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. Kul Tiras's Avatar
    Nobody gives a fuck about your "tweets". How can a grown man be taken seriously when he's talking about how he's "trending" on "twitter". Fuck all CMs, corrupt useless son of bitches paid to do nothing. Go post in the I like pie thread whilst 50 actually usefull threads requires acknowledgment and feedback.

    Go get a real job you fucking parasite.
  1. eduwneso's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kul Tiras View Post
    Nobody gives a fuck about your "tweets". How can a grown man be taken seriously when he's talking about how he's "trending" on "twitter". Fuck all CMs, corrupt useless son of bitches paid to do nothing. Go post in the I like pie thread whilst 50 actually usefull threads requires acknowledgment and feedback.

    Go get a real job you fucking parasite.
    Chill, and please, you forgot to take the pill today.
  1. roboscorcher's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kul Tiras View Post
    Nobody gives a fuck about your "tweets". How can a grown man be taken seriously when he's talking about how he's "trending" on "twitter". Fuck all CMs, corrupt useless son of bitches paid to do nothing. Go post in the I like pie thread whilst 50 actually usefull threads requires acknowledgment and feedback.

    Go get a real job you fucking parasite.
    I bet this guy flips burgers.

    Try working in the gamedev industry for a few years. Good luck paying the bills without self-promotion.
  1. Bahska's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kul Tiras View Post
    Nobody gives a fuck about your "tweets". How can a grown man be taken seriously when he's talking about how he's "trending" on "twitter". Fuck all CMs, corrupt useless son of bitches paid to do nothing. Go post in the I like pie thread whilst 50 actually useful threads requires acknowledgment and feedback.

    Go get a real job you fucking parasite.
    Who's the parasite? "Someone has a different opinion than mine" *throws temper tantrum* time to go outside and get some fresh air bro. Yikes.
    Personally i agree with him. Most devs are super passionate about the game(s) they work on. Its basically their kid in a sense. It's also hard to convey that through text, especially if the person reading it is already angry/frustrated/trolling and not likely to agree no matter what is said to begin with. ^^
    I bet most people who have been to blizzcon, e3, pax etc and talked/interviewed a dev in the past know exactly what im talking about. If you listened to him on twitch last night with any attitude other than the "I hate blizzard, i don't care what anyone says" attitude, obviously that passion extends to CM's as well.
  1. Wallmaker Yahzarah's Avatar
    Hilarious. He was laid off. What exactly did he do for the company? What was his job again?
  1. Mrbleedinggums's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Amerissis View Post
    You need therapy, stat! How can you seriously wish for people to die for firing someone? You're not well, seek help, please.
    How can you justify them firing people for doing an excellent job and then "Oh you're not useful for our company even though you clearly were" and drop them? 3 guesses you're a baby boomer? Or do you just not give a fuck about people unless they're the rich fat cats dangling scraps for the rest of us?

    I wish it because they have ruined the company that many of us enjoyed and loved over the years; tarnished it with their terrible decisions and drove it to the ground. You had Blizzard Employees crying in the parking lots because they were not sure who was even going to lose their job. I've seen enough instances of this, they trim the fat on the lower end so that the CEOs can still increase their pay or give it to their shareholders who don't give a fuck about the lives of anyone else unless it's their bank.

    You're not well, you seek help.

    Btw, here's a thread you might also want to sympathize with: https://www.mmo-champion.com/threads...7#post50851207

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    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.
    Lemme rephrase and say Activision-Blizzard then, but the Blizzard CEOs had to have approved it. Compliance is the same as pulling the trigger, even if they want to say "But Fuhrer Activision told us to do it!"
  1. Psygon'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.
    Nice quote fail! Not the quote I clicked on...

    The employment is usually at will. Keep that in mind, you were lucky to have had the job.

    Now, who moved my cheese?
  1. SabiVII's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wallmaker Yahzarah View Post
    Hilarious. He was laid off. What exactly did he do for the company? What was his job again?
    Community manager, basically next step after intern and a good stepping stone into the company with no pior...

    oh wait this is MMOC...he was a CM which means he was the replacement for Chris Metzen when they didn't work CEO..
  1. Projectmars's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mrbleedinggums View Post
    How can you justify them firing people for doing an excellent job and then "Oh you're not useful for our company even though you clearly were" and drop them? 3 guesses you're a baby boomer? Or do you just not give a fuck about people unless they're the rich fat cats dangling scraps for the rest of us?

    I wish it because they have ruined the company that many of us enjoyed and loved over the years; tarnished it with their terrible decisions and drove it to the ground. You had Blizzard Employees crying in the parking lots because they were not sure who was even going to lose their job. I've seen enough instances of this, they trim the fat on the lower end so that the CEOs can still increase their pay or give it to their shareholders who don't give a fuck about the lives of anyone else unless it's their bank.

    You're not well, you seek help.

    Btw, here's a thread you might also want to sympathize with: https://www.mmo-champion.com/threads...7#post50851207

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    Lemme rephrase and say Activision-Blizzard then, but the Blizzard CEOs had to have approved it. Compliance is the same as pulling the trigger, even if they want to say "But Fuhrer Activision told us to do it!"
    You're at the point where you are wishing that people die horribly over this. WoW is just a game and Blizzard is just a company, not your life. (and if you do consider it to be your entire life, then yes, Please seek help as that level of obsession is not healthy) What they did is pretty shitty, yes, (especially due to the timing) but not something to wish the deaths of people over.
  1. Krille's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Weber View Post
    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/
    Not all of these jobs might have been useful. But thinking that the only useful people are the ones working in engineering or software development is so hilariously dumb. You've got no clue of how the real world operates.
  1. Sesethi's Avatar
    Might as well have deleted Neurotoxin completely with these changes lol
  1. Daemos daemonium's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nomads View Post
    Can anyone say "sinking ship"?
    It doesn’t even make sense in this case, they hired more devs and cut the community staff. The ship isn’t sinking it’s just not talking to you any more.
  1. Nevcairiel's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mrbleedinggums View Post
    Lemme rephrase and say Activision-Blizzard then, but the Blizzard CEOs had to have approved it. Compliance is the same as pulling the trigger, even if they want to say "But Fuhrer Activision told us to do it!"
    If you are a publically traded company, there is only so many things you can refuse without being eventually just replaced, especially if its about saving money - in fact you have a responsibility to the share holders to make them as much money as you can. The CEO only runs the company as long as the share holders are happy.
  1. Zabatakis's Avatar
    Didn't the early Romans used to decimate their armies to make the remaining members more obedient? Really feels like this 8% reduction was meant to do the same thing, and given their specialty in psychological tricks I wouldn't put it past Activision.
  1. Razzako's Avatar
    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.
    Not surprised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kul Tiras View Post
    Nobody gives a fuck about your "tweets". How can a grown man be taken seriously when he's talking about how he's "trending" on "twitter". Fuck all CMs, corrupt useless son of bitches paid to do nothing. Go post in the I like pie thread whilst 50 actually usefull threads requires acknowledgment and feedback.

    Go get a real job you fucking parasite.
    It's hard for people to take you seriously because of all the shitty toxicity behind this post... try chilling the fuck out next time.
  1. Varithimas's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wallmaker Yahzarah View Post
    Hilarious. He was laid off. What exactly did he do for the company? What was his job again?
    From what he said on stream with Esfand he would communicate with the dev team about issues and they would look into/fix them.
  1. Amerissis's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mrbleedinggums View Post
    How can you justify them firing people for doing an excellent job and then "Oh you're not useful for our company even though you clearly were" and drop them? 3 guesses you're a baby boomer? Or do you just not give a fuck about people unless they're the rich fat cats dangling scraps for the rest of us?

    I wish it because they have ruined the company that many of us enjoyed and loved over the years; tarnished it with their terrible decisions and drove it to the ground. You had Blizzard Employees crying in the parking lots because they were not sure who was even going to lose their job. I've seen enough instances of this, they trim the fat on the lower end so that the CEOs can still increase their pay or give it to their shareholders who don't give a fuck about the lives of anyone else unless it's their bank.

    You're not well, you seek help.

    Btw, here's a thread you might also want to sympathize with: https://www.mmo-champion.com/threads...7#post50851207

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    Lemme rephrase and say Activision-Blizzard then, but the Blizzard CEOs had to have approved it. Compliance is the same as pulling the trigger, even if they want to say "But Fuhrer Activision told us to do it!"
    You do not see there is a very, very large gap between wishing death on people for firing someone and agreeing to it? I don’t know whether it was justified and neither do you, but I do know that it’s psychotic to wish death upon someone over this. If you really feel like this, and aren’t just being an edgy teen, you really need help. And I am serious.
  1. Regalbeast's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wallmaker Yahzarah View Post
    Hilarious. He was laid off. What exactly did he do for the company? What was his job again?
    Agreed. He answered forum posts, basically a job that almost anyone could do. He probably make like $50k and was very entry level. I seriously couldn't care less about this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Varithimas View Post
    From what he said on stream with Esfand he would communicate with the dev team about issues and they would look into/fix them.
    Yes, that's what community managers do. Literally almost anyone could do this job.
  1. Ranger007's Avatar
    Will miss you, Ythisens. It was good to read your post here on MMO-Champion. So sorry that you and so many others lost your jobs. Breaks my heart. Hang in there, something great will come your way, I just know it!

    ((hugs)) to you and those who are still reeling from the layoffs. <3

    Edit: I made the mistake of reading some of the more ignorant, shockingly-heartless comments... /sigh and /ignore
  1. Pebrocks The Warlock's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wallmaker Yahzarah View Post
    Hilarious. He was laid off. What exactly did he do for the company? What was his job again?
    How is it funny he lost his job? You don't have to like the guy but you don't have to be rude either.

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