Get Ready, Get Set, Get Arthas! Patch 3.3 Digest: Druids

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Today I’m going to focus only on Druid-specific changes; sorry to all you non-druid readers, but this IS a Moonkin blog, after all.  If you’re not druidically inclined (and why not?!), come back tomorrow for the dungeon and raid focus.

Druids

  • Prowl: This ability no longer has multiple ranks and penalizes movement speed by 30%.
  • Rebirth: The cooldown on this spell has been lowered from 20 minutes down to 10 minutes. Cannot be used in Arenas.

This is kind of surprising and kind of not.  It seems like raids have become a lot more dependent on battle rezzes progressively in Wrath.  I wonder if this is just to make it easier for weaker raids or a sign of what we can expect in Icecrown.

While reading the rest of the class notes, I found that ALL raid saving abilities like this have had their cooldowns reduced.  Divine Intervention will have a 10 minute CD and removes Exhaustion, Soulstones are down to 15 from 30, and Reincarnation is 30 minutes from 60.

  • Rejuvenation: The base duration on all ranks of this spell is now 15 seconds.
  • Tranquility: The cooldown on this spell has been reduced to 8 minutes, down from 10 minutes.
  • Talents
    • Balance
      • Force of Nature: Health on the treants has been increased.
    • Feral Combat
      • Predatory Strikes: The Predatory Swiftness buff from this talent now has an 8-second duration.
    • Restoration
      • Gift of the Earthmother: Redesigned. This talent now increases spell haste by 2/4/6/8/10% and reduces the base global cooldown of Lifebloom by 2/4/6/8/10% instead of its previous effects.
  • Pets
    • Avoidance (passive): Now reduces the damage your pets take from area-of-effect damage by 90%, but no longer applies to area-of-effect damage caused by other players.

What I couldn’t find in the notes is the changes to druid Tier 8 and Eclipse.  Both have been frequently mentioned and discussed, so I’m not sure if I just missed them somehow or what.

The key points you need to know are that the 2 piece Tier 8 bonus has been nerfed so that everyone will go ahead and move on to Tiers 9 and 10, and Eclipse now has an additional 15 second internal cooldown (you can’t proc either Eclipse until 15 seconds after the other has ended), effectively putting an end to WiseEclipse.

To make up for this, they have increased Wrath damage during Wrath Eclipse by 10% and crit chance from Starfire during Starfire Eclipse by 10% as well.  IF you can jump into full T9 right away, this will be a slight buff.  If you can’t, it will be a slight nerf.  Click here to read Graylo’s breakdown and estimations.

Glyphs

    • Druids
      • Glyph of Rapid Rejuvenation: This glyph allows for the druid’s haste to reduce the time between the periodic healing effects of Rejuvenation

Quite clearly a Resto glyph, but since I’m betting a lot of us have a healing offset, might be something to consider.

Bug Fixes

    • Druids
      • Glyph of Hurricane: Now modifies the spell tooltip on Hurricane to indicate the spell also applies a movement slowing effect.
      • Hurricane: When cast from Bear Form, Cat Form, or Dire Bear Form, this spell will now channel properly instead of stopping the channel as soon as the shapeshift is cancelled.
      • Infected Wounds: This ability is no longer considered to be in the magical defense category; therefore spell hit no longer applies to its activation. Tooltip error corrected.
      • Nature’s Grace: The tooltip now correctly indicates that it will not be activated from periodic spell critical strikes.
      • Swipe (Bear): Tooltip corrected to display 8 yard range.
      • Rejuvenation: Druids will no longer get a more powerful spell error message when attempting to overwrite a Rejuvenation they cast.

There it is.  Except for the big change to T8 and Eclipse, there’s really not much here that stands out.

Come back tomorrow for the dungeon and raid digest (including the exceptionally long and complicated new LFG notes), and then we’ll finish on Monday, just in time to (probably) see the patch drop.

Dungeons & Raids

  • Naxxramas
    • Players no longer need to kill the final bosses in all four wings of this dungeon in order to teleport to Sapphiron. Teleportation orbs have been added to allow players access back and forth from Sapphiron’s lair.

I would expect to see groups forming just to take out Sapphiron and Kel’Thuzad with this change.  Lots of people (including me) would love to run Naxx on their shiny new 80s but don’t necessarily have the hours to devote to what usually turns out to be a sloppy PuG that doesn’t finish anyway.

  • Oculus
    • Azure Ring Guardians agro distance changed from 50 to 40 yards.
    • Many bosses and creatures have had their total health reduced.
    • Several bosses and creatures have had cooldowns on specific abilities increased, effect durations reduced, and damage on some of these abilities reduced.
    • Ring-Lord Conjurers and Sorceresses now hang out in packs of 4 instead of packs of 5.
    • Vehicle scaling on the drakes based on the rider’s item level has been increased to make them more powerful.

This is a nerf to Oculus specifically to make it more accessible for people wanting to run the new random LFG heroic.  I really don’t know how much this is going to change the success of the instance, as the first half never really is a problem.  The biggest problem with Oculus is having 5 members who fully understand the final boss vehicle mechanics and can also execute them correctly.  But maybe added drake health will make up for that; we’ll see.

Druids

  • Prowl: This ability no longer has multiple ranks and penalizes movement speed by 30%.
  • Rebirth: The cooldown on this spell has been lowered from 20 minutes down to 10 minutes. Cannot be used in Arenas.

This is kind of surprising and kind of not.  It seems like raids have become a lot more dependent on battle rezzes progressively in Wrath.  I wonder if this is just to make it easier for weaker raids or a sign of what we can expect in Icecrown.

While reading the rest of the class notes, I found that ALL raid saving abilities like this have had their cooldowns reduced.  Divine Intervention will have a 10 minute CD and removes Exhaustion, Soulstones are down to 15 from 30, and Reincarnation is 30 minutes from 60.

  • Rejuvenation: The base duration on all ranks of this spell is now 15 seconds.
  • Tranquility: The cooldown on this spell has been reduced to 8 minutes, down from 10 minutes.
  • Talents
    • Balance
      • Force of Nature: Health on the treants has been increased.
    • Feral Combat
      • Predatory Strikes: The Predatory Swiftness buff from this talent now has an 8-second duration.
    • Restoration
      • Gift of the Earthmother: Redesigned. This talent now increases spell haste by 2/4/6/8/10% and reduces the base global cooldown of Lifebloom by 2/4/6/8/10% instead of its previous effects.
  • Pets
    • Avoidance (passive): Now reduces the damage your pets take from area-of-effect damage by 90%, but no longer applies to area-of-effect damage caused by other players.

What I haven’t seen here is the change to Eclipse, although it was released.

User Interface

  • Quest Tracking Feature
    • Players can now track quest objectives on the map (‘M’ key).
    • Quest Log
      • A Show Map button has been added to the Quest Log. Selecting a quest and pressing this button will open the map for the zone in which the quest objective is located displaying the associated area of interest. Any other active quests in a player’s Quest Log for that zone will also be displayed.
    • Map
      • The map interface has been separated into four separate panes: a map pane (left), a pane listing active quest names for the zone being viewed (right), a pane listing the full quest text for any highlighted quest (bottom left), and a pane listing the quest rewards for any highlighted quest (bottom right).
      • All active quests listed in the right pane for the zone being viewed on the map will be assigned a number. These numbers will be displayed on the map according to the areas of interest for each quest.
      • Highlighting a quest name in the right pane will highlight the corresponding area of interest on the map in the left pane, show its quest text in the lower left pane, and list the quest rewards in the lower right pane.
      • Given that some quest objectives can be achieved in multiple locations within a given zone, highlighting such a quest will highlight an area of interest closest in proximity to the character’s current location.
      • This feature can be disabled by un-checking the Show Quest Objectives box in the bottom right corner of the new map interface, restoring the map to its standard full-screen display.
      • Clicking on the arrow in the top right corner of the new map interface will hide all but the map pane, bringing the map out of full-screen mode and allowing players to leave it open while navigating a zone or engaging in combat.
    • Objectives Tracking
      • This frame has been improved to offer new functionality and can be used with the new shrunken map option.
      • The Objectives frame is now docked below the mini-map next to the right 2 action bars and will track up to 10 quests for a zone.
      • Numbers have been added next to each quest name and objective corresponding with those areas of interest displayed on the map.
      • If a quest objective has been completed, the number will be replaced with a yellow question mark symbol.
      • The arrow button in the top right corner of the Objectives frame can be used to toggle between minimizing and maximizing the quest objective display.
    • Quest Difficulty Tracking
      • This feature is off by default and can be enabled in the Objectives window from the Interface Options menu. Turning this feature on will color-code all quest names displayed in the map interface according to difficulty (grey, green, yellow, orange, and red).

Basically, Blizzard has caved under the increasing pressure of Quest Helper and has integrated it into their UI.  I still think that new players could benefit from leveling the old fashioned way, but what do I know, I’m just an old fart who got to Westfall the first time by swimming.

Dungeon Finder

I’m going to preface this part by saying that this is a pretty big change and a lot of information.  Instead of trying to summarize this at all, I’m going to leave it as is and instead underline the things I find most interesting.  I highly recommend reading all of this, by the way.

    • This feature has replaced the Looking For Group tool and provides all-new dungeon party creation functionality.
      • Players can join as individuals, as a full group, or a partial group to look for additional party members.
      • Groups using this tool will be able to teleport directly to the selected instance. Upon leaving the instance, players will be returned to their original location. If any party member needs to temporarily leave the instance for reagents or repairs, they will have the option to teleport back to the instance.
      • Players can choose the Random Dungeon option.
        • The Heroic Wrath of the Lich King Daily Random Dungeon option will award two Emblems of Frost no more than once a day.
        • The normal Wrath of the Lich King Daily Random Dungeon option will award two Emblems of Triumph no more than once a day.
        • Continuing to complete Wrath of the Lich King Heroic instances using the Daily Random Dungeon option will award players two additional Emblems of Triumph each time.
        • Daily Heroic and normal dungeon quests have been removed. These quests have been replaced with weekly raid quests (see the “Quests” section for details).
        • Level-appropriate rewards will be offered to players who choose the Random Dungeon option for pre-Wrath of the Lich King dungeons.
        • Players can be placed in a group for a random dungeon no more than once every 15 minutes.
        • Random Dungeon rewards will be placed in each player’s inventory automatically upon completion of the dungeon (final boss killed). A pop-up notification will display any rewards earned through the Dungeon Finder.
      • Instead of choosing a random dungeon, players can also choose specific dungeons appropriate for their level range. Multiple instances can be selected at one time. The feature no longer limits the choice to look for only 3 dungeon groups at one time.
      • Pick-Up Groups
        • Cross-realm instances are now available and use an improved matchmaking system to assist players in looking for additional party members. As with Battlegrounds, the realms in each Battlegroup are connected.
        • As part of the matchmaking system, some of the more difficult dungeons will have a minimum gear requirement. Players also need to meet the requirements for dungeons that require attunement, such as keys or quests. If a player does not meet the requirements for a particular dungeon, a lock icon will be displayed next to that dungeon. Hovering over this icon will display the requirements which have not been met.
        • Only conjured items and loot dropped in a dungeon for which other party members are eligible can be traded between players from different realms.
        • A Vote Kick feature will be available in the event a member of a party is not performing to the expectations of the other members.
        • Players who leave the group prematurely are subject to a Deserter debuff preventing them from using the Dungeon Finder for 15 minutes.
        • If an existing group loses a member, the leader will be asked if he or she wants to continue the dungeon. Choosing to continue will automatically place the group back into the Dungeon Finder queue.
        • A Player will not be placed in a group with people on his or her Ignore list.
        • Players who take part in groups who have one or more members who have been matched with them randomly from within the Dungeon Finder will receive extra rewards, up to and including the coveted Perky Pug non-combat pet. The more random players with whom one groups, the faster the pet can be obtained.
        • The Need Before Greed loot system will be the unalterable default looting system for pick-up groups in the Dungeon Finder and has been updated.
          • Need Before Greed will now recognize gear appropriate for a class in three ways: the class must be able to equip the item, pure melee will be unable to roll on spell power items, and classes are limited to their dominant armor type (ex. paladins for plate). All items will still be available via Greed rolls as well as the new Disenchant option should no member be able to use the item.
          • Players will be able to roll on items with a required minimum level higher than a player’s current level.
  • Looking For Raid
    • There is a new Looking For Raid option available to players that can be accessed via the Raid Information screen in the interface or by typing “/LFR.”
      • Players will be able to browse the system manually for any other players looking for a raid dungeon group.
      • While browsing LFR players may sort the list ascending or descending by left-clicking the following headers: Name, Level, Class, Tank Role, Healer Role, and Damage Role. The crown is the Leader Role (representing a raid group with 2 or more people). Players can left-click on this header to sort the list with groups at the top or at the bottom.
      • Hovering over players listed in LFR will display their name, class, level, roles and comments. Hovering over a raid/group will display the leader’s name, the raid information (number of people in the raid), comments, if there are any bosses dead (and which ones), and if there are any friends from your Friends list or ignored players from your Ignore list in the raid group.
  • The Looking For Group chat channel has returned and can be accessed in all major cities (similar to the Trade chat channel) without the use of the Dungeon Finder interface.
  • Players may only be queued or listed in one of the following systems at a time: Dungeons, LFR, Battlegrounds, or Arenas.
  • Ignore List: The amount of characters a person can ignore has been increased to 50. In addition, players on other realms can be placed on the Ignore list.
  • Buffs and Debuffs: This is a new section added to Interface Options.
    • New option – Castable Debuffs: Enabling this will cause only debuffs you have cast on an enemy target to appear.
    • New option – Consolidate Buffs: Enabling this adds a buff consolidation box near the mini-map. Very short term buffs (e.g. Replenishment) and very long term buffs (e.g. Prayer of Fortitude) are filtered into the buff box. The icons are stacked here, but they can still be seen by moving the mouse cursor over the buff box. Long term buffs will move out of the box when they are about to expire. Buffs such as important procs (e.g. Art of War, Maelstrom Weapon), cooldowns (e.g. Bloodlust / Heroism, Combustion) or limited in range (e.g. totems and paladin auras) are always displayed.
  • Tutorial System: The tutorial pop-ups are now larger, contain images, and better try to direct players to the relevant locations or user interface elements on the screen. In addition, several new tips have been added, while some existing tips will now appear at more appropriate times for new players.
  • Dungeon & Raid Difficult Display: A group’s dungeon or raid difficulty setting will now be displayed via an icon off of the mini-map.
  • Group Disenchanting Option: In addition to rolling Need or Greed on items, players now have the option to elect for an item to be disenchanted if an enchanter of the appropriate skill level is in the group. Disenchant works exactly like Greed except if a player wins the Greed roll, they will receive the disenchanted materials instead. Players who choose Need will always win the item and will always beat those that choose Greed or Disenchant.
  • Lag Reports: Players can now report high latency or lag by accessing the Help Request menu.
  • Unit Nameplates
    • The range at which players can see unit nameplates has been increased by 40 yards.
    • Unit nameplates are now subject to line-of-sightlimitations in certain situations (this does not pertain to objects like Arena pillars or bridges).
    • Players can now adjust select unit nameplate display settings listed below under Interface Options via the Names tab.
      • Friendly/enemy pet nameplates can be toggled.
      • Enemy totem nameplates can be toggled (friendly totem nameplates are never displayed).
      • Players can choose whether or not unit nameplates overlap.
    • Unit nameplates for critters are never displayed.
  • Non spell-based tracking now persists through logout.
  • Any party member may mark targets (this does not apply to raid groups).
  • Players will be warned when their talents are reset due to a new patch.
  • “/Settitle” command has been added.
  • Instant quest text is on by default.
  • Tentative status added for calendar responses.
  • Players below level 10 may not join raids.
  • Ignore list expanded to 50 to match the friends list.
  • Unit frames added for special encounters.
  • Interface element added next to the mini-map to show what dungeon you are in (ex: 10- and 25-player Heroic dungeons marked with a skull).
  • Experience earned for a quest will display in the Quest Rewards section.
  • Confirmation box added when buying stable slots.
  • Macro Changes
    • Symbol “@” added as a synonym for “target=”. For example: “/cast [@focus] Flash Heal”.
    • New macro conditionals: “vehicleui” (if the player has a vehicle UI) and “unithasvehicleui” (if the target of the macro has a vehicle UI).
  • Addon Author Changes
    • “registerForClicks” added to XML buttons.
    • “MouseIsOver” has been converted to a “C” function for increased efficiency (e.g. /dump PlayerFrame:IsMouseOver() ).
    • When an addon file is loaded, the addon name and an addon table are passed to the file through ‘…’. The same addon table is passed to every file loaded by a particular TOC file (example at the top of a Lua file: “local addonName, addonTable = …;”.
    • “motionScriptsWhileDisabled” attribute added to buttons. This allows “OnEnter” and “OnLeave” to fire while the button is disabled.
    • “GetFileHeight()” and “GetFileWidth()” added to Texture objects. 0 is returned if no texture file is associated with the texture.
    • You can now query for a list of completed quests with “QueryQuestsCompleted()” then wait for the “QUEST_QUERY_COMPLETE” event, and call “etQuestsCompleted(<luatable>)”.
  • For additional notes on Lua and XML changes please visit the UI & Macros forum.
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