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Build 17325 will be deployed to the PTR realms soon.

Spell Changes
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion Death Knight (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Blood
Soul Reaper now does 130% weapon damage, up from 100%. Damage and AP scaling increased by 20%.
Frost
Soul Reaper now does 130% weapon damage, up from 100%. Damage and AP scaling increased by 20%.
Unholy
Soul Reaper now does 130% weapon damage, up from 100%. Damage and AP scaling increased by 20%.
Paladin (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Light of the Ancient Kings now heals the target of your heals for 30% of the amount healed, rather than the target of your heals and allies within 10 yards of the target.
Holy
Guardian of Ancient Kings no longer heals nearby friendly targets. Now heals for an additional 30% of the amount healed, up from 10%.
Shaman (Forums, Talent Calculator)
Fire Nova damage and SP scaling increased by 82%.Healing Rain healing and SP scaling reduced by 30%.Healing Rain healing and SP scaling reduced by 30%.
Elemental & Restoration
Lava Burst base damage increased by 11%. SP scaling no longer listed.
Enhancement
Fire Nova damage and SP scaling increased by 82%.Lava Lash now does 300% weapon damage, up from 260%.
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Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard EntertainmentBattlefield: Barrens and Path of the Last Emperor
What about the quest leading up to the Battlefield barrens that offer the 502 boots?
Hi there. The quest, ‘Path of the Last Emperor’ will not be going away when patch 5.4 goes live. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Shaman (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Patch 5.4 Resto Shaman Concerns
So first off, yes, these changes are indeed being made as measures to help with the input lag problem. We obviously recognize that they’re pretty big changes and we’re going to have to do some additional tuning as a result (and that goes for everyone effected, not just Shaman).

Looking at some of the Shaman-specific concerns we’ve seen come up:

Earthliving Weapon: We recognize that the changes mean less opportunity for Earthliving to proc, but we’re not sure it’s overall a big deal. Given Earthliving’s duration and the fact that the new, “smart” Healing Rain will still be hitting several targets (just not all at once), we still expect that most people standing in a Healing Rain will still wind up with Earthliving active. If there is a negative impact, we don’t expect it to be a big one. It is something we’ll keep an eye on, though.

Ancestral Vigor: This we consider to be a good deal more important, as keeping Vigor active on as many targets as possible is one of Resto’s strengths (and feels good as part of their overall kit). Due to the ramp-up time, we feel that having Vigor fall off is a much bigger setback than Earthliving. We haven’t made a final call on exactly what we’ll do here yet; one idea we’ve discussed is extending Ancestral Vigor’s duration, but that could easily change as we continue tuning.

Ancestral Guidance/Ascendance: We’re not sure there’s actually a problem here. Currently, past 6 targets, Healing Rain’s actual healing output is reduced per player it affects. The end result is that roughly the same amount of raw healing is going out if it only hits 6 players as it would if it were hitting 25. In fact, in many cases, it could actually be more. If even one of those 25 players were already at full (say they’ve got a bunch of absorbs on them, or used something like Divine Shield or Dark Bargain), that amount that previously would have just been overhealing will instead be allocated to someone else that actually needs it.

Again, we recognize that these changes are going to require some extra tuning, so we’ll be keeping a close eye on how things shake out in continued testing. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Monk (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator)
Patch 5.4 Windwalker Feedback
We’re definitely getting very, very different results from you guys in our own testing. For clarity, I’m not just talking about simulations – we’re getting much higher performance, in tier 16 gear, in actual playtesting on the 5.4 PTR client. We’ve even gone so far as to make duplicates of several of your characters just to be certain we’re testing under the same exact conditions.

This leads us to believe one of two things:

There’s some sort of bug we haven’t caught yet that’s causing a massive DPS increase somewhere unexpected (which is possible, and we’re investigating, but haven’t found anything to suggest that’s the case), orWe’re doing something that the community isn’t, which could possibly be due to inaccurate simulations (which in turn lead to incomplete testing of alternative builds or rotations)One trend in particular that we’ve noticed is that PTR Windwalkers are placing far more emphasis on Haste than we are. There’s a few minor rotational and talent differences as well when we compare our parses to yours (most of which come from the lower haste), but the biggest difference by far seems to be in how we’re prioritizing secondary stats.

Again, these are results we’re able to replicate in the same test environment you guys have, using the same gear, with the same buffs/debuffs and so forth.

We’re not comparing 5.4 Windwalker to 5.3 Windwalker, we’re comparing 5.4 Windwalker to 5.4 everyone else. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard EntertainmentMisc
The bit about hardcore players not always caring about the long term interests of the game is spot on. (Source)
But it’s not the players’ job to make a good game. It’s the devs’ job. So not sure you can blame even HC players. (Source)

The screenshot with four class specs and a tinker class is fake. We can’t confirm/deny every rumor but this one is just a clever fake. (Source)
Thanks for clarifying that. Is the Tinker a class that you feel would fit into WoW? I’d love to see it.
Not sure. Might be a little too whimsical for WoW. Would depend on the treatment. (Source)

any comments on the controversy behind alleged trademarking of The Dark Below?
Players seem very confident in their ability to CONFIRMED! these days. (Half Life 3 – CONFIRMED!) (Source)

Please, Greg… tell me we’ll get to see the real scope of Azjol-Nerub someday…. soon™?
I am personally a huge Azjol-Nerub nerd, but I can’t ram through my pet projects single handedly. Maybe someday. (Source)

Dear WoW community, the pitchfork and torches strategy has never been an effective one for fomenting class change. (Source)
I’ve been doing this long enough (15 years!) to know that players love the revolution narrative: (Source)
The downtrodden unite into a resistance movement that rises up against The Man and gets much needed change for their neglected characters. (Source)
It’s a charming story and probably reassuring when the developers in truth have almost all the decision making power. (Source)
how about unsubbing? Is that effective?
Out of protest? I don’t think so. Too hard for that message to get through. (Source)

I know you like good args., but it’s hard to know what counts. You do ignore some good args. for reasons you can’t say in pub.
Sure. And sometimes we agree with an argument and still won’t make a change for other reasons. (Source)
We aren’t going to answer “What can I do to make an argument so good that you will 100% make a change?” (Source)
And also part of what you’re seeing is just the impossibility for us to publicly address every argument or even every popular one. (Source)

Any chance you’ll ever release a copy of your internal sim (if you have it) to give us a tool to bypass those problems?
No. Everyone would invest too much energy trying to prove our tool wrong. It’s how these things go. (Source)

Took a look at your twitter for the first time ever. I do not envy you. People are rough. Curious, do you raid on a raid team?
Yes. I’m on a heroic 25 team. I have been raiding just about since I dinged 60. (Source)
Do your guildies know who you are? How do you respond to their criticism?
Many know. I let them bitch away. It’s not fair not to be able to just because I joined them. (Source)
I would bet he plays a lock.Fire mages nerfed 60% afflic/destro buffed. #numbersshowlockswerealreadyahead
.Do you guys realize I would actually get fired if I just kept buffing my characters all the time? (Source)
I think creators should not play thier own game , and yes we do believe you favor buffs of the toons you play .I
I think I’d be pretty out of touch if I didn’t play my own game. How would I know what to fix? Who yells the loudest? (Source)

I hear you’re on a 25H team. Roughly how much of your day/week is WoW related? work wise and personal play time.
I play WoW entirely too much when I’m not working, but I feel like I need to in order to stay in touch. (Source)

Ola, Mr. Street. just a thought; do you JUST work on WoW? if so, anything else at Blizzard you’d like a crack at?
I spend 90% of my time on WoW. I help out on other games, usually feedback or brainstorming, when those teams ask. (Source)
I worked on RTS games for years so I have a soft spot for SC and I have always been a Diablo fan. (Source)This article was originally published in forum thread:Patch 5.4 PTR – Build 17325, Shaman and Windwalker Concerns, Blue Tweetsstarted bychaudView original post Published on 2013-08-22 10:06 PM Tweet52Comments Comments 52 CommentsI make people mad's AvatarI make people mad – 2013-08-22

Huh nothing special what a boring build 😛

Reply moveth's Avatarmoveth – 2013-08-22

Soul reaper buff is neat, don’t know if it was necessary, but it’s neat.

Reply Imhullu's AvatarImhullu – 2013-08-22

Wish they would go into a little more detail about what’s going on with windwalker.

Reply LocoCubano's AvatarLocoCubano – 2013-08-22

Another build, no hunter buffs.

Reply Susej's AvatarSusej – 2013-08-22

I feel like they’re trying to make all execute spells even MORE deadly.

Dispatch buffed, Soul Reaper. Anything els?

Reply Guinzil's AvatarGuinzil – 2013-08-22

30% on Healing Rain, hot damn. Those are big numbers. I suppose it was warranted, judging from the PTR tales.

Reply serenka's Avatarserenka – 2013-08-22

eurgh, why is swifty doing an interview? could they find someone less annoying?

Reply VerasGunn's AvatarVerasGunn – 2013-08-22

I can’t help but wonder why both MMOchampion and WoWhead have missed that there was another build before this one and after the last reported one. 17321 came out a day or two after the last one. There were no posts about it, or what it featured, it just seemed to go ignored.

Reply Fortyz's AvatarFortyz – 2013-08-22

Apparently hunters are in a good spot right? oh wait no. Can we see some buffs?

Reply chaud's Avatarchaud – 2013-08-22

Quote Originally Posted by VerasGunnView PostI can’t help but wonder why both MMOchampion and WoWhead have missed that there was another build before this one and after the last reported one. 17321 came out a day or two after the last one. There were no posts about it, or what it featured, it just seemed to go ignored.Because it was just a client update, no changes.

Reply VerasGunn's AvatarVerasGunn – 2013-08-22

Quote Originally Posted by chaudView PostBecause it was just a client update, no changes.Fair enough.

Reply lakers01's Avatarlakers01 – 2013-08-22

And still nothing on warlocks….

Reply Shudder's AvatarShudder – 2013-08-22

I don’t buy for a second that he plays. For one thing I’m pretty sure one of his guildies would have gone to the forums by now to tell everyone. I know I would.

Reply serenka's Avatarserenka – 2013-08-22

Quote Originally Posted by ShudderView PostI don’t buy for a second that he plays. For one thing I’m pretty sure one of his guildies would have gone to the forums by now to tell everyone. I know I would.probably with other blizzard employees, or his the people he plays with don’t know.

Reply Mekh's AvatarMekh – 2013-08-22

Quote Originally Posted by GC’s TweetsThanks for clarifying that. Is the Tinker a class that you feel would fit into WoW? I’d love to see it.
Not sure. Might be a little too whimsical for WoW. Would depend on the treatment.Oh great, now the demon hunter crowd will be crawling out of its holes again.

Reply Shudder's AvatarShudder – 2013-08-22

Quote Originally Posted by serenkaView Postprobably with other blizzard employees, or his the people he plays with don’t know.The way he phrased it, not likely. He said he lets them bitch, why would a dev bitch at him? He also said it would be unfair to not let them considering he joined them. If he joined a dev only guild it wouldn’t matter. He’d also just say that. Until he releases his armory I’m not buying it. He spends all day at work I think the last thing he wants to do when he comes home is play. He probably spends time with his family and his sea oriented hobbies. Plus he doesn’t just work a 9-5 job, he’s constantly doing interviews and traveling. I don’t know many guilds that would put up with someone that busy.

Reply voidspark's Avatarvoidspark – 2013-08-22

Quote Originally Posted by chaudView PostBecause it was just a client update, no changes.Did this build also happen to add the “smart heals” on the aoe that was causing most of the ability lag? Or was that another build.

Reply MoanaLisa's AvatarMoanaLisa – 2013-08-22

Quote Originally Posted by ShudderView PostUntil he releases his armory I’m not buying it. He spends all day at work I think the last thing he wants to do when he comes home is play. He probably spends time with his family and his sea oriented hobbies. Plus he doesn’t just work a 9-5 job, he’s constantly doing interviews and traveling. I don’t know many guilds that would put up with someone that busy.Couple of things: It’s probably people he’s friends with and the ones that know don’t say anything at all to the ones that don’t know on pain of banishment forever. And if it was my guild, Greg Street would be welcome to come and go as he pleased. Bad form to outright call him a liar by the way. It tends to make you look small.

Reply Spellweaver's AvatarSpellweaver – 2013-08-22

Quote Originally Posted by MekhView PostOh great, now the demon hunter crowd will be crawling out of its holes again.Perhaps, but he also tweeted about Demon Hunters, months ago:

You’ve said WoW cannot support an infinite number of classes.With DK and now Monks added will we ever see a Demon Hunter class
Is there enough design space there not occupied by DK, warlock, hunter, warrior?https://twitter.com/Ghostcrawler/sta…11292543741952

Reply Shudder's AvatarShudder – 2013-08-22

Quote Originally Posted by MoanaLisaView PostCouple of things: It’s probably people he’s friends with and the ones that know don’t say anything at all to the ones that don’t know on pain of banishment forever. And if it was my guild, Greg Street would be welcome to come and go as he pleased. Bad form to outright call him a liar by the way. It tends to make you look small.Do you think I care if you think I’m small? Calling someone who lies a liar doesn’t make me small. I don’t believe him, deal with it. It’s PR, if he actually played he would know more about the game and wouldn’t make ignorant statements all the time like not knowing what classes have blanket silences. The fact that he said he’s in a heroic 25m is a joke. There is no way someone as busy as him has the time to progress heroics. If you want to believe everything that is spoon fed to you then gratz on being “big”.

Now queue the I work 90 hours a week and I’m 13/13 posts.

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