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The latest Beta Build 26624 focuses on Death Knight talent swaps to improve their leveling experience, Subtlety Rogues and Affliction Warlocks. It's also worth nothing that Ignore Pain is back!

We updated our Battle for Azeroth Class Changes to correspond with all changes listed below, and you can find more information about Battle for Azeroth by visiting our Expansion Hub. Our preview of Beta Build 26624 covers new Azerite traitsKul Tiran Druid Aquatic Forms, Flying in Battle for Azeroth & the Brutosaur Mount.

Death Knight

  • Unholy Death Knights will be able to summon a Val'kyr instead of a Gargoyle > Val'kyrVal'kyr. Not sure if this is going to be a glyph.

Blood

Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3
56 HeartbreakerHeartbreaker BlooddrinkerBlooddrinker Rune StrikeRune Strike *new*
57 Rapid DecompositionRapid Decomposition HemostasisHemostasis *new* ConsumptionConsumption *new*
58 Foul BulwarkFoul Bulwark OssuaryOssuary TombstoneTombstone
60 Will of the NecropolisWill of the Necropolis Anti-Magic BarrierAnti-Magic Barrier Rune TapRune Tap
75 Grip of the DeadGrip of the Dead *new* Tightening GraspTightening Grasp Wraith WalkWraith Walk *new*
90 VoraciousVoracious *new* BloodwormsBloodworms Mark of BloodMark of Blood
100 PurgatoryPurgatory Red ThirstRed Thirst BonestormBonestorm

Frost

Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3
56 Runic AttenuationRunic Attenuation Icy TalonsIcy Talons Shattering StrikesShattering Strikes
57 Freezing FogFreezing Fog Murderous EfficiencyMurderous Efficiency Horn of WinterHorn of Winter
58 Abomination's MightAbomination's Might Winter is ComingWinter is Coming Blinding SleetBlinding Sleet
60 IcecapIcecap AvalancheAvalanche Glacial AdvanceGlacial Advance
75 PermafrostPermafrost Inexorable AssaultInexorable Assault Wraith WalkWraith Walk *new*
90 Gathering StormGathering Storm Frozen PulseFrozen Pulse FrostscytheFrostscythe
100 Hungering Rune WeaponHungering Rune Weapon ObliterationObliteration Breath of SindragosaBreath of Sindragosa

Unholy

Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3
56 Infected ClawsInfected Claws All Will ServeAll Will Serve Clawing ShadowsClawing Shadows
57 Bursting SoresBursting Sores Ebon FeverEbon Fever Unholy BlightUnholy Blight *new*
58 Grip of the DeadGrip of the Dead *new* Death's ReachDeath's Reach *new* AsphyxiateAsphyxiate
60 Pestilent PustulesPestilent Pustules Harbinger of DoomHarbinger of Doom *new* Soul ReaperSoul Reaper
75 Spell EaterSpell Eater Death PactDeath Pact *new* Wraith WalkWraith Walk *new*
90 PestilencePestilence *new* DefileDefile EpidemicEpidemic
100 Army of the DamnedArmy of the Damned *new* Unholy FrenzyUnholy Frenzy Summon GargoyleSummon Gargoyle *new*

Frost & Unholy

  • Death StrikeDeath Strike (Rank 2) available at level 68 increases Death Strike's healing by 50%.

Demon Hunter

Hunter

New pet families have been added in this build and we found the following special abilities:

Mage

New Polymorph appearances are available via glyphs.

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 Chain ReactionChain Reaction *new* EbonboltEbonbolt *new*
75 Frigid WindsFrigid Winds Ice WardIce Ward Ring of FrostRing of Frost
90 Freezing RainFreezing Rain *new* Splitting IceSplitting Ice Comet StormComet Storm
100 Thermal VoidThermal Void Ray of FrostRay of Frost Glacial SpikeGlacial Spike

Rogue

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* Night TerrorsNight Terrors *new* Prey on the WeakPrey on the Weak
90 Dark ShadowDark Shadow AlacrityAlacrity Enveloping ShadowsEnveloping Shadows
100 Master of ShadowsMaster of Shadows Coming SoonComing Soon Shuriken TornadoShuriken Tornado *new*

Shaman

New Hex appearances can be learned via glyphs.

Warlock

Affliction

Level Talent 1 Talent 2 Talent 3
15 Shadow EmbraceShadow Embrace *new* HauntHaunt DeathboltDeathbolt *new*
30 Writhe in AgonyWrithe in Agony Absolute CorruptionAbsolute Corruption Siphon LifeSiphon Life
45 Demon SkinDemon Skin Burning RushBurning Rush Dark PactDark Pact
60 Sow the SeedsSow the Seeds Phantom SingularityPhantom Singularity Vile TaintVile Taint *new*
75 DarkfuryDarkfury *new* Mortal CoilMortal Coil Demonic CircleDemonic Circle
90 NightfallNightfall Drain SoulDrain Soul *new* Grimoire of SacrificeGrimoire of Sacrifice
100 Soul ConduitSoul Conduit Creeping DeathCreeping Death *new* Dark Soul: MiseryDark Soul: Misery *new*

Warrior

Arms

Protection

Previous Talent Changes

We're covering talent changes every Battle for Azeroth Alpha/Beta Build. Here's a history of our previews so far:

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Also, Elemental Shaman's level 15 talent Exposed Elements was nerfed to 100% instead of 200% on the next Lightning Bolt after using Earth Shock. And level 30 talent Aftershock to 25% chance to refund Maelstrom instead of 30%.

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7 minutes ago, Tarazet said:

Also, Elemental Shaman's level 15 talent Exposed Elements was nerfed to 100% instead of 200% on the next Lightning Bolt after using Earth Shock. And level 30 talent Aftershock to 25% chance to refund Maelstrom instead of 30%.

Most of the time, I focus on talent swaps, new baseline abilities / passives in our datamining posts. Numerical changes to spells and talents occur every single build and they are not so important given the squish in BfA and their frequency, but it's something we could do as we approach BfA launch, like Class previews Legion > BfA to see what's gone and/or new.

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2 hours ago, Tarazet said:

Also, Elemental Shaman's level 15 talent Exposed Elements was nerfed to 100% instead of 200% on the next Lightning Bolt after using Earth Shock. And level 30 talent Aftershock to 25% chance to refund Maelstrom instead of 30%.

Blizzard officialy HATES Elemental Shamans. 

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1 hour ago, Syktris said:

Blizzard officialy HATES Elemental Shamans. 

If they give us Gust of Wind back, I'll forgive whatever else they do. I was fighting a rare elite direhorn yesterday with a DH buddy. It kept charging me, stunning me and immediately casting an Earthquake-like spell on top of me. That made me legitimately pissed to lose the best addition to Elemental's toolkit since Elemental Blast.

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As an Affliciton main since forever, I am really quite into these changes. 

It was interesting having Shadowbolt back but I think Drain Soul will be awesome as presented. Especially with the nice finisher feature, something that's always been a problem for them. DOUBLY so with Shadow Embrace at 15.

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11 hours ago, MrPumpson said:

As an Affliciton main since forever, I am really quite into these changes. 

It was interesting having Shadowbolt back but I think Drain Soul will be awesome as presented. Especially with the nice finisher feature, something that's always been a problem for them. DOUBLY so with Shadow Embrace at 15.

It just works like it did in WotLK now. The difference being that .. You'd use SB until x% and then switch to Drain Soul. It was fairly interesting, but this talent REPLACES SB, so it's .. Kind of lame. Why can't we have the best of both worlds?

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Shaman (all specs) keeps getting nerfed and it wasn't even amazing in Legion to begin with, pretty worrying...wonder if big buffs will still be coming down the road for the boys in blue, as it stands you already bring only one (the restoration) shaman to raid if you raid in most of the top 100 guilds as is..

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5 hours ago, Seksi said:

Shaman (all specs) keeps getting nerfed and it wasn't even amazing in Legion to begin with, pretty worrying...wonder if big buffs will still be coming down the road for the boys in blue, as it stands you already bring only one (the restoration) shaman to raid if you raid in most of the top 100 guilds as is..

Enhancement had some super cereal survivability issues in Legion, which still aren't fully rectified by the minimal changes in BFA. Elemental feels pretty good, but only with Elemental Blast, Totem Mastery, and Stormkeeper. The people complaining "EB is weak" don't realize how huge the +stat proc is relative to your current secondary stat levels.. and Totem Mastery essentially gives you 5% Mastery and 2% Haste, so no way I can pass that up.

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