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by Published on 2021-07-10 04:59 AM

Patch 9.1 Hotfixes - July 9, 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
  • Warlock
    • Affliction
      • Shadow Embrace can now be talented if you are below level 58.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Sanctum of Domination
    • Soulrender Dormazain
      • Brand of Torment now deals the appropriate amount of damage based on the amount of players in the raid.
    • Painsmith Raznal
      • Fixed an issue that caused Flameclasp Traps to sometimes not target the maximum number of players.
    • Guardian of the First Ones
      • Fixed an issue where Energy Cores could generate less energy than expected.
    • Sylvanas Windrunner
      • Extended the encounter’s enrage timer on Normal and Heroic difficulties.
        • Developers’ note: The enrage timer on Sylvanas was set to a value used in earlier iterations of the encounter. It was never intended to gate progress.
      • Fixed an issue where the visual effect of Rive could sometimes become misaligned with its warning indicator.
      • Fixed an issue where Invigorating Field could inadvertently cause a player to trigger the Invigorating Field on the far side of the jump, perpetually moving them between the two.
      • Fixed an issue where Anduin Wrynn would fail to cast Crippling Defeat if players entered his platform during the encounter.
  • Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
    • The shortcut portal from Customs to The Opulent Nexus is now automatically enabled when Timecap'n Hooktail is defeated.
    • Fixed an issue that would prevent parties from being able to easily resume the dungeon.
    • The Grand Menagerie
      • Players are no longer stuck in combat if the party is defeated during an intermission.
    • So’leah
      • Fixed an issue where Collapsing Star could sometimes become too small and difficult to interact with for consuming the remaining charges of Collapsing Energy.

Items and Rewards
  • The currency cap for Cataloged Research has been removed.
    • Developers’ note: We have fixed an earlier technical limitation that required a cap to be set on a currency that came from stacks of consumed items. The earlier lower cap that caused issues getting to Tier 4 was an oversight on our part, but with this resolved we are now able to remove the cap.
  • The Helm of Necrotic Sight should also now give Intellect to Holy Paladins.
  • Tasteful Eyeglasses no longer have a level requirement to be transmogrified.
  • Various Korthia and Maw weapons now sheathe appropriately.
  • Alliance Pandaren should now be correctly changed into children by the Inner Child effect from the Experimental Anima Cell toy.
  • Sanctum Gloomcharger’s Reins, Fallen Charger’s Reins, Soulbound Gloomcharger’s Reins, and Mawsworn Charger’s Reins now appear in the Dressing Room window.

  • Fixed an issue where Brethlun the Brand could become stuck during the quest "The Brand Holds the Key."
  • Prophet Velen has finally finished his long exhale after the defeat of Argus and is ready for players to turn in quests like "Audience with the Prophet" to him in the Exodar once more.

  • Anima Powers
    • Hunter
      • Petrified Pet Food no longer appears to other players in the hunter’s party.
    • Priest
      • Voidwraith Signet no longer procs from Ashen Phylacteries.

Class Tuning in Progress -- July 13
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With Season 2 now underway and Mythic Difficulty Sanctum of Domination opening with scheduled maintenance next week, we’re working on a tuning pass for a few Classes.

As always, these are subject to further change before they go live, and we’ll have the final adjustments in our hotfixes update next week.

  • Beast Mastery
    • Kill Command, Cobra Shot, Barbed Shot, Multi-Shot, and Kill Shot damage increased by 15%.
  • Marksmanship
    • Aimed Shot, Arcane Shot, Multi-Shot, and Rapid Fire damage increased by 10%.
    • Kill Shot damage increased by 15%.
  • Survival
    • Serpent Sting, Wildfire Bomb, Raptor Strike, Mongoose Bite, Flanking Strike, and Kill Shot damage increased by 10%.

  • Fire
    • Fireball damage increased by 20%.
    • Fire Blast damage increased by 15%.
    • Pyroblast damage increased by 5%.

  • Shadow
    • Devouring Plague damage reduced by 8%.
    • Dissonant Echoes’ (Conduit) Void Bolt damage reduced by 5%.

  • Affliction
    • Damage of all spells increased by 5%.

Sanctum of Domination Trinket Tuning
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ve made several adjustments to the power of a few Sanctum of Domination trinkets that will be going live with next week’s scheduled maintenance.

All values mentioned below are for item level 226 trinkets. Higher item level versions will also be updated proportionally:

  • Titanic Ocular Gland now grants 117 of your highest secondary stat (was 112).
  • Tome of Monstrous Constructions now grants your damaging abilities a very high chance to deal 507 additional Shadow damage to your studied foe (was 467).
  • Shadowed Orb of Torment now grants 432 Mastery (was 268).
  • Ebonsoul Vise can now critically strike, is improved by your Haste, and deals damage immediately on application. Its damage over time effect has been reduced to 781 (was 1,324).
  • Salvaged Fusion Amplifier now causes your attacks to have a very high chance to deal 1,290 Arcane damage (was 1,189).

As always, these are subject to further change before they go live, and we’ll have the final adjustments in our hotfixes update next week.

Testing of Same-Faction Battlegrounds Will Continue
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
First and foremost, thank you to everyone who played Battlegrounds last week and sent us thoughtful and informed feedback on same-faction play. While we don’t plan to re-enable it again over the next few days, we’re analyzing the data we collected, and we’re planning to test more soon.

Here are some of our initial findings that will inform our next test:

  • Before this test, most players who joined the queue were unable to get a match, sometimes after waiting for over an hour and/or dropping out of the queue altogether. This was particularly unfortunate at some times of day or in some regions. During the test, BG queue times became short and reliable for both factions.
  • Prior to the first test, we wondered if the queue was having an effect on PvP in the outdoor world, and we now have data showing that when same-faction Battlegrounds were available, PvP deaths in the outdoor world were very close to 50/50 between the factions.
  • Similarly, win-rates for the two factions when facing the other faction in Battlegrounds were close to 50/50.

We’ll let you know as soon as we’ve completed our analysis, have decided on any further tweaks to the system, and are ready to test it again.

And again, thank you very much for your feedback as we explore potential solutions.
by Published on 2021-07-09 02:06 AM

Patch 9.1 Hotfixes - July 8, 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
  • Fixed an issue where the Eye Wish You Were Here criteria for all players being hit with Photoflash! would sometimes not properly be rewarded due to an unexpected interaction with pets.

  • Druid
    • Balance
      • Star Burst (PvP Talent) can no longer be picked up by player pets and NPCs.
  • Rogue
    • Fixed an issue with a select few finishing abilities not getting properly Animacharged when using Echoing Reprimand (Kyrian Ability).

Creatures and NPCs
  • The Carriage Crusher has managed to ambush a few supply runs and now drops Relic Fragments and Anima when defeated by players completing the Anima Supply Carriage event.
  • After hearing complaints from Stormwind citizens, Lillian Singh will now be selling her holiday fireworks in a more appropriate attire. She will be keeping her sparkler though.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Sanctum of Domination
    • Following scheduled weekly maintenance next week in each region, the quest “Storming the Sanctum” will now additionally reward players with 6 Runekeeper's Ingots, worth a total of 1500 Anima. Players who have already completed this quest will be offered it again at that time.
    • Eye of the Jailer
      • Fixed an issue where Dragging Chains and Desolation Beam could target the same player when there are other available targets.
      • Fixed an issue where rogues, ghouls, and other player pets with similar targeted leaps or teleports would be moved to the tip of the platforms when casting those abilities on transition between phases. Players and pets should land at more consistent locations using these abilities.
      • Fixed an issue where sometimes players might not be able to Reincarnate or use a Soulstone after falling off the platform while in combat.
    • Fatescribe Roh-Kalo
      • Fixed an issue where the Sylvanas Windrunner encounter could incidentally begin during the fight, preventing cooldowns from resetting correctly after the encounter ends.
  • Spires of Ascension
    • Kin-Tara
      • Fixed an issue that would keep her in the air and prevent her from landing back onto the ground.

Items and Rewards
  • Fixed an issue where the Archivist Item Upgrade preview would display incorrect stat values for certain spell effects. This was purely a visual issue in the preview and did not reflect the item itself.
  • Fixed an issue where the First Class Healing Distributor trinket was providing a greater amount of healing than intended
  • Fixed an issue that was causing Forsaken Crusader's Blade to not properly reflect that it is a two-handed caster sword and will drop only for Holy Paladins from the Wrath of the Jailer chest.
  • Fixed an issue where outfits containing dual wield Legion Artifact weapon appearances could not be saved.
  • Lunarlight Pods are once again visible for collecting.

Pet Battles
  • The Tundra Penguin pets have marched back from their arctic adventures and are once again visible in the Pet Journal and while summoned.


  • Tinybell will no longer call for your help unless Maelie, the Wanderer is available to be found. Additionally, Maelie is now available more frequently.
  • Bonus Objectives are no longer displayed on your map after completing Chapter 1 of any covenant campaign.
  • Players should no longer be affected by the Collected effect caused by other players during the quest “Into the Vault.”

  • Increased the par time on shorter floors.
    • Developers’ note: Our goal is that par time, the expected amount of time the floor will take that is automatically adjusted based on floor size and number of enemies, is equally attainable whether you get short or long floors in a given run.

User Interface
  • Fixed an issue where receiving a Text to Speech message could appear to clear the currently visible chat settings.

Patch 9.1 - Maelie Hotfix
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
While we don’t, as a rule, comment on spawn rates or drop rates, I’d like to confirm that Maelie is not expected to be present every day.

Nonetheless, with a hotfix, we’re increasing her spawn rate, and we’re also making it so that Tiny Bell will no longer beckon for you help if Maelie is not up.

Those changes should go live in the next day or two.

Thank you!
by Published on 2021-07-08 05:13 PM

Covenant Legendary Tuning
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
In Chains of Domination, players are going to earn new Legendary items that will augment Covenant class abilities for the first time. As with the previous Legendaries, our goal with these items is to expand the number of choices players have when crafting and equipping Legendary items.

Based on our testing and community feedback, we’ve concluded that several of these new Legendaries could use some adjustments to make them more balanced choices. We’re preparing the following changes in a hotfix that we’ll test on the PTR soon.

Death Knight
  • Kyrian - Final Sentence: Damage per stack increased to 3% to 15% (was 2% to 10%), and duration increased to 18 seconds (was 10 seconds).
  • Night Fae - Rampant Transference: Strength gain increased to 2% per stack (was 1% per stack).
  • Venthyr - Insatiable Hunger: Base damage increased by 12%.

Demon Hunter
  • Night Fae - Blazing Slaughter: Now grants 4% agility per target struck (was 3%).
  • Venthyr - Agony Gaze: Extends the duration of Sinful Brand by 0.75 seconds (was 0.5 seconds).

  • Kyrian - Kindred Affinity: Bonus stats now give 8% (was 5%), and Mastery Rating given is now 150 (was 100).
  • Night Fae - Celestial Spirits: Convoke the Spirits’ duration reduced by 25% (was a 50% reduction).

  • Night Fae - Fragments of the Elder Antlers: Proc chance increased to 100% when fewer than 5 targets are hit.
  • Venthyr - Pouch of Razor Fragments: Bleed increased to 60% (was 35%), and radius increased to 12 yards (was 8 yards).

  • Kyrian - Spheres’ Harmony: Cooldown reduction increased to 3 seconds (was 2 seconds) and cap increased to 80 seconds (was 60 seconds).
  • Venthyr - Shadow Word: Manipulation: Gain 5% Critical Strike for each second remaining for 10 seconds (was 3%).

  • Kyrian - Harmonic Echo: Echo damage increased to 30% (was 25%).
  • Night Fae - Heart of the Fae: Buff duration increased to 15 seconds (was 10 seconds).
  • Venthyr - Sinful Delight: Cooldown reduction increased to 4 seconds (was 3 seconds).

  • Necrolord - Bountiful Brew: Procs per minute increased to 1.5 (was 1.25).
  • Venthyr - Sinister Teachings: Cooldown reduction increased to 5 seconds (was 3 seconds).

  • Night Fae - Toxic Onslaught: Buff duration increased to 12 seconds (was 8 seconds).
  • Venthyr - Obedience: Versatility granted reduced to 0.5% per stack of Flagellation (was 1% per stack).

  • Kyrian - Raging Vesper Vortex: Damage increased by 50%.
  • Night Fae - Seeds of Rampant Growth: Crit bonus increased to 4% (was 3%).
    • For Enhancement Shamans: Feral Spirits cooldown reduction increased to 9 seconds (was 7 seconds).
  • Necrolord - Splintered Elements: Increased Haste bonus to 8% (was 5%).

  • Venthyr - Contained Perpetual Explosion: Impending Catastrophe’s damage increase has been increased to 125% (was 75%).

  • Venthyr - Sinful Surge: Condemn now extends the duration of Recklessness by 1.5 seconds (was 2 seconds).
by Published on 2021-07-08 02:00 AM

Sanctum of Domination Raid Finale - Chains of Domination Cinematic

Patch 9.1 Hotfixes - July 7, 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
  • Fixed an issue where defeating the bosses on Floor 5 were not providing credit for Touring Torghast.
    • Developers note: Unfortunately, this fix is not retroactive and you may have to run the Layer again to receive credit if it is the highest Layer you can complete. However, finishing any higher Layers will also complete the achievement criteria for the Layers below them, so there’s no need to enter the lower Layers again if you choose not to do so.

  • Death Knight
    • Fixed an issue that could cause Spellwarden (PvP Talent) to stop working after leaving battlegrounds and arenas.

  • Mage
    • Arcane
      • Arcanosphere (PvP Talent) will no longer cast if the Mage is interrupted while channeling it.

  • Warlock
    • Bonds of Fel (Destruction PvP Talent) and Shadow Rift (PvP Talent) can no longer be prevented by Spell Reflection or Grounding Totem.

  • Night Fae
    • Dreamweaver
      • Field of Blossoms duration now matches its tooltip.

Creatures and NPCs
  • Rift rares will more reliably return to the Rift if they defeat all adventurers.
  • The NPCs that help you change covenants have returned in Oribos.
  • Escaped Wilderling is much braver now and will no longer abandon you when you fly over the Maw.
  • Popo will no longer act as a guard in War Mode and will remain focused on his task of delivering potions to his friends.
  • Relic Gatherers and Relic Gorgers will now allow more people to get credit for attacking them. But beware, in War Mode the other faction might just steal your faction’s control of the mob.
  • Fixed an issue where Fleshwing would sometimes become stuck in the sky.
  • The Assault Supply Carriage should more reliably reset after the event completes.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Mythic+ Affixes
    • Tormented

      • The Champion’s Mastery effect from Champion’s Brand now grants the correct amount of Mastery.
  • Sanctum of Domination
    • Soulrender Dormazain
      • [NA realms only] A cinematic now correctly plays after his defeat.
    • Fatescribe Roh-Kalo
      • The arrow indicators that appear while moving rings during Runic Affinity now respond to the number of players inside the active rune, rather than the ring's current rotational momentum.
    • Kel'Thuzad
      • Fixed Shadow Fissure’s visual effect so it is no longer invisible if you enter the Phylactery Phase late.
    • Sylvanas Windrunner
      • Fixed an issue where she could begin her third stage with an incorrect amount of health.
  • Tazavesh, the Veiled Market
    • [NA realms only] The extra action button associated with the instruments in Myza's Oasis should no longer despawn when picking up the instrument.

Items and Rewards
  • The Relic Fragments from the portal spawns leading up to the spawn of the Anima-Starved Devourer or the Mawsworn Exterminator have been reduced. The drops from these big bosses have been increased slightly to compensate.
    • Developers’ note: We do not want people to feel that they should skip helping defeat one of these big rares if they missed the portal opening.

  • Packaged Soul Ash is now bound to your account rather than you World of Warcraft account.
  • Soul Cinders can now be acquired starting at Torghast Layer 8 (was Layer 9). The total amount of Soul Cinders earned at Layer 12 will remain the same.
  • The First Technique effect provided by the Codex of the First Technique trinket is now appropriately effective against very large strikes.
  • The Vault Anima Tracker will no longer be on the Death's Advance Quartermaster after you have purchased and learned it.
  • Lost Razorwing Eggs should now properly count as returned when used in a raid group.
  • Fixed an issue that caused some players to not receive the Nilganihmaht's Signet Ring when defeating Exos, Herald of Domination.

Pet Battles
  • Fixed an issue where the Eye of Affliction wild pet would use its Agony ability again before allowing the larger impact damage to happen.

  • Fixed an issue that would prevent the quest to kill Mor'geth to appear.
  • Locating and interacting with Huln Highmountain during “Hunting Amid Houses” will now grant quest credit.
  • Fixed an issue where Heirmir would be unavailable during the quest "Hooking Over."

User Interface
  • Tazavesh, the Veiled Market is now a valid option for scheduled Calendar events.

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by Published on 2021-07-07 12:40 AM

Sanctum of Domination Raid Finale - Chains of Domination Cinematic
The cinematic from the end of the Sanctum of Domination has been revealed. Spoilers ahead!

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