dragonflight hotfixes jan 6th heroic voti nerfs, m+ ability visuals cleaned up

For those of you progressing through the heroic Vault of the Incarnates you might be happy to hear that Dathea is getting a decent whack with the nerf hammer for this round of hotfixes. Dathea is definitely one of the “roadblock” bosses for this tier at all difficulty levels, and it appears Blizzard agrees that she might be a touch overtuned. It’s refreshing to see how much Blizzard is looking for these pain points for players and addressing them.

We’re also seeing quite a few changes to the clarity of deadly abilities in mythic and mythic+ dungeons. A pass over all “Arcane” based abilities in a few of the dungeons to be clearer for players is one of the changes mentioned – so you could say the visuals got a bit less arcane for arcane abilities. And then there’s the much dreaded “Piercing Gale” ability from the last boss in Court of Stars that would put little puffs of smoke on the ground in lines that would slice and dice your poor character into pieces. This ability is also receiving a new paintjob for better clarity, and good thing because I’m sick of missing the timer by a smidge due to one-shots!

Read on for the full notes and other tweaks.

Blizzard – (Source)

JANUARY 6, 2023

Classes

  • Evoker
    • Preservation
      • Fixed an unintended interaction between the Time of Need talent and Lifespark, the 4-piece tier set bonus.
  • Warlock
    • Demonology
      • Fixed an issue where Wrathful Minion and Demonic Inspiration would occasionally cause Warlocks to not generate the correct amount of Soul Shards outside of combat.

Dungeons and Raids

  • Adjusted various Arcane visuals in Court of Stars, Algathar Academy, and The Arcane Vaults to be more visible.
  • Court of Stars
    • Advisor Melandrus
      • Improved visual clarity for Piercing Gale.
  • Vault of the Incarnates
    • Dathea, Ascended
      • Reduced Thunderbolt’s damage by 33% on Heroic difficulty.
      • Reduced Thunder Caller’s health on lower group sizes on Heroic difficulty.
      • Reduced Cyclone’s damage on lower group sizes on Heroic and below difficulties.
      • Volatile Infusers no longer cast Unstable Gusts at low health on Heroic and below difficulties.
      • Zephyr Slam’s initial knockback distance reduced by 40% On Heroic and below difficulties.
    • Kurog Grimtotem
      • The damage from the elemental enemies’ Presence abilities during Kurog’s intermission now respect Avoidance. This is to keep them consistent with Kurog’s Dominance damage abilities respecting Avoidance.
  • Mythic+
    • The Nokhud Offensive
      • Granyth
        • Tectonic Stomp’s area of effect now correctly matches the visual on all difficulties.
      • Raging Tempest
        • Fixed an issue causing Surge of Power to damage players through immunities on all difficulties.
        • Surge of Power damage reduced by 80%.
        • Fixed an issue causing Surge of Power to not scale with keystone level.
          • Developers’ note: We are nerfing the damage of Surge of Power to compensate for fixing an issue that was causing Surge of Power damage to not scale with keystone level.
    • Ruby Life Pools
        • Thunderhead’s Storm Breath, Flamegullet’s Flame Breath, and Erkhart Stormvein’s Cloudburst no longer damage player pets or guardians.
    • Shadowmoon Burial Grounds
      • Sadana Bloodfury
        • Fixed an issue that caused Defiled Souls to regenerate health during the encounter.
        • Fixed an issue causing Dark Eclipse to kill pets.
        • Fixed an issue causing Defiled Souls to contribute to Enemy Forces.
      • Ner’Zul
        • Fixed an issue causing Ritual of Bones to not scale with keystone level.

Items and Rewards

  • We have slightly increased the amount of Primal Chaos gained from the Victorious Contender’s Strongbox at all ranks, but particularly at the lower ones, to help make it easier to earn enough for the Embellished PvP Crafted Gear.
  • Fixed an issue where Broodkeeper’s Promise would snapshot the caster’s Versatility for the buff’s full duration when calculating the heal.

Player versus Player

  • Classes
    • Evoker
      • Time Stop may no longer be cast on Mind Controlled targets.

Quests

  • Valdrakken
    • Deployed additional fixes for “Aiding the Accord: The Hunt is On” not always granting quest credit when completing a Grand Hunt.

Wrath of the Lich King Classic

  • Player-characters who transfer to another realm (paid or free) are ineligible to receive realm first raid achievements for 240 hours (ten days) after the transfer is completed.

About the Author

Shadostruct

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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