Siege of Orgrimmar Not Getting a Zone Wide Buff or Nerf


Raiders have been pretty used to seeing zone wide nerfs and buffs on current raiding tiers once the main progression race is over and less progressed guilds are still struggling to beat bosses.  Blizzard usually gives a raiding instance a zone wide buff, such as the DPS buff we saw in ICC or a zone wide nerf to boss health and damage, such as as we saw in Dragon Soul.

But even though this is an expansion ending raid tier, Blizzard confirms we will not see the same buff or nerf for Siege of Orgrimmar.  Instead, they plan to look at progression and make targeted nerfs instead.

The tweet was actually made last month, but MMO-Champion recently highlighted it, as it was something many people missed.

soobuffnerfConsidering we are looking at many more months of farming Siege of Orgrimmar, it is still going to make farm nights a challenge without a buff or nerf to help less progressed guilds along.

This will also likely make the market for heroic Garrosh mounts last longer since fewer guilds will be killing heroic Garrosh than might have done with a buff or nerf to the instance, which is good news for those who are killing heroic Garrosh easily enough that they can carry an extra body, but bad for those who were hoping for a nerf to be able to kill the boss.


Disc Priest bug fixed with Power Word: Barrier

power word barrier 600If you noticed something weird with how Power Word: Barrier was affecting targets under it, and people getting interupted when it was placed, it is a bug that has now been hotfixed.

  • Resolved an issue that caused Power Word: Barrier’s damage reduction effect to not apply properly to players under various conditions.

Hopefully it didn’t hurt too many people working on progression.

Healer changes in 5.4.2

The 5.4.2 patch is hitting on Tuesday December 10th, but there is nothing much in the way of healer changes.  You will now be able to send account bound items – such as Timeless Isle gear – to alts on different servers, which should help those who may have their mains on one server, but a collection of alts spread out on different servers.  This also allows BOA gear to be sent cross-realm, so if you have BOA gear spread out across realms, you can easily use it to level now.

This won’t be the last patch prior to Warlords of Draenor, so we can expect to see more changes in an upcoming patch closer to the release date.

Huge Holy Radiance bug fixed

If your Holy Radiance seems to be healing for less than you think it should, the good news is that it was an unintended bug that was causing it to only heal 5 players.   There is a bug report here if you are wanting to know specifics.

[quote]Fixed an issue where Holy Radiance may sometimes heal less players than intended.[/quote]

There is plenty of speculation over the “sometimes” part, but the good news is it is hotfixed :)

Guardian of Ancient Kings healing buffed to 100% from 30% of healing

guardian of ancient kingsAnother update to the Guardian of Ancient Kings change we saw this week, they have now increased the healing it does, from 30% to 100%.

Guardian of Ancient Kings will heal the targets of your heals for an additional 100% of the amount healed, up from 30%.

It still grants the 10% haste buff for the duration of it, but doesn’t heal nearby friendly targets.

This goes along with the change we saw earlier, where Guardian of Ancient Kings had its CD reduced from 5 minutes to 3 minutes, bringing it inline with other healing CDs.

Weak aura for legendary healer cloak Jina-Kang, Kindness of Chi-Ji Legendary Healer Cloak

We have a weak aura for the new legendary healing cloak Jina-Kang, Kindness of Chi-Ji for those who would like to track the proc.

legendary cloak

Weak aura to track the Spirit of Chi-Ji Healing Proc:

Your proc itself is called “Spirit of Chi-Ji“.

For everything you need to know about the new cloak, including the steps to obtain it, RRPM procs for each healing class and more, go to our Jina-Kang, Kindness of Chi-Ji Legendary Healer Cloak information page.


New Siege of Orgrimmar Raid Guides have been added!

We have added all the new Siege of Orgrimmar raid bosses to our raid guide section, so they are ready for you on patch day!

Some are still a work in progress, especially since things can change from how we have tested them on the PTR, so any comments, suggestions and tips are greatly appreciated!  I am continuing to add tips to them as I talk PTR with raiders from different guilds who have had different testing experience.  Then I expect to be updating them on the fly as I progress through the raid on patch day, so be sure to hit reload if you are struggling on a boss.

We are also working on all the new trinket pages, and will have new weak auras for them as well, or feel free to share any of your own weak auras (and we would love to give you credit!)

You can find the new raid guides on the left side, you can access them from the drop down menu at the top of the page, or go to the Siege of Orgrimmar raid guide homepage.

Good luck to everyone in 5.4 and Siege!