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Patch 7.3: Frost Death Knight Changes

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The next PTR build will have a round of changes for Frost Death Knights that address various issues, focusing on Breath of SindragosaBreath of Sindragosa, Legendary items funneling the spec with resources and general talent balance to give the spec more talent viability.

What will change?

The official post can be found below.

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The next PTR build should have a round of changes aimed at addressing various concerns with Frost. The major issues we're focused on are:
  • The spec is too dominated by Breath of SindragosaBreath of Sindragosa (which has knock-on effects on talent choice throughout the tree).
  • Breath of SindragosaBreath of Sindragosa, when you do use it, can be maintained for far too long. In addition to causing the talent/legendary lock-in around it, it means the demand for continuous time on target is very strict for extended periods of time.
  • The spec has many talents/legendaries that (individually or taken together) flood it with resources. Breath contributes to this by encouraging you to take all of them, but it's also a problem on its own.
  • Talent balance generally has to be reviewed, especially after addressing all of the time.
  • We're trying to limit the scope of the changes in the patch, to address the above without opening up the core rotation for changes.

 

We want to preserve the identity of Breath of SindragosaBreath of Sindragosa, including the steady resource drain being the main limiting factor, and the expression of skill in optimizing around that. So in trying to avoid less natural solutions like capping the duration or redesigning how it works, we're trying to limit the talent/legendary synergies that cause huge variance in how long Breath can be maintained. And breaking the Breath of SindragosaBreath of Sindragosa/Hungering Rune WeaponHungering Rune Weapon interaction, on its own, goes a very long way toward making Breath's duration more reasonable again. DPS adjustment for the change is being put mostly into the baseline spec rather than into the power of Breath, because it's currently so far ahead of other setups.

Using even a small subset of all of the above effects causes the rotation to be quite flooded. They are all being either weakened in power (with compensation to the baseline spec), or given non-resource-granting effects for part of their value. In addition, the two most egregious offenders (Murderous EfficiencyMurderous Efficiency and Horn of WinterHorn of Winter) can no longer be taken together.

Overall, there should now be a much broader set of talent combinations that produce a good-feeling rotation in which there are resources to do something on most GCDs, but you're still able to spend them down. Including, for example, during Hungering Rune WeaponHungering Rune Weapon, which is overly hectic or frustrating right now when you can't spend all of its resources.

In addition, the talent rearrangement puts Frozen PulseFrozen Pulse on a row with two predominantly AoE talents, which is a better home for it. The Frozen PulseFrozen Pulse /Icy TalonsIcy Talons ("machinegun") synergy is preserved, but can no longer be taken alongside Runic AttenuationRunic Attenuation as well.

NB: The Hungering Rune WeaponHungering Rune Weapon bug may be fixed on live shortly as well, after we test the fix and analyze the impact.

Minor talent rebalancing to match the above rearrangements and talent changes; numbers are likely to be updated as the rest of the changes settle into place.

Breath can retain its role as a talent that encourages building around it to some degree (and its synergies with things like Runic AttenuationRunic Attenuation, Koltira's Newfound WillKoltira's Newfound Will, and Seal of NecrofantasiaSeal of Necrofantasia are preserved). But without the overpowering Hungering Rune WeaponHungering Rune Weapon interaction, there is a lot more room for other builds to compete, and we've buffed the spec's baseline damage a great deal to shift the landscape towards all talents being closer together in DPS. As always, we'll continue to examine all of these changes based after people can start to test them on PTR.
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2 hours ago, DasBigHippo said:

Did they really need this that badly? Last I played Frost was the better of the 2 DK DPS specs.

As of right now Unholy is doing a little better, However, this isnt just an overall buff. They're trying to make other builds of Frost viable since as of right now only BoS is hence the massive overall buff and the nerf to HRW being in the same teir as BoS. It'll be interesting with the buffs to Shattering Strikes if it could be a viable build option.

The problem with BoS build is its not that good in fights that have alot of movement and ToS fights do tend to have alot of movement. This change makes it so other builds that isnt so hamestringed from heavy movement more viable.

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Always and ever this issue with Breath of Sindragosa. And people still argue Blizzard know what they're doing. BoS has gone through 19 f*cking changes since its first iteration. Either it drains too much, not enough, not enough damage, too much damage, didn't help recharge runes etc.

 

Just remove it and replace it with something else. Be done with it. If you can't do something like "Increases damage dealt and RP consumed over time" and make that work then you're just endlessly balancing this horrific skill.

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Well... BoS can be speced in 7.3, but then we have to say good bye to HRW and for the legendary ring (Necrofasia). The Soul legendary will be good then (or the bracer+belt combinaton will be king again). We will see it.

Lets see...

Runic Attun on the first row, (or Icy Talons?)
Murder on the second (or Horn?)
Icecap for third (ToS 4 set bonus)
...
...
Pulse (with Soul ring), Storm (with no ring)
BoS

Can this be playable?

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Here's hoping they allow 2-handed Frost DKs in the next expansion. This dual wielding, floaty weapon abomination isn't Frost to me at all. 

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4 hours ago, VictorVakaras said:

This dual wielding, floaty weapon abomination isn't Frost to me at all. 

If it was 2H then other people would say "This standard 2h, plain weapon abomination isn't Frost to me at all."

 

In other words, what you're mentioning is both not on topic and irrelevant to balance; purely aesthetics and a matter of taste.

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4 hours ago, VictorVakaras said:

Here's hoping they allow 2-handed Frost DKs in the next expansion. This dual wielding, floaty weapon abomination isn't Frost to me at all. 

If they were to take away my DW I'll quit playing my DK all together.

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1 hour ago, RageMonkey said:

Yay! The wrecked my entire DK! 

To be fair something had to change. BoS was the only viable build for frost dks. The overall changes seem to actually benefit frost dks. Now you dont need long breaths to do massive damage since alot of that damage is now baked into the spec. It also can make other builds viable which is what the spec was sorely missing.

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I like the fact that they at least TRY to change the BoS domminace. But the way they try to fix it sounds like epic fail....

I am one of those Players that play their DK since WOTLK as Blood/Frost with an almost 50:50 "played" ratio. Rading as Frost, M+ and solo content as blood. Never liked unholy and never will like it.
Same goes for BoS. I HATE BoS but was forced to use it in Legion because it was so  rediciously much better compared to the other Frost builds. Especially when you have the Ring.

So i SHOULD be happy about the anouncement right? Right.... i am not. The changes they are planning to make sound to me like they will arise even more problems in the rotation.
Even now with Hungering Runeweapon and all the other ressource generators and procs - /hail RNGJESUS - i have times in a fight where i am sitting at 0 runes, 0 runic power for many seconds watching my knight autohitting while in other situations i sit at 100 runic power and full runes GCD capped not knowing how to dump all those ressources before i am overcapping or wasting rime procs.

So yeah... taking away most of those "ressource generators" and/or reducing the proc chances even more wont fix this situation for me. Leaving us with an even more rng based rotation :(.

I hope i am wrong but the first reading of those changes sounds like dogshit to me.

 

Oh and why do they nerf Freezing Fog and Frozen Pulse again?

And last but not least:
yet again not a single word about Spiritwalk and Crystaline Swords. Two skills with quadrillions of complaints since the early alpha of Legion and yet they refuse to address them -.-.

 

€dit:

What i also dont understand is why on earth they keep BoS on this "run for as long as you have RP to sustain it" thing. Impossible to balance right. Especially with all those procs, rng, legendaries.

Why can't they change it to the way  that Boneshield works?  Activate it on X Runic Power to last Y seconds. DONE.

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1 hour ago, Ulathar said:

Oh and why o they nerf Freezing Fog and Frozen Pulse again?

They didnt nerf Frozen Pulse.... they moved it to another tier however not many ppl used the talent in the first place so it really not a big deal. They probably nerfed Freezing Fog since the 27% overall damage buff probably made it to powerfull so they just scaled it back a bit (HB and FF will still do more damage then they do now) . Also if ur resource capped but BoS isnt up use FS.... I do and I hardly have problems resource wise.

Reading these changes makes me more interested to see if more builds could be made viable. I dont really see the negatives since I never really had problems managing my resources. It's still very early however and things could, and will, change.

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Let me explain what spec auras are. Each spec has an aura (spell). This makes tuning easier for developers. Instead of buffing/nerfing a single ability, they can do that to an entire set of abilities. In this case it's Frost Death KnightFrost Death Knight. As you can see in the tooltip, it modifies all listed spells. When the overall aura is increased by 27%, it's natural that some spells would be to OP so they're tuning them down a bit.

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Hmm if a skill did 30% of the damage of the rotation, buffing the entire set of skills would still make that aforementioned skill do 30% of the damage of the rotation.

 

Thus it must have been that a skill was already deemed OP before the buff, otherwise the aura buff could simply be set to 20% or whatever.

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4 minutes ago, Yridaa said:

Hmm if a skill did 30% of the damage of the rotation, buffing the entire set of skills would still make that aforementioned skill do 30% of the damage of the rotation.

 

Thus it must have been that a skill was already deemed OP before the buff, otherwise the aura buff could simply be set to 20% or whatever.

Yes and no. The 27% buff just made HB hit harder than they wanted to so instead of buffing every other skill by 20% and not touching Freezing Fog they nerfed freezing fog a bit while just doing a general damage buff. It's like what Stan said, its just easier for devs.

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3 minutes ago, alleraz said:

Yes and no. The 27% buff just made HB hit harder than they wanted to so instead of buffing every other skill by 20% and not touching Freezing Fog they nerfed freezing fog a bit while just doing a general damage buff. It's like what Stan said, its just easier for devs.

So the portion of damage that one skill does was indeed deemed too high compared to other skills while the overall damage kit was too low. That doesn't invalidate my statement.

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4 minutes ago, Yridaa said:

So the portion of damage that one skill does was indeed deemed too high compared to other skills while the overall damage kit was too low. That doesn't invalidate my statement.

No you're saying without the overall 27% buff freezing Fog was to powerful, it wasnt. Its only with the 27% damage buff that it was deemed to powerfull so the Devs brought it back a bit. Thats how the devs think and how they balance classes. 

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6 hours ago, alleraz said:

No you're saying without the overall 27% buff freezing Fog was to powerful, it wasnt. Its only with the 27% damage buff that it was deemed to powerfull so the Devs brought it back a bit. Thats how the devs think and how they balance classes. 

The portion of one skill doesn't change by a global DPS increase. if it was deemed fine before it would have been deemed fine now. That's just how logic works. It still took the same slice of damage as it did before. That's how percentages work. So they buffed all skills and nerfed one slightly to both compensate for it and make the slice of the pie smaller.

 

That's how devs think and how they balance classes. That's also why fury warriors no longer have 60% "white damage". they nerfed white damage and buffed the skills so it no longer takes a large slice.

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7 hours ago, Yridaa said:

The portion of one skill doesn't change by a global DPS increase. if it was deemed fine before it would have been deemed fine now. That's just how logic works. It still took the same slice of damage as it did before. That's how percentages work. So they buffed all skills and nerfed one slightly to both compensate for it and make the slice of the pie smaller.

 

That's how devs think and how they balance classes. That's also why fury warriors no longer have 60% "white damage". they nerfed white damage and buffed the skills so it no longer takes a large slice.

What I'm saying is if they didn't give an overall massive damage buff they wouldnt have changed Freezing Fog. It's obvious they changed it BECAUSE of the massive damage buff they gave the spec and not cause the ability was deemed to OP before hand. They did this to Feral Druids too, buff the spec massively but pulled back some of their damaging abilitys since the massive buff increase made them hit harder then they wanted. 

Thats how they tend to balance some classes now. just give a spec a massive buff increase and see what spells/abilitys that buff makes to powerful and then nerf them while making other abilities  do the damage they want passively.

It's EXACTLY like what Stan pointed out and it's what the dev's are doing in this case.

 

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I for one am happy they are validating SOME other playstyle than Breath.  How it plays out on live we shall see...  but it's a good path to go down. 

As was mentioned before, I would personally just like to see it handled like Bonestorm.  X power lasts Y seconds, simple, neat, easy to manage.

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On 7/15/2017 at 0:00 PM, alleraz said:

To be fair something had to change. BoS was the only viable build for frost dks. The overall changes seem to actually benefit frost dks. Now you dont need long breaths to do massive damage since alot of that damage is now baked into the spec. It also can make other builds viable which is what the spec was sorely missing.

Yea, except the other builds are even more braindead and boring. Frost is a Spam-fest and that needs fixed. 

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Frozen pulse dmg reduced by 39%?!? 
That's insane... A talent that hasn't seen use since pre nighthold and even then would only be good by rune starving yourself and relying on obliterate spam... which still doesn't scale with anything. It's just another hail mary buff that is going to hit the scaling wall again. Why blizz refuses to aknowledge the faulty core mechanics is a giant mystery.

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On 8/20/2017 at 11:27 AM, Alexizonfire said:

Why blizz refuses to aknowledge the faulty core mechanics is a giant mystery.

This whole post is kind of exactly about that - the biggest issues is that Frost DKs have absolutely no choice in their playstyle. It's BoS or reroll and that's what they are aiming to change. They also aren't going to completely change an entire spec mid-expansion. They'll do it after Legion is finished. They're just trying to force different viable builds atm.

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17 hours ago, Blainie said:

This whole post is kind of exactly about that - the biggest issues is that Frost DKs have absolutely no choice in their playstyle. It's BoS or reroll and that's what they are aiming to change. They also aren't going to completely change an entire spec mid-expansion. They'll do it after Legion is finished. They're just trying to force different viable builds atm.

Yeah but with a 39% nerf to the talent which is still a 10 something % nerf after aura buff really isn't helping . Besides isn't bos basically dead with hungering and obliteration in the same tier as bos? Plus murderous and horn in the same tier as well, bos uptime is not looking good at all.

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21 hours ago, Alexizonfire said:

Yeah but with a 39% nerf to the talent which is still a 10 something % nerf after aura buff really isn't helping . Besides isn't bos basically dead with hungering and obliteration in the same tier as bos? Plus murderous and horn in the same tier as well, bos uptime is not looking good at all.

Every single top parse in ToS currently for Frost uses BoS. Everything in the top 10 even. The other talents can't even come close to competing in the current, live patch.

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      Tiger Tail Sweep (level 60 talent) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Eye of the Tiger Chi Wave Chi Burst 30 Celerity Chi Torpedo Tiger's Lust 45 Black Ox Brew Gift of the Mists Light Brewing 60 Ring of Peace Summon Black Ox Statue Tiger Tail Sweep *new* 75 Healing Elixir Mystic Vitality Dampen Harm 90 Special Delivery Rushing Jade Wind Invoke Niuzao, the Black Ox 100 Elusive Dance Blackout Combo High Tolerance Mistweaver
      New Talents
      Tiger Tail Sweep (level 60 talent) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Zen Pulse Chi Wave Chi Burst 30 Celerity Chi Torpedo Tiger's Lust 45 Spirit of the Crane Mist Wrap Lifecycles 60 Ring of Peace Song of Chi-Ji Tiger Tail Sweep *new* 75 Healing Elixir Diffuse Magic Dampen Harm 90 Summon Jade Serpent Statue Refreshing Jade Wind Invoke Chi-Ji, the Red Crane 100 Mana Tea Focused Thunder Rising Thunder Windwalker
      Ring of Peace is available at level 60 New Talents
      Combo Breaker (level 60) Fist of the White Tiger (level 60) Tornado Kicks (level 60) Inner Strength (level 75) Rushing Jade Wind (level 90) Wind Strikes (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Eye of the Tiger Chi Wave Chi Burst 30 Celerity Healing Elixir Tiger's Lust 45 Ascension Power Strikes Energizing Elixir 60 Tornado Kicks *new* Combo Breaker *new* Fist of the White Tiger *new*
      75 Inner Strength *new* Chi Torpedo Diffuse Magic 90 Hit Combo Rushing Jade Wind *new* Invoke Xuen, the White Tiger 100 Wind Strikes *new* Whirling Dragon Punch Serenity Paladin  [Return to Top]
      Holy
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Bestow Faith Light's Hammer Crusader's Might 30 Cavalier Unbreakable Spirit Rule of Law 45 Fist of Justice Repentance Blinding Light 60 Devotion Aura Aura of Sacrifice Aura of Mercy 75 Divine Purpose Holy Avenger Holy Prism 90 Judgment of Light Sanctified Wrath Fervent Martyr 100 Beacon of Faith Beacon of the Lightbringer Beacon of Virtue Protection
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Holy Shield Blessed Hammer Consecrated Hammer 30 First Avenger Bastion of Light Crusader's Judgment 45 Fist of Justice Repentance Blinding Light 60 Blessing of Spellwarding Cavalier Retribution Aura 75 Hand of the Protector Knight Templar Final Stand 90 Judgment of Light Consecrated Ground Aegis of Light 100 Righteous Protector Seraphim Last Defender Retribution
      New Talents
      Wake of Ashes (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Greater Judgment Righteous Verdict *new* Execution Sentence 30 The Fires of Justice Blade of Wrath Hammer of Wrath *new* 45 Fist of Justice Repentance Blinding Light 60 Divine Vengeance *new* Consecration Wake of Ashes *new* 75 Cavalier Unbreakable Spirit Eye for an Eye 90 Judgment of Light Justicar's Vengeance Word of Glory 100 Divine Purpose Crusade Inquisition *new* Priest [Return to Top]
      Power Word: Fortitude is back Discipline
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Castigation Twist of Fate Schism 30 Perseverance Body and Soul Masochism 45 Power Word: Solace Shield Discipline Mindbender 60 Psychic Voice Shining Force Dominant Mind 75 Sanctuary Clarity of Will Shadow Covenant 90 Purge the Wicked Divine Star Halo 100 Power Infusion Grace Evangelism Holy
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Enlightenment Trail of Light Enduring Renewal 30 Angelic Feather Perseverance Body and Mind 45 Light of the Naaru Guardian Angel Afterlife 60 Psychic Voice *new* Shining Force Censure 75 Surge of Light Binding Heal Circle of Healing 90 Benediction Divine Star Halo 100 Cosmic Ripple *new* Apotheosis Holy Word: Salvation *new* Shadow
      Leap of Faith is available at level 63 New Talents
      Dark Void (level 45) Last Word (level 60) Void Torrent (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Fortress of the Mind Shadowy Insight Shadow Word: Void 30 Mania Body and Soul San'layn 45 Dark Void *new* Misery Twist of Fate 60 Last Word *new* Mind Bomb Psychic Horror 75 Auspicious Spirits Shadow Word: Death Shadow Crash 90 Lingering Insanity Mindbender Power Infusion 100 Legacy of the Void Void Torrent *new* Surrender to Madness Rogue [Return to Top]
      Assassination
      New Talents
      Master Assassin (level 30) Poison Bomb (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Master Poisoner Elaborate Planning Dispatch 30 Nightstalker Subterfuge Master Assassin *new* 45 Vigor Anticipation Deeper Stratagem 60 Leeching Poison Elusiveness Cheat Death 75 Internal Bleeding Iron Wire Prey on the Weak 90 Venom Rush Toxic Blade Exsanguinate 100 Poison Bomb *new* Crimson Tempest Marked for Death Outlaw
      Grappling Hook is now an ability that does not have a level requirement listed. New Talents
      Retractable Hook (level 30) Blinding Powder (level 75) Loaded Dice (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Swordmaster Quick Draw Ghostly Strike 30 Acrobatic Strikes Retractable Hook *new* Hit and Run 45 Vigor Anticipation Deeper Stratagem 60 Iron Stomach Elusiveness Cheat Death 75 Dirty Tricks Blinding Powder *new* Prey on the Weak 90 Alacrity Cannonball Barrage Killing Spree 100 Loaded Dice *new* Slice and Dice Marked for Death Subtlety
      New Talents
      Shot in the Dark (level 75) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Weaponmaster Find Weakness Gloomblade 30 Nightstalker Subterfuge Shadow Focus 45 Vigor Anticipation Deeper Stratagem 60 Soothing Darkness Elusiveness Cheat Death 75 Shot in the Dark *new* Strike from the Shadows Prey on the Weak 90 Dark Shadow Alacrity Enveloping Shadows 100 Master of Shadows Death from Above Marked for Death Shaman [Return to Top]
      Tremor Totem is baseline at level 58 Capacitor Totem is baseline at level 44 Elemental
      Fulmination - passive available at level 13 New Abilities
      Epicenter - passive available at level 13 Fulmination - passive available at level 13 New Talents
      Molten Fury (level 15) Volcanic Rage (level 30) Spirit Wolf (level 45) Seismic Armor (level 75) High Voltage (level 90) Electric Discharge (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Earthen Rage Molten Fury *new* Totem Mastery 30 Spirit Wolf *new* Earth Shield Static Charge *new* 45 Echo of the Elements *new* Elemental Blast *new* Icefury *new* 60 Aftershock Storm Elemental Liquid Magma Totem 75 Nature's Guardian Seismic Armor *new* Ancestral Guidance 90 High Voltage *new* Primal Elementalist Master of the Elements 100 Elemental Attunement *new* Stormkeeper Ascendance Enhancement
      New Talents
      Totem Mastery (level 15) Spirit Wolf (level 45) Elemental Spirits (level 75) Windfury Totem (level 75) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Landslide Hot Hand Totem Mastery *new* 30 Ancestral Guidance Feral Lunge Wind Rush Totem 45 Spirit Wolf *new* Earth Shield Static Charge *new* 60 Ancestral Swiftness Hailstorm Lightning Shield 75 Elemental Spirits *new* Overcharge Windfury Totem *new* 90 Crashing Storm Fury of Air Sundering 100 Boulderfist Earthen Spike Ascendance Restoration
      New Talents
      Spirit Wolf (level 45) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Undulation Unleash Life Torrent 30 Gust of Wind Graceful Spirit Wind Rush Totem 45 Spirit Wolf *new* Earthgrab Totem Static Charge *new* 60 Crashing Waves Earth Shield Deluge 75 Ancestral Protection Totem Earthen Wall Totem Ancestral Vigor 90 Bottomless Depths Cloudburst Totem Echo of the Elements 100 High Tide Wellspring Ascendance Warlock [Return to Top]
      Shadowfury - is available at level 60 Affliction
      New Talents
      Deathbolt (level 15) Shadow Embrace (level 15) Empowered Healthstone (level 75) Darkfury (level 75 talent) Creeping Death (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Shadow Embrace *new* Haunt Deathbolt *new* 30 Writhe in Agony Absolute Corruption Death's Embrace 45 Demon Skin Burning Rush Dark Pact 60 Sow the Seeds Phantom Singularity Soul Harvest 75 Darkfury *new* Mortal Coil Demonic Circle 90 Nightfall N/A Grimoire of Sacrifice 100 Soul Conduit Creeping Death *new* Siphon Life Demonology
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Demonic Calling Fel Strike *new* Doom *new* 30 Riders *new* Power Siphon *new* Summon Vilefiend *new* 45 Demon Skin Burning Rush Dark Pact 60 Raging Imps *new* Demonic Strength *new* Biliescourge Bombers *new* 75 Darkfury *new* Mortal Coil Demonic Circle 90 Grimoire of Synergy Demonic Consumption *new* Grimoire of Service 100 Inner Demons *new* Soul Conduit  Nether Portal *new* Destruction
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Eradication Flashover *new* Soul Fire 30 Reverse Entropy *new* Internal Combustion Shadowburn 45 Demon Skin Burning Rush Dark Pact 60 Fire and Brimstone Cataclysm Hellfire 75 Darkfury *new* Mortal Coil Demonic Circle 90 Roaring Blaze Grimoire of Supremacy Grimoire of Sacrifice 100 Soul Conduit Channel Demonfire Dark Soul *new* Warrior [Return to Top]
      Battle Shout returns at level 42 Arms
      New Abilities
      Sweeping Strikes - available at level 22 New Mastery
      Mastery: Deep Wounds (Deep Wounds) New Talents
      Skullsplitter (level 15) War Machine (level 15) Unbridled Wrath (level 75) Warbreaker (level 75) Deadly Calm (level 90) Mortal Combo (level 90) Dreadnaught (level 100) Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 War Machine *new* Sudden Death Skullsplitter *new* 30 Double Time Impending Victory *new* Storm Bolt 45 Trauma Rend Avatar 60 Second Wind Bounding Stride Defensive Stance 75 Coming Soon Warbreaker *new* Cleave 90 Mortal Combo *new* Fervor of Battle Deadly Calm *new* 100 Anger Management Dreadnaught *new* Ravager Fury
      Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 War Machine Endless Rage Fresh Meat 30 Double Time Impending Victory *new Storm Bolt 45 Wrecking Ball Outburst Avatar 60 Furious Charge Bounding Stride Warpaint 75 Carnage Massacre Frothing Berserker 90 Frenzy Inner Rage Bloodbath 100 Reckless Abandon Dragon Roar Bladestorm Protection
      New Abilities
      Ignore Pain - available at level 40 Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3 15 Shockwave Storm Bolt Warbringer 30 Safeguard Inspiring Presence Impending Victory 45 Renewed Fury Best Served Cold Avatar 60 Warlord's Challenge Bounding Stride Crackling Thunder 75 Indomitable Devastator Never Surrender 90 Into the Fray Booming Voice Vengeance 100 Anger Management Heavy Repercussions Ravager
    • By Starym

       
      And there we have it, the very first Mythic +28 dungeon has been completed in time! This time around it's the Naowhxoxo, Imbanane, Fragnance, Frankstér and Gingì team that's made a new record, getting to +28 in Lower Karazhan! It was Bursting, Quaking and Fortified week in case you were wondering and they finished exactly 2 minutes and 59 seconds before the timer expired.
      Huge congrats to the team!
      Here's the clip of the moment of victory and the full video below it:



      And here are the main stats, courtesy of raider.io. Click on the image for even more:

      Source.
    • By Stan

      Alpha Build 26095 added totems for the upcoming Zandari Trolls.
      Here are totems of Zandalari Troll Shamans coming in Battle for Azeroth. We'll have a preview of the race up soon. In the meantime you can check out highlights of this week's Alpha Build here or read the latest development notes.
      Air Totem

      Earth Totem

      Fire Totem

      Water Totem

    • By Stan

      A preview of boss encounters found within Uldir - the first raid in Battle for Azeroth. The article contains spoilers.
      The raid was a titan research and quarantine facility, where titans were conducting experiments on Old Gods, creating G'huun. Blood Trolls of Nazmir worship the Blood God and you'll notice his lingering presence in the zone. Let's take a look at early Dungeon Journal entries for Uldir!
      Encounters
      Titan Keeper Hezrel Red Queen Fetid Devourer Titan Discs Blood of G'huun G'huun Titan Keeper Hezrel 
      No information available at this time.
      Red Queen (Red Queen & Remnants of Corruption) 

      Description
      The Red Queen will not allow adventurers into Uldim until they have been cleansed of corruption. First, they must pass through her decontamination chamber.
      Abilities
      Defense Grid (Important) - Passing through the Defense Grid inflicts 12,000 Arcane damage to all players and increases damage taken from Defense Grid by 100% for 6 sec. This effect stacks. Additionally, a Remnant of Corruption is summoned after 3 sec. Remnant of Corruption Clinging Corruption (Interruptible) - Spreads a vile, clinging corruption to players within 10 yds, inflicting 10,000 Nature damage and an additional 5,000 Nature damage every 1 sec for 5 sec. Cleansing Purge (Deadly) - Upon entering a room, the Red Queen begins a countdown to performing a full cleansing purge of all living matter within the space. Once the room has been purged it inflicts 30,000 Fire damage every 1 sec to players within. Sundering Scalpel (Tank Alert) - The caster slices with a focused laser scalpel, inflicting 30,000 Fire damage in a cone in front of them, and increasing damage taken by Sundering Scalpel by 100%. This effect stacks. Purifying Flame - Vents within the chamber unleash jets of purifying flame, each inflicting 20,000 Fire damage to all enemies within 3 yards. Wind Tunnel - Massive air vents throughout the chamber open, moving players towards jets of Purifying Flame. Fetid Devourer 

      Overview
      Fetid Devourer engages players, storing up energy over time to unleash Rotting Regurgitation.
      Periodically, Waste Disposal units around the room will activate, dumping waste into the room and leaving behind Corruption Corpuscles. Players must kill these before they release Enticing Essence, or Fetid Devourer will move to them and Consume Corruption, healing and gaining energy.
      At 50% health, Fetid Devourer will enter into a Fetid Frenzy.
      Damage Dealers
      Kill Corruption Corpuscles before they finish releasing Enticing Essence. When Chimaera nears 100 energy, prepare to avoid Rotting Regurgitation. Healers
      The primary tank on Fetid Devourer will take more consistent - but overall higher - damage, and the secondary tank will take intermittent, high damage from Terrible Thrash. Be sure the secondary tank is near full health when Terrible Thrash is coming. After players affected with Malodorous Miasma, they will develop Deadly Disease, which inflicts high damage and requires focused healing. Tanks
      The primary tank on Fetid Devourer will take more consistent - but overall higher - damage. As the secondary tank, stand nearby the primary tank so that you are targeted by Terrible Thrash, and be prepared for large spikes of damage when it hits. Abilities
      Thrashing Terror (Tank Alert) - Every fourth attack, Fetid Devourer will use Thrash on the closest player to the current tank. Terrible Thrash (Tank Alert) - Thrashes the target, inflicting 300% of a standard melee attack to them. Rotting Regurgitation - When Fetid Devourer reaches 100 Energy, he unleashes a Rotting Regurgitation, inflicting 21,400 Nature damage immediately and an additional 10,700 Nature damage every 2 sec. in a cone in front of him for 8 sec. Shockwave Stomp - Inflicts 10,025 Physical damage to all players and knocks them back. Malodorous Miasma (Healer Alert) - The foul stench of the area sickens players, inflicting 3,210 Nature damage to afflicted players every 1.5 sec. for 18 sec. When this effect expires, it applies Deadly Disease to the affected player. Deadly Disease (Healer Alert) - Inflicts 12,000 Nature damage every 2 sec. for 6 sec. Corruption Corpuscle Enticing Essence - Releases pheromones, drawing Fetid Devourer to consume the Corruption Corpuscle. Consume Corruption - Consumes a Corruption Corpuscle, healing Fetid Devourer for 10% and granting 20 Energy. Fetid Frenzy (Important) - At 50% Health, Fetid Devourer frenzies, increasing damage dealt by 25% and damage taken by 50%. Titan Discs (Zol'thuum the Forgotten, Qiraji Warrior, Anub'ar Voidweaver) 

      Overview
      Zol'thuum assaults players while the compromised Titan Discs come online, calling forth powerful Old God magics and summoning their lesser servants. As new Titan Discs come online, previously activated Discs will go dormant.
      Damage Dealers
      Keep a safe distance from your allies when Chaotic Glare is preparing to fire. Consider your positioning when Roiling Deceit is about to expire. Free allies from Will of the Corruptor by attacking them. Healers
      Titan Spark strikes random targets periodically. Void Surge inflicts substantial damage to all party members in addition to the lethal damage within each eruption. The damage dealt by Corruption Pulse increases with each cast until the Orb of Corruption is disturbed. Tanks
      Avoid being struck by Void Lash multiple times during Might of the Void. Consider the position of your allies when redirecting casts of Void Lash. Abilities
      Titan Spark - Titan energy arcs from the damaged Titan Disc, striking several targets for 3,580 Nature damage. Void Surge (Important, Deadly) - Upon reaching 100 energy, Zol'thuum unleashes a series of eruptions in quick succession. Each eruption inflicts 35,000 Shadow damage to players caught within it. In addition, each eruption inflicts 8,000 Shadow damage to all players. Might of the Void (Tank Alert) - Zol'thuum performs a series of powerful attacks. Void Lash (Tank Alert) - Zol'thuum summons lashing tentacles, inflicting 40,000 Shadow damage in a frontal cone, and reduces healing received by 50% for 8 sec. This effect stacks. Rupture (Tank Alert) - Zol'thuum drives its tentacle into the target, inflicting 80,000 Physical damage and an additional 10,000 Physical damage every 2 sec for 40 sec. This effect stacks. Stage One: Chaos
      At 90% health remaining Protocol: Chaos begins. Summoning projections of C'Thun and replicating minions from the Qiraji empire.
      Chaotic Glare (Deadly) - The Eye of C'Thun penetrates the soul of the target, dealing 13,800 Nature damage and leaping to any nearby allies for increased damage. Qiraji Warrior Fixate - A Qiraji Warrior sets its attention on an enemy. Lasts 15 sec or until it strikes its target. Jagged Mandible - The Qiraji Warrior's melee attacks maim the target, inflicting 5,000 Physical damage every 3 sec and reducing movement speed by 20% for 15 sec. This effect stacks. Stage Two: Deception
      At 60% health remaining Protocol: Deception begins. Summoning projections of Yogg-Saron and replicating servants from Azjol-Nerub.
      Roiling Deceit (Important) - Yogg-Saron corrupts the target, inflicts 10,000 Shadow damage every 2 sec and forms an Ominous Cloud upon expiration. Roiling Deceit Guardian of Yogg Saron (Casts Shadow Nova upon raching 100 energy when defeated). Shadow Nova - Self destructs, Inflicting 20,000 Shadow damage to all enemies. (Deadly) -  Anub'ar Voidweaver Withering Touch (Interruptible) - Launches Shadow energy towards an enemy, inflicting 10,000 Shadow damage and an additional 8,000 Shadow damage every 2 for 20 sec. Stage Three: Corruption
      At 30% health remaining Protocol: Corruption begins. A warped projection appears and shadowy whispers echo through the chamber. The magic released from the damaged Titan Discs appear to be unchecked and more than a demonstration of power...
      Overload - The damaged disc activates, increasing the frequency of Titan Spark. Orb of Corruption - A manifestation of N'Zoth's power forms. Inflicts 10,250 Shadow damage to all enemies every 10 sec, increasing with each pulse. Coming into contact with the orb resets this effect, but afflicts the victim with Will of the Corruptor. Corruption Pulse - Inflicts 10,000 Shadow damage to all enemies, damage increased with each pulse. Will of the Corruptor - Coming into contact with an Orb of Corruption charms the victim, causing them to attack nearby allies. When this effect is removed, the victim gains Corruptor's Pact. Corruptor's Pact (Important) - N'Zoth's power courses through you, increasing your damage, healing, and absorption effects by 25%. You are vulnerable to N'Zoth's influence and coming into contact with an Orb of Corruption will consume you. Servant of N'Zoth (Deadly) - Coming into contact with an Orb of Corruption while affected by Corruptor's Pact consumes the victim, transforming them into a mindless servant of N'Zoth. Blood of G'huun 

      Description
      A sample of G'huun's blood, animated and run amok. Considered by the Titans to be an infection capable of killing every living thing on Azeroth. Its primary disease strain was dubbed the Omega Vector.
      Overview
      The Blood of G'huun creates instances of Omega Vector which bounce endlessly between players during the encounter. When Omega Vector jumps between players it leaves behind a stack of Lingering Infection, which has no duration and cannot be removed.
      Mutagenic Pathogen is the source of new copies of Omega Vector, with one Omega Vector being created whenever Mutagenic Pathogen expires from a player.
      Damage Dealers
      Kill Plague Amalgams quickly to prevent excessive heal absorbs from Immunosuppression. Avoid the area damage from targets affected by Gestate. Communicate with your allies to control each jump of Omega Vector. Healers
      Targets afflicted by Omega Vector and Gestate will require heavy healing to survive. Help tanks survive several attacks of Mutagenic Pathogen as they try to minimize the number of Omega Vector jumping through the raid. Lingering Infection cannot be removed and does not have a duration, making it more virulent as the encounter goes on. Communicate with your allies to control each jump of Omega Vector. Tanks
      Make sure you are close to desirable hosts for Omega Vector targets when Mutagenic Pathogen fades. Hold the Blood of G'huun's threat for as long as you can to prevent generating too many copies of Omega Vector. Abilities
      Lingering Infection - Weakens the player's resistance to future infections, increasing Nature damage taken by 5%. Pestilence Omega Vector (Important) - Omega Vector takes root in a player, inflicting 4,860 Shadow damage every 2 sec for 10 sec. On expiration, Omega Vector jumps to the closest ally and applies a stack of Lingering Infection to its former host. Mutagenic Pathogen (Tank Alert) - Inflictins 2,290 Shadow damage every 2 sec for 12 sec. Each subsequent application of Mutagenic Pathogen doubles the damage per tick of the previous application. On expiration, the Mutagenic Pathogen evolves into Omega Vector and jumps to the target with the fewest Lingering Infections from among the three closest players. Gestate - Inflicts 1,790 damage every 1 sec to a random player and all players within 8 yards for 5 sec. Stuns the initial target while a Plague Amalgam gestates within the player. On expiration, the Plague Amalgam will spawn 5 yards from that player. Plague Amalgam Immunosuppression - Spreads a toxin that absorbs 18,000 healing done to all players within 500 yards. Contagion (Deadly) - Inflicts 10,700 Nature damage to all players.  Carnage Liquefy - Transforms into a pool of toxic blood, triggering Lingering Infection on players who come into contact with the pool. Blood Geyser - A geyser of corrupted blood inflicts 6,430 Shadow damage to all players within 1 yards. Affected players gain a stack of Lingering Infection. Hypergenesis - A pool of blood forms, erupting for 10,750 Shadow damage to players within 6 yards after 8 sec. If no players are hit by the eruption, it instead inflicts 12,850 Shadow damage to all players. G'huun 

      Stage One: My Minions are Endless!
      Arena Floor
      Blood Shield - While shielded, G'huun's regenerates 5% of his maximum health every 0.5 sec. Spew Corruption - G'huun lobs a blast of corruption that sloshes towards a random player, inflicting 12,500 Plague damage to any player within 10 yards of the impact. After bounding 3 times the glob forms a Inflicts 5,000 Plague damage every 2 sec while within the area. Pool of Corruption - Inflicts 5,000 Plague damage every 2 sec while within the area. Call Corruption - G'huun calls all pools of corruption back to him over 12 sec. Thousand Maws - G'huun summons forth minions to assist him. Cyclopean Terror Torment (Interruptible) - The caster assaults a random player's mind, inflicting increasing 0 Shadow damage every 2 sec for 18 sec. Dark Young Massive Smash (Tank Alert) - Filled with unending rage the caster slams their target, inflicting 20,000 Physical damage and knocking them back. Dark Bargain - Increases the damage taken and damage done of all creatures, including players, within 15 yards of the caster by 50%. Blightspreader Tendril - The Blightspreader Tendril slowly loses energy over time. Upon reaching 0 energy, the tendril burrows through the ground to a new location, casting Mantle of Shadow. Decaying Eruption (Interruptible) - Inflicts 7,500 Plague damage to all players, consuming up to 10 energy upon a successful cast. Mantle of Shadow - The caster forms a shield of shadows around itself, absorbing the next 500,000 damage taken. While the absorb shield is active the caster is immune to interrupt and silence effects. In addition, the caster's energy is refreshed to 100. Upper Platforms
      Defensive Countermeasure - Upon dying a Defensive Countermeasure explodes, dropping a Titan Core. Titan Core - A mote of titanic power, depositing this core in a Power Conduit generates 20 energy. While holding the Titan Core, the target's movement speed is reduced by 20% every 2 sec until they become immobile. Throw Titan Core - Throws the titan core up to 20 yards. If the core is not caught by another player it is destroyed. Imperfect Physiology - The lingering effects of the curse of flesh interfere with the titan's power, preventing interaction with the Titan Cores for 2 min. Amorphus Cyst Undulating Mass - Creates an area of mossy growth that, inflicts 250 Plague damage every 1.5 sec and reduces movement speed by 75% while standing within the area. Tendrils of Corruption - Nightmarish tendrils grasp and squeeze any player who touches them, immobilizing the target and inflicting 0 Plague damage every 5 sec for 12 sec. Unclean Contagion - Spores clouds choke the upper platforms surrounding G'huun, inflicting 1,000 Shadow damage every 2 sec for 2 min and growing in intensity every 2 sec while remaining in the area. Stage Two:
      Arena Floor
      Crimson Blight - G'huun's presence corrupts nearby players, inflicting 1,000 Shadow damage every 1.5 sec. This affect intensifies every 8 sec. Blood Feast - G'huun corrupts his current target, inflicting 5,000 Shadow damage every 2 sec. After 10 sec, players within 8 yards of the target have their applications of Crimson Blight reset to 1 and a Gibbering Horror is spawned. Gibbering Horror Blood Might - Each application of Crimson Blight that is consumed by Blood Feast increases the Gibbering Horror's maximum health and damage done by 5%. Mind-Numbing Chatter - The caster babbles incoherently, inflicting Shadow damage to all players and interrupting casting for 3 sec. Gaze of G'huun - G'huun unleashes a wave of terror, causing all players to flee in fear for 3 sec. Spawn of G'huun Dark Purpose - The Spawn of G'huun fixates upon a random player and moves towards them, increasing in speed over time. Upon reaching the target the Spawn of G'huun burrows into the target, making it a Blood Host. Blood Host - The Spawn of G'huun burrows into it's target, inflicting 1,000 Plague damage every 2 sec for 20 sec. Upon removal, 2 Spawn of G'huun erupt from the afflicted player. Upper Platforms
      Defensive Countermeasure - Upon dying a Defensive Countermeasure explodes, dropping a Titan Core. Titan Core - A mote of titanic power, depositing this core in a Power Conduit generates 20 energy. While holding the Titan Core, the target's movement speed is reduced by 20% every 2 sec until they become immobile. Throw Titan Core - Throws the titan core up to 20 yards. If the core is not caught by another player it is destroyed. Imperfect Physiology - The lingering effects of the curse of flesh interfere with the titan's power, preventing interaction with the Titan Cores for 2 min. Amorphus Cyst Undulating Mass - Creates an area of mossy growth that, inflicts 250 Plague damage every 1.5 sec and reduces movement speed by 75% while standing within the area. Tendrils of Corruption - Nightmarish tendrils grasp and squeeze any player who touches them, immobilizing the target and inflicting 0 Plague damage every 5 sec for 12 sec. Unclean Contagion - Spores clouds choke the upper platforms surrounding G'huun, inflicting 1,000 Shadow damage every 2 sec for 2 min and growing in intensity every 2 sec while remaining in the area. Stage Three: Reorigination
      Reorigination - Unleashes a blast of titanic power, inflicting 11,000 Arcane damage to all players every 5 sec for 25 sec. This blast incapacitates G'huun, and increases his damage taken by 500% for 25 sec.