With this week’s maintenance period, we plan to apply several hotfixes to classes (particularly in regards to PvP balance) and item rewards. We’d like to share with you a preview of those changes, along with some insight from the development team.ClassesPrêtre
- Shadow: Forme du Vide's Insanity drain now begins at 8 Insanity per second (down from 9), but will increase at a 10% faster rate
- Developers' Notes: We want to reduce the maximum amount of time that can be maintained, without significantly impacting Shadow otherwise. Our intent in this hotfix is that it's still effective to use similarly to how it is currently used, but that its maximum potential in ideal situations is slightly less extreme.
PvP(Note: The changes listed in this section only apply in PvP situations)Chevalier de la mort
- All Legion Legendary items have had their item level increased by 15. This change will be applied retroactively.
- All items from the Le Jugement des Valeureux have had their base item level increased by 5. This change will be applied retroactively.
- Frost: Strength reduced by 10%
- Blood: Furoncle sanglant no longer has its damage reduced in PvP (was previously reduced by 70%)
- Developers' Notes: Frost Death Knight damage continues to be higher than we'd like following the changes in Patch 7.1. For Blood, we no longer feel the damage reduction on Furoncle sanglant is necessary. We plan to make a broader set of changes for them (and other tanks) in Patch 7.1.5.
- Feral: Rôder amélioré damage reduced by 20% in PvP
- Developers' Notes: We like that Feral Druids can apply a lot of spread pressure through their bleeds, but Rôder amélioré's damage feels out of line.
- Fire: Intellect increased by 10%
- Developers' Notes: Fire Mages have simply fallen behind in terms of damage output, and we felt they needed an increase.
- Holy: Mana regeneration rate has been reduced by 23% while in a PvP instance
- Holy: Croisé vengeur (Honor Talent) now costs 110,000 mana (previously had no mana cost)
- Developers' Notes: Holy Paladins are too mana efficient in current PvP gameplay. We're reducing their overall regeneration, as well as adding a mana cost to Croisé vengeur, since it was essentially mana-free healing.
- Feinte now reduces damage taken from player-cast area-of-effect spells by 30% (down from 50%)
- Stamina for all Voleur specializations has been increased by 5%
- Developers' Notes: Feint's AoE damage reduction is intended to protect Voleurs during dungeon and raid encounters, but many class abilities that feel like single target spells in PvP are treated as AoE effects (e.g. Feu stellaire, Nova de glace). This makes Voleurs unintentionally resistant to those abilities. We're reducing Feint's AoE damage reduction in PvP, but increasing Stamina to compensate.
- Elemental: Gardien des tempêtes now increases damage of Éclair, Chaîne d’éclairs, and Faisceau de lave by 100% against players (down from 200%)
- Elemental: Intellect increased by 5%
- Developers' Notes: Stormkeeper is at the center of a combination of cooldowns and procs that can cause extraordinarily high damage in a very short time. We're reducing its impact but increasing Elemental's damage overall to compensate.
- Affliction: The damage caused by dispelling Affliction instable has been increased by 100%
- Destruction: Trait du chaos damage bonus against players increased to 35% (was previously increased by 20%)
- Developers' Notes: Patch 7.1 changed the design of Affliction instable, and our initial tuning on the dispel damage was simply too low. For Destruction, we want spending Soul Shards on Chaos Bolt to feel rewarding when weighed against the alternatives.