Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Miscellaneous 4.0.6 Patch Notes

I'm going to try to cut this one down a bit to just what I feel are the important parts. Again, I'll add my own commentary in italics, but the meat of this post is poached from the full notes that I nabbed from the Zam feed. If you want to see the full thing, go there or subscribe.

Dungeons & Raids

  • Level-85 players can now choose any normal dungeon via the Dungeon Finder. Choosing Random Dungeon will still not add Blackrock Caverns or Throne of the Tides into the rotation.
  • Level-85 dungeon bosses in Lost City of the Tol'vir, Grim Batol, and Halls of Origination now drop 30 Justice Points each when killed.
  • The daily Random Dungeon reward on normal difficulty has been increased to 140 Justice Points, up from 70.
  • Players no longer need to discover Cataclysm dungeon entrances in order to access them via the Dungeon Finder.
  • The Bastion of Twilight
    • Halfus Wyrmbreaker
      • Shadow Nova is now cast less frequently in 10-player modes to account for fewer available interrupts there.
      • The captured drakes in this encounter now apply Dragon's Vengeance when they are killed instead of when they are freed. To account for this change, the health and damage of the drakes has been reduced, and the damage bonus gained from Dragon's Vengeance has been increased.
  • Blackrock Caverns
    • Beauty now spawns with only two pups in Heroic difficulty. Not to worry though, the missing pup has been adopted by a wonderful, if not insane family.
  • Blackwing Descent
    • The Dwarven Golem Council will now go berserk after 10 minutes in Heroic difficulty.
    • Atramedes will now go berserk after 10 minutes in Heroic difficulty.
    • Maloriak
      • Increased the cast time of Release Aberrations.
      • Heroic: Decreased the health of the Vile Swill by 15%.
      • Heroic: Dark Sludge can now only target players.
  • Deadmines
    • Foe Reaper 5000
      • Foe Reaper 5000's health has been reduced slightly. In addition, he now enrages at 40%, up from 30%.
      • When enraged, Molten Slag spawn 33% faster.
    • Ripsnarl
      • The ship teleporter now activates when Ripsnarl is first engaged, rather than when he is defeated.
    • Vanessa VanCleef
      • While in Helix's Nightmare during the Vanessa VanCleef encounter, Helix is now larger and a little easier to see.
      • The final rope swing while fighting Vanessa VanCleef has been removed. Players no longer need to swing off of the boat at the end of phase 3.
      • Some boat fires will now go out when Vanessa VanCleef is defeated, making it easier to get back onto the ship from the cavern entrance.
      • Vengeance of VanCleef has been redesigned. It is now a stacking buff that increases damage dealt, size, and attack speed, and stacks up to 40 times. Vanessa will begin casting this as soon as she jumps back onto the boat after detonating charges.
  • Grim Batol
    • Faceless Corruptors now move 10% more slowly.
    • Players may still use spell and abilities while afflicted by Forgemaster Throngus's Impaling Slam.
    • Valiona's Devouring Flame damage has been reduced by 20%.
  • Halls of Origination
    • The duration of the Flame Wardens' Raging Inferno has been reduced by 80%.
    • Anraphet's Nemesis Strike now does 75% of weapon damage, up from 50%. In addition, the damage-over-time effect applied by this ability does 15,000 damage every 2 seconds, up from 9,000.
    • Earthrager Ptah's Flame Bolt now deals more damage per second on Heroic difficulty.
    • Setesh seeks a portal every 25 seconds, up from 20.
  • Lost City of the Tol'vir
    • Lockmaw no longer tolerates fighting in his treasure room.
  • Shadowfang Keep
    • Baron Ashbury
      • Sadly, in his hubris he has forgotten how to Mend Rotten Flesh.
    • Lord Godfrey
      • He should now face a random target when casting Pistol Barrage.
    • Lord Walden
      • Conjure Poisonous Mixture now deals more initial damage.
      • Frost Mixture is now area-of-effect damage.
      • Toxic Catalyst now deals less damage over time.
  • The Stonecore
    • Stonecore Earthshapers' Dust Storm does slightly less damage.
    • Corborus
      • The warning time for Thrashing Charge has been increased by 1 second. In addition, Thrashing Charge now happens 4 times, down from 5.
      • The visual for Rock Borers spawning during the submersion phase is now different from the Thrashing Charge visual.
    • High Priestess Azil
      • She grew! She's now 175% the size of a human, up from 125%.
      • Gravity Wells should kill Devout Followers more quickly.
      • The cast time of Force Grip is now 1.5 seconds, up from 1.
      • The size of the warning visual for Seismic Shard has been increased to more accurately reflect the area it affects.
    • Slabhide
      • The ground phase lasts longer and has fewer stalactites.
    • Ozruk
      • He now does more melee damage.
      • There is now a precast visual on the ground to make it clear how far away a player must get to be clear of Shatter.
      • The cast time of Shatter has been increased to 3 seconds, up from 2.5.
      • Shatter damage is now reduced by armor, but has been increased by 33.3% (repeating, of course) as a result.
  • Throne of the Four Winds
    • Al’ Akir
      • Al'Akir's Electrocute can no longer be interrupted by Spell Reflection.
    • Conclave of Wind
      • Heroic: Slicing Gale debuff reduced from 10% per stack to 5%.
  • Throne of the Tides
    • Commander Ulthok now does more melee damage.
    • The damage done by Lady Naz'jatar's Shock Blast and Naz'jar Tempest Witch Chain Lightning has been reduced.
    • Gilgoblin Poisoned Spear impact damage has been reduced slightly.
    • Tainted Sentries Swell damage has been reduced.
    • The damage of Blight of Ozumat has been reduced by 25% per stack.
  • The Vortex Pinnacle
    • Creatures
      • Desperate Speed cast by Temple Adepts has had its duration reduced significantly.
    • Altairus
      • The visual effects in this encounter have been adjusted to make the wind direction easier to read.
      • Cyclones now knock players straight up, and players hit by a cyclone cannot be hit again for a few seconds.
    • Asaad
      • Skyfall Stars are now summoned to help him defeat players.
      • Static Cling has had its cast time increased to 1.25 seconds, up from 1.
    • Grand Vizier Ertan
      • His health has been reduced slightly.
      • He now knocks away players standing too close to him when he retracts his Cyclone Shield, which now inflicts Nature damage if it touches players.

Guilds

  • The guild reward Armadillo Pup now requires revered faction instead of exalted.
  • All guild banners now reward bonus reputation in addition to honor and experience.
  • Guild bank vouchers that players unlock as guild rewards now correctly state that they can only be used by Guild Leaders.
  • Once a guild hits level 23, the daily cap on experience gained is removed.
  • Additional animations have been added to the Armadillo Pet guild reward.
  • The guild faction requirement on the Guild Herald has been lowered to Revered reputation.
  • We have redefined the definition of a Guild Group for 5-player dungeons.
    • If 3 out of 5 players in a group are members of the same guild, they will now be able to complete guild achievements and earn guild experience at 50% of the normal rate.
    • If 4 out of 5 players in a group are members of the same guild, they will now be able to complete guild achievements and earn guild experience at 100% of the normal rate.
    • If 5 out of 5 players in a group are members of the same guild, they will now be able to complete guild achievements and earn guild experience at 125% of the normal rate.
    • Also note that Heroic dungeons offer a 1.5x multiplier on all guild experience earned.

    Professions


  • Find Herbs, Fish, and Minerals are no longer canceled upon entering an Arena or rated Battleground.
  • A socket has been added to most crafted epic armor pieces that did not already have one.
  • Alchemy
    • Alchemist's Stones for Agility, Strength, and Intellect have been added.
    • The number of herbs required to create flasks has been reduced, while the Volatile Life needed has been increased slightly.
    • The drops from Tiny Treasure Chests have been improved slightly.
  • Archaeology
    • Archaeology fragments now have a hard cap of 200 per race. Players will not be able to collect additional fragments until they complete artifacts to take them down below 200 fragments. Players with more than 200 fragments will not lose additional fragments in 4.0.6, but in a future patch we may remove any fragments above 200.
    • Archaeology finds now grant a guaranteed skill point up to 50 skill, and then no longer grant skill gains, as opposed to granting up to 100 skill very slowly.
    • The sell value of all common artifacts has been doubled, while a small subset of common artifacts have had their sell value increased far beyond that.
  • Cooking
    • Multiple spawn locations now exist for the Confectioner's Sugar (daily quest item) in Stormwind.
  • Enchanting
    • Three new bracer enchants are available. They increase Agility by 50, Strength by 50, or Intellect by 50 respectively. Item level 300 or higher required. These new recipes are rare world drops.
    • Enchant Off-Handed - Superior Intellect now increases Intellect by 40, down from 100.
  • Engineering
    • The Electrified Ether recipe now creates 2 to 3 Electrified Ether instead of 1.
    • The Heat-Treated Spinning Lure buff duration has been increased to 15 minutes, up from 5. In addition, the recipe now creates 2 at a time.
    • Mystic Cogwheel is a new Engineering Cogwheel gem which provides resilience rating and can be purchased from the Engineering vendor for 55 Honor Points.
    • Synapse Springs now increase Agility, Strength, or Intellect (whichever is highest for the character). In addition, the effect now lasts 10 seconds, down from 12.
    • Volatile Air now has an increased chance of dropping from rich mining nodes and Pyrite with the Electrostatic Condenser.
  • Fishing
    • Rare fishing poles now have a chance to be found in the Bag of Fishing Treasures earned via the Stormwind and Orgrimmar Fishing daily quests.
  • Jewelcrafting
    • Meta gems with the Chaotic and Relentless prefixes now have a requirement of 3 red gems.
    • New meta gems have been added: Agile Shadowspirit Diamond (Agility/3% critical damage), Reverberating Shadowspirit Diamond (Strength/3% critical damage), and Burning Shadowspirit Diamond (Intellect/3% critical damage). These new recipes are unbound and can drop from any Cataclysm creature. The new meta gems have a requirement of 3 red gems equipped.
    • Vivid Dream Emerald (new gem) provides resilience/spell penetration and can be purchased for 3 Illustrious Tokens.
    • Wrath of the Lich King purple, green, and orange gems have been increased in cost to match red, blue, and yellow epic gems (220 Justice Points). Burning Crusade epic gems have been increased in cost to match the most expensive Wrath of the Lich King gems.
  • Leatherworking
    • The 500 to 510 skill-up range for Leatherworking has been improved.
  • Tailoring
    • Darkglow Embroidery (Rank 2) now increases Spirit instead of restoring a flat amount of mana.
    • Illusionary Bag now has 26 slots.
  • Profession Bug Fixes
    • See the fixes listed under the Items section.
Tol Barad
  • Attacking forces will receive a 200% capture speed bonus when they control 2 keeps.
  • Defending forces will receive a 200% capture speed bonus when they control all 3 keeps.
  • Daily quest creatures, herbs, minerals, etc. will only spawn when Tol Barad is in the quest phase between battles. There will be 5-minute and 1-minute warnings before the quest phase ends. The quest phase ends 15 minutes before the battle for Tol Barad begins and queuing is made available. At that time any players in the daily micro dungeons will be ported just outside. This does not apply to Tol Barad Peninsula or the daily quests there.
  • The weekly PvP quest "Victory in Tol Barad" now awards 200 Honor Points and 3 Tol Barad Commendations.
  • Players can now see the status of Tol Barad on the World Map no matter where they are. The time to the next battle is displayed by zooming into the Tol Barad section of the map. The current controlling faction can be seen on the Eastern Kingdoms map.
  • Quest turn-in NPCs have been added to Baradin Base Camp and Hellscream's Reach in Tol Barad Peninsula for the Tol Barad bonus quests. This will allow players to turn in these quests if the original quest givers in Tol Barad are not available.
  • Kill credit for the Tol Barad bonus quest bosses will now be granted to players who have helped attack them, even if they are not in the same group. These bosses include Problim, Archmage Galus, Warden Silva, and Svarnos.
The Take Home
There's a lot here, so I'm going to keep it simple:
  • Heroics got tweaked to be less brutal, but I would hesitate to use the word "nerf" since the majority of the changes seem to be well thought out. In addition, they made them a bit more rewarding in terms of JP (I wish we'd see a similar uptick in VP rewards).
  • Guild Rep got a bit easier to earn with the redesign of group definitions.
  • There were a couple nice things added to various professions, and some dependence on rarer materials was lessened.
  • They've tried to make Tol Barad more compelling and fair. We'll see how it shakes out. In addition, they've made the questing better, especially with regards to the "quest bosses." You now just have to help kill them, even if you're not in a group.
Some nice changes, overall, I think. If I missed any big ones, hit it up in comments.

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