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We have the (modified) class tuning pass in today's hotfixes, as well as dungeon, item, quest and mob improvements, in addition to a Wrath Classic fix!
March 27 (Source)
Death Knight Frost [With realm restarts] All ability damage reduced by 3%. Druid Balance Denizen of the Dream's trigger rate was unintentionally increased. It has been restored to its intended value. Restoration Fixed an issue that caused Forest's Flow to not properly extend heal over time effects on allies. Evoker Fixed an issue where empower spells could fail to auto-fire at Rank 1 when released prior to that point. Fixed an issue preventing Oppressing Roar's cooldown from being reduced when dispelling Enrage effects with the Overawe talent. Hunter Beast Mastery [With realm restarts] Kill Command damage reduced by 10%. Marksmanship [With realm restarts] All ability and pet damage reduced by 4%. Survival [With realm restarts] Mongoose Bite damage reduced by 10%. This does not affect PvP combat. Paladin Retribution Fixed an issue that caused Fading Light's value to be higher than intended for Retribution Paladins. Warlock Developers’ note: We’re modifying the output of Grimoire of Sacrifice to bring it in line with the output of Warlock demons. At the end of the day Warlock is a pet-centric class and while we want there to be an option to opt-out of your pet, we don’t want it to always be the clear answer. [With realm restarts] Wrathful Minion now increases the damage of Grimoire of Sacrifice by 10% (was 15%). [With realm restarts] Demonic Inspiration now increases the damage of Grimoire of Sacrifice by 10% (was 15%). [With realm restarts] Grimoire of Sacrifice damage reduced by 15%. Affliction Developers’ note: With the removal of less impactful talents in both their class and specialization trees, Affliction received a lot of additional damage options that have increased their damage beyond what was intended. We’re making these adjustments to bring them in line with other damage dealers. [With realm restarts] Damage done by spells and abilities reduced by 2%. [With realm restarts] Darkglare damage reduced by 20%. Demonology Developers’ note: We’re targeting Demonology’s multi-target profile with these adjustments to bring them closer to other damage dealers. We will continue to watch both single-target and multi-target performance, along with the output of new talents and adjustments delivered in 10.0.7, and make further adjustments down the road if needed. [With realm restarts] Demonic Strength now increases the damage of Felstorm by 300% (was 400%). This does not affect PvP combat. [With realm restarts] Dreadbite damage reduced by 10%. This does not affect PvP combat. Dungeons and Raids
Temple of the Jade Serpent Wise Mari Freezing Ice Stone (Primordial Stone) triggers no longer disrupt the direction of Wash Away casts. Zul'Gurub The Archaeology skill requirement for the Cache of Madness event has been reduced to 1 (was 225). Brazier of Madness, Shattered Hakkari Bijou, and Fragmented Hakkari Bijou no longer have a level requirement. Warblades of the Hakkari, Reborn are now bind on account (was bind on pickup) to allow anyone to acquire the appearances regardless of who their blacksmith is. Fixed an issue that allowed the Brazier of Madness to be lootable prior to completing Relics of a Fallen Empire. Zul'Aman Fixed an issue that allowed Bijous and Coins to drop in the instance. Enemies and NPCs
Fael'lin Hellfire Walls will now correctly display the cast bar. Living Fuse will no longer target player's pets. Items and Rewards
Fixed an issue where Primordial Stones were pulling enemies that you were not in combat with. Player versus Player
Paladin [Live March 24] Crusader’s Reprieve healing reduced by 50% in PvP combat. Protection [Live March 24] Judgment of Light healing reduced by 35% for Protection Paladins in PvP combat. Retribution Developers’ note: Retribution Paladins have been heavily overperforming in PvP with their recent 10.0.7 changes. We’re primarily targeting their burst damage, passive survivability, and PvP talents that we feel are contributing too much overall damage. [Live March 24] Judgment of Light healing reduced by 35% for Retribution Paladins in PvP combat. [Live March 24] Inquisitor’s Ire effectiveness reduced by 40% in PvP combat. [Live March 24] Fading Light effectiveness reduced by 50% for Retribution Paladins in PvP combat. [Live March 24] Justicar’s Vengeance now deals 15% additional damage to stunned targets in PvP combat. [Live March 24] Justicar’s Vengeance healing reduced by 50% in PvP combat. [Live March 24] Blessing of Dawn effectiveness reduced by 25% for Retribution Paladins in PvP combat. [Live March 24] Divine Arbiter direct damage reduced by 25% in PvP combat. [Live March 24] Vanguard of Justice effectiveness reduced by 25% in PvP combat. [Live March 24] Empyrean Legacy increases the damage of Divine Storm by 15% in PvP combat (was 25%). [Live March 24] Luminescence (PvP Talent) now increases damage and healing by 2% (was 4%). [Live March 24] Lawbringer (PvP Talent) now deals 2% of maximum health (was 4%). [Live March 24] Fixed an issue that caused Avenging Wrath’s 75% PvP multiplier to not function for Retribution Paladins. Shaman Precognition will no longer be activated when players are successfully interrupted while affected by Tranquil Air Totem. Quests
"Brew for the Ages" should now correctly point to the Zskera Vault door to find the recipe pages, in case you have not unlocked that vault door yet. Wrath of the Lich King Classic
Fixed an issue where Val'anyr, Hammer of the Ancient Kings was absorbing more than intended. Accumulated absorb amounts are now correctly capped at 20,000 health. Developers' note: The absorb shield from Val'anyr was always intended to have a cap of 20,000 health, but there was a typo in the spell script in original Wrath of the Lich King version 3.3.5. The script was set the absorb amount to 200,000! This was never noticed by players in original Wrath.
We're taking a closer look at Sporebat mounts coming in Embers of Neltharion.
In total, there are 8 color variations of the Sporebat mounts. Some of them will drop from Zaralek Cavern rares while others can be purchased with a new currency.
Cobalt Shalewing (Blue)
Flaming sporebat - Subject 01 (Orange)
Scoria-Clad Sporebat (Deep Red)
Sporebat, Fire (Red) [PH] (Red)
Sporebat, Fire (Yellow) [PH] (Yellow)
Sporebat, Stone (Black) [PH] (Stone Black)
Sporebat, Stone (Orange) [PH] (Stone Orange)
Sporebat, Stone (Red) [PH] (Stone Red)
We're looking at the Death Knight Tier Set and bonuses coming in Embers of Neltharion.
Tier Set Bonuses
The set is comprised of 5 pieces of loot and provides you with bonuses when equipping 2 and 4 pieces of the set.
Death Knight Blood 10.1 Class Set 2pc - Heart Strike and Blood Boil deal 20% increased damage and have a 10% chance to grant Vampiric Blood for 5 sec. Death Knight Blood 10.1 Class Set 4pc - When you would gain Vampiric Blood you are infused with Vampiric Strength, granting you 10% Strength for 5 sec. Your Heart Strike and Blood Boil extend the duration of Vampiric Strength by 0.5 sec. Frost
Death Knight Frost 10.1 Class Set 2pc - Howling Blast and Frost Fever damage increased by 10%. Your Rime-empowered Howling Blasts reduce the cooldown of Frostwyrm's Fury by 2 sec. Death Knight Frost 10.1 Class Set 4pc - After consuming Rime 15 times you call down Frostwyrm's Fury on your target at 100% effectiveness. Unholy
Death Knight Unholy 10.1 Class Set 2pc - Death Coil and Epidemic damage increased by 10%. Casting Death Coil or Epidemic grants a stack of Master of Death. At 20 stacks Master of Death is consumed and you gain 15% Mastery for 20 sec. Death Knight Unholy 10.1 Class Set 4pc - When Death Coil or Epidemic consumes Sudden Doom gain 2 stacks of Master of Death or increase the Mastery bonus to 25% for 5 sec. Lingering Phantom's Encasement Appearances
We're back with the first week of data for patch 10.0.7 as we take a look at how the specs are doing in the Vault! We already took a peek last week and things have changed a little, but while Warlocks did get several fixes to tone them down a little, they're still doing very well indeed, and we look in on Retribution after the revamp as well. Also important to remember, some specs are getting nerfs with this week's reset, and you can check out all the tuning here.
Overall Damage 95th Percentile
While Affliction did get removed from the No.1 spot it didn't go too far, but this may be just a residual result of the two bugs that affected/helped the spec early in the week, so we'll have to wait until next time to find out. What is clear is that Frost DK is far ahead (and is thus getting a 3% overall nerf this week), and the other Warlocks that only benefited from one bug are close by. Marksmanship finds itself in 4th without any bugs (that we know of), and Shadow has fallen from its throne down to 6. Subtlety is only two down from before the patch, while Devastation drops the farthest in the top 10, dropping 6 spots down to 8th. Arms is also down quite a bit, tying Shadow for that 2nd worst-off spot, 5 down in 9th, while Havoc rounds out the top 10 only having dropped 1! Retribution's rework sees it getting just outside the top 10, passing Balance and Outlaw just today. As one DK spec makes it big, the other apparently must pay the price, with Unholy dropping down to the bottom 3 to join Assassination and Arcane.
95th percentile Mythic data by Warcraft Logs.
Overall Damage All Percentiles
Affliction is still lingering at the top in the overall bracket, which may or may not be due to the bugs. However, Marksmanship is doing much better here, snagging the No.2 spot and sitting in a Warlock sandwich, as Subtletly only drops 2 spots into 4th. Frost DK finds itself a few spots down since the patch, but it's doing fine compared to Shadow, which definitely wins the biggest fall prize, finding itself down in 6th after having reigned supreme for quite a while. We then have the spec of the hour as we see a pink trace up there in 7th, with the Retribution rework having done wonders (and unlike its PvP counterpart, it's not getting nerfed! Arms is also down quite a bit, as Outlaw and Havoc close out the top 10, while Destruction is just outside, but as we mentioned before, we'll have to check back with Warlocks next week to see the real picture. Unholy joins two Mage specs at the bottom, dropping 6 spots.
All percentiles Mythic data by Warcraft Logs.
It's all Affliction all the time in the lower difficulties, but we do see Hunters bring it as well, with beast Mastery joining Marksmanship in the top 3, and even Survival making it into the top 10! Assassination and Arcane fall down from their No.1 and 2 spots, but not that far, as they find themselves in 4th and 5th.
All percentiles Heroic data by Warcraft Logs.
The 3 Hunters in top 4 situation continues, but this time it's Affliction joining them instead of Arms, and it's taking over. The Hunters are all bunched up in spots 2 to 4, and we see a GIANT move from Retribution after the revamp, rising a massive 16 spots right into 5th!
All percentiles Normal data by Warcraft Logs.
Meanwhile you can check out our Dragonflight class guides here or our Vault of the Incarnates guides here, as well as more data from Warcrat Logs here.
The Dragonflight Season1 Arena World Championship & Mythic Dungeon International Global Finals start on March 31. Over two weekends, the top Arena Gladiators and Dungeon Runners will compete for their share of $600,000 USD!
The Dragonflight Season 1 Arena World Championship & Mythic Dungeon International Global Finals are here! Over two weekends, celebrate the top Arena Gladiators and Dungeon Runners as they compete for their share of $600,000 (USD). Tune in live between March 31-April 9 on Twitch & YouTube!
Mythic Dungeon International 2023 Global Finals, March 31-April 2
Following some incredible strategies and routes in the new Dragonflight Dungeons, the top eight teams from across the globe will test their mettle in the Mythic Dungeon International (MDI) 2023 Global Finals. Winners of each MDI Group and the Last Stand Tournament will do battle in the Dragonflight Season 1 Dungeons one last time for their share of $300,000 (USD). This is the ultimate opportunity for dungeoneers to showcase their speed running prowess. Teams will face off starting March 31 in a series of Best of 3, double-elimination matches on their path to the Grand Finals. Each broadcast day will begin at 10 am PDT / 7:00 pm CEST, live on Twitch and YouTube.
Venue: Online – Twitch.tv/Warcraft & YouTube.com/Warcraft
Watch Parties are invited to participate via the MDI Watch Party Form.
Dates: Friday, March 31 – Sunday, April 2
Broadcast Start Time: 10:00 am PDT / 7:00 pm CEST
Prize Pool: $300,000 (USD)
Format: Best of 3, double-elimination / Best of 5 Grand Final
Brackets: Follow the brackets live on Raider.IO!
French German Spanish (EMEA) Dungeons & Affixes: Dungeons will be set to Keystone 21-23. Check out the full Dungeon pool on the WoW Esports Twitter!
Arena World Championship Gauntlet & Grand Finals, April 7-9
With an updated program format to go alongside the fast-paced game meta, the first season of Dragonflight has brought a breath of fresh air into the Arena World Championship (AWC). The AWC Finals weekend starts with AWC Gauntlet on April 7, a fierce single-elimination bracket to determine each Region’s last Finalist. The next day, the AWC Grand Finals begin, with the top 4 European & North American teams clashing to establish the first Dragonflight Champion of each region with $300,000 (USD) in combined prizing on the line.
Venue: Online – Twitch.tv/Warcraft & YouTube.com/Warcraft
Watch Parties are invited to participate via the AWC Watch Party Form.
AWC Gauntlet: April 7
AWC Grand Finals: April 8-9
Broadcast Start Time: 10:00 am PDT / 7:00 pm CEST
Prize Pool: $300,000 (USD)
Format: Best of 5, double-elimination / Best of 7 Grand Final
French German Earning the D.I.S.C.O. Toy In-Game!
From March 21–April 2, any eligible Twitch channel broadcasting in the World of Warcraft section will have Twitch Drops active so that viewers can earn the D.I.S.C.O Toy in-game shortly after 10.0.7 launch. This will be active on the Warcraft Twitch channel & eligible Watch Parties. For more information, read our previously published article.
Be sure to subscribe and check out the competition to see the fastest-paced Arena & Dungeon matches live on both Twitch and YouTube during the Grand Finals. Don’t forget to follow the WoW Esports Twitter to keep up with the latest news and updates!