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Blizzard Provides Response to WoW Classic Proc Effects and GCD

"Quirk" of original game

Poorna Shankar Posted:
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In response to fans, Blizzard has taken a look at WoW Classic’s Nightfall and other proc weapons in addition to global cooldown.

They’ve confirmed that certain effects actually cannot proc while under the effects of GCD. But, they’ve investigated further and confirmed this,

“We also discovered that there were specific provisions built into the original game to force this to be true. However, we discovered that this is true only if the spell or ability that triggered the GCD was flagged as a magic-based attack (or more specifically, spells flagged in our data with a defense category of “magical”).”

This also affects physical abilities and spells as well, with those abilities and spells incurring the GCD not blocking procs from going off during GCD,

“An example of this is a Warrior’s Hamstring ability. This has a defense category of “physical”, thus you can still see Nightfall procs occur while you are on GCD following the usage of Hamstring. Alternatively, Demoralizing Shout has a defense category of “magical” and you will not see Nightfall or certain other items proc during the GCD immediately following that spell’s usage.”

The team confirms this was a quick of the original game, and something they do not consider a bug.


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.