World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Balancing Changes Coming in Season 4 Content Update

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Season 4 of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is coming tomorrow with a massive update. Aside from the introduction of Fated Raids, the upcoming patch will also implement balancing changes to certain classes.

Shadow Priests and Destruction Warlocks received some noteworthy buffs. The Shadow Priests’ Mind Sear, Shadow Crash, and Searing Nightmare got a 30%, 25%, and 15% damage increase, respectively.

Destruction Warlocks, on the other hand, got a notable nerf to the class’ four-piece set bonus where Blasphemy no longer grants Rain of Chaos. According to the devs, this was done to prevent the Warlock’s shard generation from getting out of control and rein in their AoE output. To compensate for this, four of the Destruction Warlock’s abilities have been buffed. Chaos Bolt and Conflagrate have their damage increased in PvE, while Incinerate and Immolate got a 20% increase in damage as well.

Here are the other balancing changes arriving in tomorrow’s update:

  • Balance
    • Starfall damage increased by 15%
  • Survival
    • Raptor Strike, Mongoose Bite, and Kill Command damage increased by 15%.
    • (4) Set Bonus: Wildfire Bomb bonus damage lowered to 20% (was 30%).
    • Wildfire Bomb, and any Wildfire Infusion variants of Wildfire Bomb now deal reduced damage when hitting more than 8 targets. The tooltips will be updated to reflect this in a future patch.
  • Arcane
    • Clearcasting duration increased to 20 seconds (was 15 seconds).
  • Windwalker
    • Spinning Crane Kick damage reduced by 5%.
  • Protection
    • Armor increased by 5%.
    • Holy Shield (Talent) increase to block chance increased to 20% (was 15%).
  • Protection
    • Ignore Pain’s absorption increased by 30%, and the absorption cap is now 30% of maximum Health (was twice the Ignore Pain absorb value).
Death Knight
  • Spellwarden (PvP Talent) now grants a 25% increased effectiveness to Rune of Spellwarding (was 50%).
  • Brutal Grasp (Necrolord Conduit) effectiveness reduced by 50% in PvP combat.
Demon Hunter
  • Havoc
    • Dancing with Fate (Conduit) is now 75% effective in PvP combat (was 100%).
  • Deathborne (Necrolord Ability) increased spell damage decreased to 10% in PvP combat (was 15%).
  • Incanter's Flow (Talent) no longer has a reduced effect when engaged in PvP combat (was 25% reduction).
  • Arcane
    • Arcane Missile damage increased by 15% in PvP combat.
  • Fire
    • Blazing Soul now ignites a Blazing Barrier at 50% effectiveness in PvP combat.
  • Frost
    • Ice Lance damage increased by 15% in PvP combat.
    • Frozen Orb damage increased by 20% in PvP combat.
  • Retribution
    • Blade of Justice damage increased by 20% in PvP combat.
    • Crusader Strike damage increased by 30% in PvP combat.
    • Hammer of Wrath damage increased by 15% in PvP combat.
    • Avenging Wrath increases damage, healing, and critical strike chance by 15% in PvP combat (was 20%).
    • Crusade (Talent) effectiveness reduced by 25% while in PvP combat.

The full patch notes can be found on the official site.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands is available on PC.

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