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Patch 4.2: Normal mode tier 11 encounters nerfed

Anne Stickney
May 24, 2011

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Patch 4.2 PTR testing is in full swing, and we've got another round of patch notes, courtesy of Zarhym and the official Warcraft blog. Today's notes are primarily a metric ton of nerfs to normal mode encounters in Blackwing Descent, Bastion of Twilight, and Throne of the Four Winds. The nerfs were explained by Nethaera as follows:

With the upcoming content patch, 10- and 25-person Normal mode raid encounters will be receiving a comprehensive set of tuning adjustments to decrease their difficulty.

These changes will allow players, groups, and guilds who have yet to experience the content in Blackwing Descent, Bastion of Twilight, and Throne of the the Four Winds an opportunity to do so.

With the addition of a new tier of armor and weapons, we want to make the previous tier more accessible in ways other than just a shift of currency type, so we are making item level 359 gear purchasable for Justice points in the upcoming content patch.

Follow us after the break for the full list of patch notes.


  • Dodge: Death Knights, paladins, and warriors no longer receive any bonus to their chance to dodge from Agility. Their base chance to dodge is now a fixed 5%.
  • Parry: Death Knights, paladins, and warriors now receive 27% of their Strength bonuses as parry rating, up from 25%. This conversion still only applies to Strength above and beyond their base Strength.

  • Pyroblast: The version of this spell cast when Hot Streak is not active did slightly less damage than the Hot Streak version. Its damage has been increased so that both versions of Pyroblast now do the same amount of damage.
  • Spellsteal mana cost has been increased 100%.
Talent Specializations
  • Fire
    • Impact: When Living Bomb is spread via this talent, it will only be spread to two additional targets. The net effect is that if the Mage's most recent Living Bomb target is the same as their Impact target, that target will no longer lose the Living Bomb effect. If Living Bomb is active on multiple targets when the Impact effect is cast, Living Bomb will remain active on the most recent Living Bomb target, and will be added to two other nearby targets.
  • Frost
    • Deep Freeze and Ring of Frost will now cause diminishing returns for each other.
    • Ring of Frost now has a 1.5-second cast time.
    • Spellsteal now has a 6-second cooldown.
  • Seal of Righteousness – now can be proc'd by any melee ability, not just single target melee abilities. This adds Hammer of the Righteous (the physical component) and Divine Storm to the list of abilities that can proc it. In addition, Seal of Righteousness procs can now crit.

Talent Specializations
  • Holy
    • Walk in the Light now improves Word of Glory healing by 30% in addition to its current effects.
  • Protection
    • Guardian of Ancient Kings now uses the 'Assist' pet stance functionality.
  • Retribution
    • Seals of Command: This talent now makes Seal of Righteousness hit an unlimited number of melee targets, instead of only 2 additional targets.
  • Glyphs
    • Glyph of Seal of Truth: The expertise bonus granted by this glyph now also works when Seal of Righteousness is active.
  • Shadowfiend now uses the 'Assist' pet stance functionality.
Talent Specializations
  • Shadow
    • Sin and Punishment's Vampiric Touch backlash Fear effect no longer has diminishing returns.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Bastion of Twilight
    • The damage modifier on Normal has been reduced for Arion, Elementium Monstrosity, Feludius, Ignacius, and Terrastra.
    • Removed one of each type of Bound elemental from the Ascendant Council chamber.
    • Arion
      • Chain Lightning damage has been reduced.
    • Cho'gall
      • Health, melee damage, Health of Corrupting Adherent, Depravity damage, Corrupting Crash damage, Flaming Destruction damage, and Unleashed Shadows damage has all been reduced by 20%.
      • Corrupting Crash and Depravity
        • Halved the amount of Corruption they give to 5 from 10.
      • Corrupted Bite effect caused by Blood of the Old God reduced.
      • Damage Taken from Corruption of the Old God per Corrupted Blood has been reduced from 3% per stack to 2% per stack.
      • Debilitating Beam damage has been reduced by 20% to 6,400.
      • The duration of Twisted Devotion has been reduced by 25%.
    • Dragon Siblings
      • Health, melee damage, Twilight Meteorite damage, Devouring Flames, Blackout damage, Unstable Twilight damage, Twilight Zone damage, Twilight Blast damage, Fabulous Flames damage, has all been reduced by 20%.
    • Elementium Monstrosity
      • Electrical Instability damage has been reduced.
    • Feludius
      • Damage due to being Frozen while Waterlogged has been reduced.
    • Halfus
      • Health, melee damage, Fireball/Fireball Barrage damage, Furious Roar damage, Scorching Breath damage, Shadow Nova damage, has all been reduced by 20%.
      • Nether Scion, Slate Dragon, Storm Rider, Time Warden, and Orphaned Emerald Whelp health has been reduced by 20%.
      • Shadow Nova base cast time has been increased.
    • Ignacious
      • Rising Flames now increases damage by 3% per stack, down from 5%.
    • Terrastra
      • Harden Skin now increases Physical damage dealt by 20% (down from 100%.)
  • Blackwing Descent
    • Atramedes
      • Health, melee damage, modulation damage, Roaring Flame Breath damage, and Searing Flame damage has all been reduced by 20%.
      • Modulation no longer causes Sound in normal difficulty.
      • Sound given by Sonar Pulse has been reduced to 3 (from 5.)
    • Chimaeron
      • Health reduced by 20% and melee damage reduced by 10%.
      • Chimaeron will now only cast two caustic slimes per 30 second cycle, at second 17 and second 23.
    • Drakeadon Mongrel
      • Time Lapse no longer stuns.
      • Frost Burn silence is now 3 seconds
    • Dwarven Kings
      • Whirlwind no longer drops threat.
      • Execution sentence now deals damage only.
      • Shield of Light absorption now reduced.
    • Magmaw
      • Damage and hit points reduced by 20%.
      • Lava Parasites have been diminished
      • Lava Spew damage, Magma Spit damage, Massive Crash damage, and Infectious Vomit damage have all been been reduced.
      • Mangled Lifeless no longer instantly kills, and damage has been reduced.
      • Parasitic Infection has been decreased.
    • Maloriak
      • Health, damage, Aberation health/damage, Arcane Storm damage, Prime Subject damage, Flash Freeze/Shatter damage, and Scorching Blast damage has all been decreased by 20%.
      • Aberration stacking damage buff decreased.
      • Prime Subjects no longer fixate, and are no longer immune to taunt.
    • Nefarian
      • Animated Bone Warriors take 33 seconds to fall over, (down from 50.)
      • Blast Nova cast time increased.
      • Chromatic Prototype Health reduced 20%.
      • Electrocute damage reduced 30%.
      • Fewer Animated Bone warriors spawn.
      • Magma Stacking debuff effect reduced 75%.
      • Nefarian health and melee damage reduced by 20%.
      • Nefarian's Shadowblaze cast frequency cannot increase beyond 1 per 15 sec.
      • Onyxia health and melee damage reduced by 20%.
      • Shadowflame Barrage damage reduced 20%.
      • Tail Lash damage reduced 50%.
    • Omnotron Council
      • Barrier absorb amount increased by 100%.
      • Increased the cooldown on Power Conversion (Converted Power chance).
      • Health, Melee damage, Electrical Discharge damage, Lightning Conductor damage, Health of Poison Bomb, Incineration Security Measure damage, Arcane Annihilator damage, has all been reduced by 20%.
      • Flamethrower damage has been reduced by 40%.
      • Static Shock caused by Unstable Shield damage and Poison Bomb damage has been decreased by 50%.
  • Throne of the Four Winds
    • Al'Akir
      • Acid Rain now stacks every 20s (up from 15s.)
      • Electrocute now pulses every 1s (up from 0.5s.)
      • Feedback duration increased to 30s (from 20s.)
      • Health, damage, and Wind Burst damage have all been reduced 20%.
      • Lightning and Lightning Rod recast time has been increased.
      • Lightning Strike friendly chain damage has been halved.
      • Will no longer use Static Shock on normal difficulty in phase 1 or phase 2.
    • Conclave of the Four Winds
      • Gathering Strength cast time has been increased
      • Ice Patch slow is now 5% per stack, up to 10 stacks (down from 10% per stack, up to 30 stacks), damage reduced by 20%.
      • Rohash, Anshal, Nezir melee, Ravenous Creeper health/damage, Ravenous Creeper toxic spores damage, Hurricane damage, Sleet Storm damage , Permafrost damage , Slicing Gale, and Wind Blast damage have all been reduced by 20%.
      • Wind Chill damage decreased by 20%and now increases damage taken by 5% per stack.
  • Tier 11 Set Bonuses
    • Restoration druid Tier 11 2-Piece: This set bonus has been redesigned to work with the new Restoration druid mastery. Druids with this bonus now receive the bonus to Spirit while the Harmony mastery bonus to periodic healing is active.
  • Tier 12 Set Bonuses
    • Hunter 4P: The effect which makes Shots cost no focus now also makes Kill Command cost no focus.
    • Mage 2P: This set bonus can now also be triggered by Frostfire Bolt.
    • Mage 4P: The portions of this bonus referring to Arcane Missiles have been removed. Instead, the set bonus now makes Arcane Power reduce the cost of Mage spells by 10% instead of increasing their cost.
  • Arenas
    • The Ring of Valor has been added to the Arena rotation once again.

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