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Blizzard added a new feature to this week's 10.1.5 PTR development notes, giving a "Welcome Back Gift" to characters that haven't been logged in for "an extended period of time", featuring a full set of gear and more.
10.1.5 Welcome Back Gift (Source)
The PTR notes have been updated with the following:
Characters level 10–60 that have not been logged into for an extended period of time will now have the option to receive a Welcome Back Gift on the character select screen. The Welcome Back Gift includes: Select a specialization upon log in to become equipped with updated bags and gear that is appropriate to the character’s level and selected specialization. All previously worn items and bags can be collected from the mailbox. Teleport to the character’s home city of Orgrimmar or Stormwind. All quests in the quest log will be cleared to provide a clean slate. To continue your leveling journey, head to Chromie in Orgrimmar Embassy or Stormwind Embassy.
Aberrus gets some more attention in today's hotfixes.
June 6 (Source)
Dungeons and Raids
Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Echo of Neltharion Slightly reduced Neltharion’s health for smaller groups. Volcanic Heart’s initial damage reduced on Normal and Heroic difficulty. Echoing Fissures’ damage now scales with group size on LFR, Normal and Heroic difficulty. Slightly reduced the Twisted Aberrations’ health for smaller groups.
Today is certainly a bad day for Mythic+, as first there were no affixes in dungeons, then we got a fix, and now there are extra ones! Players have been noticing a third affix in their sub-14 runs, and while some were able to deal with it without an issue, it's still an extra affix to worry about!
There are many examples in the comments below as well, as Sanguine seems to be very eager and is coming in before the +14 mark as it should.
Hopefully Blizzard can be as fast at removing added difficulty as they were when it was, well, gone!
Blizzard has posted this week's PTR development notes, featuring many changes for Druids (focusing on Feral), Mages, Augmentation Evokers, Holy Paladins and more, as well as profession and PvP improvements.
PTR Notes (Source)
Hello! Here’s this week’s changes to the Fractures in Time PTR:
DRUID New Talent: Rising Light, Falling Night – Increases your damage and healing by 3% during the day. Increases your Versatility by 2% during the night. Improved Sunfire has been moved to row 3, connected to Sunfire. Rising Light, Falling Night occupies Improved Sunfire’s previous location. Restoration and Balance Druid starter builds have been updated. Feral Developers’ note: Dire Fixation is a new talent Feral Druids can take to focus on single target damage. The changes to Rampant Ferocity allow its value to be tuned independent of Ferocious Bite’s damage. New Talent: Dire Fixation – Attacking an enemy with Shred fixates your attention on it for 10 seconds. You can fixate on a single target at once. Your attacks deal 5% increased damage to your fixated target. Primal Claws has been removed. Dire Fixation is located in Primal Claws’ previous location. It is a 1 rank talent. Rampant Ferocity has been redesigned – When you attack an enemy with Ferocious Bite, you also deal damage per combo point spent to all nearby enemies affected by your Rip. Damage reduced beyond 5 targets. Restoration Developers’ note: We are shifting power out of Nature’s Vigil and into Restoration Druid’s active spells. Damage of all abilities increased by 15%. EVOKER Augmentation Ignition Rush reduces the cast time of Eruption by 40% (was 30%). Enemies can now only be affected by Upheaval’s knockback effect twice within 3 seconds. Shifting Sands from Mastery: Timewalker reduced by 26%. For example, at level 70, 180 Mastery rating now grants 0.4% Versatility via Shifting Sands (was 0.54%). Nourishing Sands now causes your next Emerald Blossom to cost no Essence if talented into Dream of Spring. Momentum Shift now lasts 6 seconds (was 8 seconds) and duration is now increased by Mastery: Timewalker. Essence Burst and Leaping Flames now have their duration increased by Mastery: Timewalker. MAGE Fire Phoenix Flames now only generates 1 stack of Feel the Burn. Feel the Burn increases Mastery per stack by 2% (was 4%). Searing Touch increases Scorch damage by 175% when the target is below 30% health (was 150%). Firemind increases Intellect per stack by 1% (was 2%). Fevered Incantation critical strike damage increases up to 8% (was 10%). Wildfire now increases critical strike damage by 3/6% (was 4/8%) and increases critical strike damage by an additional 2/4% when you activate Combustion (was 3/6%). Sun King’s Blessing increases your next Pyroblast or Flamestrike damage by 275% (was 300%). Hyperthermia will no longer trigger while Combustion is active. The tooltip has been updated to reflect this change. Frost Icy Veins cooldown reduced to 2 minutes (was 3 minutes) and Haste reduced to 20% (was 30%). Icy Veins Water Elemental abilities can be controlled again. Water Jet cooldown increased to 20 seconds (was 15 seconds). Freeze now applies maximum stacks for Frigid Exposure. Frigid Exposure now increases damage taken by 4% per stack (was 2%) and maximum stacks reduced to 5 (was 10). Winter’s Blessing Haste increased to 8% (was 3%). Thermal Void increases Icy Veins duration by 5 seconds (was 10 seconds). Thermal Void causes Ice Lance to increase Icy Veins’ duration by 0.5 seconds (was 1 second) and causes Glacial Spike to increase Icy Veins’ duration by 1.5 seconds (was 3 seconds). Frozen Orb radius increased by 15% and damage increased by 25%. Frostbolt’s chance to gain Brain Freeze reduced to 25% (was 30%). Coldest Snap has been slightly redesigned – Cone of Cold’s cooldown is increased to 45 seconds and resets the cooldown of Frozen Orb, Comet Storm, and Blizzard. In addition, Cone of Cold applies Winter’s Chill to all enemies hit. Snowstorm increases Cone of Cold’s damage by 18/36% per stack (was 12/24%). Maximum stacks reduced to 15 (was 30). Frozen Touch now grants Fingers of Frost 25% more often (was 20%) and now grants Brain Freeze 15% more often (was 20%). Glacial Spike cast time reduced by 0.5 seconds and damage increased by 10%. Mastery: Icicles reduces the damage of icicles by 25%. Mastery now also increases the damage of Blizzard, Comet Storm, Ice Lance, Glacial Spike, and Ray of Frost Frozen Orb’s damage from Mastery: Icicles has been reduced to account for the newly added abilities that gain Mastery scaling. PALADIN Holy Echoing Blessing’s location has moved to below Holy Aegis. The starter build has been updated. Crusader’s Might is now a 1 point talent and grants 1.5 seconds of cooldown reduction to Holy Shock. Relentless Inquisition is now a 1 point talent and can stack up to 5 times. New Talent: Awestruck – Holy Shock, Holy Light, and Flash of Light critical healing increased by 15%. Holy Infusion now shares a choice node with Awestruck. Glorious Dawn now increases the healing and damage of Glimmer of Light by 10%. Awakening now triggers Avenging Wrath for 12 seconds (was 10 seconds). Fixed an issue that caused Relentless Inquisitor to not stack its effect from Avenging Crusader. Fixed an issue that caused Light of the Martyr to cost less mana than intended. WARLOCK Affliction Xavius’ Gambit no longer increases the damage of Unstable Affliction’s backlash damage. ITEMS AND REWARDS
PROFESSIONS Leatherworking The patterns for Deviate Scale Cloak, Deviate Scale Gloves, and Deviate Scale Belt can now sometimes be found within Stuffed Deviate Scale Pouches which drop from Druids of the Fang inside Wailing Caverns. The patterns for Girdle of Insight, Mongoose Boots, Swift Flight Bracers, Chromatic Cloak, Hide of the Wild, and Shifting Cloak can now sometimes be found within Knot Thimblejack’s Cache for players who acquire the Gordok Shackle Key within Dire Maul. Tailoring The pattern for Belt of the Archmage can now sometimes be found within Knot Thimblejack’s Cache for players who acquire the Gordok Shackle Key within Dire Maul. PLAYER VERSUS PLAYER
EVOKER Dreamwalker’s Embrace heals you and your ally for 100% of damage dealt to enemies struck by the tether. Time Stop cooldown reduced to 1 minute (was 1.5 minutes) and duration increased to 5 seconds (was 4 seconds). PALADIN Holy Searing Glare’s cooldown reduced to 45 seconds and radius increased to 25 yards. Glimmer of Light now deals 50% damage in PvP combat (was 75%). WARLOCK Affliction Deathbolt (PvP Talent) has been removed. New Talent: Oblivion – Unleash wicked magic upon your target’s soul, dealing Shadow damage over 3 seconds. Deals 10% increased damage, up to 30%, per damage over time effect you have active on the target. USER INTERFACE AND ACCESSIBILITY
Updated the “open hand” interaction cursor with high resolution art. Updated unit frame art for totems. Added a “Sell All Junk” button to vendors. Updated “Repair” and “Repair All” button art on vendors. EDIT MODE Added Archaeology bar. Added width and height sliders to the Chat Frame.
Blizzard clarified the Revival Catalyst intro quest became available a week earlier than intended.
The feature will become available on live servers next week.
The Catalyst’s Boon quest became available a week earlier than intended. This quest just points people to the location of the Revival Catalyst which remained unavailable this week. The initial quest has been fixed to become available with the release of the Revival Catalyst after maintenance the week of June 13.