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Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build 26231 Talent Changes

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Welcome to the latest round of talent changes in Battle for Azeroth. This week's Alpha Build 26231 focuses on Frost Mages, subtle Discipline Priest talent updates... and it wouldn't be a proper Build if we skipped Hunters, right?

We updated our Battle for Azeroth Class Changes to correspond with all changes listed below.

Hunter

Beast Mastery

Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3
15 Big Game HunterBig Game Hunter Animal Companion [NYI]Animal Companion [NYI] Dire BeastDire Beast
30 Dire StableDire Stable One with the PackOne with the Pack Chimaera ShotChimaera Shot
45 TrailblazerTrailblazer Natural Mending *new* CamouflageCamouflage *new*
60 Venomous BiteVenomous Bite *new* Thrill of the HuntThrill of the Hunt *new* A Murder of CrowsA Murder of Crows
75 Born To Be WildBorn To Be Wild *new* PosthastePosthaste Binding ShotBinding Shot
90 StompStomp BarrageBarrage StampedeStampede
100 Killer CobraKiller Cobra Aspect of the BeastAspect of the Beast Spitting CobraSpitting Cobra

Marksmanship

Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3
15  Master MarksmanMaster Marksman Serrated ShotsSerrated Shots *new* A Murder of CrowsA Murder of Crows
30 Careful AimCareful Aim *new* VolleyVolley *new* Explosive ShotExplosive Shot
45 TrailblazerTrailblazer Natural Mending *new* CamouflageCamouflage
60 StreamlineStreamline *new* Steady FocusSteady Focus Hunter's MarkHunter's Mark *new*
75 Born To Be WildBorn To Be Wild *new* PosthastePosthaste Binding ShotBinding Shot
90 BombardierLethal Shots *new* BarrageBarrage Rapid KillingDouble Tap *new*
100 Calling the ShotsCalling the Shots *new* Lock and LoadLock and Load Piercing ShotPiercing Shot

Survival

Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3
15 Terms of EngagementTerms of Engagement *new* Viper's VenomViper's Venom *new* Alpha Predator *new*
30 Guerrilla TacticsGuerrilla Tactics *new* Hydra's BiteHydra's Bite *new* ButcheryButchery
45 TrailblazerTrailblazer Natural Mending *new* CamouflageCamouflage
60 BloodseekerBloodseeker *new* Steel TrapSteel Trap A Murder of CrowsA Murder of Crows
75 Born to Be WildBorn to Be Wild *new* PosthastePosthaste Binding ShotBinding Shot *new*
90 Tip of the SpearTip of the Spear *new* Mongoose BiteMongoose Bite *new* Flanking Strike *new*
100 Birds of PreyBirds of Prey *new* Coming SoonComing Soon ChakramsChakrams *new*

Mage

Frost

Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3
15 Bone ChillingBone Chilling Lonely WinterLonely Winter Ice NovaIce Nova
30 Glacial InsulationGlacial Insulation ShimmerShimmer Ice FloesIce Floes
45 Incanter's FlowIncanter's Flow Mirror ImageMirror Image Rune of PowerRune of Power
60 Frozen TouchFrozen Touch N/A EbonboltEbonbolt *new*
75 Frigid WindsFrigid Winds Ice WardIce Ward Ring of FrostRing of Frost
90 Freezing Rain *new* Splitting IceSplitting Ice Comet StormComet Storm
100 Thermal VoidThermal Void Ray of FrostRay of Frost Glacial SpikeGlacial Spike

Priest

Discipline

Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3
15 CastigationCastigation Twist of FateTwist of Fate SchismSchism
30 Angelic FeatherAngelic Feather Body and SoulBody and Soul MasochismMasochism
45 Power Word: SolacePower Word: Solace Shield DisciplineShield Discipline MindbenderMindbender
60 Psychic VoicePsychic Voice Shining ForceShining Force Dominant MindDominant Mind
75 Lenience's RewardLenience *new* Clarity of WillClarity of Will Contrition *new*
90 Purge the WickedPurge the Wicked Divine StarDivine Star HaloHalo
100 Power InfusionPower Infusion GraceGrace EvangelismEvangelism

Rogue

Assassination

Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3
15 Master PoisonerMaster Poisoner Elaborate PlanningElaborate Planning DispatchDispatch
30 NightstalkerNightstalker SubterfugeSubterfuge Master AssassinMaster Assassin *new*
45 VigorVigor Deeper StratagemDeeper Stratagem Marked for DeathMarked for Death
60 Leeching PoisonLeeching Poison ElusivenessElusiveness Cheat DeathCheat Death
75 Internal BleedingInternal Bleeding Iron WireIron Wire Prey on the WeakPrey on the Weak
90 Venom RushVenom Rush Toxic BladeToxic Blade ExsanguinateExsanguinate
100 Poison BombPoison Bomb *new* Hidden Blades *new* Crimson TempestCrimson Tempest

Outlaw

Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3
15 SwordmasterSwordmaster Quick DrawQuick Draw Ghostly StrikeGhostly Strike
30 Acrobatic StrikesAcrobatic Strikes Retractable HookRetractable Hook *new* Hit and RunHit and Run
45 VigorVigor Deeper StratagemDeeper Stratagem Marked for DeathMarked for Death
60 Iron StomachIron Stomach ElusivenessElusiveness Cheat DeathCheat Death
75 Dirty TricksDirty Tricks Blinding PowderBlinding Powder *new* Prey on the WeakPrey on the Weak
90 Loaded DiceLoaded Dice *new* AlacrityAlacrity Slice and DiceSlice and Dice
100 Elaborate PlanningElaborate Planning *new* Cannonball BarrageCannonball Barrage Killing SpreeKilling Spree

Subtlety

Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3
15 WeaponmasterWeaponmaster Find WeaknessFind Weakness GloombladeGloomblade
30 NightstalkerNightstalker SubterfugeSubterfuge Shadow FocusShadow Focus
45 VigorVigor Deeper StratagemDeeper Stratagem Marked for DeathMarked for Death
60 Soothing DarknessSoothing Darkness ElusivenessElusiveness Cheat DeathCheat Death
75 Shot in the DarkShot in the Dark *new* Strike from the ShadowsStrike from the Shadows Prey on the WeakPrey on the Weak
90 Dark ShadowDark Shadow AlacrityAlacrity Enveloping ShadowsEnveloping Shadows
100 Master of ShadowsMaster of Shadows Hidden Blades *new* Death from AboveDeath from Above

Warlock

Demonology

  • Raging Imps (level 60 talent) renamed to Raging ImpsFrom the Shadows and the talent's functionality has changed.
  • Fel Strike (level 60 talent) is now called Fel StrikeSoul Strike.
Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3
15 Hand of Gul'danRiders *new* Demonic StrengthDemonic Strength *new* Biliescourge BombersBiliescourge Bombers *new*
30 Demonic CallingDemonic Calling Hand of Gul'danPower Siphon *new* DoomDoom *new*
45 Demon SkinDemon Skin Burning RushBurning Rush Dark PactDark Pact
60 Raging ImpsFrom the Shadows *new* Shadow BoltSoul Strike *new* Summon VilefiendSummon Vilefiend *new*
75 DarkfuryDarkfury *new* Mortal CoilMortal Coil Demonic CircleDemonic Circle
90 Inner DemonsInner Demons *new* Soul ConduitSoul Conduit Grimoire of ServiceGrimoire of Service
100 Sacrificed SoulsSacrificed Souls Demonic ConsumptionDemonic Consumption *new* Nether PortalNether Portal *new*

Destruction

Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3
15 FlashoverFlashover *new* EradicationEradication Soul FireSoul Fire
30 Reverse EntropyReverse Entropy *new* Internal CombustionInternal Combustion ShadowburnShadowburn
45 Demon SkinDemon Skin Burning RushBurning Rush Dark PactDark Pact
60 Inferno *new* Fire and BrimstoneFire and Brimstone CataclysmCataclysm
75 DarkfuryDarkfury *new* Mortal CoilMortal Coil Demonic CircleDemonic Circle
90 Roaring BlazeRoaring Blaze Grimoire of SupremacyGrimoire of Supremacy Grimoire of SacrificeGrimoire of Sacrifice
100 Soul ConduitSoul Conduit Channel DemonfireChannel Demonfire Dark SoulDark Soul *new*

Previous Talent Changes

We're highlighting talent changes every Battle for Azeroth Alpha Build. Here's a history of changes we covered so far:

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For discipline priest, an even more important change is that plea was removed and its functionality baked into power word shield which doesn't have a cooldown anymore (but creates smaller shields than before). Rapture was also lowered to 1.5 min cooldown and makes shields 200% bigger for the duration:

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Pretty significant!

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I like the shuffling of Frost Mage talents. I'm curious to see which talent will end up winning out in the level 60 tier. I would miss Ebon Bolt, but currently Frozen touch seems a little too RNG. 

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Having to choose between Freezing Rain and Splitting Ice is going to be a pita for m+ and I think it weakens Frost. I wish they can just put Splitting Ice back to the level 60 row. I wonder what the new talent will be and hopefully they will reshuffle the talents again.

I was thinking they would try to revamp Ray of Frost somehow and here we are. Just let it die, it's a bad idea.

They also nerfed Lonely Winter with this build. If they want us to play with the Water Elemental again, they better fix it and make it more responsive, just like it was when Glyph of Water Elemental existed.

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