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Diablo III Beta Details On Monday May 9

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Diablo 3 News, Featured Stories

Awaken, Diablo III fans! As I have repeated diligently over the past few weeks, Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime is to reveal details of the Diablo III Beta on Monday, May 9th at 1:30 pm Pacific Time (4:30 pm Eastern Time) during the Activision Blizzard First Quarter 2011 Financial Results conference call.

On February 9th, during the Q4 2010 Results conference call, Mike Morhaime indicated details of Diablo III beta would surface at the next conference call, which takes place in less than 48-hours from now.

“As for Diablo III, development continues to go well, and we’re very excited about the game. Our most recent public showcase for Diablo III was at the G-Star show in Korea, where demo stations attracted huge lines of players. I’m looking forward to sharing some more news about the game and our upcoming beta on the next call,” said Mike Morhaime on February 9th, 2011. “Finally, I wanted to remind everyone that we just announced our BlizzCon show for 2011, which will be taking place on October 21 and 22 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Our shows keep getting better and better every year, and we are looking forward to meeting with our players and sharing exciting news about Blizzard at the event.”

Speculation on when Diablo III Beta might start has less than 48-hours lifespan. Mike Morhaime is likely to provide an approximate or official date for the launch of Diablo III Beta. Let’s flashback in time to the moment Mike Morhaime revealed an approximate timeframe for the launch of StarCraft II beta. It was during the Activision Blizzard Q4 2009 conference held on February 9, 2010. Mike Morhaime was true to his announcement and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Beta Testing began on February 17th — just 8 days after his speech.

This was the statement provided by Mike Morhaime concerning the launch of StarCraft II Beta Testing:

“I do have an exciting news regarding Starcraft II. We are slated to be in close beta testing later this month. The beta test will be conducted in a global scale, including thousands of testers in North America, Europe, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, and New Zealand.

We expect a tremendous response from our players, and we are eager to begin this phase of development as we enter the final stretch before release.”

With bits of past examples echoing through time, one might speculate that Diablo III Beta Testing might begin very soon. Can Diablo III fans expect beta in late May? On June? Find out this coming Monday at 1:30pm PDT / 4:30pm EST.

Blizzplanet will provide a short transcript and some of the slideshows to be provided during the conference call for those unable to tune in the online broadcast.

Thrilled? Excited? So are we. Get your official Diablo III T-shirt to celebrate Diablo III Beta details finally coming your way.

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Cataclysm Patch 4.1: Rise of the Zandalari Trailer Revealed

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Featured Stories, Uncategorized

Blizzard Entertainment recently released Patch 4.1 and the Rise of the Zandalari Trailer is available.

In addition, the Blizzard Insider newsletter has reached fans’ emails. It contains an interview with Scott Mercer where he explains how The Rise of the Zandalari came about as the central theme of Patch 4.1’s major content.

    How did Rise of the Zandalari come about?

    Scott Mercer: Well, it’s always a good time for trolls! No, just kidding, there’s more to it than that. The idea first came up after the launch of 4.0 when we reintroduced 5-player versions of Shadowfang Keep and Deadmines. The classic dungeons ended up being a big hit with players, so we knew we wanted keep the momentum going by remaking more dungeons. Zul’Gurub was an obvious choice as it was a long-time player favorite, and many people were sad to see it go when Cataclysm launched. We started revamping it as soon as we could. Much later, when work on Zul’Gurub was nearing completion, we decided to add Zul’Aman to the lineup as well. The team felt Zul’Aman was one of our best raid dungeons of all time, but that it launched late in the Burning Crusade expansion cycle, so not that many players got a chance to experience it when it first came out. It was really the “hidden jewel” of Burning Crusade raiding. We’re hopeful that bringing it back as a 5-player Heroic will open it up and allow a much larger portion of the player base to try out the encounters.

    Can you give us any indication of the how the major bosses and features of Zul’Aman and Zul’Gurub will be updated for the patch?

    Scott Mercer: Zul’Aman was ahead of its times in a lot of ways, and it actually adheres pretty closely to the encounter design philosophies we use today. For that reason, we didn’t feel the need to change the encounter mechanics too much aside from a few tweaks here and there needed to retune it for 5 players instead of 10 or 20. On the other hand, Zul’Gurub needed to change a lot to bring it in line with our current thinking on encounter design. For starters, we simplified the dungeon layout by closing off some of the wings with doors or fallen debris. This should make progression through the dungeon more streamlined and obvious. We’re also completely redoing the non-boss NPCs in the dungeon to make them easier to clear with a 5-player group. A lot of the Zul’Gurub boss lineup is changing as well, and players can even expect to see some new faces in the crowd.

    Were there any specific challenges in taking a 10 or 20-player raid instance and revamping it for 5 players?

    Scott Mercer: Knowing that there will only be five players at an encounter introduces some constraints that aren’t there for larger raid encounters. For example, you can’t use tank switching mechanics when you know that most 5-player groups are only going to have one tank. In the same vein, events that require a lot of crowd control aren’t going to work either; there just aren’t as many players available for crowd control as you would have in a 20-player raid. We also had to be careful to limit encounter mechanics that could potentially disrupt or lock down the healer. These kinds of mechanics tend to be much more devastating in 5-player groups, mostly because there are no other healers available to pick up the slack. Of course, I’m not saying players aren’t going to see any disruptive mechanics at all, I’m just saying we had to use them much more carefully than we would with larger raid encounters.

    You discussed how several of the encounter mechanics are changing for the revamp. Can you give us any specific examples?

    Scott Mercer: Sure, take Akil’Zon, the eagle boss in Zul’Aman. He used to interrupt players by launching them straight into the air, which could be devastating in a 5-player encounter if he chooses the healer or the tank, so we changed this mechanic slightly. Now his summoned eagles pick players up and try to fly off with them instead. The player that gets picked up can still act and cast normally, even while being carried away. So the group just has to make sure the eagle dies before it carries the player away. This works better, because the eagle mechanic still creates a sense of urgency without completely disrupting the targeted player.

    Let’s talk phat loot! What kinds of rewards can players expect from the new versions of Zul’Gurub and Zul’Aman?

    Scott Mercer: The bosses drop epic quality item level 353 loot, which we hope will help players gear up for Cataclysm raiding. We also reworked the Edge of Madness event as an optional boss encounter which requires the archaeology profession to activate. At a certain point, an archaeologist can release one of four randomly chosen troll spirits, each with unique loot. We’re also releasing new versions of the special mounts that used to be found in Zul’Aman and Zul’Gurub. Players who successfully complete a timed run of Zul’Aman can get the new version of the war bear. Anyone who has the old version of a mount can still get the new version. Also — though this isn’t really part of the dungeon itself — we’re adding a new mini-raptor pet for people who do the Stranglethorn Vale lead-in quests. Oh, and of course, Mojo the toad can still be found in Zul’Aman.

    Going forward, can we expect more raid dungeons from past expansions and patches to be revamped as 5-player Heroic dungeons?

    Scott Mercer: We definitely want to, but there are a few technical limitations we will have to solve first, especially with some of the older dungeons. That said, we know players like the classic dungeons and we’re open to updating just about any instance that has memorable encounters, especially if the dungeon as a whole meshes well with our current philosophy of encounter design. Several dungeons in particular keep coming up as potential candidates for 5-player Heroics. I’ve heard Scarlet Monastery and Scholomance discussed a few times. We also think it would be cool to revamp Blackrock Spire and Blackrock Depths given their obvious tie-ins for the storyline of Cataclysm. Nothing’s been ruled out yet, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see which ideas rise to the surface and we move further into Cataclysm.

Finally, you should read a new entry to the Leader Short Stories section by creative writer Brian Kindreagan. Learn more about Vol’jin: The Judgment.

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Blizzplanet: Diablo III Screenshots

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Diablo 3 News, Featured Stories

Recently, Bashiok posted a community-wide challenge to encourage fans to spread the word and get 1 million ‘Like’ at the official Diablo Facebook page. So far … 553,654 People Like This.

18 Diablo III updates are expected throughout the challenge, one every 25,000 ‘Likes’. If anything, the awesome-sauce Fallen-Shaman ain’t a bluffer. Today, to encourage fans to spread the word and to invite friends and family to ‘Like’ Facebook, Blizzard Entertainment has provided Blizzplanet and other fansites with three exclusive ‘High-Resolution’ screenshots from Diablo III. The smaller versions were posted at the official Diablo Facebook page.

Female demon hunter with a combo attack

These demons didn’t put up much of a fight. I bet anyone will like this detonation that looks like a nuclear strike. Nuclear Launch Detected?


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The male witch doctor hunkering down to use his new blow dart ability

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King Leoric concept art by Brom

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Huh?

Concept for the witch doctor ability Wall of Zombies.

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World of Warcraft Patch 4.0.6 Released – Read Patch Notes

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Featured Stories, World of Warcraft News

Blizzard Entertainment has deployed the World of Warcraft Patch 4.0.6 into Live Realms. Fire up the launcher.exe shortcut in your desktop to start downloading the patch which is shy of 150.5MB file size. Took me less than 10 minutes to download in a wireless modem, so you should be good to start playing shortly after.

This patch is definitely great in several aspects:

  • Extensive changes and bug fixes to all classes.

  • Random Heroic dungeons via LFG Tool now grant 140 Justice Points up from 70.
  • Halfus in Bastion of Twilight now casts Shadow Nova less frequent in 10-man dungeons (YAY!)
  • Several Dungeon bosses and mechanics have been adjusted slightly and conveniently — it will be less of a headache to PUG.
  • Some professions get new recipes, so check them out.
  • Several quest, races, PvP, items, Guild and UI changes.

If it wasn’t for the lack of a new dungeon, this could easily be confused with a major content patch. Lot of work put into this patch.
Below are the Patch Notes:

Blizzard Quote:

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm patch 4.0.6 is set to be released on all North American realms today. Below you’ll find the official patch notes. Check back soon, as we’ll be posting an announcement here once the patch is live.

World of Warcraft Client Patch 4.0.6

Table of Contents

  • Classes
  • Dungeons & Raids
  • Guilds
  • Items
  • Professions
  • PvP
  • Quests & Creatures
  • Races
  • User Interface
  • General Bug Fixes (fixes pertaining specifically to the sections listed above are noted within those sections)

Death Knights

  • Death Coil damage has been reduced by roughly 10%.
  • Icebound Fortitude now breaks stuns when used, in addition to providing immunity to them.
  • Necrotic Strike’s absorption effect is now reduced by the target’s resilience. In addition, its debuff duration has been reduced to 10 seconds, down from 15.
  • The spell hit bonus previously given by Virulence (Unholy) has been rolled into the Runic Focus passive effect that all death knights possess.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Blood
      • Bone Shield now has 4 charges, up from 3.
      • Crimson Scourge has been redesigned slightly. Instead of a 50/100% chance to make the next Blood Boil free when Plague Strike is used on a target with Blood Plague, the talent now gives a 5/10% chance to provide a free Blood Boil when the death knight lands any melee attack on a Blood Plagued target.
      • Heart Strike now deals 175% weapon damage plus 15% per disease, up from 120% plus 10% per disease.
      • Improved Death Strike now increases the damage of Death Strike by 30/60/90%, up from 15/30/45%.
      • If Death Strike is used while a Blood Shield is already active, the new absorb will stack with the old one instead of replacing it.
      • Scarlet Fever now applies via Blood Plague, rather than Blood Boil.
      • Will of the Necropolis no longer refunds a Blood Rune when it resets Rune Tap’s cooldown. Instead it makes the next Rune Tap free while Will of the Necropolis is active.
    • Frost
      • Chilblains now also causes Chains of Ice to root the target for 1.5/3 seconds.
      • Howling Blast now deals 40% less damage to all targets other than the primary target of the spell.
      • Hungering Cold now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
      • Might of the Frozen Wastes now also increases all melee damage by 4/8/12% while wielding a two-handed weapon.
    • Unholy
      • Blightcaller (Mastery) has been redesigned and renamed Dreadblade. It increases all Shadow damage by 2.5% per point of mastery.
      • Dark Transformation now increases pet damage by 80%, down from 100%.
      • Death’s Advance (new talent): While both Unholy Runes are depleted, movement-impairing effects cannot reduce the death knight below 75/100% of normal movement speed.
      • Desecration is now also triggered by Necrotic Strike.
      • The ratio of runic power return from Magic Suppression has been reduced by roughly one third.
      • Rage of Rivendare now increases strike damage by 12/24/36%, down from 15/30/45%.
      • Runic Corruption procs while the aura is already active now add 3 seconds to the existing aura duration, instead of simply refreshing/overwriting the existing aura.
      • Shadow Infusion now increases pet damage by 8% per stack, down from 10%.
      • Sudden Doom is now triggered only from main-hand auto attacks, and is normalized according to weapon speed rather than having a fixed percentage chance.
      • Unholy Might (passive) has been reduced to a 5% Strength increase, down from 10%.
      • Virulence has been redesigned. It now grants 10/20/30% additional disease damage.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Dark Succor (new glyph) raises the minimum healing done by Death Strike from 7% to 15% of maximum health, but only while in Unholy or Frost Presence.
    • Glyph of Death’s Embrace no longer refunds Runic Power when self-healing via Lichborne.
  • Runeforging
    • Swordbreaking and Swordshattering now reduce disarm duration by 60%, up from 50%.
  • Death Knight Bug Fixes
    • Blood of the North is no longer incorrectly increasing Blood Strike damage by 10%.
    • The tooltip for Blood Presence was giving an incorrect value and has been corrected.
    • The amount of bonus damage Blood Strike was receiving per disease was inconsistent with its tooltip and has been amended.
    • Crimson Scourge will no longer proc if Blood Plague is not present on the target.
    • Death Grip has a minimum range requirement of 8 yards against players, but this was not stated in the tooltip. The tooltip has been updated.
    • Desecration should stay in place while on the Alliance Gunship in Deepholm.
    • When a character is raised as a ghoul with Raise Ally, there is no longer a considerable pause after losing control of the ghoul before being returned to the corpse or graveyard.
    • The Scourge Strike tooltip is now correctly augmented by Rage of Rivendare.
    • The shadow portion of Scourge Strike was receiving more than 10% increased damage from Frost Presence and has been corrected.
    • The shadow portion of Scourge Strike no longer incorrectly still receives a 13% spell damage increase from Earth and Moon.
    • Glyph Fixes
      • The Chains of Ice tooltip is now correctly augmented by Glyph of Chains of Ice.
      • Glyph of Raise Ally now correctly affects the risen ally’s health.
      • The Vampiric Blood tooltip became awkwardly worded after applying Glyph of Vampiric Blood. We made the words less awkward.

Druids

  • Barkskin is no longer dispellable.
  • Entangling Roots now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Healing Touch is now trained at level 78, up from level 3.
  • Hibernate now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Lacerate damage has been reduced by approximately 20%.
  • Mangle (Bear Form) weapon damage (at level 80+) has been reduced to 235%, down from 300%.
  • Mangle (Cat Form) weapon damage percent (at level 80+) has been increased to 460%, up from 360%.
  • Maul damage has been reduced by approximately 20%.
  • Moonfire mana cost has been reduced from 18% to 9%.
  • Mount Up: This guild perk now applies to Flight Form and Swift Flight Form as well.
  • Nature’s Grasp now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Nourish is now trained at level 8, down from level 78.
  • Omen of Clarity can no longer trigger from helpful spells (aka heals), unless the Restoration talent Malfurion’s Gift is chosen.
  • Prowl is no longer broken by enemies using Demoralizing Shout or Demoralizing Roar.
  • Rake damage has been reduced by 10%.
  • Rejuvenation is now trained at level 3, down from level 8. In addition, its mana cost is now 20% of base mana.
  • Rip damage has been reduced by 10%.
  • Shapeshifts: Entering or leaving a shapeshift no longer cancels root effects. It continues to cancel movement slowing effects.
  • Shred weapon damage percent (at level 80+) has been increased to 450%, up from 350%.
  • Skull Bash’s lockout time has been reduced to 4 seconds, down from 5.
  • Soothe is now instant cast, down from 1.5 seconds.
  • Worgen and troll druids now have new art for Swift Flight Form.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Balance
      • Fungal growth duration has been increased to 20 seconds, up from 10. In addition, it should now be much more responsive when detonating Wild Mushrooms.
      • Moonkin Form now grants 15% damage reduction instead of increased armor. In addition, shapeshifting in or out of this form now breaks roots. Note this is not stated in the tooltip.
      • The Shooting Stars buff duration has been increased to 12 seconds, up from 8 seconds.
      • Starfall will no longer strike targets that are not in combat and will now drop stars at a slightly faster rate.
      • Sunfire mana cost has been reduced from 18% to 9%.
      • Total Eclipse (Mastery) benefit from mastery increased by approximately 33%.
      • Typhoon mana cost has been reduced by 50%.
      • Wild Mushroom is now instant cast, down from 0.5 seconds. In addition, the radius of detonation has been increased to 6 yards, up from 3, and damage done increased by 30%.
    • Feral
      • Berserk (instant Mangle proc) now has a new Spell Alert identifier. In addition, Berserk no longer breaks Fear or makes the druid immune to Fear.
      • Blood in the Water: Timing on this effect has been improved so that Ferocious Bite will immediately refresh Rip, rather than be slightly delayed (which gave a chance for the Rip to expire despite being refreshed).
      • Infected Wounds now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
      • Pulverize weapon damage percent has been reduced to 80%, down from 100%.
    • Restoration
      • Disentanglement (new specialization): Causes shapeshifting to remove roots in addition to snares.
      • Empowered Touch now also affects Regrowth. In addition, after Tree of Life is no longer active, this talent will only refresh the most recently cast or refreshed Lifebloom, and will not refresh other copies of Lifebloom.
      • Natural Shapeshifter has been reduced to a 3/6-second increase to Tree of Life’s duration, down from 5/10.
      • Nature’s Bounty no longer affects Swiftmend, but now has a new effect. When the druid has Rejuvenation on 3 or more targets, the cast time of Nourish is reduced by 10/20/30%.
      • Symbiosis (Mastery) benefit from mastery increased by approximately 16%.
      • Tree of Life duration has been reduced to 25 seconds, down from 30.
      • Wild Growth healing has been increased by 30%, and the cooldown has been reduced to 8 seconds, down from 10.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Entangling Roots redesigned. It now reduces the cast time of Entangling Roots by 0.2 seconds, rather than making it instant cast.
    • Glyph of Regrowth now causes the heal-over-time effect to refresh itself on targets at or below 50% health, up from 25%.
    • Glyph of Wrath now increases damage done by Wrath by 10% and no longer requires Insect Swarm on the target.
  • Druid Bug Fixes
    • Druid forms now have an Archaeology Survey animation.
    • Balance of Power’s tooltip now states that spell hit rating is increased only by Spirit gained from items and effects.
    • Druids can correctly cast Barkskin while silenced.
    • Feral Charge: Cat should always turn the druid around to face the back of the target.
    • Hurricane now remains at the same location it was cast at while on a moving transport.
    • The mana return effect of Leader of the Pack is now consistent with its tooltip.
    • Maul and other Feral druid ability tooltips should now show the correct damage.
    • Druids in Moonkin Form should now correctly be able to mount.
    • Rank 1 of Naturalist is now reducing the cast time by what it states on the tooltip.
    • Nature’s Swiftness is no longer consumed when casting Entangling Roots that became instant cast via Glyph of Entangling Roots.
    • The instant Rejuvenation heal from Gift of the Earthmother should no longer gain bonus healing from haste too soon, and should now correctly benefit from Symbiosis.
    • The Thick Hide tooltip should now reflect the new increased values.
    • The tooltip for Thrash’s bleed effect listed the amount of damage per tick rather than the total damage for the effect. This has been corrected.
    • Using Track Humanoids while in Cat Form should no longer cause loot windows to automatically close the first time they are opened.
    • Druids should now make the correct laugh and cry emote sounds while in Tree of Life Form.
    • Wild Mushroom’s tooltip now shows the magic school.
    • Glyph Fixes
      • Glyph of Ferocious Bite now correctly augments the Ferocious Bite tooltip.

Hunters

  • Aimed Shot weapon damage has been increased to 200%, up from 150%. In addition, the base cast time has been reduced to 2.4 seconds, down from 3.
  • Arcane Shot damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Aspect of the Wild, Aspect of the Hawk, and Aspect of the Fox can now be cast while mounted.
  • Hunters can now use Auto Shot while moving.
  • Casting Trap Launcher, Distracting Shot, and Scare Beast now cancel Auto Shot when cast. This is to make it easier to crowd control creatures with Auto Shot while moving enabled.
  • Concussive Shot duration has been increased to 6 seconds, up from 4.
  • Deterrence now provides 100% chance for melee attacks to miss instead of 100% parry chance. This means that attacks that cannot be parried, notably some rogue abilities, can now be prevented by Deterrence, and the hunter will gain the benefit of Deterrence even if disarmed.
  • Dust Cloud’s cooldown and duration have been modified to make it closer aligned with Tailspin (same effect, different pet).
  • Freezing Trap now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Kill Command’s damage has been increased by 20%.
  • Kill Shot’s attack power scaling has been increased by 50%.
  • Master’s Call now has a 35-second cooldown, down from 1 minute, and its range has been increased to 40 yards, up from 25. In addition, the visual effect is more obvious.
  • Wing Clip now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Beast Mastery
      • Animal Handler now provides a passive 25% bonus to attack power, up from 15%.
    • Marksmanship
      • Chimera Shot’s overall damage has been increased by roughly 50%.
      • Wild Quiver (Mastery): Chance for this to trigger per mastery has been increased by approximately 17%.
    • Survival
      • Black Arrow damage has been reduced by 15%.
      • Explosive Shot damage has been reduced by 15%.
      • Hunter vs. Wild has been increased to 5/10/15% Stamina, up from 4/8/12%.
      • Into the Wilderness (passive) has been reduced to a 10% Agility increase, down from 15%.
  • Pets
    • Pets now have 70% of the master’s armor, rather than a different value based on which type of pet they are.
    • Shale Spiders now correctly have a special ability (Web Wrap).
    • Bad Manner (monkey) now properly breaks from damage.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Concussive Shot redesigned. It now limits the maximum run speed of the target while Concussive Shot is active.
  • Hunter Bug Fixes
    • Aimed Shot no longer ignores the Fire! buff when cast by macro.
    • Camouflage is now breaking when the hunter’s traps deal damage to a target.
    • Chimera Shot’s particle effect animations should now display correctly.
    • Cobra Shot now properly increases the duration of the Serpent Spread Serpent Sting.
    • The Focus Fire spell effect is now cooler than your best collection of green rectangles.
    • Wild Quiver’s effect per point of mastery value should now be consistent.
    • Before shooting, male undead hunters will no longer look away from their targets.
    • Pet Fixes
      • Pet families added in Cataclysm should not be missing talents.
      • Pets should fight all underwater creatures, even if the hunter is out of melee range.
      • Ancient Hysteria should not able to affect low-level characters.
      • Ancient Hysteria now correctly affects pets.
      • Embrace of the Shale Spider now provides resistances so that those resistances are not lost if this buff overwrites Blessing of Forgotten Kings.
      • Ferocity-category pets in the dog and fox families now have access to the pet talent Charge.
      • Mobility can correctly be learned by land-based hunter pets.
      • Ravage no longer counts toward stun diminishing returns.
      • Undead hunters now start with Revive Pet on the action bar.
      • The pet Spellbook entry for Serpent Swiftness now shows its rank.
      • Shale Spiders are no longer missing a special ability.
      • The Shell Shield (Terrorpene) visual has been enlarged and should now be seen when cast.
      • The tooltip for the armor value in the Character pane should now be showing the correct amount of armor granted to pets.

Mages

  • Arcane Barrage mana cost has been reduced by 8%.
  • Arcane Blast mana cost has been reduced by 12%.
  • The mana costs of Arcane Brilliance and Dalaran Brilliance have been reduced by approximately 16%, making them roughly equal to the cost of Mark of the Wild.
  • Counterspell lockout duration reduced to 7 seconds, down from 8.
  • Fireball mana cost has been reduced to 9% of base mana.
  • Flame Orb now ignores critters.
  • Frostfire Bolt mana cost has been reduced to 9% of base mana.
  • Mage Armor now reduces the duration of magic effects by 35%, down from 50%.
  • Molten Armor, Frost Armor, and Mage Armor no longer cost mana.
  • Polymorph now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Ring of Frost: Radius shrunk to 8 yards, and inner “safe” radius is now 4.7 yards (exactly matching graphic). Dispelling the effect of Ring of Frost will now make the target immune to being refrozen for 3 seconds. If a second Ring of Frost is cast by the same mage while the first is still active (via Cold Snap), the first will now disappear and cease functioning. In addition, Ring of Frost now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • When a mage uses the Invisibility spell, it will now also cause their pet Water Elemental to become invisible.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Arcane
      • Slow now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
    • Fire
      • Firestarter now allows the mage to cast Scorch while moving (regardless of which armor spell is used), and no longer eliminates Molten Armor’s critical strike chance reduction.
      • Flashburn (Mastery) benefit per mastery has been increased by 12%.
      • Living Bomb mana cost has been reduced by 22%.
    • Frost
      • Deep Freeze damage done has been reduced by 20%.
      • Fingers of Frost can no longer be dispelled and now also increases Ice Lance damage by 15%.
      • Frost Specialization now only grants 2 base points of mastery (instead of 8), reducing all Frost damage to frozen targets by 15% from previous values. However, Frost Specialization now increases base Frostbolt damage by 15%.
  • Mage Bug Fixes
    • Arcane Power now has its tooltip updated when Glyph of Arcane Power is active.
    • The attachment point of Cone of Cold was too far left and has been adjusted on male troll models.
    • Evocation was returning less mana than the tooltip stated it should. This has been corrected.
    • Flame Orb’s tooltip should now state how much damage it will explode for after the Fire Power talent is chosen.
    • Rank 1 Frostfire Orb is no longer applying a debuff that incorrectly states that it snares its target.
    • The Hurricane weapon enchant should no longer proc when Polymorph is cast.
    • Molten Armor tooltips now display the correct information.
    • Nether Vortex was causing Arcane Blast to yield a string error when Arcane Blast was reflected. It shouldn’t do that.
    • When Presence of Mind was active, Conjure Mana Gem was not becoming an instant cast spell if used to refresh a stack of 2 or less Mana Gems. This has been fixed.
    • Presence of Mind is no longer consumed when Flame Orb is cast.
    • Ring of Frost can now be cast and works properly on transports (this includes elevators, trapdoors, etc.).
    • Glyph Fixes
      • Glyph of Arcane Power should correctly reduce the global cooldown of Blink, Mana Shield, and Mirror Image to 0.
      • Ice Barrier’s tooltip is now correctly updated by Glyph of Ice Barrier.

Paladins

  • The mana costs of Blessing of Might and Blessing of Kings have been increased by approximately 217%, making them roughly equal to the cost of Mark of the Wild.
  • Crusader Strike weapon damage percent has been increased to 135%, up from 115%.
  • Divine Light mana cost has been increased by approximately 10%.
  • Divine Plea now lasts for 9 seconds, down from 15. It grants 4% mana per tick, instead of 2%, for a total of 12% mana, up from 10%.
  • Flash of Light mana cost has been increased by approximately 10%.
  • Forbearance
    • The duration has been lowered to 1 minute, down from 2.
    • Lay on Hands now causes Forbearance on the target. It used to only cause it when cast on the paladin. This was an old design from when Divine Protection caused Forbearance and the paladin didn’t want to prevent a tank from using their defensive cooldown.
    • Lay on Hands cannot be a critical effect and will not be affected by most abilities which modify healing (such as Beacon of Light). In addition, Lay on Hands is no longer on the global cooldown.
    • Since only Divine Shield, Lay on Hands and Hand of Protection cause Forbearance, the tooltips have been adjusted to better explain the mechanic.
  • Holy Light mana cost has been increased by approximately 10%.
  • Holy Wrath no longer counts nearby critters when dividing damage among its targets.
  • Inquisition is no longer dispellable.
  • Rebuke can now be trained by all paladins at level 54. Existing characters will need to visit their trainer, even if they had talented Rebuke before.
  • Seal of Truth: All single target attacks (including Judgement, Hammer of Wrath, Exorcism, and Templar’s Verdict) can now trigger this seal.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Holy
      • Aura Mastery: This ability no longer increases the benefit granted by Crusader Aura.
      • Denounce now has a spell overlay.
      • Protector of the Innocent heals for 30% less.
    • Protection
      • Eternal Glory: The chance to not consume Holy Power from this talent now also applies to not consuming the clearcasting effect generated by Divine Purpose.
      • Vindication no longer allows Hammer of Justice to interrupt stun-immune targets. With Rebuke baseline, this functionality is no longer necessary.
    • Retribution
      • Act of Sacrifice will no longer cause Cleanse to remove movement impairing effects from vehicles the paladin is riding.
      • Divine Purpose: The chance for applicable abilities to generate Holy Power has been reduced to 7/15%, down from 20/40%, but instead of generating 1 Holy Power, the next applicable ability used consumes no Holy Power and acts as if the paladin has 3 Holy Power.
      • Divine Storm weapon damage percent increased from 80% to 100%.
      • Hand of Light (Mastery): A percentage of the damage done by Templar’s Verdict, Crusader Strike, and Divine Storm is done as additional Holy damage. This Mastery now grants a 2.1% increase to Holy damage per mastery, down from 2.5%.
      • Repentance is no longer broken from damage done by Censure (Seal of Truth).
      • The Rebuke talent has been replaced with a new passive talent, Sacred Shield. Paladins who had Rebuke before will automatically have Sacred Shield. Sacred When reduced below 30% health, paladins gain the Sacred Shield effect. The Sacred Shield absorbs X damage and increases healing received by 20%. Lasts 15 seconds. This effect cannot occur more than once every 30 seconds. Undispellable.
      • Seals of Command will no longer trigger twice on each swing with Seal of Truth.
      • Zealotry is no longer dispellable.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Divine Plea now adds 6% mana, for a total of 18% over 9 seconds.
  • Paladin Bug Fixes
    • The Silence debuff from Avenger’s Shield was using the Dazed visual effect, and its Daze debuff did not have a visible effect. This has been remedied.
    • The damage bonus from Communion is no longer applied even when the paladin has no paladin auras active.
    • Divine Storm no longer incorrectly highlights when Hand of Light procs.
    • Exorcism no longer re-targets whomever it does damage to when it finishes casting.
    • The healing amount in the buff tooltip for Holy Radiance is now accurate.
    • Pursuit of Justice is now providing Holy Power when the paladin gets stunned by the Fire mage talent Impact. Conversely, Pursuit of Justice is no longer granting Holy Power when the Paladin is hit by Holy Wrath.
    • Repentance tooltip now states that it does not break Censure damage.
    • Rank 1 of Shield of the Templar was reducing the cooldown of Guardian of Ancient Kings by 45 seconds, which is inconsistent with the scaling of ranks 2 and 3. This has been adjusted.
    • The tooltip for Tower of Radiance indicated that Holy Light would generate a charge of Holy Power. This has been fixed.
    • Word of Glory no longer resets the swing timer.
    • Glyph Fixes
      • The damage-over-time effect of Exorcism added by Glyph of Exorcism is now correctly affected by Exorcism’s damage.
      • The tooltip for Holy Wrath is now updated to reflect changes when Glyph of Holy Wrath is active.
      • The Glyph of Light of Dawn is now updating the tooltip for Light of Dawn.
      • The Glyph of Seal of Insight now requires level 32 to be consistent with when Seal of Insight can be learned from the trainer.
      • The Glyph of Templar’s Verdict is now updating the tooltip of Templar’s Verdict.

Priests

  • The duration of Levitate has been increased to 10 minutes, up from 2.
  • The mana cost of Power Word: Fortitude has been reduced by approximately 68%, making it roughly equal to the cost of Mark of the Wild.
  • The mana cost of Power Word: Shield has been increased by approximately 31%, but its effect has been increased by 208%.
  • The mana cost of Renew has been reduced by 24%.
  • The mana cost of Shadow Protection has been reduced by approximately 65%, making it roughly equal to the cost of Mark of the Wild.
  • Mind Blast now does 18% more damage than Mind Spike.
  • Mind Control now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Mind Sear can now be channeled on friendly targets in addition to enemy targets. In addition, Mind Sear’s damage has been increased by roughly 15%.
  • Prayer of Healing effectiveness has been reduced by 15%.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Discipline
      • Divine Aegis: Critical effects from Prayer of Healing now award a bonus amount in addition to the default, always-proc Divine Aegis effect.
      • Grace is no longer limited to one target at a time.
      • Focused Will now procs when the priest is critically hit, in addition to its current effect.
      • Pain Suppression is no longer dispellable.
      • Penance mana cost has been increased by 7%, but healing has been increased by 20%.
      • Strength of Soul now occurs when the priest casts Inner Focus on oneself, rather than Power Word: Shield. In addition, Strength of Soul now also causes the priest to become immune to silence, interrupt, and dispel effects for 2/4 seconds after using Inner Focus.
    • Holy
      • Blessed Resilience will now proc when the priest is critically hit, in addition to its current effect.
      • Chakra
        • Chakra states now last 1 minute, up from 30 seconds.
        • Binding Heal and Holy Word: Serenity now refresh the duration of Renew on the target, in addition to the other direct heals.
        • Binding Heal, Flash Heal, and Greater Heal can now trigger Chakra: Serenity.
        • Mind Spike can now trigger Chakra: Chastise.
      • Circle of Healing effectiveness has been increased by 30%.
      • Desperate Prayer now heals the priest for 30% of their total health, up from a very subpar value.
      • Guardian Spirit: The absorb/heal from this ability can now never exceed 200% of the maximum health of the target.
      • Holy Concentration now increases the amount of mana regeneration from Spirit while in combat by an additional 15/30%, down from 20/40%.
      • Holy Word: Chastise now has a 30-second cooldown, up from 25. In addition, it properly breaks from damage.
      • Lightwell’s health has been increased by 50% (for PvP purposes).
      • Serendipity now has Spell Alert and Floating Combat Text feedback support.
      • Surge of Light can now also proc from Flash Heal and Greater Heal, and can now also critically hit.
    • Shadow
      • Shadow Orbs benefit from mastery has been increased by approximately 16%.
      • Vampiric Embrace now lasts until canceled.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Mind Flay no longer requires Shadow Word: Pain to be on the target.
    • Glyph of Pain Suppression has been renamed Glyph of Desperation and now allows Guardian Spirit to be cast while stunned, in addition to Pain Suppression.
    • Glyph of Psychic Horror now reduces the cooldown of Psychic Horror by 30 seconds, down from 60.
    • Glyph of Spirit of Redemption has been converted into Glyph of Prayer of Mending, which increases the healing done by the first charge of Prayer of Mending by 60%.
  • Priest Bug Fixes
    • Atonement now has the correct healing range listed in the tooltip.
    • Blessed Resilience rank 1 and 2 tooltips are now consistent with the amount of increased healing.
    • Dispersion should no longer allow priests to become permanently invisible when mounting.
    • Dispersion correctly reduces the damage dealt by Deep Wounds and Piercing Shots.
    • Focused Will rank 1 and 2 tooltips are now consistent with the amount of damage reduced.
    • Heal, Flash Heal, Greater Heal, and Binding Heal effects are now consistent with their tooltips.
    • Holy Concentration now has correct percentages listed in the tooltip.
    • Holy Word: Serenity now correctly grants healing spells cast by the priest an extra 25% chance to critically hit.
    • Inner Fire no longer consumes mana after learning Inner Sanctum.
    • Inner Will now correctly reduces the mana cost of Power Word: Barrier.
    • Lightwell healing now matches its tooltip description.
    • Undead and blood elf priests are no longer gaining aggro from friendly guards when casting Mind Control on enemy NPCs.
    • Unnecessary string errors should no longer occur when casting Power Word: Barrier.
    • Prayer of Mending will now properly return an error when cast on a target with a more powerful Prayer of Mending active.
    • Rapture’s tooltip now has the correct percentages listed.
    • Shadow Orbs’ tooltip showed a 0% increase in damage and did not give an increase of damage until additional mastery rating was added. This has been corrected.
    • Sin and Punishment will no longer fear players that are not flagged for PvP.
    • Surge of Light is no longer consumed without benefit if it triggers while a Flash Heal is being cast.
    • Glyph Fixes
      • Critical heals from Glyph of Dispel Magic properly proc Divine Aegis.

Rogues

  • Blind now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Combat Readiness now lasts for 20 seconds, down from 30 seconds, but the Combat Insight stacking buff lasts 10 seconds, up from 6 seconds.
  • Crippling Poison now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Garrote now costs 45 Energy, down from 50.
  • Sap now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Smoke Bomb now lasts for 5 seconds, down from 10 seconds.
  • Stealth is no longer broken by enemies using Demoralizing Shout or Demoralizing Roar.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Assassination
      • Deadly Momentum critical strike bonus now lasts for 15 seconds, up from 10.
    • Combat
      • Blade Flurry is now a toggle that can be turned off by pressing the button again. In addition, this ability no longer has a fixed duration, but will go on cooldown for 10 seconds after being canceled (similar to Stealth). In addition, Blade Flurry now reduces energy generation by 30% while active, up from 20%.
      • Main Gauche (Mastery) now provides a chance to deal an attack for 100% of main-hand damage. This attack can trigger Combat Potency.
      • Restless Blades now also reduces the cooldown of Redirect.
      • Revealing Strike now increases finisher effectiveness by 35% (45% glyphed), up from 20% (30% glyphed).
      • Vitality now increases attack power by 25%, up from 20%.
    • Subtlety
      • Elusiveness now reduces the cooldown of Cloak of Shadows by 10/20 seconds, down from 15/30 seconds.
      • Executioner (Mastery) has been increased from 2% to 2.5% per point.
      • Find Weakness now grants 35/70% armor reduction, up from 25/50%.
      • Preparation no longer resets the cooldown of Evasion.
      • Sanguinary Vein now gives a rogue a 50/100% chance for their own Bleed effects to not break their Gouge.
      • Shadowstep’s cooldown has been increased to 24 seconds, up from 20 seconds.
      • Sinister Calling now grants 30% Agility, up from 25%, and increases Backstab and Hemorrhage damage by an additional 40%, up from 25%.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Garrote now increases the duration of Garrote by 1.5 seconds, down from 2.
  • Rogue Bug Fixes
    • Cloak of Shadows now functions properly to protect the rogue from the following boss and creature abilities: Gravity Well (Terrastra, The Bastion of Twilight), Burning Corruption (Crimsonborne Seer, Grim Batol), Lava Fissure (Slabhide, The Stonecore), Geyser (Lady Naz’jar, Throne of the Tides), Noxious Mire (Naz’jar Sentinel, Throne of the Tides).
    • Cheat Death was activating by a warlock’s Chaos Bolt but not working. Chaos Bolt will still trigger Cheat Death, but will not kill the rogue.
    • Eviscerate was showing reduced energy cost at low levels, even though the cost should remain 35 energy. This has been corrected.
    • Feint correctly reduces Quake damage from Rom’ogg Bonecrusher (Blackrock Caverns).
    • The Honor Among Thieves buff icon is now correctly displayed for the rogue, and not just for the rogue’s party members.
    • Ruthlessness has the correct chance to proc when Envenom is used.
    • Glyph Fixes
      • Blade Flurry’s tooltip is now correctly augmented by Glyph of Blade Flurry.
      • The Hemorrhage tooltip is now correctly updated to reflect the bleed effect when Glyph of Hemorrhage is applied.
      • The Preparation tooltip is now augmented by Glyph of Preparation.

Shaman

  • Chain Heal’s effectiveness has been increased by approximately 10%.
  • Flametongue Weapon procs now deal roughly 20% less damage.
  • Healing Rain now has a 40-yard range, up from 30, to be consistent with other shaman heals.
  • Hex now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Purge now dispels a single effect instead of two.
  • Spiritwalker’s Grace duration has been increased to 15 seconds, up from 10.
  • Tremor Totem has been redesigned. The totem is now usable under Fear, Charm, or Sleep effects, and pulses much more rapidly, but lasts 6 seconds and has a 1-minute cooldown.
  • The Windfury Weapon proc can now trigger 3 additional attacks, up from 2.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Elemental Combat
      • Earthquake damage has been increased by approximately 10%.
      • Elemental Overload (Mastery) procs of Lightning Bolt or Chain Lightning can now generate Rolling Thunder charges.
      • Lava Burst’s damage has been increased by roughly 10%.
    • Enhancement
      • Flametongue Weapon damage now scales from attack power instead of spell power (for Enhancement shaman only).
      • Purge no longer has its mana cost reduced by Mental Quickness.
    • Restoration
      • Cleansing Waters no longer fires its heal effect twice when a shaman removes a Magic and a Curse debuff with a single cast.
      • Deep Healing (Mastery) has been increased to 3% per point, up from 2.5%.
      • Earth Shield can no longer be dispelled.
      • Greater Healing Wave mana cost has been increased by 10%; healing done has been increased by 20%.
      • Mana Tide Totem has been redesigned. The totem no longer multiplies the Spirit of those affected by it. It instead gives a flat amount of Spirit equal to 400% of the casting shaman’s Spirit, exclusive of short-term Spirit buffs affecting the shaman when the totem is dropped. In addition, its effects are now raid-wide.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Hex now reduces the cooldown by 10 seconds, down from 15.
  • Shaman Bug Fixes
    • Ancestral Resolve correctly reduces the damage done by Chaos Bolt.
    • Earthquake’s mana cost is now correctly reduced by Elemental Focus’ clearcasting proc.
    • Elemental Oath properly increases the damage of Earthquake.
    • Player movement speed cannot be reduced below 100% while in Ghost Wolf if the player is or has been in an indoor environment.
    • Healing Rain shouldn’t fail to complete casting if a low-level player or NPC is within its targeted location.
    • Reincarnation can now correctly be used after Soulstone Resurrection or Rebirth has already been used on the shaman during a boss encounter.
    • Glyph Fixes
      • The tooltip for Elemental Mastery now updates after applying the Glyph of Elemental Mastery.
      • The spell buff icon for Ghost Wolf now updates when Glyph of Ghost Wolf is applied.
      • The spell tooltip for Grounding Totem now updates when Glyph of Grounding Totem is applied.
      • The tooltip for Healing Stream Totem now updates to reflect the additional spell resistance benefits granted by Glyph of Healing Stream Totem.
      • The spell tooltip for Healing Wave now updates when Glyph of Healing Wave is applied.

Warlocks

  • Curse of Exhaustion now reduces movement speed by 30%, down from 50%. Its range has been increased to 40 yards, up from 30.
  • Demon Armor and Fel Armor no longer cost mana and last until canceled.
  • Devour (Felhunter) cooldown has been increased to 20 seconds, up from 8. Devour is no longer able to be auto-cast.
  • Drain Mana has been removed from the game.
  • Fear now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Fel Armor has been redesigned. It now surrounds the caster with fel energy, increasing spell power and causing the warlock to be healed for 3% of any single-target spell damage he or she deals.
  • Seduction (Succubus) now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Affliction
      • Soul Swap can no longer be dispelled (the aura given to the warlock between swapping).
      • Unstable Affliction’s silence effect has been reduced to 4 seconds, down from 5.
    • Demonology
      • Demonic Aegis now increases the healing effect of Fel Armor by 50/100%.
      • Demonic Rebirth now highlights summoning spells when active.
      • Demon Soul: Imp redesigned. It now increases the critical strike chance of all non instant cast Destruction spells by 30%, rather than increasing critical strike damage. Duration reduced to 20 seconds.
      • Felstorm (Felguard) damage has been reduced by 20%.
      • Immolation Aura damage has been reduced by roughly 30%.
      • Inferno no longer increases the radius of Hellfire, but instead increases the duration of Immolate by 6 seconds in addition to its existing effect.
      • Master Demonologist (Mastery) benefit from mastery increased by approximately 33%.
    • Destruction
      • Burning Embers damage has been reduced by 15%.
      • Fiery Apocalypse (Mastery) benefit from mastery increased by approximately 8%.
      • Improved Soul Fire now increases Fire and Shadow damage done by 4/8%, rather than 7/15% spell haste. In addition, this talent has been moved to tier-3 Destruction, switching places with Aftermath.
      • Shadow and Flame can now proc from Incinerate in addition to Shadow Bolt.
  • Warlock Bug Fixes
    • Rank 2 of Backdraft should no longer have charges consumed when casting Immolate.
    • The spell animation for Demon Circle: Summon no longer persists through death.
    • Demon Leap should no longer cause players to pass through the environment at the entrance/exit of Orgrimmar.
    • Drain Life cast when under the effects of Soulburn no longer has higher damage than the normal version of Drain Life.
    • Empowered Imp can no longer proc if the warlock does not have the talent.
    • Hellfire will not proc the Muradin’s Spyglass buff without hitting an enemy target.
    • Warlocks with the Jinx talent who have an active Curse of the Elements on a target should no longer be interrupted while eating or drinking.
    • Nether Protection should now proc properly from all associated abilities.
    • Rain of Fire now remains at the same location it was cast at while on a moving transport.
    • Ritual of Summoning should no longer yield graphical issues with the created portal.
    • Casting Soulburn during the global cooldown of a Soulburn ability, and while under the effects of another self-buff, was sometimes causing Soulburn abilities to be non-functional. This has been corrected.
    • The UI fly-out for a warlocks’ summoning spells now updates in real time based on the warlock’s available mana.
    • The tooltip for the armor value in the Character pane should now be showing the correct amount of armor granted to pets.
    • Glyph Fixes
      • Glyph of Voidwalker’s tooltip has been updated to the new pet scaling system.

Warriors

  • Charge now shares diminishing returns with stun effects.
  • Cleave damage has been reduced by 20%.
  • Hamstring now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Heroic Strike damage has been reduced by 20%.
  • Inner Rage has been redesigned. It now reduces the cooldown on Heroic Strike and Cleave by 50% (to 1.5 second) for the next 15 seconds. 1-minute cooldown. It still cannot be used during Deadly Calm. This ability was originally designed to help warriors with rage capping, but the Heroic Strike and rage normalization changes seem to have solved that problem on their own. This new design will still allow warriors to burn off excess rage faster, at their discretion.
  • Recklessness now increases special critical strike chance by 50%, down from 100%, but lasts the full 12 seconds instead of allowing only 3 charges.
  • Slam weapon damage percent (at level 80+) has been increased from 125% to 145%.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Arms
      • Drums of War no longer lowers the rage cost of Piercing Howl.
      • Juggernaut no longer increases the cooldown on Charge, but instead increases the duration of the Charge stun by 2 seconds. In addition, Charge is usable in all stances, however, the talent now causes Charge and Intercept to share a cooldown.
      • Lambs to the Slaughter: Instead of granting 10/20/30% damage to the next Mortal Strike, Overpower, or Execute, it now grants a 10% buff to any Mortal Strike, Overpower, Slam, or Execute that stacks 1/2/3 times.
      • Mortal Strike cost has been reduced by 5 rage.
      • War Academy no longer buffs Heroic Strike or Cleave. It now buffs Mortal Strike, Raging Blow, Devastate, Victory Rush and Slam.
    • Fury
      • In addition to its current effects, Bloodsurge now also causes the next Slam to deal 20% more damage.
      • Bloodthirst damage has been increased by approximately 30%.
      • Raging Blow weapon damage percent (at level 80+) has been increased from 110% to 120%.
      • Single-Minded Fury bonus has been increased to 20%, up from 15%.
      • Unshackled Fury (Mastery) now grants 5.6% benefit per mastery point, up from 4.7%.
    • Protection
      • Charge’s stun continues to not trigger diminishing returns for Protection warriors who have the Warbringer talent.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Rapid Charge has been changed from a 7% reduction to Charge’s cooldown, to 1 second off of the cooldown. This change is primarily to clarify the exact cooldown reduction this glyph provides.
  • Warrior Bug Fixes
    • Warrior abilities which were incorrectly assigned the sound effect for Mangle have been updated.
    • Battle Shout’s buff tooltip should not show incorrect values when the recipient is higher level than the warrior.
    • Heroic Leap and Thunder Clap no longer incorrectly scale damage with both Strength and Agility.
    • Forceful Deflection passive aura is now properly applying to warriors beginning at level 1.
    • The Victorious buff can no longer proc before the warrior learns Victory Rush.
    • The wording in the tooltip for Vigilance was inconsistent with other abilities and has been updated.

Dungeons & Raids

  • Level-85 players can now choose any normal dungeon via the Dungeon Finder. Choosing Random Dungeon will still not add Blackrock Caverns or Throne of the Tides into the rotation.
  • Level-85 dungeon bosses in Lost City of the Tol’vir, Grim Batol, and Halls of Origination now drop 30 Justice Points each when killed.
  • The daily Random Dungeon reward on normal difficulty has been increased to 140 Justice Points, up from 70.
  • Players no longer need to discover Cataclysm dungeon entrances in order to access them via the Dungeon Finder.
  • The Bastion of Twilight
    • Halfus Wyrmbreaker
      • Shadow Nova is now cast less frequently in 10-player modes to account for fewer available interrupts there.
      • The captured drakes in this encounter now apply Dragon’s Vengeance when they are killed instead of when they are freed. To account for this change, the health and damage of the drakes has been reduced, and the damage bonus gained from Dragon’s Vengeance has been increased.
  • Blackrock Caverns
    • Beauty now spawns with only two pups in Heroic difficulty. Not to worry though, the missing pup has been adopted by a wonderful, if not insane family.
  • Blackwing Descent
    • The Dwarven Golem Council will now go berserk after 10 minutes in Heroic difficulty.
    • Atramedes will now go berserk after 10 minutes in Heroic difficulty.
    • Maloriak
      • Increased the cast time of Release Aberrations.
      • Heroic: Decreased the health of the Vile Swill by 15%.
      • Heroic: Dark Sludge can now only target players.
  • Deadmines
    • Foe Reaper 5000
      • Foe Reaper 5000’s health has been reduced slightly. In addition, he now enrages at 40%, up from 30%.
      • When enraged, Molten Slag spawn 33% faster.
    • Ripsnarl
      • The ship teleporter now activates when Ripsnarl is first engaged, rather than when he is defeated.
    • Vanessa VanCleef
      • While in Helix’s Nightmare during the Vanessa VanCleef encounter, Helix is now larger and a little easier to see.
      • The final rope swing while fighting Vanessa VanCleef has been removed. Players no longer need to swing off of the boat at the end of phase 3.
      • Some boat fires will now go out when Vanessa VanCleef is defeated, making it easier to get back onto the ship from the cavern entrance.
      • Vengeance of VanCleef has been redesigned. It is now a stacking buff that increases damage dealt, size, and attack speed, and stacks up to 40 times. Vanessa will begin casting this as soon as she jumps back onto the boat after detonating charges.
  • Grim Batol
    • Faceless Corruptors now move 10% more slowly.
    • Players may still use spell and abilities while afflicted by Forgemaster Throngus’s Impaling Slam.
    • Valiona’s Devouring Flame damage has been reduced by 20%.
  • Halls of Origination
    • The duration of the Flame Wardens’ Raging Inferno has been reduced by 80%.
    • Anraphet’s Nemesis Strike now does 75% of weapon damage, up from 50%. In addition, the damage-over-time effect applied by this ability does 15,000 damage every 2 seconds, up from 9,000.
    • Earthrager Ptah’s Flame Bolt now deals more damage per second on Heroic difficulty.
    • Setesh seeks a portal every 25 seconds, up from 20.
  • Lost City of the Tol’vir
    • Lockmaw no longer tolerates fighting in his treasure room.
  • Shadowfang Keep
    • Baron Ashbury
      • Sadly, in his hubris he has forgotten how to Mend Rotten Flesh.
    • Lord Godfrey
      • He should now face a random target when casting Pistol Barrage.
    • Lord Walden
      • Conjure Poisonous Mixture now deals more initial damage.
      • Frost Mixture is now area-of-effect damage.
      • Toxic Catalyst now deals less damage over time.
  • The Stonecore
    • Stonecore Earthshapers’ Dust Storm does slightly less damage.
    • Corborus
      • The warning time for Thrashing Charge has been increased by 1 second. In addition, Thrashing Charge now happens 4 times, down from 5.
      • The visual for Rock Borers spawning during the submersion phase is now different from the Thrashing Charge visual.
    • High Priestess Azil
      • She grew! She’s now 175% the size of a human, up from 125%.
      • Gravity Wells should kill Devout Followers more quickly.
      • The cast time of Force Grip is now 1.5 seconds, up from 1.
      • The size of the warning visual for Seismic Shard has been increased to more accurately reflect the area it affects.
    • Slabhide
      • The ground phase lasts longer and has fewer stalactites.
    • Ozruk
      • He now does more melee damage.
      • There is now a precast visual on the ground to make it clear how far away a player must get to be clear of Shatter.
      • The cast time of Shatter has been increased to 3 seconds, up from 2.5.
      • Shatter damage is now reduced by armor, but has been increased by 33.3% (repeating, of course) as a result.
  • Throne of the Four Winds
    • Al’ Akir
      • Al’Akir’s Electrocute can no longer be interrupted by Spell Reflection.
    • Conclave of Wind
      • Heroic: Slicing Gale debuff reduced from 10% per stack to 5%.
  • Throne of the Tides
    • Commander Ulthok now does more melee damage.
    • The damage done by Lady Naz’jatar’s Shock Blast and Naz’jar Tempest Witch Chain Lightning has been reduced.
    • Gilgoblin Poisoned Spear impact damage has been reduced slightly.
    • Tainted Sentries Swell damage has been reduced.
    • The damage of Blight of Ozumat has been reduced by 25% per stack.
  • The Vortex Pinnacle
    • Creatures
      • Desperate Speed cast by Temple Adepts has had its duration reduced significantly.
    • Altairus
      • The visual effects in this encounter have been adjusted to make the wind direction easier to read.
      • Cyclones now knock players straight up, and players hit by a cyclone cannot be hit again for a few seconds.
    • Asaad
      • Skyfall Stars are now summoned to help him defeat players.
      • Static Cling has had its cast time increased to 1.25 seconds, up from 1.
    • Grand Vizier Ertan
      • His health has been reduced slightly.
      • He now knocks away players standing too close to him when he retracts his Cyclone Shield, which now inflicts Nature damage if it touches players.
  • Dungeon & Raid Bug Fixes
    • Many dungeon maps with display issues or missing sections have been updated.
    • Several bosses and creatures were awarding no, or too little, reputation when killed. Conversely, some creatures were awarding too much reputation, or should not have been awarding reputation at all. These inconsistencies have been corrected.
    • Error messages for characters unable to enter a Heroic raid dungeon should be more clear.
    • Players level 83 and higher should be able to correctly queue for holiday dungeon bosses.
    • Players above level 80 can no longer queue for Wrath of the Lich King Heroic dungeons.
    • Level 68-79 Wrath of the Lich King dungeons again award reputation.
    • If a spell is cast which provides items for players (i.e. Soulwell), members of the party or raid should still be able to access the items after the caster leaves the dungeon.
    • The minimum level requirements for many level 1-60 dungeons were too high and have been appropriately adjusted.
    • Ahn’Qiraj
      • If one of the bug trio bosses is tamed, the encounter can again be completed normally.
    • Baradin Hold
      • Players in the raid dungeon will correctly be given a 15-minute warning before Tol Barad will be in contention again.
    • The Bastion of Twilight
      • There should no longer be a significant performance drop when entering the Bastion Antechamber.
      • Several items dropping in the Heroic version of Bastion of Twilight which did not have the Heroic tag in their tooltip have been updated.
      • Cho’gall should no longer look awkward when he is Distracted while sitting on the Throne of the Apocalypse.
      • The voice-over text now matches the voice-over for Cho’Gall’s speeches.
      • Cho’gall shouldn’t Evade and despawn if pulled too close to the door at the entrance to the Throne of the Apocalypse.
      • Cho’gall shouldn’t despawn if tanked close to his door when he gains Twisted Devotion.
      • If a Fire Elemental is spawned while Cho’gall is standing on the hidden elevator, they will no longer spawn in the wrong location for the remainder of the encounter.
      • The overhead arrow spell animation caused by Valiona’s Twilight Meteorite ability shouldn’t clip into the affected character while animating.
      • The corpses of Valiona and Theralion will adhere to the laws of gravity and fall to the ground if killed during phase transitions.
      • The Cache of the Broodmother (from Sinestra) will no longer despawn if dungeon difficulty is changed in the interface.
      • Static Overload used in the Twilight Ascendant Council encounter no longer deals full damage to pets.
    • Black Morass
      • Sa’at again has a dialog option for players to obtain a Chrono-Beacon, even if they have not completed the quest chain that begins with the quest “The Caverns of Time.”
    • Blackrock Caverns
      • Karsh Steelbender’s targeting reticule no longer changes size when he catches fire.
      • Raz the Crazed no longer returns to his Shadow Prison if Blackrock Caverns is reset, which was preventing players from finishing the dungeon.
      • Players shouldn’t experience a move enforcement error or be pushed under the world if they are standing near lava when affected by Chains of Woe during the Rom’ogg Bonecrusher encounter.
      • Twilight Obsidian Borers in Blackrock Caverns resume channeling of Bore after being under the effects of a rogue’s Sap.
    • Blackwing Descent
      • Ancient Dwarven Shields used while Atramedes is entering or exiting his air phase should correctly be destroyed.
      • There is no longer a dead zone void of Sonic Pulses on the Heroic version of the Atramedes encounter.
      • Arcanotron can no longer be pulled further than intended via a death knight’s Death Grip.
      • Lightning Shield shouldn’t trigger the shields of all Omnotron Council bosses.
      • Clicking the character name displayed in the raid warning for Lightning Conductor during the Omnotron Defense System encounter no longer brings up the tooltip for the spell Lightning Conductor.
      • Maloriak’s Magma Jets correctly have a cast time.
      • The effect of Maloriak’s spell Consuming Flames should no longer be inconsistent with its combat log tooltip.
      • Maloriak will no longer interrupt himself when speaking during transition phases.
      • The voice-over text now matches the voice-over for Lord Victor Nefarius’ post-Maloriak kill speech.
      • Corpses of Animated Bone Warriors no longer float above the lava during phase 2 of the Nefarian’s End encounter.
      • Nefarions voice-overs should always be audible when standing in the Vault of the Shadowflame.
      • Chimaeron shouldn’t enter phase 2 prematurely.
      • Chimaeron thought he had 3 heads, resulting in 3 separate sleeping animations. He now knows he only has 2 heads.
    • Blackwing Lair
      • The gate at the entrance of Blackwing Lair correctly opens after Chromaggus is tamed as a pet.
    • Caverns of Time
      • Human Illusion: This effect is no longer applied to worgen.
    • The Deadmines
      • Admiral Ripsnarl can no longer be pulled off the top of his ship without resetting the encounter on Heroic difficulty.
      • Defeating Captain Cookie should no longer despawn his cooking pot or leave his corpse floating in mid-air.
      • Foe Reaper 5000 should no longer arbitrarily reset the encounter.
      • The achievement criteria for Prototype Prodigy correctly resets after a wipe.
      • It is no longer possible to avoid detonated charges without leaving the boat during the Vanessa VanCleef encounter.
      • The buff aura applied with random internal information in the tooltip when players access the ropes during the Vanessa VanCleef encounter has been amended.
      • Fixed a bug where players would sometimes have mounting issues after engaging Helix Gearbreaker in any incarnation.
    • Grim Batol
      • The Twilight Beguiler’s ability Deceitful Blast no longer ignores line of sight.
      • It is no longer possible for Forgemaster Throngus to not choose a static direction to channel Flaming Shield.
    • Halls of Origination
      • Spatial Anomaly now drops loot.
      • Multiple Heroic items dropping in the Halls of Origination had level requirements that were too low and have been updated.
      • Players should correctly receive the achievement Faster Than the Speed of Light if they die prior to the party meeting the criteria.
      • Setesh’s Chaos Burn void zones should now be viewable by players with projected textures disabled.
      • The Setesh encounter will now fully reset properly, even if his minions are more than 300 yards from him when he resets.
      • Curse of the Runecaster debuff now deals damage as its tooltip states it will.
      • The Sun-Touched Spritelings and Sprites will no longer retain the Pyrogenics buffs after death.
      • Sun-Touched Servants and Sprites will no longer die without spawning creatures if they are stunned right after they cast Disperse.
      • The Celestial Familiars summoned during the Isiset encounter are no longer classified as humanoids.
    • Icecrown Citadel
      • Kinetic Bombs used during the Blood Prince Council fight will no longer behave oddly if they spawn near the door at the entrance to the room.
    • Lost City of the Tol’vir
      • Characters hit with General Husam’s Hard Impact ability should now always slide down the pillar they are flung into.
      • Lockmaw shouldn’t Evade and despawn if pulled onto the steps directly behind his starting location.
      • Several line-of-sight issues have been corrected around the Sanctum of the South Wind.
    • Scarlet Monastery
      • The courtyards in the Library, Armory and Cathedral wings should no longer have portal errors.
    • Sethekk Halls
      • The door leading out of Talon King Ikiss’s room should always properly open.
    • The Stonecore
      • Fixed a bug that made Ozruk’s Shatter knockback component 10-yard range while the damage had a 15-yard range. Both are 15 yards now.
      • Earthwarden Yrsa has been reminded she’s a dwarf and now speaks like one (instead of using a draenei voice).
      • Crystal Shards spawned by the Crystalspawn Giant should now immediately despawn after a wipe.
      • The particle effects used when Corborus submerges below the ground should no longer cause performance issues.
      • Players shouldn’t receive a random error during the High Priestess Azil encounter.
      • High Priestess Azil shouldn’t be able to Force Grip players through the altar.
      • Killing a Stonecore Earthshaper that transforms into a Force of Earth now correctly awards loot.
    • Stratholme
      • Archmage Angela Dosantos’s portal at the end of the dungeon should no longer suffer from functionality issues.
      • Willey Hopebreaker no longer plays extraneous “I’m dying” sound variations simultaneously when a Scarlet Cannon is fired.
    • Throne of the Four Winds
      • A client assertion issue which could occur during the Al’Akir encounter has been corrected.
      • Ravenous Creepers should now all despawn if the raid wipes while they’re spawning.
    • Throne of the Tides
      • Players can no longer bypass the tentacle knockback area by being super sneaky with their abilities.
      • Ozumat’s Blight of Ozumat can be partially resisted, but can no longer miss players.
      • Al’Akir’s Electrocute can no longer be interrupted by Spell Reflection.
      • Lady Naz’jar’s Geyser should no longer potentially knock players outside the boss room above the geometry of the dungeon.
      • Commander Ulthok’s Dark Fissure effect should now display correctly when projected textures are disabled.
      • Poisoned Spear: The impact of this damage has been reduced.
    • The Vortex Pinnacle
      • Players who enter the dungeon through the instance portal are now given a means to exit after defeating Asaad.
      • Cyclone used by Wild Vortex should no longer be removing some aura abilities.
      • Minister of Air’s Lightning Lash is now properly cast even if a player is not in line of sight.
      • Skyfall Star now leashes and no longer keep players in combat throughout the dungeon if engaged and not killed.

Guilds

  • The guild reward Armadillo Pup now requires revered faction instead of exalted.
  • All guild banners now reward bonus reputation in addition to honor and experience.
  • Guild bank vouchers that players unlock as guild rewards now correctly state that they can only be used by Guild Leaders.
  • Once a guild hits level 23, the daily cap on experience gained is removed.
  • Additional animations have been added to the Armadillo Pet guild reward.
  • The guild faction requirement on the Guild Herald has been lowered to Revered reputation.
  • We have redefined the definition of a Guild Group for 5-player dungeons.
    • If 3 out of 5 players in a group are members of the same guild, they will now be able to complete guild achievements and earn guild experience at 50% of the normal rate.
    • If 4 out of 5 players in a group are members of the same guild, they will now be able to complete guild achievements and earn guild experience at 100% of the normal rate.
    • If 5 out of 5 players in a group are members of the same guild, they will now be able to complete guild achievements and earn guild experience at 125% of the normal rate.
    • Also note that Heroic dungeons offer a 1.5x multiplier on all guild experience earned.

Items

  • Bell of Enraging Resonance can now trigger from any damage spell instead of only critical strikes.
  • Daybreaker Helm stats have been reallocated, lowering Strength and increasing parry rating.
  • The Fury of Angerforge internal cooldown has been drastically reduced so this trinket will build up charges much faster.
  • The Honor Commodities and Justice Commodities Vendors now sell raw tradeskill materials. These are not intended to be a cost-effective source of these materials, but an option for players with lots of Justice or Honor Points who have already purchased all of the gear that interests them.
  • The cooldown on the Horde Battle Standard has been adjusted to 10 minutes to be consistent with the Alliance version.
  • Left Eye of Rajh: Chance of triggering increased.
  • Lich King trinkets with bonus armor values have been adjusted using the new Cataclysm formula, reducing their armor values substantially.
  • Mandala of Stirring Patterns now grants Intellect instead of Mastery.
  • Item Sets
    • Normal PvE helms (item level 359) no longer have a chance to drop from Nefarian or Cho’gall on Heroic difficulty. Instead, the Heroic PvE helm and shoulder pieces (item level 372) only require their associated Crown/Shoulders of the Forlorn tokens to purchase, and do not require players to obtain the normal helms or shoulders first.
    • The PvE hunter 4-piece set bonus has been redesigned. It now reduces the cast time of Steady Shot and Cobra Shot by .2 seconds.
    • The PvE warlock 4-piece set bonus (Fel Spark) now increases the damage done by the next 2 Fel Flame spells by 300%, rather than increasing the critical effect chance of one by 100%.
    • All PvP 4-piece bonuses have had their flat stat values cut in half. Primary stats are very powerful in Cataclysm, so much so that players were considering using PvP gear in PvE just because of these primary stat bonuses.
    • The PvP Balance druid 4-piece set bonus effect has been increased to 20 Solar Energy and 13 Lunar Energy, up from 5 and 13. The effect will also now be more intelligent at choosing whether to give the druid Lunar or Solar Energy (it checks the Balance Power to determine which to give depending on which energy is higher at the time).
    • The PvP priest 4-piece set bonus has been redesigned. When Power Word: Shield is cast on the priest, movement speed reduction effects are temporally suppressed for 4 seconds.
    • The PvP warlock 4-piece set bonus has been redesigned. It now reduces the cooldown of Death Coil by 30 seconds.
    • The PvP warrior 4-piece set bonus has been redesigned. It now reduces disarm duration by 60% (does not stack with any Weapon Chains).
  • PvP enchants are properly valued and attached to Honor Quartermasters and Tol Barad/Baradin Hold Quartermasters.
  • PvP trinkets will now clear disarm and silence effects.
  • Right Eye of Rajh: Chance of triggering increased.
  • Weapon Chains now reduce disarm duration by 60%, up from 50%.
  • Item Bug Fixes
    • Several items obtained during the 1-60 leveling experience had incorrect level requirements (particularly dungeon items) and have been corrected. This includes multiple plate armor pieces which had level requirements below level 40.
    • Many items with inconsistent stats (including Intellect on hunter items) or stat values have been updated. This includes items which were lacking a vendor sell price.
    • Many items or item set bonuses which referenced stats or abilities that no longer exist have been updated.
    • Several item procs and set bonuses were not functioning as stated and have been corrected.
    • Some Cataclysm trinket procs or activation graphics shared effects with common player spells and have been updated.
    • Items specific to Dragonmaw Clan and Wildhammer Clan reputation now translate properly after a Paid Faction Change.
    • The new high-level reputation tabards are no longer using the Ramhaken tabard art.
    • The Disgusting Oozeling no longer applies a debuff which reduces defense, a deprecated stat.
    • Shirts no longer add to the average item level used to determine eligibility for Heroic dungeons.
    • The Golden King mount will now properly translate to the Annihilator mount if a player initiates a Paid Faction Change.
    • Clicking the Reforge button multiple times before the reforge is complete should not cause players to be charged for each click.
    • Dungeon & Raid Item Fixes
      • Several dungeon items have been updated so that the appropriate classes can roll Need.
      • The Crossfire Carbine (The Bastion of Twilight) no longer incorrectly has the Heroic tag.
      • Normal and Heroic versions of Willowy Crown (Blackrock Caverns) have updated icon, texture, and model art.
      • Using Corrupted Egg Shell (Grim Batol) on a player who is eating or drinking shouldn’t interrupt them. In addition, the Egg shell buff will now be removed when the Corrupted Egg Shell trinket is unequipped after being used on a party member.
      • The Forge Ember (Halls of Stone) can no longer proc from non-healing/damaging spells.
      • The socket colors for the normal and Heroic versions of Blood-Soaked Saronite Stompers (Icecrown Citadel) were inconsistent and have been updated.
      • Oggleflint’s Inspirer (Ragefire Chasm) now binds when picked up.
    • Profession & Enhancement Item Fixes
      • Arcanum of Burning Mysteries is now consistent with its healing counterpart, Arcanum of Blissful Mending.
      • Enchant Cloak – Dodge can no longer be cast on capes below the character level 35 requirement.
      • Enchant 2H Weapon – Mighty Agility required Runed Elementium Rod, which is learned at a higher skill level. This has been addressed.
      • Flask of Oil is now obtainable to craft Goblin Jumper Cables and Gnomish Universal Remote from using Engineering to mine Harvest Reapers.
      • Frost Oil should now correctly proc as intended.
      • Guardian Stones correctly drop from Stone Guardians.
      • Goblin engineers can now learn the schematic for the Mechano-Hog.
      • Worgen engineers can now learn the schematic for the Mekgineer’s Chopper.
      • The Mighty Alchemist’s Stone and Indestructible Alchemist’s Stone are properly able to be reforged.
      • Mixology now correctly provides the duration increase to Elixir of Camouflage.
      • The Origami Rock, Origami Slime, and Scroll of Protection IX can correctly be placed into inscription bags.
      • Parachute Cloak can no longer be used when the character is already on the ground.
      • Runescroll of Fortitude II was applying Fortitude, which only provides 165 Stamina instead of the 468 Stamina listed in the tooltip. This is fixed.
      • Scroll of Intellect VI is now available to train from Inscription trainers.
      • Spider’s Silk was too difficult to obtain and should now drop more frequently.
    • PvP Item Fixes
      • Horde and Alliance Battle Standards now have consistent cooldowns.
      • Firelord’s Draught can only be used in Battlegrounds, as advertised, and no longer incorrectly increases spell power instead of Intellect if that is the highest stat.
      • Cataclysm Gladiator relic tooltips no longer states they can be used by priests.
      • Merciless Gladiator’s Spellblade had inconsistent damage with the rest of the set and has been updated.
      • Vicious Gladiator’s fist weapons should not be using placeholder art.
    • Item Display Fixes
      • Enchant and weapon trail animations and effects should now be properly displaying on many items which were not correctly displaying them previously.
      • Many item and armor display issues which affected select races have been corrected.
    • Tooltip Fixes
      • Many tooltips have been updated to reflect any changes made via recent hotfixes.
      • Several flying mount tooltips have been updated so they no longer say these mounts can be summoned in Outland and Northrend only.
      • Several typos found in various item tooltips have been corrected.

Professions

  • Find Herbs, Fish, and Minerals are no longer canceled upon entering an Arena or rated Battleground.
  • A socket has been added to most crafted epic armor pieces that did not already have one.
  • Alchemy
    • Alchemist’s Stones for Agility, Strength, and Intellect have been added.
    • The number of herbs required to create flasks has been reduced, while the Volatile Life needed has been increased slightly.
    • The drops from Tiny Treasure Chests have been improved slightly.
  • Archaeology
    • Archaeology fragments now have a hard cap of 200 per race. Players will not be able to collect additional fragments until they complete artifacts to take them down below 200 fragments. Players with more than 200 fragments will not lose additional fragments in 4.0.6, but in a future patch we may remove any fragments above 200.
    • Archaeology finds now grant a guaranteed skill point up to 50 skill, and then no longer grant skill gains, as opposed to granting up to 100 skill very slowly.
    • The sell value of all common artifacts has been doubled, while a small subset of common artifacts have had their sell value increased far beyond that.
  • Cooking
    • Multiple spawn locations now exist for the Confectioner’s Sugar (daily quest item) in Stormwind.
  • Enchanting
    • Three new bracer enchants are available. They increase Agility by 50, Strength by 50, or Intellect by 50 respectively. Item level 300 or higher required. These new recipes are rare world drops.
    • Enchant Off-Handed – Superior Intellect now increases Intellect by 40, down from 100.
  • Engineering
    • The Electrified Ether recipe now creates 2 to 3 Electrified Ether instead of 1.
    • The Heat-Treated Spinning Lure buff duration has been increased to 15 minutes, up from 5. In addition, the recipe now creates 2 at a time.
    • Mystic Cogwheel is a new Engineering Cogwheel gem which provides resilience rating and can be purchased from the Engineering vendor for 55 Honor Points.
    • Synapse Springs now increase Agility, Strength, or Intellect (whichever is highest for the character). In addition, the effect now lasts 10 seconds, down from 12.
    • Volatile Air now has an increased chance of dropping from rich mining nodes and Pyrite with the Electrostatic Condenser.
  • Fishing
    • Rare fishing poles now have a chance to be found in the Bag of Fishing Treasures earned via the Stormwind and Orgrimmar Fishing daily quests.
  • Jewelcrafting
    • Meta gems with the Chaotic and Relentless prefixes now have a requirement of 3 red gems.
    • New meta gems have been added: Agile Shadowspirit Diamond (Agility/3% critical damage), Reverberating Shadowspirit Diamond (Strength/3% critical damage), and Burning Shadowspirit Diamond (Intellect/3% critical damage). These new recipes are unbound and can drop from any Cataclysm creature. The new meta gems have a requirement of 3 red gems equipped.
    • Vivid Dream Emerald (new gem) provides resilience/spell penetration and can be purchased for 3 Illustrious Tokens.
    • Wrath of the Lich King purple, green, and orange gems have been increased in cost to match red, blue, and yellow epic gems (220 Justice Points). Burning Crusade epic gems have been increased in cost to match the most expensive Wrath of the Lich King gems.
  • Leatherworking
    • The 500 to 510 skill-up range for Leatherworking has been improved.
  • Tailoring
    • Darkglow Embroidery (Rank 2) now increases Spirit instead of restoring a flat amount of mana.
    • Illusionary Bag now has 26 slots.
  • Profession Bug Fixes
    • See the fixes listed under the Items section.

PvP

  • Arenas
    • Bloodlust, Heroism, Time Warp and Ancient Hysteria can no longer be cast while in Arenas.
  • Battlegrounds
    • The Battle for Gilneas
      • The time it takes to capture a flag has been reduced to 5 seconds, down from 8.
    • Strand of the Ancients
      • The damage done by Antipersonnel Cannons has been doubled.
      • The missile speed of Rocket Blast (Antipersonnel Cannons) has been increased by roughly 50%.
      • Some Antipersonnel Cannons could shoot the platform they were spawned on. These spawn locations have been fixed.
      • The Battleground Demolisher no longer has two additional seats and now only has room for the driver.
      • A PvP duration flag has been added to Battleground Demolishers. This should make it so crowd control effects cast on unmanned demolishers does not last an extended amount of time.
      • There should no longer be a discrepancy in time when the Battleground Demolishers spawn at the start of each round.
      • The Battleground Demolishers spawned on the docks no longer despawn when the north graveyard is taken by the offense.
      • Massive Seaforium Charges should now be useable in rated Battleground matches.
      • The duration of the Teleport debuff has been lowered to 10 seconds, down from 20.
      • The radius of the Seaforium Blast has been lowered to 10 yards, down from 20.
      • The Teleporters on defense will now teleport players based on which line of gates have been destroyed, rather than directly behind that gate. For example, if a player clicks the Teleporter at the Blue gate when one of the beach gates has been destroyed, it will put the player behind the Red gate.
  • Tol Barad
    • Attacking forces will receive a 200% capture speed bonus when they control 2 keeps.
    • Defending forces will receive a 200% capture speed bonus when they control all 3 keeps.
    • Daily quest creatures, herbs, minerals, etc. will only spawn when Tol Barad is in the quest phase between battles. There will be 5-minute and 1-minute warnings before the quest phase ends. The quest phase ends 15 minutes before the battle for Tol Barad begins and queuing is made available. At that time any players in the daily micro dungeons will be ported just outside. This does not apply to Tol Barad Peninsula or the daily quests there.
    • The weekly PvP quest “Victory in Tol Barad” now awards 200 Honor Points and 3 Tol Barad Commendations.
    • Players can now see the status of Tol Barad on the World Map no matter where they are. The time to the next battle is displayed by zooming into the Tol Barad section of the map. The current controlling faction can be seen on the Eastern Kingdoms map.
  • PvP Bug Fixes
    • Players are again able to report other players as AFK from the maps and chat interfaces in Tol Barad and Wintergrasp.
    • Arena Fixes
      • Entering an Arena should no longer sometimes cause a client crash.
      • It is now possible to disband an Arena team from the Arena Team management page of the PvP tab.
      • The Join Battle button on the PvP pane should now function when a team captain attempts to queue.
      • It should no longer be possible for players to get their pets stuck on the large pillars in the Orgrimmar Arena.
      • Players joining late to an Arena match will now count for the win condition and will have enemy unit frames.
    • Battleground Fixes
      • Players should no longer receive a client crash by going AFK in a Battleground.
      • There should no longer be a slight delay when returning a flag in Battlegrounds.
      • The Battleground Rating and Rating Change categories on the Score Screen are now sorting properly.
      • Arathi Basin
        • The buff located at the Blacksmith should now always apply when players run through it.
        • The Goldmine flag no longer counts as two base assaults when captured by the Horde.
      • Eye of the Storm
        • Players with only the classic World of Warcraft license attached to their accounts should now be able to access this Battleground.
      • Isle of Conquest
        • The Horde gates no longer become large pink cubes when they are destroyed.
        • The Alliance Keep entrance should not start open at the beginning of the battle.
        • Vehicle damage now better matches the tooltip.
        • Using a catapult’s Launch should no longer cause players to sometimes get stuck inside the geometry of the Horde Keep.
      • Strand of the Ancients
        • It should no longer be possible for the Alliance boats to not phase out upon the start of round 2.
        • Move enforcement failures shouldn’t occur while on the ships for either faction.
      • Twin Peaks
        • Boots of Speed power-ups were unevenly placed relative to the flags in each base and have been adjusted.
        • The interface should now properly track the final flag capture for the Horde.
    • Tol Barad Fixes
      • The status and timer on the map should now be working correctly.
      • The Abandoned Siege Engines now make sounds when moving.

Quests & Creatures

  • Many rare creatures that went into hiding upon Deathwing’s emergence into Azeroth have made a return! In addition to finding new homes in a post-Cataclysm world, they drop new, improved loot, provide a healthy experience bonus, and respawn much more quickly when killed. Happy hunting!
  • Stranglethorn Vale
    • Chief Engineer Scooty, formally of Booty Bay, has packed up his Gnomeregan teleporter and lugged it up to Grom’gol in Northern Stranglethorn to better accommodate his Horde customers.
  • Tol Barad Peninsula
    • A new achievement, Just Another Day in Tol Barad, has been added for completing all of the Tol Barad daily quests.
    • Crazed Guards now drop Rusty Rifles.
    • The spawn rate of Alliance and Horde Infantry for the quest “The Leftovers” has been increased.
    • The Magnetized Scrap Collector for the quest “Magnets, How Do They Work?” will now be correctly removed from players’ bags upon completing the quest.
    • Both the Baradin’s Wardens and Hellscream’s Reach Commendations are now Bound to Account items.
    • Quest turn-in NPCs have been added to Baradin Base Camp and Hellscream’s Reach in Tol Barad Peninsula for the Tol Barad bonus quests. This will allow players to turn in these quests if the original quest givers in Tol Barad are not available.
    • Kill credit for the Tol Barad bonus quest bosses will now be granted to players who have helped attack them, even if they are not in the same group. These bosses include Problim, Archmage Galus, Warden Silva, and Svarnos.
    • The Farson Keep Prisoner summoned for the quest “Walk A Mile In Their Shoes” will now only be visible to the player who summoned him.
    • Spawn rates at Rustberg Village have been increased.
    • Rusty Rifles will now spawn more frequently at Farson Keep.
  • Quest & Creature Bug Fixes
    • Goblin Zeppelin Masters who are marked as Horde faction will no longer cause Alliance players to lose neutral goblin reputation if killed.
    • Corehounds in Mount Hyjal cannot be tamed by hunters without the required Beast Mastery talent.
    • Darkwood Lurkers and Broodmothers in Tol Barad Peninsula can now be skinned.
    • Players should now always receive 6 daily quests in Tol Barad Peninsula as intended, rather than sometimes only getting 5.

Races

  • The draenei racial trait Gift of the Naaru now heals 20% of the target’s health over 15 seconds, rather than a scaling value.
  • The dwarven racial trait Stoneform now reduces all damage taken by 10%, rather than increasing armor by 10%. It also increases the dwarf’s size when used.
  • The gnomish racial trait Escape Artist now has a 1.5-minute cooldown, down from 1.75. In addition, it is now possible to use and waste this ability when not snared or rooted. This is consistent with other dispels.
  • The human racial trait Every Man for Himself has been reverted back to a 2-minute cooldown, down from 3 minutes.
  • The night elf racial trait Shadowmeld can now be used while shapeshifted.
  • The tauren racial trait War Stomp can now be used while shapeshifted.
  • The worgen racial trait Darkflight now has a 2-minute cooldown, down from 3, and is no longer on the global cooldown. In addition, the movement speed bonus now stacks with existing bonuses, but cannot be activated while Sprint or Dash is active (and they cannot be activated while Darkflight is active).
  • Race Bug Fixes
    • Goblin Rocket Barrage damage is no longer inconsistent with its tooltip.
    • Goblin characters can now participate in the Argent Tournament via the Orgrimmar delegation.
    • The tooltip for the orc racial Blood Fury now shows the correct amount of attack/spell power boosts.
    • Attempting to use the worgen ability Two Forms while under the effects of a druid’s Shapeshift should no longer cause an incorrect error message.
    • Worgen characters can now participate in the Argent Tournament via the Darnassus delegation.

User Interface

  • For opening cinematics there is now a streaming option interface in the login screen for play-on-demand.
  • Players can now individually remove raid world markers.
  • The Reputation Pane now saves which reputation categories are expanded or collapsed.
  • Character Info Window
    • The Character Info window (C) now saves the order and expand/collapse state of stat categories separately for each talent specialization.
    • Character movement speed is now displayed on the Character Info window (C) with all other stats.
    • The Haste display on the Character Info window (C) now shows the total haste percentage, rather than only haste from haste rating.
  • Archaeology
    • There are now number displays on the summary page and dropdown menu.
    • Ready Flash has been added to the race icons.
  • Guild Interface
    • A View All button has been added to the profession display regardless of whether Show Offline Members is checked.
    • Online members can now be sorted to the top of the View Crafters list.
    • The guild reputation cap is now displayed in the tooltip.
  • Real ID & Chat
    • Real ID login notifications now include character and game icons.
    • Players can now right-click close a chat window tab even if it’s not the current tab.
    • There is now an option to auto-pop whispers into a new tab.
    • Popped out whisper windows now show online/offline status messages.
  • Unit Frames
    • Predicted healing (previously only available for Raid Frames and raid-style Party Frames) has been added to the following unit frames: Player Frame, Party Frame, Target Frame, and Focus Frame.
  • User Interface Bug Fixes
    • Many tooltips have been updated to reflect any changes made via recent hotfixes.
    • Several typos found in various item and spell tooltips have been corrected.
    • The Combat Log was displaying a lot of incorrect or inconsistent information pertaining to select player, creature, and boss abilities. These issues have been addressed.
    • Many quests with missing or incorrect Wanted portraits have been updated.
    • Several quests missing objective points of interest on the map have been updated for proper tracking.
    • Cooldown countdowns on tooltips should now update properly when mousing over an ability on cooldown on a secondary action bar.
    • Worgen characters now work properly in the Barbershop.

General Bug Fixes

  • Many holiday decorations have been updated to better align with the post-Cataclysm world. In addition, decorations should be visible in all Stormwind quest phases, and have returned to Gadgetzan. Party on, dudes!
  • Lunar Festival Sentinels anti-PvP guards have had their level and health/damage modifiers adjusted for Cataclysm.
  • Corpses now properly drop to the ground if a player is killed in midair.
  • Dying while using a Charge ability will no longer leave the player’s corpse suspended in the air.
  • Spells with attachment point effect visuals should now display correctly.
  • Many spell effects which were no longer displaying properly have been corrected.
  • Players’ pets should now properly benefit from Mana Spring Totem.
  • Players will now receive an error when attempting to spend talent points while dead or a ghost.
  • Sound Fixes
    • Sound shouldn’t become de-synced during encounters with large amounts of sound effects.
    • Sound shouldn’t cut out when there are a large amount of sound effects being played at once.
    • There should no longer be delays on some sounds in select situations.

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm patch 4.0.6 is set to be released on all North American realms today. Below you’ll find the official patch notes. Check back soon, as we’ll be posting an announcement here once the patch is live.

World of Warcraft Client Patch 4.0.6

Table of Contents

  • Classes
  • Dungeons & Raids
  • Guilds
  • Items
  • Professions
  • PvP
  • Quests & Creatures
  • Races
  • User Interface
  • General Bug Fixes (fixes pertaining specifically to the sections listed above are noted within those sections)

Death Knights

  • Death Coil damage has been reduced by roughly 10%.
  • Icebound Fortitude now breaks stuns when used, in addition to providing immunity to them.
  • Necrotic Strike’s absorption effect is now reduced by the target’s resilience. In addition, its debuff duration has been reduced to 10 seconds, down from 15.
  • The spell hit bonus previously given by Virulence (Unholy) has been rolled into the Runic Focus passive effect that all death knights possess.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Blood
      • Bone Shield now has 4 charges, up from 3.
      • Crimson Scourge has been redesigned slightly. Instead of a 50/100% chance to make the next Blood Boil free when Plague Strike is used on a target with Blood Plague, the talent now gives a 5/10% chance to provide a free Blood Boil when the death knight lands any melee attack on a Blood Plagued target.
      • Heart Strike now deals 175% weapon damage plus 15% per disease, up from 120% plus 10% per disease.
      • Improved Death Strike now increases the damage of Death Strike by 30/60/90%, up from 15/30/45%.
      • If Death Strike is used while a Blood Shield is already active, the new absorb will stack with the old one instead of replacing it.
      • Scarlet Fever now applies via Blood Plague, rather than Blood Boil.
      • Will of the Necropolis no longer refunds a Blood Rune when it resets Rune Tap’s cooldown. Instead it makes the next Rune Tap free while Will of the Necropolis is active.
    • Frost
      • Chilblains now also causes Chains of Ice to root the target for 1.5/3 seconds.
      • Howling Blast now deals 40% less damage to all targets other than the primary target of the spell.
      • Hungering Cold now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
      • Might of the Frozen Wastes now also increases all melee damage by 4/8/12% while wielding a two-handed weapon.
    • Unholy
      • Blightcaller (Mastery) has been redesigned and renamed Dreadblade. It increases all Shadow damage by 2.5% per point of mastery.
      • Dark Transformation now increases pet damage by 80%, down from 100%.
      • Death’s Advance (new talent): While both Unholy Runes are depleted, movement-impairing effects cannot reduce the death knight below 75/100% of normal movement speed.
      • Desecration is now also triggered by Necrotic Strike.
      • The ratio of runic power return from Magic Suppression has been reduced by roughly one third.
      • Rage of Rivendare now increases strike damage by 12/24/36%, down from 15/30/45%.
      • Runic Corruption procs while the aura is already active now add 3 seconds to the existing aura duration, instead of simply refreshing/overwriting the existing aura.
      • Shadow Infusion now increases pet damage by 8% per stack, down from 10%.
      • Sudden Doom is now triggered only from main-hand auto attacks, and is normalized according to weapon speed rather than having a fixed percentage chance.
      • Unholy Might (passive) has been reduced to a 5% Strength increase, down from 10%.
      • Virulence has been redesigned. It now grants 10/20/30% additional disease damage.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Dark Succor (new glyph) raises the minimum healing done by Death Strike from 7% to 15% of maximum health, but only while in Unholy or Frost Presence.
    • Glyph of Death’s Embrace no longer refunds Runic Power when self-healing via Lichborne.
  • Runeforging
    • Swordbreaking and Swordshattering now reduce disarm duration by 60%, up from 50%.
  • Death Knight Bug Fixes
    • Blood of the North is no longer incorrectly increasing Blood Strike damage by 10%.
    • The tooltip for Blood Presence was giving an incorrect value and has been corrected.
    • The amount of bonus damage Blood Strike was receiving per disease was inconsistent with its tooltip and has been amended.
    • Crimson Scourge will no longer proc if Blood Plague is not present on the target.
    • Death Grip has a minimum range requirement of 8 yards against players, but this was not stated in the tooltip. The tooltip has been updated.
    • Desecration should stay in place while on the Alliance Gunship in Deepholm.
    • When a character is raised as a ghoul with Raise Ally, there is no longer a considerable pause after losing control of the ghoul before being returned to the corpse or graveyard.
    • The Scourge Strike tooltip is now correctly augmented by Rage of Rivendare.
    • The shadow portion of Scourge Strike was receiving more than 10% increased damage from Frost Presence and has been corrected.
    • The shadow portion of Scourge Strike no longer incorrectly still receives a 13% spell damage increase from Earth and Moon.
    • Glyph Fixes
      • The Chains of Ice tooltip is now correctly augmented by Glyph of Chains of Ice.
      • Glyph of Raise Ally now correctly affects the risen ally’s health.
      • The Vampiric Blood tooltip became awkwardly worded after applying Glyph of Vampiric Blood. We made the words less awkward.

Druids

  • Barkskin is no longer dispellable.
  • Entangling Roots now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Healing Touch is now trained at level 78, up from level 3.
  • Hibernate now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Lacerate damage has been reduced by approximately 20%.
  • Mangle (Bear Form) weapon damage (at level 80+) has been reduced to 235%, down from 300%.
  • Mangle (Cat Form) weapon damage percent (at level 80+) has been increased to 460%, up from 360%.
  • Maul damage has been reduced by approximately 20%.
  • Moonfire mana cost has been reduced from 18% to 9%.
  • Mount Up: This guild perk now applies to Flight Form and Swift Flight Form as well.
  • Nature’s Grasp now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Nourish is now trained at level 8, down from level 78.
  • Omen of Clarity can no longer trigger from helpful spells (aka heals), unless the Restoration talent Malfurion’s Gift is chosen.
  • Prowl is no longer broken by enemies using Demoralizing Shout or Demoralizing Roar.
  • Rake damage has been reduced by 10%.
  • Rejuvenation is now trained at level 3, down from level 8. In addition, its mana cost is now 20% of base mana.
  • Rip damage has been reduced by 10%.
  • Shapeshifts: Entering or leaving a shapeshift no longer cancels root effects. It continues to cancel movement slowing effects.
  • Shred weapon damage percent (at level 80+) has been increased to 450%, up from 350%.
  • Skull Bash’s lockout time has been reduced to 4 seconds, down from 5.
  • Soothe is now instant cast, down from 1.5 seconds.
  • Worgen and troll druids now have new art for Swift Flight Form.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Balance
      • Fungal growth duration has been increased to 20 seconds, up from 10. In addition, it should now be much more responsive when detonating Wild Mushrooms.
      • Moonkin Form now grants 15% damage reduction instead of increased armor. In addition, shapeshifting in or out of this form now breaks roots. Note this is not stated in the tooltip.
      • The Shooting Stars buff duration has been increased to 12 seconds, up from 8 seconds.
      • Starfall will no longer strike targets that are not in combat and will now drop stars at a slightly faster rate.
      • Sunfire mana cost has been reduced from 18% to 9%.
      • Total Eclipse (Mastery) benefit from mastery increased by approximately 33%.
      • Typhoon mana cost has been reduced by 50%.
      • Wild Mushroom is now instant cast, down from 0.5 seconds. In addition, the radius of detonation has been increased to 6 yards, up from 3, and damage done increased by 30%.
    • Feral
      • Berserk (instant Mangle proc) now has a new Spell Alert identifier. In addition, Berserk no longer breaks Fear or makes the druid immune to Fear.
      • Blood in the Water: Timing on this effect has been improved so that Ferocious Bite will immediately refresh Rip, rather than be slightly delayed (which gave a chance for the Rip to expire despite being refreshed).
      • Infected Wounds now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
      • Pulverize weapon damage percent has been reduced to 80%, down from 100%.
    • Restoration
      • Disentanglement (new specialization): Causes shapeshifting to remove roots in addition to snares.
      • Empowered Touch now also affects Regrowth. In addition, after Tree of Life is no longer active, this talent will only refresh the most recently cast or refreshed Lifebloom, and will not refresh other copies of Lifebloom.
      • Natural Shapeshifter has been reduced to a 3/6-second increase to Tree of Life’s duration, down from 5/10.
      • Nature’s Bounty no longer affects Swiftmend, but now has a new effect. When the druid has Rejuvenation on 3 or more targets, the cast time of Nourish is reduced by 10/20/30%.
      • Symbiosis (Mastery) benefit from mastery increased by approximately 16%.
      • Tree of Life duration has been reduced to 25 seconds, down from 30.
      • Wild Growth healing has been increased by 30%, and the cooldown has been reduced to 8 seconds, down from 10.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Entangling Roots redesigned. It now reduces the cast time of Entangling Roots by 0.2 seconds, rather than making it instant cast.
    • Glyph of Regrowth now causes the heal-over-time effect to refresh itself on targets at or below 50% health, up from 25%.
    • Glyph of Wrath now increases damage done by Wrath by 10% and no longer requires Insect Swarm on the target.
  • Druid Bug Fixes
    • Druid forms now have an Archaeology Survey animation.
    • Balance of Power’s tooltip now states that spell hit rating is increased only by Spirit gained from items and effects.
    • Druids can correctly cast Barkskin while silenced.
    • Feral Charge: Cat should always turn the druid around to face the back of the target.
    • Hurricane now remains at the same location it was cast at while on a moving transport.
    • The mana return effect of Leader of the Pack is now consistent with its tooltip.
    • Maul and other Feral druid ability tooltips should now show the correct damage.
    • Druids in Moonkin Form should now correctly be able to mount.
    • Rank 1 of Naturalist is now reducing the cast time by what it states on the tooltip.
    • Nature’s Swiftness is no longer consumed when casting Entangling Roots that became instant cast via Glyph of Entangling Roots.
    • The instant Rejuvenation heal from Gift of the Earthmother should no longer gain bonus healing from haste too soon, and should now correctly benefit from Symbiosis.
    • The Thick Hide tooltip should now reflect the new increased values.
    • The tooltip for Thrash’s bleed effect listed the amount of damage per tick rather than the total damage for the effect. This has been corrected.
    • Using Track Humanoids while in Cat Form should no longer cause loot windows to automatically close the first time they are opened.
    • Druids should now make the correct laugh and cry emote sounds while in Tree of Life Form.
    • Wild Mushroom’s tooltip now shows the magic school.
    • Glyph Fixes
      • Glyph of Ferocious Bite now correctly augments the Ferocious Bite tooltip.

Hunters

  • Aimed Shot weapon damage has been increased to 200%, up from 150%. In addition, the base cast time has been reduced to 2.4 seconds, down from 3.
  • Arcane Shot damage has been increased by 15%.
  • Aspect of the Wild, Aspect of the Hawk, and Aspect of the Fox can now be cast while mounted.
  • Hunters can now use Auto Shot while moving.
  • Casting Trap Launcher, Distracting Shot, and Scare Beast now cancel Auto Shot when cast. This is to make it easier to crowd control creatures with Auto Shot while moving enabled.
  • Concussive Shot duration has been increased to 6 seconds, up from 4.
  • Deterrence now provides 100% chance for melee attacks to miss instead of 100% parry chance. This means that attacks that cannot be parried, notably some rogue abilities, can now be prevented by Deterrence, and the hunter will gain the benefit of Deterrence even if disarmed.
  • Dust Cloud’s cooldown and duration have been modified to make it closer aligned with Tailspin (same effect, different pet).
  • Freezing Trap now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Kill Command’s damage has been increased by 20%.
  • Kill Shot’s attack power scaling has been increased by 50%.
  • Master’s Call now has a 35-second cooldown, down from 1 minute, and its range has been increased to 40 yards, up from 25. In addition, the visual effect is more obvious.
  • Wing Clip now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Beast Mastery
      • Animal Handler now provides a passive 25% bonus to attack power, up from 15%.
    • Marksmanship
      • Chimera Shot’s overall damage has been increased by roughly 50%.
      • Wild Quiver (Mastery): Chance for this to trigger per mastery has been increased by approximately 17%.
    • Survival
      • Black Arrow damage has been reduced by 15%.
      • Explosive Shot damage has been reduced by 15%.
      • Hunter vs. Wild has been increased to 5/10/15% Stamina, up from 4/8/12%.
      • Into the Wilderness (passive) has been reduced to a 10% Agility increase, down from 15%.
  • Pets
    • Pets now have 70% of the master’s armor, rather than a different value based on which type of pet they are.
    • Shale Spiders now correctly have a special ability (Web Wrap).
    • Bad Manner (monkey) now properly breaks from damage.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Concussive Shot redesigned. It now limits the maximum run speed of the target while Concussive Shot is active.
  • Hunter Bug Fixes
    • Aimed Shot no longer ignores the Fire! buff when cast by macro.
    • Camouflage is now breaking when the hunter’s traps deal damage to a target.
    • Chimera Shot’s particle effect animations should now display correctly.
    • Cobra Shot now properly increases the duration of the Serpent Spread Serpent Sting.
    • The Focus Fire spell effect is now cooler than your best collection of green rectangles.
    • Wild Quiver’s effect per point of mastery value should now be consistent.
    • Before shooting, male undead hunters will no longer look away from their targets.
    • Pet Fixes
      • Pet families added in Cataclysm should not be missing talents.
      • Pets should fight all underwater creatures, even if the hunter is out of melee range.
      • Ancient Hysteria should not able to affect low-level characters.
      • Ancient Hysteria now correctly affects pets.
      • Embrace of the Shale Spider now provides resistances so that those resistances are not lost if this buff overwrites Blessing of Forgotten Kings.
      • Ferocity-category pets in the dog and fox families now have access to the pet talent Charge.
      • Mobility can correctly be learned by land-based hunter pets.
      • Ravage no longer counts toward stun diminishing returns.
      • Undead hunters now start with Revive Pet on the action bar.
      • The pet Spellbook entry for Serpent Swiftness now shows its rank.
      • Shale Spiders are no longer missing a special ability.
      • The Shell Shield (Terrorpene) visual has been enlarged and should now be seen when cast.
      • The tooltip for the armor value in the Character pane should now be showing the correct amount of armor granted to pets.

Mages

  • Arcane Barrage mana cost has been reduced by 8%.
  • Arcane Blast mana cost has been reduced by 12%.
  • The mana costs of Arcane Brilliance and Dalaran Brilliance have been reduced by approximately 16%, making them roughly equal to the cost of Mark of the Wild.
  • Counterspell lockout duration reduced to 7 seconds, down from 8.
  • Fireball mana cost has been reduced to 9% of base mana.
  • Flame Orb now ignores critters.
  • Frostfire Bolt mana cost has been reduced to 9% of base mana.
  • Mage Armor now reduces the duration of magic effects by 35%, down from 50%.
  • Molten Armor, Frost Armor, and Mage Armor no longer cost mana.
  • Polymorph now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Ring of Frost: Radius shrunk to 8 yards, and inner “safe” radius is now 4.7 yards (exactly matching graphic). Dispelling the effect of Ring of Frost will now make the target immune to being refrozen for 3 seconds. If a second Ring of Frost is cast by the same mage while the first is still active (via Cold Snap), the first will now disappear and cease functioning. In addition, Ring of Frost now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • When a mage uses the Invisibility spell, it will now also cause their pet Water Elemental to become invisible.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Arcane
      • Slow now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
    • Fire
      • Firestarter now allows the mage to cast Scorch while moving (regardless of which armor spell is used), and no longer eliminates Molten Armor’s critical strike chance reduction.
      • Flashburn (Mastery) benefit per mastery has been increased by 12%.
      • Living Bomb mana cost has been reduced by 22%.
    • Frost
      • Deep Freeze damage done has been reduced by 20%.
      • Fingers of Frost can no longer be dispelled and now also increases Ice Lance damage by 15%.
      • Frost Specialization now only grants 2 base points of mastery (instead of 8), reducing all Frost damage to frozen targets by 15% from previous values. However, Frost Specialization now increases base Frostbolt damage by 15%.
  • Mage Bug Fixes
    • Arcane Power now has its tooltip updated when Glyph of Arcane Power is active.
    • The attachment point of Cone of Cold was too far left and has been adjusted on male troll models.
    • Evocation was returning less mana than the tooltip stated it should. This has been corrected.
    • Flame Orb’s tooltip should now state how much damage it will explode for after the Fire Power talent is chosen.
    • Rank 1 Frostfire Orb is no longer applying a debuff that incorrectly states that it snares its target.
    • The Hurricane weapon enchant should no longer proc when Polymorph is cast.
    • Molten Armor tooltips now display the correct information.
    • Nether Vortex was causing Arcane Blast to yield a string error when Arcane Blast was reflected. It shouldn’t do that.
    • When Presence of Mind was active, Conjure Mana Gem was not becoming an instant cast spell if used to refresh a stack of 2 or less Mana Gems. This has been fixed.
    • Presence of Mind is no longer consumed when Flame Orb is cast.
    • Ring of Frost can now be cast and works properly on transports (this includes elevators, trapdoors, etc.).
    • Glyph Fixes
      • Glyph of Arcane Power should correctly reduce the global cooldown of Blink, Mana Shield, and Mirror Image to 0.
      • Ice Barrier’s tooltip is now correctly updated by Glyph of Ice Barrier.

Paladins

  • The mana costs of Blessing of Might and Blessing of Kings have been increased by approximately 217%, making them roughly equal to the cost of Mark of the Wild.
  • Crusader Strike weapon damage percent has been increased to 135%, up from 115%.
  • Divine Light mana cost has been increased by approximately 10%.
  • Divine Plea now lasts for 9 seconds, down from 15. It grants 4% mana per tick, instead of 2%, for a total of 12% mana, up from 10%.
  • Flash of Light mana cost has been increased by approximately 10%.
  • Forbearance
    • The duration has been lowered to 1 minute, down from 2.
    • Lay on Hands now causes Forbearance on the target. It used to only cause it when cast on the paladin. This was an old design from when Divine Protection caused Forbearance and the paladin didn’t want to prevent a tank from using their defensive cooldown.
    • Lay on Hands cannot be a critical effect and will not be affected by most abilities which modify healing (such as Beacon of Light). In addition, Lay on Hands is no longer on the global cooldown.
    • Since only Divine Shield, Lay on Hands and Hand of Protection cause Forbearance, the tooltips have been adjusted to better explain the mechanic.
  • Holy Light mana cost has been increased by approximately 10%.
  • Holy Wrath no longer counts nearby critters when dividing damage among its targets.
  • Inquisition is no longer dispellable.
  • Rebuke can now be trained by all paladins at level 54. Existing characters will need to visit their trainer, even if they had talented Rebuke before.
  • Seal of Truth: All single target attacks (including Judgement, Hammer of Wrath, Exorcism, and Templar’s Verdict) can now trigger this seal.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Holy
      • Aura Mastery: This ability no longer increases the benefit granted by Crusader Aura.
      • Denounce now has a spell overlay.
      • Protector of the Innocent heals for 30% less.
    • Protection
      • Eternal Glory: The chance to not consume Holy Power from this talent now also applies to not consuming the clearcasting effect generated by Divine Purpose.
      • Vindication no longer allows Hammer of Justice to interrupt stun-immune targets. With Rebuke baseline, this functionality is no longer necessary.
    • Retribution
      • Act of Sacrifice will no longer cause Cleanse to remove movement impairing effects from vehicles the paladin is riding.
      • Divine Purpose: The chance for applicable abilities to generate Holy Power has been reduced to 7/15%, down from 20/40%, but instead of generating 1 Holy Power, the next applicable ability used consumes no Holy Power and acts as if the paladin has 3 Holy Power.
      • Divine Storm weapon damage percent increased from 80% to 100%.
      • Hand of Light (Mastery): A percentage of the damage done by Templar’s Verdict, Crusader Strike, and Divine Storm is done as additional Holy damage. This Mastery now grants a 2.1% increase to Holy damage per mastery, down from 2.5%.
      • Repentance is no longer broken from damage done by Censure (Seal of Truth).
      • The Rebuke talent has been replaced with a new passive talent, Sacred Shield. Paladins who had Rebuke before will automatically have Sacred Shield. Sacred When reduced below 30% health, paladins gain the Sacred Shield effect. The Sacred Shield absorbs X damage and increases healing received by 20%. Lasts 15 seconds. This effect cannot occur more than once every 30 seconds. Undispellable.
      • Seals of Command will no longer trigger twice on each swing with Seal of Truth.
      • Zealotry is no longer dispellable.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Divine Plea now adds 6% mana, for a total of 18% over 9 seconds.
  • Paladin Bug Fixes
    • The Silence debuff from Avenger’s Shield was using the Dazed visual effect, and its Daze debuff did not have a visible effect. This has been remedied.
    • The damage bonus from Communion is no longer applied even when the paladin has no paladin auras active.
    • Divine Storm no longer incorrectly highlights when Hand of Light procs.
    • Exorcism no longer re-targets whomever it does damage to when it finishes casting.
    • The healing amount in the buff tooltip for Holy Radiance is now accurate.
    • Pursuit of Justice is now providing Holy Power when the paladin gets stunned by the Fire mage talent Impact. Conversely, Pursuit of Justice is no longer granting Holy Power when the Paladin is hit by Holy Wrath.
    • Repentance tooltip now states that it does not break Censure damage.
    • Rank 1 of Shield of the Templar was reducing the cooldown of Guardian of Ancient Kings by 45 seconds, which is inconsistent with the scaling of ranks 2 and 3. This has been adjusted.
    • The tooltip for Tower of Radiance indicated that Holy Light would generate a charge of Holy Power. This has been fixed.
    • Word of Glory no longer resets the swing timer.
    • Glyph Fixes
      • The damage-over-time effect of Exorcism added by Glyph of Exorcism is now correctly affected by Exorcism’s damage.
      • The tooltip for Holy Wrath is now updated to reflect changes when Glyph of Holy Wrath is active.
      • The Glyph of Light of Dawn is now updating the tooltip for Light of Dawn.
      • The Glyph of Seal of Insight now requires level 32 to be consistent with when Seal of Insight can be learned from the trainer.
      • The Glyph of Templar’s Verdict is now updating the tooltip of Templar’s Verdict.

Priests

  • The duration of Levitate has been increased to 10 minutes, up from 2.
  • The mana cost of Power Word: Fortitude has been reduced by approximately 68%, making it roughly equal to the cost of Mark of the Wild.
  • The mana cost of Power Word: Shield has been increased by approximately 31%, but its effect has been increased by 208%.
  • The mana cost of Renew has been reduced by 24%.
  • The mana cost of Shadow Protection has been reduced by approximately 65%, making it roughly equal to the cost of Mark of the Wild.
  • Mind Blast now does 18% more damage than Mind Spike.
  • Mind Control now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Mind Sear can now be channeled on friendly targets in addition to enemy targets. In addition, Mind Sear’s damage has been increased by roughly 15%.
  • Prayer of Healing effectiveness has been reduced by 15%.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Discipline
      • Divine Aegis: Critical effects from Prayer of Healing now award a bonus amount in addition to the default, always-proc Divine Aegis effect.
      • Grace is no longer limited to one target at a time.
      • Focused Will now procs when the priest is critically hit, in addition to its current effect.
      • Pain Suppression is no longer dispellable.
      • Penance mana cost has been increased by 7%, but healing has been increased by 20%.
      • Strength of Soul now occurs when the priest casts Inner Focus on oneself, rather than Power Word: Shield. In addition, Strength of Soul now also causes the priest to become immune to silence, interrupt, and dispel effects for 2/4 seconds after using Inner Focus.
    • Holy
      • Blessed Resilience will now proc when the priest is critically hit, in addition to its current effect.
      • Chakra
        • Chakra states now last 1 minute, up from 30 seconds.
        • Binding Heal and Holy Word: Serenity now refresh the duration of Renew on the target, in addition to the other direct heals.
        • Binding Heal, Flash Heal, and Greater Heal can now trigger Chakra: Serenity.
        • Mind Spike can now trigger Chakra: Chastise.
      • Circle of Healing effectiveness has been increased by 30%.
      • Desperate Prayer now heals the priest for 30% of their total health, up from a very subpar value.
      • Guardian Spirit: The absorb/heal from this ability can now never exceed 200% of the maximum health of the target.
      • Holy Concentration now increases the amount of mana regeneration from Spirit while in combat by an additional 15/30%, down from 20/40%.
      • Holy Word: Chastise now has a 30-second cooldown, up from 25. In addition, it properly breaks from damage.
      • Lightwell’s health has been increased by 50% (for PvP purposes).
      • Serendipity now has Spell Alert and Floating Combat Text feedback support.
      • Surge of Light can now also proc from Flash Heal and Greater Heal, and can now also critically hit.
    • Shadow
      • Shadow Orbs benefit from mastery has been increased by approximately 16%.
      • Vampiric Embrace now lasts until canceled.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Mind Flay no longer requires Shadow Word: Pain to be on the target.
    • Glyph of Pain Suppression has been renamed Glyph of Desperation and now allows Guardian Spirit to be cast while stunned, in addition to Pain Suppression.
    • Glyph of Psychic Horror now reduces the cooldown of Psychic Horror by 30 seconds, down from 60.
    • Glyph of Spirit of Redemption has been converted into Glyph of Prayer of Mending, which increases the healing done by the first charge of Prayer of Mending by 60%.
  • Priest Bug Fixes
    • Atonement now has the correct healing range listed in the tooltip.
    • Blessed Resilience rank 1 and 2 tooltips are now consistent with the amount of increased healing.
    • Dispersion should no longer allow priests to become permanently invisible when mounting.
    • Dispersion correctly reduces the damage dealt by Deep Wounds and Piercing Shots.
    • Focused Will rank 1 and 2 tooltips are now consistent with the amount of damage reduced.
    • Heal, Flash Heal, Greater Heal, and Binding Heal effects are now consistent with their tooltips.
    • Holy Concentration now has correct percentages listed in the tooltip.
    • Holy Word: Serenity now correctly grants healing spells cast by the priest an extra 25% chance to critically hit.
    • Inner Fire no longer consumes mana after learning Inner Sanctum.
    • Inner Will now correctly reduces the mana cost of Power Word: Barrier.
    • Lightwell healing now matches its tooltip description.
    • Undead and blood elf priests are no longer gaining aggro from friendly guards when casting Mind Control on enemy NPCs.
    • Unnecessary string errors should no longer occur when casting Power Word: Barrier.
    • Prayer of Mending will now properly return an error when cast on a target with a more powerful Prayer of Mending active.
    • Rapture’s tooltip now has the correct percentages listed.
    • Shadow Orbs’ tooltip showed a 0% increase in damage and did not give an increase of damage until additional mastery rating was added. This has been corrected.
    • Sin and Punishment will no longer fear players that are not flagged for PvP.
    • Surge of Light is no longer consumed without benefit if it triggers while a Flash Heal is being cast.
    • Glyph Fixes
      • Critical heals from Glyph of Dispel Magic properly proc Divine Aegis.

Rogues

  • Blind now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Combat Readiness now lasts for 20 seconds, down from 30 seconds, but the Combat Insight stacking buff lasts 10 seconds, up from 6 seconds.
  • Crippling Poison now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Garrote now costs 45 Energy, down from 50.
  • Sap now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Smoke Bomb now lasts for 5 seconds, down from 10 seconds.
  • Stealth is no longer broken by enemies using Demoralizing Shout or Demoralizing Roar.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Assassination
      • Deadly Momentum critical strike bonus now lasts for 15 seconds, up from 10.
    • Combat
      • Blade Flurry is now a toggle that can be turned off by pressing the button again. In addition, this ability no longer has a fixed duration, but will go on cooldown for 10 seconds after being canceled (similar to Stealth). In addition, Blade Flurry now reduces energy generation by 30% while active, up from 20%.
      • Main Gauche (Mastery) now provides a chance to deal an attack for 100% of main-hand damage. This attack can trigger Combat Potency.
      • Restless Blades now also reduces the cooldown of Redirect.
      • Revealing Strike now increases finisher effectiveness by 35% (45% glyphed), up from 20% (30% glyphed).
      • Vitality now increases attack power by 25%, up from 20%.
    • Subtlety
      • Elusiveness now reduces the cooldown of Cloak of Shadows by 10/20 seconds, down from 15/30 seconds.
      • Executioner (Mastery) has been increased from 2% to 2.5% per point.
      • Find Weakness now grants 35/70% armor reduction, up from 25/50%.
      • Preparation no longer resets the cooldown of Evasion.
      • Sanguinary Vein now gives a rogue a 50/100% chance for their own Bleed effects to not break their Gouge.
      • Shadowstep’s cooldown has been increased to 24 seconds, up from 20 seconds.
      • Sinister Calling now grants 30% Agility, up from 25%, and increases Backstab and Hemorrhage damage by an additional 40%, up from 25%.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Garrote now increases the duration of Garrote by 1.5 seconds, down from 2.
  • Rogue Bug Fixes
    • Cloak of Shadows now functions properly to protect the rogue from the following boss and creature abilities: Gravity Well (Terrastra, The Bastion of Twilight), Burning Corruption (Crimsonborne Seer, Grim Batol), Lava Fissure (Slabhide, The Stonecore), Geyser (Lady Naz’jar, Throne of the Tides), Noxious Mire (Naz’jar Sentinel, Throne of the Tides).
    • Cheat Death was activating by a warlock’s Chaos Bolt but not working. Chaos Bolt will still trigger Cheat Death, but will not kill the rogue.
    • Eviscerate was showing reduced energy cost at low levels, even though the cost should remain 35 energy. This has been corrected.
    • Feint correctly reduces Quake damage from Rom’ogg Bonecrusher (Blackrock Caverns).
    • The Honor Among Thieves buff icon is now correctly displayed for the rogue, and not just for the rogue’s party members.
    • Ruthlessness has the correct chance to proc when Envenom is used.
    • Glyph Fixes
      • Blade Flurry’s tooltip is now correctly augmented by Glyph of Blade Flurry.
      • The Hemorrhage tooltip is now correctly updated to reflect the bleed effect when Glyph of Hemorrhage is applied.
      • The Preparation tooltip is now augmented by Glyph of Preparation.

Shaman

  • Chain Heal’s effectiveness has been increased by approximately 10%.
  • Flametongue Weapon procs now deal roughly 20% less damage.
  • Healing Rain now has a 40-yard range, up from 30, to be consistent with other shaman heals.
  • Hex now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Purge now dispels a single effect instead of two.
  • Spiritwalker’s Grace duration has been increased to 15 seconds, up from 10.
  • Tremor Totem has been redesigned. The totem is now usable under Fear, Charm, or Sleep effects, and pulses much more rapidly, but lasts 6 seconds and has a 1-minute cooldown.
  • The Windfury Weapon proc can now trigger 3 additional attacks, up from 2.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Elemental Combat
      • Earthquake damage has been increased by approximately 10%.
      • Elemental Overload (Mastery) procs of Lightning Bolt or Chain Lightning can now generate Rolling Thunder charges.
      • Lava Burst’s damage has been increased by roughly 10%.
    • Enhancement
      • Flametongue Weapon damage now scales from attack power instead of spell power (for Enhancement shaman only).
      • Purge no longer has its mana cost reduced by Mental Quickness.
    • Restoration
      • Cleansing Waters no longer fires its heal effect twice when a shaman removes a Magic and a Curse debuff with a single cast.
      • Deep Healing (Mastery) has been increased to 3% per point, up from 2.5%.
      • Earth Shield can no longer be dispelled.
      • Greater Healing Wave mana cost has been increased by 10%; healing done has been increased by 20%.
      • Mana Tide Totem has been redesigned. The totem no longer multiplies the Spirit of those affected by it. It instead gives a flat amount of Spirit equal to 400% of the casting shaman’s Spirit, exclusive of short-term Spirit buffs affecting the shaman when the totem is dropped. In addition, its effects are now raid-wide.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Hex now reduces the cooldown by 10 seconds, down from 15.
  • Shaman Bug Fixes
    • Ancestral Resolve correctly reduces the damage done by Chaos Bolt.
    • Earthquake’s mana cost is now correctly reduced by Elemental Focus’ clearcasting proc.
    • Elemental Oath properly increases the damage of Earthquake.
    • Player movement speed cannot be reduced below 100% while in Ghost Wolf if the player is or has been in an indoor environment.
    • Healing Rain shouldn’t fail to complete casting if a low-level player or NPC is within its targeted location.
    • Reincarnation can now correctly be used after Soulstone Resurrection or Rebirth has already been used on the shaman during a boss encounter.
    • Glyph Fixes
      • The tooltip for Elemental Mastery now updates after applying the Glyph of Elemental Mastery.
      • The spell buff icon for Ghost Wolf now updates when Glyph of Ghost Wolf is applied.
      • The spell tooltip for Grounding Totem now updates when Glyph of Grounding Totem is applied.
      • The tooltip for Healing Stream Totem now updates to reflect the additional spell resistance benefits granted by Glyph of Healing Stream Totem.
      • The spell tooltip for Healing Wave now updates when Glyph of Healing Wave is applied.

Warlocks

  • Curse of Exhaustion now reduces movement speed by 30%, down from 50%. Its range has been increased to 40 yards, up from 30.
  • Demon Armor and Fel Armor no longer cost mana and last until canceled.
  • Devour (Felhunter) cooldown has been increased to 20 seconds, up from 8. Devour is no longer able to be auto-cast.
  • Drain Mana has been removed from the game.
  • Fear now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Fel Armor has been redesigned. It now surrounds the caster with fel energy, increasing spell power and causing the warlock to be healed for 3% of any single-target spell damage he or she deals.
  • Seduction (Succubus) now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Affliction
      • Soul Swap can no longer be dispelled (the aura given to the warlock between swapping).
      • Unstable Affliction’s silence effect has been reduced to 4 seconds, down from 5.
    • Demonology
      • Demonic Aegis now increases the healing effect of Fel Armor by 50/100%.
      • Demonic Rebirth now highlights summoning spells when active.
      • Demon Soul: Imp redesigned. It now increases the critical strike chance of all non instant cast Destruction spells by 30%, rather than increasing critical strike damage. Duration reduced to 20 seconds.
      • Felstorm (Felguard) damage has been reduced by 20%.
      • Immolation Aura damage has been reduced by roughly 30%.
      • Inferno no longer increases the radius of Hellfire, but instead increases the duration of Immolate by 6 seconds in addition to its existing effect.
      • Master Demonologist (Mastery) benefit from mastery increased by approximately 33%.
    • Destruction
      • Burning Embers damage has been reduced by 15%.
      • Fiery Apocalypse (Mastery) benefit from mastery increased by approximately 8%.
      • Improved Soul Fire now increases Fire and Shadow damage done by 4/8%, rather than 7/15% spell haste. In addition, this talent has been moved to tier-3 Destruction, switching places with Aftermath.
      • Shadow and Flame can now proc from Incinerate in addition to Shadow Bolt.
  • Warlock Bug Fixes
    • Rank 2 of Backdraft should no longer have charges consumed when casting Immolate.
    • The spell animation for Demon Circle: Summon no longer persists through death.
    • Demon Leap should no longer cause players to pass through the environment at the entrance/exit of Orgrimmar.
    • Drain Life cast when under the effects of Soulburn no longer has higher damage than the normal version of Drain Life.
    • Empowered Imp can no longer proc if the warlock does not have the talent.
    • Hellfire will not proc the Muradin’s Spyglass buff without hitting an enemy target.
    • Warlocks with the Jinx talent who have an active Curse of the Elements on a target should no longer be interrupted while eating or drinking.
    • Nether Protection should now proc properly from all associated abilities.
    • Rain of Fire now remains at the same location it was cast at while on a moving transport.
    • Ritual of Summoning should no longer yield graphical issues with the created portal.
    • Casting Soulburn during the global cooldown of a Soulburn ability, and while under the effects of another self-buff, was sometimes causing Soulburn abilities to be non-functional. This has been corrected.
    • The UI fly-out for a warlocks’ summoning spells now updates in real time based on the warlock’s available mana.
    • The tooltip for the armor value in the Character pane should now be showing the correct amount of armor granted to pets.
    • Glyph Fixes
      • Glyph of Voidwalker’s tooltip has been updated to the new pet scaling system.

Warriors

  • Charge now shares diminishing returns with stun effects.
  • Cleave damage has been reduced by 20%.
  • Hamstring now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Heroic Strike damage has been reduced by 20%.
  • Inner Rage has been redesigned. It now reduces the cooldown on Heroic Strike and Cleave by 50% (to 1.5 second) for the next 15 seconds. 1-minute cooldown. It still cannot be used during Deadly Calm. This ability was originally designed to help warriors with rage capping, but the Heroic Strike and rage normalization changes seem to have solved that problem on their own. This new design will still allow warriors to burn off excess rage faster, at their discretion.
  • Recklessness now increases special critical strike chance by 50%, down from 100%, but lasts the full 12 seconds instead of allowing only 3 charges.
  • Slam weapon damage percent (at level 80+) has been increased from 125% to 145%.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Arms
      • Drums of War no longer lowers the rage cost of Piercing Howl.
      • Juggernaut no longer increases the cooldown on Charge, but instead increases the duration of the Charge stun by 2 seconds. In addition, Charge is usable in all stances, however, the talent now causes Charge and Intercept to share a cooldown.
      • Lambs to the Slaughter: Instead of granting 10/20/30% damage to the next Mortal Strike, Overpower, or Execute, it now grants a 10% buff to any Mortal Strike, Overpower, Slam, or Execute that stacks 1/2/3 times.
      • Mortal Strike cost has been reduced by 5 rage.
      • War Academy no longer buffs Heroic Strike or Cleave. It now buffs Mortal Strike, Raging Blow, Devastate, Victory Rush and Slam.
    • Fury
      • In addition to its current effects, Bloodsurge now also causes the next Slam to deal 20% more damage.
      • Bloodthirst damage has been increased by approximately 30%.
      • Raging Blow weapon damage percent (at level 80+) has been increased from 110% to 120%.
      • Single-Minded Fury bonus has been increased to 20%, up from 15%.
      • Unshackled Fury (Mastery) now grants 5.6% benefit per mastery point, up from 4.7%.
    • Protection
      • Charge’s stun continues to not trigger diminishing returns for Protection warriors who have the Warbringer talent.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Rapid Charge has been changed from a 7% reduction to Charge’s cooldown, to 1 second off of the cooldown. This change is primarily to clarify the exact cooldown reduction this glyph provides.
  • Warrior Bug Fixes
    • Warrior abilities which were incorrectly assigned the sound effect for Mangle have been updated.
    • Battle Shout’s buff tooltip should not show incorrect values when the recipient is higher level than the warrior.
    • Heroic Leap and Thunder Clap no longer incorrectly scale damage with both Strength and Agility.
    • Forceful Deflection passive aura is now properly applying to warriors beginning at level 1.
    • The Victorious buff can no longer proc before the warrior learns Victory Rush.
    • The wording in the tooltip for Vigilance was inconsistent with other abilities and has been updated.

Dungeons & Raids

  • Level-85 players can now choose any normal dungeon via the Dungeon Finder. Choosing Random Dungeon will still not add Blackrock Caverns or Throne of the Tides into the rotation.
  • Level-85 dungeon bosses in Lost City of the Tol’vir, Grim Batol, and Halls of Origination now drop 30 Justice Points each when killed.
  • The daily Random Dungeon reward on normal difficulty has been increased to 140 Justice Points, up from 70.
  • Players no longer need to discover Cataclysm dungeon entrances in order to access them via the Dungeon Finder.
  • The Bastion of Twilight
    • Halfus Wyrmbreaker
      • Shadow Nova is now cast less frequently in 10-player modes to account for fewer available interrupts there.
      • The captured drakes in this encounter now apply Dragon’s Vengeance when they are killed instead of when they are freed. To account for this change, the health and damage of the drakes has been reduced, and the damage bonus gained from Dragon’s Vengeance has been increased.
  • Blackrock Caverns
    • Beauty now spawns with only two pups in Heroic difficulty. Not to worry though, the missing pup has been adopted by a wonderful, if not insane family.
  • Blackwing Descent
    • The Dwarven Golem Council will now go berserk after 10 minutes in Heroic difficulty.
    • Atramedes will now go berserk after 10 minutes in Heroic difficulty.
    • Maloriak
      • Increased the cast time of Release Aberrations.
      • Heroic: Decreased the health of the Vile Swill by 15%.
      • Heroic: Dark Sludge can now only target players.
  • Deadmines
    • Foe Reaper 5000
      • Foe Reaper 5000’s health has been reduced slightly. In addition, he now enrages at 40%, up from 30%.
      • When enraged, Molten Slag spawn 33% faster.
    • Ripsnarl
      • The ship teleporter now activates when Ripsnarl is first engaged, rather than when he is defeated.
    • Vanessa VanCleef
      • While in Helix’s Nightmare during the Vanessa VanCleef encounter, Helix is now larger and a little easier to see.
      • The final rope swing while fighting Vanessa VanCleef has been removed. Players no longer need to swing off of the boat at the end of phase 3.
      • Some boat fires will now go out when Vanessa VanCleef is defeated, making it easier to get back onto the ship from the cavern entrance.
      • Vengeance of VanCleef has been redesigned. It is now a stacking buff that increases damage dealt, size, and attack speed, and stacks up to 40 times. Vanessa will begin casting this as soon as she jumps back onto the boat after detonating charges.
  • Grim Batol
    • Faceless Corruptors now move 10% more slowly.
    • Players may still use spell and abilities while afflicted by Forgemaster Throngus’s Impaling Slam.
    • Valiona’s Devouring Flame damage has been reduced by 20%.
  • Halls of Origination
    • The duration of the Flame Wardens’ Raging Inferno has been reduced by 80%.
    • Anraphet’s Nemesis Strike now does 75% of weapon damage, up from 50%. In addition, the damage-over-time effect applied by this ability does 15,000 damage every 2 seconds, up from 9,000.
    • Earthrager Ptah’s Flame Bolt now deals more damage per second on Heroic difficulty.
    • Setesh seeks a portal every 25 seconds, up from 20.
  • Lost City of the Tol’vir
    • Lockmaw no longer tolerates fighting in his treasure room.
  • Shadowfang Keep
    • Baron Ashbury
      • Sadly, in his hubris he has forgotten how to Mend Rotten Flesh.
    • Lord Godfrey
      • He should now face a random target when casting Pistol Barrage.
    • Lord Walden
      • Conjure Poisonous Mixture now deals more initial damage.
      • Frost Mixture is now area-of-effect damage.
      • Toxic Catalyst now deals less damage over time.
  • The Stonecore
    • Stonecore Earthshapers’ Dust Storm does slightly less damage.
    • Corborus
      • The warning time for Thrashing Charge has been increased by 1 second. In addition, Thrashing Charge now happens 4 times, down from 5.
      • The visual for Rock Borers spawning during the submersion phase is now different from the Thrashing Charge visual.
    • High Priestess Azil
      • She grew! She’s now 175% the size of a human, up from 125%.
      • Gravity Wells should kill Devout Followers more quickly.
      • The cast time of Force Grip is now 1.5 seconds, up from 1.
      • The size of the warning visual for Seismic Shard has been increased to more accurately reflect the area it affects.
    • Slabhide
      • The ground phase lasts longer and has fewer stalactites.
    • Ozruk
      • He now does more melee damage.
      • There is now a precast visual on the ground to make it clear how far away a player must get to be clear of Shatter.
      • The cast time of Shatter has been increased to 3 seconds, up from 2.5.
      • Shatter damage is now reduced by armor, but has been increased by 33.3% (repeating, of course) as a result.
  • Throne of the Four Winds
    • Al’ Akir
      • Al’Akir’s Electrocute can no longer be interrupted by Spell Reflection.
    • Conclave of Wind
      • Heroic: Slicing Gale debuff reduced from 10% per stack to 5%.
  • Throne of the Tides
    • Commander Ulthok now does more melee damage.
    • The damage done by Lady Naz’jatar’s Shock Blast and Naz’jar Tempest Witch Chain Lightning has been reduced.
    • Gilgoblin Poisoned Spear impact damage has been reduced slightly.
    • Tainted Sentries Swell damage has been reduced.
    • The damage of Blight of Ozumat has been reduced by 25% per stack.
  • The Vortex Pinnacle
    • Creatures
      • Desperate Speed cast by Temple Adepts has had its duration reduced significantly.
    • Altairus
      • The visual effects in this encounter have been adjusted to make the wind direction easier to read.
      • Cyclones now knock players straight up, and players hit by a cyclone cannot be hit again for a few seconds.
    • Asaad
      • Skyfall Stars are now summoned to help him defeat players.
      • Static Cling has had its cast time increased to 1.25 seconds, up from 1.
    • Grand Vizier Ertan
      • His health has been reduced slightly.
      • He now knocks away players standing too close to him when he retracts his Cyclone Shield, which now inflicts Nature damage if it touches players.
  • Dungeon & Raid Bug Fixes
    • Many dungeon maps with display issues or missing sections have been updated.
    • Several bosses and creatures were awarding no, or too little, reputation when killed. Conversely, some creatures were awarding too much reputation, or should not have been awarding reputation at all. These inconsistencies have been corrected.
    • Error messages for characters unable to enter a Heroic raid dungeon should be more clear.
    • Players level 83 and higher should be able to correctly queue for holiday dungeon bosses.
    • Players above level 80 can no longer queue for Wrath of the Lich King Heroic dungeons.
    • Level 68-79 Wrath of the Lich King dungeons again award reputation.
    • If a spell is cast which provides items for players (i.e. Soulwell), members of the party or raid should still be able to access the items after the caster leaves the dungeon.
    • The minimum level requirements for many level 1-60 dungeons were too high and have been appropriately adjusted.
    • Ahn’Qiraj
      • If one of the bug trio bosses is tamed, the encounter can again be completed normally.
    • Baradin Hold
      • Players in the raid dungeon will correctly be given a 15-minute warning before Tol Barad will be in contention again.
    • The Bastion of Twilight
      • There should no longer be a significant performance drop when entering the Bastion Antechamber.
      • Several items dropping in the Heroic version of Bastion of Twilight which did not have the Heroic tag in their tooltip have been updated.
      • Cho’gall should no longer look awkward when he is Distracted while sitting on the Throne of the Apocalypse.
      • The voice-over text now matches the voice-over for Cho’Gall’s speeches.
      • Cho’gall shouldn’t Evade and despawn if pulled too close to the door at the entrance to the Throne of the Apocalypse.
      • Cho’gall shouldn’t despawn if tanked close to his door when he gains Twisted Devotion.
      • If a Fire Elemental is spawned while Cho’gall is standing on the hidden elevator, they will no longer spawn in the wrong location for the remainder of the encounter.
      • The overhead arrow spell animation caused by Valiona’s Twilight Meteorite ability shouldn’t clip into the affected character while animating.
      • The corpses of Valiona and Theralion will adhere to the laws of gravity and fall to the ground if killed during phase transitions.
      • The Cache of the Broodmother (from Sinestra) will no longer despawn if dungeon difficulty is changed in the interface.
      • Static Overload used in the Twilight Ascendant Council encounter no longer deals full damage to pets.
    • Black Morass
      • Sa’at again has a dialog option for players to obtain a Chrono-Beacon, even if they have not completed the quest chain that begins with the quest “The Caverns of Time.”
    • Blackrock Caverns
      • Karsh Steelbender’s targeting reticule no longer changes size when he catches fire.
      • Raz the Crazed no longer returns to his Shadow Prison if Blackrock Caverns is reset, which was preventing players from finishing the dungeon.
      • Players shouldn’t experience a move enforcement error or be pushed under the world if they are standing near lava when affected by Chains of Woe during the Rom’ogg Bonecrusher encounter.
      • Twilight Obsidian Borers in Blackrock Caverns resume channeling of Bore after being under the effects of a rogue’s Sap.
    • Blackwing Descent
      • Ancient Dwarven Shields used while Atramedes is entering or exiting his air phase should correctly be destroyed.
      • There is no longer a dead zone void of Sonic Pulses on the Heroic version of the Atramedes encounter.
      • Arcanotron can no longer be pulled further than intended via a death knight’s Death Grip.
      • Lightning Shield shouldn’t trigger the shields of all Omnotron Council bosses.
      • Clicking the character name displayed in the raid warning for Lightning Conductor during the Omnotron Defense System encounter no longer brings up the tooltip for the spell Lightning Conductor.
      • Maloriak’s Magma Jets correctly have a cast time.
      • The effect of Maloriak’s spell Consuming Flames should no longer be inconsistent with its combat log tooltip.
      • Maloriak will no longer interrupt himself when speaking during transition phases.
      • The voice-over text now matches the voice-over for Lord Victor Nefarius’ post-Maloriak kill speech.
      • Corpses of Animated Bone Warriors no longer float above the lava during phase 2 of the Nefarian’s End encounter.
      • Nefarions voice-overs should always be audible when standing in the Vault of the Shadowflame.
      • Chimaeron shouldn’t enter phase 2 prematurely.
      • Chimaeron thought he had 3 heads, resulting in 3 separate sleeping animations. He now knows he only has 2 heads.
    • Blackwing Lair
      • The gate at the entrance of Blackwing Lair correctly opens after Chromaggus is tamed as a pet.
    • Caverns of Time
      • Human Illusion: This effect is no longer applied to worgen.
    • The Deadmines
      • Admiral Ripsnarl can no longer be pulled off the top of his ship without resetting the encounter on Heroic difficulty.
      • Defeating Captain Cookie should no longer despawn his cooking pot or leave his corpse floating in mid-air.
      • Foe Reaper 5000 should no longer arbitrarily reset the encounter.
      • The achievement criteria for Prototype Prodigy correctly resets after a wipe.
      • It is no longer possible to avoid detonated charges without leaving the boat during the Vanessa VanCleef encounter.
      • The buff aura applied with random internal information in the tooltip when players access the ropes during the Vanessa VanCleef encounter has been amended.
      • Fixed a bug where players would sometimes have mounting issues after engaging Helix Gearbreaker in any incarnation.
    • Grim Batol
      • The Twilight Beguiler’s ability Deceitful Blast no longer ignores line of sight.
      • It is no longer possible for Forgemaster Throngus to not choose a static direction to channel Flaming Shield.
    • Halls of Origination
      • Spatial Anomaly now drops loot.
      • Multiple Heroic items dropping in the Halls of Origination had level requirements that were too low and have been updated.
      • Players should correctly receive the achievement Faster Than the Speed of Light if they die prior to the party meeting the criteria.
      • Setesh’s Chaos Burn void zones should now be viewable by players with projected textures disabled.
      • The Setesh encounter will now fully reset properly, even if his minions are more than 300 yards from him when he resets.
      • Curse of the Runecaster debuff now deals damage as its tooltip states it will.
      • The Sun-Touched Spritelings and Sprites will no longer retain the Pyrogenics buffs after death.
      • Sun-Touched Servants and Sprites will no longer die without spawning creatures if they are stunned right after they cast Disperse.
      • The Celestial Familiars summoned during the Isiset encounter are no longer classified as humanoids.
    • Icecrown Citadel
      • Kinetic Bombs used during the Blood Prince Council fight will no longer behave oddly if they spawn near the door at the entrance to the room.
    • Lost City of the Tol’vir
      • Characters hit with General Husam’s Hard Impact ability should now always slide down the pillar they are flung into.
      • Lockmaw shouldn’t Evade and despawn if pulled onto the steps directly behind his starting location.
      • Several line-of-sight issues have been corrected around the Sanctum of the South Wind.
    • Scarlet Monastery
      • The courtyards in the Library, Armory and Cathedral wings should no longer have portal errors.
    • Sethekk Halls
      • The door leading out of Talon King Ikiss’s room should always properly open.
    • The Stonecore
      • Fixed a bug that made Ozruk’s Shatter knockback component 10-yard range while the damage had a 15-yard range. Both are 15 yards now.
      • Earthwarden Yrsa has been reminded she’s a dwarf and now speaks like one (instead of using a draenei voice).
      • Crystal Shards spawned by the Crystalspawn Giant should now immediately despawn after a wipe.
      • The particle effects used when Corborus submerges below the ground should no longer cause performance issues.
      • Players shouldn’t receive a random error during the High Priestess Azil encounter.
      • High Priestess Azil shouldn’t be able to Force Grip players through the altar.
      • Killing a Stonecore Earthshaper that transforms into a Force of Earth now correctly awards loot.
    • Stratholme
      • Archmage Angela Dosantos’s portal at the end of the dungeon should no longer suffer from functionality issues.
      • Willey Hopebreaker no longer plays extraneous “I’m dying” sound variations simultaneously when a Scarlet Cannon is fired.
    • Throne of the Four Winds
      • A client assertion issue which could occur during the Al’Akir encounter has been corrected.
      • Ravenous Creepers should now all despawn if the raid wipes while they’re spawning.
    • Throne of the Tides
      • Players can no longer bypass the tentacle knockback area by being super sneaky with their abilities.
      • Ozumat’s Blight of Ozumat can be partially resisted, but can no longer miss players.
      • Al’Akir’s Electrocute can no longer be interrupted by Spell Reflection.
      • Lady Naz’jar’s Geyser should no longer potentially knock players outside the boss room above the geometry of the dungeon.
      • Commander Ulthok’s Dark Fissure effect should now display correctly when projected textures are disabled.
      • Poisoned Spear: The impact of this damage has been reduced.
    • The Vortex Pinnacle
      • Players who enter the dungeon through the instance portal are now given a means to exit after defeating Asaad.
      • Cyclone used by Wild Vortex should no longer be removing some aura abilities.
      • Minister of Air’s Lightning Lash is now properly cast even if a player is not in line of sight.
      • Skyfall Star now leashes and no longer keep players in combat throughout the dungeon if engaged and not killed.

Guilds

  • The guild reward Armadillo Pup now requires revered faction instead of exalted.
  • All guild banners now reward bonus reputation in addition to honor and experience.
  • Guild bank vouchers that players unlock as guild rewards now correctly state that they can only be used by Guild Leaders.
  • Once a guild hits level 23, the daily cap on experience gained is removed.
  • Additional animations have been added to the Armadillo Pet guild reward.
  • The guild faction requirement on the Guild Herald has been lowered to Revered reputation.
  • We have redefined the definition of a Guild Group for 5-player dungeons.
    • If 3 out of 5 players in a group are members of the same guild, they will now be able to complete guild achievements and earn guild experience at 50% of the normal rate.
    • If 4 out of 5 players in a group are members of the same guild, they will now be able to complete guild achievements and earn guild experience at 100% of the normal rate.
    • If 5 out of 5 players in a group are members of the same guild, they will now be able to complete guild achievements and earn guild experience at 125% of the normal rate.
    • Also note that Heroic dungeons offer a 1.5x multiplier on all guild experience earned.

Items

  • Bell of Enraging Resonance can now trigger from any damage spell instead of only critical strikes.
  • Daybreaker Helm stats have been reallocated, lowering Strength and increasing parry rating.
  • The Fury of Angerforge internal cooldown has been drastically reduced so this trinket will build up charges much faster.
  • The Honor Commodities and Justice Commodities Vendors now sell raw tradeskill materials. These are not intended to be a cost-effective source of these materials, but an option for players with lots of Justice or Honor Points who have already purchased all of the gear that interests them.
  • The cooldown on the Horde Battle Standard has been adjusted to 10 minutes to be consistent with the Alliance version.
  • Left Eye of Rajh: Chance of triggering increased.
  • Lich King trinkets with bonus armor values have been adjusted using the new Cataclysm formula, reducing their armor values substantially.
  • Mandala of Stirring Patterns now grants Intellect instead of Mastery.
  • Item Sets
    • Normal PvE helms (item level 359) no longer have a chance to drop from Nefarian or Cho’gall on Heroic difficulty. Instead, the Heroic PvE helm and shoulder pieces (item level 372) only require their associated Crown/Shoulders of the Forlorn tokens to purchase, and do not require players to obtain the normal helms or shoulders first.
    • The PvE hunter 4-piece set bonus has been redesigned. It now reduces the cast time of Steady Shot and Cobra Shot by .2 seconds.
    • The PvE warlock 4-piece set bonus (Fel Spark) now increases the damage done by the next 2 Fel Flame spells by 300%, rather than increasing the critical effect chance of one by 100%.
    • All PvP 4-piece bonuses have had their flat stat values cut in half. Primary stats are very powerful in Cataclysm, so much so that players were considering using PvP gear in PvE just because of these primary stat bonuses.
    • The PvP Balance druid 4-piece set bonus effect has been increased to 20 Solar Energy and 13 Lunar Energy, up from 5 and 13. The effect will also now be more intelligent at choosing whether to give the druid Lunar or Solar Energy (it checks the Balance Power to determine which to give depending on which energy is higher at the time).
    • The PvP priest 4-piece set bonus has been redesigned. When Power Word: Shield is cast on the priest, movement speed reduction effects are temporally suppressed for 4 seconds.
    • The PvP warlock 4-piece set bonus has been redesigned. It now reduces the cooldown of Death Coil by 30 seconds.
    • The PvP warrior 4-piece set bonus has been redesigned. It now reduces disarm duration by 60% (does not stack with any Weapon Chains).
  • PvP enchants are properly valued and attached to Honor Quartermasters and Tol Barad/Baradin Hold Quartermasters.
  • PvP trinkets will now clear disarm and silence effects.
  • Right Eye of Rajh: Chance of triggering increased.
  • Weapon Chains now reduce disarm duration by 60%, up from 50%.
  • Item Bug Fixes
    • Several items obtained during the 1-60 leveling experience had incorrect level requirements (particularly dungeon items) and have been corrected. This includes multiple plate armor pieces which had level requirements below level 40.
    • Many items with inconsistent stats (including Intellect on hunter items) or stat values have been updated. This includes items which were lacking a vendor sell price.
    • Many items or item set bonuses which referenced stats or abilities that no longer exist have been updated.
    • Several item procs and set bonuses were not functioning as stated and have been corrected.
    • Some Cataclysm trinket procs or activation graphics shared effects with common player spells and have been updated.
    • Items specific to Dragonmaw Clan and Wildhammer Clan reputation now translate properly after a Paid Faction Change.
    • The new high-level reputation tabards are no longer using the Ramhaken tabard art.
    • The Disgusting Oozeling no longer applies a debuff which reduces defense, a deprecated stat.
    • Shirts no longer add to the average item level used to determine eligibility for Heroic dungeons.
    • The Golden King mount will now properly translate to the Annihilator mount if a player initiates a Paid Faction Change.
    • Clicking the Reforge button multiple times before the reforge is complete should not cause players to be charged for each click.
    • Dungeon & Raid Item Fixes
      • Several dungeon items have been updated so that the appropriate classes can roll Need.
      • The Crossfire Carbine (The Bastion of Twilight) no longer incorrectly has the Heroic tag.
      • Normal and Heroic versions of Willowy Crown (Blackrock Caverns) have updated icon, texture, and model art.
      • Using Corrupted Egg Shell (Grim Batol) on a player who is eating or drinking shouldn’t interrupt them. In addition, the Egg shell buff will now be removed when the Corrupted Egg Shell trinket is unequipped after being used on a party member.
      • The Forge Ember (Halls of Stone) can no longer proc from non-healing/damaging spells.
      • The socket colors for the normal and Heroic versions of Blood-Soaked Saronite Stompers (Icecrown Citadel) were inconsistent and have been updated.
      • Oggleflint’s Inspirer (Ragefire Chasm) now binds when picked up.
    • Profession & Enhancement Item Fixes
      • Arcanum of Burning Mysteries is now consistent with its healing counterpart, Arcanum of Blissful Mending.
      • Enchant Cloak – Dodge can no longer be cast on capes below the character level 35 requirement.
      • Enchant 2H Weapon – Mighty Agility required Runed Elementium Rod, which is learned at a higher skill level. This has been addressed.
      • Flask of Oil is now obtainable to craft Goblin Jumper Cables and Gnomish Universal Remote from using Engineering to mine Harvest Reapers.
      • Frost Oil should now correctly proc as intended.
      • Guardian Stones correctly drop from Stone Guardians.
      • Goblin engineers can now learn the schematic for the Mechano-Hog.
      • Worgen engineers can now learn the schematic for the Mekgineer’s Chopper.
      • The Mighty Alchemist’s Stone and Indestructible Alchemist’s Stone are properly able to be reforged.
      • Mixology now correctly provides the duration increase to Elixir of Camouflage.
      • The Origami Rock, Origami Slime, and Scroll of Protection IX can correctly be placed into inscription bags.
      • Parachute Cloak can no longer be used when the character is already on the ground.
      • Runescroll of Fortitude II was applying Fortitude, which only provides 165 Stamina instead of the 468 Stamina listed in the tooltip. This is fixed.
      • Scroll of Intellect VI is now available to train from Inscription trainers.
      • Spider’s Silk was too difficult to obtain and should now drop more frequently.
    • PvP Item Fixes
      • Horde and Alliance Battle Standards now have consistent cooldowns.
      • Firelord’s Draught can only be used in Battlegrounds, as advertised, and no longer incorrectly increases spell power instead of Intellect if that is the highest stat.
      • Cataclysm Gladiator relic tooltips no longer states they can be used by priests.
      • Merciless Gladiator’s Spellblade had inconsistent damage with the rest of the set and has been updated.
      • Vicious Gladiator’s fist weapons should not be using placeholder art.
    • Item Display Fixes
      • Enchant and weapon trail animations and effects should now be properly displaying on many items which were not correctly displaying them previously.
      • Many item and armor display issues which affected select races have been corrected.
    • Tooltip Fixes
      • Many tooltips have been updated to reflect any changes made via recent hotfixes.
      • Several flying mount tooltips have been updated so they no longer say these mounts can be summoned in Outland and Northrend only.
      • Several typos found in various item tooltips have been corrected.

Professions

  • Find Herbs, Fish, and Minerals are no longer canceled upon entering an Arena or rated Battleground.
  • A socket has been added to most crafted epic armor pieces that did not already have one.
  • Alchemy
    • Alchemist’s Stones for Agility, Strength, and Intellect have been added.
    • The number of herbs required to create flasks has been reduced, while the Volatile Life needed has been increased slightly.
    • The drops from Tiny Treasure Chests have been improved slightly.
  • Archaeology
    • Archaeology fragments now have a hard cap of 200 per race. Players will not be able to collect additional fragments until they complete artifacts to take them down below 200 fragments. Players with more than 200 fragments will not lose additional fragments in 4.0.6, but in a future patch we may remove any fragments above 200.
    • Archaeology finds now grant a guaranteed skill point up to 50 skill, and then no longer grant skill gains, as opposed to granting up to 100 skill very slowly.
    • The sell value of all common artifacts has been doubled, while a small subset of common artifacts have had their sell value increased far beyond that.
  • Cooking
    • Multiple spawn locations now exist for the Confectioner’s Sugar (daily quest item) in Stormwind.
  • Enchanting
    • Three new bracer enchants are available. They increase Agility by 50, Strength by 50, or Intellect by 50 respectively. Item level 300 or higher required. These new recipes are rare world drops.
    • Enchant Off-Handed – Superior Intellect now increases Intellect by 40, down from 100.
  • Engineering
    • The Electrified Ether recipe now creates 2 to 3 Electrified Ether instead of 1.
    • The Heat-Treated Spinning Lure buff duration has been increased to 15 minutes, up from 5. In addition, the recipe now creates 2 at a time.
    • Mystic Cogwheel is a new Engineering Cogwheel gem which provides resilience rating and can be purchased from the Engineering vendor for 55 Honor Points.
    • Synapse Springs now increase Agility, Strength, or Intellect (whichever is highest for the character). In addition, the effect now lasts 10 seconds, down from 12.
    • Volatile Air now has an increased chance of dropping from rich mining nodes and Pyrite with the Electrostatic Condenser.
  • Fishing
    • Rare fishing poles now have a chance to be found in the Bag of Fishing Treasures earned via the Stormwind and Orgrimmar Fishing daily quests.
  • Jewelcrafting
    • Meta gems with the Chaotic and Relentless prefixes now have a requirement of 3 red gems.
    • New meta gems have been added: Agile Shadowspirit Diamond (Agility/3% critical damage), Reverberating Shadowspirit Diamond (Strength/3% critical damage), and Burning Shadowspirit Diamond (Intellect/3% critical damage). These new recipes are unbound and can drop from any Cataclysm creature. The new meta gems have a requirement of 3 red gems equipped.
    • Vivid Dream Emerald (new gem) provides resilience/spell penetration and can be purchased for 3 Illustrious Tokens.
    • Wrath of the Lich King purple, green, and orange gems have been increased in cost to match red, blue, and yellow epic gems (220 Justice Points). Burning Crusade epic gems have been increased in cost to match the most expensive Wrath of the Lich King gems.
  • Leatherworking
    • The 500 to 510 skill-up range for Leatherworking has been improved.
  • Tailoring
    • Darkglow Embroidery (Rank 2) now increases Spirit instead of restoring a flat amount of mana.
    • Illusionary Bag now has 26 slots.
  • Profession Bug Fixes
    • See the fixes listed under the Items section.

PvP

  • Arenas
    • Bloodlust, Heroism, Time Warp and Ancient Hysteria can no longer be cast while in Arenas.
  • Battlegrounds
    • The Battle for Gilneas
      • The time it takes to capture a flag has been reduced to 5 seconds, down from 8.
    • Strand of the Ancients
      • The damage done by Antipersonnel Cannons has been doubled.
      • The missile speed of Rocket Blast (Antipersonnel Cannons) has been increased by roughly 50%.
      • Some Antipersonnel Cannons could shoot the platform they were spawned on. These spawn locations have been fixed.
      • The Battleground Demolisher no longer has two additional seats and now only has room for the driver.
      • A PvP duration flag has been added to Battleground Demolishers. This should make it so crowd control effects cast on unmanned demolishers does not last an extended amount of time.
      • There should no longer be a discrepancy in time when the Battleground Demolishers spawn at the start of each round.
      • The Battleground Demolishers spawned on the docks no longer despawn when the north graveyard is taken by the offense.
      • Massive Seaforium Charges should now be useable in rated Battleground matches.
      • The duration of the Teleport debuff has been lowered to 10 seconds, down from 20.
      • The radius of the Seaforium Blast has been lowered to 10 yards, down from 20.
      • The Teleporters on defense will now teleport players based on which line of gates have been destroyed, rather than directly behind that gate. For example, if a player clicks the Teleporter at the Blue gate when one of the beach gates has been destroyed, it will put the player behind the Red gate.
  • Tol Barad
    • Attacking forces will receive a 200% capture speed bonus when they control 2 keeps.
    • Defending forces will receive a 200% capture speed bonus when they control all 3 keeps.
    • Daily quest creatures, herbs, minerals, etc. will only spawn when Tol Barad is in the quest phase between battles. There will be 5-minute and 1-minute warnings before the quest phase ends. The quest phase ends 15 minutes before the battle for Tol Barad begins and queuing is made available. At that time any players in the daily micro dungeons will be ported just outside. This does not apply to Tol Barad Peninsula or the daily quests there.
    • The weekly PvP quest “Victory in Tol Barad” now awards 200 Honor Points and 3 Tol Barad Commendations.
    • Players can now see the status of Tol Barad on the World Map no matter where they are. The time to the next battle is displayed by zooming into the Tol Barad section of the map. The current controlling faction can be seen on the Eastern Kingdoms map.
  • PvP Bug Fixes
    • Players are again able to report other players as AFK from the maps and chat interfaces in Tol Barad and Wintergrasp.
    • Arena Fixes
      • Entering an Arena should no longer sometimes cause a client crash.
      • It is now possible to disband an Arena team from the Arena Team management page of the PvP tab.
      • The Join Battle button on the PvP pane should now function when a team captain attempts to queue.
      • It should no longer be possible for players to get their pets stuck on the large pillars in the Orgrimmar Arena.
      • Players joining late to an Arena match will now count for the win condition and will have enemy unit frames.
    • Battleground Fixes
      • Players should no longer receive a client crash by going AFK in a Battleground.
      • There should no longer be a slight delay when returning a flag in Battlegrounds.
      • The Battleground Rating and Rating Change categories on the Score Screen are now sorting properly.
      • Arathi Basin
        • The buff located at the Blacksmith should now always apply when players run through it.
        • The Goldmine flag no longer counts as two base assaults when captured by the Horde.
      • Eye of the Storm
        • Players with only the classic World of Warcraft license attached to their accounts should now be able to access this Battleground.
      • Isle of Conquest
        • The Horde gates no longer become large pink cubes when they are destroyed.
        • The Alliance Keep entrance should not start open at the beginning of the battle.
        • Vehicle damage now better matches the tooltip.
        • Using a catapult’s Launch should no longer cause players to sometimes get stuck inside the geometry of the Horde Keep.
      • Strand of the Ancients
        • It should no longer be possible for the Alliance boats to not phase out upon the start of round 2.
        • Move enforcement failures shouldn’t occur while on the ships for either faction.
      • Twin Peaks
        • Boots of Speed power-ups were unevenly placed relative to the flags in each base and have been adjusted.
        • The interface should now properly track the final flag capture for the Horde.
    • Tol Barad Fixes
      • The status and timer on the map should now be working correctly.
      • The Abandoned Siege Engines now make sounds when moving.

Quests & Creatures

  • Many rare creatures that went into hiding upon Deathwing’s emergence into Azeroth have made a return! In addition to finding new homes in a post-Cataclysm world, they drop new, improved loot, provide a healthy experience bonus, and respawn much more quickly when killed. Happy hunting!
  • Stranglethorn Vale
    • Chief Engineer Scooty, formally of Booty Bay, has packed up his Gnomeregan teleporter and lugged it up to Grom’gol in Northern Stranglethorn to better accommodate his Horde customers.
  • Tol Barad Peninsula
    • A new achievement, Just Another Day in Tol Barad, has been added for completing all of the Tol Barad daily quests.
    • Crazed Guards now drop Rusty Rifles.
    • The spawn rate of Alliance and Horde Infantry for the quest “The Leftovers” has been increased.
    • The Magnetized Scrap Collector for the quest “Magnets, How Do They Work?” will now be correctly removed from players’ bags upon completing the quest.
    • Both the Baradin’s Wardens and Hellscream’s Reach Commendations are now Bound to Account items.
    • Quest turn-in NPCs have been added to Baradin Base Camp and Hellscream’s Reach in Tol Barad Peninsula for the Tol Barad bonus quests. This will allow players to turn in these quests if the original quest givers in Tol Barad are not available.
    • Kill credit for the Tol Barad bonus quest bosses will now be granted to players who have helped attack them, even if they are not in the same group. These bosses include Problim, Archmage Galus, Warden Silva, and Svarnos.
    • The Farson Keep Prisoner summoned for the quest “Walk A Mile In Their Shoes” will now only be visible to the player who summoned him.
    • Spawn rates at Rustberg Village have been increased.
    • Rusty Rifles will now spawn more frequently at Farson Keep.
  • Quest & Creature Bug Fixes
    • Goblin Zeppelin Masters who are marked as Horde faction will no longer cause Alliance players to lose neutral goblin reputation if killed.
    • Corehounds in Mount Hyjal cannot be tamed by hunters without the required Beast Mastery talent.
    • Darkwood Lurkers and Broodmothers in Tol Barad Peninsula can now be skinned.
    • Players should now always receive 6 daily quests in Tol Barad Peninsula as intended, rather than sometimes only getting 5.

Races

  • The draenei racial trait Gift of the Naaru now heals 20% of the target’s health over 15 seconds, rather than a scaling value.
  • The dwarven racial trait Stoneform now reduces all damage taken by 10%, rather than increasing armor by 10%. It also increases the dwarf’s size when used.
  • The gnomish racial trait Escape Artist now has a 1.5-minute cooldown, down from 1.75. In addition, it is now possible to use and waste this ability when not snared or rooted. This is consistent with other dispels.
  • The human racial trait Every Man for Himself has been reverted back to a 2-minute cooldown, down from 3 minutes.
  • The night elf racial trait Shadowmeld can now be used while shapeshifted.
  • The tauren racial trait War Stomp can now be used while shapeshifted.
  • The worgen racial trait Darkflight now has a 2-minute cooldown, down from 3, and is no longer on the global cooldown. In addition, the movement speed bonus now stacks with existing bonuses, but cannot be activated while Sprint or Dash is active (and they cannot be activated while Darkflight is active).
  • Race Bug Fixes
    • Goblin Rocket Barrage damage is no longer inconsistent with its tooltip.
    • Goblin characters can now participate in the Argent Tournament via the Orgrimmar delegation.
    • The tooltip for the orc racial Blood Fury now shows the correct amount of attack/spell power boosts.
    • Attempting to use the worgen ability Two Forms while under the effects of a druid’s Shapeshift should no longer cause an incorrect error message.
    • Worgen characters can now participate in the Argent Tournament via the Darnassus delegation.

User Interface

  • For opening cinematics there is now a streaming option interface in the login screen for play-on-demand.
  • Players can now individually remove raid world markers.
  • The Reputation Pane now saves which reputation categories are expanded or collapsed.
  • Character Info Window
    • The Character Info window (C) now saves the order and expand/collapse state of stat categories separately for each talent specialization.
    • Character movement speed is now displayed on the Character Info window (C) with all other stats.
    • The Haste display on the Character Info window (C) now shows the total haste percentage, rather than only haste from haste rating.
  • Archaeology
    • There are now number displays on the summary page and dropdown menu.
    • Ready Flash has been added to the race icons.
  • Guild Interface
    • A View All button has been added to the profession display regardless of whether Show Offline Members is checked.
    • Online members can now be sorted to the top of the View Crafters list.
    • The guild reputation cap is now displayed in the tooltip.
  • Real ID & Chat
    • Real ID login notifications now include character and game icons.
    • Players can now right-click close a chat window tab even if it’s not the current tab.
    • There is now an option to auto-pop whispers into a new tab.
    • Popped out whisper windows now show online/offline status messages.
  • Unit Frames
    • Predicted healing (previously only available for Raid Frames and raid-style Party Frames) has been added to the following unit frames: Player Frame, Party Frame, Target Frame, and Focus Frame.
  • User Interface Bug Fixes
    • Many tooltips have been updated to reflect any changes made via recent hotfixes.
    • Several typos found in various item and spell tooltips have been corrected.
    • The Combat Log was displaying a lot of incorrect or inconsistent information pertaining to select player, creature, and boss abilities. These issues have been addressed.
    • Many quests with missing or incorrect Wanted portraits have been updated.
    • Several quests missing objective points of interest on the map have been updated for proper tracking.
    • Cooldown countdowns on tooltips should now update properly when mousing over an ability on cooldown on a secondary action bar.
    • Worgen characters now work properly in the Barbershop.

General Bug Fixes

  • Many holiday decorations have been updated to better align with the post-Cataclysm world. In addition, decorations should be visible in all Stormwind quest phases, and have returned to Gadgetzan. Party on, dudes!
  • Lunar Festival Sentinels anti-PvP guards have had their level and health/damage modifiers adjusted for Cataclysm.
  • Corpses now properly drop to the ground if a player is killed in midair.
  • Dying while using a Charge ability will no longer leave the player’s corpse suspended in the air.
  • Spells with attachment point effect visuals should now display correctly.
  • Many spell effects which were no longer displaying properly have been corrected.
  • Players’ pets should now properly benefit from Mana Spring Totem.
  • Players will now receive an error when attempting to spend talent points while dead or a ghost.
  • Sound Fixes
    • Sound shouldn’t become de-synced during encounters with large amounts of sound effects.
    • Sound shouldn’t cut out when there are a large amount of sound effects being played at once.
    • There should no longer be delays on some sounds in select situations.
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Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty Cheat Codes Revealed

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Featured Stories, StarCraft 2 News

Nethaera posted all the Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty Cheat Codes available in the single player campaign. No more guessing, or unsuccessfully browsing the net for them. All Cheat Codes have been revealed by Blizzard Entertainment.

Caution: Before using cheat codes it’s important to understand that using them will prevent additional achievement gains you might have earned through normal play until either a new campaign is started or a prior save is loaded (one from before the use of the first cheat).

Cheat Code Description
WhatIsBestInLife Instant Victory
LetsJustBugOutAndCallItEven Instant Defeat
TookTheRedPill Disables Fog of War
Bunker55AliveInside Disables the need for Supplies (Food)
TerribleTerribleDamage Enables God Mode
SpectralTiger Adds 5000 Minerals to the Available Resources
RealMenDrillDeep Adds 5000 Gas to the Available Resources
WhoRunBartertown Adds 5000 of each Resource to the Available Resources
SoSayWeAll Allows the use of all Tech
IAmIronMan Instantly Allows all Upgrades
CatFoodForPrawnGuns Enables Fast Builds and Fast Upgrades
HanShotFirst Disables Cooldowns on Spells
TyuHasLeftTheGame Disables Victory Conditions to Allow Continued Play
NeverGiveUpNeverSurrender Enables Continued Play After a Defeat
ImADoctorNotARoachJim Enables Fast Unit Healing
MoreDotsMoreDots All Units and Buildings are Free to Build (No Cost)

Story Mode Cheat Codes Description
WhySoSerious Adds 5 Million Credits
LeaveYourSleep Opens all Missions (Ability to Jump to Missions)
EyeOfSauron Allows Access to all Cinematics
StayClassyMarSara Allows Access to all UNN TV News Broadcasts
HoradricCube Opens all Research Options

Custom Maps Description
Jaynestown Adds 5000 Terrazine to the Available Resources

Easter Egg Cheat Codes* Description
OverEngineeredCodPiece Plays the Song Terran Up the Night

*Unlike other cheat codes, using the Easter Egg Cheat Code, “OverEngineeredCodPiece” will not prevent achievement earning.

Please note: All of these cheat codes have been added deliberately to the game and unlike third-party hacks or cheats won’t flag an account for suspension.

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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 4.0.3a Patch Notes

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Featured Stories, World of Warcraft News

Those who have religiously downloaded every patch in the background for the past weeks and months will only download about 29MB today. When I launched the game I was welcomed with the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm cinematic shown in national TV during the NFL game (Cowboys vs Vikings).

The loading screen is no longer Wrath of the Lich King’s Sindragosa. Now it shows Deathwing on Stormwind’s towers as seen in beta.

12pm EST – Servers are still down at noon EST. We’ll see what’s up once servers are back up. Rumors have been that the shattering will be today due to the long maintenance schedule. If so, that means those of us who downloaded every patch are set to go. Those who had background download disable are gonna regret they did so (i.e. over 4GB of data). More when servers go up.


World of Warcraft Client Patch 4.0.3

The latest test realm patch notes can always be found at

http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/patchnotes/test-realm-patchnotes.html

The latest patch notes can always be found at

http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/patchnotes/

The Shattering of Azeroth

In the frigid wastes of Northrend, the final battle against the merciless Lich King ended in victory for Azeroth’s defenders. Upon returning home, veterans of the unforgiving conflict against the Scourge were showered with praise for their valiant sacrifices, while the honorable dead were mourned. Yet as hope flared anew in the wake of the Lich King’s fall, Azeroth’s native elemental spirits grew confused and erratic, setting off a series of deadly natural disasters. Horde and Alliance leaders scrambled for clues about the troubling state of the world, but nothing could have prepared them for what was to come.

Without warning, the corrupted Dragon Aspect, Deathwing, erupted from the stone heart of Deepholm, the domain of earth within the Elemental Plane. Jagged fissures were torn across the earth, and monstrous waves pummeled coastal regions. From Thousand Needles to the Blasted Lands, the surface of Azeroth was reforged through violent upheavals. Now, the Horde and the Alliance must defend their homes against Deathwing and his minions, burdened by the unsettling fact that the world as they know it has changed… forever.

General

  • Azeroth Shattered
  • Deathwing’s return has had an immeasurable impact throughout the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor. Players will notice drastically altered terrain, thousands of new quests from levels 1-55, and updated level ranges for some zones to improve the questing flow.
  • New Race/Class Combinations
  • In the wake of a world on the brink of destruction, members of the Horde and Alliance have taken to new cultures and studies, mastering crafts previously foreign to them. Many existing playable races now have new class combinations. Check the official World of Warcraft: Cataclysm website for a breakdown of the new combinations.
  • The World of Warcraft: Cataclysm cinematic trailer and login screen have been added to the game.
  • Experience required to gain levels 71 through 80 has been reduced by 20%, which increases leveling rate by 25%.

Classes: General

  • Due to several talent revisions for select classes, druids, paladins, priests, and shaman have had their talent trees reset.
  • The damage and healing done by players from levels 1-79 has been retuned, with the base points of almost all spells and abilities reduced. This was done to bring combat times at low levels to a more reasonable length. For most abilities that deal weapon damage, the weapon damage percent now rises per level until level 80, and starts at a lower percent.
  • Healing Rain, Efflorescence, Holy Radiance, Holy Word: Sanctuary now have a diminished effect when healing more than 6 players at once.
  • Mortal Strike, Furious Attacks, Wound Poison, Widow Venom, Permafrost, Improved Mind Blast, Monstrous Bite, and Legion Strike now reduce healing by 10%, down from 25%.
  • Effects which are broken from taking too much damage (Fear, Frost Nova, Entangling Roots, etc.) now break automatically from about half as much damage taken as before.

Death Knights

  • Death Pact now heals for 25% of maximum health, down from 40%.
  • Death Strike now heals for 25% of damage taken in the last 5 seconds, down from 30%, and will heal for a minimum of 7% of maximum health, down from 10%. The tooltip may not yet be updated to reflect this change.
  • Icebound Fortitude now provides 20% damage reduction, down from 30% (now 50%, down from 60% when talented), and has a 3-minute cooldown, up from 2 minutes.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Blood
      • Rune Tap now heals for 10% of maximum health, down from 15%. The tooltip may not yet be updated to reflect this change.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Rune Tap now heals for 5% of maximum health, down from 10%.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Frost Fever critical strikes now apply the correct amount of bonus damage.

Druids

  • Bear Form now provides 10% bonus health, down from 20%.
  • Nourish no longer consumes Omen of Clarity.
  • Rejuvenation has had its mana cost increased by 30%.
  • Soothe now has a 1.5-second cast time.
  • Swipe (Cat Form) can now be used even if the druid does not have a primary target selected.
  • Thorns: beginner tooltip revised to no longer imply the spell could be kept up at all times. In addition, Thorns damage has been reduced by 60%.
  • Talent Specializations
    • Balance
      • PvP set bonus redesigned. While not in an Eclipse state, critical attacks against the druid restore 5 Solar or 7 Lunar energy, whichever is more beneficial. This effect can only occur once every 6 seconds.
    • Feral
      • Brutal Impact now increases the mana cost of spells on the victim by 5/10% for 10 seconds, down from 15/30%.
      • Leader of the Pack now heals for 4%, down from 8%.
      • Survival Instincts now provides 50% damage reduction, down from 60%, and its cooldown has been lowered from 5 minutes to 3 minutes.
      • Swipe (Bear Form) damage has been reduced by 20%.
      • Vengeance is no longer cleared on exiting Bear Form, and instead is cleared upon entering Cat Form.
    • Restoration
      • Empowered Touch now procs from Healing Touch as well as Nourish.
      • Heart of the Wild: the Bear Form Stamina bonus from this talent is now 2/4/6%, down from 3/7/10%.
      • Malfurion’s Gift no longer has Fury of Stormrage as a prerequisite talent.
      • Natural Shapeshifter now also increases Tree of Life duration by 5/10 seconds.
      • Revitalize is now a 2-point talent, down from 3. It provides a 20% chance to return 1/2% of the druid’s total mana on periodic heals from Lifebloom or Rejuvenation. This effect cannot occur more than once every 12 seconds.
      • Swift Rejuvenation is now a 1-point talent, down from 2. The global cooldown reduction this talent provides to Rejuvenation remains 0.5 seconds.
      • Symbiosis: heal-over-time spells (Rejuvenation, Regrowth, Lifebloom) can no longer benefit from this Mastery merely by refreshing themselves. A different heal-over-time spell must be present.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Healing Touch now reduces the cooldown on Nature’s Swiftness by 10 seconds after using Healing Touch, up from 5 seconds.
    • Glyph of the Treant (new) allows druids to keep the original treant Tree of Life look… if they must. Must they?
  • Bug Fixes
    • Blood in the Water now refreshes Rip to the correct value.
    • Flight Form now properly appears in the trainer window before Expert Riding is learned.
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Blizzplanet: The Bastion of Twilight Preview

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Featured Stories, World of Warcraft News

The Bastion of Twilight (25) raid dungeon was opened for nigh three hours to allow beta testers a shot at the first boss: Halfus Wyrmbreaker.

BASTION ANTECHAMBER

The trash mobs at the Bastion Antechamber require insane crowd control, especially the Twilight Crossfire (wyvern sting) and the Twilight Dark Mender (healer/dps mobs).

The first pull only has four mobs: two Shadow Knights and two Crossfire. After that first pull things get interesting. A stationary group composed of eight enemies: Twilight Soul Blade (x 2), Twilight Dark Mender (x 2), Twilight Crossfire (x2) and Twilight Shadow Knight (x 2).

No Enough mobs? The two patrols walking along the Antechamber are composed of the same variety except one extra Shadow Knight and an extra Dark Mender into the mix. That’s ten mobs.

Two groups patrol the length of the antechamber and require coordination and timing. No sap, sheep or hex. Otherwise the second patrol will path and aggro. These should be pulled into the zone-in tunnel, because there are defensive systems on each side of the room that will auto-attack from afar.

The following information is interpreted from the video’s combat log considering direct damage, blocked damage, and resisted, absorbed or overkill damage.

Twilight Soul Blade: These are the big orcs. They are immune to any type of crowd control. 7220 K health.

  • Melee Swing: 23576 – 37628 Physical damage.

  • Dark Pool: 2160 – 7200 Shadow damage while standing on Dark Pool (a dark purple void on the ground).
  • Soul Blade: Seems to be a weapon proc that causes 9000 Shadow damage.
  • Blade Barrier: unknown

Twilight Shadow Knight: 5424 K health.

  • Melee Swing: 14495 – 24164 Physical damage

  • Devastate: 9741 – 13916 Physical damage.
  • Sunder Armor: Stacks on player up to three times and can be refreshed by Devastate. Afterwards, the tank got hit by a 40587 melee swing.
  • Dismantle: No data. Doesn’t show any damage.
  • Shield Mastery: Unknown.

Twilight Dark Mender: Caster dps and healers. Must be crowd controlled immediately. 5424 K health and 178 K Mana.

  • Hungering Shadows: Affects five players with purple rays. No data.

  • Dark Mender: Heals the caster for 406823 health. Data shows the Dark Mender healed the Twilight Soul Blade for 577639 – 649843 health.

Twilight Crossfire: Dwarf hunters with wyvern stings. Crowd Control them asap. 5424 K health and 178 K mana.

  • Melee Swing: 17773 – 27984 Physical damage.

  • Wyvern Sting: 5760 – 6400 Nature damage.
  • Multi-Shot: 24404 – 47511 Physical damage.
  • Rapid Fire: Increase weapon damage speed.

After the three separate groups are taken care of, you must pull the groups of 10 High Elves on the sides of the room. These are named Twilight Phase-Twister. Don’t fight them in the open. Pull them to the tunnel too. Those radiant yellow orbs are actually defensive systems which shoot a beam at a single player within range causing over 15,000 damage a tick until the player dies or moves out of range. Once that group dies, the static orb disappears.

Twilight Phase-Twister

  • Melee Swing: 6860 – 13418 Physical damage.

  • Twist Phase: Afflicts a single target. No data shown in combat log.

WYRMBREAKER’S ROOKERY

This first boss is seriously going to require very well geared people. Even with so many pre-mades with gear item level 346, it was impossible to beat the boss before enrage. According to the raid leader’s calculations, every player should have 17.8 K DPS to beat the boss. Several players were beneath the 15 K mark.

There are a couple phases that need to be studied with beneficial elements which might help your raid considerably. From what I have heard, each week, a different set of drakes will be used in this fight by Halfus.

In my testing, I saw a nether scion and a group of orphaned emerald whelps. Both can be interacted with before aggroing the boss to guide you on what to do to benefit your raid.

NETHER SCION

Nether Scion: If one such as I can be captured by that lumbering oaf, then you must be brave indeed to venture here. If you can distract Halfus and break the chains binding me then I will fight alongside you. My ability to blind the eyes of an enemy will help you withstand Halfus’ Frenzied Assault.

  • Aura of Nether Blindness: Nether fog surrounds the dragon, imparing enemies’ vision and reducing their chance to hit, attack speed, and damage done by 15%.

  • Bind Will: Magical bonds force this dragon to obey Halfus.

ORPHANED EMERALD WHELPS

Orphaned Emerald Whelp: We must avenge our mother! Distract the monster who slew her, free us from this cage, and we will fight by your side. OUr ability to reduce the damage an enemy inflicts will help you survive the Proto-Behemoth’s Scorching Breath.

  • Melee Swing: 30707 Physical damage

  • Atrophic Poison: Affects Proto-Behemoth lowering its Scorch Breath’s Fire damage output.

Proto-Behemoth

  • Fire Barrage: 17524 – 30217 Fire damage to all nearby players.

  • Scorching Breath: 2080 – 2600 Fire damage a tick.

HALFUS WYRMBREAKER

  • Melee Swing: 14513 – 50701 Physical damage. (small numbers reflect damage taken by the tank after absorbing damage)

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Cataclysm: Guild Perks

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzPlanet Articles, Featured Stories


Guild Rewards | Guild Perks | Guild Heirlooms | Guild Mounts | Guild UI

Blizzard Entertainment has rebuilt the world of Azeroth from scratch, added two races, and rebooted low level quests, but that’s not the only thing the house of ideas came up with to keep old customers home, and to bring back goners.

The Guild Perks are a powerful feature to charm players. These are obtained by leveling your Guild Reputation. As your guild levels, all members get a new spell reward which can be found in the spellbook. To the right edge of the spellbook, the last button is the Guild spell list. Most are passive spells, but some can be dragged into your spell bar.

As a beta tester, I have explored and tested some of these features. They are lovely. Personally, I love those you use constantly in dungeons: Mass Resurrection and Have Group, Will Travel.

Paladins no longer have Divine Intervention (Ouch!). Thus you need other ways to recover from a wipe. Let’s say everyone wipes and a warlock failed to renew a soulstone on a priest, druid or paladin. There’s no shaman in your 5-man dungeon. You are all the way at the end of Grim Batol — which is a lengthy dungeon. However, your Hunter, or Mage used their ability to get out of combat. Be it Feign Death, or Invisibility. His guild is gosu and leveled up enough to get Mass Resurrection. Lo and behold, a mage or hunter mass resurrecting the group.

What about those groups or raids without a Warlock to summon people? Or too far away to walk back to the Summoning Stone. No problem. Any guild member of any class with the guild perk Have Group, Will Travel can click the spell button to summon everyone in the raid group to where he stands with a single click.

Remember those annoyi– err tedious — walks from the graveyard to Deadmines’ zone in plus the long walk within the dungeon itself to the point where your group wiped? There are some similar dungeons like Maraudon and Blackrock Depths with long, long tunnels before you reach the zone in. That’s a thing of the past for those who help their guilds level up. One hell of a nice guild perk is The Quick and the Dead. It allows players to run at 100% speed in ghost form. You have never experienced running and jumping the tunnels of Deadmines at blazing speeds.

Other perks help your guild members increase reputation, experience, tradeskill items per attempt, mount speed, vendor prices, and oh my, so much more. Aren’t you already salivating to get your hands on the Cataclysm expansion? Take a look at the list of Guild Perks below:

Bartering: Reduces the price of items from all vendors by 5%. (Obtained at guild lvl 24)
Bountiful Bags: Increases the quantity of materials gained from Mining, Skinning, Herbalism, and Disenchanting. (Obtained at guild lvl 23)
Cash Flow (Rank 1 / 2): Each time you loot money from an enemy, an extra 5% / 10% money is generated and deposited directly into your guild bank. (Obtained at guild lvl 10 / 16)
Chug-A-Lug (Rank 1 / 2): The duration of buffs from all guild cauldrons is increased by 50% / 100%. (Obtained at guild lvl 10/22)
Fast Track (Rank 1 / 2): Experience gained from killing monsters and completing quests increased by 5% / 10%. (Obtained at guild lvl 2/6)
For Great Justice: Increases Justice points gained by 10%. (Obtained at guild lvl 18)
G-Mail: In-game mail sent between guild members now arrives instantly. (Obtained at guild lvl 17)
Happy Hour: Increases the number of flasks gained from using a flask cauldron by 100%. (Obtained at guild lvl 20)
Hasty Hearth: Reduces the cooldown on your Hearthstone by -15 minutes. (Obtained at guild lvl 8 )
Have Group, Will Travel: Summons all raid or party members to the caster’s current location. 5.24 sec cast. 2 hour cooldown. (Obtained at guild lvl 21)
Honorable Mention (Rank 1 / 2): Increases Honor points gained by 5% / 10%. (Obtained at guild lvl 13 / 19)
Mass Resurrection: Brings all dead party and raid members back to life with 35 health and 35 mana. Cannot be cast when in combat. (Obtained at guild lvl 25)
Mobile Banking: Summons a Guild Crest that allows access to your guild bank for 5 min. Only guildmembers with guild faction of friendly and above are allowed to use a Guild Crest. 2.62 sec cast. 1 hour cooldown. (Obtained at guild lvl 11)
Mount Up: Increases speed while mounted by 10%. Not active in Battlegrounds or Arenas. (Obtained at guild lvl 3)
Mr. Popularity (Rank 1 / 2): Reputation gained from killing monsters and completing quests increased by 5 / 10%. (Obtained at guild lvl 4/12)
Reinforce (Rank 1 / 2): Items take 10% / 20% less durability loss when you die. (Obtained at guild lvl 7/9)
The Quick and the Dead: Increases health and mana gained when resurrected by a guild member by 50% and increases movement speed while dead by 100%. Does not function in combat or while in a Battleground or Arena.
Working Overtime: Increases the chance to gain a skill increase on tradeskills by 10%.


Guild Rewards | Guild Perks | Guild Heirlooms | Guild Mounts | Guild UI

World of Warcraft: Shaman manga review

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, Blizzard Products News, Featured Stories, World of Warcraft News

World of Warcraft: Shaman is a new manga from TOKYOPOP. It’s written by Paul Benjamin (known as co-writer with Dave Shramek of the Starcraft: Frontline series, Weapon of War [Vol. 1], War-Torn [Vol. 3], Orientation[Vol. 4]). Pretty much you already love this writer if you enjoyed the Colin Phash storyline. This new WarCraft manga is part of a line of class stories based on key characters of the World of Warcraft mythos.

imageThe first one of these class series debuted with DEATH KNIGHT (by Dan Jolley and Rocio Zucchi) which dealt with the backstory of Thassarian. MAGE (by Richard A. Knaak) dealt with the Nexus War and the invasion of Dalaran’s Violet Hold, and how a young mage disciple helped thwart the initial invasion of Malygos and its azure flight.

All three class mangas, in synthesis, inspire you to question what makes your class special, what’s your class’ origins, motives and beliefs.

SHAMAN is definitely another home run in the series. It’s been probably the most awaited manga in the class series for a couple of reasons: it is a Cataclysm expansion tie-in; and its main character is well-known only by old Warcraft lore fans.

The “most awaited Warcraft manga” might be an exaggeration by most people considering this character has never been an NPC in the World of Warcraft MMO. That group of fans who read the World of Warcraft RPG: Dark Factions book by White Wolf Publishing stood on their toes when they heard a few months ago this character would be the main character of this manga.

The reason? High Shaman Muln Earthfury is the leader of the Earthen Ring. A Tauren. He is a legend among Warcraft lore fans. Like the Ashbringer, which started as hearsay among NPCs, fans went crazy elaborating theories and started exploring all of Azeroth in search of clues — for lack of info or a presence in-game. The Warcraft RPG book elaborated the backstory of the Ashbringer, and later Blizzard released the Naxxramas dungeon in Eastern Plaguelands. Later, Micky Neilson wrote the World of Warcraft: Ashbringer comic book (Wildstorm) and that Ashbringer legend has been fleshed out nicely in-game thereafter in Wrath of the Lich King.

At this point, Muln Earthfury has been a legend among fans. The long-wait is over folks. This is the real deal. Muln Earthfury lives, he is canon, and you will have more things to talk about him in wikis and forums. The question is … will we see Muln Earthfury as an NPC in the game? The answer: Yes.

Tokyopop Editor Troy Lewter sent me a copy for review. This manga is no fruit, but my mouth was watering all over when I was opening the package as if it were.

World of Warcraft: Shaman starts with a short recap of the War of the Three Hammers as an intro to how the earth trembled, 257 years ago, with the accidental summoning of Ragnaros into Azeroth. Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan invoked a desperate spell and unbeknownst to him he summoned an elemental lord. Even Kalimdor felt the tremors of the earth, and the uneasiness of the elemental spirits around the world. Tremors that caused deep consequences and casualties to the Tauren.

The tauren Shotoa was born with a unnatural connection with the elemental spirits, in contrast with other shaman apprentices. The tremors of the earth took away the life of his apprentice. His raging emotions no doubt helped shape his view of the elemental spirits and to question his faith in the old traditions of the shaman. Shotoa determined the tauren should control the elemental spirits by force, to be their master, rather than imploring their help humbly.

The story goes fast-forward in the second chapter of this manga. Exactly 27 years after the Dark Portal was opened between Azeroth and Draenor. That places World of Warcraft: Shaman manga’s timeline in synch with World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King during the pre-Cataclysm world event. (thanks Omacron)

The story of Muln Earthfury begins here, in the Bloodhoof Village, teaching his disciple the ways of the Shaman. She is a young female orc named Kettara Bloodthirst. The manga gives you small glimpses into the recent past when Muln and Kettara first met (five years ago, year 22). After a centaur and elemental attack upon Bloodhoof Village, their savior turns out to be Shotoa — long thought dead when the earth itself swallowed him 257 years ago.

This manga challenges fans to question their knowledge about ancient shamanic traditions. Should the tauren implore humbly for the aid of the elemental spirits, or should they demand and control their powers by force of will?

Fans who have read the World of Warcraft comic book (by Walter Simonson, Wildstorm) know how the ordeal went with Med’an and Cho’gal, the Twilight’s Hammer in Ahn’Qiraj and the chaotic awakening of the elementals in an effort to weaken the barrier between Azeroth and the Elemental Plane. What we see in the printed stories soon or later become reality in the MMO, and as Cataclysm beta testers have learned, there are elementals raging chaos everywhere in the game, and Twilight’s Hammer inciting them against their enemies.

The Twilight’s Hammer helped Deathwing break the barrier between Deepholm and Azeroth at the center of the Maelstrom — as you will learn in Cataclysm quests. The elemental spirits are in turmoil and confused. The Earthen Ring is hard pressed as the elemental spirits ignore their call.

Will the shaman society embrace a new way, or continue their old traditions in the upcoming Cataclysm?

World of Warcraft: Shaman hits local and online bookstores on Tuesday, September 28th, 2010.

Artwork

If you loved the artwork of World of Warcraft: Death Knight, then you will love World of Warcraft: Shaman. Rocio Zucchio penciled both. She’s amazing. As you can read in the Rocio interview at the end of this manga, she has no time to play World of Warcraft. Yet, she’s hit the nail with the Tauren’s looks. It’s her first time drawing tauren, and her past experiences drawing previous Warcraft manga have helped her mature as an artist.

That short recap of the Three Hammers War really makes you wish she takes on a Dwarf manga. Those huge battle scenes with dozens of dwarves probably took her a while. So detailed. Michael Paolilli as usual does a great job with lettering and adding tonality, different shades, to each artwork. The manga is not just black lines on a white paper. They are thoroughly worked up with different shades of gray to mimic a painting.

Characters

Muln Earthfury: High Shaman of the Earthen Ring.
Kettara Bloodthirst: Muln’s apprentice female orc shaman
Zur’ak Firefist: male troll shaman (Earthen Ring)
Lenka: female tauren shaman
Krelna: female draenei shaman
Thrall: Warchief of the Horde, a member of the Earthen Ring.
Drek’Thar: Far Seer of the Frostwolf clan.
Oreg Earthfury: Great-Grandfather of Muln, and best friend of Shotoa.

Review – Starcraft: Ghost Academy Vol. 2

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, Blizzard Products News, Featured Stories, StarCraft 2 News, Starcraft: Ghost News

imageStarcraft: Ghost Academy Vol. 2 hit the bookstores recently on August 3, 2010. The former author Keith R.A. DeCandido is no longer aboard as writer of the manga. He’s busy with Boom! Studios comic books; and for some months he was knee deep working with the U.S. Census 2010 — so at least we know he’s all good. We’ll miss him. He’s earned it.

Tokyopop’s David Gerrold (aka Jerrold David Friedman) took over the Starcraft: Ghost Academy mantle, and as you will soon find out, he’s quickly sync into the Nova universe. No surprise here. David Gerrold has written a Starcraft story before, which means he’s read the Starcraft Bible 101 and been in contact with Chris Metzen and the Blizzard Creative Team.

David Gerrold wrote the story titled “Fear the Reaper” in Starcraft: Frontline Vol. 4. He’s written several Star Trek novels and manga. He’s a celebrity among Trekkies as a matter of fact — don’t believe me? Guess who wrote the televised story of “The Trouble with the Tribbles” (Star Trek: The Original Series, TV) which aired on December 29, 1967. The original script was titled “A Fuzzy Thing Happened To Me…”

The artist Fernando Heinz Furukawa did a kick ass job through each page of the manga, specially the zerg scenes, but overall academy scenes were great. We’ll see more of him in Starcraft and Warcraft manga no doubt.

Starcraft: Ghost Academy Vol. 2 explores the ongoing happenings within the Ghost Academy under Mengsk’s close watch. The ghost academy was formerly a Confederate program, and as such, Mengsk needs to protect his image before the people; and to make sure the academy is run by the book to avoid inhuman treatment scandals. (more below)
For those fans who love to keep track of the Starcraft timeline, at the end of Starcraft: Ghost Academy Vol. 2, Emperor Mengsk is weeks away from celebrating the first anniversary of the Terran Dominion.

Mengsk controls every single word that airs on the UNN network, but there are pirated broadcasts sent by people working for Michael Liberty — and those do bite a dent into Mengsk’s reputation.

The manga starts with a UNN TV show titled “The Dominion and You” by reporter E.B. James [suspiciously sounding like EB Games]. He interviews the Ghost Academy director Kevin Bick in relation to the recent expulsion of Aal Cistler from the ghost academy. This took place at the end of volume 1.

It’s kinda funny to have two non-heroes take centerfold in the story. Kevin Bick runs the academy with unscrupulous drug experiments to research how ghosts’ abilities can be affected or increased. Some students are panbrained, brainwashed, and tortured in secrecy.

Aal Cistler by the other hand is a young playboy with wits who thinks his every whim comes into reality by paying the right price. He might not be too far from being right though — he’s the son of Emperor Mengsk’s finance minister — ouch. Not an enemy you would want to cross with in your path.

Aal isn’t a telepath, but he loves challenges. He came to the ghost academy to train, but was caught selling drugs to Lio Travski (a technopath, student). While the Ghost Academy knew about the drug addiction of Lio and that Aal was providing it, they allowed it to happen to study Lio’s performance under heavy addiction. When the ghost academy grew tired of Aal, they expulsed him from the academy and provided the UNN with camera recordings of Aal’s drug selling activities.

Aal, however, goes to the UNN to denounce he was framed, and the unusual training practices held at the ghost academy. The reporter E.B. James crucified director Kevin Bick in the show. The director got the message … Emperor Mengsk disapproves.

Mengsk controls everything the UNN says, so this was a direct on-your-face slap message to Kevin Bick to immediately detox Lio, and to stop underground experimentation with students. Most of this is in the Starcraft: Ghost Academy Vol. 2 preview scans.

From what we have learned in Starcraft: Frontline, Mengsk is turning around the old-ways of the Confederate who used cruel brainwashing and aggression inhibitors to control the Ghosts, who were likely former criminals.

Mengsk is now using Wranglers [psi-sensitive agents with a PI 3.5] to hunt for kids and teens with latent telepathic abilities to train them as teams in the ghost academy under the excuse they are too dangerous to themselves and to the populace if not trained properly — because untrained ghosts attract the Zerg.

In reality, that’s a lie. Mengsk has used psi-emitters before to control the zerg, and he continues to do so underground without the knowledge of the public. Such was the case of the Colin Pash story in Starcraft: Frontline Vol. 1-4 — where wranglers are authorized to use lobotomized zerglings with a neural gadget to control them to hunt for the telepath kid.

The same can be proved with Starcraft: Ghost Academy when we see an unidentified terran vessel launching a drop-pod on planet Shi [of the Baker's Dozen] which contained a … zerg drone. Mengsk has much more under his sleeve than we originally taught — as you can see in Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty [Piercing the Shroud mission].

Why should you read this manga? It brings a fresh view into the ghost academy with at least four cliffhangers. Don’t you love cliffhangers? I do. They keep the plot in suspense. Sometimes you can foresee things, but sometimes the writer surprises you with a twist. That’s what keeps you coming back for the next volume.

GHOST ACADEMY

Nova Anabelle Terra, Gabriel Tosh, Lio Travski, Kath Toom and Delta Emblock of Team Blue continue their ghost training with high stake life-threatening missions within the academy where they must learn to use their abilities in a teamwork environment.

When you see an older Gabriel Tosh in Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty, and see this younger Gabriel Tosh in the Ghost Academy and compare both — you can already see where the story is heading to. Tosh used to be an idealist teen who idolized and believed in Mengsk as a humble leader who works for the people and for the benefit of humanity.

What the Ghost Academy does is to train the best telepaths to service humanity and to unite it under the flag of Mengsk, who fights for freedom — Or so used to think Gabriel Tosh in his early days at the Ghost Academy.

Considering we will see more of Gabriel Tosh in Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm — now that Jim Raynor sided with him to free New Folsom’s Spectre prisoners — it would be nice to keep in touch with this character’s past and backstory, and how his loyalty to Mengsk shattered. We will learn more of that in Starcraft: Ghost Academy Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 — and hopefully in the upcoming novel Starcraft: Ghost Spectres by Nate Kenyon (on sale November 1, 2010).

In this volume, we learn the two most important ghost trainees in observation by Superintendent Angelini are Nova and … Lio the technopath. No one else matters. Just those two. Thus … we should keep an eye on what plans Blizzard might have for Lio, if any. Will he be an ally when we next see him in future games, or will he be a dangerous enemy (knowing his special power set)?

Lio can telepathically control technology, he created an android that resembled his girlfriend, and he seems to be a powerful telekinetic — [in a scene he telekinetically floats some PDAs into the air and sorts them out to his teammates, and he also blocks incoming projectiles with a TK shield]. Now that he’s not under the influence of hab (a drug), he seems to have better control of his powers.

We get to see the influence that Team Red’s jealousy and rivalry has on Team Blue. Things get more complicated when Aal Cistler makes his triumphant return to the Ghost Academy and this time around he joins Team Red to make Nova and her team’s lives more pleasant … not.

With how Lio has been manipulated by director Bick and superintendent Angelini, one has to wonder … how such a powerful telepath as Nova and her teammates never detect the psi-screams of Lio when he gets panbrained? Why are all these odd things going on backstage without other telepaths knowing about them?

The answer is too complex to guess in its entirety, but the author gives you enough hints to figure out some of it … Colin Phash.

The Ghost Academy is using this boy’s ability to project his astral form away from his body as a surveillance system. Nova has been able to see his astral projection, but never manages to talk to him. However, there must be something else shielding other telepaths from the atrocious acts of the Academy’s leaders. Maybe a mysterious figure from the past? Likely someone we have heard of in Starcraft: Ghost Nova [Looks at the odd humanoid in Chapter 2: Shadows Before Them].

There was one male telepath as high-level a telepath as Nova and Sarah Kerrigan who is mentioned in DeCandido’s StarCraft: Ghost Nova book to be dead, but you never know. Maybe his body and brain were kept alive to serve as an instrument of the Confederates? Those cables coming out of the skull with no pupils on his eyes made me remember that deceased character. Matter of fact, that figure is never shown in Vol. 2, so we might learn who exactly this guy behind Angelini is. Maybe a half-cybernetic-enhanced Old Family slave of the Dominion? I might be seeing too much into it.

COLIN PHASH

Like in the first volume, the fate of Colin Pash continues to be unfold in short scenes that let you figure out how the Ghost Academy tutors do what they do with the students, and why the telepaths aren’t aware of what’s going on.

Colin Pash is the telepath child son of ex-Dominion Senator Corbin Pash. Colin was captured by the Dominion in the Starcraft: Frontline series. His father Corbin Phash now resides as a guest of the Umojan Protectorate, plotting to take revenge against Mengsk and to recover his son back. The story of Colin Phash is told throughout Starcraft: Frontline Vol. 1-4, and continues in Starcraft: Ghost Academy.

THE OLD FAMILIES

Another plot hanging in the manga is the fate of the offsprings of the Old Families. Ever wonder if any of the Old Families survived the Zerg invasion to Tarsonis? Let’s remind you a bit of old-school Starcraft lore … The invasion was caused by the Psi-emitter Arcturus Mengsk ordered Kerrigan to activate. Ya’ know, that Starcraft mission where Mengsk abandons Kerrigan to her fate before the Zerg.

As the invasion of the Zerg hit Tarsonis, the Old Families sent their offsprings to safety to planet Shi — the fourth planet in the Baker’s Dozen system: a collection of 13 mining planets owned by Arturro Calabas [one of the Old Families].

This story runs parallel with the main plot without interacting with each other; using the narrative technique of going back and forth in the timeline.

Every now and then, the narration about the fate of the offsprings of the Old Families takes you to a year before the present time [ghost academy Vol. 2's time which is nigh a year after Brood War]. Then to the present.

When least you know, you are taken to 8 months before the present, seven months, six months … so and so until we reach the point of a month before the present.

I love those interludes in stories to be honest. All that apparent, unrelatedness with the main plot comes to an end when the next ghost academy mission is scheduled to take place in the fifth planet of the … Baker’s Dozen. That’s a cliffhanger alright. That takes us straight into collision course with Starcraft: Ghost Academy Vol. 3 [in stores March 1, 2011].

The aweful part of this manga is the long wait for the next one. Can’t you guys clone your staff to pump these babies monthly? I want more!!!

Special thanks to Troy Lewter (Tokyopop Editor) and Hope Donovan (Tokyopop Editor).

You can view the Starcraft: Ghost Academy Vol. 2 preview here.