August 15, 2009

Possible new race/class combinations datamined

Here's another whopper from Handclaw at Scrolls of Lore, who first uncovered the goblin and worgen masks a month ago.

You may remember the quest added to Thunder Bluff recently, where two druids talk about the merits of following the Sun instead of the Moon. Well, on the wow 3.2.2 PTR, another new quest has been added, this time to Darnassus, where a Highborne mage asks for an audience with Tyrande to offer his services as a mage.

While many speculated that the Thunder Bluff quest indicated a new class, they may be more correct than they think.

In the wow Patch 3.2.2 PTR files, a number of new race/class combination NPCs were discovered. The data mined from MMO-Champion seems to indicate that several races will have the ability to roll classes previously unavailable to them. Unlike our confirmed addition of the new races, it is only speculation that these combinations will be playable, but with the addition of the class-related quests with each additional patch, it seems quite likely.

The current list of these combinations is after the jump. Several races should prepare to jump for joy.

Human Hunter
Orc Mage
Night Elf
Mage Blood
Elf Warrior
Dwarf Shaman
Dwarf Mage
Undead Hunter
Tauren Paladin
Tauren Priest
Gnome Priest
Troll Druid

Yes, that's right. Another shaman for the Alliance, another paladin for the Horde side, two more hunters, another druid for the Horde, a gnome healing class, the triumphant return of the lost-to-vanilla-beta dwarf mage, the advent of blood elf warriors...

If this turns out to be something Blizzard is adding with Cataclysm, the amount of rerollers on top of those playing the new races will be truly staggering. Now where's my other Alliance druid, Blizzard?

WoW Patch 3.2.2 PTR: New Onyxia loot revealed

WoW Patch 3.2.2 PTR: New Onyxia loot revealed

Onyxia's loot is coming into focus on the test server, and we here secret headquarters are pretty much sitting here drooling and gabbling incoherently over it. As promised, we're seeing the promised buffed up Onyxia loot, but it looks like Onyxia's been doing some raiding of her own, coming back with upgraded versions of some other classic raid loot as well. Also, the Quel'serrar is back.

The promised helms are in, and so far, it looks like they're the same color and model as the old T2 exactly, and they are still class restricted. Luckily, they have stuck with the improved itemization and stat outlays that have come into play since vanilla. In fact, you'll exactly see multiple versions of many helms dropping, one for each basic playstyle of the class. For example, there's tanking, healing, and DPS versions of Judgment. If there's one downside for this, it seems like it means it may take a lot of runs until you see the helm for your exact spec drop.

As far as other loots, some old favorites are definitely back. Dual wielders of all classes will be rejoicing at the inclusion of the upgraded Deathbringer, and Vis'kag the Bloodletter makes a return as well. Tanks will like the old classic Ring of Binding. In addition, the Obsidian-Edged Blade makes a return and looks very delicious. Even the much maligned Thunderstrike and Shadowstrike are up for grabs, apparently itemized for the Feral Druids who couldn't even equip them the first time around.

If there's one question that I have a personal stake in here, it's the Death Knight question. Will we be getting some loot love on Onyxia despite our lack of existence during the first go around? Apparently, there are reports of Frostforged Helms dropping, which are marked as Warrior class on MMO Champion's database and have the requisite graphics, but there does seem to be a good chance that these are meant to be Death Knight Helms. In addition, we're left off the class spread on the new Quel'Serrar. Now, I know dual wield tanking is sort of a niche for us and only possible if you are insane or stack large amounts of expertise, but man, I need it for my awesome standing around Dalaran set, at least!

But yeah, both in stats and in nostalgia value, the Onyxia's loot is looking tops. Even the backpack makes a return! Something tells me we'll all be looking forward to many a run with bated breath, and I know I'll be wielding my old school gear with pride.

Cast of The Guild making an appearance at BlizzCon '09

Cast of The Guild making an appearance at BlizzCon '09

Fans and followers of the popular web series The Guild, loosely based on World of Warcraft, should be excited to know that the show's cast will be making an appearance at BlizzCon this year! Blizzard Community Manager Nethaera confirmed the news with an announcement on the official forums.

Blizzard's forum post on the subject says that The Guild will have both its own booth and its own discussion panel at BlizzCon, where the cast (like geek goddess Felicia Day) will show off exclusive clips from the show's upcoming third season.

This is a great move by Blizzard, given that the show is clearly based off of WoW and the communities for each share quite an overlap. If you've never seen The Guild before, now would be a good time to catch up on what you're missing from this award-winning show at

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August 13, 2009

WoW patch 3.3 and the next expansion

So patch 3.2, aka Call of the Crusade, aka the Last Biggie Before Icecrown, has finally dropped. Yay. Woo hoo. Check out the doves we just released. But wait, just take a moment to gawp at the new content. Go on, you deserve it. Hogger's waiting for you, we understand.

Oh hi! Back already? So, let's look forward to the future shall we? BlizzCon is mere weeks away (excited yet?) and we know with that lovely fanboy/girl certainty -- normally reserved for predicting tomorrow's sunrise -- that the next expansion is going to be announced.

So, to speak of the future. I'm convinced wow patch 3.3 will hit before Christmas (I'm guessing around November to coincide with the Warcraft: Death Knight manga). So where does that put us for the new expansion? I can't see Blizzard waiting a year for the next expansion, not without any new content. But, I digress. Patch 3.3 is now officially incoming, it doesn't have a name or an ETA but it's coming. Can you feel it in the air? So readers, what do you think patch 3.3 will herald, aside from Sindragosa and the showdown with Arthas?

WoW Warriors: Patch 3.2 General Impression

Once more into the breach with The Care and Feeding of Warriors,'s column devoted to the warrior profession. This week, Matthew Rossi talks about the latest patch and how it's unfolding.

Well, we've had four days now with patch 3.2. There have been some bugs, of course. I personally experienced bugs on both Flame Leviathan (wait, did we leave four towers up? Why does he have the Freya buff?) and XT - 002 (adds, all the colors of the rainbow!) this week, while also sticking a toe into Trial of the Crusader, tanking the heck out of Trial of the Champion and its Heroic version, running oodles of new quests for Champion's Seals now that you can buy heirloom items for them, and so on. So I'm going to spend this week talking about what 3.2 has done for us warriors.

Tanking Changes

To be honest, I haven't even noticed much in the way of changes for my warrior, despite knowing that they're out there. The changes to Dodge, Parry and Block Value exist, to be sure. I took a screenshot of my current values before realizing they were so low because I'd forgotten Anticipation in my current tank spec. My block rating is practically unchanged and my block value is up to about 1450 or so, while my parry seems to have gone up a point. If I'd taken Anticipation properly, I'd actually have well rounded stats all in about the 23 to 24% range.

I think part of the reason warriors haven't really felt much of the effect is that we don't really stack agility for dodge the way druids do and we don't get parry from strength like DK's do, so we generally have what's on our gear and while that was affected to, we're not getting the double effect of the base stat and the rating changes at once. It's also possible that I just have a weird tank set, as it's not my main spec so I basically pick up what I can when I can.

However, I've actually been running 5 man normal Trial of the Champion almost non stop looking to get one of these. This is why I've been in my tanking set so much and have been checking to see how tanking felt this patch. No, of course the trinket didn't drop, which is why I'm still using Essence of Gossamer and the Royal Seal of King Llane. (I really regret passing on the Heart of Iron the other week right about now.) The reason the Black Heart is such a great trinket in my opinion isn't just the high stamina, but the fact that it has a proc instead of a use. I already have to keep track of a fair amount while tanking so having to babysit a trinket annoys me.

Bloodrage (especially improved) and Shield Specialization have made me happy. There's nothing like Bloodraging, charging into a pack, hitting Shield Block and having a temporary surge of near-infinite rage. You can TC, Shield Slam, Shockwave and spam-tab Devastate to your heart's content. You don't feel punished for having higher Dodge or Parry than block now since those too generate rage, it's a very positive alteration to the talent in my opinion. Nothing to complain about here.

Finally, the new Devastate and Shield Block Value changes. Frankly, the new Devastate is pure win, and it makes me seriously consider picking up a slow tanking weapon (perhaps a threat fist, since I've always loved fist weapons, although I don't want to make my shaman brothers have a stroke) just to get as much damage per Devastate as possible. However, as long as Heroic Strike is such a staple of warrior tanking I'll probably also keep a fast tanker around for that. My Shield Slams don't seem to have been adversely affected and my threat per second seems to be holding roughly steady in both five mans and raids, but I don't stack block value. In fact, I avoid it as much as I possibly can. (I'm still up on block because several of my highest stam pieces have block rating or value on them, not much I can do about that.)

The Trial of the Champion itself is a pretty easy instance to tank, the main difficulty coming after the mount phase of the first fight is over. It can be difficult to get your weapon equipped and gather up three mobs (especially if you get unlucky and more than one is ranged) in time to keep one of them from turning your healer into a fine paste. There also seems to be a random aggro component to the fight: oft-times I've been 4k TPS ahead of anyone else after a shockwave - TC - Cleave combo and yet the rogue peels off of me anyway. In general, TotC and its hard mode feel like the Magister's of this expansion, but at least this time they put the trinkets on the farmable version of the instance.

DPS changes

My DPS is up so slightly that I had to go back and look at old parses to be sure. I believe the new AP from Armored To The Teeth is translating to about 20 DPS but it could vary depending on the fight. As always, Ulduar's not really a great place to benchmark your DPS and the Northrend Beasts encounter still contains enough kiting, tank switching, and weird "Sprint away now before the big Yeti headbutts you" mechanics that it's hard to really get a sense as a warrior of how much you're putting out when you actually get to stop and hit things. Still, even so I have to admit I'm seeing more damage, although that could be due to the fact that I specced out of Imp Demo now that the Paladins all have it baked in to their tanking specs. (This did make Vezax interesting this week as the Druid who tanked him didn't have it either, so one of the prot pallies had to stand around whacking Vezax in the back rather than switching specs to ret - I admit I was a trifle gleeful to see his consternation.)

Bloodrage's buff was a positive boon - I expect the combination of the new Bloodrage and Improved Berserker Rage has netted me another 50 or so DPS just due to my being able to repeatedly use one or both during lulls in my DPS rotation. I can use HS much more freely now without worrying about draining all my rage, and although I do miss execute crits in excess of 10k (I once got a 20K execute crit on a shattered, exposed Vezax) I do like that I can just treat Execute like another instant attack rather than the destroyer of all rage. I don't think it's really effected my DPS that much one way or another. I still do the best damage in fights where I can remain stationary and go to town like Kologarn, XT hard or phase 2 Thorim.

There's no DPS gear for me in TotC/Heroic TotC but that's just because I'm a raiding fury warrior with Ulduar 25 gear. If you're just hitting 80 or are a more casual player, the gear in regular TotC is as good as anything you'll see in Naxx 10 before Sapphiron/Kel'Thuzad, and the heroic drops loot on par with them, Maly 10 and the majority of Naxx 25 drops. There's a polearm and axe worth looking at for both arms and fury. Well, okay, fury's only going to want the axe, but if you're only in Naxx 10 gear that axe is worth considering as superior even to Death's Bite off of KT, although that may be too close to call. There's also lots of DPS plate (and tanking plate as well) in both regular and hard, a nice tanking sword, trinkets, etc... in general it's worth your time even if you're fairly geared.

To sum up, warriors came out of this patch relatively unscathed. We didn't get the buffs other classes did, but we didn't get nerfed either, so it's generally business as usual for us this time around.

WoW:Ozzy at BlizzCon confirmed!

It's not a rumor and it's no longer a surprise - Ozzy Osbourne is going to appear at BlizzCon 2009, according to the program details of DirecTV. Unless Blizzard's partner for the live stream content is just goofing around, "a special appearance" pretty much confirms that the Prince of Darkness is going to perform in Anaheim this August. The news first started as a rumor that sprung from Zakk Wylde's Twitter message about a month back, corroborated by another rumor that another guitarist would be performing with Ozzy at BlizzCon.

Here's to hoping that Ozzy Osbourne's special appearance means he'll actually rock out on stage. As cool as Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain are, I'm sure Samwise and his crew will actually enjoy the show (and who says they won't join up for one big supergroup?). Azeroth has its own Prince of Darkness, but having the real deal perform should be a special treat, just as it's sure to be something all fans can look forward to. It seems like another incentive to get the DirecTV package in addition to that cute, gun-toting murloc. With BlizzCon stepping up in the show department, I wonder what other big things are in store for us this year.

Ozzy UK Blizzard commercial after the jump!

Thanks, Milkingit!

BlizzCast episode 10 released

Zarhym has announced on the forums that BlizzCast episode 10 is out right now for your listening pleasure. In the official podcast, he talks with Lead Encounter Designer Scott Mercer and Senior Game Designer Dave Maldonado about patch 3.2 and the Argent Tournament instances released with it. Strangely, it sounds like the podcast was actually recorded before the release, but of course now everyone knows that we fight the Black Knight in the 5-man and what the dailies are all about. Especially if you've been paying close attention to the testing on the PTR, lots of the "news" about patch 3.2 won't be all that surprising.

They also look forward to BlizzCon: all of the developer panels and meetings that go on there, both from the perspective of fans (hey, we actually can be literate and reasonable instead of QQing all the time!) and from developers (turns out they are "not just blue text" -- who knew?!). It's not a super groundbreaking podcast, but as a wrapup to the release of 3.2 and a short preview to BlizzCon, it works just fine. And there's a bonus: Zarhym is offering up a contest -- answer some questions about the podcast after you listen to it, and you could win a "fabulous prize." The rules give away what the prize is: a Draenei vs. Blood Elf diorama or some action figures.

And remember, if you've missed any of the BlizzCast episodes so far, you can find them both in iTunes or over on Blizzard's site, or just read our wrapups here on

Ghostcrawler: There will (not) be at least 31 bosses in Icecrown

Ghostcrawler has posted an interesting little hint at the next patch (we know of) headed to the game. In response to a discussion about "tanking niches," he talks about Icecrown Citadel over on the forums, and just happens to mention that people might think of tanks as waiting outside until "boss 4, 17 and 31 (yes, IC is that big)." 31 bosses? More like Icecrowded, am I right?

Blackrock Depths is the largest 5-man in the game, if not the largest instance, and it boasts over 40 bosses (that's mostly counting encounters, though -- you wouldn't count The Seven, for example, as seven different bosses), including lots and lots of optional bosses and even a holiday boss. Ulduar, by comparison, has about 14, and Karazhan is about that same size (though that depends on how you count random bosses, like the Opera Event). No matter how you slice it, 31 raid bosses is a ton of bosses to go through -- Icecrown could be a return to a really epic, large-scale instance.

Of course, there will likely be wings involved (Naxxramas' Quarters have worked out pretty well, I think), and with the new changes to raid lockouts, Blizzard no longer needs to squeeze the raiding experience into an average of two or three nights a week (which is what it seemed like they were usually aiming for before). If yours is the kind of guild that likes to clear everything in one night, though, you might want to start freeing up some time now.

Update: GC now says he didn't mean the instance would have 31 bosses, he was just throwing in some ridiculous number to prove a point. Our question: why did he say "yes, IC is that big" if he didn't mean it would be that big?

Blizzard Ozzy at BlizzCon 2009

The Prince of F!@$#ng Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne, has officially been announced as headlining the closing concert at BlizzCon this year. We've previously reported on this, both in the rumor mill and then from a DirecTV listing.

The DirecTV listing has since been changed to remove any reference to Ozzy, however it appears they jumped the gun on the announcement initially.

The press announcement of the closing concert, which was just released this morning, doesn't give many details of anything special that will happen. Other than "Ozzy will unleash a thunderous spectacle of rock to put the Lich King in his place and cement his own title as the one true Prince of Darkness." Morhaime goes on to say that "Many of us at Blizzard are lifelong fans of Ozzy's music, and we're thrilled that he'll be performing for all of our BlizzCon attendees..."

So there you have it. Rumor confirmed! I wonder what else might be announced... will let you know!

Edit: Check out the Ozzy splash at the World of Warcraft Homepage.

Death to spell power plate

In a recent set of posts on the subject of Prot Paladins wearing holy gear in PvP, Ghostcrawler mentioned that Prot Paladins are not intended to be able to out heal Holy Paladins in the same gear and that fixes are intended that will remove their ability to do this. I'd like to offer a suggestion: destroy all spell power plate. Destroy it! Destroy, destroy, destroy! Exterminate it! Extirpate it from the surface of Azeroth! Perhaps in a Cataclysm of some kind. (Except Judgement. That can stay.)

My reasoning isn't to nerf Holy Paladins as healers. I love all healers equally. Rather, my idea here is to incorporate a class design that's been picking up steam since the end of Burning Crusade. Back before patch 3.0 dropped, two Paladin specs wore spell plate, Holy and Protection. Since that was two specs out of a possible six plate wearing talent specializations (2/6 = 1/3 = roughly 33 percent, I'm not doing a repeating) that meant that there was a fairly sizable minority that wanted the stuff.

Flash forward to Wrath of the Lich King. There are now three plate wearing classes. Two of them (six total talent specs) have absolutely no use for spell plate. The one class that does use spell plate? Well, the Protection tree was revamped, so tanking Paladins don't wear it. Retribution has been giving spell plate the stink eye forever. So we now have 1 out of 9 possible specs wearing the stuff, and yet it drops everywhere. There's no reason spell plate needs to exist, much less be a protected species by Blizzard when they went out of their way to do away with tanking leather, for example.

Of course, what will Holy Paladins do without spell plate? Much as Protection Paladins needed a means to keep their mana up and their threat intact when they switched away from the stuff, Holy will need talents and abilities that can convert the stats on physical plate (we'll assume DPS plate, as it seems weird that Holy would use tanking plate) to healing power.

Frankly, the Holy Paladin is an anomaly in the way Paladins play. Both Ret and Prot paladins wade into the thick of the fray while Holy is forced to stand around in the back and heal. Combine this with Holy's unique healing niche of being a primary tank/single target healer (to be fair, Beacon of Light does provide some group healing utility, and I'm sure dedicated Paladin healers could detail far more) and you end up with a class that tends to stand in one place spamming heals on one target a lot of the time. There are, however, ways that you could convert the Holy Paladin into a healer who actually ran into melee in order to provide his heals.

The first thing that comes to mind is changing Divine Intellect so that it converts a stat like Strength or Stamina into Intellect rather than simply adding more int by percentage. Then change Holy Guidance so that it grants a percentage of Attack Power as Spell Power. Then what? Well, we'd then need to expand the power of Seals and Judgments so that a holy paladin in full DPS gear could run into melee, unload his Judgement on a target and it would convert the damage he or she would normally deal into healing for his or her group or raid. There's lots of ways this could be accomplished - a talent like Beacon of Light that you placed on a target that directly converted the damage the Paladin would deal into AoE healing, perhaps, or a beefed up Judgement of Light that stacked with the Paladin's attacks to provide really significant group healing but which required the Paladin to keep attacking to keep the stack up. There could be a specific Holy Paladin Aura that provided a small but noticeable group heal or even a Heal over Time effect on a designated target (think Blessing of Renewal) where the damage the Paladin deals creates healing on those with that specific blessing. You'd have to watch how the numbers work: either the Blessing provides a fraction of the Paladin's DPS or the Paladin's damage is instead converted to healing, so that while he or she has to stay in melee range she's still providing healing and not actual damage to the group or raid.

This is just one path, of course, and I have neither the skill nor the resources of the entire Blizzard dev team who can come at this problem from all sorts of angles I'm aware I'm missing. Still, however they decide to solve the issue of spell power plate on a tanking class in PvP and the unexpected healing power it gives, I'd really like to lobby for the complete and total annihilation of all spell power plate. Destroy! Destroy!

Tags: Arena, Dalek, Forum, ghostcrawler, Paladin, PvP, Spell-Plate, spell-power, spell-power-plate

WoW Arena Season 6 to end soon

Bornakk has just announced that the end of WoW Season 6 will come as early as Tuesday August 25th. You'll want to be sure that if you're eligible for arena rewards that you don't transfer your character or generally screw with your arena team. Just relax and let the rewards happen.

After WoW Season 6 ends, there will be one week of downtime where no rated matches can happen.

WoW Season 7 will begin after this week of downtime, at which time all team and personal ratings will be wiped, along with your arena points. According to the announcement matchmaking ratings will remain (as well as honor points). None of this should come as too much of a surprise, as we've known about it all for a while.

This roughly places the start date for WoW Season 7 at Tuesday September 1st. However these things can change, so just pay attention to the news and watch out for the exact date.

Tags: WoW Arena Season 6, WoW Season 7

WoW Rogue Q&A in review Patch 3.2

Every Wednesday, Chase Christian of Encrypted Text invites you to enter the world of shadows, as we explore the secrets and mechanics of the Rogue class. This week, we talk about the Rogue Q & A recently released by Blizzard.

Last week, Blizzard released the long-awaited (at least by me) Rogue Q&A series. Ghostcrawler and the rest of the community team answered many of our long-standing questions, and gave us some insight into where Rogues are headed as a class. You can read the full details of the Q&A that Eliah posted for us.

After reading the questions and answers, I breathed a sigh of relief. No hints or indications of any nerfs coming our way, and Blizzard actually acknowledged several longstanding flaws with the class. Not only that, but they actually provided possible solutions; I'll be taking them with a grain of salt. New Rogues are excited about our class' complexity and diversity, while experienced Rogues are proud that we are now respected as damage dealers instead of being seen as second-class DPS.

"Vanish isn't working properly"

This sentence alone sealed the deal for me. A very straight answer from the development team, admitting that us shadow warriors haven't been making it up all along. And they're not giving us the same line about "it's server side so it will always be broken". GC actually gave a suggested fix that I would love to see put in place. It's something simple enough that even latency and spell resolution would be unable to interfere with Vanish keeping us in stealth for longer periods of time. The idea of "guaranteed" functionality from cooldowns is a topic I've harped on enough already, and I'm really excited to see the team at Blizzard look into providing Rogues with some reliability.

"Both abilities are largely where we want them"

While talking about Overkill and Mutilate, the two most-nerfed Rogue abilities in WotLK, GC confirms that the spells are relatively balanced and that our current PvP standard of Mutilate / Prep is here to stay. Our burst at the launch of WotLK was insane, and the toning down of our crazy out-of-stealth salvo came with the tradeoff of increased sustained damage via poison normalization. All in all, Mutilate has it pretty good in PvP right now, with Rogues seen in some of the most popular comps in all arena brackets. In addition, I find Mutilate to be refreshing to play in the new Isle of Conquest BG, where launching yourself over the wall via a Catapult allows you some sneaky assassination work.

"Rogue damage is sufficient now"

I agree completely. I was able to run a quick Trial of the Crusader (10 man) this week (and scored the sweet Acidmaw Treads!). My damage was at the top of the meters, and with clever use of Blade Flurry to clean off Snobolds from my allies and Cloak of Shadows to help me through some of the twin Jormungar debuffs, I was able to contribute nearly 100% of my time to slaying the Northrend Beasts.

Rogues have seen a lot of PvE buffs, especially in unforeseen ways, such as the new Feint and the oft-heralded Fan of Knives. I love the fact that my class is not immediately judged as inferior before I even get a chance to show my skill. The general WoW populace knows that a Rogue is capable of incredible damage and can minimize their incoming damage to ensure survival. That gets our foot in the door to impress even the most skeptical of critics.

"It's meant as a tool that's part of a toolkit, not an I-win button"

When talking about Cloak of Shadows, GC confirms what I had suspected: that CoS is 90% on purpose. It forces us to run out of things like Shock Blast (as mentioned) while still providing decent PvP utility (especially in the dispelling current debuffs portion). I will simply have to stop leaning on it as "preventing magic" and instead use it more as "possibly preventing magic", the same way that it's still dangerous to run up to a Bladestorming Warrior.

"A slightly more tanky rogue that can survive more damage"

This is something that I know many of my fellow Rogues have been asking to see for quite some time. I always felt that the idea of Feint is great: short duration damage reduction, incredibly potent, with a short cooldown. It encourages a very predictive playstyle, and forces the Rogue to take active steps to defending themselves. I believe that Ghostly Strike was a step in this direction, but 15% dodge is simply not enough to make it a real defensive CD. Perhaps if Cloak of Shadows simply reduced magical damage and debuff duration by 50%, but had a 30 second cooldown? I enjoy the idea of a very flexible Rogue who's cooldowns are more like presences or stances instead of short-lived OP ownage with long-term weakness once used.

"Ultimately, we settled on axes for rogues."

Raise your hand if you've already ground out the weapon skill to level 400 for Axes. I picked up a pair of the blue axes that you can buy from the Sons of Hodir at Revered reputation. They're not going to top any DPS charts, but they look so cool when I'm cutting up a group of mobs using Blade Flurry and Slice and Dice. Some of the BIS Combat weapons may even turn out to be axes, depending on what other items we find in the Trial of the Crusader's loot table.

"We could see making it a major feature"

GC is referring to "poison swapping" here, where a Rogue will switch weapons to apply a particular poison, and then swap back to their "real" poisons and weapons. While there is definitely no promise or even hint that this is being worked on, if it did make it to live, it would bring back memories of playing the Assassin class in Diablo II. The ability to switch weapons and poisons in a quick and simple way (and effectively 50% of your character) would really bring a lot of smoothness to what is now a very macro-driven class. I've got macros to swap to slow weapons for FoK and Killing Spree, weapons to swap so I can quickly apply Mind Numbing or Anesthetic Poison to a mob, and even more crazy macros. Having some of that built into the UI would be a godsend.


Rogues are in a great place. Blizzard agrees. This is probably one of the few times that a class can really see eye-to-eye with the developers and not have any real outstanding issues to complain about. I'm very happy with the insight we received in the Q&A, and I am tickled pink about the incoming fix to Vanish (whatever it may be). Let's just hope that nothing breaks until we're done with Arthas!

WoW Onyxia returns in Patch 3.2.2

You read that right. In honor of WoW's 5-year anniversary, in the upcoming WoW Patch 3.2.2, Onyxia will make her triumphant return to the world of Azeroth!

The patch will convert Onyxia's Lair to a wow 10- and 25-player dungeon, along with new items whose models match the old-school gear available in the vanilla instance, like Tier 2 helms. Additional rewards include a 310% speed flying mount modeled after Onyxia herself!

As a bonus, anyone who logs in during the 5-year anniversary event in November will get an Onyxia Whelpling pet.

The full announcement reads as follows:

She has lurked in her lair and done battle with the many brave adventurers who travelled to that familiar location over the years. Now, in honor of the World of Warcraft 5-year anniversary, the dreaded brood mother Onyxia is being revamped to make a return to the forefront of Azeroth, as part of our big plans for the upcoming 3.2.2 content patch.

This permanent update to Onyxia will convert the dungeon into 10- and 25-player modes. We will be adding new items to Onyxia's loot table that have the same model as some of the classic loot from this dungeon, like Tier 2 helms, with stats updated to match the current level of content. There will be a special new item too: a normal drake-sized 310% speed flying mount modeled after Onyxia herself called an Onyxia Broodling. We will also be updating the encounter mechanics to be more fitting for modern raiding, but we can guarantee players will get to experience the frightening horror of deep breaths once again.

Then for a limited time, after the 5-year anniversary event officially begins in November, anybody who logs in will receive an Onyxia Brood Whelpling pet.

We're very excited to bring this classic encounter back to provide a fun new experience for both new and veteran players. Further details will be available in the near future, and we will be setting up the Public Test Realms soon to help test out this fight along with all the new content we have planned for the patch. Keep an eye on the forums for updates!

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WoW Patch 3.2 Release Patch Notes

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Included with the patch update is a fresh copy of the WOW patch 3.2 patch notes. These notes come directly from the updater that you'll download to update your game.

Please be aware that Blizzard has lately been releasing an updated version of these later in the day. We'll update these notes, in this post, if that happens.

There are some major highlights to WoW patch 3.2 that we've known about for awhile. They include:

  • A new battleground in the Isle of Conquest

  • A new 5, 10, and 25 person dungeon/raid in the Crusaders' Coliseum

  • Significant changes to mounts requirements

  • Class changes

  • A major update to the Argent Tournament

  • Arena Season 7 (which will begin sometime soon)

The full patch 3.2 patch notes are after the break, and don't forget to check out's Guide to Patch 3.2 for all our patch coverage.

World of Warcraft Client Patch 3.2.0

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The latest patch notes can always be found at

Call of the Crusade

  • Since the opening of the Argent Tournament in northeastern Icecrown, adventurers have journeyed from across Azeroth and beyond to prove their worth in the heart of the Lich King's domain. Under thundering skies the tournament's participants hone the arts of war and face off in bone-shattering jousting matches to earn the right to be called champions. Yet these heroes have yet to face the greatest challenge of all: the Crusaders' Coliseum. Formidable Horde and Alliance champions, ferocious beasts, and Scourge lieutenants are just some of the opponents awaiting adventurers in this gladiatorial arena. Few will survive the coliseum's perils, but the Argent Crusade is confident that the worthy heroes who do emerge victorious will be ready to join the offensive against Icecrown Citadel and end the Lich King's reign of terror.

Isle of Conquest

  • Off the coast of Northrend, Horde and Alliance forces are locked in an epic struggle for a tiny island rich in resources. Known as the Isle of Conquest, this rocky battleground's proximity to Icecrown makes it a highly prized base in the war against the Lich King. Both factions have deployed devastating weapons to drive each other from this strategic location. Day and night the ground trembles under lumbering siege vehicles while monstrous airships pummel enemy positions with fiery cannons. The bloody conflict spreads to every corner of the island as new heroes arrive to aid their factions. It remains to be seen whose banner will wave triumphantly over the Isle of Conquest and at what cost victory will be achieved.


  • Construction of the Crusaders' Coliseum is complete. New raid normal and Heroic modes for the Crusaders' Coliseum can be toggled using the Dungeon Difficulty setting. This applies to 10 and 25-player versions. 10-player (normal), 25-player (normal), 10-player (Heroic) and 25-player (Heroic) all share separate raid lockout timers.

    • Trial of the Champion

      • 5-player (normal and Heroic mode) dungeon.

      • Daily quest added to the Heroic daily dungeon quest giver.

    • Trial of the Crusader

      • 10 and 25-player (normal mode) raid dungeon.

    • Trial of the Grand Crusader

      • 10 and 25-player (Heroic mode) raid dungeon.

      • Crusaders' Tribute: Active on Heroic difficulty only, the tribute system will limit players on the number of attempts the raid is allotted each week. Additional rewards can be earned depending on the number of attempts left in the tribute run each week when the final boss is defeated.

  • Head to the new 40 vs. 40-player siege-style Battleground, the Isle of Conquest, to vie for control of a strategic location with a host of resources sought by the Horde and Alliance.

    • Two level brackets are available: 71-79 and 80.

    • Defend the walls of your keep and protect your general by killing enemy players and destroying their siege vehicles.

    • Capture the Docks, Gunship Hangar, or Siege Workshop for access to destructive siege vehicles or strategic attacks on your enemy's base.

    • Capture the Refinery or Quarry for their resources to garner reinforcements, a steady flow of bonus honor and a 15% increase to siege vehicle damage for each of these capture points your team controls.

    • To claim victory, bust through the enemy's keep walls (or find other ways to get inside) and kill their general, or obliterate your opponents until their reinforcements are depleted.

  • The Argent Tournament Expands

    • All new Argent Crusader daily quests and rewards have been added for players with the Crusader title. Rewards include a new Argent Crusader banner and tabard (which can port players to the tournament grounds), a mounted squire (can periodically run bank, mail or vendor errands for the player), a paladin-exclusive Argent Crusader Charger mount and new heirloom items.

    • All new Silver Covenant and Sunreaver daily quests and rewards have been added for players exalted with these factions. Rewards include tabards, new ground and flying mounts and a new pet.

    • Just when you thought you had seen the last of the Black Knight, he makes his astonishing return to the tournament. Wait, didn't you kill him?

  • New Dungeon Loot Feature

    • Players will now be able to trade soulbound items with other raid or group members that were eligible for the loot. This system will work like the Item Buy Back system and allow 2 hours for players to trade an item after it has been looted. Players who choose to enchant or add gems to the item will get one last confirmation before losing the ability to trade the item.

  • New druid art for Cat Form and Bear Form has been added. There are now five unique color schemes for each form and faction. Changing hair color (night elves) or skin tone (tauren) via the barbershop will change the look of one's cat and bear forms.


  • Arenas

    • Beginning with season 7, players will no longer have access to the newest season's weapons or shoulder armor and will not qualify for the Gladiator title/rewards with ratings from the 2v2 bracket alone. Ratings obtained through 3v3 and 5v5 game play will be required for these rewards, while the rest of the newest season's items will remain available to players in all brackets (standard rating restrictions still apply).

    • Dalaran Sewers

      • The entire Arena has increased in size by 25%.

      • Mounts can now be used in this Arena.

      • The position and collision of the crates on the central platform has been modified.

    • Ring of Valor

      • The flame wall has been removed.

    • Ruins of Lordaeron

      • Alcoves have been removed from the starting chambers.

      • The collision around the central tomb has been smoothed out to prevent players from becoming stuck on the terrain as often.

  • Battlegrounds

    • Battleground experience has arrived!

      • Players will now be awarded experience for completing objectives and actions that yield honor in Battlegrounds (honorable kills not included).

      • Players who do not wish to gain experience through PvP can visit Behsten in Stormwind or Slahtz in Orgrimmar - both located near the Battlemasters in either city - and turn off all experience accumulation for the cost of 10 gold.

      • Disabling experience gains will prevent a player from gaining experience through any means available in the game.

      • Players with experience gains turned off who compete in Battlegrounds will face off only against other players with experience gains turned off.

      • Behsten and Slahtz can reinstate experience gains for players, for a 10 gold fee of course. Any experience that would've been accumulated if experience gains were enabled cannot be recovered.

    • Battlemasters in major cities affiliated with specific Battlegrounds have been replaced with a Battlemaster for each faction that will allow players to queue for any Battleground. Battlemasters for specific Battlegrounds will still be seen around the cities during corresponding Battleground holiday weekends.

    • When standing at a capture point that you control, you will gain a buff called Honorable Defender. This buff grants +50% honor gained from kills. This currently affects Arathi Basin, Eye of the Storm and Isle of Conquest.

    • Arathi Basin

      • The time it requires to capture a base has been reduced to 8 seconds, down from 10 seconds.

      • The game now ends when one team reaches 1600 victory points, down from 2000.

    • Eye of the Storm

      • The time it requires to capture the center flag has been reduced to 8 seconds, down from 10 seconds

      • The game now ends when one team reaches 1600 victory points, down from 2000.

    • Strand of the Ancients

      • The faction starting on attack/defense will now be randomized at the start of each match.

    • Warsong Gulch

      • There is a now a 20-minute timer on this Battleground. After that time, the team with the most flag captures wins. If this would result in a tie, the team that captured the first flag wins. If neither side has captured a flag, then the game ends in a tie.

  • Wintergrasp

    • Against the Odds: This achievement has been removed and converted to a Feat of Strength.

    • Industrial Warfare: This achievement has been removed.

    • To provide players with a more transparent notification of when Wintergrasp battles occur, as well as better control zone population and stability, several changes have been made.

      • Players now have the option to queue for Wintergrasp from a Wintergrasp Battlemaster in any capital city or by simply entering the Wintergrasp zone.

      • Queuing will begin 15 minutes before each battle. If chosen, you will automatically be teleported to the zone. Any players in the zone who have not been chosen from the queue will be teleported out when the battle begins.

      • The queue system remains active for the entire battle. As soon as a player leaves, a new one will be chosen from the queue.

      • Trying to enter Wintergrasp during an active battle for which you have not been chosen will teleport you out. Please note that, as you are now able to fly over Wintergrasp, you will only be teleported out if you try to land and join the battle.

      • Level 80 players get higher priority in the queue than lower level players. In addition, a random selection of queued players will be taken from both the Battlemasters and the zone itself.

      • The queue will accept up to 120 players from each faction, resulting in a maximum battle of 240 players at a time.

    • Wintergrasp factories can no longer be damaged or destroyed.

Dungeons and Raids

  • Dungeon and Raid ID Extensions

    • In order to allow for parties and raids to progress through instances at their own pace, players can now extend an instance ID on an individual basis.

    • Existing or recently expired IDs can be extended via the Social tab under Raid by clicking on Raid Info.

    • The ID of any instance to which a player is saved can be extended. Doing so will extend the instance lock period by the same amount of time as the original lock (i.e. extending an Ulduar instance ID will add 7 days, a Heroic: Halls of Lightning instance ID will add 24 hours, and a Zul'Gurub instance ID will add 3 days to the instance lock time).

    • An ID can be extended more than once.

    • An extension can be reversed on an individual basis provided the player does not do anything in the instance during the extended instance lock period that would save that player to the instance.

  • Emblem System Changes

    • Both the 10 and 25-player instances of the Crusaders' Coliseum drop a new Emblem of Triumph.

    • Any dungeons that previously dropped Emblems of Heroism or Valor, such as Naxxramas or Heroic Halls of Stone, will now drop Emblems of Conquest instead. Emblems of Conquest can still be converted to Valor or Heroism.

    • The Heroic dungeon daily quest will now reward 2 Emblems of Triumph and the normal daily dungeon quest will reward 1 Emblem of Conquest.

    • New achievements have been added to collect various amounts of any combination of emblems.

  • 25-player raids will no longer be referred to as Heroic versions of a raid, as there is a new distinction between normal and Heroic modes for both 10 and 25 player versions of the Crusaders' Coliseum.

  • The Nexus: The Oculus & The Eye of Eternity

    • Drakes used by players in these instances will now scale in health and damage according to the rider's average item level.

  • Ulduar

    • Players can now use Blink, Shadowstep, and Demonic Teleport while participating in the illusion events in the Yogg-Saron encounter.

    • Ominous Clouds in the Yogg-Saron encounter are now more vocal about touching players and should no longer sometimes appear to be in the wrong place for certain players.

    • An Immortal Guardian targeted for Empowering Shadows in the Yogg-Saron encounter will now become a 'Marked Immortal Guardian' while targeted.

    • Crusher Tentacles in the Yogg-Saron encounter spawn a little slower in 25-player mode allowing a bit more time for players to clear out the Illusion room.

    • Empowering Shadows in the Yogg-Saron encounter now targets a maximum of three Immortal Guardians in 25-player mode.

    • Yogg-Saron's health has been reduced by 20% in the final stage of his 25-player mode.

    • Winter Jormungars will no longer put everyone in the zone in combat when they emerge from a Snow Mound. Additionally, Snow Mounds will now disappear when all their jormungars have emerged.

Races: General

  • Axe Specialization (Orc): The weapon bonus from this effect now applies to fist weapons in addition to axes.

  • Tauren now have the option of changing skin tone by visiting the barber shop.

Items: General

  • Agility: The amount of agility required per percentage of dodge has been increased by 15%. This change required recalibrating the amount of dodge a player has with 0 agility by a slight amount as well, so all players will see their dodge percentage vary a small amount.

  • Block Value: The amount of bonus block value on all items has been doubled. This does not affect the base block value on shields or block value derived from strength.

  • On-Use Block Value Items: All items and set bonuses that trigger temporary increases to block value have been modified. Instead of increasing their block value amount by 100% like other items, they have all had their effect durations doubled. This applies to Glyph of Deflection, Gnomeregan Autoblocker, Coren's Lucky Coin, Lavanthor's Talisman, Libram of Obstruction, Tome of the Lightbringer, Libram of the Sacred Shield, the tier-8 paladin Shield of Righteousness bonus, the tier-5 paladin Holy Shield bonus, and the tier-5 warrior Shield Block bonus.

  • Dodge Rating: The amount of dodge rating required per percentage of dodge has been increased by 15%. This is before diminishing returns. Combined with other changes, this makes dodge rating and parry rating equally potent before diminishing returns apply.

  • Item Buy Back Feature Revised

    • The Item Buy Back time will now expire if the player enchants or sockets an item. Players will see a confirmation dialog box now when they attempt to enchant or add gems to an item giving them a last chance to reconsider.

  • Items with Triggered Effects: These items generally have cooldowns on how often they can be triggered. Those cooldowns are now triggered each time the item is equipped (example: A trinket has a 45-second cooldown on an effect triggered by player attacks; when a player equips that item, the effect will be unable to be triggered for the first 45 seconds it is worn).

  • Mounts

    • The cast time for summoning any ground mount is now 1.5 seconds, down from 3 seconds.

    • Apprentice Riding (Skill 75): Can now be learned at level 20 for 4 gold. Mail will be sent to players who reach level 20 directing them to the riding trainer.

    • Journeyman Riding (Skill 150): Can now be learned at level 40 for 50 gold. Mail will be sent to players who reach level 40 directing them back to the riding trainer.

    • Expert Riding (Skill 225): Can now be learned at level 60 for 600 gold from trainers in Honor Hold or Thrallmar. Faction discounts now apply (Honor Hold for Alliance; Thrallmar for Horde). Flight speed at this skill level has been increased to 150% of run speed, up from 60%.

    • Artisan Riding (Skill 300): Faction discounts now apply (Honor Hold or Valiance Expedition for Alliance; Thrallmar or Warsong Offensive for Horde).

    • In order to further equalize the number of purchasable mounts available to each race, a new 60% speed ground mount has been added for night elves, and a new 100% speed ground mount has been added for the undead.

    • Flying over Dalaran and Wintergrasp is now possible so long as players keep a healthy distance above the ground.

  • Mana Regeneration: All items that provide "X mana per five seconds" have had the amount of mana they regenerate increased by approximately 25%.

  • Parry Rating: The amount of parry rating required per percentage of parry has been reduced by 8%. This is before diminishing returns. Combined with other changes, this makes dodge rating and parry rating equally potent before diminishing returns apply. Parry still diminishes more quickly than dodge.

  • Resilience: No longer reduces the amount of damage done by damage-over-time spells, but instead reduces the amount of all damage done by players by the same proportion. In addition, the amount of resilience needed to reduce critical strike chance, critical strike damage and overall damage has been increased by 15%.

Classes: General

  • All pets now receive 40% of their master's resilience and 100% of their master's spell penetration. In addition, if a player is at their appropriate spell hit chance or hit chance maximum, their pet will be at the maximum for spell hit chance, hit chance, and expertise. If they are below the maximum, their pet will be proportionately below those maximums.

  • Replenishment: This buff now grants 1% of the target's maximum mana over 5 seconds instead of 0.25% per second. This applies to all 5 sources of Replenishment (Vampiric Touch, Judgements of the Wise, Hunting Party, Enduring Winter Frostbolts and Soul Leech).

  • Silence, Strangulate, Silencing Shot, and Arcane Torrent: These abilities will also apply a 3-second Interrupt effect against non-player controlled targets, making them more versatile against creatures immune to silencing effects.

Death Knights

  • Due to significant talent changes, all death knight talents will be reset for players.

  • Blood Plague: Damage done increased by 15%.

  • Chains of Ice: Now reduces movement by 95% instead of 100%. The main effect of this change will be that targets of Chains of Ice will not have to re-issue a movement command to continue moving.

  • Frost Fever: Damage done increased by 15%.

  • Frost Presence: 10% bonus health reduced to 6% bonus stamina.

  • Frost Strike: This ability can now be dodged, parried, or blocked. Weapon damage bonus reduced to 55%, down from 60%.

  • Icebound Fortitude: Cooldown increased to 2 minutes.

  • Talents

    • Blood

      • Bloody Strikes: This talent now provides 5/10/15% increased damage to Blood Strike instead of 15/30/45%.

      • Dancing Rune Weapon: This ability now has a fixed duration of 12 seconds (which can still be modified by its glyph) and a fixed cost of 60 runic power.

      • Veteran of the Third War: Stamina bonus reduced to 1/2/3%.

    • Frost

      • Blood of the North: Reduced to a 3-point talent. Increases Blood Strike and Frost Strike damage by 3/6/10%. There is now a 33/66/100% chance whenever you hit with Blood Strike or Pestilence that the Blood Rune will become a Death Rune when it activates.

      • Lichborne: Duration reduced to 10 seconds, and cooldown reduced to 2 minutes.

      • Threat of Thassarian: New 3-point talent. When dual-wielding, your Death Strikes, Obliterates, Plague Strikes, Blood Strikes and Frost Strikes have a 30/60/100% chance to also deal damage with your off-hand weapon. Off-hand strikes are roughly one half the effect of the original strike.

      • Toughness: This talent now grants 2/4/6/8/10% armor instead of 3/6/9/12/15%, placing it in line with similar abilities of other classes.

    • Unholy

      • Desecration: This talent has been reduced to 2 points for 25/50% snare and no longer increases damage done by the death knight. It has also been moved one tier earlier in the tree and its spell effect has been made more transparent.

      • Desolation: New talent. This talent is in the position formerly occupied by Desecration. It causes Blood Strikes to increase all damage the death knight deals by 1/2/3/4/5% for 12 seconds.

      • Scourge Strike: Weapon damage bonus reduced to 40%, down from 45%. Damage increased by 10% per disease on the target, down from 11%.

      • Summon Gargoyle: The gargoyle now flies lower to the ground, making it susceptible to melee attacks. This ability now has a fixed duration of 30 seconds and a fixed cost of 60 runic power.

      • Unholy Blight: This talent has been redesigned. It no longer deals damage to nearby targets. Instead, when you deal damage with Death Coil, the target will take periodic damage for 10 seconds equal to 20% of the damage done by Death Coil. This damage accumulates in the same way as Ignite and Deep Wounds.


  • Enrage: This Bear Form ability now generates 20 rage initially, and 10 rage over the next 10 seconds. The armor penalty is unchanged.

  • Flight Form: Can now be learned at level 60. Flight speed increased to 150%.

  • Flight Form and Swift Flight Form: Now benefit from a paladin's Crusader Aura.

  • Innervate: Duration reduced to 10 seconds, and cooldown reduced to 3 minutes. This means each use of Innervate will give half as much mana as before, but it will be available twice as often.

  • Lifebloom: The final heal that occurs when this spell blooms has been reduced by 20% on the base and on the spell power coefficient.

  • Mangle: Ranks 4 and 5 base points reduced by about 11%. Scaling from attack power unchanged.

  • Rake: Ranks 6 and 7 base points on initial and periodic damage reduced by about 7%. Scaling from attack power unchanged.

  • Rip: Ranks 8 and 9 base points and points per combo point reduced by about 6%. Scaling from attack power unchanged.

  • Savage Defense: The animation for gaining this buff will no longer make the bear stand upright

  • Shred: Ranks 8 and 9 base points reduced by about 10%. Scaling from attack power unchanged.

  • Swift Flight Form: Druids who have acquired a mount able to go 310% flight speed will now also go that speed while in this form.

  • Swipe (Cat): Percent of weapon damage done reduced from 260% to 250%.

  • Travel Form: Can now be learned at level 16.

  • Talents

    • Balance

      • Balance of Power: Now reduces all spell damage taken by 3/6%, rather than reducing the chance to be hit by spells by 2/4%.

      • Eclipse: The Starfire and Wrath buffs from this talent are now on separate 30-second cooldowns. In addition, it is not possible to have both buffs active simultaneously.

      • Owlkin Frenzy: Now also restores 2% base mana every 2 seconds for the duration (10 seconds) in addition to its current effects.

    • Feral Combat

      • King of the Jungle: This talent now reduces the mana cost of Bear Form, Cat Form, and Dire Bear Form by 20/40/60%.

      • Primal Tenacity: This talent no longer reduces the mana cost of Bear Form, Cat Form, and Dire Bear Form.

    • Restoration

      • Empowered Touch: Now also increases the amount of bonus healing effects for Nourish by 10/20%.

      • Improved Barkskin: No longer provides dispel resistance to all effects on the druid, but now reduces the chance your Barkskin is dispelled by an additional 35/70%.


  • Aspect of the Cheetah: Can now be learned at level 16.

  • Deterrence: This ability now allows the hunter to parry spells and attacks from behind as well as in front. Now has a new visual spell effect.

  • The time that traps will exist in the world after being put down has been reduced to 30 seconds, down from 1 minute.

  • Frost Trap: Will no longer "fizzle" on targets immune to snare effects, however Lock and Load will not succeed when using Frost Trap if the target is immune to snare effects.

  • Snake Trap: The Mind-numbing Poison effect has been reduced to a 30% increase in casting time, down from 50% to match similar effects.

  • Traps now have separate 30-second cooldown categories: Fire (Immolation Trap, Explosive Trap and Black Arrow), Frost (Freezing Trap, Frost Trap) and Nature (Snake Trap). A hunter can have one trap of each category placed at one time.

  • Talents

    • Beast Mastery

      • Catlike Reflexes now also reduces the cooldown of your Kill Command ability by 10/20/30 seconds.

    • Survival

      • Entrapment: This talent no longer works with Immolation Trap or Explosive Trap.

      • Lock and Load: Now has a 22-second cooldown. The Lock and Load effect cannot be obtained on targets immune to snare effects when Frost Trap is used.

    • Pets

      • Roar of Sacrifice: Redesigned. This ability can now be used on any friendly target to make that target immune to critical strikes, but the hunter pet takes 20% of all damage taken by that friendly target. Cooldown is now 1 minute, up from 30 seconds.


  • Arcane Blast: Mana cost reduced by 12%.

  • Frost Bolt, Cone of Cold, Frost Ward, Ice Armor, Frost Armor, Frost Nova, Ice Lance, and Ice Barrier: The mana cost on these spells has been reduced by approximately 15%.

  • Invisibility: Can no longer be interrupted by a hostile action or damage done during the 3-second Fade time, however an invisible mage is still vulnerable to Stun and Silence effects.

  • Mirror Image: Images will no longer trigger the death sound when their time expires.

  • Talents

    • Fire

      • Empowered Fire: In addition to its existing effects, this talent now also grants a 33/67/100% chance to regain 2% of base mana each time the Ignite talent deals damage.

    • Frost

      • Empowered Frostbolt: Instead of increasing critical strike chance by 2/4%, this talent now reduces the cast time of Frostbolt by 0.1/0.2 seconds.

      • Permafrost: In addition to its existing effects, this talent now also causes the mage's Chill effects to reduce healing received by the victim by 7/13/20%.


  • Blessing of Sanctuary: This blessing now also increases stamina by 10%. This effect is not cumulative with Blessing of Kings.

  • Charger: Can now be learned at level 40.

  • Crusader Aura: This ability now also grants its flying speed increase to a druid's Flight Form and Swift Flight Form.

  • Exorcism: Now has a 1.5 second cast time, but can once again be used on players.

  • Hand of Reckoning: Redesigned. Now does damage only when the target does not currently have the caster targeted, but damage done increased to 50% of attack power, occurring after the taunt effect is applied.

  • Judgements: Some of these attacks were considered ranged and some melee. They are all now considered melee attacks that can't be dodged, parried or blocked.

  • Judgement of Light: Now heals for 2% of the attacker's maximum health instead of a variable amount based on the spell power and attack power of the judging paladin.

  • Lay on Hands: The buff from this ability now reduces the physical damage taken by the target by 10/20% instead of increasing the target's armor.

  • Righteous Fury: No longer has a duration, remaining until cancelled or death. Also cancelled when a Paladin activates a different talent specialization.

  • Sacred Shield: When a paladin casts Flash of Light on a target with this buff, they also now place a heal-over-time effect on the target, healing that target for 100% of the Flash of Light amount over 12 seconds.

  • Seal of Blood: This ability has been removed.

  • Seal of the Martyr: This ability has been removed.

  • Seal of Vengeance and Seal of Corruption: These seals have been redesigned to deal substantially more damage. Now, once a paladin has 5 copies of the debuff from these seals on his or her target, on each swing the paladin will deal 33% weapon damage as Holy, with critical strikes dealing double damage. In addition, the damage-over-time effect is now considered a melee attack instead of a spell attack and the effects from these seals can only be triggered by auto-attacks and Hammer of the Righteous.

  • Shield of Righteousness: Now deals 100% of shield block value as damage instead of 130%. In addition, the benefit from additional block value this ability gains is now subject to diminishing returns. Diminishing returns occur once block value exceeds 30 times the player's level and caps the maximum damage benefit from shield block value at 34.5 times the player's level.

  • Warhorse: Can now be learned at level 20.

  • Talents

    • Holy

      • Beacon of Light: The healing amount on the Beacon of Light target is now based on the total healing done (including over-healing) instead of the effective healing done. Radius increased to 60 yards. Multiple Paladins can now have this active on the same target. Buff indicating a player is within range of the Beacon target is no longer displayed.

      • Divine Intellect: This talent now gives 2/4/6/8/10% increased intellect instead of 3/6/9/12/15%.

      • Illumination: This talent now returns 30% of the mana cost of the spell instead of 60%.

    • Protection

      • Ardent Defender: Redesigned. Any damage that takes the paladin below 35% health is reduced. This reduction applies only to the portion that pushes the paladin below 35% health (example: a paladin at 50% health takes a 40% hit; the first 15% hits as normal while the next 25% is reduced). In addition, once every 2 minutes an attack that would have killed the paladin will fail to kill, and instead heal the paladin for up to 10/20/30% of maximum health depending on the paladin's defense rating (example: a paladin with defense equal to only 5 times his or her level will receive no healing from the talent, while a paladin who is immune to critical strikes from boss creatures through defense will receive the maximum amount).

      • Guarded by the Light: This talent will no longer cause Divine Plea's duration to be refreshed by using Judgement of Wisdom, Judgement of Justice, or Judgement of Light.

    • Retribution

      • Art of War: Now only applies to melee critical hits, but will make your next Flash of Light or Exorcism instant. In addition, this talent now provides notification in the floating combat text when it activates.

      • Crusader Strike: Damage reduced to 75% weapon damage to match the new 4-second cooldown. Mana cost reduced to 5% of base mana.

      • Seal of Command: Redesigned. This seal now deals 36% weapon damage on every swing, and deals substantially less judgement damage.

      • Vindication: Redesigned. Now lowers target attack power, is consistent and does not stack with Demoralizing Shout.


  • Prayer of Healing: The percentage of spell power this spell gains in healing (per target) has been reduced from 80.7% to 52.6%.

  • Psychic Horror: This spell no longer has an invisible missile, so there is no travel time before the spell takes effect.

  • Talents

    • Discipline

      • Penance: Cooldown increased to 12 seconds, up from 10 seconds.

    • Holy

      • Inspiration: The buff from this ability now reduces the physical damage taken by the target by 3/7/10% instead of increasing the target's armor.

    • Shadow

      • Dispersion: Cooldown reduced to 2 minutes, down from 3 minutes.

      • Improved Mind Blast: Redesigned. Now, in addition to reducing the cooldown of your Mind Blast spell by .5/1/1.5/2/2.5 seconds, while in Shadowform your Mind Blast also has a 20/40/60/80/100% chance to reduce all healing done to the target by 20% for 10 seconds.

      • Vampiric Touch: The amount of damage done when this spell is dispelled has been doubled.


  • After much quiet contemplation, rogues now possess the ability to learn how to use one-handed axes.

  • Talents

    • Combat

      • Sword Specialization: This talent is now called Hack and Slash and applies to axes as well as swords.

    • Subtlety

      • Shadow Dance: Cooldown reduced to 1 minute. Now lasts 6 seconds, down from 10 seconds.


  • A customizable totem bar will now be available for shamans allowing the storing of 4 different totems. These totems can be placed on the ground at once in one global cooldown for the combined mana cost of all 4 totems.

  • All Shocks now have a default range of 25 yards, up from 20 yards.

  • Base health increased by approximately 7% to correct for shamans having lower health than other classes.

  • Chain Heal: Jump distance increased by 25% to 12.5 yards. In addition, the amount of healing now decreases by 40% as it jumps to each new target, instead of 50%.

  • Earth Shock: Redesigned. This spell no longer interrupts spell casting, but rather reduces melee attack speed by 10% for 8 seconds (exclusive with similar effects such as Thunder Clap).

  • Ghost Wolf: Can now be learned at level 16. While in this form, snaring effects may not bring the shaman below base normal run speed.

  • Wind Shock: Has been renamed Wind Shear and no longer shares a cooldown with Flame, Frost or Earth Shock.

  • Talents

    • Enhancement

      • Maelstrom Weapon: Now also has a chance to reduce the cast time of Hex.

      • Shamanistic Rage: Cooldown is now 1 minute, down from 2 minutes. Successful melee attacks now have a chance to generate mana equal to 15% of the shaman's attack power, down from 30%.

    • Restoration

      • Ancestral Healing: The buff from this ability now reduces the physical damage taken by the target by 3/7/10% instead of increasing the target's armor.

      • Cure Poison and Cure Disease: Combined into a single spell, Cure Toxins.

      • Earth Shield: Dispel effects will now remove charges of Earth Shield rather than the entire aura.

      • Healing Way: Redesigned. Rather than providing a chance of increasing Healing Wave spells on a friendly target, this talent now innately increases the effectiveness of the shaman's Healing Wave by 8/16/25%.

      • Mana Tide Totem: Totem health now equal to 10% of the shaman's health.

      • Nature's Guardian: Redesigned. Now has a fixed 100% proc rate, has a 30-second internal cooldown and increases the shaman's maximum health by 3/6/9/12/15% for 10 seconds.

      • Nature's Swiftness: Cooldown is now 2 minutes, down from 3 minutes.

      • Tidal Waves: No longer reduces the cast time of Lesser Healing Wave by 30%. It instead now provides +25% critical strike chance to Lesser Healing Wave, along with the previous 30% cast time benefit to Healing Wave.

      • Improved Water Shield: This talent now has a 10/20/30% chance to be triggered by Chain Heal, and the charges of Water Shield are no longer consumed by this talent.


  • Banish: Effect will now be cancelled if Banish is recast on a banished target.

  • Dreadsteed: Can now be learned at level 40.

  • Felsteed: Can now be learned at level 20.

  • Shadowflame: The angle of the cone effect on this ability was inadvertently very small, making it difficult to use. Its cone is now the same size as similar spells, such as Cone of Cold.

  • Soulshatter cooldown reduced to 3 minutes, down from 5 minutes

  • Talents

    • Affliction

      • Pandemic: Now also increases the critical damage bonus of Haunt by 100%.

    • Demonology

      • Fel Domination cooldown reduced to 3 minutes, down from 15 minutes.

    • Destruction

      • Empowered Imp: The warlock's critical hit chance is increased to 100%, up from 20% for the next spell cast after the Imp critically hits a target.

      • Fire and Brimstone: Reduced to 2/4/6/8/10% increased damage from Incinerate and Chaos Bolt on targets afflicted with Immolate, down from 3/6/9/12/15%.


  • Battle Shout: Radius increased to 30 yards.

  • Bloodrage: This ability now generates 20 rage initially, and 10 rage over the next 10 seconds. The health cost is unchanged.

  • Commanding Shout: Radius increased to 30 yards.

  • Execute: This ability now never costs more than a total of 30 rage. The tooltip for Sudden Death has been revised to remove reference to that maximum, since the ability now behaves that way even when untalented.

  • Shield Slam: The benefit from additional block value this ability gains is now subject to diminishing returns. Diminishing returns occur once block value exceeds 30 times the player's level and caps the maximum damage benefit from shield block value at 34.5 times the player's level.

  • Talents

    • Fury

      • Armored to the Teeth: This talent now provides 1/2/3 attack power per 108 armor, up from per 180 armor.

      • Bloodsurge: Notification that Slam has become instant now appears in floating combat text.

    • Protection

      • Devastate: Weapon damage and bonus per Sunder Armor on the target increased by 100%. This ability now requires a shield to be equipped.

      • Shield Specialization: Now provides 5 rage on a block, dodge or parry instead of 2 rage on a block.

User Interface

  • The quest log is now double-paned for more easily viewing quest information. The list of all quests a player has will show in one pane, while the quest details of any highlighted quest will display in the next.

  • Character name auto-completion for the chat frame, pop-ups, and mail interface is now active

  • Character names can now be colorized according to class in the chat frame. This feature can be enabled through the chat settings by right-clicking on a chat window.

  • Casting bars under the target frame, focus frame and nameplates will now display as shielded if the cast cannot be interrupted.

  • Druids will now be able to see their mana bars when shape-shifted.

  • Item Comparisons: Holding the shift key while hovering over an item will now display the stat differences with the item currently equipped in the relevant slot.

  • Item Level: A new option has been added under Display in the Interface Options to show the item level on item tooltips.

  • Macros and scripts will no longer be able to target totems by name.

  • New Feature Icons: Options recently added to any of the options menus will now display a yellow exclamation point next to them to indicate that they are new features.

  • Vendor prices will now be listed on items whether or not players are at a vendor.

  • For additional notes on Lua and XML changes please visit the UI & Macros forum.


  • The frame rate for those with Shadow Effects enabled under the Ultra Video settings has been improved.

World Environment

  • Wolvar and Gorloc orphans have arrived in Dalaran and need your help! Players can find out more by visiting the Eventide District (completing the quests being offered for this event will not count toward any Children's Week achievements). Players have a limited amount of time to care for these orphans before they take their leave. They will then return again for the regularly-scheduled Children's Week next year.

  • Portal areas in all major cities now offer a portal to the Blasted Lands near the Dark Portal.

  • Once crossing through the Dark Portal, players can access a flight path directly from the Stair of Destiny to Shattrath.

  • A new zeppelin docking ramp has been added to Thunder Bluff allowing Horde players easier transport to and from Orgrimmar.

  • The local Postal Service has grown tired of walking so far each day to collect mail and has decided to install a large number of new mailboxes in Stormwind, Undercity, Darnassus and Orgrimmar.

  • Mathiel in Darnassus has finally earned himself enough money from your repair bills that he was able to buy himself an anvil.


  • The ravasaur trainer Mor'vek has returned to Un'Goro and will offer to help Horde players raise and train a Venomhide Ravasaur as a mount... if they can survive the creature's deadly poison.


  • A Brew-FAST Mount: A new Feat of Strength achievement for acquiring any epic Brewfest mount.

  • Have Keg, Will Travel: Now requires either a Brewfest mount or using Brewfest Hops to transform yours into one.


  • Alchemy

    • All stackable potions now stack to 20.

    • Added a new pattern for Flask of the North, usable by players with a high alchemy skill. The recipe is purchased from Northrend trainers. Flask of the North increases your spell power, attack power or strength for 1 hour and is usable in Arenas. It is not consumed when used.

    • Endless Healing Potion and Endless Mana Potion no longer usable in arenas. Amount of health and mana has been increased, and the cooldown reduced.

    • Five new epic gem transmute recipes are available from the Northrend trainer. The recipe for transmuting a Cardinal Ruby can be learned from a quest, given by Linzy Blackbolt in Dalaran.

    • The Mixology benefits from Northrend elixirs and flasks have been increased.

    • Rage potions can now be used by druids.

  • Cooking

    • Blackened Dragonfin Recipe: Now only requires 1 Dragonfin Angelfish.

    • Chef's Hat is now superior quality and allows the chef to cook faster.

    • Increased the drop rate for recipes from the Outland Daily Cooking quests.

    • Increased the chance to get a bonus Dalaran Cooking Token from the Spice Bag.

    • The recipe for Captain Rumsey's Lager can now be randomly found in the quest reward Crate, Barrel, or Spice Bag from the cooking dailies.

  • Enchanting

    • Values on Northrend ring enchants increased.

  • Engineering

    • Added a new Mind Amplification Dish attachment for helmets, allowing engineers to control other humanoid targets. Some restrictions apply: does not work in Arenas, dish sometimes reverses targets, unable to stack with other stat-improving head enchantments and makes your helmet look... stylish? This attachment provides a passive bonus of 45 stamina.

    • Added a schematic for a Goblin Welding Beam that can heal friendly mechanical or vehicle units.

    • Alarm-o-Bot functionality changed. Materials required reduced.

    • Box of Bombs no longer requires an anvil.

    • The Cobalt Frag Bomb now incapacitates enemies within a 3-yard radius. A short cast time was added, but they are usable while moving. This change applies to any Cobalt Frag Bombs already created. The existing recipe now makes 3 at a time.

    • Engineers can now learn to create a portable Wormhole Generator for Northrend. The Wormhole allows them to travel to different locations in Northrend, although the locations are sometimes in dangerous places.

    • Flying Machine: The level requirement needed to learn how to build and use this machine has been reduced to level 60, down from level 70, and the engineering skill level reduced to 300, down from 350. Material costs reduced.

    • Gnomish Engineers and Goblin Engineers can now switch profession specializations for a fee.

    • Increased benefits from Hyperspeed Accelerators, Hand-Mounted Pyro Rocket and Reticulated Armor Webbing glove modifications.

    • Increased the passive bonuses provided by Springy Arachnoweave, Flexweave Underlay and Nitro Boosts.

    • Mote Extractor now has innate tracking for gas clouds while it is in your inventory. Tracking of gas clouds has been removed from goggles.

    • A new repair bot has been added, and his name is Jeeves. He is the ultimate gentleman robot butler, able to perform all the mundane tasks of repairing, selling and buying junk for your entire raid. Additionally, he can open bank boxes for skilled engineers (350+). Jeeves is not destroyed when used, but due to pressing engagements, can only be summoned once an hour. The schematic for this handsome robot was said to be hidden within the parts of another robot - hoping to be found by an engineer one day.

    • Nitro Boosts: Now have a 5-second duration.

    • Potion Injectors now increase the amount gained by 25% when used by engineers. Quantity produced by recipes for Runic Healing and Mana Injectors has been increased.

    • Reduced the materials needed to create all engineering Dragonlings, and reduced their cooldowns, although they still cannot be used in Arenas.

    • Significantly reduced the cooldown on MOLL-E.

    • The Spynocular belt attachment has been changed to a Frag Belt. The Frag Belt periodically produces a Cobalt Frag Bomb that can be used from the belt every 6 minutes (never runs out!).

    • A Steam-Powered Auctioneer has been added to the Dalaran Like Clockwork engineering shop, allowing access to one's faction Auction House. The Steam-Powered Auctioneer was programmed with a superiority chip, and will only interact with Grand Master engineers.

    • Transporter devices are no longer classified as trinkets and can be used directly from your inventory.

    • The Ultrasafe Bullet Machine and Saronite Arrow Maker schematics have been simplified to create a full stack of the appropriate ammunition. No longer requires an anvil. Reduced the materials required to make this ammunition.

    • World Enlarger: Cooldown reduced to 15 minutes, down from 1 hour.

  • Fishing

    • Players with 300 or higher cooking have a chance to find a Waterlogged Recipe in the Bag of Fishing Treasures awarded by the Northrend fishing dailies. This item can be traded to other players and rewards several Dalaran Cooking Rewards when turned in.

  • Herbalism

    • Increased healing from Lifeblood (Rank 6).

    • Lifeblood now scales slightly with maximum health. No longer affected by global cooldown.

  • Inscription

    • Added a new Glyph of Claw for young feral druids who haven't yet obtained Mangle. Scribes can learn this glyph from the trainer.

    • Master's Inscriptions increased.

  • Jewelcrafting

    • Dragon's Eye gems stat bonuses increased. In addition, these gems are no longer prismatic and must be matched to the appropriate colored socket to activate an item's socket bonus.

    • New recipes have been added for cutting epic gems and can be purchased using Dalaran Jewelcrafter's tokens.

    • Icy Prism now has a chance of yielding an epic gem.

    • Raw epic gems can be obtained via the following means:

      • Prospecting Titanium Ore

      • Alchemy transmutations

      • Purchased with honor

      • Purchased with Emblems of Heroism

  • Leatherworking

    • Added recipe for Heavy Knothide Leather to leatherworking trainers (rather than a vendor recipe). Changed several recipes to use Heavy Knothide Leather instead of regular Leather.

    • Fur Lining values increased.

  • Mining

    • Toughness (Rank 6) provides more stamina.

  • Skinning

    • Master of Anatomy (Rank 6) provides more critical strike rating.

  • Tailoring

    • Embroideries improved.


  • Feral Druid PvP Gloves (seasons 3 and 4): Maim bonus changed from the Interrupt bonus used in The Burning Crusade Arena seasons to the cost reduction used in Wrath of the Lich King Arena seasons.

  • Glyphs

    • Death Knights

      • Glyph of Unholy Blight: Changed to increase damage done by the updated Unholy Blight talent by 40%.

    • Druids

      • Glyph of Innervate: Duration reduced to 10 seconds.

    • Paladins

      • Glyph of Righteous Defense: Now also increases the chance for Hand of Reckoning to hit.

      • Glyph of Seal of Command: Redesigned to cause the Paladin to gain 8% of base mana each time the paladin judges Command.

      • Glyph of Seal of Blood: Changed to Glyph of Holy Wrath, which reduces its cooldown by 15 seconds.

    • Rogues

      • Glyph of Shadow Dance: Now increases the duration of Shadow Dance by 2 seconds, down from 4 seconds.

      • Glyph of Tricks of the Trade: Now increases the duration of the damage bonus effect instead of increasing the damage bonus.

    • Shamans

      • Glyph of Healing Wave: The amount of healing the shaman receives is now based on the entire healing amount, including over-healing.

    • Warlocks

      • Glyph of Lifetap: Duration of the buff from this glyph increased to 40 seconds.

  • Idol of the Corruptor: The agility buff from this idol is now exclusive with the agility buff from Idol of Terror.

  • Mage Tier-7 2-Piece Bonus: Now grants 25% additional mana from mana gems, down from 40%.

  • Non-Combat Pets: 8 new pets have been added (not including Argent Tournament rewards). Raptor Hatchlings can be found on rare and elite raptors throughout the game world. In addition, an Obsidian Raptor Hatchling can be purchased from Breanni in Dalaran.

  • Tome of Cold Weather Flight: New heirloom item. Players who have reached level 80 can now purchase this book for 1,000 gold from Hira Snowdawn, the Cold Weather Flying Trainer in Dalaran. Similar to other heirloom items, this item can be mailed to other characters of the same realm, account and faction. The book is consumed when read training the character in Cold Weather Flying. Requires level 68.

  • Val'anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings: This item's stats and level have been increased to match the power level of healer weapons coming from the Coliseum 25-person normal difficulty instance. In addition, each time Val'anyr is equipped, Blessing of Ancient Kings will be placed on a 45-second cooldown before it can occur.

Bug Fixes

  • Death Knights

    • Anti-Magic Shell: The tooltip for this ability will now reflect modifications from the Magic Suppression talent.

    • Blood-Caked Blade: The damage from this talent is no longer normalized to weapon speed.

    • Chilblains: Icy Clutch can no longer miss when Frost Fever hits, however, when Frost Fever is dispelled Icy Clutch will also be dispelled.

    • Dancing Rune Weapon: The rune weapon will no longer cast Corpse Explosion.

    • Desecration: No longer causes unnecessary combat logging.

    • Horn of Winter: Learning rank 2 of this ability caused players to unlearn rank 1, such that it no longer appears in their spellbook. It is now possible to relearn that rank, and death knights will no longer "forget" rank 1 when they learn rank 2.

    • Lichborne: The buff from this ability can now be cancelled.

    • Raise Ally: Using the Gnaw ability while under the effects of this spell will now initiate auto-attack. In addition, the damage done has been changed from a flat value to a percentage of weapon damage.

    • Raise Dead: This spell will no longer give two errors when the casting player lacks the reagent to cast it.

    • Rune of Razorice: Each death knight can now have his or her own copy of this debuff on the target.

    • Rune of Spellbreaking: Tooltip now indicates the effect from this enchantment does not stack with other effects which reduce the duration of Silence effects (including not stacking with a second copy of this enchantment). In addition, now reduces damage from Holy spells.

    • Rune of Spellshattering: Now reduces damage from Holy spells.

    • Summon Gargoyle: Corrected the inaccurate tooltip which claimed a Gargoyle could last up to 40 seconds, when in fact 30 seconds has always been the maximum.

    • Rune of Razorice: Corrected a bug where this applied to frost damage done by others.

  • Druids

    • Bash: Tooltip now specifies that the Interrupt effect only occurs on non-player targets.

    • Bear Form, Cat Form, and Dire Bear Form: Mana energizes that occur while in these forms will now appear in the combat log and floating combat text.

    • Cyclone: Victims of Cyclone can no longer receive healing from health drain effects such as Devouring Plague while they are affected by Cyclone.

    • Dash: Druids who have not learned Track Humanoids will now retain the benefit of Dash while shifting out of and back into Cat Form.

    • Druids should no longer be removed from a form after using any engineered bombs.

    • Maim: Tooltip now specifies that the Interrupt effect only occurs on non-player targets.

    • Natural Perfection: Now properly triggered by periodic critical strikes.

    • Nature's Grasp: This talent will no longer be triggered spuriously by some ranged abilities such as Heroic Throw.

  • Hunters

    • All ranks of Sonic Blast now properly have an 80 Focus cost.

    • Black Arrow Ranks 5 and 6 training costs have been lowered significantly.

    • Furious Howl: Ranks 1-5 will no longer give slightly more attack power than is listed in their tooltips.

    • Lock and Load: The tooltip for this talent has been updated to indicate that it also works with Explosive Trap.

    • Roar of Sacrifice: Damage transferred to pet is now considered Nature damage.

    • The tooltip for Improved Tracking has been slightly re-written to indicate that it only works on the hunter, and works on melee damage as well.

    • T.N.T. (Rank 3): Now indicates that the talent works with Black Arrow.

  • Mages

    • Arcane Instability: Tooltip reworded to clarify design intent.

    • Burning Determination: Some Silence and Interrupt effects that did not trigger this talent will now trigger it properly, including Shield of the Templar, Garrote and Gag Order.

    • Combustion: Fire spell misses will no longer trigger this talent.

    • Conjure Refreshment: Rank 1 food will no longer overwrite the drink buff from rank 2 food.

    • Fireball: Periodic damage from this spell can no longer trigger Combustion.

    • Living Bomb: Periodic critical strikes from this ability can now trigger Ignite and Hot Streak.

    • Mirror Image: The mirror images will no longer complete casts of Frostbolt on targets which are Polymorphed at the time their Frostbolt channel finishes.

    • Molten Armor: Critical strikes from the effect on this armor will no longer trigger Ignite.

  • Paladins

    • Auras: Any paladin aura active at the time of the paladin's death now automatically reactivates when the paladin returns to life.

    • Beacon of Light: Multiple paladins can now have this buff active on the same target. In addition, the beacon target will no longer lose the buff while under the effects of Cyclone or Banish.

    • Blessing of Sanctuary: This talent and Vigilance will now both be able to be cast on the same target without sometimes overwriting each other.

    • Exorcism: Now properly has a 100% chance to be a critical strike when cast on death knights using Lichborne.

    • Eye for an Eye: Now properly triggered by periodic critical strikes. In addition, the tooltip incorrectly stated that 20% damage is reflected, when it is actually 10%. Tooltip fixed.

    • Hammer of Justice: Tooltip now specifies that the Interrupt effect only occurs on non-player targets.

    • Hand of Sacrifice: Casting this spell on a target with Divine Sacrifice active will now generate an error message instead of wasting the cooldown.

    • Heart of the Crusader: The effect from this talent will no longer be removed if a paladin without this talent overwrites the judgement placed by a paladin who does have the talent.

    • Holy Shield: It is no longer possible to have two ranks of this ability active at the same time.

    • Judgements: All paladin judgements are now properly considered as melee attacks that cannot be dodged, blocked or parried. Previously Seal of Light, Seal of Wisdom, Seal of Justice and Seal of Righteousness would cause the judgement to be considered a ranged attack.

    • Judgement of the Just: The effect from this talent will no longer be removed if a paladin without this talent overwrites the judgement placed by a paladin who does have the talent.

    • Judgement of Vengeance: Inaccurate combat log tooltip corrected.

    • Judgement of Corruption: Inaccurate combat log tooltip corrected.

    • Pursuit of Justice: This talent will no longer sometimes be deactivated when leaving a battleground.

    • Sacred Shield: This buff will no longer have any effect if the target is another player engaged in a duel. In addition, the heal from this buff will no longer cause the paladin to stand, and it is no longer possible for two paladins to both have the spell active on one target.

  • Priests

    • Blessed Resilience: Now properly triggered by periodic critical strikes.

    • Divine Aegis: This talent will now work properly if the priest moves out of range of his or her target as the effect is resolving.

    • Divine Hymn: This spell now works correctly with the trinket Illustration of the Dragon Soul. Mana Burn: Fixed a bug where Mana Burn did not cause fear effects to break when the fear victim had an absorb shield on.

    • Mass Dispel: This spell now triggers some types of trinkets it did not trigger before (such as Flow of Knowledge).

    • Pain Suppression: No longer can be cast while under the effects of Incapacitate or Cyclone.

  • Rogues

    • Honor Among Thieves: Periodic critical strikes now grant combo points for rogues with this talent.

    • Killing Spree: Error message when no targets are in range has been changed to "Out of Range."

    • Master of Subtlety: Being under the effects of Cyclone when the buff from this talent is about to expire will no longer make it last indefinitely.

    • Overkill: Being under the effects of Cyclone when the buff from this talent is about to expire will no longer make it last indefinitely.

    • Shiv: Deadly Poison will now apply properly when Shiv is the attack used to break a Gouge.

    • Tricks of the Trade: Using this ability on a target affected by Cyclone or Banish will no longer place the ability on permanent cooldown and will instead give an error message.

    • Turn the Tables: Rank 2 of this talent will now work properly with raid members, and not just party members.

  • Shamans

    • Elemental Devastation: Tooltip revised to indicate it does not work with critical strikes from periodic damage.

    • Elemental Focus: Tooltip revised to indicate it does not work with critical strikes from periodic damage.

    • Elemental Oath: Tooltip revised to indicate it does not work with critical strikes from periodic damage.

    • Flametongue Weapon: Fixed tooltip error.

    • Frostbrand Weapon: Fixed a bug where rank 9 was not scaling properly with a shaman's spell power.

  • Warlocks

    • Demonic Circle: The visual for this spell should now despawn when the warlock dies or when the warlock otherwise loses the aura that allows transport to the circle.

    • Immolate and Unstable Affliction: All ranks of these two spells will now overwrite each other.

    • Improved Imp: Each time an Imp is summoned it will recast Blood Pact (if autocast is on), forcing it to benefit from this talent, even if the Imp was not summoned at the time the talent was learned.

    • Improved Shadow Bolt: Redesigned slightly. Instead of a 100% chance to apply a 1/2/3/4/5% critical strike increase on the target, it now has a 20/40/60/80/100% chance to apply a 5% critical strike increase.

  • Warriors

    • Berserker Rage: Tooltip clarified to indicate this ability breaks existing Fear, Sap, and Incapacitate effects.

    • Bladestorm: Now properly removes the Snare effect of Desecration in all cases.

    • Blood Craze: Now properly triggered by periodic critical strikes.

    • Execute: Focused Rage and the Dreadnaught Battlegear set bonus will now properly reduce the cost of Execute.

    • Slam: The combat log tooltip will no longer list which rank of Slam was used. Previously it incorrectly listed rank 8 for all ranks of Slam.

    • Vigilance: This talent and Blessing of Sanctuary will now both be able to be cast on the same target without sometimes overwriting each other.

  • Items

    • Adamantite Scope: Attaching this scope to an item will now cause it to become soulbound as intended.

    • Badge of the Swarmguard: Will no longer cause a weapon swing animation when it triggers.

    • Cenarion Set: No longer reduces the (nonexistent) cooldown on Hurricane. Instead, the set bonus increases the damage done by Hurricane by 15%.

    • Commendation of Bravery: No longer useable when player is already at the maximum honor allowed.

    • Deadly Gladiator's Dreadplate: The set bonus will now trigger properly from Crippling Poison.

    • Death Knight PvP Glove Bonus: The runic power gain no longer appears in the combat log.

    • Death Knight Tier-7 Set: Fingers of the Damned now has a detailed combat log tooltip.

    • Frostweave Net: Using this item no longer causes the user to break shapeshifts.

    • Glyphs

      • Glyph of Beacon of Light: This glyph will no longer grant its duration increase twice when Beacon of Light is cast on self.

      • Glyph of Corpse Explosion: This glyph will no longer cause the model on target dummies to change.

      • Glyph of Death Strike: Tooltip typo corrected.

      • Glyph of Disease: Blood Plague will now last its correct full duration when refreshed by this glyph.

      • Glyph of Freezing Trap: The effect from this glyph will now log properly.

      • Glyph of Healing Wave: The heal from this glyph will no longer benefit twice from the Purification talent.

      • Glyph of Overpower: Fixed a bug where sometimes parries would not trigger the glyph. In addition, this glyph will now only make Overpower available for 6 seconds after a parry, instead of indefinitely.

      • Glyph of Power Word: Shield: The heal from this glyph can now cause Divine Aegis.

      • Glyph of Shadow: This glyph can now be triggered by critical strikes from periodic damage.

      • Glyph of Shocking: Fixed tooltip error on Macintosh game client.

      • Glyph of Shadowflame: The effect from this glyph will now work properly when multiple Warlocks use Shadowflame on the target.

    • Gnomish Mind Control Cap: Paladins who break the harmful effect from this item by using Divine Shield will now properly gain the Forbearance debuff.

    • Goblin Dragon Gun: This item will no longer spam the combat log with cast messages.

    • Heavy Netherweave Net: Using this item no longer causes the user to break shapeshifts.

    • Major Arcane Protection Potion: Vendor price lowered to match other similar potions.

    • Nightsong Battlegear: The 2-piece set bonus will no longer sometimes be triggered by other periodic damage other than those listed in the tooltip.

    • Pandora's Plea: Corrected a tooltip issue.

    • Randomly generated uncommon (green) and rare (blue) quality items in Wrath of the Lich King had stat values that were lower than intended. All Wrath of the Lich King uncommon and rare items with random suffixes ("of the Bear") have had their stat values increased significantly.

    • Reins of the Icemaw Matriarch: This vehicle will now leave bear footprints instead of barefoot footprints.

    • Reticulated Armor Webbing: Tooltip corrected to no longer claim that this item only works on plate items.

    • Saronite Bomb: This item will no longer cause threat against nearby targets just outside the targeting circle.

    • Scrolls: Scrolls which grant agility, intellect, spirit, strength, or stamina will now report an error message and no longer consume and waste the scroll when the target has a more powerful buff to that stat.

    • Sif's Remembrance: Sound and animation added to trinket effect.

    • Sigil of Arthritic Binding: The bonus damage from this relic is now added after diseases have increased damage by a percentage, instead of before.

    • Trinkets: Various trinkets which did not work properly with channeled area-of-effect spells will now work with those spells. This includes (but is not limited to) Illustration of the Dragon Soul, Darkmoon Card: Greatness, and Egg of Mortal Essence.

    • Warrior PvP Glove Bonus: Tooltip reworded slightly.

    • Wintergrasp Commendation: No longer useable when player is already at the maximum honor allowed.

  • Professions

    • Enchant Weapon - Black Magic: This enchantment can now be triggered by some spells it did not previously work with, including Curse of Agony, Blizzard, and Typhoon.

    • Guardian Gloves: Now correctly marked as uncommon quality.

  • Events

    • Hallow's End: Putting out fires for this event will no longer trigger effects from items, talents and set bonuses.

    • Noblegarden: Loot windows will no longer periodically close while the looting player is transformed into a rabbit.

  • Technical

    • There is a known UI rendering issue with the Intel 965 Mobile Express chipset drivers on Windows Vista prior to version (December 2008). Please contact your laptop manufacturer for an updated driver if you are experiencing difficulties. In case of continued problems, add the following lines to the file as a workaround: SET fixedFunction "1".