The Public Test Realm (PTR) updated today with a new build — build 9658 — and in addition Blizzard updated the PTR patch notes. These events so very rarely happen in tandem … it feels very special when they do!
So what did we get with this build? Let’s see. (Oh, and keep in mind that I am trying to just highlight the new changes. You should take a look at the official patch notes page for the whole list.)
- Armor Penetration Rating: All classes now receive 25% more benefit from Armor Penetration Rating.
- Taunts: All player or pet-generated taunts now have a shared diminish category.
- Aspect of the Pack is now raid wide, and radius increased from 30 yards to 40 yards.
- Talents – Beast Mastery
- Animal Handler: No longer reduces the cooldown of Master’s Call, instead increases the duration of the Master’s Call effect by 3/6 sec.
- Talents – Marksmanship
- Chimera Shot: Mana cost reduced from 16% to 12%.
- Rapid Recuperation re-designed: You gain 2/4% of your mana every 3 sec while under the effect of Rapid Fire, and you gain 1/2% of your mana every 2 sec for 6 sec when you gain Rapid Killing.
- Talents – Survival
- Trap Mastery, Resourcefulness and T.N.T. now all affect Black Arrow.
- Great Resistance increased to 5/10/15% magic damage reduction, up from 3/6/9%.
- Turtles and Crabs now dwell in waters of and off Eversong and the Ghostlands, giving Blood Elf hunters access to local Tenacity pets.
- Glyph of Aspect of the Monkey: No longer works while under the effect of Aspect of the Dragonhawk.
Ooh, new pets! Quick, Robin, to the Pet-mobile! (Okay, now I need a Belf alt named Robin.)
In addition to these huntery notes, I also noticed some other new additions:
- The achievement Brew of the Year has been removed from the Brewmaster meta-achievement. The achievement Brew of the Month has been added in its place.
- Noblegarden has been redesigned into a week-long holiday with new items, quests, and more. Various achievements have been added, including the meta-achievement Noble Gardener, which is now required for the meta-achievement What A Long, Strange Trip It’s Been.
(I’ll have more to say about this on Warcraft Mounts.)
- Horde characters may now obtain the quest CLUCK! from Chickens. While Farmer Saldean won’t be selling Special Chicken Feed to the Horde, perhaps “Westfall” William Saldean in Brill might…
- Sprite Darter Eggs: May now (very rarely) drop from Sprite Darters in Feralas. Note that only Horde characters can attack and kill Sprite Darters.
On behalf of the Horde, allow me to say .. Finally! (Yes, I know I could do the CLUCK! quest before, but it was bloody annoying unless you had a second account. And Sprite Darters .. I mean, c’mon — Sprite Darters!)