I finally managed to get onto the 2.4.3 Public Test Realm long enough to do some simple testing and site-seeing. (I’ve posted what I learned about level 30 mounts over on Warcraft Mounts, so I won’t repeat it here.)
But more than anything I wanted to get a look at the changes to Growl — namely this patch note:
Growl: Pets will no longer generate additional threat from this ability based on attack power buffs cast on them. Attack power buffs on their master will still indirectly increase the threat generated by the pet’s Growl.
We saw a very similar patch note in Patch 2.4.2, although that one was phrased rather differently: “The pet ability Growl will no longer scale with pet Attack Power and now scales with the hunter’s Attack Power.”
The new phrasing for this note is much more clear and better describes the actual change. But why a second patch note on the same change? Because the 2.4.2 Growl change didn’t actually happen — Blizzard eventually confirmed that a bug was still allowing Growl to benefit from direct buffs to the pet’s Attack Power.
So how do we know that this change is actually going to happen this time, in patch 2.4.3? Well, according to my quick tests it’s already on the PTR, so the chances of the change going live seem high!
Tonight my trusty cat Cloud and I ventured out into the wilds of the PTR to test this out. You may remember that last PTR I spent some time working out a reliable Growl testing method; I repeated those tests tonight, not exhaustively, but enough to verify the patch note. I’ll be doing more testing over the weekend.
I’ll also be posting quite a bit more on the effects of this change because I know it’s got people riled. But for tonight I just wanted to let you know that it is implemented this time. *grin*
In addition, I tested the bug with the prioritization of auto-cast Growl that popped up in Patch 2.4. Unfortunately, this bug still remains — which means that regardless of any other changes in Growl, pet threat is still going to feel wonky from fight to fight.