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Patch 9.2 PTR Development Notes: January 18th

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We have a big batch of changes arriving on the PTR today, with quite a lot of class tuning, the Mythic+ affix revealed (and it is actually called Encrypeted), the new arena map, and more! 

Blizzard LogoPTR, January 18 (Source)

Hiya! :smiley_cat:
Here are this week’s PTR notes:

CLASSES

  • Death Knight
    • Class Sets
      • Blood
        • 4-piece: When you take damage, you have a chance equal to 100% of your Parry chance to lash out, Heart Striking your attacker. Dancing Rune Weapon now summons 2 Rune Weapons.
  • Druid
    • Restoration
      • All healing abilities increased by 10%.
      • All damage abilities increased by 10%.
      • Lifebloom healing over time increased by 12% and bloom heal increased by 20%.
      • Nourish healing (Talent) increased by 15%.
      • Overgrowth (Talent) mana cost reduced by 60%.
      • Inner Peace (Talent) now has an additional effect – While channeling Tranquility, you take 20% reduced damage and are immune to knockbacks.
      • Germination (Talent) now has an additional effect – Rejuvenation duration increased by 2 seconds.
  • Mage
    • Class Sets
      • Arcane
        • 2-piece: Enemies affected by Touch of the Magi take 10% increased Arcane damage (was 18%).
      • Fire
        • 4-piece: Fire Blast and Phoenix Flames now recharge 50% faster while Combustion is active (was 100%).
  • Paladin
    • Ashen Hallow (Venthyr Ability) healing reduced by 15% for all specializations.
    • Holy
      • Ashen Hallow, Hammer of Wrath, Judgment, and Holy Shock damage reduced by 12%.
      • Avenging Wrath (Rank 3) has been removed.
    • Class Sets
      • Protection
        • 4-piece: When you take damage, you have a chance equal to 100% of your Block chance to cast Judgment at your attacker.
  • Priest
    • Holy
      • All healing abilities increased by 10%.
      • All damage abilities increased by 15%.
      • Symbol of Hope cooldown reduced to 3 minutes (was 5 minutes) and channel time reduced to 4 seconds (was 5 seconds).
      • Holy Word: Chastise damage increased by 25%.
      • Prayer Circle (Talent) now also reduces the mana cost of Prayer of Healing by 25%.
      • Guardian Angel (Talent) now has an additional effect – When Guardian Spirit saves the target from death, it does not expire.
      • Afterlife (Talent) now has an additional effect – As a Spirit of Redemption, you may cast Resurrection, which ends the Spirit of Redemption.
      • Binding Heal (Talent) has been removed.
      • Cosmic Ripple (Talent) has been moved and replaces Binding Heal (Talent) on row 40.
      • New Talent (Row 30): Binding Heals – 20% of Heal or Flash Heal healing on other targets also heals you.

DUNGEONS AND RAIDS

  • Mists of Tirna Scithe
    • Drust Spiteclaw’s Bloodletting now has a minimum range, and is only used on players at least 10 yards away.
    • Drust Spiteclaw’s Dying Breath now has a much smaller area of effect. A warning visual and delay has been added to allow time to play around it.
    • Dying Breath debuff duration reduced to 20 seconds (was 30 seconds), and is no longer automatically removed upon leaving combat.
      • Developers’ note: We hoped to see Dying Breath used for high-risk/high-reward plays, but players have found that the risk generally outweighed the reward. This update should make the risk more manageable & make the ability more interesting to play around.
  • Mythic+
    • Affixes
      • New Seasonal Affix: Encrypted – Enemies throughout the dungeon possess relics of the First Ones. Destroy the relics to summon the First Ones’ Automa and gain powerful bonuses, based on the order in which they were destroyed.

ITEMS AND REWARDS

  • Mechagon Peacekeeper, Rusty Mechanocrawler, and Scrapforged Mechaspider can now soar into the sky with their unique flying animation.

PLAYER VERSUS PLAYER

  • New Arena: Maldraxxus Coliseum
    • Developers’ note: Maldraxxus Coliseum will be the only arena available in the queue on the PTR for testing.

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4 hours ago, Staff said:

Paladin

  • Ashen Hallow (Venthyr Ability) healing reduced by 15% for all specializations.
  • Holy
    • Ashen Hallow, Hammer of Wrath, Judgment, and Holy Shock damage reduced by 12%.
    • Avenging Wrath (Rank 3) has been removed.
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Oof, so not just an AH nerf but also an 10% nerf while AW is active.

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