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
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  1. Tziva's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by balir View Post
    I'm really going to go out on a limb and say NO BLIZZCON this year. Might end up being an every 2nd year event now.
    Yeah, that might be the case incidentally (since Blizzcon isn't every year anyway), but it wouldn't be because the CMs were let go, which is what I meant in the context of the discussion.
  1. Mrbleedinggums's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dannihilate View Post
    While it sucks, layoffs in a publicly traded company happen. Blizz was actually pretty generous, compared to many companies, in that they didn't just fire the people, they gave them severance pay, will continue to provide them with insurance and other benefits, and are actively helping them find new jobs. Though, based on your posts, I'm sure you don't believe any of that.
    Whatever has you still on your knees ready to open up for Daddy Blizzard *shrug*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenarific View Post
    You are a idiot and by reading this post we all have become dumber... Thanks for contributing nothing and may you catch fire and hopefully no one will piss on you to put it out... See how dumb i sound now go back a reread what you wrote.... Ill wait at least until i get a silence...
    Don't blame me for your own shortcomings.
  1. cface'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.
    Exactly this. Paid to create the illusion that the team is listening, and avoiding real threads on important topics, and responds to a pie thread. His peak performance is how he ranked on twitter.. jeez, so glad they are getting rid of non-essential staff, and hiring real people that do the heavy lifting.

    Maybe now they can pour some quality into this game again, and I'm still hoping BFA is just a filler expansion like WoD was.
  1. Axxy's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by balir View Post
    I'm really going to go out on a limb and say NO BLIZZCON this year. Might end up being an every 2nd year event now.
    They'll only need to send a txt message to everyone's phone next time. Doubt there will be much for PC gamers anyways....
  1. socialmaker's Avatar
    who gives a fk about Ythisens really? I came here to see people complain about the PVP changes so feed me some cringe and stay on topic.
  1. Lenarific's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mrbleedinggums View Post
    Whatever has you still on your knees ready to open up for Daddy Blizzard *shrug*

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    Don't blame me for your own shortcomings.
    You my not friend are truly stupid...
  1. Mrbleedinggums's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Lenarific View Post
    You my not friend are truly stupid...
    Ouch my feelings, i never knew words from an NPC could hurt. Oh wait, they can't.
  1. balir's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Tziva View Post
    Yeah, that might be the case incidentally (since Blizzcon isn't every year anyway), but it wouldn't be because the CMs were let go, which is what I meant in the context of the discussion.
    I think it could partly be because of the CM thing, but mostly because Activision is cutting back "non essential assets" to save money. While I would dearly love to go to a Blizzcon at least once, lets face facts Blizzcon is not essential to their core business. They could easily do a massive online presentation from one of their offices. Only the fan experience would be gone.

    Blizzard employees would miss the event and the fans (except maybe the "don't you have a phone Diablo guy") but Activison, they wouldn't give a s***.
  1. Lenarific's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Mrbleedinggums View Post
    Ouch my feelings, i never knew words from an NPC could hurt. Oh wait, they can't.
    You are so funny calling me a NPC i bet you dont even know what it means.... Keep the salt flowing boy....

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