Welcome to the patch notes for Patch 3.2, going up on the Test Realm.

General

  • Construction of the Crusaders’ Coliseum is complete. Testing not yet available. New raid normal and heroic modes for the Crusaders’ Coliseum can be toggled using the Dungeon Difficulty setting. This applies to 10 and 25 player versions. 10 player (normal), 25 player (normal), 10 player (heroic) and 25 player (heroic) all share separate raid lockout timers.
    • Trial of the Champion
      • 5 player (normal and heroic mode) dungeon.
      • Daily quest added to the heroic daily dungeon quest giver.
    • Trial of the Crusader
      • 10 and 25 player (normal mode) raid dungeon.
    • Trial of the Grand Crusader
      • 10 and 25 player (heroic mode) raid dungeon.
      • Crusaders’ Tribute: Active on heroic difficulty only, the tribute system will limit players on the number of attempts the raid is allotted each week. Additional rewards can be earned depending on the number of attempts left in the tribute run each week when the final boss is defeated.
  • Isle of Conquest, the new 40 vs. 40 player siege-style battleground is now available for testing.
    • Two level brackets are available: 71-79 and 80.
    • Defend the walls of your keep and protect your general by killing enemy players and destroying their siege vehicles.
    • Capture the Docks, Airship Hangar, or Siege Workshop for access to destructive siege vehicles or strategic attacks on your enemy’s base.
    • Capture the Oil Derrick or Cobalt Mine for their resources to garner reinforcements and a steady flow of bonus honor.
    • To claim victory, bust through the enemy’s keep walls (or find other ways to get inside) and kill their general, or obliterate your opponents until their reinforcements are depleted.
  • The Argent Tournament Expands
    • All new Argent Crusader daily quests and rewards have been added for players with the Crusader title. Rewards include a new Argent Crusader banner and tabard (which can port players to the tournament grounds), a mounted squire (can periodically run bank, mail or vendor errands for the player), a paladin-exclusive Argent Crusader Charger mount, and new heirloom items.
    • All new Silver Covenant and Sunreaver daily quests and rewards have been added for players exalted with these factions. Rewards include tabards, new ground and flying mounts, and a new pet.
    • The Black Knight returns. Follow the continued story line as the saga unfolds before you.
  • New druid art for cat and bear forms has been added. There are now five unique color schemes for each form and faction. Changing hair color (night elves) or skin tone (tauren) via the barbershop will change the look of one’s cat and bear forms.
  • Portals from Orgrimmar and Stormwind have been added leading players to the Stair of Destiny at the Dark Portal. Once there, players can access a flight path directly from the Stair of Destiny to Shattrath.
  • A new zeppelin docking ramp has been added to Thunder Bluff allowing Horde players easier transport to and from Orgrimmar.
  • The local Postal Service has grown tired of walking so far each day to collect mail and have decided to install a large number of new mailboxes to Stormwind, Undercity, Darnassus and Orgrimmar.
  • Northrend Children’s Week has arrived in Dalaran! Players can find out more by visiting the Eventide District.
  • Copied Test Realm characters will no longer be copied with their achievement history in order to better facilitate the character copy process.

 

PvP

  • Arenas
    • The newest season of Arena gear can only be purchased if you meet the requirements with your 3 or 5 player team rating. Rating requirements from 2 player teams can still be used to purchase the previous season of gear.
    • Dalaran Sewers
      • The entire Arena has increased in size by 25%.
      • Mounts can now be used in this Arena.
      • The position and collision of the crates on the central platform has been modified.
    • Ruins of Lordaeron
      • Alcoves have been removed from the starting chambers.
      • Two line-of-sight tombstones have been added to the slime pool on the southern side of the map.
      • The collision around the central tomb has been smoothed out to prevent players from becoming stuck on the terrain as often.
  • Battlegrounds
    • Battleground experience has arrived!
      • Players will now be awarded experience for completing objectives and actions that yield honor in Battlegrounds (honorable kills not included).
      • Players who do not wish to gain experience through PvP can visit Behsten in Stormwind or Slahtz in Orgrimmar – both located near the Battlemasters in either city – and turn off all experience accumulation for the cost of 10 gold.
      • Disabling experience gains will prevent a player from gaining experience through any means available in the game.
      • Players with experience gains turned off who compete in Battlegrounds will face off only against other players with experience gains turned off.
      • Behsten and Slahtz can reinstate experience gains for players, for a 10 gold fee of course. Any experience that would’ve been accumulated if experience gains were not turned off cannot be recovered.
    • Battlemasters in major cities affiliated with specific Battlegrounds have been replaced with a Battlemaster for each faction that will allow players to queue for any Battleground. Battlemasters for specific Battlegrounds will still be seen around the cities during corresponding Battleground holiday weekends.
    • When standing at a capture point that you control, you will gain a buff called Honorable Defender. This buff grants +50% honor gained from kills. This currently affects Arathi Basin, Eye of the Storm and Isle of Conquest.
    • Arathi Basin
      • The time it requires to capture a base has been reduced to 8 seconds, down from 10 seconds.
      • The game now ends when one team reaches 1600 victory points, down from 2000.
    • Eye of the Storm
      • The time it requires to capture the center flag has been reduced to 8 seconds, down from 10 seconds
      • The game now ends when one team reaches 1600 victory points, down from 2000.
    • Strand of the Ancients
      • The faction starting on attack/defense will now be randomized at the start of each match.
    • Warsong Gulch
      • There is a now a 20 minute timer on this battleground. After that time, the team with the most flag captures wins. If this would result in a tie, the team that captured the first flag wins. If neither side has captured a flag, then the game ends in a tie.

 

Races: General

  • Axe Specialization (Orc): The weapon bonus from this effect now applies to fist weapons in addition to axes.
  • Tauren now have the option of changing skin tone by visiting the barber shop.

 

Items: General

  • Block Value: The amount of bonus block value on all items has been doubled. This does not affect the base block value on shields or block value derived from strength.
  • On-Use Block Value Items: All items and set bonuses that trigger temporary increases to block value have been modified. Instead of increasing their block value amount by 100% like other items, they have all had their effect durations doubled. This applies to Glyph of Deflection, Gnomeregan Autoblocker, Coren’s Lucky Coin, Lavanthor’s Talisman, Libram of Obstruction, Tome of the Lightbringer, Libram of the Sacred Shield, the tier 8 paladin Shield of Righteousness bonus, the tier 5 paladin Holy Shield bonus, and the tier 5 warrior Shield Block bonus.
  • Emblem System Changes
    • Both the 10 and 25 player instances of the Crusaders’ Coliseum drop a new Emblem of Triumph.
    • Any dungeons that previously dropped Emblems of Heroism or Valor, such as Naxxramas or Heroic Halls of Stone, will now drop Emblems of Conquest instead. Emblems of Conquest can still be converted to Valor or Heroism.
    • The heroic dungeon daily quest will now reward 2 Emblems of Triumph and the normal daily dungeon quest will reward 1 Emblem of Triumph.
    • The existing achievements to collect 1, 25, 50, etc. Emblems of Heroism, Valor, and Conquest have been converted to Feats of Strength since Heroism and Valor Emblems are no longer attainable.
    • New achievements have been added to collect various amounts of any combination of emblems.
  • Mounts
    • The cast time for summoning any ground mount is now 1.5 seconds, down from 3 seconds.
    • Apprentice Riding (Skill 75): Can now be learned at level 20 for 4 gold. Mail will be sent to players who reach level 20 directing them to the riding trainer.
    • Journeyman Riding (Skill 150): Can now be learned at level 40 for 50 gold. Mail will be sent to players who reach level 40 directing them back to the riding trainer.
    • Expert Riding (Skill 225): Can now be learned at level 60 for 600 gold from trainers in Honor Hold or Thrallmar. Faction discounts now apply (Honor Hold for Alliance; Thrallmar for Horde). Flight speed at this skill level has been increased to 150% of run speed, up from 60%.
    • Artisan Riding (Skill 300): Faction discounts now apply (Honor Hold or Valiance Expedition for Alliance; Thrallmar or Warsong Offensive for Horde).
    • In order to further equalize the number of purchasable mounts available to each race, a new 60% speed ground mount has been added for night elves, and a new 100% speed ground mount has been added for the undead.
    • Flying over Dalaran and Wintergrasp is now possible so long as players keep a healthy distance above the ground.
  • Mana Regeneration: All items that provide “X mana per five seconds” have had the amount of mana they regenerate increased by approximately 25%.
  • Resilience: No longer reduces the amount of damage done by damage over time spells, but instead reduces the amount of all damage done by players by the same proportion. The other effects of resilience (reducing critical chance, critical damage and mana drain effects) have not changed.

 

Classes: General

  • All pets now receive 40% of their master’s resilience and 100% of their master’s spell penetration. In addition, if a player is at their appropriate spell hit chance or hit chance maximum, their pet will be at the maximum for spell hit chance, hit chance, and expertise. If they are below the maximum, their pet will be proportionately below those maximums.
  • Replenishment: This buff now grants 1% of the target’s maximum mana over 5 seconds instead of 0.25% per second. This applies to all 5 sources of Replenishment (Vampiric Touch, Judgements of the Wise, Hunting Party, Enduring Winter Frostbolts and Soul Leech).
  • Silence, Strangulate, Silencing Shot, and Arcane Torrent: These abilities will also apply a 3 second interrupt effect against non-player controlled targets, making them more versatile against creatures immune to silencing effects.

 

Death Knight

  • Due to significant talent changes, all death knight talents will be reset for players.
  • Blood Strike: The bonus damage this ability receives from diseases on the target has been increased to 50% per disease.
  • Chains of Ice: Now reduces movement by 95% instead of 100%. The main effect of this change will be that targets of Chains of Ice will not have to re-issue a movement command to continue moving.
  • Frost Presence: 10% bonus health reduced to 6% bonus stamina.
  • Frost Strike: This ability can now be dodged, parried, or blocked. Weapon damage bonus reduced to 55%, down from 60%.
  • Icebound Fortitude: Cooldown increased to 2 minutes.
  • Talents
    • Blood
      • Dancing Rune Weapon: This ability now has a fixed duration of 12 seconds (which can still be modified by its glyph) and a fixed cost of 60 runic power.
      • Veteran of the Third War: Stamina bonus reduced to 1/2/3%.
    • Frost
      • Blood of the North: Reduced to a 3-point talent. Increases Blood Strike and Frost Strike damage by 5/10/15%. There is now a 33/66/100% chance whenever you hit with Blood Strike or Pestilence that the Blood Rune will become a Death Rune when it activates.
      • Lichborne: Duration reduced to 10 seconds, and cooldown reduced to 2 minutes.
      • Threat of Thassarian: New 3-point talent. When dual-wielding, your Death Strikes, Obliterates, Plague Strikes, Blood Strikes and Frost Strikes have a 30/60/100% chance to also deal damage with your off-hand weapon. Off-hand strikes are roughly one half the effect of the original strike.
      • Toughness: This talent now grants 2/4/6/8/10% armor instead of 3/6/9/12/15%, placing it in line with similar abilities of other classes.
    • Unholy
      • Desecration: This talent has been reduced to 2 points for 25/50% snare and no longer increases damage done by the death knight. It has also been moved one tier earlier in the tree and its spell effect has been made more transparent.
      • Desolation: New talent. This talent is in the position formerly occupied by Desecration. It causes Blood Strikes to increase all damage the death knight deals by 1/2/3/4/5% for 12 seconds.
      • Scourge Strike: Weapon damage bonus reduced to 40%, down from 45%. Damage increased by 10% per disease on the target, down from 11%.
      • Summon Gargoyle: The gargoyle now flies lower to the ground, making it susceptible to melee attacks. This ability now has a fixed duration of 30 seconds and a fixed cost of 60 runic power.
      • Unholy Blight: This talent has been redesigned. It no longer deals damage to nearby targets. Instead, when you deal damage with Death Coil, the target will take periodic damage for 10 seconds equal to 30% of the damage done by Death Coil. This damage accumulates in the same way as Ignite and Deep Wounds.

 

Druid

  • Flight Form: Can now be learned at level 60. Flight speed increased to 150%.
  • Innervate: Duration reduced to 10 seconds, and cooldown reduced to 3 minutes. This means each use of Innervate will give half as much mana as before, but it will be available twice as often.
  • Lifebloom: The final heal that occurs when this spell blooms has been reduced by 20% on the base and on the spell power coefficient.
  • Mangle: Ranks 4 and 5 base points reduced by about 11%. Scaling from attack power unchanged.
  • Rake: Ranks 6 and 7 base points on initial and periodic damage reduced by about 7%. Scaling from attack power unchanged.
  • Rip: Ranks 8 and 9 base points and points per combo point reduced by about 6%. Scaling from attack power unchanged.
  • Savage Defense: The animation for gaining this buff will no longer make the bear stand upright
  • Shred: Ranks 8 and 9 base points reduced by about 10%. Scaling from attack power unchanged.
  • Swipe (Cat): Percent of weapon damage done reduced from 260% to 250%.
  • Travel Form: Can now be learned at level 16.
  • Talents
    • Balance
      • Balance of Power: Now reduces all spell damage taken by 3/6%, rather than reducing the chance to be hit by spells by 2/4%.
      • Eclipse: The Starfire and Wrath buffs from this talent are now on separate 30 second. cooldowns. In addition, it is not possible to have both buffs active simultaneously.
      • Owlkin Frenzy: Now also restores 2% base mana every 2 seconds for the duration (10 seconds) in addition to its current effects.
    • Restoration
      • Empowered Touch: Now also increases the amount of bonus healing effects for Nourish by 10/20%.
      • Improved Barkskin: No longer provides dispel resistance to all effects on the druid, but now reduces the chance your Barkskin is dispelled by an additional 35/70%.

 

Hunter

  • Aspect of the Cheetah: Can now be learned at level 16.
  • Deterrence now has a new visual spell effect.
  • The time that traps will exist in the world after being put down has been reduced to 30 seconds, down from 1 minute.
  • Traps now have separate 30 second cooldown categories: Fire (Immolation Trap, Explosive Trap and Black Arrow), Frost (Freezing Trap, Frost Trap) and Nature (Snake Trap). A hunter can have one trap of each category placed at one time.
  • Talents
    • Beast Mastery
      • Catlike Reflexes now also reduces the cooldown of your Kill Command ability by 10/20/30 seconds.
    • Survival
      • Entrapment: This talent no longer works with Immolation Trap or Explosive Trap.
      • Lock and Load: Now has a 22 second cooldown. The Lock and Load effect cannot be obtained on targets immune to snare effects when Frost Trap is used.
    • Pets
      • Roar of Sacrifice: Redesigned. This ability can now be used on any friendly target to make that target immune to critical strikes, but the Hunter pet takes 20% of all damage taken by that friendly target. Cooldown increased to 2 minutes.

 

Mage

  • Arcane Blast: Mana cost reduced by 12%.
  • Invisibility: Can no longer be interrupted by a hostile action or damage done during the 3 second fade time, however an invisible mage can still be stunned or silenced.
  • Talents
    • Fire
      • Empowered Fire: In addition to its existing effects, this talent now also grants a 33/67/100% chance to regain 1% of base mana each time the Ignite talent deals damage.

 

Paladin

  • Blessing of Sanctuary: This blessing now also increases stamina by 10%. This effect is not cumulative with Blessing of Kings.
  • Charger: Can now be learned at level 40.
  • Exorcism: Now has a 1.5 second cast time, but can once again be used on players.
  • Hand of Reckoning: Redesigned. Now does damage only when target does not currently have the caster targeted, but damage done increased to 50% of attack power, occurring after the taunt effect is applied.
  • Judgement of Light: Now heals for 2% of the attacker’s maximum health instead of a variable amount based on the spell power and attack power of the judging paladin.
  • Lay on Hands: The buff from this ability now reduces the physical damage taken by the target by 10/20% instead of increasing the target’s armor.
  • Righteous Fury: No longer has a duration or mana cost, remaining until cancelled or death. Also cancelled when a Paladin activates a different talent specialization.
  • Sacred Shield: When a paladin casts Flash of Light on a target with this buff, they also now place a heal over time effect on the target, healing that target for 100% of the Flash of Light amount over 12 seconds.
  • Seal of Blood: This ability has been removed.
  • Seal of the Martyr: This ability has been removed.
  • Seal of Vengeance and Seal of Corruption: These seals have been redesigned to deal substantially more damage. Now, once a paladin has 5 copies of the debuff from these seals on his or her target, on each swing the paladin will deal 33% weapon damage as Holy, with critical strikes dealing double damage.
  • Shield of Righteousness: Now deals 100% of shield block value as damage instead of 130%.
  • Warhorse: Can now be learned at level 20.
  • Talents
    • Holy
      • Beacon of Light: The healing amount on the Beacon of Light target is now based on the total healing done (including over-healing) instead of the effective healing done. Radius increased to 60 yards. Multiple Paladins can now have this active on the same target. Buff indicating a player is within range of the Beacon target is no longer displayed.
      • Divine Intellect: This talent now gives 2/4/6/8/10% increased intellect instead of 3/6/9/12/15%.
      • Illumination: This talent now returns 30% of the mana cost of the spell instead of 60%.
    • Protection
      • Ardent Defender: Redesigned. Currently, any damage taken by the paladin while at 35% health or below is reduced. Instead, any attack that would reduce the paladin to 35% health or below has its damage reduced. In addition, once every 2 minutes an attack that would have killed the paladin will fail to kill, and instead set the paladin’s health to 10/20/30% of maximum.
    • Retribution
      • Art of War: Now only applies to melee critical hits, but will make your next Flash of Light or Exorcism instant.
      • Crusader Strike: Damage reduced to 75% weapon damage to match the new 4 second cooldown.
      • Seal of Command: Redesigned. This seal now deals 36% weapon damage on every swing, and deals substantially less judgement damage.
      • Vindication: Redesigned. Now lowers target attack power, is consistent and does not stack with Demoralizing Shout.

 

Priest

  • Prayer of Healing: The percentage of spell power this spell gains in healing (per target) has been reduced from 80.7% to 52.6%.
  • Talents
    • Discipline
      • Penance: Cooldown increased to 12 seconds, up from 10 seconds.
    • Holy
      • Inspiration: The buff from this ability now reduces the physical damage taken by the target by 3/7/10% instead of increasing the target’s armor.

 

Rogue

  • After much quiet contemplation, rogues now possess the ability to learn how to use one-handed axes.
  • Talents
    • Combat
      • Sword Specialization: This talent is now called Hack and Slash and applies to axes as well as swords.
    • Subtlety
      • Shadow Dance: Cooldown reduced to 1 minute. Now lasts 6 seconds, down from 10 seconds.

 

Shaman

  • A customizable totem bar will now be available for shaman allowing the storing of 4 different totems. These totems can be placed on the ground at once in one global cooldown for the combined mana cost of all 4 totems.
  • All Shocks now have a default range of 25 yards, up from 20 yards.
  • Base health increased by approximately 7% to correct for shamans having lower health than other classes.
  • Chain Heal: Jump distance increased to 10 yards. In addition, the amount of healing now decreases by 40% as it jumps to each new target, instead of 50%.
  • Ghost Wolf: Can now be learned at level 16. While in this form, snaring effects may not bring the shaman below base normal run speed.
  • Talents
    • Enhancement
      • Shamanistic Rage: Cooldown is now 1 minute, down from 2 minutes. Successful melee attacks now have a chance to generate mana equal to 15% of the shaman’s attack power, down from 30%.
    • Restoration
      • Ancestral Healing: The buff from this ability now reduces the physical damage taken by the target by 3/7/10% instead of increasing the target’s armor.
      • Cure Poison and Cure Disease: Combined into a single spell, Cure Toxins.
      • Earth Shield: Dispel effects will now remove charges of Earth Shield rather than the entire aura.
      • Healing Way: Redesigned. Rather than providing a chance of increasing Healing Wave spells on a friendly target, this talent now innately increases the effectiveness of the shaman’s Healing Wave by 8/16/25%.
      • Mana Tide Totem: Totem health now equal to 10% of the shaman’s health.
      • Nature’s Guardian: Redesigned. Now has a fixed 100% proc rate, has a 30 second internal cooldown, and increases the shaman’s maximum health by 3/6/9/12/15% for 10 seconds.
      • Nature’s Swiftness: Cooldown is now 2 minutes, down from 3 minutes.
      • Tidal Waves: No longer reduces the cast time of Lesser Healing Wave by 30%. It instead now provides +25% critical strike chance to Lesser Healing Wave, along with the previous 30% cast time benefit to Healing Wave.
      • Improved Water Shield: This talent now has a 10/20/30% chance to be triggered by Chain Heal, and the charges of Water Shield are no longer consumed by this talent.

 

Warlock

  • Banish: Effect will now be canceled if Banish is recast on a banished target.
  • Dreadsteed: Can now be learned at level 40.
  • Felsteed: Can now be learned at level 20.
  • Soulshatter cooldown reduced to 3 minutes, down from 5 minutes
  • Talents
    • Affliction
      • Pandemic: Now also increases the critical damage bonus of Haunt by 100%.
    • Demonology
      • Fel Domination cooldown reduced to 3 minutes, down from 15 minutes.
    • Destruction
      • Empowered Imp: The warlock’s critical hit chance is increased to 100%, up from 20% for the next spell cast after the Imp critically hits a target.
      • Fire and Brimstone: Reduced to 2/4/6/8/10% increased damage from Incinerate and Chaos Bolt on targets afflicted with Immolate, down from 3/6/9/12/15%.

 

Warrior

  • Talents
    • Fury
      • Armored to the Teeth: This talent now provides 1/2/3 attack power per 108 armor, up from per 180 armor.

 

User Interface

  • Character name auto-completion for the chat frame, pop-ups, and mail interface can be enabled through an interface option in the Development settings.
  • Character names can now be colorized according to class in the chat frame through an interface option in the Development settings.
  • Casting bars under a target’s portrait will now indicate whether or not the cast can be interrupted.
  • Druids will now be able to see their mana bars when shape-shifted.
  • Item Comparisons: Holding the shift key while hovering over an item will now display the stat differences with the item currently equipped in the relevant slot.
  • Macros and scripts will no longer be able to target totems by name.
  • Quest creatures and objects will now show on the player’s world map.
  • The quest log is now double-paned for more easily viewing quest information.
  • Vendor prices will now be listed on items whether or not players are at a vendor.
  • For additional notes on Lua and XML changes please visit the UI & Macros forum.

 

Quests

  • The ravasaur trainer Mor’vek has returned to Un’Goro and will offer to help Horde players raise and train a Venomhide Ravasaur as a mount… if they can survive the creature’s deadly poison.

 

Achievements

  • A Brew-FAST Mount: A new Feat of Strength achievement for acquiring any epic Brewfest mount.
  • Have Keg, Will Travel: Now requires either a Brewfest mount or using Brewfest Hops to transform yours into one.

 

Professions

  • Alchemy
    • All stackable potions now stack to 20.
    • Added a new pattern for Flask of the North, usable by players with a high alchemy skill. The recipe is purchased from Northrend trainers. Flask of the North increases your spell power, attack power or Strength for 1 hour and is usable in arenas. It is not consumed when used.
    • Endless Healing Potion and Endless Mana Potion no longer usable in arenas. Amount of health and mana has been increased, and the cooldown reduced.
    • Five new epic gem transmute recipes are available from the Northrend trainer. The recipe for transmuting a Cardinal Ruby can be learned from a quest, given by Linzy Blackbolt in Dalaran.
    • The Mixology benefits from Northrend elixirs and flasks have been increased.
    • Rage potions can now be used by druids.
  • Cooking
    • Blackened Dragonfin Recipe: Now only requires 1 Dragonfin Angelfish.
    • Chef’s Hat is now superior quality and allows the chef to cook faster.
    • Increased the drop rate for recipes from the Outland Daily Cooking quests.
    • Increased the chance to get a bonus Dalaran Cooking Token from the Spice Bag.
    • The recipe for Captain Rumsey’s Lager can now be randomly found in the quest reward crate, barrel, or spice bag from the cooking dailies.
  • Enchanting
    • Values on Northrend ring enchants increased.
  • Engineering
    • Added a schematic for a Goblin Welding Beam that can heal friendly mechanical units.
    • Alarm-o-Bot functionality changed. Materials required reduced.
    • Box of Bombs no longer requires an anvil.
    • Doubled the duration on Nitro Boosts.
    • Increased benefits from Hyperspeed Accelerators, Hand-Mounted Pyro Rocket and Reticulated Armor Webbing glove modifications.
    • Increased the passive bonus provided by Springy Arachnoweave, Flexweave Underlay and Nitro Boosts.
    • Increased siege damage caused by Saronite Bombs and the Global Thermal Sapper Charge.
    • The Ultrasafe Bullet Machine and Saronite Arrow Maker schematics have been simplified to create a full stack of the appropriate ammunition. No longer requires an anvil. Reduced the materials required to make this ammunition.
    • Mote Extractor now has innate tracking for gas clouds while it is in your inventory. Tracking of gas clouds has been removed from goggles.
    • Potion Injectors now increase the amount gained by 25% when used by engineers. Quantity produced by recipes for Runic Healing and Mana Injectors has been increased.
    • Significantly reduced the cooldown on MOLL-E.
    • Spynocular belt enchantment changed to a Brassbolt Rebreather, allowing engineers to breathe underwater.
    • Transporter devices are no longer classified as trinkets and can be used directly from your inventory.
    • Reduced the materials to create all engineering Dragonlings, and reduced their cooldowns, although they still cannot be used in Arenas.
  • Fishing
    • Players with 300 or higher cooking have a chance to find a Waterlogged Recipe in the Bag of Fishing Treasures awarded by the Northrend fishing dailies. This item can be traded to other players and rewards several Dalaran Cooking Rewards when turned in.
  • Herbalism
    • Increased healing from Lifeblood (Rank 6).
    • Lifeblood now scales slightly with maximum health. No longer affected by global cooldown.
  • Inscription
    • Added a new Glyph of Claw for young feral druids who haven’t yet obtained Mangle.  Inscribers can learn this glyph from the trainer.
    • Master’s Inscriptions increased.
  • Jewelcrafting
    • Dragon’s Eye gems stat bonuses increased.
    • New recipes have been added for cutting epic gems and can be purchased using Dalaran Jewelcrafter’s tokens.
    • Icy Prism now has a chance of yielding an epic gem.
    • Raw epic gems can be obtained via the following means:
      • Prospecting Titanium Ore
      • Alchemy transmutations
      • Purchased with Honor
      • Purchased with Emblems of Heroism
  • Leatherworking
    • Added recipe for Heavy Knothide Leather to Leatherworking trainers (rather than a vendor recipe). Changed several recipes to use Heavy Knothide Leather instead of regular Leather.
    • Fur Lining values increased.
  • Mining
    • Toughness (Rank 6) provides more stamina.
  • Skinning
    • Master of Anatomy (Rank 6) provides more critical strike rating.
  • Tailoring
    • Embroideries improved.

 

Items

  • Feral Druid PvP Gloves (seasons 3 and 4): Maim bonus changed from the interrupt bonus used in The Burning Crusade arena seasons to the cost reduction used in Wrath of the Lich King arena seasons.
  • Glyphs
    • Death Knights
      • Glyph of Unholy Blight: Changed to increase damage done by the updated Unholy Blight talent by 40%.
    • Druids
      • Glyph of Innervate: Duration reduced to 10 seconds.
    • Paladins
      • Glyph of Seal of Command: Redesigned to cause the Paladin to gain 8% of base mana each time the paladin judges Command.
      • Glyph of Seal of Blood: Changed to Glyph of Holy Wrath, which reduces its cooldown by 15 seconds.
    • Rogues
      • Glyph of Shadow Dance: Now increases the duration of Shadow Dance by 2 seconds, down from 4 seconds.
      • Glyph of Tricks of the Trade: Now increases the duration of the damage bonus effect instead of increasing the damage bonus.
    • Warlocks
      • Glyph of Lifetap: Duration of the buff from this glyph increased to 40 seconds.
  • Idol of the Corruptor: The agility buff from this idol is now exclusive with the agility buff from Idol of Terror.
  • Non-Combat Pets: 8 new pets have been added (not including Argent Tournament rewards). Raptor Hatchlings can be found on rare and elite raptors throughout the game world. In addition, an Obsidian Raptor Hatchling can be purchased from Breanni in Dalaran.

 

Dungeons and Raids

  • 25 player raids will no longer be referred to as heroic versions of a raid, as there is a new distinction between normal and heroic modes for both 10 and 25 player versions of the Crusaders’ Coliseum.
  • The Nexus: The Oculus & The Eye of Eternity
    • Vehicles (drakes) used in these instances now scale with item level.
  • Ulduar
    • Players can now use Blink, Shadowstep, and Demonic Teleport while participating in the illusion events in the Yogg-Saron encounter.
    • Ominous Clouds in the Yogg-Saron encounter are now more vocal about touching players.
    • Winter Jormungars will no longer put everyone in the zone in combat when they emerge from a Snow Mound. Additionally, Snow Mounds will now disappear when all their jormungars have emerged.

 

Bug Fixes

  • Corrected a tooltip issue with Pandora’s Plea.
  • Randomly generated uncommon (green) and rare (blue) quality items in Wrath of the Lich King had stat values that were lower than intended. All Wrath of the Lich King uncommon and rare items with random suffixes (“of the Bear”) have had their stat values increased significantly.
  • The leatherworking item Guardian Gloves is now correctly marked as “Good” quality.
  • Hunter
    • All ranks of Sonic Blast now properly have an 80 Focus cost.
    • Black Arrow Ranks 5 and 6 training costs have been lowered significantly.
    • Lock and Load: The tooltip for this talent has been updated to indicate that it also works with Explosive Trap.
    • The tooltip for Improved Tracking has been slightly re-written to indicate that it only works on the hunter, and works on melee damage as well.
    • T.N.T. (Rank 3): Now indicates that the talent works with Black Arrow.
  • Priest
    • The heal from Glyph of Power Word: Shield can now cause Divine Aegis.
    • Mana Burn: Fixed a bug where Mana Burn did not cause fear effects to break when the fear victim had an absorb shield on.
  • Shaman
    • Fixed a bug where Frostbrand Weapon (Rank 9) was not scaling properly with a shaman’s spell power.

I posted this because a lot of folks are stuck behind firewalls and cannot see great sites such as MMO Champion, which happens to be my number one site for news about WoW.

I am going to talk about a lot of this, but there is so much meat on these bones that I’m going to break it up into a series of follow-on posts.

In the meantime, you can enjoy reading this massive wall of things that were apparently ALL critically in need of changing/fixing, right now.

Because of course none of this is being changed JUST for the sake of changing things to keep people thinking the game is new and fresh and vital.

Oh no, not at all. Making people completely rethink and change the very nature of how they already geared is just an unavoidable result of drastically needed changes.

God forbid they just release new content.

Oh, and not that things were broken before, you understand. That would imply terrible mistakes were made in the class balancing. You don’t have access to their testing, so you don’t understand that everything is fine. The fact that Ret Paladins are getting nerfed while Rogues are… pretty much untouched really just means that Rogues were higher DPS all along. Don’t you get it? Yep.

Honestly, they do this, and even though a lot of the new stuff excites me, the way they make sweeping class changes with a sledgehammer, over and over and over, this ‘change for the sake of change’ shit, just makes me want to log off, and not come back.

Cassie took one look at the patch notes, read through them with me line by line, turned to me and said “I really don’t feel like playing WoW anymore. This isn’t fun for me.”

I hear Freerealms is pretty cool. We might go check that out.

35 Responses to “Wall of Patch Text Crits you for Infinity – You Lose the Will to Play”
  1. Sharvhan says:

    Whatever happened to just putting new items on the badge vendor like in BC? *sadpanda* The emblem system totally confuses me now. More things about this patch make me want to rant, but I won’t get into that here. :)

  2. Ming says:

    What?

    I mean, I love your blog lots, BBB, and deeply respect your opinion on a lot of things, but this post boggles me just a tad.

    The game wasn’t balanced before. The game developers (reasonably) don’t admit to every imbalance that the forum community sees, but they do make mistakes and admit it, such as, for example, the fact that they goofed up on the relative value of block for tanks. That’s what all the block value changes in the patch notes are about. Likewise, there were complaints that kitty dps was too high, so they nerfed them a little; there were developer-admitted problems with Prot Pallies (lack of cooldowns), Retadins (too much frontloaded burst), and Holy Pallies (too niche in their healing capabilities), and all of those are addressed, or attempted to be so, in the patch notes.

    As for the EXP gain in BGs, or the Ravasaur, or the new bear and kitty models and stuff like that, that’s stuff they’ve been wanting to put into the game for ages now, and only now have actually gotten around to doing so.

    GC has stated multiple times that there is a huge list of changes they want to get around to doing. Including any ongoing imbalance issues that need to be addressed, I cannot believe that the developer team would make changes just for the heck of it, as they already have so many changes they want to make.

  3. Kayeri says:

    ::very quiet:: Not sure what to say to that… I don’t believe in setting up a fuss or anything like that…

    I’d miss you if you went, but you two have to do what you have fun with. If it’s not fun, it’s time to stop.

  4. Craig says:

    That makes my head hurt. Fishing up recipes? What? Did someone leave the drinks cabinet unlocked again?

  5. Lazaros of Llane says:

    Just remember: they normally post a lot of the basic changes and nerfs up front with the class buffs at the end. Hopefully, after the dust settles from this initial proclamation, we’ll start getting a fuller picture.

  6. Ming says:

    Ah, I just want to add for clarification:

    Wanting to leave WoW and go to another MMO? Absolutely fine with me. I have no authority to comment on how someone else enjoys their free time.

    Disliking patches because of the frequency with which they change things? Perfectly reasonable, and as I understand you’re far from alone in that regard.

    Disliking the changes because they’re made for the sake of changing stuff? This is what bothers me, because it is simply not true, and I detailed my reasons for so in my previous post.

    In short, whatever you chose to do about WoW is perfectly fine with me (and indeed, none of my business), but I would like you to re-think your opinion on why these patch changes were made.

    Thank you.

  7. Navir says:

    Poor cassie! atleast now you can be a axe rogue! that makes sense right? ok ok /sarcasm off

    the one thing in the notes i do not like is the part about lowering mangle? i already struggle with threat in ulduar against mages and hunters, but now mangle will do less damage? and less threat? glad i dual spec’d tree….

  8. bigbearbutt says:

    Well, that’s an extremely well written comment Ming, and you’ve got some great points there.

    The thing is, I’ve been following the overall history of the game, the class development, blue post responses to people who ask for help on game balance, and all the rest of this on a daily basis for years now.

    I’m tired of there having to be massive class changes with big content patches.

    “Hi, here is all the new content, and new rewards, and new stuff to go for… but first, you need to learn how to play your cahracter all over again at the same time.”

    I won’t leave, but Cassie is making a freerealms character as we speak.

    Maybe something about her brand new level 80 ret/holy paladin being completely retooled might have discouraged her a smidgeon.

  9. Ming says:

    As I said earlier, that’s a perfectly reasonable response to things.

    I sincerely hope you two enjoy whatever you chose to do.

    (I’m also going to mention that I’m really flattered you chose to respond to me. Woo!)

  10. bigbearbutt says:

    Mostly, the fact is I am feeling extra super grumpy tonight. Alex was supposed to have fun T-Ball practise, and it got canceled for weather. Saturday is looking like one hell of a busy day, Sunday is getting full, and work is a bitch right now. And this is the NICE week after last week. So don’t mind my crankiness, my next post ain’t gonna be all doom and gloom.

  11. Dechion says:

    Oddly the more I read it the more I hope that a good chunk of this gets reworked as the PTR goes along.

    I am getting sick of learning to play all over again every couple of months.

    I’m not going anywhere, but I am less than pleased with what I read.

  12. Nighthawque says:

    Wow… I am just getting used to my cat form and aside from the horror that will be the be Bedazzled Cat with the new forms these changes make me sad :(
    Mangle down 11%, rake down 7%, rip down 6%, shred down 10%, swipe down a bit. Apparently there were some OP cats out there.
    That being said my tree will always be available to heal your Big Bear Butt!

  13. Felkan says:

    “Quest creatures and objects will now show on the player’s world map.”

    Any ideas what this means? I just started leveling a Pally. Seems sort of vague….

  14. Stupid Mage says:

    Holy Shit

  15. Aindrelin says:

    I’ve spent a long time getting used to not just how my class works (I’m ret/prot paladin, so Cassie, I feel your pain!) but all the little niches of the game. I’m helping a friend level a paladin for RP, and now I have to relearn how people level through the game, not to mention the possibility that he might not be able to get the Blood Knight tabard if I don’t get his butt to 60 soon! New mounts? Okay, yay! But I do feel pretty damn ripped off that there are repuation discounts for epic flying training which I didn’t spend a penny while leveling to save up for, and now I have to trudge through starting areas to get decent money-making professions.

    It’s taken a nice, big lake that I was completely used to, and changed it around completely. They’ve alienated all but the most luckiest players who aren’t currently leveling any alts, not to mention alienated anyone who wasn’t yet settled in to level 80 content. For example, me.

    I mean, I thought that the class changes in 3.0 were big!

    And, BBB, I am also grumpy tonight. Leveling a paladin from 25 to 70 with no help isn’t exactly putting me in a nice mood, especially when my friend is being as uncooperative as possible. At least things are good for me IRL; my most sincere condolences to you.

  16. Althalas says:

    I feel like this is the “everything we were meaning” to do patch. Druid form changes, Ui updates, all that sort of thing. Just stuff thats been on the back burner for years that’s finally getting attention.

  17. Leah says:

    some of the changes did make me go huh, but let me name the changes that made it difficult for me to to wake up my husband with squealing.

    Flask of the north. my raider is an alchemist. flask of the north means – never having to farm frost lotus endlessly, because now I have an endless flask.

    new totem interface – one less addon for me to run!

    vendor prices listed on the items – another addon I don’t have to run anymore!

    more health for shammies!

    rogues using axes! (no more looking at the lovely stats when playing my rogue, sighing and letting go, because I cannot use those..)

    new pets and mounts! especially ravasaur mount!

    buffs to engineering!

    return to the original TBC badge system…more or less.

    I have to say majority of the changes make me very exited to play :P to each their own I guess :)

  18. Friday says:

    And here I, only last night, installed FaceMauler and feraled my way to 2.5k dps in a Heroic :'( It was the first time I had used the addon and the first time my kitty dps didn’t suck. It was quite the victory.

    I shall console myself by thinking about how much I will appreciate the new druid skins and with the knowledge that every “omg they killed my class” patch that came out I usually got things back on track with minimal fuss. (crosses fingers)

  19. Kolan says:

    *sigh

    I feel it to BBB. Everytime I think I have it all worked out they change it again. I wish I didn’t need a computer model to tell me if gear was an upgrade. :-(

    My warlock alt has been in the cupboard for a few months, I took him out the other day and it doesn’t fit anymore. He was afflic then destro then demo and now has some hybrid build and spells that I don’t even recognise the tooltips for. To say nothing about my driud alt. :-(
    However there are some things in the patch notes I like.

  20. fat_aardvark says:

    Most patches strike me as “meh” but I do get a little bit annoyed at changes that are due to arena gripes that change the balance for casual PvE folk. Much goodness in there for my Engineering/Mining Bear. More return from Healing Potion Injectors would be great if this stacks with my Frenzied Regen glyph :D

    OH CRAP! > Survival Instincts > Barkskin > Frenzied Regen > Health Pot Injection > PHEW!

    The last patch changes to Lifebloom made me make major “adaptions” to my Resto spec but they were just adaptions and talent/glyph re-arrangements rather than a whole lot of un-learning and re-learning.

  21. Kobay says:

    I understand your frustration, BBB. I don’t have a full stable of alts, so the class changes don’t hit me quite as much. Just let me know what changes I need to make to my Bear/Kitty routine and I’ll be fine. But yes, I’d rather spend time playing the game than researching the latest attack rotations.

    My apathy comes from a different source, my work schedule prevents me from playing between the hours of 5pm and 11pm. On my server, this means I simply don’t enter a 10 man instance. It doesn’t happen.

    I’m waiting for Diablo 3, a game I will be able to “win” regardless of what times I play.

  22. Neil says:

    As Ming said, full respect to you and Cassie, you’re of course entitled to your opinions and to do what you like with your free time. That said, I have to say, these changes really don’t seem gratuitous as you’ve made them out to be.

    The adjustments to Paladins, for example, have been in the works for a while. Many Ret Paladins have been complaining that their DPS rotation is too simple, and the devs have been saying for some time that they agree. Adding a more dynamic element in the form of watching for Art of War procs, and adjusting Crusader Strike so that it needs to be hit more often, will make it more fun to play that class, without making drastic changes to gear and so forth.

    As for the kitty DPS nerfs, cats were regularly surpassing the DPS of better-geared players by absurd margins. In Naxx-10 last week I was doing something like 5500 DPS on Patchwerk, still wearing a few blue items. We needed to be toned back a bit, and I look forward to earning my position on meters rather than leveraging class imbalance to get there :)

    But what really bugs me about your post is your assertion that the devs never admit to making mistakes. There are tons of blue posts saying “We overdid mechanic X on class Y” or “Class A needs more of mechanic B” or things along those lines. They’ve been going on for some time about how Holy Paladins need to be less pigeonholed into tank healing, for example, or how they’re not happy with the state of shield block.

    You’ve worked engineering-related jobs, BBB – you must know what it’s like to have commercial concerns sideline quality issues. Ghostcrawler has said time and again that he and the other devs have a ton of things they want to change that they simply don’t have the resources to, and I can say from experience as a software developer that good devs are always, always harsher on their own product than even the most disgruntled customer.

    So, whatever your opinion on the changes themselves, I certainly disagree with your assertions about the manner in which they were made. I hope I managed to make that point without coming off as a jerk :(

    P.S. For all my disagreements, I also really hope you stick around and keep playing :) Your valuable insights and your entertaining writing make my WoW experience far better, and selfish concerns aside, it makes me sad to think of someone who clearly relishes the game and the community being driven away :(

  23. Trazer says:

    *sigh*
    That is a wall of text, and they expect everyone to read and understand that?!
    New content, new rewards, new class-retartds, and you can’t really blame people for that.

    The thing that really bugs me the most is the way the leveling game is being dumbed down, faster mounts at earlier levels, no more epic questing for fishing skill etc etc – it is all about endgame now.
    Here is a free tip for ya Blizz, make level 70 trainable for 1000G, that would sort alt-levling in heartbeat.

  24. Lynyrd says:

    Wow. Between the Orc racial changes and the rogue weapon changes (about damn time) I’m pretty giddy right now about owning an Orc rogue :) Never made much sense to me for a rogue to use a giant club but not a hatchet.

  25. PTD says:

    I’m a little disappointed in the way they are “nerfing” various classes lately. In the case of kitty druids, just like it was with fury warriors, they seemed to just do a straight damage nerf right off the top. I suppose rather than tweak the way things work, it’s easier to do a flat reduction across many skills or across the board, but it seems a little lazy.

    Like doing surgery with a 10 inch Chef’s knife.

    By the way, BBB, thanks for being the guy that isn’t afraid to talk about different classes regardless of your blog’s title. It convinced me I could do the same!

  26. Agora says:

    Perspective is a key element.

    Does it matter to you, as a guild leader of a casual non-raiding guild, that kitty cats were doing too much damage when compared to other classes? Very unlikely because you bring the indivisuals who signed up (and maybe encourage a few that e a bit scared to participate) into raids regardless of their classes. You bring individuals. Not classes, not players, individuals.. What it says, in my opinion, is who you play the game with matters much more than your own or collective success.

    I am not saying here you would not get frustrated if you were to fail over and over again nigh after night, just that “winning” (beating content, being the best DPS, whatever) is not high on your priority list.

    Some players are much more focused on “winning” and for those, class balance matters much. If their class is not competitive, they will not be brought into a “winning” raid or PvP team. A good example would be the raid composition in Sunwell before the great nerf. Shaman anyone? Drum rotation? Why is there a paladin outside the instance?

    I have no problem with Blizzard making massive changes to balance the classes. Where I take issues is in the introduction of an easier access to gear which will allow you to overpower the content but that is because I put a high value on challenge.

  27. Lupius says:

    @ PTD

    Careful what you ask for. A straight up damage nerf might as well be what most players prefer. At least you don’t have to learn how to play your class again because a specific skill is now archaic.

  28. yunk says:

    For most of us “tuning” means making a small change, testing it, making another small change, then testing that. For Blizzard, it’s like they have an old analogue radio with the dial, and to try to tune in a radio station that is just coming in, they grab that dial with their fist and spin it as hard as they can. They realize “oh we went too far” and then spin the dial as hard as they can in the other direction. The very concept of moving it only a little and trying to find a balance does not even enter their thought process.

  29. Agora says:

    I forgot …

    The most important change in 3.2, in my opinion, is the ability to turn off all experience gains (read post 72, http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=17899800652&sid=1&pageNo=4).

    I will finally be able to revisit all the Azeroth dungeons and raids with a group or raid composed entirely of level 60 toons. Yes, the game mechanics have changed and we will have access to some items from Burning Crusade at 60, but still, I think it’s great!

  30. D says:

    I completely get the annoyance of having your toon’s capabilities and even play style continuously altered, especially when one’s favorite toon goes from viable, to OP to sub-standard and back again it’s maddening. However I also see it from the developer standpoint.

    I worked on a mud for about 10 years and the difficulty is that every time you introduce new content it changes the balance in unexpected ways. The new content may have balance issues; it may highlight or exacerbate balance issues that already exist; or it may produce an unforeseen balance issue in combination with something else that already exists. This is even harder when you have such a large number of smart and committed players who will work ceaselessly to find any advantage (weakness or imbalance) you’ve inadvertently created.

    At this point there are really only two choices.
    1. leave things unbalanced.
    2. try to fix it.

    I’ve tried both options and they both suck in different ways. Blizzard goes for option 2 and so we just have to accept that if there’s going to be new content there are going to be ongoing class changes to respond to the new content and to fix things that showed up due to the previously new content.

    So at the end of the day I see this as the price we pay for a game that keeps us engaged and interested far beyond what most console or PC games ever could.

    Oh, and these shammy changes rock for my enh/resto shammy. :)

  31. Kyosei says:

    As someone who’s played a Ret pally since vanilla (yeah heard the Retlol for over 3 years), the idea of the paladin class being changed over and over again doesn’t really bother me. Heck they’ve changed it’s image every expansion so it’s not a big deal. The changes to Ret in this patch means I have to slightly change my cooldown/proc priorities and have one less seal to worry about. For Holy though, I haven’t tried playing it yet but I can totally understand why someone could be upset. That’s quite a few nerfs and like the 4th or 5th time they’ve nerfed Illumination.

  32. Cogga says:

    What bugs me is that they’re just NOW getting around to the druid forms.

    People haven’t been asking for new druid forms for years, oh no. I’m pretty sure people have been wanting a new tauren cat form, at least, since pre-BC. There are some famous, high-quality reskins of druid forms that have been out for a couple years at least.

    No, they couldn’t make better druid forms for druids, who pretty much spend all of their combat time in said forms. They could make a new, higher polygon model of blood elves for Sylvanas and Alexstrasza, though. NPCs that you don’t even see that often, especially in combat.

  33. Cogga says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I like the changes they’re making. I just think some of them are coming way too late.

    I’m currently taking an indefinite break from the game, anyway. It was a combination of burnout, and being tired of the way Blizzard handles things. Champions Online is looking pretty neat.

  34. Jeursey says:

    I was so looking forward to the new cat skins. But with this unexpected cat nerf, guess I’ll go back to playing bear again…

  35. Sah says:

    The pure amount of changes made me skim big parts and jump class specifics (except druids).

    I never really enjoyed doing the same raid in a 25 man version after doing the 10 man version. The question that comes to me now is if the 10 and the 25 man versions will differ in layout and fights, I sure hope they do even if normal and heroic mode will have about the same look. However, I’m afraid we just will see 4 levels of difficulty in basically the same instance.

    Considering the cat nerfs, I don’t like them but I’m not surprised. I was a lot more surprised when I dual-speced and saw the amount of dps I managed to put out as kitty considering I was new to the feral tree.
    Being resto as main spec though there wasn’t anything that I can see will affect my playstyle. I think I like the change on innervate though since it will probably make me use it more (up from almost never :) ). However, I think the buff of MP5 might be the last nail for spirit. Just this morning I was thinking “is spirit really worth it now that innervate isn’t based on it anymore?” since innervate was more or less the only thing making spirit comperative to MP5 concerning mana regen. The only reason to use spirit if this goes live will, as I see it, be mana regen OOC and the SP from ToL and it will probably not make spirit worh it in a lot of cases.

    Some nice changes in the interface there.

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