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3.2.2 is live tomorrow; Onyxia returns

By Michael 'Zechs' Radford
Sep 22, 2009 20:46

ImageThe next update to World of Warcraft goes live in Europe tomorrow morning, bringing with it a whole host of balance changes. Oh, and a certain dragon.

Onyxia makes her comeback tomorrow as patch 3.2.2 is coming to European realms. One of the most beloved raid instances of vanilla WoW gets an update for level 80 with upgraded version of classic loot such as tier two helmets. A new flying mount and non-combat pet have also joined them on the loot table.

Specific PvP changes are few, but class balance changes are plentiful. Naturally, deathknights are under scrutiny with yet more fine-tuning to the game's first hero class. Their list of changes is amongst the longest for 3.2.2.

Other major changes see BM hunters take a pretty big whack from the nerf bat, as the duration of bestial wrath and beast within will be reduced to 10 seconds. To compensate, however, the hunter will deal 10% more damage. On the flip-side, arcane mages are getting a couple of nice buffs as Blizzard tries to bring them back into the game:

"- Arcane Blast: The buff from using this ability now stacks up to 4 times instead of 3, and each application increases mana cost by 175% instead of 200%. In addition, the duration of the buff has been reduced to 6 seconds.
- Arcane Missiles: Casting this spell while both Missile Barrage and Clearcasting are active will cause only Missile Barrage to be consumed.
- Missile Barrage: The effect from triggering this talent now removes the mana cost of Arcane Missiles. In addition, the chance for Arcane Blast to trigger this talent is now 8/16/24/32/40%. All other listed spells continue to have a 4/8/12/16/20% chance to trigger it. This talent no longer has a chance to be triggered when spells miss."

One of WoTLK's most troublesome classes so far, the paladin, also has a long list of changes. Blizzard's attempts to curb the strength of protection healers sees nerfs to touched by the light and judgements of the just. Another problematic spec will also get a nerf, as fan of knives will have its damage reduced by 30%. Having seen those nerfs, warlocks might be glad that they have been completely ignored in this patch.

As always, you can find the full list of changes right here.



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