Archive for February, 2011

Question of the Week: 4.1

by on Feb.24, 2011, under General

What would you like to see fixed/balanced/changed in 4.1?  Obviously, we’d all like huge laser beams that shoot from our eyes and oneshot everything.  But sound off about you think the needed balancing that we need to keep us competitive.  (I expect to hear a lot from you PVPers!)



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4.1 PTR Patch Notes Released

by on Feb.24, 2011, under General

The initial 4.1 PTR Patch Notes have been released.  There’s only a few (but interesting) balance changes so far.

  • Solar Beam is now more responsive when enemies move into or out of it.

This was inevitable.  It’d been acting pretty wonky since creation.  While this will be more annoying for us, it’s probably more fair.

The other change I thought was rather interesting, and it may just be semantics, but I guess we’ll see:

  • All non-damaging interrupts off the global cooldown will now always hit the target. This includes Pummel, Shield Bash, Kick, Mind Freeze, Rebuke, Skull Bash, Counterspell, Wind Shear, Solar Beam, Silencing Shot, and related player pet abilities.

This is going to be huge in the PvE environment for tanks, who often would wipe the raid (or couldn’t be depended on) to interrupt properly.  The interesting part is Solar Beam’s inclusion to the “all non-damaging interrupts off the global cooldown”.  Now, I haven’t actually played for a few months, but I’m pretty sure solar beam is still on the GCD.  This may just be an oversight with how they worded it, or, a change to solar beam.



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4.0.6 Hotfix: Starfall (again)

by on Feb.14, 2011, under General

A hotfix was applied for Starfall. Did this fix the issue? Still seems they have not addressed the slowness of stars.

Starfall will now hit any target in range which is in combat or not at full health (including the Exposed Head of Magmaw, which was causing issues with Starfall).



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Cuteness of the Day: Flying Moonkin Hatchlings!

by on Feb.13, 2011, under General

Courtesy of Lissanna@Restokin, it appears that the moonkin hatchling have now learned to fly and will join you on your long flights across Azeroth.

Also, if you’re curious about the new Tree of Life animations, check out Restokin for some great pictures.



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Nifty iFeature: Pulse Reader

by on Feb.12, 2011, under General

I’ve been playing with my Verizon iPhone and I stumbled upon the “Pulse” reader for both iPhone and iPad. If you search the feeds for “Sunfyre’s Nest”, you can quickly add the Nest to the feeds!

Note: The feed it finds is the raw one, so it won’t calculate into the Feedburner numbers. If you’re techno-savvy, you can directly add the feed “http://feeds.feedburner.com/SunfyresNest”, or import it from your Google feeds if you already subscribe there.

Also, if you haven’t yet, check out the Nest on your iDevice, Blackberry or Android phone. There is great themes set up for the mobile readers. The iPad theme in particular is really cool, and the blog is mobile enabled so you can quickly add the Nest to your home screen. The instructions pop up on your first visit from your iDevice.



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4.0.6 Hotfixes: Moonfury nerfed

by on Feb.12, 2011, under General

  • Moonfury (Balance druid passive) now increases Arcane and Nature damage by 10%, down from 15%.

The nerf was originally from 15% to 6%, but they realized after fixing Starfall that this nerf would have been too hard.  I haven’t seen balance druids blowing up the meters, but then again I haven’t played since December.  What are your thoughts?  It seems Starfall is still buggy (and not in a good way).



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4.0.6 Hotfixes: Starfall

by on Feb.11, 2011, under General

A few hotfixes were released, with only one pertaining to balance druids:

  • Starfall no longer exceeds 20 stars within its duration.



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Yes, I’m alive! 4.0.6 released!

by on Feb.10, 2011, under General

Sorry for the late posting on this and my absence the last few weeks.  On top of all the work I’ve been doing I’ve been pretty sick, so I really haven’t had much time to post anything.  I’m glad to see conversations continue to occur through the Wall and other posts.  I try to log in and approve comments often.

4.0.6 went live this week.  You’ve already been posting your thoughts in the other posts, but continue to sound off.  I’ve pretty much covered all the balance changes prior to this, but I’ll rehash them again.

And for the 50 people who’ve asked, yes, [item]62047[/item] is pretty cool now.

  • Barkskin is no longer dispellable.
  • Entangling Roots now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Hibernate now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Moonfire mana cost has been reduced from 18% to 9%.
  • Mount Up: This guild perk now applies to Flight Form and Swift Flight Form as well.
  • Nature’s Grasp now has a PvP duration of 8 seconds.
  • Shapeshifts: Entering or leaving a shapeshift no longer cancels root effects. It continues to cancel movement slowing effects.
  • Soothe is now instant cast, down from 1.5 seconds.
  • Worgen and troll druids now have new art for Swift Flight Form.
  • Fungal growth duration has been increased to 20 seconds, up from 10. In addition, it should now be much more responsive when detonating Wild Mushrooms.
  • Moonkin Form now grants 15% damage reduction instead of increased armor. In addition, shapeshifting in or out of this form now breaks roots. Note this is not stated in the tooltip.
  • The Shooting Stars buff duration has been increased to 12 seconds, up from 8 seconds.
  • Starfall will no longer strike targets that are not in combat and will now drop stars at a slightly faster rate.
  • Sunfire mana cost has been reduced from 18% to 9%.
  • Total Eclipse (Mastery) benefit from mastery increased by approximately 33%.
  • Typhoon mana cost has been reduced by 50%.
  • Wild Mushroom is now instant cast, down from 0.5 seconds. In addition, the radius of detonation has been increased to 6 yards, up from 3, and damage done increased by 30%.
  • Glyph of Entangling Roots redesigned. It now reduces the cast time of Entangling Roots by 0.2 seconds, rather than making it instant cast.
  • Glyph of Wrath now increases damage done by Wrath by 10% and no longer requires Insect Swarm on the target.
  • Druid forms now have an Archaeology Survey animation.
  • Balance of Power’s tooltip now states that spell hit rating is increased only by Spirit gained from items and effects.
  • Druids can correctly cast Barkskin while silenced.
  • Hurricane now remains at the same location it was cast at while on a moving transport.
  • Druids in Moonkin Form should now correctly be able to mount.
  • Rank 1 of Naturalist now reduces the cast time by what it states on the tooltip.
  • Wild Mushroom’s tooltip now shows the magic school.

So… opinions?  And yes, since my posting time has been decreased lately, I’m always looking for guest bloggers.  E-mail me if you’re interested!   I would love to have someone post regularly about the PVP issues facing us balance druids, since that’s one area of game play I really don’t join in on.



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Reports of new patch next week!

by on Feb.05, 2011, under Cataclysm, General

Patch 4.0.6 is reported to be released this week. A few highlights of this patch, for the owl community :

  • Mount Up: This guild perk now applies to Flight Form and Swift Flight Form as well.
  • The night elf racial trait Shadowmeld can now be used while shapeshifted.
  • The tauren racial trait War Stomp can now be used while shapeshifted.
  • The worgen racial trait Darkflight now has a 2-minute cooldown, down from 3, and is no longer on the global cooldown. In addition, the movement speed bonus now stacks with existing bonuses, but cannot be activated while Sprint or Dash is active (and they cannot be activated while Darkflight is active).
  • Moonfire mana cost has been reduced from 18% to 9%.
  • Worgen and troll druids now have new art for Swift Flight Form.
  • Fungal growth duration has been increased to 20 seconds, up from 10. In addition, it should now be much more responsive when detonating Wild Mushrooms.
  • Moonkin Form now grants 15% damage reduction instead of increased armor. In addition, shapeshifting in or out of this form now breaks roots. Note this is not stated in the tooltip.
  • The Shooting Stars buff duration has been increased to 12 seconds, up from 8 seconds.
  • Starfall will no longer strike targets that are not in combat and will now drop stars at a slightly faster rate. (join me in a HIP HIP HOORAY)
  • Sunfire mana cost has been reduced from 18% to 9%.
  • Total Eclipse (Mastery) benefit from mastery increased by approximately 33%.
  • Typhoon mana cost has been reduced by 50%.
  • Wild Mushroom is now instant cast, down from 0.5 seconds. In addition, the radius of detonation has been increased to 6 yards, up from 3, and damage done increased by 30%.
  • Glyph of Wrath now increases damage done by Wrath by 10% and no longer requires Insect Swarm on the target.

Many other tweaks have influence on our gameplay, for all your theorycrafting needs, head to MMO-Champion or follow the link here.



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