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04 Feb 2021

*UPDATED* WoW Shadowlands Update Brings Huge Buffs for Death Knight, Demon Hunter, Hunter, Mage, Shaman, Rogue, Warrior, Warlock & more

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Patch Notes

WoW Shadowlands has received one of its biggest class balance patches yet!

This Shadowlands patch buffed 8 of 12 classes including Death Knights, Demon Hunters, Hunters, Mages, Rogues, Shaman, Warriors and more.

Let's go over the biggest Shadowlands balance patch yet, its patch notes, and changes since!

Latest - New Hotfix Introduces Bug Fixes

The new February 3 Shadowlands update hotfixes several bugs in the game!

While it's a much smaller patch than the massive class balance patch from February 1, you can read through it's notes below:

Classes

  • Demon Hunter
    • Havoc
      • Vengeful Retreat no longer causes the Demon Hunter to fail to charge to The Hunt's (Night Fae Ability) target.
    • Vengeance
      • Throw Glaive, Sigil of Flame and Elysian Decree (Kyrian Ability) should now properly generate threat on targets the Demon Hunter has not attacked.

Covenants

  • Night Fae
    • Fixed an issue where Horn of the Wild Hunt (Korayn Soulbind) was using an incorrect sound effect.
    • Fixed an issue where Wild Hunt's Charge (Korayn Soulbind) wouldn't function while using Natural Impetus.

Player versus Player

  • Covenants
    • Necrolord
      • Fleshcraft's channel will no longer be canceled at the start of an arena match.
  • Warlock
  • The channel for summoning a demon will no longer be canceled at the start of a battleground or arena match.

Torghast, Tower of the Damned

  • The Torghast storyline quest "Lest the Trail Go Cold" can now also be completed in Skoldus Halls, Fracture Chambers and Soul Forges. The quest text will be updated to match this in a later patch.

WoW Shadowlands Buffs

Blizzard tries to keep things competitive between all classes and specs, and plenty of hotfix updates are evidence for this in WoW Shadowlands.

WoW Shadowlands Buffs Update Patch Notes Hunter Rogue Shaman Mage Death Knight
CHAINED NO LONGER: Many weaker specs will now be able to compete after big buffs in WoW Shadowlands

The next upcoming WoW Shadowlands update however is one of the biggest balance patches yet, bringing buffs to nearly a dozen specs!

READ MORE: WoW Shadowlands Weekly Reset COUNTDOWN: Feb. 1

This patch will go live with regional restarts following the WoW Shadowlands Weekly Reset on Tuesday, February 1st.

Patch Notes

WoW Shadowlands will soon go live with the following buffs from the newest update's patch notes:

WoW Shadowlands Update Buffs Death Knight Mage Rogue Hunter Warrior Shaman
ALL OUT: The new Shadowlands update buffs nearly a dozen specs

Classes

  • Death Knight
    • Frost
      • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 5%.
      • [With regional restarts] Chill Streak (PvP Talent) damage has been reduced by 10%.
  • Demon Hunter
    • Havoc
      • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 3%.
  • Hunter
    • Beast Mastery
      • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 5%.
    • Survival
      • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 5%.
  • Mage
    • Frost
      • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 3%.
  • Paladin
    • Shadow Resistance Aura will no longer be removed from the Paladin when they die.
  • Rogue
    • Assassination
      • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 5%.
  • Shaman
    • Enhancement
      • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 3%.
  • Warlock
    • Fixed an issue where Resolute Barrier's (Conduit) effect could be placed on cooldown when the Warlock took damage lower than 5% of their maximum health.
    • Destruction
      • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 5%.
  • Warrior
    • Arms
      • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 3%.
      • [With regional restarts] Master and Commander (PvP Talent) reduces the cooldown of Rallying Cry by 60 seconds (was 120 seconds).
    • Fury
      • [With regional restarts] All damage abilities increased by 3%.
  • [With regional restarts] Master and Commander (PvP Talent) reduces the cooldown of Rallying Cry by 60 seconds (was 120 seconds).

Covenants

  • Night Fae
    • [With regional restarts] When Podtender (Dreamweaver Soulbind) is triggered, the player inside the pod will be dropped from targeting.
  • [With regional restarts] To help with locating easier, the Podtender (Dreamweaver Soulbind) nameplate will now appear as a white player nameplate rather than a red minion nameplate.

Dungeons and Raids

  • Mythic Keystone Dungeons
    • [With regional restarts] Bosses now gain 30% increased health when Tyrannical (Affix) is active (was 40%).
  • De Other Side
    • [With regional restarts] Headless Client melee damage reduced by 40% and Discharge damage reduced by 33%.
    • [With regional restarts] 4.RF-4.RF’s Metallic Jaws damage reduced by 33% and W-00F now prefers non-tank targets.
    • [With regional restarts] Atal’ai Deathwalker melee damage reduced by 25% and Gushing Wound is cast less frequently.
  • Mists of Tirna Scithe
    • [With regional restarts] Drust Soulcleaver’s Soul Split damage reduced by 40%.
  • Plaguefall
    • [With regional restarts] Rotting Slimeclaw’s Corroded Claws damage reduced by 50%.
  • Sanguine Depths
    • [With regional restarts] Chamber Sentinel’s Severing Slice initial damage reduced by 50%.
    • [With regional restarts] Frenzied Ghouls cast Shadow Claws less frequently.
    • [With regional restarts] Insatiable Brute’s Slam damage reduced by 21% and is cast less frequently.
  • Spires of Ascension
    • [With regional restarts] Etherdivers cast Insidious Venom less frequently.
    • [With regional restarts] Forsworn Kyrian’s Dark Lash cast time increased to 2 seconds (was 1.5 seconds).
  • The Necrotic Wake
    • [With regional restarts] Zolramus Bonecarver’s Boneflay bleed damage reduced by 70% and duration reduced to 10 seconds (was 20 seconds).
    • [With regional restarts] Fixed an issue where Zolramus Bonecarver’s Boneflay bleed damage was reduced by Armor.
    • [With regional restarts] Skeletal Marauders cast Gruesome Cleave less frequently.
  • Theater of Pain
    • [With regional restarts] Unyielding Contender’s Vicious Strike damage reduced by 20%.
    • [With regional restarts] Ossified Conscripts cast Cruel Slash less frequently.
  • Developers’ note: We’ve noticed tanks in Mythic Keystone Dungeons feeling pressured to spend more time running away and less time actually tanking than we’d like. In an effort to address this, we’re dialing back the tank damage of a number of dungeon denizens who’ve proven to be particularly painful.

Items and Rewards

  • [With regional restarts] Vantus Rune: Castle Nathria now grants 100 Versatility (was 40).
  • Fixed an issue where the Treant Sprout summoned from Treecorn was missing all of its attacks.

Quests

  • Fixed an issue that would provide too much quest credit for “A Call to Bastion” when Kin-Tara was defeated.

READ MORE: WoW Shadowlands World Bosses: Weekly Reset, Locations, Loot

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