Darkmoon Card: Blue Dragon has been a healer’s secret weapon for 3 expansions since it was originally released in World of Warcraft Classic (yes, that long ago, back in patch 1.11.1). And it has been the latest old school item to get hit with the Blizzard nerf bat.
Darkmoon Card: Blue Dragon now has a reduced chance to activate its effect for characters that are level 61-69 and its effect no longer activates for characters above level 69.
During Wrath it was a Best in Slot trinket for some fights. Right before Cataclysm released (when Blizzard made the first significant mana changes for healers) healers began dusting off their old Blue Dragon cards as a mana regen trinket until they got something better – in fact, they were going for tens of thousands of gold on servers for those who didn’t already have one. Even when Pandaria released, healers were using it to level 85-90 if they didn’t have healing trinkets from Dragon Soul or Firelands to carry them while dungeoning. And it was considered a very viable option for those with level 80 healers doing Herald of the Titans runs.
But The Darkmoon Card: Blue Dragon card has now seen it’s last useful days for those who have kept it (and other older trinkets) in their bank or bvoid storage. Blizzard has officially nerfed it in the last hotfix.
It isn’t clear what spell healers were using to exploit the level 60 trinket (although one wowhead commenter said it still had a 20-25% uptime in raid), but it was likely because it made a heroic ToT fight significantly easier than it should be, as it has been a known advantage for two expansions now. The change will also affect anyone doing Herald of the Titans runs with this trinket, which is unfortunate, as it was a great healing trinket for Herald toons with unlucky RNG or who were unable to obtain a Darkmoon Greatness card.