World of Warcraft

WoW: PTR hotfix brings adjustments to owls and affliction wizards

With the upcoming patch 9.1 we can look forward to a lot of new content for WoW Shadowlands. These are currently being put through their paces by interested players on the PTR. For example, Korthia, the mega dungeon Tazavesh or the new raid Sanctum of Domination. The patch also includes various class adjustments to improve the balancing in the Shadowlands. The developers are throwing more and more small adjustments onto the PTR every week to test all kinds of changes. With the current hotfix, the owls and affliction wizards in particular are getting a few changes. There are also a lot of PvP adjustments for different classes.

Chains of Domination PTR Adjustments - May 5

  • Classes
    • Druid
      • Balance
        • New Moon and Crescent Moon damage has been increased by 33 percent.
        • The Solstice talent now drops shooting stars only 250 percent more often (previously 300 percent).
        • The Stellar Shift talent has been reworked. It still grants you the ability to move around within your Starburst while casting the spell. Starburst damage is now increased by 50 percent (previously 25 percent). In exchange, the Star Rain ability now has a 15-second cooldown.
    • Warlock
      • Affliction
        • Shadow Wrap (talent) now lasts 16 seconds (previously 12 seconds) and can be used on more than one target.
        • New Medium: Withering Bolt - your Shadow Bolt deals 20 percent more damage (Soul Thief deals ten percent more damage) per DoT active on the target you hit.

There were also a lot of adjustments to the PvP talents and some announcements about more content that will be unlocked on schedule.

New encounters on Heroic difficulty and Raid Finder Wing 1: The Jailer's Vanguard are available for testing this week.

  • Mythic+ Rating - An in-game scoring system based off of personal performance in Mythic+ dungeons.
    • May 4 update: More information is now available in mouseover tooltips for group creators and for group applicants.


  • Shards of Domination - Select gear that is dropped in Sanctum of Domination can be enhanced by Shards of Domination, which can be found from defeating bosses in Sanctum of Domination. The system is still in development and will be updated in a forthcoming build of the 9.1 PTR.


  • Demon Hunter
    • New PvP Talent: Blood Moon.
  • Hunter
    • New PvP Talent: Tranquilizing Darts.
  • Monk
    • Brewmaster
      • New PvP Talent: Rodeo.
  • Paladin
    • Judgements of the Pure (PvP Talent) is now available to all specializations (was Protection only) and has been redesigned - Casting Judgement on an enemy cleanses 1 Poison, Disease, and Magic effect that they applied on allies within your Aura.
    • Holy
      • Light's Grace (PvP Talent) damage reduction granted to the target of your Holy Light is now 15% for 5 seconds and no longer stacks (was 5% damage reduction for 8 seconds, stacking 3 times) and now increases Flash of Light healing by 25% (was increases Holy Light healing by 50%).
    • Retribution
      • Aura of Reckoning (PvP Talent) damage bonus for the next auto-attack reduced to 200% (was 250%) and the Paladin now gains 1 additional stack if the Paladin is the victim of the critical strike (was 2 additional stacks).
      • Ultimate Retribution (PvP Talent) has been redesigned - Mark an enemy player for retribution after they kill an ally within your Retribution Aura. If the marked enemy is slain within 8 seconds, cast Redemption on the fallen ally.
      • Lawbringer (PvP Talent) has been slightly redesigned - Damage increased to 10% of max health and the debuff duration increased to 1 minute, but no longer deals its damage to the primary target of your Judgement (was 5% of max health and the debuff lasted 45 seconds, and could be repeated on the same target to deal the bonus damage to that target).
      • Vengeance Aura (PvP Talent) has been slightly redesigned - Critical strike chance bonus per stack increased to 6%, stacking up to 2 times, and no longer grants increased Holy damage (was 3% Holy damage and critical strike chance per stack, stacking up to 4 times).
      • Cleansing Light (PvP Talent) has been removed.
    • Protection
      • Cleansing Light (PvP Talent) has been removed.
  • Priest
    • Thoughtsteal's (PvP Talent) "Confused" spell that players are afflicted with after being Thoughtstolen is now a 20 second cooldown to indicate the duration of the lockout.
    • Discipline
      • New PvP Talent: Inner Light and Darkness.
      • Searing Light (PvP Talent) renamed to Blaze of Light and has been redesigned - Increases the damage of Smite and Penance by 15%, and Penance increases or decreases your target's movement speed by 40% for 2 seconds (was Smite damage increased by 15%, and reduced the cooldown of Penance by 1 second).
      • Ultimate Radiance (PvP Talent) healing increased by 150% (was 250%).
      • Trinity (PvP Talent) no longer increases Atonement's damage to healing transfer by 20% and the critical strike chance of Smite, Penance and Shadowfiend has been increased to 30% (was 25%).
      • Atonement's damage to healing transfer has been increased by 20% in PvP combat.
    • Holy
      • Cardinal Mending (PvP Talent) has been redesigned - Increases the healing of Prayer of Mending by 50% and its jump range by 10 yards.
      • Miracle Worker (PvP Talent) Holy Word: Serenity cooldown reduced by 20% (was 25%).
      • Greater Heal (PvP Talent) cooldown decreased to 12 seconds (was 15 seconds) and now ignores healing reduction effects.
      • Divine Ascension (PvP Talent) now increases the range of your spells by 50% while you are in flight.
      • Greater Fade (PvP Talent) duration reduced to 3 seconds (was 4 seconds).
      • Flash Heal healing increased by 15% in PvP combat.
    • Shadow
      • Greater Fade (PvP Talent) duration reduced to 3 seconds (was 4 seconds).
  • Shaman
    • Elemental
      • New PvP Talent: Static Field Totem.
      • New PvP Talent: Seasoned Winds.
      • Elemental Attunement (PvP Talent) has been removed.
    • Enhancement
      • New PvP Talent: Seasoned Winds.
    • Restoration
      • New PvP Talent: Living Tide.
      • Healing Rain healing increased by 20% in PvP Combat.
      • Spirit Link (PvP Talent) has been removed.


  • New Runecarving Powers
    • Demon Hunters and Paladins have new powers available in the May 4 update.


  • New Zone: Korthia
    • Visitor Dailies
      • New Visitor dailies added in the May 4 update.
  • New rares and treasures to discover in Korthia and Desmotaeron.