Monday, February 09, 2009

Patch 3.0.9... Heh.

Well, that's interesting. MMO-Champion are reporting that there's a new patch due this week, 3.0.9. Boubouille has already extracted the Spell, Talent and Glyph info and they amount to quite a few for most classes. Old time players will laugh at at least one Paladin change ;). See the following link for the full changelog.

MMO-Champion - Patch 3.0.9 on live servers this week.

Here are the extent of the documentable Paladin changes (i.e. those that have been datamined or are in the patch notes):

* The duration on all Seals has been increased to 30 minutes and can no longer dispelled.
* Divine Plea: The amount healed by your spells is reduced by 50% (up from 20%) but the effect can no longer be dispelled.
* Sanctified Seals: This talent no longer affects dispel resistance, but continues to affect crit chance.


* Glyph of Holy Light -- Your Holy Light grants 10% of its heal amount to up to 5 friendly targets within 8 yards of the initial target. (Down from 20 yards, Tooltip text fix, was already hotfixed to 8 yards in game)
* Glyph of Seal of Righteousness -- Increases the damage done by Seal of Righteousness by 10%. (Old - Reduces the cost of your Judgement spells by 10% while Seal of Righteousness is active.) (Source)

30 minute undispellable Seals... you have no idea how long people have been asking for this. Ironically it's something of a PvP nerf for Ret due to the 3/3 Stoicism 2/3 Sanctified Seals setup, but a pretty big buff to Holy and Prot. Sanctified has obviously had its Seal undispellability component removed, and I'd expect Sanctified Seals to gain a further change in 3.1. In 3.0.9 it will be just another '1 talent point for 1 crit', pretty uninspired and a clone of Conviction. Exactly what we will see remains to be, well, seen.

The Divine Plea -50% healing change is in, but the effect is no longer dispellable. This is pretty big balance-wise for PvP and PvE, but in PvP you will now have 100% control over when to pop it and when to get rid of it (via a /cancelaura macro). A Priest or Shaman purging your DP is no longer an issue.

Finally the Glyph of SoR gives a flat damage increase to SoR. The guys at EJ are probably going to go over this one with a fine tooth comb, but right now it's a buff for Holy Soloing and some tanking situations, though Prot would probably prefer to use Seal of Vengeance and hence the SoV Glyph which gives 10 Expertise.

So, quite a few significant changes in this minor patch. We may well get it tomorrow/Wednesday, or it may spend some time on the PTR first. The reaction, especially from Mages and Rogues, should be fun.


Alex - aka Firelight 09/02/2009, 13:09  

That seal change is awesome!!

Cannot wait! No more wondering why my judgement isnt working mid fight! haha!

Green Armadillo 09/02/2009, 16:38  

As a (non-Arcane) mage, I will be surprized if this thing goes live tomorrow with no time on the PTR's. (I am preparing myself to be surprized.)

The changes to AP/POM are mostly about smoothing out burst damage a bit (though it is counterintuitive to take a pair of talents in the same tree - POM is an actual prereq for AP - and make them mutually exclusive), but removing evocation from Arcane Flows would be a huge nerf to Arcane PVE. It does need some sort of nerf, but it's a pretty large change to push live without testing.

And yes, as an old-time Pally player, I loled at the seal duration fix. Remember all the times they explanined how the mana costs would have to go up if they were to make seals any longer than 30s or blessings any longer than 2 mins?

NightKnight 09/02/2009, 19:43  

Love love loooooooove the changes to the seal duration, I've been waiting for this change for ages.

Side note.. I ended up changing guilds guys. I moved to my gf's guild and now I'm in one of the top 10 guilds on the server lol (my old guild used to be as well but we lost a ton of players). Not only do I now get to play with her more often, and I can put my crazy ret self to use XD. I've been toppin charts and movin up in the world! Haha.

What have you guys been up to?

Klepsacovic 09/02/2009, 21:04  

Sanctified Seals down to one point: Gives your seals a 1% chance to be removed by dispel effects.

Dradis 10/02/2009, 11:14  

So many changes! So far, I am very optimistic about all this.... Did someone take away the devs DDR pad and PS3?

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