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Icy Veins asks the experts' opinions on their favorite class changes!

The Warlords of Draenor Alpha patch notes have been out just over a week now, but millions of players have already voiced strong opinions of the direction Blizzard is headed with the game in this coming expansion. Some class changes have received overwhelmingly positive feedback, while others have left many a player scratching their head. A few changes have even caused a substantial outcry of rage!


We've invited a handful of our class MVPs to share their opinions on the changes made to their respective top class. For this patch notes analysis topic, we have requested feedback from our resident experts on the projected changes being made to the Druid class. Pacteh, Owld, Stenhaldi and Arielle have all been kind enough to share their thoughts on the upcoming Druid changes!
 
Pacteh and Owld both raid in Method. Stenhaldi raids in Midwinter. Arielle is a renowned theorycrafter and main contributor of The Inconspicuous Bear.

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Ability Pruning

  • Bear Hug has been removed.
  • Enrage has been removed.
  • Innervate is now available only to Restoration Druids. Mana costs for Druids have been adjusted accordingly.
  • Mangle (Cat Form) has been removed. Mangle (Bear Form) remains unchanged.
  • Nourish has been removed.
  • Shred is now available to all Druids.
  • Swipe (Bear Form) has been removed. Swipe (Cat Form) remains unchanged.
  • Symbiosis has been removed.

Crowd Control and Diminishing Returns

  • Cyclone now shares Diminishing Returns with Fears, and can be canceled by immunity effects (i.e. Divine Shield, Ice Block, etc.), and can be dispelled by Mass Dispel.
  • Disorienting Roar has been renamed to Incapacitating Roar, incapacitates enemies instead of disorienting them, and its effect now shares Diminishing Returns with other Mesmerize effects.
  • Nature’s Swiftness can no longer turn Cyclone into an instant-cast spell.
  • Solar Beam no longer Silences a target again more than once per cast. Additionally, the Silence effect from this spell now shares Diminishing Returns with other Silences.

Hit and Expertise Removal

  • Balance of Power has been removed.
  • Nature’s Focus no longer increases the chance to hit with Moonfire and Wrath.
  • Thick Hide now also reduces the chance for attacks to be parried by 3%.

Retuning Healing Spells


See the full patch notes for complete details of these changes.

Active Mana Regeneration

  • Innervate has been redesigned to now have a 2-second cast time with no cooldown, and restore 2.5% of the Druid's maximum mana every 4 seconds for 8 seconds. Spending any mana on a healing spell will cancel this effect.

Tank Vengeance and Resolve

  • Mastery: Primal Tenacity now also passively increases Attack Power by 8% (percentage increased by Mastery), in addition to its current effects.

Raid Utility Balance

  • Tranquility is now only available to Restoration Druids.

Quality of Life Improvements


Strict facing requirements can be frustrating to deal with, especially in hectic Raid combat or PvP environments. In order to ease this frustration, we decided to remove or significantly loosen the facing requirements of all attacks that required the player to be behind their target.
  • Ravage no longer requires the Druid to be behind the target.

Buffs and Debuffs

  • Faerie Fire no longer applies the Weakened Armor effect, now applies Physical Vulnerability, increasing Physical damage taken by 4% for 30 seconds.
  • Thrash no longer applies the Weakened Blows effect.
  • Moonkin Form now provides a 5% increase to melee, ranged, and spell Haste to all Party and Raid members (previously they only increased spell Haste).

Instant Cast Heals

  • Wild Growth (Restoration) now has a 1.5-second cast time (up from instant cast).

Tank Vengeance and Resolve

  • Bladed Armor is a new passive ability for Blood Death Knights, Guardian Druids, Brewmaster Monks, Protection Paladins, and Protection Warriors.
    • Bladed Armor increases Attack Power by 100% of the character's Bonus Armor.
  • Vengeance has been removed and replaced with a new passive ability, Resolve. Resolve increases your healing and absorption done to yourself, based on Stamina and damage taken (before avoidance and mitigation) in the last 10 seconds.
  • Mastery: Primal Tenacity now also passively increases Attack Power by 12% (percentage increased by Mastery), in addition to its current effects.

Resurrection Mana Costs

  • Druid: Revive, Monk: Resuscitate, Paladin: Redemption, and Shaman: Ancestral Spirit now cost 4% of base mana (down from between 10% and 50%).

Class Changes


Druids have seen a few significant changes. The loss of Symbiosis (see Ability Pruning above) will primarily impact druids’ survival, as many of the abilities received through Symbiosis were defensive cooldowns. To compensate for that change, we buffed Survival Instincts significantly and the ability is now available for all specializations.
  • Survival Instincts is now available to all Druid specializations. Survival Instincts now reduces damage taken by 70% (up from 50%) with a 2-minute cooldown (down from 3), and for Feral and Guardian specializations can have up to 2 charges (up from 1).
Guardian Druids have had increased Armor as their Mastery for a while now. However, one of the new secondary stats available to all tanks is Bonus Armor. We didn't feel that the difference of being additive vs. being a multiplier was significant enough to warrant keeping their Mastery around. Additionally, active mitigation hasn't played out as well for Guardians as it has for some other tanks. We decided to redesign the Mastery for Guardian Druids to something that compliments the Avoidance-heavy nature of Savage Defense, and also to improve the usability of Tooth and Claw for more consistent damage reduction. Note that Primal Tenacity's calculation uses the damage before any other absorbs you have, and before Tooth and Claw's effects, so that it isn’t negatively affected by any of those. Note that Primal Tenacity's calculation uses the damage before any other absorbs you have, and before Tooth and Claw's effects, so that it isn’t negatively affected by any of the changes.

Rage for Guardian Druids has been problematic throughout Mists of Pandaria. Most of their rage generation was extremely passive, and most of their button presses either didn't affect their survivability, or only trivially did so. We made changes to Haste and Crit, to try to solve these rage generation problems, and improve their rotation. We also added Ursa Major, in order to give a defensive value to the new Multistrike stat.
  • Guardian Druids' Mastery (Nature’s Guardian) has been replaced with a new Mastery: Primal Tenacity.
  • Mastery: Primal Tenacity causes the Druid to gain a Physical absorb shield equal to 16% of the attack’s damage when they are hit by a Physical attack. Attacks which this effect fully or partially absorbs cannot trigger Primal Tenacity.
  • Tooth and Claw can now accumulate 2 charges, its effects stack on the target, and are affected by Resolve.
  • Auto-attacks now generate 5 Rage (down from 10.9 Rage).
  • Lacerate now generates 10 Rage, has no cooldown (down from a 3-second cooldown), but no longer has a chance to reset Mangle's cooldown.
  • Thrash now generates 2 Rage every time it deals direct or periodic damage, has no cooldown (down from a 6-second cooldown), but no longer has a chance to reset Mangle's cooldown.
  • Faerie Fire no longer has a chance to reset Mangle's cooldown.
  • Primal Fury now generates 5 Rage (down from 15 Rage) when you dodge or non-periodically critically strike (up from only Auto Attacks and Mangle).
  • Mangle now generates 30 Rage, and its cooldown is reduced by Haste.
  • Bear Form no longer increases Haste and Crit from items by 50%, but instead causes Haste to reduce the global cooldown.
  • Ursa Major is a new passive ability for Guardian Druids:
    • Ursa Major: Multistrikes from auto attacks and Mangle grant the Druid Ursa Major. Ursa Major increases maximum health by 5% for 15 seconds. When this effect is refreshed, the remaining portion is added to the new effect.
Feral Druids received one major change, and few tweaks beyond what's been mentioned above in Ability Pruning and Facing Requirements. Combo Points are now stored "on the player", meaning that when you switch targets, any accumulated Combo Points remain with you. Pounce was buffed significantly, in order to bring it up to par with Ravage. Primal Fury was changed to let it affect area attacks as well. Glyph of Savagery was reworked to better achieve its intended effect.
  • Combo Points for Feral Druids are now shared across all targets, and are no longer lost when switching targets.
  • Pounce's damage has been increased by 100%.
  • Primal Fury now also grants a combo point for area attacks that critically strike the Druid's primary target.
  • Glyph of Savagery now grants a free 5 combo point Savage Roar when leaving Prowl, instead of allowing Savage Roar to be used with 0 combo points.
Overall, we are happy with Balance's rotation, however there are a few tweaks coming through Draenor Perks. With the changes to Periodic Effects, we're slightly modifying Eclipse to allow it to retain the gameplay it had before.
  • Eclipse now increases the damage of all Nature spells (or Arcane, depending on which Eclipse state is active) cast while it is active. This means that for example: a Moonfire cast during Eclipse will receive the Eclipse benefit through its whole duration, even after leaving Eclipse. The reverse also holds true; a Moonfire cast before entering Eclipse will not benefit from that Eclipse until it is recast.
Tranquility has an amazingly strong effect (pour a ton of healing into the whole Raid/Party), but had excessive complexity for a relatively simple task (5 different targets per tick, a short HoT, stacking, varied strength by raid size). So, we simplified it significantly. It still will be used just as it always has been.
  • Tranquility now heals every Party and Raid member within range every 2 seconds for 8 seconds. It no longer places a periodic effect on each target. The total amount of healing it generates in Raids should be approximately the same as before this change.
Restoration Druids got a few changes as well. In Patch 5.4, a Glyph was introduced where you could choose to attach your Efflorescence to Wild Mushroom, instead of to Swiftmend. That was a rousing success, taken by nearly all Restoration Druids, and felt like a much better situation to us, so we decided to remove the glyph choice, and bake it in permanently. Secondly, while we are fine with the playstyle where a Restoration Druid blankets their Raid in Rejuvenations, the Swift Rejuvenation passive made that too strong, and also limited their scaling with Haste. We removed that passive, to encourage using other spells more, but still allow Rejuvenation blanketing as a playstyle choice.
  • Swift Rejuvenation has been removed.
  • Swiftmend no longer causes Efflorescence. Instead, Wild Mushroom (Restoration) now causes Efflorescence to appear at the mushroom’s location.
The level 90-Talent row for Druids was designed to encourage hybrid gameplay. We decided that, while you shouldn't have to give up a significant amount of your primary role throughput in order to gain the off-role benefit, you also don't need to gain an actual benefit to your primary role throughput benefit either. We've reduced the power of their primary role benefit, making them roughly neutral in their effect on your primary role. Note that the increase to off-role healing from Nature's Vigil is not actually a buff (see Healing and Player Health above).
  • Heart of the Wild no longer provides an increase to Hit chance or Expertise while active, and no longer increases Stamina, Agility, and Intellect.
  • Dream of Cenarius
    • Balance: Casting Healing Touch no longer increases the damage bonus of the Druid’s next Eclipse. Eclipse now causes the Druid’s next Healing Touch to become instant cast and reset the cooldown on Starsurge.
    • Feral: Casting Healing Touch no longer increases the damage of the Druid’s next 2 melee abilities, or increases the healing of Rejuvenation.
  • Nature’s Vigil, while active, increases single-target damage and healing caused by healing spells by 16% (down from 25%), and all single-target damage spells also heal a nearby friendly target for 35% of the damage done (up from 25%).
And the Druid changes are capped off by merging Glyph of Stampede's effects into Glyph of Stampeding Roar.
  • Glyph of Stampede has been removed. Its effects have been merged into Glyph of Stampeding Roar.


1. What is your overall impression of Blizzard's changes to the Druid class?


Pacteh (Balance): Mechanically they seem happy with how balance druid is at the moment which is a worry for me after the removal of snapshotting from DoTs. The rotation is staying the same and without the ability to play with your procs I feel the rotation will become too basic, how is a really good Boomkin going to distinguish himself from another when the skill ceiling is set so low?

Owld (Restoration): Optimistic. The path to perfect the healing system has been quite the trial and error type and we are just seeing another iteration of an ever-changing paradigm. Class-wise, druid has never drastically changed and WoD will definitely not see an overhaul of the class either. But obviously the biggest changes to the spec are actually changes to the game design itself, be it the healing system or the stats interactions. Overall resto druids won’t see too many differences from their existent toolkit. Removing less used abilities and centering the gameplay on the core is always a good idea as long as it doesn’t lower the skill cap or turn the gameplay into a rotation.

Arielle (Guardian): Overwhelmingly positive. I’m pretty much prepared to declare victory in all of the battles I’ve been fighting this entire expansion. I still expect to see some iteration on the stats and how they interact with Guardians, but everything definitely looks good.

Stenhaldi (Feral): The major observation is that Blizzard is significantly reducing the complexity of the feral druid damage rotation. This arises from two changes: periodic damage effects no longer snapshot stats, and Dream of Cenarius loses its damage-increasing effect. Essentially, a lot of the gameplay of making our bleeds as strong as possible is going away.

As someone who enjoys complex damage rotations, I'm naturally not enamored with this change. But I also don't think it's all bad -- especially the removal of periodic damage stat snapshotting. Stat snapshotting was a substantial anti-versatility mechanic for us. It forced us to keep resources pooled to plan for trinket procs, and it also meant that most of our burst damage capabilities were tied to uncontrollable trinket procs. Without it, we'll be a lot freer to pick when and on what target we do our damage.

This criticism does not apply to Dream of Cenarius, however -- it was a mechanic that was entirely under our control. The problem with Dream of Cenarius is that it was a misplaced talent: a damage dealing talent in a utility tier. Other than that, it was a fun mechanic that I am sorry to see go.

The other big change is that we will be able to cast Rejuvenation in cat form (and bear form). While this has no effect on our damage output (assuming Blizzard fixes Nature's Vigil to not produce damage from healing), we have enough free global cooldowns that it will likely be standard to cast as many Rejuvenations as mana permits. This, naturally, will reintroduce some rotational complexity if you want to do as much useful healing as possible.

There are also some smaller changes. Feral didn't get hit very hard by Blizzard's ability prune, but we did lose one powerful asset: Symbiosis. The immunity spells it provided -- for feral, Dispersion and Divine Shield -- proved to be valuable counters to certain boss abilties; the canonical example would be Lei Shen's Static Shock, but there are many others. Luckily, we are not without compensation. Survival Instincts saw a huge buff: 70% damage reduction, 2 minute cooldown, 2 charges. Not only will it (stacked with our other cooldowns) be able to substitute for an immunity in many cases, but it also has its own set of advantages over our Symbiosis immunities: it lasts much longer, has a shorter cooldown, and doesn't halt our damage output. Generally, I expect that this change will make us slightly less effective at cheesing raid mechanics but significantly more survivable overall.

We also lose access to Tranquility as part of a larger effort by Blizzard to reduce the availability to non-healers of "healer-strength" raid survival cooldowns. I generally think this is a good change. For one, it reverses the arms race that has occurred this expansion with regard to these cooldowns: first warriors gained Demoralizing Banner and retribution paladins gained Devotion Aura; next rogues gained a mitigation effect on Smoke Bomb so that they could compete; and then Tranquility and Healing Tide were buffed so that they could keep up in 25-man raids. This had the result of making raid survival cooldowns a major consideration in deciding which class to bring to a particular encounter. Moreover, while it's fun to have options to assist the raid besides doing damage, these one-button cooldowns didn't involve much player interaction. Typically, for a challenging fight, they would be used as part of a rotation and the only player action would be to press their button at the planned time. I'd rather have raid utility options that are interesting to use, like the Rejuvenation change above.

Another notable change is that Blizzard is trying out an altered combo point system where combo points stick to the player rather than to the target (so you keep them on target switch). If this change survives, it will be a great boost to our target-switching capability -- something that, at least in this expansion, has been a significant weakness of the feral spec. I think there are more fun ways to address this deficiency (such as the free Ravage on Feral Charge that we had in Cataclysm), but this change will certainly suffice.

Finally, I suppose I would be remiss to not mention the level 100 talents. Blizzard is adding what looks to me to be an interesting versatility choice between Bloody Thrash and Lunar Inspiration. You can talent for multi-dotting (and ranged multi-dotting at that), or you can talent for AoE/cleave damage. On the other hand, the third talent in that tier -- Savagery ("Savage Roar is now passive") -- is something that shouldn't exist and I hope it's never optimal to use, at least in raids. From a raiding perspective, all it does is to make the rotation simpler and less fun -- it has no interesting features.
 

2. Which changes do you think are the best and why?


Pacteh (Balance): There is nothing to be excited about thus far, let’s hope more change comes in the Beta.

Owld (Restoration): Hands down I would say the changes to the healing system but we’re talking about the class there. I’m gonna go with the fact that we will actually be using Healing Touch and Regrowth purposefully, with the actual intent to do effective healing instead of 90% overhealing. Today, especially in 25man, the gamble as to whether or not your high mana cost spells will land effectively is against the odds and we don’t have the time to cast any. The gameplay will see some diversification and this is a very good thing. I’d add that more triage (targeting the right player with the right spell at the right time) is going to be much better and will mean more quality to your healing. Finally the 1.5s cast on Wild Growth is going to give even more depth to the gameplay, aligning the cast with big damage abilities!

Arielle (Guardian): Where do I start? Changes to the Rage model, better Mastery, balancing tank raid cooldowns by mutual disarmament, extraneous abilities removed, and Tooth and Claw is effectively fixed.

Stenhaldi (Feral): As a first impression, my favorite change is the Rejuvenation change: that we will be able to cast it in cat form. I generally am pretty enamored with abilities that let me offheal at no (or minimal) damage cost, and at the start of the Mists of Pandaria expansion, one of the changes I was most looking forward to was the change where Predatory Swiftness would let us cast an instant Healing Touch in cat form. That ended up actually feeling quite useful in the 10-man raids I did in the first tier -- I could meaningfully fill in healing gaps with my instant heals. But when I switched to 25-man raiding, the story changed as smart heals in this format absolutely eclipsed what little targeted healing I could do. (Of course, then I discovered the power of enhancement shaman offhealing on my alt, and abused it so much that I'm probably one of the reasons it got nerfed to the ground in 5.4.)

Now in Warlords of Draenor, smart heals are getting toned down in general -- which should make our targeted heals more impactful -- and we're also gaining another heal, Rejuvenation, on top of this. I'm excited about all this. It still remains to be seen, however, how well our mana regeneration will support Rejuvenation.
 

3. Which changes do you think are the worst and why?


Pacteh (Balance): Removal of symbiosis, having the choice between different escape abilities made it fun when arriving at new encounters. Choosing between running cloak of shadows or anti magic shell was quite fun. Knowing that I’ll never be able to cloak off a debuff or avoid a debuff with anti-magic shell is quite saddening

Owld (Restoration): The removal of Nourish, which was a pretty good filler spell in my opinion, as well as the removal of the Swift Rejuvenation passive will definitely slow the pace and dynamism of the game. Coupled with mana issues in the beginning of the expansion, even if Blizzard say it won’t happen, I fear that we will see a rather slow but stressful gameplay. We will probably see druids standing there doing nothing once in a while (who said they aren’t already?). As I write this we aren’t aware of the actual re-tuning of all the healing spells (actual amount) and how hard the nerf to smart heals is in practice. Hopefully they do the tuning right.

Arielle (Guardian): I’m not a huge fan of Readiness for tanks personally. It tends to be a very binary stat when it only affects defensive cooldowns (like Survival Instincts). Either you need it or you don’t, and if you don’t it’s a completely wasted stat. But this is very dependent on raid design, so we’ll see. I’m also not a huge fan of the awkward ways some of the talents interact (you basically can’t take Incarnation with Pulverize for example), but I don’t know if that can be fixed.

Stenhaldi (Feral): Savagery: a talent that makes the rotation less fun and doesn't add anything. But as long as I don't have to pick it, I'm fine with the choice between the other two talents in that tier.

Aside from that, I'm generally satisfied with the changes. As I mentioned, I'm not too happy with the removal of most of the bleed strength management from our rotation -- but on the other hand, I don't think I'd want to revert either of the changes that caused it. Periodic damage stat snapshotting is problematic due to its versatility effects -- and as fun as it can be to execute well, it can also be frustrating to have so much damage tied up in highly random procs. Dream of Cenarius didn't belong in its talent tier, and while I thought the mechanic was fun, my impression was that enough people disliked it that it probably wouldn't do to make it a baseline passive spell either.
 

4. How would you alter any of the existing changes?


Pacteh (Balance): If I could have my way I it would be adding snapshotting back into the game. Instead of outright wiping it away from the game they should of instead tweaked how it was working with other classes and brought them in line accordingly or set limits on dot power, for example a dot can never exceed 300% of its intended strength. This way you can still maximise your damage but not be to able apply outrageously powerful DoTs.

Owld (Restoration): I think removing Innervate is a bad move. I would have loved Blizzard to take steps toward more temporary buffs benefiting Innervate, as we’ve seen some trinkets work on PTR or previous beta. Sure getting 80% instead of 20% of your mana is neither right nor healthy but I think there is middle ground to be found, especially with the RPPM trinket system we have now. In my opinion, you should be faced with a choice of casting Innervate on cooldown and getting the normal benefit or wait a bit (“how long” is the gamble), to benefit from a more powerful “buffed” innervate. In the same way most of you will remember the good days of Cataclysm Hymns of Hope fest with Innervate.

I would also definitely get my Nourish back and make it a 1.5s cast. Tune the healing accordingly and it’s the perfect filler.

Arielle (Guardian): Re-do Dream of Cenarius entirely. It basically cannot be used while tanking with the new Rage model.

Stenhaldi (Feral): Change the Savagery talent. I understand there is a subset of ferals that hates the Savage Roar ability, and I'd be fine with the talent removing Savage Roar if it also added something interesting to compensate. As it is, it does nothing interesting. But again, if Savagery stays as it is and I never have to take it, then that's also an acceptable state of affairs to me.
 

5. What changes would you like to see in WOD?


Pacteh (Balance): I’ve seen it mentioned on forums a few times and it’s the idea of Starsurge procs stacking instead of being munched by another proc before you can use your current starsurge proc. At the start of expansion when crit levels are low it’s not much of issue but it will always be a problem towards the end when crit levels become too high

Owld (Restoration): More glyphs and talents that critically alter the way some spells work. I really don’t like the way you just don’t change your glyphs. It could be such an interesting system. Surely enough you would have a cookie-cutter guide a week after patch day but still, players would be able to adapt to their guild’s strategy and their respective role in a specific encounter. On a more druid-related topic, I’d like to see my shapeshifts be more useful one way or the other.

Arielle (Guardian): Guardians are really pretty much there in terms of being a fully fleshed-out tank spec. As mentioned above I’d like to see Dream of Cenarius just redone, and I’m still skeptical about Force of Nature. It needs to have some serious AI fixes and scale from base weapon damage. The rest of it is just wait-and-see mainly.

Stenhaldi (Feral): Again, I'm generally pretty happy with what Blizzard has put forward, so I don't have major suggestions. But I may still have a remark to make in this regard.

There was an idea I had a while back to make clearcasts trigger a modest buff to any bleed cast within the next (say) 5 seconds. This would bring back some of the gameplay of maximizing your bleed strengths for those people who enjoyed it, but as a class spell, it would be more transparent than the present trinket snapshotting system. It would also be based on weaker but more frequent procs (since clearcasting triggers about 4 times as frequently as a typical trinket), making this proposed system much less random overall.

This was mainly intended as an idea for preserving the sort of gameplay that a lot of the current feral players enjoy, but it would also have a further bonus: it would add some measure of haste scaling to our bleed damage, since clearcasting frequency scales with haste. Haste is currently our worst stat since it does not affect bleed damage at all; but in Warlords of Draenor, due to agility no longer increasing crit chance, it's going to be all the more important that we scale well with secondary stats -- strong agility scaling will no longer be a suitable fallback.

Patch Notes Last Updated - 24 April 2014

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      On the other hand a fair number of players didn't even notice the system had changed since BfA, so perhaps it's not as dramatic as it's being made out to be. Whatever the reason for this change, whether it's to combat boosting, to get more players playing additional M+ keys, or just to add more challenge/work in, as Keystone Master and its new lower level achievement siblings are now worth a lot more, due to the Valor Point system item level being based on them, we'll see how it plays out and whether Blizzard re-revert it in the future.
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      Patch 9.0.5 arrives with the next reset on Tuesday/Wednesday and here are the full patch notes! There's plenty of updates to the game, from Adventure table to class, Covenant, dungeon, raid, legendary and more tuning, with the highlight of the patch being the new Mythic+ Valor points system. There's also updates for the WoW Companion App!

      There's even the Wandering Ancient mount to look forward to and the way we get our first weekly Mythic keystones has been reverted to the BfA method.
      9.0.5 Patch Notes (source)
      The World of Warcraft 9.0.5 update arrives with scheduled weekly maintenance on 10 March in this region (9 March in NA, 11 March in Asia).
      The 9.0.5 update is focused on improving systems, rewards, Covenant and Legendary tuning, and bug fixes. Valor Points are now earnable in Mythic Keystone dungeons, and Valor can be used to upgrade new Mythic Keystone gear rewards. Changes to Covenants and Legendaries are intended to provide more gameplay options for crafting and utilizing Legendary items in specific situations, and to make sure that more players feel that the Covenant that suits their aesthetic, narrative, or other preferences for their character also feels more viable for their preferred playstyle.
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      Adventures Characters Classes Covenants Dungeons and Raids Items and Rewards Legendary Items Player versus Player The Maw Torghast, Tower of the Damned WoW Companion App Adventures
      Kyrian Covenant Companions Kyrian Phalanx health increased by 16%. Developers’ note: Phalanxes still feel underpowered relative to Halberdiers, so giving them some additional durability to allow them to fill the tank role before players have maxed out their roster. Necrolord Covenant Companions Fixed an issue where Bonesmith Heirmir Serrated Shoulder Blades weren’t inflicting damage back to the enemy. Maldraxxus Plaguesinger’s Plague Song has been redesigned – Plague Song now deals damage to ranged enemies every round. Rencissa the Dynamo spell effectiveness increased by 40%. Assembler Xertora spell effectiveness increased by 10%. Rattlebag spell effectiveness increased by 20%. Developers’ note: We fixed a few issues where some Necrolord Covenant Companions weren’t dealing damage reliably. Additionally, a few companions have received an improvement that fits with their purpose. Night Fae Covenant Companions Qadarin spell effectiveness increased by 24%. Blisswing’s damage reduction now correctly applies to enemies. Yira’liya health increased by 16% and spell effectiveness increased by 50%. Duskleaf health increased by 20% and spell effectiveness increased by 25%. Lloth’wellyn health increased by 33% and ability damage increased by 25%. Developers’ note: A few Night Fae Covenant Companions were not as well established in their different roles as we hoped, to address this we’ve improved many abilities and decreased some Companions’ overall fragility. Venthyr Covenant Companions Venthyr Nightblade attack increased by 25%. Developers’ note: We’re generally happy with how the changes to Venthyr in the 9.0.2 landed, but wanted to offer some additional help for players using Nightblades to fill out their compositions. Characters
      Undead cloaks will now be as tattered as the forsaken wearing them. Classes
      Ashen Hallow (Venthyr Paladin), Abomination Limb (Necrolord Death Knight), Swarming Mist (Venthyr Death Knight), Death’s Due (Night Fae Death Knight), Wild Spirits (Night Fae Hunter), Resonating Arrow (Kyrian Hunter), and Ancient Aftershock (Night Fae Warrior) visual effects will now appear less overwhelming to allied players when cast in dungeons or raids. These changes are still going through iterations and may not be final. Many abilities are now better at avoiding in-combat enemies that the player is not engaged with (e.g. Convoke the Spirits, Starfall, Chain Harvest, Fel Bombardment, Divine Toll). DEATH KNIGHT Frost Fixed an issue that caused Inexorable Assault (Talent) to consume Spell Reflection. Unholy Fixed an issue that caused Unholy Pact (Talent) to sometimes not hit large raid bosses. Covenant Abilities Shackle the Unworthy (Kyrian) damage increased by 15% and damage reduction debuff increased to 8% (was 5%). Abomination Limb (Necrolord) now correctly deals damage and pulls in enemies while the Death Knight is crowd-controlled. Abomination Limb (Necrolord) no longer pulls in enemies that are in Stealth. Death’s Due (Night Fae) damage reduction debuff and Strength buff increased to 2% per stack (was 1%). Now stacks up to 4 times (was 8). DEMON HUNTER Havoc Unbound Chaos (Talent) damage increased to 500% (was 300%). Covenant Abilities Elysian Decree (Kyrian) damage reduced by 10% for Vengeance Demon Hunters. Fodder to the Flame (Necrolord) has been redesigned – Your damaging abilities have a chance to call forth a demon from the Theater of Pain for 25 seconds. Throw Glaive deals lethal damage to the demon, which explodes on death, dealing damage to nearby enemies and healing you for 30% of your maximum health. The explosion deals reduced damage beyond 5 targets. The Hunt (Night Fae) damage decreased by 10% for Vengeance Demon Hunters. Sinful Brand (Venthyr) damage decreased by 10% for Vengeance Demon Hunters. Conduits Repeat Decree (Kyrian) base damage now 15% (was 25%). Fel Defender now affects Fel Devastation for Vengeance Demon Hunters (was Fiery Brand). Demonic Parole will no longer engage creatures in combat when Imprison expires. DRUID Restoration Rejuvenation’s periodic healing increased by 12%. Wild Growth healing increased by 7%. Covenant Abilities Adaptive Swarm (Necrolord) damage and healing increased by 25% and the effectiveness of periodic effects increased to 25% (was 20%). The effectiveness of periodic effects increased to 35% for Balance Druids. Convoke the Spirits (Night Fae) can no longer cast Full Moon and Feral Frenzy for Guardian or Restoration Druids. Conduits Endless Thirst (Venthyr) now increases your critical strike chance by .8% per stack at Rank 1 (was .5%). HUNTER Fixed an issue that allowed Hunters to avoid the Sated debuff when casting Primal Rage. Fixed an issue that caused Feign Death to be cancelled when Hunters opened their map or used an emote. Beast Mastery Spitting Cobra (Talent) damage is increased by 260%. Marksmanship Fixed an issue where casting Volley (Talent) right after an Aimed Shot that benefitted from Trick Shots would sometimes not apply the Trick Shots effect. Survival Fixed an issue that caused Steel Trap (Talent) to be usable while Aspect of the Turtle was active. Covenant Abilities Fixed an issue where Resonating Arrow (Kyrian) could fail to be cast behind your character. Death Chakram (Necrolord) damage increased by 15%. Flayed Shot (Venthyr) duration increased to 18 seconds (was 14 seconds) and costs no Focus (was 10). Flayer’s Mark now also increases the damage of your next Kill Shot by 25%. Conduits Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the Markman’s Advantage buff to be removed when another player’s Hunter Mark was applied. Fixed an issue that sometimes caused Brutal Projections to expire early. MAGE Covenant Abilities Radiant Spark (Kyrian) damage increased by 20%. Deathborne (Necrolord) duration increased to 25 seconds (was 20 seconds) and Spell Power buff increased to 15% (was 10%). Mirrors of Torment (Venthyr) Arcane: Now grants a stack of Clearcasting when a mirror is consumed (was mana). Fire: Fire Blast cooldown reduction increased to 6 seconds (was 4 seconds). MONK Mistweaver Vivify now costs 3.8% mana (was 4.1%). Renewing Mist now costs 1.8% mana (was 2.2%). Windwalker Xuen, the White Tiger is now vulnerable to Hibernate, Polymorph and Fear crowd-control effects. Touch of Death is now affected by Mastery: Combo Strikes. Fixed an issue that caused Storm, Earth and Fire’s cast to sometimes break nearby enemies’ Stealth. Fixed an issue that caused Xuen, the White Tiger to be able to target enemies in Stealth. Fixed an issue that caused Tiger Palm to grant an additional stack of Mark of the Crane when Storm, Earth and Fire is active. Fixed an issue that allowed Mark of the Crane to be maintained permanently at maximum stacks while fighting a single target. Fixed an issue that could prevent Storm, Earth, and Fire spirits from using Fists of Fury, Rising Sun Kick, and Whirling Dragon Punch (Talent). Fixed an issue that allowed Storm, Earth and Fire spirits to continue channeling Fists of Fury after the Monk's Fists of Fury channel ended. Fixed an issue that could cause Spinning Crane Kick's damage to not be properly increased by Mark of the Crane if targets die with the Monk's mark active. Covenant Abilities Fixed an issue that caused Faeline Stomp (Night Fae) to not deal damage when used to engage creatures in combat. Fallen Order’s (Venthyr) fallen Tiger and Ox adepts have had their stats increased by 20%. PALADIN Holy Holy Shock now costs 16% mana (was 14%). Protection Ardent Defender’s heal now has a visual effect. Covenant Abilities Vanquisher’s Hammer (Necrolord) now generates 1 Holy Power when used. Conduits The extra spells from Ringing Clarity (Kyrian) now have a longer delay between hits. Additionally, area-of-effect Judgment hits from Divine Toll are no longer reduced by 25% in PvP, and Judgment triggered from Ringing Clarity is reduced by 25% in PvP. Virtuous Command no longer plays an attack animation when it triggers. Fixed an issue that caused the additional Templar’s Verdict from Templar’s Vindication to not deal damage based on the initial Templar’s Verdict. PRIEST Discipline Spirit Shell (Talent) now absorbs 80% of healing done (was 100%) and the absorption limit is now based on the caster’s Spell Power rather than maximum Health. Holy Divine Hymn increases healing taken by 4% (was 10%) for 15 seconds (was 8 seconds). Stacks up to 5 times (was no stacks). Shadow Mastery: Shadow Weaving no longer benefits multiple times from damage amplifying effects. Shadowy Apparitions no longer causes targets to drop Stealth if they deal no damage. Covenant Abilities Fae Guardians (Night Fae) Guardian Faerie now grants 20% damage reduction (was 10%), and Wrathful Faerie will now automatically be sent to the closest enemy target if Fae Guardians is used while an ally is targeted. Wrathful Faeries (Night Fae) now properly grant resources to the casting Priest when there are multiple Wrathful Faeries active on the target. Mindgames (Venthyr) no longer reverses damage or healing from itself when reflected. Conduits Fae Fermata (Night Fae) Fae Guardians now leave a 80% effective copy of their benefit (was 60%) and can no longer be stacked on top of a Faerie for double benefit. ROGUE Assassination Level 56: New Passive: Cut to the Chase – Envenom extends the duration of your Slice and Dice by up to 3 seconds per combo point spent. Venomous Wounds now restores 8 Energy (was 7). Slice and Dice (Rank 2) has been removed. Fixed an issue that prevented Crimson Tempest (Talent) from triggering Alacrity (Talent). Fixed an issue that allowed Poison Bomb (Talent) to deal damage to Sapped targets while not breaking the crowd-control. Subtlety Fixed an issue that caused Premeditation (Talent) to rarely not be applied when entering Stealth. Covenant Abilities Fixed an issue that caused Echoing Reprimand (Kyrian) to apply Find Weakness for non-Subtlety Rogues when cast from Stealth. Serrated Bone Spike (Necrolord) initial damage increased by 300% and now grants 1 combo point plus 1 per active bone spike after it strikes the target. Serrated Bone Spike (Necrolord) is now removed when the target leaves combat and no longer refunds a charge and gets removed when the target is healed to full. Fixed an issue that prevented Serrated Bone Spike's (Necrolord) initial damage from dealing a critical strike. Fixed an issue that prevented Serrated Bone Spike's (Necrolord) bleed debuff from being counted towards the Envenom damage bonus from Doomblade (Legendary Power). Serrated Bone Spike’s (Necrolord) damage is now correctly increased by Assassinations’ Mastery: Potent Assassin. Broadside (Outlaw Talent) now correctly causes Sepsis (Night Fae) to generate an additional combo point. Flagellation (Venthyr) no longer costs Energy (was 20 Energy), duration reduced to 12 seconds (was 20 seconds), Haste is now granted immediately, and no longer has a second activation. Flagellation’s initial damage increased by 270%, additional damage from spending combo points increased by 160%, and deals damage 1 time upon use (was 3). Conduits Lashing Scars (Venthyr) now causes 4 additional lashes (was 2). This will allow the Rogue to start at 5% Haste upon activation. Fixed an issue that caused the Count the Odds buff to be removed when any Roll the Bones enhancements expire. SHAMAN Chain Lightning damage increased by 35%. Lightning Shield damage increased by 415%. Elemental Earth Shock damage increased by 30%. Earthquake damage increased by 70%. Lava Beam damage increased by 35%. Lava Burst damage reduced by 10%. Enhancement Lava Lash damage increased by 40%. Stormkeeper (Talent) now increases Chain Lightning by 300% (was 2 Lightning Bolts by 150%). Stormbringer can now correctly trigger from Ice Strike (Talent) and Sundering (Talent). Fixed an issue where Stormkeeper (Talent) and Maelstrom Weapon (Talent) were both increasing the damage of Chain Lightning at the same time. Restoration Lava Burst damage reduced by 10%. Fixed an issue where Earthen Wall Totem (Talent) could absorb more damage than intended when an area damage spell hit multiple allies. Covenant Abilities Vesper Totem (Kyrian) damage and healing increased by 25%. Fae Transfusion (Night Fae) damage increased by 25%, the healing from damage conversion increased to 60% (was 40%) and the heal radius increased to 20 yards (was 12 yards). Primordial Wave’s (Necrolord) Enhancement Lightning Bolt effect now deals 150% damage (was 100%). Fixed an issue that caused Primordial Wave (Necrolord) to not be usable on allies that are in Mercenary Mode. Chain Harvest (Venthyr) the damage and healing increased by 15% for Elemental and Restoration Shaman. Chain Harvest (Venthyr) will now light up on the Action Bar when players can cast it instantly through Maelstrom Weapon. WARLOCK Curse of Tongues now lasts 1 minute (was 30 seconds) and lasts 20 seconds against enemy players (was 12 seconds). Affliction Malefic Rapture no longer causes targets to drop Stealth if it deals no damage. Seed of Corruption now properly deals damage and applies Corruption if the Warlock is crowd-controlled when the seed detonates. Demonology Summon Dreadstalkers, Demonic Tyrant, Vilefiend, Nether Portal demons, and Grimoire: Felguard will now listen to primary pet commands. Call Dreadstalkers attack power increased by 10%, and Dreadbite and Dreadlash damage increased by 10%. Destruction Mastery: Chaotic Energies now properly increases the damage of Corruption. Covenant Abilities Scouring Tithe (Kyrian) now requires the Warlock to be facing its target. Decimating Bolt (Necrolord) bonus damage from the target’s missing health increased to 100% (was 60%). Impending Catastrophe (Venthyr) damage while moving towards its target has been increased by 10% and its explosion damage increased by 15%. Impending Catastrophe (Venthyr) no longer damages Totems in its path to the target. WARRIOR Fixed an issue that allowed Intervene to be applied to targets under the effect of Cyclone. Fury Fixed an issue that prevented the Whirlwind buff to not be applied to the Warrior if Whirlwind was cast during Charge. Protection Damage of all abilities increased by 10%. Damage of Thunder Clap increased by an additional 10%. Covenant Abilities Conqueror’s Banner (Necrolord) has been redesigned – Brandish the Conqueror’s Banner, granting 400 Mastery and 30% increased movement speed to you and your 2 nearest allies and preventing movement speed from being reduced below 100%. The cooldown is now 2 minutes (was 3 minutes), duration is now 15 seconds (was 20 seconds), and the Rage generation is now 4 Rage per second for Arms and Protection, and 6 Rage per second for Fury. Conduits Veteran’s Repute (Necrolord) no longer causes Conqueror’s Banner to grant stacks of Glory. Covenants
      Necrolord Covenant Ability Fleshcraft has been redesigned – Form a shield of flesh and bone over 3 seconds (was 4 seconds) that absorbs damage equal to 40% of your maximum health for 2 minutes. While channeling, your damage taken is reduced by 20%. Passive effect – Moving near an enemy’s corpse consumes their essence to reduce Fleshcraft’s cooldown by 1 second. The slime creatures within the Plaguefall dungeon will now grant their buffs when their corpses are consumed by Fleshcraft’s passive effect (was when Fleshcraft was used on their corpses). Soulbinds Volatile Solvent (Plague Deviser Marileth) now triggers when Fleshcraft’s passive effect consumes a corpse’s essence (was when Fleshcraft is cast). Resourceful Fleshcrafting (Bonesmith Heirmir) has been redesigned – When Fleshcraft’s passive effect consumes a corpse, the cooldown of Fleshcraft is reduced by an additional 1 second. Anima Conductor: Flowing Power – House of Rituals Skelton Command now summons a skeleton when Fleshcraft’s passive effect consumes a corpse. This effect has a 5 second cooldown between summoning skeletons. Night Fae Spirits within The Queen’s Conservatory are eager to return to life and will now automatically provide players with their reward without having to speak to them first. Soulbinds Fixed an issue that sometimes caused players to die through Podtender (Dreamweaver) if the lethal blow had a large overkill. Venthyr The Ember Court Permanent RSVPs Guests who you have reached Best Friend status with now give you a permanent RSVP. The Permanent RSVP will allow all characters on your account to invite that guest to future Ember Courts without completing their RSVP quest again. Temel in Sinfall now sells a Bind on Account book at Exalted with the Ember Court. The book will teach your Dredger Butler how to handle the Cleanup and Restocking quests that follow the Ember Courts. One-time reputation items from Temel and Lady Ilinca will no longer appear once learned. Droman Aliothe’s RSVP no longer requires players to venture to Bastion and Maldraxxus for items. Soulbinds Fixed an issue that allowed Service in Stone (General Draven) to be parried. Dungeons and Raids
      Halls of Atonement Loyal Stoneborn now persists for 45 seconds when Charmed by a Venthyr player (was 30 seconds). Loyal Stoneborn damage is now reduced by 50% while Charmed and Stoneborn Boon duration increased to 45 seconds (was 30 seconds). Sanguine Depths Anima Cage's now persist for 1 minute after activation (was 45 seconds). While active, Sinfall Boon is applied to players when any enemy is slain nearby (was certain enemy types) and duration increased to 75 seconds (was 60 seconds). Moved one of the Anima Cages away from a patrolling Chamber Sentinel. Mythic Keystone Dungeons The formula for determining the level of the first Mythic Keystone players receive each week has been adjusted. Previously, players would always receive a Keystone 1 level below the highest they'd completed so far in Season 1. After this change, Keystone level will continue to decrease by 1 per week until players again complete a higher level Keystone. For example, a player who completes a level 15 Keystone will receive a level 14 Keystone the following week. If they do not complete a 15 or higher Keystone that week, they will receive a level 13 Keystone the week after. Plaguefall Domina Venomblade Brood Assassins no longer trigger the Necrotic Affix. Sanguine Depths General Kaal’s Gauntlet Stonewall Gargons no longer trigger the Necrotic Affix. Items and Rewards
      The community voted mount, The Wandering Ancient, is now available! Gear acquired from Mythic Keystone dungeons are now upgradable with Valor, a new currency that is earned from completing Mythic Keystone dungeons and covenant Callings. The weekly Valor cap will start at 5000 Valor earnable in the first week, and will increase by 750 Valor each week. There will be a maximum of 1500 Valor a character can hold at a time. Gear that dropped before the patch is unable to be upgraded. 200 Item Level: Initial item upgrade level. 207 Item Level: Requires the Keystone Explorer achievement – Earned by completing all eight Shadowlands dungeons at Mythic 5 or higher, within the time limit. 213 Item Level: Requires the Shadowlands Keystone Conqueror achievement – Earned by completing all Shadowlands dungeons at Mythic 10 or higher, within the time limit. 220 Item Level: Requires the Shadowlands Keystone Master achievement – Earned by completing all Shadowlands dungeons at Mythic 15 or higher, within the time limit. Completing a Mythic Keystone dungeon after the timer has ended will now reward a second item. The item level of the second item will be slightly lower (e.g. finishing a Mythic 7 Keystone dungeon, but not completing the timer now rewards the party with a 200 iLvl item and a 197 iLvl item. The Great Vault raid loot requirements is now defeat 3/6/9 raid bosses (was 3/7/10). Potency Conduits now also drop in Castle Nathria. Once players reach 40 Renown with their Covenant, the weekly quest to gather 1000 Anima will now award you with 1500 gold. Once players have recruited the maximum amount of Souls for their Covenant, your weekly quest to rescue Souls from the Maw will now award you with 500 Anima. Rhinestone Sunglasses can now be used in transmogrification and will appear in your collection once found. Vendor prices for items below item level 75 have been adjusted. The Lightless Force weapon enchant no longer targets out-of-combat or crowd-controlled enemies. The Hunger of the Pack trinket now grants the Speed stat instead of movement speed percentage. The Barrier Generator Toy can no longer be used in instanced PvP. Runecarving Legendary Items
      Death Knight Blood Phearomones now grants 10% Haste while inside your Death and Decay (was 8%). Crimson Rune Weapon now causes Dancing Rune Weapon to generate 5 Bone Shield charges and reduces the cooldown of Dancing Rune Weapon by 5 seconds (was 3 seconds). Vampiric Aura now increases the duration of Vampiric Blood by 3 seconds and grants 5% Leech for the duration. Gorefiend’s Domination now also grants 45 Runic Power when Vampiric Blood is used. Unholy Reanimated Shambler explosion damage increased by 5% and now approximately procs every 1.75 minutes (was 1.5). Demon Hunter Fel Bombardment’s buff duration has been increased to 40 seconds (was 30 seconds) and the chance to trigger increased by 5%. Darkglare Medallion’s chance to trigger increased to 40% (was 20%) and now also refunds the Fury of the casted Eye Beam or Fel Devastation. Havoc Burning Wound damage over time damage increased 100% and Immolation Aura damage increased by 65% (was 50%). Vengeance The casted Eye Beam from Collective Anguish’s summoned ally now always deals critical strikes. Spirit of the Darkness Flame’s Fiery Brand instant damage increased by 20% (was 15%). Druid Feral Cat-Eye Curio now restores 30% Energy (was 25%). Increased both Frenzyband effects by 50%. Guardian Legacy of the Sleeper’s Berserk description now notes that the Druid is immune to crowd-control while active. Restoration Verdant Infusion extends the duration of your heal over time effects on the Swiftmend target by 10 seconds (was 8 seconds). Hunter Beast Mastery Dire Command now has a 30% chance to trigger (was 20%). Rylakstalker’s Piercing Fangs critical damage increased to 35% (was 20%). Flamewaker’s Cobra Sting now has a 50% chance to trigger (was 25%). Qa’pla, Eredun War Order now resets the cooldown of Kill Command (was reduces the cooldown by 5 seconds) and has an additional passive effect – Barbed Shot deals 10% increased damage. Marksmanship Surging Shots now causes Rapid Fire to deal 35% additional damage (was 25%). Eagletalon’s True Focus now also increases the duration of Trueshot by 3 seconds and reduces all Focus costs by 25% (was 50%). Serpentstalker’s Trickery no longer triggers Wild Spirits (Night Fae Ability) twice. Survival Latent Poison Injectors damage increased by 15%. Mage Disciplinary Command increases Critical Strike damage by 20% (was 15%). Expanded Potential procs per minute increased to 2 (was 1.66). Arcane Arcane Harmony damage per stack increased to 8% (was 7%) and the effect stacks up to 18 times (was 15). Fire Molten Skyfall now calls down a Meteor after casting 18 Fireballs or Pyroblasts (was 25). Sun King’s Blessing now requires consuming 8 Hot Streaks (was 12) and grants Combustion for 6 seconds (was 5 seconds) Frost Cold Front now calls down a Frozen Orb after casting 30 Frostbolts or Flurries (was 60). Freezing Winds now triggers Fingers of Frost every 2 seconds (was 3 seconds). Monk Shaohao’s Might now causes Tiger Palm to have a 40% chance (was 10%) to deal 300% of normal damage (was 250%) and reduce the remaining cooldown of your Brews by 2 additional seconds (was 1 second). Brewmaster Mighty Pour now causes Celestial Brew to increase your Armor by 50% (was 25%) for 8 seconds (was 7 seconds), and causes Purifying Brew to have a 35% chance to not consume a charge (was 25%). Mistweaver Clouded Focus healing increased by 20% (was 15%) and mana cost reduced by 20% (was 15%). Windwalker Xuen’s Battlegear critical strike chance increased by 50% (was 30%) and Fists of Fury cooldown reduced by 5 seconds (was 2.5 seconds). Paladin Vanguard’s Momentum increases Holy damage done by 4% (was 3%) for 10 seconds (was 8 seconds). Of Dusk and Dawn buff duration increased to 12 seconds (was 8 seconds) and Blessing of Dusk damage reduction increased to 4% (was 3%). Holy Inflorescence of the Sunwell increases Infusion of Light effects by 30% (was 20%). Shadowbreaker, Dawn of the Sun buff duration increased to 8 seconds (was 6 seconds). Maraad’s Dying Breath’s healing bonus to Light of the Martyr no longer increases self-damage taken. Additionally, Maraad’s Dying Breath now causes all Light of the Martyr self-damage to be dealt over 5 seconds Protection The Ardent Protector’s Sanctum has been redesigned – When Ardent Defender saves you from death, it restores 40% additional health. When Ardent Defender expires without saving you from death, its remaining cooldown is reduced by 40% (was 60 seconds). Fixed an issue with The Ardent Protector’s Sanctum that caused Ardent Defender casts to put nearby Protection Paladin’s Ardent Defender on cooldown. Fixed an issue that caused The Magistrate’s Judgment to be consumed when casting a free Word of Glory through Shining Light. Retribution Final Verdict damage has been increased by 15%. The Magistrate's Judgment now grants the proper amount of Crusade stacks when Holy Power is spent while under its effect. Priest Cauterizing Shadows’ healing increased by 36% and can now critically strike. Discipline Cauterizing Shadows now functions with Mastery: Grace. Kiss of Death reduces the cooldown of Shadow Word: Death by 12 seconds (was 8 seconds). Holy Divine Image now casts Searing Light when Shadow Word: Pain or Mindgames (Venthyr Ability) are used, and casts Holy Nova when Unholy Nova (Necrolord Ability) is used. Additionally, if the Priest is crowd controlled while Divine Image is active, the image will cast single target healing spells on nearby low-hp allies. Divine Image spell-mirroring cooldown removed (e.g. queueing a Shadow Word: Death after a Holy Fire will now trigger 2 Searing Lights). Flash Concentration buff duration increased to 20 seconds (was 15 seconds). Measured Contemplation is now cleared upon starting an Arena match. Shadow Painbreaker Psalm generates up to 30 Insanity (was 20) and now functions with Death and Madness (Talent). Shadowflame Rift’s damage has been increased by 40%. Rogue Mark of the Master Assassin now only affects auto-attack and Rogue abilities’ critical strike chance. Tiny Toxic Blade now causes Shiv to deal 500% increased damage (was 350%). Essence of Bloodfang damage increased by 30%. Assassination Doomblade now deals an additional 45% Bleed damage (was 30%). Duskwalker’s Patch reduces Vendetta’s cooldown for every 30 Energy you expend (was 50 Energy). Outlaw Guile Charm increases your damage dealt by up to 15% (was 10%) and lasts up to 12 seconds (was 10 seconds). Greenskin’s Wickers increases the damage of your next Pistol Shot by 300% (was 200%). Concealed Blunderbuss now has a chance to fire your next Pistol Shot 3 additional times (was 2). Subtlety The Rotten now causes Backstab to deal 50% increased damage (was 30%). Deathly Shadows increases all damage dealt by 20% (was 15%) for 15 seconds (was 12 seconds). Shaman Elemental Echoes of Great Sundering now causes Earthquake to deal 120% additional damage (was 175%). Enhancement Legacy of the Frost Witch now causes Stormstrike to deal 30% increased damage (was 15%). The debuff from Doom Winds now persists through death. Restoration Jonat’s Natural Focus now increases the next Chain Heal by 20% (was 10%). Spiritwalker’s Tidal Totem now reduces mana cost of Healing Wave and Chain Heal by 40% (was 25%). Warlock Affliction Malefic Wrath duration increased to 10 seconds (was 8 seconds) and damage per stack increased to 35% (was 25%). Wrath of Consumption duration increased to 30 seconds (was 20 seconds) and periodic damage increased to 6% (was 5%). Wrath of Consumption now properly increases the damage of Scouring Tithe’s (Kyrian) periodic effects. Demonology Implosive Potential’s Haste buff duration increased to 12 seconds (was 8 seconds). Balespider’s Burning Core increases the damage of Demonbolt by 15% per stack (was 8% per stack). Grim Inquisitor’s Dread Calling increased to 4% per stack (was 3% per stack). Destruction Madness of the Azj’aqir duration increased to 4 seconds (was 3 seconds). Embers of the Diabolic Raiment now properly generate 6 Soul Shard Fragments when dealing a critical strike with Incinerate. Warrior Arms Enduring Blow’s chance to apply the Colossus Smash effect increased to 25% (was 15%) and duration increased to 6 seconds (was 5 seconds). Battlelord now triggers from Overpower (was Slam) and reduces the Rage cost of your next Mortal Strike by 15 Rage (was 12). Exploiter’s Mortal Strike damage bonus increased to 50% (was 25%) and the damage bonus for Venthyr Warriors increased to 36% (was 18%). Fury Cadence of Fujieda duration increased to 12 seconds (was 8 seconds). Will of the Berserker duration increased to 12 seconds (was 8 seconds). Reckless Defense now triggers from all Rampage hits (was Rampage critical strikes) and reduces the remaining cooldown of Recklessness and Enraged Regeneration by 1 second (was 3 seconds). Protection Reprisal has been redesigned – Charge and Intervene grant you Shield Block for 4 seconds, Revenge!, and generates 20 Rage. Unbreakable Will now also grants an additional charge of Shield Wall. Seismic Reverberation damage increased to 75% (was 40%). Player versus Player
      Battlegrounds The Horde flag size in Warsong Gulch and Twin Peaks have been increased to match the size of the Alliance flag. Focused Assault and Brutal Assault now increase damage taken by 10% per stack and reduces healing received by 5% per stack in Warsong Gulch, Twin Peaks, and Eye of the Storm. Deepwind Gorge side-capture point flags now spawn 14 seconds after the battleground has begun, and the central flag spawns 18 seconds after the battleground has begun (was immediately at start). Fixed an issue that caused Battle Flags to not be usable in Wintergrasp or Ashran Battlegrounds. Bloodlust, Heroism, Time Warp, Primal Rage and Drums of Heroism/Maelstrom are no longer usable during the Battleground preparation phase. Ashran Maximum player count per faction is now 35 (was 30). Starting reinforcements are now 175 (was 150). To allow both factions to have easier access to Star Root Tubers and Song Flowers, both these tasty treats will now spawn alongside each other in the Dark Woods and Root Den. Artifact Fragment cost to summon Kronus and Fangrall reduced to 1500 (was 3000). Horde and Alliance tower mages are now worth 30 Reinforcements when slain (was 50). Horde and Alliance tower mages have had their spells adjusted: Rylai Crestfall – Alliance Tower Mage Northrend Winds now deals 15% of the target’s maximum health in Frost damage. Frostbolt now deals 8% of the target’s maximum health in Frost damage. Frostbolt Volley now deals 15% of the target’s maximum health in Frost damage. No longer casts Mass Polymorph. Jeron Emberfall – Horde Tower Mage Fireball now deals 8% of the target’s maximum health in Fire damage. Combustion Nova now deals 15% of the target’s maximum health in Fire damage. Ignite now deals 1% of the target’s maximum health in Fire damage. Living Bomb initial spell now deals 5% of the target’s maximum health in Fire damage. Living Bomb explosion now deals 15% of the target’s maximum health in Fire damage. Living Bomb no longer causes a knockback when exploding. Magma Blast cast by Jeron’s summoned Lava Fury now deals 5% of the target’s maximum health in Fire damage. Isle of Conquest Glaive Thrower health has been increased by 40%. Alliance and Horde Commander health increased by 50%. Demolisher health increased by 25%. Catapult health increased by 100%. The amount of siege damage required to break down keep walls has been increased by 20%. Wintergrasp Broken Temple and Sunken Ring Workshops are now controlled by the attacking team when the battle starts. Wintergrasp Wall, Wintergrasp Fortress Wall, and Wintergrasp Fortress Gate health has been reduced by 20%. Destroying Towers reduces match time by 8 minutes (was 5 minutes). Siege Engine’s Steam Rush ability deals 20-35% of a player’s health (was 30-45%). Demolisher’s Hurl Boulder ability deals 20-25% of a player’s health (was 36%). Demolishers will now more consistently deal siege damage when striking fortress walls and towers. After 5 minutes, all players in the battleground who do not have a rank (including players who join late) will now be granted the rank of Corporal. Classes Ashen Hallow (Venthyr Paladin), Spear of Bastion (Kyrian Warrior), Resonating Arrow (Kyrian Hunter), and Wild Spirits (Night Fae Hunter) visual effects are now more easily distinguishable when cast by enemy players. Death Knight Removed the stun when summoning the temporary ghoul version of Raise Dead (Rank 1) in PvP. The Satiated debuff from Rune of Sanguination is now removed when entering PvP instances. Demon Hunter Vengeance Corrected an issue that was causing Illidan’s Grasp (PvP Talent) recast effect to not toss the target. Hunter Roar of Sacrifice (PvP Talent) can no longer be cast while the Hunter’s pet is dead or crowd controlled. Mage Ice Form (PvP Talent) is no longer on the global cooldown to match Icy Veins, the ability it replaces. Icy Propulsion conduit now correctly functions with Ice Form (PvP Talent). Nether Precision and Arcane Prodigy conduits now correctly function with Arcane Empowerment (PvP Talent). Paladin Holy Divine Vision (PvP Talent) now reduces the cooldown of Aura Mastery by 1 minute (was grants Shadow Resistance Aura). Ultimate Sacrifice (PvP Talent) now causes Blessing of Sacrifice to last 6 seconds in addition to its existing effects. Fixed an issue that sometimes caused Cleanse the Weak (PvP Talent) to not dispel multiple debuffs. Protection Steed of Glory (PvP Talent) will now grant immunity to roots and snares only (was all crowd controlling effects). Fixed an issue that prevented the Royal Decree conduit from affecting Guardian of the Forgotten Queen (PvP Talent). Retribution Fixed an issue that was causing the resurrection bonus from Ultimate Retribution (PvP Talent) to not be applied to the Paladin when an ally died. Priest Greater Fade is now cancelled when players attempt to capture a PvP objective. Mass Dispel no longer cancels Greater Fade. Shadow Greater Fade (PvP Talent) is no longer cancelled when Mind Bomb triggers or Shadow Crash (Talent) deals damage. Rogue Outlaw Control is King (PvP Talent) can no longer override an Adrenaline Rush with a longer duration. Subtlety Shadowy Duel (PvP Talent) can no longer be cast on targets that have immunities active, such as Ice Block or Divine Shield. Shaman Hex now interrupts players that are channeling to capture a PvP objective if the player is susceptible to Hex. Warlock Amplify Curse (PvP Talent) cooldown reduced to 30 seconds (was 45 seconds). Casting Circle (PvP Talent) no longer causes Unending Resolve to stop granting its interrupt immunity. Demon Armor (PvP Talent) increases Armor by 160% (was 90%). Affliction Fixed an issue where Rapid Contagion (PvP Talent) could be used while under the effects of crowd control abilities. Warrior Barbarian (PvP talent) no longer resets the cooldown of all Heroic Leap charges when used with Leaper (Legendary Effect). Arms Fixed an issue that caused War Banner (PvP Talent) to expire early if there were multiple War Banners active. Protection Fixed an issue that caused Overwatch (PvP Talent) to be incorrectly consumed by reflected damage procs and area of effect spells. The Maw
      A new account-wide unlock has been added to Ve'nari that reveals teleport nodes on all the long walkable chains in Torghast so you can quickly cross the chains and no longer have to face your fear of heights. Reduced the health and amount of Anima Devourers required for Stage 1 of the Winged Soul Eaters Hunt. Torghast, Tower of the Damned
      A brief description of each wing is now available before embarking on any given Torghast run. To better increase your odds of success, a recommended item level will now be displayed when selecting which Layer difficulty to attempt. Reduced the amount of enemies on multiple floors. Anima Powers Kyrian Parliament Stone increases speed by 50% (was 30%) and now also increases dodge chance by 25%. Can be obtained 1 time (was 2). Necrolord New Anima Power: Desolate Chitin (Uncommon) – Fleshcraft absorbs 50% more damage. Can be obtained 3 times. Malevolent Stitching increases your primary stat by 20% (was 8%) and is now Uncommon rarity (was Rare). Can be obtained 1 time (was 3). Musophobic Femur has been removed. Night Fae New Anima Power: Frigid Wildseed (Epic) – Activating Soulshape stuns enemies within 12 yards of the departure and destination location for 6 seconds. Can be obtained 1 time. New Anima Power: Ethereal Wildseed (Uncommon) – Soulshape and Flicker heal you for 20% of your maximum health. Can be obtained 2 times. Clinging Fog and Crystallized Dreams have been removed. Venthyr Gnarled Key reduces Door of Shadows cast time by 20% (was 10%) and reduces its cooldown by 6 seconds per stack (was 3 seconds). Stacks up to 5 times (was 10). Death Knight New Anima Power: Entropic Pool (Epic) – Dealing damage with Death and Decay increases damage you deal to the target by 2%. This effect stacks. New Anima Power: Bone Borrower (Rare) – Death Grip reduces the target’s damage dealt to you by 20% for 10 seconds, and animates a Risen Skulker or Magus of the Dead for 1 minute. Damage dealt by the minions summoned by Bone Borrower and Bone Harvester have been significantly increased. Occult Emitter has been redesigned – Now increases Runic Power generation by 100% while affected by your Anti-Magic Shell or Anti-Magic Zone. Monstrous Concoction has been redesigned – Now increases damage and attack speed for you and all your minions by 10% for 8 seconds whenever you cast Death Coil. Exterminator has been redesigned – Now gives 2 additional max charges of Death Grip and killing a Mawrat resets all charges. Stacks 2 times. Darkreaver’s Ward now also increases Anti-Magic Shell duration by 3 seconds and no longer increases the spell damage reduction of Anti-Magic Zone. Darkreaver’s Lens spell reflection now also applies to Anti-Magic Shell. Creeping Decay now has an additional charge and no longer grants 10% damage reduction while in your Death and Decay. Death Turf now also reduces damage you take from enemies by 10% while in your Death and Decay. Unbreakable Cuffs now also increases Physical and Frost damage you deal to affected enemies by 15% and no longer increases the duration of Chains of Ice. Blood-Tinged Poker now increases Sacrificial Pact damage by 400% (was 300%) and reduces Raise Dead’s cooldown to 20 seconds (was 25 seconds). Lich Robes now reduces the cooldown of Lichborne by 4 seconds (was 10 seconds) per 10 Runic Power spent (was using Death Strike). Stacks 2 times (was 3). Force Pull has been renamed Death Hook and has an additional effect – Causes Death Grip to instead pull you to the target. Phearomones is now Uncommon rarity. Deathlord’s Lesson, Deathlord’s Legacy, and Animate Armaments have been removed. Demon Hunter Soarstone now heals for 6% per second (was 3%). Shifting Signet now reduces the Metamorphosis cooldown by 30% (was 15%). Stacks up to 3 times (was 4). Phantasmal Iris damage increased by 5% (was 1%). Seeker’s Rage now increases the damage of your Demon Blades, Demon’s Bite, or Shear by 2% per stack (was 20%) when destroying an Ashen Phylactery, and the effect is no longer consumed when casting Demon Blades, Demon’s Bite, or Shear. Ragehoof now reduces the cooldown of Metamorphosis by 6 seconds when killing a Mawrat (was extends the duration). Furywing no longer deals damage to you if Fel Rush or Infernal Strike fail to deal damage. Sacrificial Soul-Ash now properly increases the damage of Elysian Decree (Kyrian Ability). Druid Fixed an issue that rarely caused Druids to remain in a stunned state if they died while inside Podtender (Dreamweaver Soulbind). Hunter Bag of Mawrat Eyes can no longer be overwritten by a shorter duration self-cast Bestial Wrath. Fixed an issue that caused Fogged Crystal and Amplifying Crystal to sometimes remain active once Misdirection has expired. Mage New Anima Power: Gravity Dynamo (Epic) – Knocking, Rooting, or Incapacitating enemies grants you 50% extra damage to fire, arcane, and frost spells for 8 seconds. New Anima Power: Chronomancer’s Hourglass (Rare) – During Alter Time, you and your Mirror Images gain Time Warp. New Anima Power: Sorceror’s Frozen Soul (Rare) – Ice Block has no cooldown. New Anima Power: Incanter’s Ward (Uncommon) – Damage absorbed by your Barriers grants up to 20% increased Intellect, based on the amount absorbed. New Anima Power: Eldritch Teachings (Common) – Pyroblast, Flurry, and Arcane Barrage damage increased by 25%. Dimensional Blade now refreshes your Blink cooldown when blinking through an enemy, and blinking through Mawrats will kill them instantly (was blinking through a Mawrat will instantly kill it and grant 3 charges of Blink). Sapphire Prism now summons 2 additional Mirror Images per stack (was 1) and is now Common rarity. Creeping Freeze now functions without Everwarm Socks, and can now be acquired at any time. Lingering Torments (Venthyr) increases damage of Mirrors of Torment by 25% (was 10%). Malevolence (Venthyr) now causes Mirrors of Torment’s cooldown to reset if the target dies while afflicted (was: Mirror damage had to be the killing blow). Maldo’s Enchanted Cane, Polymorbid Rat Liver, Tome of Zoomancy, and Alluring Cheese have been removed. Priest New Anima Power: Dark Technique (Rare) – Enemies affected by Mind Bomb or Psychic Scream suffer 5% of your health in damage every 1 second. This damage cannot break Mind Bomb or Psychic Scream. New Anima Power: Voidwraith Signet (Rare) – Killing an enemy with Shadow Word: Death summons a Voidwraith guardian for 1 minute that casts Void Flay, dealing 100% additional damage against enemies that are above 50% health. New Anima Power: Soul of an Archon (Rare) – Power Infusion now also increases all periodic damage and healing by 100%. New Anima Power: Cowl of Influence (Uncommon) – You can now control your character during Mind Control, but it has a 30 second cooldown. New Anima Power: Light-Infused Egg (Uncommon) – Smite / Mind Flay have a 15% / 5% chance to grant you Power Infusion. New Anima Power: Fallen Priest’s Blessing (Common) – Casting Holy Fire or Mind Blast increases the damage or healing of your next Devouring Plague by 30%, Penance by 30% or Chastise by 60%. This effect stacks, but its duration is not refreshed. Enduring Spirit spell duration increased by 80% (was 50%). Puppetmaster’s Strings can no longer be offered to the player unless Cowl of Influence is known. Earworm chance to trigger increased to 5% per stack (was 3%). Mindmancer’s Handgloves now increases the damage of Mindgames by 20% (was reduce cast speed). Vandal’s Zeal can now be obtained 3 times (was 1). Psychic Wallet, Soul Sapper, and Art of Phantasmal Healing have been removed. Catharstick now properly triggers from Shadow Word: Pain cast by Vampiric Touch through the Shadow talent, Misery. Rogue Fixed an issue that caused Silent Footpads to not increase Rogue’s melee damage. Silent Footpads can now activated from Stealth through Vanish. Shaman New Anima Power: Depleted Tesla Coil (Epic) – Gain the effects of Stormkeeper every 15 seconds. New Anima Power: Pure Elemental Core (Rare) – Increases the duration of your Fire Elemental or Storm Elemental) by 50% for Elemental. Increases the duration of Feral Spirits by 100% for Enhancement. When you drop Spirit Link Totem, immediately heal all allies for 15% of their maximum Health, and harm all enemies in the radius for 15% of their max Health for Restoration. Stacks up to 2 times. New Anima Power: Bottle of Swirling Maelstrom (Common) Increases Earthquake and Earth Shock damage for Elemental, increases Maelstrom Weapon bonus damage and healing for Enhancement, and periodically deals nature damage to enemies inside of your Healing Rain for Restoration. Stacks up to 3 times. Storm Conduit now increases nature and frost damage by 50% (was Lightning Bolt and Chain Lightning). Tsunami Relic now increases healing done by 50% (was casting healing spells faster). Blood of Heroes now also causes your first Bloodlust or Heroism per floor to not incur its cooldown and is now Rare rarity. Deathseer Choker damage and healing per totem increased by 10% (was 5%). Heart of the Deathseer has been redesigned – Chain Lightning hits 3 additional targets and damage increases by 20% per jump for Elemental and Restoration. Lava Lash now spreads Flame Shock to 5 nearby targets, and Lava Lash damage is increased by 500% for Enhancement. Ghost Bone and Shield of Spirits have been removed. Warlock Detonation Torch has been redesigned – Increases Shadowbolt, Drain Soul (Talent), Demonic Core, and Incinerate damage by 75% per stack. Stacks up to 3 times. Inferno Skewers has been redesigned – Increases the damage of Seed of Corruption, Implosion, and Rain of Fire by 75%. Stacks up to 4 times. Pact of Thickness now increases summoned demons health and damage by 50% (was only demon health). Smoking Shard of Teleportation buff duration increased to 15 seconds (was 10 seconds). Bottled Shadow duration increased to 30 seconds (was 15 seconds). Visage of Lethality has been redesigned – When you are struck in melee by an auto-attack, you fear all nearby enemies for 8 seconds. The effect can happen once every 45 seconds. Hellfire Pact and Crystal of Perpetual Displacement have been removed. Warrior New Anima Power: Glory of Skyhold (Rare) – Heroic Leap gains 2 additional charges. Can be obtained 1 time. New Anima Power: Blade of the Tideskorn (Rare)– You yell a Demoralizing Shout (Protection) or a Piercing Howl (Arms and Fury) when you land your Heroic Leap. Can be obtained 1 time.Repulsive Pennant now deals damage to all enemies within 15 yards of you every 3 seconds while Conqueror’s Banner is active. Can be obtained 2 times (was 3). New Anima Power: Weathered Runestone (Uncommon) – Berserker Rage increases the damage of Overpower, Raging Blow, or Revenge by 40%. Can be obtained 3 times. New Anima Power: Thorium Hairpin (Uncommon) – Whirlwind generates 10 Rage for Arms and Protection, and 4 additional Rage for Fury. Can be obtained 3 times. New Anima Power: Gargolmar’s Shattered Hand (Uncommon) – Victory Rush reduces the remaining cooldown of Heroic Leap by 10 seconds. Can be obtained 3 times. New Anima Power: Ancient Rubble (Common) – Heroic Leap shatters the ground where you land, dealing Physical damage over 10 seconds to enemies within 16 yards. Can be obtained 4 times. Brawler’s Brass Knuckles increases Rage generation by 25% (was 20%). Can be obtained 4 times (was 5). Edge of Hatred increases the damage of Rampage, Mortal Strike, and Shield Slam by 25% (was 20%). Can be obtained 4 times (was 5). Fan of Longswords chance to cast Whirlwind increased to 100% (was 33%). Can be obtained 1 time (was 3). Succulent Carpaccio now also reduces the cooldown of Ignore Pain by 3 seconds for Arms and Fury. Unchanged for Protection. Voracious Culling Blade increases Condemn’s (Venthyr Ability) damage by 50% (was 100%). Smoldering Inertia damage bonus decreased to 100% (was 200%) and the duration increased to 6 seconds (was 4 seconds). Spattered Soles, Ragemote, and Champion's Decree have been removed. WoW Companion App
      Changed the expansion select button action to a tap and added a button to switch expansions in the menu. Developers' note: We received feedback that players were having trouble remembering the expansion switch tutorial so we simplified the action and added a second way to switch expansions. Clarified the region and character select flow. Developers' note: We changed the flow based on feedback to help clarify and resolve the wrong region being selected versus having no characters in a region. Fixed an issue where news articles didn't show content when the phone's language did not match the article's language. Fixed an issue with duplicate Missions and Callings. Various updates to Adventures. To view all content update notes, click here.
       
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