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5.3 Hotfixes — Force of Nature now viable!

by on May.24, 2013, under General, Mists of Pandaria

Blizzard made a few attempts to fix Force of Nature — the problem was that they would start to walk around and act crazy if their Wrath cast time was less then that of the global cooldown.

First, Blizzard increased the cast duration from 2.0 seconds to 2.5 seconds (while increasing the damage by 25%).  This helped, but with the meta gem proc and Nature’s Grace, it was still very easy to hit the global cooldown.

Next, they reduced the global cooldown to .5 seconds.  This has solved the problem.  Force of Nature seems to be very viable on most of the fights in ToT.  Enjoy treants that for the first time in WoW history … don’t suck!

Also, a small hotfix was made to Solar Beam.  It seems you could spell reflect the silence back onto yourself:



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5.3 PTR Changes: Glyph of Omens, etc.

by on Apr.01, 2013, under General

In an effort to give balance some sort of PvE glyph (or maybe just nerf Solar Beam more), the Glyph of Solar Beam is changed on the PTR to the Glyph of Omens:

While you are not in an Eclipse, the following abilities now grant 10 Solar or Lunar Energy: Entangling Roots, Cyclone, Faerie Fire, Faerie Swarm, Mass Entanglement, Typhoon, Disorienting Roar, Ursol’s Vortex, and Mighty Bash.

This has already changed once, Solar Beam was removed, so it could likely change again.  Using Faerie Fire/Swarm while on the run will obviously be a help for movement DPS.

Also, treants were modified to cast an instant spell on summon to help avoid the summon lag.  Resto druids were given swiftmend which seems great, however balance druids were given… entangling roots.  Which does nothing for PvE.  Hopefully they’ll re-think this and give us some sort of PvE boon.  (Shooting stars proc, perhaps?)



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5.1 PTR Datamine — No Moonkin Buffs

by on Oct.11, 2012, under Mists of Pandaria

A lot of you probably got excited (as I did) when I first saw the patch notes for 5.1 — more moonkin buffs!  There actually are not additional buffs, but a reflection of hotfixes that were applied way back on September 20th.

There were a few small changes that don’t look to be part of a hotfix, however, including a nerf/buff to Solar Beam as well as a change to Symbiosis:

The symbiosis change is welcome, as I’m sure all of you have been as frustrated as I am about placing it on raid/party members.  The solar beam “nerf” I think will actually be welcomed.  It’s rare you get someone stuck in a solar beam for the entirety of 10 (let alone 15) seconds, but now giving a double radius will make it more useful.



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Interesting Solar Beam Feature

by on Dec.04, 2010, under Cataclysm, PVP Discussion

Playing around in Durotar today, I was able to confirm some rumors about [spell]78675[/spell].

Not only does Solar Beam silence the affected area for 10 seconds, it also provides a 5 second spell pool lockout.

More interestingly enough, the [item]Glyph of Solar Beam[/item] extends the duration of the Solar Beam effect by 10 seconds, it also increases the spell pool lockout to a whopping 10 seconds.

I also happened to note that if you lock out a frost mage’s frost pool, they can’t ice block. ;)



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New Beta Build, New Balance Changes (again)

by on Sep.28, 2010, under Cataclysm, PVP Discussion

Just one slight change in the most recent beta build:

  • Solar Beam now affects targets within 5 yards, down from 10 yards.

Not going to complain a whole lot.. 10 yards was kinda OP.

Also, looks like PTR received a slight patch.  I’ll provide details shortly.



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Starsurge, Solar Beam get graphic updates

by on Sep.19, 2010, under Cataclysm

First off, I have to give credit to Druidpwn on the MMO Champion Druid forums for these screenshots. I’m currently at 39,000 feet flying to Miami so I can’t get onto the PTRs.

Starsurge and Solar Beam have had their graphics updated:

Starsurge:

Starsurge (from the front):

Solar beam:

Sunfire (thanks to Garenzo @ MMO-Champion Druid forums):

Note: It also looks like Sunfire proc’s Lunar Shower. I would assume it’d benefit from all of the other talents benefiting from Moonfire as well.



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Cataclysm Balance Preview: Solar Beam

by on Apr.17, 2010, under General

During the 4/16 Twitter Developer Chat Chat, Zarhym released one of their “most exciting” changes to Cataclysm is a new Balance Talent called “Solar Beam”.  It appears it will work like the sun beams in the Freya encounter.

“Some of the new Balance talents for druids, like Solar Beam, which works like Freya’s spell where it instantly silences a target and they have to move out of the beam to get rid of the debuff.”

Looks interesting for PVP, and perhaps for trash pack pulls in PvE, but I’m not seeing a big PvE bonus for this.  But it might be a big boon for arena druids, allowing you to force healers out in the open and not LoS-ing behind a stupid box.



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