dragonflight hotfixes jan 17th ruby life pool & azure vault m+ nerfs

It’s that time again! It appears that the new dungeons introduced with Dragonflight are possibly… mayhaps… a little overtuned? Or, at least, they were when mythic+ was first unlocked for the 4 new dungeons. Blizzard has been trying their best to bring them more into balance with the rest of the pool for a bit now with several rounds of nerfs.

This time around we’re seeing nerfs to Ruby Life Pools (again), which focuses mostly on small mob casts with nerfs as big as a 50% reduction in damage to the “Cinderbolt” ability. While this cast was able to be kicked it can get a bit chaotic when there’s so much in the dungeon that needs to be interrupted, stunned, etc but letting that cast go off in higher keys could sometimes wind up with a one-shot!

Azure Vaults nerfs hit both bosses and mobs, but the boss ones are especially interesting with a significant reduction in health for both Umbrelskul and Telash Greywing. You’ll also notice on Telash that you won’t take damage from the ice aoe on the ground for 2 seconds after dropping it – maybe making stacking during that ability a more viable strategy to save room.

For all you mythic+ aficionados out there feel free to read on below for the full post with more details.

Blizzard – (Source)

JANUARY 17, 2023

Dungeons and Raids

  • Vault of the Incarnates
    • Fixed an issue where the damage zone visual for Stonebreaking Leap from Quarry Stonebreakers sometimes did not match the actual damage location.
  • Mythic+
    • Algeth’ar Academy
      • Overgrown Ancient
        • Explosive Affix – Hungry Lashers no longer spawn Explosive Orbs.
    • Azure Vaults
      • Arcane Fury’s Piercing Shards impact damage reduced by 30%.
      • Unstable Curator’s Forbidden Knowledge cooldown increased.
      • Arcane Construct health reduced by 25%.
      • Crystal Thrasher no longer use Splintering Shards.
      • Nullmagic Hornswog health reduced by 15%.
      • Telash Greywing
        • Telash Greywing health reduced by 10%
        • There is now a 2 second delay before players take damage from Frozen Ground after Frost Bomb.
      • Umbrelskul
        • Umbrelskul’s health reduced by 15%.
        • Oppressive Miasma now reduces movement speed by 6% per stack (was 7%).
    • Ruby Life Pools
      • Reduced the damage of Primalist Cindweaever’s Cinderbolt by 50%.
      • Reduced the periodic damage of Thunderhead’s Rolling Thunder by 30%.
      • Reduced the damage of Flamegullet’s Molten Blood by 25%.
      • Reduced the periodic damage of Blazebound Destroyer’s Inferno by 25%.
      • Melidrussa Chillworn
        • Explosive Affix – Infused Whelps no longer spawn Explosive Orbs.
      • Kokia Blazehoof
        • Increased the cast time of Blazebound Firestorm’s Roaring Blaze to 3 seconds (was 2 seconds).
      • Kyrakka and Erkhart Stormvein
        • Reduced the periodic damage of Kyrakka’s Inferno Core by 20%.
        • Reduced the damage of Erkhart Stormvein’s Interrupting Cloudburst by 30%.


  • Lunar Festival now starts on 1/24 to allow for new Elders to search out on the Dragon Isles.

Wrath of the Lich King Classic

  • Azjol-Nerub
    • Krik’thir the Gatewatcher
      • Skittering Swarmers and Skittering Infectors can no longer cause additional web wraps when completing the Heroic version of this encounter with Defense Protocol Alpha active.

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I've been playing WoW since beta with some breaks here and there. I'm a semi-hardcore to hardcore raider that focuses on retail mainly. I'm a big fan of giant dragons and am excited for all that Dragonflight will have to offer.

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