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World of Warcraft Outline Upcoming Class Balance Changes

Classes + PvP

Poorna Shankar Posted:
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Blizzard has shared class balance changes coming to World of Warcraft on February 25.

The changes are set to release alongside the weekly maintenance and touch on the Druid, Hunter, Monk, Shaman, Mage, Warlock, PvP, and more. Here are the full patch notes containing changes:

Classes

  • Druid
  • Restoration
    • Rejuvenation now costs 10% base mana (from 10.5%).
    • Efflorescence now costs 17% base mana (from 21.6%).
    • Tranquility direct healing increased 11%.
      • Developers’ notes: These changes should improve Restoration Druid’s raid healing output, without much impact to their already strong capabilities in dungeons and Arenas.
  • Hunter
  • Marksmanship
    • Damage of all abilities increased by 5%.
  • Monk
  • Windwalker
    • Damage of all abilities increased by 5%.
  • Mage
  • Frost
    • Damage of all abilities increased by 5%.
  • Shaman
  • Enhancement
    • Damage of all abilities increased by 3%.
  • Warlock
  • Demonology
    • Damage of all abilities increased by 5%.

Player vs. Player

  • Tank Specializations
    • Tank specialization player characters now take an additional 50% damage from enemy players (was 40%).
  • Death Knight
  • Unholy, Frost
    • Death Strike now heals for 20% of damage taken when engaged in combat with enemy players (was 40%).
    • Death Strike now heals for a minimum of 5% of maximum health when engaged in combat with enemy players (was 10%).
  • Blood
    • Death Strike now heals for 12.5% of damage taken when engaged in combat with enemy players (was 25%).
    • Death Strike now heals for a minimum of 3.5% of maximum health when engaged in combat with enemy players (was 7%).
  • Mage
  • Frost
    • Ice Barrier now absorbs 40% less damage when engaged in combat with enemy players.
  • Fire
    • Blazing Barrier now absorbs 40% less damage when engaged in combat with enemy players.
  • Arcane
    • Prismatic Barrier now absorbs 40% less damage when engaged in combat with enemy players.
  • Warlock
  • Affliction, Destruction
    • Demon Armor now increases Stamina by 5% (was 10%).
    • Demon Armor now increases Armor by 90% (was 150%).


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Poorna Shankar

A highly opinionated avid PC gamer, Poorna blindly panics with his friends in various multiplayer games, much to the detriment of his team. Constantly questioning industry practices and a passion for technological progress drive his love for the video game industry. He pulls no punches and tells it like he sees it. He runs a podcast, Gaming The Industry, with fellow writer, Joseph Bradford, discussing industry practices and their effects on consumers.