Phase 4 PTR Changes Roundup

Phase 4 is on the PTR and things are changing rapidly. This can make it hard to keep an eye on everything that’s different each time you log on. This overview intends to summarize most of the important changes in a quick and easy to understand format.

Runes

A significant amount of older Runes have also been removed, made baseline, or had their slot changed. There are now also 2 new slots for Runes.

Cloak Runes

Phase 4 brings with it Cloak Runes, and each class has received three new Runes for the slot (so far).

Ring Runes

This new Rune slot does not work quite the same as other Runes. Instead of being class specific, these Runes are shared amongst several classes. Each Ring Rune will increase either your skill with a certain weapon group, or your chance to hit with a specific spell school. This allows players to pick which weapon they would like to have +5 weapon skill with, or which spell school to give +5% chance to hit. This even extends to Feral Druids with the “Feral Combat” skill.

Tanks

Tanks in general will now be able to hit significantly more targets. Each tanking specialization now also has a way to increase their damage based on their defense skill, allowing them to scale their offense and defense simultaneously.

Class Changes

Warrior

Druid

Paladin

Hunter

Shaman

Rogue

Priest

Mage

Warlock

PvE Content

Raids

Molten Core will be the Phase 4 raid. The raid has been revamped into a 20-player raid, with overhauled loot. Tier 1 will also be available, but has been significantly redesigned and is purchased with tokens.

There will also be a variable difficulty mechanic within Molten Core, allowing players to increase the Heat level of the raid for a higher challenge. So far very few details are available for this mechanic.

Onyxia’s Lair will also be available, but the full details for it have yet to be revealed.

Dungeons

The new dungeons available in Phase 4 will be:

  • Three wings of Dire Maul
  • Scholomance
  • Stratholme
  • Blackrock Spire
  • The rest of Blackrock Depths
    All of these dungeons have had their drops updated and improved.

World Bosses

Lord Kazzak and Azuregos will be available in Phase 4, but are instanced bosses tuned towards 20-player groups. You will be able to enter with up to 40 players, but that is not mandatory.

Professions

New recipes have been added through various factions reputations, namely the Argent Dawn, Thorium Brotherhood, Hydraxian Waterlords, and Timbermaw Hold factions.

A significant amount of older recipes have either been retuned, overhauled, or replaced by stronger versions.

PvP

Class Sets for Rank 10 will be available in Phase 4.

Blood Moon

This event will provide updated rewards and a new variant of the event currency.

Misc

The level cap has been increased from 50 to 60, which will be the final level cap for Season of Discovery.

Discoverer’s Delight

This experience boost will provide 150% increased exp up to level 50, after which it will be reduced to 50%.

About the Author

Passion

I love MMOs of all shades, especially the nitty gritty numbers parts of them. You might recognize me from the Shadow Priest discord, otherwise I play a little bit of everything, especially games with support roles available.

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