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Patch 8.2 Hotfixes: August 13th

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Restoration Shamans, Arms Warriors, Destruction Warlocks, Frost and Unholy Death Knights received buffs in the latest round of hotfixes, because they were all underperforming.

The hotfixes include the previously-announced Class tuning. Additionally, Blizzard increased the cooldown of Notorious Gladiator's Safeguard Notorious Gladiator's Safeguard’s to 3 minutes and Ulmath's Void Dance Void Dance  is now easier to spot.

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Classes

Death Knight

  • Frost
    • Damage of all abilities increased by 5%.
  • Unholy
    • Damage of all abilities increased by 5%.

Warlock

  • Destruction
    • Damage of all abilities increased by 5%.

Warrior

  • Arms
    • Damage of all abilities increased by 5%.

Developers’ notes: Arms Warrior, Destruction Warlock, Frost Death Knight and Unholy Death Knight are generally underperforming and could use a damage increase.

Rogue

Developers’ notes: While multi-target cleave is an iconic strength for Outlaw Rogue, we feel that Blade Flurry Blade Flurry is currently too strong, particularly in Mythic Keystone dungeons. Likewise, the Azerite Trait Keep Your Wits About You Keep Your Wits About You provides too much added value to their AOE rotation at only a single instance of the trait. These changes should keep Outlaw Rogues very strong at multi-target cleave, but no longer significantly ahead of other specs.

Shaman

Developers’ notes: In general, Restoration Shamans are struggling with single target healing environments like Mythic Keystone Dungeons and Arenas, so we’re buffing some spells from their single target kit. At the same time, we also feel like they aren’t doing as well in a particular area where they should excel: healing a large number of targets in a small area, so we’re increasing the strength of Healing Rain Healing Rain. Finally, Wellspring Wellspring is an underperforming talent we feel could benefit from an increase to be competitive.

Items

Heart of Azeroth Heart of Azeroth

  • Conflict and Strife's Rank 4 visual should now properly display when PvP events are triggered such as capturing a flag or interrupting a target.

NPCs

  • Added additional visual clarity to Ulmath's Void Dance.

Player versus Player

Items

  • Heart of Azeroth Heart of Azeroth
    • All Tier 3 Azerite Traits (such as Resounding Protection and Impassive Visage) are now reduced to 20% effectiveness in PvP (was 50%).

Developers’ notes: We’d like to see sustained damage become a greater source of pressure in Arena and Battlegrounds, but the passive healing providing by these Azerite Traits offsets much of that damage. We think that by decreasing their impact, we’ll see greater pressure on health and mana pools going forward.

Death Knight

  • Necrotic Strike Necrotic Strike’s Necrotic Wound now absorbs 5% of the target’s maximum health in healing received (was 7%).
  • The melee attack damage and attack speed of the Raise Abomination Raise Abomination guardian has been decreased by 30%.

Developers’ notes: While Death Knight damage is underperforming in raid environments, they are very strong in PvP. To offset the increases to their base damage, we’re reducing the effectiveness of two very strong Honor Talents.

Mage

Developers’ notes: While we like the predictive gameplay of Temporal Shield Temporal Shield in response to offensive pressure, we think the duration provides too much protection for a class that should be focused on control and mobility for defense.

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meanwhile, hunters remain languishing below the middle of the pack. a sad remnant of their once-powerful selves. cast into the well of sorrow, abandoned on the island of misfit toys.

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I don't think Hunters (Beast Mastery) need any specific buff increments at this time.  They are relatively great for single and multitarget encounters.  Unless you are referring to Marksmanship or Survival.

6 hours ago, Lichiana said:

meanwhile, hunters remain languishing below the middle of the pack. a sad remnant of their once-powerful selves. cast into the well of sorrow, abandoned on the island of misfit toys.

 

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