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  • Upcoming Class Tuning Hotfixes, Patch 7.1.5 Hotfixes - Jan 13, Blue Posts, DLC #567
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    Upcoming Class Tuning Hotfixes
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
    Hey all. As with each major patch that significantly changes class spells and abilities, we review tuning based on live data once it’s live, to look for any tuning issues that may have arisen. Based on that, we’re planning to make the following changes during the next weekly restarts in each region. We’ll continue to pay close attention to each spec’s performance as players progress through the Nighthold, and are ready to make further adjustments as necessary.


    Mage (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)

    Warlock (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Affliction
      • Agony now has its full chance to generate a Soul Shard on Soul Effigy (up from a 55% of normal chance).
      • Malefic Grasp now increases the damage of damage over time effects by 70% (down from 80%).
    • Demonology
      • Shadowbolt damage increased by 42%.
      • Demonbolt damage increased by 42%, but its damage is now increased by 10% per active demon (down from 18%).

    Death Knight (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)

    Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Beast Mastery
    • Marksmanship
      • Aimed Shot, Arcane Shot, Barrage, Black Arrow, Bursting Shot, Marked Shot, Multi-shot, Murder of Crows, Piercing Shot, Sidewinders, Volley, and Windburst damage increased by 8%.
    • Survival
      • Carve, Flanking Strike, Explosive Trap direct damage, Flanking Strike, Mongoose Bite, Raptor Strike damage increased by 7%.
      • Explosive Trap damage over time, Lacerate, and Serpent Sting damage increased by 12%.
      • Caltrops damage reduced by 10%.

    Priest (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Discipline
      • Trinkets that deal single-target damage now deal 45% of normal damage (up from 40%).
      • Trinkets that deal multi-target damage now deal 35% of normal damage (up from 25%).
    • Shadow
      • Mind Blast, Mind Flay, Shadow Crash, Shadow Word: Death, Shadow Word: Void, Shadowy Apparition, Void Bolt, Void Torrent, and Void Eruption damage reduced by 4%.
      • Shadow Word: Pain damage reduced by 11%.
      • Vampiric Touch damage reduced by 14%.

    Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Elemental
    • Enhancement
      • Crash Lightning, Flametongue, Lava Lash, Lightning Bolt, Lightning Shield, Rockbiter, Stormstrike, Windfury, and Windsong damage increased by 4%.
      • Hailstorm damage increased by 29%.
      • Boulderfist damage increased by 15%.
      • Fury of Air damage reduced by 12%.
      • Doom Vortex damage increased by 33%.

    Warrior (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Protection
      • Charge, Devastate, Devastator, Heroic Throw, Ravager, Shield Slam, Victory Rush, and Deep Wounds damage reduced by 5%.
      • Revenge and Thunder Clap damage reduced by 14%.

    Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)

    Rogue (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Assassination

    Demon Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Havoc
      • Annihilation, Blade Dance, Chaos Nova, Chaos Strike, Death Sweep, Demon Blades, Demon’s Bite, Eye Beam, Fel Barrage, Fel Eruption, Fel Rush, Fury of the Illidari, Metamorphosis, and Throw Glaive damage reduced by 2%.
      • Fel Mastery now grants 30 Fury (up from 25).
      • Chaos Blades now increases autoattack damage by 150% (down from 200%).

    Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Windwalker

    Legendary Items

    Additionally, we’re planning to make some general changes to PvP balance, with the intent of lowering overall damage from a few overperforming specs and talents. Those exact changes have not yet been finalized, but we’ll share them as soon as we are able.

    Patch 7.1.5 Hotfixes - January 13
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
    Brawler’s Guild
    • Strange Thing is now immune to knockback.
    • Fixed a bug preventing the Thwack U encounter from ending properly.


    Dungeons and Raids
    • The Sunwell
      • Burn cannot be taken outside of the instance.

    • Using the reusable shoulder enchant, Boon of the Nether, should cause the item it is used on to become Soulbound.
    • The Ensemble: Tyrannical Gladiator's Ringmail Armor should now grant Horde Shaman the correct appearances.

    Player versus Player
    • Demon Hunter (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
      • Mana Break now deals 5% of the target's health in damage base, up to 25% if they have 0% remaining mana.
      • First Blood's additional damage in PvP situations has been reduced to 100% additional damage (was 200%).
      • Fury of the Illidari deals 30% less damage in PvP situations. This also reduces the amount of damage that Rage of the Illidari will deal to targets.
      • The additional auto-attack damage of Chaos Blades in PvP situations has been reduced to 150% additional damage (was 200%).

    • Enchanting
      • All three ranks of Mark of the Trained Soldier should now be categorized together.

    Blue Posts
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    Arena Rewards
    Just a quick update, we're still reviewing the accuracy of the data, but barring any unforeseen problems, we hope to re-distribute rewards at some point next week. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Legendary Item Sources
    Just to confirm, this is intended and not a bug. Blingtron 6000's gift packages do have a chance of containing a legendary. He's a nice guy like that! (well, sometimes, at least.)

    Does fishing? it's quite a popular post on reddit, seems the SS is fake, but can you confirm?
    Can confirm that we believe the screenshot is indeed fake. After checking, there aren't any fishing pools that award Legendaries so if this player truly did get a Legendary, it's a bug. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Blood Plague V2
    Sorry for the trouble caused by this. Antibiotics have been deployed and it seems to have sorted everything out. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Blue Tweets
    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
    you guys can't just send out a small tool tip patch to fix it? Seems simple enough.
    We have that capability, but the effort required (mostly in terms of translation) makes it not worth it in most cases. (Celestalon)
    The process of translating the English text into 13(?) other languages still has very high overhead. (Celestalon)
    Translation is something that's most efficiently done in bulk (patches), not one-off little translations (hotfixes). (Celestalon)

    Dark Legacy Comics #567
    DLC #567 has been released.

  • Legion Developer Q&A - Paul Kubit
    Hunters: Lore mentioned that class tuning hotfixes are coming soon, including for Hunters!

    Legion Developer Q&A - Paul Kubit
    Paul Kubit talked about Brawlers’ Guild, Micro-Holidays, Timewalking, and Professions today! The next Q&A isn't scheduled yet, but may be in February.

    Profession Gear
    • The crafted gear has a limited duration. As more content is added to the game, higher item level loot is added elsewhere.
    • Obliterum upgrades help to keep crafted gear relevant.
    • Crafted gear is still on the radar, so in future patches the team will try to keep adding things.
    • Patch 7.1.5 added some things for Engineering and other professions, new armor may be coming in a future patch.
    • Patch 7.2 and beyond will add new recipes to primary and secondary professions.

    Brawler's Guild
    • Bosses are set to a fairly static difficulty, increasing as you progress through.
    • Early bosses should be approachable for most players, with fights becoming more challenging later on.
    • Boss health adjustments based on spec is not something the team did this time. It might diminish the accomplishment of beating the boss.
    • The team thought about ways they could bring healers into the Brawler's Guild, so maybe they could do something in the future, but the Brawler's Guild is about fighting!
    • There aren't any plans to add additional bosses in this expansion, but it isn't out of the question.
    • Almost every idea makes it into Brawler's Guild.
    • A Mario themed fight was started and never finished, as was a Mega Man fight.

    • The team is talking about increasing the item level on Timewalking gear.
    • Scholomance probably won't make it to Mists of Pandaria timewalking. MoP timewalking is about the dungeons found in Pandaria.
    • In the future the team might be able to do Vanilla timewalking, but there are no plans to do it right now.
    • The Vanilla dungeons don't hold up to current dungeon design standards, which is why they didn't start with Vanilla timewalking. They don't feel challenging and aren't tuned for max-level players.
    • Timewalking is designed to cover content from two expansions ago and earlier.
    • Timewalking raids are probably coming at some point. It is a safe bet.

    Engineering Goggles
    • The new engineering goggles are the highest tier crafted items right now.
    • The goggles are more powerful, so they take more to craft and have random stats.
    • You can farm or buy Hardened Felglass.
    • The googles are BoE, so you can sell them to someone else if you don't get the stats you want.

    • The cost of gathered materials comes from the time it takes to collect them.
    • Materials are more expensive in this expansion because you actually have to go and gather, rather than using your garrison.
    • Professions can change a lot between expansions, it is a place to experiment.

    Talent Tomes
    • Talent tomes cost a little bit too much right now. This is largely due to the cost of the materials that goes into them.
    • In the near future the team will look at ways to adjust costs of things that are too expensive, including talent tomes.

    • The cost of unlocking the forge worked out pretty well.
    • Players had to interact with each other to make the armor pieces to unlock the forge.
    • It is very likely that the cost of unlocking the forge will be reduced in a future patch.

    • Making skinnable mobs multi-tap is still something the team wants to do.

    Crafting Material Costs
    • The team has been cracking down on bots, which also contributes to the cost increase of gathered materials.
    • Taking raw materials and using them to make something doesn't have much of a time commitment for the most part, so the profit margins are slim.

    • The rewards from these holidays aren't really collectable items because of their short duration.
    • Extra experience from a leveling micro-holiday is a cool idea.
    • Call of the Scarab is a region wide faction competition, not realm-wide. It also rewards a good amount of experience.

    • As the team was building out Legion professions, they wanted to have content for all of them.
    • For all of the primary professions, it ended up being quest lines.
    • For the secondary professions, the team didn't want to overwhelm you with quest lines.
    • Archaeology got a time gated quest line, Fishing got an Artifact fishing pole, First Aid got items that drop out in the world.
    • Cooking had a progression in Warlords with work orders. Cooking felt like a way that the team could flavorfuly incorporate work orders.
    • The randomness with Nomi is probably a little bit too random. You can give him a certain material and he will give you recipes that use that material.
    • Nomi is learning, with every patch he becomes more efficient. In Patch 7.1.5 the chance to get recipes has gone up significantly.

    Rank 3 Recipes
    • When the team was designing the profession recipes system, it was a blank slate.
    • The rarity of recipes could be anything from a guaranteed drop to super rare. The team started by making them rare, as it is easier to make them more common in the future if needed.
    • The Rank 3 shoulder recipes were added to a fairly challenging part of the game, making them more rare.
    • It isn't breaking the game to have some RNG on the Rank 3 recipes, you can still make the items.
    • In the case where it does feel bad, such as gathering, adjustments can be made.
    • There isn't a lot of profit margin in crafting, but having the Rank 3 recipes help to give players a little more profit.
    • The team can increase the chance to get the Rank 3 recipes at the end of the expansion.

    • There isn't as much of a reason to go on an endless grind now with how archaeology works. This was intentional.
    • There are less projects you can solve so that you don't get down to the last one and feel like it takes forever to get.
    • There are plans to make archaeology better in Patch 7.2!

    Patch 7.2
    • Patch 7.2 should be coming to the PTR pretty soon.

    Profession Dungeon Requirements
    • While the team was building the profession quest lines they leaned on dungeons because they could scale. At this point in development the world scaling tech didn't exist.
    • Removing dungeon requirements for professions isn't going to happen, but it could probably be less dungeon heavy in the future.

    Gathering Professions
    • The team talks about making gathering professions separate each expansion, but it hasn't happened yet.
    • They could add a third profession slot that is gathering only.
    • Some of the people asking for another profession slot just want something new, but don't want to get rid of their existing professions.

    Random Secondary Stats
    • There won't be an item to allow players to reroll secondary stats on crafted items.
    • If you want different stats, make another item.
    • This was taken into account when setting costs for crafting items, so they are a little bit cheaper.

    Artifacts and Weapon Crafting
    • With Artifacts, professions that could craft weapons in the past no longer had this choice.
    • The team tried to replace these weapon choices with crafted relics. It didn't completely fill the fantasy of a weaponsmith.
    • The team will look at the quality of the crafted relics and maybe add some more crafted things.

    Weekly Events
    • Separating Timewalking from the other events is something not planned right now.
    • The team might remove less relevant events in the future.
    • Keeping Timewalking rare helps to make it special.

    • Maybe there will be a New Year's Eve micro-holiday in the future, but it doesn't feel like the other micro-holidays.
    • Right now the micro-holidays that are being added are Azerothian holidays rather than analogues to real world holidays.

    • Reaves having a bank access is something the team looked at. It was considered for Patch 7.1.5 but didn't get put in.
    • The team wants to save some things for later. If Reaves is the best thing right away there would be nothing left to add.

  • Patch 7.1.5 Hotfixes - January 11
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    Patch 7.1.5 Hotfixes - January 11
    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Dungeons and Raids
    • Trial of Valor
      • Helya
        • Resolvaed an issue that was causing too many Decaying Minions to spawn in phase 3 on Mythic difficulty.

    Player versus Player

    • Enchanting
      • Mark of the Trained Soldier now correctly adds 600 Mastery, as its tooltip indicates.

    Poll - Hearthstone
    Hearthstone has been out for a while now. Are you still playing?

| Date published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:54:15 +0000
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