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2.0.6 hits PTRs: small nerfs for Priests and Hunters, nerfs and buffs for Mages

Eliah Hecht

Another week, another patch. WoW 2.0.6 PTRs are now up, and with them, patch notes. Here's the Priest, Hunter, and Mage stuff; behind the cut is the bug fixes (not much interesting there besides hopefully pet bars being fixed). Marksmanship Hunters lost a bit of damage, Priests' Shadow Word: Pain lost a bit of damage, and Mages' Fireball and Frostbolt lost a bit as well. However, Counterspell is now non-Global Cooldown, which means you can (for example) Counterspell and then immediately cast another spell. I honestly thought Mana Shield already did absorb magical damage as well as physical; shows what I know about mages.


  • "Silencing Shot" now does only 50% of weapon damage instead of 75%.
  • The base damage for "Arcane Shot" has been reduced by about 9% and the bonus damage from ranged attack power reduced from 20% to 15%.
  • The bonus damage for "Barrage" is now 4/8/12% for ranks 1/2/3. [used to be 5/10/15%]
  • The bonus damage for "Improved Barrage" is now 4/8/12% for ranks 1/2/3. [used to be 5/10/15%]
  • Each rank of "Improved Fireball" now reduces your spell damage coefficient by 2%.
  • Each rank of "Improved Frostbolt" now reduces your spell damage coefficient by 2%.
  • "Counterspell" no longer triggers the global cooldown.
  • "Mana Shield" now absorbs magical damage as well as physical damage.
  • The bonus coefficient for "Shadow Word: Pain" has been reduced by about 9%. This should result in about 5% less damage done by "Shadow Word: Pain" for the typical priest.

Bug Fixes

  • The "Frozen Shadoweave Boots" will now properly increase shadow damage.
  • Players will no longer lose control of their character if they tryto talk to an NPC while mobs are aggro on them.
  • The /equip command will now work on pieces of gear that are not in your primary bag.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing some players to disconnect in Hellfire Citadel:Blood Furnace.
  • The "Corruptor" 4 piece set bonus will now be properly applied.
  • The Legion Fel Cannons at Forge Camp Anger in Blades Edge will now properly spawn above ground.
  • The Arena queue tooltip will now show the arena that the player is queued for.
  • Fixed an error that was causing players to disconnect if they tried to socket a gem that had been gift wrapped.
  • Fixed an error that was causing players to disconnect forming a party with other members in the same area.
  • Pet icons will now properly update in the Stables window.Improved the robustness of the pet action bar display. It is now less likely to be accidentally blocked by addons.
  • Players will no longer hear the gong sound repeated after initially joining a queue for the battlegrounds.
  • Having a group invite declined while queued via "Looking for More" will no longer remove you from the queue.
  • Nethershards will no longer cost honor to purchase but will cost gold instead.
  • Players will no longer be given access to both quest lines following the Declaration of Allegiance to the Scryers or Aldor in Shattrath City.

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