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Dragonflight Beta: New End-game Testing Realm, Development Notes, Feedback: Priests & Dragonriding, Season 1 Mythic+ Dungeon Pool Datamined

A new build was launched on the beta last night and along with the usual development note updates, a new end-game testing realm was launched that will start with a focus on the new rated solo shuffle, the priests thread got a blue post explaining change philosophies and a couple of changes were posted in the dragonriding thread. Dataminers also found the full list of dungeons that will be in the Dragonflight Season 1 Mythic+ dungeon pool!

End-game Testing Realm Now Open — Valdrakken

Quote from: Blizzard

We’ve opened the test realm Valdrakken for end-game testing, and it’s here that we’ll look for focused feedback and bug reports on end-game content. Testers on this realm are limited to only Stormwind and Orgrimmar, and can proceed using max level character templates.

To start, we’re testing Solo Shuffle. In future weeks, we’ll make this the realm where we test Professions, Mythic+, and raid content.

Beta Development Notes

Quote from: Blizzard

Here is what you can find this week’s Dragonflight Beta update:

CLASSES

  • NEW TALENT SYSTEM
    • DEATH KNIGHT
      • Frost
        • Frost tree has been updated to a new layout to fix dependency issues, create more depth in choice, as well as new and reworked talents.
        • Unleashed Frenzy – Now grants the Strength buff when any Runic Power ability damages an enemy.
        • Improved Frost Strike and Runic Command – Swapped positions on the tree.
        • Glacial Advance – Removed the cooldown. Moved higher into the tree and is now unlocked after the 1st gate.
        • Frostscythe – Moved higher into the tree and is now unlocked after the 1st gate.
        • Horn of Winter – Now Frost only and placed directly after Improved Obliterate.
        • Improved Killing Machine renamed to Frostreaper and has a new icon.
        • Enduring Strength – Now available directly after Pillar of Frost and has a new icon.
        • Frostwhelp’s Aid – Now available directly after Pillar of Frost.
        • Coldheart – No longer a choice node with Inexorable Assault. Moved to the right side of the tree below Improved Rime.
        • Inexorable Assault – No longer a choice node with Cold Heart. Moved below Frostreaper on the left side of the tree.
        • Obliteration – No longer a choice node with Icecap.
        • Icecap – Pillar of Frost cooldown reduction from Frost Strike/Frost Scythe/Obliterate critical hits reduced to 2 seconds (was 4 seconds). Now available directly after Frostwhelp’s Aid or Enduring Strength.
        • Empower Rune Weapon – Now properly grants 1 charge if you already know the spell from the core tree.
        • Everfrost – Now directly available after Gathering Storm and should no longer be able to be taken without knowing Remorseless Winter. Reduced to a 1 rank node (was 2).
        • Might of the Frozen Wastes – Fixed a bug that was causing this to not properly apply while a 2-hander was equipped. Now available directly after Murderous Efficiency.
        • New Talent: Shattering Strike – When Frost Strike damages an enemy with 5 stacks of Razorice it will consume them to deal an additional 60% damage. Available directly after Icecap.
        • Avalanche – This has been updated to also apply Razorice to your targets if Howling Blast is empowered by Rime. No longer a choice node with Frozen Pulse, and now available directly after Icecap.
        • Frozen Pulse has been removed.
        • New Talent: Icebreaker – When empowered by Rime, Howling Blast deals 30/60% increased damage to your primary target. Available directly after Empower Rune Weapon and Gathering Storm.
    • DRUID
      • Balance
        • Eclipses no longer occur in alternation or reduce the cast times of Wrath or Starfire.
        • Lunar Eclipse now increases the damage of your Arcane spells by 15%.
        • Solar Eclipse now increases the damage of your Nature spells by 15%.
        • Shooting Stars has an increased chance to occur and now has a chance to trigger from Stellar Flare damage.
        • Mastery: Total Eclipse has been removed.
        • New Mastery: Astral Invocation – Your Nature spells deal increased damage to targets affected by Sunfire. Your Arcane spells deal increased damage to targets affected by Moonfire.
    • EVOKER
      • General
        • Empowered spell cast bar visual has been updated.
      • Devastation
        • All healing spells increased by 15%.
        • Power Swell – Increases Essence regeneration by 100% (was 50%).
        • Burnout has been redesigned – Fire Breath damage has an 8/16% chance to cause your next Living Flame to be instant cast.
      • Preservation
        • All damage spells increased by 15%.
        • Spiritbloom’s healing increased by 30%. Targeting has been cleaned up and should more consistently heal low health targets.
    • HUNTER
      • General
        • Hunters can now tame a new pet type: Lesser Dragonkin.
          • Lesser Dragonkin are a Ferocity pet.
          • Lesser Dragonkin have a new pet family ability, Shimmering Scales – Reduces your pet’s magic damage taken by 70% for 8 seconds, on a 90 second cooldown.
          • Cloud Serpents have had their pet family changed from Serpents to Lesser Dragonkin, but the ability to tame Cloud Serpents has not been changed in any way.
          • Lesser Dragonkin taming is currently planned to be a reward from the Valdrakken faction.
          • Lesser Dragonkin includes creatures like the new Hornswogs from Dragonflight, or the Feathered Drakes in Ardenweald, or even some of the Faerie Dragons in places like Feralas.
        • Wing Clip Focus cost reduced by 10. This was a rank 2 upgrade that was incorrectly not baked into Wing Clip.
      • Class Tree
        • Improved Traps and Rejuvenating Wind should actually have their places swapped.
        • Concussive Shot will now replace Wing Clip, and no longer requires a ranged weapon.
        • Fortitude of the Bear should have all of its interactions properly setup now with Command Pet, Tenacity pets, as well as Lone Wolf Marksmanship Hunters.
    • MONK
      • Class Tree
        • Developers’ note: Additional connections have been made in several areas to allow more free-form navigation of the talent tree as a whole. We’ve enjoyed seeing your creative builds, and look forward to seeing what you can do with the increased connectivity.
        • Vivacious Vivification now grants an instant Vivify once every 10 seconds.
          • Developers’ note: We really liked the idea of pushing Vivify as a more responsive heal, but Vivacious Vivification as a 100%, always-on reduction to the cast time of Vivify was reducing the decision space for the class as a whole and completely obsoleting Soothing Mist in particular. With this change, we hope to strike a balance of allowing players a skill-testing emergency heal they’re excited to invest into, while still making more sustained with multiple Vivifies a more significant investment that will encourage using the full breadth of the toolkit.
        • Expel Harm moved back to baseline for all Monks.
          • Developers’ note: The prior positioning of Expel Harm was too restrictive and forced the selection of other abilities.
        • Heavy Air replaced with Vigorous Expulsion.
          • Developers’ note: While we were excited about offering additional range and control of the battlefield, player feedback was clear that this talent didn’t feel valuable enough to invest in.
        • Vigorous Expulsion increases the healing of Expel Harm by 5% and the critical strike chance of Expel Harm by 15%.
        • Strength of Spirit increases the healing of Expel Harm by up to 200% based on current maximum health. Moved to the Class Tree from Brewmaster.
        • Profound Rebuttal increases the critical healing of Expel Harm by 50%.
          • Developers’ note: With Expel Harm once again baseline, we’ve taken the opportunity to offer improvements to the ability throughout the tree.
        • Disable has been moved to Row 2.
        • Paralysis has been moved to Row 3.
        • Paralysis Rank 2 has been moved to Row 4.
          • Developers’ note: Players offered feedback that Paralysis and its upgrade didn’t feel optional even in situations where they would not be useful, so we’ve rearranged the tree to increase overall choice.
        • White Tiger Statue damage has been reduced by 75%.
          • Developers’ note: White Tiger Statue is intended to be a solid contributor, but was doing a little too well in some situations. We continue to tweak value to find this cat a new home.
      • Windwalker
        • Multiple talents have been updated to address issues.
        • Touch of the Tiger, Flashing Fists, and Hardened Soles now correctly persist through zone transfer.
        • Shadowboxing Treads, Jade Ignition, Xuen’s Bond, Bone Dust Brew, Attenuation, Bone Marrow Hops, Last Emperor’s Capacitor, Keefer’s Skyreach, Xuen’s Battlegear, and Way of the Fae now again function outside the Shadowlands.
        • Glory of the Dawn has been updated to scale with the Monk’s attack power, rather than using a flat value
        • Open Palm Strikes has been converted to a percentage bonus to Fists of Fury Damage.
        • Meridian Strikes has been converted to a percentage bonus to Touch of Death.
        • Resolved an issue where Power Strikes was not correctly re-applying the bonus effect.
          • Developers’ note: We appreciate the Windwalker community’s patience with these technical issues and apologize for the delay in addressing them.
        • Monitoring the interaction between Shadowboxing Treads and Mark of the Crane.
          • Developers’ note: The interaction between Shadowboxing Treads and Mark of the Crane is very powerful, and we’re paying close attention to the impact it has on Windwalker AOE gameplay and targeting flow when engaging groups of enemies. We’ve reduced the damage provided by talented Shadowboxing Treads in this build, but Mark of the Crane applications currently remain.
    • PALADIN
      • Holy
        • New Talent: Inflorescence of the Sunwell – Infusion of Light has 1 additional charge, reduces the cost of Flash of Light by an additional 30%, and has a 30% chance to generate an additional Holy Power from Holy Light.
        • New Talent: Divine Insight – Holy Shock’s healing and damage is increased by 5%.
        • New Talent: Unwavering Spirit – The cooldown of Aura Mastery is reduced by 30 seconds.
        • New Talent: Tirion’s Devotion – Lay on Hand’s cooldown is reduced by 1 second per Holy Power spent.
        • New Talent: Veneration – Flash of Light, Holy Light, and Judgment critical strikes reset the cooldown of Hammer of Wrath and make it usable on any target, regardless of their health.
        • New Talent: Resplendent Light – Holy Light heals up to 5 targets within 8 yards for 8% of its healing.
        • New Talent: Imbued Infusions – Consuming Infusion of Light reduces the cooldown of Holy Shock by 1 second.
        • New Talent: Boundless Salvation – Casting Flash of Light on targets affected by Tyr’s Deliverance extends the duration of your Tyr’s Deliverance by 0.5 seconds. Casting Holy Light on targets affected by Tyr’s Deliverance extends the duration of your Tyr’s Deliverance by 1 second.
        • New Talent: Relentless Inquisitor – Spending Holy Power grants you 1% Haste per finisher for 12 seconds, stacking up to 3/5 times.
        • New Talent: Empyrean Endowment – Judgment empowers your next Word of Glory to automatically activate Light of Dawn with 25% increased effectiveness. The effect can only occur every 30 seconds.
        • Added connections and pathing and moved a few talents around.
        • Divine Revelations – Now a 1-point node.
        • Saved by the Light – Now a 1-point node.
        • Protection of Tyr – Now a choice node with Unwavering Spirit.
        • Moment of Compassion – Now a choice node with Resplendent Light.
        • Removed Liadrin’s Fury Unleashed.
        • Removed Tyr’s Munificence.
        • Divine Favor moved from PvP talents to the Holy talent tree. No longer provides immunity to interrupts, now increases healing by 60% (was 40%). Cooldown increased to 45 seconds (was 30 seconds).
        • Empyrean Endowment – Added functionality for Holy Paladin. Slight tooltip change for both Retribution and Holy.
        • Divine Revelations – Now causes Holy Light to refund 2% max mana. Now increases the healing of Flash of Light by 10%.
        • Tyr’s Deliverance – Increased radius to 20 yards (was 15 yards). Increased healing by 5% and healing bonus increased to 25% (was 20%).
        • Infusion of Light is now learned baseline.
      • Protection
        • Spell Block can no longer block attacks from behind, while stunned, or while casting/channeling a spell.
        • Holy Shield now requires having a shield equipped to use.
        • Holy Shield will no longer allow you to block periodic spell damage.
        • Holy Shield will now allow you to block creatures that deal non-physical auto attack damage, such as if a Fire Elemental melee attacks you as Fire damage.
        • Holy Shield will work against attacks that deal combinations of physical and elemental damage, such as a Fire and Physical spell or attack.
        • The combat log will properly report Spell Blocks from Holy Shield as blocked damage, rather than absorbed damage.
    • PRIEST
      • Class Tree
        • Throes of Pain – Now a 2-point talent further down in the tree. Increases Shadow Word: Pain damage by 3%/5% and returns 3/5 Insanity or 0.5%/1.0% mana.
        • Tithe Evasion – Now in the Class tree (was Shadow tree).
        • Improved Mind Blast has been removed.
        • Translucent Image – Fade reduces damage you take by 10% (was 5%).
        • Dominant Mind renamed to Dominate Mind – Now an active spell as a choice against Mind Control. Mana cost changed to match Mind Control’s mana cost.
        • Holy Nova – Damage and healing increased by 75%.
        • Mind Blast – Cooldown reduced to 9 seconds (was 15 seconds).
        • Phantasm – No longer a choice against Translucent Image.
        • Twist of Fate – Fixed an issue causing Twist of Fate to not trigger.
      • Discipline
        • Balance In All Things renamed to Twilight Equilibrium.
        • Aegis of Wrath – Power Word: Shield absorbs 50% additional damage but the absorb amount decays by 3% every 1 second (was 30%).
      • Holy
        • Reorganized the bottom of the tree and a copy nodes early in the tree.
        • Holy Fire – Holy Fire now replaces Mind Blast for Holy Priest.
        • Burning Vehemence has been redesigned – Increases the damage of Holy Fire by 25%.
        • Searing Light – Increases the damage of Smite and Holy Nova by 25%/50% against targets affected by your Holy Fire (was 15%/30%).
        • Resonant Words – Casting a Holy Word spell increases the healing of your next Heal or Flash Heal by 25%/50% (was 15%/30%).
        • New Talent: Divine Image – When you use a Holy Word spell, you have a chance to summon an image of a Naaru at your side. For 15 seconds, whenever you cast a spell, the Naaru will cast a similar spell.
        • Miracle Worker – Holy Word: Serenity and Holy Word: Sanctify gain an additional charge.
        • Spirited Litany renamed to Answered Prayers – After your Prayer of Mending heals 100 / 50 times, gain Apotheosis for 8 seconds. Does not reset the cooldown of Holy Words when triggered.
        • Guardians of the Light – Tooltip updated. Guardian Spirit also grants you 100% of its effects when used on an ally.
        • Desperate Times – Increases healing by 10%/20% on friendly targets below 50% (was 6%/12%).
      • Shadow
        • The Shadow tree has been reorganized.
        • Dark Evangelism – Fixed a bug causing Mind Sear damage to not be increased by Dark Evangelism.
        • Hallucinations – Now Baseline as Shadow.
        • Dark Ascension – Now a choice node against Void Eruption. Duration increased to 20 seconds (was 18 seconds). Damage per stack increased to 5% (was 4%). No longer requires or consumes Dark Evangelism.
        • Mind Spike – No longer removes damage over time effects. Critical Strike chance bonus to Mind Blast moved to Mind Melt.
        • Mind Melt – The tooltip has been updated. Mind Spike reduces the cast time of your next Mind Blast by 50%, and increases its critical strike chance by 50%, stacking up to 2 times. Lasts 10 seconds.
        • Derangement – Increases Mind Sear damage by 20% instead of increasing its cast speed.
        • Mind Sear – Updated Mind Sear behavior for a better experience. Added extra initial tick. Now costs Insanity immediately and cancels as soon as the Priest doesn’t have enough Insanity.
        • Mind Devourer – Now a 1-point node with a 15% trigger chance. The trigger effect now affects Devouring Plague or Mind Sear.
        • Shadowy Apparitions – Fixed a bug that caused periodic Devouring Plague to spawn Shadowy Apparitions.
        • Silence – Range changed to 40 yards to offset the loss of Silence (Rank 2).
        • Damnation – Cooldown increased to 1 minute (was 45 seconds).
        • Void Torrent – Cooldown increased to 1 minute (was 30 seconds). Damage increased by 25%.
        • Malediction – Now a 2-point talent. Reduces the cooldown of Damnation and Void Torrent by 15 seconds/30 seconds.
        • Voidform – Duration increased to 20 seconds (was 15 seconds).
        • Void Bolt – Cooldown reduced to 6 seconds (was 9 seconds).
        • Ancient Madness – Now affects Dark Ascension and Voidform. Now increases critical chance by 10%/20% for 20 seconds reducing by 0.5%/1.0% per second (was 15%/30% for 15 seconds reducing by 1%/2% per second).
        • Surrender to Madness has been removed.
        • Hungering Void has been removed.
        • Piercing Shadows has been removed.
        • Lunacy has been removed.
        • Vampiric Insight renamed to Shadowy Insight – Now triggers from Shadow Word: Pain periodic damage instead of Vampiric Touch periodic damage.
    • SHAMAN
      • General
        • Stormkeeper, Healing Stream Totem, and Cloudburst Totem should now properly grant 2 charges of the ability when talenting into both nodes on the talent tree.
      • Enhancement
        • Swirling Maelstrom reduced to 1 stack of Maelstrom Weapon (was 2). Fire Nova interaction clarified that it is 1 stack per Fire Nova caused rather than per Fire Nova ability cast.
        • Feral Lunge is now below Windfury Weapon rather than below Stormflurry.
        • Windfury Totem trigger chance is now back up to 20%. This is also a rank 2 that got lost.
        • Crash Lightning has had the following adjustments:
          • Cooldown increased to 12 seconds (was 9 seconds).
          • Crash Lightning’s buff from hitting 2 or more targets is now 12 seconds (was 10 seconds).
          • Ice Strike can now also cause the bonus damage from Crash Lightning.
          • The initial damage, as well as the bonus damage from Stormstrike, Lava Lash, and Ice Strike has been increased.
          • The initial damage as well as the bonus damage from Stormstrike, Lava Lash, and Ice Strike now deals reduced damage when you are fighting more than 6 targets.
    • WARRIOR
      • Class Developer Notes
        • We’ve decided to remove Skull Banner, the general consensus across sources of feedback has not been particularly positive and we’ve struggled to find the right home for Skull Banner in each of the talent trees. Therefore, we’ve decided to remove it.
        • No other major updates, some tweaks and bug fixes as we are generally satisfied with the Warrior class tree…
        • We may still switch adjust talent node positions as we move throughout the Beta and monitor feedback.
      • Class Tree
        • Cruel Strikes – Now increases Critical Strike chance by 1% and increases the critical strike damage of Execute by 5% per rank.
        • Quick Thinking – Now increases Haste by 1% and your auto attack critical strikes increase your auto attack speed by 10% for 10 seconds per rank.
        • Frothing Berserker: Arms Variant – Mortal Strike and Cleave have a 20% chance to immediately refund 20% of the Rage spent.
        • Frothing Berserker: Fury Variant – Rampage has a 20% chance to immediately refund 20% of the Rage spent.
        • Frothing Berserker: Protection Variant – Revenge has a 20% chance to immediately refund 50% of the Rage spent.
        • Switched the positions of Frothing Berserker and Honed Reflexes positions to ensure the node that governs the left branch is more universally desired.
        • Fast Footwork has returned to a 5% speed increase (was 10%).
      • Arms Developer Notes
        • No major updates for the Arms tree. We feel good about the tree and are working on fixing various bugs and tweaking abilities where needed.
        • Deft Experience’s bonus to Rend has been integrated into Bloodborne and will have a new secondary effect in a future build.
      • Arms
        • Valor in Victory is now 1% Versatility and a 15 second reduction to the cooldown of Die by the Sword per rank.
        • Critical thinking – Now increase your Critical Strike chance by 1% and Execute refunds 10% of Rage Spent per rank.
        • Bloodborne – Now increases Deep Wounds, Rend and Thunderous Roar’s Bleed effects by 7.5% and Rend’s direct damage is increased by 50% per rank.
        • The Strength bonus from Hurricane should now be calculated correctly.
        • The Strength bonus from Test of Might should now be calculated correctly.
        • Test of Might reverted to 1% Strength per 10 Rage spent (was 5% per 30 Rage).
        • Fracture no longer causes the Bleed effects of Thunderous Roar to expire to lower cooldown alignment and allow Thunderous Roar to be used more freely.
        • Removed Skull Banner.
        • Battlelord now reduces the cost of Mortal Strike and Cleave by 10 (was 15).
        • Warbreaker should again work correctly with Anger Management.
      • Fury Developer Notes
        • Cruelty has historically been a very powerful talent and its position and functionality wasn’t ideal depending on your build. So, we’ve decided to split the damage and cooldown related components. This makes pathing better for various builds and also allows us to better control the power of certain abilities.
        • Made some changes to Annihilator to bring the damage and rage generation down.
        • The rage generation of various abilities such as Annihilator do not synergize with Recklessness, we will be fixing this in a future update.
        • We’ve done some testing internally on two-handed Annihilator builds and will update more to update on here in the future.
        • No other major changes, various bug fixes and tweaks to abilities.
      • Fury
        • Dancing Blades Attack speed bonus reduced to 30% (was 50%).
        • Deft Experience – Now increases Mastery by 1% and reduces the cooldown of Bloodthirst by 0.75 seconds per rank.
        • Swift Strikes – Now increases Haste by 1% and Raging Blow and Annihilator generate and additional 1 Rage.
        • The Strength bonus from Hurricane should now be calculated correctly.
        • Removed the Rage cost from the base version of Whirlwind.
        • Bloodthrist’s Bloodcraze buff duration increased to 20 seconds (was 15 seconds).
        • Removed Skull Banner.
        • Cruelty no longer grants a chance to reset charges of Raging Blow.
        • Cruelty now grants 15% increased damage to Raging Blow and 5% increased damage to Annihilator.
        • Wrath and Fury in addition to increasing the damage of Raging Blow by 5%, now grants a 30% chance to reset charges of Raging Blow while Enraged.
        • Annihilator now grants 3 Rage per hit (was 6).
        • Slaughtering Strikes increases the damage of Rampage via Annihilator by 2% (was 3% per strike).
        • Slam generates 10 Rage through Storm of Swords and its damage reduced to 150% (was 200%).
        • Annihilator damage reduced to 10% (was 19%).
        • Bloodborne damage bonus to periodic effects reduced to 15% (was 30%).
      • Protection
        • Removed Skull Banner.

ITEMS AND REWARDS

  • New Toy: Seed of Renewed Souls – Embrace the spirits of the weald, transforming into your Soulshape. 5 minute cooldown. Available from Lady Muunn in Heart of the Forest.

PLAYER VERSUS PLAYER

  • RATED SOLO SHUFFLE
    • In Dragonflight, we’re continuing our work on the Solo Shuffle game mode by upping the stakes and adding the ability for players to earn (or lose!) rating, similar to our Rated Battlegrounds and Arenas. In this week’s PTR and Beta build, players will be able to participate in the Rated version of Solo Shuffle. Just like in Rated Battlegrounds and Arenas, you’ll be able to earn seasonal rewards and achievements, credit towards Vicious mounts, weekly great vault progress, and Conquest. Solo Shuffle’s rules and 6-round format continue, with the addition of rating changes based off of the amount of rounds each player has won during the match. We’ll be monitoring and adjusting matchmaking throughout beta to facilitate testing.

      Unique to this Rated game mode, players will have a rating tracked for each of their character’s specializations. Players will select which of their specialization to queue with, and participate in specialization-based ladders and end of season rewards. Players will also notice that we’ve created a minimum item level feature for Rated Solo Shuffle specifically, but we do not have it currently set to our final value for Season 1 of Dragonflight.

      We’re extremely appreciative of all the community feedback we received from our brawl version of Solo Shuffle, please continue to share your thoughts with us in our forums or @WarcraftDevs on twitter. Please keep an eye out for future Play with the Blues events focusing on Solo Shuffle on Beta.

  • CLASSES
    • HUNTER
      • Interlope – Now available for all Hunter specializations (was Beast Mastery only).
      • Diamond Ice – Now available for all Hunter specializations (was Survival only).
      • Beast Mastery
        • Kindred Beasts redesigned to work with Tenacity Pet’s new ability, Fortitude of the Bear – While using a Tenacity pet: Command Pet’s unique ability cooldown reduced by 50% and allies within 20 yards of your pet gain 10% increased maximum health for 10 seconds.
    • MONK
      • Grapple Weapon – Now available for Brewmaster (was Mistweaver and Windwalker only).
      • Mighty Ox Kick – Now available for all Monk specializations (was Brewmaster only).
      • Dematerialize – Now available for Brewmaster (was was Mistweaver only).
      • Alpha Tiger – Now grants 20% Haste (was 30%) after using Tiger Palm. Available for all Monk specializations (was Windwalker only).
      • Wind Waker – Now available for Brewmaster (was Windwalker only).
    • PALADIN
      • Hallowed Ground – Now available for Retribution (Holy and Protection only).
      • Aura of Reckoning – Now available for all Paladin specializations (was Retribution only). For Holy Paladins: The spells empowers your next Judgement once you get to 50 stacks.
      • Vengeance Aura – Now available for all Paladin specializations (was Retribution only).
      • Divine Favor – Removed from PvP talents and moved into the talent tree.
    • ROGUE
      • Dagger in the Dark – Now available for all Rogue specializations (was Subtlety only).
        • Each second while Stealth is active, nearby enemies within 10 yards (was 12 yards) take an additional 5% damage from your next Shadowstrike or Ambush for 10 seconds. Stacks up to 8 times (was 10 times).
      • Dagger in the Dark increases Shadowstrike damage for Subtlety, and Ambush damage for Assassination and Outlaw.
    • WARLOCK
      • Call Observer – Now available for all Warlock specializations (was Demonology only).
      • Bonds of Fel – Now available for all Warlock specializations (was Destruction only).
    • WARRIOR
      • Rebound – Reflected spells now cause 50% extra damage back to the attacker (was 33%). Now available for all Warrior specializations (was Protection only).
      • Battle Trance has been redesigned – You go into a trance causing you to regenerate 3% of your health and generate 3 Rage every 3 seconds for 18 seconds after using Raging Blow twice in a row on a target or striking a target with Annihilator 8 times. Striking a new target with Raging Blow or Annihilator will cancel this effect.
      • Enduring Rage redesigned to also work with Annihilator:
        • Raging Blow functionality – Increases the duration of your Enrage effect by 1 second, and your Raging Blows extend the duration of your Enrage by 1.5 seconds.
        • Annihilator functionality – Increases the duration of your Enrage effect by 1 second, and your Annihilator damage extends the duration of your Enrage by 0.5 seconds.

PROFESSIONS

  • CRAFTING STATIONS
    • Professions now require Crafting Stations for the majority of all crafts, outside of the simplest and easiest recipes. The goal of these stations is to help increase the immersion and fantasy of your chosen profession and enhance the social experience. You will find many of these stations scattered throughout the regions of the Dragon Isles for your convenience during leveling, including a large profession hub in Valdrakken which includes all of the crafting stations in addition to vendors and trainers. Please let us know how this requirement feels, especially if you find the requirement too harsh in certain zones.

USER INTERFACE AND ACCESSIBILITY

  • NEW HUD UI
    • UI art updates:
      • Experience and Reputation bars
      • Wyvern action bar art for Horde players
    • Edit Mode
      • PvP Arena Frames
      • Loot Frame
      • Help tips are added to the frame as a toggle for more information.

Feedback: Priests

Quote from: Blizzard

Greetings Priests,

Today, we’re shining some light on decisions we’ve made for Priests over the past few weeks for Dragonflight. First, we want to share thoughts on how things are shaping up overall and then go into some specific spells that we’re reading feedback about.

Number of Active Spells
We agree. Priests have too many active spells. While we think there will be more to assess as the expansion plays out, the first spell that comes to mind is Shadow Mend feeling unnecessary with Flash Heal being available to all Priests. Instead of Shadow Mend as a talent that overrides Flash Heal, we are working towards removing the spell. We realize that losing a secondary healing school lockout may not sit well with Discipline Priests in PvP, but we’re happy with this direction overall. While no plans are in place right now, we’re also discussing Mindgames and Power Word: Life as contributing to the number of active spells for Priests.

Class Tree
Overall, we feel the class tree is in a good spot. As mentioned above, there are too many active spells and we’re looking to pull back on that. For Shadow, the Class tree has shaped out well. We’re less happy about how many nodes can feel mandatory for Holy and Discipline and this is something we’ll be looking to improve over time.

Discipline
We will continue to monitor feedback surrounding the changes we’ve made to Renew and Power Word: Shield for Dragonflight. Currently, we do not have plans to change this and think it is playing well.

Historically Discipline has revolved heavily around Penance. We want to allow for builds that are centered around Penance, but also open opportunities for other spells in the Discipline toolkit to shine if invested into, such as Smite and Power Word: Shield. We look forward to your feedback on if this is felt with the tree, tuning aside.

For Shadow Covenant, we’re looking to take away the downsides so that it encourages Shadow spells but doesn’t discourage Holy spells. Shadow Covenant has gone through a lot of change, but we’re hoping this is a step in the right direction.

Holy
Lightweaver is our alternative design to Flash Concentration. Weaving between Flash Heal and Heal is fun, but wound up feeling like a maintenance buff. We believe having a back-and-forth between the spells with stacks to improve situational usability is a better direction for single-target focused builds.

When it comes to X’anshi (now known as Restitution), we are excited to keep the effect around for Holy Priests. We were uncertain of where this should belong in the tree, but after more deliberation decided it was best competing with the more powerful talents, so it has been moved to row 10 of the tree. We know adding this in was not desirable for PvP players. While we have no plans to disable the effect in PvP, we are discussing ways to tone down its effect in PvP so that the Priest is in more danger after resurrecting. This node also competes with two charges of Holy Word: Serenity, so they will be giving up valuable throughput for the effect.

Shadow
Now that the tree has been in front of players for a couple weeks, we are reasonably happy with what we have, with room to grow in the future. Our initial thoughts on Voidform being optional is something we stand by. How to accomplish this while continuing to support Voidform and improve its gameplay is a challenge we want to continue to discuss and work on. Currently, we’re happy with where we’ve landed with Void Eruption competing with Dark Ascension so there’s not too many cooldown spells. With that said, Dark Ascension is visually exciting, but we feel it is currently lacking in identity. We’re discussing changes like Dark Ascension being more rotationally transformative while active or having a different cooldown than Void Eruption, so that its use cases over Void Eruption are more clear. We don’t have plans to make major changes to either spell for Dragonflight launch, but they will be on our radar for the future.

Mind Spike and Mind Flay coexisting is something we’re going to try but are wary of. Shadow has many spells to press rotationally, and this isn’t helping that. At the same time, being able to build your own Shadow Priest was a goal with this iteration and we believe the tree allows for that.

Silence
We understand that Holy and Discipline are the two specs without access to an interrupt, either baseline or in a talent tree. We also realize Shadow has Silence in their tree which adds to the number of non-throughput nodes in their tree. With that said, we are not adding Silence to the Priest class tree. Having access to an interrupt is not something we view as necessary for all specializations. In PvP, Holy and Discipline already provide valuable control to their team and additionally having Silence would provide more control than we’re comfortable with. This is especially true with how much control is becoming available across all classes in Dragonflight.

Vault of Heavens
This was discussed early on with this iteration with the intent to add it as a choice against Leap of Faith. Upon further consideration, Vault of Heavens is almost always more useful than Leap of Faith. But Leap of Faith is one of the more fun interactions in WoW. It changes your perspective on the battlefield. You’re always ready to react to save someone. And of course, it has some clever uses to get your friends killed. If we allow for the choice, the choice is clear, or we’d have to nerf Vault of Heavens down to something that won’t feel very powerful. The fantasy of the Priest leaping to their target doesn’t match our expectations for a Priest either, so we instead separated Body and Soul from Angelic Feather for a little extra movement support and kept Leap of Faith as a standalone.

Shining Force
This spell was deliberately removed in Dragonflight. Powerful spells being removed can cause frustration; however, the amount of control available across all classes in Dragonflight is causing concern. On top of this, the prevalence of knockbacks is already increasing in Dragonflight PvP and knockbacks can be the most influential control effect on arena or battleground maps with verticality.

Spectral Guise
We’ve read feedback about a desire for the return of Spectral Guise. We discussed the ability early on and decided against it, and our stance has not changed. We do not want Priests entering stealth especially in PvP, as it removes the Priest from the target and focus frame and occurs frequently. Hunters, Rogues, and Mages already do this often enough.

Mind Bomb
In its current form as a disorient we don’t think it is very compelling as a replacement to Psychic Scream besides preventing movement during the effect. What we anticipate is desired is the AoE stun version of the spell, but we are not planning to bring that forward. We pulled back on AoE stun duration and availability some time ago and decided against adding this one back so that we wouldn’t find ourselves in the same situation we were in the past. If everyone has an AoE stun, then it’s not going to feel special to have one in the first place.

Personal Defenses
For similar reasons as Silence, we will not be adding Dispersion to the Priest class tree. Healing Priests are understandably on the weaker side of the defensive spectrum, but our answer to that isn’t to bring Dispersion to the class tree. Between Desperate Prayer, Power Word: Shield, Angelic Bulwark, Translucent Image, and Spell Warding, we feel Priests are in an okay spot. We’ve also increased the damage reduction effect from Translucent Image to 10% and separated Phantasm from it.

Looking forward to your feedback!

Feedback: Dragonriding

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Hello Dragonriders!

With the most recent build, we’d like to mention a few additions:

  • Fixed an issue wherein non-dragonriding flying mounts wouldn’t bank as expected.
  • A Bronze Timekeeper Assistant is now present at all time trials, ready to remind you of your fastest times for the nearby time trial and give directions to any others

Season 1 Mythic+ Dungeon Pool Datamined

Hotfixes 13 September 2022, Dragonflight Pre-Patch Development Notes Update

In this morning’s hotfix notes we have many fixes for Fated affixes in raids as well as a couple M+ fixes.

On the Dragonflight side of things, the PTR was updated with a newer version of DF than the Beta for the first time! New development notes were release including the continued changes to classes, UI updates, Rated Solo Shuffle and a new toy to take your Night Fae Soulshapes with you from Shadowlands. Check it out below:

Hotfixes 13 September 2022

Quote from: Blizzard

SEPTEMBER 13, 2022

Dungeons and Raids

  • Fated Raids
    • The following NPC’s will no longer be afflicted by Fated Infusion: Protoform Barrier:
      • Castle Nathria: Stone Legion Generals
        • General Draven and Prince Renathal
      • Sepulcher of the First Ones: Anduin Wrynn
        • Lady Jaina Proudmoore, Sylvanas Windrunner, and Uther the Lightbringer
    • The following encounter abilities will no longer be notably altered by Fated Infusion: Creation Spark:
      • Castle Nathria
        • Shriekwing – Earsplitting Shriek and Exsanguinated
        • Huntsman Altimor – Sinseeker, Petrifying Howl, and Deathly Roar
        • Sun King’s Salvation – Burning Remnants, Vanquished, and Crimson Flurry
        • Artificer Xy’mox – Glyph of Destruction, Stasis Trap, Withering Touch, Aura of Dread, and Dimensional Tear
        • Hungering Destroyer – Gluttonous Miasma
        • Lady Inerva Darkvein – Warped Desires, and Shared Suffering
        • The Council of Blood – Dancing Fever, and Dark Recital
        • Sludgefist – Chain Slam, Chain Link, Hateful Gaze, and Seismic Shift
        • Stone Legion Generals – Heart Rend, Heart Hemorrhage, Ravenous Feast, Crystalize, Crystalline Burst, Seismic Upheaval, Anima Infusion, Volatile Anima Infusion, Volatile Anima Infection, and Wicked Laceration
        • Sire Denathrius – Blood Price, Crimson Chorus, Fatal Finesse, Night Hunter, and Impale
      • Sepulcher of the First Ones
        • Halondrus the Reclaimer – Volatile Charge
        • Rygelon – Dark Eclipse and Event Horizon
  • Mythic+
    • Return to Karazhan: Lower
      • The Opera Hall: Beautiful Beast
        • Resolved an issue that could cause players with Mrs. Cauldrons’ Soup Spray debuff to be damaged by Luminore’s Burning Blaze.
    • Tazavesh: Streets of Wonder
      • Resolved an issue that could cause the visual effect of Cartel Wiseguy’s Lightshard Retreat to sometimes not be visible.

Wrath of the Lich King Classic

  • Players may now queue for Battlegrounds from anywhere, without having to speak to a Battlemaster. Queue up via the Battlegrounds tab on the PvP menu.
  • Players that are logged off inside a dungeon instance when it is reset will now log back into the nearest graveyard.
  • Resolved an issue where a Druid could appear to have two copies of Leader of the Pack active.
  • Death Knight’s Ghoul from Raise Dead will now resummon when dismounting after flying.
  • Survival Hunter’s Lock and Load effect should now trigger correctly.
  • Players will now get nibbles when their fishing levels are too low for the area.
  • Fixed an issue where using certain items carried over from Burning Crusade Classic (e.g. Darkmoon cards) would delete the entire stack.

Dragonflight Pre-Patch Development Notes Update

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Hello everyone! Here are this week’s development notes for the Dragonflight Pre-Expansion PTR.

CLASSES

  • NEW TALENT SYSTEM
    • DEATH KNIGHT
      • Frost
        • Frost tree has been updated to a new layout to fix dependency issues, create more depth in choice, as well as new and reworked talents.
        • Unleashed Frenzy – Now grants the Strength buff when any Runic Power ability damages an enemy.
        • Improved Frost Strike and Runic Command – Swapped positions on the tree.
        • Glacial Advance – Removed the cooldown. Moved higher into the tree and is now unlocked after the 1st gate.
        • Frostscythe – Moved higher into the tree and is now unlocked after the 1st gate.
        • Horn of Winter – Now Frost only and placed directly after Improved Obliterate.
        • Improved Killing Machine renamed to Frostreaper and has a new icon.
        • Enduring Strength – Now available directly after Pillar of Frost and has a new icon.
        • Frostwhelp’s Aid – Now available directly after Pillar of Frost.
        • Coldheart – No longer a choice node with Inexorable Assault. Moved to the right side of the tree below Improved Rime.
        • Inexorable Assault – No longer a choice node with Cold Heart. Moved below Frostreaper on the left side of the tree.
        • Obliteration – No longer a choice node with Icecap.
        • Icecap – Pillar of Frost cooldown reduction from Frost Strike/Frost Scythe/Obliterate critical hits reduced to 2 seconds (was 4 seconds). Now available directly after Frostwhelp’s Aid or Enduring Strength.
        • Empower Rune Weapon – Now properly grants 1 charge if you already know the spell from the core tree.
        • Everfrost – Now directly available after Gathering Storm and should no longer be able to be taken without knowing Remorseless Winter. Reduced to a 1 rank node (was 2).
        • Might of the Frozen Wastes – Fixed a bug that was causing this to not properly apply while a 2-hander was equipped. Now available directly after Murderous Efficiency.
        • New Talent: Shattering Strike – When Frost Strike damages an enemy with 5 stacks of Razorice it will consume them to deal an additional 60% damage. Available directly after Icecap.
        • Avalanche – This has been updated to also apply Razorice to your targets if Howling Blast is empowered by Rime. No longer a choice node with Frozen Pulse, and now available directly after Icecap.
        • Frozen Pulse has been removed.
        • New Talent: Icebreaker – When empowered by Rime, Howling Blast deals 30/60% increased damage to your primary target. Available directly after Empower Rune Weapon and Gathering Storm.
    • DRUID
      • Balance
        • Eclipses no longer occur in alternation or reduce the cast times of Wrath or Starfire.
        • Lunar Eclipse now increases the damage of your Arcane spells by 15%.
        • Solar Eclipse now increases the damage of your Nature spells by 15%.
        • Shooting Stars has an increased chance to occur and now has a chance to trigger from Stellar Flare damage.
        • Mastery: Total Eclipse has been removed.
        • New Mastery: Astral Invocation – Your Nature spells deal increased damage to targets affected by Sunfire. Your Arcane spells deal increased damage to targets affected by Moonfire.
    • EVOKER
      • Empowered spell cast bar visual has been updated.
      • Devastation
        • All healing spells increased by 15%.
        • Power Swell – Increases Essence regeneration by 100% (was 50%).
        • Burnout has been redesigned – Fire Breath damage has an 8/16% chance to cause your next Living Flame to be instant cast.
      • Preservation
        • All damage spells increased by 15%.
        • Spiritbloom’s healing increased by 30%. Targeting has been cleaned up and should more consistently heal low health targets.
    • HUNTER
      • General
        • Hunters can now tame a new pet type: Lesser Dragonkin.
          • Lesser Dragonkin are a Ferocity pet.
          • Lesser Dragonkin have a new pet family ability, Shimmering Scales – Reduces your pet’s magic damage taken by 70% for 8 seconds, on a 90 second cooldown.
          • Cloud Serpents have had their pet family changed from Serpents to Lesser Dragonkin, but the ability to tame Cloud Serpents has not been changed in any way.
          • Lesser Dragonkin taming is currently planned to be a reward from the Valdrakken faction.
          • Lesser Dragonkin includes creatures like the new Hornswogs from Dragonflight, or the Feathered Drakes in Ardenweald, or even some of the Faerie Dragons in places like Feralas.
        • Wing Clip Focus cost reduced by 10. This was a rank 2 upgrade that was incorrectly not baked into Wing Clip.
      • Class Tree
        • Improved Traps and Rejuvenating Wind should actually have their places swapped.
        • Concussive Shot will now replace Wing Clip, and no longer requires a ranged weapon.
        • Fortitude of the Bear should have all of its interactions properly setup now with Command Pet, Tenacity pets, as well as Lone Wolf Marksmanship Hunters.
    • MONK
      • Class Tree
        • Developers’ note: Additional connections have been made in several areas to allow more free-form navigation of the talent tree as a whole. We’ve enjoyed seeing your creative builds, and look forward to seeing what you can do with the increased connectivity.
        • Vivacious Vivification now grants an instant Vivify once every 10 seconds.
          • Developers’ note: We really liked the idea of pushing Vivify as a more responsive heal, but Vivacious Vivification as a 100%, always-on reduction to the cast time of Vivify was reducing the decision space for the class as a whole and completely obsoleting Soothing Mist in particular. With this change, we hope to strike a balance of allowing players a skill-testing emergency heal they’re excited to invest into, while still making more sustained with multiple Vivifies a more significant investment that will encourage using the full breadth of the toolkit.
        • Expel Harm moved back to baseline for all Monks.
          • Developers’ note: The prior positioning of Expel Harm was too restrictive and forced the selection of other abilities.
        • Heavy Air replaced with Vigorous Expulsion.
          • Developers’ note: While we were excited about offering additional range and control of the battlefield, player feedback was clear that this talent didn’t feel valuable enough to invest in.
        • Vigorous Expulsion increases the healing of Expel Harm by 5% and the critical strike chance of Expel Harm by 15%.
        • Strength of Spirit increases the healing of Expel Harm by up to 200% based on current maximum health. Moved to the Class Tree from Brewmaster.
        • Profound Rebuttal increases the critical healing of Expel Harm by 50%.
          • Developers’ note: With Expel Harm once again baseline, we’ve taken the opportunity to offer improvements to the ability throughout the tree.
        • Disable has been moved to Row 2.
        • Paralysis has been moved to Row 3.
        • Paralysis Rank 2 has been moved to Row 4.
          • Developers’ note: Players offered feedback that Paralysis and its upgrade didn’t feel optional even in situations where they would not be useful, so we’ve rearranged the tree to increase overall choice.
        • White Tiger Statue damage has been reduced by 75%.
          • Developers’ note: White Tiger Statue is intended to be a solid contributor, but was doing a little too well in some situations. We continue to tweak value to find this cat a new home.
      • Windwalker
        • Multiple talents have been updated to address issues.
        • Touch of the Tiger, Flashing Fists, and Hardened Soles now correctly persist through zone transfer.
        • Shadowboxing Treads, Jade Ignition, Xuen’s Bond, Bone Dust Brew, Attenuation, Bone Marrow Hops, Last Emperor’s Capacitor, Keefer’s Skyreach, Xuen’s Battlegear, and Way of the Fae now again function outside the Shadowlands.
        • Glory of the Dawn has been updated to scale with the Monk’s attack power, rather than using a flat value
        • Open Palm Strikes has been converted to a percentage bonus to Fists of Fury Damage.
        • Meridian Strikes has been converted to a percentage bonus to Touch of Death.
        • Resolved an issue where Power Strikes was not correctly re-applying the bonus effect.
          • Developers’ note: We appreciate the Windwalker community’s patience with these technical issues and apologize for the delay in addressing them.
        • Monitoring the interaction between Shadowboxing Treads and Mark of the Crane.
          • Developers’ note: The interaction between Shadowboxing Treads and Mark of the Crane is very powerful, and we’re paying close attention to the impact it has on Windwalker AOE gameplay and targeting flow when engaging groups of enemies. We’ve reduced the damage provided by talented Shadowboxing Treads in this build, but Mark of the Crane applications currently remain.
    • PALADIN
      • Holy
        • New Talent: Inflorescence of the Sunwell – Infusion of Light has 1 additional charge, reduces the cost of Flash of Light by an additional 30%, and has a 30% chance to generate an additional Holy Power from Holy Light.
        • New Talent: Divine Insight – Holy Shock’s healing and damage is increased by 5%.
        • New Talent: Unwavering Spirit – The cooldown of Aura Mastery is reduced by 30 seconds.
        • New Talent: Tirion’s Devotion – Lay on Hand’s cooldown is reduced by 1 second per Holy Power spent.
        • New Talent: Veneration – Flash of Light, Holy Light, and Judgment critical strikes reset the cooldown of Hammer of Wrath and make it usable on any target, regardless of their health.
        • New Talent: Resplendent Light – Holy Light heals up to 5 targets within 8 yards for 8% of its healing.
        • New Talent: Imbued Infusions – Consuming Infusion of Light reduces the cooldown of Holy Shock by 1 second.
        • New Talent: Boundless Salvation – Casting Flash of Light on targets affected by Tyr’s Deliverance extends the duration of your Tyr’s Deliverance by 0.5 seconds. Casting Holy Light on targets affected by Tyr’s Deliverance extends the duration of your Tyr’s Deliverance by 1 second.
        • New Talent: Relentless Inquisitor – Spending Holy Power grants you 1% Haste per finisher for 12 seconds, stacking up to 3/5 times.
        • New Talent: Empyrean Endowment – Judgment empowers your next Word of Glory to automatically activate Light of Dawn with 25% increased effectiveness. The effect can only occur every 30 seconds.
        • Added connections and pathing and moved a few talents around.
        • Divine Revelations – Now a 1-point node.
        • Saved by the Light – Now a 1-point node.
        • Protection of Tyr – Now a choice node with Unwavering Spirit.
        • Moment of Compassion – Now a choice node with Resplendent Light.
        • Removed Liadrin’s Fury Unleashed.
        • Removed Tyr’s Munificence.
        • Divine Favor moved from PvP talents to the Holy talent tree. No longer provides immunity to interrupts, now increases healing by 60% (was 40%). Cooldown increased to 45 seconds (was 30 seconds).
        • Empyrean Endowment – Added functionality for Holy Paladin. Slight tooltip change for both Retribution and Holy.
        • Divine Revelations – Now causes Holy Light to refund 2% max mana. Now increases the healing of Flash of Light by 10%.
        • Tyr’s Deliverance – Increased radius to 20 yards (was 15 yards). Increased healing by 5% and healing bonus increased to 25% (was 20%).
        • Infusion of Light is now learned baseline.
      • Protection
        • Spell Block can no longer block attacks from behind, while stunned, or while casting/channeling a spell.
        • Holy Shield now requires having a shield equipped to use.
        • Holy Shield will no longer allow you to block periodic spell damage.
        • Holy Shield will now allow you to block creatures that deal non-physical auto attack damage, such as if a Fire Elemental melee attacks you as Fire damage.
        • Holy Shield will work against attacks that deal combinations of physical and elemental damage, such as a Fire and Physical spell or attack.
        • The combat log will properly report Spell Blocks from Holy Shield as blocked damage, rather than absorbed damage.
    • PRIEST
      • Class Tree
        • Throes of Pain – Now a 2-point talent further down in the tree. Increases Shadow Word: Pain damage by 3%/5% and returns 3/5 Insanity or 0.5%/1.0% mana.
        • Tithe Evasion – Now in the Class tree (was Shadow tree).
        • Improved Mind Blast has been removed.
        • Translucent Image – Fade reduces damage you take by 10% (was 5%).
        • Dominant Mind renamed to Dominate Mind – Now an active spell as a choice against Mind Control. Mana cost changed to match Mind Control’s mana cost.
        • Holy Nova – Damage and healing increased by 75%.
        • Mind Blast – Cooldown reduced to 9 seconds (was 15 seconds).
        • Phantasm – No longer a choice against Translucent Image.
        • Twist of Fate – Fixed an issue causing Twist of Fate to not trigger.
      • Discipline
        • Balance In All Things renamed to Twilight Equilibrium.
        • Aegis of Wrath – Power Word: Shield absorbs 50% additional damage but the absorb amount decays by 3% every 1 second (was 30%).
      • Holy
        • Reorganized the bottom of the tree and a copy nodes early in the tree.
        • Holy Fire – Holy Fire now replaces Mind Blast for Holy Priest.
        • Burning Vehemence has been redesigned – Increases the damage of Holy Fire by 25%.
        • Searing Light – Increases the damage of Smite and Holy Nova by 25%/50% against targets affected by your Holy Fire (was 15%/30%).
        • Resonant Words – Casting a Holy Word spell increases the healing of your next Heal or Flash Heal by 25%/50% (was 15%/30%).
        • New Talent: Divine Image – When you use a Holy Word spell, you have a chance to summon an image of a Naaru at your side. For 15 seconds, whenever you cast a spell, the Naaru will cast a similar spell.
        • Miracle Worker – Holy Word: Serenity and Holy Word: Sanctify gain an additional charge.
        • Spirited Litany renamed to Answered Prayers – After your Prayer of Mending heals 100 / 50 times, gain Apotheosis for 8 seconds. Does not reset the cooldown of Holy Words when triggered.
        • Guardians of the Light – Tooltip updated. Guardian Spirit also grants you 100% of its effects when used on an ally.
        • Desperate Times – Increases healing by 10%/20% on friendly targets below 50% (was 6%/12%).
      • Shadow
        • The Shadow tree has been reorganized.
        • Dark Evangelism – Fixed a bug causing Mind Sear damage to not be increased by Dark Evangelism.
        • Hallucinations – Now Baseline as Shadow.
        • Dark Ascension – Now a choice node against Void Eruption. Duration increased to 20 seconds (was 18 seconds). Damage per stack increased to 5% (was 4%). No longer requires or consumes Dark Evangelism.
        • Mind Spike – No longer removes damage over time effects. Critical Strike chance bonus to Mind Blast moved to Mind Melt.
        • Mind Melt – The tooltip has been updated. Mind Spike reduces the cast time of your next Mind Blast by 50%, and increases its critical strike chance by 50%, stacking up to 2 times. Lasts 10 seconds.
        • Derangement – Increases Mind Sear damage by 20% instead of increasing its cast speed.
        • Mind Sear – Updated Mind Sear behavior for a better experience. Added extra initial tick. Now costs Insanity immediately and cancels as soon as the Priest doesn’t have enough Insanity.
        • Mind Devourer – Now a 1-point node with a 15% trigger chance. The trigger effect now affects Devouring Plague or Mind Sear.
        • Shadowy Apparitions – Fixed a bug that caused periodic Devouring Plague to spawn Shadowy Apparitions.
        • Silence – Range changed to 40 yards to offset the loss of Silence (Rank 2).
        • Damnation – Cooldown increased to 1 minute (was 45 seconds).
        • Void Torrent – Cooldown increased to 1 minute (was 30 seconds). Damage increased by 25%.
        • Malediction – Now a 2-point talent. Reduces the cooldown of Damnation and Void Torrent by 15 seconds/30 seconds.
        • Voidform – Duration increased to 20 seconds (was 15 seconds).
        • Void Bolt – Cooldown reduced to 6 seconds (was 9 seconds).
        • Ancient Madness – Now affects Dark Ascension and Voidform. Now increases critical chance by 10%/20% for 20 seconds reducing by 0.5%/1.0% per second (was 15%/30% for 15 seconds reducing by 1%/2% per second).
        • Surrender to Madness has been removed.
        • Hungering Void has been removed.
        • Piercing Shadows has been removed.
        • Lunacy has been removed.
        • Vampiric Insight renamed to Shadowy Insight – Now triggers from Shadow Word: Pain periodic damage instead of Vampiric Touch periodic damage.
    • SHAMAN
      • General
        • Stormkeeper, Healing Stream Totem, and Cloudburst Totem should now properly grant 2 charges of the ability when talenting into both nodes on the talent tree.
      • Enhancement
        • Swirling Maelstrom reduced to 1 stack of Maelstrom Weapon (was 2). Fire Nova interaction clarified that it is 1 stack per Fire Nova caused rather than per Fire Nova ability cast.
        • Feral Lunge is now below Windfury Weapon rather than below Stormflurry.
        • Windfury Totem trigger chance is now back up to 20%. This is also a rank 2 that got lost.
        • Crash Lightning has had the following adjustments:
          • Cooldown increased to 12 seconds (was 9 seconds).
          • Crash Lightning’s buff from hitting 2 or more targets is now 12 seconds (was 10 seconds).
          • Ice Strike can now also cause the bonus damage from Crash Lightning.
          • The initial damage, as well as the bonus damage from Stormstrike, Lava Lash, and Ice Strike has been increased.
          • The initial damage as well as the bonus damage from Stormstrike, Lava Lash, and Ice Strike now deals reduced damage when you are fighting more than 6 targets.
    • WARRIOR
      • Class Developer Notes
        • We’ve decided to remove Skull Banner, the general consensus across sources of feedback has not been particularly positive and we’ve struggled to find the right home for Skull Banner in each of the talent trees. Therefore, we’ve decided to remove it.
        • No other major updates, some tweaks and bug fixes as we are generally satisfied with the Warrior class tree…
        • We may still switch adjust talent node positions as we move throughout the Beta and monitor feedback.
      • Class Tree
        • Cruel Strikes – Now increases Critical Strike chance by 1% and increases the critical strike damage of Execute by 5% per rank.
        • Quick Thinking – Now increases Haste by 1% and your auto attack critical strikes increase your auto attack speed by 10% for 10 seconds per rank.
        • Frothing Berserker: Arms Variant – Mortal Strike and Cleave have a 20% chance to immediately refund 20% of the Rage spent.
        • Frothing Berserker: Fury Variant – Rampage has a 20% chance to immediately refund 20% of the Rage spent.
        • Frothing Berserker: Protection Variant – Revenge has a 20% chance to immediately refund 50% of the Rage spent.
        • Switched the positions of Frothing Berserker and Honed Reflexes positions to ensure the node that governs the left branch is more universally desired.
        • Fast Footwork has returned to a 5% speed increase (was 10%).
      • Arms Developer Notes
        • No major updates for the Arms tree. We feel good about the tree and are working on fixing various bugs and tweaking abilities where needed.
        • Deft Experience’s bonus to Rend has been integrated into Bloodborne and will have a new secondary effect in a future build.
      • Arms
        • Valor in Victory is now 1% Versatility and a 15 second reduction to the cooldown of Die by the Sword per rank.
        • Critical thinking – Now increase your Critical Strike chance by 1% and Execute refunds 10% of Rage Spent per rank.
        • Bloodborne – Now increases Deep Wounds, Rend and Thunderous Roar’s Bleed effects by 7.5% and Rend’s direct damage is increased by 50% per rank.
        • The Strength bonus from Hurricane should now be calculated correctly.
        • The Strength bonus from Test of Might should now be calculated correctly.
        • Test of Might reverted to 1% Strength per 10 Rage spent (was 5% per 30 Rage).
        • Fracture no longer causes the Bleed effects of Thunderous Roar to expire to lower cooldown alignment and allow Thunderous Roar to be used more freely.
        • Removed Skull Banner.
        • Battlelord now reduces the cost of Mortal Strike and Cleave by 10 (was 15).
        • Warbreaker should again work correctly with Anger Management.
      • Fury Developer Notes
        • Cruelty has historically been a very powerful talent and its position and functionality wasn’t ideal depending on your build. So, we’ve decided to split the damage and cooldown related components. This makes pathing better for various builds and also allows us to better control the power of certain abilities.
        • Made some changes to Annihilator to bring the damage and rage generation down.
        • The rage generation of various abilities such as Annihilator do not synergize with Recklessness, we will be fixing this in a future update.
        • We’ve done some testing internally on two-handed Annihilator builds and will update more to update on here in the future.
        • No other major changes, various bug fixes and tweaks to abilities.
      • Fury
        • Dancing Blades Attack speed bonus reduced to 30% (was 50%).
        • Deft Experience – Now increases Mastery by 1% and reduces the cooldown of Bloodthirst by 0.75 seconds per rank.
        • Swift Strikes – Now increases Haste by 1% and Raging Blow and Annihilator generate and additional 1 Rage.
        • The Strength bonus from Hurricane should now be calculated correctly.
        • Removed the Rage cost from the base version of Whirlwind.
        • Bloodthrist’s Bloodcraze buff duration increased to 20 seconds (was 15 seconds).
        • Removed Skull Banner.
        • Cruelty no longer grants a chance to reset charges of Raging Blow.
        • Cruelty now grants 15% increased damage to Raging Blow and 5% increased damage to Annihilator.
        • Wrath and Fury in addition to increasing the damage of Raging Blow by 5%, now grants a 30% chance to reset charges of Raging Blow while Enraged.
        • Annihilator now grants 3 Rage per hit (was 6).
        • Slaughtering Strikes increases the damage of Rampage via Annihilator by 2% (was 3% per strike).
        • Slam generates 10 Rage through Storm of Swords and its damage reduced to 150% (was 200%).
        • Annihilator damage reduced to 10% (was 19%).
        • Bloodborne damage bonus to periodic effects reduced to 15% (was 30%).
      • Protection
        • Removed Skull Banner.

ITEMS AND REWARDS

  • New Toy: Seed of Renewed Souls – Embrace the spirits of the weald, transforming into your Soulshape. 5 minute cooldown. Available from Lady Muunn in Heart of the Forest.

PLAYER VERSUS PLAYER

  • RATED SOLO SHUFFLE
    • In Dragonflight, we’re continuing our work on the Solo Shuffle game mode by upping the stakes and adding the ability for players to earn (or lose!) rating, similar to our Rated Battlegrounds and Arenas. In this week’s PTR and Beta build, players will be able to participate in the Rated version of Solo Shuffle. Just like in Rated Battlegrounds and Arenas, you’ll be able to earn seasonal rewards and achievements, credit towards Vicious mounts, weekly great vault progress, and Conquest. Solo Shuffle’s rules and 6-round format continue, with the addition of rating changes based off of the amount of rounds each player has won during the match. We’ll be monitoring and adjusting matchmaking throughout beta to facilitate testing.

      Unique to this Rated game mode, players will have a rating tracked for each of their character’s specializations. Players will select which of their specialization to queue with, and participate in specialization-based ladders and end of season rewards. Players will also notice that we’ve created a minimum item level feature for Rated Solo Shuffle specifically, but we do not have it currently set to our final value for Season 1 of Dragonflight.

      We’re extremely appreciative of all the community feedback we received from our brawl version of Solo Shuffle, please continue to share your thoughts with us in our forums or @WarcraftDevs on twitter. Please keep an eye out for future Play with the Blues events focusing on Solo Shuffle on Beta.

  • CLASSES
    • HUNTER
      • Interlope – Now available for all Hunter specializations (was Beast Mastery only).
      • Diamond Ice – Now available for all Hunter specializations (was Survival only).
      • Beast Mastery
        • Kindred Beasts redesigned to work with Tenacity Pet’s new ability, Fortitude of the Bear – While using a Tenacity pet: Command Pet’s unique ability cooldown reduced by 50% and allies within 20 yards of your pet gain 10% increased maximum health for 10 seconds.
    • MONK
      • Grapple Weapon – Now available for Brewmaster (was Mistweaver and Windwalker only).
      • Mighty Ox Kick – Now available for all Monk specializations (was Brewmaster only).
      • Dematerialize – Now available for Brewmaster (was was Mistweaver only).
      • Alpha Tiger – Now grants 20% Haste (was 30%) after using Tiger Palm. Available for all Monk specializations (was Windwalker only).
      • Wind Waker – Now available for Brewmaster (was Windwalker only).
    • PALADIN
      • Hallowed Ground – Now available for Retribution (Holy and Protection only).
      • Aura of Reckoning – Now available for all Paladin specializations (was Retribution only). For Holy Paladins: The spells empowers your next Judgement once you get to 50 stacks.
      • Vengeance Aura – Now available for all Paladin specializations (was Retribution only).
      • Divine Favor – Removed from PvP talents and moved into the talent tree.
    • ROGUE
      • Dagger in the Dark – Now available for all Rogue specializations (was Subtlety only).
        • Each second while Stealth is active, nearby enemies within 10 yards (was 12 yards) take an additional 5% damage from your next Shadowstrike or Ambush for 10 seconds. Stacks up to 8 times (was 10 times).
      • Dagger in the Dark increases Shadowstrike damage for Subtlety, and Ambush damage for Assassination and Outlaw.
    • WARLOCK
      • Call Observer – Now available for all Warlock specializations (was Demonology only).
      • Bonds of Fel – Now available for all Warlock specializations (was Destruction only).
    • WARRIOR
      • Rebound – Reflected spells now cause 50% extra damage back to the attacker (was 33%). Now available for all Warrior specializations (was Protection only).
      • Battle Trance has been redesigned – You go into a trance causing you to regenerate 3% of your health and generate 3 Rage every 3 seconds for 18 seconds after using Raging Blow twice in a row on a target or striking a target with Annihilator 8 times. Striking a new target with Raging Blow or Annihilator will cancel this effect.
      • Enduring Rage redesigned to also work with Annihilator:
        • Raging Blow functionality – Increases the duration of your Enrage effect by 1 second, and your Raging Blows extend the duration of your Enrage by 1.5 seconds.
        • Annihilator functionality – Increases the duration of your Enrage effect by 1 second, and your Annihilator damage extends the duration of your Enrage by 0.5 seconds.

USER INTERFACE AND ACCESSIBILITY

  • NEW HUD UI
    • UI art updates:
      • Experience and Reputation bars
      • Wyvern action bar art for Horde players
    • Edit Mode
      • PvP Arena Frames
      • Loot Frame
      • Help tips are added to the frame as a toggle for more information.

Additional Fated Power in Season 4 Fated Raids, Dragonflight Beta: Chromie Time ilvl Rescaling

Blizzard has announced that starting with this week’s weekly reset raiders will be able to choose to have a second fated affix active in fated raids.

On the Dragonflight beta side of things people noticed changes to item levels in leveling content. Blizzard has responded explaining that they are not squishing any stats but are changing the scaling around leveling with Chromie Time going up to level 60 in Dragonflight.

Additional Fated Power in Season 4 Fated Raids

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This past weekend’s esports charity event, Xy’mox’s Charity Cache, provided the players with additional Fated Powers in Fated Raids. Though this might have looked like a detriment at first glance, capitalizing on double the Fated Infusions turns out to be a boon!

We believe that this feature should be available to all organized players, and so starting with the next weekly reset, players in Normal, Heroic, or Mythic Fated Raids will be able to opt-in to one additional Fated Power at the Fated Console, located near the entrance of each of the Fated Raids. These additional powers may be disabled at any time, but that won’t affect any in-combat encounters, and will not change how loot is awarded.

We know that many players have enjoyed the twists and fun of Fated Powers, and we hope that access to more will increase the fun.

Happy raiding!

Chromie Time ilvl Rescaling

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We are not doing a squish. The overall goal is for player-characters who are at level 60 today to log in at level 60 in Dragonflight with the same item level and approximately the same stats as they had before.

What we are doing: rescaling Chromie Time. In Dragonflight, Chromie Time now stretches from 10-60, so that players can choose which expansion they’d like to level in, and they can stick with that all the way to Dragonflight if they choose to.

So that’s going to require that we change some iLvls within that range to make it a smooth experience, but the endpoint isn’t changing.

There are definitely some bugs with this on the Dragonflight Beta and the PTR, such as your heirlooms, and we’re going to fix them up.

September 9th 2022 Dragonflight Beta Feedback: Demon Hunters, Shamans, Hunters, Death Knights, Warriors & Paladins

Last night the blues posted on nearly half of the class feedback threads announcing upcoming changes to Demon Hunters, Shamans, Hunters, Death Knights, Warriors and Paladins. Check them all out below:

Feedback: Demon Hunters

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How do you do fellow Demon Hunters,

We wanted to tip you off to some changes that will be present in an upcoming build, as we’ve seen discussion around these topics, and want to provide additional context for continued discussion since it helps guide future iteration.

First up is the feedback we’ve heard surrounding Vengeance’s Mastery: Fel Blood, which increases the armor granted by Demon Spikes. While there are (very intentionally) talent options available that can increase Demon Spikes uptime and therefore influence the relative value of Mastery for a character, two problems remain:

  1. The starting value of the Mastery stat is drastically lower than other secondary stats
  2. Mastery has no value while Demon Spikes is not active, further reducing incentive to invest in it as it does not help survive the moments of greatest weakness, as where other stats would

As a result, we’ve decided to softly rework Vengeance’s Mastery

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What does this mean? While Demon Spikes is active, Mastery: Fel Blood will provide the same bonus per Mastery as it did previously, but now with 50% of that value persisting while Demon Spikes is not active.

As always, we welcome discussion about this upcoming change, and will be on the lookout for that as well as gameplay feedback when the updated Mastery makes its way into player hands on the PTR and Beta.

Now, on to the topic of Metamorphosis, talents that affect it on the Demon Hunter class tree, and some spec-specific changes related to it all. Here are the most relevant notes:

  • Metamorphosis base CD standardized at 4 min
  • Rush of Chaos still reduces CD by 60 sec, to 3 min for both specs
  • Havoc’s Metamorphosis duration reduced to 25 sec
  • Demonic Origins now reduces CD by 60 sec (reaching 2 min CD for both specs), no longer reduces duration, and now causes Metamorphosis to grant 10% Versatility while active

We hope the above will result in the cooldowns and talent options available for Metamorphosis making a little more sense as to what circumstances players might consider picking them, regardless of what spec perspective it’s being viewed from.

Moving on to Havoc, there are two topics to discuss. First, the talent Fel Bombardment (which was previously not yet implemented) has been removed from the tree. While many former Legendary or conduit effects have been able to transition to forms you’ve seen as Dragonflight talents for many classes, we have decided we do not want the particulars of Fel Bombardment’s gameplay cemented as a more permanent talent and will be leaving it in the Shadowlands. Mo’arg Bionics will be moving into its place, with a new Throw Glaive-related talent appearing near the top of the tree:

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Finally, as a brief follow-up to a previous topic, Demon’s Bite/Demon Blades will be returning as skills that can apply Burning Wound, alongside the previously-added Throw Glaive. Thank you to those who played the updated version and shared feedback about your experiences.

Cheers.

Feedback: Shamans

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Enhancement Shaman,

Some minor changes coming in your next build:

  • Feral Lunge has moved to a spot below Windfury Weapon.
  • Windfury Totem is once again 20%.
  • Swirling Maelstrom has been lowered from 2 stacks of Maelstrom Weapon, down to 1, however the tooltip has been clarified now grants 1 stack of Maelstrom Weapon per Fire Nova eruption.
  • Crash Lightning has had some significant adjustments:
    • Crash Lightning cooldown increased from 9 to 12 seconds.
    • Crash Lightning’s buff from hitting 2 or more targets has increased from 10 to 12 seconds.
    • Ice Strike can now also cause the bonus damage from Crash Lightning.
    • The initial damage, as well as the bonus damage from Stormstrike, Lava Lash, and Ice Strike has been increased.
    • The initial damage as well as the bonus damage from Stormstrike, Lava Lash, and Ice Strike now deals reduced damage when you are fighting more than 6 targets.

Feedback: Hunters

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Going to make a quick post addressing Binding Shot before making a follow-up post.

We still feel like a root that doesn’t break from damage is not a good thing to have in the game, because it’s not at all clear why it works differently than other roots. That said, Binding Shot is a powerful tool Hunters have to manage some situations where you want to both do high damage to a group of enemy targets, as well as have control over their ability to chase you.

We’re changing Binding Shot from a root that breaks on damage to a 3 second stun.

There are some other minor Hunter changes we wanted to discuss, but wanted to address Binding Shot specifically.

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There’s some other minor Hunter changes coming in a future build, and we also wanted to talk about the new Lesser Dragonkin pet family.

Class Tree:

  • Improved Traps and Rejuvenating Wind should actually have their places swapped. Really this time.
  • Concussive Shot will now replace Wing Clip, and no longer requires a ranged weapon.
  • Wing Clip Focus cost reduced by 10. This was a rank 2 upgrade that was incorrectly not baked into Wing Clip.
  • Fortitude of the Bear should have all of its interactions properly setup now with Command Pet, tenacity pets, as well as Lone Wolf Marksmanship Hunters.
    • The Kindred Beasts PvP talent has also been updated to work with Fortitude of the Bear.

Lesser Dragonkin
As some of you may have noticed, there’s a new pet family you can tame creatures from, the Lesser Dragonkin.

  • Lesser Dragonkin are a Ferocity pet.
  • Lesser Dragonkin have a new pet family ability, Shimmering Scales. This reduces your pet’s magic damage taken by 70% for 8 seconds, on a 90 second cooldown.
  • Cloud Serpents have had their pet family changed from Serpents to Lesser Dragonkin, but the ability to tame Cloud Serpents has not been changed in any way.
  • Lesser Dragonkin taming is currently planned to be a reward from the Valdrakken faction.
  • Lesser Dragonkin includes creatures like the new Hornswogs from Dragonflight, or the Feathered Drakes in Ardenweald, or even some of the Faerie Dragons in places like Feralas.

Have a nice weekend everyone.

Feedback: Death Knights

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Hello Death Knights,

We want to share some of the upcoming changes we have planned for the Frost spec tree in the next Beta build. While we were generally happy with the Frost tree and what it had to offer, we also recognize that there were some improvements that could be made based on our learnings over Dragonflight’s Alpha development.

The existing Frost tree suffered a bit from a lack of choice once a player locked into a specific build (often choosing between Obliteration or BoS, then making 1 or 2 choices with what talent points remained). To help alleviate this issue, the upcoming tree has received new talents, reworked talents, existing talents moved to more accessible spaces, updated pathing connections, and lastly several selection node talents have been decoupled and moved elsewhere within the tree (most notably Icecap).

This is what it looks like:

Below, you can find the new and updated talents. This doesn’t cover all of the positional and pathing changes for talents, but it does highlight some of the more notable ones.

Unleashed Frenzy

  • Now grants the strength buff when any Runic Power ability damages an enemiy

Improved Frost Strike and Runic Command

  • Swapped positions on the tree

Glacial Advance

  • Removed the cooldown
  • Moved higher into the tree and is now unlocked after the 1st gate.

Frostscythe

  • Moved higher into the tree and is now unlocked after the 1st gate.

Horn of Winter

  • Now Frost only and placed directly after Improved Obliterate

Improved Killing Machine

  • Renamed to Frostreaper

Enduring Strength

  • Now available directly after Pillar of Frost
  • New Icon

Frostwhelp’s Aid

  • Now available directly after Pillar of Frost

Coldheart

  • No longer a choice node with Inexorable Assault
  • Moved to the right side of the tree below Improved Rime

Inexorable Assault

  • No longer a choice node with Cold Heart
  • Moved below Frostreaper on the left side of the tree

Icecap

  • No longer a choice node with Obliteration
  • Now available directly after Frostwhelp’s Aid or Enduring Strength

Empower Rune Weapon

  • Now properly grants +1 charge if you already know the spell from the core tree

Everfrost

  • Now directly available after Gathering Storm and should no longer be able to be taken without knowing Remorseless Winter
  • Reduced to a 1 max rank, down from 2.

New Talent – Shattering Strike

  • When Frost Strike damages an enemy with 5 stacks of Razorice it will consume them to deal an additional 60% damage.
  • Available directly after Icecap

Avalanche

  • This has been updated to also apply Razorice to your targets if Howling Blast is empowered by Rime.
  • No longer a choice node with Frozen Pulse
  • Now available directly after Icecap

Frozen Pulse

  • Cut
  • Developers’ notes: After reworking the tree and making room for the new talents we felt like Frozen Pulse didn’t offer anything unique to the Frost and rather than forcing it within the tree we decided it best to cut it for now to make room for what we hope are more interesting options.

New Talent – Icebreaker

  • When empowered by Rime, Howling Blast deals 30/60% increased damage to your primary target.
  • Available directly after Empowered Rune Weapon and Gathering Storm

Feedback: Warriors

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Protection Warriors,

In an upcoming build, the functionality of your new Spell Block talent will be changed slightly. Details of how Spell Block will work have been listed in the Protection Paladin thread here:

Feedback: Paladins

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Protection Paladin,

An upcoming build is going to have changes to how the Holy Shield talent and “Spell Block” works. The Holy Shield talent is not changing, but how Holy Shield interacts with magic damage is changing.

Holy Shield is themed as being Spell Block, however in Shadowlands, it isn’t actually a real blocked attack under the hood. This has been changed to work similar to how standard physical blocking works, and there are some changes as a result of this:

  • You will actually have to have a shield equipped to benefit from Holy Shield (This is very minor, but noting for posterity)
  • You can no longer Spell Block attacks from behind, while stunned, or while casting/channeling a spell.
  • Holy Shield will no longer allow you to block periodic spell damage.
  • Holy Shield will now allow you to block creatures that deal non-physical auto attack damage, such as if a Fire Elemental melee attacks you as Fire damage.
  • Holy Shield will work against attacks that deal combinations of physical + (some other element) of damage, such as a Fire+Physical spell or attack.
  • The combat log will properly report Spell Blocks from Holy Shield as blocked damage, rather than absorbed damage.

Holy Shield will continue to use your character’s actual block chance, and your character’s armor value for purposes of how much block value you have.

These changes will also apply to the new Protection Warrior Spell Block talent.

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Greetings Holy Paladins!

In the next beta build we will have an updated tree ready for testing This update will include major pathing changes, new spells, and node cost reduction. We would like to give you our thoughts on our design direction for this tree moving forward.

Pathing Improvements

We’re excited at the prospect of offering tools for a casting focused Holy Paladin build existing in this tree. Our intention is for this to not overpower the melee playstyle, but we want to find room for both to exist simultaneously without impeding each other. At the same time however, we do not think separating the tree into two distinct “caster” and “melee” paths is compelling tree structure in this case. Our goal is to intermingle spells and abilities in such a way that players are encouraged to path throughout the tree, but not feel like they must pick up undesirable talents for their build along the way.

Spells Changes

We felt the overall nodes in this tree were in a solid spot and that most of the issues in this tree were pathing related. That said, we’ve added several new or returning spells in support of both the melee and caster styles. Hopefully this mixes gameplay up a bit more and offers further compelling choice, particularly in the bottom section of the tree. We’ve also removed a few nodes that we felt were not playing well including Liadrin’s Fury Unleashed and Tyr’s Munificence. Tyr’s Munificence’s effect will be added baseline to Tyr’s Deliverance.

Lay on Hands in rated PvP

We’ve decided to enable Lay on Hands in rated PvP with a 25% PvP multiplier healing reduction. This change was influenced by several factors. Modern PvP realities are that a powerful heal such as this does not have the same level of impact that it did in previous versions of the game. It is likely that if we were to go back in time with the current tools we have, our solution would have been to apply a PvP multiplier to such a strong ability without outright disabling. Given that Lay on Hands applies Forbearance, its cooldown is quite significant, and with Dampening and PvP multipliers to leverage, we feel comfortable enabling this iconic Paladin ability in rated PvP. This change will be applied soon and won’t apply to the upcoming beta build.

Here’s a preview of what you can expect to see next build:

New Talent Additions

Infusion of Light: Now learned baseline.

Divine Insight. New Talent, row 3. Holy Shock’s healing and damage is increased by 5%.

Tirion’s Devotion. New Talent, row 4. Lay on Hand’s cooldown is reduced by 1 second per Holy Power spent.

Resplendent Light. New Talent, row 4. Holy Light heals up to 5 targets within 8 yards for 8% of its healing.

Imbued Infusions. New Talent, row 5. Consuming Infusion of Light reduces the cooldown of Holy Shock by 1.0 seconds.

Unwavering Spirit. New Talent, row 5. The cooldown of Aura Mastery is reduced by 30 seconds.

Boundless Salvation. New Talent, row 10. Casting Flash of Light on targets affected by Tyr’s Deliverance extends the duration of your Tyr’s Deliverance by 0.5 seconds. Casting Holy Light on targets affected by Tyr’s Deliverance extends the duration of your Tyr’s Deliverance by 1 second.

Divine Favor. New Talent, row 5. The healing of your next Holy Light or Flash of Light is increased by 60% and its cast time is reduced by 30%. 45 second cooldown.

Veneration. New Talent, row 8. Flash of Light, Holy Light, and Judgment critical strikes reset the cooldown of Hammer of Wrath and make it usable on any target, regardless of their health.

Relentless Inquisitor. New Talent, row 9. Spending Holy Power grants you 1% haste per finisher for 12 sec, stacking up to 3/5 times.

Empyrean Endowment. New Talent, row 10. Judgment empowers your next Word of Glory to automatically activate Light of Dawn with 25% increased effectiveness. The effect can only occur every 30 seconds.

Inflorescence of the Sunwell. New Talent, row 10. Infusion of Light has 1 additional charge, reduces the cost of Flash of Light by an additional 30%, and has a 30% chance to generate an additional Holy Power from Holy Light.

Thank you all for your continued feedback!

Play a Death Knight in Wrath of the Lich King Classic and Get a Mount in WoW

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The pre-patch for Wrath of the Lich King Classic is now live, and with it, players can play as the Death Knight Hero Class before making their way into the frozen lands of Northrend to confront the Lich King. Players who play through the complete Death Knight starting experience* in Wrath of the Lich King Classic will earn the Frostbrood Proto-Wyrm** to carry them through their adventures in Shadowlands and beyond into the upcoming Dragonflight expansion.

Few proto-dragons were considered part of the frostbrood—only those that were risen from powerful remains, the members of long forgotten draconic flights.

Learn more about the Death Knight Hero Class in our article.

*Requires completion of the quest “Where Kings Walk” on Alliance characters or “Warchief’s Blessing” on Horde characters.
**Mount not available in World of Warcraft® Classic titles.

Hotfixes: September 7, 2022, 10.0 Prepatch PTR Live, Dragonflight Beta Notes & Druid/Warlock Feedback

Last night was a busy night for Blizzard. Not only did the Dragonflight Beta get a new build, the 10.0 prepatch went live on the PTR as well! So now every player who wants to try out the talent revamp can do so! Furthermore there were a couple of hotfixes and we got a couple of blue posts for Druid and Warlock changes coming to the beta.

Hotfixes: September 7, 2022

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September 7, 2022

Dungeons and Raids

  • Fated Raids
    • Sepulcher of the First Ones
      • The Jailer
        • Resolved an issue where the Creation Spark fated power could negatively affect the following ability durations: Arcane Vulnerability, Azerite Radiation, Rune of Domination, Rune of Compulsion, Rune of Damnation, Torment, Imprisonment, and Death Sentence.
        • Resolved an issue where Rune of Compulsion-afflicted players negatively interact with movement speed increasing effects.

Wrath of the Lich King Classic

  • Druid
    • Shapeshifting into Cat Form once again automatically activates Track Humanoids.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Tauren from using the Barber Shop.
  • It will now rain blood when Highlord Darion Mograine says “The skies turn red with the blood of the fallen!” during the Death Knight quest “The Light of Dawn.“

10.0 PTR Prepatch Notes

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World of Warcraft Version 10.0.0 PTR – Dragonflight Pre-Expansion Patch

This Public Test Realm (PTR) is a testing environment for the content coming with the Dragonflight Pre-Expansion Patch update.

To see full details on what’s in the current build, please visit the Dragonflight Beta Development Notes thread.

Dragonflight Pre-Expansion Patch Development Notes

CLASSES

  • New Talent System
  • Mage, Priest, and Rogue available for all races

PLAYER VERSUS PLAYER

  • All ranged spell casting and healing specializations have a new PvP Talent:
    • New PvP Talent: Precognition – If an interrupt is used on you while you are not casting, gain 15% Haste and become immune to control effects for 4 seconds.
  • Updated PvP Talents

USER INTERFACE AND ACCESSIBILITY

  • New HUD UI

Dragonflight Feedback: Druids

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Hey there Boomkins,

We are working on the next iteration of the Balance talent tree along with some baseline changes that you should see in the coming weeks. Players will see some of our changes in next week’s build, but the full suite of changes will not be in the Beta until the following week. That said, we want to give you a quick preview in the meantime:

Druid – Balance:

  • Mastery: Total Eclipse has been redesigned to the following:
    • Renamed to Mastery: Astral Invocation.
    • “Your Nature spells deal increased damage to targets affected by Sunfire. Your Arcane spells deal increased damage to targets affected by Moonfire.”

The previous design of Eclipse and Mastery: Total Eclipse created a situation where the power of the spec was dictated by Celestial Alignment, allowing for double dipping the mastery bonus. While this is fun, it takes away from the power and feel of the spec outside of cooldowns. With this new Mastery our goal is to further reinforce keeping your DoTs active while continuing to allow for Starsurge, Starfall, and Stellar flare to be able to gain extra benefit from Mastery even outside of cooldowns.

  • Eclipse
    • Eclipses no longer occur in alternation.
    • Eclipses no longer reduce casting time.
    • Lunar Eclipse now increases the damage of your Arcane spells by 15%.
    • Solar Eclipse now increases the damage of your Nature spells by 15%.

From reviewing feedback and discussions, we found two common themes for Eclipse: 1) There is a lack of control with the rotation that can feel bad in both single target and AoE. 2) Having to cast 2 unempowered Wraths or Starfires to enter an Eclipse combined with their weaker base power and Starfire’s long cast time is underwhelming. With these changes our goal is to allow you to exit an Eclipse, say Solar, and then re-enter Solar Eclipse by casting 2 Starfires again. We’re also looking at adding talents to improve the feel of casting unempowered Wraths and Starfires between Eclipses.

  • Starfall has been redesigned to the following:
    • Instant. Costs 50 Astral Power.
    • “Calls down waves of falling stars at the targeted area, dealing Astral damage over 8 sec.”

We gave a cooldown version of Starfall a chance again for Shadowlands and we don’t feel it has played as well as we had hoped. Having a Starfall that moves with you is awesome and something we had hoped to keep, but for gameplay we feel it’s better to be able to choose to spend additional Astral Power for more Starfalls.

  • Improved Starsurge has been removed. Starsurge no longer empowers the damage bonus of active Eclipses.

Improved Starsurge encouraged pooling resources more than we would like and the mechanic was hidden enough for some players to be unaware of the gameplay it encouraged.

  • Shooting Stars
    • Has an increased chance to occur.
    • Stellar Flare damage now has a chance to proc Shooting Stars.

While we do not have plans to increase DoT damage, we feel we went too far in toning down Shooting Stars, so we’re looking to allow for it trigger more so that Astral Power generation from DoTs is more noticeable in AoE. Stellar Flare’s lack of gameplay hooks has made it an underwhelming talent choice, so we’re allowing it to trigger Shooting Stars.

This is only a small peek at what we’re working on and by no means a complete change list. Our goal with posting some of our larger and more systemic changes is to gather initial feedback and take that into account when continuing to implement our remaining changes. We appreciate the feedback thus far and look forward to hearing more of your thoughts regarding Balance Druid in the coming weeks.

Dragonflight Feedback: Warlocks

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Hello Warlocks,

In the next upcoming build for Dragonflight, you’ll see that Spell Lock has been removed from the talent tree and readded to the Felhunter. We wanted to take a moment to explain why we added Spell Lock to the talent tree and our decision to revert the change altogether.

Our goal was to try and de-power the Felhunter from a utility perspective to increase how often Warlocks might use different demons such as Sayaad or Voidwalker throughout endgame content. Our attempt at this was to move Spell Lock to Dragonflight’s new talent trees, first as a choice and then as a guaranteed ability. However, after playtesting, we noticed something was lost.

Warlocks have always been able to utilize demons to perform actions independent of whatever state the Warlock is currently in. Spell Lock is iconic to the Felhunter identity and has a lot of history behind it. We considered making this a choice-style node, but ultimately felt that we want to retain the gameplay of knowing what a Warlock is capable of by what demon they are accompanied by, and the unique identity Warlock has: utilizing powerful tools tied to their pets rather than themselves.

Thank you for your thoughts on this change, we genuinely appreciate the feedback, and we will continue to watch discussions as they unfold.

Dragonflight Beta Updated Development Notes

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Hello! Here are this week’s updates to Dragonflight Beta:

CLASSES

  • NEW TALENT SYSTEM
    • STARTER BUILD
      • Evokers now have access to the Starter Build in their loadouts menu (this feature will be available to other classes in future updates). The Starter Build is a preset talent build created for players who prefer not to choose their own talents yet, but simply want a decent build that’s suitable for most content. This will be available to both leveling characters and max level characters.
    • DEATH KNIGHT
      • Class Tree
        • Festermight maximum stacks reduced to 20 (was 30).
        • New Talent: Enfeeble – Your Ghouls attack has a chance to reduce the targets movement speed by 30% and the damage they deal to you by 15%.
      • Unholy
        • Eternal Agony epidemic effect now also extends the duration of Dark Transformation.
        • Ghoulish Frenzy effect duration is now also extended when Dark Transformation’s duration is increased (i.e. by Eternal Agony).
        • Death Rot epidemic effect now applies Death Rot to your primary target.
        • Summon Gargoyle is now off global cooldown (GCD) and generates 50 Runic Power on use. Gargoyle Strike base damage increased by 60%.
    • DRUID
      • Class Tree
        • Added Improved Nature’s Cure for Restoration Druids to replace Remove Corruption.
        • Added Remove Corruption nodes visible for Balance, Feral, and Guardian in the same location.
      • Feral
        • Rearranged various talents and created new pathways and choices.
        • New Talent: Protective Growth – Your Regrowth protects you, reducing all damage you take by 3% while it is on you.
        • New Talent: Pouncing Strikes – Grants benefits to Shred and Rake when striking from stealth.
        • New Talent: Piercing Claws (2 ranks) – Critical Strike chance increased by 2%.
        • New Talent: Double-Clawed Rake – Rake also applies Rake to 1 additional nearby target.
        • New Talent: Dreadful Bleeding – Rip damage increased by 15%.
        • New Talent: Tear Open Wounds – Primal Wrath consumes up to 4 seconds of Rip damage on targets it hits and deals 75% of it instantly.
        • New Talent: Ferocious Frenzy – Ferocious Bite also hits nearby enemies within 8 yards afflicted by Rip for 25% damage.
        • New Talent: Raging Fury – Finishing moves extend the duration of Tiger’s Fury by 0.2 seconds per combo point spent.
        • New Talent: Frantic Momentum – Finishing moves have a 3% chance per combo point spent to grant 10% Haste for 6 seconds.
        • New Talent: Berserk: Heart of the Lion – Each combo point spent reduces the cooldown of Berserk by 0.5 seconds.
        • New Talent: Wild Slashes – Swipe and Thrash deal 20% more damage.
        • New Talent: Bite Force – Ferocious Bite and Rip deal 10% more damage.
        • New Talent: Veinripper – Rip, Rake, and Thrash last 25% longer.
        • New Talent: Rip and Tear – Applying Rip to a target also applies a Tear that deals Bleed damage per combo point spent over 6 seconds.
        • Improved Bleeds changed to 1 rank (was 2).
        • Max Energy renamed to Tireless Energy, changed to 2 ranks (was 3) and grants 2% Haste per rank.
        • Sabertooth now increases Ferocious Bite damage by 20% and increases damage dealt by Rip by 4% for each combo point spent for 4 seconds.
        • Sudden Ambush changed to 2 ranks (was 3) and grants 2% chance to strike as if from stealth per rank (was 1%).
        • Berserk replaces Berserk: Relentlessness – Berserk now grants combo point refund on finishing moves and causes Rake and Shred to deal damage as if stealthed.
        • Taste for Blood changed to 2 ranks (was 3).
        • Infected Wounds now also increases Rake damage by 20%.
        • Berserk: Frenzy no longer causes combo point generating abilities to reduce the cooldown of Berserk.
        • Modal Cooldown Bonus is now Ashamane’s Guidance – Gives auto attacks a chance to trigger Incarnation for 6 seconds.
        • Removed Improved Tiger’s Fury. Tiger’s Fury now always grants 50 Energy.
        • Removed Improved Shred and Improved Prowl.
        • Removed Berserk: Jungle Stalker.
        • Removed Savage Roar.
        • Removed Draught of Deep Focus.
      • Restoration
        • Rearranged various talents and created new pathways and choices.
        • New Talent: Flash of Clarity – Clearcast Regrowths heal for an additional 30%.
        • New Talent: Waking Dream – Ysera’s Gift now heals every 4 seconds, and heals for an additional 5% for each of your active Rejuvenations.
        • New Talent: Nature’s Splendor – The healing bonus to Regrowth from Nature’s Swiftness is increased by 50%.
        • New Talent: Nurturing Dormancy – When your Rejuvenation heals a full health target, its duration is increased by 3 seconds, up to a maximum total increase of 9 seconds per cast.
        • New Talent: Dreamstate – While channeling Tranquility, your other Druid spell cooldowns are reduced by up to 10 seconds.
        • New Talent: Verdancy – When Lifebloom blooms, up to 3 targets within your Efflorescence are healed.
        • New Talent: Budding Leaves – Lifebloom’s healing is increased by 3/6% each time it heals, up to 45/90%. Also increases Lifebloom’s final bloom amount by 3/6%.
        • New Talent: Embrace of the Dream – Wild Growth has a 50/100% chance to momentarily shift your mind into the Emerald Dream, instantly healing all allies affected by your Rejuvenation.
        • New Talent: Regenerative Heartwood – Allies protected by your Ironbark also receive 75% of the healing from each of your active Rejuvenations.
        • Improved Lifebloom – Lifebloom counts for 2 stacks of Mastery: Harmony.
        • Invigorate – Your heal over time effects on the target complete 100% faster. 45 second cooldown.
        • Power of the Archdruid – Wild Growth has a 50% chance to cause your next Rejuvenation or Regrowth to apply to 3 additional allies within 20 yards of the target.
        • Unending Growth – Rejuvenation healing has a 1/2% chance to create a new Rejuvenation on a nearby target.
        • Undergrowth – You may Lifebloom two targets at once, but Lifebloom’s healing is reduced by 10%.
        • Reforestation – Every 3 casts of Swiftmend grants you Incarnation: Tree of Life for 9 seconds.
        • Verdant Infusion – Swiftmend no longer consumes a heal over time effect, and extends the duration of your heal over time effects on the target by 10 seconds.
        • Unstoppable Growth – Wild Growth’s healing falls off 20/40% less over time.
        • Ysera’s Gift now restores 3% health per 5 seconds by default.
        • Ready for Anything now reduces Nature’s Swiftness’s cooldown by 12 seconds.
        • Improved Regrowth now increases chance for a critical effect by 40% by default.
        • Inner Peace now reduces the cooldown of Tranquility by 60 seconds by default.
        • Stonebark now increases healing from your heal over time effects by 20% during Ironbark by default.
        • Improved Ironbark now reduces the cooldown of Ironbark by 20 seconds by default.
        • Ready for Anything is now a choice node with Nature’s Splendor.
        • Inner Peace is now a choice node with Dreamstate.
        • Improved Ironbark/Stonbark is now a choice node. Moved to row 7.
        • Photosynthesis is no longer a choice node with Undergrowth.
        • Autumn Leaves has been removed.
    • EVOKER
      • Starter builds now enabled.
      • Preservation
        • Rewind – Heal over time now scales with Haste.
        • Temporal Anomaly – Now works with Mastery: Life-Binder.
        • Cycle of Life – Counter should no longer go away when you die, and now lasts 15 seconds (was 10 seconds).
        • Life-Giver’s Flame – Now only counts healing based on damage done to up to 5 targets.
        • Flow State – Now connects to Golden Hour in the talent tree.
    • HUNTER
      • Class Tree
        • Hunter’s Agility now reduces damage taken from area of effect attacks by 6% (was increases Avoidance).
        • Rejuvenating Winds and Improved Traps have swapped spots.
        • Scatter Shot is now usable with any weapon type. Survival uses a 1-hand special shot.
        • Binding Shot’s root effect can now break from taking damage.
      • Marksmanship
        • Windrunner’s Guidance has been redesigned – Every Wind Arrow shot has a 3% chance to grant you 10 seconds of Trueshot.
      • Survival
        • Ferocity lowered to 1 rank (was 2).
        • Intense Focus lowered to 1 rank (was 2).
    • PRIEST
      • General
        • Smite – Damage increased by 50% to offset the loss of Smite (Rank 2).
      • Class Tree
        • Rhapsody – Increases the healing done by Holy Nova by 20% per stack (was 10%).
        • Depth of the Shadows – Increases the healing done by your next Circle of Healing by 1% per stack, up to 50 stacks (was 2% per stack, up to 25 stacks).
        • Mindgames – No longer generates Mana or Insanity. Reversed damage and healing done reduced by 33%.
        • Halo – Fixed an issue where Halo was not dealing its maximum damage between 26-30 yards.
        • Power Word: Life – Renamed from Holy Word: Life to avoid confusion with Holy Word interactions.
      • Discipline
        • Corrected a missing connection between Empyreal Blaze and Searing Light.
        • Spirit Shell has been removed.
        • Exaltation no longer references Spirit Shell.
        • Shadow Covenant redesigned its functionality slightly – Make a shadowy pact, healing the target and 4 other injured allies within 30 yards. For 7 seconds, your Shadow spells deal 25% increased damage and healing, Shadow Mend has no cooldown, and Halo and Divine Star are converted to Shadow spells.
      • Holy
        • Slightly reorganized the middle of the tree.
        • Prayer of Healing – Mana cost reduced by 25%.
        • Healing Chorus – Increases the healing done by your next Circle of Healing by 1% per stack, up to 50 stacks (was 2% per stack, up to 25 stacks).
        • Prismatic Echoes – Increases the healing done by your Mastery: Echo of Light by 6%/12% (was 15%/30%).
        • New Talent: Divine Service – Prayer of Mending heals 4% more for each bounce remaining.
      • Shadow
        • Reorganized the top of the tree.
        • New Talent: Coalescing Shadows – Mind Sear and Shadow Word: Pain damage has a 4% chance to grant you Coalescing Shadows and Mind Flay has a 15% chance to grant you Coalescing Shadows, stacking up to 3 times. Mind Blast and Mind Spike consume all Coalescing Shadows to deal 20% increased damage per stack, and consuming at least 1 increases the damage of your periodic effects by 10% for 15 seconds.
        • New Talent: Puppet Master – Your Shadowfiend and Mindbender grant you Coalescing Shadows each time they deal damage. Damage from your Shadowy Apparitions has a 8% chance to grant you Coalescing Shadows.
        • New Talent: Harnessed Shadows – Increases the chance for you to gain a Coalescing Shadow when dealing damage with Mind Sear and Shadow Word: Pain by 2% and Mind Flay by 10%. You have a 100% chance to gain a Coalescing Shadow when critically hit by any attack. This effect can only occur every 6 seconds.
        • New Talent: Deathspeaker – Your Shadow Word: Pain damage has a chance to reset the cooldown of Shadow Word: Death and enable 150% additional damage regardless of the target’s health.
        • Painbreaker’s Psalm has been removed.
        • Pain of Death – Now a 2-point node. Increases the damage dealt by Shadow Word: Death by 13%/25%. Shadow Word: Death deals 10%/20% of its damage to all targets affected by your Shadow Word: Pain within 40 yards.
        • Dark Ascension – Now generates 30 Insanity.
        • Pain of Death – Shadow Word: Death deals 20%/40% of its damage to all targets affected by Shadow Word: Pain within 40 yards (was 10%/20%).
    • SHAMAN
      • Enhancement
        • Stormbringer is now a part of Mastery for Shaman.
        • New Talent: Storm’s Wrath – Increases the mastery bonus to Stormbringer and Windfury’s chance to trigger by 100%. Replaces Stormbringer.
        • Lava Lash (Rank 2) renamed to Molten Assault.
        • A bunch of talent nodes moved around on the right-hand side of rows 4-8
        • Improved Maelstrom Weapon is now a 2-rank node. Damage increased by 10% per rank.
        • Focused Maelstrom has been removed.
        • Raging Maelstrom now also increases damage and healing by an additional 5% per Maelstrom Weapon stack.
        • Lashing Flames has returned as a talent node on row 7.
        • Feral Spirits and Elemental Spirits have been slightly adjusted:
          • Each wolf type grants you 15% increased damage to the related element. Base wolves count as physical.
          • Alpha Wolf now triggers from Chain Lightning or Crash Lightning.
          • Alpha Wolf’s attack (Spirit Bomb) is now physical and ignores armor (was Nature damage).
          • Spirit Bomb damage increased by 50%.
        • Legacy of the Frost Witch has been redesigned – Every 10 Maelstrom Weapon stacks consumed resets the cooldown of Stormstrike and grants you 5/20% increased Physical damage dealt for 5 seconds.
    • WARLOCK
      • General
        • Spell Lock has been removed from the talent tree and returned to the Felhunter.
        • Demonic Circle has been moved to row 1 and is granted freely.
        • Abyss Walker has been moved to row 3.
      • Demonology
        • Borne of Blood and Shadow’s Bite have swapped places.
        • Nerzhul’s Volition has been updated – When Nether Portal summons a demon, it has a 15/30% chance to summon an additional demon.
        • Gul’dan’s Ambition has been updated – When Nether Portal ends, you summon a Pit Lord that gains power based on how many demons you summoned, up to 20 demons, while Nether Portal was active. The Pit Lord lasts for 10 seconds.
    • WARRIOR
      • Class Developer Notes
        • We’ve made some changes to stances; each specialization now only has one damage-based stance available to them. We might revisit this and their specific functionality later, but for now, we want players to have the intended experience when playing in the Beta and that is that Arms uses Battle Stance and Fury uses Berserker Stance and you can opt into defensive stance when you’re expecting heavy incoming damage.
        • There’s some under the hood changes related to auto-attack tuning that lead to the increases and reductions you’ll see.
      • Class Tree
        • Battle Stance is no longer available in the Fury class tree and Berserker Stance is no longer available in the Arms or Protection class trees.
        • Sidearm has been removed from the Fury tree and is now located in the class tree. There were too many talents in the Fury tree, and we feel this is a cool ability that all specs can make use of.
        • Fast Footwork now increases movement speed by 10% (was 5%).
        • New Talent: Uproar – Thunderous Roar’s cooldown is reduced by 30 seconds to better align it with various cooldowns.
        • Thunderous Roar’s direct damage reduced to 160% (was 175%).
        • Memory of a Tormented Warlord changed to the following – Activating Avatar or Colossus Smash casts Recklessness at reduced effectiveness.
        • Armored to the Teeth has changed position and is now 2 ranks. The Strength granted from Armor is up to 5% per rank (was 3%).
        • Shockwave and Thunderous Roar now have 110-degree cones (was 90 degrees) to allow for a little more error in targeting and to better align with visuals.
        • Ranks of Cruel Strikes for all specs should now work correctly.
        • All version of Sudden Death and Massacre have now returned to the specialization trees.
        • New Talent: Wrenching Impact – Heroic Leap pulls 5 random enemies within 15 yards to you. The cooldown of Heroic Leap will be increased in a future build to compensate for this powerful effect.
        • Berserker Stance – Auto attacks now deal 10% more damage (was 5%).
        • Reinforced Plates is now 1 rank and now increases Armor by 20% (was 15%).
        • Endurance Training is now 1 point and now grants 15% reduction to crowd-control effects.
        • Endurance Training Arms and Endurance Training Protection – Now also reduces the effectiveness of Sap, Fear and Incapacitate effects by 15%.
        • Endurance Training Fury – Now also reduces the effectiveness of movement impairing effects by 15%.
      • Arms Developer Notes
        • We’ve changed the pathing and location of various nodes so that Colossus Smash is located in the center of the tree to align with its importance to the Arms specialization.
        • Punishment – We’ve decided to remove Punishment as a talent. Execute damage can make up a very large portion of Arms specialization’s damage, which we like, want to maintain and want players to be able to choose! However, having your target in Execute range for 50% of the fight warps the original intent and identity of the ability. It also means Execute will need to be largely toned down and provide less general output than we’d like when it is intended to be used. When you press Execute, we want it to hit hard and feel good, we want you to see big numbers and even bigger crits, and some constraints here, such as removing Punishment will allow us to better deliver on that.
        • We’re feeling good about where Arms is at and we’ve seen people enjoying the playstyles throughout the Alpha and Beta, so our focus for Arms is now on tuning, bugs and minor changes.
      • Arms
        • Improved Sweeping Strikes removed.
        • Fatality was not providing enough damage output during testing, so now deals 200% damage per stack (was 100%).
        • Blunt Instruments no longer gives an additional benefit to Warbreaker as it is now part of a choice node with Warbreaker.
        • Gathering Storm renamed to Hurricane.
        • Exploiter should now be functioning correctly outside of the Shadowlands and has been reduced to 25% per stack (was 50%).
        • In for the Kill now increases your Haste by 10% and by 25% if the target is under 35% health.
        • Test of Might now grants 5% increased Strength for every 30 Rage spent (was 1% every 10 Rage).
        • Battlelord now also applies to Cleave.
        • Fatal Mark can now also be applied via Cleave.
        • Sharpened Blades now also applies to Cleave.
        • Exhilarating Blows now also applies to Cleave.
        • Rend caused by Blood and Thunder no longer increases stacks of Collateral Damage.
        • Moved Exploit the weakness to a later part of the tree where its power level is more in line with other talents.
        • Skullsplitter now generates 30 Rage.
        • With Storm of Swords talented Whirlwind’s cooldown is now reduced by your Haste.
        • Overpower’s damage reduced to 90% (was 97%).
        • Juggernaut now has a cap of 15 stacks.
        • Execute damage reduced to 220% (was 230%).
        • Arms auto attack damage reduced by 5%.
        • Battlelord chance to trigger reduced to 25% (was 30%) but the rage reduction applied to Mortal Strike has increased to 15 (was 10).
        • Critical Thinking now provides 5% Execute Critical Strike damage per rank (was 3%).
      • Fury Developer Notes
        • Titan’s Grip Fury builds are suffering a little from having more abilities than we’d like and are feeling a little bloated in comparison to other Fury and Arms builds.
        • With the above in mind, we’ve removed Siegebreaker and its follow-on node Deafening Crash. Historically this ability has not been well liked by players and has felt like a weaker version of Colossus Smash, it can also blur the identity and playstyles of Arms and Fury a little more than we’d like and removing it will allow us to put more power into Fury’s core abilities.
        • As mentioned previously we’re looking at opening Annihilator up to two-handed weapons.
        • The choice nodes for Odyn’s Fury and Ravager may see some more iteration.
        • Outside of the above-mentioned points, we are generally happy with where Fury is at and have seen people enjoying the updates to playstyle and abilities throughout the Alpha and Beta, in turn our focus for Fury will now be mostly on tuning, bugs and minor changes.
      • Fury
        • Removed Siegebreaker and Deafening Crash talents.
        • Unbridled Ferocity now has a 20% chance to trigger Recklessness (was 10%).
        • Frenzied Flurry is now 1 Rank and increases auto attack damage by 5% and your auto attack critical strikes have a 50% chance to enrage you.
        • Haste no longer reduces the cooldown of Odyn’s Fury.
        • New Talent: Dancing Blades – Odyn’s Fury increases your auto-attack speed by 50% for 10 seconds.
        • Gathering Storm renamed to Hurricane.
        • Cruelty is now 1 rank and increases damage by 15% and chance to reset the cooldown of Raging Blow by 30%.
        • Bloodborne now increases your Bleed damage by 30%.
        • Vicious contempt now increases damage dealt by Bloodthirst by 25% per rank (was 20%).
        • Cold Steel Hot Blood now deals 30% damage (was 20%).
        • Crushing Blow damage reduced to 90% for both main hand and offhand damage (was 94%).
        • Raging Blow damage reduced to 58% for both main hand and offhand damage (was 61%).
        • Meat Cleaver is now 1 rank and has 4 charges, deals 25% increased damage for Whirlwind.
        • Annihilator should correctly generate Rage from each rank of Swift Strikes.
        • Removed Wrath and Fury and replaced it with Massacre which is no longer present on the core tree.
        • Odyn’s Fury should now add to the duration if quickly cast within succession in line with other Bleed effects.
        • Odyn’s Fury’s periodic damage should now correctly be flagged as a Bleed effect.
        • Cruel Strikes now applies to Annihilator correctly.
        • Storm of Swords – Slam’s cooldown is now 12 seconds and damage increased by 200%. It also generates 20 Rage.
        • When using Storm of Swords, Whirlwind’s cooldown is now modified by your Haste.
        • New Talent: Ashen Juggernaut – Execute increases the critical strike chance of Execute by 10% for 12 seconds, stacking up to 5 times.
        • Memory of a Tormented Titan should now trigger Odyn’s Fury without incurring its cooldown.
        • Fury should now only have 1 form of Execute in their spell book.
      • Protection Developer Notes
        • Protection will see a larger update next week and the week following.
        • We’ve made some quality-of-life changes to target cones to make them a little more forgiving and to better align with visuals.
      • Protection
        • Devastate should now be baseline at the specialization level and no longer require a talent point.
        • Removed Never Surrender and replaced it with Skull Banner.
        • Revenge has a 110-degree cone (was 90 degrees) to allow for a little more error in targeting and to better align with visuals.
        • New Talent: Storm of Steel – Ravager’s damage is reduced by 50% but it now has 2 charges.

PLAYER VERSUS PLAYER

  • CLASSES
    • DEATH KNIGHT
      • Rot and Wither – Now available for all Death Knight specializations (was Blood only).
      • Necrotic Aura – Now available for all Death Knight specializations (was Unholy only).
      • Chill Streak – Removed as a PvP talent (moved into the talent tree).
    • DEMON HUNTER
      • Cover of Darkness – Now available for both Demon Hunter specializations (was Havoc only).
      • Rain from Above – Now available for both Demon Hunter specializations (was Havoc only).
      • Glimpse – Now available for both Demon Hunter specializations (was Havoc only).
      • Sigil Mastery – Now available for both Demon Hunter specializations (was Vengeance only).
    • DRUID
      • Malorne’s Swiftness – Now available for all Druid specializations (was Feral and Guardian only).
      • Reactive Resin – Now available for all Druid specializations (was Restoration only).
      • Reactive Resin’s triggered heal is at 75% effectiveness for Guardian, Feral, and Balance.
    • MAGE
      • Torment the Weak has been removed.
      • Burst of Cold has been removed.
    • ROGUE
      • Veil of Midnight – Now available for all Rogue specializations (was Subtlety only).
      • Control is King – Now available for all Rogue specializations (was Outlaw only).
      • Flying Daggers – Removed as a PvP talent (moved into the talent tree).
      • Intent to Kill – Removed as a PvP talent (moved into the talent tree).
      • Float Like a Butterfly – Removed as a PvP talent (moved into the talent tree).
    • SHAMAN
      • Traveling Storms – Now available for all Shaman specializations (was Elemental only).
      • Traveling Storms has been redesigned – Thunderstorm now can be cast on allies within 40 yards, reducing enemies movement speed by 60% and knocks enemies 25% further. Thundershock knocks enemies 100% higher.
      • Tidebringer – Now available for all Shaman specializations (was Restoration only).
      • Lightning Lasso – Removed as a PvP talent (moved into the talent tree).

PROFESSIONS

  • ENCHANTING
    • In this Beta build, Enchanting has been enabled and players are able to learn the profession by visiting Enchanting trainers in the Dragon Isles. In addition to feedback on the recipes and new items from the profession, we’re also particularly interested in feedback on the new weapon enchantment effects.
  • FISHING
    • Fishing has been enabled on Beta! Players can now learn Fishing from Profession trainers all throughout Dragon Isles, and are able to fish in all of the zones.
  • SPECIALIZATIONS
    • Unlocking Specializations requires 25 skill in that Profession. Once unlocked, players can spend Specialization points to unlock various bonuses for their Profession.
    • ENCHANTING
      • Enchantment – Improve at understanding magical properties and their applications, gaining +1 Skill per point in this Specialization.
        • Primal – Learn to harness the primal elements of the Dragon Isles, gaining + 1 Skill per point in this Specialization.
        • Material Manipulation – Improve at modifying equipment for your every need, gaining + 1 Skill per point in this Specialization.

USER INTERFACE AND ACCESSIBILITY

  • NEW HUD UI
    • Unit frame art updated
      • Player Unit frame
      • Common frames and panel: edges, top bar, and “x” button.
        • Developers’ note: Known issue with some “x” buttons bleeding out of the frame.
      • Inventory frame
      • Looting frame
    • Edit Mode
      • Added Raid Frames
      • Added Boss Frames

Hotfixes – 6 September 2022, Dragonflight Beta: Dragonriding Updates

Last night we got another set of hotfixes that focus on nerfing the Lower Karazhan Opera Hall boss encounters. In addition to that Blizzard provided us with some update notes coming to dragonriding on the beta in one of the next builds.

Hotfixes – 6 September 2022

Quote from: Blizzard

SEPTEMBER 6, 2022

Dungeons and Raids

  • Mythic+
    • Return to Karazhan: Lower
      • Developers’ note: The Opera events in Lower Karazhan have proven to be more lethal than we’d like, particularly given the weekly rotation that makes them more challenging to master in Mythic+. We’ve made a number of adjustments here in hopes of bringing the difficulty of these events in line with our expectations.
      • The Opera Hall: Beautiful Beast
        • Silver Forks health reduced by 50%.
        • Silver Forks Bloody Jab damage over time reduced by 50%.
        • Mrs. Cauldrons’ Soup Spray damage reduced by 30%.
        • Luminore’s Heat Wave damage reduced by 30%.
      • The Opera Hall: Westfall Story
        • Gang Ruffian’s Poisonous Shank damage over time reduced by 50%.
        • Mrrgria’s Thunder Ritual damage reduced by 30%.
      • The Opera Hall: Wikket
        • Winged Assistant’s health reduced by 25%.
        • Winged Assistant’s Throw “Stuff” damage reduced by 30%.

Dragonflight Beta: Dragonriding Updates

Quote from: Blizzard

Hello dragonriders!

A couple updates coming in an upcoming build that warranted pointing out:

  • The text in the tooltips for dragon isle drakes have been corrected to state more accurate values. NOTE: Actual maximum speed values have not changed from the previous build.
  • For those that need or want a quieter full screen effect for max speed, the accessibility option “Alternate Full Screen Effects” now lessens the dragonriding max speed effect. Please try this out and share your feedback.
  • Surge Forward’s effectiveness has been increased by 20%.