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Cataclysm hotfixes for Dec. 21

Continuing the steady stream of Cataclysm tinkering we've seen this week, Blizzard has posted yet another set of hotfixes. And this is a pretty good set! Some notable changes:
  • The duration of the Superheated Quicksilver Armor debuff on Karsh Steelbender is now 17 seconds, up from 12 seconds. The encounter was too hard to tank and went against our intended fight mechanics. The display for this buff may not properly update until a client-side patch is applied.
  • Rare archaeology finds should now grant triple skill gains.
  • Mekgineer Thermaplugg is no longer using outdated abilities and has a shiny new list of abilities to use. He is also no longer immune to taunts.
  • Elemental Goos now drop 100% of the time off of Cataclysm elementals for the jewelcrafting daily quest.
  • Chaos Orbs can now only been seen and rolled on by characters with a minimum skill level of 425 in tailoring, blacksmithing, leatherworking, or engineering.
For the full list of hotfixes, follow us behind the break below.


Cataclysm Hotfixes: December 21st
December 21

General
  • Weekly resets and calculations which occur during regular maintenance should no longer be applied one hour early, which should prevent them from being run twice.
  • The sell prices for the 7th and 8th bank tabs purchased with guild level 5 are now 0.
Classes
  • Hunters
    • Hunter pets now benefit from the 1% increased hit chance from the Draenei racial Heroic Presence.
  • Mages
    • Flame Orb is now benefiting from Clearcasting procs, is not costing any mana when using the buff, and removing the buff correctly when used.
  • Paladins
    • Damage dealt to the paladin by Hand of Sacrifice correctly breaks all forms of a mage's Polymorph.
    Light of Dawn is now properly locked out when the Holy spell tree is locked out and cannot be used for the duration of the lock.
  • Priests
    • The healing effect from Atonement is now being effected by healing modifiers correctly.
  • Rogues
    • Rogues lose any stored combo points upon entering an Arena, preventing the use of abilities such as Slice n' Dice.
  • Shaman
    • Unleash Frost is now correctly categorized as a snare effect and is properly removed when spells such as Hand of Freedom are cast.
  • Warlocks
    • The Soulburn effect can now be used on alternate spells if the first attempt to use the Soulburn effect fails.
    • Warlocks should no longer get an "Invalid Target Error" when trying to summon a player into a raid instance. If the player is ineligible to enter the instance, they will get an error that they are already locked upon accepting the summon.
  • Warriors
    • Bladestorm now deals 150% normalized weapon damage as advertised. It was incorrectly dealing 100% normalized weapon damage.
Dungeons & Raids
  • Blackrock Caverns
    • The duration of the Superheated Quicksilver Armor debuff on Karsh Steelbender is now 17 seconds, up from 12 seconds. The encounter was too hard to tank and went against our intended fight mechanics. The display for this buff may not properly update until a client-side patch is applied.
    • Rom'ogg Bonecrusher's Chains of Woe should no longer push players under the world.
  • Blackwing Descent
    • Magmaw's Pillar of Flame now prefers targets further than 15 yards away for Lava Parasites and will not be cast more than once per 30 seconds.
    • Lava Parasites now only apply their melee attack proc to players who are targeted. Lava Parasites are functioning normally and cannot infest a player with more than 3 Parasite debuffs active. Snared Lava Parasites will function like other creatures and switch to a nearby target if it becomes available, making them a viable target for Infestation.
    • Drakonid Chainwielders and Drakonid Drudges had too many hit points in the 10-player version. Their hit points have been reduced.
    • Drakonid Drudges will charge another target if the furthest target is more than 80 yards away.
  • Gnomeregan
    • Mekgineer Thermaplugg is no longer using outdated abilities and has a shiny new list of abilities to use. He is also no longer immune to taunts.
  • The Stonecore
    • Corborus should no longer reset if any of the Rock Borers evade.
    • Ozruk can now be mined and has an appropriate loot table.
Professions
  • Chaos Orbs can now only been seen and rolled on by characters with a minimum skill level of 425 in Tailoring, Blacksmithing, Leatherworking, or Engineering.
  • Elemental Goos now drop 100% of the time off of Cataclysm elementals for the Jewelcrafting daily quest.
  • Stone Bats in Deepholm can no longer be skinned.
  • Nightsabers in Teldrassil are able to be skinned now without issue.
  • Engineers are no longer able to use the Spinal Healing Injector or Z50 Mana Gulper tinkers in Arenas.
  • Rare Archaeology finds should now grant triple skill gains.
  • The progress on the guild achievement That's a Lot of Travel Time no longer goes up each time players complete the repeatable quest "Could I get a Fishing Flier?"
PvP
  • Arenas
    • All 28 of the Vicious Gladiator 2200 rating weapons now require level 86 to equip. This is a temporary fix to prevent items which were obtained prematurely due to a bug causing Arena rating inflation from being used.
    • All weapon, ranged, and off-hand items which require a 2200 rating have been temporarily removed from their respective vendors. This is a temporary fix to prevent items from being obtained prematurely due to a bug causing Arena rating inflation.
    • Engineers are no longer able to use the Spinal Healing Injector or Z50 Mana Gulper tinkers in Arenas.
    • Rogues lose any stored combo points upon entering an Arena, preventing the use of abilities such as Slice n' Dice.
    • Demolishers are properly spawning in at the beginning of Round 2 in Strand of the Ancients as Preparation fades.
Quests & Creatures
  • Deepholm
    • Quest credit for killing Fungalmancer Glop should now be awarded to all players on his threat list.
  • Durotar
    • Attempting to use the Drowned Thunder Lizard Tail outside of Durotar now returns the error "You need to be in Durotar".
  • Twilight Highlands
    • The Deathwing cutscene should now dismiss pets for better viewing opportunities.
    • Cadaver Collage's hit points in Crucible of Carnage have been increased. The poison clouds that are left on the ground now despawn when Cadaver Collage begins casting Inhale. When Cadaver Collage begins to float away, it now displays an explosion animation after a few seconds and the player is removed from combat. This occurs within a few seconds, much faster than it previously took to leave combat.
  • Vashj'ir
    • The Submerged buff for the quest "Quicksilver Submersion" will no longer persist outside of the Upper Silvermarsh subzone. In addition, the Submerged buff does not count as Stealth on either a druid or rogue.



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