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The class tuning has arrived and we have even more changes than initially announced, as well as buffs for Gnomeregan Salvage!
February 20 (Source)
WoW Classic: Season of Discovery
Increased the number of crafting materials found in Boxes of Gnomeregan Salvage and slightly increased the drop rate of Grime-Encrusted Salvage throughout Gnomeregan. Druid Berserk now also increases the number of targets struck by Lacerate while it is active. Starsurge bonus damage to Starfire increased to 80% (was 66%). Corrected a bug causing this bonus damage to be lower than intended at level 40. Swipe now scales with attack power, gaining 10% of attack power as damage. Threat caused by Swipe greatly increased. Rip duration increased to 16 seconds (was 12 seconds). Hunter Raptor Strike damage when the Melee Specialist rune is active is now normalized weapon damage. Paladin Fixed an issue where Fiery Weapon enchantment and Seal of Martyrdom were triggering each other. Neither can be triggered by the other any longer. Fixed an issue where Fiery Blaze and Fiery Weapon enchantments could trigger or be triggered by Seal of Martyrdom. Those interactions do not happen anymore. Priest Mind Spike damage increased by 10%. Void Plague damage increased by 10%. Shadow Word: Death base damage before modifiers decreased by 40% and spellpower coefficient adusted to 42.9% (was 64.3%). Developers’ notes: Overall, this should result in a 33-40% damage reduction on Shadow Word: Death, depending on the amount of spellpower the priest has. Shadow Word: Death has been doing a larger percentage of overall priest damage than intended, and we feel like this could begin to put additional pressure on healers in PvE, as spellpower gear improves and the damage that priests inflict on themselves continues to scale upwards. It could also prove to be increasingly oppressive in PvP, as it’s an instant attack that can be used on the move, from range, with very little counterplay. Rogue Shuriken Toss bounce range reduced to 10 yards (was 15 yards). Developers’ notes: This should reduce the chance of it bouncing a little too far and pulling extra packs in dungeons. It now matches the range of other chain spells like Chain Lightning and Avenger’s Shield. Shaman Fixed an issue where Fire Nova did not benefit properly from Elemental Mastery. The Dual-Wield Specialization rune now provides 50% bonus damage to your offhand weapon swings. Lava Lash now gains 50% increased damage if Flametongue Weapon is imbued on your offhand. The proc chance of Maelstrom Weapon is now roughly 50% higher when your main hand weapon or your two-hand weapon is imbued with Windfury Weapon.
Blizzard has acknowledged a bug related to the Gnomeregan raid lockout not resetting as it should after the weekly maintenance in Season of Discovery Phase 2. They're looking into the problem and will share more details shortly.
We are aware of an issue that caused some players who became saved to Gnomeregan between 7:00AM PST on Monday, Feb 19th and 7:00AM PST this morning (Tuesday Feb, 20th) to not properly have their raid lockout reset during today’s maintenance as expected.
We are currently investigating this issue and hope to have more information very soon. We greatly appreciate your patience and we apologize for the inconvenience.
– The WoW Classic Team
Blizzard has commented on AoE threat in Season of Discovery Phase 2 and explained their aim for a balance where classes can reliably manage 2-3 mobs with difficulties increasing beyond that.
This approach, reminiscent of Vanilla WoW, emphasizes strategic crowd control and aggro management over the AoE-focused playstyle found in retail WoW.
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There's a lot of class changes in today's SoD Phase 2 hotfixes, as well as plenty of improvements to the STV Blood Moon PvP event and even a little something for Classic Era! There were also improvements for the PvP event related to performance, as Josh Greenfield aka Aggrend commented:
And here are the hotfixes.
February 16 (Source)
WoW Classic: Season of Discovery
Druid Starsurge was incorrectly getting 30% additional critical strike chance when Eclipse (Lunar) was active. It now only gets 30% increased critical strike chance from Eclipse (Solar). Hunter Chimera Shot - Scorpid is now properly mitigated by Weapon Chains and reduction to Disarm effects. Paladin Fixed an issue where Seal of Righteousness ranks 4 and higher did less damage than rank 3. This fix has been applied to Season of Discovery and Classic Era. Priest Spirit of Redemption will no longer be prevented from triggering for Priests whose Dispersion or Pain Suppression is on cooldown. Each Priest now correctly creates their own separate stack of Mind Spike effects on the target, and consumes only their own stack. Fixed an issue where Prayer of Mending was double dipping with Spiritual Healing, and was also increasing by 10% per bounce on top of that. Shaman Fixed an issue where the benefit of Dual Wield Specialization rune could be lost for Shamans when swapping weapon configurations. Fixed an issue where Stormstrike would sometimes do offhand damage despite no offhand equipped. The range on Decoy Totem is now the correctly intended 30 yards, matching the radius of its effect preventing movement impairment. Warlock Subjugate Demon used against players in Metamorphosis now has a 10 second duration, with diminishing duration like other crowd-control effects used on players. It is considered a Charm effect like Mind Control. Stranglethorn Vale PvP Event Warlocks and Hunters participating in the Blood Moon will now resurrect with their last active pet. Fixed an interaction with Blood Moon and Spirit of Redemption resurrecting the fallen Priest earlier than intended. Fixed an issue with Blood Coin turn-ins when a player is the victim of Subjugate Demon or Mind Control. Drained of Blood during the Blood Moon event now also grants immunity to movement impairing effects. Fixed an issue where stacks of Blood for the Blood Loa could sometimes exceed the intended 255. The Chosen of the Blood Loa will now be visible in the spirit world. WoW Classic Era
Paladin Fixed an issue where Seal of Righteousness ranks 4 and higher did less damage than rank 3. This fix has been applied to Season of Discovery and Classic Era.
Update: Blizzard added some nerfs and buffs to DPS Priests, which you can check out here.
Here comes more class tuning for SoD Phase 2, as next week's reset brings changes for Druids, Shamans and Mages, with the Paladin changes already live now.
Class Tuning (Source)
With scheduled weekly maintenance in each region, we’ll make the following adjustments to a few classes in Season of Discovery.
Swipe now scales with attack power, gaining 10% of attack power as damage. Threat caused by Swipe has been greatly increased. The Berserk rune now also causes Lacerate to hit 3 targets. The duration of Rip has been increased to 16 seconds (was 12 seconds). The next Starfire cast after the Starsurge rune ability now has its damage increased to 80% (was 66%). Corrected a bug causing this bonus damage to be lower than intended at level 40. Shaman
The Dual-Wield Specialization rune now provides 50% bonus damage to your offhand weapon swings. Lava Lash now gains 50% increased damage if Flametongue Weapon is imbued on your offhand. The proc chance of Maelstrom Weapon is now roughly 50% higher when your main hand weapon or your two-hand weapon is imbued with Windfury Weapon. Mage
Conjure Water (Rank 5) will now conjure a full stack of 20 with each cast (was 2). Developers’ notes: The tooltip will still indicate that only 2 are conjured. We hope to adjust the tooltip in the future. Paladin
Art of War now reduces the mana cost of Exorcism and Holy Shock by 80% when active. Beacon of Light base mana cost has been greatly decreased. The Paladin changes above were activated on all Season of Discovery realms yesterday, February 14. In this region, the rest of the changes above will go live on February 20.