New Battle for Azeroth Hotfix Further Nerfs Restoration Druids in PvP; Also Offers Stormwall Blockade & Jaina Proudmoore QoL Changes

Feb 27, 2019
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Blizzard has rolled out a new World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth hotfix that further nerfs Restoration Druids in PvP.

After the nerf to all healing specs in PvP-settings earlier this month, Blizzard now writes to have monitored Druid healing in PvP, and has found out that the Lifebloom HoT has become too efficient. As such, Blizzard has decided to make changes to Focused Growth to nerf Lifebloom.

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“As we’ve monitored PvP matches since our PvP mana changes to healers and Restoration Druids, we’ve found that Lifebloom, as a source of healing, has become too-efficient”, Blizzard explains. “While the reduction to Focused Growth’s increased healing and mana cost savings is a sizeable change, Restoration Druids have a wide variety of well-performing PvP talent options to fit in its place.”

Aside from the above mentioned Restoration Druid nerfs, the new hotfix also offers Quality-of-Life changes to the Stormwall Blockade and Lady Jaina Proudmore encounter in the Battle of Dazar'alor raid.
The release notes for the new hotfix have been included below:

February 26, 2019 - World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Hotfix

Dungeons and Raids
Battle of Dazar’alor
Stormwall Blockade
◾Soul of the Tidepriest/Tidepriestess now waits 15 seconds before casting their empowerment spells on Normal difficulty (was 5 seconds).
◾Sea Storm's cast time has been increased to 4 seconds on Normal difficulty (was 2.5 seconds).
◾Sea Storm initial AOE damage reduced by 20% on Normal difficulty.

Lady Jaina Proudmoore
◾Glacial Shards border visibility increased, and move speed decreased by roughly 20%.
◾Howling Winds visual intensity lowered by 10%.
◾The G.M.O.D. mount now has a chance to drop on completion of the final wing on Raid Finder difficulty.

Items
◾ Heart of Azeroth
Fixed an issue causing Endless Hunger to repeatedly consume the essence of certain corpses.

Player versus Player
◾ Heart of Azeroth
Bonded Souls healing reduced by 85% when engaged in combat with enemy players (was 50%).
Developers’ notes: We’ve identified that Bonded Souls has been providing too much healing in an arena environment when multiple members of a team equip the trait.

◾ Druid
Restoration
◾Focused Growth now reduces the mana cost of Lifebloom by 8% (was 20%).
◾Focused Growth now increases the healing of Lifebloom by 8% per stack (was 20%).

◾ Paladin
Retribution
◾Fixed an issue where Hammer of Reckoning could cause Avenging Wrath and Crusade to have a shorter duration than intended.

World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is available globally now.

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