World of Warcraft: April 10 Hotfix Tweaks Some Priest Spells to Resolve Mana Woes

April 10 Update
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Blizzard released a new hotfix for World of Warcraft that brought balancing changes to some classes, most notably the Priest and Death Knight.

According to the company, Discipline Priests in World of Warcraft constantly found themselves running out of mana compared to their healer counterparts through Dragonflight.

So, the company made tweaks to resolve the mana issues. For one, Power Word: Shield now costs 2.4% of the priest’s base mana instead of 3.1%. On top of that, Renew’s mana cost has been reduced from 2.7% to just 2.4%. With these, priests are less likely to run out of mana while supporting and healing their allies.

Before this patch went live, some WoW Death Knight players discovered a way to cast Gargoyle Strike instantly by stacking haste. To remedy this, the cast speed of Gargoyle Strike has been increased from two to 2.5 seconds. To compensate for the slower cast time, the company increased the damage of Gargoyle Strike by 25%.

Here are the other balancing changes:

Death Knight
  • Unholy
    • Raise Dead damage increased by 10%.
    • Army of the Dead damage increased by 10%.
    • Scourge Strike damage increased by 20%.
    • Clawing Shadows damage increased by 20%.
    • Death Coil damage increased by 10%. This does not affect PvP combat.
    • Soul Reaper damage increased by 15% Unholy specialization only.
  • Balance
    • Starsurge damage increased by 10%. This does not affect PvP combat.
    • Denizen of the Dream damage increased by 20%.
  • Guardian
    • Health and healing received gain from Mastery: Nature’s Guardian increased to 70% (was 50%).
    • Barkskin cooldown reduced to 45 seconds (was 1 minute).
  • All healing increased by 3%.
  • Living Flame's healing increased by 15%.
  • Resonating Sphere now applies Echo to the first 5 allies it passes through (was 4 allies).
  • Beast Mastery
    • All damage dealt reduced by you and your pet's abilities reduced by 3%.
  • Survival
    • Mongoose Bite damage reduced by 10%.
  • Hand of the Protector now increases Word of Glory's healing by up to 100% when cast on allies (was 250%).
  • Holy Nova damage increased by 30%.
  • Discipline
    • Power Word: Shield now absorbs 25% more damage for Discipline.
    • Fixed a bug causing Renew to not have its healing increased by 25% for Discipline as intended.
    • Power Word: Radiance now costs 4.5% of base mana (was 5.5%).
  • Holy
    • Holy Fire damage increased by 15%.
    • Smite damage increased by 30%.
  • Cyclone’s mana cost has been decreased by 40%.
  • Mistweaver
    • Rising Sun Kick no longer deals increased damage in PvP (was 12.5%).
    • Blackout Kick copies from Teachings of the Monastery no longer deal increased damage in PvP (was 15%).
    • Spirit of the Crane now restores 0.18% mana in PvP Combat (was 0.45%).
  • Windwalker
    • Fixed an issue that caused the copied Blackout Kicks from Teachings of the Monastery to deal 15% increased damage in PvP combat instead of the intended 30%.

World of Warcraft April 10 hotfix is available on PC.

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