Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Patch 2.4.3 Mounts at 30! Who cares about the rest.

Patch notes from the World of Warcraft site. Condensed down to the ones I care about and my thoughts.


  • Dispel effects will no longer attempt to remove effects that have 100% dispel resistance. Hunters Arcane Shot attempt to remove buffs like Master Demonology. This will increase chance of a buff being removed. Even more important to put up Unending Breath and Detect Invisibility on your team. If I don't have the time, like in AV, I hit as many potential healers as possible.
  • Mounts at 30?! Yes, it’s true: Apprentice Riding and mounts are now available at level 30. Training costs 35 gold. With new and improved lower price!
  • Alcohol cooldowns have been rolled into Drinks: All 10-second cooldowns have been removed and replaced with the 1-second Drink cooldown. Get your drunk on 10 times faster!
  • Placing an item in your bank will now cancel any spell cast currently in progress if the spell was cast by that item. There goes some of my multitasking while banking. I typically summon demons and the like staring at my bank.

  • Cheat Death: This talent has been rebalanced significantly. Killing blows are no longer 100% absorbed. If the Rogue is below 10% health, the killing blow is still completely absorbed; if the Rogue is over 10% health, enough damage will be absorbed to reduce the Rogue’s health down to 10%. For the following 3 seconds, damage is not always reduced by 90%; it is now reduced by a maximum of 90%, depending on how much resilience the Rogue has. The damage reduction will be four times the damage reduction resilience causes against critical strikes. Death Coil DoT DoT DoT DIE STUN LOCKING ROGUE!!

  • Curse of Shadows: This spell has been removed. I think they should have kept the name. We are masters of Shadow. Leave the elements to the druids.
  • Curse of Elements: This spell now applies to Arcane and Shadow damage, as well as Frost and Fire. Only need to bring one malediction lock on raids now to have the benifit of shadow, arcane, fire, and frost.
  • Demon Skin, Demon Armor, and Fel Armor are no longer Magic effects and cannot be dispelled.
  • Health Funnel: This ability will now cancel channeling when the target pet is Banished.
  • Ritual of Summoning: The mana cost of this spell will now be properly deducted when cast.
  • Summon Felsteed is now available at level 30.

  • The time available to accept the option to “Enter Battle” for a battleground has been reduced to 1 minute and 20 seconds (previously 2 minutes) in order to give each side more time to get a full complement of players before the battle begins.
  • The Warsong Gulch flag can no longer be picked up at the same time as a flag is capped. So many times this has happened to me. I am glad it is fixed.
  • Zoning into an instance on a PvE realm will now drop your PvP flag. We used the getting on a flight anywhere and summon back to the instance. This fixes that anoyance.
  • Tailoring
    • Mycah of Sporeggar has discovered how to create 28 slot herb bags. Anyone else take preorders for this? Good gift too for your favorite alchemist.
    • New Tailoring patterns are available from Haughty Modiste in Steamwheedle Port, Tanaris: Haliscan Jacket and Haliscan Pantaloons. Must get and make!
Dungeons and Raids

  • Players can now be summoned to raid instances from heroic dungeons. mor summon meh


  • Clockwork Robot Bots fight amongst themselves again...without attacking people in the arena. Well... they’ll blow up other Bots in the arena, but you know what we mean. It was a warlock mandate to bring these to raid. Much fun is had ... but then something bigger is needed and we summon a Doomguard.

User Interface

  • Time Management features have been implemented! These features include an alarm clock, stopwatch, and viewing your computer’s local time. Alarm clock will be nice to set prior to raid. Also, to help mange farming and daily time better too.
  • The new stopwatch feature can be accessed via the /stopwatch, /sw, or /timer slash commands. Inputting a time into the slash command will make the stopwatch count down. For example, /stopwatch 1:0:0 will make the stopwatch count down from an hour, /stopwatch 1:30 will make it count down from 1 minute, 30 seconds, and /stopwatch 30 will make it count down from 30 seconds.
  • Added the following macro commands: /targetenemyplayer, /targetfriendplayer.
  • Added key bindings for tab targeting players.
  • Ctrl-Tab and other target nearest friend functions will no longer target you.
  • Targeting using /target will prefer live targets over dead ones.
  • You can no longer click the minimap to cast ground targeted spells.
  • Invisible players with Hunter’s Mark can see the hunter that put the mark on them.
  • Vendor items now show their Duration in Inventory.
  • For additional notes on Lua and XML changes please visit the UI & Macros Forum. I am sure there are important ways to use these... let me know when you figure it out.
Bug Fixes

  • Warlocks: The heal aspect of felhunter Devour Magic will now display in the Combat Log.
  • Warlocks: The Succubus will now behave properly while under the effects of Lesser Invisibility. They behaved improperly?
  • Warlocks: Demonic Sacrifice: This ability will now interact correctly with the Spirit Guide resurrection system in battlegrounds. A sacrificed pet will not be resummoned on death. Warlocks will still be able to resurrect with the pet they last summoned (non-sacrificed pets), even if it has since died. So anoying to be brought back without a minion. I hope this really did fix it.
  • Nightbane will no longer become unresponsive and unkillable during his air phase. DPS agro management.
  • Corpses with money on them will now be able to be looted even when all party members opt to pass on loot. We have been leaving money on the corpses! I have been robbed and didn't know it.
  • Passive pets will no longer attack due to AoE taunt spells. This is what has been happening. I figured my minions were just being insane.


  1. "The Succubus will now behave properly while under the effects of Lesser Invisibility"

    Unfortunately I'm at work now otherwise I'd be running straight away to summon up my succy and see what she's up to under that cloak of lesser invisibility... The mind boggles!

    And here I was thinking the ol' gal was behaving proper all the time.

  2. Naturally I choose to level a rogue alt right before they nerf the cheeziest ability in the game :) I guess I'll drown my sorrows with my new ability to chain funnel liquor and drunk drive my warchicken mount around.

  3. Elements is the shaman thing, nature is the druid thing. What I wouldn't give to be able to curse in tree form, though...