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WoWJan 31, 2018 3:00 pm CT

New character slots are live in WoW, plus plenty of bug fixes

Yesterday saw a bunch of hotfixes to World of Warcraft, but the hotfix list just scratches the surface of the bugs Blizzard has squashed since Allied Races joined the game. But in case you skipped out on WoW yesterday (which would have been a decent idea), know that you missed a rocky day. Fortunately, today you’re less likely to get a black character screen and Mac clients shouldn’t crash, but anyone who made purchases yesterday may still be seeing duplicate charges (but they should vanish). But the most anticipated fix is definitely the addition of new character slots, which went up this afternoon.

But there was a regular round of hotfixes, too, which addressed a variety of issues from PVP to achievements no longer being awarded for older raids and a current dungeon. Here’s a rundown:

Razorscale is now once again awarding achievement credit in Ulduar, the achievements Twilight Assist, Twilight Duo, and The Twilight Zone are available again in Obsidian Sanctum, and you can once again get achievement credit in Darkheart Thicket for completing Burning Down The House against the Shade of Xavius. There’s only one Emmarel Shadewarden in the Hunter class hall now, and Mythic Keystone Dungeon leaderboards now list up to top 500 in the rankings.

Meanwhile various classes had their PVP templates adjusted, reflecting changes the devs talked about earlier this week. Balance Druids saw both Versatility and Intellect reduced, while Ferals saw both Earthen Grasp and King of the Jungle nerfed. Marksmanship Hunters saw their Agility decreased while Beast Mastery saw it increased, and Mages, Monks and Paladins all saw nerfs as well, as did Rogues, Priests and Shaman.

For a complete list of the hotfixes head to the official site or read the details below. I think we’re looking at just the beginning of some serious PVP changes before Seething Shore finally comes out, myself.

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)


  • In Ulduar, Razorscale should once again properly award achievement credit.
  • In Obsidian Sanctum, the achievements Twilight AssistTwilight Duo, and The Twilight Zone should again be earnable when their conditions are met.
  • In Darkheart Thicket, the Shade of Xavius achievement Burning Down the House should once again be earnable.

Class Halls

  • Gnomish hunters have fitted many of their non-gnome friends with stylish-yet-functional C.O.N.T.A.C.T lenses, preventing them from seeing double of Emmarel Shadewarden in Trueshot Lodge.

Dungeons and Raids

  • The Mythic Keystone Dungeon leaderboards now support up to the top 500 rankings (was top 100).
  • Karazhan (Raid)
    • The health of pieces in the Chess event has been adjusted to return the event to its pre-7.3.5 pacing.
  • Black Rook Hold
    • Corrected an issue that could cause Dantalionax to cast Stinging Swarm during Dreadlord’s Guile.
  • Neltharion’s Lair
    • Corrected an issue that could cause Ularogg Cragshaper to interrupt his cast of Stance of the Mountain under certain circumstances.

Player versus Player

  • Druid
    • Balance
      • PvP template Versatility reduced by 15%.
      • PvP template Intellect reduced by 2%.
    • Feral
      • Earthen Grasp now has a 15 second cooldown (was 10 seconds).
      • King of the Jungle increases movement speed and damage by 3% (was 4%).
  • Hunter
    • Beast Mastery
      • PvP template Agility increased by 3%.
    • Marksmanship
      • PvP template Agility decreased by 1.5%.
  • Mage
    • Arcane
      • PvP template Intellect reduced by 2%.
      • Arcane Power now increases damage by 25% in PvP situations (was 30%).
  • Monk
    • Windwalker
      • PvP template Agility reduced by 2.5%.
  • Paladin
    • Holy
      • Pure of Heart now removes 1 poison and 1 disease effect from the target (was all poison and disease effects).
    • Protection
      • PvP template Versatility reduced by 25%.
  • Priest
    • Holy
      • PvP template Intellect increased by 3%.
      • Renew heals for an additional 75% in PvP situations (was an additional 100%).
      • Rapid Mending increases the range of Prayer of Mending by 10 yards (was 20 yards).
      • Ray of Hope now increases healing caused by the casting Priest by 50% (was all incoming healing on the target).
  • Rogue
    • Assassination
      • PvP template Agility reduced by 2.5%.
    • Subtlety
      • PvP template Agility reduced by 3%.
  • Shaman
    • Elemental
      • PvP template Intellect reduced by 1.5%.
      • Icefury increases the damage of Frost Shock by 250% in PvP situations (was 300%).


  • The Vashj’ir quest “Setting an Example” should no longer be displayed on map after it becomes inaccessible.
  • Garrison Invasion NPCs should now always scale from level 90-100.
  • Horde players should no longer have inconsistent difficulties when swapping between Vol’jin’s Arsenal and the Arcane Sanctum in Talador.
  • The Duskwood quest “Cry For the Moon” should now appear on the map if it is the next quest in the zone’s storyline.
  • Brawler’s Guild: Rumble cards should again work properly.


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