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Patch 7.1: Patch Notes

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Patch 7.1 goes live tomorrow and here are the full Patch Notes.

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CLASS CHANGES

DEATH KNIGHT

  • Blood
    • Icebound Fortitude has returned, reducing damage taken by the Death Knight by 30% (remains at 20% for Frost Death Knights).
  • Frost
    • Frozen Pulse now triggers if you have fewer than 2 full Runes (was 1).
    • Frozen Pulse damage reduced to 60% of Attack Power (was 72%).
    • Glacial Advance now hits targets in melee range more reliably.
    • Razorice now increases Frost damage by 3% per stack (was 2%).
    • Obliterate damage increased by 20%.
    • Howling Blast damage increased by 50%.
  • Unholy
    • Death Coil damage increased by 50%.

DEMON HUNTER

  • Agonizing Flames damage bonus to Immolation Aura reduced to 30% (was 50%).
  • Felblade is now usable against targets in melee range even if the Demon Hunter is rooted.
  • Distance from which Soul Fragments can be used for Soul Cleave, Soul Barrier, and Spirit Bomb has been increased to 25 yards (was 20 yards).
  • Demon Blades will now trigger while on the global cooldown (was delayed until after the GCD). This is not a gain to throughput.
  • Spirit Bomb healing from damage increased to 15% (was 10%).
  • Soul Barrier now lasts 12 seconds (was 8 seconds).
  • Abilities learned have been spaced out:
    • Sigil of Silence – Level 101
    • Empower Wards – Level 103
    • Sigil of Misery – Level 105

DRUID

  • Mastery: Harmony now includes Frenzied Regeneration.
  • Ysera's Gift will only heal party or raid members.
  • Living Seed now copies 25% of the crit heal (was 50%).
  • Seeds of the World Tree now increases that amount by 8%/point (was 10%).
  • Owlkin Frenzy will now only affect Lunar Strike (and not Solar Wrath or Stellar Flare).
  • Swiftmend healing increased to 770% of Spell Power (was 700%).
  • (Balance, Guardian, Feral) Druids how have Regrowth in place of Healing Touch.
    • Regrowth is castable in Moonkin Form.
    • Talents, artifact traits, and legendaries have been updated to affect Regrowth where appropriate.
    • (Restoration) Regrowth has 40% additional chance to crit (was 60%).
  • Activating Incarnation no longer triggers a global cooldown for any spec.
  • Incarnation: Chosen of Elune once again provides the armored Moonkin model.
  • Galactic Guardian:
    • Now causes Moonfire to generate 10 Rage (was 15).
    • Now increases its direct damage by 300%.
    • Now has a spell alert.
  • Guardian
    • Thick Hide now reduces damage taken by 6% (was 10%).
  • Restoration
    • Prosperity now reduces your Swiftmend cooldown by 3 seconds (was 5 seconds).
    • Cultivation healing increased by 20%.

HUNTER

  • Track Mechanicals granted to all gnome and goblin hunters, as well as any hunter who uses the Mecha-Bond Imprint Matrix.
  • Posthaste now lasts 5 seconds (was 8 seconds).
  • Vulnerable now increases damage by 50% (was 25%), stacking up to 2 times (was 3 times).
  • New Hunter talent (replacing Dash):
    • Trailblazer: Your movement speed is increased by 25% anytime you have not attacked for 3 seconds.
  • Survival
    • Raptor Strike damage increased by 100%.
    • Carve damage increased by 150%.
    • Butchery damage increased by 35%.
    • Throwing Axes damage increased by 25%.
    • Animal Instincts has been redesigned: Flanking Strike now also reduces the remaining cooldown of a random one of the following abilities:
    • Flanking Strike
    • Mongoose Bite
    • Aspect of the Eagle
    • Harpoon

MAGE

  • Arcane
    • Arcane Blast damage increased by 17%.
    • Arcane Missles damage increased by 17%.
    • Arcane Orb damage increased by 17%.
    • Arcane Charges now increase mana costs by 125% (was 100%).
  • Fire
    • Pyroblast damage reduced by 6%.
    • Flamestrike damage increased by 15%.
    • Aftershocks damage increased by 15%.
  • Frost
    • Brain Freeze now also increases the damage of your next Flurry by 50%.
    • Waterbolt damage increased by 25%.
    • Water Jet damage increased by 100%.
    • Lonely Winter now increases the damage of affected spells by 25% (was 20%).
    • Flurry damage increased by 5%.
    • Ice Lance damage increased by 5%.
    • Frostbolt damage increased by 5%.
    • Ray of Frost damage increased by 5%.
    • Frost Bomb damage increased by 5%.
    • Comet Storm damage increased by 5%.
    • Ebonbolt damage increased by 5%.
    • Frozen Orb damage increased by 5%.
    • Blizzard damage increased by 10%.

MONK

  • Effuse now heals for 250% of attack power (was 200%).
  • (Windwalker, Brewmaster) Crackling Jade Lightning now costs 20 Energy, plus 20 Energy per second.
  • Brewmaster
    • Brewmaster Monks now gain 15% additional Armor from gear.
    • Brew-Stache now lasts 4.5 seconds (was 1.5 seconds).
  • Mistweaver
    • Sheilun’s Gift now activates Soothing Mist.
    • Chi-Ji Crane Heal now heals for 135% of spell power (was 150%).
    • Soothing Mist now heals for 64% of spell power per tick (was 55%).

PALADIN

  • Retribution Aura no longer ignores tanks (including self).
  • Flash of Light now heals 450% of spell power (was 425%) and costs 18% of base mana (was 16%).
  • Holy
    • The Rule of Law talent now increases the radius of Tyr’s Deliverance by 50%.
    • Light’s Hammer now costs 35% of base mana (was 40%).
    • Sanctified Wrath now extends Avenging Wrath by 5 seconds (was 10 seconds).
  • Retribution
    • Holy Wrath now deals 200% of your missing health in damage to 4 nearby enemies, up to 120% of your maximum health.
    • Blade of Wrath has been redesigned: (Passive) Your auto attacks have a chance to reset the cooldown of Blade of Justice.
  • Protection
    • First Avenger: Avenger’s Shield now add +50% damage to the first target, and +10% Grand Crusader proc chance.
    • Bastion of Light now has a 2-minute cooldown (was 3 minutes).
    • Crusader’s Judgment now has 2 charges, and Grand Crusader now also grants a charge of Judgment.

PRIEST

  • Mindbender now returns 0.5% of your mana per tick (was 0.75%).
  • Discipline
    • Power Word: Solace now returns 1% of your mana per tick (was 0.75%).
    • Clarity of Will’s cast time is now 2.0 seconds (was 2.5 seconds).
    • Contrition now increases Atonement by 3 seconds (was 2 seconds).
  • Holy
    • Renew healing increased to 62% of spell power (was 55%).
    • Desperate Prayer now heals and increases health by 30% (was 20%).
    • Divinity now lasts 6 seconds (was 8 seconds).
    • Heal now heals for 500% of spell power (was 475%).
    • Prayer of Mending now heals for 175% of spell power (was 150%).
    • Prayer of Mending now avoids jumping to targets that already have Prayer of Mending, if possible.
    • Binding Heal now costs 2.5% of mana (was 3.0%).
    • Holy Fire damage increased to 200% of spell power (was 150%).
  • Shadow
    • Arcane Torrent now generates 15 Insanity.
    • Power Word: Shield cost increased by 51%.
    • Shadowform has returned as a new spell for Shadow Priests:
      • Assume a Shadowform, increasing your Shadow damage dealt by 10%, and reducing your Physical damage taken by 10%.
      • You may not cast any Holy spells while in this form.
      • The shadowy visual is now tied to Shadowform.
      • Voidform now acts to intensify Shadowform. It automatically triggers Shadowform if not already active, and you gain the effects of both.
      • When Voidform ends, you return to Shadowform.
      • The damage of all Shadow Priest abilities has been reduced to compensate for this, resulting in no net gain or loss of damage.

ROGUE

  • Kingsbane now generates 1 combo point.
  • Hemorrhage, Marked for Death, and Ghostly Strike show up on the caster's nameplates.
  • The cast time for all Assassination poisons has been reduced to 1.5 seconds (was 3 seconds).
  • Outlaw
    • Saber Slash damage increased by 10%.
    • Pistol Shot damage increased by 10%.
    • Ghostly Strike damage increased by 10%.
    • Blunderbuss damage increased by 10%.

SHAMAN

  • Fire Elemental, Earth Elemental, and Feral Spirits now all have totem timers.
  • Earthquake Totem has been renamed to Earthquake and no longer summons a totem.
  • Torrent now provides a 30% bonus to Riptide’s initial heal (was 40%).
  • Elemental
    • Earth Shock damage increased by 15%.
    • Frost Shock damage increased by 15%.
    • Stormkeeper now also makes the affected Lightning Bolts and Chain Lightning instant.
    • Stormkeeper now has a 1.5 second cast time.

WARLOCK

  • Demon Skin and Demonic Circle have swapped talent locations.
  • Devour Magic has returned for Felhunters.
  • Doomguard’s Doom Bolts damage increased by 13%.
  • Affliction
    • Unstable Affliction now afflicts a target with up to 5 Unstable Afflictions at once.
    • Compounding Horror trait redesigned: its buff causes your next Unstable Affliction to deal (32% Spell Power) Shadow damage instantly, stacking up to 5 times.
    • Soul Effigy is now immune to AOE damage.
    • Agony damage increased by 5%.
    • Unstable Affliction damage increased by 5%.
    • Siphon Life damage increased by 5%.
    • Drain Life damage increased by 5%.
    • Drain Soul damage increased.
    • Phantom Singularity damage increased by 5%.
    • Corruption damage increased by 10%.
  • Demonology
    • Demonwrath now generates Soul Shards more consistently.
    • Demonic Empowerment now increases health by 20% (was 50%).
    • Thal’kiel’s consumption deals damage equal to 8% of pet health (from 6%).

WARRIOR

  • Inspiring Presence now affects party and raid members only.
    • Hamstring is now on the global cooldown, and can once again trigger Tactician.
    • Bladestorm damage increased by 8% for all specs.
  • Fury
    • Raging Blow damage increased by 8%.
    • Rampage damage increased by 8%.
    • Execute damage increased by 8%.
    • Bloodthirst damage increased by 8%.
    • Odyn’s Fury damage increased by 8%.
    • Furious Slash damage increased by 8%.
    • Dragon Roar damage increased by 8%.
    • Ravager damage increased by 8%.
    • Enrage now increases damage taken by 20% (was 30%).
  • Warpaint now modifies the Enrage damage taken increase to 15%.

ITEMS

  • The following items now disable their effects rather than cancel the entire buff when leaving the Broken Isles:
    • Bloodtotem Saddle Blanket
    • Leystone Hoofplates
    • Demonsteel Stirrups
  • The damage effects from the following trinkets should no longer hit targets that are crowd-controlled:
    • Six-Feather Fan
    • Terrorbound Nexus
    • Caged Horror
    • Twisting Wind
  • Emerald Nightmare trinkets
    • Ravaged Seed Pod’s damage increased by 20%.
    • Nature’s Call cone attack damage increased by 40%.
    • Unstable Horrorslime’s damage increased by 20%.
    • Bough of Corruption’s damage increased by 10%.
    • Horn of Cenrius’s healing increased by 10%.
    • Unbridled Fury’s duration increased by 5 seconds, and its armor and health bonuses increased by 10%.
    • Swarming Plaguehive can now also drop for Shaman whose loot specialization is set to Enhancement.

LEGION COMPANION APP

  • Bounty information has been added to World Quest tooltips.
  • Added filter options on the map for active bounties.
  • Items received from completed Work Orders are now shown.
  • Performance improvements.
  • Bug fixes.

LEVELING

In this patch, a large number of changes are made to improve the order and flow of abilities gained while leveling all classes.

  • In many cases, the level 1-10 abilities that introduce the class have changed.
  • Many special bonuses and features for class abilities are now granted by upgrades that are learned at a later level.
  • This applies to every spec for every class other than Death Knights and Demon Hunters.
  • Examples:
    • Druids below level 10 now use Wrath and Moonfire as their primary damage abilities, rather than Shred and Ferocious Bite.
    • While Smite will still be the first spell given to Priests at level 1, the added absorb shield effect will be an upgrade learned by Discipline at level 36, as the purpose of that effect is to add to healing in group content.
    • Rogues will start leveling with an ability that attacks with one weapon and generates one combo point. Rogues who choose Assassination specialization will replace that ability with Mutilate at level 40.

NEW WORLD EVENT

  • Return to Alcaz Isle – Dr. Weavil and the Drudge Gnomes
    • Get to the bottom of Dr. Weavil’s insidious plans on Alcaz Isle.
    • Rewards include the Big Red Ray toy for everyone and tamable mechanical spiders for Hunters.

PET BATTLES

  • Raiding with Leashes IV
    • Delve into Ulduar, Trial of the Crusader, and Ice Crown Citadel in search of rare pets and the chance to do battle with a new Celestial foe!

PLAYER VERSUS PLAYER

  • Nagrand Arena has received a significant visual update.

Honor System

  • Honor talents will no longer be lost when a player chooses to Prestige.
  • Players will receive gold or artifact power in lieu of honor talents at higher prestige levels.

Rewards

  • The Item Levels of PvP gear rewards now scale as World Quest gear rewards scale, and PvP gear rewards can be Titanforged, Warforged, socketed, or include tertiary stats.
  • Players will no longer receive a bonus piece of gear based on their rating for the first two wins in each rated bracket (2v2, 3v3, 10v10).
  • Players will now receive a bonus piece of gear based on their best rating from the previous week for each rated bracket (2v2, 3v3, 10v10).
  • Bonus gear will be of the “Gladiator” type at PvP ratings below 2000, and of the “Elite” type at PvP ratings above 2000.
  • The first victory of the day bonus now includes a large Artifact Power reward.
  • The reward increase for your first victory of the day has been extended to all brackets: Skirmishes, 2v2 Arenas, 3v3 Arenas, and Rated Battlegrounds.
  • Artifact Power rewards have been increased.

HONOR TALENTS

DEATH KNIGHT

  • Frost
  • The two bottom rows of Death Knight Honor Talents have been significantly redesigned:
    • Choose one of: Deathchill, Frozen Center, or Delirium
    • Choose one of: Tundra Stalker, Overpowered Rune Weapon, Chill Streak
  • Chill Streak Damage increased, cooldown reduced to 45 seconds (was 60 seconds).
  • Remorseless Winter’s snare now cannot be dispelled.
  • Unholy
    • Unholy Mutation duration reduced to 8 seconds (was 12 seconds).

DRUID

  • Many talents have changed positions in the Druid Honor Talent tree.
  • Pouncing Strikes now affects Maim and Rip, but no longer affects Rake.
  • Pouncing Strikes no longer causes you to leap towards the target.
  • Tranquility now heals for double the amount in PvP.
  • Disentanglement now causes Efflorescence to remove all snare effects from friendly targets when it heals.
  • Thorns now deals 5% of the attacker’s total health in Nature damage.
  • Nourish has been re-designed:
    • Reduces the cast time of Healing Touch by 0.5 seconds and automatically applies one of your missing healing-over-time spells to the target. If all of them are present, Healing Touch critically heals.

MONK

  • Fast Feet now also reduces the duration of snares by 20%.
  • Brewmaster
    • Yulon’s Gift has been replaced with Niuzao’s Essence.
    • Casting Purifying Brew now dispels all snare effects.
    • Mighty Ox Kick cooldown reduced to 30 seconds (was 60 seconds).
  • Mistweaver
    • Refreshing Breeze now refreshes the duration of Essence Font on targets rather than Renewing Mist.
    • The Soothing Mist from Ancient Mistweaver Arts mana cost reduced, and healing increased slightly.
    • Dome of Mist duration increased to 8 seconds (was 6 seconds).
    • Fortune Turned healing bonus increased to 50% per stack for 2 stacks (was 15% per stack for 3 stacks).
    • Healing Sphere healing increased by about 40%, and its cooldown reduced from to 45 seconds (was 60 seconds).
  • Windwalker
    • Grapple Weapon is a sixth tier Honor Talent.
    • Disarms the enemy for 6 seconds, with a 60 second cooldown.
    • Spinning Fire Blossom generates 1 Chi, costs 50 Energy.
    • Spinning Fire Blossom is now affected by Mastery: Combo Strikes.
    • Heavy-Handed Strikes now causes Fists of Fury to reduce the movement speed of targets by 70% for 2 seconds each time it deals damage.
    • Heavy-handed Strikes has been moved to the sixth tier.
      • The first tick of Fists of Fury will knock down and stun targets.
    • Zen Meditation has been replaced by Zen Moment:
      • Costs 5 Chi. Has a 45 second cooldown and a 10 second duration.
      • Reduces damage taken by 20%, increases healing taken by 20%.
      • Each attack that triggers Combo Strikes (in non-consecutive ability use) reduces the effect by 5%.  Zen Moment fades if it reaches 0%.
    • Whirling Kicks has been replaced by Control of Mists:
      • Every 20 seconds, Effuse is instant-cast. You gain a Control of Mists debuff with a 20 second duration after casting Effuse instantly. Each Chi spent while Control of Mists debuff is active will reduce its remaining duration by 1 second.
    • Yulon’s Gift now only affects Flying Serpent Kick.
    • Rushing Tiger Palm has been replaced with Disabling Reach:
      • Disabling Reach now increases the range of Disable by 7 yards.

PALADIN

  • Retribution
    • Vengeance Aura now only affects targets who have your Greater Blessings.

SHAMAN

  • Restoration
    • The Honor Talent version of Spirit Link cooldown reduced to 30 seconds (was 60 seconds).
    • Earth Shield’s protection now activates when the target takes an attack equal to 6% of their total health (was 10%).

WARLOCK

  • Destruction
    • Multiple Honor Talents have changed positions in the Honor Talent tree.
    • Cremation has been redesigned:
      • Cremation now makes Immolate an instant cast, and Conflagrate deals an additional 8% of the target’s total health in Fire damage.
    • New Honor Talent: Focused Chaos
      • Focused Chaos increases the damage of your Chaos Bolt by 200%, but it no longer is also cast on your targets afflicted by your Havoc.
    • New Honor Talent: Entrenched in Flame
      • Conflagrate roots targets until cancelled. This effect is not broken by damage.
    • Bane of Havoc no longer replaces Havoc, and both can be used.

PROFESSIONS

  • Blood of Sargeras
    • Illnea Bloodthorn now sells valuable materials:
      • 5 Felslates can be purchased for 1 Blood of Sargeras.
      • 3 Starlight Roses can be purchased for 1 Blood of Sargeras.
      • 3 Leylight Shards can be purchased for 1 Blood of Sargeras.
      • 20 Unbroken Claws or Unbroken Teeth can be purchased for 1 Blood of Sargeras.
      • All other items sold in lots of 10 for 1 Blood of Sargeras.
  • Cooking
    • Nomi now has a chance to drop Slightly Burned Food instead of Badly Burned Food.
    • Nomi will now always return 1 of the meat you gave him.
    • Nomi can now teach tier 3 recipes such as Nightborne Delicacy Platter, even if you don’t know a required precedent tier 2 recipe, such as Barracuda Mrglgagh.
  • Fishing
    • Extended the base duration of the following bait buffs to 5 minutes:
    • Blessing of the Thistleleaf (Val’sharah)
    • Salmon Lure (Highmountain)
    • Ravenous Flyfishing (Oceanic)
    • A bait duration extension has been added to the Confused Seerspine Murloc (Suramar).

USER INTERFACE

  • Addons and Macros
    • Nameplate options made less confusing.
    • Addons can no longer access the positions for player, party, and raid members in instances.
    • Addons can no longer perform actions on nameplate tokens.
    • The icons in the icon picker for macros and guild bank tabs are larger.
    • New macro conditions for “reticle” spells: @cursor and @player.

 

  • Items
    • Set pieces are now called out in the personal loot banner.
    • A transmogrification chat message is now displayed whenever any bind-on-equip item becomes bound to you.
    • In mail, a player’s other characters have been added to the auto-complete list.
    • There is now a confirmation dialog box when sending gold or items through mail and trade.

 

  • Maps and Questing
    • Flight map now shows party and raid members as well as all turn-in quests and your mini-map yellow arrow quest.
    • Clicking on the dungeon/raid icon on the world map will open the Dungeon Journal.
    • So that you can now see what you are on top of, Player icon on World map no longer has a tooltip.
    • Honor rewards now appear on World Quest tooltips.
    • Added Auction House sorting by unit price and buyout.
    • World quests Bonus Objectives will now always show in the tracker, even if you have a lot of tracked quests.
    • When you click on an emissary button on the world map, the map now moves to a zone with an uncompleted World Quest for that emissary.
    • World quests can be filtered by reward.

 

  • Social and Grouping
    • Added support for new Quick Join system.
    • You can now show the in-raid self-highlight without a circle.
    • Group Finder now shows raid and wing names in the LFR dropdown and tooltips.

 

  • Miscellaneous
    • Improvements made to how the UI scaling work better with 4K monitors.
    • Now allowing for scaling of the cursor for 4K monitors.
    • Added new “For the Horde” and “For the Alliance” emotes.

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Okay so I was very frustrated with the WW monks playing as my MM hunter. noticing there was literally nothing I could do to get away. As far as following up with constant Concussions to bindings, Bursting shots, (Posthaste Disengage) that has been nerfed and even Scatter shots. I was excited to hear that they were FINALLY going to be nerfed since they have literally decimated every class when it comes to mobility and CC. However, this doesn't look anywhere near a nerf. On 10/23 I was doing a Wsg and I got one shot by a monk. I'm in slightly above average gear 852 il ... I check my combat log to see and ability I've never heard of called "Fists of the Heavens." That had done 867,000 (+200K over kill damage) I was so pissed that I looked the ability all over google to understand the details more thoroughly, only to realized this was an artifact weapon ability with a 45 second CD ... and this is what blew my *&%# head off... Attack with both fists dealing (4250%+4250%) and slowing the target for 70% for X amount of seconds. I've looked today 10/25/16 to ACTUALLY post a sceen shot of the proof of these ridiculous ability stats yet, it now is completely different http://www.wowhead.com/item=128940/fists-of-the-heavens&bonus=0 . So my question would be is blizzard hiding these outrageous damage stats? or did actually fix this? Because its a little sketchy seeing it one day and not now, but also if it was nerfed to MORE REALISTIC Stats then where the input in the patch notes???????   

 

 

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12 hours ago, KomodoDragoon said:

Has anyone heard anything about Blizzard's PlayMusic? They said they were gonna fix it with the 7.1 patch, but I didn't see anything in the notes.

What do you mean by this?

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9 hours ago, Daraya said:

Fire mages nerfed again? I better start playing my frost spec and get carried by my elemental. 

Your elemental still does more damage than an Elemental Shaman :D

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1 hour ago, Blainie said:

What do you mean by this?

I mean, Blizzard's PlayMusic had broken when the Legion pre-patch had gone live. Some music addons, like DBM-Victory, depend on it in order to work properly. I tested the addon earlier and it works fine now, so it looks like Blizzard did fix the PlayMusic with Patch 7.1

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10 hours ago, Blainie said:

Your elemental still does more damage than an Elemental Shaman :D

OMG! I am like... lol'ing.. stahp!! I am drinking coffee! >.<

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New macro conditions for “reticle” spells: @cursor and @player.

Kinda makes Concentrated Sigils completely useles, don't you think? Besides the duration increase i mean.

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On 10/26/2016 at 6:10 AM, KomodoDragoon said:

I mean, Blizzard's PlayMusic had broken when the Legion pre-patch had gone live. Some music addons, like DBM-Victory, depend on it in order to work properly. I tested the addon earlier and it works fine now, so it looks like Blizzard did fix the PlayMusic with Patch 7.1

Ah! Well, I'm glad to hear it got fixed.

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On 10/26/2016 at 2:30 PM, Daraya said:

OMG! I am like... lol'ing.. stahp!! I am drinking coffee! >.<

If you spit it out, you might just top the Ele on the meters :D

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14 hours ago, justrion said:

New macro conditions for “reticle” spells: @cursor and @player.

Kinda makes Concentrated Sigils completely useles, don't you think? Besides the duration increase i mean.

I agree, it does take away from the talent. Maybe they'll rework it?

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      Fixed a bug that prevented several First Aid recipe items from requiring the appropriate Profession. Corrected an issue that could cause Draenor Garrison NPCs to fail to offer work orders. Alchemy Fixed a bug preventing players from discovering new Pandaren Alchemy recipes. Some older-expansion flasks no longer provide more stats than Legion flasks and potions. Cooking The cooking achievement Dinner Impossible no longer requires Strand of the Ancients. Fishing Fixed a bug that prevented some players from gaining Legion fishing ranks when using rare fish. Herbalism Fixed an issue that could cause herb nodes from Outland through Pandaria to yield the wrong herb type. Mining Corrected an issue that could cause players to receive no ore from mining nodes. Quests
      The start of the Mage Tower artifact storyline quest no longer requires an impossible-to-meet artifact trait condition. Fixed an issue that could cause Strom’kar to be invisible to certain races during its acquisition. The Slitherblade Naga vehicle's abilities should now deal damage and heal properly on "Wetter Than Wet". The Frightened Miner should now reliably follow his path for "Miner Troubles". The delicious contents of Yak’s Milk Flask again heals “Fallen Sentinels”. Wyrmcult Blackwhelps can now be collected for "Whelps of the Wyrmcult". General Nazgrim is again present for "The Art of War" and "Warchief's Command: Jade Forest!". During “Bringer of the Light” at the Exodar, Fel Annihilator’s Sonic Boom no longer deals excessive damage. Previous 8.0.1 hotfixes:
      July 18th
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      Game Director Ion Hazzikostas answered your Battle for Azeroth questions today. Check out our roundup of the latest Live Developer Q&A!
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      Q&A Highlights
      NA servers are briefly down for maintenance. Ion apologizes for 8.0.1, it was not the smoothest of pre-patch launches. "Players deserve better." They're working to bring Communities back. They completely overhauled the squish mechanism this time around so that they can bring down numbers with the press of a button instead of just scaling everything down manually. There are many issues with scaling, leading to mobs one-shotting you and various other bugs. The team's working around the clock to fix bugs and appreciate constructive feedback! When they fix a single bug, it can affect content that's several expansions old. If you earned Mage Tower appearances on one character, you'll be able to equip it on a second character of the same Class. No intent whatsoever to nerf Dungeon experience. The "weekly reward" is a visual bug. Warlock caster / idle animations are still in the works. Legacy Loot System won't apply to Legion raids in Battle for Azeroth at level 120. Personal Loot will be used for that, but if you're soloing Legion raid content, you'll receive loot as if you were in a 10-player group. The system was always intended for content 11+ levels higher. Mythic mounts should be tradable with Personal Loot. Azerite Armor is untradable in Battle for Azeroth. A piece of Azerite shoulders that's being looked at by multiple Classes has a different set of Azerite traits for each of them and they don't want you to give it to the Class that has the best traits on it. There shouldn't be a single best comp for all affixes. Mythic+ Seasons affect end-game rewards, so they want to align them with new raid tiers and PvP Seasons. In Battle for Azeroth, there will be Seasonal affixes activating at Keystone level 10. The first Seasonal affix will retire with the release of a new raid tier when they'll introduce a new one. Do we need a squish in every other expansion? Power progression is important for the game and there are too many tiers of progression and the high item level is what it takes for rewards to feel consistently rewarding. In BfA, players will begin to reach 10K DPS (as in Wrath). They didn't intend to increase the difficulty of Legacy content and old raids. Blizzard standardized camera anchor points for all Classes. When you start scrolling, you'll notice that the camera points to a point just above your head. No more claustrophobic camera snapping for Gnomes and Goblins! No plans to update traits on Underlight Angler for BfA. It's tied to Legion. Artifacts will override what you wear in your off-hand. They want to develop more customization options though. Azerite traits will have more depth throughout BfA. The vast majority of traits we've seen so far include less complex traits on leveling gear and feel lackluster. It's possible that a Mage Tower type of solo content will return in Battle for Azeroth.
    • By Stan
      Our Battle for Azeroth expansion hub is filled to brim with useful information to get you started with WoW's latest expansion!
      Your source of the latest Battle for Azeroth news!
      Battle for Azeroth 8.0 Pre-Patch
      The pre-patch is now live worldwide. An active subscription is only required to play the game up to Legion, as Blizzard removed the Battle Chest. The launch was not smooth and Game Director Ion Hazzikostas apologized for the inconvenience in the latest Live Developer Q/A.
      Official Patch 8.0.1 Patch Notes Class Guides for Patch 8.0.1 Patch 8.0.1 Survival Guide Battle for Azeroth Release Date
      World of Warcraft's latest expansion will be released on August 14, 2018 in all regions at the same time. You can find out more information in this post.
      Pre-Purchase Battle for Azeroth
      If you pre-purchase the expansion, you'll get a level 110 boost and gain early access to four Allied Races. The Digital Deluxe Edition comes with various goodies in all Blizzard games except Diablo. Collector's Edition from local retailers also comes with two novellas and you can read excerpts here. Character slots will be increased to 18 per server. Inactive accounts have been upgraded to Warlords of Draenor.
      Game Version Pricing Buy Link Standard Edition $49.99 // 44.99 EUR EU / US Digital Deluxe Edition $69.99 // 59.99 EUR EU / US Pre-Purchase Deal [More Details]
      New players that pre-order Battle for Azeroth will get Legion bundled with it for 49.99 USD // 44.99 EUR.
      Allied Races
      Highmountain Tauren, Lightforged Draenei, Nightborne and Void Elves are four Allied Races that can be unlocked before Battle for Azeroth goes live. Pre-purchasing the expansion won't unlock them though. They're gated behind Exalted reputation standing with Legion factions and achievements.
      If you boost an Allied Race character to level 110, you won't be able to receive Heritage Armor.
      It's very likely that Blizzard removes the gating at some point before Battle for Azeroth launch. It would not make much sense having them gated behind old content.
      Allied Races Unlock Requirements
      Allied Race Requirements Highmountain Tauren Ain't No Mountain High Enough + Exalted with Highmountain Tribe  Lightforged Draenei You Are Now Prepared! + Exalted with Army of the Light Nightborne Insurrection + Exalted with the Nightfallen Void Elf You Are Now Prepared! + Exalted with Argussian Reach Allied Races in Battle for Azeroth
      Four Allied Races have been confirmed in Battle for Azeroth so far. The Alliance will be able to unlock Dark Iron Dwarves and Kul Tirans, whereas the Horde can convince Mag'har Orcs and Zandalari Trolls to join the faction. The aforementioned Allied Races will be gated behind Battle for Azeroth content and can't be unlocked before launch. We learned that Dark Iron Dwarves and Mag'har Orcs will be available first and both Allied Races are now available for playtesting on Beta and in order to unlock them, you must finish your faction's War Campaign in Battle for Azeroth. Blizzard confirmed that Blood Trolls will not be an Allied Race in the coming expansion.
      Allied Races Official Page Update: May 4 Dark Iron Dwarves & Mag'har Orcs Overview Dark Iron Dwarves & Mag'har Orcs Official Preview Dark Iron Dwarf & Mag'har Orc Unlock Requirements Dark Iron Dwarf Mole Machine Racial Dark Iron Dwarf Mole Machine Locations Dark Iron Dwarf Hub Preview: Shadowforge City Dark Iron Dwarf Paladin Mount Preview Kul Tiran & Mag'har Orc Heritage Armor Kul Tiran Customization Options Kul Tiran Druid Aquatic Forms Kul Tiran Druid Bear Forms Kul Tiran Druid Cat Forms Kul Tiran Druid Flight Forms Kul Tiran Druid Travel Forms Mag'har Orcs: Hall of the Brave Outpost in Orgrimmar Zandalari Troll Druid Forms Zandalari Troll Druid Forms Animations Zandalari Troll Shaman Totems Azerite Armor
      Set bonuses are gone in Battle for Azeroth and the legendary amulet is used to unlock Azerite traits on Azerite Armor. The plan is to introduce three pieces of Azerite Armor to the game - Head, Shoulders & Chest. In this section, you can find a list of Azerite traits that have been added to the game so far.
      PvP Azerite Traits (Beta Build 26788) Uldir Azerite Traits (Beta Build 26734) Azerite Traits Overview (Beta Build 26707) Azerite Traits Overview (Beta Build 26624) Azerite Traits Overview (Beta Build 26567) Azerite Traits Overview (Beta Build 26530) Azerite Traits Overview (Alpha Build 26476) Azerite Traits Overview (Alpha Build 26433) Azerite Traits on Battle for Azeroth Alpha (Chest Piece) Azerite Traits Overview (Alpha Build 26231) Blizzard has recently updated the UI of Azerite Armor and you can find more details here. Azerite traits can be reset at an increasing gold cost that resets every week.
      Blue Posts
      A collection of blue posts dealing with a variety of subjects in Battle for Azeroth.
      Frost Death Knight Changes: June 12 Changes to Block, MM Hunters, Protection/Retribution Paladins, Brewmaster/Mistweaver Monks: June 9 Surival Hunter & Frost Death Knight Beta Class Feedback: June 6 Arms Warrior Changes on BfA Beta: June 5 Mage Tower to Become Permanently Active as We Near Expansion Launch Affliction Warlock Beta Feedback: June 5 Battle for Azeroth Class Feedback: April 30 Battle for Azeroth Class Feedback: May 3 Blue Posts Roundup: April 12 Changes to Block in Battle for Azeroth Class Development in Battle for Azeroth Fury Warrior & Discipline Priest Changes: May 25 Fury Warrior & Marksmanship Hunter Changes: May 31 Moonkin Changes in Battle for Azeroth DPS & HPS Cooldowns on Battle for Azeroth Alpha (Experimental Change) Protection Paladin & Discipline Priest Changes: May 24 Racials and Trinkets Off the Global Cooldown on Beta Build Highlights
      Battle for Azeroth is currently in Alpha. We have overviews with creature models, items, and latest changes:
      Battle for Azeroth Alpha 26310 Highlights Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26287 Highlights Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26231 Highlights Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26175 Highlights Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26131 Highlights Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26095 Highlights Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 25976 Highlights Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26287 Creature Models Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26032 Creature Models New Earth Elemental Models in Battle for Azeroth Class Changes

      In the latest dev watercooler, Blizzard talked about Class design philosophy in Battle for Azeroth. There's a new Battle for Azeroth build every week and we keep track of all talent changes here. A detailed overview of every build can be found below:
      Beta Talent Changes *NEW*
      Beta Build 26871 Talent Changes Beta Build 26812 Talent Changes Beta Build 26788 Talent Changes Beta Build 26734 Talent Changes Beta Build 26707 Talent Changes Beta Build 26624 Talent Changes Beta Build 26567 Talent Changes Beta Build 26530 Talent Changes Class Reviews
      We teamed up with Bellular to bring you a series of Class reviews for Battle for Azeroth in the coming weeks. The series is sponsored by Icy Veins and goes through all important changes for your favorite Class.
      Death Knight Class Review for Battle for Azeroth Hunter Class Review for Battle for Azeroth Mage Class Review for Battle for Azeroth Warrior Class Review for Battle for Azeroth Alpha Talent Changes
      Alpha Build 26476 Talent Changes Alpha Build 26433 Talent Changes Alpha Build 26367 Talent Changes Alpha Build 26310 Talent Changes Alpha Build 26287 Talent Changes Alpha Build 26231 Talent Changes Alpha Build 26175 Talent Changes Alpha Build 26131 Talent Changes Alpha Build 26095 Talent Changes Alpha Build 26032 Talent Changes Alpha Build 25976 Talent Changes In addition to that, Hunters can no longer change a Pet's specialization in Battle for Azeroth and we also looked at changes to Druid Travel forms.
      Unicorns Tameable in Battle for Azeroth Communities
      Communities in Battle for Azeroth bring people with common interests together, just like D3 communities. The new feature will launch in the pre-patch and there are also improvements coming to Guilds (e.g. chat history).
      Communities - Official Preview Cosmetics
      Below you will find articles about interesting Cosmetic items and transmogs coming in the next expansion.
      Taebu's Scorching Straight Sword Waist of Time Books & Comics
      Christie Golden's Before the Storm novel is a prequel to Battle for Azeroth that's now available for purchase.
      Before the Storm Novel Spoilers (Amazon Preview) Before the Storm Novel Excerpt 1: Anduin Letter to Sylvanas Before the Storm Novel Excerpts 2 & 3 Digital Comics: Reunion (Jaina) Digital Comics: The Speaker (Magni Bronzebeard) Digital Comics: Three Sisters Customization Options
      Articles here deal with additional customization options for existing races.
      Change Skin Color in the Barber Shop Golden Eyes Customization Option for Blood Elves How to Create Upright Orcs Upright Orcs Overview Dungeons
      Ten new dungeons will be added to the game in Battle for Azeroth. We looked at Dungeon Journal entries and compared item levels of loot rewards after the squish and we started to upload previews of available dungeons on Normal difficulty.
      The Underrot Flying in Battle for Azeroth
      Flying will be handled the same way as in Legion. We have two Pathfinder achievements and whilst the requirements to complete the first part have been datamined, the second part will be added to the game at a later time as part of a BfA content patch.
      How to Unlock Flying in Battle for Azeroth Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder Update (Beta Build 26707) Heart of Azeroth
      With the removal of Artifact weapons and traits, all players will receive a Legendary neckpiece called Heart of Azeroth. The main goal is to collect Azerite (Artifact power) and empower it in order to unlock Azerite armor traits. The first set of traits is now available for testing on Battle for Azeroth Alpha. The appearance of Legion Artifacts will still be available in the new expansion as a transmog.
      Heart of Azeroth Explained How to Get the Heart of Azeroth Interviews
      Several community websites had the chance to sit down with WoW devs at PAX East 2018 to talk about Battle for Azeroth and we have roundups of their interviews:
      Battle for Azeroth Community Interviews Part I Battle for Azeroth Community Interviews Part II Forbes Interview with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas Part I Forbes Interview with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas Part II InvenGlobal Developer Interview PCGamesN Interview with Production Director John Hight *NEW* The Starting Zone Interview Island Expeditions
      Plunder uncharted Islands in Battle for Azeroth. The new 3-player dynamic Scenarios come in four difficulties and the goal is to collect 6,000 Azerite before the opposing faction!
      Island Expeditions Preview - Un'gol Ruins Island Expeditions Mounts Island Expeditions (Official Preview) Legacy Loot Mode
      Personal Loot used in dungeons since Patch 7.3.5 was not well received by transmog collectors. Blizzard is trying to fix it with the introduction of Legacy Loot mode.
      Legion Artifact Weapons
      We're retiring our Artifact weapons soon and Battle for Azeroth goes back to standard weapon drops. You will still be able to transmogrify the Artifact appearance though and some of them will still whisper you.
      Legion Artifacts in Battle for Azeroth Legion Artifact Retirement Questline Legendary Items in Battle for Azeroth
      Nothing has been officially confirmed yet, but there may be at least one Legendary item in Battle for Azeroth. The Legion Legendary system will be abandoned and their effects will no longer work past level 115.
      Login Screen
      Battle for Azeroth Login Screen Lore
      This section contains various articles about lore characters, scenarios and gameplay previews.
      Battle for Lordaeron Scenario (Alliance & Horde PoV) Environmental Changes of Teldrassil and Undercity The Burning of Teldrassil Intro The Stormwind Extraction Scenario (Horde Intro) Zandalar Forever Scenario  Map Improvements
      World boss spawns and boat/zeppelin locations will be indicated on the world map in Battle for Azeroth.
      Map Improvements in Battle for Azeroth Mounts
      If you're an avid mount collector, Battle for Azeroth will most definitely not disappoint you. Plenty of cool mounts are coming and we covered the following flying/ground mounts so far:
      Reputation Mounts in Battle for Azeroth Mounts from Mythic(+) Dungeons Mount Rewards for 100 Exalted Reputation & Collecting 400 Mounts Basilisk PvP Mounts Battle for Lordaeron Faction Mounts Bee Mounts Bloodfeaster Mounts Brutosaur Mount (Mount with an Auctioneer Costs 5 Million Gold) Clefthoof PvP Mount Crawg Mounts Darkhound Mount Frog Mounts Goblin Hovercraft Mounts Hyena Mounts Obsidian Krolusk Mount (Glory of the Wartorn Hero Reward) Parrot Mounts Proto-drake Mounts Raptor Mounts Swift Spectral Phoenix Mount Tempestuous Skystallion Mount Vulture Mounts Vicious War Hippo Mount Music
      Main Battle for Azeroth Soundtrack Mythic Keystone Changes
      No huge changes are planned for the Mythic Keystone system. It has been received well in Legion. We datamined some spells related to Mythic Keystone customization and a new (possibly level 10) affix.  Tyrannical & Fortified affixes will be moved to level 2 Keystones to avoid awkward power spikes and the weekly Mythic chest has a chance to contain up to 3 pieces of loot.
      Infested Affix in Battle for Azeroth Mythic Keystone Customization New Mythic Affixes Weekly Mythic Cache Rewards in Battle for Azeroth Pet Battles
      In Battle for Azeroth, level of the pets opposing you will scale to the highest level pet on your team. New pet mechanics will be introduced and some existing mechanics will change.
      Pet Battle Changes in Battle for Azeroth Pet Battle Philosophies in Battle for Azeroth Pet Battle Updates (Beta Build 26707) Profession Changes
      Most First Aid recipes have been moved to Tailoring and achievements are now Feats of Strength, hinting at a possible removal of First Aid. An early look at Profession changes and new recipes can be found here.
      PvP  *NEW*
      Quality of life improvements are coming to PvP in Battle for Azeroth. Strand of the Ancients will be removed, the two 40v40 battlegrounds will have a separate queue, and more!
      Changes to Multiboxing in Battle for Azeroth Dueler's Guild Preview PvP Talents in Battle for Azeroth PvP Rating Updates in Battle for Azeroth Battleground Updates in Battle for Azeroth New PvP Ranking and Item Level Systems in Battle for Azeroth Prestige Levels in Battle for Azeroth War Mode in Battle for Azeroth Enabled War Mode Increases XP Gains by 10% Reputations
      Multiple factions have been added to the game in Battle for Azeroth and you can gain reputation with them by completing world quests.
      Reputation Rewards in Battle for Azeroth Research Advancement
      There are six tiers of research that provide various boons in the new expansion.
      Research Advancement in Battle for Azeroth Q&A
      Game Director Ion Hazzikostas is periodically answering your Battle for Azeroth questions. The latest Q&A was conducted on April 26.
      Battle for Azeroth Live Developer Q&A (June 14) Battle for Azeroth Live Developer Q&A (April 26) Battle for Azeroth Live Developer Q&A (March 15) Battle for Azeroth Live Developer Q&A (January 30) Racial Nerfs
      Every Man for Himself and Arcane Torrent will be nerfed in Battle for Azeroth. You can find more information here.
      Raids
      Uldir will be the first raid of the expansion. In a future raid (probably the Nighthold raid equivalent in BfA), we're going to fight Azshara. FatbossTV have done previews of Uldir encounters on Heroic difficulty.
      Heroic Uldir Raid Testing: G'huun Heroic Uldir Raid Testing: Mythrax the Unraveler Heroic Uldir Raid Testing: Taloc & Fetid Devourer Heroic Uldir Raid Testing: MOTHER & Vectis Uldir Raid Encounters Uldir Sets Preview Uldir Zone Preview & Zek'voz, Herald of N'zoth (Heroic) Testing Timewalking
      Mists of Pandaria is receiving its first Timewalking raid in Battle for Azeroth.
      Siege of Orgrimmar Timewalking Warfronts
      Warfronts are 20-player PvE scenarios coming in Battle for Azeroth. The first Warfront was recently enabled for testing on Alpha.
      Battle of Stromgarde Warfront Preview Warfronts Schedule in Battle for Azeroth WoW Classic
      Even though this is not BfA-related, we finally got some news about WoW Classic development in a Watercooler on June 16. You can find more details here.
      Visuals
      Hunters and Warlocks received new spell animations.
      Hunter Spell Animations Warlock Spell Animations Warlock Summon Demon Animations Summoning Stone & Soulwell Animations Zone Previews
      This section contains zone previews of Kul Tiras and Zandalar.
      Arathi Highlands Updated in Preparation for Warfronts High-Resolution Maps of Kul Tiras & Zandalar Drustvar Zone Preview Nazmir Zone Preview (Official) Vol'dun Zone Preview Uther's Tomb Visual Update Uther's Tomb Visual Update #2 Zuldazar City Official Preview Changelog
      July 14
      Added pre-patch release date, Mag'har Orcs zone & scenario steps, pre-patch customization options and more.
      July 11
      Added the official preview of the new WoW Communities feature and the Darkforge Ram preview.
      July 10
      Added map improvements in BfA and Bellular's third Class review about Death Knights.
      July 9
      The hub has been updated with all missing articles.
      June 11
      Added latest talent changes and PvP Azerite traits (Beta Build 26788).
      June 10
      Updated the hub with new mounts, new Beta build coverage, one launch to rule them all, various blue posts & more.
      June 1
      Added Uldir powers and latest Beta Build 26734 talent changes.
      May 31
      Updated the hub with all missing articles.
      May 7
      Added datamined Azerite traits for Build 26530, Heroic Uldir raid testing and PCGamesN interview with John Hight.
      May 4
      Added Legion Artifacts in BfA.
      May 3
      Updated with the latest news and the PvP section.
      April 24
      The hub has been updated with new links to our latest news and previews and Battle for Azeroth Beta is now live!
      April 5
      Blizzard revealed the release date of Battle for Azeroth. We also added the latest information to the hub, including Dark Iron Dwarf & Mag'har Orc playable classes, latest talent updates, Azerite traits, and more!
      March 26
      The hub got updated with a bunch of new articles including new customization options for Blood Elves, talent updates for Alpha Build 26287, new creature models and a post dealing with global cooldowns in Battle for Azeroth.
      March 22
      A new Alpha Build arrived on Battle for Azeroth Alpha realms. Blizzard added the Dark Iron Dwarf racial mount, two Dwarf Paladin Ram mounts and more!
      March 21
      We added our preview of Island Expeditions to the website.
    • By Stan
      Blizzard had to temporarily disable Communities due to some bugs, but the feature will be reactivated for testing on a few realms today.
      If you're playing on one of the realms below and experience issues with the new feature submit your bug reports here. Don't forget to check out the official Communities preview!
      Blizzard (Source)
      We’re planning to run an initial test of re-activating the Communities feature on a few realms this morning. Those realms are:
      Black Dragonflight Gul’dan Skullcrusher Lightbringer Mal’ganis This test is scheduled to begin at roughly 9 AM Pacific time. If you’re on one of the above realms, please let us know if you experience any issues once Communities have been re-enabled. Thanks!