Patch 5.3 PTR Patch Notes for May 14

Patch 53 PTR Patch Notes for May 14
The latest sets of PTR patch notes materialized a few hours ago, mostly featuring a multitude of class changes.
  • Some reasonable nerfs to hunter pet CC, several abilities have had their cooldowns doubled.
  • Some changes to the interaction of Tricks of the Trade with Blood DK abilities
  • A buff to Necrotic Strike's attack power scaling
  • A PvP-related change to Incanter's Ward, halving the effect but doubling the duration, as has been recently discussed the devs think this might be a part of their burst issues in PvP.
And lastly, Eye of the Black Prince can now be used to apply a prismatic socket on Reborn weapons. Hit the break for the full notes.
Blizzard
Death Knight
General
  • Blood Plague no longer benefits from the damage increase granted by Tricks of the Trade.
  • Frost Fever no longer benefits from the damage increase granted by Tricks of the Trade.
  • Necrotic Strike's healing absorption effect has been increased to 225% from attack power, up from 200%.
Druid
Guardian
  • Mastery: Nature's Guardian is now 33% stronger (2% per point instead of 1.5%).
Hunter
General
  • Cooldown on crowd control abilities for several Hunter pet families have changed.
    • Basilisk pet family's Petrifying Gaze cooldown is now 2 minutes (up from 1 minute).
    • Bat pet family's Sonic Blast cooldown is now 2 minutes (up from 1 minute).
    • Crane pet family's Lullaby cooldown is now 2 minutes (up from 1 minute).
    • Porcupine pet family's Paralyzing Quill cooldown is now 2 minutes (up from 1 minute).
    • Shale Spider pet family's Web Wrap cooldown is now 90 seconds (up from 45 seconds).
    • Worm pet family's Burrow Attack has had its cooldown reduced to 14 seconds (down from 20 seconds).
Beast Mastery
  • Beast Cleave now deals 75% of the original damage, up from 50%.
  • Exotic Beasts no longer reduces the cooldown of pet special abilities by 30%

Mage
General
  • Mirror Image creates copies that no longer cast Fire Blast, but their Frostbolts do 10% more damage.
Talents
  • Flameglow now absorbs damage from each attack made against the Mage equal to 15% of their spellpower (down from 20%).
  • Incanter's Ward now allows the Mage to gain up to a maximum of 15% increase to spell damage, down from 30%, but the effect now lasts 25 seconds, up from 15 seconds.
Paladin
Protection
  • Shield of the Righteous now reduces physical damage taken by 25%, down from 30%.
Priest
Shadow
  • Vampiric Embrace now has a healing cap of 15 raid members (up from 6) when used in a 25-player instance.
  • Fixed an issue where Glyph of Mind Flay's movement speed increase was not stacking correctly.
Shaman
General
  • Lava Burst now has a 2 second cast time, up from 1.5 seconds, and deals 25% more damage.
Warrior
Arms
  • Sweeping Strikes no longer causes Resilience to decrease damage to secondary targets incorrectly when the original target's damage has already been decreased by Resilience
Quests
  • Flames of the Void: Fixed an issue where players were unable to mount the War Serpents.
Scenarios
Crypt of the Forgotten Kings
  • Fixed an issue where Uncontrolled Anger was improperly causing characters to drop out of stealth.
PvP Items
  • The amount of PvP Power and Resilience on gems and Mystic Cogwheel have been reduced by 50%.
Items
  • Eye of the Black Prince can now be used to apply a prismatic socket on Reborn weapons.

This article was originally published on WoW Insider.