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Patch 9.2 PTR Development Notes: January 11th

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This week's Patch 9.2 update contains class changes, set bonus updates, more details about wearing two legendary items simultaneously, Maldraxxus Arena, and more. Here are the official dev notes with more information.

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Hello everyone! Here’s what you can find in today’s PTR update:

CLASSES

  • Death Knight
    • Abomination Limb (Necrolord Ability) damage increased by 20%.
    • Abomination’s Frenzy (Necrolord Runecarving Power) now increases enemy damage taken from the Death Knight by 20% (was 10%), and enemies affected by Abomination’s Frenzy now also take increased damage from your Minions for the duration.
    • Convocation of the Dead (Conduit) now reduces the cooldown of Apocalypse by 1 second per Festering Wound burst at all ranks and now also increases Festering Wound damage by 15%.
    • Eternal Hunger (Conduit) increases Minion damage by 6% (was 3%).
    • Embrace Death (Conduit) causes Sudden Doom to increase Death Coil damage by 40% (was 35%).
    • Brutal Grasp (Conduit) increases Abomination Limb damage by 30% (was 15%).
  • Demon Hunter
    • Class Sets
      • Havoc
        • 2-piece: Increases Blade Dance and Chaos Strike damage by 20%. This bonus also applies to Death Sweep and Annihilation while in Metamorphosis.
        • 4-piece: Reworked – Every 60 Fury you consume reduces the cooldown of Metamorphosis by 1 second.
      • Vengeance
        • 4-piece: Consuming a Lesser Soul Fragment reduces the remaining cooldown of your Immolation Aura or Fel Devastation by 1 second.
  • Hunter
    • The following beneficial effects will now show up above the player’s resource display: Bestial Wrath, Coordinated Assault, Steady Focus, and Trueshot.
  • Paladin
    • Ashen Hallow (Venthyr Ability) can now be canceled early by pressing its button again.
    • Radiant Embers (Venthyr Runecarving Power) now increases Ashen Hallow’s duration by 50%. Cancelling your Ashen Hallow early will reduce its cooldown by up to 50%, proportional to its remaining duration.
  • Shaman
    • Discover 2 new glyphs to change the appearance of the Ghost Wolf form: Spectral Lupine and Spectral Vulpine
  • Warlock
    • Class Sets
      • Affliction
        • 2-piece: When Malefic Rapture extends Absolute Corruption, it instead causes the target to take damage equivalent to a tick of Corruption.
        • 4-piece: Drain Soul’s chance to trigger a free Malefic Rapture has been increased to 10% (was 4%).
      • Demonology
        • 4-piece: Malicious Imps no longer grant a Demonic Core and no longer grant a Soul Shard when slain. Malicious Imp damage has been increased and chance to summon a Malicious Imp has been increased to 15% per Soul Shard spent (was 5%).
      • Destruction
        • 2-piece: The chance to trigger the effect is no longer random. Chaos Bolt or Rain of Fire can now be cast for free after every 10 Soul Shards are spent.
        • 4-piece: Name changed from Blasphrit to Blasphemy and now summons a Blasphemy Infernal instead of a generic Infernal. If a Blasphemy Infernal is already active and would be summoned again, its duration is extended by 8 seconds instead and does impact damage at its current location. Additionally, Blasphemy grants Rain of Chaos for his duration if it’s talented.

COVENANTS

  • Soulbinds
    • Venthyr
      • The root effect from Nimble Steps (Nadjia the Mistblade) now properly breaks when enough damage is taken.

PLAYER VERSUS PLAYER

  • New Arena: Maldraxxus Coliseum
  • Shaman
    • Restoration
      • The root effect from Earthgrab Totem (Talent) now properly counts absorbed damage when determining if enough damage has been taken to break the root effect.

RUNECARVING

  • New Legendary belt and Runecarving Power: Cinch of Unity – Empowered with your current covenant’s Runecarving Power that will switch freely alongside your character whenever swapping covenants. Additionally, this new Legendary can be equipped alongside another Shadowlands Legendary in a different armor slot, giving you two powerful legendary effects to boost your power.
    • If you’d like to craft the new covenant-swapping Runecarving Power on a different armor slot, a new Runecarving Memory is available on the Enlightened reputation vendor that will let you do so.
    • Developers’ note: Setzertauren in Oribos has the Legendary belt available for testing on the PTR.
  • Cosmic Flux – A new currency for upgrading Runecarving legendaries, buying items off Enlightened brokers, and for using the new Creation Catalyst feature. Rewarded from a variety of activities in Shadowlands Season 3, such as defeating raid bosses, PvP, Mythic+, Torghast, Tower of the Damned, and Zereth Mortis activities.
    • Developers’ note: The Creation Catalyst will become available in a later PTR build.

TORGHAST, TOWER OF THE DAMNED

  • Anima Powers
    • Monk
      • Corrosive Dosage now stacks up to 3 times (was 5).

ZERETH MORTIS

  • Protoform Synthesis
    • More components and schematics have been added.
  • New side quests are available.

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