore but that is some fucking terrible balancing.
  1. Nomads's Avatar
    Can anyone say "sinking ship"?
  1. drentzlet's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Railander View Post
    holy shit look at those neurotoxin nerfs.

    i don't even play the game anymore but that is some fucking terrible balancing.
    The thing is that neurotoxine don't stop you from using other spells, just from spaming 1 of them over and over... And that should be "unfair" to new players lmao. Anyways it had a bug that if you kicked while on neurotoxine it increased the lockout or something like that and they could not fix it... btw neurotoxine is dispeleable cause it's a poison lmao it would be funny if it silenced on dispel like vampiric touch or unstable affliction xd.
    I wish they just put something like "the old mind numbling" in the way neurotoxine was implemented (like mid CD low duration -% haste on demand poison).
  1. Clozer's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ujellyx View Post
    Glad to see, that they want to move away from the dampening meta. I just don't think the 5% higher mana regen nerf is enough to fix resto druid dominance...
    Druid is best in long dampening games - and they are clearly trying to cut these games and this means a bigger nerf to druid.
  1. Mrbleedinggums's Avatar
    Wait Ythisens got fired? Oh fuck that, I hope every last Blizzard CEO that was responsible dies a horrible painful death. I'll take my infraction, i dont care. They deserve deaths that would make Ted Bundy blush in embarrassment. They need to go bankrupt and realize that cutting back on the people that actually give a damn about the players means you no longer care about the players. Why support anyone that hates their customers?
  1. Amerissis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mrbleedinggums View Post
    Wait Ythisens got fired? Oh fuck that, I hope every last Blizzard CEO that was responsible dies a horrible painful death. I'll take my infraction, i dont care. They deserve deaths that would make Ted Bundy blush in embarrassment. They need to go bankrupt and realize that cutting back on the people that actually give a damn about the players means you no longer care about the players. Why support anyone that hates their customers?
    You need therapy, stat! How can you seriously wish for people to die for firing someone? You're not well, seek help, please.
  1. Daan's Avatar
    Isn't it possible to do these raid tests with in internal team? Playing new raids on PTR are always a huge advantage for the raiding players and make the progress easier on live servers.
  1. Nerovar's Avatar
    Man, these Ythisens tweets are wholesome as fuck.
  1. Puremallace's Avatar
    Good finally! Healers were OP to an insane amount in pvp. They literally could keep an entire raid up with little to no effort and were unkillable unless you had like 6 people zerging them down.
  1. Pandragon's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mrbleedinggums View Post
    Wait Ythisens got fired? Oh fuck that, I hope every last Blizzard CEO that was responsible dies a horrible painful death. I'll take my infraction, i dont care. They deserve deaths that would make Ted Bundy blush in embarrassment. They need to go bankrupt and realize that cutting back on the people that actually give a damn about the players means you no longer care about the players. Why support anyone that hates their customers?
    People at Blizzard wasn't "responsible" for it. This was all Activision. They want more money, so they fired the non-essential people from Blizzard. People don't get it. Blizzard retains "creative control" over their games. But anything that's a money grab is all Activision wanting to see more profits. They tell Blizzard to make more money, now we see a new shop mount every month, among other things.
  1. cface's Avatar
    So it IS all about being loud and "angry" that causes changes in wow.
  1. Kalmakk's Avatar
    I watched Esfand talk with Ythisens last night on twitch following his layoff. The guy is definitely one of us. He's a true fan of WoW, with a fans heart and a fans mentality.

    For those who are interested in such things, he has his own twitch channel
    . https://m.twitch.tv/sakaar/profile
    In you wanna give him some love or find out how to support him and potentially other layoff victims.
  1. Weber's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Pandragon View Post
    People at Blizzard wasn't "responsible" for it. This was all Activision. They want more money, so they fired the non-essential people from Blizzard. People don't get it. Blizzard retains "creative control" over their games. But anything that's a money grab is all Activision wanting to see more profits. They tell Blizzard to make more money, now we see a new shop mount every month, among other things.
    they (Blizzard) just used the Chance to get rid of useless People, look at all the twitter dramaz, not a single Person with a Background in Engineering or Software Development was fired, no Art- People either. Only People whos Job was "e-sport-community-building" or some other pr-bullshit-millenial twitter-jobs. actualy blizz is hiring Coders now. so this whole thing could be for the better. Boby Kotick you absolute madman, well played.

    for reference:

    https://rpgcodex.net/forums/index.ph...ssacre.126153/
  1. Hugh Wattmate's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Daan View Post
    Isn't it possible to do these raid tests with in internal team? Playing new raids on PTR are always a huge advantage for the raiding players and make the progress easier on live servers.
    Its only an disadvantage if they cant participate. Anyone can download and login to the PTR.

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