Upcoming World of Warcraft update to tweak class talents and abilities

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria patch 5.4's core changes focus on improving low-tier talents and toning down overpowered ones.

Blizzard has posted more details on its upcoming patch 5.4 for MMO World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria.

According to World of Warcraft lead designer Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street, the changes for the update will be focused on the classes of the game; low-tier talents will be buffed up while overpowered ones will be toned down. "In general, you can assume that your damage was too low or too high if you see generic buffs or nerfs to abilities," he said.

For example, The Death Knight's Death Siphon and Plague Leech will be buffed, while Anti-Magic Zone will be changed into a damage reduction spell like Power Word: Barrier. The Hunter's Silencing Shot and Readiness ability will be nerfed. Mages will receive the least number of changes, as its Frost Mastery will be fixed. Head to the post for a detailed look at the class changes. There is currently no release date announced for the patch.

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria was released on September 25, 2012. The expansion was praised for the variety the Pandaren race and monk class brought to the table and its numerous activities and challenge mode. The game lost 700,000 players within the last three months leading up to late July this year, and puts the MMO down to 7.7 million active subscribers.

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hadlee73
hadlee73

< I gave up playing WoW as I just couldn't get a handle on the gameplay. Every time my green bar disappeared my character would fall down and wouldn't get back up >

ggregd
ggregd

"In general, you can assume that your damage was too low or too high if you see generic buffs or nerfs to abilities."  

OMG, no way!?!?!?!?!   Is that how that works?!?!?!?!

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

To make this news more typical:

<Insert unoriginal hate comment about World of Warcraft written by a guy who doesn't care about the game but, for some reason, needs to comment something>

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Tone down the immature elitism of the community and I way think about comming back. Always enjoyed the game.

Bowser05
Bowser05

I hope 5.4 is good. Deathwing is my favorite villain in gaming, and while lore-wise 4.3 was really well done...it was a very disappointing patch from a gameplay standpoint. I hope they learn from their past and make the Garrosh fight really good. We'll see I suppose. Class changes I could care less about, we learn to adapt as we always have.

PacoTaco
PacoTaco

Get rid of Cross Realm Zones so every sane RP server player doesn't have to share with hordes of Moon Guardians.  Pandaria was only of middling interest, although certainly better than the bland-as-hell Cataclysm -  return to the "old world" zones, get the lore back to some semblance of cohesion.  Update the character models.  Make it F2P with restrictions like every successful F2P model out there.  Or just give up and milk this cow til it drops dead from exhaustion :D

frylock1987
frylock1987

If I'm not getting a legit talent tree back, you can pretty much shove that game right back up your ass.

drodriguesaar
drodriguesaar

An article about a Wow Patch?! This week should be very boring at gamespot

CaveManCobb
CaveManCobb

Hopefully these guys won't get death threats. Wishful thinking I know but a guy can dream.

RockySquirrel
RockySquirrel

If they could nerf out the horny children, perverts, and sex predators, that would be even better!

GIT AWAY FROM MY LAWN!

radcrab123
radcrab123

i have to say goodbye to world of warcraft there is nothing i can do since i beat cataclysm lich king and mist of pandaria, me and my clan have beat all the end game content there is nothing new and eveery month the amount of people playing it is dropping so i guess its time to say goodbye....gosh it feals horrible its like leaving an old childhood friend.... :( plus everquest next is coming out atleast

Xanitra
Xanitra

Adding a pinch of salt, and a few grains of sugar isn't going to do much to waffles that taste like dung. Too bad. Blizzard used to make such great waffles. I used to go, "this tasted like, "WoW (World of Warcraft)""... Now I only go, Jesus, this tastes like Dung (Dead Undying Noob Game(Sorry, couldn't think of anything better.))

Slade968
Slade968

the f*ck is this news? I mean a patch that tweaks talents, slow day gamespot?

brainiac1988
brainiac1988

another tweak??

They should have left everything the way it was when they started the game.  Last time I played was before cataclrsm. Its just not the same game anymore.

dominoodle
dominoodle

Blizzard is releasing a patch that changes class balance? My, what exciting news.

emperiox
emperiox

Still no Windwalker Buffs. LOL, that's why I played for a month and quit. Monks are just terribad.

DarkTempest7
DarkTempest7

"Mages will receive the least number of changes"
Aka mages remain OP for 3 expansions.

willzihang
willzihang

Ahh, so more changes that require minimum effort on the part of Blizzard. I am increasingly finding it harder to accept people willingly part with £10 a month for this hugely under-supported game, when you consider how filthy rich Blizzard are, and that this SUPPOSED to be an evolving MMO. Look at how frequently games like Rift and Lord of the Rings online receive fresh content compared to this ancient rip-off.

Sungod1984
Sungod1984

Just let it die already the game is no longer relevant its now a foot note.

Mr_Mark_Legion
Mr_Mark_Legion

after how many years and they still gotta nerf and buff things?

ColdstoneX3
ColdstoneX3

so....how is this news? bassicly its the same as every patch, buffs and nerfs? or did i miss something important here?

northArrow
northArrow

If you want to tweak the classes bring back the old talent trees along with the spells and abilities pre-mop. Holy shit is combat shallow and boring now.

gregrout
gregrout

So basically the majority of the population that's at the endgame gets nerfed so it takes longer to gind the same number of mobs. Is that exodus I'm smelling in the air?  

arqe
arqe

Makes the game Late 2004 , still trying to balance. Blizzard way.

They dont gonna balance anything if you guys still thinking. Thats how MMO works.

1 owns all , All other players go for that class after 2 months other class owns all ....

Shadowsault
Shadowsault

Nice...Now how about you "tweak" the graphics, combat, and story.

wowgrandpa
wowgrandpa

@hadlee73this is likely due to a scenario where the amount of damage you received was greater than your health pool. 

blizzard is trying to address this common problem.

...by making enemies do less damage to the player, so that you can roll your face on the keyboard and get that special feeling inside when these new enemies fall down dead instead of you! and you get a shiny new purple every time! you'll be wearing full purples in no time. all that is required is your attendance.

wowgrandpa
wowgrandpa

@frylock1987 you mean you don't like the amazing depth?! i thought the choices are so revolutionary! wait, the diablo 3 follower talent tree isn't a hit?

belgard1299
belgard1299

@radcrab123 Everquest Next is few years in the future  x.x

stan_hg
stan_hg

@Slade968 Probably, just some Blizz's paycheck to renew the subs :)

Vicarate
Vicarate

@brainiac1988 I agree, TBC and WOTLK were perfect imo. But, I can still enjoy the game, but not to it's fullest any more.

Vicarate
Vicarate

@emperiox You are obviously doing something wrong... xD Go watch my youtube channel and get some hints on how to play xD

Riddick123
Riddick123

@Sungod1984 I quit playing about 4 months before Cataclysm was released.  Apparently there are 7.7 million people that disagree with us.  Wonder how many of those are multiple accounts for the same person though.

snugglebear
snugglebear

@ColdstoneX3 Yeah, just a regular patch. More of a thing for folks to riot over in the bnet forums. 

Enundr
Enundr

@Master_Overlord @willzihang  oh i know , how about the part where before rift went F2P mages were being balanced by the other archetype devs , and clerics got to god mode in pvp? did i mention the part where even the best mages were so destroyed  that as good as they could do they were only on par with the worst warriors and rogues? theres a reason ppl dont play games like that , its called a shitty job at balancing. i mean ffs mage got destroyed cause their one skill , ppl thought they were just running around casting it willy nilly , but in fact the mage had to build up their resources (as in they had to have been pelting you more then you were probably aware) to build up enough of that resource to cast that "one shot kill" spell. im sry will but as bad as wow is , rift was worse , it just had great concepts.

Slammer612
Slammer612

@Riddick123 @Sungod1984 I don't understand if you do not play the game how it affects you that it is active.  I find it actually amusing that 7.7 million users is now considered dead.  I am sure any other MMO out there would sacrifice their first born to be "dying" with that many subscribers "paying".

Jjinne
Jjinne

@dotanpelled @Shadowsault Sorry, the entire Panda escapade should be deleted. Go back to pre- cata, tweak the graphics, bring back the first tree, and move on to the next expansion.


Shadowsault
Shadowsault

@dotanpelled @Shadowsault  By combat I specifically mean the grinding and questing, and being able to aggro like 20 mobs and kill them all in a few seconds. The overall gameplay is good, but the combat needs to be updated. And the story has gone downhill since Cata.